From Present Newsletter #2 — One thing to try out this week: This might be the perfect time to (re)start your meditation practice. It's the one habit in my life that will never go away, because it simply makes too much of a positive difference. After trying out many techniques and methods, the Waking Up app by Sam Harris is what I'd like to recommend to you wholeheartedly. This link (bit.ly/2WYtGD1) gets you a free month to try it out, with no limits. Let us know who this goes for you, and what else is going on in your life. We are here. Just hit reply, let's talk. Stay healthy and stay present!
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A review of PRESENT Issue 1 by Angelo Cirimele, publisher of @magazinemagazine.fr 🌍 English translation: INTROSPECTION We often think of a magazine as a collective work of art, where ideas flow. In the case of PRESENT, it was rather an introspection that guided the project. The subjects: self-awareness, work, creation, relationship with others, a forms of accomplishment. Indeed, since work and private life overlap in so many creative professions and since digital technology has abolished the notion of place and time, the reflection on our practices (meaning, scope, trace...) arises. CONTENT PRESENT consists of a series of conversations with psychologists, directors, fashion designers or athletes. All of them have the particularity of producing something and of questioning themselves about the creative process, its meaning and the relationship with others. It results in words that are very anchored in the present. FORM From a formal point of view, the magazine is in itself an experience, a succession of moments, of breaths (in the sense of double pages that suggest you breathe for 5 seconds or close your eyes), and the first pages are a slow immersion (one quote per page) in a flow of calm and consciousness. Sounds very 'new age', but the texts and the people are interesting! WHO Who would think of publishing a paper magazine nowadays — since it's a first issue? A graphic designer of course! A graphic designer trained at ECAL, who became art director in New York, Hugo Hoppmann lived in several countries before returning to Berlin. The result is a graphic richness that even extends to the margins, where you can find hidden comments on the process. In a world dominated by digital technology, he felt the need to give shape to a desire for paper, to leave a trace and to make something together. Because PRESENT is also meant as a gift.
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Back from a trip to Switzerland, where Hugo gave a lecture at ECAL (@ecal_ch) to talk about his career and PRESENT, nine years after being a student there. Blessed by all the positive vibes, compliments and support! Bonus: PRESENT magazine caught in action in Parisian bookstores 🤗
PRESENT Tip n°3: JUST GET STARTED ☄️⠀ ⠀ My struggle. Our all struggle. Fucking Procrastination! It’s so ridiculously easy for our brain to find something that needs to be done before the time is right to work on what we should be working. The thing is: we rarely 100% feel like it. Our monkey mind, our Resistance* works too hard to never really make us feel like tackling the important stuff. And this is killing us. And the people around us.⠀ ⠀ The cure are three words: JUST GET STARTED.⠀ When it comes to hard tasks don’t say just do it — that’s overwhelming. But just get started. ⠀ ⠀ It amazes me every single time how once we finally managed to get started on a difficult task it all of a sudden doesn’t feel as scary or uncomfortable anymore. Once we managed to take the first step we'll just go with it and flow along. ⠀ ⠀ Bonus trick to make yourself getting started: Set a timer to 10 minutes. Tell your brain: only 10 minutes. Are you crazy? Of course I can do that!⠀ ⠀ And more often than not we find ourselves all of the sudden so immersed in the task that when the timer goes off we simply continue. Because the starting is the actual hard part. And begun is half done.⠀ ⠀ Life is infinitely better without procrastination. ⠀ So just get started. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ _ * Resistance is a term coined by Steven Pressfield in his incredible book The War of Art. If you struggle with getting started read this book and find out why. You won’t regret it.
Kane Tanaka is currently the oldest person alive at a 117 years of age. She was born in Japan on January 2, 1903. Her current daily routine consists of waking up at 6 a.m. and spending her afternoons studying mathematics to keep her mind sharp. She is also an avid fan of the game Othello, which involves two players competing on an 8x8 uncheckered board and 64 game disc-like pieces. She frequently defeats the staff members at the game. Tanaka has a sweet tooth and drinks three cans of canned coffee, sodas and other nutritional drinks. When asked about her happiest moment in her very long life, she replied: “Now.” (via @historycoolkids)
HOW TO WORK BETTER is a readymade artwork by Peter Fischli and David Weiss. It is a ten-point list of simple statements suggests that “working better” is as much about an approach to everyday life as it is about productivity.⠀ ⠀ The artists originally appropriated the text from a sign found on a bulletin board in a ceramic factory in Thailand nearly three decades ago. Since then, the piece has taken different forms, from postcard to screen print to book cover. Most famously, the artists’ first installed it as a mural on an office building in Zurich in 1991. To replicate the hand-lettered irregular typeface of the original text, the artists created stencils working from a photograph each time the list was reproduced.⠀ ⠀ 25 years later, the simple yet clichéd statements used to motivate workers in a faraway factory have become a widely circulated ethos with copies found taped to the walls and desks of many artists and curators who have adopted the rules as a guide for how to work in the studio, the institution, and as collaborators. On Houston and Mott, at the center of the city that never sleeps, How to Work Better resonates in new ways. In our digital era, where the commercial landscape is ever present and the very nature of work is being redefined, the ten pithy statements are almost humorously direct. Are these merely platitudes or enduring rules to live by? How might this workplace manifesto apply to our daily lives? How to Work Better invites us to stop and think again about just how and why it is that we do what we do. 🌞
In order to be creative, I need absolute concentration and the possibility of getting lost in my thoughts—whether in bed or while enjoying nature or simply taking a bath in the evening. My body and mind have to calm down to process and to figure out the right details to know how to move on with them.⠀ ⠀ Excerpt from MY DOJO with Louise Friedlaender 📸 @valentina____vk⠀
Excerpt from MY DOJO with Dalad Kambhu 📸 by @josephkadow
PRESENT Tip n°2 : The December Letter ✍️ ⠀ ⠀ For the time around New Year's Eve we went to the countryside with a group of friends. Next to relaxing as hard as we could I organised a little workshop to reflect on the past year and welcome the new one. Reflecting on the things we were grateful for in 2019, followed by writing a 'December Letter', a clever and fun technique that served me well in the last years and that I found to be more fulfilling and productive than a classic resolution 'to-do' list. 1. Write down all the things, small and big, that you are thankful for in the past year of 2019 2. Write a journal entry as if it's 12 months from now. Picture yourself as if it's December 2020, and write down all the things you are thankful for, as if it's already happened. It's scary how well this works so be careful what you wish for :) ⠀ I'm thankful for all you Present People and wish you the best year ever. May you find focus and clarity to go for what you need, for what makes you feel alive. To quote my buddy Julien: Fullforce! 🚀