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Let Go: How and Why To Make Space in Your Life

By | Health Insights, Life 101, Lifestyle, Mental Perfomance, Productivity | No Comments

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark… ― Agnes De Mille It may be my selection bias or maybe it’s just because I live in New York, but I believe we’ve become OBSESSED with productivity and control. I myself have spent countless hours (and probably dollars) acquiring, learning and implementing elaborate systems for getting things done. Or creating “optimal” structures that oftentimes lead to nowhere. Yet for all my explorations, experiments & shenanigans, here is the ONE THING I’ve found that consistently works: Creating Space. Last night over dinner I was talking with a friend. We spoke about taking action when action is required. I mentioned creating space for our outcomes to…






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Photo taken from Gandhi memorial July, 2015, Delhi India

What I’ve Learned: Reflections back on 2015

By | Explorations, Life 101, Positive Thinking, Zen | 2 Comments

Ed Loh is an explorer of life’s greater questions. Of almost everyone he meets, Ed asks “What have you learned?” – So Ed, here’s what I’ve learned: We live in a universe of constant change. People come and go. So do jobs, finances, and all material goods. What matters most is not what we have, or even what we do with it – it’s how we are; our state of being. Are we happy? Are we uplifted? Do we uplift others by simply being ourselves? We’ve seen good friends pass in 2015. Locations change and careers transition. Amid life’s challenges, have been many moments of glory. I’ve met wonderful people, made new friends and reconnected with old. I’ve let go of much of what I owned and embarked on the essentialist’s path to “simplify my life” – which, as you know, is actually quite complicated. And in January 2016, I…






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How to Reclaim Your Life (10% at a time)

By | Food for thought, Health Insights, Life 101, Personal Finance | One Comment

You didn’t sleep. You’ve been on the move. You’ve given so much to your work, family, friends, and daily routines. You wake up each morning, check your browsers, check your email, your facebook feed. You do your due diligence. Comment. Like. You keep up to date on current affairs. Forty in your inbox. Six new invitations. You spend time responding, money consuming, energy working, brain power thinking. You recoup it on the weekends, or so you try. Socializing, sleeping in, dancing with stars and staring out windows. Another year goes by. Nothing has changed. So you invest in a therapist to find out why. Pay cash to your accountant to see where your money’s gone. You spend year after year re-harvesting your losses, and the net-result is that you’re utterly spent. It’s time for some payback. Payback Principle #1) “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing”…






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Battle of the Bands: How I taught myself to play guitar this weekend

Battle of the Bands: How I taught myself to play guitar this weekend

By | Experiments, Music, Physical Performance, Video | 2 Comments

In response to my good friend / arch-nemesis, The Riz of AlphaDark, teaching himself to play keyboard in three months (see his three month keyboard challenge) – I took the challenge upon myself to learn to play guitar in only three days… Enjoy ; ) Unlike my hustling self, Riz actually did learn to play the keyboard in three months. He did this after teaching himself to play the guitar and go from zero to hero (not guitar hero the video game, but actual lead guitarist of a rockin’ band from Philly) and documents the entire process which he made repeatable in his epic ebook, Show Stealer. Cheers the Riz, and Battle ON! 






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On Living with Impermanence

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Recent events in Paris have acted as further potent reminders of our fragility, uncertainty and impermanence on this earth. What do we do with our time here? How do we persist in the face of such chaos? This post simply summons wisdom from the following quotes I’ve collected over the years and found to be most profound in addressing feelings of uncertainty. If you have any quotes to add, please do so in the comments below… Quote #1 from – The Epic of Gilgamesh – A powerful reminder to make the absolute most of what little we have and to show up every day… “When the heavenly gods created human beings, they kept everlasting life for themselves and gave us death. So, Gilgamesh, accept your fate. Each day, wash your head, bathe your body, and wear clothes that are sparkling fresh. Fill your stomach with tasty food. Play, sing, dance, and be…






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How to Catch the Ultimate Ride (in surfing and in life): A lesson in discernment

By | Experiments, Gaming, Human Performance, Physical Performance, Productivity | One Comment

