Tobias in Machu Picchu

Embodied ways of working

March 26, 20231 min read

Over the last years I’ve explored a lot of different work patterns. Really ever since university when I reflect in the grander scheme. A level of diversity and novelty makes me more present in life and fills me with enthusiasm.

For me there’s a magic in layering exertion and relaxation.

Whether that was studying for a year and then travelling for 6 months or working for a morning and then napping during lunch or doing Jui-Jitsu.

Being in the world of knowledge work I find it paramount to build in physical elements every day. Funny enough it’s during the physical times that the solutions emerge.

What I’m observing is that it’s usually not about creating the solution, but creating space in my life to receive the solution in a period of mental relaxation. The period of mental exertion before have is important though as this is the time in which the solution is “primed”. There’s discipline to the relaxation.

Napping, cycling, chanting, taking quiet time or a walk in nature serve me super well to mentally rejuvenate.

These sentences have literally come together while I was road biking and stretching this evening.

In the scheme of layering exertion and relaxation over the course of my whole life Tim Ferris’ idea of mini-retirement is appealing to me, essentially taking sabbaticals every few years. The picture is from one of my early retirements from 2011 overlooking the ancient site of Machu Picchu in Peru.

Bio-inspired renewable energy engineer | Design Thinker and bio-feedback enthusiast for flow, self-actualisation and peak experiences

Tobias Hofmeister

Bio-inspired renewable energy engineer | Design Thinker and bio-feedback enthusiast for flow, self-actualisation and peak experiences

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I am a certified HRV and peak experience coach. I use bio-feedback technology, in particular heart rate variability (HRV), to enable people to find their flow states, regain health and live peak experience lives. A background in sustainable energy engineering coupled with a passion for spiritual modalities and energy in a broader context has led me to an approach that merges cognitive understanding with embodied experiences. I practices Buddhism and have presented my research globally, among others at MIT in Boston and the DRS conference on Future-focussed thinking.

When I look at the world I see unique connections between people, places and ideas. To me the world is an interconnected, holistic system - the oneness of self and environment.

Over the years and have met thousands of people in heart to heart dialogues when travelling over 50 countries, earning degrees from four universities, publishing a dozen academic papers, presenting my research at international conferences and working for world leading sustainability and digital research organisations.

I have been a contributor to House of Beautiful Business, Mindvalley, Evercoach and other initiatives cultivating new ways of working, fostering entrepreneurial mindsets and creating work cultures and environments that celebrate the whole human being. I view business as a vehicle for self-actualisation and believe that when done from a place of love and compassion that it holds the potential for healing our world.

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