Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Motivational And Inspirational Michael Jordan and others

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.

Michael Jordan

Champions do not become champions when they win an event, but in the hours, weeks, and months, and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely a demonstration of their championship character.
Michael Jordan

“I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me. Failure always made me try harder next time.”
Michael Jordan

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan

“There are plenty of teams in every sport that have great players and never win titles. Most of the time, those players aren’t willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the team. The funny thing is, in the end, their unwillingness to sacrifice only makes individual goals more difficult to achieve. One thing I believe to the fullest is that if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”
– Michael Jordan

“You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.”
Michael Jordan

More Inspirational and Motivational Basketball Quotes

“You don’t play against opponents.  You play against the game ofbasketball. “
– Bobby Knight

“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.”
–  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Sometimes a player’s greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.
-  Scottie Pippen

“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.”
– Jerry West

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Motivational quotes from Sid Savara

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The opportunity is only here for today

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, 
For it’s not the same river
And he’s not the same man.” 
– Heraclitus

Hiking Trail Path

Ioften think about my life, the choices I have made and the paths I took.  Today I wanted to just relay a short thought that I have been kicking around in my head for the past couple months.

I often go hiking with my friend Nelson*.  Nelson and I have hiked many different trails around Oahu, but one of our favorite trails is Mariner’s Ridge.  Over the years, I have taken my little brother, friends and random craig’s list people on the hike – and we have watched what has happened to the trail over the years from people hiking, wind, rain and general erosion.

* Not his real name

Years Ago

When we first hiked the trail:

  • The dirt path was about 3 feet wide.
  • The pine forest floor was a bed of dead pine needles on a layer of dirt
  • We were exhausted, and took a break at a milestone about halfway up that we dubbed “the big rock”
  • Up the side of the mountain, just before the top, we saw dirt and more dirt

Months Ago

After a few months when we hiked the trail:

  • The dirt path had eroded a little, rocks had begun to show, and the terrain was slightly more difficult.
  • The pine forest floor had little rocks and pebbles in the bed of dead pine needles
  • We took a break at “the big rock” out of habit
  • Up the side of the mountain, just before the top, little plants were growing

Weeks Ago

Still more months have passed, and the latest I have seen on the trail:

  • The dirt path is eroded to the point where it is a 2-3 feet deep trough in parts, and there are rocks everywhere.
  • The pine forest floor has lost the dirt layer, and it is mostly dead pine needles on rocks
  • “The big rock” is just a waypoint on our way to the top
  • Up the side of the mountain, just before the top, is completely covered in greenery


Beach Sunrish Wake Early Perfect Day Every day we have the opportunity to do anything we want.  If I see a chance or a path in front of me, I can choose to grab it and take advantage of that moment – or I can choose not to. Any day I choose not to however, I will lose that chance forever.  The trails and chances in front of us are forever living, forever changing, and if I am not there on that day, I will never see the uniqueness of the trail on that single day – ever.

There is no second chance.  There are many near second chances, buteach moment is with us once, never to return again.  Waiting for tomorrow may be better, it may be worse – it will always be different.  The world, you, and your life will be different.

The path you see before you today, the hand outstretched, the door open to opportunity – it is only available to you for a brief instant, and it will not wait or remain unchanged forever.  Hours, days, weeks, months and years will transform everything.    Each moment I have is special, and I am fortunate for every experience that comes my way. The path available to us today may be gone tomorrow – and conversely, the door that is closed today may suddenly swing open when we least expect it.

Our friends and family will grow older, we will grow closer to some people and further from others – and the things that seemed like they would never change will inevitably change.

The trail waits for noone.  If I hike it tomorrow, it will be different again – and so will I.

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Famous Failures!!!

“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
– Michael Jordan

A list of Abraham Lincoln’s Failures:

  • Lost job, 1832
  • Defeated for legislature, 1832
  • Failed in business, 1833
  • Elected to legislature, 1834
  • Sweetheart (Ann Rutledge) died, 1835
  • Had nervous breakdown, 1836
  • Defeated for Speaker, 1838
  • Defeated for nomination for Congress, 1843
  • Elected to Congress, 1846
  • Lost renomination, 1848
  • Rejected for Land Officer, 1849
  • Defeated for Senate, 1854
  • Defeated for nomination for Vice-President, 1856
  • Again defeated for Senate, 1858
  • Elected President, 1860

USA Swim Team’s Unlikely Victory Over France in the 400M Relay – Beijing 2008 Olympics

Of course – sometimes you don’t fail.  With persistence, preparation and supreme effort when opportunity presents itself, we can prevail in even the toughest situations.  This is all my friends have been talking about today, and I hope you enjoy it.

