The Zen of Puzzles – Part 1

Why would anyone want to waste time solving puzzles ? Especially puzzles that have no relevance to their daily work-a-day life ? Isn’t life already ‘riddled’ with so many mundane problems, so why bother adding unnecessary problems to clutter up our mind spaces ??

The Zen master would reply, ” Because life is a puzzle. Practice makes perfect.” From my experience in the teaching of thinking during the past 20 years, I have observed the incredible ‘power’ that selected puzzles can have on our personal measure of self esteem. Many people feel pleasantly surprised to discover, after solving a puzzle, that they were more intelligent than they thought, and with this updated measure of their abilities, they gain a new confidence in life. This helps them to reassess their lives and to adjust their personal goals.  However, the puzzles I am referring to are those that can be solved by learning to approach them in a different way, and can be solved by ‘looking at them from a different angle’ rather than by knowledge or IQ proficiency. The ‘thinking’ involved in these puzzles is not the normal logical type of thinking that we are accustomed to, but rather one that encourages an approach that moves away from the ‘perceptual, self-organised and assuming nature’ of the brain. A lot of these puzzles have solutions that are usually staring you in the face !! But you might have difficulty in seeing them…………………  

Here are a few examples: 

a) Find what the following words have in common:   

                                      laughing, calmness, crabcake, stuffed, canopy, hijack.

b) What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a hundred years ??

This blog will promote and help to open our minds to new ways of thinking and problem solving, with the aid of puzzles and stories as simple lighthearted tools intended to expand and strengthen our ability to ‘create’ solutions to any enigma or problem that life may present us with. 

For solutions to the puzzles drop me an e-mail at: normandd2@gmail.com

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