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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. It only takes a few bus rides, a couple of walks around the city, and a trip to the local cafe to realise the universal truth of this statement.

It seems we live in a world where everyone is talking and nobody is listening. We’re all so quick to hand out sage-like advice, but we’re equally reluctant to receive it. …

Going plant-based? You’re in good company

By Raphael — Stitched together from, Public Domain,

“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 all have respective life-paths and I have great respect for people and their individual choices. We all have our own propensities, predilections, and unique experiences that influence our outlook on the world.

The purpose here is simply to share a handful of perspectives that may be helpful and inspiring to…

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. It was practiced by the Gnostics, Jains, Hindus, Muslims, and Essenes — and it still is to this day.

Native Americans would fast regularly for a variety of reasons. When youths entered puberty they would often fast for a period of one to four days during which they would remain alone to pray.

In the Christian tradition, fasting was made famous by…

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 needed to hear. And I thought to myself that maybe others needed to hear it too.

Before this occurred, I was struggling for most of the morning. I had already overslept, skipped my morning pranayama practice and I had major objections to sitting down to write.

But I sat anyway…

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. For this reason, it has also gained a reputation for being pseudoscientific and controversial.

Nevertheless, it is a fascinating approach to personal development and people continue to choose it over traditional psychoanalysis to reap the benefits of its unconventional methods. In this article, I’ll be sharing one of these methods.

The fast phobia cure

This is…

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 his life are obscure, but it is well known that he was raised as a Buddhist and went on to become one of the greatest swordsmen the world has ever seen. He is regarded as a Kensei, a sword saint of Japan.

In the last week leading up to his…

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 my life, I tell everyone I know. It is my reason for writing this article.

Before I made the switch to matcha, coffee was my vice of choice. I drank teas as well, but I consumed coffee as if my life depended on it, and in some ways, it did.

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 sandals. I’d go barefoot. The people I encountered on the summits gave me quizzical looks and asked me probing questions.

At night, I slept on a bed that was covered with strips of metal fabric that were connected by cable to a grounding rod that stuck out of the earth…

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. Others have to plaster post-it notes around the house and read three books a week just to stay inspired.

Then there are those who might not have a natural talent or make no effort to create something original. These are people who tend to write only what’s already been written about; but more precisely, who say what’s already been said.

To be clear, I’m not disparaging anyone.


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, I do it barefoot. But when I discovered there was such a thing as a barefoot shoe, I was sold, instantly.

These days they’re the only shoes I wear. The comfort is far beyond anything a conventional shoe can offer. My feet are stronger, more dynamic and even softer. …

Michael Howkins

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