“If I start meditation, will I lose my edge?” I’ve heard forms of this question many times, substituting yoga, mindfulness, introspection, or any variation of asking yourself, “What is the point?” What the questioner fails to realize is that if you “lose your edge,” it’s because your preferences have changed. You realize that whatever you’re so obsessed with is actually not that important. Why do you think you’re so smart now, and your future self doesn’t know what’s important?
"The more you practice, the more you see that it’s not the bumps that are the problem, but our stiff, instinctive reaction to them. The bumps will always be there. They are life itself." - one of the most eloquent explanations of mindfulness I've ever come across!
Loved this essay, Chris!
Thanks for reminding me of Wu Wei!
"What the questioner fails to realize is that if you “lose your edge,” it’s because your preferences have changed. You realize that whatever you’re so obsessed with is actually not that important." That's a brilliant line - I've never heard anyone put it like that before.
Love the Monk and the Minister parable!
I often listened to people who told that their needs and wants radically changed once they got there. And now I can tell the same.
I’m basically your walking/talking S&P500 - safe, long-term bets. I have a family, I work out and try to live as healthy as possible, both physically and mentally. I run a small company with at least two clients at the same time.
I almost jumped the internet money bandwagon last year. I thought my future self wanted it, but after I didn't open Twitter for months I realized it was some FOMO stuff :D