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How to Meditate – The Many Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation

There’s a common misunderstanding among most people that the main “goal” of life is to avoid pain and pursue pleasure (or at least to try to get comfortable). A lot of effort and attention is put on getting somewhere ‘better’, achieving something ‘different’, changing or improving ourselves, and getting more stuff so that we can feel better or be happy later.

Third-EyeA much more rewarding, kind, and adventurous approach to life is to develop an attitude of alert curiosity and awareness, regardless of whether our experience is seen as positive or negative. When we overcome prejudice and pettiness and the need for everything to happen the way we want, we open ourselves to a more full, joyful, passionate experience of life and as we endure both pain and pleasure we learn a lot about ourselves and life in general. We can also discover that we are already enough, and we already have everything we need, right here right now.

One method for practicing this approach to life is Mindfulness Meditation. This practice simply involves being completely awake, present, and aware of your current experience with total acceptance. There’s no need to judge any thoughts or feelings that arise as either good or bad… we’re not trying to get rid of anything. Simply be aware of anything you’re experiencing or thinking without judgement, and then let it go. This curious, gentle approach to self-observation helps us to accept ourselves as we are, and in the process become more understanding of others.

I now consider meditation to be the foundation of healthy, balanced living. With all of the benefits of meditation it doesn’t make sense not to include it in your daily routine. A few of these many benefits include:

  • Meditation reduces stress.
  • It improves concentration. 
  • It encourages a healthy lifestyle.
  • The practice increases self-awareness. 
  • It increases happiness.
  • Meditation increases acceptance. 
  • It slows aging.
  • The practice benefits cardiovascular and immune health

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My Breakthrough DMT Experience – 1st Trip Report

In this post I want to share something a little unusual… something quite different from the “health and fitness” content that I normally share. I wanted to talk about my first experience with the compound called DMT, with this article to accompany the video I recorded immediately after the “trip”. To be honest, at first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make this public at all, but after posting the video on my other (lesser known) channel and blog, I was pleasantly surprised to see how well received it was. It seems that this is a topic that many people are interested in, so I decided to put myself out there and post it all here on my main blog as well. I hope you find it interesting… enjoy with a curious open mind.
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First of all, let me say that this experience took place in a country and situation which adhered to all legal regulations (no laws were broken), and by sharing my experience I am not suggesting that this is for everyone. That being said, here is the video (keep in mind it is a little longer, as I recorded it primarily for my own benefit, to help me recall the key points of the experience later):

The Problem with the Fitness Industry

What the Hell is Wrong with the Weight Loss Industry?

I recently watched an excellent video created by Mike Howard of Lean Minded, where he basically throws the entire fitness industry under the bus. The thing is, he makes some important observations, his critique is well-founded, and he provides some great suggestions about what to do about it. His opinion on this topic is very similar to my own, and his advice is right in line with what I’ve been saying for a while now (on my blog, YouTube, and other social media).

I shared the video below in this article, and I encourage you to take a few minutes to check it out. He touches on several problems in the fitness industry at present:

  • People seem to believe that everything causes weight gain… except excess calories.
  • People are chasing a quick fix to get short term results for a single event, rather than making “fitness” a Lifestyle.
  • People obsess about minutia and argue about the smallest details related to training and nutrition, rather than learning the basics and looking at the big picture.
  • Everyone is focused on Extremes (black and white; good and bad; all or nothing) rather than striving for Balance.
  • “Fitness Experts” debate whether fat loss is 60%, 70% or 80% diet vs exercise, forgetting that it is 100% MINDSET. Continue reading

What Motivates You?

When it comes to getting in great shape, I’ve always maintained that one’s attitude and mindset is at least as important as the “how-to’s”, such as nutrition and exercise. To reach any goal you need to be committed to achieving it. It all comes down to DEEP COMMITMENT. So what does it mean to be committed? To me it means you are obsessed with successfully reaching your goal.

You have to be strongly motivated, but this motivation needs to come from within. This is more like “inspiration” rather than “motivation“. I can try to motivate the Hell outta you, but until you are intrinsically motivated and deeply committed your results will likely be short-lived.

I want to share a story with you that I believe provides a good example of what I’m talking about here. It’s a true story about two frogs I knew named Jack and Jill.   😉

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Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2013

Having been involved in the fitness industry for over 20 years it has been interesting to see the different trends and fads come and go. Some new fitness trends seem to evolve based on more current research, whereas others tend to become popular simply because a celebrity decided to endorse it.

Based on the developments I’ve seen in the industry over the last few months, the following are what I predict to be Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2013. Now, not all of these trends are necessarily new, but I do see them starting or continuing to trend this year.

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I Want Fitness 4 Christmas

Santa’s job isn’t easy.

He spends an entire year preparing to deliver BILLIONS of presents all over the planet… all in one night.  This requires him to run a full time toy factory, manage a staff of dozens of elves, and keep up a reindeer farm. Plus he has to answer millions of personal letters from his fans, do thousands of “mall gigs”, collect money for charities, and appear on hundreds of commercials, TV shows, and movies every year.  Sometimes it seems like he has to be in two or more places at the same time. Can you imagine the stress he must be under? Talk about cortisol production! And he manages this on a diet of almost exclusively cookies, milk, and candy.

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Train your brain for faster fat loss results

We live in an age where almost everyone has access to more health and fitness information than ever before, yet more than half of our population in North America is overweight.  Information is important, but there is something else that needs to be addressed: the mental aspect.

If all it took was “How-To’s” we’d all be fit, rich and happy.

Before you’ll see any lasting transformation in your body, there has to be a transformation of your mindset and your habits.

The brain is like a powerful super-computer; it has an amazing ability to find solutions to challenges and discover ways to reach your goals.  However, your brain makes a much better servant than master… if left unguided its primary focus will be to keep you safe, avoid risk, and basically resist “progress” by keeping you in your comfort zone.

Therefore you need to give your mind clear and focused direction regarding what you want to accomplish and your brain will almost miraculously find a way to accomplish your goals.

Based on everything I’ve studied, learned and experienced, there are FOUR primary factors to consider related to programming your mind for success; these include:

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