Artist vs Hack

This blog is a sequel to my previous blog: Are you truly an artist? And this blog is not for everyone, it’s for you, the few dedicated ones. It’s for the few that have the ability to change the many!

And to provide you with a hook to continue to read on, this is what I’ll be talking about – “Find out whether you’re an artist or not”, ” You are an artist or a hack?”, “Is it bad to be a hack?”. 

Through this blog, first, I’d like to present to you Seth Godin‘s model of defining a failure, a hack, an amateur, and a professional. And then provide my views on it.

So let me get straight into it, introducing ( of course, if you knew this already, this will be refreshing your memory) you to Seth Godin‘s model:

In his book “The Practice“, Seth Godin talks about the origin of the word hack and then explains to us the difference between a failure, a hack, an amateur, and a professional.

In my words, a hack is someone who’s doing it for short-term gains – it may be money or fame, a hack is someone who’s doing whatever it takes to get part of the market whether it satisfies his creative quest or not, or his personal integrity or not. A hack does not care even about how his work can negatively impact society, as long as he’s benefitting from it. The hack is simply selfish, nothing more.

Basically, the hack’s path is the easiest one. The path that is the fastest and easiest to reap rewards is what the hacks choose.

Well, let me give you some examples, it might help you understand better. A visionless greedy politician, a greedy unethical businessman, mainstream media participants – it might be so-called ‘artists’ (who of course are not one) who exist to play the songs that already exist, tik-tokers that benefit from shaking half-nude bodies, YouTubers who exist for the sake of making videos that titles what’s trending the most, on and on and on. The list goes on.

The world is very highly populated with hacks. Especially after the advent of the easy-to-post digital app like TikTok and features like Instagram reels, YouTube shorts, etc. The whole world seems to be designed for them, for mediocrity, distraction, easy choices, quick results, selfishness, etc.

On the other hand, we have pure artists, they are pure professionals. [Of course, an artist can be an amateur ( please refer to the image above) too, but it’s anyway no way near to how hacks live their life.] But I truly believe that a true artist is one who belongs to that first quadrant – A professional who has a vision and persistently serves the audience.

Artists have integrity, have creative visions, and mainly, artists are someone who creates! And the word create is so clear and depicts novelty. You can’t create what is already created, you can copy it, and that’s the main difference between a hack and an artist. An artist creates. A hack mimics. A hack – copies, he imitates or even tricks his audience/consumers to get what he aspires for. 

You might ask me, so you’re saying it is bad to be a hack? And all the hacks are essentially bad?

Well, It’s not bad to be a hack. But please, don’t pretend to be an artist!

I’ve made my best attempt to describe who is an Artist and most importantly, who is a hack, and the power of choice lies with you, you choose!

And with that said, I would like to quote one of my favorite authors – Robin Sharma:

” IN A WORLD THAT REVERES SUPERFICIALITY, GO DEEP.

   IN A WORLD THAT HONORS DISTRACTION, BE FOCUSED.

   IN A WORLD THAT SUGGESTS SELFISHNESS, SERVE. “

I hope that helps you make the choice!

Thank You,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

A Student

In blog 26, I wrote a little about what a seeker must be like. In this blog, I continue to talk about the characteristics of a seeker, but particularly, focusing on “student”. Through this blog, I only intend to remind everyone of the student they must be.

And by “student” I don’t mean to highlight a group of young people who are going to school or college. That’s not the “student” I’m referring to here. I refer to anyone who’s seeking anything in life, especially knowledge of course is a student. It may be someone who’s learning yoga from a private instructor or someone who’s learning from an online tutor.

And by that, I also imply that everyone must adopt the Student mindset.

Almost everyone knows or at least has heard of the word student mindset. But as it is the human tendency to forget things, it’s essential to keep reminding ourselves of the most vital concepts in our life.

I’ve been observing this pattern for at least a decade now. People lose the student mindset very soon. Of course, the duration before they wave off from student mindset differs from person to person, but essentially everyone moves away from the student mindset as time progresses. I had been a victim of this too.

