Diving into Problems or Solutions?


Reading is the fertilizer for the mind. We fertilize soil to improve crop yields and we need to enrich our minds with the best fertilizer-that is quality reading. The fertile mind of CityVP Manjit produced a comment that immediately made an idea vegetate in my mind. Manjit wrote "The value of Yellow Intelligence is not in becoming an intellectual, but appreciating the intellectual ability to reason, to form arguments and pay attention to the value of slow attention, rather than the fast-twitch attention which we are now familiar with in digital streams".Β 

We are progressively feeling the shrinkage of time and the urge to do things fast. Fast food, fast lane, fast reading and the list goes on. We are running out of patience. This could be a source of great troubles. We don't have breathing periods and if we do we don't breathe properly. Here is the paradox- the need to do things fast when we should slowdown to do what we do adequately. We are running out of breath chasing time and being out of breath we end up doing what we do wrongly.

I can't think of a better metaphor than diving. It makes no difference if we are diving in the sea or in the virtual sea of work and associated problems. You need to follow three simple rules to make proper and safe diving. It is amazing the abundance of three simple rules in nature and life. The three simple rules are:

1. Think slow

2. Think slippery

3. Breathe slowly

Notice the first rule- think slow. When we are diving fast into turbulent waters, we need to think slowly. Doubling your dive speed will require four times more energy from you. Likewise; doubling your thinking speed will take four times more energy. It is as simple as that. In rough waters don't consume your energy by trying to go faster. This is what we tend to do in fast attention- we only consume more energy and be too exhausted to do other thinking.


It is the same with breathing. You need to breathe slowly. Inefficient breathing leaves poor quality air in the air corridors. The next time you breathe you contaminate the fresh air with the residual poor air and not only you intake poor air, but also deprive self from inhaling good quality air. Breathing slowly increases your uptake of oxygen and your discharge of carbon dioxide simply because each breath stays in your lungs longer. It gives more time for gas molecules to pass between the millions of air sacs in your lungs and your bloodstream. You must exhale completely the exhausted air to get rid of it and fast exhales leaves low quality air in your body.
The same logic extends to reading. To inhale the air of good reading requires you to do it slowly and to slowly breathe out old misunderstandings, concepts, ideas and whatever toxic materials in your understanding body.

This is one prime factor why effecting change fail. People inhale the fresh air of change rapidly and it mixes with the "left-over" air from the past. People aren't given enough time to exhale old practices. We dive into the sea of change and fail not because the change is wrong. It is more because we change the wrong way.

Don't blame change; blame the way we try to implement fast changes.

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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#58
The best present is that which comes in small parcels. I say now and comes late as well. Franci Eugenia Hoffman- this buzz is dear to me on a personal basis. It received almost chilly reception at first. Then things changed slowly to culminate with your lovely comment and appreciation. SUrely, late and slow, but with great effect

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

This is one of best of your superb buzzes Ali Anani. Yes, there are times when we have to adapt quickly. Yet, if we step back and think it through before taking action, there is a lessened chance of errors and regrets. Plus the experience can be more memorable.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#53
Yes, Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD there are situations where a second makes the difference. I wrote about this a buzz on Fractal Times. However; this shouldn't be the rule.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#52
I am thinking of a suitable buzz to dedicate to you Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD. Your cheering spirit is a great motivator. Your comment and its full appreciation reflect your lovely character.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#51
@Mike Penny- - your comment is dear to me and if the buzz helps you not to miss the mark I shall be overly pleased. I wish you the best of the best of whatever you try.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#49
I appreciate your comment and sharing your lovely thoughts dear brother Amroussi Mohamed. Thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#47
Thank you my dear Anees Zaidi. Will do my best to make the visit

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#45
Tell me what fruits you eat I tell you who you are. This is my new approach to people because I have just found why you are so caring, understanding and genuinely sweet man dear Anees Zaidi. A visit to Lucknow bring luck now- the luck of sweetening self.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#41
" intriguing is equally, when i take notice a mango tree extract the nutrients from soil only constituents to produce mango. equally a guava plant extracts nutrients from the same soil, only to produce guava"- how did you know these two fruits are among my top favorites dear debasish majumder? I am serious. I want a soil to produce both and I need the nutrients for both. It is different when you plan for one of them. Purpose has a word in dictating what nutrients to ue. Thanks Debasish for this super comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#40
Melissa Hefferman- we don't only discover ideas here, but also discover people. A writer without feedback is walking in a foggy road and comments are the fog lights that help an author find his way. On both fronts you are admirable and I do consider you as one of my main discoveries here. Your comments have their essence and you mean what you write. I am privileged to know you and to connect with your sharp mind and caring soul.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#39
mohammed khalaf- with pleasure my friend

