Exploring Visions of the World

Category: Meditation

Mahjong and the Noisy Mind

I have been happily addicted to playing Mahjong on my phone.

The goal is to match pairs of identical tiles until all are removed from the board.

I rarely win. Maybe it is the soothing Chung Chong sound it makes when I match a pair.

The main strategy is to free up as many options as possible as soon as possible.

For example, clearing the tile with the two circles at the top of the pile opens up many possibilities.

The same with tiles on the edges.

The worst scenario is when a tile blocks copies of itself. I think there is a lesson in that! We do get in our own way sometimes.

It took me a few months to become aware that I was wasting a lot of mental energy mapping English names to the tiles: red sword, ‘n’, M & M, 1-bar, …

All that did was slow me down.

It is much easier to scan for patterns without thinking verbally.

Like when a person learns a second language and stops translating in their head and starts thinking directly in the new language.

Or a musician simply plays fluidly without thinking about theory or technique.

Simply playing in the moment.

Some would call that Flow.

If you find yourself with a Noisy Mind, no matter what you are doing, ask if the mental chatter, calculations, second-guessing, and like are helping with the task at hand or holding you back.

Look for the simplest, most direct way.

Easier said than done, but important for your success and peace of mind.

Practice Calm Mind, Grass-hopper.

Lighten Your Load So We Can Make It To The Other Side ~ Danielle LaPorte Podcast

I recently came across this podcast by Danielle LaPorte about letting go of things that weigh us down so that we can come out the current crisis lighter in spirit.

“Binding identities, grievances, expired dreams, regrets, possessions. Can you feel the pressure to let go?

Energetic stagnation makes us more vulnerable to all kinds of viral things—from negative thought patterns to viruses. I’m rolling out “The List of Letting Go” so we can lighten our emotional load to fit through this portal of change.” 

— Danielle Laporte

Danielle has an amazing voice and something in this podcast resonated with me. It may also resonate with you.

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Rainn Wilson On How The Baha’i Faith Inspires Unity

Rainn Wilson
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You may know actor Rainn Wilson for parts in The Office, Six Feet Under, and Many others.

The interview that appeared in Religion Unplugged provides a great introduction to The Baha’i Faith.

I know very little about it, though the following quote is why I am interested in learning more.

“Baha’u’llah’s teachings are very much progressive social teachings that are here for the unification of humankind,” Wilson said. “This is why I’m a Baha’i right now, especially because of this current political climate, Baha’u’llah’s message is one of love and unity and bringing people together. It’s the elimination of racial prejudice, the equality of women and men, elimination of extremes between wealth and poverty, universal education and the harmony of science and religion.” 

Rainn Wilson

See Video and Whole Interview at Religion Unplugged

Peace ~ Harmony ~ Laughter ~ Love Meditation

Here is a simple meditation to ground yourself.

The words may have come from Deepak Chopra.

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  • Peace
  • Peace
  • Peace
  • Harmony
  • Harmony
  • Harmony
  • Laughter
  • Laughter
  • Laughter
  • Love
  • Love
  • Love

Repeat to create a lightness of being and love in the world.

Breathing Variation

Here a version you can do with simple breathing.

Tip: Breathe deep into the bottom of your lungs, expanding your lower rib cage.

Your Body
  • Breath in deeply, thinking Peace
  • Hold
  • Breath out thinking Peace
  • Repeat three times
  • Repeat with Harmony
  • Repeat with Laughter
  • Repeat with Love

Love is the Key

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