Weight loss misconception

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Weight loss is always trendy. Experts speak about fat loss (and not weight loss).

Fat is a stored energy. The increase of the body fat percentage is a symptom or an indicator of an underlying cause.

The underlying cause is simply the non utilisation of energy which ended up being stored.

In other words, the real underlying cause is a weak muscle.

Therefore, instead of preaching weight loss (or fat loss) which is everywhere on social media, the focus should be on muscle strengthening.

Pump that muscle and let it take care of body fat.

Muscles are the anti ageing (or ageing gracefully) weapon!

Do you know about the myth of multi tasking?

How many different apps do you have open on your phone right now? How many tabs on your internet browser? And how many different e-mail threads and Facebook messages? If you’re like most people, you probably have a lot of each of these – too many, in fact. The myth of multitasking has seeped into […]

Do you know about the myth of multi tasking?

Week 2 – “It’s All In Your Head” by Michael Södermalm

A Swedish book was on my list for this week but unfortunately, it doesn’t exist in English. Therefore, I will do my best to share the essence of it and make you feel like you’ve read it. Instead of doing a traditional summary of the book, I will simply take out parts from every chapter […]

Week 2 – “It’s All In Your Head” by Michael Södermalm

Matthew Hussey on being sick of containment

 

Mattew Hussey is a love coach and I would add, a life coach also. Alongside his million followers, what makes him a special coach is his special blissful mix of depth and lightness. Deep enough to solve existential issues and light enough to do it with humour. This is the first time I talk about a life coach but in his statement he describes well the inner battle that we face everyday staying home for I don’t how long.

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Is Happiness the Opposite of Depression—or Its Enemy? | Psychology Today

The title struck me. I never guessed that happiness could be the enemy of depression. Furthermore, a continuous sights of happiness, like in social media, can cause depression.

To whom it may concern, it is quite a special article, non traditional and insightful. Check it out by clicking on the link below.

Let’s say we are all going in a way down the dark road of depression. I sincerely hope not 🙏

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/depression-management-techniques/202001/is-happiness-the-opposite-depression-or-its-enemy

Wonder-full: Or how to be amazed again in 5 tips !

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The ego is very important. It allows us to look after ourselves, to cover in winter, to eat when hungry, to seek shelter for safety, to interact with others. Constituted mostly from our primary instincts and from our habits and thoughts patterns, the ego is our living kit.

Anxious people are caught in their inner narrative speech: who am i? What to do? How to act? What people would think of me? What if I fail? Etc. In other words, they are caught in fear. This turns the ego into a rigid machine operating upon one’s dominant thoughts patterns and narrations. In other words, this dragon ego will prevent a person from being emotionally touched by new experiences.

This calcification of the mind leads to a calcification of life. Only the ability to be open to anything new can make us hear melodies in daily noises and annoyance. An enhancement of the mind comes from new perceptions of the very close and, paradoxically, the very far. Life is to be amazed by the wonderful: the “wonder-full”. And why not to believe in mermaids and unicorns? Ideas are not supposed to be normal but extra-ordinary.

Here are some tips that open the mind to amazement (they worked for me so I am sure it will work for you too):

  • Workout, workout, workout: the power sensation over yourself alongside your body image enhance self-confidence, give energy and is an anti-ageing process, both for the mind and for the body
  • Yoga: needless to point out its benefits on yourself and on humanity. The headstand, also called the King of asanas, sends a blood flow to your heart and to your brain, making you feel calm, concentrated and so happy, you would smile from your liver!
  • Meditation: few minutes a day is a good start. Close your eyes and inhale and exhale slowly. Start counting backwards from 11 to 1 and when you reach 1, start from 11 all over again. 11 inhale, 11 exhale; 10 inhale, 10 exhale and so on. With time, it will change the structure of the brain!
  • Walking, preferably in nature. This also brings oxygen to the soul. The impact of nature on us is magical. Pay attention to colors, shapes, sounds. If not, any good walk outside will change your life.
  • Reading: shut the world outside and read a good book of your choice. It works on imagination and opens the mind.

From the latest statistics of the World Health, 74% of the world population is under stress and anxiety. I’m not sure about the number but anyway it is scary. To achieve peace within ourselves, to become amazed like children, one must take actions. Because life is worth it and because the world is wonder-full!

 

How to heal from a heartbreak (according to a Nietzschean perspective)

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“You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame: how could you become new, if you had not first become ashes?”

― Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Who has never had a heartbreak in his life, doesn’t live! For pain and suffering are a part of life, no matter how much we try to protect ourselves and our loved ones from pain and loss and grief, they will all occur. And the healing is a long process; that been said, the memory of it will never completely fade away. Damn it! It happened to me, many times, but the last time it did, oh dear it was bad. It was the abrupt end of a 3 year love story and I was left with nothing. Dazed and confused, the world looked different to me: and it made me curse, it made me yell and it made me understand how powerful love is in taking over all of our minds and souls and bodies. And how more violent is the loss of it. Heartbreak is a violent violation, just like rape is: something so deep, so intertwined with our inner self, taken away. Nothing fair about it. And not a single question made sense. Was it so painful because love was so deep? Or was it painful because I was older and supposedly wiser, and ended up more stupid? Is there any meaning to all this anyway?

Yes there is: a heartbreak is the best reason to think outside the box to recreate the life I wanted. That eureka moment came to me when I stumbled upon this text and no one is better than Nietzsche the dynamite, to awaken and strengthen a broken hearted:

“No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life. There may be countless trails and bridges and demigods who would gladly carry you across; but only at the price of pawning and forgoing yourself. There is one path in the world that none can walk but you. Where does it lead? Don’t ask, walk!”

― Friedrich Nietzsche, Schopenhauer as Educator

Turning point in my life. So I decided to walk towards what I love to do, and learned a lot during the walking process:

”Happiness is the feeling that power increases – that resistance is being overcome.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche, The Anti-Christ

A famous quote that I reformulated in a daily practice only to learn the following:

  • happiness can’t be built on people but on actions/activities, for people can leave anytime taking happiness away with them
  • happiness needs self-esteem which is a core confidence that can’t be taken away
  • self-esteem is a will of power and it can only be built through a progressive activity that one loves
  • happiness becomes a will of power, an affirmation of life

Two years later after my heart got broken, I can say I have never been in a better place in my life. As if everything fell in its place. Trust me it works. I shared those tips with people I know and now I am sharing it with you. I can’t wait for your comments…

“Pardon me, my friends, I have ventured to paint my happiness on the wall.” 
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra