Meditation – What is it? What does it do?

Bushy Park Meditation

I listen to plenty of podcasts. Many are about health, fitness, business and entrepreneurship. When people on these podcasts are asked – “What’s the one thing that made a profound change in your life?” The answer is often meditation.

After hearing this answer so many times I had to see what the panacea for a successful (1), wholesome life was! I downloaded the free Headspace app and tried the Take 10 (Ten 10 minutes guided introductory sessions) pack. I liked it and following that, I became a fully paid up subscriber and have now been meditating (on and off) for around a year. (2)

So what’s the science?

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Christmas List – Listen and Read

With Christmas coming up you may have a bit of time on your hands whilst you digest the turkey and the TV is playing Frozen on loop. You may need something to listen to or read. You may even be in the need of a Christmas present idea for your Brother in Law/Dad/Uncle.

I have put together a list of things I have enjoyed recently or in the past. It’s a little male-centric but all the items have a little something extra that I think everyone can appreciate. Most are related to sports, but not all. I have tried to mix it up a little bit and think all have a strong message and something to learn.

I previously posted about films and podcasts here.

TO LISTEN

Focus at Will

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When I am studying or writing, I like many will struggle with total silence. I also struggle with finding the correct music that suits the exercise. Not too fast, not too slow. Lyrics or no lyrics. I just end up flicking through my library. Continue reading “Christmas List – Listen and Read”

Christmas List – Watch and Listen

With Christmas coming up you may have a bit of time on your hands whilst you digest the turkey and the TV is playing Frozen on loop. You may need something to watch or listen to. You may even be in the need of a Christmas present idea for your Brother in Law/Dad/Uncle

I have put together a list of things I have enjoyed recently or in the past. It’s a little male-centric but all the items have a little something extra that I think everyone can appreciate. Most are related to sports, but not all. I have tried to mix it up a little bit and think all have a strong message and something to learn.

To watch

I kinda’ knobbled myself here having done a post about my favourite sports films, so you could just go and watch any of those.

Creed (2015)

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Why do you run? What’s the reward?

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I am currently reading Busy – How to thrive in a world of too much by Tony Crabbe. Good book. Worth reading.

In it, he refers to a study in 1973 by Mark R Lepper and David Greene from Stanford University and Richard Nisbitt from the University of Michigan who ran an experiment with children you loved drawing.

Some were told they would be rewarded for drawing, and the others were not. Continue reading “Why do you run? What’s the reward?”

Busy – Whats with all the busyness?

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When you ask someone “How’s things?” or “How are you?”

What is the common response?

“Busy”

Yes. More often than not, the reply is “Busy”. If you don’t reply in a similar way you feel a bit of a fraud. Busyness has become a status symbol. Continue reading “Busy – Whats with all the busyness?”

Sssssssh! – Are you an Introvert?

Haze in Bushy Park

I recently watched Susan Cain’s Ted Talk – The Power of Introverts. It’s excellent and has been watched nearly 15 million times. The Ted Talk led me to read her book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

I wasn’t sure if I was an introvert or not, but reading the book made me realise I was.

I was outgoing at school. Always asking questions, was fairly lively and always engaging in the class.

When I look back to those times I think –

Was that really me? Was I an extrovert at school and now I am an introvert. Continue reading “Sssssssh! – Are you an Introvert?”

Being Present – Pay attention

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I heard a great quote the other day –

“Nostalgia is really just wishing you had been more present the first time you were there”

Now, while it may not be exactly true, it does make you think.

What it may be suggesting is…..

Be really present the first time.

I have mentioned “being present” in a number of posts and it is a tricky thing to put your finger on. Does it mean concentrate more, pay more attention, don’t think about the past or the future?

Right now, I am not really sure myself. Continue reading “Being Present – Pay attention”

Inner chatter and your chimp

Chimp Paradox

I mentioned in my review of the Ealing Half Marathon that after weeks of training and planning for the race, I ended up having a few beers the night before. Not blind drunk. I had 3 bottles of Corona over the course of about 4 hours. It didn’t have an effect on me the next day, but it is a good little example of self-sabotage.

I recently read The Chimp Paradox by Steve Peters. He is a psychiatrist and best known for his work with the GB Cycling team. Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton regularly sing his praises. Ronnie O’ Sullivan is also a client. Since there are so many takeaways from the book I wanted to reinforce, I also used a free Audible download to get the audio version so I could re-listen to it on the go.

What the book made me realise is that there is a Chimp (the name used in the book) in my head telling me things that are inconsistent with my goals and what I want to achieve. Continue reading “Inner chatter and your chimp”

The Andy Files – Getting Started/Goals

I recently (a while ago now) shared my blog with my brother and he set me the challenge of how I can to help him with simple fitness and eating habits with the aim of losing one stone.

If you have missed the previous post of The Andy Files you can find it here.

Andy was a very good athlete in his younger years and now has 2 children, works long hours and a long commute. He leaves the house at 5.30am and is not home till 7.00pm. He sees the kids, has some food and then has to go to bed. Finding time is a big issue.

I could jump in and say do this, eat this. But we need to step back, think and plan.

Setting Goals

Goal Setting

It’s all a little corporate, but setting goals is important. Continue reading “The Andy Files – Getting Started/Goals”

The Parable of the Mexican Fisherman

Rach SunsetI have come across this little story of the fisherman a number of times and it really resonates with me. It has been posted before on a good number of websites looking at finance, happiness and minimalism, so I am definitely not the first to find it and post it. I just want to share it.

I normally try to add takeaways to my posts, but I think I will just let you read this and come to your own conclusions. Let me know what you think in the comments at the bottom.

One day a fisherman was lying on a beautiful beach, with his fishing pole propped up in the sand and his solitary line cast out into the sparkling blue surf. He was enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun and the prospect of catching a fish. Continue reading “The Parable of the Mexican Fisherman”