Day 104: Notebook entry from May 24, 2017

Chade-Meng Tan, mindfulness trainer at Google, has an exercise he calls “just note gone.” He instructs, notice the end of an experience and its subsequent absence. After a bell rings, notice the absence of bell sound after the vibrations decay. After a deer vanishes in the woods, note that is now missing from where it was. Attend to absence.

And so in writing, attend to the narrative negative space. Invoke the hole in experience when something ends.

Inverse noticing. Notice not what is newly present—change by addition—but what is newly absent—change by subtraction.