What is 1 + 1 = ?

What is 1 + 1 = ?

That might appear quite silly and might not draw our attention since the answer appears to be obvious.

But if we care to notice deeply we would find different answers to this equation. For example:

a) 1 + 1 = 2

b) 1 + 1 = 10 (in binary code)

c) 1 + 1 = 1 (sticking together two blobs of chewing gums)

d) 1 + 1 = 0 or negative (a shell hitting a small house)

e) 1 + 1 = multiple (one male rabbit + one female rabbit = multiple rabbits)

f) 1 + 1 = indeterminate (one tablespoon of sugar + one glass of water)

g) 1 + 1 = neither 1 nor 2 (a pregnant mother with a baby in her womb)

h) 1 + 1 = living (one inhalation + one exhalation = living)

Noticing something different than what is usually seen is the first step of developing mindfulness. We are not weighed down by what we know or have learned from others. As soon as we notice in this way we are automatically engaged with something in a very creative way.

Ref: Our workshop on Mindfulness, Personal Transformation & Creativity

4 thoughts on “What is 1 + 1 = ?

  1. Arijit Deb Roy

    Dear Sir,

    Although I didn’t had the privilege to work under you yet the way of your representing (1+1=?) makes me certain that you had made continual effort on you journey to mindfulness.


    1. Thank you so much. Your guess is right on dot. Yes it helped me in many ways. It not only helped me overcome so many of my personal problems but also helped me solve so many complex problems on the professional front with great ease. And most importantly helped me to stay creative throughout.


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