Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What are non principles?”
“Principles expressed with a specific structure:
Non-Resistance [<link; medium read]
They are essentially attention-directing tools [<link; medium read].”
“Can you give a few details on each?”
Non-Resistance is how I called the principle behind a powerful idea:
Suffering = Pain x Resistance (Kristin Neff, Self-Compassion)
The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering. (Ram Dass)
Our resistance to pain amplifies pain.
You can think of it as Action/Reaction. Our attempt to get rid of the pain – the Action – produces a proportional Reaction – more pain. The more we struggle, the more stuck we get. Counterintuitively, the way out of this conundrum is Non-Action.
Non-Desire is the principle behind another powerful idea:
Desire is a contract that you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want. (Naval Ravikant)
Desires, expectations, judgment, attachments, assumptions, anticipation… all these bring about imbalance. The practice is to be mindful (and selective) of them, and to gently let them go. This is what their ‘non’ counterparts encode.
Non-Thinking is the practice of disengaging the conscious mind. Another name for it is No Mind. This is what happens when you’re in Flow.
Non-Doing is a counter to our compulsive tendency to do, and a gentle reminder to simply be.”