People lose interest in learning new things, lose the ability to perceive their level of ignorance and, or, or they lose devotion to the craft they’re learning and the teacher they are learning from.

That I tell you, is the beginning of the failure of their learning. Their learning is doomed.

I understand it’s our natural tendency to assume and simulate a sense of completeness in our minds after learning a few things from someone. And that may lead to less interest, more ego, less devotion. But it can only be a false assumption or a simulation far from reality.

In reality, what you’ve learned from someone is just a chunk of what the other person chose to spit out for you. And his/her chest of wisdom did not drain because of your learning. With the reality known, you’ll not lose interest, because you’ve still got a lot to learn. You’ll not be arrogant or egotistic, because you keep remembering from where you received the wisdom you received, crediting your teacher or the source while talking or teaching to someone else helps. And hence you’ll not lose the devotion you have on your craft and the master. Because you know the craft and the master are the source for your awareness and that it’s infinite! A student can’t be blessed with deep knowledge if they are not devoted to their master, that’s for sure! A student gets only as much as his devotion to his master, and the craft!

That’s it for this week’s blog. I hope it did a great job in reminding the student that you are and must be.

Thank you,
Yours Loving,
Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Monthly Wrap!

Yes, that’s right! I changed the monthly book recommendations (which are blogs that are up on the last Sunday of the month) to “Monthly Wrap” because as always, I have more to give, hence I keep expanding the means through which I can do that.

So, what does a Monthly Wrap include?

  1. Book recommendations 
  2. Resources I’m binging on – of course, I’ll be choosing the major ones.
  3. Reflection to ponder – Of various of my reflections of the month, I’ll choose one or a few.
  4. My writing journey/ my book updates 

I think I may add more to this list as I move on.

With that said, here’s this month’s “Monthly Wrap!”

Book Recommendations:

This month I could read only 1 book:

  1. Lifespan by David Sinclair (Paperback): Not up to my expectations. I only liked the 4th chapter where the author shared the practical applications/actions you can take in your life daily to maximize your lifespan. Otherwise, the author is more focused on medicines/drugs that can be taken to probably improve and enhance your ability to live your life to your maximum age, which is not my area of interest and the technologies are still very primitive or baby steps to be stepping into this early.

Resources I’m binging on:

  1. Shark Tank 
  2. Katha Upanishad

Reflections to ponder:

  1. Yoga is not of distinct types. It’s like a spectrum of light that has beams of different wavelengths. In simple words, all types (what we call) of yoga – Jnana, Bhakthi, Karma, and Raja are so essentially one, they are intertwined so well.
  2. You may change your yogic path if that’s what it takes to have a Guru.
  3. Think of liberation only after you’ve done enough work at least in the direction of one yogic means.

My Book Update:

  • Nothing much except the fact that the core is accumulating gradually and at random times.
  • Storyline yet to be received. Or who knows I may not use a story in this book at all, I’m still unsure about that.

Thank You,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

You’re a Multi Passionate?

I’ve been meaning to write this blog for a long time. Mainly because over time, I’ve seen many of my colleagues, friends, relatives, etc give this as a reason to not do anything.

But, I understand. Even I’m a person with multiple passions. I love many things in life, I love life itself, and capturing life is an artist’s job, and I need not remind you again how everyone has an artist inside of them. So, again, I’m a multi-passionate. You may take a look at my Instagram page to re-infer.

I’ve asked people what do you plan to do next? Of course, by that question, I mean, what direction would you like to head in. Because nobody can know what exactly they’ll be doing in the future, and planning too meticulously is like highly delusional daydreaming, a waste of time and energy. Instead, if we must think at all, we must think of what direction we must tread on.

Anyway, back to today’s topic. When I ask people about their passion. Some are very clear about what they like. They even are clear of the extent to which they like, what parts of that work they don’t like, etc. And others are not so clear about it, but they are for sure are trying to act in the direction they slightly like currently. And that’s ok too.

Some people, however, are always in a state of inaction. Mainly because of the excuse in the disguise of a reason they’ve attached to it. They say it’s due to their passion towards multiple avenues that they’re confused and that’s stopping them from doing anything. And that’s disturbing.

