Examined Life?

The legends of philosophy and spirituality have one thing in common apart from their weirdly grown long white beards. They recommend an examined life. To savour the infinity in the present moment and live in deep reflections and ruminations.

But even a 5-minute meditation done over an app or contemplating about life’s purpose while having your coffee reveals the beauty and the beast, the sun and the moon, the light and the darkness of it all. It holds a yin-yang that delights us with a sense of calmness and dazzles us with the ugly dissatisfaction of life.

Conscious living is hard. It reveals the hallowed nature of life and makes us scratch our heads on the “Whole point” of this existence. This is fine and we can tolerate it.

However, past the 5-minute timer, the examination uncovers our own life’s shortcomings. The insecurities, anxieties, emotions all come for a ballet dance and play on the tunes of “pity” streaming in the neurons of our mind.

It’s like walking on a hotbed of coal or get repeatedly stung by a hornet. Why go after these musings? Just for a temporary soothing?

That turns us into the woods of unconscious living. This too has its shortcomings. It’s easy to get by in this mode but after a while, it becomes robotic and repetitive. You become a passive boat wandering in the waters of weariness. One eventually becomes a bystander and a nodding machine to the choices of life.

There is no juice left in the fruity life. Just counting seconds in a zombie state.

In the end, both states are hard thorny roads to make a living. The way ahead could be a conscious-unconscious or unconscious-conscious mode. But then—()


3 Ideas from Brendon Burchard To consider Now

Brendon Burchard is regarded as the world’s leading high-performance coach and an excellent writer who topped the New York Times list of best-selling books 3 times. He is often quoted, googled, watched, and googled on the internet by productive bees who want the best in their life.

His online courses, videos crossed millions and Oprah Winfrey considers him as one of the most influential personal growth gurus of all time. Most people know him through the Brendon show, a wonderful podcast if you want to listen.

There’s a ton to learn from him and here are a few of my favorites—

  • 1)Owning Ambitions 100%

Brendon says that most people never own their ambitions 100%. This is a powerful idea and a truth. We usually own it a 50-60-70%. For instance, you want to write a book, run a blog, make YouTube videos and inspire millions of people online and you invest your resources and time on it but we do it half-heartedly. We don’t accept it but deep down you know it in your bones. I failed many times to do hard things like building a rock-solid body, write a novel. Sure, there are many reasons why I failed but after a lot of reflection, I think Brendon is right.

With just 60% ownership and liking, dreams are hard to come by. So never do this mistake. Chase your dreams only if can own them 100%. Here’s a nugget for you—
“personal power is directly tied to personal responsibility, which most people avoid.”(Brendon Burchard)

  • 2)Guilt is good

Brendon comments that guilt is a sign of learning and the first indication that you have a growth mindset. Trust me if you don’t feel guilty after binge-watching that Tv series all night, there’s something seriously wrong with you. Or you failed to make that blog post deadline possible, you should think and feel about it. That’s how you realize what your next baby steps are.

I always feel bad when I procrastinate on my Wednesday essay day. But guilt makes sure that I write the next day itself. Own guilt and achieve your dreams by course correction.

  • 3)Teach to generate positivity

“You have a clean slate every day you wake up. You have a chance every single morning to make that change and be the person you want to be. You just have to decide to do it. Decide today’s the day. Say it: this is going to be my day.”—Brendon Burchard.

Every morning is a choice to bring positivity to your life. No one can come inside your head and clean it. And positive thoughts won’t come unintentionally. You have to do it deliberately. That’s because the human brain is hardwired to create fear and anxiety. So the machine’s job is to constantly chase you down with 0% probability issues.

This man is worthy to be followed and take note of him. Go ahead. Great ideas can move you, only if you let them.


An Old House(Poem)

Charlie and I
decided to tour one old house
in Marshall street.
As the rusted gates were opened,
we could sense —
the fallen red bricks,
haunted pipes,
gated memories,
slyly windows,
pencil drawings,
renaissance paintings,
treacherous chimneys,
shivering winds,
some ghosts on soul-sucking duty,
cursed tales and spooky doors,
the lime structures and Karst topography,
exhaust fans of remorse,
the concrete revealing its iron cleavage,
unclaimed solitude,
pigeon eggs,
un-tuned radios,
enchanted crockery,
dusty mirrors,
lizards of the late Carboniferous period,
Deja Vu,
spirits playing with spider webs,
fallen childhoods and forgotten friendships,
yeah, also the termites feeding on woody structures.

