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07:13 am: the itty bitty sh!tty committee
I love that phrase. I love the concept.

OK, I don't love the concept, but I love the description of an inescapable phenomenon. How's that?

Jill Bolte Taylor describes a process of allowing herself 90 seconds of uncontrollable emotional reaction, then telling her IBSC to shut up, she doesn't want those thoughts.

Like, whoa.

Pema Chodron describes the process, during meditation, of sticking wayward thoughts with a pin as they float by like little balloons in the wind.

I'm not entirely capable of either of those reactions just yet, but my interest is certainly renewed.

I don't want to stop learning from my mistakes, of course - what a waste! But I do want to quit labeling things as mistakes when they're not. Merriam Webster says that a mistake is "a wrong judgment," and what I often label as mistakes were, in fact, the best possible judgment at the time. I may have made mistakes in not getting more information, but almost inevitably find (when I'm able to be objective, which takes a while) that there wasn't any way for me to know I needed more information without being omniscient.

And that, I'm not. But the IBSC expects me to be. So I need to tell them to shut up, or pop the balloon as it floats by.

Or, y'know, give myself a break sometimes.

I'm working on it.

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Date:April 22nd, 2010 12:12 pm (UTC)


Very interesting observations, Teddy's Mom. I'm trying to learn from them -- or better yet, apply them regularly to my own life. Now where did I put that balloon popper?

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Date:April 22nd, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)

dunno, but let me know when you find it?

I'd like to borrow it, please.
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