mohammed khalaf

mohammed khalaf

5 years ago #31

thank you for pick my friend

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#37
This is a super comment dear . Please share it as a post. It is not an individual experience; it is for all. Look at professors rushing to complete the curriculum. Look at ads claiming you shall master social media in fifteen hours.. We are rushing teaching, coaching and training. The consequences are shallowness. Your comment is extremely powerful and should be expanded into ten posts. You know may be even you would consider establishing a "Proper Teaching and Learning" Hive.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#33
I am so happy for this particular sharing and its relevancy Gerald Hecht. How this hive skipped my mind I don't know

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I appreciate your sharing this buzz in Psychology Hive dear Gerald Hecht. I am much obliged for this hive is the right one, which I missed.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
if only as beautiful as your spirit and comment are Gerald Hecht

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank you Glenn Melcher for making a comment that truly made me pause and think. The next post , already published today, builds on this buzz. I find your comment truly validated by the new post. Sometimes very great solutions like solving breathing problems creatively, from what appears to be simple ideas. Yes, simple they are; yet they only emerged because of the fact that "...often times it is not a quick". You are very correct my friend.

Glenn Melcher

Glenn Melcher

5 years ago #25

Another great post by Ali Anani PHD :natures insight is relevant and works.. Speed diminishes many things that are valuable.. It is the cause of many fatalities both seen and those that are not seen. It takes time to formulate solutions and build relationships that ultimately will provide solutions for problems.. Big problems are opportunities that are waiting for a solution.. Often times it is not quick..

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
Thank you Sara Sara Jacobovici because your comment paused my breath before responding. I published not on fractal breathing (which I am still planning to do) to Creative Breathing Idea as a natural build up on this buzz. Not only that, you remember sending me the link on breathing earth. The video kept brewing in my mind and resulted on the new buzz. One point you mentioned here is worthy of highlighting. You wrote ".. is such a "clear" reminder of our organic make up". It is great that we know we are organic; coupling this with inorganic or metallic opens the creative new possibilities as explained in my new buzz. Organic structures that combine with other smaller ideas that make our lives even more organic. I thrive on your trust and appreciation. You are truly a barometer for measuring the effect of any of my buzzes. Thank you, Sara

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
Thank you Sara Sara Jacobovici because your comment paused my breath before responding. I published not on fractal breathing (which I am still planning to do) to Creative Breathing Idea as a natural build up on this buzz. Not only that, you remember sending me the link on breathing earth. The video kept brewing in my mind and resulted on the new buzz. One point you mentioned here is worthy of highlighting. You wrote ".. is such a "clear" reminder of our organic make up". It is great that we know we are organic; coupling this with inorganic or metallic opens the creative new possibilities as explained in my new buzz. Organic structures that combine with other smaller ideas that make our lives even more organic. I thrive on your trust and appreciation. You are truly a barometer for measuring the effect of any of my buzzes. Thank you, Sara Palomino Vidal

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #22

From its title through to its conclusion and woven throughout the Buzz, Ali Anani takes us through the metaphors that will help us understand the differences between problems and solutions.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #21

I breath your Buzz in deeply Ali Anani's description of your Buzz as "another great thought stream"; a beautiful image of clear flowing water. In medicine, they still don't quite understand why when we breathe in, hold for a few seconds and breathe out, it actually lowers our pulse rate during the holding of the breath. The connections you make, and so poetically beautiful that I am sharing this with my Metaphor Hive, is such a "clear" reminder of our organic make up; everything we do on a higher cognitive level, think, work, strategize, make decisions. takes place in a very basic life form environment. Both our internal and external environments participate in a dynamic ongoing process; we can't achieve one function without the other. The last thing I would like to comment on is the phenomenon that takes place (and I wish for no one to need to go through this) when we are experiencing a threat; our perception of time seems to slow down. Again, this is not quite understood but it makes "sense" that we are given that important, as Frankl, refers to, space between stimulus and response to choose our response. Awaiting eagerly your next Buzz on fractal breathing.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #20

#12
Agreed Kevin Pashuk. I am reminded of a movie, probably early 70's, If It's Belgium, It Must Be Tuesday, a story of a European organized tour.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
you don't run with your legs, you run with your lungs. This is fantastic proverb by your father Sara Jacobovici. This comment fits very well with my buzz of today on breathing new ideas, which you inspired, Sara.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #18

#9
Nice perspective CityVP Manjit. My father who was an athlete used to say; you don't run with your legs, you run with your lungs.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
+ The slower choice wins and you go as SLOW as you may, while I chew my SLAW. Yes, I am lucky with your posting. Because I read French, I find it useful in helping me reading and a bit understanding Spanish.

