• Lotus Blossom on Water
    Health & Fitness,  Intellectual Life,  Emotional Life,  Spiritual Life

    The 4 Intelligences: Mind, Body, Emotion, Spirit

    I was reading The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klaus Schwab (2017) last month and the closing chapter took an unexpected approach that relates to my own four-quadrant worldview that we have four principle realms in which we operate – Body, Mind, Emotion and Soul – and need to seek balance in each for our own wellbeing. Much of my work revolves around these four quadrants, and the life wheel builds on this by further compartmentalising different aspects of each, and adding overarching themes which span multiple quadrants. Here’s what Klaus Schwabb said: The Fourth Industrial Revolution may be driving disruption but the challenges it presents are of our own making.…

  • Sunlight through trees illuminating walkers on a path
    Health & Fitness

    The Essential Role of Vitamin D for Immune Response

    A friend sent me a video this week showing Dr JoAnn Manson discussing the efficacy of Vitamin D against COVID-19. The video was produced in May 2020 and you can watch it in full here. It is about 5 minutes long but I can’t embed it here. The video discusses the role of Vitamin D in the immune response against viruses based on clinical trials (and not just COVID-19) as well as how it benefits bone health and more. As health should be our number one priority since it is the foundation on which the rest of our life is built, I thought this was beneficial information to share. Below…

  • Website Design: eCommerce
    Career

    A Better Business Website

    You may know that I come from an IT background and spent about 14 years in the web and eCommerce space before launching a restaurant business in 2007. I still manage various websites, marketing, social media, etc and thought I would share a few cornerstones of what makes a successful website that can be applied to your business. Start with Why This is the first question you need to ask. Why does your website exist? Why are people be visiting your website? These are the fundamental questions you need to answer before you even design a widget or cut a line of code. The answer to this question defines what…

  • Morning Routines: Breakfast
    Health & Fitness,  Life Hacks,  Intellectual Life,  Character

    Turning Morning Routines into Morning Bliss

    Do you have a morning routine? And do you struggle with it somedays, or every day? The problem here is the word ‘routine.’ If the first things you are going to do in the day don’t light you up, you’re more likely to snooze than excitedly leap out of bed. 生き甲斐 – IkigaiThe thing that gets you out of bed in the morning – your sense of purpose. There are a gazillion morning routines in books and all over the Internet. You may have tried one or more of them and given up. No single routine is better than any of the others because the question is not “What is…

  • Forest Bathing - A Walk on the Wild Side
    Health & Fitness

    The Therapeutic Benefits of Forest Bathing

    I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees Henry David Thoreau Walking among the pines and catching a shaft of sunlight is a magical thing. Letting yourself feel the joy in the moment (and nothing else) is one of the greatest reliefs there is. The Japanese practise of Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing is the simple and therapeutic act of spending time in a forest. If you’ve ever been in a forest, listened to the birds, and watched the sunshine filtering through the leaves, you’ve already participated in one of the best things you can do for your physical and mental well-being. Even Japanese doctors…

  • Woman tying up her trainers
    Health & Fitness,  App Reviews

    App Review: HIIT by Down Dog

    Down Dog are possibly most well-known for their yoga app (hence the name – it’s a pose in yoga), but recently they have released a slew of related health-and-fitness apps which have been up to the same excellent levels of craftsmanship. I use the yoga app and recently added their HIIT and meditation apps to my roster. This review is about the HIIT app. For a long time, I have not settled on a preferred fitness app. I have been into running recently, tried push-up quests and a variety of styles over the years. But with the very cold winter weather, plus the heavy rains, I decided running was not…

  • Buddhist Monks on Path
    Life Hacks

    A Coaching Journey as Explained by Buddhism

    I was listening to a TEDx talk from January 2020 given by Master Shi Heng Yi, a member to the 35th Generation of Shaolin Masters and headmaster of the Shaolin Temple Europe 歐洲少林寺 located in Germany. The talk is excellent and the story and the 5 Hindrances that Master Shi Geng Yi explained perfectly parallels the coaching journey. Here is his story: A man was living close to a mountain. And every day he was thinking: How would it be to climb that mountain? And what would I see on the peak? So finally, the day came. The man went on the journey. Arriving at the foot of the mountain,…

  • The Matrix
    Inspiration

    What would your life look like if you were a character in a computer game?

    A number of independent thinkers and scientists are leaning into this idea – or the broader one that our current reality could simply be a simulation in a computer. It makes for an excellent thought experiment. Not for what you can do to change this – you are the ghost in the machine if we accept the idea – but if you are simply a character in a grand simulation, a great game or story, which future or story would you choose for yourself? One of pain and anguish, or one of fun and adventure? One of poverty and servitude, or one of wealth and service? And what’s stopping you?…

  • Man jumping over a ravine
    Life Hacks

    Fear. What is it good for? Confidence

    Over the course of February I spent some time studying confidence in more depth, and its bedfellow, fear. I thought I would share a few key takeaways with you. Confidence is Earned You don’t have or require confidence before you do something. You earn it after you have done the thing. The principle here is that confidence is like a “charge” you build up over time by doing more of the things that are just outside of your comfort zone. Everything that is inside your comfort zone is easy and not challenging, so you probably don’t feel like you need the confidence to do these things. They are automatic. However,…

  • Stepping into your Purpose with Lisa Nichols
    Inspiration

    Step Into Your Purpose with Lisa Nichols

    This was presented at Mindvalley in 2018 and was intended for coaches and educators. But there is so much value in the content about finding your purpose and connecting with your inner light, I felt compelled to share it here. Lisa also talks about dealing with fear in a positive way (which I will be talking more about next week) and shares her journey to finding her dream. Treat yourself to a power hour of inspirational content.