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Book Review: Becoming Steve Jobs

I tend to review books like this one in several parts, because the thought-flow is so high per page that it’s simply impossible to capture everything of value. This book is particularly dense. I’m only about 20% into Becoming Steve Jobs (iBooks is not so user-friendly in telling me how far I am), but every page feels like taking a deep breath and only releasing it after the (slight criticism) overlong paragraphs finish. But there is also something else that makes it difficult to skim this book, Steve Jobs’ emotional journey is described in significant depth, which is incredibly immersive, at least to me.

That is really the insight that lead me to write this short review (which may be followed by another). We / I tended to view Apple as this great mysterious black box, something that could be speculated about because it was fun and intriguing. By my count, I’ve perhaps written dozens of times about Apple, without ever really feeling that I understood something deeper than the superficial veneer Apple was comfortable in disclosing.

This book is, to use a terrible term, a game changer. It tells us so much about the man, stuff that was perhaps revealed in news articles here and there over the last 50 years, but all combined to create a persona that we can perhaps, to the extent that it is possible, understand. Steve Jobs (pre-NeXT is revealed as a man that is far less than perfect, who put his vision far ahead of the details, who is used to employing tantrum-techniques to get his way, who managed to burn more bridges than perhaps build them.

I’ve read plenty of other good business biographies over the years (of the founders of eBay, McDonalds, Ikea, Starbucks were the ones that stood out), but this one is different in that it is only authorised after the fact. Steve Jobs, as far as I understood, could’ve picked Brent Schlender to cover his life, but perhaps didn’t because he was much too close, much too perceptive. Isaacson was chosen instead, this historical biographer of great persons like Abraham Lincoln, which is such a Jobs move, at least the Jobs you read about in this book.

The title is of course Becoming Steve Jobs, which is not really a guide to being like the man, but rather a witnessing of the transformation, evolution, descent, or ascent, depending on how you interpret this journey. The tagline reads: “The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader,” which is quite mixed as well. It’s a testament to the unauthorised character of this biography, that it is able to show the dark sides of Jobs as well. An incredibly fascinating journey already in this short portion of Jobs’ career.

Book Review: Earth Sea’s The Tombs of Atuan

I don’t want to go into great depth about The Tombs of Atuan (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 2), simply because it reads so quickly that I think recommending it is enough. It’s not a book for children, unlike the first one, which I thought to be more accessible in that sense. The first 50% of the book describe life for a girl taken hostage to lead a religion. It’s incredibly dark and sad, and you feel how the girl’s identity is replaced piece by piece. Hee darkest moment comes when she is forced to make a decision that has disastrous effects on others (my non-spoilery way of describing that). Book 2 eventually links to book 1, when she meets a character from that book and is confronted with a choice: continue her descent or ascend into a new world. I’ll leave you to find out what that decision was.

What I liked about this book, just like the last one, is that Ursula Le Guin publishes an afterword describing her inspiration and her struggle in writing a book from the female perspective. At the time of writing (1971), there was little published that showed female characters as powerful and heroic and her interpretation was riddled with feelings of guilt and confusion felt by the main character.

In Books: Caliban’s War, book 2 of the Expanse series

I’m nearing completion of book 2, Caliban’s War, in the Expanse series. Initial thoughts include that while I generally think that sequels are not better than their predecessors, this one makes a worthwhile effort. Caliban’s War is more action-focussed than Leviathan Wakes, while at the same time introducing a general insight into the political system and intrigues that have caused many of the events in book 1 to occur. This book starts strong, with a monster of unknown origin massacring an outpost in space. The repercussions on the settlement itself are particularly well-done from the perspective of a single father looking for his daughter. Some of the themes from book 1 seem to repeat itself, with what was formerly Miller looking for a girl being replaced by someone else on a similar mission. And yes, the one-perspective-per-chapter structure, similar to Game of Thrones, is still used in this book, but I found it to be quite fluid.

Btw. The trailer for the upcoming Expanse TV-show can be found here. I don’t have any thoughts on it, except that the characters seem younger than I imagined them from the book. Apart from Lord of the Rings, this will be the first TV-show that I will have watched after reading the books.

Lin火: an interview with David Grann, New Yorker author

For those that do not know David Grann, he’s a writer for New Yorker and author of The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon (a favourite read of mine), as well as The Devil and Sherlock Holmes. To me, he has the best job in the world, but that’s mostly because I enjoy reading his work so much. In this interview on the Longform podcast, he reveals a lot about his process and how he ended up where he did.

