5 Reasons Why Your Body Is The Portal To Spiritual Growth

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Answer this question truthfully…

Are you ignoring your body?

In our society, the vast majority of people live exclusively in their head (yes, even workout junkies). And a small percentage falls into the trap of what I call spiritual escapism, living in the clouds. Both are delusional.

The key – to unlocking our potential and living a fulfilling life – is THE BODY.

The body is not something to be ignored. It’s not something to be neglected. It’s not something to be demonized. And it’s definitely not something to be viewed as an impediment to spiritual growth. In fact, the exact opposite is the case.

The body is the portal to spiritual growth.

“Transformation is through the body, not away from it.” – Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now)

The most spiritual, transformational thing you can do is to be FULLY PRESENT. I’ll repeat that again. The most spiritual, transformational thing you can do is to be fully present.

Everyone is looking to escape the negative aspects of reality, including you and I. If you’re denying this, that’s part of your escapist self-deceit. And people try to escape in different ways; drug/alcohol abuse, television, work, social media, addiction to spiritual practices, externalizing power to authority figures instead of looking within…etc. Basically, most people will do anything to distract themselves from… well… themselves, and their raw emotions.

But no forms of escapism work… They just mask a problem and let it fester in the shadows. That’s when things get really ugly, and we see it reflected on the macro level in the world.

Here’s the hard truth: The only way out is through.

The best way to solve any problem, or realize that the problem doesn’t really exist, is to face it head on. Yes, this reality can be extremely challenging. But it only gets worse if you try to ignore or avoid it.

However, everything gets transmuted once you dive fully into reality, into the present moment. And that is done through the body.

With myself and many others, I’ve noticed that physical health is what tends to first open people up to who they really are. It’s the “first domino” that catalyzes spiritual growth, self-awareness, empowerment and all that “good” stuff.

After realizing this, I started looking into why this is the case. And here’s what I found…

5 Reasons Why Your Body Is The Portal To Spiritual Growth

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1. Health

With a healthy body, everything else falls into place.

You can think more clearly and creatively. You also become a better conduit for ideas and intuition. Everything regarding cognitive function and perception becomes heightened when you’re healthy.

Another byproduct of health is being vibrant and full of energy. When someone is healthy, you can see that sparkle of life in their eyes. When someone is really unhealthy, they have that vacant look. This is a huge indicator, because you can literally see that some people are embodying their divinity.

Health is also the practice of self-love and self-care, which obviously has spiritual implications. It’s taking care of your temple and allowing the presence of the divine (or whatever you want to call it) to come through.

So what are the basics of health? It’s really simple when you boil it down. Eat real (natural) food and move your body. If you do that, you’re at least 80% there.

2. Getting Out of Your Head

Being in your body gets you out of your head. And that’s a big deal in today’s society.

Most people are trapped in their head and slaves to their mind/ego. The mind makes a beautiful servant but a terrible master. And the mind is a risk calculator, meaning if you’re trapped in it, you’re going to be calculating risks 24/7.

Our minds are hardwired to detect threats, because that’s what has kept us alive for millions of years. But we no longer have to deal with saber tooth tigers, so 99.9% of fears are purely psychological/abstract and not based in real danger at all.

But, in general, we let this risk calculator run the show. This is why the vast majority of people live in a state of perpetual fear.

Most people spend their whole lives thinking about the past or future and COMPLETELY MISSING THE PRESENT MOMENT. Actually acknowledging, feeling and experiencing your body changes this.

3. Presence

Being more in your body helps you to be present.

You get out of your head, and in the present moment. This point is so important that entire books are written on it (The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, Be Here Now by Ram Dass, You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh…etc.)

When performing a difficult exercise for example, it’s hard (and even dangerous) to be thinking about the past or future. This is why exercising can help you cultivate a practice of presence.

On the other side of the spectrum, many types of meditation involve body awareness and body scanning. This fosters a state of presence.

There’s also mindful eating. The practice of mindful eating means simply being completely present while eating.

First of all, you’re aware of what you put into your body. Most people mindlessly shove food down their gullet, then wonder why their health/performance is sub-par. And another aspect of mindful eating is being fully present and undistracted when eating. This means fully experiencing the taste, smell, texture of food and noticing how it feels when being digested. Practicing this not only allows you to enjoy food more, but hones the ability to feel what is beneficial or detrimental to your body.

And when you’r body is healthy, the clarity and clearheadedness that naturally arise make it far easier to be present (as well as the absence of pain/discomfort).

4. Being In Tune

I hinted at this while discussing mindful eating. Being healthy helps you get more in tune with your body.

And it’s not only with eating. It helps you get in tune with intuition, feelings and emotions. Again, good health allows for all kinds of clarity and the healthy flow of energy. Plus, there are the benefits of getting out of your head and being present.

All of this results in being very in tune with the subtleties of life. There’s nothing woo-woo about it. When you’re healthy, your awareness is heightened.

5. Holistic Expansion

True expansion, true authenticity and true health, is holistic.

You cannot ignore an aspect of self and think it won’t have side effects. We see the neglect of the body in many religions, which obviously doesn’t work out well (where guilt, shame and all kinds of perversions run rampant).

On the other hand, we see the neglect of the emotional and spiritual aspects of self in modern western society, and it doesn’t take a genius to see all major “systems” need to change.

We need to embrace all aspects of ourselves. And love it all.

The more grounded you are, the more connected you are to everything. Being fully embodied is a way of embracing wholeness.

I mean, there’s a reason why “spirit” (or whatever your term is for God/Source) is choosing to express itself physically, right? If not, we wouldn’t be here. Even if it were some big cosmic joke, we’re here now, in human form. So start with being present and fully conscious in this experience.

It also doesn’t stop at the body. The body is an aspect of self, not your entire self. It’s a portal to your true self, not the totality of your true self. Again, embrace all aspects of self.

Becoming Spirit Embodied

So how do we get more into our body?

It’s very simple; engaging in daily practices that benefit the body. Here are some ideas:

  • Getting out in nature
  • Hiking
  • Going to the beach (where you get all four elements at once – sun, air, earth, water)
  • Putting your bare feet on the Earth (aka grounding/earthing)
  • Any form of exercise
  • Yoga
  • Any form of martial arts
  • Eating healthy (and mindfully)
  • Taking a walk outside
  • Simply being present
  • Fully experiencing your senses
  • Meditating on how each part of your body feels
  • Breathing exercises
  • Cold water exposure (cold showers)
  • Swimming
  • Conscious sex
  • Dancing
  • Singing

Love your body. Cultivate health. Embrace all aspects of self.

