The mind is a kite

Think about a purple cow, a rainbow-striped zebra, or a dog driving a pick-up truck. Now try to jettison those images from your mind. Mull over why you’re happy and you may cease feeling so. The process of getting stuck and unstuck originates from the same internal wiring. The unexpected unwanted variable always stings with […]


A mind virus

People like to gravitate toward solutions. They’d rather think they know something than cope with all the anxiety surrounding the mysterious present. Truth is a mental implantation. In reality, we just believe the story we tell ourselves. Conversely, thinking is a ‘dialogue between the two me’s.’ The curious mind acts like inserting graphite into a […]

Newsletter: Wandering mind not a happy mind

Below are five links I think you’ll find interesting. As always, listen to a new tune and old gem after the jump. Philippe Starck on the infinity symbol. Some people are better thinking in symbols rather than words. For French inventor Philipe Starck, that symbol was “∞” for infinity, designed by English mathematician John Wallis in 1655. Says […]

Beware the mind virus

Creativity dwindles with age. First, school sucks it out you and then corporate work puts the nail in the coffin.  Patterns of normality and absolutes are leaches. Like a mind virus, they kill off organic reflexes whereas cultivating the imagination sings with possibilities.  If you’re lucky, you’ll have no choice but to follow the siren […]

The undivided mind

Wonder sits at the intersection of science and art. Combining the two disciplines is what fueled Leonard Da Vinci’s creative genius. The imagination needs time to daydream and gather string, letting the unconscious connect the dots between disparate things. Said author Walter Isaacson on the artist in his new book Leonardo da Vinci, “procrastinating like […]

Train the mind to see

We all want to be ahead of the game. But nobody knows anything, nor do they want to do the work. They just want to hear advice that sounds good. The problem with advice is that what usually works for one person rarely works for another. Success happens in so many different ways. All that […]

Melding minds with machines

“You could just think your query and download the relevant knowledge directly in your mind.” Forget Ritalin. Forget Google and Evernote acting as our second brains holding all the information we can’t. And instead, prepare for brain implants where mind melds with machines. We don’t even have to type, click, or touch anything. We just […]

‘Time is to clock as mind is to brain’ 🕰️

Time is to clock as mind is to brain. The clock or watch somehow contains the time. And yet time refuses to be bottled up like a genie stuffed in a lamp. Whether it flows as sand or turns on wheels within wheels, time escapes irretrievably, while we watch. Even when the bulbs of the […]

Fearing a loss of mind

There are very few moments in the day when we pause. Instead, we latch onto the sugary obsession of tech and its distractions, awaiting the next shock of dopamine. But we can have tea with ourselves, going through what our worries and wishes are in the quest for ever-fleeting presence. Man is more versatile than […]

Reset the mind, fulfill your day

Intelligence isn’t fixed. We can change our mind just as we can change our bodies. But first, we have to make the mental shift into believing the brain’s elasticity.  While past performance is an indicator of future success, it doesn’t rule out the possibility of deliberate variation. How we think determines what we do and […]

Losing the freedom of mind

Lost, gone, vanished. Our short-attention spans attend to media manipulation. Yet, we are the purveyors of news. We can spread a thought or opinion on the internet without the slightest veracity, a task only governments used to be able to do. But we no longer think for ourselves. Our thoughts are almost always somebody else’s. […]

Developing a clear and focused mind

If we don’t pay attention — keep our eyes on the donut rather than the donut hole — we’ll lose the plot. Said the stoic Marcus Aurelius in his journal Meditations: “Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.” If we […]