On life and philosophy.

Om has a very nice interview with the king of cashmere, Brunello here and it is totally worth your time. The amount of difference in one’s approach towards life is what sets some people apart. They not only inspire others, but also leave thief mark in the world.

There are three things you cannot buy. Fitness: You have to keep fit, whether you’re rich or not. Diet: You cannot pay someone to be on a diet for you. I think that diet is the biggest sacrifice in my life. Then, looking after your soul. No one can possibly treat your soul but you yourself. This is something you can do through culture and philosophy.

Soul is something nobody cares about these days, do we? Time to ponder.

It is the Journey not the goal.

In the madness that is our daily life, we often forget the essentials, we tend to count our value by how much we have, how much we have achieved but we almost always ignore the true value which comes from experiences we have gathered over time. James clear emphasises on the importance of this with a nice little story that you should read from his blog post.
This portion stood out for me.

We live in a world obsessed with results. Like Herrigel, we have a tendency to put so much emphasis on whether or not the arrow hits the target. If, however, we put that intensity and focus and sincerity into the process—where we place our feet, how we hold the bow, how we breathe during the release of the arrow—then hitting the bullseye is simply a side effect.

Do read the entire post. It is often the journey that matters isn’t it, after all life is a journey.

Learning by Practice

Experience is the best teacher for a reason. The learning that experience can give us is very unique and unparalleled because of the hard work that goes into it. Learning by reading or by watching videos, does have its impact but not as much as how learning things practically or learning by doing things. James highlights this and is a good reminder for all of us to learn things as much as possible by practice. Over the past year things I have learned by practice has made a tremendous change the way I live my life and hence I feel obliged to share this nice article. This part is certainly among the highlights.

Passive learning is not a form of practice because although you gain new knowledge, you are not discovering how to apply that knowledge. Active practice, meanwhile, is one of the greatest forms of learning because the mistakes you make while practicing reveal important insights.”

Do read the entire article.

Tech for staying healthy

“Health is wealth” they say, yet we some times take our body for granted and abuse it. In the Indian tradition body is taught to be a temple and as a path way to a greater dimension. With modernisation and time constraints, our body is just a mode of transport for us to fulfil all our earthly needs. We care hardly about our body internals. Unless there is some trouble we take it for ride with what not. Most of us seem to be proactive with everything but not with our health.

Everybody will have a breaking point and till that we won’t realise the need for staying healthy, but it doesn’t have to be that way. What we eat and how we live defines our quality of life. You can either wait for a breaking point to realise the need to stay healthy or go read this long article about Vittici’s life and how he is putting technology to keep him healthy.
It is quite a long read, but one that is worth the time. I use my iPhone and the health app as well to keep track of my health. Some of the apps I use are different though. I use Myfitnesspal, Garmin connect with a Vivofit, Strava and Sleep cycle Some might say I am obsessed, yeah so what the hell, it is my health. 🙂

How do you keep yourself healthy?