The mind is a curious thing.

On one hand, it enables us to create beautiful art and solve seemingly impossible problems with science and technology.

Yet, the mind is also the source of so much suffering. Over the past few years, anxiety, loneliness, and depression have gone from taboo subjects to a core part of the human experience.

Unfortunately, many of us are never taught how to deal with unpleasant emotions or how to develop a philosophy for life. As a result, the default path is to spend life chasing after meaningless goals and not realize it until it’s too late.

The goal of Mind Matters is to alter this trajectory. To help people clarify what they stand for in life, move in directions they deem valuable, and take action on what truly matters.

Mind Matters does this by exploring key ideas across psychology, philosophy, and performance.

  • Psychology - Gives us frameworks for understanding how the mind works. Our mind is like a machine. It has cause and effect relationships and obeys certain rules. Studying how the machine works helps us tune it for maximum effectiveness. I cite modern psychological techniques rooted in science like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and humanistic psychology.

  • Philosophy - Guides us in creating life principles by studying the greatest thinkers throughout history from the East to the West. A few traditions I’ve enjoyed studying include Stoicism, Zen, and Vedanta. I also frequently quote modern philosophers like Alan Watts, Anthony DiMello, and Eckhart Tolle.

  • Performance - Helps us maximize our potential by understanding how the best artists, athletes, and entrepreneurs achieve peak performance. I’m inspired most by generalists that are able to master multiple disciplines such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Walt Disney, and Kanye West.

Each week, I will send out an essay exploring these topics. Looking forward to being on this journey with you :)

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Exploring the mind through psychology, philosophy, and performance.


Patrick Rivera

trying to understand the Mind