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Lens-Stacking

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What is lens-stacking?”

“We’ve talked a while ago about lenses [<link; medium read]. Perceptual-models that influence one’s perception of reality.”

Reality-Filters. I remember.”

“Lens-stacking is the process of combining lenses to amplify their effect.”

“Can you give an example?”

“Values can be lenses. I call this type of values instrumental values

My primary instrumental values are four:

Love
Play
Beauty
Gratitude

Combined, they form a powerful lens-stack – a tetrad

In combining lenses, you’re creating structure. A tetrad can be arranged in various configurations.

Tetrad configurations

The ones I’m going for are the last two.

Representationally, the four values are perfectly interconnected – each of them is connected with all others –, and Love is central.

Functionally, the sequencing – the order in which you access them – matters because they subtly build upon one another.

My sequencing is LBGP:

Love
Beauty
Gratitude
Play”

Moving Meditation

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What are the two most important practices?”

“Movement and Meditation.”

“Why?”

“Movement is essential physical training.
Meditation is essential mental training.

Movement is an essential pillar of Health and Energy.
Meditation is an essential pillar of Concentration – maintaining your Attention on one thing and cutting through distractions.

Both are essential prerequisites for clear Thinking and Peak Performance.”

“If you see them as two distinct entities, you can only practice them sequentially. That is inefficient use of time.”

“What do you suggest?”

Integrate them into one practice: Moving Meditation.

This way, whenever you practice one you also practice the other, thus increasing practice density. [<link; short read]

To make the practice memorable, you can think of it as yummy food for your BodyMind, and you can access it through their combined initials.”

“MM… It makes me smile, I like it.

MM also makes me think of Memento Mori and Mental Models.”

“The more things you connect it with, the better. Each of those things is a potential reminder for the practice.”

On Implementation: Micro-Moments of Positivity

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“How can I implement micro-moments of positivity [<link; short read]?”

“What is the essence of those moments?”

“Feeling?”

“Precisely. Every micro-moment of positivity is one or more feelings.

This suggests two aspects of the practice:

amplifying those feelings when they occur
generating them when they don’t

You can amplify them through emotional flooding [<link; short read] – or stacking, to use a different metaphoric-model.

Whenever someone makes you smile or laugh for instance, you can access the feelings of Love and Gratitude (Loving Gratitude [<link; short read])

To generate them, you need to get clarity on what they are.

How do you want to feel consistently?

“I want to feel Joyful, Peaceful and Energized, Loving, Playful and Grateful.”

“If you were to make one of them central, what would it be?”

“Love.”

“You can use Love as a gateway to access all others, and you can use all others to find your way back to Love.

Back to your initial question.

What is the essence of the practice?”

“Having as many micro-moments of positivity as possible throughout the day.”

“We might say the purpose is to increase their density.

Local density – how many you access at once.
Global density –  how many times you access them in a day.

We’ve already touched upon local density with emotional flooding. 

To increase global density, connect it – stack it – with your Presence practice.

That’s another practice you want to do as often as possible during a day.

The core of the Presence practice is Centering – connecting with yourself, with your beautiful BodyMind and the Core of your Being. 

Whenever you Center, Breathe, Smile, Expand, and access one or more of those beautiful feelings. 

You’re thus turning every centering-moment into a micro-moment of positivity.”

Practice-Stacking

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“What is practice-stacking?”

“It means looking for ways to practice multiple things at the same time as a means to increase density [<link; short read].

One way to do that is by creating a hierarchy of practice. Something like this:

Whenever you’re practicing anything at the lower levels, you’re also practicing all the levels above it.

You’re not just practicing Learning, Movement, and Connection.

Lovingly and Playfully,
you’re practicing Mindful Creative Learning, 
you’re practicing Mindful Creative Movement, 
you’re practicing Mindful Creative Connection.

Expanding it, and expressing it as a directive,

Do everything lovingly and playfully, mindfully and creatively.

The Juxtaposition Game

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“How do you practice Creativity?”

“One way I like to practice is by playing a little game I call The Juxtaposition Game.”

“What’s it about?”

An important Creativity skill is the ability to generate random output.

There’s a practice I know from a TED talk called 3 random words – coming up with 3 random words in quick succession.

The Juxtaposition Game is a similar practice which I invented for myself, but with two random words instead of three.

The essence of Creativity is connecting things.

After I generate the words, I play with discovering connections between them – the goal is to discover as many connections as possible, both literal and metaphoric –, and to making up a little story including both. 

By viewing it through the lens of Humor, I practice Humor as well. The juxtapositions themselves can be funny, and/or the connections between them, and/or the story.”

“Practice-stacking?”

“Indeed.

This is a high-density practice. I practice randomness, making connections, storytelling, Imagination and Humor at the same time.”

On Celebration and Stacking

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“A beautiful idea I got from BJ Fogg’s book Tiny Habits is that the most important factor in habit creation is Celebration. By celebrating immediately after the desired habitual behavior, you make it more likely to engage in it next time.

You may have heard the idea that it takes 40 days to install a new habit. Actually, the more intense the celebration, the less time it takes to install a habit.

“How can you increase the intensity of the celebration?”

“One way to do it is by stacking several practices on top of it, thus amplifying the emotional effect.”

