Activating the Subconscious Mind for Clarity and Focus

Activating the Subconscious Mind for Clarity and Focus

Freeing our minds before laying down for a good night's sleep is incredibly difficult when we can take all of our gadgets to bed with us and check up on the one last email or that one last Instagram picture before heading off to dreamland. I've decided to take on a different approach this month, and invite you to explore the idea of activating the subconscious mind with me!

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Above All Else, Be Fearful of Inaction

Above All Else, Be Fearful of Inaction

When we allow the fear of being different from those around us to control our daily decisions, we allow the dangers of groupthink to reduce our existence to nothing more than stereotypes and generalizations. Rather than going through life like you're taking a standardized test, appeasing the national standard, I dare you to challenge your fears head on and mold yourself into the unique individual you were meant to be.

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Cold Shower Challenge: Be Careful Seeking Comfort

Cold Shower Challenge: Be Careful Seeking Comfort

There are many advantages to looking back on the practices of our ancestors and assessing whether or not our modernization of these practices has provided any additional benefit (or worse, new costs). On one side you have the evolution of medical science breaking us through a rather depressing life expectancy figure (around 40 years). On the other, you have the detrimental health effects of processed foods, which were meant to save us time and provide immeasurable happiness. Hot showers, although not as extreme as processed foods, have similar costs to our health that are an unnecessary sacrifice.

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Cold Shower Challenge: Basically Like Climbing Everest

Cold Shower Challenge: Basically Like Climbing Everest

There aren't too many areas in my life where I would take a once sacred place (i.e. the shower) and change it into a fear inducing chamber welcomed only by yetis and polar bears. However, these are the sacrifices I make for the sake of our collective productivity... Ok, the reality is this challenge has proven quite a bit more bearable than previously expected, but the benefits are still withstanding.

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The Most Electrifying Wake Up Call You Need To Give Yourself

The Most Electrifying Wake Up Call You Need To Give Yourself

I'm a sucker for anything that has a minute possibility of improving my daily productivity. Most of the time, I'll chew on the idea for a day or two and if it doesn't continue dancing around in my mind, I'll let it fade away. But as you can probably guess, the most recent idea has not escaped me. In fact, it is an idea that has been sitting on the back-burner for a really long time, and this month, it will be a central focus in my day to day life. Come inside and take a look at this month's challenge and join me in starting our mornings with a new spark.

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Meal Prep Round 4: Making Things Look Easy

Meal Prep Round 4: Making Things Look Easy

In this last edition of May's monthly challenge, Morgan and I worked like professionals. At every twist and turn, something was being cooked, chopped, or cooled down without missing a beat. Clocking in right around four hours, our meals were ready for the week and the kitchen was cleaned. Not to mention there were some beautiful pictures to boot. Come on in and get inspired to take on the meal prep challenge yourself. You won't regret it.

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Meal Prep Round 3: Failures Are Bound To Happen

Meal Prep Round 3: Failures Are Bound To Happen

As Morgan and I looked to diversify our meal options a bit, I figured the easiest way to do it would be by including a crockpot recipe into the mix. From my experience, crockpots are an amateur's dream. Stick everything in, let all of the flavors combine into a heavenly aroma, and bon appetite! Of course, I managed to screw things up a bit and Morgan was back down to two meals for the week. As the title says, failures are bound to happen, and I look forward to doubling down next session to make up for this week's minor setback.

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Meal Prep Round 2: Bringing Snacks Into the Picture

Meal Prep Round 2: Bringing Snacks Into the Picture

With my first week enjoying the convenience of all my lunches and dinners at the ready when my stomach comes calling, I was ready to take my diet experiment one step further. Throughout the work day, there is nothing more tempting than those darn vending machines peaking around every corner I approach. I never used to bat an eye at those money suckers, but being stuck in a cubicle all day with little mental relief changed things. However, I have found a much better solution.

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Sunday Fun Day: Saving Time, Money, and Health Through Weekend Meal Prep

Sunday Fun Day: Saving Time, Money, and Health Through Weekend Meal Prep

There is a party going on that I am unfashionably late to, but one in which I must attend. With the too good to be true pictures floating around Instagram and Pinterest of individuals cooking copious amounts of food in a single day to serve as their meals for the week, I thought taking on such a challenge was a pipe dream. However, the more I read up on #mealprepsunday, the more I became convinced that I could and should take on this challenge for the betterment of my health and bank account.

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Why the Tonglen Philosophy is a Paradox I Can't Ignore

Why the Tonglen Philosophy is a Paradox I Can't Ignore

Throughout my journey this April, I have learned about the ancient Tibetan practice of Tonglen Meditation. Although my research has only scratched the surface of this complex philosophy, I have been left with some reservations. Through the teachings of embracing groundlessness, I have been brought to question if this philosophy can be taken too far and how I can best balance letting things be as they are with intervening when absolutely necessary.

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Why Do We Expect Life's Inconveniences To Magically Disappear?

Why Do We Expect Life's Inconveniences To Magically Disappear?

Some days present us with an onslaught of challenges we just don't want to deal with. We react with anger and frustration, throwing our emotions into other people's lives. Sometimes it truly feels like these people deserve it because they are the source of our inconveniences, but have our reactions ever solved the issue? This is a question I have reflected on a lot the past two weeks, and it is something I find very important to explore.

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Searching For The Key To Unlock My Pain

Searching For The Key To Unlock My Pain

My first week practicing Tonglen was met with an unexpected roadblock. In order to embrace my suffering, I have to find it first. Due to my inherent nature to bottle these emotions up, I discovered my first step in the right direction will be opening these bottles and letting the pain flow through me. By practicing every day and using the guidance of Pema Chodron, I look forward to discovering a new part of myself.

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The Beautiful Suffering: An Exploration of Tonglen Meditation

The Beautiful Suffering: An Exploration of Tonglen Meditation

As meditation has garnered more and more interest in the Western World, science has shown us what the ancient cultures of the world already knew. If you want a natural way to improve your mental health and reshape your view of the world, meditation is the answer. Come join me in the exploration of this healing practice and discover the best way for you to go about each day with a clear mind.

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