⚡️ Enlightening Bolts
Can't miss gems of the weird and wonderful
🌬 Breathly: Free open-source breath training and relaxation app. Download here.
🗓 5-Step Process: How to design the perfect daily routine. Watch here.
🎁 StandOut: A strengths assessment to help you find your unique gifts. Take it here.
🎧 Tucker Zone: An immersive 3D sound experience using just a pair of earphones. Listen here.
💪 HighExistence Podcast: Success is a skill that can be trained like a muscle. Listen here.
🎇 Image of The Week
New details revealed in the Veil Nebula by this Hubble Telescope: "New processing techniques have been applied, bringing out fine details of the nebula’s delicate threads and filaments of ionized gas.
To create this colorful image, observations were taken by Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 instrument using five different filters. The new post-processing methods have further enhanced details of emissions from doubly ionized oxygen (seen here in blues), ionized hydrogen, and ionized nitrogen (seen here in reds).
The Veil Nebula lies around 2,100 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Cygnus (the Swan), making it a relatively close neighbor in astronomical terms. Only a small portion of the nebula was captured in this image."
🛡 The Good Challenge
We all face difficulties in our lives. Sometimes we face tragedies.
Loss is inevitable. Change is everpresent.
We cannot pin down and hold on to the things we love forever.
This facet of life, however, does not need to be viewed as horrible as it might appear at first blush.
When approached with courage and willingness, our suffering can help shape us, guide us, and prepare us.
We can transmute the tragedy of today into a newfound capacity for navigating the tragedies of tomorrow.
I'm fond of the notion that "misfortune that shapes character becomes good fortune."
If you become more than you were, the loss will still sting, but what you gain is a beautiful ability to help yourself and others in the future.
On top of that, it can instruct us to be more appreciative of the things we love while we have them.
None of this is deny the reality of our challenges.
Just to say stormy circumstances always have some hidden sunshine.
And sometimes they are even seed for better, brighter days.
🌎 Pale Blue Dot
Carl Sagan sheds some perspective on our home in the universe:
“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
🤓 Learn This Word
Eucatastrophe: "When a specific action is taken to be the worst thing possible – and turns out to be the thing that saves everyone. This is a special sort of twist in a story when everything seems to be going terribly, terribly bad – and then, quite unexpectedly, it’s great. We flip from impending doom to salvation."
⏳ From The Archives
A hand-picked classic HighExistence article
The best productivity tool you can get is a concentrated mind.
Beyond the productivity benefits that come with a laser-focused mind, Buddhist teacher B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D., says one can also expect:
- The effortless dissolution of bad habits and addictions
- Happy thoughts, devoid of hatred or delusion
- Unexplainable, drug-like bliss but with full clarity
- Increased compassion and confidence with others
- Profound, life-affirming insights into the nature of reality
So, how can we build our attention muscle?
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