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The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.

Ram Dass

The Ming Tree

There’s a Meditation Garden a short drive from my home – I call it my “Zen Place”.  I melt into a state of relaxation as soon as I walk onto the property. From one viewpoint, you can see the expanse of the ocean, and if the timing is right, you can spot dolphins playing in the surf.  My favorite tree sits to the left, a Monterey Pine shaped as a Bonsai and lovingly called “the Ming Tree”.

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Follow your Passion

Are you doing what you love?

Many people aren’t… We have a tendency to stay with what we know, what seems safe and predictable. While it feels better at the time – years later it may lead to resentment and regret. Watch the video below, it was the kick-off to one of my  MIGHT sessions.

I saw my own family go through a lot of turmoil over abandoned dreams. Besides my own drive, it’s one of the things that fuels me to keep going. I know I’ll be happier if I try and fail than if I just give up on the dream. Pursue what makes you feel happy and alive. You deserve it.

LET US ROAM – Ray Barbee from Let Us Roam on Vimeo.

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The Power of Habit vs The Power of Choice

How to change a habit

Click Picture to Enlarge  (Charles Duhigg)

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them”
Denis Waitley

Publically documenting my progress towards changing my sleep habits is quite humbling. I would love to say that from day one, I immediately stopped what I was doing at a certain time and went to bed at my desired goal time.  It would not be true, however,  it is true that I’m making substantial progress and am getting to bed much sooner (as in hours sooner).

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The Power of Habit Identification

Look at Habits Differently

Look at Habits Differently

“Duhigg brings a heaping, much-needed dose of social science and psychology to the subject, explaining the promise and perils of habits via an entertaining ride that touches on everything from marketing to management studies to the civil-rights movement… a fascinating read.”—Newsweek Daily Beast

Does the picture on the left make you uncomfortable? So will changing habits that have been ingrained into your DNA.. This is a continuation of my last post on the power of habit. I do realize that I said I would post what my bad habit was the next day, and then didn’t. Any guesses on why?

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The Power of Habit

Bad Habit Central

Where habits are formed

“It is facile to imply that smoking, alcoholism, overeating, or other ingrained patters can be upended without real effort. Genuine change requires work and self-understanding of the cravings driving behaviours.”

Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

I just finished the unabridged audio version of  “The Power of Habit”.  I chose the opening quote because it’s the crux of my lesson. Hard work is something I’m used to – in this particular instance, it’s the “self-understanding of the cravings driving behaviours” that will be the challenge. It’s a key part of the formula needed to make long lasting change.

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