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How Mindfulness Can Be Used In The Application of HAGT (Harrison’s Applied Game Theory

Models and frameworks for mindfulness strategies, tactics,  decisions, and choices.

Mindfulness is the practice of purposely bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment, regret, or expectation.

Originally drawn from Zen and other introspective, and contemplative traditions,  the concept of mindfulness has become popular among many advanced game theorists, problem-solvers, and mental health professionals due to a newly found interest in Western psychology, and neurobiology by important Buddhist teachers including the Dalai Lama.

Though it is similar in some ways to Buddhist meditation, meditation and mindfulness are not the same. In fact, mindfulness is actually a skill one develops through meditation or other techniques.

Though definitions and techniques of mindfulness are wide-ranging, the Western school of Transmodern Zen that I am part of, and other Zen Japanese traditions explain what constitutes mindfulness. This includes how past, present and future moments arise and cease as momentary mental phenomena and sense impressions arise.

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Many game theorists, clinical psychologists, and Results Oriented-Life Coaches  accept the two-component model of mindfulness:

Component — 1. This involves the self-regulation of attention so that it is maintained on immediate experience, thereby allowing for increased recognition of mental events in the present moment.

Component — 2. This involves adopting a particular orientation toward one’s experiences in the present moment, an orientation that is characterized by curiosity, openness, and acceptance. This is what is known as “Beginner’s Mind” in Zen

In this two-component model, self-regulated attention (the first component) “involves bringing awareness to current experience — observing and attending to the changing fields of “objects” (thoughts, feelings, sensations), from moment to moment — by regulating the focus of attention”. Orientation to experience (the second component) involves maintaining an attitude of curiosity about objects experienced at each moment, and about where and how the mind wanders when it drifts from the selected focus of attention. Clients are asked to avoid trying to produce a particular state (e.g. relaxation), but rather to just notice each object that arises in the stream of consciousness.

In the West and East, there is a model of the mind that has been applied for thousands of years. This ancient model of the mind, generally known as the five-aggregate model enables one to understand the moment-to-moment manifestation of subjective conscious experience, and therefore can be a potentially useful theoretical resource to guide mindfulness interventions.

The five aggregates are described as follows:

1. Material form: includes both the physical body and external matter where material elements are continuously moving to and from the material body.

2. Feelings: can be pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral.

3. Perceptions: represent being aware of attributes of an object (e.g. color, shape, etc.)

4. Volition: represents bodily, verbal, or psychological behavior.

5. Sensory consciousness: refers to input from the five senses (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, or touch sensations) or a thought that happens to arise in the mind.

This model describes how sensory consciousness results in the generation of feelings, perception or volition, and how individuals’ previously conditioned attitudes and past associations influence this generation. The five aggregates are described as constantly arising and ceasing in the present moment.

The Takeaway

Cultivating self-knowledge and wisdom can help us to maximize our EEPPSA (effectiveness, efficiency, precision, productivity, and self-awareness) in many ways.  By exploring and studying HAGT  you will learn detailed instructions on how one can carry out an inquiry into the nature of the mind, and this guide can help one to make sense of one’s subjective experience. This could include understanding what the “present moment” is, how various thoughts, etc., arise following input from the senses, the conditioned nature of thoughts, and other realizations. In HAGT we are not concerned solely with “Winning the Game of Life.”  We are also interested in getting access to wisdom. Gaining a deep insight into all phenomena or “seeing things as they are.”

A Simple Mindfulness Technique to help you put the pieces together 


1. sit in a straight-backed chair or sit cross-legged on the floor or on a cushion.

2. close your eyes.

3. bring attention to either the sensations of breathing in the proximity of your nostrils or to the movements of the abdomen when breathing in and out.

4. do not try to control your breathing, simply be aware of your natural breathing process/rhythm.

5. don’t be concerned when your mind runs off to other thoughts and associations,

6. when this happens, and it will passively notice that the mind has wandered,

7. accept this, non-judgmentally, and return to focusing on your breath.

When I say, “accept this, non-judgmentally” I mean do not criticize yourself, or start negative self-talk such as “I’m doing it wrong.” Simply go back to this mindfulness exercise.


You don’t need special tools to practice mindfulness. As popular as the idea is becoming, and that is a good thing, critics have questioned both the commercialization and over-marketing of mindfulness for health benefits.

The “pain of longing” is a key tool for motivation and inspiration in relation to mindfulness


Below are links to articles related to spirituality, the Wisdom Path, and HAGT. Click on this graphic above the article to open it.

About Lewis Harrison

Lewis is the creator of Harrison’s Applied Game Theory is a business futurist, author, speaker, seminar leader, and Results-Oriented Life Coach. He has a passion for helping individuals, and organizations, solve problems. He has a passion for personal growth, self-improvement, applied game theory, and Transmodern Zen.

Contact him at LewisCoaches@gmail.com (He will respond to you personally)

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