Beach Walk 601R – Making Up Stories

Amanda Congdon and Andrew Baron are experiencing some public disagreements regarding their video blog, Rocketboom.

Gut feelings and instinct are great tools…except when they turn out to be wrong! And especially after engaging in a course of (mis)guided action. (It can sometimes be the sneaky work of the #2 personality – see show #102 for an explanation). So here’s a catchy little concept I learned to help me step back from the brink of getting emotionally invested in situations before I know the facts:
# Making up stories
# Pretending they’re true
# Having feelings about them
# Acting on those feelings

It’s human nature to want to speculate and to have opinions. But consciousness is the opportunity to stop there, claim one’s feelings as personal and subjective, and sit with all the discomfort that accompanies them without having to pretend that the hunches and feelings are facts. You can watch a wrenching example in The End of the Affair with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore, where he made up stories, pretended they were true, and the ending is tragic.

Spread da aloha.

P.S. Shane and Rox are traveling this week so please enjoy some of our Beach Walks Classic Episodes! This was originally aired as Episode #134 and there are some good comments on that page.

Hawaiian word:
Hoʻomeamea: pretend

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Beach Walk 600R – Ignoring Muscle

One of my favorite workouts: building the ignoring muscle.

That’s when I tell my brain (and my #2 – see Show #102 for more info) that all is well and they can ignore whatever irritant may be in front of me. Noisy neighbors, office gossip, tics and quirks of friends and family. You get my drift.

How do you workout your ignoring muscle? I do a combination of talking to myself and deliberately moving my attention onto something else.

P.S. Shane and Rox are traveling this week so please enjoy some of our Beach Walks Classic Episodes!

Hawaiian word:
Nānā ʻole: ignore
ʻIʻo: muscle

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Beach Walk 599R – Homage to Age

I have not always had the most self confidence.

But I must say the older I get, the more comfortable I am living in my own skin, viewing life through my own eyes, all instead of worrying what others think or how I should perform.

I wonder if this feeling of deep-seated comfort could somehow be passed on, downloaded, or shared with younger people, and if so, how that might transform the world. I personally spent so much energy just managing my worries, many of which at this stage in life I see as utterly trivial!

Maybe the sheer force in numbers and rebelliousness of the baby boomers is transforming the idea that it is more fun to be young. In fact, I do seem to be aware of far more multi-generational friendships than ever before. Is that true for you? Do you find getting older “a good thing”?

P.S. Shane and Rox are traveling this week so please enjoy some of our Beach Walks Classic Episodes!

Hawaiian word:
Makahiki: age

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Beach Walk 114 OTR – Contest Winners Announced!

I’m in Santa Fe, New Mexico this week. Watch this show to see our Promo Contest winners!

h3. About Today’s Show

When we threw together the 100th Show Promo Contest a few weeks before #100, I really wondered if anyone would submit anything. Well, I am blown away by the entries! Thank you so much, each of you, for the thought and caring you have shared with us.

Then, I promised prizes, without having any in hand. Of course our generous Kailua merchants (and one anonymous donor) came through in flying colors for us! $1000 worth of total prizes. This meant everyone will get something, which is pure aloha.

Lanikai Bath & Body
Kalapawai Market
Kailua Sailboards

Hawaiian words
Mea lanakila: winner!

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Beach Walk 113 OTR – Treat Your Taste Buds

I’m in Santa Fe, New Mexico this week, walking in the arroyo today talking about Ayurvedic eating.

h3. About Today’s Show

There’s a new restaurant in town, Annapurna, “the place for healing cuisine.” Santa Fe is packed full of healers and those wanting to be healed – you can find virtually any type of practitioner imaginable from the common to the most esoteric.

I have found the practice of Ayurveda very helpful in my life. It began in India thousands of years ago, and is increasingly popular and relevant today. Today I talked about the six tastes, and how feeding each of them regularly helps to manage weight and food cravings. Like most things, I use what I like and leave the rest alone.

Take an Ayurveda Self Test
Learn more about the six tastes
In-depth info for balancing your constitution

We’ll be announcing the winners of the promo contest tomorrow!

Hawaiian words
aʻalolo hoʻāʻo: taste bud

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