Much love.

– Stevie P!

28 Benefits of Floatation Therapy

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Floatation tanks (aka float tanks, isolation tanks or sensory deprivation tanks) are lightless, mostly soundproof tanks filled with Epsom salt and water at skin temperature, which makes you float on the surface of the water.

In this setting, you experience little to no external stimuli and are able to relax your body far more than otherwise possible. These conditions provide the space for an incredibly unique experience of stress relief, tension release, self-awareness and journeys into peaceful nothingness.

I’ve personally been floating for the last two months and have experienced its many benefits. Floatation therapy has the tension release qualities of a massage, the stress relief qualities of drinking a glass of wine in a jacuzzi, the state of self-awareness comparable to psychotherapy and the trauma/fear release potential of ayahuasca. Floating also makes it relatively easy for anyone to dip into the infinitely blissful void described by experienced meditators and yogis. Essentially, floatation therapy provides the space necessary for self-healing on all levels of being.

28 Benefits of Floatation Therapy

  1. Promotes total calm and peaceful relaxation
  2. Eliminates fatigue and jet lag
  3. Improves sleep
  4. Alleviates stress (mental and physical)
  5. Reduces or eliminates depression, anxiety and fear
  6. Facilitates freedom from habits, phobias and addictions
  7. Facilitates an acute awareness of thought patterns
  8. Stimulates left/right brain synchronization
  9. Shifts brain waves from beta to lower frequency alpha, theta and even delta
  10. Creates mental clarity, alertness and mindfulness
  11. Increases creativity
  12. Enhances problem solving ability
  13. Heightens visualization ability
  14. Deepens meditation (you’re able to go into much deeper meditation than when you’re sitting on the floor)
  15. Expands awareness
  16. Enhances all senses
  17. Enhances hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis
  18. Decreases the production of cortisol, ACTH, lactic acid and adrenaline
  19. Reduces pre-menstrual tension
  20. Reduces post-natal depression
  21. Increases production of endorphins
  22. Speeds up rehabilitation, recovery and healing
  23. Relieves pain (arthritis, migraines, injuries…etc.)
  24. Boosts immune function
  25. Improves circulation
  26. Reduces blood pressure
  27. Improves athletic performance
  28. Makes you feel amazing afterward 🙂

Fun Facts About Floating

  • The first floatation tank (or isolation tank) was developed by the neuroscientist John C. Lily in 1954. He used it as a form of psychotherapy, often in combination with LSD (when it was still legal).
  • Carl Lewis used in-tank visualization techniques to prepare himself for his gold medal long jump at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
  • John Lennon reportedly used a flotation tank in 1979 in an attempt to kick his heroin habit.
  • Two-time NBA MVP, Steph Curry reportedly floats every 2 weeks.

Try out floating for yourself. Experience peace like you never have before. Experience your true self.

Much love.

– Stevie P!

6 Simple Ways to Improve Your Focus

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Today’s world is an endless, omnipresent circus of distraction.

We’re in the process of learning how to integrate all of this new technology into our lives. It’s trial and error on a gigantic scale. Because ubiquitous technology is so new to our species, we’re overwhelmed; bombarded with emails, Facebook notifications, text messages and unlimited information at all times. Perhaps the biggest casualty of this has been our ability to focus.

Technology isn’t going anywhere, so we must learn how to master it as opposed to being a slave to it. So instead of passively letting our world of distraction deteriorate our focus, we must proactive maintain mental mastery or suffer from scatterbrained madness.

Training yourself to consciously focus on one thing at a time is transformative and freeing. The ability to focus brings you into the present moment, allowing to peacefully and deeply engage in whatever you’re doing without being assaulted by the daunting worries of the past and future. A focused mind is far more relaxed, clearer, and sharper than a wandering, distracted mind that wastes energy on minutiae.

Life becomes simpler when you’re focusing on what you’re doing in the present moment. Life is chaotic and overwhelming when you’re worrying about everything at once.

Here’s a little secret too. If you consciously focus on one thing at a time, you’ll get a lot more done without any of the paralyzing anxiety, worry, regret, fear…etc. This state of conscious focus is what Buddhists call the one pointed mind.

Think about the situations in your life where you were fully immersed in whatever you were doing, completely undistracted and in the zone. Didn’t it feel great? It’s like you freed yourself from the heavy burdens of the past/future and dipped into the peaceful ocean of the present moment. In addition to the serenity is a sense of clarity and sharpness that is far beyond the murky and turbulent waters of a distracted mind.

There’s no need to believe that focus consists of grinding effort either. Focus simply means that your point of attention is being consciously directed towards something. Focus should ideally be effortless, a natural byproduct of a clear mind.

Everything is a muscle that can be strengthened through practice. Here’s how to build your focus muscles.

6 Simple Ways to Improve Your Focus

1. Gazing Meditation (Trataka) – Sit and gaze at a specific object (most people use a candle) for a certain amount of time. Then close your eyes and visualize the object in as much detail as possible. The practice of gazing meditation hones your powers of concentration and visualization. It is the ultimate one pointed mind builder.

Really, any meditation practice helps with focus, but gazing meditation is the most effective if your goal is specifically to improve your focus.

2. Set blocks of time for specific tasks – Choose a specific task, set a timer and only focus on that task for the allotted time. This is essentially an agreement with yourself, a commitment to focusing on only one thing. Close your email, turn off your phone and all other distractions while doing this. Start with a small chunk of time, like 15-20 minutes, but no longer than 50 minutes.

I set myself blocks of time to write and it has produced amazing results. I get deeper in the zone (flow state) and produce many more words per minute (and better quality writing) than I did before using this technique.

3. Read more books – Remember those things called books? Start reading them again. While reading a book, you focus on that book and that book only for significant amounts of time. This greatly hones your focus.

If all you do is read click-bait listicles online, watch silly cat videos, read tweets and creep on people’s Facebook photos, your ability to focus is going to be pretty pathetic and you’ll be relegated to the mediocre purgatory of ceaseless, unfulfilling distraction.

4. Practice presence – Practice being present in everyday situations. If you’re with someone, or eating dinner, or going for a hike, or playing with kids or your dog, turn your phone off and put it away. Be completely present in the moment. This will teach you to focus on what you’re doing and deepen your experience of the present moment (which is all we ever have).

