A Mindful Week #28
Your weekly dose of mindfulness, creativity & insight. Curated by Nikolas & the Mind Club team.
Album of the summer: Young Canadian Poet Mustafa’s new album is moving. An honest work fusing grief and poetry in a timeless sound.
This short film follows Mustafa’s exploration of love and tragedy within his community, Regent Park, and the inspiration he draws from it.
Life feels good when we have a strong connection with nature. Here some guidelines how to get closer to nature written by the Nature Connectedness Research Group.
Reconnecting with nature can be the first step in personal environmentalism. How a Year of Pandemic Has Taught Us to Go Greener.
05 Flow State
Noizer, a free browser app, allows you to focus on work, reading, or just relax listening to ambient sounds, while helping you to get to your flow state.
The nine decades of artist Yayoi Kusama’s life have taken her from rural Japan to the New York art scene to her stunning retrospective currently hosted in Berlin.
Italian Folk And Wine - Open that bottle. Welcome your friends on your terrace. This is what we life for. A playlist inspired by my travels through Italy.
Quotes that inspire us and make us think
09 Letter of the week
While Berlin is covered in a heat wave I am pondering this beautiful quote by the female Victorian novelist Mary Ann Evans:
It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses
I arrived two years ago in the european capital of insomnia. Shockingly, I found that depth was hard to come by talking to cosmopolitan dancers in the wee small hours of Panorama Bar. No one would commit to anything. Being late was worn like a batch of honor.
I wasn't feeling it.
It dawned on me, that to feel really at home I would have to plant seeds. And that this would take some time. Here are the stories and thought models, that helped me to plant the seeds to feeling chez moi.
I love the image of being a gardener of one’s life:
A gardener knows the seasons, knows the plants. A gardener also knows outcomes are always different from what you anticipate. The serendipity of the wind. Animals. The changing climate. All this is not up to us.
Inspired by gardening, of which i know nothing of, and Munger’s wisdom two thought models I personally visit when taking decisions:
In the words of somber voiced singer Tom Waits: "Luck is when opportunity meets with preparation."
This is to gardening, to cool female poets that ran out of fashion and to my musing about topics I frankly haven’t figured out myself.
Wishing you a great sunny week,
Nikolas & the Mind Club Team.
10 This Week in our Club for Curious Minds
On Mindful Monday
Nikolas will invite you to use your imagination in a meditation inspired by modern mindfulness icons.
On Zen Tuesday
Former Zen Monk René will introduce you to meditations and insights from old wisdom traditions.
On Loving-Kindness Wednesday
Niko will guide meditations that help you to train compassion and loving/kindness practice.
On Female Friday
Hannah will explore the side of meditation that has largely ignored by male-influenced meditation cultures.
On Silent Meditation Sunday
Sascha will offer a space to deepen your meditation practice.
Workshop on Sunday
Each sunday our coaches and Meditation teachers will host a virtual workshop that will help you life an examined purposeful life.
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