“Unfortunately for happiness, your brain is sold on the idea that the next moment is more important than the one we’re in. On the other hand, the moment that already passed by is more familiar—and therefore perhaps more comfortable—than this one right now. These biases of the brain are what move us all too easily into a state of confusion, ruminating on the past or bracing for an imagined future while neglecting to pause and live in the present, even though the present is all there really is. When we’re focused on the past or the future, we’re living in our thoughts, and not in reality.” from “Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy” by Mo Gawdat
“This is the skill level you’re moving toward as you start to see through the Illusion of Thought. So much of your happiness depends not on the conditions of the world around you but on the thoughts you create about them. When you learn to calmly observe the dialogue and the drama, you begin to see the ones and zeros. You can watch your thoughts, knowing that the only power they can gain over you is the power you grant them.” from “Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy” by Mo Gawdat
“When you’re seeking modest improvement in what exists, you start working with the same tools and assumptions, the same mental framework on which the old technology is based. But when the challenge is to move ahead by a factor of ten, you start with a blank slate. When you commit to a moonshot, you fall in love with the problem, not the product. You commit to the mission before you even know that you have the ability to reach it. And you set audacious goals.” from “Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy” by Mo Gawdat
My meditation teachers taught me that with aggression, you may accomplish some things, but with gentleness, you can accomplish all things.
From: Running with the mind of meditation