Chess-Like Assiduity & Armchair Meditation 2017-11-11T20:13:04+00:00

Charlie; Assiduity- having your ass in the chair (original meaning is actually constant attention); thinking, reading; the mindset of not always being in the rat race.

“You have to work on the business, not just in business”- not being caught up in the moment to moment action, that you don’t see the big picture anymore.

Quiet the mind down and paying attention to moment to moment.

Get in a chair or lay down- step away from everything.

Then do whatever works for you best (the point is to fill your mind, you can still have ordinary meditation if you like, this is a different habit)

Chess is a perfect game for that kind of thinking; you do something and then realize how many options you had and if you knew exactly what your opponent will do next it would be easy, but because they have 20 choices, you have to think for all of those options ahead.

(Bounce)- the book that proves that you can learn anything (he learned daughters how to play chess).

Pick one problem at the time and think about it for 15 minutes- find your spot (can be in nature if you want), then start daydreaming with a purpose (“Why am I not getting along with Bob?”) You need to step back from that and think from the bird point of view.

This process has multiple steps; thinking like in chess, if this maybe happened then I would do this, this happened 2 years ago, did this triggered that…?

It will be hard the first couple of times, and focus on one problem- don’t let your mind getting distracted, think through one, but go multi-layers, ask why many times to get why things happened.

Sitting is not natural for you, but 15 minutes will not hurt.

Follow the rabbit trail of your mind to get to the bottom of things.

What is the number one reason you have never done this before?

Where are you going to do this?

What is the 1 problem on the 4 pillars that you are going to confront?