This is another special (and short) episode of The Tim Ferriss Show. In this episode, I share my personal experiences, apps, tools, and best practices for cultivating “mindfulness,” which I’ll define.
When I talk about strategies for better living, I usually focus on effectiveness and efficiency. For a good life, these are necessary but not sufficient.
“Mindfulness,” the third leg of the stool, is far more difficult for me and most type-A personalities. There are many definitions of mindfulness, but for the sake of our discussion, think of it as a present-state awareness that helps you to be non-reactive.
Why is mindfulness essential? First, achievement without appreciation is a Pyrrhic victory, and mindfulness helps cultivate appreciation. Put another way, if you can’t be happy with what you have, you’ll never be made happy by what you get. Second and related, after just a week of mindfulness practice, you will complain less, react less, and more effectively fill your life with what’s important and valuable to you.
Here are the tools and techniques I use to put this into practice…
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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What mindfulness practices have you implemented that made a significant impact on your happiness? Please let me know in the comments.
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Selected Links from the Episode
- A Complaint Free World by Will Bowen
- Download mediation apps:
- Check out the Five Minute Journal
- 21 Day No-Complaint Experiment
- Practice Poverty
- Morning Journaling
- An old relationship that helped a lot
- An opportunity you have today
- Something good/great that happened yesterday
- Something simple near you
Posted on: November 29, 2015.
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