After nine years in California, I have decided to move to the East Coast — more on that on a later, dedicated post. I will be in CA for ~12 more days until my move is complete. I am also waiting for my second shot of the Pfizer vaccine, which should happen next week. It delayed my move's process, but it also provided me the opportunity for reflection on the California chapter of my life while I get to see dear friends.
As I wait for my items to be shipped East, I have decided to move north of San Francisco, to Marin County, one of my favorite places on earth, mostly due to the proximity it has with Mt Tamalpais and Muir Woods, which are extremely special places for me. I frequently travel to the redwoods and that mountain to re-energize and connect with God during my years in California.
In the last three days, I went for a few solo hikes while listening to Sadhguru's book, Inner Engineering. Interesting message. His thinking has had a positive impact on a few daily habits for me. Mostly around wanting to return to Yoga and starting to eat less food as well as less frequently. I even re-considered my heavy meat-eating habits. I doubt I will stop eating red meat (for now) — but it made me think and be more aware of my diet and how I typically eat (the quantities, the pace, the setup).
I did 20 minutes of Hatha Yoga class in my hotel room this morning and went to the gym at night. Tomorrow, I signed up for a Yoga class and will lift at night once again. I liked how Yoga gets me ready for the day with the correct flow. In my first year in Colorado (~12 years ago), I was doing Yoga 3-4x a week and did not eat meat for over a year. Certainly, my energy was better balanced than where it is now.
Inner Engineering is a book about finding the perfect alignment with existence, which we all look for as people, founders, and investors. This level of harmony is paramount for a nice, peaceful life. Understanding what energizes you is important.
“The planet is spinning on time: not a small event. All the galaxies are managing fine; the whole cosmos is doing great. But you have one nasty little thought crawling through your head, and it is a bad day! The problem is you are living in a psychological space that bears no connection with reality. And you are insecure, because it can collapse at any moment.”
Paulo is the founder and CEO of Arena, a data platform for consumer enterprises that has over 25,000 customers in more than 50 countries.
As I am back in SF, I have been looking to catch up with friends over dinner. I can’t imagine how painful it must be to own a boutique hotel or a restaurant.