What is our motivation to read?
Expectations are to expand our minds, to get insights into life and perform better on daily basis.
Intuitively many people tend to favour non-fiction, because it talks about 'real' world rather than fantasy, but, to be honest, it is not true.
Non-fiction gives you somebody's opinion on a certain question, while a right choice of a novel might open up your internal wisdom, help you process important questions of life and death, loss and opportunity.
Reading is way more than a way to acquire information, it is a meditate inward process.
But... It is very hard to make a decision on what to read and why. Many lists tell you a bit about the book but not "the value proposition" on what you could discover by reading it. That's my goal 💅
// FOCUS 💡🌿
The focussed direction of your attention can be VERY powerful.
Most people (including myself) have untamed minds that jump frantically around from one thing to another, never truly attaining an optimal level of focus. In my experience, MEDITATION is the best tool for stilling the mind and calming chaotic neural activity. Allowing things to become clearer, or brought into focus.
I recorded the video below at 600mm with a pull simple focus. From my point of view the tree branch completely obstructed the moon. But focusing on the moon (what is far) makes the tree (what is near) disappear.
A similar message applies to life. When you focus on things to far away you loose sight of what is right in front of you and vice versa.
Focusing on just one thing makes you lose sight of everything else. Maintain a balance of focus to see the whole picture, but don’t let your focus run riot, as focus will be diverted away from what actually matters.
ABOUT OUR BRAINS. Understanding how your brains work and why you do things in a way you do is important not only in work, but for life in general.
In this post I'll present two different thinking modes + an exercise to practice.
Neuroscientists have been making profound advances in understanding the two different networks that the brain switches between:
>> focused mode (highly attentive state). It is when you concentrate on something that's already tightly connected in your mind, often because you are familiar and comfortable with the understanding concept. Your thoughts moves easily through the previously ingrained patterns and quickly settle on a solution. That's why sometimes it's so difficult to find a new creative solution to the problem you're solving.
>> diffuse mode (resting state). It is what happens when you relax your attention and just let your mind wander. This relaxation can allow different areas of the brain to hook up and return valuable insights, to see a "bigger picture". You can switch to a diffuse mode by going for a walk, doing meditation, yoga or simply watching something easy.
So these two modes are highly important for learning and solving problems. To find a new approach, you should first focus on a problem and then turn on a "big picture" diffuse mode.
And now you try! See whether you can form a new triangle that points down by moving only three circles. When you relax your mind, releasing your attention and focusing on nothing in particular, the solution can most easily come to you.
Let me know if it worked!
P.S. information was taken from the book "A mind for numbers" by Barbara Oakley. This is THE book that I highly recommend everyone to read.