June 18, 2007 Continuous Integration, Self Improvement, Uncategorized, Unit Testing

Did Things Get Worse?

I was listening to Nobel Heart by Pema Chodron last week.  There was a part in it where she talks about how many new practitioners of meditation say that there minds are more chaotic and less calm than before they ever meditated.  Their instructor will point out that this is a perception.  That this is a good sign.  Their minds are not more chaotic, they are more aware of their minds.  They have reduced a delay in feedback as well as increased the quality of the feedback.

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This perception of things getting worse before they get better is common to any system in which there is:

  • A negative gap in reality and the perception of reality.
  • A significant delay in perception.
  • Poor quality of perception.

Many Agile practices fall into this category.  They not only remove delays, they increase the fidelity of the feedback.

 

Ignorance is bliss?  At least until the bill is due.

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  1. [...] I’ve been reading up and studying a little on the art/science/craft of meditation, for reasons of my own. (Here, for example.) One of the things that struck me – as mentioned in that very blog! – is how often people who take up the practice seem to comment and/or complain to their instructor that they are more confused/chaotic and stressed out after they’ve been working at things for a while than they were before they started! [...]

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    [...] I’ve been reading up and studying a little on the art/science/craft of meditation, for reasons of my own. (Here, for example.) One of the things that struck me – as mentioned in that very blog! – is how often people who take up the practice seem to comment and/or complain to their instructor that they are more confused/chaotic and stressed out after they’ve been working at things for a while than they were before they started! [...]

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