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Hi there!

I’m Adam, the founder of The Practical Mind. Apart from my current role as a writer for a production agency, my background is all over the place, ranging from psychology and film to teaching and web development. I like to say “multi-disciplinary” on my cover letters because it sounds better, and who doesn’t like professional buzzwords? Needless to say, I’m a Jack of all trades, and I like to dabble in different things a lot.

Like some people, I used to be a carbon-based life form was occasionally a victim of 21st Century neuroses–imposter syndrome, depression, writer’s block, procrastination, you name it. As luck would have it, not too much has changed. I’m still made up of carbon atoms, and I’m still just as susceptible to the woes of life.

“So what changed then, Adam?”you’re undoubtedly wondering.

Well, I just got tired.

You may have heard of Einstein’s definition of insanity–doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Up until recently, my life was exactly that:

  • I was working in a job that I hated;
  • I had no idea where I was going with my life;
  • I regretted all of the financial, academic, and professional decisions I had ever made;
  • I avoided problems rather than dealing with them;
  • I couldn’t let things go;
  • I was self-destructive;
  • I pushed people away instead of letting them help me;
  • I wouldn’t admit to myself or my partner that I was miserable.
  • As you can imagine, the pandemic only exacerbated all of those things.

Enter meditation.

Being the dabbler that I am, I jumped headfirst into the various apps: Headspace, Calm, Insight Timer. I would try to make a habit of it for a few days, but it didn’t stick. As a Buddhist might say, I just couldn’t tame my monkey mind. That’s when I got into the philosophy behind meditation and committed to making it a habit. And what do I have to show for it?

  • I’m much happier.
  • I meditate everyday.
  • I live in the present and appreciate life more.
  • I’m better at observing and regulating my emotions.
  • I research and experiment with new ways to be more productive.
  • This is still very much an ongoing journey for me, but it’s a journey that I’d like to share with all of you.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

Alan Watts