Manifest Monday // Lost In Textlation – The 5 Perks of Living Unplugged

3am.
 The time I arrived home one morning, following a night of getting lost in an epic tour of Toronto with a friend I had just met (in all fairness, I did forewarn her of my direction impairment), attending a business premier, eating copious amounts of delicious plant-based food (and a couple of squares of Giddy Yoyo dark chocolate), going to one of my favourite places (I know where you’ve guessed but it was, in fact, not the beach this time); the airport, and sharing a vegan burrito & very cozy ride home with a nomadic traveler & six-foot tall surfboard.
So naturally, the first thing I wanted to do was to snuggle into bed to check my Instagram, lurk his surf & travel photos (videography being what he does for a living) and “follow” the freedom project, a not-for-profit organization of which I’d just gabbed about with the founder and CEO over cauliflower & beet salads.
That, however, proved more difficult with the loss of my wi-fi reception, and what good is a phone without Internet and iMsg?? Now, I wasn’t particularly disgruntled on the matter until I found out our wi-fi was working, it was my phone that wasn’t and a quick call to Telus unveiled their cynical plan to ruin my lurking escapades : their system was down.
Stranded without a phone, gasping for reception, clinging desperately to my every last hope of vicarious traveling through mini photos on an instant feed, I gave in, put my cell down and vowed to spend the remainder of the day without it.
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Even cell phones have their limits and so should you! While your cell may disconnect you from web surfing now and again, life may connect you with a new friend and surfer. While your cell phone may lose service for texting, life gives you the service of personable phone calling. And though your phone may, at some point, limit you from fixating on a screen, life will have you transfixed on the world around you. We would all do well to stick limits on our phones before they teach us this lesson on their own merit and these are 5 Holistic perks that emerged from being lost in textlation:
 

Perk #1: Mastering the art of communication beyond the 7%

  • What happened when I solemnly swore to stay off my phone? I actually had to call people! Now I for one, love talking on the phone, I adore it, and this was the perfect excuse. As social beings, we need to actually hear people’s intonations and their “LOLs.” Laughter, after all, is intoxicating and stimulates our feel good endorphins when we hear it in person. Reading the abbreviation “LOL” doesn’t do it justice. In fact, through our personal lives, social lives, right down to our business lives, communication is everything, but a measly 7% of communication comes through the content of the message. What accounts for the remaining 93%? UCLA professor AlbertMehrabian found that 58% of communication is through body language, and 35% through vocal tone, pitch, and emphasis.
    • Prescription For Wellness; when discussing important news or attempting to resolve an issue, refrain from the temptation to do so over text message. Calling is an upgrade but to reap the benefits of the 58% body language communication, you want to do so in person.

Stranded on a dessert island

  • A little effect I like to call: lost in textlation: no matter what you type or how strategically you type it, the true intention (sarcasm, joking, sweet vs flirty, serious..) will never translate in the exact same way to the receiving end (and this is even before considering an accidental autocorrect-desert is a lot less appetizing than dessert).  The other person is bound to read it differently and this just leads to crossed eyes and hair pulling, neither of which are considered healthy practises.

 

Free to a good roam

  • Money, yes. I know the struggle all too well of roaming charges when we grace the border while touring Niagara Falls. My phone, being the adventurous type, loves the thrill of pretending it is in the USA and as a consequence, charges me in the long run. Of course, I weasel my honest way out of roaming fees and so should you! But the roaming I’m referring to here is the constant checking of your cellular device. PEW Research Center found that 67% of cell users check their phone for messages, alerts, and calls even when  their phone isn’t ringing or vibrating.  Phones offer a fantastic modality for distraction and can drain our days of motivation and promote procrastination.
  • Putting my phone down forced me to not look at a tiny screen all day. Without constantly checking my phone and getting aimlessly lost in Instagram “liking” and “foodporn” drooling, I found myself having more time and therefore, being far more productive and active! And an additional perk: there are problems that set in with dry eyes simply because people become transfixed on screens and withhold the autonomic impulse to blink! So I had happy, glossy eyes too 😉
  • Prescription for wellness;
    • Want to kick-start an empowered, energized and productive day? Disconnect from your phone, step outside, create your day’s game plan, read, meditate and go about your morning unplugged for 1 hour first thing each morning!
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Backspace the aches and pains

