Saturday, August 18, 2018

Without commercial tools or pills

It's a simple idea: train your attention in such a way as increases your sensitivity to the topic of your thoughts.  It is easy to do and it is quick. It costs nothing. Sit in a comfortable way but gently upright, not slouching. Set a timer that will signal you in five or ten minutes.  Start the timer and keep your eyes on something about ten feet away.  

Start with four or five minutes and move to longer if you wish, after a few sessions.  

Why do these weird things?  Because there are all sorts of valuable payoffs.  This process increases awareness of how you are using your mind. You can do it without medicines or gurus or a coach or magazine subscriptions or apps or classes or weights.  You can do it if you are handicapped, if you are young or old, if you are basically happy and if you are none of those things.

You might have trouble if you are an American.  Americans tend to be afraid of Hindu hackers and plots to take over their minds or their government or their religion.  Americans tend to assume good things have high prices, the better the item, the higher the price. I can sell you a special app, enriched drinks, lumbar adjustments, electric shocks and alpaca cushions.  But you don't need anything. If you have a floor to lie on, you don't need a chair although you might fall asleep.

Don't fall asleep until your timer says it has been 5 or ten minutes.  Ok, set if for 4 minutes at first. It may seem to be a very long time.  A common reaction to trying this procedure is that it is too hard and that one's mind shows itself too flighty, too jumpy.  THAT'S GOOD!!! That's what minds do: bring up new topics, worries, hopes. During this special few minutes, as soon as you realize you have Margie on your mind again, THAT IS THE GOLDEN MOMENT!  All you do in that golden moment is go back to looking at the same something.  It is the going back that IS the training.  

You don't need a special shirt.  You can do the procedure in the nude and you can wear your Yukon jacket.  How many weeks and months? For the rest of your life: 5 or 10 minutes a day.  Go!

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