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Sloww Sunday Newsletter 071 (August 1, 2021) — Finally Finding Purpose, Multiple Perspectives, Life’s Paradoxes, & More
Here’s the latest from Sloww along with the most interesting things I discovered last week. To respect your time and attention, every newsletter can be read in under 5 minutes. If you enjoy it, please take 5 seconds to share it with someone who could benefit from it.
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In Case You Missed It: A Mini-Guide to Money
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This post is my latest attempt to bust some money myths and tell you the truth about what money will—and more importantly will not—do for you in your life. Are you ready to master your money mind?
Over the last decade—and especially the last few years—I’ve noticed an emerging evolution in my relationship with money toward what I describe as the “money middle way.” I’ve finally found one of the most elusive things out there: a healthy relationship with money.
👀 8 Perspectives You Can Take On Anything
(4 mins | YouTube)
Over the last few years, I’ve come to realize that much of life simply comes down to the perspective you are taking in any given moment. There are always multiple ways to view everything. Most of the time, we unconsciously shift through perspectives. But, it’s possible to be much more conscious of your perspectives.
If you’re familiar with Integral Theory, then you’re aware of the 4-quadrant map called “AQAL.” This goes a step further to look at the inner (1st person) and outer (3rd person) dimensions of each quadrant—totaling 8 fundamental perspectives available to you. You are performing “perspectival yoga” when you’re able to recognize and inhabit different perspectives in the moment. The link above goes to a short 4-minute clip giving an overview of the perspectives, but you can also listen to the full 2-hour podcast.
“Taken together, these eight zones refer to the most fundamental perspectives that we can take on any phenomenon, and are most often used to organize and situate all of the major methodologies and schools of thought that we use to generate and confirm our knowledge.” — Corey deVos
👶💀 Finding Something to Live and Die For
(15 mins | YouTube)
Last week, Sloww Sunday Issue 070 featured author Michael Singer’s thoughts on giving meaning to the time between your birth and death. This week, we’ll look at the philosophy of Viktor Frankl. I recently said on Twitter that if I could only choose one life philosophy to follow, I’d maybe go with Viktor Frankl’s. He covers it all: the highest highs and lowest lows of humanity, meaning, happiness, success, psychology, philosophy, spirituality, self-actualization, self-transcendence, & more.
“It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life daily and hourly … Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.” — Viktor Frankl
🤯 The Double-Slit Experiment
(7 mins | YouTube)
Is light a wave or a particle? The double-slit experiment still boggles my brain. It’s hard to believe that the experiment was first performed 220 years ago. After watching a bunch of videos on the subject, the link above is the simplest explanation I’ve found. If you want to venture even deeper, you can go down the double-slit experiment Wikipedia rabbit hole.
How can you apply this to your life? It’s a reminder for me to embrace paradox and uncertainty, utilize “both/and” thinking, and remember the power of conscious attention.
“In modern physics, the double-slit experiment is a demonstration that light and matter can display characteristics of both classically defined waves and particles; moreover, it displays the fundamentally probabilistic nature of quantum mechanical phenomena.” — Wikipedia
💭 Deep Quote
“Your own attention is what spiritualizes things. Attention to the meal you cook, the clothes you wash. Attention is love. And that’s transformative.” — Karen Maezen Miller
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