An interesting note that ties this clip in with the theme of the rest of this post: Jason Lezak, the man who swam at an amazing pace and set a world record to bring the US team back from what seemed like certain defeat, has anchored the US team twice (in 2000 and 2004) at the Olympics, where they have lost.  He said this about his final lap:

After making the turn, Lezak said he momentarily lost the courage of his convictions. Bernard had a 0.6 of a second lead and Lezak was not sure he could reel him in. “I’m not going to lie,” he said. “The thought really crossed my mind for a split-second, ‘There’s no way.’ ”

Then he reminded himself that he was representing his country and this was the Olympics and he was not getting any younger so he had to make the most of this chance. “In five seconds I was thinking all these things,” Lezak said. “And I got a super charge.”

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India's God Krishna Was the King of Jerusalem! By Gene D. Matlock

What a strange world in which we live! The Catholic Church has always known that Christianity did not begin with Jesus Christ, but yet it tries to make us think it did.

St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD) wrote: "This, in our day, is the Christian religion, not as having been unknown in former times, but as having recently received that name."

Eusebius of Caesarea (circa 283-371 AD) said: "The religion of Jesus Christ is neither new nor strange."

In Anacalypsis, The 17th century British orientalist and iconoclast, Godfrey Higgins, insisted that Christianity was already firmly in place in both the West and the East, many centuries before Jesus Christ was born. He said, The Crestians or Christians of the West probably descended directly from the Buddhists, rather than from the Brahmins. (Vol. 2, pp 438, 439.)

The existence of the Christians both in Europe and India, (existed) long anterior to the Christian era... (Vol 2, p. 202.) I think the most blind and credulous of devotees must allow that we have the existence of the Cristna of the Brahmins in Thrace, many hundred years before the Christian era-the birth of Jesus Christ. (Book X, p. 593.)

"Melito (a Christian bishop of Sardis) in the year 170, claims the patronage of the emperor, for the now so-called Christian religion, which he calls "our philosophy," on account of its high antiquity, has having been imported from countries lying beyond the limits of the Roman empire, in the region of his ancestor Augustus, who found the importation ominous of good fortune to his government." This is an absolute demonstration that Christianity did not originate in Judea, which was a Roman province, but really was an exotic oriental fable, imported from India, and that Paul was doing as he claimed, viz: preaching a God manifest in the flesh who had been "believed in the world" centuries before his time, and a doctrine which had already been preached "unto every creature under heaven." (Bible Myths and Their Parallels in Other Religions; T. W. Doane, p. 409.)

Religious historians have for hundreds of years struggled to find out how and why the stories about Jesus and Krishna, who were born 2,000 years apart, are so nearly identical.

  • Both Christ and Krishna descended from Noah.
  • The future births of both messiahs were predicted ahead of time.
  • Christ was descended from Abraham
  • Krishna was the father of Abraham (Brahma).
  • Christ was at once a Koresh, a Hebrew, and a Yehudi.
  • Krishna was at once a Kurus, an Abhira, and a Yadava.
  • Christ was an incarnation of Yah-Veh.
  • Krishna was at once an incarnation of Vishnu and Shiva.
  • Christ's first name, Jesus, was Yeshua.
  • A title of Krishna, meaning "love; devotion," was Yesu. Even today, many Hindu parents name their sons, Yesu Krishna.
  • Both men were born of virgins and in a stable.
  • Krishna's mother was named Devaki.
  • Jesus mother was called Mary.
  • Krishna did not have an earthly father as such, but a protector, named Vasudeva.
  • Jesus did not have an earthly father as such, but a mortal protector named Joseph.
  • An evil king tried to kill Christ and Krishna when they were both infants.
  • To protect the infant Jesus, Joseph and Mary took him to Maturai, Egypt.
  • To protect the infant Krishna, his parents, Vasudeva and Devaki, took him to Mathura, India.
  • It was predicted that both men would die to atone for the sins of their people.
  • As you have probably noticed, they took refuge in places having almost identical names.
  • Both men preached to their people.
  • Christ was crucified and then resurrected. Krishna was killed by a hunter's arrow and impaled on a tree. Later, he returned to life.
  • Christ was crucified in Jerusalem.
  • Some Hindu scholars think that Krishna died in Jerusalem, having gone there when his coastal city of Dwarka sank under the sea. Others say he went to Iraq.
  • Christ appeared after his "death." Krishna appeared after his "death."
  • Both of them have a major holiday dedicated to them on December 25th.
  • Christ had a female admirer named Mary Magdalene. Krishna had a female admirer named Marya Maghadalena.

