The Human Race: Our Call to Action
 
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Inspired by the Dalai Lama:

You do not need to have an in-depth understanding on the inner workings of the mind, politics, or religion to know that we are primates, relatives of tree-swinging, howling, poop-throwing monkeys. We are animals in a unique situation that allows us to have more power than all the other animals because of our ability to socialize peacefully and create huge trade networks involving the transportation of information into space and back again.

We are crazy apes.

And we have made it through incredible survival tests throughout the billions of years of evolution to make it this far. We have survived the volcanoes, asteroids, dinosaurs, lions and each other, so far. But what about all the thousands of other species of creatures who stood in our way, that were not so lucky, and got wiped off the face of the earth forever?

Clearly, survival is not just about your own survival, its about all the other creatures too.

Would you rather walk through a park with birds, butterflies, trees, flowers, a river, fish, dogs and other people… or across a barren pile of rocks in a desert? Most people enjoy the company of other species on the planet, aside from the fact that the biodiversity of our natural systems is what keeps us alive and well.

In short, we need a world that supports all life, because it makes it better for everyone in the long- and short-term. We need to look each other in the eye until we understand deep in our hearts that we are all the same, we share this planet, and the experiences of pleasure and pain, of love and loss, of highs and lows, of joy and sadness, of having a mother.

How we improve ourselves:

Step 1.

Our collective mother, Mother Nature, gives us everything we need, all we have to do is enjoy what is already here. It’s that simple.

Step 2.

Once we fully embrace Mother Nature as the complete provider, then we can make successful mind-blowing technologies for intergalactic space-time travel and uploading consciousness.

It simply won’t work in the long run if we skip Step 1 (which is what appears to be happening in the world right now). It’s like a car, you need a charge in the battery to start the ignition, without that charge the car goes nowhere. Same goes for us, without the understanding of oneness and gratitude for Nature (our electric charge), we have nothing in terms of the progress of civilization.

Go outside. Enjoy nature. Don’t die. Love your short blip of life, because that’s the only thing worth doing.

Peter Fettis
Meditate Like a Superhero
 
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Study the habits of Olympic athletes, elite executives, Nobel Prize winners and gurus of all time and you will more than likely come across a generous supply of meditation techniques. Observe the patterns of water, trees, and the night sky and you will find inspiration too. Listen to your heart and your dreams to find that what you need is already here.

Here you’ll get a taste of how and why to meditate. Before you go learning about what’s out there in meditation locations, it’s important to have a few pointers for how to get started. Because of the almost endless sphere of wisdom on meditation…

Start now with what’s “in here” and take notes on why you want to meditate — this can help you narrow down how to find a teacher and a set of practices that works for you.

 

What Meditation Is

 

Sit still in a cave for 50 years, and you may learn what meditation is. Tap in to your breath right now, and you may learn what meditation is. Go on a walk in the woods, listen to the wind in the trees, look up at the clouds and you may may learn what meditation is. You can replace it with words that are similar to it such as breathing, praying, focusing, sitting still, being quiet and at peace, however there is more to it that that — it involves a dedication to knowing your self and the universe that is responsible for your existence.

It is hard to define meditation, but one can be sure that: (1) you can just keep doing it until you levitate or something awesome happens and (2) it produces a state of calm, vibrant energy that allows you to be an efficient, productive and loving human being.

 

The Soul Awakens

 

Your journey in meditation is the adventure of a lifetime. In meditation, we get the opportunity to understand ourselves from a state of complete observation, where we can choose to respond to our thoughts and actions. Our minds become superchargers for creating the change in the world that we need to see, and our ability to focus on what matters most gives us the ability to gravitate the exact combination of circumstances that conveniently place us in a state of growth. Like the trees, our trunk grows stronger, roots go deeper into the foundation, and leaves spread out farther and farther creating more life for us and more air to breathe for our companions.

 

Tapping Into the Interdimensional Field

 

Get ready for hyperspace… initiate rocket boosters. Go!

According to quantum theory, it is possible to travel faster than the speed of light. Your consciousness, which exists in the realm beyond space-time is always in hyperspace. The physical world is made mostly of the three dimensions of matter. These dimensions matter to us because they are useful for navigating our bodies in space and understanding the laws of physics. The non-physical world is made up of energy (vibration) or consciousness and directly influences the appearance and characteristics of the physical world. By practicing meditation, you withdraw your senses from the physical world and tap into the energetic world of your thoughts and emotions and, beyond that, the pure realm of unity where gurus and hippies get the blissful feeling that WE ARE ONE. (And not just that all humans are one, but everything. Perhaps, if you feel it yourself you may experience a ticklish sense of dissolving that grows in intensity until all you can do is sit and feel that feeling).

Our feelings, which have a uniform vibrational signature (frequency), directly influences the structure of our DNA (source code), the bioelectrical expressions of our nervous system (chakras), and hence our overall physical health and well-being (aura/astral body). By meditating, you become aware of the patterns and laws of metaphysics that govern your true nature (spirit) that exist independently of this three dimensional hologram world illusion (maya) and how to let go of what we have been conditioned to think by our social upbringing in a form of unshackling and shedding layers and blossoming into the recognition of ourselves as merely here on earth to learn and enjoy our experience of living without judging our predispositions to like and dislikes. Tapping into the interdimensional field (by sitting quietly and allowing yourself to relax) helps you put on super groovy extrasensory glasses without needing all the LSD, and comes with the side effect of a naturally boosted IQ and immune system, not to mention being able to see the silver lining in the most challenging situations and keep smiling (you may, however, just have to accept the fact that you constantly question the truth of what you imagine to be real).

 

Free Your Mind

 

Meditation is good for you. It helps with seeing through what’s holding you back and why you are learning the lessons you are currently learning. Like many things that are good for you, it can be equally uncomfortable and rewarding. Harvard University has complied a selection of tips on mindfulness for well-being for you to explore here.

 

Meditation Is A Win-Win

 

When you meditate, you increase self-awareness. When that happens everyone else around you benefits. As vibrations permeate through space, you are able to influence more than just those people immediately surrounding you. As we all begin to collectively tap into the wealth of knowledge that rests “in our minds eye” we all benefit from one another’s discoveries and revelations. Just like invention of the book, the lightbulb and the internet, we all are contributing in small ways toward a great progression of evolution that extends beyond human beings to all beings with which we share the planet (and the universe).

 

The Art of Visualization

 

When you focus on an image, feeling, or scenario (over and over and over), you create that situation in the real world. If meditation is observing reality, visualization is creating reality. Meditation and visualization are best friends like yin and yang and peanut butter and jelly. It’s hard to imagine one without the other and most of the time, both are happening at once. Imagining a new pony for your birthday, contemplating your dream life, and devotional prayer can all be considered visualization.

 

A Visualization Exercise

 

“Distill everything to its essence and you get love. Find that space within yourself to feel love and grow love trees that bear a bountiful harvest which you share the fruits with everyone around you.”

