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Well-Intentioned Violence

My weeks away from here have been consumed writing a grant due May 30th. This grant money replaces federal money recently cut from our program, so there’s a lot of pressure to succeed. Intense periods periods of work test the … Continue reading

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#3 Execute: A Feeling of Strength in Reserve

To pursue the disciplined pursuit of less, Greg McKeown says successful people use routine and ritual to focus on the essential. Artists in all disciplines intimately understand the power of routine. In 2006, Twyla Tharp called creativity a habit in her book, The Creative Habit, and … Continue reading

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#2 Eliminate Deliberately with Purpose

I could not possibly explain the importance of saying no–point #2–better than this. “If success is a catalyst for failure because it leads to the “undisciplined pursuit of more,” then one simple antidote is the disciplined pursuit of less. Not just … Continue reading

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#1 Explore and Evaluate

I’d like to review Greg McKeown’s work for this and the next few posts. He distils his essentialism advice to 3 points: Explore/Evaluate Eliminate Execute In order to get to the essential and discard the unessential McKeown suggests constantly narrowing the … Continue reading

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Essentialism: Taking Time to Do what You Want

Many of us who love our work and find many things compelling, often find ourselves busy but don’t feel productive. We say yes to everything and advance a millimeter on all of them. I recently heard about Greg McKeown, and his … Continue reading

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Go to the Kitchen

Michael Pollen goes into the kitchen to cook, and finds answers to pressing health, environmental, social– even spiritual– problems. “…what is the most important thing an ordinary person can do to help reform the American food system, to make it … Continue reading

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Mindful eating: awareness at the beginning of the process

When we eat, so often one phase of the process mechanically leads to the next. A regular mindful eating practice (once a day or once a week) brings attention to this ordinary act, so fraught with suffering for so many. … Continue reading

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