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April 18th, 2020

Erfolgsleere. Philosophie für die Arbeitswelt (Michael Andrick, 2020)

The title of the book is a pun - phonetically similar to "Erfolgslehre" ("theory of success"), "Erfolgsleere" could be translated to "emptiness in success". Michael Andrick tackles the risks of the omnipresent conformity in today's workplaces, and our ideas of careers and success. He argues that success is a reward for sacrificing essential human qualities like critical thinking and compassion, in order to live a seemingly convenient life by serving the purpose of others. There is absolutely nothing original about a career, it's merely following a well-defined path. It's not Sinatra's "My way". It's about anticipating what the expectations of the people in charge are - the people who are…

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April 12th, 2020

Die Kunst des digitalen Lebens (Rolf Dobelli, 2019) The Art of the Digital Life

In this concise, easily digestable book Dobelli argues that news are irrelevant, and their consumption harmful. For him, news are characterized as being short, superficial and event-based (lacking context) pieces of information. They are written by journalists who are in general not experts in any domain. By his definition, news are not books or articles, for example in scientific magazines, written by experts and focusing on a systemic and contextual perspective. He himself used to read newspapers religiously but realized they were not only not adding any qualities to his life, but rather distracted him from doing relevant things and having clear thoughts. He decided to get rid of news…

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July 19th, 2019

What do I gain from meditation?

During my weekend at a Zen monastery, there were two Q&A sessions with the Zen master, where more or less the same questions kept popping up. This blog post is about "What do I gain from meditation?", the question "What do I do during meditation?" has its own blog post. What do I gain from meditation? It's not a wellness thing Counterintuitively, Zen meditation is not supposed to relax you or make you feel better (although it might). It's about being present and experiencing what is happening here, right now. See what is actually there, and not just an interpretation or a filtered version of it. So there is nothing to "gain" per se, and even if you manage to be present in the moment,…

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July 19th, 2019

What do I do during meditation?

In mid-January I started to meditate almost daily. Since I attended a seminar at a Zen monastery in March, my practice has become even more stable. I start each day at about six in the morning with a sitting meditation for 15 to 20 minutes. It was quite an invasive change in my daily routine - so why do it? Well, last year I had problems getting enough sleep. At night, my body was tired and my brain was busy, and during the day it was vice versa. I also had increasing problems with my back despite having established a quite stable yoga practice. I felt I was not getting enough rest. I even took 10 days of unpaid vacation to tackle this problem. But only after a breakdown I realized how…

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May 18th, 2018

Working Out Loud and the Five Ways to Well-being

As I have volunteered to do a workshop on Working Out Loud in July I'm thinking more about why it seems to work almost effortlessly. In his book, John Stepper mentions the relationship to intrinsic motivation and its contributing factors like autonomy, competence and relatedness. A long time ago I've written a summary of Bruno Frey's book Happiness that also touches these issues. At that time I was also interested in what the New Economics Foundation nef) released as "The Five Ways to Well-Being". They identified five core activities that contribute to well-being: Connect, Be active, Take notice, Keep learning, Give. Read more about it in the PDF document. Looking back now, I find it…

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