Mystical Silicon

Reflections on mindfulness in a world of tech
Created 07 Sep 2021
  • "The Discovery of Slowness"
    17 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 4 2
    This is my last post of the year and with it I wanted to recommend the book I entered 2021 reading: The Discovery of Slowness by Steven Nadolny (translated from German). I initially saw it as a recomm...
  • On word painting, pattern languages and finding beauty
    10 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    I was recently rereading Alain de Botton’s essay “On Possessing Beauty” in his book “The Art of Travel.” In the essay, de Botton talks about John Ruskin, a famous painter and drawing teacher from mid-...
  • On concentration & warehousing
    03 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 4 0
    I added Twitter to my phone again a few weeks ago since I was out and about and wanted a way to “stay connected.” Unsurprisingly, I found myself checking it much more often this week. Old habit energi...
  • Thankful
    25 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 1
    In keeping with a spirit of writing once a week, I just wanted to send a quick note to wish you all happy Thanksgiving! I am grateful for all of you. It’s been a joy sharing some of my thoughts with y...
  • On mushrooms, bardos and impermanence
    18 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 6 1
    I saw this mushroom on my walk today, and given I went through a large reorg at work recently, this got me thinking a lot about bardos and impermanence. You might have heard the term “bardo”. It’s a T...
  • On lists & checkboxes
    10 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    The post this week is going to be just on one topic: making lists. A few months ago I was looking at various Adam Savage videos and was astounded by the complexity of the projects he undertakes. If yo...
  • On mindfulness breaks
    03 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 4 2
    We wake and our minds race to the day’s challenges. If you don’t take the time to stop, your mind will go faster than a greyhound. Kids run around, you check email, problems cloud your view, the mind ...
  • On making ancillary decisions
    27 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    I recently was reading a short book called “Maxims for Thinking Analytically: The wisdom of legendary Harvard Professor Richard Zeckhauser”. Tucked within Maxim 19 there are a few pages that stuck wit...
  • On making progress
    20 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 2 1
    Say you want to start a new task: learn something for school, work, fun; develop a new habit, workout, whatever… You set a goal, maybe buy a book about it: “Learn X in 30 days!” Easy, right? You start...
  • On asking questions & tools for thinking
    14 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    I often hear that the ideal purpose of school should be to “teach how to think,” and yet, it’s rare to have a class on thinking. We treat it as an ineffable education dust - maybe you get it and maybe...
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