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Sloww Sunday Newsletter 038 (Nov 22, 2020) — Lifelong Learning, The Human Condition, High Level Perception, & More
Sloww is your guide to awaken the art of living.
Each week, I synthesize a little more timeless wisdom and share it in Sloww Sunday.
Here’s your gateway to the good life.
1. Sloww Stuff
The average lifespan is roughly 30,000 days. That’s a lot of repetition and experimentation to figure out your ideal way of life. Lifestyle design is intentionally crafting a way of life (or style of living) that aligns with who you are. This post is intended to give you a more well-rounded view of the (literally) life-changing concept of lifestyle design—along with a bunch of questions to spark thinking about your own lifestyle.
“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.” — John Irving
2. Speech I’m Enjoying
🎧 Charlie Munger USC Law Commencement Speech
(44 mins | YouTube)
The legendary Charlie Munger shares his thoughts on life, love, wisdom as a moral duty, developing a multidisciplinary attitude, and being a continuous learning machine. Definitely adding Poor Charlie’s Almanack to my reading list.
“If it’s wisdom you are after, you are going to spend a lot of time sitting on your ass and reading.” — Charlie Munger
3. Film I’m Watching
📺 Baraka Documentary
(98 mins | YouTube)
Roger Ebert says, “Baraka is a Sufi word meaning a blessing, or the breath, or the essence of life, from which the evolutionary process unfolds.” The film has no narration, so you are left to make your own meaning from the awe-inspiring shots of humans and nature from 25 countries on 6 continents. Earth is incredibly diverse. Director Ron Fricke describes the film as “a guided meditation on humanity.” Thanks to Tom Morgan for the recommendation.
“The goal of the ﬁlm was to reach past language, nationality, religion and politics and speak to the inner viewer.” — Mark Magidson (Producer)
4. Digital Book I’m Exploring
📖 High Level Perception — Allen Saakyan
(38 mins | YouTube)
This is a deep synthesis of some of the biggest ideas and how life could play out in the future. Be sure to pause the video and zoom into each image. Better yet, watch the follow-up video where Allen explains the visuals in more detail. Take your time with this book. I’ll need to revisit it many times to fully grasp all the ground it covers.
“Be like a sponge that soaks up multidisciplinary wisdom, adds your unique soul angle to it, then wring yourself out as a gorgeous creative contribution to our world.” — Allen Saakyan
5. Quote I’m Contemplating
“If the spiritual process was a book consisting of 12 chapters, the recognition of our true nature takes place at the end of chapter 1. It is not, as is sometimes supposed, the end of the process. It is the end of the belief that we are a temporary, finite self. But once that belief comes to an end, that belief then has to be taken deeply into the way we not only think, but the way we feel the body and perceive the world. And so the subsequent 11 chapters of the book are devoted to realigning the way we think, feel, act, perceive, and relate with our new enlightened understanding. In fact, it’s a book that never really ends.”
— Rupert Spira
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