 

Affirmations for Mind Control

 

Affirmation goes hand in hand with meditation and visualization as a way of reminding yourself to be a certain way with a mantra or phrase. It’s mind control. Get over it. You need to be able to control your mind if you are going to be a successful human being. You are re-wiring your brain. You don’t have to do it, it’s just a free upgrade offered by the universe. The choice is yours. Simple mantras include “OM” (the overall vibration of creation) and “I AM” (to confirm that in fact you do exist, in case you were having second thoughts). Longer mantras work as well, here’s an example:

“I am opening my path to new life and remembering the connection between all beings in the collective ascension to the highest dimension of existence that is pure love.”

 

How to Start Your Meditation Journey

 

First, if you want to learn anything well, it helps to find someone (a teacher) who is way better than you to help speed up your progress. Therefore, get a competent meditation teacher! It doesn’t have to be formal, just someone who inspires you with great experience that you can talk to about your challenges and aspirations.

Second, spend a minimal amount of time shopping around with philosophies (so to speak), and just ask yourself why you feel the need to meditate, and the universe will respond to your conscious thought projection, and you will experience a coincidence (synchronicity) that shows you how you can start to dive into one practice.

Third, to get the idea of what this is about, sit quietly in a comfortable position with your spine straight and observe your breathing. Naturally thoughts will come, let them go, and return to your breathing. If you like, you can imagine a warm, glowing orb of light expanding from within you in all directions. Stay calm, you’re going to be amazing at this.

 

Now, it’s go time.

Set aside 20 minutes a day, morning and night to get in a solid practice. Meditation is as restful as sleep, so the more you meditate the less sleep you need.

 

Remember that every journey begins with a single step. All you have to do is pay attention and watch for signs guiding your path.

Two resources for your meditation journey — (1) Self-Realization Fellowship (yoga community) and (2) Creative Visualization (book). The first is for friends, the second, for your imagination — both are for your practice.

If you actually read all of this, thank you and congratulations! You have a high tolerance for spiritual fluff and a deep willingness to understand the universe.

 

Act Now! Time is Limited, Love is Unlimited

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Peter Fettis
Free DNA (Nutrigenomics) Report
 
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Free Gene Reports

@FOUNDMYFITNESS (DR. RHONDA PATRICK)

NUTRIGENOMICS (DEFINITION):

Nutritional genomics is the study of the effects of foods and food constituents on gene expression. By determining the mechanism of the effects of nutrients or the effects of a nutritional regime, nutrigenomics tries to define the causality or relationship between these specific nutrients and specific nutrient regimes (diets) on human health.

ABOUT GENETIC REPORTS

Genetic Reports use your raw data from genetic testing sites such as 23andMe to offer a more comprehensive look at your own DNA to give you a personalized approach to health and nutrition. Learn how your body uses nutritional components like B vitamins, Omega-3 fats and discover your genetic weaknesses so that you can take actionable steps to manage your genes for the long-run.

PRE-REQUISITE: GET YOUR GENE TEST THROUGH 23ANDME

This particular Free Gene Report from Dr. Patrick is donation-based. Like all genetic reports, Dr. Patrick's Free Gene Report requires you to previously have your genome sequenced (this part is not free) by signing up for a one-time home delivery testing service like 23andMe.com ($99).

 

Peter Fettis
History and Uses of Medicinal Herbs (Adaptogens)
 
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    Plants are Mother Nature’s first medicine for us! These plants stand the test of time as a part of the medical systems in China, India, Greece, Egypt and the Americas for thousands of years. All are regarded as safe for human consumption, with minimal side effects and interactions with other drugs. These herbs go by many names including: Tonic, Rasayana, Rejuvenative, Restorative, Adaptogen, Balancer, Stabilizer and Stress-Reliever. Imagine the following list as millions of hours of trial and error condensed into one list.
    As Stabilizers, these herbs help the body regulate homeostasis, so if something is too high, it gets lowered, and vice versa. All of these have antioxidant properties, essentially slowing the aging process and promoting vitality at all ages. As always, talk with a doctor and herbalist before medicating with these herbs especially if you have any medical conditions.
    You can find organic versions of these items (in bulk) online. Cost per dose averages about 10 cents per day. Banyan Botanicals (banyanbotanicals.com) and Blue Mountain Organics (www.bluemountainorganics.com) are top sources.


Medicinal Herbs Listed

  1. Green Tea
  2. Gingko
  3. Ashwagandha
  4. Lion’s Mane
  5. Turkey Tail
  6. Shatavari
  7. Guduchi
  8. MSM (Sulfur)
  9. Cacao
  10. Raw Honey
  11. Guggulu
  12. He Shou Wu
  13. Damiana
  14. Mugwort
  15. Triphala
  16. Spirulina and Chlorella
  17. Ginger
  18. Turmeric
  19. Dandelion
  20. Cinnamon
  21. Reishi
  22. Ginseng
  23. Astragalus
  24. Schisandra
  25. Moringa
  26. Suma,
  27. Licorice
  28. Gotu Kola
  29. Brahmi
  30. Osha
  31. Shilajit
  32. Cannabis
  33. Black Cumin
  34. Oregano

 


Green Tea
“Morning Miracle”


Origin: Asia
Uses: Fat loss; increased brain function; increased physical endurance; cancer/diabetes/heart disease prevention.
Precautions: Avoid mixing with stimulants / drinking before bed.
History: Used in ancient Chinese culture, cultivation dates back to some of the first Zen monasteries.
Fun Fact: Green tea, black tea, oolong tea and pu-erh tea all come from the Camellia sinensis plant.

Gingko
“Buddha’s Delight”


Origin: Asia
Uses: Enhance brain function; reduce anxiety and Alzheimer’s risk; increase circulation.
Precautions: Avoid with anticoagulants like Aspirin/Wayfarin.
History: Similar to Green Tea, Gingko has a long history as food and medicine in ancient China.
Fun Fact: Gingko trees can live to be over 1,000 years old.


Ashwagandha
“Indian Ginseng”


Origin: India
Uses: Increase testosterone and fertility in men; aphrodisiac; reduce stress and depression; reduce inflammation, diabetes, high cholesterol and cancer risk; increase lean muscle mass and strength.
Precautions: Avoid with low blood pressure and ulcers.
History: Used in ancient India as a major medical staple to treat cases of weakness, infertility and immune disorders for at least 3,000 years.
Fun Fact: In Sanskrit, Ashwagandha means “smells like a horse,” referencing its ability to give you the vigor of a young stallion.


Lion’s Mane Mushroom
“Brain Blaster”


Origin: China
Uses: Support heart, nervous system and immune health; improve neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s/multiple sclerosis; enhance cognitive function; stimulate nerve growth.
Precautions: No recorded side effects (intense focus in high doses).
History: Common mushroom to forage for food and medicine in China for hundreds of years.
Fun Fact: In Asia, Lion’s Mane is known for giving you “nerves of steel and the memory of a lion.” Lions must have exceptional memories.


Turkey Tail Mushroom
“Swirling Clouds”


Origin: Global (Common Across All Continents)
Uses: Balancing the immune system; reducing cancer risk.
Precautions: No recorded side effects.
History: Turkey tail grows in many kinds of forests, making it a common food among various cultures. In Japan, it is approved as a cancer treatment and FDA is running trials on its efficacy in the US.
Fun Fact: The cloud imagery associated with these mushrooms resembles “longevity, spiritual attunement and infinity.”