It becomes pretty clear from his words that the news publishing business is not easy. He admits that he is not cut out for the fast writing pace required for certain types of news stories and time is less of an element for his kind of writing. At the same time, it is pragmatic world that revolves around doing as much preparatory work as possible, requires (over)selling your stories to your backers (the publisher), and of course timing plays a role as well. On a personal note, I found it interesting that he comes from a creative writing background, which is different from that of a news writing one—the latter being much more focussed on brevity and speed of writing.

The nature of his stories are very different, but as he highlights, it’s about finding authentic voices, designing a narrative around them, and, of course as a non-fiction writer, of triangulating the truth from what he hears. He discusses several of them in the interview, as well as the complexity around writing these stories.

Wikipedia has a nice overview of the articles he wrote in his career. If you added all of these to your Instapaper, you’d have a nice reading list for the holidays. I greatly recommend The Lost City of Z, an adventurous and romantic tale about an explorer’s fascination with a mythical city in the Amazon and his eventual disappearance.

On Writing (Lin火): Steven Pinker on Style


In what’s quickly becoming my favourite intellectual podcast,  Radio Open Source’s Christopher Lydon interviews Steven Pinker on his new book “The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.” Having read “The Elements of Style” at least a dozen times (I still haven’t mastered it), I’m interested in reading this supposed counter to the reductive advice given in Shrunk’s guide.

Pinker celebrates the more floral way of writing (in this writer’s point of view), which has its merits, but can tire the mind if over-used. I agree that the key to good writing is to read good (and bad) writing, but believe myself that all good things must be used in extreme moderation. Much like Darwin’s last line in  “The Origin of Species” (quoted in the podcast description), which leaves the reader inspired, but only after reading what I hope is a much more to the point description of evolution.

In Books: Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey


There are so many things to say about this book. Though I heard that some people find it a slow book, I read it quickly, aided by the fact that I was reading parts aloud to a child—lazy bed-time story reading if you will.  Leviathan Wakes lays the platform for a series of book (and a forthcoming TV show on Scyfy) , which are some pretty big shoes to fill. The author name, James S. A. Corey is actually a pen name of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, the first of which also sometimes collaborates with George RR Martin, author of Game of Thrones (giant shoes).

Similar to the Game of Thrones books, it is also written using the format of one perspective per chapter. The books only covers two perspectives (GoT has ca. 13), that of Holden and Miller, with a small exception towards the end. In a previous post, I described Miller as a nihilistic character, something the authors agree with, while Holden could very much be described as the inverse.

On the interplay between both, the authors write:

”Holden’s my holy fool. He’s an idealist, a man who faces things with this very optimistic view of humanity. He believes that if you give people all of the information, they’ll do the right thing with it, because people are naturally good. Miller is a cynic and a nihilist. He looks at the dissemination of information as a game you play. He doesn’t have faith in anyone else’s moral judgement.”

As I previously noted, these character traits can be an interesting way to move a story forward and the mix certainly makes the journey more interesting.

The story plays in the far future (at least to my understanding), where other planets close to Earth have already been populated and space stations have been built. Most of the story pieces take place on space stations and on space ships. There seems to be a logic in how things work in this universe, with Earth representing an old but still prominent power, Mars a counterbalance to this power, and the “Belters” (inhabitants of space stations) as the new wave of civilisation.

Knowing that this would become a TV show, I was mostly trying to find links to existing space faring shows that I know, mainly Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica. Thematically, this felt closer to Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series (also an impending TV show, crazy!) in the noir detective story taking place within a space context.

Book one at least did not feel like an episodic TV show, rather more like the laying of building blocks for a future series of stories. I wonder how easily this translates to episodic story telling or if we will instead be presented with the new style of TV shows that tell one whole story over many chapters, a very long movie if you will.

If you like science fiction that is fairly grounded, integrating elements of intrigue, humour, horror, space opera, and written in a clear manner, then this is a good book to read. Expect it to build up slowly, though the action does accelerate in later chapters.

In Books: get a great deal on the Marvel Universe Subscription

WolverineThanks to Jason Snell on sixcolors.com for this. You can now get a great deal to gain access to Marvel’s full universe of comics for just $75c for the first month, when you sign up here with the promo code MARVEL75. The subscription can be cancelled at any time. 

