The Breakpoint

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For years I worked in computer programming (my BEng is in Computer Science) and more and more I realise how what I learnt applies to ‘human programming’.
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You see, we humans carry out simple ‘programs’ all the time. You want to make a cup of coffee? You don’t really think about it, you just make one.
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Likewise, you want to ignore the discomfort of your life situation? You just run the programs that reach for the chocolate, or the gin, or your smartphone.
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You can try replacing the programs with new ones. That’s how ‘mindset’ work is done.
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Or, as we used to do with the computers, you can set a breakpoint.
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What that does is interrupts the program when certain circumstances arise, and let’s you examine the full state of the machine.
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You can examine the inputs, the outputs, the memory, the arithmetic unit, the states of any devices connected to the computer.
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In my view, that’s how mindfulness works… it allows us to examine our own state in detail; and it allows us to set a breakpoint to interrupt us when we’re about to perform a harmful program.
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It takes work. It takes time. But it’s well worth it.
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Wouldn’t you like the power to ‘debug’ your own software and hardware?
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Begin with meditation.
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