My top 10 imaginary dialogues

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“If you were to pick 10 of your favorite imaginary dialogues, what would they be?”

“The following [they are all links]:

Collective Creativity [<short read]
Collector [<short read]
Concept-Stacking [<short read]
How do you know you understand what you think you understand? [medium read]
Identity Design [<medium read]
On Magic and Models [<medium read]
On Magic and Models 2 [<medium read]
On Writing: The Blank Page [<medium read]
The Beautiful Game 2 [<medium read]
The Joy of Writing [<short read]

Carpe Hora

Carpe Diem
“Make each day your masterpiece.” (John Wooden)
A masterpiece life is the compounded effect of your masterpiece days.

Carpe Hora
Make each hour your masterpiece.
A masterpiece day is the compounded effect of 16 precious hours.


Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“How can I make the most of every hour of every day?”

“Track it.”

“Isn’t it tedious?”

“Depends how important it is for you. Think of it as a form of deliberate practice.”

“What is worth tracking?”

“The details are for you to play with. Experiment.

I currently track two essential aspects of bodymind training: meditation and movement. My goal is is to meditate and move during every hour of every day.”

“How do you track them?”

“I use pencil and paper. The day before, I write every hour of the day with a faint pencil stroke – it’s barely visible.

6
7

21
22

Whenever I track an hour, I write over the corresponding number with a hard stroke, and I do a micro-meditation.

6
7

I have a simple notation system for tracking meditation and movement.

A pencil dot marks a micro-meditation.
A larger dot marks a 5+ minute meditation.
A faint circle (around the dot) marks a small movement snack.
A hard circle marks a consistent movement snack.”

Perpetual Motion Machine 2

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“I want to never be sedentary for longer than 15-20 minutes. So I take a little movement break every 15-20 minutes.”

“Why the interval?”

“15 is the floor, 20 is the ceiling. So it’s a 5-minute buffer.”

“Does taking breaks so often not take you out of Flow?”

“A sub-skill of Flow is getting into the state as quickly as possible.

It also depends on the activity. Creative Flow – my favorite kind – is both the on and the off. It’s an oscillation. The magic happens during the off, not the on.”

On understanding

Each of us lives in a micro reality.

Reality is too complex for us to grasp. We’re like ants trying to understand the vast realm that is their little corner of the backyard.

So we simplify reality, put it into little linguistic boxes, and proudly declare it known.

But our understanding is like the crude drawings of a child. Two people arguing about the world are like two children bickering over whose drawing is bestest.

My Central Focus

To teach any subject is to participate in part in teaching the art of being human. A great teacher whether it is of chemistry, English, Parkour or martial arts is a teacher who calls forth a more profound understanding of that central art. (Rafe Kelley)


I’m a polymath. I have so many interests. The problem is, I’m pulled in too many directions. I’ve been journaling a lot to gain clarity on what the best central focus is.

Finally, it struck me: language.

I’m fascinated by the magical technology we call ‘language’. We’re immersed in it. It’s for us like water to the fish, invisible, yet it shapes our thoughts and feelings and traces the boundaries of our (inter)subjective reality.

I’m currently studying to become an English teacher. It allows me to practice teaching and delve more deeply into the mechanics of language. At the same time, I’ll be exploring ways of learning (and teaching) all language-related skills – and playing with ways of learning multiple at the same time.

The ultimate goal is to create practical handbooks for all the skills I’m interested in and to integrate them into a single master practice which I call The Beautiful Practice.

Life-Artist 5

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

What is life-art?

Think of listening to a song you love. The first few times, it’s breathtaking. Then it gradually fades until it disappears. I call this, one of the small tragedies of life.

As a child, the entire world is breathtaking. Then it gradually fades until it disappears. This is the compounded effect of a myriad small tragedies.

The purpose of art is to make the invisible visible again.

I call those precious moments when you can see the breathtaking beauty of the world, moments of grace.

I call life-art (among other things) the practice of consistently creating moments of grace.

The Hourly Reset

Pentru un azi care maine va fi un ieri indepartat. (Erika Erdos)

Translation (from Romanian): For a today that tomorrow will be a yesterday far gone.


Fragments from imaginary dialogues

Every day, the day before feels like a long time ago. I call this, The Daily Reset.

What if you also had an Hourly Reset?

At the beginning of every hour, let go of the past hour, regardless of how it went, prepare for the hour ahead, and recommit to being your best self.“

On the value of ideas

There must be a threshold for the number of self-help books one can read in their lifetime. (Kenta Nagamine, Twitter)


Fragments from imaginary dialogues

So many books, so little time.

“Think in terms of ideas, not books. If you get one valuable idea from a book, that’s the value of that book for you. Moreover, you can get ideas from sources other than books. An idea has value regardless of where it came from.

Self-help ideas have value only in implementation. It doesn’t matter how many ideas you absorb, but how many you implement in your own life – and how many you teach others how to implement.

Journaling Optimization

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What if your journal had a table of contents?

Journaling in essence is preserving aspects of your history. The items of the table of contents clarify the aspects you deem worth preserving.

I love the idea.

What would the table of contents of your journal look like?

So far, like this:

Experiences Journal – resource experiences
– Beautiful Experiences
– Storyworthy Moments – experiences I can tell a story about
– Turnarounds – situations where I beautifully recovered balance

Learning Journal
– Optimization Journal – life optimization, but not only
– Implementation Journal – you grow through the ideas you implement, not those you read

Ideas Journal – I love playing with ideas

How might you implement it?

I keep my journal in Logseq [<link]. I can create a template for it.

Whenever I write something in the journal, I can add it within the corresponding category.

Compounding Meditation

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“For how long do you meditate daily these days? Is it the standard 20 minutes in the morning?”

“I meditate for 15 minutes in the morning.”

“Why 15 minutes?”

“It’s another facet of my life-art.

I meditate for 5 minutes during every hour of the day. I consider every hour sacred, and I want to make the most of it every day. 5 minutes may not sound like much, but over the course of a day, they compound.

There are 16 hours in a day. 5 minutes every hour over 15 hours is 15×5 = 75 = 60+15 minutes. Add the 15 minutes in the first hour of the day, and you get 90 minutes. I meditate for an hour and a half every day.”

Tree-Climbing Snacks

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

I love climbing trees. One of my favorite pastimes during my Parkour walk [<link; short read] is what I call tree-climbing snacks.

What are those?

It’s a little game I invented for myself. The rules are simple:

Pick a tree.

Pick a branch at height. The goal is to climb and touch that branch.

Bonus points if…

– you don’t take the same route if you’ve climbed the tree before

– you don’t take the easiest route

– you spend a few breaths at height until your heart normalizes – expand your awareness for a beautiful little Zen moment

– you come down on a different route