Below is a personal update on what helps me to keep going as a self-employed millennial:
Meditation — Mindfulness on-the-go — Gratitude practice — to-do list for bad days — “Hate not doing” list of things — Doing philosophy daily — Renegade Soundwave
Worth attention section includes documentary about creativity, podcast episode about the art of noticing, guide on the art of mindfulness, extensive talk on vulnerability, and a graph of philosophy based on the Stanford Encyclopedia.
A few things changed since I shared my morning and evening routines last time on the blog (“workday case” 2017 post). Specifically, I’ve dropped morning and evening “brain dump” practice, including dreams tracking.
Meditation remains nonnegotiable morning activity that helps me to be healthier and wiser. Beside that, I try to meditate at least one more time during the day. Meditating two hours a day still sounds like a wild goal that I think about every time Yuval Noah Harari is in front of my eyes (here’s why).
Mindfulness on the go that comes down to four facets:
appreciation of the mundane
Gratitude practice helps me to change perspective from expectations to appreciation. I stopped ignoring advices on practicing gratitude after learning that it helps to decrease negative thinking . It’s one of many way to be better at mindfulness.
Bad days are “days where you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing, where you’re going, maybe even that you have lost control of the situation.” How do you get yourself out the downward spiral? Here’s what works for me:
reflect on Spinoza’s perspective on dark moods and Nietzsche’s thoughts on the Spirit of Heaviness
switch the record through a full body awareness scan
open on a random page:
meditate for how long I can a few times a day (even 6 minutes help)
chat with my thought partners
get out of the house at least for a 15-min walk in nature
Hate not doing:
spending enough time alone
walking in the park or forest
taking photos of memorable and fascinating moments
Take some time to reflect on what you hate not doing if you are keen on self-exploration.
Hate not doing philosophy sounds weird, right? Here’s how I do philosophy from a few minutes to several hours a day through studying, talking, thinking, and mind training.
Meditation, mindfulness on the go, practicing gratitude, spending time doing nothing, particularly looking up into the blue sky helps me to train my mind to get into the state of philosophy.
Getting better at the language of philosophy is another key aspect of doing philosophy. Currently, I study Kant using his biography as a gateway to his thinking. My main sources are biographies by Kuehn, Gulyga, Wasianski; interpretations of Kant by Jaspers and Cassirer. Reading Kant’s “Thoughts on the Occasion of Mr. Johann Friedrich von Funk's Untimely Death.”
“Philosopher must think for himself.”
— Immanuel Kant, philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment (1724 - 1804, Kingdom of Prussia)
Have you ever been in a situation when the words you heard passing by someone turned into a major discovery?
One of the three men said RENEGADE SOUNDWAVE when e.s.b. and I were passing by on a Saturday walk in the end of June.
A couple of days after that I was listening/watching Renegade Soundwave music video daily to get into the flow through dancing, and singing it frequently.
one line has stuck with me: “I said balance yourself you'll be fine.”
Documentary “The Creative Brain”. Neuroscientist David Eagleman conveys three points through stories of scientists, musicians, architectures, prisoners… It’s not mind-blowing as you know already this stuff, but it’s definitely worth watching because of the featured humans. Nick Cave’s story about songwriting was the most important for me. Keep in mind when it comes to creativity:
try something new
avoid the path of least resistance
don’t afraid to fail
Brene Brown’s Netflix talk: The Call to Courage (1h 16m) — What it takes to choose courage over comfort in a culture defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty? These are my takeaways:
there is no vulnerability without uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure
practice gratitude to decrease negative and worst-case scenario thinking
vulnerability takes effort and taking a chance
vulnerability without boundaries is oversharing
solicit feedback from those who love you
“the story I’m telling myself…”
either you do vulnerability or vulnerability does you (namely taking out your shit on others)
be brave, just try — no need to win or be first
taking a picture memory
insights about appreciating of mundane in retrospective
there is no creativity without failure
Guide on the Art of Mindfulness sums up a lot and makes mindfulness sound easy and interesting thing to train yourself even if you have aversion or don’t get meditation. Mindfulness is the gateway to creativity and helps you with vulnerability.
Hope you found a few things that piqued your curiosity, prompted you to apply anything new to your life or make a change.
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