Leslie Davenport: 7 Ways to Beat Mental Fatigue Let's get the bad news out of the way first: There's no quick fix for chronic fatigue. It is typically a level of depletion that results from draining your energy reserves over a period of time. It requires a commitment to refuel and restore your vitality. But the good news is that there are many tried-and-true approaches you can begin using right now that can start building up your energy level significantly. Let's look a little deeper at what's involved. Physical, Mental/Emotional and Spiritual Fatigue Depletion can occur physically, emotionally/mentally and spiritually, so what kind of tired are you? While there are always exceptions, general guidelines are that if you wake with energy in the morning and find yourself dragging in the afternoon, the fatigue may have a physical origin. Whole Person Fatigue Fighters So what burdens are you are carrying mentally that keep you from being present in the moment to your family, to your friends, to yourself? Back Pocket Practices
Lord's Resistance Army The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), also known as the Lord's Resistance Movement, is a rebel group and heterodox Christian cult which operates in northern Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Originally known as the United Holy Salvation Army and Uganda Christian Army/Movement, its stated goals include establishment of multi-party democracy, ruling Uganda according to the Ten Commandments, and Acholi nationalism, though in practice "the LRA is not motivated by any identifiable political agenda, and its military strategy and tactics reflect this". It appears to largely function as a personality cult of its leader Joseph Kony, a self-declared prophet whose leadership has earned him the nickname "Africa's David Koresh". History In 1986, the armed rebellion waged by Yoweri Museveni's National Resistance Army (NRA) won the Ugandan Bush War and achieved control of the country. Causes of the LRA conflict
Incredible Clutter Transformations In the beginning of January, Leo Babauta and I challenged you to dump 50% of your stuff. More than 2000 people signed up for the Clutterfat Challenge and made a commitment to clear the clutter. Here are 2 remarkable stories of real people donating, selling and trading in their clutter for a better life. Stevie Allen I recently participated in The Clutterfat Challenge, where I agreed to go through all of my “stuff” over a 30 day period and attempt to get rid of what wasn’t needed or wanted anymore. The goal was to dump 50% of my stuff. Pride goeth before the fall. I began this journey according to the directions, downloaded the three page worksheet, and walking into the bathroom to begin counting every object in there. To say I was angry, depressed, overwhelmed, and maybe even a bit furious during the two days it took me to count all the stuff in my house doesn’t quite describe the emotion I felt. The final statistics A breakdown of where my stuff was: Read more from Stevie at leftlemon.com.
Why Money Doesn't Motivate Higher Performance How to Find Yourself: 11 Steps Edit Article Waking Your ConsciousConquering Your WorldChanging Your PerspectiveSettling In for Good Edited by Dorothy V., Lisa Brooks, Alan J, Harold R and 128 others "To find yourself first learn about yourself" Finding the real you is an enlightening experience. Ad Steps Part 1 of 4: Waking Your Conscious 1Create your own life timeline. Part 2 of 4: Conquering Your World 1Immerse yourself in solitude. Part 3 of 4: Changing Your Perspective 1Let go of the need to be loved by all. Part 4 of 4: Settling In for Good 1Act upon your newly discovered knowledge. Tips
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.: Simple Ways to Soothe the Anxious Brain I've always liked lizards. Growing up in the outskirts of Los Angeles, I played in the foothills near our home. Sometimes I'd catch a lizard and stroke its belly, so it would relax in my hands, seeming to feel at ease. In my early 20s, I found a lizard one chilly morning in the mountains. It was torpid and still in the cold and let me pick it up. Concerned that it might be freezing to death, I placed it on the shoulder of my turtleneck, where it clung and occasionally moved about for the rest of the day. Now, years later, as I've learned more about how the brain evolved, my odd affinity for lizards has started making sense to me. Reptile - Brainstem, focused on avoiding harm Mammal - Limbic system, focused on approaching rewards Primate - Cortex, focused on attaching to "us" Of course, the brain is highly integrated, so these three key functions -- avoiding, approaching and attaching -- are accomplished by all parts of the brain working together. How? Also soothe your own body.
Pogo (dance) Pogo during a concert. The pogo is a dance in which the dancers jump up and down, while remaining in the same location; the dance takes its name from its resemblance to the use of a pogo stick, especially in a common version of the dance, where an individual keeps their torso stiff, their arms rigid, and their legs close together. Pogo dancing is most associated with punk rock, and is a precursor to moshing. The basic steps allow for a variety of interpretations, some of which might appear quite violent. Pogo dancers have their choice of: keeping their torsos rigid or thrashing them about;holding their arms stiffly at their sides or flailing them;keeping their legs together or kicking about;jumping straight up and down, jumping in any direction, or spinning in the air. Occasionally, dancers collide, but this is not necessarily part of pogo dancing. About the pogo dance
5 Strategies for Decluttering a Small Space It is a lot harder to keep an apartment or small house organized and tidy — but it is critical that you do so. It only takes one pile of papers and one box to overwhelm a smaller space. What to do? We asked organizing and de-cluttering guru Nicole Anzia of Neatnik in Washington DC what her top five strategies are for harnessing chaos in smaller homes and apartments. Here's what she said… The Top Five Strategies for Decluttering a Small Space: Embrace Storage Containers: People often think, "My apartment or home is so small, I can't fit a filing cabinet, bookshelves or a desk," but if you don't buy the appropriate storage products, things pile up quickly in a small space. Furniture As Storage: Is there an ottoman you could also use to store blankets? Think Vertical: In small homes it is very important to maximize all of the space. Get Rid of Things: Chances are you don't need most of the papers that you're keeping — shred them. (Image: Small Cool 2010: Whitney's Well-Organized Home)
The Power of Why Simon Sinek’s TED Talk from TedxPuget Sound (Sept 2009) has been posted and is just awesome. He starts out with the question “Why is Apple so innovative,“ Why is it that Martin Luther King led the civil rights movement,” and “Why is it that the Wright Brothers were able to figure out controlled power manned flight?” He answers this by describing something he calls the Golden Circle: Every single organization knows WHAT they do. Some know HOW they do it. Very few people and organizations know WHY they do what they do, where WHY is “what’s your purpose, your cause, your belief; why do you get out of bed in the morning; why should anyone care.” Most people start with the WHAT, go to the HOW, and end with the WHY. Find a quiet space and listen carefully to this TED Talk for 18 minutes.
» Finding yourself in spareness We often create an identity for ourselves using things. We have logos or slogans or cute catchphrases on our clothing, and it shows people who we are. We have tattoos or piercings, baseball caps, accessories, smartphones, designer bags, Manolo Blahnik shoes … and these express to others who we are. In our homes, what we have on our walls shows others who we are. But what happens when you strip all this away? In spareness, we are confronted by a lack. When there is just you, and nothing else, you must look inside yourself. There is an empty room, and you. In spareness, you find enough.