Shatavari
“Himalayan Love”


Origin: India and Himalayas
Uses: Female fertility; aphrodisiac; stress relief; improving digestion.
Precautions: Occasional stomach upset/diarrhea.
History: Used in ancient India for hundreds of years as a common treatment for reproductive health.
Fun Fact: Shatavari means “woman with a hundred husbands.” 


Guduchi
“Divine Nectar”


Origin: India
Uses: Reduce allergies; boosting the immune system; lowering cholesterol; ulcer/cancer/diabetes/arthritis/heart disease prevention; STD treatment of hepatitis, syphilis, and gonorrhea.
Precautions: Use caution with Autoimmune diseases (may stimulate immune system) and pregnancy.
History: The earliest Ayurvedic doctors highly respected this plant because of its incredible range of healing, calling it Amrita or “divine nectar.”
Fun Fact: Amrita when translated directly, means “immortality.”


MSM (Sulfur)
“Rain Extract”


Origin: Global Sulfur Cycle (Ocean plankton make sulfur gas, which rises into clouds, and rains down into soil, where it is extracted).
Uses: Joint health; reduce allergies; arthritis and pain relief; improve digestion and autoimmune conditions.
Precautions: Occasional nausea and diarrhea.
History: We have been exposed to sulfur since the beginning, raw fruits, veggies and meats (and obviously rain water) all have sulfur.
Fun Fact: MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane) is a bioactive sulfur compound. Sulfur is the third most abundant mineral in the body responsible for hundreds of biological functions. All living beings use MSM.


Cacao
“Chocolate!”


Origin: Central America
Uses: Improve heart health; balance blood sugar; lower cholesterol; improve mood and cognitive function. 
Precautions: Nervousness and fast heartbeat in high doses.
History: Central American indigenous tribes, Aztecs and Mayans are some of the first to have social and ceremonial uses of cacao (chocolate). The Aztecs grew chocolate trees in the front yards of their homes. Now, the chocolate trade is a $100 billion global market. Cacao is the raw, unprocessed version of cocoa (cooked beans) most common today.
Fun Fact: Theobromine, a chemical cousin of caffeine and the active component in chocolate, releases a chemical in the brain known as “anandamide,” or the bliss molecule – which is normally released during exercise, sex, and states of euphoria. Chocolate and cannabis are the only two external compounds known to directly release anandamide.


Raw Honey
“The Bees Knees”


Origin: Flowers and Honey Bees
Uses: Reduce allergies; boost immune system; improve sleep; relieve coughing; wound healing (especially Manuka Honey).
Precautions: Weakness and heart problems in high doses.
History: Used in prehistoric cultures as a food source, then in Ayurveda as a healing agent and detoxifier. 
Fun Fact: Bees actually digest honey then spit it out for you to eat.


Guggulu
“The Google Tree”


Origin: India
Uses: Detoxify; support immune system; promote healthy skin and joints; support menstrual cycle; increase metabolism and weight-loss; lowering cholesterol/heart disease prevention; improving digestion.
Precautions: Occasional nausea and headaches.
History: Used in Ayurveda for millennia as the foundation of many medicinal compounds, specifically because of its ability to carry other medicines deep into the bodily tissues.
Fun Fact: In Sanskrit, Guggulu (the resin of the Myrrh tree) means “protects from disease.”


He Shou Wu (Fo-Ti)
“Mr. He’s Secret”


Origin: China
Uses: Muscular endurance; boosting the immune system; increasing metabolism; lowering cholesterol/heart disease prevention; reversing graying of hair; longevity.
Precautions: Occasional numbness and diarrhea.
History: According to legend, an older man (Mr. He) went into the forest and got lost. For a while, he lived only on He Shou Wu, and when he came back to his town, his hair had gone from grey to jet black and he fathered many more children. Everyone asked his secret, he willingly told them about He Shou Wu. Now, Chinese medicine considers He Shou Wu to be the main vital energy-restoring herb.
Fun Fact: He Shou Wu translates to “the black-haired Mr. He.”


Damiana
“Aztec Party Plant”


Origin: Central America
Uses: Aphrodisiac; improve mood; enhance dreaming; relieve headache; relieve stress; improve digestion.
Precautions: Can lower blood sugar in diabetics.
History: Used by Mayans, Aztecs, and Incans for hundreds of years as a social drink and medicine to decrease nervousness and sexual debility – even being given to children, because of its relative safety.
Fun Fact: Damiana comes from the Greek word damia, which means “taming the wild one,” because of its calming effects.


Mugwort
“Dream Delivery”


Origin: Europe, Americas and Asia
Uses: Relieve hysteria and epilespy; support healthy menstruation; enhance dreaming; detoxify liver; lowering cholesterol/heart disease prevention; anti-parasitic and anti-worm; improve digestion.
Precautions: Occasional diarrhea.
History: Mugwort has been used by many cultures for thousands of years in social, religious and medical practices. Ancient Romans placed mugwort in their shoes to keep their feet from getting tired. 
Fun Fact: Mugwort has anecdotal ties to the spirit world across many cultures including Christians and Native Americans: in warding off ghosts and enhancing prophetic dreams. It is mildly hallucinogenic and the active ingredient in absinth. Mugwort is one of the nastiest tasting substances known to mankind.


Triphala
“Buddha Fruit”


Origin: Asia
Uses: Detoxify; lower cholesterol; improve heart and brain function; improve digestion and elimination.
Precautions: Occasional diarrhea.
History: Used for thousands of years in Ayurveda, its earliest reference is in the medical text Sushrut Samhita, which dates back 3,500 years.
Fun Fact: Triphala means “three fruits” which are amylaki, haritaki and bibhitaki. The Buddha is often shown holding a haritaki fruit in his extended hand signifying its ancient medical use in Asia.


Spirulina and Chlorella Algae
“Swampy Goop”


Origin: Tropical and subtropical fresh waters that contain a high mineral content.
Uses: Muscular endurance; boosting the immune system; improving memory; increasing metabolism; lowering cholesterol/heart disease prevention; healing wounds; and improving digestion.
Precautions: Autoimmune diseases and avoid when pregnant or breastfeeding.
History: Used in ancient cultures as a food source, this is a popular organic supplement for hikers, Olympians and the elderly because of its wide range of health benefits.
Fun Fact: It is now grown as a staple in Africa to treat chronic malnutrition.


Ginger Root
“Awakened Energy”


Origin: Asia, South America, Africa, and the Middle East.
Uses: Improving digestion; aphrodisiac; reducing motion sickness, gas, diarrhea, IBS; relieving arthritis, menstrual pain, migraines, bronchitis, anxiety, diabetes, muscle cramps.
Precautions: May cause increased risk of bleeding with someone with bleeding disorders, and increased insulin levels and/or lower blood sugar.
History: Used in global cuisines and medical systems for over 6,000 years.
Fun Fact: Mixing honey and sliced ginger in a tea is an world-class remedy for breathing issues.


