Dear Friends, I finished mentoring for Write of Passage! If you are interested to know what I taught for the past 5 weeks, I wrote up a self-guided tutorial summarizing all the sessions, titled " Overcome Writer's Block with Loving-Kindness.
Communicating the Vector…Draft Version
What I haven’t yet included in the Kind Camp landing page is the bigger mission behind the offering. To be completely honest, it’s because the mission resides in this liminal space in my mind right now, where I can…see Point A and Point Z, but the Points in between are still nascent and fuzzy. Yet I know from internet sage Visa that “communicating the vector” (where one’s heading) is really important for projects requiring high amounts of momentum and group support.
So here are a few bullets…
- Point Z is some form of universal consciousness and/or ultimate happiness for everybody.
- Points Y to B are:
- Reflective writing:
- What it is: Reflective writing is the space between journaling and writing for an audience. How can we discover our vulnerable raw thoughts for ourselves, and then turn it into relatable and useful content for others? I have found a somewhat convoluted path to do this and can help others with theirs, but it will make sense to do so in community so we can put our heads together.
- How it helps: Along with meditation, I believe that reflective writing guided by Buddhist teachings + neuroscience frameworks may help others with deep discoveries of themselves. So that they can understand and be kinder to themselves, and in turn, be kinder to others. The writing itself may also benefit others by helping others feel seen and heard, or through the practical benefit of its content.
- Why it’s needed: Society is becoming increasing fractured, and writers can use their strengths in writing to heal the wounds. (This is a point that I’m still putting my finger on…because there’s actually a “split” in the type of people helped here. I can help introspective/reflective people be even more equipped, but I am unsure if this strategy can reach people who are not introspectively-inclined.)
- Vulnerable writing pathway: Right now, it’s quite challenging for most to share their most vulnerable selves through writing. Trolls abound and it’s easy to be misunderstood. But good writing is truthful writing, which sometimes means digging deep into one’s faults, insecurities, traumas. I had inadvertently stumbled upon defining the vulnerable → useful writing pathway for myself, and can help others with theirs.
- Mass Adoption: How can I get an average person to be aware of reflective writing?
- It would be ideal to use traditional publishing as an avenue of influence.
- It would be good if I can work with a community of kind writers who can help articulate the simplest, most effective path for reflective writing practices.
- …other points yet to be articulated…
- Point A is Kind Camp!
Point Z (universal consciousness/ultimate happiness for everybody) is quite a grand goal, and it feels egotistical to say that’s what I want to achieve. Yet I don’t think “Christin” is the one who is responsible per se. It’s more like universal consciousness/ultimate happiness wants to happen and I happen to be the vector for a part of it. And I increasingly see that getting agitated in achieving this goal is counter-productive, though old habits do die hard. 😉
- buddhist and neuroscience
- most resources aren’t really…clear
- want to find more specific correlates between eg abhidhamma and neuroscience
- more “experiential” neuroscience - psychophysics experiments
Meditation and Neuroscience, some odds and ends
cross-posted to LessWrong: https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/e6wHMpALit7ECwBnA/meditation-and-neuroscience-some-odds-and-ends] [About me: I'm the meditationstuff guy and the "folding" guy. I have a PhD in bioengineering, during which I did work with human clinical EEG (and also audited neuroscience and machine learning classes), but I'm not a neuroscientist, and I didn't run this by any practicing researchers before hitting publish.]
- personal mission
- the idea of someone being able to “figure you out” in a short timeframe seems a bit…strange
- the slow path is the right path
- universal consciousness
- sounds grand but isn’t a component of this just better empathy and understanding of each other?
- asking the right questions
- most of life’s problems are solved not by answers but by asking the right questions
- an artisanal / shokunin approach
- much like Japanese craftspeople…what can I do to continuously refine an hour experience to provide the maximal benefit for all?
- “Great product is subtlety compounded over time” - Will Mannon
Camping analogy Refresh yourself with encouragement Write your personal stories so you can help others Rekindling encouragmentt Kind camp - see notes, Dana, mission of allowing space for introspection for all
Add writers block re writing for an audience about your life experience
Identity to be adopted? Motivation to be a better practitioner myself
incorporate advertising for kind camp into kind camp, how?
Talk to 100 people about kind camp to explain it and hear people’s take (not to sell it)
pathway from vulnerable writing to sharing it to help the world
resilience / rejuvenating = building your own self-adjusting system that accounts for challenges you will meet as you encounter them
use your writing skills to heal society
practical path to non duality
Examples of vulnerable and powerful writing from others
What Getting Sued, Scammed, and Arrested Taught Me About Resilience
The moment that kicked off one of the most stressful 48 hours of my life began with a simple question over the phone. "This is the Financial Crimes Division of the FBI. Are you aware you owe back taxes?" It was March of 2017.