5. Listen to music – When you listen to music, just listen to music! Don’t do anything else. Listen mindfully and hear the subtleties that you’re usually oblivious to. This is an easy and enjoyable way to hone your focus.

6. Make sure your body is healthy – A healthy body makes everything easier. It also optimizes your mood and cognitive function, which will naturally enhance your ability to focus.

Eat well and exercise regularly. Eat real food and healthy fats for brain function, walk a lot, hike, do yoga, resistance training, HIIT workouts, kettlebell training (my personal favorite)…etc. A healthy diet (like this one) combined with exercise allows your mind to function at its highest capacity. If you’re eating fast food and sitting all day, your mind isn’t going to work nearly as well as it could.

Now focus on applying those.

Much love.

– Stevie P!
 

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The Astonishing Link Between Gut Health and Anxiety

Announcement: My online course Annihilate Anxiety has officially launched! Join the course today.

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Do you suffer from anxiety?

The remedy might be residing in your belly…

There are about 100 trillion bacteria cells in your gut. Yeah, that’s a lot. This microbiome is critical for the immune system (over 80% of the immune system is located in the gut), helps with digestion and plays a vital role in the overall health of the body.

One of the more surprising links is the relationship between the microbiome and brain function. Recent studies have shown that there’s a definite link between gut health and anxiety.

Mental health and mood are negatively affected by a lack of “good” gut bacteria. So optimizing your gut flora will help reduce or even eliminate anxiety.

The Link

Holistic health practitioners have long said that gut health is intimately tied to mental health. Before the science backed it up, it was dismissed as quackery. But now the science strongly supports those assertions.

Dr. Joseph Mercola explains the connection well:
“To put this into more concrete terms, you’ve probably experienced the visceral sensation of butterflies in your stomach when you’re nervous, or had an upset stomach when you were very angry or stressed. The flip side is also true, in that problems in your gut can directly impact your mental health, leading to issues like anxiety, depression, and autism.”

And here’s what Scientific American has to say:
“The gut-brain axis seems to be bidirectional—the brain acts on gastrointestinal and immune functions that help to shape the gut’s microbial makeup, and gut microbes make neuroactive compounds, including neurotransmitters and metabolites that also act on the brain. These interactions could occur in various ways: microbial compounds communicate via the vagus nerve, which connects the brain and the digestive tract, and microbially derived metabolites interact with the immune system, which maintains its own communication with the brain.”

Ever have a “gut feeling”? That’s a testament to this phenomenon.

What Causes Poor Gut Health?

Processed foods and sugars destroy good bacteria and enable the proliferation of bad bacteria. Because western diets are dominated by this kind of food (if you can call it that), poor gut health is a widespread issue (and the cascading health problems that result from poor gut health).

On the other hand, natural, living foods provide a conducive environment for “good” bacteria. Fruits and vegetables contain prebiotics, which act as nourishment for healthy gut bacteria. And fermented foods contain probiotics, the actual healthy bacteria (see the list below).

How to Optimize Your Gut Health

1. Only take antibiotics when absolutely necessary – They kill all bacteria, good and bad. (Break the word down: anti-biotic = anti-life) It’s like dropping a nuclear bomb, it destroys everything, leaving your immune system completely crippled. So only use antibiotics when you really, really need to.

2. Reduce consumption of processed junk foods and sugar – This stuff feeds “bad bacteria” and kills the “good bacteria.” Put the pop-tart down, it’s not worth it.

3. JERF (Just Eat Real Food) – Vegetables, fruit, grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish, nuts, seeds, berries and some raw cheese should be your dietary staples. As described above, real food supports a healthy gut. Like Jack LaLanne once said, “If man made it, don’t eat it.”

4. Get your probiotics – Either eat probiotic-rich foods or take a probiotic supplement. This is your gut health insurance.

Top Probiotic, Fermented Foods

  • Sauerkraut (raw is best)
  • Kimchi
  • Kefir
  • Kombucha
  • Yogurt (avoid the kinds with added sugar)

Ultimately, anxiety is a fear-based mental projection into the future. So anything that cultivates presence or supports the mind in letting go of fear will annihilate anxiety. And optimizing gut health is a powerful weapon to have in your arsenal.

For this kind of information and much, much more, sign up for my online course Annihilate Anxiety, which is now open for registration!

Stay feelin’ good, feelin’ great.

– Stevie P

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How to Avoid Burnout

Burnout is a psychological term that refers to long-term exhaustion and diminished interest in work. (Wikipedia)

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Last week, I experienced true burnout for the first time in my life.

I’d be lying if I told you that I hadn’t felt it coming. And a lot of people in my life hinted that I was trying to do too much. I was going on about 4 months of every minute of my life being goal-oriented. That goal, was (and still is) earning a living online, to give myself freedom of time and location.

During that period, I abstained from a lot of activities in favor of “getting shit done.” I didn’t drink any alcohol, rarely went out, didn’t have sex and didn’t see a lot of my good friends. I wrote like a madman, dove into countless projects, read voraciously, worked out like I was Ronnie Coleman and did a lot of yoga and meditation in an attempt to offset my extreme output. And this was all while holding down a 9-5 job as well.

I put insane amounts of pressure on myself at all times, constantly forcing myself to get more done. I was my own slave driver. Of course I enjoy this work (it’s a major part of my life purpose), but literally everything I did was geared towards my goal(s) in some way.

The yoga and meditation I practiced became goal-oriented (which, in some sense, almost defeats their purpose). I was practicing yoga to counteract all of the sitting I was doing and help rest (so I could workout harder and produce more content). I was meditating with the goal of gaining a higher perspective and getting more creative inspiration.

I even viewed sleep as merely a means to recover my ability to produce more.

Every single thing I did was aligned with my vision, and that became problematic. I was pushing the envelope of extreme output.

As last week progressed, I began to feel more and more burned out. But this drove me to a profound realization… I wasn’t ever allowing myself to just BE. And that’s the root of what was gradually wearing me down.

My creativity was the first to go last week. I noticed that I was less creative than usual on Monday and Tuesday. That was followed by feelings of fatigue. Then, on Wednesday night, a headache came on. The headache stayed with me into Thursday. The feeling of utter burnout got to the point where I left work early, went home and napped.

