Doing what you love to do is one of the best systems of living for happiness. ⠀ It’s such a deceptively simple idea that many people miss the nuance. ⠀ A happy life is achieved by minimizing the amount of time you spend doing things that make you unhappy and maximizing the time spent on things that do.✨ ⠀ And since you spend at least 90,000 hours of your life working, you’d better make damn sure that you enjoy it. ⠀ Alan Watts, the famous British philosopher, said: ⠀ “If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you'll spend your life completely wasting your time. 🕰 ⠀ You'll be doing things you don't like doing in order to go on living, that is, to go on doing thing you don't like doing, which is stupid.” ⠀ So what do you do instead? ⠀ You find work that sets your soul on fire. ⠀ You find work that helps others and swells your heart. ⠀ When work feels like play, you know you’ve found the right path. ⠀ Ask yourself...would I do this for fun, for free? ⠀ If not, what would you do for fun, for free? How could you make a living from it?
5 Big Lies We’re Told About Sleep ⠀ I take my sleep seriously. In the pic above, I'm wearing my Oura ring which helps me monitor my sleep. And Behind me are the Sleep Pods at Mindvalley HQ ⠀ A lot of people think that the secret to health is exercise. ⠀ Not so. It’s actually (in order) food, sleep, and then exercise. ⠀ Sleep is the one that puzzles people most. ⠀ All this week on Mindvalley, I'm talking about sleep. Here’s the FIVE Biggest lies on sleep: ⠀ 1. Sleeping Pills Are The Answer sleep 😴 ⠀ No. Sleeping pills can actually be dangerous. Some are as addictive as heroin and get you hooked. So you continue paying big money to ‘Big Pharma’, but you don't get the healthy natural forms of sleep that your body and mind truly need. ⠀ 2. Alcohol Makes You Sleep Better 😴 ⠀ I used to believe this. I was a two glass of red wine a night person during my most stressful years. Today I know that while alcohol actually makes you relaxed, it doesn't give you the deep level of sleep that your body needs. ⠀ 3. Napping In The Afternoon Is Lazy 😴 ⠀ This is another lie. Studies show that the right type of napping can boost your productivity post-nap by 30%. ⠀ I believe in this so much that at Mindvalley HQ, we installed napping pods so people who feel like they need a nap in the middle of a workday can take one, free of judgment. ⠀ 4. The Less You Sleep, The Harder Working You Are 😴 ⠀ Total BS. You should never pull an all-nighter. It destroys your cognitive abilities the following day and will put you in an endless cycle of sleep deprivation. ⠀ K. Anders Ericsson, the Swedish psychologist, found that peak performers sleep 8 and a half hours a day. The average American 6 hours, 50 minutes. Turns out super performers actually get MORE sleep. ⠀ 5. There’s No Other Ways To Help Sleep Besides Sleeping Pills 😴 ⠀ Not True. Today we know that there’s a wealth of new safe ways to improve your sleep. Avoid sleeping pills if you can. Instead, learn the right practices to hack sleep. ⠀ This week we'll be sharing a lot of these with sleep expert, Dr. Michael Breuss (a.k.a The Sleep Doctor) in my free Mindvalley Masterclass, ‘The Science Of Sleep’ (link in bio👆)
Someone asked me on IG, how do you deal with problems and challenges? ⠀ I learned a technique long ago that has helped me over the last 20 years of my life. ⠀ It comes from the great mind-science pioneer Jose Silva. And the technique goes something like this: ⠀ When faced with a problem. Don't think that it's a problem. Instead, turn your “problem” into a “project”. ⠀ What this means is that it’s ok to think about the problem that you're facing, but you spend more time thinking about the solution or the ideal world if that problem no longer exists. ⠀ And then you create a project to move from ‘problem’ to ‘ideal world’ ⠀ Jose Silva turned this into a creative visualization exercise 💭He called this technique, the “Three Scenes Technique”. ⠀ In his famous Silva Mind Control classes around the U.S, he would get people to first visualize the problem and feel the pain rather than suppress it or push it away. ⠀ Then he got them to visualize themselves taking some action to move away from the problem.✨ ⠀ And then third, visualize themselves in an ideal world where the problem no longer existed. And feel the joy and happiness from this solution. ⠀ This simple way of embracing a problem and then thinking of a project to make the problem obsolete, and then thinking of the end result when the problem has fully disappeared IS how I approach problems. ⠀ I do this in my daily meditation. ⠀ If you want to learn more about these ideas pick up the book “The Silva Mind Control Method” by Jose Silva (1914-1999). It’s an oldie but a good one. 📖 ⠀ It was the book that got me started on my journey when I was just 14. ⠀ (Disclosure: the Silva family asked me to bring the program back to Mindvalley and we should be offering a Silva program sometime in 2020) ⠀ What book got you started in personal growth? Share below👇 ⠀ #vishenlakhiani #personalgrowth #meditation #meditationpractise #6phasemeditation #mindvalley #problemsolving #вишенлакьяни
