Longue Vie aux Livres

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ENGLISH PAGE 2 – Long Live the Books

4 minutes de lecture

Toi aussi tu as succombé à des formations sur internet?

Laisse moi t’expliquer pourquoi tu devrais arrêter.

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Bien sur, certaines formations sont très complètes et diplômantes.

Mais la plupart des formations disponibles sur le net ne sont simplement que des attrape-nigaud.

Je me souviens d’une époque, il y a de ça quelques dizaines de mois, où on voyait partout que “le futur c’est les formations” et qu’il y aura beaucoup d’argent à se faire dessus.

Alors devine, c’est ce que beaucoup de personnes ont fait.

Je ne suis là pour incriminer personne donc je ne donnerai aucun nom dans cet article. Mais je trouve cependant dommage qu’en ayant accès à internet, on perd toute proximité humaine.

C’est le jeu peut-être me diras-tu mais, surtout en ces temps de pandémie, il serait préférable selon moi d’utiliser des méthodes un peu plus humaines que tout ce qu’on peut voir.

C’est ce qu’appelle Alexandra Martel le “marketing culpabilisant”. Si tu es intéressé par ce sujet, je te conseille de lire son article en 5 parties “Personne ne Veut Lire ton Maudit E-Book

Laisse moi te remettre dans le contexte.

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Sache que je me forme presque tous les jours grâce à des formations sur le net et cela depuis plusieurs années. Si d’ailleurs tu cherches de bonnes plateformes, la meilleure jusqu’ici pour moi est Coursera

C’est même en ligne que j’ai eu, grâce à une formation, ma certification de praticien Ayurveda certifiée par l’OMS dont j’ai pu te parler dans ma page d’accueil. Formation très complète qui, à titre indicatif et tu comprendras pourquoi je te parle de chiffres plus loin, m’a coûté moins de 200€ et que j’ai pu payer en plusieurs fois.

Autant te dire aussi que je ne suis pour l’instant pas rémunéré avec ce que je fais sur internet, je fais donc attention à ce que j’achète et je fais en sorte que cela vale le coup.

Bien entendu, comme tout le monde, je reçois de nombreux mails en rapport avec mes centres d’intérêt et 50% (si ce n’est plus) d’entre eux me vendent des formations sur internet. 

Mais le problème, c’est que rien que dans ces mails, on peut sentir que les auteurs ont soif d’argent. Et pourtant, ce qu’ils disent est souvent censé et tu as appris à avoir confiance en eux en lisant leurs mails, en regardant leurs vidéos ou autres.

Donc, pendant la période du Black Friday, j’ai décidé de faire confiance à l’un d’entre eux en achetant non pas 1 mais 2 formations, le tout pour 88€.

Pourquoi j’ai fais ça?

Parce que je pouvais me le permettre à l’époque, parce que je savais que le sujet allait m’aider à avancer sur mon site et surtout parce que le prix avait subi un fort rabais. La personne dont je parle vend ses formations sur le net à 199€ chacune et faisait une réduction (bien entendu exceptionnelle) et affichait certaines formations à 44€.

J’ai donc sauté sur l’occasion, en étant persuadé que j’allais pouvoir avancer sur mes projets plus rapidement.

C’est ici que ça commence à se corser.

J’ai suivi cette formation. Déjà au moment où je l’ai visionnée je me suis dit “heureusement que je n’ai pas payé le prix fort pour ça”.

Et puis il y a quelques jours, je me suis rendu dans un magasin, qui vend notamment des livres. Par curiosité, j’ai cherché un livre sur ce même sujet. 

Tu vois où je veux en venir?

Ce livre, vendu pour 16,90€ neuf et 11,99€ au format ebook, couvre tous les sujets – si ce n’est plus – qui sont traités dans les deux formations que j’ai acheté pour un total de 88,00€. 

La personne qui vend ces formations fait le même travail que ses clients, il est créateur de contenu et il leur enseigne les méthodes qu’il utilise lui-même sur eux.

Il est dommage, selon moi, d’en venir à ça. Dommage que ses techniques – qui sont basées sur le profit à 100% – prenne au dépourvu ses élèves et leur enseigne ces mêmes techniques qu’ils sont en train de subir. Cela ne fait qu’accentuer, selon moi et c’est ce que j’ai ressenti, la douleur d’acheter et donc baisse la confiance du client.

Il est très honorable de faire plein de formations et de montrer aux gens à quel point cela marche en appliquant soi-même ses méthodes ; mais de là à décortiquer un sujet qui se trouve dans un livre je trouve cela dommage.

Eh oui, c’est le jeu me diras-tu. Mais ne sommes-nous pas là pour aider les autres? Pour leur apporter de la valeur et du bien-être?

Ne devrions-nous pas utiliser internet pour nous rapprocher et créer un vrai lien entre nous tous?

Cette pandémie ne nous a donc rien appris?

Bien sur, il faut que ces personnes là se rémunère. Et les gens qui achètent ces formations ne paient pas que pour l’enseignement qui est transmis mais également pour la personne qui enseigne.

Je ne sais pas pour toi mais je préfère lire un livre, 10 fois mois cher, plutôt que de me rendre compte qu’on se fait de l’argent sur mon dos.

