mindfulness

Freedom

Freedom

"We do not have to “gain” freedom because freedom has always been with us and is not something to be gained in the end through strict and faithful adherence to some definite formulas. Formulas can only inhibit freedom and pre-formations only squelch creativity and impose mediocrity." - 🥋Bruce Lee 🥋

There are three levels of freedom we need to differentiate:

1st is Realistic, Basic, or Fundamental Freedom: 

2nd is Freedom of Action or Choice:

3rd is Ultimate Freedom or Freedom of the Mind, Body, and Soul: 

This is the type of freedom Bruce Lee is referring to. It is absolute and unencumbered by all external factors.  Preached by Taoists and Stoics alike...

Relax

📷 @alessandraambrosio

📷 @alessandraambrosio

When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.
— Georgia O'Keeffe 🌸🌹🌺

How many of us are busy? How many of us rush without really knowing why?⠀

It reminds me of a useful allegory from Derek Sivers. We can RELAX, AND get the same RESULT.⠀

Enter DEREK:⠀

"A few years ago, I lived in Santa Monica, California, right on the beach.⠀

There’s a great bike path that goes along the ocean for 7½ miles.⠀
On weekday afternoons, it’s almost empty. It’s perfect for going full-speed.⠀

So a few times a week, I’d get on my bike and go as fast as I could. I mean really full-on, 100%, head-down, red-faced, sprinting.⠀

I’d finish exhausted, and look at the time. 43 minutes. Every time. Maybe a minute more on a really windy day. But basically always 43 minutes.⠀

After a few months, I noticed I was getting less enthusiastic about this bike ride. I think I had mentally linked it with being completely exhausted.⠀

So one day I decided I would do the same ride, but just chill. Take it easy, nice and slow. OK not super-slow, but dialing it back to about 50% of my usual effort.⠀

And ahhh.... What a fun ride. I was relaxed, and smiling, and looking around. Not red-faced. I was barely giving it any effort.⠀

I saw two dolphins in the water. A pelican flew right over me in Marina del Ray. When I looked up to say “wow!”, he shit in my mouth. I can still remember that taste of digested shellfish. I had to laugh at the novelty of it [...]"⠀

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📷 Derek Sivers

📷 Derek Sivers

Meditate

Meditate

"Creativity is a combinatorial force: it’s our ability to tap into our mental pool of resources — knowledge, insight, information, inspiration, and all the fragments populating our minds — that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways." - Maria Popova⠀

If we could access everything we've ever learned. ⠀

If we could project our imagination in real-time. ⠀

Anything would be possible, right?⠀

What if, for the last 5000 years of human history, such a practice existed?⠀

Any kind of mindfulness practice, meditation, flow state, deep focus, are all tried & true options. ⠀

Have your pick 😉