Meta Protocol

v1.7 (Last updated: 2020-07-20; 05:06 CDT)

  • Contents
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    • (1) Retrospective Evaluation of Happening and Doing
    • (2) Dyadic Tight Feedback Loop

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  • (*) Note that you can also interleave/weave these questions (or the spirit of these questions) with[/into] a main meditation practice as you’re doing it.
  • (*) Don’t force the questions below. If you’re mind doesn’t want to answer them, then don’t make your mind answer them.
  • (*) You don’t need to get complete answers or verbal answers to the questions. Just good-faith try/intend to answer, being willing to release the *how* of how you’re getting the answer or answering. When in doubt, let go and start over or let go completely. Let you mind have time and space to answer the questions however it wants. The mind might answer by doing something rather than answering the question, specifically.
  • (*) You don’t need to ask the questions below verbally or discretely, though it’s good to experiment with that first. You can also cast your mind over the questions or the memory of the questions, sequentially, semi-sequentially, or all together, all at once. Try to vary how you’re accessing the questions, verbally/sequentially versus all at once, and the degrees in between.
  • (*) There is a “meta meta protocol” [sic] which is applying this protocol to itself. There are contextually better and worse ways to use this meta protocol and there are better and worse interpretations of how to use it. The “meta meta protocol” can help you move towards better and better interpretations and uses.
  • (*) Note that the meta protocol can be used for other things besides meditation, such as problem solving, planning, or really anything, mental or physical.
  • (*) Lots of things have the “flavor” or spirit of the meta protocol, without looking exactly like the below. You might feel like you’re “not doing the meta protocol” but you actually are! Any time you’re wondering whether you doing the right thing, or if a good or bad thing happened, or you’re asking other people and dialoguing about it—that’s “going meta.” It doesn’t have to have the exact form of the below and it doesn’t have to be done explicitly.

  • (*) Intuition! Feeling! Body! You can ask the questions with the body, the mind, or the bodymind, or anything, or everything. And you can listen/feel for answers with the body, the mind, or the bodymind, or anything, or everything.

 

(1) Retrospective Evaluation of Happening and Doing

  • Happening
    • What is currently generally *happening* when you meditate?
    • What of that is in some sense seemingly contextually good, as far as you can currently tell? How did you come to have this/these impression(s), as far as you can currently tell?
    • What of that is in some sense seemingly contextually bad, as far as you can currently tell? How did you come to have this/these impression(s), as far as you can currently tell?
    • What of that are you currently unsure of whether it might be contextually good or bad? How might you come to know better what of that is contextually good or bad?
  • Doing
    • What do you currently generally *do* when you meditate?
    • What of that is in some sense seemingly contextually good, as far as you can currently tell? How did you come to have this/these impression(s), as far as you can currently tell?
    • What of that is in some sense seemingly contextually bad, as far as you can currently tell? How did you come to have this/these impression(s), as far as you can currently tell?
    • What of that are you currently unsure of whether it might be contextually good or bad? How might you come to know better what of that is contextually good or bad?

 

(2) Dyadic Tight Feedback Loop 

  • Online Data Collection, with an Observer/Coach/Consultant/Friend:
    • As you’re meditating, simultaneously interleave verbal reporting of (a) what’s happening and (b) what you’re doing, all of this just as best you can and makes sense. So, as best you can and makes sense, don’t force anything, you can’t do it wrong, what’s happening and what are you doing? Start now.
  • Offline Analysis, While Taking a Break from Meditating:
    • What of that was in some sense seemingly contextually good, as far as you can currently tell? How did you come to have this/these impression(s), as far as you can currently tell?
    • What of that was in some sense seemingly contextually bad, as far as you can currently tell? How did you come to have this/these impression(s), as far as you can currently tell?
    • What of that are you currently unsure of whether it might have been contextually good or bad? How might you come to know better what of that was/is contextually good or bad?
    • For what’s seemingly contextually good, as far as you can currently tell, how might or will you keep doing it? And under what conditions might it or might it not be good to stop, if ever?
    • For what’s seemingly contextually bad, as far as you can currently tell, what might or might not be good to do about that, and when or under what conditions, as far as you can currently tell?
  • Offline Generative, While Taking a Break from Meditating:
    • How are you currently coming to know, or, how might you come to know, about additional possibly contextually good things to do, that you’re not currently doing, or not doing at all the times they might be good to do, or have never done before, as far as you can currently tell? What are some things you’ve never done before that might be good to do, as far as you can currently tell? How might you come to do those possibly good things at possibly good times, as far as you can currently tell?