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Peter Koehler

Who's In Charge?

Life in the Age of Collective ADD

Beep. Our phones wake us up with their little alarms. How useful that our phones have alarms, right? One less thing to buy.

We grab the phone. We look at it, because it’s in our hand.

Ooooh, new notifications. A text. Some breaking news about Trump or Russia or sexual predators or something. A reminder about that meeting today.

Oh yeah, . . .

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December 07, 2017

4 Things I Learned from Jay-Z

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“What you reveal, you heal.”

The current president embodies a lot of ugly qualities. Jay-Z knows that. But he also knows that there are two sides to every coin.

This week, the NYT published an interview with Jay-Z (highly recommended reading and watching).

“The great thing about Donald Trump being president is…”

WAIT. Pause there.

If you’re . . .

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December 05, 2017

2018

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2018

Today is December 1st. That means 2018 is just one month away.

Companies have already begun, or finished, their 2018 strategic plans and budgets.

Politicians are laying the groundwork for their 2018 campaigns.

Gyms have their January marketing plans ready to rock.

So have you started thinking about your 2018 goals and plans?

Why do most . . .

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December 01, 2017

Save Yourself from New Tab Syndrome

The power of engaging with one thing at a time

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The other day I was in the middle of emptying the dishwasher, and my phone buzzed.

I checked it, and there was a request for information.

I walked over to my desk to look up the information and sent it over.

Then I happened to see a new email. I read it and began to think about my reply.

I looked over and saw my journal, and thought I should . . .

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November 27, 2017

Why Meditate?

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I really enjoyed a short excerpt from one of Alan Watt's talks where he speaks on the purpose of meditation, and I wanted to share it with you.

The 224 second audio clip is here - and I encourage you to listen to it, as his voice and intonations add a richness that doesn't translate on the transcript.

That being said, here is the transcript: . . .

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November 23, 2017

Deep Gratitude

It's easy to be grateful for good health, for the food on our table, for shelter, and for the loved ones in our lives. 

There is nothing wrong with feeling gratitude for these things. I wholeheartedly endorse not taking them for granted. But still, they're obvious. And sometime obvious is a crutch. Obvious allows us to get away with not . . .

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November 22, 2017

Notes on Mexico City

When I go to a new city, I like to ask people who have been there before if they have any recommendations. I know lots of people do something similar. I think it's a shame those recommendations often never make it further than a private conversation or email exchange.

I was about to email my family some notes on Mexico City, but then I . . .

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November 19, 2017

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