2015 Spring

  Hi, I’m writing from a small hotel in the countryside of Bodh Gaya, North India. Tomorrow I will start a 10 day silent retreat consisting of 100 hours of meditation. Some call it the marathon of the mind. If insights come from “seeing inside”, that is where I will be, so I hope to share new ones with […]

Continue Reading

Allowance for doubt

I saw one key pattern among almost all my graduate school teachers: a healthy allowance for doubt in all their statements. Intellectual humility strikes me now as a paramount quality of clear thinking. This is so far removed from the stereotypical overconfident bright person peddled in all media. Thoughts are nothing personal. They are just […]

Continue Reading

2015 Winter

Hello, Diverse friends have encouraged me to start sharing my creative streak. I’ve decided to go ahead. If I have something worth sharing, at most once a month, I will send you some creativity and insights born through yours truly. Feedback is a gift: please hit reply if so compelled. I value your attention highly, so thank you. Enjoy! Miguel Mayher — Aphorism: […]

Continue Reading

Air, Rocks & Diamonds

As a human being you were born with a hidden compulsion. A transparent inclination, like your constant breathing. Most people spend their whole lives without noticing it. I call it the compulsion to fill voids. When we encounter stretches of silence in conversation, a lightweight suitcase, or a big plate in a buffet… something inside […]

Continue Reading

Maxims & Aphorisms

“The best ingredient in any dish is hunger.”   “We live under the illusion that we are guaranteed to grow old.”   “Being humble is not downplaying your virtues, it is understanding you deserve no credit for the gifts you were given and are expected to share forward.”   “I despise the saying “back to […]

Continue Reading

Your Gift to the Rest of Us

I say what I say and live the way I do because it´s what wants to be expressed through me. I don´t believe it is the right way for others, nor necessarily a good life for others. It´s just my path. I don´t even know why I love the things I do. I have come […]

Continue Reading

Timeless books (a shortlist)

The following is a selection of books amongst multiple hundred, that made a strong positive impression on me that has stayed years after.   I consider all books below 9/10 or 10/10. It was hard (very hard!) to live out the many 8s.   If you know of a book that may change my life […]

Continue Reading

Infollution

(This article was published as post in BookVim, a book video blog project I ran in 2009/2010. Interestingly, the project was discontinued.) There is too much noise in the world. We hear about environmental pollution every day, but in my day to day life I feel more impacted by information pollution. Radio screaming, T.V. un-demanded, […]

Continue Reading

On energy and maturity

It seems that the older you get, the less expendable energy you have. This may have a side effect on making unworthy uses of energy all the more unappealing. The expectation of having to shoulder the negative consequences makes the whole move too tiresome to even initiate. The outer manifestation can look like maturity, temperance, […]

Continue Reading

On Happiness

From my life experience, it doesn’t seem like sustainable happiness is possible. I haven’t been successful at it for more than a few days or weeks, nor have I met anyone who never faltered. Those that seemed always happy, have always proven to end up ‘falling from grace’ sooner or later. If this is true […]

Continue Reading