A life full of choices – for good and for bad

All our possibilities to choose may add some richness to our lives, but risk taking us away from what really gives meaning and happiness.

Supermarket

At the dawn of a new decade, I took a few moments to look back on the many changes taking place during my lifetime. The most remarkable development in the last decades is probably the explosion of choices for most of us. And the choices we can make seem to increase year by year. The existing narrative is that this is largely a good and positive development, but is it really so?

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Ett liv fullt av valmöjligheter – på gott och på ont

Alla våra valmöjligheter kan berika våra liv, men riskerar att ta oss bort från det som verkligen ger mening och lycka.

Supermarket

I denna början på ett nytt decennium satt jag ner en stund för att se tillbaka på de många förändringarna som skett under min livstid. Den mest anmärkningsvärda utvecklingen under de senaste decennierna är förmodligen explosionen av valmöjligheter för de flesta av oss. Och de val vi kan göra tycks öka explosivt för varje år. Den rådande uppfattningen är att detta till stor del är en bra och positiv utveckling, men är det verkligen så?

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Listen to your inner voice

In the overflow of information competing for your attention and thoughts, its more important than ever to find the sources enabling you to listen to your own inner true voice.

Inner voice

We have come to a point in history where knowledge has never been as easily accessible as now. Through the Internet’s search engines, all human knowledge is literally available at our fingertips. But at the same time, it has never been more difficult than now to think for ourselves.

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Lyssna till din inre röst

In the overflow of information competing for your attention and thoughts, its more important than ever to find the sources enabling you to listen to your own inner true voice.

Inner voice

Vi har kommit till en punkt i historien där kunskap aldrig har varit så lättillgänglig som nu. Genom Internets sökmotorer så finns all mänsklig kunskap bokstavligen tillgänglig via våra fingertoppar. Samtidigt så har det aldrig varit svårare än nu att tänka själv.

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Mind the gap

Meditation and mindfulness, as practiced in Buddhism is based on four simple principles that can be understood in five minutes, but which require a lifetime of practice to explore.

Mind the gap

Everyone who has been in the London Underground has probably seen the platform signs “Mind the gap”. What we may not often think of is the short gap between the external stimuli that reaches us and how we react to them. It is in this short gap in time from thought to action that we have the opportunity to make important choices.

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Tänk på avståndet…

Meditation och mindfulness som de praktiseras inom Buddhismen bygger på fyra enkla principer som kan förstås på fem minuter, men som kräver en livstid av praktik att utforska.

Mind the gap

Alla som åkt tunnelbana i Stockholm har säkert hört uppmaningen ”Tänk på avståndet mellan vagn och plattform när du stiger av”. Vad vi kanske inte så ofta tänker på är det korta avståndet mellan de yttre stimuli som når oss och hur vi reagerar på dem. Det är i detta korta mellanrum från tanke till handling som vi har möjlighet att göra de viktiga valen.

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To live in the present

Toning down our desires and aversions to live more in the present is a good recipe for increased harmony and satisfaction.

Shrewsbury

At the time of writing, I am on holiday in a small English town right on the border to Wales. I combine socializing and friendship during weekend and evenings with days alone exploring the city and its surroundings, reading and meditating. The city is from the Middle Ages with many half-timbered houses in Tudor style.

Here is a large lush park that stretches along the River Severn, where rowers from the local boat club glide silently along the river. And just south of the town, the horizon is filled by miles of rolling hills that invite for long walks with the many sheep as the closest company.

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