How to Love Yourself Skillfully

NOTE: this is a loooong post, and a little meandering, so proceed at your own peril. 'What is love? Baby don't hurt me Don't hurt me No more' <La Bouche> If you grew up in the 1990s, you might remember this chewing gum with a cartoon inside, called Love Is. I used to collect those... Continue Reading →

The Philosophy of Fitness Minimalism

My whole life I have been obsessed with growing up. There was a freedom, discernment, drive and ability in it that I felt was inaccessible to my scattered and emotionally immature child's mind. This is, I believe, a natural instinct most children possess. However, it can be suppressed or derailed, by family, culture or circumstance.... Continue Reading →

If Something is Important…

If something is important, do it every day. If it's not important, don't do it at all. Dan John   This is my favorite quote by the philosopher coach, but it seems to be also a frequently misunderstood one. You could say: 'But there are some things that are important to me, yet I cannot... Continue Reading →

Body Image vs Body Confidence

Imagine how much energy can be freed up in the service of worthy pursuits if you swapped worrying over your body-image for cultivating body-confidence. In our culture, we focus on creating a positive body-image, as if an image has any power. No one’s body-image has ever accomplished anything. Body image is a passive object, it... Continue Reading →

From Discipline to Habit

Last week I reached a personally significant milestone of 365 consecutive days of meditation. It seems like a huge number to some, but I knew I would not stop, ever, since day one. So what was it, that got me to commit so utterly to meditation on 11th of May last year and to never... Continue Reading →

Comparison Trap and How to Leave It.

An air of comparison was very rife in our household when growing up. Younger siblings were compared with me, often elevating me to a higher status, and I was compared to my classmates and friends, encouraged to think I was the smartest, prettiest, best at everything. And when that was demonstrated not to be the... Continue Reading →

Fun vs Happiness

Happiness doesn't always feel happy (Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project) When I was a child I didn't like chocolate (note: back them in Russia we had no milk chocolate, only dark). Because it was bitter sweet. And I fixated on that bitterness because my immature palate could only take in one flavor at a time.... Continue Reading →

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