This is the last article of my 3-series on my reflections on 2018. The first two articles were about 1) my life as a digital nomad and 2) profound experiences I had this year. This article is about insights, learning, and wisdom I gained about my life in 2018.
Wisdom and insight
This year thanks to the meditation retreat and other sources I’ve experienced a lot of amazing insights into the nature of reality and my own mind. The books and podcast of Sam Harris undoubtedly have given me direction in my spiritual growth. Especially the book waking up and the podcasts with Joseph Goldstein have been very inspirational. Theses recourses share amazing insights about the true goal of meditation. My experience during the 10-day vipassana meditation retreat has deepened this understanding.
Mindfulness is a superpower
This year I experienced the power of mindfulness more than ever. Becoming mindful of the sensations in the body can change your state (from angry, sad, depressed, etc.) in seconds. It’s crazy but it really works. However, it requires a lot of practice (at least for me – it took years, and I’m still developing it). Instead of looking for distractions to ease your discomfort (like grabbing your phone, smoking a cigarette, eating comfort food, or drinking alcohol) become aware of what is happing moment-to-moment in your body will change your state instantly. You will move from being victim of every next thought arising to the observer! Very powerful!
This year during certain months I experienced some major mood swings. More than I’ve had in years. While I was living the DREAM LIFE. I was chilling on the most beautiful beaches or eating the best food in the world. It’s difficult to point out what the reasons are but I feel that at certain points I felt a bit unfulfilled. I think I was not growing, but finding happiness in outer experiences. I became a lot more reactive to people and situations that I normally am able to handle in a calmer way. For me setting up monthly goals and mindfulness have helped in becoming more grounded.
I have the best relationship ever
Traveling and living together 24/7 can be challenging at times. But I’m so thankful for the relationship I have. We challenge each other to grow and I think that is one of the most important things there is. She is always looking at things from the bright side of life. That’s one of many things I admire in her.
I go all-in!
I’m the kind of guy that goes all-in. When I work out, I need to do it 6 days a week. When I came back from my Vipassana meditation retreat I need to meditate for 2 hours a day. When I work on a project I need to do it almost daily otherwise I lose willpower. This self-knowledge is important because I know that I can only focus on a certain amount of things at once. So making sure I have my priorities straight is key and something to look into this year (2019).
Full immersion works
In 2018 I’ve immersed myself in different things so many times. I’m never really fearful, so that helps me a lot. When someone gives me an opportunity or challenge I like, I just say yes. And I figure out a way to make it happen. It’s a great mindset.
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