Yes! Another surfing post! Sort of… In my recent post on the power of taking a pause, I used surfing as a proxy to convey the value of slowing down in “critical situations.” Now I’d like to share another insight that came from my beloved sea. Although this post deconstructs the act of surfing, I believe the process can be replicated to expedite improvement for virtually any desired outcome. One question that I always find myself asking when striving to make tangible improvements in any aspect of my life (physical, mental or beyond) is, “what’s the most important thing?” – There’s something in physics called the Critical Point Analysis (CPA), which says that every system has a critical point where the lightest touch has the greatest impact. One analogy used is that even a powerful locomotive running flat out can be stopped by the lightest touch if you know exactly where to…






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Be the Person Your Dog thinks You Are

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Be the person your dog thinks you are… The first time I heard this was last year from Dr. Joe Dispenza at the Quantum Medicine conference. Joe is a person who has completely re-wired his brain and rebuilt his spine after shattering his back in a bike/car collision. He did this using the power of focussed intent and he has the scientific data to back it all up. His books, You are the Placebo as well as Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself lay it all out plain and simple and provide many similar NLP methodologies I wrote about in these three previous posts. Total Reboot: Five habits that saved my life The Extreme Mind-Body Connection and the Absurd Reality of Spontaneous Recovery The Automated Morning Routine But what I like about this quote, inspired by author, Mary Ann Evans’ (pen name, George Eliot) declared intent “To be the person…






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The Power of the Pause: Why you must slow down in “critical situations”

By | Human Performance, Life 101, Lifestyle, Mental Perfomance, Zen | No Comments

This is a topic I’ve been wanting to tackle for a long time. It’s so freaking simple that I debated whether or not it even warrants a post. But last night as I sat down to dinner with a friend, we began talking about this feeling of “inner urgency.” And that wasn’t the first time. Almost every friend I’ve spoken to recently has expressed this same feeling. Some are launching startups while others are working steady jobs. But what came up consistently was an insatiable feeling of rushing toward accomplishment or producing some result. I know I’ve felt this way many times before. And often we’re quick to attribute the feeling to external causes such as deadlines or demands. But is that really the case? The more we talked about it and the more I thought it through, the closer I came to the conclusion that this feeling is internal…






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The Last Exercise You’ll Ever Need While Traveling

The Last Exercise You’ll Ever Need While Traveling

By | Exercise, Health Insights, Human Performance, Travel, Video | No Comments

Okay folks, here it is video blog #1! Note the exceptional HD quality and attention to production value ; )  In all seriousness, you might not be able to hear a thing. That’s okay, I’ve provided the basic gist and key points below and the rest of all you need to know is visual. The only piece of equipment you will need is a theraband. In my post, How to Stay Healthy (and INCREASE Strength & Vitality) while Traveling I list my 5 tips to that I use to keep healthy while traveling the world. I recommend you use most of them yourself but if you choose do nothing else to keep yourself healthy while traveling, do this one exercise first thing in the morning. It will coordinate your movements, deepen your breathing, increase your ability to detoxify, calm your central nervous system, up-regulate parasympathetic function helping to boost your immune system, and…






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Ben Ahrens on the Evolutionaries

Ben Ahrens on Uplifting Vitality, Self-Optimization & Sustainable High-Performance

By | Explorations, Food for thought, Health Insights, Human Performance, Life 101, Lifestyle, Medicine, Mental Perfomance, Mind-Body, Physical Performance, Podcast, Positive Thinking, Self Improvement | No Comments

In a recent interview, I had the pleasure of joining Alex Charfen of CHARFEN and identifier of the Entrepreneurial Personality Type (EPT). In this interview, we discuss the role of vitality in healing, recovery and life at large. Vitality, as I’ve come to define it as “the capacity to create”, is the most valuable and at the same time underappreciated resource most entrepreneurs possess. My aim is to fix that. Check out this fun interview: EP.25: Ben Ahrens Shifted the Paradigm of Medicine and Health with One Deep Breath0 Sep 24, 2015 – show notes: Ben Ahrens began his entrepreneurial journey working with athletes and post-rehab patients as a corrective-exercise and performance-enhancement specialist. Suddenly, in 2008 Ben was diagnosed with late-stage Neurological Lyme Disease and suffered crippling symptoms. The doctors and support groups told him he was broken and that his identity as an athlete would be forever lost. Undeterred,…