Pourtant, c’est exactement le profil dont parle Alexandra Martel dans son article, j’étais prévenu.

Lorsqu’on prend une formation de ce genre, un contrat implicite se met en place. On paie car on s’attend à recevoir l’enseignement dont on a besoin. Le professeur quant à lui s’engage à résoudre un problème. On rencontre donc un souci quand ce contrat n’est pas rempli.

Si cela vous arrive, dans la plus grande bienveillance possible, n’hésitez pas à contacter la personne en question. Dîtes simplement ce que vous pensez, en restant respectueux.

Mais à l’avenir, prenez le temps de chercher un livre sur votre problème et de comparer un minimum. Dans son podcast, 15 minutes de persuasion, Alexandra Martel explique une règle simple pour réduire la douleur d’acheter : attendre 7 jours avant de faire un achat.

Voilà pourquoi je pense que les livres ont toujours un bel avenir devant eux et que l’on devrait tous continuer à les chérir. 

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On a oublié de nos jours qu’en lisant un livre, on peut avancer beaucoup plus vite qu’en ayant suivi n’importe quelle formation. Et puis, lire 10 minutes par jour pendant qu’on prend son petit déjeuner c’est faisable croyez-moi. 

En moyenne, un adulte lit une page par minute. En lisant 10 pages par jour, vous aurez lu un livre de 100 pages en 10 jours!

Tout pour ça pour vous encourager à lire et vous former toujours plus.

Cet article ne rentre pas dans le plan projeté avec 13 Raisons Font du 7 un Chiffre Mystérieux. J’explique pourquoi dans le prochain article. Vous en apprendrez également un peu plus sur l’avenir du site et sur les ressources gratuites qui vous attendront ici.

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Encore une fois, allez au plus simple et au plus rentable, selon vos propres désirs.

“Une lecture amusante est aussi utile à la santé que l’exercice du corps.”

Emmanuel Kant

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2021, un Océan de Possibilités

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C’est avec joie que je vous souhaite à tous une merveilleuse année 2021.

Je souhaite que 2021 vous rapproche de ceux que vous aimez et qu’elle vous aide à obtenir tout ce que vous méritez d’avoir, pour devenir ce que vous méritez d’être.

Je sais que cette année nous apportera beaucoup de choses merveilleuses.

Il sera possible de…

Aimer

Tout et tous ceux qui croiseront notre chemin.

Sourire

Grâce à toutes les belles choses que la vie nous apporte.

Grandir

De n’importe quel challenge que l’on pourra rencontrer.

Entièrement pour vous, j’ai aussi beaucoup de nouvelles ressources qui arriveront dans les prochaines semaines. Rien que je ne puisse vous dire pour l’instant, c’est encore un secret, mais je vous assure qu’il s’agit de plein de valeurs à partager avec tous ceux qui veulent être une lumière dans leur propre monde.

Mon message reste le même, je veux vous aider à grandir et à rester en contact avec votre enfant intérieur.

Je souhaite que vous puissiez accéder aux pouvoir que vous avez. Je souhaite que vous puissez avancer un peu plus vers votre objectif et progresser vers votre propre compréhension du monde.

Mon rêve est que tout le monde soit libre de vivre sereinement selon ses propres principes.

Ne vous laissez plus dirigé par ce que les médias peuvent dire à propos de nous, de vous et du monde.

Trouver votre propre vérité et vivez-la.

Ma mission, c’est de vous montrer les possibilités que vous avez.

Donc, si vous êtes intéressés de découvrir toutes les semaines une nouvelle façon de voir le monde, une nouvelle photo originale et un nouvel article, assurez-vous de vous inscrire à mon groupe de partage privé.

Encore une fois, je vous souhaite une très belle année 2021.

« Ta vision ne devient claire que lorsque tu peux regarder dans ton coeur. »

Carl Jung

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Practical Guide: How to Cultivate Body Regeneration

And Stop Wasting Away Day After Day

FRANÇAIS PAGE 2 : Guide Pratique : Comment Cultiver la Régénérescence Corporelle – Et Arrêter de Dépérir Jour Après Jour

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As a new lockdown begins in France, it is legitimate to wonder about health.

Is it really possible de live in full health? Moreover during a pandemic? Or are we simply destined to live in a non-ending anxiety?

Do we really have to suffer these headaches over and over again, to maintain these pains that have been lingering in our bodies for so many years?

Surely you know my answer : NO WE DON’T.

It is quite possible to live in full harmony in one’s body and mind, and that is the subject of today’s article.

Don’t you know that our bodies have the power to heal themselves?

Those that say that we start to waste away from the moment we are born are wrong. In fact, when we are born, we start to heal.

We are not dying but healing beings.

And fortunately for you, by the end of this article you will know :

It is very easy to fall into the trap of self-destruction and even if as a human being we are necessarily looking for the most complicated way to solve a problem, let me show you that in life

Simple things are often the best. (And the more efficient)

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What is the mind-body connection?

When we talk about the connection between the body and the mind, we talk about this capacity we all have to control our body with our head. Consciously or not.

