3 Topics I Am Exploring In My Life Right Now

Writing, Bayesian Probability, Working with suppressed emotions

If you know me well, I am usually signed up for an online course, reading a book.

The following 30-ish blogs will be homework for a new course that I enrolled in called...read topic 1 for more information.

There are three topics I am actively thinking about a lot these days:

Topic #1: Writing online and writing consistently

Earlier this year, I was reading a book and loved it. The book is called "Snow Leopard: How Legendary Writers Create a Category of One"

The writers created Ship30by30, an online course that encourages writing bite-sized essays.

Do I need the course? Maybe, maybe not

I love writing but cannot write bite-sized essays (this post was supposed to be 250 words and has ended up more than double). Writing and publishing become a lot of effort when you cannot write these bite-sized essays.

I hope this course transforms me from a consumer into a consistent producer. As I write more, I hope to create a sufficient body of content over the next year.

Topic #2: Probability, especially Bayes Theorem

I must admit that Probability, especially Bayesian Probability, was never my strong suit—nobody teaches these subjects well.

I decided one day that this might be an area to explore. I then bought "Bayesian Statistics the Fun Way: Understanding Statistics and Probability with Star Wars, LEGO, and Rubber Ducks" and was blown away.

Since then, I have learned much about how bias plays a role in our daily lives.

How can we update our prior beliefs based on the data we see versus choosing the data that reinforces our beliefs?

How is it that if you provide more data to someone unwilling to change their beliefs, their opinion becomes more entrenched? This is pertinent as we head into election season in the US.

I must say I have fallen in love with Bayesian Probability.

I encourage you to read the book; I guarantee you will not see the world as you used to before.

(I have moved on to read “Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets” by Nassim Taleb, a well-renowned thinker and writer)


Topic #3: Releasing suppressed emotions and trauma

I have been in an online group of meditators in the last eighteen months. A number of them are mental health professionals, and Lester Levenson's "The Sedona Method" and "The Release Technique" come up as a few of the techniques that they have used to help individuals with trauma plus take themselves deeper into meditation.

Lester inspired both these methods. The underlying premise is that we continue to bottle emotions throughout our day. These bottled emotions cause health issues. By releasing these emotions, we can lead more pain-free lives. Lester cured himself of an incurable disease based on this premise.

I will let you Google Lester, Sedona Method, and Release Technique.

Now, here was an angle that I didn't know about meditation. I had stayed away from learning about suppressed emotions or trauma. I decided to explore more.

I signed up for the "The Release Technique" course to satisfy my itch. In the last six months, I have spent considerable time learning how to work with positive and negative emotions.

It's one of those fun rabbit holes I enjoy exploring simply because I want it.

I might return to this one after revisiting another course that inspired me to explore this particular track.

It would be great to connect with other people interested in these same topics—so if any of the above resonates, feel free to reach out!