Today I decided to go back to the gym. I was a little nervous because I took some time off for the holidays. I wasn’t going to go but I decided not to let fear get the best of me. I could’ve just stayed home and plopped down on the couch, but that’s not going to get me back into shape. Continue reading “Use Your Imagination”
Having travelled the world and been in 100’s of temples, churches and mosques I can tell you that there are certain things that all holy places have in common that I think to promote peace of mind. I think that it is important to treat your home like a temple.
clean Many times when you go to a Buddhist temple you will see a monk or two sweeping up. Even if there isn’t much to sweep up it, they still do it! I can’t think of a single holy place I’ve visited that was not clean.
I used to hate cleaning up, but I find more and more these days it helps promote peace of mind. I deserve to live in a clean place so I clean up after myself and the end result is that I feel better about myself because I am living in a space that I feel I deserve. It also helps promote routine and can help you take your mind off of things that might be bothering you. It gives you something to focus on.
Speaking of focus, I think I can focus and reflect better when there are few noises going on. Every temple I’ve been to has been pretty quiet. They may have some music on, be chanting or something but the sound is contusive to reflection not distracting from it. If I want to focus on something I’ll turn off the TV and often even keep my music down. If I really need to concentrate then everything will be turned off. Your home should promote stress relief as much as possible. And one way of doing that is to get rid of distracting noises.
Another thing I see in places of worship is that they all have fantastic pieces of art. I think that it’s really important to have great art in your home. It doesn’t have to be religious but it should be something that you enjoy looking at. Any piece that makes you go “wow” should go up on your wall. I like my art to be more on the bright and positive side but that’s just me. I think that the images that we see every day have an impact on our mood and general outlook on life.
I am sure that there are many other ways that we can make our homes more friendly to our mental health but these are the three main ones for me. I can assure you that if you treat your home well, it’ll treat you well in return.
I’ve never been one to make NY resolutions as I found it kind of pointless. I was already doing what I wanted to be doing and didn’t need the New Year to remind myself to set goals and achieve them. Having worked at a gym it was a wonder to see hordes of people flood the gym only to vacate the gym by June.
The problem I see with people(including myself) setting goals is that they say they are going do something and then they don’t preserve. I’m horrible at that. It makes people think that you are all talk and no action. “But we can try!” I hear you saying to you device. And to that I’m going to tell you what someone told me.
My doc put a piece of paper in front of me and asked me to try and pick it up. So I picked it up. He then asked me “Did you try to pick it up or did you just pick it up?” I said I picked it up. My point is that Yoda was right when gave Luke that sage advice.
What I am doing this year is that I’m writing down my goals for the year and I’m not going to tell anyone about them until I’m done them. That way you avoid doubters and won’t and will feel more satisfied when you get it done.
Have a Happy New Year!
I recently got tested for food intolerances and the results were not great. The results shows that I’m intolerant to dairy, eggs, some meats, barley and wheat. The results also showed that I have a lot of inflammation going on and my body is working too hard fighting it. I need to go egg-free, dairy-free and gluten-free to lower my inflammation. Continue reading “Doctor’s Orders”
Setting your priorities is one of the most important skills you can learn. Without it, you run a huge risk of wasting your most important resources(time and effort). No matter what it is you want to accomplish, your efforts will be better served by managing your priorities better. If you want to move forward in life and achieve your goals you need to set your priorities straight. Continue reading “Priorities”
I recently discovered that the biggest obstacle I have to overcome in order to achieve my goals is myself. I am my own worst enemy. So far I’ve been trying to take myself one on one. But that was not working out so well. For a long time I thought that I could lose the weight on my own and I have to admit that for me it’s just not a tenable solution.
Continue reading “I’m Putting Together A Team”
Lately, I have been really struggling with consistency in my life. I am no saint, I eat junk food and I don’t always exercise. And if you haven’t noticed I haven’t kept up the blog. For that, I apologize.