Mindfulness has spread across the world. It’s made its way into mainstream society. Everyone from the housemaids to the Silicon Valley CEOs is into it.
But there’s one thing that makes me utterly sad about our predicament.
While mindfulness has spread like wildfire, there’s one essential ingredient that is lacking — Love.
Let me explain.
I recently came across tons of articles talking about the ‘Dark Side of Mindfulness’. As I went on reading, there were two key points I noticed:
First, the people talking about the ‘Dark Side’ were themselves not regular practitioners. …
“It’s almost as if science said, “Give me one free miracle, and from there the entire thing will proceed with a seamless, causal explanation.”’ The one free miracle was the sudden appearance of all the matter and energy in the universe, with all the laws that govern it.”
According to what we call science today, the Universe appeared out of nowhere. Everything fell perfectly into its place — the matter, the energies, and all the laws that govern them.
While only a few of us take time to question this hypothesis, it’s worth contemplating. …
When it comes to training in the gym, I’m a minimalist. Who has the time to spare an hour every day?
I know you too have a lot on your plate. We all have things to do. We have families to take care of, businesses to run, jobs to go to, and an endless list of skills to learn.
But there’s also a deep-rooted desire in all of us to look good. But even though you want it, you think you cannot have it.
“Where’s the time to think about building muscle?” you think.
But I’m here to tell you…
No matter how many get-rich-quick blogs you read on making money on Medium, there’s only one thing that can guarantee success.
Oh wait, nothing guarantees success here. But the only thing that can increase your chances of success is this:
Write as often as you can and as good as you can
Content creators around the globe love to debate about what’s more important — quality or quantity? I say both.
And as a writer, my job is to balance them.
Here’s something to consider: quality increases with quantity up to a certain limit, when it starts to decrease.
As I shut my laptop and kept it in a high cupboard, I couldn’t help but feel dissatisfied. Even though the practice of keeping the laptop out of reach was meant to cultivate psychological distance from work, it wasn’t working that day.
Perhaps I didn’t check off enough items from my to-do list. Or the moment I blocked all messaging and email apps for 12 hours, I remembered 5 different people I had to follow up with. Not reading enough pages that day could also be the reason I felt someone was poking my mind.
In short, I felt like…
Yes, Aristotle was right, excellence is not an act, but a habit. It’s reassuring to know that by changing our daily habits, we can chisel our life according to our design. But that’s easier said than done.
If you’ve ever tried to quit a bad habit or form a new one, you know the process is hard. But I believe we make the process harder than it has to be.
A common approach to habit change is goal setting. “I will exercise 3x a week” or “I will quit smoking.” Then we rely on motivation and willpower to do the…
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Even though we’re mostly at home for the past year, we feel starved for time.
Why? Well, there are many reasons…
What would it feel like to pursue your intellectual and creative curiosity to learn everything you can? What if you could swoosh past the excuses of “I don’t have time?” What if you could prove others wrong when they say “It takes a lot of time to learn XYZ!”
How much more interesting, fulfilling and fun would life be? A lot, in my experience. In fact, the ability to learn things quickly is the ultimate meta-skill that separates you from others. No, this is not merely a quote I read on the Internet.
I’m telling you this from experience because…
“Fillers”. We all have them. But never think about them.
These are useless activities that fill our lives when we have nothing else to do. We think perhaps they’ll fill the gaps in our soul as well — solve our problems, take our mind off life, and help us relax.
Yet, seldom do they keep their promise. Instead, they quickly become suckers of energy, enthusiasm, focus, and mental clarity.
Their specialty is to seem harmless at the moment. But putting them together over weeks or months forms bad habits that are too hard to break out of.
They seem innocent…