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Morning Pages: Overcome Emotional Issues and Writer’s Block

The Blank Page As the Symbol for Writer's Block, and More Generally Being Stuck in Life

The Blank Page As the Symbol for Writer’s Block, and More Generally Being Stuck in Life

This article is for people who are stuck in life, with a severe loss of self-confidence or for victims of trauma, which impact their ability to be creative and to realize what they want. The Morning Pages as a tool is a powerful method for processing deeply felt emotional issues and to slowly regenerate a feeling of confidence in one’s abilities.

The paradigmatic example is that of the stuck artist who can’t produce anything anymore, because they are totally wrapped up into a Gordian knot of emotional issues. This is often called the writer’s block or the syndrome of the white page, but it applies much more generally about any important situation where someone is stuck in life, getting nowhere, without a sense of direction.

For about 2 years going back 20 years ago, I applied the Morning Pages religiously, often getting up at 4 or 5 AM to write my 3 to 5 pages of stream-of-consciousness prose. By the time I quit, I had a dozen full 200-pages notebooks. In my late twenties, I had a lot of issues for which this stream-of-consciousness approach was helpful, like unresolved anger, feelings of desperation, and indeed being very stuck in life.

If you are stuck in a very dark corner of your life, this tool could well be for you. Read More

The Natural Brilliance Model of Paul Scheele

A Clear Path in the Forest As a Metaphor for Achieving Your Goals

A Clear Path in the Forest As a Metaphor for Achieving Your Goals

Yesterday, I wrote about Robert Fritz’s Path of Least Resistance, the technique that was the most efficient at making big changes in my life and resulting in achieving big goals. Today, I continue with another general model which is excellent at achieving medium-to-large goals, and which is more intuitive and straightforward to learn and to use.

This model is the Natural Brilliance model, and it was developed and marketed by Paul Scheele and his company, Learning Strategies Corporation. This company has many excellent self-development products, which I will do a review on soon.

Many of these products including the Natural Brilliance model itself have strong roots into the Neuro-Linguistic Programming movement, and also use the paraliminal technology, which is related to self-hypnosis and which consists of pleasant recordings where the left and right ears hear different sounds and messages.

My goal here is to explain the Natural Brilliance model in a few words, so you can immediately apply it to your life. Read More

Robert Fritz: The Path of Least Resistance and Getting What You Want

A Waterfall in Iceland as a Metaphor for The Path of Least Resistance

A Waterfall in Iceland as a Metaphor for The Path of Least Resistance

Is there one thing that you really want in your life, that just keeps seeming out of reach? Or are you already pretty good as a creator, but would like to understand better how that happened and how to keep being good at it?

Here I want to tell you about an amazing method for getting what you want, explained in the works of Robert Fritz, especially in his first book, The Path of Least Resistance.

The “Path of least resistance” is a familiar metaphor for how the world works, following the easiest path: whether it’s us lazy humans that just keep doing what we’ve always done, or inanimate things that fall along a straight line under the pull of gravity.

Robert Fritz’s “discovery” consisted in an especially clear understanding and aptitude to explain it to others, of how to harness this natural physical force.

Here’s how this simple idea of the path of least resistance can really transform your life into one that is single-guided towards achieving what you really want: it’s by building structures in your life that are such that by being your lazy self, you can do no other than create the results that you want. Read More

Acroyoga Poses for Beginners [17 Videos]

Acroyoga Reverse Shoulder Stand

Acroyoga Reverse Shoulder Stand

In our recent article, we presented an introduction to acroyoga, emphasizing its awesome benefits. Here we begin the practical side of learning acroyoga, by demonstrating the easiest acroyoga poses for beginners that are the most accessible. Besides our own videos, we also include links to some of the best acroyoga training available on the Internet, when relevant.

The videos are organized in progressive order of difficulty. It is very important that both partners have warmed up and stretched beforehand to avoid injuries. Read More

How to Have a Balanced Life?

Swing Ice Dance Snapshot

Swing Ice Dance Snapshot

Many want to have a balanced life, but have no idea what that would look like, let alone reaching it.

