What is the snake effect, and why should you watch out for it?

Have you ever noticed that you don’t age? Not visibly, it happens slowly, especially as you reach adulthood, where changes occur so gradually that they become imperceivable. Then, one day you wake up and are much older than you remember. In The Science and Technology of Growing Young, Sergey Young describes aging as: “… theContinue reading “What is the snake effect, and why should you watch out for it?”

A guide to mindfulness – the secret path to happiness.

Whether your goal is to lose weight or quit smoking, becoming more mindful is the first step toward that change. Aside from helping you change your habits, it carries some benefits. Becoming more mindful can help you control your emotions, focus, and be more joyous. Read on to find out how.  What is mindfulness? TheContinue reading “A guide to mindfulness – the secret path to happiness.”

The wave of craving – how to overcome any bad habit

Do you find yourself constantly struggling to avoid temptations? Me too; that’s why I have written this blog to reaffirm what I have learned about self-discipline and guide you down a path to better self-control. Craving as a wave My meditation practice began falling apart lately, and I noticed it has had knock-on effects onContinue reading “The wave of craving – how to overcome any bad habit”

How to bundle temptations to build habits.

Using temptation bundling can increase your motivation and help you build good habits. It’s simple; you pair something you enjoy with something you would like to enjoy. This way, you develop a positive association with the new thing and eventually crave it. Coffee and alcohol do this automatically. Most people don’t actively decide to startContinue reading “How to bundle temptations to build habits.”

How to manage your assets for a long life (part 1)

To manage your assets, you must develop a long-life mindset and habits that match that mindset. In life, there are tangible and intangible assets. Tangible ones are the ones most people think of with an attached financial value. Meanwhile, the intangible ones are the ones that have an impact on your life but have noContinue reading How to manage your assets for a long life (part 1)

How to avoid the accomplishment trap

This is the moment you’ve been training for; all of your effort over the past weeks, months, and years has been for this moment. It’s finally the big day, the biggest challenge you have undertaken; you are ready for it. You start, you struggle, but in the end, you succeed, and then you are hitContinue reading “How to avoid the accomplishment trap”

How to be rich, a guide to investing in yourself

Art is a physical representation of the value of someone’s time. How can you know what you are worth if you never make an audit? The value of shares, bonds and NFTs depends on many complicated factors. This blog aims to help you improve your overall life, not just your financial life, so I willContinue reading “How to be rich, a guide to investing in yourself”

What’s better: meditation, coffee, or both?

Medicine is taken regularly to keep you in the “therapeutic window” of that medication. Too little, and it becomes ineffective; too much, and you risk side effects. This zone is when you get all the benefits with minimal side effects. I will use coffee to illustrate this point as it contains a bitter white powderContinue reading “What’s better: meditation, coffee, or both?”

A meditation on chocolate – how to appreciate chocolate

A meditation on chocolate – how to appreciate chocolate  If you are reading this, then I imagine that you – like I – love chocolate. Chocolate has been my weakness for as long as I can remember. I used to devour anything chocolaty like Cookie Monster eats cookies; through meditation and practice, I have learned to savour itContinue reading “A meditation on chocolate – how to appreciate chocolate”

The habits of Animal Farm – and how to learn from them

Animal Farm is a story by George Orwell about a group of animals revolting against the status quo and taking over the farm they inhabit. It is now a bit dated in the specifics. Still, it is a thought-provoking book that illustrates several societal habits that can impact your life. Orwell demonized the pigs and the dogs,Continue reading “The habits of Animal Farm – and how to learn from them”

How meditating with a group can deepen your practice

Meditation is the act of focusing on a single thing and simply observing the rest of the world. This activity has many benefits and is a buzzword in many circles. I would even go as far as to say that people now talk about their meditation practice as much as vegans like to point outContinue reading “How meditating with a group can deepen your practice”

How to live with less – the art of substraction.

We live in a world where we constantly have to make decisions; these are made even more challenging by the endless number of choices available. How we choose is important and affects the quality of our life, but how much we choose to surround ourselves with can also be draining.  Individuals and businesses tend to solve problemsContinue reading “How to live with less – the art of substraction.”

How to effectively boost your motivation using a visualization meditation.

 Yin and Yang represent the complementary forces of light and dark, positive and negative. Last week I discussed the importance of maintaining a positive attitude. Pessimism can be combined with optimism to ensure you are ready for the pitfalls as you work towards your goals. In life, there must be balance; every Yin must have aContinue reading “How to effectively boost your motivation using a visualization meditation.”

How to use suffering to be happy, healthy and wealthy

The world you live in is the world you create for yourself. Whether you live in a happy or miserable place depends more on your perception of it than the place itself. Negativity in the news often misleads us thinking that the world is hostile. Still, in reality, the world is full of opportunities. RhondaContinue reading “How to use suffering to be happy, healthy and wealthy”

Mental habits for longevity

Habits for longevity are meta-habits; they are composed of other habits. The three meta-habits for optimizing your brain health over time are sleep, spirituality and mental exercises. It’s hard to see sleep as a meta-habits or even a habit as it is something that we must do every night. Sleep itself is not the habit;Continue reading “Mental habits for longevity”

How to let go of the past: a lesson from psychedelics

Trying to relive an experience is the quickest road to disappointment; learning to appreciate the moments as they happen is the slow windy path to a happy and fulfilling life. That’s it; the art of letting go is the practice of appreciation.  Practicing appreciation is much easier said than done. Sure, that piece of cakeContinue reading “How to let go of the past: a lesson from psychedelics”

How to meditate: a beginner’s guide

Compared to monks or even long-term meditations, I am still a beginner myself than monks or even long-term meditations. In a sense, a meditator is always a beginner; the goal of meditation is to learn to keep a beginner’s mind.  Think of the Dunning-Kruger effect: When you first start, your confidence skyrockets and before youContinue reading “How to meditate: a beginner’s guide”

How sleep can save your life

We all do it, and we are completely lost without it: sleep. That seven to nine hours in which you lay in bed are much more important than you may realize. Most of us never ask ourselves why we sleep, we just accept it as part of life.  For those interested in learning what weContinue reading “How sleep can save your life”

The 3-Step Approach to Taking an Ice Bath

Cold therapies such as cold showers and ice baths are much more mental than physical. Your body might be the one exposed to the heat sink, but your mind is the one that keeps you there. You are making the decision to go out of your thermal comfort zone—into the cold. My goal is toContinue reading “The 3-Step Approach to Taking an Ice Bath”

What Is Meditation and Why Does it Matter?

 I have previously mentioned meditation as a path to spirituality. Now I want to focus on what meditation is and how it can benefit just about anyone.  The practice of meditation is several thousands of years old, but recently it seems to have gone viral. Everyone I have talked to lately has either developed aContinue reading “What Is Meditation and Why Does it Matter?”

3 paths to spirituality

We all have different ways of getting there and feeling that there is something greater out there. What is it? Where does it come from? How do we get there? I recently joined a book club in Vienna and when we got to discussing the books we enjoyed I mentioned that I had enjoyed learningContinue reading “3 paths to spirituality”