Note: These were all glaring signs to me. I was so used to creating as ravenously as 2pac. Feeling tired is so foreign to me. I don’t even remember the last time I had a headache before this. And I can only nap when I really, really need it. So with that combination of symptoms, I knew something was wrong.

After napping, I decided to spend the rest of the day completely “goalless.” I did some stretching, mobility work and practiced any yoga poses that felt good. I took a long shower. I watched some fascinating YouTube videos that caught my eye. I ate a jar of sunflower seed butter (so good). It was revitalizing to allow myself to just BE; no pressure, no to-do list and no goals.

I wound down for the night by reading The Fifth Sacred Thing until I fell asleep.

Then on Friday morning, I woke up feelin good, feelin great again. I feel like a phoenix, arising from its own ashes.

The Lesson

You have to balance the yin with the yang. You need rest to support activity. You need to balance goal-oriented time with goalless time.

If you keep pushing with blatant disregard for everything else, you’ll end up in a gray-zone of constantly trudging forward at nowhere near your full capacity. And if you continue this pattern long-term, you’ll end up in a downward spiral of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual dysfunction.

When you rest enough to balance your activity level, you’re then able push harder and continuously evolve into the greatest version of yourself.

What are some symptoms of burnout?

  • Less productivity – Spending more time while actually getting less done.
  • Less creativity
  • Less motivation
  • Loss of mental sharpness
  • Brain fog
  • Fatigue
  • Self-doubt
  • Anxiousness
  • Poor decision-making
  • Not taking care of yourself – Falling into negative patterns or activities more often.
  • Life begins to lose its vibrancy

How do you avoid or alleviate burnout?

  • Grounding into the Earth (walk barefoot in nature or just on grass) – This syncs you up with
  • Mother Earth. Because burnout has to do with mental overuse, you need to ground yourself into your body and the Earth.
  • Get out in nature – This goes along with the previous tip. Getting out in nature is wholly revitalizing. Do something like hike a mountain or walk in the woods.
  • Sleep more – Get the rest you need.
  • Engage in “yin” activities regularly – These are rejuvenative activities for the body, mind and spirit. Examples include meditation, gentle yoga, tai chi, qi gong, reiki, massage, acupuncture…etc.
  • Reduce screen time – Turn off the technology and unplug for a bit. Keeping your eyes glued to digital screens tend to exacerbate feelings of burnout.
  • Go on vacation – Go somewhere relaxing for a few days (or longer, depending on how burnt out you are) where you don’t have to do anything.
  • Set aside some “goalless” time – This worked like a charm for me.
    How to spend goalless time:
    1. Do whatever you feel like. Seriously, spontaneously do whatever you want (as long as it’s not harmful to yourself or others, of course). This is one of the most freeing things you can do.
    2. Don’t put any pressure on yourself. There is nothing to accomplish, no goals and no to-do lists.
    3. Just allow yourself to BE. Be present and thoroughly enjoy whatever you’re doing.
  • And most importantly, HAVE FUN! Life is too short to be taken too seriously. Enjoy yourself, live authentically, laugh, dance, climb trees and high five strangers.

Stay feelin’ good, feelin’ great.

– Stevie P!

Why I Don’t Get Sick (And You Shouldn’t Either)

It’s the middle of winter, for those of us in the northern hemisphere.

And most people are all like…

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The cold can actually be invigorating if you’re well equipped. But many have a hard time even accepting chilly weather (let alone enjoying it.)

Why? Because this time of year also goes hand in hand with people getting sick. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Too many people are simply not willing to take responsibility for their own well-being.

People blame the weather for not feeling well. They blame the cold. They blame their genetics. They blame their co-workers. They do everything imaginable to avoid taking responsibility for their own health. That’s willingly giving your power away, in exchange for a life of perpetual victimhood and ill-health. Well, fuck that, let’s take our power back. You don’t have to fall victim to “cold season,” “flu season,” or any season that doesn’t consist of you exploding with awesomeness.

I personally haven’t been sick in years. I’m not a superhero (not yet at least). I wasn’t born with superior anti-sickness genetics. What keeps me feelin’ good, feelin’ great is the habits I’ve included in my lifestyle. I refuse to let my well-being be a slave to external factors, and that’s one of the most empowering things you can do.

So here’s a list some things I’ve included in my lifestyle that help keep me from getting sick:

 

1. Drink water – Actually, drink A LOT of water. Always. Water is kiiinda crucial for survival, you know. And if you’re dehydrated, a lot of things go wrong. This one is obvious, but always needs repeating. Staying hydrated is mandatory for any state of good health. I chug a glass of water (with some apple cider vinegar) first thing every morning. And I always drink tons of water throughout the day.

Note: Tap water (in the US) contains flouride, and plastic bottled waters contain BPA’s. Both are bad news for the body (That’s beyond the scope of this article, but feel free to do your own research if you’re interested). So some good alternatives are filters that remove flouride (I use this), glass bottled waters, or natural spring water that you bottle yourself.

+Check out this interview for an in-depth look at water, hydration, and health.

2. Cold showers – Cold showers come with tons of benefits, one being increased immune function. I start my showers with warm/hot water, and I switch to cold water halfway. It’s a lot easier to do this than just jumping in a cold shower. You can start by just turning the water cold for the last 30 seconds of your shower. As you start to love it (you will), you’ll naturally add more and more time under cold water. Cold showers wake you up LIKE WHOA too. It’s my secret weapon to starting the day off right.

+Read more about the benefits of cold showers here.

3. Apple cider vinegar – The benefits of apple cider vinegar are endless. And most of the benefits involve both preventing and curing sickness. I put it in water. I put it in tea. I add it to salads. When in doubt, bust the ACV out.

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4. Vitamin D – Vitamin D is critical for the immune system. Supplementing with Vitamin D is probably the single most important thing you can do to stay healthy during the winter. I take 5,000 IU every morning, and I get a lot more from cod liver oil as well.

+Why Vitamin D is Better than ANY Vaccine and Improves Your Immune System by 3-5 Times

5. Coconut oil – Coconut oil is my panacea. It’s antibacterial and anti-microbial, making it perfect for keeping sickness at bay. I cook with coconut oil, put it in coffee, and include it in a lot of recipes. I also do something called oil pulling every morning. I just swish coconut oil around in my mouth and pull it between my teeth for a few minutes. Oil pulling is so effective because it rids the mouth of bacteria. The mouth tends to harbor a lot of bacteria, which can be taxing on the immune system, so this frees the body up to more easily optimize itself.

