Change the World

Change and adaptation to the stimulus the world provides shapes an individual to suit that world.

In this way, your world (whatever that means) seems to direct you.

I believe that together we can make the world better.

Through practice, an individual can change their body and mind.

Provide better, more targeted stimulus, and it becomes possible for the individual to not only suit the world, but to improve it.

Together, we can make the world a better place one step at a time. Let's get started!

Don’t Stop Unless you Need to

Difficult. Uncomfortable. I want to stop.

A lot of people have a habit of stopping. They stop when it's just getting uncomfortable. They stop just before they've finished.

It's not because they're not capable. Or because they can't finish. Or even because they think they need to stop.

It's just a habit. A habit of stopping because it’s a little uncomfortable rather than because they need to.

Here’s a simple rule to help:

Don't stop unless you need to.

Begin again

When you start a new thing it's easier to remember that you're a beginner.

You're meant to be bad at this.

You're a beginner.

Similarly, when you've been doing something a while, you forget that you're still a beginner. You stop taking as much care and paying as much attention.

You "know what you're doing." Maybe you do.

And yet, you're still a beginner.

For the next few minutes in whatever you're doing, simply begin again.

Begin again as if you're doing this for the first time. Take as much care and expect little.

See what happens if you anticipate the result a little less.

Begin again.

Turning Thoughts into Ideas

Get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper. Make them real. Make them tangible by putting them on paper.

Do they still seem important?

Thoughts are changed somewhat when they're tangible.

They stop being random undefined stuff rattling around your mind being repeated and amplified.

They become something easier to make decisions about and act on.

You can share them with someone else. You could also do that verbally of course.

When you let thoughts out, they become ideas.

Fat is a Feeling

Have you ever had a big, indulgent holiday meal full of things like too much Christmas lunch followed by WAY too much dessert, and then woken up the next day feeling bloated and lumpy, almost dirty on the inside from all the booze and grease and sugar?

Of course, your body probably doesn’t look that much different to a casual observer.

But you feel disgusting.

You feel huge, distended, and squashy. You feel like an enormous, tipsy hippopotamus.

When you “feel fat”, it doesn't mean that you objectively look like Jabba the Hutt. In fact, you probably look perfectly fit and healthy to an outside observer.

What you're noticing here is a set of physical sensations that go along with “feeling fat,” like:

  • being overly aware of the tightness of clothing
  • feeling heavy and sluggish
  • feeling bloated, or a sense of outward pressure in the stomach
  • feeling physically awkward in one’s movements
  • feeling “too large” or expansive

And, not coincidentally, many of the sensations of “feeling fat” are the same sensations as feeling, say, depressed. Or sad. Or anxious. Or self-conscious. Or embarrassed and ashamed. Or frustrated.

All of this gets put together into one simple emotion: “feeling fat”.

(Hey, FYI the same thing happens with “hungry.”)

You “feel” what you pay attention to.

“Feeling fat” or “feeling fit” isn’t necessarily expressing an objective outer reality.

It's a whole world of inner sensations, emotions, and unconscious thoughts to you.

And you may not even realise it. You just “feel fat”.

By the way, “feeling fit” (or “healthy,” or something similar) operates the same way.

Ever noticed how you go to the gym feeling gross, you can come away feeling amazing?

Same person. Same body. Different feelings.

Feelings matter. Pay attention to them.