Turmeric Root
“Golden Remedy”


Origin: India
Uses: Treating arthritis, muscle tension, depression, heartburn, joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, IBS, gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, skin inflammation, bronchitis, colds, and lung infections.
Precautions: May slow blood clotting, cause upset stomach, and decrease blood sugar in people with diabetes.
History: Used as a medicine and main ingredient in curry recipes for 6,000 years. Turmeric is a specific species of the ginger plant.
Fun Fact: Turmeric is more effective at treating chronic medical conditions than at least fourteen prescription medications (see Uses above). There are thousands of studies indicating turmeric's effectiveness as a natural remedy.


Parsley, Dandelion and Cilantro
“Three Emeralds”


Origin: China and the Mediterranean
Uses: Detoxing from heavy metal exposure; enhancing dreams and visions; treating digestion problems, loss of appetite, hernia, nausea, diarrhea, bowel spasms, intestinal gas, hemorrhoids, toothaches, and joint pain.
Precautions: May consider avoiding any dosage if pregnant.
History: The Egyptians and Mesopotamians used these herbs in cooking, and the Conquistadors brought cilantro to the Americas where it flourished.
Fun Fact: Cilantro is a member of the Parsley species, and the seeds are ground to make Coriander spice.


Ceylon Cinnamon
“Sweet Tree”


Origin: Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)
Uses: Treating gastrointestinal upset, menstrual cramps, colds, and the flu.
Precautions: Can lower blood sugar with type 2 diabetes.
History: Ancient Greek kings prized this spice so much that they believed that Cinnamon came directly from the gods on top of Mount Olympus. Cinnamon has a global history in the early spice trade.
Fun Fact: Most cinnamon in stores is “Cassia,” a similar tree bark known as “false cinnamon.” Ceylon Cinnamon is sweeter and spicier than Cassia.


Reishi Mushroom
“Royal Immortality”


Origin: China and Korea
Uses: Balancing the immune system; treating viral infections, swine flu, avian flu, lung conditions (asthma and bronchitis), heart disease, kidney disease, cancer, liver disease, HIV, altitude sickness, chronic fatigue, insomnia, stomach ulcers, Candida, chemical poisoning, chemotherapy and herpes pain.
Precautions: May cause increased bleeding and lower blood pressure.
History: Chinese Emperors prized this woody fungi for its ability to strengthen the body and promote lucid dreaming.
Fun Fact: Reishi breathes just like humans, in with oxygen and out with carbon dioxide.

Ginseng Root
“The Human Root”


Origin: Siberia, Asia, and the Americas
Uses: Treating stress, boosting the immune system, and gastritis.
Precautions: Avoid if pregnant, may lower blood sugar with people with diabetes, causes sleep problems and agitation for mental conditions.
History: There are many Ginseng species, including Asian, Siberian, Korean, American and Brazilian. Asian (Panax species: “all healing”) is the “true” ginseng, and has been a main component of Chinese medicine for millennia.
Fun Fact: The word ginseng means “person + root” in Chinese due to the fact it looks like a person with arms, legs and a head when you take it out of the ground.


Astragalus Root
“Superior Earth”


Origin: China, Mongolia and North Korea
Uses: Treating common cold, upper respiratory infections, allergies, fibromyalgia, anemia, HIV, chronic fatigue syndrome, kidney disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Precautions: Avoid using with an Autoimmune Disease.
History: Astragalus, like Ginseng, is one of the main roots used in Chinese medicine. Of the 2,000 species of Astragalus, only two species, “Astragalus mebranaceous” and “Astragalus mongholicus” are used for medicine.
Fun Fact: The Chinese word for Astragalus, “huang-qi” means “superior earth” referring to it's ability to regenerate the spleen.

Schisandra Berry
“Five-Flavor Fortune”


Origin: China and Russia
Uses: Preventing aging, normalizing blood sugar, reducing blood pressure, stimulating the immune system, treating liver disease, high cholesterol, coughs, asthma, insomnia, spontaneous sweating, involuntary discharge of semen, erectile dysfunction, exhaustion, excessive urination, depression, irritability, astigmatism and memory loss.
Precautions: Side effects include increased stomach acid with individuals that have GERD disease.
History: Chinese and Tibetans have used this herb for at least 2,000 years, and more recently in the Russian strongman community.
Fun Fact: The five flavors refer to bitter, sour, sweet, pungent and salty – the main tastes regions on the tongue. Schisandra is the only known plant to contain all of these flavors in one.


Moringa Leaf
“The Miracle Tree”


Origin: Africa, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan
Uses: Treating anemia, arthritis, rheumatism, asthma, cancer, constipation, diabetes, diarrhea, epilepsy, stomach pain, stomach and intestinal ulcers, intestinal spasms, headache, heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney stones, fluid retention, thyroid disorders, and infections.
Precautions: Avoid using when pregnant.
History: Indian Medicine has used the moringa tree for building materials and as a medicine for 5,000 years. It is one of the most commonly grown herbs across the globe today.
Fun Fact: Moringa is one of very few plants to contain Vitamin B12.

Tulsi (Holy Basil)
“The Unparalled”


Origin: India
Uses: Treating colds, flus, H1N1 virus (swine flu), diabetes, bronchitis, earache, headache, stomach upset, heart disease, fever, viral hepatitis, stress, and tuberculosis.
Precautions: May slow blood clotting.
History: Hindus use Tulsi in religious traditions and as a medicine and essential oil promoted for its “merciful“ quality. Tulsi is unique and means “unmatched” or “incomparable.”
Fun Fact: Tulsi is a sacred herb grown in many Indian home gardens, as a “good luck” symbol of health, fortune and prosperity.

Suma Root
“The Amazon Wonder”


Origin: South America
Uses: Treating cancer and tumors, diabetes, male sexual performance problems, and applied to the skin for wounds and skin problems.
Precautions: Suma can cause asthma symptoms if the root powder is inhaled.
History: Indigenous Amazon tribes have used this herb for millenia, as an aphrodisiac, calming herb and strengthener.
Fun Fact: A relative of ginseng, Suma means “for all,” as a traditional Brazilian medicine for all problems.

Licorice Root
“Sweet Stomach Soother”


Origin: Europe and Asia
Uses: Treating stomach ulcers, bronchitis, osteoarthritis, lupus, malaria, tuberculosis, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Precautions: When used for several weeks it can cause high blood pressure, low potassium levels, weakness, paralysis, and occasionally brain damage.
History: Licorice has been used to treat digestive conditions in India and China for millennia.
Fun Fact: Licorice root is now mixed with sugar to make black licorice candy. It is biologically unrelated to anise and fennel, which have a similar taste.

Gotu Kola
“The Crown”


Origin: Asia
Uses: Treating infections, shingles, leprosy, cholera, dysentery, syphilis, colds, flu, H1N1, tuberculosis, and schistosomiasis.
Precautions: May cause too much sleepiness if combined with medications used during and after surgery.
History: People have used this herb for thousands of years in India, China and Indonesia for calming and rejuvenating of the soul. It is one of the most commonly used herbs in Indian medicine today.
Fun Fact: When people saw elephants munching on gotu kola leaves, and knowing how long elephants live, they decided it must increase your lifespan. Science shows this herb has a rare anti-oxidant recycling biological function, making it a unique herb for longevity and mental performance.

