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…
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…
My newest project as a writer, and as a human trying to figure out life is to build myself a skillset consisting of numerous psychological tools I can use to win at life.
To that end, these days I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how my mind works. And then, I spend time developing and mastering some psychological skills that I can use to help my mind work the way I actually want it to work. If I can constantly improve the way my mind works, I can become the person I want to be. …
Sigmund Freud said,
“Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.”
He meant that working on our love, and loving the work we do can help us live truly happy lives.
The latter — loving the work you do — requires that you be good at what you do. Obviously, nobody likes to be average at their work. We all want to be better than our peers and our past selves.
Hence — I’m gonna state the obvious, but that’s okay — getting ahead in your career is important for your own happiness. …
It’s so obvious. You live life in your head. Sure, you might be in your bedroom reading this article, but, on a deeper level, we don’t live in our physical surroundings. We live in our heads.
And in our heads, we’re in a constant state of battle. Multiple voices tell us to do different stuff. Our lazy voice tells us to skip the gym. The part of us that wants to lose weight tells us to not. Who do we listen to?
These days, I’m more focused than ever to try to learn how to win the battles that happen…
A sad reality is that most people in the world will live their lives without ever significantly accessing higher-level thinking.
What’s higher-level thinking? Well, it’s just what the name suggests. It’s the kind of thinking that’s not ordinary. It enables you to see things more clearly. It destroys confusion. It’s where epiphanies come from.
But how do you access higher-level thinking?
Picture a big-ass library. On the bottom shelves are the books that are easily accessible and are read by most people. On the top shelves, however, the thick, complex and difficult books reside. They’re more likely to be covered…
The 2008 housing crisis was devastating to a lot of people. So many people lost their homes. Many more lost their jobs. Some even lost their lives.
But even in that crisis, many people in the finance industry made millions of dollars. This happened because they exploited the system at the cost of people’s well being. It’s hard to imagine that they weren’t aware of the bubble they were creating, and what would happen when it bursts.
The crisis of 2008 is a classical example of the disastrous results of non-parallel growth. Let’s talk about what that is.
A surefire way to grow your intelligence is to go meta.
This is to say that you should try to understand how your mind works. That is why I spend a lot of time reading psychology. After all, my goal as a writer is to raise human consciousness, first of my own and then of my readers.
To that end, yesterday, I asked myself a question. “What are the few psychological skills that have had a massive impact on my life, and I desperately want people to learn them?” I came up with a dozen. And in this article, I…
So far, as a reader, my reading has been restricted to generic self-help. I used to think that reading anything else other than straight self-help was a waste of time. Obviously, I was dead wrong. And thankfully, I’m not of the same mindset anymore.
Now, I’m into exploring various topics as a reader. I’m doing this to stretch my perspective. When I found out that Bill Gates read some books twice, I recognized an opportunity to diversify my reading topics. So I read them too.
This list has books from genres that I’ve never touched before. Hard science fiction. History…
Billionaires are a hot topic on the internet.
Some people love and worship them. Some people hate them. In either case, most people have some kind of an opinion about billionaires. It’s either that they’re making the world a better place, or they’re ruining it.
Exhibit A — I received this comment on my article— 4 Books Bill Gates Read Twice.
When the veil is permanently lifted from Bill Gates, my guess is that you will regret writing this column. How people cannot see that he is a sociopath oligarch technocrat is beyond me. Just a random tidbit: Bill Gates…