Anti-fragile

I recently came across the book Antifragile by Nassim Taleb, which describes a huge benefit of why we meditate so beautifully:

"Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it antifragile. Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better. This property is behind everything that has changed with time: evolution, culture, ideas, revolutions, political systems, technological innovation, cultural and economic success, corporate survival, good recipes (say, chicken soup or steak tartare with a drop of cognac), the rise of cities, cultures, legal systems, equatorial forests, bacterial resistance … even our own existence as a species on this planet.

The antifragile loves randomness and uncertainty, which also means— crucially—a love of errors, a certain class of errors. Antifragility has a singular property of allowing us to deal with the unknown, to do things without understanding them— and do them well. Let me be more aggressive: we are largely better at doing than we are at thinking, thanks to antifragility. I’d rather be dumb and antifragile than extremely smart and fragile, any time.

Antifragility makes us understand fragility better.
Just as we cannot improve health without reducing disease, or increase wealth without first decreasing losses, antifragility and fragility are degrees on a spectrum."

There’s a big difference between being fragile, being resilient, and becoming antifragile.

If you’re fragile and life hits you hard, you break.
If you’re resilient and life hits you hard, you withstand more and eventually… you break.
But…
If you’re ANTIFRAGILE, when life hits you hard you actually get stronger.

Meditation is like strength training for becoming antifragile. We gain more adaptability as we practice, which means less predictability. Through medfitation, we're supporting nature in the most fundamental way possible. And nature returns the favor by supporting our efforts, which encompasses more ease, serendipity, and meaning. The process of this creates more fearlessness as we truly understand the role of Nature, which is to evolve at all times, for the good of everything.

Nassim succinctly tells us: “A wind extinguishes a candle but fuels a fire.” Here's to more fires!