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The Adventures of Life

Month: June 2015

Motivation Problem?

Check out this little story about Motivation:

No Motivation

 

Picture this…

You’ve got a weird and twisted mind and
love to play tricks on people. (Could be true? I won’t tell.)

You’ve got a nerdy little nephew named Ned who
is in the sixth grade and weighs about 90 lbs.

Ned wants to be on the track team.

In your cruelty you load up a back-pack with 100lbs of
cornmeal and strap it on his back.

You convince Ned he must ALWAYS carry this
back-pack around with him. He can ADD more
corn-meal to it, but he can NEVER, EVER, under
any circumstances take it off or remove any of the cornmeal.

Then…

You pat him on the head and say…if you’re motivated
and try REAL HARD you can make the track team.

Ned does try out for the track team.

He fails.

You tell him “He didn’t want it bad enough.”

Ned takes this to heart…

He fires himself up. Practices for hours a day…and
is EXHAUSTED at the end of the day. He wonders how anybody does it?

He tries out again…

And still comes in dead last.

LOL!!!!…right? this is hilarious fun.

He laments how tired he is…

He doesn’t feel like practicing anymore.

He’s not even sure if he wants to be on the track team anymore.

So…

In your twisted depravity…

You give him a couple books…

101 Ways to Motivate Yourself and any
book on the Law of Attraction should put the final
nail in his little heart’s desire.

NOTE: He stuffs those in his backpack too.

He reads them.

He gets pumped up for a while.

Along the way, Ned adds a lot more to the
back-pack. The back-pack is bursting at
the seams and weighs at least 150 pounds
now…almost twice what Ned weighs.

And…

When he practices now…

His load feels EVEN HEAVIER.

As you might imagine…now…

Ned is developing a real confidence problem.

“How are others so motivated?”

“Whaaaat’s wrooooong with me?” Ned agonizes as the tears
run down his freckled cheeks.

You catch him crying and are filled with glee!!!

(I told you, you were sick in this imaginary scenario.)

You know as long as Ned…never figures out he
can take his back-pack off, he’ll always feel
unmotivated, un-confident and have the energy
of a slug on downers.

One day though…

Ned visits his Uncle Travis.

Uncle Travis takes one look at him and asks him what is in the backpack?

Ned says “All the stuff I need.”

“What do you need it for?” Uncle Travis asks?

“I don’t know for sure? People told me I needed it?
I’m not sure I can even live without my back-pack now?”

“Sure you can!” Uncle Travis says…

“Just take it off Ned. You don’t need it.”

Ned takes off the back-pack.

And likely you can guess the rest of the story.

Ned makes the track team! Discovers he never had
a motivation problem or an energy problem, but was
just carrying around a lot of weight…he didn’t really need.

Now…

If I may be so bold…

If you feel unmotivated and tapped out…

Just take off that heavy rucksack my friend.

Start with SHEDDING your identity.

Yep…

That’s at least a 100 lb weight everyone has convinced you that you should carry.

Not only do you have to lug it around with you…

You spend untold amounts of energy trying to
PROJECT and PROTECT your identity.

Think about it…

Why are we afraid to fail?

Because it makes us LOOK BAD.

So what?

Who gives a tinkers darn?

It only SOUUUUUNDS good to say…

“I’m a great business man.”

or “I’m a great musician.”

Then you spend all your time PROTECTING
that image. You become afraid to fail, because if
you fail, you’ll “lose” the image.

It’s weight my friend. Lose it. Lose it now. Be free.

I see people taking all these “personality tests”…and
then limiting the crap out of themselves…they say
“I could NEVER do this or that because I am an INTJ or an EFTP.”

The next weight you can dump now is the weight of the past.

(Shed your identity first and your past will drop so much easier.)

Regret, Shame, Guilt, and the NEED to FEEL
like it does you some good to carry them around is
where all your energy goes.

SCREW IT!

Drop it now.

Are you starting to feel a sense of lightness? a little more energy?

Now for the future.

This is my personal demon.

When my sack starts feeling heavy it’s because
I know I am adding too much weight on my
thoughts of the future.

