The idea of lessing is nothing new. Various traditions spanning human history have tackled the problem of a more-ish mind, finding numerous ways to help one reach their full potential in life. Meditation, for example, addresses this issue in its own way. By following instructions (i.e., to focus on such things as breathing, a burning candle, or the sound of a mantra,) it allows one to shift their focus from the chatter of a more-ish mind, commonly known as ‘monkey mind’ in meditation lingo, thereby regaining clarity and control.
Once a mind is clear or the perception of the noise is gone, the person can use it to better effect in their day to day dealings, thereby enabling a happier, healthier life all around. Thus, the goal of ‘lessing’ in The Mindless Life 2.0 is similar to the goal of mediation in general, just approaching it from a different angle to cater for an odd mindset, calling it the new Level 2 way of mindlessing. In which case, a small but powerful tweak is applied so that an odd mind won’t get caught up or create further complications in their life.
Also, who knows… the general mindset might benefit in some way, shape or form from a stronger understanding of this world. Besides, we all cross paths daily, so why not improve our relationships with one another by knowing thy neighbour in a new light?
Let’s begin by looking at a ‘More-ish Mind’ and then a ‘Less-ish Mind’. Following on, we’ll explore Levels 1 & 2 of Lessing.
The Mechanics of a ‘More-ish Mind’
“The drumming beats of a mind keep me confined!”
(Aka our monkey mind.)
This is my conditioned more-ish mind on duty (tis is a mind demanding more of this & more of that!). Technically, it’s a fragmented machine that is used to escaping reality for whatever reasons before entering the next phase in the cycle where it isn’t happy or satisfied because it doesn’t get its own way (hence the fragmentation dividing up information that leads to different levels of pressure). Each interchange from one mood to the next takes place by seconds, minutes or hours depending on how up & down I am during this point in my life.
A more-ish mind is born out of a mind that is used to receiving/converting a certain flow of stimulation or satisfaction before getting disrupted. As I have observed in myself, my mind goes from a line of good thinking which creates a pleasant state that it likes to hold onto, to then being stuck on bad thinking when it either runs out of fuel or fails to register any more of the good stuff, which leads to a pitfall of stress and anxiety. Therefore, my mind can’t register any more ‘good’ from the exhaustion, and so it perceives a brief state of monotony before negative pressure builds as a result of wanting the initial desirable state back. 🥁 Condensed/Pressurised Thinking – The overthinker who gets stuck in the red.
The Mechanics of a ‘Less-ish Mind’
“As I observe these jolts or stronger emotional waves that come with the overbearing narrative (aka noise), I notice that my mind & body start to behave and act in a way they never have before.”
(This is also known as entering the new Level 2 way or a stronger version of ‘Lessing’.)
Ok, so I’ve had enough of it all. Something inside me clicks and I start seeing my circular programs (escapes and demands) in action and rotation more often, and I prioritise ‘watching them’ over the conventional ‘fixing them’ methodology 🔎. This is the first serious shakeup to my system. Something beyond Spacetime eventually steadies the pace and allows greater spacing between each ‘blah’ as I go from heavy drumming beats to a new humming in the green, so to speak.
What Is ‘Lessing’ in Level 1?
To understand the overall stronger ‘Lessing’ quality, let’s briefly look at the original or conventional version, starting at meditation.
‘Traditional Lessing’ (aka being mindful & general meditation) is my effort to bring an immediate change in my state of mind through a program or demand that redirects my attention away from the noise, however subtle or intense these default commands go on pressing. I am basically creating a short term space.
“Focus on your breathing in order to slow down your mind”
In other words…
My attention is taken away from the troubles by manufacturing a psychological space via a deflection method in unreality. In reality, I also stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system with my deep breathing to help relax the sympathetic nervous system which is physically responsible for turning up the heat. Following on… more positive suggestions and imagery in unreality are used to further compensate for the negative or heavier pressure, which ultimately causes a temporary shift in my state of mind while any outstanding problems go dormant for a short while. What more can I say…? This process is my beloved release valve!
From ‘winding-down’ using subtle forces to ‘escapism’ using excess social media, booze and drugs (moving into blatant escapism), I apply the appropriate sweeping force that’s needed to clear my mind of the noise.
What Is ‘Lessing’ in Level 2?
‘Mindlessing’ or ‘Being Mindless’ (in a new, light-hearted sense), is to simply observe deeper and see all programs INTERCHANGE from a positive to a negative, then back to a positive again as the relentless cycle begins to unfold. In turn, this allows a natural shaping to take place gradually. Thus I won’t be so up and down over a LONG TERM investment.
Needless to say, this ‘cleaning up’ can only occur once I acknowledge my typical noisy mind and its interchanging 😖, otherwise all this jargon will make little sense. The word ‘Mindless’ would continue its labelling across inferior qualities if this condition is not met.
‘Lessing’ in the new Level 2 context stems from another world and isn’t a conscious demand. It occurs naturally from observing at a wider, deeper angle.
To understand Psychological Less, one must explore the nature of Psychological More and vice versa.
What Is the Potential Negative Consequence of Lessing in Level 1?
Typically, a general mindset will be able to manage their ‘lessing lifestyle’ more efficiently. Otherwise, it is an OVERLOAD that consumes people. An overload of ‘good’ will overload with ‘bad’, and so the cycle would start its grip again.
You see, when things get busy busy busy upstairs regardless of good or bad sensations, this can act as a hypnotic weight for a Highly Sensitive Mind (off with the fairies!). Which means, there is a greater chance of complacency in the outer world and more problems to follow…
Therefore, in regards to our Traditional Mindful Programs in Level 1, they often suit the General Mindset but are not for everyone as hoped. For others, we run better on an emptier mind…
Never Mind! No mind! Less mind. Etc.
Get the drift?
Now say goodbye to the traditional-only sense and Welcome Aboard The Mindless Life 2.0!