I’m not a big comic book reader, just graphic novels really, so here’s a few to read from Marvel:

Marvels: Marvels is a four-issue limited series comic book written by Kurt Busiek, painted by Alex Ross and edited by Marcus McLaurin, and published by Marvel Comics in 1994. Set from 1939 to 1974, the series examines the Marvel Universe, the collective setting of most of Marvel’s superhero series, from the perspective of an Everyman character: news photographer Phil Sheldon. The street-level series portrayed ordinary life in a world full of costumed supermen, with each issue featuring events well known to readers of Marvel comics as well as a variety of minute details and retelling the most famous events in the Marvel universe.

Marvel 1602: Marvel 1602 is an eight-issue comic book limited series published in 2003 by Marvel Comics. The limited series was written by Neil Gaiman, penciled by Andy Kubert, and digitally painted by Richard Isanove; Scott McKowen illustrated the distinctive scratchboard covers. The eight-part series takes place in a timeline where Marvel superheroes have been transplanted to the Elizabethan era; faced with the destruction of their world by a mysterious force, the heroes must fight to save their universe. Many of the early Marvel superheroes — Nick Fury, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man — as well as villains such as Doctor Doom and Magneto appear in various roles.

You really can’t go wrong with anything by Neil Gaiman. For more suggestions on what to read, check What Culture’s 10 Marvel Graphic Novels to read, SciFi Now’s 10 Best Modern Graphic Novels by Marvel, and Buzzfeed’s 25 Important Graphic Novels To Read (not all on Marvel Unlimited!).

Marvel Universe exists as an app on for instance iOS (and probably Android too). For those that don’t know, it uses a similar viewing technology to  Comixology’s Guided View(tm) to display comics clearly on both small and tablet screens, by zooming in and out of panes/pages.

Happy Xmas reading!

Lin火 on writing: Charlie Stross’s on Urban Fantasy

Writers have long been frustrated about the pace of technology. It’s moving so fast, that writing speculative fiction like those that came from Jules Verne and from Neal Stephenson is becoming less and less attainable. The coolest most recent piece of such fiction came from Greg Bear in Darwin’s Radio.

Writers are embracing a new term, that of Urban Fantasy. It essentially gives more leeway in how you write and less of a pressure to really predict the future, which has arguably become too fragmented and requires several PhDs. Charlie Stross explains his reasoning behind it quite well and also brings forth this other interesting tidbit: the technology of just 5 years ago was drastically different from today, in the sense that it was user-serviceable.

In addition to the redrawing of the plausibility/implausibility frontier, we have other factors to consider: notably, our relationship with technology and science. As Vernor Vinge remarked in his novel Rainbows End many modern technologies come with no user serviceable parts inside. Back in the late 1970s or early 1980s, personal computers were (by modern standards) a bit crap, but they offered an unparalleled opportunity to open the lid and learn by tinkering. For example, the BBC Micro in the UK—which sold by the million—had an analog i/o port, user-accessible DMA ports, and ROM sockets into which users could install additional firmware; it was designed for learning. The Apple II similarly featured a fairly simple expansion port architecture. But today’s personal computing devices (with very few exceptions) come as shiny sealed boxes; their expansion options exist but are complex and require considerable expertise to develop: they’re not designed for learners and tinkers but for users or highly trained developers.

Similarly, in other fields our technologies have developed in a way that’s hostile to monkey-see monkey-do learning. You can’t credibly learn to service a modern automobile in your own garage. You can’t formulate a new pharmaceutical preparation in the back of your dispensary (which, believe it or not, actually happened right up until the late 1930s: even in the late 1970s/early 1980s it was possible for a medium-sized company with perhaps 20-30 researchers to develop and bring to market new medicines).

I would love to go on a rant now about how it’s not about the hardware stupid—in my experience, hardware design is so complex and rigid, that it makes sense to provide completely integrated solutions—and that software is the new tinker-zone. But will there be fiction speculating about software? I suppose Snow Crash has done it, as has Tron and the Lawnmower Man.

Lawnmower Man

Lawnmower Man

On Writing: Transformations through music

1Q84 had this element where a classic piece of music was seen as transformational in transporting the protagonist from one world to the next. The second moon can be seen as a manifestation and cat-town as a sub-plot, where stories become reality.

