⚡️ Enlightening Bolts
Can't miss gems of the weird and wonderful
🤔 Mystery Blob: Giant underwater blob puzzled scientists until they realized what it was. See it here.
🎧 Lo-Fi Cafe: Mellow tunes to listen to as you work or relax. Listen here.
🕉 Om Meditation: Powerful 3-hour OM Chanting meditation. Listen here.
🚀 Gravity: Iron Man like jet suits now in real life. See it here.
🌬 Stages of Faith: This model from James Fowler explores the various types of faith. Which one best describes you?
🎇 Image of The Week
Nature seems to be endlessly blossoming with gems of beauty like this one above. Christian Spencer captured this stunning shot while spending time in Brazil. It depicts the sun illuminating a hummingbird like a prism. The striking colors shining through the bird's wings appeared to him like a flying rainbow as he sat on his veranda in Rio de Janeiro.
🧂 Shake It Up
This is an invitation to inject a bit of novelty into your life.
Shake things up.
I'm not suggesting you make sweeping changes.
(Although maybe that is on the menu, as well).
I'm offering a nudge to give yourself a venue to explore something new and unusual.
It's incredibly easy to get into grooves and very often these patterns aren't the most beneficial for us.
They are just our default mode we've become accustomed to.
So pick a little adventure for yourself and just go for it.
Go for a run. Just put on your shoes and run out the door.
Go to a restaurant you've never been to before and tell them to give you the best items on the menu.
Dance in the rain.
Make it weird and unpredictable.
And then notice how it makes you feel.
There are tons of opportunities every single day to immerse ourselves in something new and unique. Something that makes us feel more alive and engaged.
We just don't act on them.
Then do it.
Robert Anton Wilson describes the value of rebelling against authority:
“Every fact of science was once damned. Every invention was considered impossible. Every discovery was a nervous shock to some orthodoxy. Every artistic innovation was denounced as fraud and folly. The entire web of culture and ‘progress,’ everything on earth that is man-made and not given to us by nature, is the concrete manifestation of some man’s refusal to bow to Authority. We would own no more, know no more, and be no more than the first apelike hominids if it were not for the rebellious, the recalcitrant, and the intransigent. As Oscar Wilde truly said, ‘Disobedience was man’s Original Virtue.”
🤓 Learn This Word
Hyperphantasia is described as extreme imagination that's as vivid as real sight or "the condition of having extremely vivid mental imagery. It is the opposite condition to aphantasia, where mental visual imagery is not present."
⏳ From The Archives
A hand-picked classic HighExistence article
Why do we do what we do?
The answer is habit.
The meal we decide for dinner, the route we drive to work, the coffee we order at lunch.
They’re all a result of habit.
In the last twenty years, psychologists have learned a hell of a lot about how habits work, why they emerge and more importantly, how we can change our bad ones and replace them with good routines.
I’ve experimented obsessively with my own habits over the last decade, read everything about the psychology of rituals, motivation and willpower, and in this post I’m going to share with you the best 7 research-proven ways to build new habits and make them stick forever.
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