All in the mind

Jigsaw puzzles often have lots of sky… and trees… and buildings with the same colour bricks. It becomes an exercise of concentration to notice a faint fleck on one piece that otherwise appears the same as twenty others. There’s a lesson in that, mind the detail. It’s all in the detail. Part of the attraction of the puzzle is that it’s a mindless activity or perhaps it’s actually a mindful activity. I can’t decide which. Mindful in that you are mindful of every detail in carefully constructing the picture so that you forget the world around you, mindless in that it feels like an abandonment of the mind to be absorbed in the detailed constructing of the picture so that you forget the world around you. So my question is, are mindfulness and mindlessness in fact the same on a very deep level? Sayan Kent

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