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Where does a cloud end and the sky start? How many hairs can a bald man have? The answers depend on the definition. You could say that a cloud ends when the percentage of water vapor is below a certain point. You could say that it ends when you can see through it. But opaqueness varies from different vantage points. Are men bald only when they have no hair at all? How much fringe do you need to not be bald? The more you think about these questions or try to define them, the less you understand. These are ambiguous, nebulous thoughts, the answer depends on the context.
Actions can also be nebulous. Actions that if you try to do them you fail at doing them. If you try to go to sleep, you won’t go to sleep. If you try to meditate, you won’t meditate. You can create ideal circumstances, create the intention, and then relax into it, but any effort you put into it is counterproductive.
I’m taking a course right now on the Alexander Technique. Alexander Technique, while difficult to define, is to me the art of getting into a Flow State. But it’s meta because Alexander Technique is itself a nebulous action. If you analyze it you will complicate it too much to actually do. Any conscious effort takes you out of the mindset.
Confused? I put nebulous action in terms of Zeno’s paradox. Zeno said that if you’re going from point A to point B, first you have to go halfway between those two points. Before you go halfway, you have to go a quarterway, and before that an eighthway, and so on. Because there’s an infinite amount of steps, it’s impossible to do. If you analyze and overthink about something, you can complicate it and come up with ridiculous obstacles. But if you just do it, it’s easy.