Seems like I can usually tell when this is happening because I don't want to learn anything new for a while, and only want to watch silly, old TV shows, but this past period wasn't like that necessarily. I have been turned up at the artistic, creative level (music, sci-fi) but down at the thinking level (RS, mythology), and for someone who has a tendency to over think this was kind of a relief actually. Then the idea popped into my head that perhaps thredules on the surface are passing by and encouraging more temporal, feeling pursuits, which for me meant spending more and more time with music and storytelling. Now I wonder if this is related to the "short circuit" you mention below.LoneBear wrote:The term for that is a "dark night of the soul," where your mind has to undergo a reorganization of your world view, like a massive house cleaning. It sorts, simplifies and abstracts (indexes) so you can "see with new eyes." After the process completes, concepts you were struggling with before suddenly become remarkably clear--all the impediments to understanding have been swept under the rug.dave432 wrote:There are integration times, too, when I need to stop taking in new information and just sit with what I have for a while. This has been the case with me lately,
This may or may not be exactly related, but on the subject of a "short circuit" in the mind, I recommend a movie called "Mazes and Monsters."
I will try to be more aware of this. Right off the bat, I wondered if you could put yourself in a light meditation where you could still jot down a note to yourself so you might retrace your line of thought later, or maybe you could record yourself verbally making brief notes while you meditate. Could such brief notes be cues to re-connect the pathways, or is it possible that the memory is being affected instead of the pathway being lost?LoneBear wrote:I've noticed the same interference between mind and body, and have been taking some notes on it. In particular, when I'm focusing on a problem and making a lot of headway, quickly (during meditation, which I use to focus my mind), I will hit some kind of "mine" that will collapse the entire line of thought, like shorting it out...it's completely blown away.
Mechanically, something is firing off the brain's "inhibit" signal, that prevents certain neurological pathways from being followed during thought.
One thing you mentioned earlier I really liked, maybe you could somehow ask the mind to inhibit the short circuit instead of the pathway being inhibited? Easier said than done no doubt. On the other hand, a short circuit isn't always so bad if there is a more unpleasant alternative.