Holstee Manifesto

Many of you may already be familiar with the Holstee Manifesto. It has inspired many individuals in the last few years to live their life, and live their passion to the fullest. Last week, I came across this Fast Company article about mindfulness that mentioned the Holstee Manifesto.

A bit of background from the Holstee website about how the Manifesto came about: “Together with good friend and founding partner Fabian, a new journey starts for Holstee. This small team sits together on the steps of Union Square to write down the things in life they want to work towards, value and not forget, an inside document that would later become the Holstee Manifesto.”

It was a good reminder for me as I had forgotten about Holstee and it reinvigorated my thoughts to slow down more. I have a tendency to go.go.go, and not slow down too often. The article mentioned six ways the guys at Holstee handle mindfulness:

Presence // Architect your life // Personal time // Ask “why?” // Know your food and appreciate meals // Understand the impact of what you buy

In this go.go.go world, I try to keep up. I could do a better job at staying present, talking less, and creating more boundaries around my time. There are so many ways in our lives that we can slow down, and yet we do not. I find that I often cram as much as I can into each day. On one hand I live my live life to the fullest, and enjoy each and every day, but does doing that also take a toll? What would it look like to just be a vegetable for an hour a night, rest, relax, and ponder your day? Yet, the Holstee Manifesto says “Life is short.” So maybe as long as you are doing what you love the rest does not matter.

What do you think?

4 thoughts on “Holstee Manifesto

  1. I think that you’ve just taken the time to slow down and do all those things professed by the manifesto in your own unique way. No one says that you have to sit in a yoga position on the beach for an hour to be present and ask yourself those deep questions about the meaning of life. For some people, it may occur while driving from one appointment to the next in the sanctuary of their car. I don’t think it matters as much *how* you adhere to these ideas so long as you keep them present in some capacity. Thanks for sharing, great post!


  2. He was inspired to review the craft of calligraphy by his great uncle, a painter and calligrapher himself. Topics in this sort of paperwork should be specific and narrow – in order to avoid the ease and to deliver the flow of thoughts and ideas.


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