Wisdom = Knowledge + Integration

As an entrepreneur and someone who wants to experience a lot of life, I’ve come to a conclusion that’ll help me stay sane in all of the noise.

You see, when you’re always venturing out into the unknown, trying to meet new people, finding out latest advancements and trying to always be on the lookout for new experiences or what the future’s going to look like, you start missing out on the present moment. ‘Mindfulness’ as they’d call it, and I’d read tons about it, hit me in the face this weekend when I found myself unable to focus at all. You might have experienced the urge to pick up your phone every 15 minutes, getting distracted in the middle of writing an email and completely missing out on an hour sometimes just because of trying to learn ‘new’ things. 

I don’t say present moment, like a guru, but as someone futuristic always trying to look ahead. Where do we draw the line between ‘thinking ahead’ and ‘living the now‘? Why are we constantly losing out on our lives and on what’s really happening? When did it become more important to ‘look like you’re having a great time’ than actually and truly enjoying yourself? It’s a shame that sometimes we forget to realize, sit back and adopt lessons from our learning, as we’re unconsciously devolving to the level of a gold fish.

The ‘missing key’ to everything we learn and actually experiencing or implementing it in our lives, is the fact that we do not integrate. We’re always learning new things, consuming more knowledge, and midst all this new information and facts we forget the fact that the only useful information is the one we choose to integrate into our daily routines.

It is pointless if you know something and don’t use it. I’ve got a hundred books on the book stand next to my bed, and I’ve read most of them however, the shame is that I don’t necessarily remember the essence of the books, or what I liked the most about them- cause I just focused on getting through the pages, not digesting what I read. As we go through life, I think it’s more important to keep coming back to the things that matter, the principles and the fundamentals. What do you actually believe in? What did you really learn from an experience, from your day or your interaction with someone new?

I’ve learnt the fact that we constantly need to evolve through integration and implementation, and I hope to changes things from here on. I will take time to integrate my new learnings. Less is more, when you use the less to your advantage through action. Whatever you might learn, be it in the day or during your week, take some time to see how you can fit it into your life. What differentiates knowledge and wisdom for me, is integration, and I’m going to be mindful of this from here on. 

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What goes on in a Winner’s Mind?

Always chasing, always hoping, always waiting…You’re always only ‘almost’ where you want to be- only almost there, almost achieved, and almost present. Do we even realise that sometimes (maybe most times) we’re never present in our own lives? Do we forget how serene and peaceful mindfulness can be? Do we truly realise how precious this very moment is?

For me, I’m part vintage and an admirer of the celebrated ‘me’ time men used to have in the previous century (and before)- those evenings where they would retire into the study and just read, write and THINK. Social engagements, meals, work formed an integral part of their day, but evenings were the treasured and special time to explore and question the knowing of the human race, to excel at something of their own creation and to evaluate the day or maybe life in general. I believe, that most advancements race of the human are a result of an evening of leisure, of deliberate thoughtfulness and mindfulness- even if they didn’t exactly happen during the same evening, but inception of the idea happened, the seeds were sown for something larger, bigger, and better. What was the common ground of it all? Thinking. Mindfulness. Present.

There is chaos, there is fear, there is abundance of emotions, reflexes, thoughts- and everything in between in everybody’s mind. But I think I have an answer to ‘What goes on in a Winner’s mind?’. 

There’s so much life in a moment, in a single breath, in the air around us. Notice how peaceful it is, just there all around us, blossoming and flourishing quietly- enabling our survival, our breaths, our life. The fallen leaves, the little birds chirping, the swaying grass, the clouds in the sky, the crisp morning air..so much happening in just this moment. Think of it, immerse yourself in it, realise the serenity in this beautiful chaos- the life all around us, and in each moment hereafter. All the people around, have their own unique stories. Their faces and bodies have unique lines, scares, imperfections, types- but it feels like we’re all in sync. All breathing the same air, all surrounded by the same life, all encompassed in this bubble that we can’t see from outside. We might have chosen different ways to survive this life, but we exist together, as a whole. We’re all a part of one creation, we’re all a part of each other..we’re individuals that constitute a whole- without even realising that it is extraordinary just to be alive.

So, what goes in a winner’s mind? Life goes on in the winner’s mind- it is beautifully chaotic, and at the same time the most peaceful haven. A winner, regardless, of goals and ambitions, is present in each moment of his/her life. Yes, it is human trait to strive for more, to be more- but once you learn to master and align the life within you with the life around you- you become a direct powerhouse of energy. You start believing.. you start sensing and breathing possibilities, opportunities, and your journey’s greatness. My friend, there are no ordinary moments.

“May you become the magic you wish to see, may you realise that the magic is YOU.

Here’s to magic, may you believe in it, may you see it, may you be it.” 

Shrishti Sahu