The Word-Wise Spiral
I’m out to bust my students by their possess corral railings, not so they can strech any sold suspicion we wish them to have though so that their minds turn some-more and some-more free-range. A some-more open mind is a some-more written mind, improved versed to cruise a larger accumulation of thoughts.
Subtler denunciation skills giveaway we to let ideas play and punch with any other. we inspire students to use all of those disproportion that play like U-turn signals and about-faces, for example although, still, nevertheless, on a other hand, in contrariety and yet. Wisdom, we believe, is a product of personification ideas off opposite any other, knowledge tangible as in a peace prayer, a knowledge to know a disproportion between situations that call for peace and bravery that we wouldn’t urge for if we didn’t notice a ways that peace and bravery punch with any other.
I’m a large fan of a accumulative judgment form, a form that gives we a ability to double click on anything identified or useful within a bottom judgment and contend some-more about it. For example, holding a bottom judgment “He gathering a caring carefully” and embellishing it: “He gathering a automobile carefully, his fluffy hair churned by a wind, his eyes dark behind wraparound counterpart shades, his mouth set in a grave smile, a .38 Police Special on a chair beside him, a remains pressed in a trunk.”
we inspire my students to favour suspicion density, conveying a lot of ideas as succinctly as possible. we symbol skinny and boring sentences with a large red “id,” a felicitous joke definition both “more suspicion firmness please” and “your id is showing—you’re observant what’s easy, obvious, and impulsive to you—think it adult a nick or dual by incorporating what’s in dispute with your guileless thought.”
Words aren’t a approach of conveying what we think; they are a required condition for meditative and wondering. What we can’t say, we can’t think. What we can say, we can means to think.
Increasingly psychologists, cognitive scientists, philosophers and evolutionary biologists intersect on a suspicion that a tellurian ability for denunciation is what unequivocally sets us apart. We are a mystic species, a one famous class fluently means to name things.
Names make probable a compounding outcome with bomb possibilities. Naming things we can reason them still prolonged adequate to speak about them. About is a absolute word. We can name a faith and afterwards speak about a belief. Through disproportion we turn multi-level-headed, means to scale adult and down by levels of analysis. It’s called going meta, meta definition “about,” as in meta-cognition—thinking about thinking.
In contrast, just is a energy word for shutting suspicion off. Just means omit all other possibilities, as in “just do it,” don’t cruise other things to do. Just is a elemental constructional member in a corrals we make. Notice that here I’m articulate about “just,” a pierce we make that, once named can be talked about.
I’m dependant to many things, many of them by my age good addictions. Sure, I’m dependant to life-shortening shortening, a boiled fats that ambience only so darned delicious. But I’m also dependant to personification music, to earthy practice that shortens a effects of shortening, and above all to a ceiling turn constructed by a co-evolution of disproportion and thought.
My word-wise turn is a good obsession though it comes during some cost. One is that it becomes increasingly formidable for me to punch my tongue or delayed my thoughts. New acquaintances mostly ask, “do we ever give your mind a rest?”
My resting state is a mind during word-play. I’ve been cultivating fluency with disproportion and suspicion for so prolonged that thinking, wondering, essay and vocalization are my easy default state.
To some, my periphrasis and thinkingness comes opposite as neurotic. It doesn’t feel highly-strung inside me—more erotic. we adore beating a pointed contours of reality, form-fitting my inner impressions to what we see and sense. It does extent a kind of a association that wants to keep me circuitously for long. And that is a cost.
There are other costs too. we advise my students that while as college students they aspire to jobs where they can spend their changed few years on earth meditative and wondering, many jobs call for reduction thinking, and some-more obeying.
Finding me wordy, many people foster a advantages of mindfulness meditation. Until recently we haven’t accepted a indicate of meditation, in partial since we cruise a practitioners are unimpressively confused about what it is, in partial since it’s infrequently oversold as a cure-all, and in partial since we so exuberantly welcome a word-wise spiral.
Still, for company’s sake I’d like to supplement to my repertoire a larger ability to close disproportion and suspicion on and off, so I’m exploring ways to favour moments of wordlessness and thoughtlessness—literally a deficiency of thought, that comes from a deficiency of disproportion in my conduct or on my lips.
Such fickleness imagining is a useful bid on my part. we don’t wish it will move me insights–I get them by words. we don’t cruise wordlessness will move me meta-cognition, again we get by words. Since we conclude mind in humans as mostly a word-wise turn activity–the origination of new habits, not a doing of determined habits, I’d contend going speechless is mostly emptying oneself of mind. Therefore, awareness is a misnomer for what I’m after.
I think that a meditator’s mantra or breath-counting is designed to drown out one’s ability for word and thought. Maybe if we provide imagining as simply an practice in not-thinking, in visiting temporarily a speechless state that is for other class a default state, meditation’s benefits, despite limited, would be easier to see and appreciate. Wordlessness is a good place to revisit though we wouldn’t wish to live there.
For a fascinating and well-rounded debate of a energy of both disproportion and wordlessness, check out this Radiolab masterpiece, only called Words.