Another Way of Looking at Fatigue and Depression Original Essay by Charles Eisenstein Depression, anxiety, and fatigue are an essential part of a process of metamorphosis that is unfolding on the planet today, and highly significant for the light they shed on the transition from an old world to a new. When a growing …
At some point you are ready. Ready to do your work. But the task can seem so daunting as to be totally undoable. We’ve reached this point on our path where we know what to do but how to do it? No matter what your project is I would like to introduce you to a new way of bringing it into form. It is at this stage that we will be tempted to run back to the old fearful ways of the old world.
Original story written by Linda Eliasen at Quartz Two months ago, I quit my job at Dropbox because something was very wrong. I didn’t know what it was, but I knew that I was broken and that I just needed to go. I already look back at that girl like she’s someone else–like I’m watching …
Someone once said: ‘Normal’ is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to the job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car, and the house that you leave empty all day to afford to live in it.
Watching children play is watching masters at work. They get it. For years, I lived off my belief that LIFE was meant to BE HARD. I got the degrees, won the awards, got married, had the perfect home and still something was missing.
I was watching a show on frontline on PBS the other day about health care reform and they talked about how the doctors in Germany didn’t get paid as much as in the US. Nor did the insurance companies make as much money nor the pharmaceutical companies.
It is a story and legend from the Native Americans about the Tribe of People that will rise to save the Earth
Abandoning a successful medical practice, he sought self-fulfillment by taking up the nomadic life of a surfer. But unlike other American searchers like Thoreau or Kerouac, Paskowitz took his wife and nine children along for the ride, all eleven of them living in a 24 foot camper.
I recently received a letter from an Atlanta Falcons player who told me he quit the NFL not long after reading my book The Secret of Shelter Island.
“I realized I was living someone else’s dream, not mine,” he said. “The truth is I haven’t enjoyed football since high school.”
Some might be surprised that anyone would walk away from all that money and celebrity. But perhaps he’s an existentialist. They recognize the dangers of living an inauthentic life.
Who, exactly, are the existentialists and what do they know?
Existentialism is a philosophical movement that came about in the late-19th century. It is not some abstract set of theoretical truths. Rather it is a no-nonsense philosophy that encourages you to take a hard look at your life and ask two essential questions: Who am I and how shall I live?
Leo doing minimalist work. Photo courtesy of Norman Taruc. “It’s not the work which kills people, it’s the worry. It’s not the revolution that destroys machinery it’s the friction.” ~Henry Ward Beecher Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter or identica. How much of your day is spent doing administrative tasks, and not …