Month: April 2014

Flow and Being Nirāčārya

Nirāčārya: Jack of All Trades and Master of None

No one can claim mastery of anything, because absolute mastery is a misrepresentation. An individual can only, within reason, demonstrate competence within a role-based scenario.

I base this essay about being nirāčārya on my actual challenges as a creative designer, and my impetus for transition (sandhyā) from one role to another, in a troubling and uncertain economic climate. I claim the non-glamorous title of being nirāčārya – a Jack of All Trades and a Master of None. I am a generalist who derives innovation from dispassion (vairāgya) from modality. In my experience, being nirāčārya involves a dynamic and pragmatic quality of, typically haptic, engagement, which I define as mindfulness (a.k.a. flow).

Flow = Mindfulness

Mindfulness is not meditation, although it can be an object of meditation, e.g. mindfulness meditation.

The practice of mindfulness can be a means (upāya) and an end (upeya) in itself.

The term “flow” is being used in creative circles to mean mindfulness, which is the experience of being in the zone where your creative juices flow, unabated.

Massage therapy, which I am currently studying and practicing, involves the flow of partner communication between therapist and client.

Mindfulness supports the capacity to learn and adapt to challenge.

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