This is a long article at Wait But Why by Tim Urban who spent A LOT of time thinking about, meeting and finally writing about Elon Musk. This is primarily about thinking outside the box, reasoning, critical thinking skills, and how to attempt to overcome dogma, indoctrination and tribalism in order to lead a much-better informed and self-directed life of happiness and satisfaction.
If you’re queueing at the post office then why let yourself get upset and frustrated? Why not just accept that you’re there and practice mindfulness instead. Bring your full attention to your surroundings; the people, the sights, the sounds. Involve all of your senses. Be aware of any inner dialogue that may be judging, criticizing, wanting, resisting. Breathe in and out and allow yourself to be completely calm. Don’t drift off in your thoughts. Be wherever you are, fully.
When you seek security in external things, you are living a delusion. Yet, we’ve been taught that security comes in having a steady paycheck, in fitting in with our friends, and in having nice possessions. So we spend our entire lives trying to keep up. Read more at http://observer.com/2015/08/are-you-happy-or-delusional/#ixzz3jwGTZdCF Follow us: @observer on Twitter | Observer on Facebook Read more at: http://tr.im/gbbZT
I’ll make an uncomfortable observation: You are delusional if you forego discipline in your pursuit of happiness. True happiness follows from who we become and how we relate to the world.
When you love someone so deeply, and your world is torn apart, and you can’t help the one you love or change a heartbreaking situation — there is only one way to go if you want peace — you stop fighting what is. You enter a deep, very deep, place of surrender and stillness. When this state is embodied — (please know that I am choosing words that don’t quite fit or describe accurately what I am saying, because it is literally indescribable) — you become space itself, you become spacious or spaciousness. And since nature abhors a vacuum, it immediately fills the space — it fills you.
“And what do we have in this world? A whole lot of disease, and a whole lot of powerlessness against disease, against depression, and all that. And why? We lost track of what nature is; within us and within interaction. So in the future we have to take away all of these boarders, and this way of thinking, and this [addiction to] too much comfort, and thinking that we are able to control Nature.”
With everything that has happened to my wife and I lately, humanity and mortality have become to be a part of my life. We are no longer immortal, time is becoming precious.
Which brings me to a post from Open Culture on a documentary about an 81-year old media professor and his voyage to Burning Man.
I’ve been intrigued by Burning Man for quite some time. The expression of freedom and humanity is fascinating, especially in the echo chamber I seem to find myself in these days. We should all be so lucky. Burning Man is on my bucket list.