(on Better Ways to Achieve individual and collective Health and Efficiency)
Mindfulness and Efficiency
Regarding Mindfulness, Peace of Mind, Meditation, and
Try to think only about your breath. Right Here. Right
Now. Only the breath. The inhalation.. the
exhalation. Think "Stop. I Am breathing In Here Now.
Smile. I Am breathing Out Here Now". Rather than doing it,
witness it. You will find your thoughts wandering. They
will come forward and relegate the breath to a background cadence.
Gently interrupt that cadence and allow your breath instead to
follow the needs of the body. Maybe quick once or twice then slow
for a while, letting the body get and release what it needs. Only
observe that you are breathing. Don't direct it. Witness
it. Stop. Let In Here Now. Smile. Let Out
Here Now. Try
to think ONLY about these words:
How efficiency is related to mindfulness:
for the In breath (use one per breath, pick the one that best fits the
for the Out breath (use one per breath, pick the one that best fits the
Just Know you are breathing in and breathing out, with no words.
Know how it feels. You are the Knower. The words are just Ego.
When you notice that you are
thinking about something else, recognize and accept
without judgment, then gently switch your attention once
again to your breath. ONLY your breath. Stop. I Am
breathing In Here Now. Smile. Let Out Here Now. This
thinking about ONLY your breath is called Practice. It is
Practicing Meditation. It is also referred to as Watching the
Thinker. As we observe the Thinker we re-direct our attention to
the breathing Practice.
This is excercise, for the mind. Immediate and
long-term benefits of this excercise include increased peace, more
happiness, more focus and more of the
results you want in life. Practicing can be a refuge in
itself. It is
available to you any where, any time. Even if only for a couple
breaths. Is your head noisy? Stop.
Practice. Even if only for a couple breaths.
Curious? I encourage you to look into what
Eckhard Tolle and Thich Nhat
Hanh have to say about this.
When I got my Army sergeant
stripes in the mid-1980's I was introduced to rudimentary complexity
task-management and scheduling, and I wrote simple computer programs in
the evenings as a hobby and to aid in my day work. While working
out the steps
for task accomplishment in these programs, and while learning various
languages including x86 assembly language, I came to realize that much
of what I liked about computers was the concept of
breaking complexity down into its workable component parts.
"Turing Machine" concept, upon which computer science is largely based,
is a model of breaking tasks down to their smallest components.
There is a degree of serenity to be gained and an elation of discovery
when one sees the foundation of a solution. When one is able to
identify exactly what bit must be turned on or off in order to achieve
a solution, or I suppose when bio-chemical engineers are able to point
out which configuration of elements is responsible for a given
there is a peace in having traced complexity down to its root.
The flow-states achieved by effective artists and engineers is in part
characterized by this serenity of contact with the foundation or
essence of one's quest.
My comparison between the individual person and the collective society,
which publicly began with my first novel
over a decade ago, continues
on this website. For an individual, peace of mind can be attained
through presence, or mindfulness, as teachers from the early Buddhists
to recent figures such as Eckhart Tolle and Thich Nhat Hanh emphasize,
and also through the
focused flow of attention to the foundations of things as I mentioned
Using mindfulness, we "watch the thinker" and gain increased
over our thoughts including our emotions. This "watching the
thinker" is a concept we used to refer to, in our teenage years, as
"being deep". Watching the thinker, we become more
effective system administrators of our brains and can "click X" on
undesired processes when necessary. An attention
to presence can result in a more effective lifestyle, wherein we
achieve our own individual goals more often than in a life of
distraction. A mindful, efficient society likewise results from a
Decisiveness means nothing and is actually a big problem if decisions
are made based on a poor understanding of the situation. Being
mindful is knowing when there is corruption of the thought process, of
what is noise and what is truth. A mindful society has a clear
picture of what constitutes issues requiring action.
A mindful society is composed of mindful individuals.
Work In Progress