I’m a huge fan of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast and this is the most interesting one to date, in my opinion. He chats with Johann Hari about his new book Lost Connections, which is basically about the modern day epidemic of anxiety and depression.
Obviously, with me spending the majority of my life under the scourge of both depression and anxiety, I was transfixed by these 2 hours! (Read about how I beat anxiety here.)
Hari’s research basically agrees with what I’ve written on this blog previously that neither anxiety or depression is down to a chemical imbalance.
Mental health problems are primarily caused by LIFE – not by biology. A fascinating stat in this podcast was that 87% of people don’t like their work – the thing they spend most time doing.
To me, the correlation is obvious: we are unhappy with life and THIS causes mental health problems.
Unfortunately, our Western society has (yet again!) got everything arse-about-face! This is a SOCIETAL problem. Not biological. Not individual.
We are not a machine with broken parts, we are a human with unmet needs. Psychological needs, such as a purpose in life and love.
We don’t have to have a culture that deadens people, controls or isolates them, which is what we currently have. It’s about reconnection. That is what will fix these epidemics.
This is one of the best podcasts I’ve ever heard and Rogan and Hari touch on issues wider than just depression and anxiety – it’s about LIFE and how most of the Western world has been doing the wrong things for decades and it’s why we now see epidemics of unhappiness, manifesting as depression, anxiety, suicide, addiction and separation.
The great thing about Hari’s research though, is that there are small cases that point to successful answers, most of which involve connection, love and compassion, rather than what is too often the case – blame, isolation and deadening with drugs.
I haven’t read the book yet but it has great ratings on Amazon. This podcast is a must-watch though.
I’ve done A LOT of Law of Attraction (LOA) research over the past 2 years. I’ve devoted hundreds of hours to this topic, in my quest to fully understand and use it to improve my life.
What I’ve noticed is that people over-complicate it – especially when it comes to the book The Secret.
This is something we humans are wired to do anyway. It’s why we constantly look for patterns when patterns aren’t there. It’s why we analyse things in excruciating detail and dissect them to find answers. Most of the time however, in my opinion, the answer is simple and staring us in the face already!
I think it’s because we get suspicious when something seems too easy.
We think life is tough, that we have to work our butt off to get the good things, so we are conditioned to view anything that gives us what we want easily, with suspicion. Instead, we try to disprove it, look for holes in the theory, find alternative ways which make more sense to us.
This is why you will see people all over the internet giving out “tips” on how to manifest properly or big headlines shouting:
“What they didn’t tell you in The Secret!“.
Here’s the real secret…………..
Bob Proctor is the man.
When it comes to the Law of Attraction, NO ONE knows more about it than this guy (wait till you hear how old he is, at the end of the video!)
Most of his life has been devoted to teaching it. He began by learning about it from the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (although this book doesn’t give it the name “LOA”, it lays out the exact same processes of manifesting which the modern day LOA attempts to explain).
This is the same book I began my spiritual journey with, of course!
From here, he turned his life around from a penniless drunk into a millionnaire within a couple of years!
Since then, he’s devoted his life to working out exactly how he managed this so he could teach it to others.
Since his 2006 appearance on The Secret, he’s now regarded as the leading expert in the LOA. I listened to a lot of Proctor and read his book You Were Born Rich, during my year of awakening in 2016 and no one exlains the LOA better, in my opinion.
So here he is, doing exactly that!
Looking for a good kick up the ass when it comes to getting the work-life you want?
Need some hard-hitting, no bullshit, tell-it-as-it-is motivation?
Want to grow your business/career into something you love but are stuck?
Then Crushing It! is THE book you need to own!
Through 2017, Gary Vaynerchuk (a.k.a. Gary Vee) was undoubtedly the person who had the most influence on my personal development.
If 2016 had been all about spirituality, the quantum universe, discovering the power within, 2017 was all about taking decisive action, foot firmly in reality and getting the hands dirty – and there’s no one out there currently, in my opinion, who encapsulates this message better than Gary Vee.
If it weren’t for him, I quite possibly wouldn’t have even started this blog – I certainly wouldn’t have grown it as much as I have. And I DEFINITELY wouldn’t be going to Thailand next month! Because without him saying we should never be afraid to tap up influencers, even when we are just starting out, I would not have got in touch with Brett Moran for months or even YEARS!
It is one year since I started this blog, so vainly named after myself!
I’m proud that I kept going, through some months when I was really struggling personally and other months when I was frustrated at all the hard graft I was putting in for little reward.
Buuuuutttt……………………..have I answered the title of my very first blog post:
Well it’s been a year – have I created my dream life?
I don’t have everything I want, let’s be honest. But the difference from when I asked this question 1 year ago, is ASTONISHING. Read more
Happy Birthday to meeee!! It’s been 1 year since I began this blog!
I was thinking about what wisdom I can impart to those of you who might be thinking of starting your own blog or vlog, or those of you who may be exasperated and ready to give up.
First of all, I think it’s pretty damn good I’m still even here, as most blogs don’t last longer than a few months. Massive pat on the back to myself, I reckon (though I almost did can the whole thing 3 months in – don’t think I’m any different to anyone else!).
So what made me carry on despite the wobble?
Simple: it’s because of the very stuff I write about!
Overcoming adversity (anxiety in my case).
Exploring the power within.
Learning from those who have been there and done it.
Without what I’ve been learning, I undoubtedly would have given up when the going got tough.
I had to tap into inner reserves to keep going, back when no one was reading. But now I understand that I can create anything I want, it gave me the motivation to continue.
To visualise the outcome I wanted.
To believe that my message was valuable.
To know that I am good enough.
Do you believe you have a power within you that isn’t being fully used?
I think many of us do. The question is:
Why are we not using it?
This 4 hour seminar, captured on video back in 2007, aims to show what that reason is – and how we CAN start using it!
Gregg Braden is a scientist and historian who believes that science is good but sometimes, science is wrong.
Braden’s aim is to show scientific and historical proof of how this dormant power can and IS being used to do things like cure cancer and create peace.
Well that’s the point he’s trying to make! Read more
I love meat.
Sure, I can go without beef or pork for a long while, it’s no big deal. But chicken? Now that’s a WHOLE other story!
And you tend to forget about fish, the way we’ve been conditioned; it’s almost as if they don’t count as an animal! Plus, I love a juicy king prawn!
Then you’ve got your dairy………milk drenched cereal, rich cheesecake, milky tea, stringy pizza topping and any kind of moist, tempting cake…….how an earth can I leave all that behind?!
I’ll tell you how!
Perhaps the biggest change that has occurred with me since my awakening, my deeper questioning of life, of the last 2 years and my commitment to continuous personal development, is my connection with nature.
When I try to explain this, some people don’t get it. I wouldn’t expect them to, simply because it’s something you have to experience yourself to understand.
One friend said to me that she already was a nature lover, so going through an awakening would make no difference to her. But you see, I have always been a nature lover too.
But now, I’m more than that.