“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”
― William S. Burroughs
I love problem solving. Give me a puzzle or a problem and I’ll worry at it like a dog with a bone or a chew toy. I’ll keep poking at it and prodding at it and looking at it from all angers. I’ll get frustrated when its not so easily solved. I might swear and walk away and then do something else and as soon as I resolve to do that, magic happens. Almost invariably the avenue to solving the problem presents itself as soon as I take a breath to do something else. It also helps to grab the dog’s leash and take her for a walk. The answers come then as well. It’s as if I program my consciousness with the known data and main avenues of approach and I start the program going and I walk away. I love that feeling when the penny hits the slot and the solution appears whole in my brain. There is very little like it. It’s just a matter of stopping. Well stopping and being open to the answer.
Try this experiment with me. Think about a question you’ve had in your mind for awhile. Anything that may be puzzling you will do. Think about it for a minute. Now get up and stretch. Still yourself.. Sh… listen, listen. Now let it go. Did a solution or a new approach offer itself? It’s amazing how often this has worked for me.
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