Thinking types are often accused of being in their heads. But advising them to get out of their heads is about as useful as advising Doing types to get out of their bodies. So a technique that include observation can be a good place for Thinking types to begin mindfulness practice.
Vipassana is a form of meditation that focuses on self-observation. The video below is a meditation on the thinking process.
Sherlock Holmes and Mindfulness Training
Sherlock Holmes appears to have become the poster child for mindfulness of late. Maria Konnikova has written a book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes.
Conan Doyle’s Holmes had taught himself to observe on a regular, almost superhuman basis. For him, taking note of the myriad inputs from his surroundings was a matter of course. He was never not observing, never not in touch with his environment. He had mindfulness down to an art. Most of us aren’t as careful.
–“Don’t Just See, Observe: What Sherlock Holmes Can Teach Us About Mindful Decisions,” Maria Konnikova, Scientific American
As a model of mindfulness, Holmes might be especially appealing to Thinking types.
- Lessons in Mindfulness from Sherlock Holmes, Brain Addict (bigthink.com)
- Review: Mastermind (marksarvas.blogs.com)