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How to: Find a Pensive Mindset


Locate a ceiling, sky, star, jet-stream, or any other object placed above you. Realize that you are smaller than the universe that privileges your existence. Locate your brain. Turn it off (or dim the lights).

Either relax any tension or embrace any frustration and worry. There is no wrong/right way to think; some of the most pensive and productive people are worrywarts.

Turn your brain on. Contemplate your existence in the space surrounding you. Mentally draw an invisible oval around your body and ponder your existence using the basic question words; who, where, how, why, what and when.

Recognize your cognitive functioning as being either optimistic or melancholic (or a combination). Once you have labeled your present mood, repeat step three using the question words.

Either embrace the idea and purpose of ‘questioning’ or fall in unrequited love with the idea that nothing needs to be questioned, the idea that you are small and therefore the vast natural world deserves to remain unquestioned.

Check the vibes from your aura, your heart, and your metaphorical soul. Have said vibes changed? If so, you have found a pensive mindset. Did the vibes remain the same? If so, you have found a pensive mindset.

Congratulate yourself.



Women's Studies student at Western University. I tweet on occasion.
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