What is your problem now? This is one of my favorite questions from The Power of Now and it’s the key to minimizing your pain and suffering in life. So how can a simple phrase change how much you hurt? Let’s take a closer look to see. How you read that first sentence makes all
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I went with a friend to a local spa called Float that has sensory deprivation tanks. These tanks screen out all sound and visual stimulation and that’s when amazing starts to happen. You float on salt water inside them, drifting gently with your thoughts but as time stretches out, you begin to lose track of
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It turns out that when things get really, really cold, strange and wonderful things start to happen. Take superconductors, which allow electricity to pass through them with zero resistance, opening up all kinds of incredible possibilities for powering our world with only a fraction of the current power we use. I saw an astonishing demonstration
When you’re reincarnated you don’t come back. At first that may seem paradoxical, but it’s not. Reincarnation exists, but the popular perception of it is flawed. The problem is how you think about “you?” Who are you? Are you your job, your children, your relationship, your thoughts, your ideas, your feelings, your khakis? The part
So maybe you’ve wondered what God is actually like? Perhaps you’ve grown up with stories handed down from generation to generation about the nature of God? I say God is not hard to find, It’s right in front of you, all the time. You just have to look anywhere really. Look at your hands or
Sometimes being a writer can ruin stories for you because you can see endings coming a mile away. Unfortunately, I sometimes forget this is not the case for my friends and I totally killed the Breaking Bad ending for a few folks by predicting every beat. Some people think it’s a magical power or that
So, you say you don’t have enough time to do the things that you want to do. In fact what you’ve done is filled your life with meaningless shit. I know. I’ve done it myself. A lot. The problem is most of the things you’ve taken on just aren’t that important. They rob you of
Artists feel pain differently. We’re not like other people. Sometimes when I’m out with friends, the slightest insult might wound me deeply. Inside I know it’s ridiculous, there’s nothing wrong, but at the emotional level I’m suffering. And I can’t get over it. Of course, I hide it incredibly well. Much of life is just
Sometimes you don’t have to look far for inspiration. A year ago I started to see something different on my Facebook feed. Most of the stuff on there is pretty typical, my friends posting jokes, family posting pictures of their kids or what they had for dinner last night. Then there were Nadia Aly’s posts.
I was enlightened once, but I walked away. I rarely talk about it because the past is useless. Today, as I reconnected with my writing for the first time in a few weeks of confusing distractions, I thought about that moment again. I could feel it for a second once more. What was it like?
We used to teach kids how to think in America. Now we don’t. The problem started with envy. We looked at other countries and saw their standardized test scores and we got nervous. We started to worry that we weren’t turning out enough math and science students. Eventually an insidious idea took root, that we
Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything is probably the best non-fiction book I’ve ever read. In fact, it’s probably the best one ever written. The sheer amount of information in it is utterly staggering. It is so well researched that when I hit 69% on my Kindle, I’d reached the last page. Where