Trick Your Brain into Mindfulness & Wellbeing

June 3, 2018

Here are some mindfulness brain tricks which I find astoundingly effective.

1. Come Back into Your Body

Imagine that you have been dead for a while, doing whatever people do in the afterlife, and suddenly you find yourself back in time, in your body. You might think, “Oh yeah! I remember this body!” What do you see and feel? Perhaps you only have one day back on Earth in your body.

When I do this, I find that I really appreciate everything – the sensation of being alive, the air, the sun, the use of my hands…. In fact, any pain or discomfort I may have been feeling dissipates completely or becomes an intriguing sensation of life. Tiredness goes away. My posture even improves. It’s pretty amazing.

2. Focus on What Doesn’t Hurt.

We all have physical and/or emotional pain, and we know that we can be distracted from that pain. One interesting way to distract yourself is to focus on all the things that don’t hurt! Perhaps your backs killing you… but your earlobes feel fine. And there’s nothing wrong with your elbows. Catalog all of the parts of your body, and your life, that feel pretty good. Perhaps you have a job and can pay rent. If not, maybe you have the money to buy a tasty lunch. Or you have someone who loves you. Or you live with a cute pet. There’s so much that doesn’t hurt and, in fact, is pretty good.

3. Back in Time

Have you ever fantasized about going back in time and warning yourself not to make a wrong choice that negatively affected your life? Why wait? Imaging, right now, that your future self has come back in time to warn you not to make a bad choice at this very minute. What would your future self be saying? And will you listen? If you’ve gone through all the trouble of time travel, it must be an important message that you have for yourself.

4. Smile!

This is one I didn’t come up with myself. It’s a well established fact that smiling releases chemicals that can positively affect your mood. And a better mood means less stress which means better health. Force yourself to smile for a couple of minutes straight – it can be the most fake smile you can muster, but it may help. And don’t think you don’t deserve to smile. The Universe needs you at full working capacity, so take the time to tinker with the engine. Smile.


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Eric’s Words of Wisdom

May 28, 2018

Who is Eric? We don’t know. But here are his Words of Wisdom:

  • You are only as old as the exact amount of time you have spent alive.
  • When someone asks you to smell milk to see if it’s gone bad, say, “No.”
  • Saying, “Long story short,” doesn’t retroactively make the story short.
  • If you ask, “Can I ask you something?” then you already have.
  • No one can ever be “more than welcome.” You’re either welcome or you’re not. You’re welcome.
  • Farting slowly as you walk through a store does not limit the damage.
  • Watching a cooking contest on TV is like watching a music contest with the sound turned off. In both cases, you place a ridiculous amount of trust in the judges.
  • It bothers the employees of a store less that you steal their pitted fruits and more that you spit the pits on their floor for them to clean up. Please spit your stolen pits into a trash can.
  • Yelling “Whoo!” outside sporting and concert arenas is never appropriate, especially outside my apartment window.
  • If you live long enough, everything good for you will become bad for you… and good for you again.
  • The sociopath who thought of repackaging stale cookies as “scones” was a marketing genius.
  • You are only as old as your biological age.

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How OCD Interferes with Qi

May 26, 2018

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is designed by the brain to give relief from stress by restoring a feeling of safety. People controlled by OCD can feel like it is keeping them healthy. On a rational level, sufferers of OCD can know that it’s all in their head, but on a deeper level, the disorder is inexorably intertwined with fear: Fear of things going wrong. I was trapped for decades by multitudinous symptoms of OCD. I cured myself three years ago, and have come to realize that my OCD was blocking the healthy flow of the universal life force, qi.

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Go with the Flow

March 29, 2018

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I just experienced a perfect day. It wasn’t that anything remarkable happened. What made the day feel perfect was that I wasn’t struggling against it; I was part of it. This is the key to happiness. “Go with the flow” doesn’t mean to lack agency or to be unmoored in the drift. Rather, it is to feel on a very deep level that you are an expression of this beautiful sentient universe and that everything you do is part of a flow of life energy, of Qi.

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It’s the Children, Dummy

February 20, 2018

Today at work, a wise colleague told me that the Florida children demonstrating for gun control, while impressive, “will lose.” He explained, “They don’t know what they’re up against.” I predict just the opposite. They will win. And I have history backing up my position.

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How to Build a Treadmill Desk – the Series

January 15, 2018

I made an educational video called How to Build a Treadmill Desk. It has received over 20,000 views, which may not be viral, but maybe it qualifies as some sort of minor infection. Perhaps a blister. It’s gone blisterous. I followed the video with two more pieces that delve into the complex and rewarding world of making treadmill desks. Here are links to all three!


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10 Things the Media Should Stop Saying

May 8, 2017
  1. Stop saying “Small d democratic.” We’re not morons. We know the difference between the Democratic Party and democratic institutions. I even heard Rachel Maddow go so far as to say, “Small d democracy,” which makes no sense whatsoever.
  2. Stop confusing anarchy with chaos. Anarchy is an social system without leaders; it is not necessarily synonymous with chaos.
  3. Stop confusing fascism & xenophobia with populism. Marine Le Pen is not a populist. Pandering to and stoking of people’s bassist fears is not populism.
  4. Stop saying,”Both sides do it,” when you’re talking about something terrible one side has done. You don’t have to protect yourself from accusations of partisanship by flimsy attempts at false equivalency.
  5. Stop calling the country the Homeland when reporting on national security. It sounds quasi-fascist and it sprang from the Bush Administration’s attempt to delegitimize domestic dissent after September 11, 2001. Call it, “the nation,” or “the country,” like we did for the first 230 years.
  6. Stop calling ISIS, “the so-called Islamic State.” It’s not your job to editorialize about enemies of our state. Just call them whatever they call themselves.
  7. Stop calling famous entertainers “legends.” They are not.
  8. Stop stating national statistics as if they were world statistics. If 8,500 Americans died of something in 2016, don’t just say, “8,500 people died.” There are people outside our country.
  9. Stop using adjectives that refer to women in the news by their social roles. If a 70 year old woman is arrested for possession, don’t say, “70 year old grandmother arrested.”
  10. Stop assuming that you and every poll in the country were wrong about the election. Sometimes there’s just fraud.

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