Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Barrier to Motivation

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Sometimes we are deciding not to decide because we are overwhelmed. Instead of trying to understand why we are feeling this way, we try to overwhelm our sense of being overwhelmed with more motivation. We are not creating a solution, we are exacerbating the problem.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Breathe: Belisa Vranich

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Did you know that if you don't breathe you die? That's half joke but 100% reality. Then what is shallow breathing? What is obstructed and compromised breathing? It surely isn't maximized living.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

What Getting Punched in the Face Taught Me

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Getting punched in the face is rather unpleasant. You should avoid it if at all possible. If you, however, have gotten punched in the face or train in a discipline where you're getting punched in the face frequently, get the most out of it. There are valuable life lessons there (and it would be waste if all you got from the experience was head trauma).

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Shoshin: The Beginner's Mind

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Shoshin (初心) is the concept of the beginner's mind. Derived from Zen Buddhism, it is the quintessential mindset for learning. It is openness, eagerness, and the lack of preconceptions, no matter the level of study.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Paradox of Moderation

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Studies have shown our definitions of moderation are completely subjective. In application, most people who attempt a moderation diet, either create no change in their diet, or eat worse than before, though in their subjective minds, they believe they are eating better.

Dr. David Ludwig, a Harvard Medical School nutrition and obesity expert calls the moderation mantra "useless."

In Always Hungry? Ludwig writes:
There [are] some things you [should] eat a lot of, and I would put things like olive oil, avocado, nuts in that category. There are other things you [should] really minimize, especially if you're dealing with pre-diabetes or some other metabolic problem. You don't want to go moderate with sugar — whatever that means. You want to get rid of as much of it as you can.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

You Might Be Confusing Encouragement With Something Else

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"Encouragement," like many overused words, loses its classical meaning over time. Its meaning shifts based on how we want it to mean, rather than how it is meant to mean. Rather than having a thought transform us, we conveniently transform the thought to confirm what we already believe.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.”
George Bernard Shaw
Ideas become cheapened and in the process, they lose their worth. It is like stating nothing since nothing changes from it. Without change, there is nothing. Change is how we exist.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Subtract to Add

Subtract to Add Value to Your Life

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

It looks simple, but it's often not simple to do — such is the beauty of mastery. People want to believe martial arts is simple yet it is not. Beating a bigger man is no easy task. Martial arts began as a study of the effortless actions of nature. Man mimicked those actions, recreating powerful movements until it took little effort — through practice. Techniques, approaches, and a lifetime of repetition was the path to understanding natural order and harmony. What does one do when they cannot distil a concept from a technique? Repeat it. Still unclear? Do a thousand more. Repeat it until it until it is clear. A meditation is not in sitting still, it's within the breaths between repetitions.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

On Food Envy

("Ironic Gluttony" | Beckrns)
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Some Background on Weight Gain

When a human body harvests more energy into fat storage rather than oxidation, is when we have obesity. The problem is not as simple as controlling energy intake and expenditure (calories). Sometimes the body diverts more energy into fat cells, no matter how little energy we take in. Our hormonal responses to food can trigger such an event. Responses to food type and quantity varies from person to person. Sometimes the only difference is the severity of reaction. Some will gain an insignificant amount of weight, while others will gain a considerable amount of weight.
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