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Why is it important to give yourself an unmind break over the course of the day?
Consider these definitions from an online dictionary about self-development and personal development.
Self-development is taking steps to better yourself, such as by learning new skills or overcoming bad habits.
An example of self-development is taking courses at the university to learn new skills and interesting facts.
Personal development consists of activities that develop a person’s capabilities and potential, build human capital, facilitate employability, and enhance quality of life and the realization of dreams and aspirations.
In my view, there’s a lot of confusion between the definitions between the self and the person.
After decades of work and personal development, I’ve come to realize the self is the being, or soul, and requires no development as the being self or soul.
They just are.
There’s nothing to do or think about.
The person is the combination of the body and mind, and both require development.
But, just as the body can overwork by overdoing, the mind can overwork by overthinking.
So, give yourself an unmind break over the course of the day.
Create times in your day where there’s nothing to do or nothing to think about.
Aristotle coined the phrase: Nature abhors a vacuum, but a team at Tulane University, says their latest study proves there are exceptions to the rule.
The phrase expresses the idea that unfilled spaces go against the laws of nature and physics. And that every space needs to be filled with something.
But does space need to be filled with something?
The being, the self, the soul require nothing. Just spaciousness and pure awareness, in the absence of doing and thinking.
You can do this right now by realizing, recharging, reflecting, resting, restoring, in the spaciousness of the non-doing, or non-thought.
You know, this reminds me of the series Mad Men. And the stars with Jon Hamm, who played a character by the name of Don Draper, and he was, like, the big cheese on Madison Avenue selling advertising.
And there was complete debauchery going on. And by noon, they’d have smoked a carton of cigarettes and gone through a case of vodka.
It was a pretty wild West show.
And so, they were always developing pitches for somebody. There was one particular scene where it’s 5 pm. They got a big meeting with a huge corporation where they gotta do a pitch first thing in the morning. And they hadn’t come up with anything.
The team was there. They’re all stressed. They’re all looking to Dawn Draper for the answer. He was the Obi Wan Kenobi of advertising…
And the camera took a shot down the bar. It was completely empty.
So, there’s like, 20 empty seats, and then there’s one guy at the end of the bar and has a shot glass in front of them.
And the team’s all stressing trying to figure out the pitch as far as what they’re going to say this large account.
And Don Drapers says:
“Hey, you see that guy down the bar?
He doesn’t know what he wants, but he is always one wanting.
And if I may add to it, he’s always doing.
He’s always thinking.”
So take the break and do some non thinking.
Thanks for tuning in to Simon TV, and I’ll see you next time.