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Sloww Sunday Newsletter 021 (June 21, 2020) — Eckhart Tolle’s Life Story, Personality Type Research, Contentment > Happiness, & More
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1. Sloww Stuff
After studying and experimenting with dozens of life purpose methods, ikigai is still the one I resonate with the most. Over the last few weeks, I attempted to put my evolved ikigai model (“ikigai 2.0”) to the test. This post shows you a step-by-step guide of exactly how I personally use it—to give you a sense of how you can use the same model for yourself.
2. Video I’m Watching
📺 How Mindfulness Can Bring Balance to Your World — Eckhart Tolle
(Rubin Report on YouTube | 80 mins)
I’ve watched quite a few Eckhart Tolle videos and interviews, but this is one of the best I’ve ever seen. It covers Tolle’s background growing up, his rock bottom aha moment in life, the essence of spirituality, what it really means to “know thyself,” unconscious programming and conditioning, when you have free will, and much more.
“Your life needs to become a creative work of art … What the world needs is not more intelligence, it doesn’t need more knowledge, we are drowning in facts and information … What the world needs is wisdom. Wisdom is inseparable from awareness.” — Eckhart Tolle
3. Podcast I’m Enjoying
I’m fascinated by personality and have started exploring the latest research. This podcast is a good intro to understand the difference between psychology, personality, types, and traits. It also includes some fascinating research regarding how much of our personality may be nature vs nurture.
“Change is not the same as development. Development is the fulfillment of something … The fulfillment of the pattern of the self.” — Dr. Dario Nardi
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4. Article I’m Reading
📖 What If You Pursued Contentment Rather Than Happiness?
(9 mins | Greater Good at UC Berkeley)
Wonderful article. Covers the two different strategies for well-being (“more strategy” & “enough strategy”), the difference between happiness and contentment, and some great tips on how to cultivate contentment.
“In our culture, this emotion is very special. It is the highest achievement of human well-being, and it is what the greatest enlightened masters have been writing about for thousands of years. It’s hard to translate it exactly, but the closest word is chokkshay, which is a very deep and spiritual word that means ‘the knowledge of enough.’ It basically means that right here, right now, everything is perfect as it is, regardless of what you are experiencing outside.” — Dr. Dorji Wangchuk
5. Quote I’m Contemplating
Quote: “In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention.” — Pico Iyer
Question: Quite the paradox, huh?
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