Fanatically sectarian Christians and Hindus alike militantly reject the idea that the stories of these two deities are related. The Christians accuse the Hindus of blurring their identities on purpose. Some even claim that the Devil himself is the culprit.The Hindus reciprocate accordingly. Unfortunately, neither side can prove or disprove anything. In this article, I will attempt to clear up this mystery once and for all.

The Hindu Equivalent of our Old Testament Story of Abraham.

The story begins with our Abraham or Brahma as the Hindus called him. His father was Lord Krishna; his brother was Mahesh a.k.a Maheshvara who would be our Moses (Heb: Moshe).

The Hindu triad consists of the Gods Brahma, the equivalent of our God, and Gods Shiva and Vishnu. Actually Shiva and Vishnu are one and the same deities. Together, they are Brahma (God). Today, in India, there are only two temples dedicated to God Brahma because the Hindus say mankind is not yet ready to worship such a lofty concept.

Hindu Proof That Jesus Is the Son of God!

The Bible tells us that Jesus was both Shiva and Vishnu, for Jesus' biblical names are Isa/Isha(Shiva), Yeshua (Skt. Yishvara, pronounced in Sanskrit as Yeshwara), Kristos, and Yesu, another name of Krishna . Even in India, Lord Krishna was and still is called Yesu Krishna and Kristna. These names prove to us that Jesus was both Shiva and Vishnu, thus making Jesus the begotten son of the Unbegotten-Brahma.

Picture of Christ.

The preceding information shows us that the Hindus are as Christian as the Christians are. Morever, the Hindus can prove that Jesus was the son of God, but we have to accept this as a matter of faith only. Even so, there is no lack of Christian sects wanting the Hindus to "convert" to their way of thinking although we must credit the Hindus with the honor of proving to us that Jesus is the son of God. But the Hindus don't need to convert to the spiritual knowledge they bequeathed to us. They were "converted" thousands of years before our Jesus was born. I say, leave them be.

Since Krishna was not born of man, he was not actually the earthly father of Brahma and Mahesh. Therefore, he himself was the protector (Tara) of Brahma. In Sanskrit, Tara means "savior; protector." It is a term generally used with the gods Rudra, Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. Even our Old Testament says that the father (protector) of Abraham was Terah(Genesis 11:26.) The Bible tells us that Abraham and Sarah were half-siblings. (Genesis12:19-20.). The Hindu holy books also tell us that a blood relationship existed between them. The Puranas relate Sarasvati to Brahma and Vishnu. Most frequently, she is associated with Brahma. Her connection with him dates earlier than to any other God. She is portrayed mostly as his wife and occasionally as his daughter. When Vishnu's popularity in India increased, myths relating Saraswati to him appeared. (Ref: Sarasvati and the Gods; Therefore, Brahma or Vishnu would also have been the Tara (Terah) of Sarasvati because of her divine origins.

Brahm (Abraham)

Sarasvati (Sarah)

Abraham or Brahma's home was the land of Haran (Genesis 1:4.) Haran was the coastal principality governed by Krishna. It was even named after him because Hara (Sun God) is another name of Krishna. Brahma/Abraham was 75 years old when he left Haran.

Just as Christ was crucified on a cross and then returned to life, Krishna, also known as Haran, was crucified on a tree and then returned to life. This fact appears to cause some confusion in The Bible. (Read Genesis 11:26-31).

There is also another "Haran" in India-today's state of Haryana. It is the region where Abraham decided to stop making idols and worship only one God. Brahmavarta, a region in Northeastern Haryana, is said to be the place where mankind was first created. (Varta=Dwelling.) Brahmavarta was the site of the Kuruksetra War between the Kurus and Pandavas, in which Lord Krishna distinguished himself. An ancient and holy river, now dried up, the Sarasvati, once flowed through Brahmavarta. The Hakra (the biblical Haggar) was a tributary of the Sarasvati. The relationships of these three geographical entities make sense. If Brahma provided the channel or bed for the Sarasvati river, Brahmavarta could easily have been the symbolical father or brother of Sarasvati. Hakra (Haggar), being a tributary of Sarasvati, depended on Sarasvati . So what were Abraham, Sarah, and Haggar? People, things, or places?

