Tag Archive | Integral Thinking

Writing Cycles

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

I see writing as an oscillation. 

On/Off. Engagement/Disengagement.

Does it not take you out of Flow to interrupt your writing?

Think of it. When do you usually have most insights?

When I’m taking a shower, and when I’m walking.

So when you’re not focused on writing – during the Off. 

Based on this insight, I’ve integrated the Off into the writing process. (Integral Thinking)

I see writing as both the On and the Off. 

The On and the Off form an integral unit – like Yin/Yang. 

The On without the Off is fruitless.
The Off without the On is aimless.

I call the sequence of On followed by Off, writing cycle.

Writing Cycle = On + Off

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Integral Practice

How you do anything is how you do everything. (Josh Waitzkin)

Every moment of human life is a rep. (Frank Forenchich, Beautiful Practice)


Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What is integral practice?”

It is the practice that integrates all other practices. I call it the Beautiful Practice.

We have a tendency to fragment and compartmentalize our experience. Integral practice is the realization that it’s all interconnected.

Every little choice, every little decision, every little movement, every little interaction… every single thing you do and experience is the Beautiful Practice.”

Fullness 2

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What is Fullness?”

“I consider the Body and the Mind as a single entity – the BodyMind.

BodyMindfulness, or simply Fullness is a unifying concept, integrating Mindfulness and Bodyfulness (Embodiment) into one.

This is an instance of Integral Thinking.”

The Beautiful Practice 7

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What is the Beautiful Practice?”

The Practice that integrates all other practices.

Another name for it is the Beautiful Game [<link; medium read].”

Habit Seeds

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

When installing a habit, it’s important to start small, and to make it fail-proof. You want to identify the smallest possible unit of the habit that is too small to fail – the atom, so to speak.

You can think of these tiny little habits as seeds that you can nurture and grow.

The best soil for new habit-seeds is the already existing structures – like other habits.

This way, engaging in the old habit becomes a trigger for the new little habit.”

“So, using your model, there are different types of seeds, which grow different types of habits. 

A 1-burpee seed will grow into a 5-burpee seedling. 
A 5-minute writing seed will grow into a pomodoro writing seedling.”

“You could say that.”

“What if you had a universal habit-seed that could grow into all others?”

“What do you have in mind?”

“As we’ve talked before[<link], the atom of the Meditation practice is 1 mindful breath. I call it the 1-breath meditation.

The universal habit-seed could be 1 breath. Let’s call it the mindful habit-seed.

This way, you turn the process of habit creation into Presence/Mindfulness practice.

You can start by planting mindful habit-seeds into key existing habits. This is a meaningful practice in itself. However, at a later time, you can grow these seeds into new mindful-habits, or use them to reclaim existing habits, that is, to turn them into mindful-habits.”

On Models and Meaning

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What is the fundamental unit of thought?”

“I’m thinking it has to do with language, because language fundamentally shapes our mental universe.

Is it the word?”

“Let’s take the word Love. The form is different in all the languages of the world, but the substance is the same.

The word is but a container for meaning.

Meaning transcends formal language.

Meaning is the universal language of thought, which is rooted in our shared human experiences.”

“So the fundamental unit of thought is the fundamental unit of meaning.”

“Yes.”

“What is the fundamental unit of meaning?”

The model.

To think in models is to speak the meta-language of thought. 

This has profound practical application in navigating and sculpting the universe of meaning. And I’ve only begun my exploration.”