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The Third Self: Mary Oliver on Time, Concentration, the Artist’s Task, and the Central Commitment of the Creative Life – Brain Pickings
on interruptions to work + selves she's...arrogant about art in a way I find distasteful - exclusive

"the interruption comes not from another but from the self itself, or some other self within the self, that whistles and pounds upon the door panels and tosses itself, splashing, into the pond of meditation. And what does it have to say? That you must phone the dentist, that you are out of mustard, that your uncle Stanley’s birthday is two weeks hence. You react, of course. Then you return to your work, only to find that the imps of idea have fled back into the mist."

"Certainly there is within each of us a self that is neither a child, nor a servant of the hours. It is a third self, occasional in some of us, tyrant in others. This self is out of love with the ordinary; it is out of love with time. It has a hunger for eternity."

"In creative work — creative work of all kinds — those who are the world’s working artists are not trying to help the world go around, but forward. Which is something altogether different from the ordinary. Such work does not refute the ordinary. It is, simply, something else. Its labor requires a different outlook — a different set of priorities."

"The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time."
focus  creativity  writing  concentration  process 
25 days ago by emmacarlson
How to Actually, Truly Focus on What You’re Doing - The New York Times
include deep work blocks on my calendar like meetings or appointments and then protect them as you would a meeting or appointment.
concentration  nyt  focus  work 
5 weeks ago by outkast
Unplugged: what I learned by logging off and reading 12 books in a week | Books | The Guardian
Perhaps it’s not surprising that, in the context of a perfectly designed reading experience, it was easy to avoid distraction. But too many of the arguments about social media “addiction” pay no attention to context when they should. Many of the ostensibly “addicted” social media users are always working, trapped at our desks or in our cars, eyeing our phones, perpetually on call. Like coffee, the little dopamine hits of a “like” or “fave” are an affordable pleasure in a world of constant work.
books  deep_work  concentration  social_media  work  life 
7 weeks ago by andrewsardone
Willenskraft - Wie erlernt man Selbstkontrolle? | Wissen | SWR2
Ab heute keine Süßigkeiten mehr! Ich will Karriere machen! Für solche und andere Vorhaben braucht man einen starken Willen, der einen auch mal die Zähne zusammenbeißen lässt.
howto  knowledge  living  psychology  self_organisation  force_of_will  self-improvement  self_control  concentration  swr  video  2018 
november 2018 by navegador
Never look at pictures from concentration camps the same way again: The tattooed numbers were primary keys to a punch card processed by Dehomag D11 machines. Personal data can kill. #PrivacyMatters #BuildStuffLT @BuildStuffLT via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  camp  concentration  holocaust  identity  wwii 
november 2018 by ChristopherA
Coffitivity Offline | Desktop Application for
Coffitivity Offline recreates the ambient sounds of cafes to boost your creativity and help you work better.
noise  concentration  focus  writing  offline  coffitivity 
november 2018 by winterhart14
SigmaTropic - Discussion -
So when observing an object, be it the breath, a body sensation, the state of mind, etc. it becomes very clear that the object has a self-sustaining nature to it, i.e. keeps doing its thing effortlessly of it's own accord, but this fact is obscured by dukkha, in that the sense of an agent "doing" something is intimately tied in with a sense of strain or fatigue.

This strain is noticeable at it's root in the form of a sense object, mental evaluation, and grasping or aversion, and these root mental movements form the foundation of the sense of "doing" or agency, or the "me" doing. I've been observing this process and how the sense of agency arises out of these building blocks and the subsequent suffering that arises because of it.

I've noticed that this thing we call "concentration" really shouldn't be thought of as a "me" attending to an object, rather as letting the object be of it's own accord without grasping, and noticing the grasping that introduces the sense of self and superimposes it onto an object. When this process is noticed with sufficient clarity, the object concentrates itself.
october 2018 by zachwtaylor

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