Open I say! Yes, you need your mind when you are revising (not your monkey mind but your clear thinking, non-attached mind) but you also need your heart. I feel that if there has been a subtler under theme to my abcedaria on revision it is this - revising isn't a cold-calculating art! We need to be open and loving to our ms so we can attend to the problems we are working with. If we are too removed, too above it all we won't be able to have the necessary energy to see it through. I'm having a tough time right now because my manuscript has been away from me for too long. I need to open my heart to it and contact the fellow who is reading it and ask him 'what gives?' If I'm too cool (and yes, I do remember that being cool was one of my posts) but if I'm TOO cool it could come across as indifference. It could turn to indifference and then where would I be? More importantly where would my ms be? Ignored.
So! Open your hearts and embrace the whole messy thing. Sure you're going to clean it up - organize it so others can enjoy what you see in it - but first you need to fully embrace it. Go on! Love it.
Here is a photo I took last summer in Gros Morne National Park -Newfoundland. Isn't it so gorgeous?!