Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Adventure of Discovering New City

I was returning back to home from my trip to Barcelona. My plane landed in Prague on Saturday morning. I had no further plans. When I was going by a bus from the airport I told to myself since I am already here I will spend the day in Prague. I made my first stop at Divoká Šárka and there it all began. I randomly started speaking with local girls and I asked them to recommend me some interesting place to visit. They told me to climb up to the top of a hill nearby, there would be nice view. So I did exactly that I climbed the hill and took this picture.




Then I realized I would have never found this place by myself so it seemed like a good idea to continue asking random people to recommend me places to visit. I asked a girl at the subway station she recommended me to visit the Metronome in Letná.


There I met a Mexican guy. Firstly he couldn't believe me that I, the local Czech, was asking him, the foreigner tourist, about nice place to visit in Prague, but nevertheless he sent me to see the Dancing House.


I was loving it. Speaking to strangers. Not having to decide where to go and still being able to see the most beautiful places. It didn't feel like me. Usually I am a shy guy but then it was easy to speak to strangers.

At the end of the trip I had unexpected train adventure. I bought a ticket, I got to the first train to Brno. On the train, despite beeing on the train to Brno I was told by the train conductor that I am in the wrong train and I have to get out. Apparently not all the trains to Brno are equal. He was super nice. He printed me out the list of the stations where to switch. I was happy, more trains, more people to meet, more fun.

On the last train I spoke to Austrian girls going from a conference in Prague back to Graz. I told them the whole story and gave me next destination. In their city, in Graz, there is an Arnold Schwarzenegger museum. I was told that it is kind of creepy, they have all his personal stuff, copy of his appartment.

The adventure must continue. Who wants to go with me to Graz on a weekend in february?

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Meditation

I want to gain more control over my thoughts, over what is going on in my head. I don't want to be so much under influence of my emotions. That's why one of my new year's resolution is to meditate daily. The plan is simple. I start with one minute meditation per day. After each successful week I add one minute. So if don't miss any day by the end of the year I will meditate 52 minutes per day. It is not going to happen because I will not be able to keep the streak, but it still looks realistic. Currently I am in second week, yay :), so it is 2 minutes meditation every day.

What is meditation?

I actually don't know much about it. But that's the goal to learn more about it.

Here is definition of meditation: "Meditation is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word or phrase known as a mantra. In other words, meditation means turning your attention away from distracting thoughts and focusing on the present moment. Meditating is deceptively simple." from https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/meditation

I meditated for the first time half a year ago, after seeing video How To Meditate - The No Bullshit Guide to Meditation and I immediately saw the effect how it can get me from my head to the present moment. It turns down the noise of thoughts so I can see more clearly what is really important.

Other habit I want to build is to take a conscious deep breathe whenever I get into emotional stress so I can immediately gain more control in that moment.

other resources about meditation