Time for Tibetan Math

Lawrence Ross - Dec 15, 2020
Prepare to re-integrate into normal life with a less-equals-more, quality-is-greater-than-quantity philosophy. By: Lawrence Ross

In the Western world, most of our lives are about adding and acquiring things – possessions, jobs and relationships. But Eastern cultures tend to be more about subtracting things – so they have fewer possessions, commitments and attachments.

COVID-19 has made many of us realize that life is fragile, and tomorrow isn’t a sure thing. It has encouraged us to live in The Now. This has driven some to consume more things online. For others, it has triggered deeper thought on what they want their life to look like and what ‘quality of life’ means.

Living in the moment has meant scaling away from the grind of big-city life. Many young people are questioning the “996” work schedule (9 am to 9 pm, 6 days a week), their out-of-sync-with-wages housing prices, and too-far-to-see potential payouts of their career track. Many people are leaving the big cities and moving to smaller cities and towns with lower rents, even if the trade-off is a pay cut and limited job prospects. COVID-19 has nudged them to value their quality of life and living in The Now over the grind.


As you prepare to re-integrate after a prolonged period of sheltering at home, do some Tibetan Math: deliberate on what – and who – will you choose to add back into your post-COVID-19 life. Treasure this opportunity to select and subtract.

Watch for my next blog on how to live a simpler, less intense life full of the things you love to do – without retiring.
And contact me if you want to discuss financial strategies that can help you live the life you really want to live, now.

Source: Tibetan Math: Death, Living Buddhas, and Meditations on Materialism to Prepare for Your Post-COVID Re-emergence, May 30, 2020 by Zak Dychtwald: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/tibetan-math-death-living-buddhas-meditations-prepare-zak-dychtwald?articleId=6672494203970310144