zen meditation and poor planning.
April 27, 2009 2 Comments
I was meditating outside in my yard today, in the nice warm sunny Pennsylvania afternoon. After zazen meditation,… a quite period period of letting go of thinking and staying in the here and now… I became aware of something…
I forgot to put sun- screen on.
I will point out that this was a bodily awareness, as I could feel the heat of my sun burnt skin.
perhaps a little rational planning could have been handy before my meditation– a period of letting go of rational thought, today.
I thought I’d take this time to explain, in laymans terms to descriptions of thinking, that we generally integrate together. Empirical testing and Rational thinking.
*empirical thinking is done by testing.
scientific testing in a lab, trial an error, “common sense” or personal experience
*rational thinking is done by comparing data to already determined principles.
Math uses theorems, planning and abstraction use logic, argument and systems previously tested.
The following are examples of the difference in production:
empirical – “If it works don’t fix it”
— something “works” is true, because it is tested in real time, as “working”.
rational: “why does it work… How can I make it work better”
–finding the cause of an effect (the work in the previous example)… to plan to make improvements of the effect. in rational thinking logic and used planning are used.
Both ways of thinking are important to be integrated together. For something to be truly Scientific: rational planning and empirical testing are used together, along with objective observation.
Some people are better at rational thinking, i tend to be much better at empirical testing and experience.
Today I have learned empirically, by testing and experience… sitting and meditating in the sun leads to sunburn.
Next time i can rationally plan to sit in the shade.