Becoming more aware of where you are and what you’re doing, by becoming overly reactive to the f*ckwits surrounding you.
Bloody-Mindedness is a natural quality that we all have. It’s available to us in every moment if we take the time to appreciate it. When we practice Bloody Mindedness we’re practicing the art of creating space for ourselves—space to think, space to breathe, space to frustrate, obstruct and p*ss-off others, just because we can, thereby relieving that inner tension which builds up in us all.
Some things to consider before practicing Bloody-Mindedness:
You don’t need to buy anything. You can practice anywhere, there’s no need to go out and buy a special cushion or bench—all you need is to devote a little time and space to accessing your Bloody Mindedness skills every day.
How to Practice Bloody-Mindedness:
1. Take a seat. Find a place to sit that feels calm and quiet to you, and blocks an important entrance, exit or right of way for others.
2. Don’t set a time limit. If you’re just beginning, it can help to choose a short time, such as 5 or 10 hours.
3. Notice your body. You can sit in a chair with your feet on the floor, you can sit loosely cross-legged, but don’t do anything poncey like assuming the lotus posture, or kneeling. Just make sure you are stable and in a position designed to cause the maximum inconvenience for others.
4. Feel your breath. Follow the sensation of your breath as it goes out and as it goes in, speeding up to match your increasing blood-pressure.
5. Notice when your mind has wandered. Inevitably, your attention will leave the sensations of the breath and wander to other places, like that daft git with the stupid haircut and arse hanging out of his jeans. When you get around to noticing this—in a few seconds, a minute, five minutes—simply let out a long sigh, and mutter under your breath “oh, for f*ck sake”.
6. Be kind to your wandering mind. Don’t judge yourself, but do judge others, at length and in detail. Just keep doing it, whenever you find yourself at a loose end in public. You’ll feel so much better.
That’s it! That’s the practice. You f*ck off, you come back, and you try to do it as unpleasantly as possible.