I can understand how being passionate about many things can be confusing. But I give you this, action/work is the only solution to this.

And before I go a little deep into how you can act on your interests, I’ll have to point out the difference between interest and passion. And that’s exactly the difference that’s making you confused and overwhelmed to even start acting on your interests to make it a passion.

Interest is like a wish or a dream. Interests may be of something you haven’t tried. Whereas, passion is something you’ve already enjoyed doing. Something that makes you lose track of time, something you’d like to lose yourself in.
And neither interests nor passions require it to be your income source. So, it can be your passion without being an income source. And if you mean by finding passion, your way of making money, sorry, they both are very different. It’s a bonus/luck if a person’s passion intersects with his way of making money.

That being said, let’s come to the core of this blog, how to act on your interests and find your passions.
Let me articulate it better stepwise:
1. GET CONSCIOUS! What I mean by that is, first of all, you have to recognize all the interests that are buried in yourself.
2. WRITE down. When you articulate something, especially through writing, it gets engraved in your mind, or at least it gets way clearer. So, write those interests and I suggest you write that as a paragraph instead of a list, explaining slightly how that interest originated in you and whatever you’re thinking about it at the time of writing. In other words, you’re writing your interests in your journal.
3. CHOOSE one, two, or three based on your time, and capability to handle multiple things at one time. I take 2 or if those interests are relatively connected and only 1 if it’s a very deep concept or skill of my interest. And remember, this choice is just temporary. You’ll have to go back to that excerpt of your interests you wrote in your journal after you’ve explored the chosen interest and reached a plateau in your fun and learning curve. So don’t worry, you’ll get to do all those things you’re passionate about, we’re just choosing 1 or 2 temporarily so that you don’t burn out too quickly trying to do everything at once.
4. SCHEDULE. Like I suggest in installing any new lifestyle, scheduling is very important. You need not mark it in your calendars if that’s not how you schedule any other reminders. You can just implant a strong intent and attach it to a particular date and time.
5. DO. After you’ve been through these steps, the only thing left to do is to do it. Go, explore your interest of choice and find your passion!

With that, I conclude this blog wishing you all the very best in your endeavor in finding your passions.

Thank you,
Yours Loving,
Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Reasons to write everyday

Have mentioned this in my first blog and even in my book – The Flower Of Fulfillment, highlighting the importance of writing every day. And through this blog, I wanted to encapsulate and give you a few major reasons why you must start writing every day.

Often, in our daily lives, we come across various and variety of thoughts and ideas passing by our minds. And we tend to neglect almost all of them. And when I say writing every day, I mean collecting your thoughts, ideas, reflecting, journaling, anything and everything that helps your thoughts to take a physical or virtual form other than just to get lost in your mind. Your thoughts are too valuable to be discarded simply like that.

Ok, let me get into the core of the blog, the reasons to write every day:

  1. Clears your thoughts and solidifies your knowledge. As you write down your thoughts in either physical form or virtual form (as in a digital app), you are essentially giving it another form/dimension to exist. Moreover, our brains are designed to think, not store. Writing helps you do that, utilizing your brainpower to think. It’s like you’re forming an index of your mind. By clearing your thoughts and solidifying your knowledge, you receive some other benefits attached to it:
    • Comprehending more and novel knowledge and ideas becomes easier. As you may know, we learn by relating the novel idea or concept to the concepts and ideas we already know. And since your thoughts are so clear, comprehending new knowledge becomes very efficient. 
    • Ability to articulate improves. Simply said, practice makes progress. Since you are trying to articulate your thoughts when you write, that pushes your brain to tend in that direction, more concepts and ideas you haven’t articulated yet will start manifesting as more thoughts to write. And not only your writing improves but also the ability to articulate in words through speech. So if you’re either a wanna-be writer or an orator, or even YouTuber for that matter, writing is a must for you.
    • It helps you as a great tool in your spiritual journey and awareness timeline. Again, in simple words, you do not want to reinvent the wheel. What I mean to say is, once you figure out a concept or a thought of reflection or an idea, and once you write it down anywhere, that idea or thought becomes your permanently, you no longer have to worry about losing it and prevents re-thinking about the same idea/thought/concept from scratch. And that is the needle mover, you move across your awareness timeline at a more steady pace as you’ve avoided stagnating by re-thinking and overthinking.  
  2. Mental health improves as writing is essentially decluttering your mental space. When you write down the thoughts that are in forefront of your mindscape, you allow more thoughts and concepts to replace/fill in. And feeling light after you’ve completed a writing session is a more immediately evident benefit of writing.
  3. Creativity increases due to accessibility to your thoughts. Essentially, creativity according to today’s science, is the connection of neural networks of multi-disciplinary concepts and ideas. And those connections become way easier, more efficient, and a recurring phenomenon when you have consciously constructed those neural networks through the habit of writing. And also, when you write, possibilities of idea generation will increase as when you look at what you’ve written physically or digitally, random connections are more likely to occur.