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6. Greens powder – Aka nutritional insurance. Most greens powders are packed with vitamins, minerals, and condensed superfoods that will undoubtedly strengthen immunity (among many other benefits), keeping you healthy and energized. What I do is drink a glass of greens powder mixed with water every day, while in a fasted state, right before my first meal to ensure maximum nutrient absorption.

+This is my favorite greens powder.

7. Maintaining good gut health – Many people just don’t realize how important gut health is. At least 80% of the immune system is directly related to gut health. A lot of health experts say that everything starts with the gut, and that couldn’t be more on point.

Here’s what I do (and don’t do) to maintain optimal gut health:

Do’s: Eat fermented foods (like sauerkraut), supplement with probiotics and/or digestive enzymes, and eat real food (sorry pop-tarts).
Don’t’s: Avoid processed foods as much as possible. Processed food compromises gut health and creates all kinds of bodily dysfunction. Limit processed foods, and you’ll allow you’re immune system to optimize. Avoid antibiotics unless you really, really need it. Antibiotics kill healthy gut flora, leaving you with sub-par gut health and a compromised immune system (I elaborate on this below).

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8. GO (Garlic and Onions) – Both garlic and onions are well-known for staving off many forms of ill health. And for good reason. They work like a charm. I eat garlic and onions with every meal. And recently, my sister’s boyfriend shook off a cold within hours by eating a few cloves of garlic. The GO combo works, plus it’ll keep vampires away.

+Garlic, The Immune System Booster
+Are Onions Good for Your Immune System?

9. Herbs and spices on everything – All herbs and spices are immensely beneficial to health. The more you use, the more optimized you’ll be. Some immune boosting herbs and spices I use every day are turmeric, oregano, ginger, black pepper and parsley. As my motto goes, “Turmeric… I put that on errthang.”

+The Benefits of Turmeric
+Spicing Up Your Immune System
+6 Health Benefits of Parsley

10. Short-term intermittent fasting (daily) – Short-term fasting allows the body to repair cells (a process called autophagy) instead of constantly devoting energy to digestion. I don’t eat anything until lunch time, so I usually spend 15-16 hours a day without food . I’ll have coconut oil in my coffee (at 10-11am) most days though. Because a fun fact is that you can get all of the benefits of fasting by just ingesting pure fat, hence the coconut oil coffee as “breakfast.” (Read more about that here.)

+Natural Cures: Fasting
+Leangains (tons of great info on intermittent fasting)

11. Alcohol-hacking – Alcohol causes dehydration and depletes your vitamin stores (among a bunch of other negative effects depending on the amount). That’s why it’s crucial to be especially on point with keeping your immune system strong while indulging in the spirit. A night out drinking can easily turn into a bad hangover with a lingering cold. The protocol linked below will help you to avoid that fate and stay feelin good, feelin great.

+The Bulletproof Exec: Alcohol Without the Hangover

When gettin’ my drank on, I always apply the Vitamin C/NAC part of the protocol (Step 2). And the morning after, I do a short fast and drink TONS of water until I start feeling hungry again (which is usually in the early afternoon). This makes me feel 1,000 times better than when I would wake up and shove food in my face. Just some food (or lack thereof) for thought.

12. Limiting consumption of grains – The consumption of grains (and really anything with gluten in it) is linked with all kinds of bodily dysfunction. Too many to list them all. But regarding getting sick, grains cause digestive problems (remember the importance of gut health?) as well as autoimmune reactions (like allergies). One thing I’ve noticed is that ever since I started avoiding grains on a regular basis, I don’t get seasonal allergies. I’m like MC Hammer to allergies these days, they can’t touch me.

+The Awful Truth About Eating Grains

PS – Don’t be fooled by the “whole wheat is healthy” propaganda. It’s not healthy. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. And, in general, grains today are far different from the grains of ancient times. I highly recommend reading the book “Wheat Belly” for an extensive look into the health effects of grains.

13. Avoiding over-the-counter meds (and antibiotics unless completely necessary) – Don’t take meds unless you really need to. They only cover-up symptoms and suppress the immune system. Antibiotics destroy gut flora, including the good kind (There’s that gut health connection again). So if you have sub-optimal gut health, you’re setting yourself up for disaster in the form of perpetual sickness. This is why if you do have to take antibiotics, it’s crucial to supplement with probiotics to restore healthy gut flora. And have you noticed that everyone who regularly takes over-the-counter meds are the ones who are always sick? Hmm.

And here’s a crucial point to understand:

“There is a common perception that if you’re coughing, sneezing or have a low-grade fever, you must take a medication to get rid of it. In reality, coughing and sneezing are tools your body uses to get rid of viruses and irritants, and fever also helps to kill bacteria and viruses.”Anti-Fever Drugs May Prolong Flu

+The high price of antibiotic use: can our guts ever fully recover?

14. Avoiding flu shots – Don’t believe the hype. They’re repeatedly proven to be ineffective, potentially dangerous, and they’re just unnecessary. There are so many far better approaches to staying healthy; with no appointments, no needles, no heavy metals and no side effects.

+Flu Vaccine And Its Side Effects

15. Let the immune system work its magic – Go outside, breath the fresh air, get dirty. Exposing yourself to germs on a regular basis keeps your immune system functioning as it should. Sanitizing everything leaves the immune system dormant, so it can’t handle it when there’s a real threat. This is especially important for kids in developing a well-functioning immune system, in my opinion.

And on the other side of the spectrum, if your immune system is perpetually overwhelmed, it obviously won’t be able to work as it should either. If you’re assaulting your body with foreign toxins from pop-tarts (sorry again pop-tarts), stressing about your job 24/7, and not sleeping enough, your body will have a lot of trouble fighting off anything.

