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2012-06-04 @ 23:52:24
Great stuff buddy! Oh-so-very true. As someone who tried living the “4-Hour Workweek” dream, I’ve realized that true happiness comes not from working in isolation from your laptop, but rather from these moments of deep authentic connection with others.
And great ideas are created through inspired conversation and exchange, not through being all alone on our ride.
This is the beginning my friend. The intention has been set. :)
2012-04-14 @ 17:40:03
Thanks Ditty! Reality is the present moment. It’s what’s right in front of us at any given time.
So every time we get upset about a situation we’re in, because we want it to be different than what it is, we’re “arguing with reality”.
2012-04-14 @ 00:57:23
Wow thank you so much for such kind words.. Means a lot to me.
Luckily for you, there are many more great pieces on this website so you’ll have no trouble keeping yourself entertained while expanding your mind for many months to come! Enjoy and welcome :)
2012-04-14 @ 00:55:41
Thanks a lot Brandon, really appreciate it man!
2012-04-14 @ 00:55:16
My pleasure Susana. Felt great to really open up and I look forward to doing it more & more in my writing!
2012-04-14 @ 00:54:53
Hey Griff, thanks a lot my man. Very true what you say- I too have a tendency to get really dialled in on some principles of the books I’m currently reading, and then start forgetting about them over time (I’m guessing it happens to everyone).
That’s why I love The Philosopher’s Notes, http://www.philosophersnotes.com/, they’re really good summaries of the 10 biggest ideas of a bunch of amazing books.. Just enough to dust off the insights we got while reading them.
Here’s to making a heaven of heaven!! :)
2012-04-14 @ 00:51:27
2012-04-14 @ 00:50:57
Thanks Aloys, hope you got a lot out of it too :)
2012-04-14 @ 00:50:42
Hey Pat, I 100% agree. I’ve noticed how much energy/inspiration I get from positive interactions from other.. without it, life is just much more dry and plain. The internet is a wonderful platform to reach lots of people and expand our business endeavours, but it’s primordial to strike that balance (which if I’m not mistaken you get through teaching martial arts classes right?).
I’m definitely seeking opportunities to share my gifts with the world in the physical realm as well as online. I co-lead my first round table discussion yesterday and it was a tremendous experience. Looking forward to more it.
2012-04-14 @ 00:47:24
Hey Ryan, glad to hear you’ve re-emerged from “the dark side”.
It’s really interesting how “complex minded” people have a greater potential for both the light and the dark.. I think our ability to think deeply about things is a blessing but also a curse at times. Recognizing this is the first step to mitigating it thought so we’re definitely moving forward!
2012-04-14 @ 00:44:16
Very interesting perspective Matthew. I was actually listening to the Philosopher’s Note for the book “Rethinking Depression” yesterday and something similar was mentioned. Acknowledging these thoughts, and then deciding to push them out. LIke you say though, it’s definitely something that needs to be trained and something we need to constantly work on.
All the best on your path my friend and thanks for sharing!
2012-04-14 @ 00:41:01
Hey Hannah, thanks for you message!
I wholeheartedly agree with you- you choose what you focus. It’s easy to get sucked into focusing on the bad… and then no mental energy is left to focus on how we can create great things in our life.
But there’s definitely also something to be said about trying to create optimal outside circumstances in our life as well- i.e., not accepting shitty life conditions that can be changed, like a job one hates or a detrimental relationship.
I’m going for a long bike ride tomorrow in the outskirts of town (past MIssion Trails), excited to see what it has to offer!
2012-04-14 @ 00:37:06
Great Zonetti- the solutions always come to us from “creator mode”, not “victim mode”. Plus it’s a whole lot more empowering state to be in. Good luck!!
2012-04-14 @ 00:36:08
Hey Emma, thanks for sharing your thoughts- I appreciate it.
I’d be lying if I said I’m always blissful and that I’ve got it all figured out. But I’ve definitely gotten some insights from all this, and it seems like my sharing has helped a lot of people, so I’m happy I wrote this piece. I could have waited longer before writing this piece, maybe a few more months when these new structures in my head are more stable, but who knows if the inspiration would still be there? I wish you all the best on your journey Emma!
2012-04-12 @ 12:20:44
Hey Ka, I hear you brother! Every time we discover a new paradigm, a new theory.. we feel like we got it all figured out. and it rarely lasts very long. We soon get on to the next great idea, the next big concept…
But I like to think that it all adds up together, and our mental framework becomes stronger and stronger. Will definitely let you know if I can hang on to this one for longer (I do plan on relistening to The Power of NOw everytime I feel myself slipping though!).
