It’s the end of the year and in the last days I have been reflecting on the past 12 months. It was a turbulent year in many ways – personally, professionally, politically. It certainly feels like change in its many forms is something we need to get more and more adapted to. As a consequence we need to find ways to cultivate peace of mind and build frameworks for ourselves to remain healthy, optimistic and lively. One of the ways is planning for the new year and so I will spend this afternoon to set goals for 2018 and do some thinking about where I’m headed and how to adjust course. One can of course do that freestyle or use an existing method like explained here: How to Plan Your Ideal Year.
2. The Science of Meditation In today’s world, the main scarce resource is attention. That’s why the practice of meditation is so interesting for many people and is studied in detail. While a couple of years ago, it was unclear whether meditation has a verifiable effect on our thinking and the brain’s physiology, scientists are discovering more and more by scanning the brains of long-term meditators. If you’re interested in this, listen to the following podcast: The Science of Meditation.