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We like to think outside the box. In fact, we’ve gotten rid of the box completely (it came with our refrigerator, if you must know). Our brainstorm sessions are like children drunk on energy drinks playing in the park.

Create Internal Change

by Pete on June 19, 2013

Be the change you wish to see in the world ~Gandhi On Monday we spoke of the alchemical principle that to change something about your life experience, you must change your relationship to that thing. To change your relationship with an entity, you must change yourself. Other than just reading motivational posters that say “Change […]

Alchemizing your life

by Pete on June 17, 2013

In various ancient texts, they speak of the study of alchemy. Most of us have heard of alchemy as a magical process of turning lead into gold. On the surface, that’s all that alchemists do. We see it as impossible so we dismiss it as nonsense. It may be true that lead can’t magically turn […]

How to Handle Angry People

by Pete on June 12, 2013

The world is full of cranky, irate, cantankerous people who can bring your spirits way down. Whether that person succeeds in bringing you down relies completely on how you react. Of course, reacting well is easier said that done. Here are some things to keep in mind next time someone is throwing anger your way, […]

Radical Honesty

by Pete on May 24, 2013

Lying kills people. – Dr. Brad Blanton That’s the major theme of Dr. Blanton’s bestseller, Radical Honesty. Dr. Blanton is a psychotherapist who goes on to write the a majority of his “garden-variety” neurotic clients are otherwise normal people who are only ailed by the fact that they won’t stop criticizing themselves. This self-criticism is caused by […]

The Autotelic Personality

by Pete on May 15, 2013

In our last post on the subject of flow, we mentioned the autotelic personality as something to be strived for. Flow is the most rewarding state to be in. Therefore, the more often you’re in flow, the more enjoyment you’ll get out of life. “Autotelic” means “having purpose in and not apart from itself.” To be autotelic is to […]

Finding Flow

by Pete on May 13, 2013

Flow, as defined by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, is the state of full immersion. It’s simultaneously blissful and exciting state of being where one is utilizing the most potent parts of the mind and body without anything extraneous. This occurs when a high level of skill meets a high level of challenge. Without a challenge, we […]

New Beginnings on the New Moon

by Pete on May 8, 2013

You won’t find the moon in the sky tonight. This is because today is the New Moon. The New Moon is the first phase of the moon cycle where the moon and the Sun are on the same side of the Earth. The moon “appears” black, rather, it’s invisible since none of the Sun’s light […]

Fulfill Your Desires or Else Be Traumatized!

by Pete on May 6, 2013

Have you ever noticed a dog shudder? Almost all mammals, including us humans, will shudder from time to time. Shuddering is not just a random body movement. Actually, there are very few “random” body movements. Almost everything we do has an important purpose. Sneezing and coughing expel germs from our bodies, yawning helps bring oxygen […]

The International Day of Idleness

by Pete on May 3, 2013

Yesterday was a huge holiday, I’m sure you missed it. It was The International Day of Idleness. Yes, that’s a real thing. In 1966 in Argentina, The World Tramps Congress (also a real thing) named May 2nd as the International Day of Idleness as a response to May 1st being Labor Day. Essentially, it’s a day […]

Make your whims productive.

by Pete on April 29, 2013

A lot of “being productive” is going against your immediate whims. We are raised to believe that whims are evil, that what you want to do, and what you should do are at odds. The bad P word of “procrastination” is synonymously with lack of “will power.” Will power is needed to fight against your immediate […]

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