Again…

Releasing the BS story of your “identity” is key to
releasing a lot of worry and fear over the future.

As I get lighter and lighter and lighter…

I move freer, faster and I’m more flexible.

I can handle any future that comes at me as long
as I’m not LOADED DOWN with all my shizz.

I take an action.

It goes the way I want…or it doesn’t…then I just
maneuver. It’s a fun game.

It doesn’t MEAN ANYTHING about me.

So…

Uncle Travis says…”Just take off that heavy ass back-pack
and you’ll discover all the energy and motivation you were
looking for was there already. You’d NEVER strap down
your nephew Ned, so please don’t do it to yourself.”

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Being Alive and Living

 

Notice your Surroundings

Do you know there is a difference than just being alive and living?  You can be alive and breathing going about normal activities during the day on a routine and not be living life to the fullest.  Truly living is doing what you enjoy. Having a positive attitude about life, learning to relax and really noticing the surroundings around you on a daily basis. When was the last time that you noticed your surroundings? Never take any moment for granted no matter how big or small it is. The way you see things around you at that exact moment will never be the same again and can’t be recreated. That goes for birds flying by or people passing you or just the wind blowing the flowers on a cool spring day with birds chirping. However you see your surrounding on a daily basis even on a routine will never be that same way again. So, start to see and notice the things around you and instead of just being alive, live life to the fullest.

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Benefits of Herbal Medicine

Different kinds of Herbs

Herbal medicines and health remedies have a lot of benefits, the greatest being that it does not interfere with the body’s natural healing process. Enumerated below are the various prominent advantages of going herbal to treat ailments that may range from something as simple as common cold to something as considerably complex as diabetes or cancer.

Natural Healing
As mentioned before, herbal medicine doesn’t obstruct the body’s self-healing abilities in any way. On the contrary, they enhance the biological healing machinery so that the recovery process gets accelerated and the body is able to maintain an ideal internal environment that is crucial for such recovery. A lot of herbs work by stimulating various glands so that appropriate hormones are activated. These hormones carry the distress signal to the relevant parts of the physiology to either induce or inhibit certain biological processes in order for the healing process to take place.

Continued Benefits
A lot of herbal remedies come with special instructions about diet, rest, and exercises that enhance the potency of the herb by preparing the body in such a way that it responds to the treatment in the most effective and desirable way. These dietary and lifestyle changes ultimately help the patient by getting their bodies into a healthy rhythm. When these changes become a habit and are followed even after recovery from the ailment, chances of future occurrences of the same malady are greatly reduced.

Better Immunity
Owing to their tendency of enhancing the body’s natural healing process and correcting bad habits that lead to ill-health, herbs contribute towards strengthening the immune system. This, in turn, fortifies the body’s natural defenses against pathogens that are responsible for primary as well as secondary infection.

Metabolism and Nutrition
A stronger immune system and a holistically regulated diet and lifestyle leads to improved metabolism, which in turn leads to better absorption of nutrition from one’s diet. That is why most herbal treatment regimes forbid, or at least limit, the intake of junk food and food that is too oily or contains stimulants such as caffeine. The reason is twofold – junk food doesn’t give the body the required quantity or variety of nutrition and stimulants interfere with the function of the medication. In essence, lack of proper nutrition gets in the way of the treatment’s focus towards strengthening the biological defenses and by interfering with the action of the medicinal herbs, stimulants diminish the efficacy of the treatment. Hence, both are either limited or eliminated from the diet, leading to diminish one’s psychological dependence on nutritionally deprived “comfort food”.

Side-effects
Although it would be wrong to say that the risk of side-effects and allergies do not exist in case of herbal remedies, it is true that since the healing process is closer to how Nature intended it, the contraindications are minimal when herbal medication is taken as per prescription and under the supervision of a qualified practitioner of Ayurvedic healing, Naturopathy or any other equivalent alternative healing method that involves the use of Mother Nature’s bounties. However, unsupervised consumption or overdose may lead to unpleasant side effects that may range from something as mild as digestive discomfort to something as lethal as toxicity and death!

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