Some inspiring things
1. Just finished reading Sapiens. Dripping with admiration for Yuval Noah Harari. This is an insightful interview with him on The Ezra Klein Show. The part about his meditation practice is fascinating (he meditates for two hours a day and goes to a 30 to 60 day meditation retreat every year, and he has been doing this for almost two decades).
2. Greg Girard is a wonderful photographer. I only realised recently that he's also the photographer behind City of Darkness, the famous photo project about the Kowloon Walled City.
3. Craig Mod has a new newsletter about walking.
4. The Pomodoro technique helps one do deep work.
5. Wasn't expecting this, but Netflix's Tidying up with Marie Kondo is actually entertaining AND educational. I really want to tidy the shit out of my house right now.
6. Cal Newport explains more about digital minimalism on this lovely podcast and talks about why it's good to quit social media here.
7. Currently reading: "The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation As Taught By S. N. Goenka" by William Hart and S. N. Goenka
8. Quote to think about: "We expect and ask impossible things from the world. We ask for the perfect home and job and that all the things we work hard to build and arrange run perfectly at the right time and place. Of course, that is asking for something that can never be given. We ask for profound meditation and enlightenment, right here and now. But that’s not the way this universe works. If you ask for something that the world can’t supply, you should understand that you’re asking for suffering. So whether you work or meditate, please accept that things will go wrong from time to time. your job is not to ask for things the world can’t give you. your job is to observe. your job is not to try to prod and push this world to make it just the way you would like it to be. your job is to understand, accept, and let it go. The more you fight your body, your mind, your family, and the world, the more collateral damage you’ll cause and the more pain you’ll experience." - Ajahn Brahm