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Sloww Sunday Newsletter 015 (May 3, 2020) — Life as a Quest, Self-Love, Art of Living, & More
Sloww Sunday is an email newsletter sharing inspiration to awaken the art of living.
In a modern world focused on the trendy, here’s your weekly dose of the timeless.
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2 // Video I’m Watching
Life as a Quest — The Antidote to a Wasted Existence (YouTube | 13 mins)
I’m a bit surprised this video doesn’t mention Joseph Campbell’s “hero’s journey,” but it still offers many thought-provoking quotes to think about life as a quest.
“Make voyages! — Attempt them! — there’s nothing else …” — Tennessee Williams
3 // Podcast I’m Listening To
Self-Love Is Everything — Kamal Ravikant (Rich Roll Podcast on YouTube | 1 hr 40 mins)
Kamal’s personal journey is fascinating—from homelessness to the army to Silicon Valley to becoming an author. Books were his refuge as a kid, and now he writes them. Kamal is the author of the viral sensation Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It.
“It’s a self-help book written by a guy who is not a self-help guy. Just a guy who works on himself, who has lived a bit, who shares his personal journey and exactly how he did it.” — Kamal Ravikant
- I’ve written about Kamal’s brother, Naval, here: 15 Timeless Thoughts from Naval Ravikant + 50 Naval Quotes on Peace, Happiness, the Meaning of Life, & More
4 // Article I’m Reading
While reading Transcend, I started to do a bit more searching about humanistic psychology and came across this article about Erich Fromm’s book The Art of Being. (Side Note: Similar to Wikipedia, I could spend days going down rabbit holes on Maria Popova’s blog Brain Pickings.)
“The goal of living [is] to grow optimally according to the conditions of human existence and thus to become fully what one potentially is; to let reason or experience guide us to the understanding of what norms are conducive to well-being, given the nature of man that reason enables us to understand.” — Erich Fromm
5 // Quote I’m Contemplating
Quote: “Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.” ― Nathan W. Morris
Question: The “art of living” means actively working on your own masterpiece. What are some things that you can edit in your life?
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