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Freeing your soul through creativity

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Lose your fear of being not good enough

Remember when you were young and fearless with the crayons or fingerpaints? You were so bold. Some of you even drew all over your walls. As the years passed, you became shy and afraid of getting creative because of the belief you’re not good enough.

It’s a shame that not more of us utilize the therapeutic benefits of art. Art is a way to convey things that words cannot, and it’s a way to heal ourselves. When we’re being creative, our brains release the natural antidepressant, dopamine. Creativity can also can calm our “monkey mind”, bring on a meditative state and get us into flow. Continue Reading…

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Passion: A Labour of Love

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Loving the sufferfest

I’m on a long climb in Dolomites of Italy, and the depth of my suffering cannot be told by the grimace on my face. It’s a steep, nasty mountain pass, and I’m alone with another 40km to go. My legs are cooking as the gradient jumps to 14%, but I stand up and hammer with my focus on the next corner…

If you’re not a cyclist you’re probably wondering why we willingly endure horrible suffering for the sake of a bike ride? It’s about the moment, it’s about performing at your limit, it’s about Passion.

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The Trail of Impermanence

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The Noble Path

Trees lose their leaves, sunshine turns to rain, trails break down and your favourite features shift from one to another as your riding ability improves—impermanence is an undeniable and inescapable fact of human existence.

Buddha stated that in this world nothing is fixed or permanent. Nothing remains the same—human life, trees, mountains, streams, thoughts, feelings, perceptions and emotions. And part of the suffering we experience in life is because of our attachment to impermanent things. We mistakenly believe these impermanent things like, people, relationships, careers and circumstances are what make us suffer—it’s not impermanence that makes us suffer, it’s wanting things to be permanent when they are not. Continue Reading…

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Sending it into forgiveness

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Riding in circles of animosity

You’re riding down a trail and you get a flat tire, what’s your next move? Do you stop and take a moment to fix it or do you get angry, keep riding and blame whatever gave you the puncture for slowing you down, ruining your ride and destroying your rim?

So often in life people hurt each other, and then carry a heavy burden of bitterness that consumes their heart. And if forgiveness does cross their mind, they often say the offender deserves it, I’m not apologizing until they do or I can’t let them win.
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Ride your own ride: The authentic path

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Ride your own ride

If you’ve ever tried to keep up with someone beyond your skill level or who’s style is different from yours, than you understand how it can deplete your confidence or cause you to crash. This happens because you’re not being present in your mind—and you start to become careless and reckless.

It’s important to take responsibility for yourself, and this fact is the same in all aspects of your life. When you’re mindful of your needs and feelings, you become a much better versions of yourself— you can focus on the right things, and everything gets better. Continue Reading…

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Peace ☮ Love ❤ Zesty Life

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So little is needed to make a happy life

You don’t have to be a flower-child to find peace, love and happy vibes man. Happiness is a state of mind, and once you tune into the naked truth of what brings you joy, you’ll have more of what you need, be able to enjoy everything you have and won’t be worried about what you don’t have. Life becomes a lot less stressful and a lot more groovy baby.

The typical life: work hard, make money, spend it on mortgage payments, new clothes, nicer cars, trendy technology and more crap to fill the extra rooms in your home. Most of us understand that happiness isn’t directly correlated to the number of things we own. Yet almost all of us live like that—the more we earn, the more we spend. Continue Reading…

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Sink or Swim: Getting below the surface of relationships

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People are oceans, you cannot know them by their surface

Whether it’s friendships or romantic relationships, getting below the surface can be difficult. And sometimes we don’t even realize we’re craving a deeper connection until we find it.

Once we get through small talk, we hold back or don’t know what else to say. We’d rather not be vulnerable so we float around on the surface of our relationship, reserved in our connection, with an unfulfilled sense of intimacy.

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