Month: July 2020

Sleeping Beautifully

Without enough sleep we all become tall two-year-olds. JoJo Jensen, Dirt Farmer Wisdom | If we’re not getting enough sleep to begin with, negative neurocognitive consequences can make it even harder to address the underlying problems and improve our situation. So first we must hold the intention to expand our wisdom and release that harmful pattern. Let’s call the entry to the virtuous cycle, “knowledge”. 1. Knowledge and self-knowledge γνῶθι σεαυτόν (Know Thyself) inscribed at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi | Sleep is complex and mysterious. It is also natural. We can begin learning about the natural aspects, in particular from findings in circadian biology. Here are some questions to guide the learning process: In addition to keeping a journal for your research and personal development, keep two small journals by your bed: a night-time gratitude journal for writing down what you’re grateful for, and a dream journal for writing down your dreams when you wake up. Often when I’ve recommended this, people have told me that they cannot remember their dreams. My suggestion is: keep …

Refined Luxury

It’s no wonder that luxury can bring to mind a disquieting ambivalence. After all, there is a loud and flaunted luxury which is all about extravagance and pride – and then there is refined luxury. They share the same essence of high quality materials blended with artistry and shaped with respect; but while living in luxury can mean building up a tolerance to excess, refined luxury requires that we carefully remove excess and impurities. Yes, it can take a while. Patience is a virtue. Living in refined luxury is to be mindful, light, unburdened, stable, subtle, elegant, coherent, and inspired. Refined luxury is cultivated in designs that are eco-friendly and regenerative, while upholding quality. Refined luxury draws from the well in the center of one’s inner peace. It is not for show or approval. It is for quiet, secure, and honest goodness in harmony with nature.🌱