Some thoughts

1. Sometimes I’m forced to do something I don’t particularly like and I end up enjoying myself, which reminds me that there is a great deal I don’t know about life and the world.

2. It’s not that we’re living in apocalyptic times, we just have catastrophic thoughts.

3. The days are short, the years shorter still.

4. If you can’t make yourself sit and meditate, wash dishes and meditate. It’s equally effective.

5. Do something different in order to create a day that looks nothing like the ones that have gone before.

6. Every day adds up to make up a life. Hence the small things we do every day matter.

7. I’m always happy when I wake up at 6.30am. (Even when I’m forced to.)

The art of developing a beautiful mind

“The world is not simply there. Everything and everyone we see, we view through the lenses of our thoughts. Your mind is where your thoughts arise and form. It is not simply with your eyes but with your mind that you see the world. So much depends on your mind: How you see yourself, who you think you are, how you see others, what you think the meaning of life is, how you see death, belief, God, darkness. Beauty is all determined by the style of mind you have.

Your mind is your greatest treasure. We become so taken up with the world, with having and doing more and more, we come to ignore who we are and forget what we see the world with. The most powerful way to change your life is to change your mind.

When you beautify your mind, you beautify your world. You learn to see differently. In what seemed like dead situations, secret possibilities and invitations begin to open before you. In old suffering that held you long paralyzed, you find new keys. When your mind awakens, your life comes alive and the creative adventure of your soul takes off. Passion and compassion become your new companions.”

— JOHN O’DONOHUE

Comments

It’s so nice — in fact, unbelievably nice — to be getting comments on the blog again (hi Brian, Colin and Kifa!). I’m tempted to say, just like the good old days, but then comments haven’t exactly disappeared. They are still well and alive on Facebook and Instagram, but why does it just feel different?

Maybe because this is my very own place and like many others have mentioned before, it takes effort for people to find their way to personal websites / blogs like this. That’s why it’s almost sweet when someone puts in the work to write a comment. Alright, it’s very sweet!

So thank you for your comments. It’s really nice to be connected this way. Again. =)

New plans for the website

Well, I don’t have anything lofty planned really. But the idea, moving forward, is to continue to use this website as a repository for my thoughts and my internet identity. It will also continue to be my private playground, my own little corner of the neighbourhood in this crazy place called The Internet where I can document my obsessions and do pretty much anything I want.

I’ll continue to write for the newsletter but it will now be decoupled from the posts on this website. Posts here are now blog posts as opposed to what used to simply be copies of the content on my newsletter. Blog posts here will be long or short. They will be about anything under the sky. I’ll try to write as often as I can, but there are no rules.

PS: If you have a website/blog too, I’d love to hear from you and get connected!

The old internet

The old internet — the internet we first fell in love with — was a weird and wild and unregulated country. It was experimental, free for all, exhilarating, creative. The browsers in those days did not yet need to worry about mobile formats, so people were able to make the coolest, most interesting websites. The sky was the limit and Macromedia Flash would bring us there.

There were no algorithms, no big tech companies trying to gobble up and then sell our data, no surveillance. The oddest friendships happened, because the internet allowed people from opposite ends of the world to find each other based on their common interests (and often via their wonderfully kooky little websites).

The internet still allows for great innovation and connection today, but it’s just not the same. Social networks like Facebook and Instagram and Twitter constitute “the internet” for many people, but they are not. They are only a pale version of what was and what could have been. The social-network-internet of today is best understood when you hold in your mind the image of a faceless person scrolling down a screen endlessly for all of eternity, but yet for whom satisfaction never comes.

But the internet is still here and there might come a day when things get decentralised again. I don’t know if that might ever come to pass but for now we can take back the internet by going back to creating our own websites and blogs and even newsletters and relying less, far less, on the cursed social networks.