August Coffee Talk: Mind, Body, Business & Books #25

What's shakin' bacon? Shout-out this month to Melani Ward for her kind words about looking forward to these round-ups :) I stealth-launched a (pretty epic) new toolkit this week called Email Exhale, with over 50 of the best tools, hacks, systems and shortcuts that I've collected over the years. This one isn't free, but for $10 (and a money-back guarantee if it doesn't shave at least a few hours off your inbox-tending time per week), I'd say it's a no-brainer!

I was also excited to be quoted in's Monday Morning Refresh: How to Manage Your Out of Control Email Inbox. Here's one of the tips I shared:

"I don't agree that we should strive for inbox zero (where every message has been read/dealt with) every day. The fact is, many of the emails in our inbox do require an action or decision," says career strategist Jenny Blake. "Don't fret over filing everything away instantaneously. I use Gmail's Superstars feature to indicate whether an email requires a decision (question mark) or is high-priority (exclamation mark). I also use colored labels for things like 'to watch' or 'to read' so that I can quickly find them (or archive those) when I have spare time."

And don't forget about the free Speak Like a Pro conference later this month: 25 interviews with thought-leaders on how to calm nerves, practice effectively, build a professional speaking career, and inspire change in a client meeting or on the big stage. Learn more and grab your ticket here!

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"Compiling results from 88 studies across a wide range of skills, it estimates that practice time explains about 20 percent to 25 percent of the difference in performance in music, sports and games like chess."

"What do you post to Facebook? Pictures of yourself yelling at your kids, or having a hard time at work? No, you post smiling photos of a hiking trip with friends. You build a fake life — or at least an incomplete one — and share it. Furthermore, you consume almost exclusively the fake lives of your social media 'friends.' Unless you are extraordinarily self-aware, how could it not make you feel worse to spend part of your time pretending to be happier than you are, and the other part of your time seeing how much happier others seem to be than you?"

"I think the idea that mindfulness can short-circuit the habitual, reflexive, and toxic stress response makes intuitive sense. This is a huge reason why practitioners like me put ourselves through the misery of daily meditation (which is the best way to build your mindfulness muscle); it doesn't solve all of your problems, it just gives you a different relationship to them."

—Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier (one of my favorite books of the year)


"When yogic intelligence is awakened today, it does not necessarily have a clear outlet, and it can easily overwhelm. The journey from the pathologies of our unnatural society to full reorientation toward the eternal light is not as smooth as a drive-thru. As Carl Jung once said, the highly potent breath-based (pranayama) practice of Kundalini yoga could lead you to either the monastery or the mental institution.

So long as the spiritual practice of self-perfection lacks a public sphere to carry it, all such visions of self and society, all revelatory impulses, miscarry into a simulacrum of transformation, and yoga is reduced to a regime of righteous consumption and an accessory of snobbish superiority. Imagine svelte acolytes with mats hung over their shoulders, strutting through the streets of upscale urban neighborhoods in the late morning, stopping for a latte, and scowling at lower forms of life, and you have glimpsed yoga’s social class problem. It’s written all over the glossy magazines and resort packages."



"Your life can be your muse. “I don’t know where to start” is a frequent problem for budding writers. I say: start with what you have to say today. Your life is your muse. Every life is interesting. Or answer the question: If I could write about anything, I’d write about _____. Sometimes, I imagine myself addressing a crowd of kind, influential people and ask myself: “What do you want them to know?”

Just for Fun

Hi God,

Thanks so much for the latest round of work. Really coming together. Few points of feedback:

1 – Really liking the whole light thing but not totally sure about the naming system. “Day” and “night” are OK but we feel like there’s more we can do here. Thoughts? Definitely need to nail this down ASAP.

2 – Re: the “sky”… not really feeling the color here. Would like something that pops more. Please send additional options.

3 – Appreciate the work on the sea and ground, but right now there’s way too much sea. The ground is getting lost in it. In general, sea does not resonate well with our users. Was talking with the team and the idea of having no sea at all came up. Thoughts?

—Read the other 7 pieces of Client Feedback On The Creation Of The Earth

That's it for now . . . cawfee tawk will see you in September!