My favourite mindhack

I’m quite sure a lot of people will think I’m crazy after reading this, but I’m very sure that even more of you already think I’m crazy, so I’m going to go ahead and say it. I’m not going to go into the details of what the definition of a mindhack is (just click the word and learn), but I’ll tell you a trick of mine I use.

Understand that you’re lucky if you’re reading this. You have access to internet, which is an indicator of at least a basic level of wealth. You have no reason to feel sad, because people who do with less sometimes feel happier than you. This is part of my philosophy and I understand that happiness exists within and has no direct relation with any external reality.

Whenever I feel a bit down, I often wonder why this is. Why am I feeling bad? Is there a good reason? No. Whatever the reason is you’re feeling bad, you should not let that thing make you feel bad. Whether it was someone who was rude to you, nasty traffic or some bad luck… Don’t let it be worse than it is, by holding on to it and feeling bad.

So basically, I decided there is never a good reason to feel down. It never helps. So what I do is the following… The first step is that I basically think of BUNNIES! White bunnies! And it’s good to think of this word in a playful way while you visualize it… bunniiiieesssss! Then you can take these bunnieesssss and make them do something… Like dance to an AC/DC song. Make it ridiculous! The more ridiculous, the better!

Call me crazy, but it works. I usually laugh about how crazy it is to walk the streets and be thinking about white bunnies dancing to AC/DC. I fantasize about “what if other people knew I was thinking this, it’s so ridiculous”. Thinking about it now makes me laugh out loud. I have no idea where this thing came from, must have been under the influence of alcohol or something.

However, it still works. Maybe some of you have seen the movie “The Gods Must Be Crazy” or saw Discovery Channel documentaries on the Kalahari Bushmen. Some of them live in harsh conditions now and the picture presented in the movie is a bit idealistic, but there are some that live the lifestyle presented in the film. I read a book called “Bushman Shaman: Awakening the Spirit through Ecstatic Dance” by Bradford Keeney. He goes into the details of their spirituality, which is arguably the oldest form of spirituality on our planet, and he says that one big part of their spirituality is that they ridicule everything. Nothing is holy to them, which is good. Their spirituality is ever-changing, like the energies of life itself.

The concept of ridiculing everything attracted me and led me to develop this technique. It works for me, don’t know about others. If it doesn’t work, find something ridiculous that works for you.


6 Responses

  1. Bas, you’re a star! This is one of the coolest blog entries I’ve read in a while! I am very glad to hear you are keeping your fantasy busy with white bunnies dancing and not with what some of us prolly remember from past “circle of trust” conversations! I have to say this blog made my work day so much brighter! I have difficulties concentrating today and am surfing for a while now (pretending to design press folders lol), but the internet can be very boring without thoughts of people like you in it! So there I am commenting for the first time to basically just tell you “you are fascinating me!”.
    Hope you’re rocking Bulgaria and loving your choice! Keep the bunnies dancing! Greetz from London! Aloha

  2. keep the bunnies running! You’re not crazy, everyone else is! Have fun

  3. haha that is awesome. I do the same thing..although not with ac/dc.

  4. I think a global religion that ridicules everything and overvalues nothing would be a breath of fresh air in between all those hardliner Christians/Muslims/Jews/capitalists.

    Great post Bas, I read every post but mindhacks is something I can relate to.

    A mindhack/meditative technique I use is: when I feel stressed out I pay attention to my breathing. The breath is always there and if you pay it attention it will slow down and slow you down and make you feel relaxed and good.

    Good luck with all your sh* in Bulgaria!

  5. Stumble this post!! 😉

  6. […] Posted on Saturday, September 29, 2007 by Bas Another funny thing you can let the bunnies […]

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