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The Four Noble Truths & Eightfold Path of Buddhism in Plain English

For the past few years I've been studying Buddhism, as it's the religion I identify with the most. Within the past six months I have come across a few books that have helped me to understand and incorporate into my life the core concepts of Buddhism.

I'm going to keep my “previous marketer OCD tendency to SEO-optimize every post I write” at bay and simply put onto this blog my current understandings, in plain English, of what I learn. I hope this helps you to understand these concepts as well.

If you have any questions about what's written in these posts, please leave a comment and I'll answer, to the best of my ability and current understanding, in a reply or another post. [Read more…]

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Stop Working Out and Create a Practice

Create a Practice

When it comes to exercise, many people drag themselves to the gym a few days a week to do a workout, wherein they break themselves down with excessive cardio routines or lengthy weight lifting sessions. The same goes for people's professional lives – they wake up every day only to take a long commute to work simply to make it through the day. This is working out. [Read more…]

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Humility

Buddhists believe that only a humble mind allows embarking on the path of enlightenment and liberation.

I used to think humility meant downplaying your own opinion and giving in to others. I've come to learn that isn't what humility is all about. [Read more…]

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Simple and Sinister Kettlebell and Calisthenics Workout

KettlebellsKettlebells are a great way to get stronger, become more fit, and increase your endurance. Sometimes you may want to switch up your workout and do less kettlebell work and more explosive calisthenics. If so, this workout is for you. [Read more…]

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The Roadmap for a Successful Weight Loss Journey

1910 World MapObtaining greater health comes through how and what we eat (diet) and how much we move (exercise). Aside from the physical aspects of exercise, the rest of the game, as is much of life, is mental. It may sound obvious but I'll say it anyway – health is both mental and physical; we cannot have one without the other. In order to navigate a successful path to weight loss, or really anything for that matter, we need to improve our mental game

In this post you’re going to get a map to obtaining greater health, both mental and physical. [Read more…]

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My Exact Morning Routine Step-By-Step (feel free to copy, modify or comment)

Morning MistOver the past few years my morning routine has changed due to where we live, family responsibilities, where I'm working, and all the things I need to get done any given day. What began as simply checking my email while eating breakfast has morphed into an elaborate yet very structured method of measurements, weight training, supplements, healthy eating, email checking, seeing my family, 30+ minutes of reading each morning, and more.

Don't think a morning routine will work for you? Richard Branson says it's crucial to his success: [Read more…]

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Is Your Scale Telling You The Truth?

Photo courtesy of JD Hancock

A-salt-ed by JD HancockWhen I began measuring my weight everyday I began to notice a trend. My family and I would go out to eat at least once over the weekend, and when I weighed myself on Monday, I seemed to have gained a few pounds! This would stress me out to no end, until Tuesday morning when I seemed to lose the extra weight and more. If this is happening to you don't freak out – there's a one-word explanation for it – salt. [Read more…]

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9 Keys to Dieting Without Having Joy Sucked Out of Life

Kids Hate BroccoliOver the past two years I've tried many things to both lose weight and gain muscle. I've tried various diets, tried eating a little bit, tried eating a lot, ate mostly meat, etc. After two years of experimentation here's what's helped me (continue to) lose weight, gain muscle, and enjoy the process. [Read more…]

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A Simple Thank You Will Not Suffice

Mastering the Thank YouWhen I attended Jack Canfield seminars I learned about having “an attitude of gratitude”. While this may sound hokie as hell, it can make a huge difference in the lives of more people than you know, including your own.

How many people do you see go through a checkout line without thanking the cashier. How many people do you see being given great service at a restaurant without thanking the server. How many people do you see at the airport thanking the attendant scanning their boarding passes?

Now, I'm not talking about the simple “thank you's” we seem to reflexively utter when someone does something for us, I mean a real thank you.

What's a real thank you sound like? It might sound like this… [Read more…]

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Control F.lux With Alfred

What It Is

F.lux is an Alfred workflow for controlling aspects of F.lux, an app that makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day – warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

Activating Color Effects and Disabling Flux

Activate the Workflow

The keyword trigger flux will bring up the list of available workflow options.

Activate Darkroom

The darkroom color effect makes your screen a crazy red with white and gray everything else. Try it out to experience it for yourself by selecting “Activate F.lux darkroom”.

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