Café de Flore also has this transformative music, which is the title of the movie as well. The song appears as a classic which the kid with down-syndrome is obsessed with in 1960-70 Paris. In the present day, it appears as a remix, the moment when the male protagonist falls in love and after which he obsessively listens to it over and over.

In Greg Bear’s Songs of Earth and Power, another favourite of mine, the plot centers around constructing a special song to bind two worlds together. It’s been many years that I read this story, but I still remember buying an album by Gustav Mahler to transport me into the book while reading it.

I suppose, it’s possible to make the same connection in the movie High Fidelity, in which music plays a strong role, perhaps connecting the main character, played by John Cusack, to his memories to various ex-girlfriends. It’s based on a book by Nick Hornby, who originally set the story in London (it was moved to Chicago for the movie) and I remember an interview with him in which he said that he had to choose different songs to fit this new context.

In all these stories, music acts as a link between memories or worlds. I suppose any tool can achieve that and I believe that music is much more apparent medium in a audio-visual format, and less so in a book. The book has to paint the story with words, and as such makes it more pronounced through the imagery that the song evokes, as well as the scenes around the playing of it. The movie doesn’t refer to it specifically, but having it play so often in the two versions, leaves a mark in the observer’s brain. Often the observer is the writer herself and it’s perhaps good to remember that writing and listening to music are very compatible activities, perhaps thus transferring that link more easily onto the page.

Lin火: Forensic science in crime fiction novels

A look behind the the curtains for a forensic crime fiction writer, Val McDermid. She also just released a book entitled Forensics: The Anatomy of a Crime, that must be super interesting for anyone interested in writing ’true’ crime fiction.

Lin火 on writing: David Mitchell on Focus & writing about the Future

David Mitchell of Cloud Atlas fame (as well as author of other books), gave an interview on The Atlantic. He’s a good writer, so it’s always interesting to me to read what his process is. Like many, he struggles with focus, which he overcomes by building up a discipline that revolves around prioritising writing and making everything else less important. He talks about keeping the Apple homepage when starting Safari, for instance, but also about starting his day with just writing.

The other fascinating thing about his writing, at least from what I read in Cloud Atlas, is the ability to take multiple perspectives, some of them quite futuristic. The two following paragraphs describe that process a little bit.

I do think there’s some relationship between maintaining focus, looking closely, and the act of writing itself. The more you practice really looking, the more convincingly you can build a set for a scene. You become used to looking at the relationships between objects and people and light and time and mood and air. That’s what you’re doing when you’re having a James Wright’s hammock moment, and it’s also what you need to do to bring a scene into being. I think all writers do this. I don’t think I’m remarkably gifted at it or anything, but if there is an overlap between the skill of perception and the skill of populating a scene with objects and people, then this would be the connection.

Also:

So when you’re writing about the future, you simply try to work out what people in that future point will be taking for granted. In The Bone Clocks, there are two future sections. 2025 one is only about 11 years away—there’s just a few gizmos about the place and we’re basically there already. In the 2040s, however, more dramatic changes have taken place. There’s no more oil—or very little oil left. So you think about what people at that point will be taking for granted about travel, about the ability to hop on airplane and be hundreds of miles away in an hour or two. Or to have a conversation like this one, to speak across a continent—which, in the context of human history, is a profoundly bizarre thing to be doing. An impossible thing to be doing, an unthinkable thing to be doing! We can take a device out of our pockets and speak to somebody in Auckland on it. And the miracle is that we don’t we see it as a miracle. We’ve only had this skill—to take out a smartphone out and call anywhere on earth—for 10 years, maybe 20. But, already, we take it for granted. It is part of what it means to live in our time.

In Books/On Writing: Haruki Murakami interviewed

From the article:

Murakami has often spoken of the theme of two dimensions, or realities, in his work: a normal, beautifully evoked everyday world, and a weirder supernatural realm, which may be accessed by sitting at the bottom of a well (as does the hero of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle), or by taking the wrong emergency staircase off a city expressway (as in 1Q84).

It’s hard to find these kind of books, let alone write them.

