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Uncommon Wisdom: Jivko Djamiarov

“Uncommon Wisdom” is about sharing those habits or stories that we wouldn’t normally think to share. There’s so much talk about morning routines and self-care practices these days but a lot of it can seem kind of superficial or maybe just predictable and repetitive.

This is why we asked a bunch of high-performing creatives and entrepreneurs a few questions about awareness, energy, and productivity. We wanted to learn something a bit more unexpected, and here’s what we found out.

Who is Jivko Djamiarov?

Jivko Djamiarov is a social entrepreneur, admirer of nature and a believer in the power of food as medicine. He is the co-founder of restaurant Soul Kitchen in Sofia, Bulgaria and also the brand Ancestral Superfoods, an innovative company producing sprouted and fermented functional foods. He is devoted to spreading the message about the benefits and healing power of plants while connecting with others and helping them grow and achieve their potential.
Jivko Djamiarov

#1. What's something unexpected or uncommon that made you more aware?

It was the moment after I was admitted into hospital with a severe brain haemorrhage. I suddenly became aware how fragile life is and how meaningless it is to devote your time to pursuing only worldly goals. I became aware that life has a much deeper meaning and it is about connecting with others, thinking about them, and trying to do something for them with an open heart, without expecting anything in return.

#2. What's something unexpected or uncommon that gives you energy?

My daily meditation practice. The first time trying meditation was an amazing discovery for me. I was alone with myself and not thinking about anything for the first time ever. Just sitting in stillness and observing how my thoughts are coming and going like the waves of the ocean. Meditation is my source of energy and bliss.

#3. What's something unexpected or uncommon that makes you more productive?

I first make a plan of action and a structure in my head before rushing into the day. I visualize how my day is going to look like and what will be the most productive approach to all my tasks. Only after I create this plan and structure in my head, do I start with my daily tasks. This is a very effective tool for me as it gives me the needed calmness and balance to approach any situation, including the most stressful one.
Jivko Djamiarov

#4. What does your morning ritual look like?

My morning routine normally consists of waking up around 7 in the morning, having a quick shower, and having my 15 minute meditation practice. After that I have a cup of tea or coffee, and I take a bit of time to reflect on the day ahead and what the best plan and structure for it are. This is the ideal way for my morning to go. In the last year my morning ritual has transformed into spending more time with my baby boy and trying to be very present and conscious while doing that, because these precious moments are very important to me.

#5. What does your evening ritual look like?

My evening ritual involves a 15 minute meditation practice, followed by spending some time in stillness on our terrace or in the garden. Just being there in this beautiful moment and collecting all the sounds and experiences of the night. After that I always read for 30-40 minutes before going to sleep.
You can find Jivko at @djamiarov

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