When we are afraid, our whole body is alert : our heart rate is accelerating, blood flow is saturated and directed to the muscles to be ready to flee from danger. In short, once we send fear signals from an exterior event, our body translates it in a way, and increases the production of certain hormones, regardless of the subsequent consequences.

On the contrary, if we meditate for example, the opposite effect is happening in our bodies. Sweating decreases, heart rate and blood pressure also, breathing is slow, stress hormones are produced very little while the production of anti-aging hormones increases thanks to the production of dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. In short, by choosing to meditate and to send signals of « well being » to our brain, it will take the responsibility of maintaining this well-being to our cells.

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This mind-body connection would then be this « power » that is available to us and that would link our heart with our head in a way.

By sending well-being signals to our body, we will therefore also send healing signals at the same time. Gregg Braden explains it in his research. If we strive to synchronize our head with our heart, then we restore the inherent capacities of our body.

Bodily healing, and more precisely healing by thought is therefore the capacity, available, free and unlimited that we all have, to be able to heal our body with our thoughts. As if our thoughts were simply that same force of vitality that we want to give to our heart. A force that would therefore be translated into energy.

How is it efficient in the self-healing process of the body?

Our body is made of energy. We must therefore heal this energy. It is not necessarily useful to understand how our body is scientifically energy and how it regenerates; our body will succeed, whether it comes to our consciousness or not.

The only thing that would certainly be necessary to do is to bring a certain consciousness to the body, a consciousness that is still here translated into energy. This energy would even emanate from our thoughts and emotions.

To bring consciousness to the body simply means to deliberately choose to secrete positive energy in our body, sending signals of well-being or fear for example as mentioned above.

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As we saw in the article 4 Different Ways Our Body Ingest Energy, our emotions can be classified on a scale of consciousness from shame for the lowest feeling in energy to enlightenment for the highest feeling. However, these emotions do not necessarily have to create negativity. And it is this negativity that we must distance ourselves from in order to lift ourselves up and to heal. And I am not necessarily speaking here of spiritual elevation.

From the moment we create resistance within ourselves, we create negativity. This negativity can even go as far as to create a bodily feeling of suffering.

The problem with negativity, as Eckhart Tolle so aptly put it, is that « there comes a point where you don’t want to get rid of it, once you’ve identified with it and on a deep unconscious level, you don’t want any positive change, because it would threaten your identity as a depressed, angry or unfairly treated person. Therefore, you will ignore, deny or sabotage what is positive in your life. It is even a very common phenomenon.

Therefore, if you give yourself a moment to synchronize your heart with your head and simply become aware of it, you allow your cells to move freely in your body and thus allow your being to vibrate to its full potential and to express all the magnificence of what it is capable of.

Regenerative medicine is a medicine increasingly recognized for its actions. The best known research is done at the McGowan Institute, USA and at the University of Poitiers, France.

We are beings who are healed all the time and these institutes prove this day by day. Through research, and over the past 40 years, researchers have discovered the extraordinary power of stem cells. They might be able to regenerate almost any part of our body. They might be able to heal us completely, to regenerate us.

Abilities that are shared by several animals and that the magazine Science et Vie quotes as the “advent of the lizard man” so promising are these discoveries. But it is not only the lizard that has the power to regenerate when it loses a limb but the starfish that is ready to drop one of its arms during an attack. What if this power was already within us, present long before this research began? Do we not know that it is possible to remove the liver of a person who has it ill so that it can regenerate?

Why then, if we already have this power within us, could it not be inscribed in other cells of our body?

The natural state of our body is a state of health, that is what it wants to strive for. It is not logical to think that we are always sick or that we would always have to improve in our health. Our body is made to be well and if it is well fed, in every possible way, it has no reason to malfunction.

In what circumstances is it ineffective?

Of course, I’m not saying that these techniques should replace allopathic medicine, but I’m certain of their positive effects on the development of stem cells and the regenerative capacities of our bodies.

Little by little, it will even be possible to function again without drugs. Some techniques even boast of curing mental illnesses. I am far from saying that, but once again, with time, patience and a little goodwill, mountains can be moved.

This is where the body-mind connection will not be effective. When we only have negative thoughts about ourselves and are convinced of the malfunction of our cells.

As I say it in my article On Being Childlike, we must cultivate this unique curiosity that all children hold and that allows us to rediscover the magic of life day after day.

It is like this moment at the end of a yoga session, after the final position Shavassana, or the corpse position, where we take for a moment the shape of a fetus before we can sit again and be reborn to a new day. Discover my article Yoga as a Path to Transformation.

We have the power to be reborn and to create infinite possibilities, everyday. On the spiritual level for one part but also on the physical level.

What prevents it from functioning properly?

As mentioned above, and even if many of us have already heard it and we have not necessarily believed it, a bad lifestyle will definitely prevent the proper functioning of our body.

If I eat badly, I will also feel bad, if I listen to music too loud for too long I will necessarily hurt my ears, if I only watch horror movies my body will be on alert most of the week ; If I do not shower at least a little I will store viruses and bacterias… Ultimately, if I cultivate negative energies, they are the ones I will reap.