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One Windy Morning

By | Life 101, Uncategorized, Zen | 2 Comments

Wind howling out the window. Trees bending like straws in a breeze. Bushes growl and scratch at the walls. But inside all is calm. Cold air blasts thatchings, seeping seemingly through the inner walls. Summer has set. Calm turned to chaos. But inside all is calm. Chills overtake the surface of the skin. The ears hear howling; the eyes see white-caps. The mind thinks thoughts; fearful thoughts of nature and impermanence. But inside there is love. One windy morning is a short poem about impermanence inspired by friends who have recently departed. May it remind us that hurt and sorrow are part of life but always love abounds.  






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What Matters Most

By | Health Insights, Life 101, Metaphysics, Positive Thinking, Recovery, Self Improvement, Zen | 2 Comments

It’s so simple yet so elusive. I thought I had it figured out; the thing of greatest value and what it is that matters most. Vitality, of course! Without vitality (aka, life force, energy or the capacity to do our work on this planet) what else really matters? Sure money is important and so is time. But we all know that money without time has no value. Just as we may now assume that money + time without vitality ultimately has no use. But is there something else? Something who’s value is even more fundamental such that in it’s absence, even worldly resources and the energy to make use of them would still fall short? I wondered. As if an answer to my pondering,  yesterday morning, as I rummaged through some old file folders of mine, out popped this loose-leaf cryptic “note to self” I’d written when I was ill for…






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Ben Ahrens on the power of choice

Change Your Attitude – The Power of Choice

By | Life 101, Lifestyle, Mind-Body, Physical Performance, Positive Thinking, Self Improvement, Zen | One Comment

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I’d never been so close to death, or so I felt. We’d been hiking for 3 days with no food and little water. Five hours ago the muscles up the back of my legs and base of my spine were cramping in spasm but now there was little energy for them to even attempt self-preservation, let alone power my staggering footsteps further up the mountain.   I veered off the rocky path and collapsed into a heap, panting, sweating and freezing at the same time as the early spring sun set off the trail leading up to the top of Thunder Mountain, Bryce Canyon. My knee was shot, my body ached, my lungs gasped for air, my leg muscles where gone – completely done. And worst of all, so was I.   The BOSS (Bolder Outdoor Survival School) instructor approached me out as…






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Don’t Chase Happiness, Chase “Hell Yes!”

By | Explorations, Life 101, Positive Thinking, Uncategorized, Zen | One Comment

Let’s talk business for a sec. This business of “being happy”, aka the notion that our primary goal in life should be, to be supremely happy in all situations and at all times. (Just now, after I wrote that second sentence, I popped it into google out of curiosity and here is the first thing I found.) As a culture we hold this notion that business, wealth, success (and sometimes secrets) will guide us to happiness. We hold the precept that happiness is the goal. We’ve made a terrible mistake. Happiness is not the goal but the measure of success. It’s a metric. A feedback that let’s us know, as human beings, how in-line with our purpose and potential we are. Am I doing the work that suits me? Am I making use of my unique talents? Is my inner wisdom and creativity being freely expressed and fully appreciated? Am I supported…






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Calm in Chaos

The Art of Equanimity: Finding Calm In Chaos

By | Habit Design, Life 101, Lifestyle, Mental Perfomance, Zen | 5 Comments

 e·qua·nim·i·ty ˌēkwəˈnimitē,ˌekwə-/ noun mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation. This word continues to take on new meaning for me. It first entered my lexicon in the fall of 2007 when I attended an intro to meditation class at the Tibet House on west 15th street. Everyone was going on about the virtue of equanimity and ways it could be practiced, and I didn’t know what the hell they were talking about. Years later, I’d begin to understand…  Some time, but not long ago, I found myself in a frenzy of turmoil, as the compounding losses of a relationship, a friendships and the lives of two people close to me, all coincided within a matter of weeks. From one day to the next, it seemed, all joy was lost. Excitement, extinguished. For the months that followed, I remember feeling challenged to find my center, and how even the…






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