Brahmi
“The Expander”


Origin: Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America
Uses: Treating Alzheimer's, improving memory, anxiety, ADHD, backache, mental illness, epilepsy, and joint pain.
Precautions: May increase secretions in urinary tract, may cause increased levels of thyroid hormone, could worsen lung conditions (asthma), slow down heart beat, and cause congestion in intestines.
History: Brahmi means “to expand and create” and this plant has a place in Yoga traditions for expanding the mind. One of the earliest Indian systems of writing is called Brahmi. It has been a common medicine in India for 2,500 years.
Fun Fact: Brahmi has neuroprotective qualities that make it useful for clear thoughts.


Osha Root
“Breath of America”


Origin: Rocky Mountains from Mexico to Canada
Uses: Treating sore throats, bronchitis, cough, colds, influenza, H1N1 virus (swine flu), viral infections, and pneumonia.
Precautions: Avoid when pregnant.
History: Native Americans regularly used this herb to treat heart and lung conditions.
Fun Fact: Osha is a species in the Parsley family.


Shilajit
“Conqueror of Mountains”


Origin: Himalaya Mountains
Uses: Treating arthritis, stress, and aging (both mental and physical); enhancing strength.
Precautions: May lower blood pressure and reduce blood sugar in diabetics.
History: Ancient cultures revered this mineral resin for its ability to enhance mountain climbing ability and clear the mind. It has been used as a staple in Indian medicine for the trace minerals it possesses.
Fun Fact: Shilajit is millions of years old plant matter that has been squeezed out of cracks in the mountains by tectonic plate movement.

Cannabis Flower
“The Truth Serum”


Origin: Asia
Uses: Treating Alzheimer's, glaucoma, arthritis, diabetes, muscle spasms, nausea, insomnia, depression, poor appetite, anxiety, epilepsy, nerve pain; inhibiting tumors and viruses.
Precautions: May cause depersonalization and anxiety.
History: Cannabis has a sacred place in world religions and medicine dating back at least 5,000 years. Today, it is one of the most commonly used herbs as a mild euphoriant and sedative.
Fun Fact: Ancient Greeks and Indians traded gold for cannabis oil to burn in the temples.

Black Cumin Seed Oil
“Cures All But Death”


Origin: Europe and the Middle East
Uses: Treating MRSA (staph) infection, psoriasis, eczema, epilepsy, heavy metal poisoning, tumors (esp. leukemia), diarrhea; increasing urine flow, menstruation.
Precautions: May slow blood clotting and lower blood sugar.
History: Black cumin (Nigella sativa) is different from the spice cumin (Cuminum cyminum) or turmeric (Curcumin). It has been a part of Greek and Egyptian medicine for it's ability to enhance the immune system.
Fun Fact: Mohammed (the Prophet of Islam) is known for saying that Black Cumin Oil “cures everything, except for death.”


Oregano Leaf Oil
“Delight of The Mountain”


Origin: Europe and Asia
Uses: Internal - Treating intestinal parasites, allergies, sinus pain, arthritis, cold and flu. External - Treating acne, athlete's foot, dandruff, canker sores, warts, ringworm, rosacea, and psoriasis.
Precautions: May cause increased risk of bleeding, allergic reaction, and low blood sugar.
History: Oregano has been used in Mediterranean cooking and medicine for at least 4,000 years.
Fun Fact: The ancient Greeks believed the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, created oregano as a symbol of happiness, so newlyweds are crowned with laurels of oregano.
 

Peter Fettis
How To Practice The Ayurvedic Morning Routine
 
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Ayurveda is the current medical system of India and the “sister science” of yoga, practiced for over 3000 years with modern adjustments. It compliments Western medicine with natural, non-invasive methods.

 

Ayurvedic Morning Routine

1. Wake up before sunrise

2. Give thanks

3. Wash face

4. Brush teeth

5. Scrape tongue

6. Salt water gargle

7. Blow nose

8. Wash ears

9. Drink lemon water

10. Move bowels

11. Coconut oil self-massage (face, neck, stomach, and legs)

12. Shower

13. Get dressed in clean clothes

14. Use aromatic essential oils (amber, jasmine, sandalwood)

15. Exercise

16. Deep breathing

17. Meditation (sitting, walking, breathing)

 

Ayurveda (literally "art of living") offers ways of treating people with natural therapies. Banyan botanicals offers a wide variety of organic herbs and guidance for those with health questions. They provide two quizzes to help you determine your birth state (prakriti) and current state (vikriti) as a means of giving you education about how to take care of yourself on an individual basis. These tests provide you with your "constitution" corresponding to earth elements (known as doshas). There are three unique doshas, and everyone has a different balance of them at different times in life, including kapha (water), pitta (fire), and vata (air). These quizzes provide insights into foods to eat and how to nurture yourself.

Prakriti (birth type): www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/prakriti-quiz/

Vikriti (current type): www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/vikriti-quiz/

For specific uses of Ayurvedic herbs: www.herbies-herbs.com/pages/ayurvedicherbuses.htm

For more about Ayurvedic Science: www.ayurveda.com

Contact an Ayurvedic Doctor: www.ayurvedanama.org/search

 

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The Mission Statement: The SMART Goal Exercise
 
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Writing a Mission Statement is like writing a poem, it speaks from the heart. In order to get started, it helps to have an idea of where you want to end up and what direction you wish to take. If you are fuzzy on the details. start with a big vision or a feeling, and narrow it down to a short sentence. To give your mission statement practical value, you can apply it to your daily life by giving it a set of values know as the "SMART" goal.

This technique is effective at the individual level for reaching personal milestones and at the group level for making sure everyone is on the same page and working together.

Let's get started on bringing your SMART Goal into reality.

SMART goals are a way to make sure you do things well the first time around - by creating a clear vision of what you are working on.

 

The Five Criteria for a SMART goal:

- Specific: you understand exactly what you are doing

- Measurable: you can track your progress

- Attainable: your goal is an achievement

- Realistic: you believe you can reach your goal

- Timely: you have a deadline

 

For this exercise, first, take 5 minutes to focus on a BIG (long-term) goal of yours, and then think of a goal you can achieve in the next 3 months (short-term) that helps you work towards your big goal.

Second, take 5 minutes to write down both your long- and short-term goals in 30 words or fewer for each goal with the following points in mind:

1. Your long term goal is lofty and ideal - your Mission Statement - shoot for the stars!

2. Your short-term goal is achievable and practical - your SMART Goal - something you can work on every day, which includes:

- a date of completion

- a measurable outcome

- a commitment to making it happen "I will"

- you and a witness (your friend) sign it

 

That's it!

 

 

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World Peace and Global Intelligence
 
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We need peace* on earth. Here’s why it’s necessary, what it means for all of us and how we can work towards it.

 

As our power continues to grow exponentially with technology, we must seek to protect ourselves (and the delicate balance of nature) from our own decisions by supporting a resilient “global intelligence immune system.”

 

*Peace is immunity, it’s the active resistance to harmful threats. For the sake of discussion, let's call peace co-existence: all of us being able to exist in the same place in either a neutral relationship (tolerance, at worst) and a positive relationship (symbiosis, at best).

