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Stop Thinking

NVR Guys

We realize that a big part of wellness is getting the hell out of our thinking minds. The problem is, we're not great at it. With all of the distractions of modern society, It's tough. We're doing better than, say, five years ago, but neither of us is where we'd like to be.


That's why we go for an annual (at least) "Intuition tuneup" in nature. This year, we were lucky enough to have two such adventures. We believe that the answers we each need are right inside of us. You just need to quiet things down long enough to be able to tap into your own intuition.

That's part of the reason why, during September, we have a wellness theme going on here. We want this behavior to be more integrated and less situational.  Here are three things we're currently doing to nudge us out of our monkey minds when we're not deep in nature.

1)We're getting outside. We're great at this on the road and – as big runners and walkers – pretty good about it in Seattle. Taking it to the next level, we're trying to spend our time outdoors appreciating the blue sky, fresh air, green grass, etc. Sounds silly but it works.

2) We're getting silent. Every day, we're each trying to take the time to just be – to sit in stillness with no distractions. No computer, no music, no television. Just 10 minutes is like a therapy session.

3) We're getting in touch with our breathing. A few years back, we learned an amazing trick. When you focus deeply on your breathing, you can't think of anything else. Try it; you'll see what we mean. This practice works especially well in conjunction with #2. Having a stressful moment in your day? Close your eyes and focus on ten breaths. Can't shut down your brain at bedtime? Do the same thing.

So far this month, we've talked about a couple obvious and not-so-obvious dimensions of wellness. Next up, We're taking it on the road.

First, we're going to a wellness wonderland – Hawaii.  We're going to take in as much of the Aloha Spirit as possible with the hope that some of it will rub off on our everyday lives.