4 Things I Look For In The People I Partner With👇 ⠀ I have a philosophy of only working with partner if they fulfil these four qualities. And I love bringing all of Mindvalley’s partners/vendors/authors together for fun (pic above). Here’s my list. ⠀ 1) Do they have ‘Integrity’? ⠀ Synonyms for integrity include honesty, truthfulness, trustworthiness, virtue, decency. ⠀ But integrity also means the state of being whole and undivided. People with high integrity have a laser-like alignment of what they think, say and do.🗣 ⠀ 2) Do they operate from a sense of ‘Mission’? ⠀ Are they people driven by a mission to better the world, or are they simply driven by short term or petty ideas for money or profits? ⠀ My view is that we are here on this earth to contribute to others, that motivation should come first. ⠀ 3) Are they people I know I'm going to have fun with?☀️ ⠀ You spend 90,000 hours at work in your lifetime, minimum. You better make sure you’re working with people whose company you enjoy. ⠀ I often think: ‘Can I see myself I sitting on a plane and laughing my ass off with this person?’It’s a great rule of thumb! ⠀ 4) Are they brilliant? ⠀ I love being around intelligent people with inspirational dreams for bettering humanity. I’ve made it my business to seek them out and Mindvalley’s business to attract them. ⠀ What qualities do you look for in the people you surround yourself with? Let me know in the comments.👇 #vishenlakhiani #mindvalley #personalgrowth #mission #integrity #contribution #вишенлакьяни
Its unexpected but I'm I think I'm falling in love with writing because it's proving to be the only 'work' I've ever done that seems to get better and better (up to a point) the more I drink. I drew this graph to illustrate. ⠀ Working on the new version of “The Code of the Extraordinary Mind” and manuscript is due to Penguin-RandomHouse in 12 hours 🥃. ⠀ Now you know all my dirty little secrets.😉
Who’s been to Burning Man? I’d love to hear your stories!👇 ⠀ It's one of those experiences you can't possibly describe to someone who isn't there. ⠀ 75,000 people come to an inhospitable desert to build Nevada's 3rd largest city from scratch. ⠀ It's filled with the most spectacular pieces of art you can imagine. You live there for 10 days creating a gift economy where everything is free and no money is exchanged. ⠀ And then you burn and dismantle everything at the end - leaving the desert in its natural state with no evidence of civilisation. ⠀ I can’t recommend it highly enough. I love these Burning Man Principles shared with me by artist @rachelthariss: ⠀ 🤝 Radical Inclusion 🎁 Gifting 🤲 Decommodification 💪Radical Self-Reliance 🕺Radical Self-Expression 😇Communal Effort 👊Civic Responsibility 🗑Leaving No Trace 👋 Participation ❗️Immediacy And here’s some of @rachelthariss USEFUL TIPS... Things to bring: 🔦Small lights: keep them in your bag so you can see inside ⠀ 💧Essential Oils: (can go inside your mask to help u breathe and settle your stomach) ⠀ ⌚️Watch: You don’t wanna be looking at your phone ⠀ 🎫ID: Print a photo and tape it to your cup so you can get alcohol without having to pull it out ⠀ ✨Biodegradable glitter: hides the bags under your eyes ⠀ 🥒 Pickle water is the BEST for hangovers (the pink mammoth offers pickle backs with vodka too) ⠀ 🧦 Socks, socks and more socks! ⠀ 🍊Vitamins: B12 for energy, Vitamin C to stay healthy, Milk Thistle for when you drink, 5HTP for Serotonin, Melatonin to sleep ⠀ SAFETY: 💡Light yourself up at night, anyway you can, no-one likes getting run over! ⠀ 🗺Put yourself on The Burner Map, friends can find you, also make your own map of friends ⠀ 🧴 Put on lotion, use face masks, wash your feet and hands with vinegar every day otherwise the playa dust will start to eat your skin. Staph infections are very common at Burning Man, cover cuts immediately. ⠀ 🤩If you have a bad trip, or simply need a hug, there is a 24hour camp called Zendo and they will take care of you. Whatever your choices, find the most reliable source possible. ⠀ One last thing… Take Photos, Lots of Photos! Share YOUR BURN STORY 👇