2012-04-12 @ 12:17:05
Thanks Wry! Yeah it’s funny because the worry about having to do something later is generally greater than the effort that thing actually takes us!!
2012-04-12 @ 10:56:18
Thanks George, it’s my pleasure!
2012-04-12 @ 10:55:42
Thanks Martijn! I do think one should constantly strive for happiness, but without chasing it directly . What I mean is that we should do what we know makes us happy (i.e., exercise, gratitude, helping others) control our thoughts as well as we can, and create a great outside environment in our life… and happiness will be a by-product of all this.
But regardless of what we do, it won’t be constant bliss and there’ll be darker times but as I learned they serve as an opportunity to re-evaluate what’s going on and take a step towards our own evolution. It’s all part of the journey… the pleasant and the not-so-pleasant :)
2012-03-15 @ 22:34:46
Great job discussing an interesting news event and linking it with a very relevant concept of human psychology.
I am definitely guilty of that bias at times, but I like to idea of looking for that one black swan. Will definitely try to integrate that more into my work.
Thanks for writing,
2012-02-15 @ 23:58:05
I’d never thought about the physical change but that’s definitely interesting.
I’m still a huge fan of the 30 day challenges… To me 100% commitment is the most important thing in change.
I’m Doing 30 day “No Alcohol, No Meat, No Dairy” right now and while alcohol & meat are temporary and mostly just good exercises in self-control, dairy is something I’ve been wanting to eliminate and I really think I’m on my way to it.
2012-01-25 @ 22:00:42
Great stuff Peter. Definitely got the wheels turning in my head, thanks :)
2012-01-20 @ 23:26:33
Hey Ellie, what kind of psychology exactly?
I’d recommend finding a really great psychology book and simply downloading the audio version or signing up to a podcast about it.
I love to do Tony Robbins’ tapes, they’re about the psychology of fulfilment + achievement.
2012-01-20 @ 13:05:54
Man if meditation was integrated into grade schools, everything would change.. less ADHD, behaviour problems, and way more attention in class. It’s going to happens soon I can feel it.
2012-01-20 @ 13:03:41
Yes for sure.. don’t know of any sorry, I’m all about the english these days (and Spanish soon!)
2012-01-19 @ 19:58:11
Je parle deja français (it’s my mother tongue) but I don’t know a good resource to learn it sorry!
2012-01-19 @ 19:52:43
Niceee! you’ll get so much more from your trip..and you’ll get a bit smarter everyday until then. Good combo :)
2012-01-19 @ 19:37:14
Hey Nick, thanks so much for taking the time to write.
To be 100% honest, the last couple weeks I’ve been back home in MTL (after Australia) and I don’t know if it’s the wintertime blues or what, but I was starting to have some little doubts about what I do… And message like yours really cheer me up & pump me up to keep going.
All the best & keep on stepping it up and applying these ideas!
2012-01-19 @ 19:34:57
Nice, Khan Academy is really doing some great thing.
I’m putting a lot of thought on how we could improve education (I did my Master’s Degree this year and saw SO MANY opportunist for improvement)
Hopefully organisations like the Khan Academy gain more mainstream notoriety/support in the years to come!
I might even have an idea for an new institute myself.. :)
2012-01-19 @ 19:33:13
Awesome, love that you’re seeing these little gaps here and there.
I went grocery shopping today and got inspired by Tony Robbins for 45 while I drove there & back and bought stuff. Way better than just going on auto-pilot through the whole process!
Enjoy the ride brother!
2012-01-18 @ 00:27:04
@Matt I think even 30 minutes a day of audio learning is highly beneficial. It stimulates your brain and plants a few new ideas seeds in your mind that your subsconcious can work on the rest of the day. I’m sure there’s a way to still have plenty of music and squeeze a bit of audio learning in each day :)
2012-01-18 @ 00:25:59
@Jeremy: Glad to hear you’re fighting the good fight too :) I hope this article will get a few more ppl on the train too. Such a cool resource we have at our disposal, it’s crazy that not more people take advantage of it!
2012-01-18 @ 00:23:59
Hey Matt I hear ya. I’m a huge music fan.
I tend to listen to my music while I’m on the computer working/exploring the internet and do audio learning in other situations.
This still results in a solid 4+ hours of music listening a day :)
2012-01-18 @ 00:22:53
Awesome!! which ones did you download??
Listening to audio learning right before bed is extra good because we remember a lot of what we think of right before falling asleep!
2012-01-18 @ 00:21:39
Thanks a lot Brandon! I agree… audio learning just puts you in this whole other world. Your eyes see stuff but really 99% of your mind is focused on what you’re hearing. Powerful stuff!