—Drunken Monk.


BOREDOM—The Superpower everyone ignores.

We all feel bored not just sometimes but usually almost every day. The way out is YouTube scrolling or Instagram feeding. It’s done automatically and subconsciously now.
We can’t sit quietly and do nothing, though this is what philosophers or spiritual gurus say.

We search endlessly on Netflix or Prime to watch some weird Tv show or Productive lazy bugs jump into books or cheap intellectual talks.
The List is endless.

As Albert Camus in The plague remarks—
“The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits.”

What we don’t understand is boredom is this mysterious force that comes onto you to shake up your life in little ways. But every day we brush it off. The result is we never tap and get on with it.

Well, not anymore. Here’s why

  • 1)Boredom puts your busy brain on a pause.

In this digital and social media age, we are constantly being hit by news, celebrity gossips, ads, and life-advice videos that are simply overwhelming us.

With no time to take a pause, we are losing the right headspace to these bots and algorithms. In the end, we over-fire our neurons and blast our heads with overloaded engagements.

That’s where boredom comes to the rescue. It can put you in sweet solitude protected by dopamine hits. Too much stimulation is hurting your body and mind like never before. Henry David Thoreau could go into the woods but we cannot in our concrete jungles.

If we can use boredom and stay with it instead of binge-watching and binge hitting clicks on phone, it can heal you.

It’s high time we listen to Thoreau advice—


“I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”

  • 2)Boredom makes you a creative genius.

Sandi Mann, a senior psychology lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK says boredom is an essential part of the creative process and should be applied to our day-to-day lives.

Boredom allows mind-wandering and that’s when creative juices flow like the mighty Nile river. And when you are bored, there’s no pressure on you to meet your self imposed ideals. You simply don’t care and trust me that create miracles.

Here’s what famous Neil Gaiman says about boredom—

“You have to let yourself get so bored that your mind has nothing better to do than tell itself a story – Neil Gaiman.”

His advice for upcoming writers is to get bored and embrace that crushing boredom to kickstart that never-ending novel that you are planning to write.

  • 3)Boredom means you don’t like something.

Boredom is a reflective-contemplative mirror that’s showing that probably you don’t like something.
If you are bored in the office, then it means the work is not exciting for you.

It means boredom is asking to pursue what you like. It has pulled you out of the matrix. But we engage in what Danckert and Eastwood call—“Maladaptive remedies,” like couch surfing, abusing drugs and alcohol or go out for some adventures like skydiving or trekking mountains.

It’s a wake-up call that you need to hear. Not a distract-yourself call that you need to engage. Hence they advice neither to mask it nor try to outrun it.

As Jon Kabat-Zinn says—when you pay attention to boredom it gets unbelievably interesting.


Jump-Starting your Brain—By Joe Dispenza

  • Thinking creates feeling, and feeling creates thinking in a loop.
  • Contemplating goodness in your brain changes your body for good.
  • Thoughts really shape the way you feel as they trigger chemical reactions.
  • Learn something new and constantly create the growth in your mind.
  • Brain is continually evolving and that’s a powerful fact to remember.
  • With enough repetition and practice, your brain can’t tell the difference between imagination and reality. Harness it to create positive stuff and avoid negative things by mental rehearsals and positive visualizations.
  • Repeated visualizations create the reality you experience. So, choose wisely.

Imagination(Poem)

Imagination is
the ship to
sail into
the kingdom of god.
it is the patent
we file for the original truth.

Imagination travels new terrains
new macrocosms
and put novel flesh
to Neolithic periodic tables.

Imagination digs out neural variance
and crippling prisms.

Imagination is the golden thread
to merge obscure dots
the light to the blind theories
and cast-iron praxis.

it’s the silent zero
to the equation
The alchemist
that turns
vulgar
to Venus.

—Drunken Monk.