Live a gentle human-sized life

Be simple.

Smile a lot.

Go for a walk.

Be kind.

Express gratitude.

This is where happiness comes from.

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Image by Will Simpson

Hope you have an awesome day!

This journal is meant as a reminder to encourage my future self. Where I work on my mental fitness and ‘adulting’. A reminder to him to operate in the world with love and compassion and some tips put together in a moment of clarity to help him when he is less clear and caught up in stuff the he can’t control.  Continue the conversation anytime: will@kestrelcreek.com.

Remindful disengagement

When your mind is captured by a thought, re-mindfully disengage and watch the though unwind and return to your original focus. These lapses will happen often affording lots of practice at remindful disengagement.

Surveillance of the mind in order to intelligently re-mindfully disengage with discursive thought is a skill that is worth the time to develop.

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Image by Will Simpson

Hope you have an awesome day!

Credits — Austin James H., [2011]. Meditating Selflessly: Practical Neural Zen.

This journal is meant as a reminder to encourage my future self. Where I work on my mental fitness and ‘adulting’. A reminder to him to operate in the world with love and compassion and some tips put together in a moment of clarity to help him when he is less clear and caught up in stuff the he can’t control.  Continue the conversation anytime: will@kestrelcreek.com.

Sauntering

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In a lifetime of many, many independent choices, small and large, a career with a vision will get you a distance proportional to n, while no vision will get you only the distance √n. In a sense, the main difference between those who go far and those who do not is some people have a vision and the others do not and therefore can only react to the current events as they happen.
— Richard Hamming

Aimless wandering in this sense is a problem. Intentional 'aimless wandering', sauntering is another story.

Solitude is being with immediate experience. A sense of meaning comes from acting with intention. Sauntering with the intention to be present with the immediate experience.

Hope you have an awesome day!

This journal is meant as a reminder to encourage my future self. Where I work on my mental fitness and ‘adulting’. A reminder to him to operate in the world with love and compassion and some tips put together in a moment of clarity to help him when he is less clear and caught up in stuff the he can’t control.  Continue the conversation anytime: will@kestrelcreek.com.


Sweet encouragement.

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Abandon hope for results.

First part is the abandonment. The letting go of holding. Settling into the present, to what just is. Without extra. Or thought of any reward. Second, hope is wishful thinking and is an added layer on life. A sign of harboring impatience. The third part, don’t look for results, improvement or even enlightenment. As the Heart Sutra tells us that there is no wisdom to attain as attainment is empty.

Let go of the silly thought "I will not get better as a result of my study and practice". It is self-centered to want to get better. Hope that mind training will help you deal with your life is egoistic and needs to be let go of.

Life turns out how it does and not how we hope it does. Hoping and wishing doesn’t make it so. Seems more fruitful to focus on how life and practice are and less or not at all on how we hope (wish) life would be. This hope or wish is an acknowledgment that things are not as we want them. Our expectations don’t match reality. Somehow we feel our wants trump reality and try and operate from there.

Hope for success blinds us to the process of life. The moments of experience. Of joy and connection. Hoping is a wish for something else that is not present. It holds us back from working on what wants attention. 'Do what needs to be done now because it needs to be done now, not for the result it might bring.' The hope for success and the fear of failure and rejection. Abandon all hope of rewards.

This is a call to be your best in the present moment and go happily on.

Hope you have an awesome day!

This journal is meant as a reminder to encourage my future self. Where I work on my mental fitness and ‘adulting’. A reminder to him to operate in the world with love and compassion and some tips put together in a moment of clarity to help him when he is less clear and caught up in stuff the he can’t control.  Continue the conversation anytime: will@kestrelcreek.com.