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

5 years ago #16

#17
Oh my!! I have to take an emergency decision then... Hahahaha... Everything I post in Producer is in English and Spanish, if you are talking about "Pide un deseo - Make a wish" it is on both languages. I think... 😳

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
Great, but I am not because of yo Mamen Delgado. I have just noticed your share of a buzz in Spanish. I think it is on social media with a a very attractive image. Now, either I study Spanish or you write in english. Of course, whichever comes slower is better...

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

5 years ago #14

#8
Still breathing... πŸ˜‰

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
Knowing you now fairly well Anees Zaidi- I can think of your next post. I see the reddish leaves in your next post. These leaves are far away, but you know how to provide a substitute. Wonderful reply from the unfailing friend

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
The example o the guided tour is perfect Kevin Kevin Pashuk. Yes, this is so powerful that I am still thinking on how to build on it. I am expecting a flash pf light and may be your flashing camera is the source.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
The example o the guided tour is perfect Kevin Pashk. Yes, this is so powerful that I am still thinking on how to build on it. I am expecting a flash pf light and may be your flashing camera is the source.nd

Kevin Pashuk

Kevin Pashuk

5 years ago #10

Another great thought stream dear Ali Anani. In many organizations today, the emphasis is on 'achieving' rather than 'achieving the right things'. My wife and I just returned from a delightful trip to Italy's Cinque Terre region (www.flickr.com/photos/kwpashuk/27222577245). By nature these villages are laid back and are best experience through walking the streets and trails, or sitting in a sidewalk cafe. It is a savoury experience. As we were sitting in a cafe, the crowds from a tour group came 'marching' through the village, cajoled on by their tour guide. They had 'experienced' Cinque Terre, but more as a box to check off their list than a fulsome, life perspective altering, encounter. We saw the same 'check box' experience at the Vatican museum, where centuries of art and treasures are well displayed for appreciating - something one cannot do if they are stepping briskly through life.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
It is with great APPRECIATION I breathe my gratitude to you CityVP Manjit for always writing illuminating comments. I just leave it to readers to absorb slowly the deep meanings of your comment.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

5 years ago #8

It is when I learned that 100 meter Sprinters don't win by running hardest to the line, but the winner is the sprinter who can relax most through the line that I realized that so much can happen in a life journey that is not even 10 seconds. It would be ironic indeed that we may not be paying attention to even basic things like breathing, while the fastest man on Earth may have paid more attention to just 10 seconds. If there was one thing they should have taught me in physical education at school, it was to breath right and deeply - for most of my life I was consequently a shallow breather. These things make all the difference in the world when we become aware of them - and only when we engage the most precious gift of slowness - which is appreciation.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
I must admit that I saw your second comment first and was FAST to respond. Now, I discovered your first comment Mamen Delgado. Experiencing the difference between slow and fast make us live the experience. I am glad you did. Have a breathing day. Next buzz will be on Fractal Breathing. This shall respond more thoughtfully to your generous comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
Love is a smile as your photo is Mamen Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

5 years ago #5

Love the pic by the way...

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

5 years ago #4

My dear Ali Anani, I've read your post twice. I confess the first time was a quick reading and the second one has been a meditating reading while I tried to breath consciously. I needed that moment in this little crazy and busy morning I'm having πŸ˜‚, so I feel really grateful for the harmonious diving moment you gave me. And I'll try to keep this feeling as much as I can during the day.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
I wonder if it is my generosity as much as it is you my dear Laurent BOSCHERINI and your pulsating comment. BTW- my pulse increased because of your appreciative comment

Laurent Boscherini

Laurent Boscherini

5 years ago #2

Thank you dear Ali Anani for sharing your insightful metaphor. 28,800 of breaths an average person takes in a day, each of yours seems to carry the pulse of your generosity.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank you brother Amroussi Mohamed for writing an insightful comment and being first to comment. One fear I don't have, besides not fearing that time will disappear, that is you shall not write a good comment. Thank you

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