Common steps and sub-activities

Tedious repetitive tasks

In this technique we use functions we have learnt that we can perform automatically.

In effect, we take a particular task – one that is repetitive and requires no intellectual input,  no memory input and no learning and we perform it, over and over and over again.

Shelling peas, knitting [as long as the pattern is easy], any production line job, certain forms of dancing, treadmill walking, banging bones together, banging stones together, fingering the beads in a rosary or prayer beads  – there are any number of activities that would count as being repetitive and ‘mindless’ in operation.

Even weeding seems to work for some, down on your hands and knees going along row after row of vegetables or flowers, and not thinking about anything.

Instead of thinking of these tasks as pointless and tedious, we perhaps should instead think of them as a possible way of getting in touch with the composer – a form of meditation.  The very fact that they are mindless is the key – by removing any intellectual challenge, any use of memory other than the function itself, any use of desires or objectives, we have stilled the will – defeated the will into a sort of dormant state and in that state the composer can take over.

Sometimes the effects are involuntary  I came across examples of people on assembly lines who had extraordinary hallucinations from the repetitive nature of the job they were doing.  It was frightening for them, but if they had known, they might have looked on the experience with a more positive eye.

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