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Offline holdorfold

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Mindfulness questions
« on: December 17, 2015, 05:10:01 pm »
Hi all,

I've been practicing mindfulness recently. I try and remember to do it when I'm doing something routine and mundane like washing the dishes.

While mindfully washing the dishes today, I noticed how my hands are doing all this complicated stuff without me thinking about it. Like I noticed how my left hand supports my right hand by holding up the dishes and flipping them around while my right hand scrubs them and files them off to the drying rack. All this happens without any conscious input on my part... I just observe my body doing it's thing.

It really struck me how automatic everything is so I felt dissociated from the actions like my body has a mind of it's own. I went so deep into this that I felt I had to prove to myself that I could interrupt the repetitive actions so I stopped everything and clicked my fingers a few times! Strange.

After awhile, I got tired so I walked to a chair and sat down. The whole time I'm observing my actions and noticed again how I didn't really decide to sit down, it just happened without me thinking about it. So I had this kind of unnerving feeling of "who is in control?"... and I concluded that most of the stuff I do is automatic and the result of past conditioning.

I've got a couple of questions:

1. When does consciousness intercede in daily life? If all this stuff is automatic, and in mindfulness I'm just observing mechanical actions... what part does consciousness play apart from observing? Is it when you decide to break a pattern and start a new one? If so, seeing as the mind works in patterns too based on past conditioning... at what point is it a conscious decision vs an unconscious decision?
2. Can mindfulness cause you to be overly self-conscious leading to poor execution of well trained activities? e.g. if you play an instrument or sports, it's known that you shouldn't think about your actions otherwise you tend to mess up.

Many thanks,
Holdorfold



Offline Spiny Norman

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Re: Mindfulness questions
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2015, 12:06:41 pm »
1. When does consciousness intercede in daily life? If all this stuff is automatic, and in mindfulness I'm just observing mechanical actions... what part does consciousness play apart from observing? Is it when you decide to break a pattern and start a new one? If so, seeing as the mind works in patterns too based on past conditioning... at what point is it a conscious decision vs an unconscious decision?

Mindfulness practice does bring more into consciousness, you could say it develops self-awareness.  So you will become more aware of habitual behaviour and therefore better able to to step outside the groove and respond in a more creative way. 

2. Can mindfulness cause you to be overly self-conscious leading to poor execution of well trained activities? e.g. if you play an instrument or sports, it's known that you shouldn't think about your actions otherwise you tend to mess up.

Experiment and see!

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Re: Mindfulness questions
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2015, 06:43:11 am »
i really did enjoy reading this point of view, however do you see conceptual thinking mind always drawing over the action? that is why focus without conception is available for you to just be, without the contemplation of conceptual rational thinking. meaning to let go of draw, fore mostly for the action.

 


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