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The Coach's Notes #36

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Finally finished Chernobyl last night. It’s one of those shows everyone seems to be talking about and I didn’t want to be left out in the pop culture cold, so I consumed. And glad I did. It was a great series. Scary as hell considering it’s based on a true story!

Oh and I’ve found my new mantra, my highest ambition, buried in the words of my favourite Chinese writer, Lin Yutang, and it goes like this:

If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.

On that note…

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing with you this week:

  1. I blow hot and cold with meditation, but with 50,000 thoughts swimming through my head (that’s the average they say), being more consistent with quieting the chatter might be a good thing.

  2. Unless of course you buy into Ronald E Purser's new book: McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality. In the book, he describes how mindfulness has become the $1.1 billion dollar buzzword of the wellness industry and, "how corporations, governments and the military have co-opted it as a technique for social control and self-pacification". (Ryan Bassil)

  3. Five scientifically proven ways to fall asleep faster. This has never ever been a probably for, but if you’re one of those sleep challenged individuals, you can pick up a couple of tips from this article.

  4. Most of our beliefs are based on other people’s beliefs. But how about our desires?

  5. Life advice from the late Anthony Bourdain. Definitely worth a watch.

  6. This one is for the gin lovers among us.

  7. We’re getting dangerously close to Minority Report with this one. Kind of flips innocent until proven guilty on its head. Dozens of Cities Have Secretly Experimented With Predictive Policing Software.

  8. Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think. Man I’m at that peak asking some of the same questions Arthur Brooks asks in this article. At what point will I be asking for death to come sooner rather than later?!

  9. The buzzword of this decade is authenticity, which is a shame because it impedes progress and aspiration. The philosophical problem with our pursuit of “authenticity”.

  10. George Orwell’s birthday is on Tuesday (25 June). Each year, a group of us head to his grave for a picnic lunch and a discussion about the state of privacy. Consider this: Doublethink Is Stronger Than Orwell Imagined. (Btw if you’re interested in joining us, shoot me an email for details)

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to share the love with someone you know.