The human body comprises 60 trillion cells and 100 trillion microorganisms in the gut alone. Trust your gut. The “gut self” knows what the mind does not.
Learning is not about acquiring skills. It’s to feel a broader world where you and the other life (or object) interact. Cultivate your mind. Nurture your heart.
Surprisingly, Confucius singles out the most essential of all. Compassion. Empathy, before knowledge, matters most. Be the other person. Be with yourself, too.
At the trail’s edge, a butterfly flutters down on a flower in front of me. The butterfly and myself are connected by the same air. This picture was a gift.
This summer, the trees of the northeastern US were covered with billions of 17-year cycle cicadas. Imagine! The mind is an activity, not a repository.
Here’s the formula for any learning. (A) Connection to yourself x (B) Iteration x (C) Continuation. How connected, how iterative matters most.
Less of something is more of something. Less is more. Also, more of something means less of something. More is less. Less ego, more chances, more connections.
Everyone wants to have great friends. The problem is that we forget what we do become their friend.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
Imagine the world that could’ve been for you. We live in the web of possibilities. We keep forgetting it. So when you say, “I was lucky.” You remember it.
A wish is a word that can be voiced in a few seconds. Keep your wishes in mind, vocalize them, and listen to them yourself. They become your aspiration.