This article is printed here with permission. Somik Raha is a Decision Analyst who received his Ph.D. from Stanford University for research on values-based decision-making. He also shared "Going Beyond Profit" previously on DailyGood. More from Somik Raha.
like another reviewer, this appears to be headed in the right direction but as i understand Life, it is only a partial truth. e.g., what do you love if you are offered a choice from ten teas ? you can say that you love the choice but then is the choice not important? what if your family business is being an executioner and you don't love it, do you remain in it? or a meat slaughterer and you are a vegetarian ? don't we want to inspire our selves by positive attributes including "the desire to be better, be more creative, more connected thereby experiencing a more complete and less limited you rather than blinding always focusing on what is in front of you only? is free will important?
I love this article! Just watched Tom Shadyac's documentary I AM last night and this feels intertwined with his premise...it all comes down to love. Thank you. I've bookmarked it and will pass it on.
My gut instinct is that the writer is moving toward a truth, but not embracing Truth in its totality. It's not math, or any particular activity (or lack thereof), that needs to "be fallen in love with." This just creates potholes of "not love" or "less love" in other areas. I believe Love, in its essence, is choice-less presence — being fully, and fully being, in any given moment. And the only way to increase one's Here and Nowness is to practice over and over, gently and gently.When Somik writes that he "enjoyed soaking in [math]" he is really just reporting that he allowed himself to really be doing math and naught else. He is dipping his toes in Presence, but not surrendering completely to its effortless flow which knows no subjective boundaries (i.e. math, English grammar, surfing, eating, sleeping, pooping). When we find what we are passionate about, it is the same as describing that which we are able to do with attention. But until All commands that kind of attention from us, we will find ourselves wistful, worried and longing when separated from our so-called passion.I hate waiting in lines or multiple iterations of being put on hold for 30 minutes at a time trying to find out who has applied a spurious charge to my credit card. But when I remember to go back to following my breath, the experience begins to transform almost immediately. This is the same breath that I watch whilst sitting in the grass on a perfect Spring day, or the same breath that breathes life into my most ardent passions. You may be on the ocean with ideal wave after ideal wave availing itself to your surfboard, but if part of you is looking for a new job in a prosecutor's office in some unknown city, then you haven't surfed — you have only made the appearance of surfing.Some aids I have found useful for finding Love or consciousness in any situation, are 1) finding and following the aforementioned breath, 2) standing or sitting with back straight, shoulders back, head erect and chin level, and 3) smiling.[Hide Full Comment]
This is absolutely true! I have first hand experience of this: Last year I decided to take up Physics as a subject at school, and I hated it. I just couldn't understand the concepts, I hated every bit of it. I then got a tutor and I began to understand everything, I began to fall in love. I didn't care about competition, I felt it was a chance to prove my love for the subect. So I guess what they're saying is that love and understanding are closely linked. In my case, I loved after I understood. However, it can also work the other way around.
Love what you do. That is how you can master something am really that way.
And this about competition is the main motivation that motivated people like me.
When someone challenges me may be helped them by luck. I really stayed on and worked 18 hours everyday excluded weekends. It is that competition that I couldn't even feel tired as it is an evil thing to achieve such thing that takes decades to be done.
If it wasn't competition that made me restless I can't know what it was. Even money motivated people just trying what they can spend for a month or a year but when you want to have some ranks with a billionaire you really run so mad.
There a saying that says don't hunt what you can't kill.
So if I knew that only luck helped such a millionaire I wouldn't have been doing what I did.
So it was God who didn't exercise the fairness to his people.
Children need education not only what they write on books but also some things about luck and tradition and witches. So that they know that those things are there.
A man with just same grade and same knowledge without any illegal work with same reputation just got 9m$. and another man working for ministry of agriculture got less than half m$.
9m$ is respected and lives dubai's best residence.
Such these, we have to treat them as just luck and it shouldn't make greedy I understood this after I got tired one billion times.[Hide Full Comment]