By this blog, I would like to urge you to start writing every day if you haven’t already. And if you’re someone who already has the habit of writing daily, I urge you to become more conscious and collect more thoughts, reflections, concepts, and ideas even more often. And I urge you to collect all of them in one place, preferably in a cloud-synced digital app as your reflections, thoughts, and ideas collection continues to grow, and managing them in physical format would be tedious. But, of course, it’s your subjective preference. I hope this blog has been of great value to you.

Thank You,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Hope & Life

In blog 15, I talked about faith, belief, and hope and why it almost always seems delusional but is the only rational thing to do. Consider it the preface of this blog.

And I still stand by that quote of my blog. In fact, I wanted to add to it and strengthen that truth.

Hope is the only rational thing to do. But why?

This week, Unknowingly I went through a phase. I don’t suggest anyone trying to artificially simulate this phase though, without enough wisdom you might get trapped in it. However I just realized since you’re reading this, I don’t think that’ll happen even if you try.

“You should have seen your face,” said my mother, ” Looked like a person under depression,” said my sister.

Well, I’ll tell you how I felt. I think I had hit the most low level of hope, like the absolute zero temperature, this seemed like the absolute zero hope zone. And in that state, the only thing you feel is emptiness. Your mind is clear like an animal’s, literally no thoughts passing by. I was surprised to experience this because my brain is usually busy with one or the other thought until I instruct otherwise. And your entire belief system somehow is absent. You no longer believe anything, not even the most strongly held beliefs you had, even the ones that your entire life’s meaning lies on its support. And time doesn’t matter anymore, you could spend hours sitting doing nothing. To listen to, it might seem it’s like a spiritually enlightened state, but it’s not.

My takeaways :

  1. The universe is designed in such a way that you cannot live without hope. Either you are pulled back to living a life with hope or you may hastily decide to commit suicide. Either way, there won’t be a long time when you’re out of hope. It almost seems like life, the dimension of time is intertwined with hope.
  2. When you feel free of hope, it’s likely that one of the causes may be that you felt like you were an anomaly, that is, you feel the universe doesn’t care for you, your thoughts, emotions, and you feel your actions don’t affect the universe either. Because as I said, hope is intertwined with life, once you’re detached from it, I think it’s natural to feel that way because you’re essentially being unnatural, you’re acting like how an anomaly would. But the key to getting out of the anomaly problem is, at least for me it was ( and as always, it is awareness, as my chosen path is the path of knowledge, I see and receive it everywhere, and probably for you it is different), to understand that even though if you are an anomaly, you still get to choose. You get to choose, to fight till your death against that assumption, or live without hope. And as I’ve already told you how horrible it is to be without hope, you’d rather not choose the latter.
  3. And of course, there were some other takeaways that I consider personal. For example, this made me see clearly the difference between Advaita and Buddhism. 

I would like to keep it personal because it seems to people as though I’m just spinning stories to boast myself or portray myself higher or special than others which of course is not my intent. I realized that first after I wrote the blog Advaita & Meditation when a person who I know asked sarcastically ” so, what you’re enlightened now?”. After that, of course, it didn’t stop me from writing, but I chose to separate my personal and general blogs.