2012-01-18 @ 00:20:20
Hey Cody, thanks for the honest feedback man. I do get carried away a bit and maybe overdo it sometimes.
I’m working on 2 eBooks so I’ll be putting the bulk of my ideas in there and working on concise + impactful posts in the coming weeks.
2012-01-18 @ 00:17:50
Cheers Tiger, I’ll check that one out as well.
2012-01-16 @ 14:24:27
Sweet! I really liked this sentence: “Luckily, modern science has taken meditation out of the esoteric hands of the guru, and shown beyond a doubt how effective it can be to the layman.”
I’m very excited to see if Meditation can become “mainstream” in the next decade like Yoga has in the last. Let’s hope so (and do all we can to make it happen)!
2012-01-04 @ 20:18:09
Good stuff buddy!
The world really isn’t as scary as it’s made out to be. Blows my mind how most people who’ve never travelled have this weird paranoia of foreign countries.
Looking forward to meeting in SF buddy.
2012-01-04 @ 20:13:03
Martijn, sorry about the spelling mistake (I’m sure I’m not the first..)!!
2012-01-04 @ 20:12:14
Great topic, this is such an underrated part of our day.
I agree with everything you’ve written, but I would recommend adding “breaking a sweat” before the cold shower. Not only does it boost your metabolism, shake off the cobwebs, it also gives you a nice little dose of endorphins to start feeling good.
Andddd.. it makes the cold shower a lot easier!
Looking forward to “The science of Happiness” my friend!
2011-11-27 @ 23:19:30
Amen:) I hadn’t had fast food for like 2 months, and I had it once and it was sooo underwhelming and thats when i decided to stop.
Keep up the good eating!
2011-11-27 @ 23:18:20
And I like Mark’s Daily Apple. The community there is great too.
I’m not fully Paleo but I certainly live a “Primal” Lifestyle in many ways. Intermittent Fasting & barefoot running are two of my favourite.
2011-11-27 @ 23:17:14
Like I said on another comment, yeah it’s much more than nutrition it’s lifestyle. At first I was going to focus my blog on nutrition but I realised that there’s way more than goes into it. Mindset is huge too, much underrated at the moment.
2011-11-27 @ 23:15:48
Sweet :) Love learning how people in different country do different things.
2011-11-27 @ 23:15:10
Thanks for pointing that out- do you have a good article to share about it?
2011-11-27 @ 23:14:31
2011-11-27 @ 23:14:07
THat’s it. I’ve been fortunate to not have any FAst food places around where I live so its makes it a lot easier for sure.
Love the new combo! Sounds like what I do. And it’s pretty fucking kick-ass!!
2011-11-27 @ 23:12:37
Hey Tine, thanks for taking time to explain your views. I’m flying off to Indo in a few hours so can’t reply too long but I agree that at the end of the day it ‘s a lifestyle game. That’s what my website is all about.
I just think it uses good shock value to motivate us and remind us of how bad most of the stuff is.
Keep challenging the status quo brother!
2011-11-27 @ 23:10:01
2011-11-27 @ 23:08:27
Awesome :) Nice people FTW!
“Rents a hooker for the night… gives her the night off”. EPIC
2011-11-23 @ 21:51:12
Nothing terribly wrong with having it once in a while, especially if you really enjoy it when you do have it. I just found for me & my principles that i would be out of integrity if I supported a company that is really do think is evil…
PS Yeah the picture is awesome, big up to Jordan for that!
2011-11-23 @ 21:49:53
Yeah I think you’re right with everything you said there.. For me I got lucky in a way because when I moved out here to Australia I was so broke that I had no choice but to cut eating out from my habits.
As a result, my finances are doing a lot better… and so are my cooking skills and my health/energy… win-win-win :)
Keep it up!
2011-11-10 @ 18:59:09
And for the 5 minutes I’ll alternate between meditation and jumping on my trampoline :)
2011-11-10 @ 18:58:25
Good stuff Jordan. I’ve heard about the Pomodorro technique before, but I’ve never given it a try. Your piece inspired me to try it out next week.
I love the idea of having to stop working even though you want to keep going, so you come back hungry for more 5 minutes later… Will let you know how it goes!
2011-10-12 @ 09:22:27
Interesting & trippy!
As you say, “we don’t perceive reality as it really is but that we perceive a reality as it is constructed by our own minds.” I totally agree.
I guess enlightenment is simply seeing reality for what it truly is. Being able to cut through all the bs and weird mental patterns we’ve installed over time, to fully experience whatever is happening.
2011-10-05 @ 11:53:43
Hey Ray! Mind & Body work together, they’re both integral part of our organism. If we want to be our best as humans beings we have to optimal care of both.