Map of India, showing Haryana

Map showing Brahmavarta

I have stated that the Bible mentions Haran and Haryana. The Hindu holy books also say that Brahma/Abrahan lived in Ur of the Chaldees. Ur was a Sumerian name for "town; city." Chaldee (pronounced Kaldee) derives from the Sanskrit Kaul, a Brahman caste, and Deva (demi-god). The North Indian Kauldevas worshiped idols representing their ancestors. According to the Hindus, Brahma married Sarasvati in Chaldea, the part that is now Afghanistan.

Northern Afghanistan was called Uttara Kuru and was a great center of learning. An Indian woman went there to study and received the title of Vak i.e. Saraisvati (Lady Sarah). It is believed that Brahm, her teacher, was so impressed by her beauty, education, and powerful intellect, that he married her. (The Hindu History, by Ashkoy Kumar Mazumdar; p. 48, in passim.) Lord Krishna, the divine father (Terah/T‚ra) of Brahma/Abraham, was the king of Haran, with the seaport of Dwarka as its capital.

In about 1900 BC, hundreds of thousands of native Indians emptied Northern and Central India and fled to the Middle East after Krishna's Dwarka sank under the water.

Krishna gathered his family together and fled either to the Middle East or to what is now Iraq. Only some gigantic natural disasters, such as earthquakes and floods could have caused such an exodus. It was at this time that the Saraisvati and the Indus changed their proper beds. The Saraisvati dried up.

Map showing the path of the Sarasvati before it dried up.

The drying up of the Saraisvati... led to a major relocation of the population centered around the Sindhu and the Sarasvati valleys... caused a migration westward from India. It is soon after this time that the Indic element begins to appear all over West Asia, Egypt, and Greece. (Indic Ideas in the Graeco-Roman World, by Subhash Kak, taken from IndiaStar online literary magazine; p. 14.)

And Joshua said unto all the people, Your fathers dwelt... in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor, and they served other gods.

Many people don't understand what is meant by Joshua's remark about "the other side of the flood."

And Joshua said unto all the people, Your fathers dwelt... in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor, and they served other gods.

And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan... (Joshua 24:2-3.)

Many people don't understand what is meant by Joshua's remark about "the other side of the flood." They think he was referring to the Noachide flood. He was referring to the time when God Krishna's Dwarka and Haran province, in today's Gujarat, sank under water in about 1900 BC. Abraham, Sarah, and their followers escaped southward, to the coastal ports of Kalyan and Sopara (Sophir or Sauvira), in Maharashthra. From there, they sailed northward to the Middle East. Sarah (Sarsvati) embarked from the port of Kalyan. At one time, Kalyan was located closer to the coast, but is now located more than 50 miles inland. Sarasvati is the patron saint of Kalyan. The patron saint of Sophir or Sauvira was Parasu Rama (possibly a name of our biblical Abraham/Brahma).

And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan... (Joshua 24:2-3.)

Indian Author Paramesh Choudhury, author of The India We Have Lost, claims that Krishna and his family probably fled to Iraq. But I'm certain that they went to Jerusalem. The word Jerusalem is derived from Sanskrit: Yadu-Ishalayam, meaning "The Holy Rock of the Yadu Tribe." Lord Krishna was a Yadu. The Moslems still revere this huge rock under the Dome of the Rock on Jerusalem Temple Mount.


Temple [top] Mount and Dome of the Rock. [bottom] Abraham's tomb.

Until now, I have been wondering why Krishna's name did not appear in Jerusalem after his arrival there. Yet, the name of the king of Jerusalem, Melchizedek, the mentor of Abraham, did. I once thought that Melchizedek was the name of a certain person. I made this mistake by thinking that a prince and a son of a Kassite king, Melik-Sadaksina, was a supernaturally endowed prince, magician and spiritual giant. I thought he had accompanied Krishna, Abraham, and Sarah to the Middle East. Later on, I came to realize that the Sanskrit wordSadhaka applies to anyone who is an adept, a magician, one possessed of supernatural powers gained by worshipping a deity or by uttering magical chants.

I have additionally shown in this article that the New Testament words for Jesus all refer to Lord Krishna and his holy names. The early Christians were convinced that Melchizedek was just a prior incarnation of Jesus Christ, The remains of the Nag Hammadi manuscript entitledMelchizedek seem to confirm this. Melchizedek, king of Jerusalem and mentor of his son Abraham, was none other than ancient India's God Krishna. The early Christians thought that Jesus was a reincarnation of Krishna, for who else had the name Yesu Kristna, Isa, Krishna, etc.?