“A kind of emotional flooding [<link; short length]?”

“Yes.

The way I do it is as follows:

That’s like me! (Practice: Celebration)

I love you Dani. (Practice: Self-Love, Connecting with my Inner Child)

I love you Dani-who-I-will-be. (Practice: Self-Love, Connecting with my Future-Self, Recommitment)

I love you [the name of one person whose life touched mine]. (Practice: Active Love)

Thank you [for one thing, or to one person]. (Practice: Gratitude)

I say it like a little mantra.

I’m not only amplifying the celebration, but also practicing several things at once. This is what I call a high-density practice.”

“Do you do this every time you celebrate?”

“No. I say it strategically, when I need it most.”

Beautiful Models: Skill-Stacking

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“What is skill-stacking?”

“It’s an idea I know from Scott Adams.

Scarcity creates value. 

In order to be successful in life, you need to make yourself scarce. You can achieve that in two ways:

Become the best at one skill. (very hard)
Become very good at a combination of skills.

The more unique (and useful) the combination, the better off you will be.

We can expand the idea by thinking of it in terms of synergy.

The more synergistic the combination of skills, the more powerful their combined effect. We might call this synergistic skill-stacking, or skill-combo.

I’ve read a book about polymaths [<link] recently, and the author makes the interesting observation that synergistic skill-stacking is one of the defining characteristics of polymaths.”

“So the idea is not just to combine skills, but to artfully combine them.”

“Yes. 

I find it useful to create a map for the process – a skill-stacking map.

Something like this:

My skill-stacking map

“Thinking of it as a system, what is its function?”

Adaptability.

On Love and Gratitude: Stacking

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“What’s your most powerful practice?”

Loving Gratitude [<link; short length], or Grateful Love.

“Is this an instance of practice-stacking, so that whenever you practice one you also practice the other?”

“It is that, and more. It’s an instance of concept-stacking [<link; short]. I’ve fused the two concepts together, so that whenever I think of one I also think of the other.”

“Can you give a practical example?”

“Each practice has an associated mantra. 

For Love it’s ‘I love …‘ 

eg

I love x. (Template [<link; medium])

I love climbing.
I love learning.

I love you x.

I love you Dani.
I love you Dani-who-I-was. 
I love you Dani-who-I-will-be.

I love you my dear Body.
(Self-Love)

I love you Life.
I love you Day.
I love you Moment.

I love you x for y.

For Gratitude it’s ‘Thank you …

eg

Thank you.

Thank you for y.

Thank you x.

Thank you x for y.

Whenever I express Gratitude by saying ‘Thank you …‘, I also express Love for something related to it by saying ‘I love …

Whenever I express Love by saying ‘I love …‘, I also express Gratitude for something related to it by saying ‘Thank you …‘”

Painting with Meaning 4: Representation-Stacking

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“We’ve talked before about beautifying representations [<link; medium length]. By making an activity more meaningful, you can make it more attractive, hence more likely to engage in it.

One way to do it is by stacking representations – what I call representation-stacking.”

“Can you give an example?”

“Think of your Presence practice.

In order to deliberately practice something, you need to think of it. You activate it with a thought. 

The likelihood of regularly engaging in it depends on how meaningful it is for you. 

Why are you practicing Presence?”

“Because it’s beautiful.”

“In this case, you can activate it by thinking ‘Beautiful Presence‘ instead of just ‘Presence’, thus connecting it with the meaning of it. 

Another question to ask yourself is:

How do you want to practice Presence?”

“Joyfully.”

“So you can think of it as ‘Joyful Beautiful Presence‘. This is the stacking part.

As a side note, you can add more nuance to it. Beauty, for instance, can answer both the Why and the How questions. Beautiful Presence can refer to both the beauty of the practice, and to engaging in it beautifully, aestheticizing the practice. 

Representation-stacking is a process of selection and amplification. Making an 80/20 selection of the representations that are most powerful for you, and sequencing [<link; short] them to make them build on one another, in order to amplify their effect.

For instance you can end up with something like ‘Loving Playful Grateful Beautiful Joyful Sacred Presence‘. It’s longer, but if it makes you always remember the essence of practice, it’s worth it.”

Beautiful Models: Meta-Practice

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“What is meta-practice?”

“It is a higher-order practice. 

It can refer to an instance of hierarchization, creating a practical hierarchical relationship between two or more practices.”

“Another kind of stacking?”

“Yes. It’s basically stacking where order matters.

For instance let’s take Movement and Embodiment. By creating a hierarchical relationship between them, 

Embodiment
Movement

you’re integrating them into one practice, clarifying your focus, and establishing guidelines. Embodiment here is the meta-practice, a metaphoric lens through which you view the Movement practice. Movement as Embodiment practice.

Meta-Practice can refer to an instance of generalization, practically expanding in scope from the particular to the general.

Every obstacle you encounter is a practice – learning how to effectively deal with that particular obstacle.
Every obstacle can also be a meta-practice – learning how to effectively deal with any obstacles. You’re not just practicing one thing, but all things similar. I like to call obstacles seen as a whole, the Obstacle.”

“Another instance of integration?”

“Indeed. We might call this model generalization / integration.

The meta-practice is having the insight to focus on the Obstacle, not just the obstacle.