Monthly Archives: October 2016

Why thinking is overrated

  • Thinking too hard

I always wonder why thinking is so overrated. The people who think most are generally found in mental asylums while the people who think least are mystics, visionaries & scientists.

A mystic sitting in the Himalayas. In a relaxed but attentive posture. Doing nothing, feeling nothing, being nothing. Not a focused but abstracted mind. In fact so feeble a mind that it is almost like there is no mind. There is no I, no ego. Not drunk, not in a delusion. Fully conscious but consciousness in it’s feeblest of the form.

Going over each thought is like going over spam folder. Yes, there is a chance something useful may come out of it once in a while but time wasted combing it is better spent somewhere else.

Most of the thoughts and their extension emotions are pure noise. We pay attention to thoughts because we think those thoughts belong to us. We somehow identify ourselves with them. In this wane effort, we ignore wisdom which comes if we identify ourselves with higher consciousness. Some people call it deep thought but that’s underrating it. Wisdom is not thought at all but the gem which arises due to lack of thought.

Where thoughts stop, wisdom starts. Most innovation & introspection happens in this blank space called quiet mind.

My latest interest in a meditative stage which sometimes is called nirvikapla samadhi. It essentially is the stage in doers and the act merge together or seers merges into the scenery.
Some people call it’s milder version “thinking time”. Thinking(less) time is the secret to most rich and successful.

Doing it vs doing it well

  • nothing happened

If you have worked hard in your carreer, you have heard some form of the phrase “80% of success is showing up”. Yet, you can probably think of a few situations where showing up didn’t do anything for you.

I think the phrase is very powerful, but it is oversimplified. There are things like meditation or exercise where the biggest hurdle is physical. In those cases, the more times you show up the better you will get as practice itself will make you better everytime. In fact, if you want to fail miserably at any of these, you should try to be a perfectionist (or better termed over-achiever.) 

There are other places where attention to detail matter. Look at academics: I showed up at school every day aside from maybe 30 leaves altogether in 13 years. And so did the students who are nowhere in life. So there: It was not just showing up but keen interest and attention to detail which mattered. Was I attentive all the time? I wish. But I was attentive more often than not.