A Mindful Week #29
Your weekly dose of mindfulness, creativity & insight. Curated by Nikolas & the Mind Club team.
Summer Tunes: Watch Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals play an iconic Tiny Desk concert.
Do Walk: “I had no idea the impact a simple, gentle walk would have on my life. The impact comes not only from the actual physical walking but also from the discipline, the practice, the commitment.”
The art of the late start. Life is what we make it. It's never too late.
In this passionate talk Robert Greene shares his key to transforming ourselves. A worthwhile stroll along the obstacles he faced on his path to becoming a bestselling author.
Create a Decision Journal: A decision journal helps you learn from past decisions, think through current decisions, and avoid problems before they happen.
Summer time and the living is easy: time to make Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles at home.
Silk Spotify Playlist: If your ears haven’t been carressed in a long time - here is a gentle embrace.
Quotes that inspire us
09 Letter of the week
On having a bookshelf of your failures:
Today our request for funding from a state agency was rejected. Our project was refused on the grounds of our project “not being innovative enough”.
Ironically, the application process for this government grant included the following highlights of innovation:
We were only allowed to apply through Internet Explorer. No Macs were allowed.
The person in charge didn’t have access to our virtual application.
While the decision was apparently made 1 1/2 weeks ago, we only heard of the news today.
It sucks to be rejected. But it helps to be rejected by someone that fails your own standards for inclusivity, operations and agility. Or does it🧐?
Truth is – people that assess your ideas often don’t see what you see. They might be seeing the world through a browser that doesn’t exist anymore. Or be trapped in a bureaucratic madhouse.
Having a bookshelf of own failures helps as well. When life throws me a punch in the stomach I now often revisit the fabulous ways I failed that ultimately left me better off.
I recently discovered that in German we have a word for failure gone right: The word“danebengelungen” refers to something that went wrong and led to something that was just right.
Failure hurts. But while it hurts, look out for a potential upside. I still don’t know why our rejection was necessary. But tomorrow might show.
Wishing you a great week,
Nikolas & the Mind Club Team
ps. we might go on a little summer pause soon. Members will be informed.
10 This Week in our virtual Mind Club
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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