How To Silence The Mind
- More Alan Watts. This is a four-minute video well worth your time. Are you uncomfortable with silence? Are you addicted to thoughts? Learn how to leave your mind alone. I know I hit on this theme a lot but I’ve found no better life tool than practicing mindfulness and presence. I’m no expert and I lose a few days here and there to my monkey mind but that’s why it’s called a practice.
Hold Your Breath
- These photographs, like the one above, are pretty stunning images from the free diving world. Free divers go deep without supplemental oxygen. I’ve listened to a few interviews and read a few articles about this world and it sounds tranquil and terrifying, in equal parts. Many divers describe what they do as a meditative act. The ones who return to the surface, in any case.
Radiohead Thinks The Internet Is Turning Us All Into Creeps
- Radiohead has a new album out but I haven’t listened to it yet. I will. Maybe. I’m not making any promises. I don’t always “get it” with them. This piece is interesting though because it taps into what many of us are thinking, I think. At one point does our digital life subtract from our real life? Radiohead seems to be wrestling with this question and the video for their new single “Burn the Witch” is embedded in his New Yorker piece, too, so check it out. Super creepy. Potentially important.
My Fitness Pal
- This app has been a game changer for me when it comes to dietary tracking. Whenever I’ve been successful shedding some unwanted pounds in the past, I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of keeping a food log. This app is the easiest, most intuitive I’ve found and I can’t recommend it enough. At the time of this writing, I’ve logged over two weeks of food and I’m getting a very precise picture of what I am doing well and where I’m going off the rails. Right now, I’m sabotaging myself on the weekends. But I’ll fix it. You can’t manage what you don’t measure.
The Pale Blue Dot
- My new gig has me buried and stressed but it’s also a lot of fun when I remember not to take myself too seriously and enjoy the process. How do I do this? I think about Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” and -BOOM - perspective. This is 4 minutes well spent. Work got you down? Bills piling up? Need new tires for the minivan? Buck up, Governor. “You’re a ghost driving a meat coated skeleton made from stardust.” (Unknown)
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Get out there and have fun,