  • Dry eyes? How about the painful cell phone hunch? We were born with opposable thumbs and with this came our natural stature to walk upright on two legs. And though those nimble thumbs have come in handy for navigating miniature keyboards, they’ve also provoked a real pain the back.  The hunch is the new physical condition evocative of the ever downward tilt of the neck and shoulders from the constant use of our phones. On average we spend 2-4 hours daily in this unnatural angle according to CBS news which also suggests that good posture reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol to help you become more at peace. And speaking of a piece of zen…

Unlimited post-phone presence plans

Presence
  • Yes, presence. When disconnecting with the phone, we connect more to ourselves. There is less comparison to the glorious moments of people’s lives (the only ones we really post after all) and more time to ground and center your thoughts. You become more in tune with your body, your thoughts and emotions. Cellular devices can become coping mechanisms and pretty poor ones at that. Ever been bored or sad and looked through copious amounts of fitness and travel photos posted and felt the comparison creep in?
  • When we disconnect our phones, it forces us to look up and connect to our surroundings and the people around us. In our fast paced technological world, time, energy and awareness are three of the greatest things we could gift another human being with and can create a lasting impact. To have genuine, human, in person interactions where facial expressions come from a face and not an emoji and hearts are felt, not typed ❤
Instead of living vicariously through the adventures of my new friend from her trip to Guatemala or surfing photos of my back seat burrito buddy, I dreamt of my own travels there and made a game plan on how to do it.
And so I leave you with this: a suggestion for this week’s Wellness Weekly Challenge: to one day (or at least half a day) a week, find yourself in a total technology detox. This includes computers, cell phones, TVs, etc. To disconnect to pigmented images on a screen and connect authentically to yourself, to the incredible people you’re with and to the animated and unemoji’d world around you.

Tuning off to tune in for tonight’s family dinner of wild caught cod,

Suzanne Eden

Manifest Monday // 4 Nike Inspired Lessons To “Kick” Our Goals Into High Gear

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”

– Zig Ziglar

Have you been wanting to change your diet? Telling yourself you’ll start exercising? Continuously contemplating dusting off the intricately cob webbed nutrition novel on your bookshelf? What have you been waiting for?

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The fact is; life can change in an instant and so can you.  You do not have to wait for tomorrow to get motivated. You don’t have to wait to get back on track or to strap on your sneakers and hit the trails, or grab your yoga mat and head to the park. All you have to do is decide that your health outweighs all of the doubts in your head, decide to move, drink water, eat more plants, read the ingredients and eat real food. Every little thing you do is bringing you that one step closer to full, radiant health.  So forget what happened yesterday or the day before that, what will you do with today? That’s what counts!

In honor of our fresh starts, the weekends blue moon and a brand new month, these are 4 tips and tricks to run with and “kick” your goals into high gear!

1) Mission Possible

  • I recently purchased a pair of bright blue sneakers with the infamous Nike swoop sporting the sides. I have been eyeing runners like these for years and as a birthday gift, my grandparents graciously invested in them for me! First and foremost, let me tell you that these gave me a good run for my money before I even got my hands, or feet, on them. But  it was my mission, and this determination is what got me ultimately got me started.

 

  • How to run with it:
    • No matter your goals, create the mindset of determination. Instead of thinking of that goal as a must do, think of it as an adventure or mission! This positive shift in mindset will assist you in reaching any goal you set out to achieve.
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2) Find your footing 

Now the second thing I want you to know is that I DID get those sneakers after persistent phone calls and sports store shopping. When I walked out triumphantly with kicks in hand, those did not come off my feet for days and the morning after they came home with me, I was motivated and ready to hit the road running!  Here’s the thing: new is exciting! It’s thrilling and this excitement and anticipation in the new, will fuel us with the motivation to start our goals.
  • How to run with it;
    • When you’re looking to begin something, remember how you felt when it had that initial spark of a new idea, and create something exciting around it. You don’t have to go buy a sleek new pair of sneakers to start running, just pick a new and exciting trail. Want to start eating more salads? Find an adventurous, fresh topping to incorporate such as avocado, or mango or jicama. Whatever it is, find excitement in what you aim to achieve.

3) Embrace the black flies

I hit the trails the other day in expectation of a leisurely walk through the woods. The black flies, on the other hand, had a different idea entirely and apparently, well into the thick overgrowth, felt I was out of shape and in need of a run. And so once again, these sneakers gave me a good run, stop free, until I’d reached the top of the steep hill to the parking lot.

