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Don’t fix what ain’t broken

Have you ever held a perfectly fine pencil, about to write something down, and thought, “You know what? This pencil is too blunt. I shall sharpen it!”? When you proceed to sharpen the pencil, the graphite keeps breaking and breaking and, honestly, the pencil was not even that blunt when you picked it up. You could have easily used it to mark down whatever was on your mind. But now you have invested time and effort in sharpening the damn pencil and you refuse to give up, even though you have forgotten about why you needed the pencil in the first place.


I’m coming home

Only a few things are better than sitting alone on my bed in front of an open window in my tiny studio in Amsterdam, watching the sun set behind the railway and a countless number of aeroplanes descend behind the three wind turbines, listening to crickets singing outside. These are moments of peace, serenity, and reflection for me. They truly make me appreciate the journey I am on, the opportunities I have seized, and the experiences I have had. But if this is all so nice then how come my heart still wants to return home to Estonia?


MBSR 3: How I achieved a state of no bones

aka Body scan for pain relief

I have been having weird pains these last couple of days. It all began with my right wrist. I noticed it during yoga. There was a sharp pain whenever I had my wrist at an angle. It wasn’t intolerable, but it was also far from being pleasant.


Maybe so, maybe not

There is an old Zen Buddhist story about how we tend to see events as either good or bad, not simply neutral happenings in life as a bigger whole. I have copied the story at the end of this post and I encourage you all to read it because what happened to me today was literally the same.


MBSR 1: Mindfully eating a pecan nut


Place a few raisins in your hand. If you don’t have raisins, any food will do. Imagine that you have just come to Earth from a distant planet without such food.

Now, with this food in hand, you can begin to explore it with all of your senses.