2011-09-28 @ 22:09:54
None taken! Can you elaborate? I’m interested about your perspective.
I think it’s a false dichotomy though. You can combine both Holosync and the Buddhist Meditation Path for greater results.
I’ve been into Buddhism for almost 10 years, and it’s been wonderful but adding Holosync to my routine 2 months ago has supercharged my practice. When I meditate with Holosync I still use Buddhist Medtiation techniques, but the soundtrack makes the whole experience way more powerful.
The Dalai Lama once said that if there was a technology that offered the benefits of meditation without the time-commitment, he would try it. Actually… I wonder if he’s heard about Holosync?
Maybe I’ll try to send him a message on Twitter haha.
Anyways, point is I think if we combine Spirituality & Technology, theres’ a massive synergistic effect. And that’s what we should be integrating into the schools to benefit the kids as much as possible.
2011-09-28 @ 12:52:10
@Travis: Thanks man! I know it’s crazy that no one is doing it, but that’s why I predict that the athletes who start taking the mindfulness aspect of things more seriously will soar over the next few years.
@Martijn: I’ve been thinking about this. I guess the argument against it is that kids wouldn’t be able to sit still doing nothing, yet young Buddhist Monks the same age are doing it.
Imagine if we gave all kids in school an hour Holosync session a day? What do you think would happen?
2011-09-28 @ 06:16:07
Hey Hannah! Thanks!
Yeah I totally agree. Yet the crazy thing, we spend so little time getting our mind right to perform optimally.
Back when I was swimming with the national team, we’d spend 30 hours a week training our body, and 0 training our mind. This is nuts when I look back.
Awesome to hear you got started with meditation. Let me know if you need help along the way. I’m not a master yet, but I know a bit. :)
PS Are you Canadian too?
2011-09-28 @ 06:09:25
Hey Dean what’s up man?
For starters, I would say the easiest way to go is to do it first thing in the morning- I do it while still in my bed.
Just sit up cross-legged with your back against your pillow on the wall. Take 10 deep breaths (in for 3 secs, hold for 10 secs, out for 5 secs) and focus on that. Then start taking small, very relaxed breaths. Almost as if there was feather under your nose and you didn’t want to move it.
Relax a little bit more with every exhale… Try and clear your mind from any thought. If one comes across, just let it go through and don’t dwell on it. It’s all part of the process.
This should get you started. In the next few days, I’ll be writing a more detailed article on what meditation is all about & how to get started. check it out on my website www.thefeelgoodlifestyle.com (you can sign up for updates and you’ll get it straight in your inbox when I post it).
Good luck & let me know if you have any questions. You’re about the enter a very cool journey if you stick with it over the next few months :)
2011-09-28 @ 01:54:46
Awesome will do! I would love to test over 50 even though I’m 100% clean. Would be a great testament to my theory that with a superfood diet, we can turn our body into the a fine-tuned pharmaceutical-producing machine. :)
2011-09-27 @ 11:46:52
Hey Joseph, thanks for the detailed comment. Very interesting to read, and obviously you know your stuff.
As you mentioned, VO2Max is a relatively set measure, and it’s unlikely that meditation had any direct bearing on my body’s ability to uptake oxygen.
However, I do believe that it allowed me to last longer in the test than the vast majority of people with a similar aerobic capacity would have.
The way I see it, I was able to reach my physical limit, without being limited by my mind. For me, that’s a huge victory.
My basis for comparison is that back when I was swimming competitively (and not meditating), I simply wasn’t able to keep my mind totally under control when things got tough. As a result, I would rarely perform up to my full physical potential in training, or competition.
Few people are gifted with the ability to push their body to the absolute limit, and I wasn’t born one of them. But I really believe that meditation is helping me become one.
There’s a second part to the test in a couple weeks, not too sure about the specifics but I know it involves blood & muscle samples. It’s shaping up to be another interesting experience :)
2011-09-27 @ 11:16:24
Haha cheers buddy!
I’m a beast-in-the-making right now, but hopefully I’ll be proper one by the time the Anaconda rolls around in 6 weeks! :)
2011-09-27 @ 10:06:46
Theo- it is indeed. And we’re really just starting to scratch the surface of the how far the human mind can take us.
I agree competition helps bring the best in us, but the real challenge is to bring the best out of ourself when no one else is watching :)
2011-09-27 @ 10:04:20
Hey James thanks so much. Really appreciate it man.
“Be the change you want to see in the world”, right? :)
Cheers & keep rocking your world too!
2011-09-11 @ 22:14:45
Hey Bilal, great article man. You did a good job of going over a lot of very useful info while keeping it relatively concise, which, as all writers know, is one hell of a challenge.
Keep up the good training & writing!