Repetition, routine, habit

Is there more important fixtures of a life well lived? I’m thinking smart, thoughtful, intentional repetition. Not the blind, rout kind of habitual routines we can be lulled into as escape.  A different kind.

Many things are built on repetition, routine, habit. This is how a woodworker develops skills, how a new language is learned, how a body is physically maintained, and many, many other things. These things are our what we strive to become, rather that is to write a book or be more present in our relationships.

Some things take more repetition than others. Love takes the most. Hugs, kisses, "I Love You’s”. It takes more than suspected to sustain and grow love. 

"Take action -> learn from it -> do it better. Rinse. Repeat. Watch your efforts compound over time.”

Compounding through smart, thoughtful, intentional repetition grows slowly until you look back and see where you have come from. 

The habits we groove become who we are, one minute at a time. A small thing, repeated, is not a small thing.
2 year ago - Image by  Will Simpson

2 year ago - Image by Will Simpson


Hope you have an awesome day!

Credits — Rohan

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.


Engagement

Be an adult. Do adult things. Be responsible. Be courageous. 

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Image by Will Simpson

There is a dichotomy, a tug-of-war, between our endless streams of input, input from news, internet, self declared responsibilities and the amount of free space in which to gain insight, deeply think, learn, relate with those around us. If could measuring how much time we spend engaged with these activities on a simple balance scale, our endless streams on one side and the amount of free space we allow ourselves on the other, we’d see that the balance was almost completely on the endless streams side. Yet if we could weight the balance comparing the value to our life. we see the opposite. Most value comes from free space.

Two questions to ask:

  1. How much free space do I have scheduled?

  2. Am I being picky about the streams of input I choose to engage with?

Hope you have an awesome day!

Credits — Rohan

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.


Metapor 

Don’t be a rabbit with horns.

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Some people seem to understand and are moved by metaphors, me not so much. This is just me. I know this is a personal quirk of my nature. There I go using the metaphor of ’nature’ to describe my mental traits. I use metaphors when I’m too lazy to fully explain myself. A text or author that uses metaphors a lot seems to me to be lazy or unskilled in their explanation. They leave the heavy lifting for the reader. 

The spectrum of metaphor runs from fanciful dream like to subtle colloquialisms. The problem I have with old historical texts is telling what part of the spectrum i’m reading. 

Who knew that Zen would have a virgin birth myth in it. Surely this is a metaphor but how misleading. How sad.  

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.


Cal Newport - Digital Minimalism

Focus and attention are key to a successful life.

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I’ve started reading (actually I’m listening to the audiobook) Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport. I’m prepared for some disruption in my online activities. So far just the introduction. In it Cal makes a argument for taking time to create a personal ‘digital manifesto’. This is the ‘adult’ thing to do which I haven’t done. Without making something formal, I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants. I’m deluding myself that I’m in control when I am willy nilly about my online habits. I’m not willy nilly about my workout habits, or at least I consciously try. Not that I think I have a problem, but I could always do better. Maybe I’m even more deluded than I suspect (likely) and the games played by online activity.

An integration of my Dzogchen — Zen — Lojong Practice and the INTERNET.

We’ll see.

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.


Albert Einstein

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A human being is part of a whole, called by us the "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.  - Albert Einstein


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.


Drive all blames into one

The point is that challenges don’t cease, and if you wish to keep your heart open, the challenges will quickly increase rather than decrease
— START WHERE YOU ARE by Pema Chödrön, © 1994.
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Slogan Number 12 in the Lojong Practice 

Drive all blames into one. 

This relates to how we are caught in situations and act out of fear, anger, confusion, ego, or then simple routine habits developed from our past.  An antidote for this is to breath in and have an open awareness. Two modes of operation - aspiration and action. Sometimes we are positioned to be an actor and sometimes we are an aspirant. Recognizing this powerful and hopeful. At different times and in different situations, when we have a presents that is centered on being present, giving, connecting, we empower the actor in us in a healthy way. Sometimes situations are too strongly charged for us to have this power of presence, giving, connecting. Rather than getting caught in the tsunami we can breath in and choose to be an aspirant, to aspire to connecting with the moment. We don’t have to have answers, we don’t have to make some dramatic action. We can just hold an aspiration until we can develop the ingredients for action. 

Hope you have an awesome day!

Credits — Pema Chödrön - Be Grateful to Everyone: An In-depth Guide to the Practice of Lojong

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.