The Mindful Revolution — Entering The Next Evolutionary Level

I’m very happy to announce the pub­li­ca­tion of my first book: The Mind­ful Rev­o­lu­tion. It took me much longer than expect­ed — the orig­i­nal release date was Novem­ber 2019. How­ev­er, I real­ized that it’s quite a chal­lenge to write a book while grow­ing a com­pa­ny that itself is more than a fas­ci­nat­ing task. The Mind­ful Rev­o­lu­tion is not a lifestyle book describ­ing the lat­est well­ness trend, but it’s my attempt to for­mu­late a the­sis of how human beings must change in order to pre­serve plan­et earth as a live­able habi­tat. I think, we as a species have to change sig­nif­i­cant­ly — or we face extinc­tion, soon­er than we might imag­ine: The Mind­ful Rev­o­lu­tion — Enter­ing the next evo­lu­tion­ary level.

The issue here is no scare­mon­ger­ing but resolv­ing glob­al chal­lenges that each of us is con­front­ed with, indi­vid­u­al­ly. There has been an ongo­ing migra­tion of poor, des­per­ate peo­ple from regions unlive­able due to the cli­mate cri­sis, pover­ty, and wars. We can watch — live on TV — how peo­ple drown in the sea, being pre­vent­ed from reach­ing safe land. We also watch live on TV how incom­pe­tent, cor­rupt, but demo­c­ra­t­i­cal­ly elect­ed heads of states issue rules and guide­lines while ignor­ing domain experts and sci­en­tif­ic advice. We, in the first world, dis­cuss, demon­strate, and donate in order to add our fair share to the fight against glob­al threats. But, is that enough?

The Mindful Revolution

Many of us share a feel­ing of an increas­ing exas­per­a­tion, the notion that even our aggre­gat­ed efforts could not suf­fice to save plan­et earth as a live­able habi­tat. Some have start­ed work­ing on escape plans by explor­ing other plan­ets as poten­tial habi­tats. But, even the best of these alter­na­tive sce­nar­ios would most prob­a­bly trans­late in very lim­it­ed liv­ing spaces for a frac­tion of the 1%. So, let’s for­get about these, for a moment.

In The Mind­ful Rev­o­lu­tion, I share my thoughts about how human beings must — and can — change in order to save our plan­et. My per­spec­tive is a very indi­vid­ual one: I don’t try to solve glob­al prob­lems by oper­at­ing giant levers, e.g. by influ­enc­ing the heads of the Unit­ed Nations or states to improve their regiments. 

The Mind­ful Rev­o­lu­tion — Enter­ing the next evo­lu­tion­ary level.

My per­spec­tive is, first and fore­most, inward-bound. Based on my layman’s knowl­edge of neu­ro­science, com­bined with my entre­pre­neur­ial expe­ri­ence in sev­er­al tech­nolo­gies, I have devel­oped the the­sis of a pos­si­ble recon­nec­tion of our brain with our body (or: intu­ition) that allows for enter­ing a high­er level of under­stand­ing and address­ing glob­al chal­lenges. As with all tech­nolo­gies, after a cer­tain dura­tion of devel­op­ment, each tech­nol­o­gy reach­es the final stage of its inher­ent poten­tial. For instance, look at com­bus­tion engines. Car man­u­fac­tur­ers have fine-tuned car engines to the max — we have now reached the point where each addi­tion­al incre­men­tal improve­ment would take tremen­dous efforts that, in turn, would over­com­pen­sate the gains. Thus, the advent of the elec­tric vehi­cle: a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent tech­nol­o­gy is need­ed to move for­ward and to allow for indi­vid­ual trans­port in the future.

In the same way, EVs dis­place the com­bus­tion engine, a high­er level of aware­ness attained by lever­aged human capa­bil­i­ties through the recon­nec­tion of brain and body can take over from our lim­it­ed, lin­ear, first-order-thinking-based strate­gies to run the world. There’s no time to dis­cuss and pon­der, we have to act. In The Mind­ful Rev­o­lu­tion I pro­pose a peace­ful, scientifically-proven, and low-cost way to enter the next level in the evo­lu­tion of mankind. Look­ing for­ward to your feedback!

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The Mind­ful Rev­o­lu­tion, Michael Reuter

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The Great Men­tal Mod­els II, Shane Parrish

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Essen Ändert Alles, Hol­ger Stromberg

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Rewire Your Brain , John B. Arden

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Suc­cess­ful Aging, Daniel Levithin

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Think­ing Like A Plant, Craig Holdredge

Die Glück­shy­pothese, Jonathan Haidt

Mind Over Med­i­cine, Lissa Rankin

Das Geheime Wis­sen unser­er Zellen, Son­dra Barret

The Code of the Extra­or­di­nary Mind, Vishen Lakhiani

Alt wer­den ohne alt zu sein, Rudi Westendorp

Altered Traits, Daniel Cole­man, Richard Davidson

The Brain’s Way Of Heal­ing, Nor­man Doidge

The Last Best Cure, Donna Jack­son Nakazawa

The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk-taking, Gut Feel­ings and the Biol­o­gy of Boom and Bust, John Coates

The Inner Game of Ten­nis, W. Tim­o­thy Gallway

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