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I write for several publications, including The Startup and The Ascent. A lifelong seeker. I write about what it means to live consciously and authentically.

Are you limiting yourself by talking too much?

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“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

That’s one of my favourite quotes, and it’s never far from the back of my mind. …

Going plant-based? You’re in good company

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“How can we hope that peace and prosperity will reign on Earth, if our bodies are living tombs, in which murdered animals are buried?” — Tolstoy

This article isn’t aimed specifically at vegans or non-vegans, nor is my motivation to trigger or guilt-trip anyone. It’s clear to me that we…

Welcome to the hero’s journey

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“The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.” — Benjamin Franklin

Fasting has been around since there was life on this planet. It was common in ancient Greece, Egypt, India, and many other places around the globe. …

Revelations from the process of automatic writing

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I’ve been doing morning pages (automatic writing) off and on for years now — mostly off. But during a recent phase of this morning ritual of mine, something broke through. I opened up, I stepped myself to the side and, in a hypnotic fervor, I scribbled down exactly what I…

Utilizing the power of your imagination

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Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is a branch of applied psychology that was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970s. It has gained a reputation for being extremely effective for helping people deal with issues of an emotional and psychological nature using quick and seemingly simple techniques. …

The way of walking alone

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“The approach to combat and everyday life should be the same.” — Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi was a Japanese swordsman, philosopher, and Samurai who lived during the Sengoku period of Japan, a time of constant civil war and social turmoil.

Most of the details of…

Everything you need to know about this life-enhancing beverage

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I’ll come right out and say it.

Matcha is incredible.

I have been drinking it daily for quite some time. I have a bowl every day. I’m drinking some as I write these words. In fact, I feel so strongly about matcha and the positive effect it has had on…

Science-backed evidence for grounding

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Back in 2017, I was living in a small Shepherd’s hut in the Highlands of Scotland — in the middle of nowhere. It was unconventional, but it’s how I wanted to live. Every now and then I would go hiking in the mountains. I’d do this without boots, shoes or…

Why inauthentic writing cheats your readers and yourself

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It takes a lot of work to make a decent living off of writing. Some writers can sit in front of a blank screen and watch as divine insight comes pouring out. …

Five necessary steps in order to make the switch

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For my last birthday, I bought myself a pair of minimalist shoes. This was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

I have long been an advocate for spending as much time barefoot as possible. Even when it comes to walking forest trails and climbing mountains in Scotland…

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