The Mind-Body Morning Ritual

Win the morning, win the day. There’s a reason for our growing obsession with morning routines and rituals. They work. Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.” — Richard Whately I’m no stranger to ritual and routines. In addition to having researched and written about the neuroscience of routines from a medical perspective, I’ve also experimented extensively with routine variations ranging from the very complex to the bare basic elements needed for lasting behavioral change. What I want to share today, is a distillation of the distillate. The basic building blocks, or philosopher’s stone from which you …

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Morning Mobilization Routine

Here is a basic seriese of mobilization exercises you can do each morning to: Awaken the nervous system, Map activation pathways Increase flow of blood,  oxygen and nutrients throughout the body If Motion = Life, then Stagnation = Death. Just look at the water quality of a flowing stream vs that of stagnant pond. The human body is no different. Whether we’re addressing it on the level of bio-energy, biochemistry, molecules or emotions – flow and movement is the natural state that will always lead to better wellbeing. Description Sleep is a time of inactivity. While key parasympathetic actions (digestions, …

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The Beginner’s Mind: Podcast Episode #001

    What is The Beginner’s Mind? It’s all about letting go of preconceive notions that we have about ourselves and that others may have of us, and giving ourselves full permission to suck. It’s the notion that approaching something as a true beginner paradoxically sets the stage for greater progress then if we were to approach the same activity with the mentality that says, “I have to be a pro, or an expert”or just “take this seriously.” Those thoughts can be stifling, limiting. Nothing crushes childlike curiosity more that an adult sense of obligation, and preservation of appearance as …

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On Having Fun and The Flip Side of Health

I thought I’d start off the New Year with this post about the important (but often overlooked) role that FUN plays in performance, health and life. Up until a few years ago, I always focused on getting healthy or improving my health so I could have more fun. Then at some point, I’m not exactly sure when, I realized that my level of health was already sufficient enough to do any number of the activities (surf, travel, paddle, camp) that I really enjoyed. And I had and still have great fun doing them. Still, I found myself hungering for something. …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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What Matters Most

what matters most

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 …

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The Quantum Mechanics of Healing: A Critical Look at the Future of Medicine with Dr. Irving Dardik

The following interview is re-posted from InnovativeMedicine.com … Dr. Irving Dardik, MD, author of Quantum Fitness: Breakthrough to Excellence and subject of the book Making Waves: Irving Dardik and His Superwave Principle, joined Innovative Medicine to discuss the great importance quantum physics has on health and medicine. Known for his mind-expanding SuperWave Principle and other advanced theories, Dr. Dardik is helping to bring upon a new movement in medicine. To view the complete web event on video, click here. How far has science come in the past century? – From Einstein’s discovery that Matter = Energy (E=MC2) to Quantum Physics’ …

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Live Web Event: T.S. Wiley Joins Innovative Medicine and Dr. Thomas K. Szulc, MD to Discuss Chronobiology and Effective Rhythm Therapies

Rhythm Therapy: Chronobiological Treatments Webevent with T.S. Wiley and Thomas K. Szulc, M.D. October 25th, 2012 9 – 10 PM EST / 6-7 PM PST Topics Discussed: Biorhythms, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Depression, Hormone Imbalance, Endocrine Disruptors, Cortisol / Prolactin / Melatonin Production, Biological Medicine for Restoring Cellular Rhythm, Integrative Treatments for SAD, Spagyric Medicine, Clinical Case Experiences, and more. Register NOW! Author of two hit books: Sex, Lies, and Menopause and, Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival , T.S. Wiley will be teaming up with Innovative Medicine and one of America’s foremost practitioners of Biological Medicine, Dr. Thomas K. Szulc, …

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Cultivating Intuition Through Meticulous Self-Tracking

The following talk is a culmination of 5+ years of research, failed tracking trials, exhaustive experimentation, and mind-bending experiences – all of which have lead me to this point: Ben Ahrens – Cultivating Intuition Through Meticulous Self-Tracking from Steven Dean on Vimeo. Filmed on February 22, 2012 at the NY Quantified Self Show&Tell #15 at Fahrenheit 212. Re-posted from http://vimeo.com/37530815 It’s a funny thing, about gut intuition; we spend half our lives acting as if it doesn’t exist (always searching for answers outside ourselves), and the other half, we spend trying to access it. On that same note; centuries of …

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THE EXTREME MIND-BODY CONNECTION – PART I: How to Change Your Life, by Changing Your Mind (The Neuroscience of How Thinking Makes It So)

What follows in this three-part-post is a collection of examples, the implications of which not only open new doors for achieving potential, but completely negate the concept of Cartesian Dualism once and for all. Some of these stories might seem bizarre, others, down right impossible. But I’ve done the research and you can check it out too. The data is real. What you choose to do with this knowledge is up to you. At the very least, my intention with these posts is to get you thinking of the possibilities…  What if you could: – Increase physical strength without moving …

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Who Am I? What’s My Deal? and, Why “The Limitless Self”?

Greetings! In this, my premier post on the new site, I’d like to take the opportunity to explain what is meant by The Limitless Self, how the concept arose, and say what I hope to accomplish through my writing here. But first, a little background on who I am: My name is Ben Ahrens and I’m the author of these posts. I’m deeply involved in the world of health and physical fitness – as a Practitioner of Holistic Health, a Sports Nutritionist, and Personal Trainer specializing in Corrective Exercise and Performance Enhancement. I wrote a health column for a newspaper …

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Practically Letting Go – What Zen and Children Tell Us about Recovery

  There is an interesting phenomenon that occurs, when a number of people are confronted with disaster; children often pull through ahead of adults. Author and survival expert, Laurence Gonzales, has read hundreds of accident reports and writes in his book, Deep Survival, of such instances when an experienced hunter gets lost in the woods and perishes in one night while a four-year-old survives. The underlying principle, he says, applies not only to wilderness survival but to getting through any demanding situation, be it divorce, loosing one’s job, or surviving illness. The question is: what do children do that we …

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