Weeknote 453

July 28th to August 3rd

Nothing too special happened last week, so I intended to write about something which has been causing lots of electro-chemical reactions in my brain. Let me start by saying this: I failed. I wrote several drafts, edited them… and hit the delete button.

About 1,5 years I started to meditate. At least once a day I try to sit down for 20 minutes and practice "present-moment awareness”.

When I’m into something, I try to get my hands on as many books as possible, so I read a bunch about mindfulness, psychology and eastern philosophies in the last months.

When reading such texts (any non-fiction texts for that matter), my mind always tries to make connections. What are the underlying principles? How can this be applied to that? If this works for A, could it work for B and C as well?

I often thought about how these ideas – and even more important: experiences* – transfers to a specific field like design. What can we learn from the principle of Pratītyasamutpāda for our creative processes? What has to do with creating layouts?

Well, believe me, I had some pretty cool chain of thoughts. Or so I believed. Because once I tried to put them into words, I struggled. So now I’m sitting here, dying to tell you about what’s going on in my head – and I can’t. Maybe it’ll need some more time to be so clear about it that I can translate it into words.

And so ends this weeknote, in where I write about something I couldn’t write about.

*) While many try to gain “enlightenment” (whatever that is) through zazen (sitting meditation), some even say that the practice itself is enlightenment. Anyway, it’s something you have to experience and can not learn intellectually.

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