As we speak I'm off to the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Western Massachusetts for the first time (one of the biggest yoga, meditation and workshop centers in the country — a woo-woo woman's dream!) to attend a workshop with my idol Martha Beck based on her most recent book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World. I'm excited to get out of the city and study with one of the authors I most admire — though I'm a little nervous that she'll have us talking to plants and bending spoons with our brain (which are both covered in the book). But she also talks about oscillating between rest and play (there's no "work" in there), harnessing creativity, and uncovering your life's purpose using the same principles as tracking a wild animal. As always, I'll share the best of what I learn back here on the blog!
- Bollocks. Denial might not work for me much longer . . . Smithsonian Magazine on How Your Brain Becomes Addicted to Caffeine.
- Now THIS is depressing. The New York Times on A Glut of Antidepressants: "the condition is being overdiagnosed on a remarkable scale." One in ten Americans now takes an anti-depressent, and we're prescribing them earlier than ever as revealed in Alternet's Why Life in America Can Literally Drive you Insane (via Mark's Daily Apple)
- Did you know depression is lowest in August? The New York Times reveals what Google searches tell us about seasonal patterns of depression: Dr. Google Will See You Now.
- Are you currently feeling down? Some good pointers in HuffPo's What to Do When You're Stuck in a Rut
- Ouch! Hurts to be reminded of this since I'm sure we're all guilty from time to time, but it is oh-so-true: Gossip is a waste of time…Give it up! from Kute Blackson (who has a fascinating life story)
- Tara Mohr posts an oldie but a goodie: Debunking the Whole “Life Purpose” Thing (I often follow a similar set of closing thoughts/mantras in my morning meditation sessions)
- BrainPicking's great summary on How Einstein Thought: Fostering Combinatorial Creativity and Unconscious Connections
- Rebecca at Working Self shares 5 Myths About Having it All
- Great summary of the most popular research in Fast Company's 10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways to be Happier Today and in HuffPo's article on The 75-Year Study that Found the Secrets to a Fulfilling Life
- Drew Hoolhorst makes the case on Medium for Why You Should Write:
"Some people might hate what you say. They might really love it. They might feel nothing. Any one of those things is oddly terrifying. But they will read it. There’s always the off chance of that, and that’s the whole reason you wrote in the first place."
- Having trouble sleeping? Peter Shallard shares some brilliant suggestions in Entrepreneurial Insomnia: How to Shut Off Your Brain When You Can’t Stop Thinking. And HuffPo chimes in with 9 Surprising Reasons You Can't Fall Asleep
- Here are 6 Habits To Help You Ride The (Inevitable) Waves Of Work Stress
- Mark's Daily Apple: How to Turn Your Nature Deficit Into a Nature Surplus
- From earlier this year: The New York Times on how we are systematically Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food.
- Food wise, I grapple with my sugar addiction more than just about anything else. You too? Check out National Geographic's Sugar Love (A Not So Sweet Story)
- For that reason, I've been asking myself this exact question when I'm about to fall into the trap of mindless eating: What Kind of Hungry are You? (Great write-up from Robb Wolf on the various reasons we turn to food)
- Some good fundamentals and surprises in here: 7 Ultimate Anti-Aging Exercises (from Prevention.com)
- Ooohh, wee! Why I love both: New York Times — Ask Well: Pilates vs. Yoga
- YUM. Nicole shares a delicious-sounding recipe for Blackberry Chia Seed Jam — long live the Chia seed! Especially for someone like me who hates fish :)
- Another great one from Pat Flynn at Chronicles of Strength (thank you Adam!) — 21 Tips for a Leaner, Happier and Healthier Life:
"#21: Do whatever it takes to be happy 97% of the time. Settle for nothing less. Focus first and foremost on yourself. Then find what it is in this world that is worth dedicating your life to. Never stop learning. Never stop growing." —Pat Flynn
- Fast Company: The Key To Getting Meetings With Insanely Busy People — Hint: don't ask to pick their brain! On that note, here are Marie Forleo's gracious solutions if someone asks to pick yours.
- Yours truly is featured with a few others at HuffPo in 13 Tips for Giving a Killer Presentation. Smile and breathe, baby!
- GREAT advice for solopreneurs from Stephanie at Blissbombed: 11 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Business
- Love this one from Seth Godin on how to generate a LASTING "brand crush" with Magic + Generosity.
- Another post from earlier this year, but I keep procrastinating on this!!! Have you done "estate planning" for your online assets yet? If not, check out Bequeathing the Keys to Your Digital Afterlife and Chris Huntley's face-the-facts admonishment to consider What Would Happen to my Online Business if I died? One service to check out: LivingLocker.com — has anyone used this? These are tough questions to ponder, but important ones.
- Tom Peters on why we need intelligence and effort; and yet, neither is sufficient. The magic ingredient? "Belief is what makes ideas soar."
- Oh, snap! Wired tells us why These Silicon Valley Titans Think You Probably Shouldn't Start a Company:
According to [Facebook and Asana co-founder Dustin] Moskovitz, the biggest problem in Silicon Valley culture is the fantasy that entrepreneurship is something you aspire to, in and of itself. “It’s total nonsense,” Moskovitz said. “I’m not really sure where it comes from, but every time I meet someone who says ‘I really want to be an entrepreneur’ but has no idea what they want to do, I really just think: ‘This person is totally aimless.’”
You shouldn’t want to start a company just for the sake of starting a company, he said. You should want to start a company because you believe in an idea. —Via Wired Magazine
- I liked this quote from New York Magazine's feature story on the founders of eyeglass manufacturer Warby Parker, as they "train their sights on the stylish, 'post-wealth' millennial set—as customers and employees":
"When we looked out at the world of brands, they tended to think of aspiration as wealth,” says [co-founder] Blumenthal. “But when we talked to our friends and looked at macro trends, particularly of the millennials, the No. 1 goal of everybody is not to live a life of just buying a bunch of very expensive objects. I think today people would rather go see the mountain gorillas in Rwanda and have an amazing experience and tell their friends about it. That has more about social capital than, you know, taking a private plane to St.-Tropez." —New York Magazine, 30/20 Vision
- The end of the independent bookstore (and a new golden age for books) — I second Seth Godin: there's no point in vilifying Amazon even IF we love our independent bookstores. They've breathed life back into the "long tail", giving unprecedented opportunity to authors and readers.
- In fact, many small bookstores are now turning to crowdfunding: To Stay Afloat, Bookstores Turn to Web Donors
Just for Fun
This video had me laughing out loud in seconds — via Yahoo, Comedian spooks strangers with 'Split Man' trick in viral video:
Call me slow, but how does he do it?! Someone explain this to me please :)