If I focus on my pain, I will give it more importance, and as we have just seen, it is one of the ways in which pain is encouraged to stay. Let us not forget that a good diet does not need medicine. This Ayurvedic proverb seems simplistic. And yet, the day we all manage to free ourselves from our destructive habits towards ourselves, we will truly realize it. Find out more about Ayurveda in my article Ancient Science and in more depth soon on the website.

Are there simple exercises to encourage this self-healing process?

The only exercise that is beneficial “simply” requires presence. Simply put, these are the steps:

  • When you feel an illness coming, enter deeper into that state of being which dwells in the body, be present in that state, remain in that state. Sit or lie down somewhere and be completely present in the body. 10 to 15 minutes, for example, until you feel so alive that the symptoms of this disease are gone. This technique, given by Eckart Tolle in his book Even the Sun Will Die One Day, only works if you react quickly, that you listen to the warning signs. By being more present in your body, you will intensify the light of the presence, he says.
  • Be present to yourself and allow yourself a daily time to breathe and synchronize your heart with your head. It sounds complicated but just sit down and listen to yourself breathe. Feel your whole body and how full of life it is. You will then be in direct contact with your cells and you will therefore send them positive energies, healing energies. Discover my article on meditation Stop Running and Listen to Yourself.
  • Listening to oneself also means listening to one’s desires and needs. Sleep when you feel it’s necessary, eat fruits and vegetables that your body asks for.
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In these cases, believe me, you will be more resistant to the disease or just ready to welcome it when it knocks on your door.

Yes, I said welcome, not face the disease. Do not try to create more suffering by being in conflict with yourself about this disease. It is there, so let it be and strive to trust your body in the healing it will offer you.

What are the other techniques that exist?

The following techniques may seem simplistic to you but as stated at the beginning of the article, it is the simplest things that prove to be the most effective. Kind of like grandma’s medicine.

Among these techniques we think of meditation, essential oils, food, sleep – find my article Tips for Better Sleep -, binaural beats – this will be the subject of a future article, here is an example with this music to start -, visualization, personal hygiene; and many more.

Life is made to enjoy, to live in joy and to surpass oneself. Do not believe this voice in your head that continually demeans you. It is more or less present in each of our minds and it is simply there to make us grow.

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Start now, practice breathing consciously and share the benefits below in the comments.

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« Desire is a sign of healing or improvement »

Friedrich Nietzsche
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Don’t Believe This Ad

FRANÇAIS PAGE 2 : Ne Croyez-Pas Cette Pub

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As I am on the internet everyday, like I’m sure most of us are, I come accross around 20 offers about courses I should take depending on my profile.

Discover with me how to step off those precious advices offered by what I call the knowledge merchants.

Of course, thanks to all those beautiful algorithms which direct the web, and that might be coming handy sometimes it’s true, we are all always offered exactly what should be good for us. And since I am running a blog, dozens of people offer me to write better, market better or take better pictures. I guess you are also offered to be better at what you do.

As if we needed to be better.

Online marketing by Mediamodifier

Don’t you feel the same?

No this won’t be an article about how awful commercials are. Instead you will be encouraged to believe in yourself. In this article, you will have a tool for stopping believing in the last ad you saw

“Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.” 

Roy T. Bennet

Actually, I don’t like commercials but I’m ok with them because when you work by yourself and especially since I used to working in the TV industry, I understand that they can help. In fact, without ads some industry might not even exist.

Let’s say you’re an actor playing in a show next week and you don’t have any contacts in the town you’re going to play in. That was the case for me some months ago, before this crazy pandemic happened. Wouldn’t you be ready to go in the streets to tell every person you meet about your show that would be played the next day? That could help but if you don’t use some ads, you can be sure that almost no one is going to come to watch your show. And if nobody comes then you’re not working.

Imagine being on stage, alone with the members of your company, in front of an empty room. You’re all dressed up, you were in the backstage full of stage fright, ready to jump and play as if it was your last role and there you see no one in the room. Imagine how awful you might feel. It just gives me a stomach ache just to think about this.

Empty stage by David Mark

It’s like saying that if you don’t use ads, all the hard work you gave, all the rehearsals you went to and all the lines you forced yourself to learn are just lost since you cannot show what you worked on.

This is why I put up with commercials. Not because I like them, we have way too much of them but because they can help an entire industry.

But I feel like nowadays we are all adviced to run a course that will change our lives.

Every course will if you listen to them.

Of course, we are all here to learn, I believe it is why we are all incarnated here, but aren’t we enough with what we know? Do we really need to enroll in the last brand new online academy?

I just feel like this is making people believe that they are not enough and that they won’t be fully themselves until they take a particular course.

I am saying this because I already enrolled in 3 classes, paid for 2 and used about 3 months of free trial. All for what? Yes I did learn many things but this took so much of my time that I just realise now that we need to focus on what we have, what we know and who we are spending our time with.

This is where I remember about an article I wrote, Stop Running and Listen to Yourself. My first article about meditation.

Ben Gananda doing yoga

You see, every teacher you will have also have to learn everyday about the very thing they are teaching. Even if it is just being aware of the news and new laws for a lawyer for instance.