 

We have not yet explored, terraformed and colonized other planets, but even in the good chance that we do, it will be better to keep the one that has been formed by nature over billions of years in the best condition possible, to use as a model, and also as a lovely place to live for our grandchildren and their grandchildren’s grandchildren.

 

In order to guarantee the survival of not just our species, but the interdependent ecological processes that support the web of life, we need to work together.

 

No amount of removing yourself from society, whether it’s giving up your chance to vote in an election, locking yourself in your room, deleting your facebook account, taking psychedelics, or living on a self-sustained farm off-grid in the jungle will change what everyone else is doing ALONE. In fact, only until a behavior is accepted by a group people that it has the potential of becoming an acceptable social act. So if you want to make a difference, you need to follow or be followed.

 

For example, if I were the only one practicing free speech, and someone who had been living in a dictatorship saw me do this, they would be outraged, confused or tell me to shut up before anyone hears. We have cultural and legal sanctions that we have conjured in our minds to ideally mimic the laws of nature, and we call these "rights."

 

For those of you who feel isolated and simultaneously inspired to go on a “hero’s journey” where you spend a portion of time defining yourself outside of the walls of society a la Thoreau's "Walden" and Emerson’s "Self-Reliance", I encourage you, but know that, in almost all cases, your quest is fundamentally incomplete in terms of how to make a LASTING positive impact --- until you come back to society to share what you have learned by being a living example and serving others. The act of removing yourself from society simply minimizes your negative impact fueled by a capitalist-driven consumer mindset. To make a note, capitalism is not the problem in theory, and it does give us all incredible "opportunity to make a better life with hard work," but how it works in reality creates incredible gaps in the distribution of wealth (which to date, is always the case, creating a major source of unnecessary suffering and social unrest).

 

Interacting with society is the only way to change it, and by leaving it (which you will find is impossible to do anyways) you severely limit yourself to countless opportunities for being a part of "something great that makes the history books," which at the end of the day, makes for a splendid tombstone epitaph.

 

For the record, monks who live in caves seek unlimited consciousness and the union with ultimate reality, which is a perfect example of how leaving society ironically changes it because it creates stories that people in society make about you. (You learn about monks in a cave because these monks often have followers who bring food and flowers to the cave as offerings, and then tell others about the monks in the cave, and word spreads like wildfire). Point being, humans tend to gossip and we are all connected whether we know it or not.

 

Society and "the system" of institutional bureaucracy (and all of us who buy into the idea of nations and corporations) is just like “modern science”, it’s the best tool we have for the given purpose - and that's why it exists. If you disagree, first in the case of science which aims to objectively understand the laws of nature, IMAGINE that we never discovered how electricity works, so now instead of *reading on your computer* in a *well-lit room* with *food in your fridge*, you simply cannot read, don't have a fridge, light bulbs, or the internet. (Not to say these things are inherently good either, because you can, and indigenous people still do, live outstanding high-quality lives without all these things.) This is just to illustrate that the vast majority of us can now read and write and connect to each other via the internet - thanks to scientific discoveries. Note that we are still working on getting food in everyone’s bellies, which is more a problem of “the system” than it is of science, since there is more than enough food in the world to go around, it’s just unevenly distributed.

 

Now stretch, and imagine the same principle of "it's the best we've got" goes for "the system."

 

First off, we are not made to serve the system, we make it to serve us. Ironically, in order to make that happen, we must remember the words of JFK, who made it clear, "don't ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Replace the word "country" with "world" and voila, we have a global community. We're all in this together, whether we like it or not - so we might as well make the best of it.

 

We allow "the system" to govern decisions impacting all of us, even though it is inherently an incomplete product of human construction. Successfully working out a system of social order has been our greatest ability to "win" in an evolutionary sense and transcend the food chain. (We are fragile, squishy, mostly hairless primates after all.) As a result of our ability to communicate, we have been able to increase the size of our tribe from hunter gatherer bands of around 100 people to nation-states that surpass 100 million people. The system (our collection of mutually agreed upon rules) is the best tool that we have for the given purpose of making sure millions (and now billions) of people trust, understand and (at best) enjoy each other's company. While you might be on the side of the fence saying that a few billionaires control all the power, then whether that's true or not, you are creating a self-fulfilling prophecy, that perpetuates the story of inequality. Rewrite the story. Create equality by treating everyone with kindness. Everyone needs love (even if you feel not everyone deserves it).

 

You give power to ideas and systems with your dollars and your WORD!

 

*Movements that topple authoritarian regimes often arise spontaneously and without warning, so that even the ignition that sparks massive chain reactions resulting in revolutions often begin with one small and unsuspecting yet outspoken and brave voice in a crowd - shouting to the dictator "BOOOOOOOOOOO!"* (This is the story of the televised event the created a domino effect leading to the fall of communism in Eastern Europe).

 

In an ever-changing world, the conventions of society (and the accompanying infrastructure) have trouble keeping up, and technology is accelerating this process. A constant painful reminder is our current factory school systems, remnants of the post-World War II military-industrial complex, that for the first time in history, give kids value based on their numbers (grades) and rather than their imaginations. The list of outdated systems in food, transportation and medicine perpetuated by greed and misinformation goes on.

 

If you don't like society or you believe the system is broken, take action!

 

Take a look around and pay attention to how the world works. Watch the unspoken rules of society that we agree upon and see them in action, for example with (A) money (trading pieces of paper/numbers for time, food and shelter), (B) language (making funny shapes and sounds), (C) stoplights (colored light boxes) and (D) elevator etiquette (awkward silence). I believe simple observation unlocks the common sense that we need to open the doors of society to better suit our current situation.

 

Remember to spend time in silence to synthesize and reflect on your wild, ground-breaking discoveries and then put them into practice in daily life.

 

Over and over, it has been shown that a single person can change the outcome of the world for better or worse. Imagine the world without the actions of Gandhi, Hitler, Rosa Parks or Steve Jobs. No one is perfect and sometimes someone ruins it for the rest of us, so don't go expecting miracles. It is not just our leaders of politics and industry (who often stand out in our minds) that have the responsibility to safeguard our planet from destruction and create heaven on Earth.

 

Every single one of us plays a vital role in the structure of society and the evolution of all species.

 

In the United States, 80% of millennials did not vote in the last election. Whether that's because of apathy, disgust, ignorance to the fact that the right to vote is something people have died for, or you just forgot, it's unacceptable. We need to take a step back from whatever on our news feed is calling to our attention and re-evaluate our situation not based on some externally imposed "sense of responsibility," but rather a strong conviction that it is in our best interest to take action because it is our only chance at mastering our understanding of ourselves and the world around us - to break down the walls of our own thought patterns and release ourselves from our self-created cages of habit back into the wild, open pastures of blissful consciousness.

 

As Sapiens author Noah Yuval Harari puts it, "We don't learn history to repeat it, we learn history to free ourselves from it."

 

To sustain world peace, we need to ask ourselves three questions:

  1. How do we prepare ourselves to make decisions that impact generations to come?

  2. How do we keep earth in the best condition possible?

  3. How do we look at the world at face value and see exactly how to make a difference?

 

Give yourself and your friends a gentle push, and you'll be surprised at the momentum you can stir up.

