How to Know Your Life Purpose in Five Minutes
December 09, 2016
The TED Talk by Adam Leipzig is called: How to Know Your Life Purpose in Five Minutes.
It seems obscenely optimistic. If it were so easy to discover our life purpose so swiftly, why would there be over 151,000 books on Amazon specifically geared toward helping people find their life purpose? Adam Leipzig tells us that the key to discovering our life purpose is simply knowing the answer to five questions, three of which that have nothing to do with us.
He shares a story of a class reunion with his classmates from Yale. This was a collective of those who had been privileged with a stellar education, expansive real-world connections, and all the best opportunities one could wish for, going out into the world after college. And yet, out of everyone he spoke to that night, Adam realized that eighty percent of his classmates were unsure and unhappy with their life course.
“And as I spoke with the twenty percent, the happier twenty percent, I discovered that each of them knew something about their life purpose, because they knew five things: who they were, what they did, who they did it for, what those people wanted or needed, and what they got out of it-- how they changed as a result.”
Online vs. Offline Self: Who is the Real You?
December 08, 2016
You scroll through your Facebook news feed, taking in all the smiling faces, the gorgeous pictures of far-away travels, the food you’d like to steal through the screen, and yes, it must be said, the myriad of selfie-induced duck lips. As you scroll, you suddenly feel the grungy stickiness of inadequacy adhering to your skin. You have no photos to share, no new place to go, your dinner is a cheese sandwich, and your duck-lip looks more like a sea mollusk.
Today, we have the opportunity to be more connected with the world than we ever have before. This is a beautiful thing, and an invitation to practice authenticity and mindfulness. Unfortunately, what we are not always aware of is that the portrait of humanity seen through selfies and screenshots is not real life. It is a curation. This phenomenon of curating two dueling personas is what philosophers call: The Divided Self. In this thought-provoking video by @SoulPancake, they discuss the challenges in foraging online vs. offline identities.
“While we can share more of ourselves online than ever previously possible, we choose not to. Instead, we curate.”
Much like an upscale art gallery, we choose what pictures to post, what moments to snap, what statuses to share. We edit and filter, and why not? In a world where we’re struggling to make our place, we want to-- to borrow an old adage-- put our best foot forward. There’s nothing wrong with this. So long as we are aware that what most people propagate online is merely a highlight reel. It has been rigged to appear perfect. As such, it should not be used as a measuring stick when comparing ourselves to others.
How to Simplify your Life and Live Minimally
December 07, 2016
Are you one of those people who sits down to write a term paper and then cleans your room instead? You’re not procrastinating. (Well, maybe a little bit.) You’re actually just trying to cleanse your mind of creativity-dampening attention-grabbers.
Science tells us that everything in our lives has energetic currency, from the t-shirt on the bed, to the poster on the wall, to the stack of junk mail you haven’t gotten around to throwing away.
Those who are more sensitive to this will not feel at ease or open to innovate and create if the task-master part of their brain is galavanting off, listing things that should be done. This helpful video by YouTuber Meghan Livingstone notes a few practices to help simplify your life, so that you can focus your energy on what really matters.