Cultivating spaciousness

For the past few months I’ve felt claustrophic. Partly, this was imposed upon me by the pandemic-induced lockdown. Partly, I imposed it on myself. I’d find myself lamenting the fact that I didn’t have time to read, write, meditate or whichever other millienial self-improvement cliché I was exploring at that moment…

Hesitancy is care

I’m a slow thinker. It’s common for me not to have anything to say; no brilliant critique to add. I’m of no interest in a debate. I prefer to go away, turn ideas over in my head, write about them, come to a conclusion and then get back to people. Sitting quietly, listening while everyone else is engaging in a lively…

Startups shouldn't raise money

Any new venture is risky. Unfortunately, we have created a set of norms around starting a company that mean it is common for founders not to have skin in the game. By raising VC capital, founders trade their skin in the game for runway. This makes it more difficult to make good decisions, leading companies to fail…

The Clearing

We have lost touch with nature. The natural world and the world within. We continue to be lost in the game. Why do we forget? How quickly we neglect what we truly are. No different from the bird in the sky. The bird has no choice but to be here now. When nature rears its monstrous head, the game comes to a grinding…

The Meditation Habit

Meditation — an ancient spiritual practice turned modern wellness craze. What began mostly in East Asia has been exported to the West. Conveniently stripped of most of it’s spiritual baggage that would have made it unpalatable to our modern day sensibilities. Meditation is promoted as having a number of positive…

Isolation, Startups & Anxiety

This was originally posted on Medium on July 16, 2017. “We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.” —  Herman Hesse, Siddhartha This is a story about anxiety and my response to it over the past few months amidst the collapse of a business that I and many…