Was I sideways facing the wall? Was my face squeezed at the edge of my desk?

When I have trouble understanding something the best solution is generally to turn my head in another direction, which has the effect of internally reorienting my ideas. Reconfigured thus, they will sometimes snap in place and result in my understanding of the issue.

Similarly, if I’ve made a bad decision, I ask myself, how was my head facing at the time? in what direction was it turned? Was it sideways facing the wall while I was in bed? Was it squeezed between my hands looking down at the edge of the desk? Once I’ve determined this, I resolve never again to have my head facing in that same direction while making a decision of a similar type.

It’s an interesting question, but I’ve never gone so far as to outright “ban” a position of my head or neck, even though I may have identified it as a stubborn producer of incomplete or erroneous thoughts. It would, further, be an interesting project to design and build the sort of headgear that might be used to enforce such a ban. But in fact I find that each sort of mental problem has it own right and wrong head-orientations associated with it; what works for one problem will not work with another, and so the best strategy often remains to shift one’s head as often as possible, until finally you “wriggle” your ideas to the best position.

This is just to say, that if you should see me zigzagging and leaping around with mouth agape as if attempting to swallow raindrops, or if you see me thrusting my head between my legs and performing an extravagant dance, do not be amazed, this is simply me when I’m deep in thought, as some of my ideas can be quite irregularly shaped!

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