Unstuck Newsletter #010 (April-29-2020)

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Hello online friends,

It’s me, Ivaylo Durmonski. And this is the 10th edition of Unstuck. A weekly newsletter designed to help people navigate in this disoriented world, make progress, and become more rational. By sharing the lessons I learn from the books I read (and other interesting things), I want to help more people find direction in this directionless world.

Do you meditate?

I mean, do you often sit alone in a room with your legs crossed and a lit candle beside you? Inhaling and exhaling while wearing a robe under the sounds of gentle Shaolin music?

Yeah. That’s how I imagine meditation and mindfulness – kind of boring and bogus. Like a spiritual exercise that’s reserved for a selected group of people who once visited a temple somewhere high in a mountain and now they think they’re something special.

But after reading Waking Up by Sam Harris, I have a better idea of ​​what meditation is and why it is important.

This seemingly boring and passive practice can help you calm your mind and claim your focus back. It seems effortless but it’s harder than you think.

If you haven’t tried it before, now is the time to practice meditation. After all, we have all the time in the world at home. 

Book Summary:

  • Waking Up by Sam Harris: You doubt the known to man religions but you feel there’s something greater in this world? Try Waking Up. In this anti-religious book, Sam Harris explains why you shouldn’t pledge to gods or worship divine animals. Instead, you should practice mindfulness and search for inner peace.

Which book should I read next?

Once a month, I ask readers (you) what book to read and summarize in the coming weeks. Here are the choices for this month:

  1. Skin in the Game: The Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb – LINK
  2. Personality: What Makes You the Way You Are by Daniel Nettle – LINK
  3. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck – LINK

Simply reply with 1, 2, or 3 to vote for one of the books above. This Friday, I’ll count the votes and start reading the winner book.

Weekly Finds:

  • Finding Your Idaho: “Ask yourself what Idaho looks like. What does it sound like? Who lives there? What goes through your head when you are here? What kinds of things do you (or don’t you) do when you are here? How does Idaho feel?”
  • 1 Habit That Changed My Life: “…the moment you make up your mind about something is the moment you stop growing.” That’s why it’s important to stay vigilant and to question everything.
  • Best meditation apps: We’re still talking about meditation, yes. So, if you really want to try it on your own, I suggest one of the following apps: Calm or Headspace. I personally use Headspace.

OK, OK, I went a bit overboard in this email with meditation and mindfulness, but these things really help. 10 minutes of mediation (or simply unplugging from the web) can have a huge positive change in your overall mental state.

I hope these resources will help you remain calm in these uncertain times.

Stay home and stay safe!


Ivaylo Durmonski

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