Murakami’s style is simple, even apparently casual, on the surface, and Tsukuru Tazaki, like many of his previous novels, has divided critics into those who find it banal and those who perceive greater depth in its vividness and precision of imagery. Like most simple styles, of course, his is the result of lots of hard work. “I take time to rewrite,” he explains. “Rewriting is my favourite part of writing. The first time is a kind of torture, sometimes. Raymond Carver [whose work Murakami has translated into Japanese] said the same thing. I met him and I talked with him in 1983 or 84, and he said: ‘The first draft is kind of torture, but when you rewrite it’s getting better, so you are happy, it’s getting better and better and better.'” There is never a deadline for a Murakami novel – “I don’t like deadlines …when it’s finished, it’s finished. But before then, it is not finished.” Sometimes he can’t tell when he should stop rewriting, but “my wife knows. Yes. Sometimes she decides: ‘You should be finished here.'” He smiles and imitates his own obedient response: “‘OK!'”

Just as important, Murakami talks about readers:

How long does Murakami think the game of literature can last? “I think serious readers of books are 5% of the population,” he says. “If there are good TV shows or a World Cup or anything, that 5% will keep on reading books very seriously, enthusiastically. And if a society banned books, they would go into the forest and remember all the books. So I trust in their existence. I have confidence.”

If I haven’t reviewed 1Q84 on this blog, I should. It’s one of my favourite recent books, and I’m constantly looking for more like this. Equally so, but differently, I enjoyed his short biographical book entitled: “What I talk about when I talk about running.”

火 Charlie Stross on “Crib Sheet: Neptune’s Brood”

In case you wanted to read about Charlie Stross’s new book.

In Books: The Lost City of Z

Written by David Grann, a regular contributor to The New Yorker, this can be classified as a book that is not quite aimed at the mainstream. I liked it because it describes a period in anthropology that was still filled with mystery and adventure, Indiana Jones style. I’m a sucker for those movies, which in itself integrates a lot of the various adventure myths and tales of that era.

It’s been about three years since I read the book, but it still fills a place of esteem in my bookshelf for being a relatively unique tale about a man-made mystery, something there’s not enough of. I was reminded of it again through the many discussions about flight 370, with many people expressing shock that ‘in this day and age’ we can’t find a plane. This is a human tragedy of course, with many relatives and friends not being able to find closure about what happened to the passengers.

A mystery usually comes accompanied by plenty of tragedy. The Lost City of Z describes the many attempts of archaeologist-explorer Percy Fawcett, who (spoiler for real life) disappears on his quest for this mystical city hidden in the Amazonian jungle. It describes not only Fawcett’s attempts to fund his mission, his reasons for believing this city exists, the changes in anthropological exploration that became much more science-based (as opposed to travelling to a pin on a map), and what actually happened after he disappeared. The public perception of Percy can probably best be described as that of a ‘mad scientist’ in pursuit of an impossible dream (the best ones are) and if it wasn’t for this book, surely his name would have been forgotten. I’m glad this book exists for that reason as well.

We do live in an age where there’s no space for mystery anymore. It sometimes feels that the only unexplored realms are outer space, deep sea, and the human mind. Perhaps to some extent the possibilities of technology and science creating new life. But something like a city in a jungle, hidden for centuries? That’s something for the fairytales.

That’s why it was nice to read a true such tale for once.

In Books: The Old Man and the Sea

A few years ago, I started watching old black & white movies. The reason was that they felt like a window into a time no longer here. Or a time that is connected to today, yet rougher, different. I forgot the exact movie that started it, but it was a 1930 movie about a criminal. Somehow, in mid-2005 perhaps, I felt like finding out how today’s recession related to the infamous Great Depression. All I remember from that movie is not well-tailored suits.

All this to say is that what we consume in terms of books and movies connects us somehow to the mindset that resulted in that creation of that piece of media. This piece that I’m writing is not really about Hemingway’s book, though I greatly value the way it was written. It feels nearly Japanese in its minimalism, an appreciation of fishing. I do agree with one one piece of critique published in the New York Times in 1952: when Hemingway writes about the fisherman’s philosophical thoughts, he really expresses his own, which diminishes the character in the book. But it doesn’t take you out of the story, which feels like the origin of The Life of ∏ and countless other stories that deal with a (hu)man, a boat, and the sea.

The reason I read The Old Man was to read the work of a craftsman. I will probably not read much else of Hemingway’s work, but it’s good to know what makes this writer so appreciated. It’s completely different from other writers, yet somehow feels at the foundation of the craft of English writing.

Next up, Tolstoy.

In books: Redshirts

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Awareness, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Star Trek Intrepid. The Redshirts, the expendables. 

Awareness is a funny concept. We are not born into it, we develop self-awareness. And we also develop contextual awareness, but in truth we remain ignorant of the many realities of living, specifically death, the connections that we implicitly have to the people, planet, and universe. Let alone, the connection to God. 

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, written by John Scalzi, is a parody, much like Last Action Hero (with Arnold Schwarzenegger) or Stranger than Fiction are parodies. As a matter of fact, it’s exactly the same story, about fictional characters becoming aware of their fictional reality. In Red Shirts, the characters start to notice that they are on a tv show, and that the tv show is trying to kill them to improve its ratings. The adventure is them trying to do something about it.

I like the meta-aspect of it, because while it seems ridiculous, much of actual life is as well. We do what we do because we think we need to, but maybe it’s been written before, maybe it’s a cliché that we are living. Life is the best book ever written and this book is as much a parody of life as it is of Star Trek. 

In Books: 1Q84 Trilogy by Haruki Murakami

This book was recommended to me by a friend, who couldn’t stop reading it on a 24 hour road trip. I couldn’t put it down either. It’s the type of “unusual” book that I am attracted to reading, unusual in plot, world, and perspective, but clearly and simply written.

The story is about a Japanese man and woman, one a writer, the other an assassin, who are attracted to each other across different parallel realities. I’m afraid to write more, because I don’t want to spoil it.

P.S. if anyone has read it and has tips on books that are equally enticing, long, and hopefully on a good intellectual level, please let me know!

Breakfast Routines

  • Get woken up by the artificial sun

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  • Do 10-15 min. of “authentic yoga” and “new york meditations
  • Muesli and fruit — the breakfast of champions!
  • Vitamine A, D (both from cod liver oil), B, C (both from pill), zink, and Glucosamine (to support my aching bones after exercise).
  • Coffee with… get ready… a spoon of instant coffee, a spoon of instant coco, a bit of cinnamon, hot water, a spoon of honey, and milk. DE… LICIOUS!!!
  • Bike to work.
  • Done!

So you think you know it all, do you?

Entrepreneurship is a buzzword these days and it’s hard not to browse through sites like news.ycombinator without coming across a how-to for starting a business, or aspect thereof. There used to be a time, back when books were still bought in paper-format, that you couldn’t walk by a bookstore without finding a least one book on how to solve your life.

Entrepreneurship, life, entrepreneurship, life… The problem with one person telling the other person how to solve life is that solutions are not one-size-fits-all. And that state of minds are definitely not one-size-fits-all.

E.g.

I’m reading a book on sales while conducting a sales process. And, while the theory is all there and is probably correct, I’m still making mistakes. My character is not to be a hard sales guy, it’s to be a friendly person that wants to innovate and “bring smiles to people’s faces” (this has been my slogan ever since I started my food & retail blog). The other person may or may not agree with that. Plenty of sharks in business and if they meet a sucker bleeding goodwill, they may think that’s a person to bite a leg off.

Does the sales book teach me about that? No. What does teach me is experience. Where books help is that they provide you with a framework to use when you are ready to use them. Perhaps they provide you with a lens to analyse where you went wrong.

So, once again, I’ve defused my frustration by writing about it. Yay, blogging. Now, back to sales!

One Minute Meditations — Notes & a brief review of the book

From the audiobook “Meditation in a New York Minute,” the eight rules of meditation:

1. Relax (the mind)!
2. Be Playful!
3. Be Gentle!
4. Have an open body (relax your body)!
5. Attention—energy flows where the mind goes.
6. Intention (must elaborate on this).
7. Everything is a Chain (must elaborate on this).
8. Repetitiveness makes the master.

This was from chapter 2, which I haven’t finished yet.

Chapter 1 has 3 points to focus on:
1. relax your jaw
2. sink your head slightly into your neck, put your finger between your eyebrows, and focus on that for a minute.
3. change your phone’s screen to “Breathe”

I also had a profound exercise on looking into your heart, which lead to my dream before, or at least that’s how I interpreted it.

I used this one:

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How do I feel? I think that mindfulness mediation can be profound (if your mind & body are open to it) and have long term consequences on the brain. Mark Thornton, the author of the book, has a gentle voice and humble way of teaching, which I really enjoy. I’m unused to the audiobook format, feel that I probably have to repeat-listen to the book (see rule 8) in order to capture all, but it’s nice to listen and at the same time practice what you are hearing.

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