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 […]

What’s your favorite number? Autistic author Naoki Higashida provides a beautiful answer

In an interview with Time Magazine, Japanese author Naoki Higashida reveals his favorite number. His answer is both complex and beautiful: I’ve never really thought about my favorite, but if pushed, my answer would be 3. The number 1 is the most important. It feels like proof that something is there. Then again, zero is the most […]

All roads lead to Rome

No one situation, sale, or journey is ever the same; there are too many variables at play. As Christie’s international director of auctioneering Hugh Edmeades puts it: “There are many different ways of getting from London to Paris, but as long as you get to Paris, that’s all that counts.” The only consistent navigation seems […]

Kurt Vonnegut: ‘Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God.’

“Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God. It is so extraordinarily full of magic, and in tough times of my life I can listen to music and it makes such a difference.” ― Kurt Vonnegut You can hear Kurt Vonnegut repeat this quote at the beginning of 1 Giant Leap track ‘Daphne’ below. […]

The Lazy Guru’s Guide to Life

What if we could be, or at least feel like we were on vacation all the time? That vibe is at the core of Laurence Shorter’s new book The Lazy Guru’s Guide to Life, a book he wrote by being bored out of his mind. Instead of practicing mindfulness and meditation, Shorter took 3 months […]

Writing by walking

“With writing as with walking you often find that you’re not heading exactly where you thought you wanted to go. There’ll be missteps and stumbles, journeys into dead ends, the reluctant retracing of your steps. And you have to tell yourself that’s just fine, that it’s a necessary, and not wholly unenjoyable, part of the […]