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Musings on The Story of You

Musings on The Story of You

Musings on The Story of You5 (100%) 1 vote We all have stories we engage in and believe regarding ourselves and others. I had a story that I was afraid of falling. But one of the great truths about fears and our beliefs is that they are just stories. In order to change our stories, we must change our actions. In order to change our actions we need to have the desire. If one really wants something, it is most…

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Grit by Angela Duckworth

Grit by Angela Duckworth

Grit by Angela DuckworthStars, please! When I think of grit, I think of the ability to keep pursuing under pressure when most people would have long since given up. Grit is a relentless pursuit to the end and is a hallmark of those who see great success. And while this is true, from what I gained from Angela Duckworth’s Grit, there is a reason why. Often one needs to explore in order to prioritize. Or to put it into the…

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Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Essentialism by Greg McKeownStars, please! I still remember how one of my first interviews was with renowned Bonsai instructor Michael Hagedorn had said that he had cut things from his life. In Essentialism, Greg McKeown demonstrates how through subtracting the things that we focus on in our lives into a few essential things, it is altogether possible to achieve amazing results. Of course, the problem lies in the fact few are willing to commit to only a very few things….

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Musings on Originals

Musings on Originals

Musings on OriginalsStars, please! Creativity can seem like a game that is really only meant for people who are willing to go out on a limb and risk it all. Many people who I know are afraid of taking the risk of being an entrepreneur for fear of failing. Ironically as shown by Adam Grant in Originals, those that may be the most conservative may have the best chances for success in making an original idea successful. In the course…

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Musings on Before Happiness

Musings on Before Happiness

Musings on Before HappinessStars, please! Perhaps one of the more useful books that I have read in recent years on positivism or, as the author would put it, positive genius is Before Happiness by Shawn Achor. About twenty percent of the books that I read, I would strongly consider reading again. Before Happiness is one. Our minds can only process so much information of all of the facts that we receive. It is due to this that it is possible…

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Musings on 10 Mindful Minutes by Goldie Hawn

Musings on 10 Mindful Minutes by Goldie Hawn

Musings on 10 Mindful Minutes by Goldie HawnStars, please! There is a dangerous temptation to ascribe the characteristics of roles an actor plays to the actor themself. I have been guilty of such and was reluctant to pick up 10 Mindful Minutes in large part because of the roles Goldie Hawn has played. I had assumed, mistakenly, that her roles would be a reflection of her person and her degree of thoughtfulness. 10 Mindful Minutes is geared to assist parents…

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Musings on Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff, PhD

Musings on Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff, PhD

Musings on Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff, PhDStars, please!   Today, I am going to cover Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff, Ph.D. Neff uses the following mantra to aid in the suffering in her life so that she can be more self-compassionate. “This is a moment of suffering. Suffering is part of life. May I be kind to myself in this moment. May I give myself the compassion I need.” In a world that makes it a point to focus on the importance…

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Musings on Finding Your Element

Musings on Finding Your Element

Musings on Finding Your ElementStars, please! The greater fears sometimes are the more subtle ones that though not noticed from day to day many years later lead to deep regret. People surveyed on their deathbed often state that they wish they had spent more time being in touch with their friends, that they had been true to their emotions, that they had not worked so hard, and that they had allowed themselves to be happy. All of these aspects can…

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Super Better Thanksgiving

Super Better Thanksgiving

Super Better ThanksgivingStars, please! Many self help books can prove useful if applied. However few are as easy to adopt or as fun to apply as Super Better by Jane McGonigal. The book takes a gameful approach on how to improve your life. We all experience challenges in life. One of the main issues is the attitude we have when we come across these challenges. Do we bemoan our problems or do we silently say to ourselves, “I am excited….

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The Tools by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels

The Tools by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels

The Tools by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels5 (100%) 1 vote Have you ever come across a book that you liked but just were not able to finish until much later for some reason? The Tools by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels was such a book for me. My guess is that there was a part of me that wanted to fight gaining knowledge let alone the application of the tools. Though at times the book seemed a little hokey with…

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Musings on Savor by Thich Naht Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung

Musings on Savor by Thich Naht Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung

Musings on Savor by Thich Naht Hanh and Dr. Lilian CheungStars, please! We live in a society that is experiencing a burgeoning problem with our weight. One merely needs to look at various graphs and see that the world is growing fat. The problem is growing so widespread that a number do not recognize it as a problem anymore. People simply accept it. Technically, I am still obese. When I noticed Savor at the library, I was drawn in both by…

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Mindfulness Mastery: An Interview with Hugh Byrne

Mindfulness Mastery: An Interview with Hugh Byrne

Mindfulness Mastery: An Interview with Hugh ByrneStars, please!   Recently I had the privilege of interviewing Hugh Byrne, PhD., the author of The Here-and-Now Habit which I had mentioned in an earlier blog post. He was kind enough to offer some insights on incorporating mindfulness in one’s daily life and how to use it to respond to strong emotions and cravings.    JJ: When it comes to mindfulness and intention, part of the reason why we as humans have developed habits is so…

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Body Intelligence: A Look at How to Use Energy

Body Intelligence: A Look at How to Use Energy

Body Intelligence: A Look at How to Use Energy4 (80%) 1 vote One of the tenets that I have maintained during my process of studying fear/anxiety and how to deal with it was that what was brought to the table in terms of the person and the environment was every bit as important, if not more important, than the fear itself. It was under this premise that I found myself reading Body Intelligence: Harness Your Body’s Energies for Your Best…

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Jedi Mindfulness: An Interview with Sir John Hargrave

Jedi Mindfulness: An Interview with Sir John Hargrave

Jedi Mindfulness: An Interview with Sir John Hargrave5 (100%) 1 vote I am very excited to share today’s interview with you. I had the pleasure of interviewing Sir John Hargrave, the author of Mind Hacking: How to Change Your Mind for Good in 21-Days.  I found it to be a wonderful manual for mindfulness. In it he encouraged a number of practices. One of the concepts that I wanted to pursue was what his direction was in term of his…

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Musings on Fear Itself

Musings on Fear Itself

Musings on Fear Itself4 (80%) 1 vote Disclaimer. One of the things that I learned when I was a librarian is that certain material tends to go out of date. This is especially true when the work in question is medically, scientifically, or technically related.  Fear has been seriously studied for some time. I decided it was worth the risk to check out a well reviewed eighteen year old book on the subject. I plowed through Fear Itself, by Rush…

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