Take A Mini Mind-Vacation

Mini Vacation Sketch

You don’t have to book a trip to the Maldives in order to feel relaxed, rejuvenated and take a step back from daily life.

Just take a few moments, sit down, close your eyes and visualize one of the following 7 scenes. Make sure to imagine all sights, feelings, scents, and sounds you would experience if you were in that situation.

  1. A beautiful morning sunrise
  2. A full moon at night
  3. A sleeping cat
  4. A moss covered forest clearing
  5. A sunny white sand beach
  6. A starry summer sky
  7. A waterfall in the jungle


Why You Suffer

In the Hundu wisdom tradition of Vedānta, there are five reasons why you suffer:

  1. You don’t know who you are
  2. You are attached to impermanent, temporary, and therefore “illusory” things
  3. You are afraid of things beings impermanent, temporary, or illusory
  4. You are identifying with your ego (your „false“ self) instead of your soul (your „true“ self)
  5. You are afraid of death and therefore of everything unknown

According to Vedānta, the way out of suffering and, therefore, the key to freedom is the goal of evolution itself:

Losing your fears.

The way to do this?

Find out who you are. Who we are. Realize that you are the immeasurable, manifested potential of all that was, all that is, and all that will be.

Source: Deepak Chopra

Think About It

rabbit hole

If Zimply Zen had a hymn, it would be this song. Enjoy!

Put on some borrowed kicks,
Hang all your notions up.
It’s never what it is.
Wisdom is asking “what?”.

There is another side
Down where the rabbit lives.
My world will blow your mind.
Just have a look at it.

Don’t gotta change your mind,
Just try to open it.
I’ll let you use my eyes,
See what I’m dealing with.
People with different stories, divided by
Different categories and reasons why.
The smart speak; the wise, they listen.

Band: Red Alpha

Make A Not-To-Do-List

A not-to-do list is the best way to prioritize important things in your life and career. Simply put, it’s a set of rules for tasks you don’t do.

Examples from my personal not-to-do-list:

  • No eating at my desk
  • No reading news
  • No checking e-mail or messages in the first 2 hours after waking
  • No snoozing more than 30 minutes (it’s harder than it sounds!)
  • No client meetings before 3:00 PM
  • Not more than 30 minutes of social media per day
  • No food after 8 PM

Make your Not-To-Do-List today and gain more clarity and focus for your daily routine.

The Four Agreements For Personal Freedom

The most important agreements are the ones you make with yourself.

The result of those rules – your actions, feelings, and thoughts – is what you call your personality.

Practicing the following 4 agreements in your life is how your best self becomes even better.

The 1st agreement: Be impeccable with your word

Don’t break your word (be it with others or with yourself) and only find kind words for others and especially yourself.

The 2nd agreement: Don’t take anything personally

We make the selfish assumption that everything is about “us”. Realize that anything people do, feel, think, or say, is because of themselves – not because of you.

The 3rd agreement: Don’t make assumptions

The problem with making assumptions is that we believe they are the truth. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. Find your voice and ask questions.

The 4th Agreement: Always do your best

If you try to do your best, and you tell yourself so, there is no room for frustration, self-judgment, guilt, or regret. Instead, you slowly learn to accept yourself. Keep in mind that doing your best doesn’t mean that it’s always perfect or successful. Doing your best also doesn’t mean overdoing it.

Keep those 4 agreements in mind, and you will avoid a lot of heartaches – for yourself, and others,

Source: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills