In his work ” Introduction of Permaculture“, Mollison explains his use of “zoning” to allocate areas of gardening and agriculture in a landscape. “Zones”, are prioritize by importance and demand of work. most important and/or work/time intensive crops are located closes to the dwelling area. Un-farmed areas are designated as “the wild”.
Mollison’s (and fellow permaculture father Dave Holmgren) application of zoning is, essentialy, the act of organizing one’s environment — in the case of permaculture — the garden or farm, around and including living-space. In the image above the living quarters in graphically centered; the most labor intensive and important areas of the garden are kept close .. the least important tasks are pushed to “the wild” or unmanaged land.
I’ve been thinking about the Permaculture method of zoning in gardening and agriculture and I have wondered if one could apply (pattern, if you will) zoning to managing the flood of stimula and information that seems thrown at us in our day-to-day busy lives.
So many things we sense or think about in any moment of our conciousness, One could easily feel overwelmed and overloaded.
I am wondering if i can make a connection with Gestalt talk as well, as one visualize zones as figures formed out of a ground (what Mollison calls the wild) by designers.
Could one organize, or garden , his rough conciousness landscape of raw stimuli, senses thoughts, worries, brainstorms and activities? Keep the meaningful tasks, ideas and concerns close and push meaningless data to the backgound?
From Dischord find Harmony
— Albert Einstein *
Image, senses and thoughts arise as Gestalts, figures from the backround of constant noise,dischord… It’s up to you and I to decide what is meaningful, important at a given moment, and reject unimportant information, zone back to “the wild”, or background.
so how can i improve my abilty to “zone” the flood of information each day?
one way could be to create a simple todo list:
here is one: Pennsylavania Echoes — Todo List.
I keep a todo or task list on my computer, also a calendar — and I have learned not to worry about them until I look at them again.
Another way to learn how to stay relatively “mindful” of important things in the moment and filter out the meaningless to “the wild ” or “backround”:
Sit or stand somewhere in …
- relax, be confident, be square in posture.
- breathe in and out from the belly
- become aware of your breathing
- when you catch you mind thinking of some else return to step one
I like this breathing exercise and practice often. I am less distracted by unimportant thing in the present- centered moment.
When being mindful of only breathing, breathing fills the whole of mindfulness, a single zone, while all else is ignored and left to the backrground of wild data.
Overtime, breathing exercises and meditations are helpful in developing an intuitive ability to zone:
cognating and doing what is important at the moment, and letting go of the unimportant.
Its a great way to reducing stress, feeling more organized, focused and at-peace.