Though I don’t recommend taking an extensive run in the dead of heat (and I was sure to refuel with my electrolyte elixir; https://lifeofeden.com/2014/09/01/the-biggest-workout-mistake-i-see-the-electrolyte-elixir/), I will say this; often times we allow ourselves to think too much of how we can’t. Did I think I was in any condition to run that day? Nope! But when my attention was taken away from my thoughts and focussed on avoiding the relentless feasting of black flies, I found that I ran, I ran a whole awful lot and didn’t tire until I saw I was near the end.

  • How to run with it:
    • If you want to do something, look to the black flies! In other words; shift your focus. For every one excuse that says you can’t, give yourself three excuses that say you CAN. Do this every time and this repetition of “I cans” and all of the possibilities you create of HOW will rewire the patterning of your brain. And when you can; stop thinking, and just go do it! When the impulse is there, run with it!

 

4 ) Small steps in the right direction

One of the top obstacles that prevents people from beginning is the daunting feeling of being overwhelmed. Have you wanted to start dieting but felt so overburdened by all of the conflicting information and abundance of overbearing diet regimes that you called it quits before you began? Or perhaps you fell into the never-ending cycle of: “I’ll start tomorrow”. Let me tell you this; there is no day like today! You will always run into heated days, busy days, days with nagging black flies that want to prevent you from doing what you are doing; do it anyway and start that mindset today.
 
Wellness Weekly Challenge;
Right now, choose one thing that will start to progress your health. Write down one big and attainable goal you can accomplish this week.  Commit to doing that one thing every day this week for a certain amount of time. It could be meditating for 20 minutes, walking an hour each morning, or drinking a liter of water as soon as you wake up. Whatever it is for you, make it count!  That’s your mission! So go write down this weeks goal, be clear, be committed and in the wise words of Nike: Just Do It!
Running with this weeks mission,
Suzanne Eden

Manifest Mondays // 3 Mindsets To MASTER Our Mornings!

What was the first thing to jump into your mind this morning? Were you excited, passionate? Did you feel awake, alert and energised? Were you motivated to eat good food, to exercise, to be productive and work towards your goals and dreams?

  • As the sequel to one of the most  popular blog posts yet; https://lifeofeden.com/2014/09/30/manifest-monday-what-drives-you/ , this is your guide to boost your motivation each and everyday!
Passion is the drive but motivation is the fuel. How do we get more of this? Fueling ourselves with wholefoods is what will power us with energy and the right mindset, meditation is what will provide clarity and creativity, and an active lifestyle is what will drive us to productivity, but where does this motivation come from? Brendon Burchard made the perfect analogy of an energy power plant that doesn’t have energy, it generates energy. Motivation is already there for you, it’s not something one day you have or don’t have, it is something to be generated at any time, in any place.  After all, holistic health is about reaching our full potential in all aspects of our life. To be passionate, to excel, exceed, expand, THIS is what I call thriving and whether you need the motivation to fuel your health, or your relationships or your business, these are my top 5 keys to kick-start a life of motivation right now!
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Just as breakfast is fuel for the day ahead, what we feed our minds each and every morning matters. Let these three exercises be the first thing you do the moment you wake up. By doing these every single day, you will start to rewire the programming of the brain so that a motivated mindset becomes your default mindset.

These are your new three mindsets to instantly master your day!

1) What are you grateful for?

  • Write this down. Write three things every morning that you are grateful for. Gratitude is one of the simplest ways to increase energy, boost our feel good endorphins and feel empowered by shifting our thoughts to positive, productive thinking. You can read more of how this enhances your health here: https://lifeofeden.com/2014/11/04/manifest-monday-17-reasons-why-theres-no-place-like-om/
  • Gratitude is what has been coined; “intrinsically self-esteeming.” People with gratitude have been shown to be more proactive in attaining personal goals and this trait has been proven to help athletes reach optimal performance. It has also been shown that grateful individuals have less incidents of illness, reduced risk of depression and have a greater sence of wellbeing, all of which are necessary to carry out our motivation.
  • Prescription for wellness; grab a gratitude journal, keep it by your bed and write three things you are grateful for each day this week.

 

2) Ask: what am I excited for?