Changing the world takes work.

Let's get sweaty.

Peter Fettis
Learn How To Live Like A Health Guru
 
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Many experts in health - commonly called "the gurus," have graced Planet Earth over the millennia, all with a similar message of love each other, breathe and be happy. 

It goes without saying that most of us know that deep down, this philosophy works.

 

On a practical level, being happy takes practice.

 

Most of us aren't born as enlightened masters of the universe. Without practicing love, patience, and generosity, we can get caught up in our struggles, think "oh poor me" or get all up on our high horse and think "I'm so hot right now", either way, we're just telling ourselves stories that we're making up. As we continue telling ourselves these stories, the power of our thoughts grows, and then soon enough we're creating our view of world in a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy.

We can put in work to understand health and happiness at its core - and work everyday to create this for ourselves and the world around us.

Living each moment with mindful attention is like walking on the moon, it's one small step towards something much, much greater that may be beyond our horizon of understanding - the realm of complete bliss and serenity, unshakeable by temporary inconvenience. Nirvana, Enlightenment, Self-Realization, call it what you like, it is perhaps the only reason why "the gurus" teach anything at all.

For the sake of being practical in this guide, "being healthy and appreciating each moment" is a modern interpretation of enlightenment. (The Buddha might say it's just a matter of how deep you can go.)

The big idea here is that you can learn how to enlighten yourself (especially with the help of a teacher). In fact, you are the only person who can enlighten yourself - only you can take responsibility for the outcome of your life. Gurus, teachers, friends, family, books, exercise, superfoods, psychedelics, crystals, ceremonies and philosophies can help you and support you when you ask for it and you need it, and it's your choice to be open to your own ability to continually transform and adapt to the world around you - free of fear and worry, being "at home in your heart."

The nature of reality is change, so if you need something to change, allow it to change. If you want something to stay the same, appreciate what you enjoy about it. Gratitude is the continuing force in the universe - the more you give thanks, the more you receive. Instead of being this far away thing that only certain chosen ones can attain, enlightenment is for everyone.

The next section focuses on how can we can learn to create a life of abundance, peace and joy.

The Wellcodes Course covers how to live well by building a mindset for optimal health.

 

Simply put, we can let go of everything we think we know and go into each moment with pure awareness, trusting ourselves to make the best decision. If doing this sounds hard or complicated or over-simplified, that's ok. It's an idea to consider.

 

Here are six practices to live like a Guru:

- learning how to set "smart" goals

- learning how to visualize success and meditate

- learning how to enjoy daily exercise 

- learning how to eat simple for optimal nutrition

- learning how to set up your bedroom for restful sleep and lucid dreams

- learning how to declutter and simplify your home

 

With all of these practices, you will get the greatest results when you practice regularly.  You are here to experience life, in a way that is unique to you. Remember to enjoy the ride!

 

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Sticking to Your Exercise Habits: Lessons in Evolution
 
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“Man is largely a creature of habit, and many of his activities are more or less automatic reflexes from the stimuli of his environment.” — G. Stanley Hall

 

Warning: This is not a lesson in sports psychology, this is how to use your biological predispositions to your advantage and create a life you love.

 

Just let it go…

 

Habits are the beast of human experience. Scientists estimate that 95% of our actions are conscious or unconscious habitual patterns playing out in our everyday lives. As far as this philosophy goes, we are conditioned into specific patterns of learning, and certain traits begin to stick with us. Often these traits begin as thought patterns we believe to be true — such as “I can do this,” or “I’m not worth it,” or “I don’t know how to do this,” or “Help others” — which result in certain actions that stem from these initial thoughts — and certain body postures and habits. We are “psychosomatic” (thought-body) feedback loops and we are able to influence the way we feel by bringing mindful awareness to our sensations. By paying attention to the habits that we subject ourselves to, we are able to create discipline that extends beyond routines and leads to personal freedom.

First step, focus on your posture. Sit up straight and relaxed, so that the more you relax, the taller you get. Allow for the natural curve in your spine and breathe calmly. Proper posture allows energy to pass between your spine and your brain, giving you great mind strength.

 

Habitual Muscle Patterns

 

Muscle patterns work the same way, we get out of bed, open doors, sit down, walk, lift things all with a certain muscular coordination that we have done thousands of times over — and as long as we do not feel pain, we continue with this habit. The phrase from evolutionary biology “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” applies to our muscle movements, our thought patterns and how we respond to situations. Broken down to the core, these reactions are purely the result of electrical firing in our nervous system, so if we change our thoughts, we change our nerves, and if we change our nerves, we change our bodies.

Practice the Meditation at the end of this essay for improving your exercise habits and performance.

 

An Example of The Thought Reflex

 

To illustrate the point that our thoughts dictate our actions, imagine you have just decided to plant a garden. This thought commitment creates a domino effect in the mind and the ensuing actions come as an intuitive reflex. First, you make a checklist of all the necessary items for a garden: raw materials (dirt, hoses, fencing), tools (shovel, rake, hoe) and plants (beets, turnips, lettuce, tomatoes) you are going to grow. Second, you draw up a blueprint of where and how you are going to build your garden. Third, you buy all the necessary items. Fourth, you ask friends to help you build the garden. Fifth, you build your garden according to the blueprint. If things do not go as planned along any step of the way, your reflex is to revert to thinking on your feet for creating the path of least resistance that reaches your goal of building a garden. The journey for building a garden from thought form into physical form comes from a methodical “get it done in x amount of steps” thought reflex — a habitual pattern that we have learned to apply and repeat over time.

 

Habit as Natural Law

 

As we are nature and subject to the laws of nature, the more we learn about how it works, the better we can understand ourselves and our habits. Habits, as natural reflexes, mean that they also abide by basic laws such as efficiency (least waste, maximum output), rhythm (timing), and coordination (interconnectedness). By applying the principles of nature to our approach to habits, we become exponentially more likely to make them stick or unstick, depending on the habit. 

For examples:

1: To get up at sunrise, go to bed early and leave your curtains open.

2: To remove sugar from your diet, remove it from your house.

3: To change your mindset, don’t expect anyone else to do it for you, do it yourself.

4: To be happy, make a list everyday of what you are thankful for.

Learn how to set SMART Goals that optimize your ability to apply habit theory.

 

The Learning Curve in Habit Forming

 

Humans are rare beings for a few reasons — we walk upright (bipedalism), we have opposable thumbs, and we have big brains (neocortex). We’re also mostly hairless mammals which is pretty funny (and a huge disadvantage in many situations) and a big reason for our need to have other evolutionary survival mechanisms. Let’s focus on our big brains. Most species don’t have big brains because they suck up a disproportionate amount of calories and if you’re a lemur swinging from trees just trying to survive on fruits and bugs, you don’t need to be able to do rocket science because there’s a limited supply of fruits and bugs for the energy you are willing to expend. Humans, after scavenging and hunter-gathering for millennia, took up the art of agriculture which allowed us to sit around, build cities, and do rocket science (this is abbreviated human history — if you are looking for a lucid account read Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari). More calories (agriculture) means bigger brains, bigger brains means more to learn, more to learn means more habits. Scientifically, the human brain expands five times from lemon sized to melon sized from infancy to adulthood. What we are born with (the lemon sized brain) is instinct, what we learn (the rest of our melon brain) is learning patterns, or habit.

