Thomas Leonard says in his twenty-fourth principle: Simplify everything.
Of course, we do simplify everything, everything that fits into our perceptual framework that is.
Nero Linguistic Programming (an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created in the 1970s. The title refers to a stated connection between the neurological processes (“neuro”), language (“linguistic”) and behavioral patterns that have been learned through experience (“programming”) and can be organized to achieve specific goals in life) talks about meta models of generalization, deletion and distortion.
We learn a few things, we are conditioned by a few experiences and then we generalize based on these. We use inductive logic to expand from the few to all, with insufficient support. We chunk up without establishing a foundation.
We also delete and distort what doesn’t ft into such generalization. Dogs bite but our pets don’t and our neighbor’s barking dog certainly does.
This is not Thomas Leonard meant.
Not having known him or taught by him, I guess i am at an advantage. I can take liberties. Perhaps he meant that we focus on what’s important.
This leads me to another diversion, that of another guru, Stephen Covey. He is the man who created the infamous “Two by Two Matrix” on what’s important and what’s urgent that time management experts swear by, without even understanding what’s wrong with it.
Urgency has NOTHING to do with importance and value, especially if it’s not urgent to you. When Covey and time management experts advise us to delegate what’s not important but urgent, do they really understand what they are saying. Dump the bull-ish on those who can’t refuse is the message.
There is only one category of stuff that’s worth doing and that is what you decide is really important to you. It’s your choice, simply make up your minds. Do remember to fit those with your values, purpose and vision.
Zen is not about purposelessness. Life’s journey is the purpose.
This is simplification. This is Zen. I am sure Thomas Leonard will approve.
Do this with everything, your thoughts, feelings, words and actions. Watch the magic happen and the miracle unfold.
Thanks zen coach!