  • Passion is the driver of ambition and ambition, the fuel of motivation. If you want to feel motivated, awake, alert and alive, give yourself something to be excited about! When we are excited, we experience a natural high and will feel instantly energised and motivated to do something. Energy stems more from thought than anything else and you can see last Monday’s post to master your mind.
  • Prescription for wellness: Every morning ask yourself; what am I excited for today? It doesn’t matter whether it is something big or small, as long as you truly feel excited, you are fueling your day!

 

3) Mantras

  • What is it that you want? From yourself? From life? Write it down. Let’s take motivation. Want more? Write down something like “I am fueled each and every day with motivation. I am thrilled to wake up each morning and get going.” It doesn’t matter what you say or how you say it as long as you believe it. Whatever works for you, write it as though it’s yours and repeat this every morning and every night.
  • What this does; we are largely what beliefs we hold in our lives. Start paying attention to how you respond in everyday situations and you will see this. Often times we are on autopilot and responding from a place of repetition. What mantras do is change our subconscious programing. So; if you typically wake each day feeling unmotivated, this mantra will help induce feelings of motivation and the more you do this, the stronger the reprogramming in your brain until it becomes habit to wake up motivated and energised! Pretty powerful stuff.

Wellness weekly;

  • For this week’s wellness weekly challenge, I want you to give this a shot! Whether you are manifesting motivation for health and wellness, business, relationships or whatever it might be, use these three tips each and every morning to jump-start your day on an energized high (no caffeine kick needed). You’re going to love this one!

To our mornings of motivation,

Suzanne Eden

Manifest Monday // What Drives You?

“Don’t worry about what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

~Howard Thurman

 

soul on fire

 

On the road to holistic health, where are you driving? Have you mapped out a path for yourself with a clear destination or are you losing yourself amongst dead ends and one way streets? Are you driving non stop or do you take a road side pause to sit and enjoy the views?

All too often in life we may find ourselves driving without having any idea of our destination. We don’t know why we are going through our days, we are driving on cruise control, doing what we think we should be doing and headed to no where in particular. What happens? We lose our zest for life, our tread on the road, our drive for the day and we leave our passions in the dust of the path behind us.

 

A lack of passion can manifest in our lives as:

  • Lethargy
  • Boredom
  • Irritability
  • Depressive episodes
  • Lack of motivation
  • Chronic fatigue

and the list goes on.

This Manifest Monday we’re evoking enjoyment and passion into our lives! Next Monday we will get clear about our destination and the road we’re traveling.

 ~*~

When we are children, we are driven by passion. We have no responsibilities besides cleaning up our toys after a day of play and exercise and make-believe. We do whatever we feel like in the moment and if it doesn’t result in fun and laughter, it’s on to the next thing. We live for enjoyment.
As we get older, we inherit responsibilities at work, at home, through schooling. Suddenly life becomes waking up to go to work, to come home and do housework, to make dinner, to watch mindless shows to wind down and going to bed to do it all over again the next morning. What are you waking up for? It’s no wonder so many of us are lethargic to get out of bed, we’ve lost our drive to do so! One of the best ways to re-ignite the passion within ourselves is to start doing those things we’re passionate about!
“There is no passion to be found in playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
– Nelson Mandela
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Fill with a premium

What’s fueling your day?
We tend to drive full speed ahead, thinking that we must always be doing something, there is always work to get done, places to be, people to see. At what point do you run out of gas?
Slow down, and take time to stop, to refuel, to fill yourself back up so that you will be running on a full tank again. Take time to do what fills you, what lifts you and you will be ready and excited to take on the adventurous day ahead.

This week’s premium challenge:

“It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”
— Mae Jemison
Fuel each day, at least 20 minutes a day,  with something that you are passionate about. Let each day be different and by the end of the week you’ll have experienced 7 things that you enjoy. It could be anything from walking in nature, to reading, to writing. If one of your passions is dance, learn a video off YouTube. If it’s singing, practice your favourite show tunes. If it’s biking, bike. If it’s cooking, make something new and exciting and special (and healthy!) for dinner. Experiment. Re-explore your passions and give yourself something to look forward to everyday for at least 20minutes a day.
Prescription for wellness: add “do something exciting” to your “to do” list. When we add truly enriching and enjoyable activities to our day, we will start to connect with those things that we are passionate about. We begin to bring colour and vibrance to our lives.

“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”

~ Ferdinand Foch

On the passionate road to health,
Suzanne Eden