A writer. A future doctor. A ukulele player.

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Two days ago, I was meditating at the promenade in Pondicherry — a city on India's East coast. Normally, my chosen anchor for meditation is my breath. However, that day it was the sound of waves. Whenever I started to drift off into the sea of thoughts, I’d slowly bring my attention back to the waves in the sea.

After a while, something amazing happened. Slowly, and unintentionally, my breath started to sync in with the waves. Inhale — the wave would rise. Exhale — the wave would crash. It was extraordinary.

In fact, every single one of the last…


And how to overcome them.

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There are two mistakes along the way to mastery: not starting it, and not going all the way — Buddha

I’m in the middle of an inner revolution where I’m going all-in on mindfulness to go all-in in my life. After reading about a monk who burned himself to death, yet sat absolutely motionless while being consumed by flames, I realized that mindfulness is much more potent than I comprehended.

Besides, it’s these monks that have the most insane work ethic. They spend a very significant part of their days meditating. That cannot be easy to do over and over…


The perspective that led Buddha to liberation.

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Two years ago, my brother asked me a question that would go on to change my life. “Should we try out Vipassana this year?” Owing to brotherly trust and oblivious to what I was signing up for, I said, “Sure. Why not. What’s Vipassana by the way?”

Vipassana, he told me, was a meditation technique rediscovered by Gotama the Buddha through rigorous self-experimentation in an attempt to end suffering. In our time, it was S. N. Goenka who reintroduced Vipassana to the world.

Vipassana has helped millions of people live a better life, including people like Jack Dorsey, the CEO…


You’re awesome. Accept that, be humble about it, and help us become awesome too. Here’s how.

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Jordan Gross recently shared a question that made me think. He asked — “What’s the best compliment someone could give you?

After thinking about it for a while, I realised that the best compliment for me would be if someone called me humble. Because I’ve never been called humble. People always thought of me as someone who’s arrogant, and braggy.

And for good reason. I was not at all humble. I used to believe that I’m smart, and I never let go of any opportunity to highlight that.

But in the past few months, I’ve been feeling like an imposter…


Trying to be powerful, rather than forceful.

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I recently turned 22 years old, and like most birthdays, it forced me to seek clarity about how I want to live life now and in the future.

As I thought, I realized how important it was for me to maximize my 20s, and the significant impact they’ll have on the rest of my life. Failure to do so would be of serious detriment to my future. So I decided to develop certain principles that I’ll use to guide my decisions in this decade and beyond.

These are the four principles I’m using to make my 20’s golden.

Following a different philosophy than being the best

In the…


Here’s how you can live a life that leads to stories that people will want to hear.

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My ears popped up like dogs’ ears do. I just couldn’t get enough of his stories. Every story he had was better than the last one. They were stories I had never heard before. Every story he told me induced a ‘‘What?!’’ or an “Are you serious?

It was this guy I met on a trek a few years ago. Hands down he was the most interesting person I had ever met. And for a while now, I’ve been trying to figure out what made him so interesting. …


The only way is to rewire your subconscious. Here’s how to do that.

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I feel like a broken record at this point because I’ve shared this so many times. But because it’s important, I’ll share it again. According to Buddhism, there are three levels of wisdom.

  • Received Wisdom: When someone shares something with you, at that level, it’s called received wisdom. A person with blind faith in anything only reaches this level of wisdom.
  • Intellectual Wisdom: When you intellectualize and understand the received wisdom, it turns into intellectual wisdom. This is when you know why something works.
  • Experiential Wisdom: This level of wisdom is when a person becomes truly wise. When wisdom gets…


We need to act now, or we’re toast.

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Two frogs are arguing about something in the forest.

Frog 1: Croakk. CROAK! Brekeke. Gae-gooool. Op op.

Frog 2: RIBBIT! Cra-cra. Kero-kero! Croak…

Frog 1: Op op op op. Guo guo. Kwak brekeke gae-gool…

When suddenly, they’re kidnapped! (What the croak!?)

They find themselves in a kitchen in the throes of a menacing chef. The chef boils a pot of water and drops one of the frogs in. But the second the frog’s toes touched the scorching water, it jumps out of the pot, and then out of the window; grinning as he leaps out for rescue.

The chef now…


Five minutes of reading for a disproportionate amount of wisdom.

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I’m a writer. But unlike most writers, I’m not a voracious reader. I’m a slow reader. I like to take my time to absorb the lessons and really implement everything I read.

According to Buddhism, there are three levels of wisdom.

  • Received Wisdom: When someone shares something with you, at that level, it’s called received wisdom. A person with blind faith in anything only reaches this level of wisdom.
  • Intellectual Wisdom: When you intellectualize and understand the received wisdom, it turns into intellectual wisdom. This is the level of wisdom you achieve when you read a book.
  • Experiential Wisdom: This…


And be compassionate instead.

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Small minds discuss people. Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas.

When you want to live a great life, you need to discuss ideas. But that can only occur when you create a vacuum by letting go of judging and discussing other people.

But it seems like no matter what, everyone is continuously judging everyone else. Stupid people judge people who they claim are stupider. People who are imperfect in some ways judge others for being imperfect in other ways. People who have made horrible mistakes in their past, judge others for making just as horrible, but different mistakes.

Akshad Singi

Using mindfulness to induce an inner revolution. Get in touch: akshadwrites@gmail.com

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