Anyway, this blog was not trying to give you any conclusions to anything, all I’m trying to do is show my observations this week. I hope and wish your hope is and will be intact forever.

Thank You,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Monthly Book Recommendations

The monthly Book recommendation is a short blog post/ newsletter I write to you every last Sunday of the month on what books I read in the previous month, what I’ll be reading next, and also updates on the book I’m writing. This month I could read 5 books (3 paperback and 2 Audiobooks), thanks to audible!

Books I read in December 2021:

  1. The Creative Curve by Allen Gannett ( Audiobook) – A good book on Creativity, more specifically, creative success. The author tries to explain how creativity is not some kind of meta-sourced power controlled by a muse, instead, creativity can be harnessed by knowing how it works. And more than that, he focuses on creative success, that is, how some people get famous and/or rich through creativity and why some won’t. He explains the bell-shaped creative curve, how a trend rises and falls. 
  2. Linchpin by Seth Godin – A must-read for all hustlers, if I may call so. A very good book, an inspirational book. The Linchpin is the needle mover in the new economy. A Linchpin is the greatest of greatest asset to the world. And really smart companies hire linchpins over academic distinction holders. Seth Godin is one of my favorite authors. He explains how wrecked this old system is, how moving forward, the system has to and will change, and how linchpins are the ones that thrive.
  3. Zen in the art of archery by Eugen Herrigel – A short and sweet read. The book revolves around the author’s journey of learning archery through his master. And the journey reveals to us how similar it is to your life, whatever you are pursuing, and especially to your spiritual journey. 
  4. Storyworthy by Mathew Dicks (Audiobook) – The author’s narration was a little uncomfortable to me at first, but then got used to it. This is a great book for everyone who’s interested in storytelling. You might be a writer, an aspiring wanna-be public speaker, a teacher, or you just want to engage, inform and entertain the people around you, this is the best book I’ve read so far on the subject. The author uses a few of his real-life stories as examples and comes back to them repeatedly to show other concepts that he’d explained in the chapter. It was really, engaging, informing, and entertaining.
  5. Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari – A thought-provoking book. The author makes you wonder about the possibilities by giving you a peek into history and the current scientific advancements that are happening and the notion that’s clearly visible seeing the lines trending towards. He makes you wonder if organisms are just algorithms, the difference between intelligence and consciousness, long gone religions, and the coming techno-religions, Techno-humanism, and data religion. As the author’s specialty is in history, he takes you along the whole book connecting the dots very easily. However, as same with Sapiens, it seems that the author is trying to avoid Bharath, its scriptures, greatest achievements of greatest achievers. He talks about consciousness but with a clearly naïve perspective. He talks about consciousness without knowing or mentioning anything about Advaita. He not once mentions the greatest saints and mystics of Bharath. He throws religion as a whole and never speaks of Hinduism. Either he knows that Hindu is not a religion but a science, or he’s just trying to avoid it, or he might just be so naïve as so do not know the greatest advancements in all of the topics he talks about. Again, like Sapiens, this is also a book written by historian leaving the most historic treasure ( Bharath ) off it. It’s a great book but incomplete.

Enjoyed reading all of them. Now let’s come to my book list for next month.

Books I plan on reading next:

  1. Lifespan
  2. Behave
  3. Creativity Inc
  4. Creative Quest
  5. Range
  6. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
  7. Ultralearning
  8. The code of extraordinary mind
  9. The obstacle is the way
  10. 21 lessons for 21st century 

Let me know what are you reading currently and what are your favorite books of all time!

My Book Update:

  • Published my book on the 1st of January 2022. Now available on Amazon too in ebook and paperback formats. Visit –  https://amzn.to/3reDnuh
  • A small glimpse of my next book struck me last week. It’s a good idea, but a lot to develop as it is very tiny and I have to integrate it with a wider topic so as to form a book.
  • Also got another concept this week which I don’t how I’ll integrate into my book, but for sure it’s a great idea.
  • I’ve kept my writing tools ready, I mean the google docs and OneNote templates, have started adding ideas and points to consider as I receive them. I won’t start writing any soon I guess, because either I’ll have to get a large and good breakthrough idea or I’ll have to think for days to develop the idea I’ve already got.
  • By the way, yes the book is going to be a continuation of the quest of my first book, a life of fulfillment! 