All I’m saying is that we all have to learn eveyday but eveything we are learning is taught to us by life itself. All the lessons we need to learn will be taught to us, in a way we might not even expect.

Didn’t you make a mistake that someone warned you about? Like start smoking cigarettes or lend money to someone who didn’t deserve it? Your loved ones warned you but you had to make the mistake so you would learn the lesson.

Isn’t it exactly why you always come accross the same problem every now and then?

Simply because you didn’t learn the lesson and life is teaching it to you again and again, until you understand and learn it well.

So next time you think about enrolling in the last online course you saw, be kind enough to ask yourself : « Do I really need this? » If you don’t have time, if other issues needing to be worked on are awaiting you then it means that you should already focus on what you have and come back to it later. You might even realise that you don’t even need that course anymore.

We will talk about how life has a way of directing back to you the same issues over and over in a later article.

I hope this one encouraged you to believe in yourself and to trust the skills you already have. If it did, you should be interested in next week’s article which will be about our series on the mind-body connection and specifically about the healing power of our body.

You are enough.

You are good.

You are smart.

You are beautiful.

You are love.

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Until then, remember that life has always something to teach you, everyday. Even if it is about opening a door for an elderly.

See you next week.

Ben

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Togetherness

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Recent events have – let’s hope so – brought everyone to think a little more about their choices considering what they consume and about the value of the actions that lead the world.

Once upon a time, there was a world where everyone were helping each other. People used their given free time to think about their neighbours by playing music on their balcony, by offering to go grocery shopping to protect them or even a time where we were applauding healthcare services at our windows – at least that was some time ago in France. (check this article from Reuters to know more about this).

But this, was before.

Today, we are queuing 3 hours long to get a Macdonalds menu, eat it cold or even alone in our car. We wait at least the same time to spend money in our luxurious clothes store we missed so much, making sure we bare our teeth if the person next to us isn’t respecting its distance.

I don’t know about you but after everything that happened, I feel even more close to humanitarian causes, those that are important and that bring surplus-value to our world.

Didn’t we have the example we needed to believe in a sense of togetherness?

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This article won’t be about making you act for a humanitarian cause, it will be about showing you examples on how, by working together, we can achieve greatness.

« Man is by nature a social animal. »

Aristotle

Aristotle, greek philosopher who lived in the years 300 BC, already saw that and explained it really well. This famous quote doesn’t stop here as he also says that « anyone who does not partake in society is either a beast or a god ».

Of course this can be interpreted wrong but he does have a point. We are better if we act for the world and for the people that are in our world.

Do you know of someone who spent his life all by himself and was doing great?

If so, I would be pleased to meet that person and chat with them.

Isolating someone is a form of punishment in jails.

How many stories did you hear about an old person loosing the love of its life and then dying from grief or simply loosing its head?

Does anyone of you watched the movie Into the Wild by Sean Penn? A movie about a young man who decides to leave everyone and everything to hitchhike and live in the wilderness. I advise you to watch it if you haven’t already.

Into the Wild poster

I don’t know about you but those kind of story inspire me to always be on the lookout to work with my peers and my loved ones.

Alone we go faster together we go further.

In 1993 a study was conducted to measure the benefits of meditation. Washington had a high crime rate and conducted this study. A group of meditators came into the city to meditate during an evening. Criminal rate decreased by 23.3% that same evening.

It seems like a group of people meditating and raising the vibrations of the city was enough for crime to slow down. If you’re interested to know more about this, you should read my article 4 Different Ways Our Body Ingest Energy.

« Washington crime study shows 23.3% drop in violent crime trend due to meditating group »

Find the article of the same title in the worldpeacegroup.org website
Balance by Ralf Kunze

This is one of the reasons why I started to talk to you about meditation in 3 different articles already. Here are the links if you are interested. The first one was written to show you how it is beneficial to slow down Stop Running and Listen to Yourself. The second one was written with a guest about mantras Meditation Series : Mantras with Carrie Grossman. And the most recent one, from last week was designed to help you more understand what it is Is Meditation Really Helpful?

Alone I’m powerless. Together we are powerful.

Sometimes, we even want to help but we are unfortunately too weak if we face the problem by our own.

In Mauritius recently, a ship leaked so many oil in the ocean that a « state of environmental emergency » was declared. In order for the ocean to be cleaned up, Mauritius residents were cutting off their hair to soak up the oil. See the article about it here.

Would it have the same effect with the hair of only one person? I don’t think so.

Here we have another example of what people can do when they work together.

Hands forming a heart by Pexels

Those are the 3 examples I wanted to share with you this week. Because I think we should all start to believe in each other again. In order to do that, we should always cultivate our awareness. Something I told you about in my article The Mind-Body Connection.

And you, what do you think about all this? Is Aristotle crazy according to you? What do you think about the story about the mediation group in Washington? Does the story in Mauritius have an effect on you and which one? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!

I hope you liked that article and that it encouraged you to search for that help you so deeply need.

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Until then, be well.

Love,

Ben

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Is Meditation Really Helpful?

FRANÇAIS PAGE 2 – La Méditation Est-Elle Vraiment Utile?

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Are you used to feeling anxious? Scared? Does anyone tried to help you in this matter but did quite the opposite?

