“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.” – Voltaire
Daily Nugget of Gold 1329
Problem Solving Continued
Okay, we went over a beginner’s technique for solving problems last time. When we say “beginner’s technique” we don’t mean that more advanced problem solvers don’t or shouldn’t use it, in fact- the only reason to call it that, is that the quiet handing over of a problem to the deeper mind just before sleep, is one that everyone could employ. It’s so simple and straightforward that even a novice in mind matters can begin using it immediately.
We also said there’s another way, a way which requires more practice and a bit of skill. Once again, anyone can learn to do this, but getting really good at it does take some time and some commitment to achieving the goal. We didn’t say “effort” here because, in reality, effort is pretty much going to block success. Doesn’t that sound counter-intuitive?
If you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re talking about meditation here. For some people, meditation is misunderstood. Those who don’t practice this for about 20 minutes twice a day and/or haven’t ever been successful at it may not fully realize what it is and why it’s important to add to our daily routine. Meditation reboots the brain, much in the same way rebooting a computer centralizes its focus and allows it to function better.
There’s so much written about meditation and how to achieve it, we’ll leave it to you to seek out the best approach for yourself. We’re going to speak in generalities here and just leave it at that. In order to meditate, we must first master physical relaxation, relieving all muscle tension in the body. The body must obey the mind in this regard, but the goal here isn’t to go to sleep- so sitting comfortably, but not lounging, is preferred. Master physical relaxation first, then you will be ready for the next step. Repeat the process of physical relaxation until you know that you’ve achieved it- it may take a week or more of doing it in 20 minute sessions.
Next, we want to find the best way for us to quiet our mind. Often, this means we use the tool of a mantra (a certain sound repeated silently or audibly over and over again) or concentrating our focus on a spot, flame, sound, or what have you, essentially moving back to that focus whenever random thoughts come into our mind. Why bother with all this? Let’s spend one more session together and explore how all of this relates to better problem solving. See you then!
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“If I had an owner’s manual for my brain, would I use it?”
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