 

Recalibrating to a Higher Frequency

 

It is often said that we have more to unlearn than learn. Through years of school and jobs, we have plenty of habitual patterns to deconstruct and reconstruct. By de-conditioning ourselves though the process of meditation and letting go, we become more attuned to the higher nature that we can access for decision making — and allow the state of universal oneness to be our guiding light for building or dissolving our habits. Allowing ourselves to choose the principles that matter to us, then structuring our reality around those ideals gives us the best conditions for setting habits and goals that nourish our entire being.

Remember to be diligent, record your progress every day and keep smiling. Whatever you are working on, relax into it and allow the change to come from an authentic state that you intuitively know is best for you by going with your gut feeling. Here is a bedtime meditation to practice this.

 

How to Visualize Success (By Imagining How It Feels): A Daily Bedtime Meditation

 

First, sitting quietly take 5 minutes to picture yourself doing an exercise exactly as you can imagine it with perfect form and a smile (running, yoga, walking, kicking a ball). Make this image as vivid as you can. (i.e. what clothes are you wearing?, what is the weather like?, who are you with?)

Go to bed with the image of your ideal performance fresh in your mind — and remind yourself of it before you exercise each day.

 

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Peter Fettis
Nutrition for Perfect Health: Digestion Optimized
 
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Eating well is more than just about nutrition, it’s about making sure you are giving yourself enough time to break down and absorb what you are taking in — otherwise known as digestion. According to Ayurveda (India’s medical system), the accumulation of undigested food in the bodily tissues known as “ama” is the sign of disease and a strong digestive fire “agni” is the sign of health. By optimizing digestion you have a far greater chance of being in perfect health.

Science has proven that 80% of our immune system and a great deal neurotransmitters are produced in your gut  —  which means that:

 

OUR RELATIONSHIP TO FOOD IS A DIRECT WAY FOR US TO EXPERIENCE AND CREATE OUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS ABOUT LIFE!

Do you ever wonder why you crave chocolate when you’re sad or have weird dreams when you eat spicy food?

 

Get to know your gut and you will discover the answers that lay deep within (your intestines). Here we’re going to focus on five essential steps for optimizing gut health.

NOTE: This idea of proper digestion applies to our experiences as well — the better we are at reflecting and thinking about the information we take in, the more use it has in our lives. Right now, get out a piece of paper and start taking notes!

The Five Steps for Optimal Digestion

Step 1:

The first step to optimize digestion is to eliminate all foods which aggravate your individual body (food allergies and sensitivities): common food sensitivities include eggs, nuts, shellfish, caffeine, fermented foods/drinks, grains and dairy products. All synthetic food additives (preservatives + food dyes) are problematic for most people. Cold foods also slow your digestive fire. By cutting out all the foods your body does not enjoy and replacing it with real food straight from the earth, you do your body a huge favor and give yourself a leg up wherever you are on your health journey.

Click here for a guideline on *How to Practice the Elimination Diet for Food Allergies*

Step 2:

The second step to optimize digestion is to keep a simple diet that’s centered around fresh, whole foods (ideally local and organic). Whether you are a meat-eater or vegetarian, you want your food sources to come from the freshest source possible so that you are getting foods in their living state. Raw foods contain vital digestive enzymes and vitamins (specifically Vitamin C) which cannot withstand cooking temperatures. Some people have trouble digesting raw foods, and in those cases fresh cooked foods work best. Keep it light (smaller portions), eat your last bite before sunset and…

 

Remember to “eat from the rainbow”!!

 

Step 3:

The third step to optimize digestion is to get your digestive fire burning with breathing and exercise. Kapalbhati breathing “breath of fire” is a an ancient Yogic method for improving digestion. Yoga poses in general (especially backbends and hip opening poses) aim to get your digestive fire burning by using the core muscles so that you can burn up all your foods, leaving you feeling light and full of energy. All exercise, even walking, helps with digestion.

Step 4:

The fourth step to optimize digestion is to get some herbal tonics (source 100% organic when possible — see Mountain Rose Herbs):

  • ginger, turmeric and black pepper increase digestive fire
  • citrus, apple cider vinegar and leafy greens cleanse the intestinal walls
  • slippery elm, marshmallow bark and MSM heal damaged intestinal lining (leaky gut)
  • coconut oil, oregano oil, black cumin seed oil and reishi mushroom remove yeast and parasitic infections

Step 5:

The fifth step to optimize digestion is to practice mindfulness by paying attention to how you respond to food, what works best for you, how people can influence your food decisions and by practicing the The Mindful Mealtime Exercise:

The Mindful Mealtime Exercise

For this exercise, you can practice this before each and every meal.

  • First, take 2 minutes to focus on sitting still and listening to your body.
  • Second, take 2 minutes to imagine the meal that makes you feel the most healthy, happy and relaxed.
  • Next, write down what foods that meal includes, who you are spending the mealtime with with and where you are.
  • Finally, decide what foods you are going to eat for that meal based on this exercise.

What’s Next For You:

 

If this post inspires your socks off, get my new book How to Eat Well and Love Yourself and course Wellness Codes: Accelerated Learning for Mind, Body & Energy (apply coupon “FRIEND10” to get it for $10) and learn the essential fundamentals for a heroic life.

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Peter Fettis
The Elimination Protocol for Food Allergies and Sensitivities
 
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The Elimination Diet is a way to determine your food sensitivities from home without any medical tests or procedures, to help you get a sense of your health (we still recommend working with a doctor and getting regular blood tests during this process).

Step 1: Choose a food group to eliminate.

Common foods to avoid are Wheat Gluten, Grains, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Legumes, Sugar, Processed/Fast Food, and Alcohol.

Step 2: Eliminate that food group from your diet for three weeks, while journaling what you eat and how you feel everyday.

Step 3 (Optional): Re-introduce that food at the end of the three weeks, and have a fairly large amount of it for three days. Again, write down how you feel each day.

Step 4: Decide how each food affects how you feel and make changes to your diet with the help of your primary doctor / food specialist.

Step 5: Repeat Steps 1-4 for each food you want to test.

Please do this with your doctor's approval and a friend's support.

 

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Ask This One Question to Simplify Your Life
 

All you do is ask yourself this one simple question as often as you need.

This QUESTION encompasses health, life, business and evolution:

What is essential?

In other words, what do I need?

"Need" has a biological definition - anything that is essential for continued life.

Food, water, sunlight, air, warmth, and sleep are the main needs of most creatures, with physical activity and social connection following as specific needs of humans.

So when you are faced with a decision - you can ask yourself, do I need this?

Whether you answer "YES!" I need this or "no" I don't need this, question your answer to see what the specific need is that you are meeting before moving forward. Then move forward with full confidence. You can shape an entire lifestyle around meeting your needs.

When your needs are met, you don't go around trying to get things you don't need.

Ask this question to discover what matters most in life to you.

This question will help you simplify your life and help you make decisions big and small.

 

 

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