“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax…”
– William S. Burroughs
When researching Buddhism about a decade (and some change) ago I came across something called “remembrance.” The example given was trying to remember where you lost your keys, except that you did NOT lose them. You know where you left them…as soon as your mind focused on that, you would immediately remember where your keys were.
That has stuck with me to this day.
Another anecdote I have about memory is having to perform fancy footwork for a talent show my summer camp was hosting. My cabin had a choreographer who worked with boy bands like B2K and had trouble teaching us what was a complex move at 13 years old. I went to sleep replaying that section of my day. The next morning I was brushing my teeth and my feet started moving. One of my cabinmates exclaimed, “You’re doing the move!”
When I’m pondering something during the day and haven’t stumbled upon a solution, I don’t stress. I just make sure my mind’s clear before heading to bed and then let my mind wander to the problem I’m having. More often that not, a solution comes to me the following day.
Paul, thank you so much for sharing these stories. Powerful!
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