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Founder’s Diary: Love for La La Land + Preparing for Uncertainty in 2017


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[This is a series of articles on reflections & ruminations on striving for mindfulness as a founder / entrepreneur.]

It’s two weeks into the new year, and I would have wanted to share with you all our nicely laid out plans for 2017, but we haven’t gotten it all figured out. The future is fuzzy, and it’s okay. (Really.)

La La Love

Yesterday, I put off writing this blog post to spend time with my family and watch La La Land. (No spoilers here, promise.) (more…)

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MUNI Meetup: Creativity & The Brain on October 5


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#MUNIonThis: What are our brain’s defaults, and how might we build good brain muscles to mindfully overcome them? How can we get manage self-defeating thoughts, creative blocks, and brain hyperactivity in order to focus, center ourselves and put our best, most meaningful work out there?

We’ll hear some thoughts from an interdisciplinary set of guests including: (more…)

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How To Train Your Brain for Wellness, Focus and Peace


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#MUNIonThis: We often think of our fitness regimen in terms of our physical strength, flexibility or endurance. However, there is an area we often neglect in this world of overstimulation and overworking that leaves us with little time to really think about things and train arguably our most important organ: our brain.

According to a study conducted on “Brain mechanisms on conditioning and learning” as early as 1966 by R.B. Livingston, and validated in subsequent psychological studies, many aspects of the brain remain changeable well into adulthood; it does not stop developing in formative years as some believe. This describes neuroplasticity, or the lasting change that occur to the brain throughout an individual’s life course. [1]

A lengthy discourse can ensue on the complexities of the human brain, the influence of upbringing, one’s environment, and so on, but to encourage you to explore this idea without risk of excessive nose bleeding, let’s just say that the brain is like a muscle, one that we can “work out” on our way to mental, emotional and physical health.

What do we train our brain to do? What thoughts do we feed it?

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Founder’s Diary: The Constant Quest for “How” in Creating A Sustainable Business


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[This is a series of articles on reflections & ruminations on striving for mindfulness as a founder / entrepreneur.]

Most entrepreneurs have financial sustainability among their key priorities, and that can be challenging enough. But there are other things that I, along with several other entrepreneurs in the community aspire to sustain too: the planet, their team’s well-being, and their own well-being too.

I wonder: HOW might each business might approach this? HOW do I know in which area to start? HOW will I know if this is the right way?

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100 Hours in 10 Days: Getting Ready + FAQs About My Vipassana Meditation Marathon


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A few months ago, I signed up to join a 10-day Vipassana Meditation Course in Dasmariñas, Cavite from August 3-14, 2016. It would be ten days of austere living, disconnection from the outside world – no internet, no mobile phones, and while at the Dhamma Phala Center, we were also to practice “noble silence” – no speaking, and not even reading or writing. And of course, being as it was a meditation retreat, there was a scheduled 10-11 hours of meditation every. Single. Day. (more…)