In the last article The Mind-Body Connection introduced the subject of always being connected to what we do. This means being aware of our own emotions and desires and acting upon them.

I can assure you that meditation can be a powerful tool for addressing those issues.

Brain balancing heart by ElisaRiva

Why?

Because I have been practicing meditation on a daily basis for 7 years now.

People fail to help you because they are not in your shoes and might address the problem from an angle you don’t really need and therefore, the problem still exists.

Meditation can be your medication.

It can help you overcome your issues, if you know how to use it.

How does meditation can help me?

Why doesn’t it work on me?

Is there a simple tool I can use for helping me meditate?

Those are the questions we are addressing today.

How does meditation can help?

Meditation is simple and practical. 

Research shows that simply by sitting down and closing your eyes you can access a level of relaxation that is deeper that deep sleep.

It reduces stress hormones by 30 to 40% where a good night sleep reduces it by 10 to 12%.

It increases serotonin, prolactin, oxytocin and reduces blood pressure. It even increases the production of anti-aging hormones.

It is more effective that any other relaxation techniques.

brain connection by Gerd Altmann 

Research also shows that it makes new connection in the brain. If you scan the brain of someone that is meditating, you will see connection happening in the left and right side of his brain as well as in the back and front of it.

Which results in making us make better decisions, have better judgment because we allow the part of the brain responsible for this -the pre frontal cortex- to be well fed in oxygen particularly.

Meditation helps us become our best self.

When I was starting meditation, I encountered a wonderful teacher that helped me understand that I was embodying letting go thanks to meditation.

After a 45 minute mediation I had with him, we all shared our experience. At that time I had a hard time staying still, I always had to readjust my position or even just was disturbed by my own clothes. I explained him that I finally was able to tell myself during that single meditation that it could wait, that for this moment I was able to stay still and wait for the end of the meditation for moving or even for thinking about something else I had in mind.

He congratulated the effort and showed me that my meditation journey was on the good path.

Meditation doesn’t always work

Meditation can work for everyone, but it can also worsen the very thing you’re trying to meditate for. This is because there are several types of meditation.

Of course, if you look online, everyone is going to tell you that their technique is the best one there is but this is just a lie. Unfortunately those are the ones that are going to be the closest to sectarianism.

As a matter of fact, you can choose what type of meditation you want to do according to what you’re doing it for.

meditation by Gerd Altmann 

Before choosing the type of meditation you’re going to dedicate yourself to, you should ask yourself those questions :

  • What is the goal of my mediation? Do you want to feel more free, let go a situation in particular, understand something …
  • Which sense do you prefer? Some meditation will be more visual when others might be more auditory …
  • Which aspect do you want to develop the most? Patience, love, spirituality, memory, focus …

We will go through the types of meditation in a later article but for now I would suggest any beginner to try and start with those types of meditation :

  • Yoga nidra : this is actually the simplest one I was given to try. You just lay down on your back and let yourself be guided by the voice of your meditation teacher.
  • Spinal breathing : which will help your anxiety as well as mantra and mindfulness meditation.
  • Inner silence : lead you to know yourself, deal with your confusion or restlessness.

Now that you know of some meditation techniques, remember that the key to finding peace with mediation is consistency. We talk about this with a guest I had in the blog in the article Meditation Series : Mantras with Carrie Grossman.

Learn to overcome your fear thanks to a simple tool

I’m using fear as an example here and the tool I’m going to share with you can be used with any emotions you’re having difficult times with.

The tool I’m sharing with you comes from another meditation teacher I had and uses the technical memo RAIN.

Tiger under rain by ArtTower

RAIN stands for Recognise, Allow, Investigate, Nurture.

Recognise : name your fear.

Allow : do not judge it but instead allow it to be here. 

Investigate : feel where it lives in your body and what sensation it brings you.

Nurture : use your own kindness and care to begin being present with the fear.

After the rain, feel the shift that has happened from the fearful self when you started to that space of compassionate presence.

Want some help?

I can now tell you that soon, an online meditation course will be available on the blog. It is a 21 day challenge designed for discovering meditation where I teach you the fundamentals of mediation in a progressive way. The first day of the challenge will include 1 minute of meditation the second day 2 minutes, the third day 3 minutes and so on until 21 minutes of meditation for day 21.

Be sure to stay tuned, more information about this in a few weeks.

I hope you enjoyed this article and that it gave you a clearer idea of what meditation can do for you.

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In the meantime, remember that everything you do can be turned into meditation, from sitting to making dishes and running. It only takes conscious presence in what you are doing.

Love

Ben

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The Mind-Body Connection

FRANÇAIS PAGE 2 – La Connexion Corps-Esprit

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Do you always feel connected to what you’re doing? Do you wish to be more connected and aware?

As promised in one of my last articles, On Being Childlike we’re going to start talking about this mystical connection that is always available to us…

The mind body connection.

When you’re used to driving the same road everyday, you might find yourself being caught up in driving, it can even sometimes happen that you forget the way you just drove through.

Take a deep breath with me.

Hold it.

And then release it.

Here, you’ve just made a step further into connecting your mind with your body.