St. Paul states in the New Testament book of Hebrews:

Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made a high priest forever after the order of Melchisedec. (6:20.) For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him...(7:1); For he was yet in the loins of his father when Melchisedec met him. (7:;10);...what further need was there that another priest should arise after the order of Melchisedec...(7:11); Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec (7:17);.

Melchisedek (Krishna)

In closing this article, I want to mention the dissatisfaction I have always had with fanatical religious sectarians who yell that only they are right and that everybody else is wrong. They often insult, deprecate, mock, and reject those with whom they disagree, hoping to shut the formers' mouths. In many cases, these religious squabbles over suspected "differences" cause widespread bloodshed and misery in the world. I am a Roman Catholic and proud of it. But it grieves me when I hear priests, nuns and laity preach that anyone who isn't a Catholic is hell-bound.

The word "Catholic" itself derives from the Sanskrit Ketu-Loka, meaning "Universal Leader." But how can a religion be "universal" if it is exclusive, locking out nations like India who not only gave Catholics their own bible, but even the Christ they worship? I have shown how nearly parallel our bible and the Hindu holy books concur in almost every way-linguistically, culturally, spiritually, etc. Even the incestuous relationship between Brahma and Sarasvati squares with that of Abraham and Sarah. India more than qualifies to be the real holy land of all mankind. The main differences between Christians and Hindus arise from the fact that the Hindu form of Christianity stayed behind in India, and that the western Christianity we know was exported abroad. Naturally, geographical separation has caused some variations in the two similar teachings, as well as culturally. Additionally, we have to keep in mind that for many hundreds of years, these stories were passed down orally, from father to son. Changes, embellishments, and varying opinions crept through the woodwork.

It is a strange anomaly that our Christian sects want to convert the Hindus to the same religious teachings the latter gave to the world and still practice!

I have amply demonstrated that all of us, no matter what our respective religions and nationalities, are grandchildren of India, Will this knowledge help keep us from tearing ourselves and the world apart?


If, until now, you are still unconvinced that Melchizedek was Lord Krishna, and that Jesus was an incarnation of Krishna (Melchizedek) as Paul himself explained, I have no other recourse but to give you solid proof directly from the mouths of the Hindus themselves! This should put an end to the question. It is a verifiable fact that one of the names of Krishna was Sadhaka. Being a king, Krishna would have been addressed as Malika (King) Sadhaka). If you are still doubtful, go to the web and type in Krishna Sadhaka. You'll instantly get all the proof you'll; ever need. Note: This article is a chapter from Gene's upcoming book, now in preparation: Searching for God -- Now a Valid Science! It will be released in autumn, 2007.

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What is Life???

“Life is but a brief moment. The years go by quickly and old age arrives suddenly before we have an inkling. People desire so many things and waste their days in vain. Some yearn for gold, others for power, yet others for glory and a higher station. But when death’s moment nears and they look back at their lives they’ve lived, they realize they’ve been happy only during those moments when they’ve loved.”
-Borje Vahamaki

“Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.”
– D.H. Lawrence

“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it onto future generations.”
– George Bernard Shaw

“For a long time it seemed to me that real life was about to begin, but there was always some obstacle in the way. Something had to be got through first, some unfinished business; time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”
-Bette Howland

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
– John Lennon

“My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”
– Oprah Winfrey

“Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion.”
– Mary Manin Morrissey

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Cure body with mind and vice-versa - Adjust the Physiology

What is Physiology?

Your state-of-mind is intrinsically connected to your physiology. In fact the two are so closely intertwined that slight changes in one can lead to significant changes in the other.
Physiology is a broad term that refers to:
  • Movement of the body
  • Gestures made
  • Posture
  • Eye-gaze or focus
  • Rate and depth of breathing
  • Level of muscle tension
  • Facial expressions
  • Position of limbs
  • Alignment of spine and head

The Mind-Body Connection

The mind reflects your physiology by responding to its levels of tension, rate of breath, speed of movement, and to your attention and mental focus. Likewise your body mirrors your thoughts, feelings, mood, and responds to your state of mind, the questions you ask and the words you speak on a daily basis. Both are intrinsically connected and intertwined in an intimate dance that lasts a lifetime.

What Does All This Mean?

If the mind and body are intrinsically connected — meaning that one has a direct affect on the other — then it poses the argument that if we directly and consciously take control of one, that it will directly influence and transform the other. Therefore by taking the time to purposefully adjust how you use your body will immediately influence your state of mind, and could likewise dramatically transform the course of your decisions and actions.

