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It was in February 1968 that The Beatles stayed at an ashram in Rishikesh to learn transcendental meditation. The retreat is at the foothills of the Himalayas, across the river Ganges. Today it's tota...
Start by asking why you want what you want…
"If we're not actively making things better, chances are we're making them worse." William Westney, The Perfect Wrong Note We must understand this dynamic of human nature and performance. In fact, t...
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The fear is that perhaps one is a bad person. The fear is that we may discover that we are a bad person after having cultivated an image of being a good person. We appear to be a good person—we...
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Be warned. This is not me talking about knitting. Not really. Knitting is just the process I engage in. It's not what I do. What I do -- as the needles sing, clinking against each other, the matte metal zinging in a tiny bubble of yarn, as the knot slides out gently, magically, as the fuzz of the string lazes on my leg -- is exist. In that moment I exist. And I am at peace.
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What does the mind do when it sees all those values it was brought up to believe in start to evaporate? More extremism: nationalism, racial superiority, religious certitude, male domination, bigotry, egotism... the usual list which has seen so many Trumps of the "Me Tarzan, You Jane" variety get democratically elected in the past: Hitler, Mussolini, Berlusconi, Erdogan, Putin, Le Pen, Fujimori...
It is so ugly seeing people going to the church or the court to get married. It is so ugly, so inhuman. It simply shows they can't trust themselves, they trust the authorities more than they trust their own inner voice. It shows that because they can't trust their love, they trust the law.
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Misery makes you capable of attracting people's attention. Whenever you are miserable you are attended to, sympathised with, loved. Everybody starts taking care of you. Who wants to hurt a miserable person? Who is jealous of a miserable person? Who wants to be antagonistic to a miserable person? That would be too mean. There is great investment in misery.
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If a man who has not known inner peace is forced to live peacefully, he will either murder or kill himself. Even that will provide some excitement. Excitement is a great nourishment, but... the wrong kind of excitement is poison. And up to now humanity has been dominated by the wrong kind of excitement.
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As an entrepreneur there is always a slight sense of panic and a rush to meet deadlines. Work always takes priority. We tend to forget that our body and mind are going through extreme stress even as we fight our exhaustion to stick to our punishing schedules. As you read ahead, you will probably notice right away that most of the strategies listed below take little time, are easy to do and are well within your reach.
When fear comes, what to do? Why should you ask to do anything? When there is fear, be afraid! Why create a duality? When moments of fear come be fearful, tremble with fear, allow fear to take possession. Why this constant inquiry: What to do? Can't you allow life in any way to take possession of you?
I recently read about an upcoming wearable technology that can play with your brain and alter your mood! This device allows the consumer to choose between "calm" and "energy" settings to stimulate two different mood states. Can wearable technologies hold the potential to unlock the power of your mind? If so, is it ethically or culturally appropriate for consumers to modify their behaviour using mind-altering gadgets?