Thank You,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

The Pot Of Solitude

Almost every blog I write is based upon the last week or the experiences and reflections that I’m currently going through. Alike that, this week too, I’m writing this blog based on what I’m currently doing.

I’m refueling my pot of solitude. That’s right. I call it that because that helps me explain to make you understand the essence of solitude. Imagine, the essence of Solitude is like an elixir. I mean everything that it brings and the blissful nature of it itself. And imagine you have your pot where you store that elixir. That’s the Pot of Solitude.

We’ve given up to this distracting modern world to stay strong and preserve that elixir from being evaporated off the pot of Solitude. So now, we are not able to conserve and preserve the essence of solitude for long. Of course, there are exemptions. There are probably dozens or maybe even hundreds of people who can do that. Saints, gifted ones ( to make the conversation easier), other deliberate practitioners. However, I’m not one of them. I intend to walk in their paths though.

So, people like me, get exhausted, bored, lazy! Natural, right? How about you? You’re never out of that sense of completeness? And it’s because it’s time to refuel the Pot of Solitude.

As I’m writing this blog, my vow of silence is half complete, few hours to go. I do this often, taking a vow of silence every now and then. I usually prefer weekends when I don’t have to teach or be taught. Of course, now don’t supposedly think that I’m lacking that completeness right now, I do this practice for various other reasons however, those reasons are out of the scope of the blog. I’m good, thank you, I’m grateful that you care for me.

Now, let me come to the core, the call to action. Simple, just don’t talk for a day! Of course for better effect, you may try not talking for a few more days, weeks or months. But that may not be feasible for any of us, as we’re trapped by time, we’re just busy doing what we do. And one day cannot be ‘no’ for anyone. Really, nothing can be an excuse if say you can’t, not talk just one day, you’re just avoiding it.

Anyway, here’s how you do it. Just tell your family about your vow of silence ( optional, depending on where your family likes to stand at this topic, they’ll support you or try to make you talk), then just be aware an entire day of your brain trying to communicate but do not talk. And by the way, it does not count if you stay silent when nobody’s at home.

And that should refill your pot of solitude. I won’t say that you’ll find solutions to every problem you have in life, or that they all vanish magically. But I can tell you this, it almost gives you at least one insight or a solution to a problem or a mental pullback you were experiencing before. And even if it didn’t, even if you don’t come up with an insight or a solution, you’ll definitely be washed over by that pure solitude you let your body and mind experience for just one day. And for starters, it may at least make you conscious of the words when you talk. Of course, its benefits are far beyond just that, but it is probably the most primitive way to self-control and reboot or sparks a spiritual journey!

Thank You,
Yours Loving,
Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Order & Chaos

In the last blog, I mentioned how I was dealing with resistance lately. And this week, I re-realized the importance of constant energy and force required to sustain an ordered state. And the power of habits is great but remember the habits themselves do not have their own intelligence and do not discriminate between good and bad. So it’s very soon and easy for you to fall for compulsive habits, destroying the order you’ve created in your life, by the discipline principles and systems you’ve set.

This is exactly what happened to me a few days ago, was almost trapped in a compulsive habit, which, luckily, I got off quickly. Anyway, I won’t be describing my situation here. However, I would like to explain ‘Order and Chaos’ through an example a physics lecturer at the college used to explain the same.

Imagine, you take two types of sand-like samples. The difference in type is namely in its color. Two samples of sand-like particles of different colors, let’s say Red and Black. And it is filled in a beaker, the colors still separated along the horizontal axis. This is the ordered state.

A beaker containing 2 colored ingredients.

Now suppose, you mix those two types of sand with a stirrer or a glass rod clockwise, what will happen? The colors get mixed. And this is a Chaos state. The physics lecturer stopped after explaining the irreversibility of the same process. That is if you stir the beaker in the opposite direction to what caused the chaos state, that is, in the anti-clockwise direction, the two types of sand remain mixed, probably even more evenly mixed, but do not return to the initial state of order. And to separate the two ingredients, you will have to handpick each grain and segregate them.

