Earlier this year we left Switzerland after having lived there for five and a half years. Now that some time has passed, I would like to share some of the things I noticed living there. Nature We’ve been to the north, the south, the east and the west of the country, and we have found natural places all over the country that have left us speechless. Ebenalp. Lauterbrunnen.
Last weekend we hiked from Einsiedeln to Brunni as part of Via Jacobi’s stage 5. We did this same hike four years ago, but this time we had sun with us from the beginning. The intense contrast with the previous time reminded me of the impact that changing my perspective about certain things has had in recent times. Another thing that was different this time was that I kept my attention more on the trees, the breeze, the grass, and the sky, and less on the planned destination, which, by the way, we didn’t reach.
Earlier today we went for a walk in nature. I don’t know if it’s because it was the first time in weeks that we go out not to get supplies and not for a run, but we had a fantastic morning. We saw a fire salamander and a slowworm for the first time. We noticed plants that must have been there all the time but that we had never noticed before, like horsetails, yellow archangels, herb Robert, carpet bugle, red clover, guelder rose, field scabious, wintercresses, onobrychis, bird’s-foot trefoil and hawksbeard.
For years I have tried to make decisions using logic and reason, and I have developed the habit of ignoring my intuition. With intuition I mean thoughts that pop up, seemingly out of thin air, and in an unpredictable way. Recent experiences have helped me realize that ignoring this voice is a mistake, and I think the main reason I developed that habit is that I have spent the last twenty years writing software.
(Full interview & transcript) On feeling shitty & busy: Questions to ask yourself to figure out why bad things happen to you: What am I not saying that needs to be said? What am I saying that’s not being heard? What’s being said that I’m not hearing? If you’re busy at 30 to 50 it means that something isn’t working because you shouldn’t need to be so busy. What internal need are you trying to met by all that busyness?
I recently came back from a 10 days Vipassana meditation course. This is what I brought: 1. Original packing list Packing 50l hiking backpack 3 packing cubes Clothing Pair of jeans Belt Sweater Pair of yoga pants 1 Long sleeve t-shirt 4 Short sleeve t-shirts 4 Pairs of boxers Wind jacket Mid-layer jacket 2 Pairs of socks Leggings Sneakers Slippers Hat Gloves Neck gaiter Bedding (meditation center requirement) Towel Duvet cover Pillow cover Bed sheets Toiletries 3 Travel-sized bottles of shampoo 3 Travel-sized bottles of body soap Electric toothbrush Electric toothbrush charger Toothpaste container 2 Toiletries bags Antihistamines Hand cream 1 Pair of contact lenses cleaning and storing solution Tongue scrapper Contact lenses Shaving razor Nail clipper Lip balm Misc Wallet Keys IPad Phone 3 USB cables 1 USB wall charger Water tumbler Sleep mask Ear plugs 2 Pairs of noise cancelling headphones That’s 63 items.