Charlie Knoles has been meditating his entire life. In this comprehensive talk, he debunks the biggest myths about meditation, why anyone is capable of meditating, and explains why meditation is a natural state. He even gives you a simple, 1-minute guided meditation!
“Journaling every day is a habit that comes with a lot of great benefits, like dealing with emotions, focusing on goals, and developing creativity. If you don’t know where to start, this simple template can help you get the ball rolling”
I love a list, and this list is great! “Grilled pimento cheese with red onion and tomato sandwiches. Crying on airplanes. Watching Buster Keaton’s The General with J Dilla’s Donuts as the…”
Source: 100 things that made my year
“…the key is to do less than you feel you want to. If you feel like breathing for two minutes, do it for just one minute. If you are up for a day of really listening to people deeply, do it for the next meeting only. Leave yourself eager to try it again. What you want is to develop a sustainable habit: a stress-free approach to reducing your stress.”
“Writing a calming sentence is a form of graphotherapy, Seifer says. Jotting down a sentence like, ‘I will be more peaceful’ at least 20 times per day can actually have an impact, especially on those with attention deficit disorder.”
“In my own life I can say I had similar books. The magnitude was not the same, but in relative terms the impact was still there. Each one of these was for me, what the economist Tyler Cowen calls a ‘quake book.’ They shook my entire world and then, as it happened, were responsible for a great deal of success in my career, relationships, and my happiness.”
“If you’re like me and practically every creative person I know, you’ve got more going on than you can reasonably handle. Yet we seem to be missing the message – adding more and more to do doesn’t always feel great. Overwhelm is a real stressor and can degrade the quality of our days.”
“Everyone has busywork that must be tended to each day. It’s all that stuff that has to get done so you can continue to live your life and do your thing. If you look at this busywork from the wrong perspective, you begin to see it as an enemy: something you have to defeat—and defeat quickly—to get back to living the way you want.
But the right way to look at it, in my opinion, is to see it as a trusted friend. A friend you’ve invited into your life because they help you live the way you want to. And, as any friendship goes, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it.”
“In other posts, we’ve talked about how to read more, which books to read, how to read books above your level and how to write. Well, the commonplace book is a thread that runs through all those ideas. It what ties those efforts together and makes you better at each one of them.”
“Your attention is limited and valuable. You need less information. You need good filters…Most of us feel that way. But not all of us. The most organized people don’t.”