Connecting your body with your mind have many meanings. One of them is to bring life into some parts of your body that you tend to forget.

Your tongue for instance. If you think about it, you’ll realize that you have a tendency to keep it up on the roof of your mouth. You do this without even thinking about it

Just like when you’re used to driving on the same road everyday. And it is proven that what is happening is that you are hypnotizing yourself for a short time. That’s called auto-hypnosis, which will more likely happen when your mind isn’t connected to your body.

You will tend to loose focus on yourself.

Take another deep breath with me. 

Bring your attention to your mouth now, are you able to relax it even more than it already is? Where is your tongue? Up or relaxed at the bottom of your mouth?

Don’t you feel more relaxed now?

The first step into connecting your mind with your body is simple. Breath and realize that you have a body, notice all the parts of it and learn to relax it more and more everyday.

That’s called meditating.

Meditation deserve a whole new article but you can still discover the first one I wrote about it, Stop Running and Listen to Yourself.

If one looses focus on oneself it is more easy to stop controlling what one is doing. I told you in the article 4 Ways Our Body Ingest Energy that I stopped smoking. What will happen if I’m not in control of what I do? 

What will happen if my mind isn’t connected to my body?

I will forget the benefits of stopping smoking, I will loose myself into listening to the voice that tells me to enjoy things and to loose the benefits of my efforts. 

Which takes us back to saying that when we loose our mind-body connexion we stop being our best self, we stop stepping into ou power and therefore loose our time, efforts and energy.

The next article will teach you more clearly about meditation and its benefits. You will also learn about a new meditation course that will soon be available on the blog.

Thanks for reading this article, I hope it introduced you well to this topic and made you even more curious to know more.

Being more aware can be considered as being magical in so many ways. We’ll see that soon enough.

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In the meantime, stay connected to your surroundings by simply trying to notice all that exists in your field of view, all that you’ve never noticed before and more specifically all that is alive around you, from plants to humans and animals.

Love

Ben

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Don’t Take Anything Personally

FRANÇAIS PAGE 2 – NE FAITES JAMAIS UNE AFFAIRE PERSONNELLE DE QUOI QUE CE SOIT

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Have you ever had that moment where you thought someone was upset about something you did ? Did this very thing happened not to be about you but about something else ?

I know I did ! And not just once.

We have a tendency to think that we did something wrong.

Instead of thinking that why don’t we just try and ask the persons what they think ? They might just tell us that what they said wasn’t about us at all but about something they experienced earlier with someone else.

That might save you a lot of trouble.

I learnt that teaching from the book The Four Agreement by Don Miguel Ruiz.

He explains that if we take things personally, we necessarily take everything into account. We take into our being the trash of others, that becomes our own once we agreed to it.

If we don’t take anything personally, we become immune to the poisoned words of others.

What others think about me do not concern me but them.

And we don’t waste our time worrying about others.

This book really changed the way I used to see things and I really advise you to read it.

It teaches us about 4 guidelines we must all follow in our everyday life.

  • Be impeccable with your words
  • Don’t take anything personally
  • Don’t make assumptions
  • Always do your best
Image by Realworkhard

4 guidelines that seem difficult when you didn’t read the book but that are really easy when you read it and when you understood what they mean. So easy that there also is the same book available for children. As we saw in the article On Being Childlike, we must actually follow and listen to the children.

It is really well and easy said and I think most of us should take time to read that 120 page book! I read it in 3 days.

Your life is the manifestation of your dream, it’s a work of art.

Don Miguel Ruiz

That it all for today, I hope you enjoyed reading this and that it spoke to you. Best thing would be that it gave a a little idea of what The Four Agreements are about and pushed you to read it.

Be sure to stay tuned so you don’t miss the next articles, as said in the last one we will dive deeper into the mind-body connection by developing the Ayurveda subject and many more at the same time.

In the meantime, don’t forget to take care of yourself, you are the only one that exactly know how.

Love,

Ben

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Tips for Better Sleep

FRANÇAIS PAGE 2 – Conseils pour Mieux Dormir

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We all need to sleep better. Because sleep is what help us recharge our batteries. But did you know that we often don’t sleep well enough because of habits we have?

According to what Dr M. Breus said, we don’t sleep well because our bodies are not able to attain that deep sleep state where they can properly rest. I’m talking about REM sleep and this is actually essential for us to wake up rested in the morning.

Do you also feel like you have enough time to sleep but still wake up tired, no matter the time you go to bed? Then, continue reading to discover the 5 tips Dr Breus advises us to follow to perform at our best everyday.

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1 – One wake up time

You need to choose one wake up time. No matter the hour, you have to be consistent with yourself.

Image by Monoar Rahman Rony

Yes, only one. Even on the weekends. Your body needs to have that routine to properly adapt to your environment.

Only then will you be able to even wake up without any alarm. By choosing to wake up everyday at the same time, you will even find yourself planning your day in the good way. And even be consistent in your everyday life.

2 – Caffeine

We almost all drink coffee. And everyone knows that coffee, as almost everything in life, can be harmful if we drink too much of it.

Image by Christoph

As a matter of fact, our body needs about 6 to 8 hours to eliminate coffee.