Another point is that if your gut health (again!) is messed up, your body starts exhibiting extreme reactions…

Abnormalities in your immune system—such as allergies and autoimmune diseases—are a common outcome of GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome), as about 85 percent of your immune system is located in your gut. When your gut flora is abnormal, your gut lining begins to deteriorate, since it is actively maintained by your gut flora. The beneficial bacteria in your gut make sure the cells that line your entire digestive tract are healthy, well-fed, and protected from chemical or microbial attacks. But as your gut lining deteriorates, the junctions between the cells open up, causing your gut to become porous, or “leaky.” According to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, who discovered GAPS:

“It becomes like a sieve, and foods don’t get the chance to be digested properly before they are absorbed. They’re absorbed in this maldigested or partially broken down form. When the immune system and the bloodstream finds them and looks at them, it doesn’t recognize them as food. It says, ‘You’re not food. I don’t recognize you,’ and it reacts to them. It creates immune complexes, which attack these partially digested proteins. As a result, we’ll get all sorts of symptoms in your body.”
+When Food Turns Deadly

16. Adequate sleep – Sleep is the ultimate recovery mechanism. It’s crucial for everything health-related, especially staying immune to sickness.

+Sleep and Immune Function
+New links between sleep deprivation, immune system discovered
+How Sleeping Can Affect Your Immune System

17. Don’t stress – Everyone knows how bad continuous stress is on the body. It also suppresses the immune system. Learn to let go. Make lifestyle changes to release constant stress. Some of the best stress relievers are yoga, meditation, deep breathing, laughing, smiling, exercise, walking, and most importantly having FUN!

Pretty much every article on here addresses this issue too, so check out the archives 🙂

+Stress Weakens The Immune System

18. Self-brainwashing for vibrant health – One of the reasons I don’t get sick is because I tell myself I don’t get sick. Successful people brainwash themselves for success; unsuccessful people brainwash themselves for victimhood. You see this all the time, the people who are always sick always talk about how they’re sick. They personally identify with being sick. So their thoughts, emotions, and actions become a breeding ground for sickness. Like David Icke said, “A victim mentality creates a victim reality.”

“Thoughts give rise to neuropeptides and chemical reactions which produce physiological results…in the mind-body connection every change in the mental-emotional state causes a change in body physiology and…energy manifesting into physical matter. Feelings are chemical. They can kill or cure.” -Candace Pert, PhD

“What controls the composition of your blood, and therefore the fate of your cells? …signals from the environment…interpreted by the mind… The brain releases chemistry into the blood that controls cell behavior and genetic activity. If you change your belief and perception, you can change the chemistry of your blood and create your own biology.” -Bruce Lipton, PhD

You are what you think.

+The Placebo Effect: Transforming Biology With Belief
+Does Consciousness Create Reality? The Double Slit Experiment
+Scientific Proof That Thoughts & Intentions Have The Power To Alter The Physical World Around Us
+Emoto’s Water Experiment: The Power of Thoughts

2 fantastic books, if you’re interested in how thoughts and emotions manifest in the physicality:

+You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
+The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton

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So there you have it.

Implement some of these, and your immunity will be stronger than Mariusz Pudzianowski after taking too much pre-workout.

Implement all of these, and you’ll use your would-be-sick days from work to fly around the world with a cape on.

(But really though, you’ll never get sick and feel great 24/7.)

Stop being a sickly little victim.

Hop back into the driver’s seat of your well-being, and head straight to awesomeland.

Stay feelin’ good, feelin’ great.

-Stevie P!

Why You NEED To Eat Sauerkraut (If You Care About Your Health)

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So the other day I was reading (surprising, right?) about Polish strongman Mariusz Pudzianowski, when I came across this quote from him regarding his diet…

“My energy comes from my diet. Breakfast is 10 eggs and two to three pounds of bacon. Between meals, I eat lots of candy. In the morning, it will be several 3 Musketeers and/or Snickers bars; I need them for energy. Lunch, at 1 or 2 PM, is a double meal of a Polish pork chop, sauerkraut and potatoes. An hour later, I work out, then take lots of supplements: magnesium, creatine, amino acids, all that stuff, and more chocolate. Dinner is whatever meat I can grab—steaks, pork chops, bacon—plus more sauerkraut and potatoes. At 9 or 10 PM, I work out again. Afterward, I have a protein shake and more chocolate. At 3 or 4 AM, I wake up and have more chocolate, then go back to sleep until morning.”

Wait…whaaat!?

Three things about this really jumped out at me…

One: The guy eats enough food to feed a small village.

Two:  He eats more junk food than chocolate boy from Hey Arnold.

Three: Sauerkraut seems to be a staple of his diet. And that got me thinking about how important sauerkraut really is, and why I include it with almost every meal as well.

Note on Pudzian’s sweet tooth: His workload is ridiculously high, and he lifts an inhumane amount of weight on a daily basis. This creates a unique environment where the body is going to use whatever you give it (especially simple sugars) to replace depleted muscle glycogen. Normal people can’t eat like this. And also, there’s the issue of what that junk food does to long-term health.

But back to Pudzian and his kraut.

Sauerkraut is a big part of the traditional Polish diet, and Mariusz Pudzianowski’s dinner plate is no exception to this.

Along with winning 5 Strongest Man titles (he’s the only person who’s done this), Pudzianowski was always in the best shape by far of any of the competitors. Most of the other guys look like this. Is sauerkraut the secret to Pudzian’s success? Eh, probably not. But could it have helped him? Most definitely. I believe his consumption of sauerkraut helps maximize how his body processes nutrients, creating an optimal environment for muscle building, fat loss, and peak physical performance.

Now let’s explore sauerkraut in a little more detail.

Pudzian says eat your sauerkraut… or else

The Benefits of Sauerkraut

(preferably raw sauerkraut, which preserves all of the healthy bacteria)

Provides the body with probiotics (beneficial gut bacteria), which is crucial for overall health, because it results in:

  • Better digestion.
  • Increased nutrient absorption. So you absorb more of the nutrients from everything else you eat.
  • More regular bowel movements. (the body’s primary detox mechanism)
  • Reduced inflammation. So many modern health problems stem from inflammation. Dr. Art Ayers suggests that chronic, systemic inflammation stemming from disrupted gut flora is the root of most, if not all, diseases.
  • Boosted immune function. The majority of immune function comes from the gut, and sauerkraut greatly helps. Read this for a detailed explanation on gut flora and the immune system.

“Healthy gut flora populations protect against invading microbes by simply taking up space and generally being more proficient at obtaining nutrients than the intruders.” – Mark Sisson

Note: Another key to better digestion and immune function is to eliminate certain foods, especially wheat and other gluten-containing foods, from your diet. Read about this here and here.

Gut health and digestion are so fundamental and crucial to everything health-related, that they simply can’t be overlooked.

What Sauerkraut Will Do For You

You will feel better. Improved digestion Improved nutrient absorption = More vibrant health. You’ll feel the difference.