The Physiological Experiment

To prove how powerful this can be, follow along and participate in the following physiological experiment.
In a moment I will ask you to experiment by adopting two states that are on opposite sides of the emotional spectrum. The first state is depression and the second state is confidence.
Take time now to experience each of these states separately by adjusting your physiology accordingly with the following guidelines. Please be sure to spend at least 2 minutes experiencing each emotional state exactly as described.

Experiencing a State of Depression

  • Think about your problems and mistakes.
  • Speak slowly, methodically and in a monotone voice.
  • Walk rigidly and slowly while shuffling your feet.
  • Make sure you slouch your shoulders, sink down in your posture and feel the tension building up in your body.
  • Breathe in a shallow, uneven manner using your upper chest.
  • Make sure that your eyes are looking down and have a very narrow range of focus.
  • Wear a disheartening frown on your face. :(
Before switching to the next emotional state, shake your body out from head to toe for 10 seconds.

Experiencing a State of Confidence

  • Think optimistically about solutions and positive outcomes.
  • Speak passionately with increased volume and tempo.
  • Walk quickly with purpose ensuring that your back and shoulders are straight and that you’re moving your body freely.
  • Make sure to use gentle gestures and walk lightly on your feet.
  • Breathe using your abdomen evenly and deeply.
  • Make sure your eyes are looking forward and that you are using your peripheral vision.
  • Wear a cheeky grin on your face. :)
Now that you have experimented with both states, what’s your verdict? How did each emotional state feel? Was there a distinct difference between the two states? What role did your body play in helping you transform your state of mind?
If you completed the experiment correctly you probably realized how small changes to your physiology can dramatically transform your state of mind. We actually make these shifts and changes all the time without even thinking about them. Maybe from this moment onwards we can do them proactively, consciously and with purpose.

Find Your Peak State

The most successful people in the world, whether in business, sports or any other career path are at their best when they are working from within their optimal peak state. This state means different things to different people. It’s therefore important to identify the peak state that is right for you — allowing you to work to your highest potential at any one moment in time.
Here are some guidelines that will help you find your peak state:

Cultivate Awareness

Start by becoming aware of your thoughts, emotions and current frame-of-mind. Also pay attention to your mental focus and how you perceive things and circumstances. This awareness will help you gain deep insights into your current state of mind, while assisting you with your search for your peak optimal state.

Extend Awareness to Physical Body

Now, begin extending your awareness to your physical body. Ask yourself:
How does my body feel?
How am I sitting or standing?
What is my body doing?
This awareness will help you manage your body more effectively as you strive to maintain an optimal state of mind.

Cultivate Empowering Traits

There are certain traits and characteristics that are naturally conducive to bringing forth an optimal state of mind. For instance, by taking time to cultivate charisma, passion, enthusiasm, curiosity, optimism, patience and persistence will instantly help empower your thoughts and transform how you use your body on a daily basis.
To begin cultivating each of these states simply ask yourself:
How would I use my body if I was filled with passion or enthusiasm?
How would I use my body if I was curious and fascinated about my problems?
How would I use my body if I had an incredible amount of patience?
How would I use my body if I was the most charismatic person alive?
What would I say to myself?
What would I focus on?
How would I focus on things?
What gestures would I make?
How would I breathe?
What would I think about?
How would I walk?
How would I talk?
How would I interact with others?
What kinds of decisions would I make?
What kinds of actions would I take?
How would I look?

Focus on the Positives

It’s very easy for us to get completely absorbed in our day-to-day problems. In such instances we tend to focus on what’s not working or on what’s difficult. This often leads to limiting emotions and likewise physiological changes.
In order to experience our peak optimal state we need to always focus on solutions and opportunities that will naturally encourage us to keep moving forward towards our goals and objectives.

Model Successful People

In addition to everything we have discussed thus far, it’s also prudent to model the peak states of successful individuals whom you admire. These people are successful because of the states that they are able to maintain consistently over time that help them perform at the highest levels.
Study these people, model their states, and soon you too will begin replicating their results.

Writing Out Your Physiological Recipe

In the previous section we identified a number of empowering traits that are critical for success in any field of endeavor. We’ll now take a look at traits that you personally believe are absolutely critical to your success in your area of expertise. Let’s unlock your physiological recipe.

1. Select Critical Trait

Select a trait that is required to achieve your goals and objectives. It could for instance be confidence, creativity, enthusiasm, passion or motivation. Choose just one empowering state that will have the greatest lasting positive impact on your life.

2. Identify Time You Experienced State

Think back to a time when you experienced this state. Reflect upon this experience and identify how you used your body and gestures, where and how you focused on things, how you breathed, what you said to yourself, etc.
Go through all the reference points we discussed in the previous section and identify in detail on paper the exact psychological and physiological recipe you used to get into this particular state-of-mind.
Also take time to consider what events, people or circumstances might have triggered this state and how you responded at the time.

