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6 methods for a peaceful path of existence

a photo of clouds taken from an airplane
a photo of clouds taken from an airplane

Context

I feel like my path towards meditation has been paved with the same bricks that other’s paths, have been paved with. Bricks of pain. The kind of pain that doesn’t let you sleep for weeks straight. The kind of pain that dismisses your appetite and quickly deteriorates your mental and physical states of being. I had a moment of heartbreak around this time last year. That pain was amplified by the fact that I was in my first year of moving to a new city by myself, with my closest of friends…


Overcome any obstacle in your path

ocean beach
ocean beach

Pain is temporary. Suffering is when we prolong our pain via our thoughts and actions. We don’t have to suffer.

It may feel impossible to do so, especially in moments of intense pain, but I know that even in those moments, it’s possible to stop the suffering of a situation. I’ve done it.

To do this, we must accept these obstacles in life for what they truly are. Fully. Even if we were wronged. Even if we wronged others. We must fully accept the truth of a situation for what it fully is.

To…


You are feeling exactly what you are suppose to be feeling

image of the moon , peeking over a hill
image of the moon , peeking over a hill

Understanding loneliness

That feeling that you are all alone, abandoned even, can send most into a deep depression. A gripping fear that all hope is lost, you are unwanted and always will be. Even lesser versions of this feeling can creep into our bodies at the most unexpected of times. In the most crowded of spaces, with the closest of individuals, loneliness is something that can truly be felt in any environment. At its root, it’s revealing that you are disconnected from who you truly are. There is something that you…


What fear actually is and how to overcome it

image of the trees at lands end
image of the trees at lands end

What is fear ?

Fear is an emotion that is experienced when we encounter a perceived physical, emotional or psychological threat. Fear ultimately wants to protect us from a threat by making us aware of it. It’s a survival technique that kept our ancestors safe from predatory animals, dangerous weather conditions, diseases and even members of their own society. We see these same ancestral fears clearly in the development of children. Separation and stranger anxiety in infants and toddlers. The fear of the dark, monsters and dangerous animals in those early elementary school years. Fear…


How to do it and 3 immediate benefits

a heart building on an early SF morning
a heart building on an early SF morning

Understanding thought

The law of mentalism, the first of the seven universal laws, states that “The all is mind — The universe is mental.” This means that everything is a manifestation of a universal mind. Our own minds, although physically separated in these bodies, are a part of this universal mind. Our individual realities are manifestations of these individual minds. Our thoughts become things. Our perception of an event is how we define it to be. This perception varies based on the observer. Multiple people may witness the same event, at the same time…


How to make better product decisions as a product designer.

A team putting legos together
A team putting legos together

Have you ever received feedback along the lines of “Let’s make this screen more exciting”? Have you ever found yourself struggling to convince a product manager or team of engineers why your recommended design option is the one that should be shipped? If so, you’re in the right place. If not, there is still value for you in this article. A defining skill of a great designer is their ability to balance subjective and objective thinking when making design and product decisions. …


foundations for sustainable & healthy relationships

a rock at lands end
a rock at lands end

Author edit: I am not advising anyone to take this substance to maintain healthy relationships. I am simply sharing insights from my own experience with this substance. If you would like to learn more about this substance I suggest clicking here.

01. People are just lessons

yes, that’s all they really are

It can be difficult to believe that you spent a year and a half with someone, just to learn a lesson. That’s exactly what happened though. Do you actually remember every middle school relationship that you were in? What about the elementary school marriages that you so…


How to avoid burnout in an increasingly digital world.

floral arrangement by the author
floral arrangement by the author

Wellness. What does it even mean? The UC Davis student and health counseling services has an excellent definition that states, “Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.” I firmly believe that wellness is not properly prioritized within the tech industry. Wellness doesn’t mean equipping an office with ping pong tables, a meditation room, or even giving employees monthly stipends for food and transportation. An average tech worker in the bay area makes $145k a year. Why would someone with that salary need 20% off every day for a morning…


based on my experience as a product designer in San Francisco.

3d green blob
3d green blob

Over the past few months, I have had an increase in conversations with design students from various institutions, as well as early, to senior-level designers, researchers, & product managers from various companies in the Bay Area. The increase honestly wasn’t intentional, but because of these conversations, many beautiful thoughts and experiences were shared. They truly inspired me and from those conversations, and my own experience as a product designer, I’ve abstracted the 9 most empowering methods to accelerate growth in your design career. …


screenshot of website
screenshot of website

I set a goal to design, code and launch a portfolio for myself, in a month. I’m a full time product designer and worked on this project before and after my work hours. As I neared the end of that month however, the concept that I was creating became less and less exciting to me. I was executing the work on time but didn’t feel like I was fully embodying what I had hoped to within the design.

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