Running to safety

Acceptance precedes change, the self-help books proclaim. One can’t advance unless they agree with their current state. Similarly, uncertainty boils in anticipation. The only way to calm the nerves is to take an action that scratches the itch. Doing instead of wondering is a litmus test for hope. Both acceptance and initiative make us feel […]

The backlash of presence

If you’re like me, you have a love and hate relationship with the mindfulness practice. It only seems to work when you’re actually doing it, at home in your chair far away from the chaos of life. The rest of your time you’re trying to install this moment-by-moment awareness into your real life to no […]

Why silence is golden

“Silence is a great canvass for your thoughts,” entrepreneur and musician/author Derek Sivers proclaimed. He’s right. But to understand why, we need to go deeper. Serenity now  We live in a world of external distractions, more annoying than the incessant ringing of our phones. According to a 2013 study, children who grow up near airports […]

Derek Sivers on disconnecting

“If you asked people in 1989 what they needed to make their life better, it was unlikely that they would have said a decentralized network of information nodes that are linked using hypertext.” Here we are — addicted to this thing called the Internet. According to CNN, info fatigue is killing us. Why do we […]

Creatures of habit

Some of this may sound familiar: Waking up at 6:30 every morning Wearing the attire laid out the night before Repeating the same motivational mantras in front of the bathroom mirror every morning The benefits of establishing diurnal habits is the pre-planned automation that puts the body in motion before your mind. As a result, […]

Ready, Rock Steady

The more you work the more you make, at least it appears that way. But Søren Kierkegaard thought wiser: “Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy — to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work.” Henry Miller also disdained overworking: “I’ve found that it […]

Why headphones are a staple of the private working world

Headphones are primarily an isolated experience. We wear headphones to rock out, zone out, kick back, meditate, and to signal focus (I’m working!) even when we’re listening to nothing. Headphones intend to block out the world around us. The ubiquitous white iPod headphones and Dre’s Beats are a staple of a private world. We want […]

The Walking Trend

Creative people tend to walk a lot. Walking refreshens the brain and stimulates ideas that may otherwise remain dormant while sitting in a chair. “Wonderful things happen when your brain is empty.” – Maira Kalman Studies show that walking is more powerful than meditation. Walking is clearly beneficial to both body and mind. It’s so […]

More Reflection, Less Action

Instead, we too often view the opposite of “doing” as “not doing,” and then demonize inaction. In fact, good judgment grows out of reflection, and reflection requires the sort of quiet time that gets crowded out by the next demand. Don’t mistake inactivity for laziness, for doing nothing could also be deep thinking, or sleeping […]

Take a Walk, Sure, but Don’t Call It a Break

The first mile of my walk is just a racket of competing voices of judgment and to-do lists. But after about two miles, no matter how low my mood may have been at the outset, those voices settle down. Henry David Thoreau said famously, “Methinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts […]

Breathing In vs. Spacing Out

The trick is knowing when mindfulness is called for and when it’s not. “When you’re staring out the window, you may well be coming up with your next great idea,” he said. “But you’re not paying attention to the teacher. So the challenge is finding the balance between mindfulness and mind wandering. If you’re driving […]

Mindfulness gets its share of attention

“What’s work, what’s not work, it’s all become blurred.” Sure has, we’re always on, always working, especially if your phone is also your work phone. You’re a touch away from answering an email. “Not only do I put fewer things on my to-list but I actually get them done and done well. It’s like I’ve […]

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It

I just finished Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikat.   It’s a must read for anyone looking to refuel or renew the mind to happiness.  But like anything in life, there are no shortcuts to achieve it.  It takes work.   “I love myself, I love myself, I love myself.” […]