3. Adjust Your Physiology

As you think about this peak optimal state, begin shifting your physiology to match your past experience. While you’re doing this, ask yourself:
What am I thinking about?
What am I focusing on?
How am I focusing on things?
How does this affect or change my physiology?
Make a mental note how your body is responding to this emotional state. This will help you unlock your physiological recipe.

4. Practice and Anchor State

Once you have unlocked your physiological recipe, now comes time to lock it away for good in the recesses of your mind. To do this, you must ensure that you form a new habit that is lasting and transforming. This is best achieved by creating an anchor that involves physically anchoring the desired state to a part of your body.
As you think about this optimal state and adjust your body accordingly, lightly tug on your earlobe when you feel you are at the peak of your emotional experience. Do this several times per day over a period of a few days. If done correctly, you will establish a lasting anchor that you can use at any time to call forth your optimal state and physiology.
Read more about creating powerful anchors herehere and here.

Rapidly Shifting Your Physiological State

When we feel disheartened and miserable it’s easy to fall prey to our emotions and very difficult to find the motivation to change our physiology and movement. However, if we want to maintain the highest levels of productivity, then we must as often as possible maintain a peak emotional state.
Here are some quick and easy ideas that will get your body moving and help you dig yourself out of a lazy slump:
  • Listen to energizing or inspirational music.
  • Start dancing and moving your body to music.
  • Hit a punching bag.
  • Do some exercise.
  • Go for a walk.
  • Take a warm bath or shower.
  • Sit still and breathe deeply from your abdomen.
Each of these suggestions will help you shift your physiology and improve your focus and concentration. As a result you will become more active and productive throughout the day.

Final Thoughts

Hazrat Inayat Khan once said that:
Every passion, every emotion, has its effect upon the mind. Every change of mind, however slight, has its effect upon the body.
There’s no denying that both mind and body are intertwined in a remarkable way where the fate of one lives in the hands of the other. This is probably quite unfortunate, because it means that there are no longer any excuses that could justify cultivating a miserable heart. ;)
I hope you enjoyed reading this article, and that you took the time to download the physiology of excellence mind map, which is available as a printable pdf poster from the IQ Matrix Store. I’ve designed it as a reference guide you can use to help you understand the key concepts and ideas presented within this article. I look forward to hearing any comments or questions you might have.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013


How to get best shave?


Proper wet shaving techniques, quality products and post-shaving skin care can help you look and feel your best and help avoid razor burn, razor bumps and irritation. A good, close shave followed by the right facial wash and after shave moisturizer products go hand in hand to achieve optimum skin health. And, it can turn a chore into a pleasant morning ritual. This guide has been adapted from our professional barber handbook - used in our master classes that teach barbers the proper wet shaving service.

Top 10 Shaving Tips 

  1. Make Sure Your Beard is Thoroughly Wet
    One of the keys to a great close shave without irritation or razor burn is to make sure your beard is thoroughly wet. Facial hair will absorb moisture up to 30% of its volume. Hair swollen with water becomes quite weak and therefore easier to cut. Showering before shaving is the ideal way to ensure you beard is properly moistened. If a shower is not possible, rinse your face and then apply a warm moistened towel to your face for at least a couple of minutes. This is the technique that barbers use. Never shave cold or apply shaving products to a dry face - this is one of the leading causes of razor burn and shaving rash.
  2. Use a Quality Shaving Cream
    Use a shaving cream that has a high concentration of lubricants (eg silicones) and moisturizers. The best shaving creams create a rich creamy lather and do not foam up like the cheaper drug store brands. The less "foaming" in the shave cream the better, as it is what is in contact with the skin and beard that matters - all else is wasted. Less resistance, less irritation and less nicks also mean a longer lasting blade! While the primary function of the shaving cream is to lubricate your face so that the razor will glide smoothly and effortlessly across the surface, it also serves to lock the moisture into the whiskers, keeping them soft and upright, primed for the cut. The ideal scenario is to leave the shaving cream on your face for at least a minute before you begin cutting, so that the beard is as soft and wet as possible.
  3. A Shaving Brush is One of the Best Toolstip: use a shaving brushOne of the best tools you can use to achieve the optimum shave is a shaving brush (as top barbers do). A shaving brush does a couple of things. First, it helps raise the hair so that a closer cut is possible. Second, it helps create a rich creamy lather with the shaving cream that stays close to the skin. And, finally, it helps remove dead skin cells (exfoliation) which reduces the chance of blemishes, razor bumps and also helps the skin look and feel smooth and healthy. Always look for a shaving brush with bristles that have the right balance between softness (to create a rich creamy lather that stays close to the skin) and resistance to raise the beard (making a closer cut easier!)
  4. Apply the shaving cream using the brush in a circular motion ending in an upward stroke to help lift the beard up and away from the face.
  5. Use a Quality Razor and Change the Blades
    Always use a good quality sharp razor blade. Be sure the blade is sharp. You're not just cutting off hair, you're also scraping off up to two layers of surface skin when you shave. A dull blade is more traumatic to the skin, making your face feel scratchy and look blotchy - a dull razor is one of the contributing factors to razor burn and shaving rash. Depending on the toughness of your beard, change the blade somewhere between every three and every ten shaves, if you shave every day. Two weeks is too long to go without changing blades. Regardless of the number of shaves, if the blade becomes dull, ditch it.