So, we have to stop drinking coffee by 2 pm if we want to sleep well.

3 – Alcohol

Basically, in the same sense as coffee, if we want our bodies to eliminate alcohol properly, we should drink one cup of water for every glass of alcohol we drink, and wait one hour before going to bed.

Image by Michal Jarmoluk

Actually, in order for alcohol not to affect the physical restoration of the body during sleep – because it does affect it, alcohol make your body skip REM sleep and even lead you to snore sometimes – we need to be aware of our consumption of it.

If you have more than 3 glasses, Dr Breus advises you to simply stop drinking alcohol 3 hours before going to bed.

4 – Exercise daily

We all understand that exercising is essential to a healthy lifestyle but we should also choose when we exercise. In fact, exercising increase our body temperature and brings the wrong signal to our brains in order to sleep.

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Dr Breus also advises anyone with problem sleeping to try and have a warm bath before going to bed. This will cool off your body and then send signals to your brain that it is time to go to bed, because our body temperature decreases once out of the water.

Tip # 4 is then to stop exercising 4 hours before bed.

5 – Water and sunlight

Usually, when we wake up, we don’t necessarily need more sleep, we are tired because our body needs to be hydrated and feel the sunlight.

Picture by Ben Gananda

And guess what, if you take time to go outside in the morning, you actually taking time to yourself and then you have time to dedicated to your daily meditation. Check my article about meditation if you didn’t have time already : Stop running and Listen to Yourself.

As soon as you get out of bed, drink about 20 ounces of water and get 15 minutes of sunlight.

I guarantee you, if you follow those tips, you will have a better sleep and then a better life. Only when you listen to yourself can you be productive and creative in your everyday life.

If you want to know more about Dr M. Breus, I invite you this visit his website.

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Be sure to stay tuned, as we are going to continue talking about the mind-body connection and how this can be a game changer in your life.

Thank you for reading me and I’ll see you in the next article.

Stay tuned.

Love

Ben

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Tips For Learning a Language

FRANÇAIS PAGE 2 : Conseils Pour Apprendre une Langue

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Learning a language takes time, you have to learn everything by heart so you don’t forget anything, it’s not fun …

FALSE

Learning a language might be a great journey you can enjoy. It can be fun and you don’t necessarily have to spend all your time learning everything by heart.

In fact, if you know how to do it, you can learn without even feeling like you are.

I actually learnt English by myself. Well, I had all the teachings from school obviously but that wasn’t enough for me to really speak the language. Today, I have the CAE -Cambridge Advanced English – which says that I have a C1 English level. 

I didn’t live in an English country, I didn’t take spare classes to learn it, my accent is not the best one and I can sometimes do some mistakes I know. But still, I’ve been writing articles in English AND French since January now and I think you guys can get what I write. 

I really appreciate all who’ve been liking and commenting on my articles. Thank you, really much.

I learnt English simply because I chose to. I come from a Spanish family and I used to speak English with my grandmother – may she rests in peace – so maybe I was used to being comfortable with languages.

When I was living in Paris, I decided that I needed to learn English in order that I would be able to travel easily. And since I didn’t have enough money to go live in an English country, I decided to bring English to me. I started to watch movies in English, turn the language of my phone and computer into English, tried to read English books and so on… I even tried to think in English.

Imagine when I had my first dream in English, it was an apotheosis for me!

And today I try to give that taste of freedom to anyone I can. Because learning English opened many doors for me. Truly. Now I can learn about a subject in two – sometimes three with Spanish – different languages and this is really helping me to go deeper into my researches and I can write even better articles.

You might not understand the necessity you have to learn a new language, but it can absolutely help you grow stronger in your business as well as in your personal life.

Knowing different languages is like having multiple souls. Teaching languages is actually one of my specialities.

I also had the chance to spend time with English speaking people in Paris, which helped so much in my learning. For them, for my grandmother, for the time I spent learning … thank you.

Today I’d like to give you a little tip if you want to learn a language. If you really want to, it is something you won’t be spending a lot of time on. You just need to have a directory with you at all times.

It’s an easy tip, that everyone can do and that can teach you a lot of words, that you will remember just by yourself, for the price of a directory – 2$.

Throughout your day, make the effort to listen to podcasts, radio shows, news, read articles or books or even watch movies or tv programs in the language you want to learn. You might start with adding the subtitles of your language, then you will want to replace them by the language you’re learning – which will help you see the words you hear – and then you won’t even need to have subtitles.

By doing that, you will learn new words everyday and as soon as you learn a new word, write it in your directory, choose a colour for your language and another one for the new one. This might be blue for English and red for French for example if you want to learn French.

You will see that the more you do that, the more you will learn words and the more you will want to learn. It’s fun and you will want to continue working on that. Many times, our brain doesn’t have to be forced to do something, if we do it just out of fun, we remember it and that makes us want to learn even more.

For those who follow me, please excuse me for not being here for the past week, I had some issues to work on. Fortunately they are solved now and I can write again. 

As a matter of fact, I will be coming with new ideas and the website will soon be updated to offer you a lot more tools!

To be continued …

In the meantime, be well and enjoy being alive.

Love,

Ben

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