Tag Archive | Resetting


Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What is Resetting?”

“By Resetting I mean returning to a baseline, to a set reference-point. 

In practical terms, that can mean returning to a balanced, more resourceful / receptive state.

Resetting is a tool.”

“Can you give some examples of how you use the tool?”

“Here’s a few:

Centering (Proactive/Reactive)

This can mean reconnecting with your BodyMind.
It can mean reconnecting with your Center, however you define it for yourself.”

“How do you define it for yourself?”

“I think of my Heart as my Center, and through it I access my Meta-Values [<link; short read], Love, Gratitude, Beauty, and Play, which have a powerful priming effect.

Equanimity (Reactive)

Recovering mental balance once lost, ideally in the moment. This can be done in various ways, depending on the circumstances.

One way is by focusing on what you can control.
What happened a few moments ago is the past, hence outside your control. What you can control is what you do this moment.

I like to perform this reset with a mantra:

Every moment is a fresh beginning. (T. S. Eliot)

Or, with a slightly different nuance:

Every end is a new beginning.

Another way is by focusing on Dignity.
Remembering your inherent worthiness, and everyone else’s.

A powerful mantra I use is:


Humility (Proactive/Reactive)

Bringing to mind the limits of your knowledge and understanding, and the limits of understanding itself.

For this, I use two beautiful mantras:

I know one thing: that I know nothing. (Socrates)


I don’t know.

Emptying your cup (Proactive/Reactive)

Letting go…

Letting go of assumptions.
Letting go of evaluations / judgments.
Letting go of desires and expectations.


The Essence of Models Thinking

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What is the essence of Models Thinking?”

Looking at an instance and extracting a general principle that has practical application.

Let’s take an example. What do all these have in common?

Every moment is a fresh beginning. (T. S. Eliot)

Empty your cup.

Beginner’s Mind

I don’t know.

“I don’t know.”

“The first one is something we’ve talked about before. As you may recall, I’m using this quote as a tool for recovering balance. What I called the ‘mental reset‘ [<link; medium length].

The quote is the instance. The general principle – the (metaphoric) model – is resetting, returning to a balanced, more resourceful / receptive state.

The model is an interpretative key, a filter.

On the surface, the four I listed have nothing in common. Viewed through the filter however, all of them become mantras, mental tools for recovering balance, each with their own subtle nuance.”

Lover of Wisdom 2

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“When dealing with such a complex topic, how do you approach it?”

I start by saying to myself ‘I don’t know‘.

“But you do know quite a lot about it.”

“The point of it is to ’empty my cup’, to remind myself of the limits of my knowledge, and to approach it from a position of (epistemic) humility.”