    As to which brand of razor to use - we think you can't go wrong with any of the Gillette Mach series. Of course there are very high quality and expensive razors available at specialty retailers that you may want to try.

    Rinse your blade under hot water before you begin to shave and after every few swipes. This removes the accumulated shaving cream, whiskers, and skin gunk. The use of hot water here is to help lubricate, has nothing to do with "killing bacteria."
  6. Use the Razor Properly
    Ideally shave in the direction of the beard growth. Start with the sides, then the moustache area and last the chin. The chin hairs are the toughest, so this allows them the most time to soften under the shave cream.

    Shaving against the direction of hair growth gives a closer shave, but has two drawbacks:
    A. It's a good way to donate blood, and

    B. You run a high risk of cutting off a hair below skin level, causing an ingrown hair (razor bumps) - the whisker grows into the surrounding tissue instead of out of the pore, resulting in inflammation and possible infection.
    direction of facial hair beard growthTo avoid these shaving problems, again, shave "with the grain" (that is, in the direction your hair grows). Each person's facial hair has its own growth pattern. If you are unsure of the direction of your beard, let it grow for a day or two and you'll see it.
    You also need to let the razor do the work - do not press too hard or it will cause razor bumps (ingrown hair)and razor burn. By the way, you do NOT need special razor bump products - 99% of the razor bump problem will be solved by not pressing too hard, shaving with the grain and using a good shaving cream.
  7. If you want an even Closer Shave
    If you wish to achieve an even closer shave (as many barbers do) apply some more lather from your brush (add more cream if necessary) to the areas you wish to shave again. Keep everything moist. This is one of the extra advantages of using a brush. For most guys, re-shaving certain areas with the grain should do the job. Professional barbers, by the way, usually first shave with the grain, and then re-shave going sideways - but they're trained professionals!

    But, don't overshave. Too much shaving will cause skin irritation and the dreaded razor burn and shaving rash.

    Rinse the blade thoroughly before you put it away. (The water temperature isn't going to have any impact on bacteria; you're rinsing the blade to get rid of hairs, shaving cream, oils, and gunk, not to kill bacteria. You'd need to boil the razor for that or rinse it in alcohol, which is not necessary.) After rinsing, shake the razor, but do not wipe the blade with a towel or tissue - that will just make it dull faster.
  8. Cleanse and Soothe After Shaving
    After shaving, when the skin is most vulnerable, rinse the face with warm water and use afacial wash that has a high concentration of tea tree oil (a natural antiseptic that is ideal to help cleanse and protect from spots and shaving rash) and witch hazel (for its soothing, healing and astringent properties).
  9. Rinse with the coolest water that is comfortable and pat dry with a clean towel. (Don't rub! Just pat)
  10. Finish off with an After Shave Lotion or Balm.
    Shaving can remove up to two layers of skin. There is no other regular activity that does this, which is why it is so important to use a good quality moisturizer after shaving. Anafter shave lotion, designed as an after shave balm and moisturizer in one, is the ideal way to replace lost moisture and soothe the skin. And, be sure to use one made just for guys - these formulas are designed so that they are not greasy, absorb quickly and dry with a matte finish so that your face doesn't look shiny. Typically mositurizers made for women are too greasy as men tend to have not only thicker skin but also oiler skin than women due to men's larger sebaceous glands. The best after shave lotions not only replace lost moisture and soothe, but also have ingredients that will cool and refresh the skin.
Following these 10 shaving tips should help you achieve optimum skin health, avoid shaving problems and help you look and feel your best.
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