On Becoming a Better Observer

As previously discussed, observe is the first step to discover our passion.

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Hints about our passion are virtually everywhere, but we need to be able to read the signal from the noise. As such, reducing or even eliminating the noise is critical. Being mindful is perhaps the only way to eliminate the noise and reveal the signal.

Mindfulness is  defined – according to Jon Kabat Zinn (who developed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program starting 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School).-  as paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally.

It should be on purpose, as being mindful is not the same with being aware. The latter does not have a purpose. Being mindful is to activate our consciousness on our subject’s attention. Mindfulness need to be done for the present moment. Right here, right now. It does not mean that we should not review our past or plan for our future. It is just calmness and contentment can only be attained by focusing ourselves to the present. Finally, it shall be done in a non judgement way. We simply accept the experience: noticing it, let it raising, passing, and ceasing to exit.

We can choose anything as a subject of our attention when we are being mindful. During talking, walking, eating, etc. Let’s start being mindful when we are breathing.

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Observe – the first step to discover our passion

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To discover our passion is to consciously observe our daily activities. Passion should be treated as a verb. It is the action that drives us to enter a state so that when we do it, we tend to forget everything. It is the activity that we’re looking forward, before and after the event. In Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi‘s term, we are in a state of ‘flow’.

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Duel Between Hope and Fear

This is an instrumental jazz rock song that portrays one’s mental state when a decision is about to be made. Hope and fear are against each other. Finally, it is not about costs and benefits nor strengths and weaknesses, but whether the decision represents one’s purpose or not. As Lao Tzu said, “Hope and fear […]

Do. Deliver. Write.

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Passion without creation is nothing. Dream without doing is meaningless. Writing is creating and doing.

In the above context, writing can be seen as the process of delivering. Your document is your output. And if you write a topic related to your passion or as part of materializing your dream, you’re in a progress.

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