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Many of us know Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular character from the hit BBC series "Sherlock," or as "Dr. Strange" in the upcoming Marvel blockbuster of the same name, or as simply his popular nickname "Benedict Cumber-swoon" or various similarities. But do we know who this guy actually is?   As we continue our recent "Meditation in the Wild" series,…

With previous posts highlighting how meditation and mindfulness (The 21st Century Meditating Monk) is no longer limited to monks gently levitating in Tibet, I find it helpful to point out where these practices can assist in our daily lives, cohabitating with our 9-5 lifestyles.   Tom Werner, CEO of solar energy company SunPower in San Jose, California, is a glowing…

International superstar and social media savant The Rock wasn't always, well, The Rock. After winning a College Football National Championship with the University of Miami, Dwayne Johnson failed to make neither the NFL nor the Canadian Football League. Dwayne went from a god on campus to living with his parents, and quickly fell into depression.   Think about that. We've…

Our brains are psycho cybernetic.   Wait, what?! I don't remember those SAT words!! Oh, but were they in the 2,400 version of the SAT? I didn't take that version. Didn't they go back to the 1,600 one? Teachers of SAT prep always say there's a "trick" to test taking and tests don't really emphasize "intelligence," per se, but the…

We've discussed the benefits of meditating in a previous post and will likely continue to emphasize the benefits of a meditation or 'mindfulness' practice. But what about when we miss our alarm? Are up too late with the kids? Or miss out on part or all of our routine because...life? I like to call one solution 'mindfulness hacks.' These are…

So you've meditated for a week now, taking into account the 3 Easy Steps for Meditation, and your main findings are (1) you never realized how much your place shakes with the construction next door, (2) your cat does not know how to meditate or is not on your same meditation schedule and (3) Sean's "swiping" technique for saying "bye bye" to random…

Justin first asked me to be his "right hand man," or "wing-man" on a podcast meant to illuminate the minds of you and me to topics and ideas that aren't actively shared in our modern society. Since I'm a nerd, I instantaneously fell on "side-kick." And if you know Justin David Lovato (@justindlovato), his wife Stephanie Lovato (@stephjlovato), and their…

Now that we understand the benefits of meditation (see post: "The 21st Century Meditating Monk), how in fact does one go about meditating? Well, first it involves about seven years in Tibet studying with Brad Pitt...just kidding ;) For those who want to meditate RIGHT THIS SECOND, the three principles to keep in mind for any meditation are below. We'll then…

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Meditation is only for those monks over in Tibet, right?! Or the granola, "take a shower once a week" set, but definitely not for us 9-5ers. Those in the working world who have real world responsibilities like a job, bills to pay, and kids to take from soccer to dance to [insert activity here] don't have the time or a need for all that…

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