• Man Meditating Outdoors
    Health & Fitness,  Emotional Life,  Inspiration,  Spiritual Life

    Meditation Made Easy

    In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche explains the essence of meditation and describes some common misunderstandings about practising meditation. He also shares some tips for bringing meditation into our day-to-day lives. From my own learning about meditation and mindfulness since my initial forays with meditation 30+ years ago, these are 2 key essences of meditation: We are not our thoughts. We are the observer of our thoughts. Meditation is not about achieving the absence of thought, but remaining aware and centred while the thoughts ebb and flow around us. Over time, the thoughts will learn they don’t have your undivided attention and will recede. We will feel greater serenity and greater…

  • Banana
    Health & Fitness

    Avoiding Bananas? Stop! Here are 5 Surprising Reasons why you should Eat them.

    I have always liked bananas since I was very young, but didn’t really eat fruit for many years. After my doctor said I needed to eat more fruit more regularly I decided to go back to what I remembered as a child. I remembered they were soft and easy on the stomach, and I remembered they had lots of potassium, but that was about it. I added a healthy slice of research after my stroke so I better understood the foods I was eating and looked for more details that weren’t around in my youth. I stumbled across Anthon Williams’ Life-Changing Foods which says the following about the not-so-humble banana.…

  • Cacao Pod
    Health & Fitness

    Is Ceremonial Cacao the amazing superfood you have been looking for?

    Ceremonial Cacao: Where Chocolate Begins I’ve always been conscious of what I eat, careful of processed foods and the hidden ingredients in the things we buy. I don’t profess to be a purist by any means, but I think it’s important to understand what we do to ourselves. After all, we only have one body to get us through life and keeping it well maintained seems to be the best option. My younger years certainly weren’t a paradigm of healthy eating – Coke and chocolate for breakfast – but I weaned myself off fizzy drinks at 13 after watching a video which showed Coke dissolving teeth overnight. That was 40…

  • Girl reading and thinking in nature
    Life Hacks,  Intellectual Life,  Life Vision

    Just Stop. And Think.

    I have worked for myself for almost 20 years now, and the general (b)rule has been to work, work, work because it’s all about the hustle. And if you’re not hustling you’re not doing it right. Before that, I always kept myself busy: I had my day job and then my hobbies – like dancing – and other pursuits such as running role-playing clubs, or a side gig such as web design (which actually became my first solo business). I fill moments between activities with audiobooks nowadays, time I used to fill with music. It’s become more intense and I have succumbed to workaholism and the (b)rule of being always…

  • Honey & Lemon Drink
    Health & Fitness

    The Amazing (and Simple) Health Benefits of Honey & Lemon

    In the UK, the autumn is closing in, the nights are getting longer, the wind is blowing the coloured leaves all over the place, and people are wrapping up warm against the elements and the oncoming cold and flu season. 2020 is made more unusual with the existence of the COVID19 pandemic, and while this isn’t a post about that specifically, this easy-to-make drink is a really great health booster, tonic and pick-me-up. The recipe was given to me by an old friend who has since passed away and is based on what I call “the wisdom of the elders.” In the past, people turned to nature as their medicine…

  • Snoozing on the Trail
    Health & Fitness

    My Fitness Journey: Running and Wellness

    My fitness journey has been stop/start for years. I know it is essential to keep fit, raise the heart rate and push the body. It keeps things working in the long-term and helps restore the balance. The body was used to labouring in ancient times – the hunter/gatherer required us to be active – and the body is designed to deliver. But in today’s sedentary times where we have “the good life” (if we’re fortunate enough) we have to bolt on exercise to our regular daily routine. And that’s when it can feel like a chore and we find excuses not to do it. And that’s OK as long as…

  • This is my Happy Place
    Emotional Life,  Character,  Quality of Life

    Finding Authenticity – On Becoming Human One Year On

    In late 2018, I decided I needed to learn more about business as I was running a small restaurant group and needed to fill in a few gaps in my skillset. I also felt overwhelmed and had experienced a series of – for me – significantly stressful events in the course of the business operation. I was working 80+ hours a week with no days off (and have done for 5 years now). I was not in my happy place but resigned myself to the fact that it was “just business” and that’s what being an entrepreneur was all about. But something gnawed at my soul. I saw other entrepreneurs…

  • Rewrite the Past
    Life Hacks,  Journaling

    Rewriting Your Past – A Tool to Understand Yourself

    In her new book, Everything is Figureoutable, Marie Forleo presents a free writing exercise for 7 days which helps you figure out what you want in life. It’s a great and valuable exercise when you’re really not sure where you want to go, and I suggest you pick up a copy of the book and check it out (it’s at the end of Chapter 6). Free Writing vs Rewriting However, if you’re feeling stuck and think you might have some unconscious self-limiting beliefs which are holding you back, all the free writing in the world won’t help you overcome these blocks and let you hit the target that ignites your…

  • Emotional Life,  Character,  Quality of Life

    Finding my Authenticity: Breaking My Chains

    When I first had the idea for this blog I settled on the title “The Boy Who Forgot To Live” for the site. This is my journey from being a guy who was not happy with his situation in life – despite many on the outside thinking I “had it all” – to one where I would be very happy. That is still very true of the journey I am on and how I feel, though I changed the name just before launch to “Finding Authenticity” as this seemed more relevant and succinct for what I was doing and what so many others also seem to be seeking. I am…

  • Coffee
    Health & Fitness

    Dealing with Addiction: Kick the Caffeine

    About five years ago I visited a Chinese Herbalist and had an allergy test done. They took a small sample of hairs from my head and sent them off for analysis. When the results came back I was surprised to see I had a medium sensitivity to caffeine. As I drank 2-3 espressos a day as part of my daily grind running my restaurants and had had no adverse effects, I thought this was a little odd. However, I did up my dose from time to time to 5-7 shots a day when I was more tired or needed a pick-me-up. Up until that point in time, and approx every…