Re: mindfulness and thinking
- View SourceDon't try to ride two horses at once.
Solving a maths problem, or most other worldly problems requires skill in dealing with concepts.
Mindfulness for the purpose of developing insight requires the observation of realities, leading to realisation of the mental process of thinking as impermanent, unsatisfactory, and not-self.
Where the second kind of mindfulness can come in useful is when a worldly problem seems to be insoluable, and so one gets frustrated, anxious, or confused. Then one can switch to contemplating those mental states to purify the mind, and thus regain mental composure.
When one ceases to struggle to solve the problem with excessive desire, and the mind becomes pure again, then the solution may become clear, or perhaps one will realise that the "problem" really did not to be solved at all as it was just something that arose from unskilled thinking.