This simple activity gives us the key takeaway of this blog. Chaos is easy. Chaos is eventual if there’s no constant force to sustain order.
Order, however, is hard, it requires more energy, time, focus, dedication, etc. Here, mixing the two ingredients was very easy, however, bringing them back to the state of order is hectic!

This is why we need discipline, systems, and routines to create and sustain order in our lives. And if you somehow even just slightly slipped within that order, chaos is immediate. And you have to fight back and restore the order. Order and Chaos may be in different forms – Creativity & Resistance, Productivity & Procrastination, Discipline & compulsive, so on. And as the yin-yang depicts, there’s chaos in order and there’s order in chaos. No wonder why you cannot sustain order forever and rebuilding is necessary whenever it treads towards chaos. And no wonder we’ve seen people from the worst to the worst.

Thank You,
Yours Loving,
Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Resistance & the surprising solution to beat it!

Let me first remind you this again, and I say ‘remind’ & ‘again’ because I’ve told you this many times. Every blog of mine is the result of the knowledge I’ve acquired by various means, but more than that, and more importantly, it’s the offspring of my seemingly everlasting contemplation i.e, reflections, that are based on various experiences of my life. And resistance is one of them. I’ve experienced resistance, especially as an artist! I’m sure you too have experienced it. And the reason I’m writing the blog is resistance itself.

Yes, it has been the subject of my contemplation for a few days to weeks now. By the way, let me tell you about what is resistance first. Well, I came to know about the term resistance when I read the book ‘War of Art’ by Steven Pressfield in June of 2021. It’s basically the opposite force or the drive that you feel whenever you want to do something meaningful, something you know you have to do. Well, until then, yes I hadn’t heard anything about it anywhere, especially articulated in that way. But I knew the feeling, I connected as soon I read about it. And I know you too have already experienced that feeling of ‘resistance’.

It’s the feel before you’re going on the stage to perform, it’s the feel that drags you to bed when last night you’d decided to wake up early and study from tomorrow, it’s the feeling before and after you make art. The self-doubt, procrastination, perfectionism, overthinking and self-beating mental talks, and many things. Resistance can take many forms. Because it all cares about is to stop you from doing the meaningful work.

That being said, I hope you now resonate with the feeling that’s resistance. I’ll come to the core of this blog. We need to resistance for sure. And I’m always trying to come up with strategies and technics to trick my brain into beating the resistance without even knowing it. Starting a new project and finishing it before it’s ready, that is before the resistance starts to beat me down telling me that the work isn’t good enough. Because I know that, as I already told it just wants to stop you from growing, it’ll use your weaknesses to do it, it doesn’t care for your growth. But the core of this blog is not even that.

It’s this surprising solution to beating resistance. And that is, sometimes it becomes very hard to beat resistance that you lose every commitment you’ve made to yourself, your life starts to go haywire. And all you’ve got to do is this, first of all, be aware of Resistance and its doings. And then, let go. Yes, that’s right. You let go into wherever the resistance wants you to go for a short period of time, maybe a week, or a few, and then sneak out of it when it’s happy you’re spoilt. And I’ll have to caution, you may slip for years if you’re not aware. The other thing I should tell you is, the reason I call it the ‘it’ is not because it has its own identity. Your ego is itself the resistance. I articulate it that way so that you can understand better what I’m trying to convey.

Well, that’s it. Actually, this blog was about Resistance, because I’ve been beaten by it lately, it’s been a week or 2. But then I realized this surprising solution. I was trying so hard to overcome the resistance that as Steven Pressfield mentions, it empowers resistance when you do that. Yes, it also holds good for Newton’s Third Law – Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. F1 = -F2 right?

I had thought I would write the things I would do when I need to overcome resistance, and how you also can beat resistance by doing them. But this realization gave me more and something better to write about. And I’m so grateful for that. Just let go, with the resistance, with awareness and sneak into your studio and start working!!

Thank You,
Yours Loving,
Sanath Kumar Naibhi

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