Year End Review #2

This is post number 52 of this year.

Which is not surprising because this is the last week of the year, and I have been posting every Monday of every week since this blog’s inception (even when I have tried not to).

The year started off with some strong mindfulness posts. After a few months, I posted about my lack of mindfulness while in the car and while the tv is on. But I found that I was not always lacking mindfulness. I posted about a spot I sat at during lunch that helped me bring my mind back to my senses. I typically focus on what I need to do and not what I have accomplished. Stepping Out of the Patterns was a rare post where I recognized my accomplishments.

Then I posted about how mindfulness can bring about action. This was a part of a series of posts concerning action. I wrote about rationality found in installing a gate. And how taking part in reality is how you truly understand reality. I used that aphorism while writing this post.

I wrote a few posts about how I attempted to find rationality in everyday life.

Throughout the year, I tried to post about specific rationality concepts that I could look for within everyday life. Logical fallacies. Occam’s razor. Confirmation bias. There was a nice visual guide to cognitive biases that I linked to here. I also attempted to explain the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning. I had to throw in the Monty Hall problem showing how we just don’t get statistics right off the bat. And one fallacy that I deal with all the time is Moving the Goalposts.

I questioned why practicing mindfulness was not common in Western society: here, here and here. I also posted about a possible way that mindfulness could become accepted within Western society. Along with that technology, I mentioned a technique that I used to help focus on my senses.

Mindfulness is a brick wall that stops a wandering mind and promotes a non-judgmental, objective point of view. And I wanted to understand how I practice mindfulness better. So, I started quantifying and analyzing it.

Speaking of analysis, I posted quite a lot about analyzing my life and how I think. Backed by other great thinkers calling for the analysis and understanding of your own and others thoughts, I took the mindfulness analysis and recognized some controlling thoughts.

I dove deeper into the types of thoughts that controlled my attention and found some clarity breakers. There were a few techniques that I attempted to use to break down controlling thoughts. And through these practices I found that quite often: my anticipations of things were incorrect and that there really is no silver bullet.

I have been writing this blog for over a year now.  I removed distractions. I am tracking my efficiency. And I am finding some interesting numbers.

I am moving forward.

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