An autumn morning

Absolutely gorgeous, stunning morning in Helsinki. Leaves are now in full colour. I see green, yellow, reddish, orange. Dark brown tree trunks. Leaves on the ground. It's bright, beautiful and fresh here now. We are getting ready for what's coming next. Nature is always ready for what comes next, on time. It also takes the [...]

You could leave life right now

You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think. - Marcus Aurelius Yes, indeed. It is a bummer, isn't it? How different would we all act, if we knew that this was our last day? It could be! We often act as if there was unlimited time. Things [...]

What a precious privilege!

Don't let the FOMO fool you today. A day is just a day. Important, precious, but also fleeting. Temporary. Keep your vigilance, but regret nothing. Look into every hour, what are you going to do. Look back at every hour; did you do what and how you wanted, but don't obsess and do not think [...]

Desired vs. Admired

A nice little exercise to clarify your direction, in regard to life in general, or in relation to some specific thing. Make two short lists: Desired. The things you most desire for yourself in life. Admired. The qualities you find most praiseworthy and admirable in other people. You will often find yourself with two very different [...]

Feel the feelings

We feel all kinds of feelings about all things. That is normal. It goes on all the time, and often the messages carried by them are confusing and conflicted. If you let them dictate your direction, you will get nothing done, or you will get the wrong things done. Let your brain do the thinking. [...]

Indulge!

Can you go on any length of time without sensual pleasures? How bad would it be to, for example, for one week to eat the simplest food and to drink only water, and to use all your time and powers to... things other than diving head first into instant gratification? Remember the last time you [...]

Flow freely, without compulsion

Do not desire something at any cost. Do not avoid something at any cost. Withdraw into self-sufficiency when needed.  Keep your mind free of unhealthy passions, to the best of your ability. That free mind is your fortress. Make it strong! (Meditations 8:48) Take the information provided to you by your initial impressions. Don't torture [...]