Atticus Harris

in search of simplicity


  • How to be uncomfortably happy May 2019- Sometimes life can suck. But rather than limit our happiness, it can actually increase it. Here's how.
  • The Pause Button October 2018- Why slowing down is a super-power worth training for.
  • A Vist To The Zen Dojo October 2018- A visit to the local Zen Dojo induces aching knees, anxious thoughts and moments of clarity.
  • Tackling Hard Problems, The Easy Way October 2018- Developing anti-self-improvement tactics through meditation.
  • Taking The Path Of Zen (Book Summary) October 2018- An essential primer on the practice and philosophy of Zen.
  • The Restless Present: How Learning To Breathe Can Help You Find Peace September 2018- Thoughts on slowing down and breathing.
  • Live better by learning to garden September 2018- On a life with fewer goals and more journeys.
  • The Journey Within September 2018- How space travel and meditation make the world a better place.
  • 4 Questions That Easily Engineer Mindfulness September 2018- Simple hacks for a more mindful life.
  • Put your oxygen mask on first August 2018- The importance of knowing when to put yourself first.
  • How discipline can help you find freedom August 2018- Many of us are searching for some kind of freedom in our lives. It might be freedom from our jobs. Or from a relationship. Sometimes it’s freedom from a bad habit we’ve developed. It might be the freedom to create art or make music or be an actress. Whatever it is, we often find that […]
  • Questions vs. Answers August 2018- I don’t know what to write. I’ve read too many articles online telling me what’s what. Sometimes it feels like there are all these people out there with answers. Meanwhile here I am, with my doubts and my anxieties, and I’m trying to write some kind of advice for you all? It seems silly. I […]
  • A Code Of Pracitce August 2018- Recently I read a manifesto and it got me thinking: if I had to write down a code of practice, what would it be? How am I trying to live my life? What are my values and am I living up to them? If you look back through the history of the 20th century, manifestos […]
  • One Bird One Stone July 2018- Finding the right pace to cycle at in Amsterdam takes time. First, you must cycle often. Then you need to try different speeds. It may sound prescriptive, but there is a right way and a wrong way to cycle through the city. I can spot someone on a bike who is not a local from […]
  • Meditations On Urinals, Still Mind and Cloudy Weather July 2018- Being and non-being create each other. Difficult and easy support each other. Long and short define each other. High and low depend on each other. Before and after follow each other. A urinal sits in the first art gallery at the Tate Modern. I should write Art Gallery – this is, after all, serious art. […]
  • Hyper-productivity, the Space Between Things and Where Creativity Lives July 2018- I step on to the lawn at the back of the house. The dew at my feet is cold. My toes are wet. But the morning sun smiles on my back, hinting at the warmth of the day to come. Each morning I’m up early, generally between 5 am and 6 am. These hours are […]
  • Tall mountain, no zen July 2018- This is the top of a mountain. Before you is a broad landscape over which the sun is rising. Towns in the distance, a lake in the foreground. The water of the lake shimmers in the early evening light. Birds migrate east across the golden sky. All is silent as clouds drift by the path […]
  • You Don’t Need An App For That June 2018- It wasn’t until I finished my run that I realised I hadn’t run anywhere. Despite the sweat dripping down my forehead and the shortness of my breath, my screen displayed 0km. Not hitting start on your running app is a bummer. Even though you feel great and have all this oxygen pumping through your lungs, […]
  • What Do You Regret And Why? June 2018- The other day somebody asked me: What would you do differently if you could start again? I had to stop for a moment because it’s a simple ask but it requires a well-thought-out answer. You can read the question from several angles but it boils down to: what do you regret? I’m not so smug […]
  • A Monk’s Guide To A Clean House And Mind (Book Summary) June 2018- Elevator Pitch One Sentence: Cleaning is a way of teaching ourselves the true value of things. In Summary: We tend to accumulate objects and people as easily as we discard them. This becomes a metaphor for the carelessness with which we live our lives. Cleaning is a small spiritual exercise to remind ourselves of what’s […]
  • Are You Listening? June 2018- “Narrator: When people think you’re dying, they really, really listen to you, instead of just … Marla: … instead of just waiting for their turn to speak? Narrator: Yeah. Yeah.” – Fight Club The narrator of Fight Club is not dying. But he is in pain. He is looking for somebody who will listen to […]
  • How To Never Make A Mistake Again May 2018- It’s midwinter but I can feel moisture forming in my palms. I’m thirsty and starting to get short of breath. Being unable to speak and having sweaty hands is not a good look when you’re about to meet a bunch of people for the first time. Especially when those people are about to interview you […]
  • Life sucks, and that’s great! May 2018- Have you ever noticed how much life sucks? It’s full of people who are dumb, angry and selfish. They get in your way. They don’t listen to you. There are too many of them. It would suck less if there were not as many. And the thing is, you can’t escape people. They are everywhere. […]
  • The Art Of Creative Discipline: 12 Quotes On Consistency From Athletes, Zen Masters, Dancers & Novelists May 2018- “Why have I never been bored? For more than fifty years I have never ceased to work.” – Henri Matisse In 1943 a handful of Nazi soldiers sat in the basement of Henri Matisse. France was occupied and the Second World War was tearing through the country to clash with Allied forces in Italy. Matisse […]
  • When You Stop Playing To Win You Can Start Dancing: Alan Watts On Living Life In The Moment May 2018- “It is a dance, and when you are dancing you are not intent on getting somewhere. You go round and round, but not under the illusion that you are pursuing something, or fleeing from the jaws of hell.” – Alan Watts In his book ‘The Wisdom Of Insecurity’ Alan Watts pondered on how to live […]
  • 1 Simple Question April 2018- Stop what you’re doing right now and ask yourself – what are you paying attention to? The words on the screen in front of you? Or some sound on the street? Maybe it’s a thought about something that happened yesterday? Or some lingering feeling that you can’t seem to shake? Unless you are a Zen […]
  • Learn To Subtract April 2018- Life is an equation. You’re either multiplying or subtracting. Most of us will look at that sentence and instantly know which side of the sum we fall on. It’s multiplication. I know this because I’ve spent a lot of my life trying to multiply what I already have. The general idea is that more is […]
  • Everyday Zen: Love And Work
    (Book Summary)
    April 2018- Elevator Pitch One Sentence: Zen for people who live normal lives. In Summary: It’s your expectations, not life itself, that disappoint you and the best way to sort that out is by learning to see the present as clearly as possible. The Takeaway: Start meditating, repeat daily. A Quick Introduction Charlotte Joko Beck was a […]