Richard Feynman, one of the most famous physicists of all time, once said:
“If we look in a glass of wine closely enough, we see the entire universe.”
I love the work of Richard Feynman. He’s a brilliant thinker, Nobel prize winner, and incredible explorer of the laws of our Universe.
But I didn’t know what he meant by that statement.
I’m deeply interested in exploring our understanding of the Universe and our experience of Reality. And, I love wine (love wine!). …
Every day for the past year, our team at Dry Farm Wines has gathered at 10:00 am for our morning ritual. Although meditation in a company setting might seem like an unconventional practice, it’s being implemented on a significant scale by some of the world’s most innovative companies.
In this article, I’m going to describe the daily meditation and gratitude practice used by my team and show you how to get started with yours.
An outside observer would see ten adults sitting in a dark room, eyes closed, silent.
Fifteen minutes pass in quiet meditation.
In time, one person breaks the silence. “Put your hand on your heart. Feel the life that beats there.” …
Other people are everywhere.
They bump against you on the sidewalk, sit next to you on the bus, chew loudly on salads at nearby tables, jump up and down at the gym, guzzle beers at the bar, try selling you things you don’t need, ask if you need help, take your order, avoid your gaze, drive you around, let you drive them around …
How do you view all these people?
Like a bag of knives.
Like garbage cans on trash day.
Like the signs and light posts you avoid on the sidewalk.
Like a box of books you rummage through to find a few titles that interest you. …
I’m obsessed with eating.
Probably addicted. I do it multiple times every day.
I finally had the good sense to quantify just how obsessed I am. I collected lots of data, ran that data through a complex regression algorithm, and plugged it into a state-of-the-art graphing application.
Here’s what popped out:
That graph shows very clearly that, yes, I do appear to be obsessed with food. That’s especially true as the day goes on.
Below is a story that I originally told at my local Quantified Self meetup. The data and graphs get a lot more serious than the one above. …
Let’s start with two goals:
Those are reasonable goals, right? You don’t like feeling anxious or stressed, and you’d rather love the people you work with than be annoyed by them.
If you agree with those goals, then try the following Gratefulness Therapy practice. It has been transformative for our team.
But before explaining the practice, let’s do a quick experiment. To feel is to understand.
Think about something that gives you anxiety. Maybe it’s your never-ending list of work tasks that keep piling up (and yet you’re reading this!), or maybe it’s the health issue you or someone you love is experiencing, or maybe it’s that difficult conversation you’re avoiding but know you really need to have, or maybe it’s how busy you are, or how much you travel, or how you really want to spend more time with family and friends but just don’t have enough…
“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.” — Benjamin Franklin
These days, we all need a slightly easier, less hurried, and more tolerant life. That’s why I follow Ben’s advice and drink plenty of wine. Here are a few unconventional but surprisingly awesome times to drink wine.
You scrolled through all the stick figure drawings!? You certainly deserve a glass of wine ;-)
Our team attended a talk from Eric Asimov at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium. Here are 5 of our takeaways:
There is so much diversity in wine today, so many varietals and styles to choose from. Every village in Europe makes wine in its own style, each unique and worth exploring.
And with just a tap of your finger, you can access any of them. Globalization has brought wines to us from all over the world. We have access to more wines today than ever before.
Wine is not meant to be placed on a pedestal. It’s a drink for every table, for any occasion. It has a beautiful synergy with food, family, and friends. As Eric says, it’s not the diva of the meal. It’s a supporting character that makes everything better. …
Ever wonder: What’s really in wine?
Wine has no nutrition label and no ingredients label. How do you know what you’re really drinking?
As we all become increasingly more conscious of what’s in our food, shouldn’t we also question what we drink? We celebrate grass-fed meat, wild caught fish, and organically-grown vegetables, but we blindly accept additives and chemicals in our wine. Why would we allow that sacrifice to our health?
You already choose to eat the cleanest possible foods. It’s time to start doing the same with your wine.
The journey starts with this question:
What’s really in wine?
Turns out, a lot of junk. Like chemicals, additives, metals, animal products, sugars, and more. …
I’ve tried a lot of diets.
I first went vegetarian, then slow carb, then gluten-free, then Paleo. I even did a 28-day Chipotle diet, which is exactly as awesome as it sounds.
Eventually I found the Ketogenic diet.
For me, like for many people in our communities, this all started with a health concern.
I was born with a heart condition. It never impacted my life, but it was there, lingering.
When I was a junior in college, a few classmates and I were out enjoying late night pizza. Out of nowhere, one classmate suddenly jolted upright and fell off his stool. He died. …