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. 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, the person can use it to better effect their day to day existence, thereby enabling a happier, healthier life all around. Thus, the goal of ‘lessing’ on The Mindless Life 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. In which case, a tweak is required so that an odd mind won’t get caught up or create complications in their life.
Who knows… the general mindset might also benefit from a stronger understanding of this world. Besides, we all cross paths daily, so why not improve our relationships with one another while we are here?
The Mechanics of a ‘More-ish Mind’
“The drumming beats of a mind keeps me confined”
(my monkey mind)
Explained… This is my conditioned more-ish mind on duty (which 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 a cycle where it isn’t happy or satisfied because it doesn’t get its own way (hence the fragmentation). Each interchange can take place by the second, minute, hour or day.
Its Birth… A more-ish mind is born out of a mind that is used to receiving/converting a certain flow of ‘stimulation’ or ‘fuel’ of some sort before getting disrupted. As I have observed in myself, my mind goes from a line of good thinking which creates a pleasant state with the potential for elation, to then being stuck on bad thinking when its muscle or processor becomes exhausted or clogged up, leading to a pitfall of stress and anxiety. Therefore, my mind at this time can’t register any more good and pressure builds as a result of wanting it all back. 🥁 Condensed/Pressurised Thinking – The overthinker who is stuck in the red.
The Mechanics of ‘Lessing’
“As I observe these jolts or stronger waves, I notice that my mind slowly starts to behave”
(also known as entering the new Level 2 way or a stronger version of ‘Lessing’)
Explained… 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, and I continue watching: Now something steadies the pace and allows a greater space between each ‘blah’ as I go from drumming beats to a new humming in the green.
What Is ‘Lessing’ in Level 1?
To understand the overall stronger ‘Lessing’, let’s briefly look at the original 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, however subtle or intense these default commands go on pressing.
“Focus on your breathing 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 this case, I also stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system with my breathing to help quieten the sympathetic nervous system physically responsible for turning the heat up. Following on, lighter, positive suggestions are then used to further compensate for the negative or heavier pressure, which ultimately causes a temporary shift in my state 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 influence to ‘escapism’ using social media, booze and drugs (blatant escapism), I can apply the appropriate sweeping force that clears my mind to the side.
What Is ‘Lessing’ in Level 2?
Whereas ‘Mindlessing’ or ‘Being Mindless’ (in a light-hearted sense), is to simply observe deeper and see these 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.
‘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?
Typically, a general mindset will be able to manage their ‘lessing lifestyle’ more efficiently. Otherwise, it is an OVERLOAD that consumes people.
You see, when things get busy busy busy upstairs regardless of good or bad, 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 problems obviously to follow.
In regards to our Traditional Mindful Programs in Level 1, they often suit the General Mindset and 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!