I have made a good deal of progress towards having a balanced life myself, starting from just the opposite: in my previous careers, I was a workaholic. You could call this post the “Epilogue to the Story of a Recovering Workaholic.”

I didn’t get to have a balanced life in a day: it took years to build it from the workaholic starting point of my old past. It was very much worth the effort, and I want to encourage you to find inspiration to make changes in your own life from taking a look at my example. Read More

Creative Dance Exercises: 5 Rhythms and More [2 Videos]

Dance Improvisation To Music

Dance Improvisation To Music

Creative dance exercises are very good for you. Did you know?

Many people live far too much in their heads. Our bodies are much more than vehicles for our thoughts. For proper oxygenation of all parts of our bodies, we need to move.

Some forms of physical exercise are quite repetitive, like running or lifting weights, two popular forms of exercise which only train a few muscles and neglect all the others, with the effect that the adepts are so often injured and in pain.

Instead, I much prefer activities that are more creative, and wholesome, which use all of our muscles, and our brains too at the same time. So here you will find several leads to get you started with including in your schedule on a regular basis some creative dance exercises for yourself and your well-being. Read More

Figure Skating Dance: The First 5 Standard Dances [5 Videos]

Figure Skating Dance is a very healthy, exciting and wholesome form of exercise that requires you to be Powerfully Conscious at every step.

Strong with passing my first 8 figure skating tests last week, I felt confident yesterday morning about making a first attempt at recording our first 5 ice figure skating dances.

We use these dances as a warm-up before practicing more advanced dances. In this article, I will give you an introduction to figure skating dance and to the first 5 standard ice dances.

First, let me present you Lynn, my wonderful girlfriend and coach:

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The 5 Tibetan Rites: the Best Morning Exercise Routine [9 Videos]

Doing the 5 Tibetan Morning Routine at all and then on a regular basis did not come to me easily, I must admit.

But the 5 Tibetan Rites form the best morning exercise routine that I know of, better than Yogic Sun Salutations in my opinion.

I have to thank my girlfriend Lyne for her persistence and encouragements, so that I can tell you about this wonderful way of becoming more alert in the morning and throughout the day. 

Perhaps you have already heard about it and have your own experience with it. In any event, I’d be very happy to hear from you about how it is working for you, if you want to leave a comment below. 

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Self-Coaching 101: the Portable Coach

The Sports Coach As a Metaphor for the Life Coach

The Sports Coach As a Metaphor for the Life Coach

Here I am writing the first of a series of articles on self-coaching, let’s call it self-coaching 101. I’ll explain that a good starting point is the book The Portable Coach.

I’ve benefited a great deal from coaches of all types, especially life coaches. I am certain that you would too.

I suppose I wanted more in my life: a better life, better relationships, more success, more money, etc. Perhaps you do too?

But coaches are quite expensive, so it’s worth it to look for cheaper ways or even more effective ways to get the benefits.

Keep reading to start learning about how you would apply to yourself the basics of self-coaching 101!
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Dance for Wellbeing: Improvisation and Experimentation

Tango: Partner Dance

Tango: Partner Dance

Here is another wonderful activity: dance for wellbeing. In this article, if you are not already a dancer, and even if you are, I want to encourage you with getting started and keeping going.

By telling my story, I hope to convey the message that through a process of improvisation and experimentation, you can discover what form of dance for wellbeing to pursue for yourself.  

You’ll agree: Many people love to dance.

It is a very natural human activity.

It gives them joy, companionship, fitness and much else.

However, some people are very disconnected from their bodies and they have accumulated negative experiences that put them in inhibited states where trying new things becomes very difficult.

They have a long list of excuses for not even trying.

But we all have bodies and using them is extremely important for good health.

Maybe there are many ways of using one’s body to oxygenate all your cells, but dance comes on top as the most fun and complete form of physical exercise. Hence, that’s why I strongly recommend you to improvise and experiment towards finding a form of dance for wellbeing. Read More