You will lose more fat. Better nutrient absorption and more efficient digestion will optimize metabolism, making it much easier to lose body fat.

You will gain more lean muscle mass. Better nutrient absorption and more efficient digestion will also make it easier to partition nutrients and pack on lean muscle mass (ask Mariusz Pudzianowski).

You will be a lot less likely to get sick (see above). If good gut health is maintained consistently, this applies to a lot of diseases, allergies, and skin conditions as well. Ditch the dayquil and pick up a fork-full of sauerkraut.

You will process junk food better. Sauerkraut will aid your body in handling junk food when you decide to splurge. Because sauerkraut is so good for digestion, your body will be more equipped to deal with whatever you throw at it. This is why I always load up on sauerkraut a few hours prior to a cheat meal.

The benefits of sauerkraut make up the foundations of health, which everything else builds upon. Incorporating sauerkraut in your diet will literally optimize everything else you do, health-wise.

“This may be the single most important factor that is holding you back from achieving your goals. Whatever you want to improve physically, whether it be your ability to lose fat or build muscle, clear up your skin, boost your immune system, improve your memory or just feel significantly better on a daily basis, it all starts with gut health. Gut health is the most overlooked and underrated aspect of overall physical well being. All diseases and problems start in the gut. If you have poor gut health you will never function at 100% or lose fat and build muscle at an efficient rate.Jason Ferruggia

Sauerkraut that I made and fermented myself a few weeks ago.

Sauerkraut that I made and fermented myself a few weeks ago.

Ways to Incorporate Sauerkraut in Your Diet

  • Eat a couple fork-fulls before meals
  • Include it in a salad
  • Include it as a side with a meal
  • Incorporate it in soups
  • Mix it with salsa (a favorite combination of mine)
  • Mix it with guacamole (see my comment above)
  • Try out your own variations
  • Drink sauerkraut brine

Fun Facts about Sauerkraut

– Versions of sauerkraut appeared in China as far back as 2,000 years ago.

– Genghis Khan is said to have first transported sauerkraut (or fermented cabbage, because it wasn’t called sauerkraut yet) from Asia to Europe in the 13th century.

– Captain James Cook (English explorer in the 1700’s) brought tons (literally) of sauerkraut on his expeditions and kept his ships practically scurvy-free (during a time when scurvy was a major problem at sea).

– Sauerkraut is speculated to be a strong cancer fighter, and an effective remedy for many other diseases as well.


Update: For a diet that incorporates the benefits of sauerkraut and gut health, I highly recommend The Renegade Diet (Click here to get it).

How To Enhance Your Life With the Simple Art of Cooking

I’ve learned to love cooking recently.

And to think, just a few short years ago, I couldn’t make instant oatmeal for myself. But things change, and I got a lot cooler. My cooking went into hyperdrive since I moved into my apartment in NYC last April. I looked up new recipes constantly, tried them out, cooked errday (see there’s that coolness I was talking about) and mastered my favorite dishes. I’m no iron chef, but believe me, I make some tasty-tasty stuff (at least I think so).

And all it took was looking up some recipes and cooking on a consistent basis. The most important thing I did was take action on a daily basis. Consistency is the key to success in anything. And it’s honestly been an enjoyable endeavor too.

Cooking is an awesome skill to have. It’s something that everyone does everyday, so it’s maybe-kinda-sorta useful, right?

Ghostface and Raekwon think so

Why cook?

Skill acquisition. It’s another skill to add to your arsenal. More skills make you more interesting. Skills make you more valuable. Skills make you more capable. Acquiring and honing skills = a more awesome life.

Independence. If you can cook, you can fend for yourself. It makes you less dependent on everyone else. So you’re doing everyone a favor.

Empowerment. Skill acquisition + Independence = Empowerment.

It’s useful. You gotta eat, right? It’s something we all do on a daily basis. You can cook for yourself. You can cook for a date. You can cook for a party. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. And you get to eat the gift too.

Gives you control of what you put into your body. You control every ingredient used. You can tweak the macronutrient ratio of the meal (protein/fat/carbs). You can use substitutes for (or eliminate) ingredients you don’t want to use. There are no hidden ingredients when you cook. When you go to a restaurant or eat a meal from a package, you don’t know how it’s prepared. You don’t know what hidden ingredients those meals contain. You only have a lot more control when you cook yourself.

Enhances your sense of taste. When you hone your cooking skills, your sense of taste goes from black and white to HD. Just working with the ingredients and experimenting works wonders for the ol taste buds. Just this benefit alone makes cooking worth it.

Builds resilience to heat. I used to not be able to touch anything even remotely hot until I started cooking. Now I’m pretty much fireproof.

“Put on my gasoline boots and walk through hell” -Method Man

Get more intuitive with your body and health. Along with sharpening your sense of taste, it also sharpens body intuition. In my experience, I’ve become a lot more conscious of my cravings and nutritional needs with cooking. I recognize when I need more salt (or less). I’ll crave rice if my muscle glycogen is depleted. I recognize that once my sense of thirst outweighs my hunger, it’s time to stop eating (mentioned in The Warrior Diet by Ori Hofmekler). That kinda stuff.

Cooking for others is a way to give. It’s way to contribute. It’s another way to show love. A way to share with others. Sharing is caring.

Peaceful, solo activity. Cooking can make for some great alone time and be almost meditative. It’s an active meditation with the end result being a delicious meal… Awesome.

Bonding activity with other people. Cooking can be something to do with other people. Instead of watching tv (the zombie box) with your roommate, cook a meal together. Instead of going out to eat, cook dinner with your significant other. People are always better looking with butter around.

Playing music, cooking, and dancing is one of the best things ever. 90’s music and cooking… Just do it.

Creating things with your hands is something we rarely do in this day and age. We don’t create anything these days. All we do is pound on keyboards and share other people’s ideas. Cooking is a hands-on activity. Creating something with your hands fulfills a deep, primal instinct that we’re neglecting in today’s society.

Can be done (almost) anywhere. Your kitchen. Your friend’s kitchen. Your neighbor’s kitchen. Yo momma’s kitchen. A grill. Over a fire in the woods. Whatever floats your boat.

You become more informed about food and the ingredients in everything. You realize what everything is actually made of, and how many sketchy ingredients are in everything that comes in a box. So hopefully you learn what to avoid for the most part, if you want to maintain vibrant health.

