A new framework that you can use to see the world is the one where you have Input - Processing - Output.
And how it goes is you have an Input, which in the physical world can come in various forms and flavors such as a sensory experience.
Visual imagery engages the sense of sight.
Auditory imagery engages the sense of hearing.
Then you go taste, smell, touch, and in the end, engage with the physical world.
And by doing it you don't only touch an object, but you are tapping into a huge amount of information that the object contains, and that it is unperceivable.
That information is a sum of data, that can be both functional and aesthetic. And each subtle quality will affect how you, the individual, will process it, but also, what the out will be.
You pick up a paintbrush and start generating information.
You throw that information out into the world.
And the world will process it.
And your output will become new input for someone else to take in. It is an interesting cycle.
And there's a lot of computation involved. The reason why I use the word computation is that I want to take you closer to the digital realm, where computers use the same framework to do their job as well.
The computation, the processing, is the part where you get to analyze all of the inputs you are taking in on a daily basis.
It is the stage where you watch a movie trailer and mid-trailer and even a few scenes in you decide that yes, I am want to watch this movie. Is that area where you are quickly processing the input, so that you can in the end generate and output and say something like yes, I've watched that movie, it was great! and now I have opinions about it, and I can talk about it. I can produce output.
You then have other scenarios where, say, you want to buy a pencil. So ideally you are inside the store, pick the pencil up, get a piece of paper and start writing or sketching something to test it.
In this case, you already have taken the input in, and you are looking for ways to output what you absorbed. And the pencil is the tool that can help you generate the desired output, the processing tool of your choice.
And everything we do in terms of computing what we took in, what we allowed in, is important in a way we cannot yet understand.
Scheduling time for reflection, time to write and think, time to process might nowadays seem burdensome. It is about the time where you can sit in the stream of information and allow that information the circulate. Things you saw during the day, things you touched and ate. Do you really feel them?
What you can do is to start asking simple question such as:
What type of input do I want to allow in if I want to achieve a specific desired outcome?
And then move to the next step where I am creating an environment that allows me to seamlessly process these inputs so that I can achieve productive outcomes.
Time to sit, meditate, walk, stretch, go out for a bike ride or go rollerblading.
Your micro-movements and actions shape who you are. The way you walk, sit, touch, feel. Everything is interconnected.
Start paying attention.