Buzz Worthy Picks of the Week
Words, TED & Space For Your Head
Headspace: Meditation Made Easy
It won’t be long before you realize that we’re big fans of meditating as a real world solution to bring peace and clarity to one’s life. It works. Of course, don’t listen to anyone on a soapbox. Try it for yourself. But, how do you get started? And more important, how do you keep doing it when you’ve quit a thousand times before? Books? Classes? Guru’s? Sure, they work, and we’ll certainly be weighing in on the many options available. But for right now, we have a wonderful solution to get you started. It’s called Headspace. And it’s incredible!
Headspace takes a very modern approach to mediation, using great web and mobile design to help people establish a daily meditation habit. Each day you are guided through the process by Andy Puddicombe. Puddicombe is a former Buddhist monk, with a smooth English accent that makes listening to him easy on the ears. More importantly, he knows his stuff. According to their website, “Headspace is meditation made simple. Learn online, when you want, wherever you are, in just 10 minutes a day.” Headspace helps you learn the basics of breathing and visualization in an easy to use manner. The company reports it has 8.5 million active users, and this includes Wall Streeters, Olympic athletes, and celebrity executives like Arianna Huffington and Richard Branson. Companies like Goldman Sachs and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have bought package subscriptions for employees.
The app is free to download, but a subscription unlocks full access to all of its lessons. You can try it for free with their Headspace Take Ten Programme (yes, they’re English), which offers ten guided meditations lasting ten minutes. Check out their website at www.headspace.com.
Where else do you have access to the world’s most inspiring, informative and innovative people talking about how they are going to change the world? At TEDTalks, of course. I realize most people have already heard about TEDTalks.
It has millions of followers. But, if you’ve forgotten about it, or you’ve never heard of it, go to your computer and bookmark www.ted.com, or download the podcast from iTunes.
Here are two must see talks to get you started:
Jane Fonda: Life’s Third Act
In her words, “life is a staircase, an upward ascension of the human spirit.” It’s an inspiring talk with an message that speaks to our hearts. Watch Here.
Jill Bolte: My Stroke of Insight
(this is also a must-read book. Available on Amazon
Brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor studied her own stroke as it happened — and has become a powerful voice for brain recovery and personal awareness. As she wrote in her book, ““I am always in quest of being open to what the universe will bring me.”
Incredible TED TALK. Incredible book! Watch her talk here.
My Intent Project: What’s Your Word
“If we’re successful, we’ll have people go up to each other and say, hey, what’s your word? And it will just be like asking someone,’where are you from?'”
Chris Pan, Founder of the Intent Project
Chris Pan wants to make it clear that he’s not a jewelry maker. He’s in the business of connecting people with their purpose. As founder ofThe MyIntent Project, he believes there is a purpose inside each of us, and his goal is to encourage us to live that purpose. If you give him a word or a short phrase—representing your truth, inspiration, intention—he’ll turn it into a non-gender bracelet or necklace. He even offers kits to make your own.
Pan says the MyIntent brand is “just the enabler to prompt people to think about their intention — why they’re on this earth, their purpose, how they want to grow.” He adds, “it’s not about one word for life. It’s a process. You’re constantly asking yourself ‘what is the word?’ What matters to you?”
Rhianna chose Faith. Beyonce chose Surrender. Conan O’Brien chose Deathbed, which was his reminder to focus on the things in life that really matter. What will your word be? Check them out here at myintent.org.
And if you’re wondering why words are so important, check out this blog post, “Everybody Must Get Buzzed: The Language of Getting Older.
The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
You may have read this book years ago in college. Maybe not. Either way, it’s time to read it again. And don’t worry, it’s a very short book. You can read it in afternoon, presumably a rainy day. Called one of the world’s supreme masterpieces on the subject of death and dying, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the timeless story of a worldly careerist, a high court judge who has never given the inevitability of his dying so much as a passing thought. But one day, death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise, he is brought face to face with his own mortality.
Okay, it’s not Dancing With Stars, but don’t run away from it. It’s not really about death. Okay, it is. In fact, it is a terrifying glimpse into the abyss of death, but it’s ALSO a strong testament to the possibility of finding spiritual salvation. It’s ALSO about confronting truth and living a meaningful life. And, quite frankly, we believe that’s something we could all use a little more of. It’s an awesome book. And it will look good on your coffee table—like you have deep thoughts. Available on Amazon.
If we’re taking one fruit on a desert island, grapefruit would be at the top of our list. Sure, everybody loves their orange or their apple, but grapefruit is where it’s at. It’s a wonder fruit and needs to be on our Buzzworthy list. With copious amounts of vitamin C, you have a tarty lift to the immune system, helping prevent or fight the common cold. Grapefruit also combat free radicals that can reek havoc in the body. Cancer, stroke, and heart attack may all related to unchecked free radicals.
There’s more to this fruit than antioxidants, though. Grapefruits also offer potassium and folate. The potassium lowers blood pressure and is associated with a reduced risk of stroke, while folate, an important nutrient during pregnancy, has been shown to boost energy levels and help ward off depression and memory loss. And this is why we love grapefruit the most.
It’s smell. Uplifting. Soothing. Clarifying. It makes us feel younger. It’s known to bust stress and works great when it’s diffused, added to bath wash or dabbed on skin just like perfume. Add several drops to a sterile cotton ball along with a touch of coconut oil; then rub it into your wrists, neck or chest.
Where do I get my grapefruit?
Choose red grapefruit. It offers about 35 times more of the antioxidant vitamin. Cut away the skin, but leave the white pulpy rind as this is packed with helpful nutrients.
Kiel’s Deluxe Hand & Body Lotion with Grapefruit
Aloe Vera and Oatmeal. Available on Amazon Here.
William Sonoma Pink Grapefruit Candle.
Clean, energizing citrus aroma of tropical grapefruit with a hint of natural orange. Available at Williams Sonoma Here.
BuzzWorthy Quote of the Week
“Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.”