Builds a more intimate relationship with food. And it’s a damn good relationship. (See everything mentioned above)

So here’s my action proposition to you… Get to cookin’. It will enhance your life.

If you cook on the regular, find some new recipes and experiment. It’s always fun to expand your skill set and try something new. Every diet system has their own cookbook these days, so it’s easy to find delicious recipes that fit in with whatever you’re doing.

Also, Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Chef is a phenomenal resource for anyone interested in cooking or skill acquisition in general.

Eggs as an intro to cooking: If you never cook, start small. Eggs are a great intro to cooking. That’s how I got started. Eggs cook quickly, don’t require any complex prep work, and are pretty versatile. Start with basic eggs over easy, scrambled eggs, hard-boiled eggs..etc. After you get the hang of that (which shouldn’t take long), you can experiment with variations of everything, add more ingredients, and expand your repertoire.

Now let’s hear what you have to say.

  • How did you start cooking?
  • What are your favorite recipes?

Leave your 2 cents in the comments below.

And don’t forget to share this article too. Spread the love.

Invite me over for dinner.

-Stevie P!

 

95% of the Health and Fitness Advice You Need in Under 100 Words

The health and fitness industries have been made out to be wayyyyy more complicated than they need to be.

“To earn a fortune in the diet and exercise industries, there is a dictum: complicate to profit” -Tim Ferriss

I’ve devoted literally thousands of hours studying and applying health and fitness information over the last 6 years. I’m ridiculously passionate about both health and fitness. And I would have a career in either one of these, but there’s just this one thing? When you sort through all of the bullshit, it’s all really, really simple. Almost too simple, but it’s been made complicated.

HERE’S 95% OF THE HEALTH AND FITNESS KNOWLEDGE YOU NEED IN LESS THAN 100 WORDS:

Want to be healthier in every aspect? Eat real food —> (“If man made it, don’t eat it.” -Jack LaLanne)

Want to lose body fat? Eat a little less real food.

Want to gain muscle? Eat more real food and lift weights.

Want to lose fat and still be muscular? Eat real food and lift weights.

Want to increase your endurance? Run.

Want to get stronger? Lift heavier weights than you did last week.

It’s really as simple as that.

And want all of these to be lasting, lifelong changes? DO IT CONSISTENTLY AND KEEP IMPROVING.

That’s pretty much all you need to know. That final 5% consists of minutiae, very, very goal-specific things (ex/ rehabbing after a knee injury), or extreme cases (and extreme cases are usually unnatural, if you think about it). For example, a professional bodybuilder is going to have to use more complicated techniques to get down to 3% bodyfat while carrying around 300lbs of muscle. This is an extreme case.

The problems people have with reaching their goals stem from 2 things.

Paralysis by analysis- People will sit on the internet and read every so-called expert’s opinion on every subject. This will leave you confused. And you will just search for more answers instead of actually taking action.

Instant gratification mentality, resulting in lack of consistency- People think everything is instantaneous. And instead of consistently doing something (as described above), they want instant gratification. It didn’t take you 4 weeks to get fat, so it’s not going to take 4 weeks to get a 6-pack. Work at something consistently, track your progress, and you’ll notice subtle changes indicating that you’re moving in the right direction. Consistency with any program is 1,000 times better than inconsistency with the “perfect” program. Life is a journey, not a destination. Learn to love the process of self-improvement. Would you start playing a video game at the final boss? It’s all about the journey. Stay consistent and enjoy it.

And with the advice given above, use common sense. Don’t go outside and start eating rocks (they’re natural right?). Use proper form when lifting weights (It’s all natural movement patterns anyway. But most people are just so imbalanced physically due to poor lifestyle choices). Don’t go to the gym for the first time and try to yank 500lbs off the ground. Use common sense. Get familiar with your intuition, ya dig?

Stay thirsty my friends.

-Stevie P

 

 

 

 

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A Great Paradox of Our Age

We live in an age where everything we desire is available at the push of a button. We do not have to expend much effort to do anything. It’s comfortable. It’s safe. It’s a problem.

"What it must be like, I wonder, to live in a world where food appears at the press of a button? How would I spend the hours I now commit to combing the woods for sustenance if it were so easy to come by? What do they do all day, these people in the Capitol, besides decorating their bodies and waiting around for a new shipment of tributes to roll in and die for their entertainment?"

“What it must be like, I wonder, to live in a world where food appears at the press of a button? How would I spend the hours I now commit to combing the woods for sustenance if it were so easy to come by? What do they do all day, these people in the Capitol, besides decorating their bodies and waiting around for a new shipment of tributes to roll in and die for their entertainment?” (excerpt from The Hunger Games)

Isn’t it ironic that as everything is becoming easier for us, our mind and body, the two most fundamental facets of our lives (and the only things we have full control of), are becoming more and more difficult to maintain?

This is a result of giving our power away.

We no longer find and cook our own food, we allow others to do it for us. This disassociation from the food chain makes it oh so easy for companies to produce and sell us “food” that destroys health. It makes it easy for us to place the responsibility of our bodies in the hands the medical community. It makes it easy for “big pharma” to sell dangerous drugs to everyone with so much as a slight headache. Having food available at our beck and call 24/7 makes it easy for us to overeat. In terms of food, we view chicken not as the living animal, but as a chicken nugget. Our ignorance regarding this has made us vulnerable to a whole host of health problems. Obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and all other diseases associated with poor diet and lifestyle choices (key word) are rampant in modern society. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Knowledge is power, and applied knowledge is a powerful tool for change. We need to educate ourselves on health, learn to cook (create) for ourselves, and listen to our bodies. This empowers us, because being in control of our health creates an unshakeable foundation for success in all other aspects of life.

We no longer think for ourselves, we allow others to do it for us. Look around at all of the institutions in place that tell people how and what to think. The education system, the mainstream media, organized religion…etc. All of these institutions delimit free thinking. And what’s the result of this? So many people walk around with an underlying feeling of purposeless. The feeling that something is missing; that something is not quite right. Depression, fear, and anxiety are rampant in modern society. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Knowledge is power, and applied knowledge is a powerful tool for change. We need to start thinking for ourselves, keeping an open mind, being open to unlimited possibility, and letting our inherent creativity flow. It’s amazing how this creates a sense of empowerment and instills an enchanting purpose in everything we do.

Let’s take our power back, and hop in the driver’s seat of this ride we call life.