In part 3 of my overview of the Ten Components of “The Thinking Environment” I look at the 3rd component EASE!
This is a very important component because our presence and state of mind in the moment has a direct impact on the perception and response of the person or group we are communicating with.
Component Three – Ease
“Offering freedom from internal rush or urgency.”
“Ease, an internal state free from rush or urgency, creates the best conditions for thinking. Ease creates; urgency destroys.”
This the ‘take a deep breath’ Component for me. In mindfulness practices, one learns how to: “pay attention – in the present moment and nonjudgmentally to whatever arises in the field of your experience”.
” This resonates with me, as feeling at ease or creating ease with another, facilitates my connection with them.
When I am in a rush or agitated, I am not at ease and I certainly don’t put those at ease around me. My mind is not present, I am not focused or engaged, and I am certainly not in a thinking frame of mind.
I am a detail orientated, “black and white” person, and an organiser by nature. A consequence of this is that I am also a worrier. My mom always said that if don’t have any problems of my own, I will borrow somebody else’s, just to have something to worry about.
This makes me very conscious (okay, not always, but I am a work in progress) how ill at ease I can make others, so I have to be very mindful of my state of mind when engaging with others, to not only respect them but ensure they can connect with me through my calmer demeanour.
Creating internal ease for others, derived from providing a sense of comfort and security; and practicing the first two Components of Attention and Equality, create a solid foundation on which overall Ease can be created for someone else.
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