Week 1 of Going Vegetarian

Russ Jamieson Spirituality

Vegetarians and vegans seem a little smug, don’t they?  I used to think they had a pompousness attitude, but in reality it’s not them, it’s your perception of them.  This is a defense mechanism.  I thought of them this way because of my own guilt, shame, and denial.  I knew deep down that what they were doing was right, and what I was doing (killing and eating animals) was ultimately wrong.  This deep seated belief told me that they were more enlightened and conscious beings, more aware, and more aligned with the world and the creatures that live among us… I didn’t like vegans and vegetarians because it forced me to face that part of myself that was playing into …

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Eben Alexander’s Near Death Experience

Russ Jamieson Spirituality

This is a great video on the mind, brain, consciousness, religion, reincarnation, and life after death. Eben Alexander, author of Proof of Heaven, is a Neurosurgeon who fell into a 7 day coma in 2008.  He was diagnosed with a rare form of bacterial meningitis, which he claims shut down his neocortex, the seat of human consciousness.  Before his coma, he believed in the conventional scientific model of the world – the brain produces consciousness.  After his coma, and near death experience (NDE), everything had changed for him.  He provides an amazing account of his NDE and brings us some lessons from the other side: We are all one soul You are deeply loved and cherished forever You have nothing …

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Going Bald? Why YOU Should Just Shave It!

Russ Jamieson Health, Personal Development

You’re balding… Do you shave it or desperately hold on to every last hair? I avoided the rain because it made my hair look thinner.  I avoided the wind because it highlighted my bald spots.  I avoided bright lighting because it showed how much hair I had lost.  I tried Rogaine, hair thickening shampoo, and  at one time even considered a hair transplant to stop the hair loss I was experiencing.  What had my life become?  How did something so seemingly meaningless have so much control over me?  Was it the loss of control?  The loss of identity and self image? I first started noticing my hair loss around 2008.  The first time I noticed it, I panicked.  Why was …

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Public Speaking – Impromptu Tips

Russ Jamieson Personal Development

Great video from Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Matt Abrahams   How to think fast and talk smart Matt Abrahams talks about studies that have been done that show that 85% of people get anxiety before public speaking.  He says the other 15% are probably lying, and I completely agree with him.  This is a great video that teaches us ways to manage anxiety so we can communicate more effectively. Part 1 – Manage anxiety How do you feel when you watch a nervous speaker? Uncomfortable and disengaged. In order to deliver your message, you must make audience feel comfortable and this means you need to be comfortable. The initial minutes prior to speaking is when most people get nervous.  Some …

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Are We All Related?

Russ Jamieson Random, Science, Spirituality

I love my fellow man!  Maybe it’s because we are all family.  Did you know that we are all at least 50th cousins?  This can be explained by the idea of pedigree collapse.  You can read more about it here – Pedigree Collapse and here – The Straight Dope. What I take away from that is 2 things… 1 – Since we are all related, we should treat each other like family.  The next time you see a stranger, think of them as a distant cousin and your demeanor will change towards them.  Feeling irritated towards someone?  Think of them as that annoying cousin, but you still love them and treat them with kindness.  It changes your whole outlook on strangers. …

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Willpower – Effective Ways to Enhance your Willpower

Russ Jamieson Personal Development

I discussed habits in my last post and wanted to further explain willpower since it plays such a critical role in developing habits.  Lack of willpower is a HUGE reason why people can’t follow through with their goals. What is willpower? Willpower, also known as self-control, is the ability to resist short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals.  Some people have more than others simply because they have exercised it like a muscle and made it stronger, but willpower is a limited resource.  Research shows that you only have a certain amount of willpower.  Think of it like a willpower life bar.  You start with a full bar in the morning and use it up throughout the day.  Ever …

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Habits – How to Change your Habits

Russ Jamieson Books, Personal Development

Do you want to change your life?  If so, you need to first change your habits! We are creatures of habit.  When you wake up in the morning, you probably follow a certain routine… Checking your cell phone, checking your e-mail, drinking a glass of water, getting some coffee, etc.  Throughout the day you can count on other habits to occur, even if you are not fully aware of them.  We think that we’re making well considered decisions… but we are not.  Most things that occur throughout the day happen automatically without much thought at all.  Habits run your life.  If you want to change your life, change your habits.  Fortunately, once you understand how habits work, you can change them with greater success. …

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Dale Carnegie – How to Win Friends and Influence People

Russ Jamieson Books, Personal Development

The title of this book screams – “how to manipulate people”.  Well, at least it did to me.  But after reading it, it’s actually a great book with sound principals that are genuine in nature.  Dale’s methods are still used today in business and personal life, even though many are thought to be new and revolutionary by some. Dale Carnegie published How to Win Friends & Influence People in 1936 and it outlines some very effective ways to deal with people in a positive way.  Dale stresses that you must be genuine and sincere in your approach.  If you are not genuine, people will know you are attempting to manipulate them. Dale Carnegie was originally a sales man, but then became a …

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Get Out of Debt and Save for Your Future!

Russ Jamieson Books

Debt sucks!  It really, really sucks.  I’ve been there (over $40,000 in the hole, with nothing to show for it) and it’s depressing as hell!  It truly is a suffocating feeling… But, with patience and a few smart practices, it can be overcome. I just finished Dave Ramsey’s book – The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness.  I really enjoyed Dave’s no nonsense, simple approach.  Below I have outlined his 7 steps to a total money makeover.  They are extremely simple, but the catch – it will require time and patience.  Dave repeatedly states that you shouldn’t expect to get out of debt overnight with some debt consolidation scheme.  Stay away from those!  Getting out …

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How to Stop Caring What Others Think

Russ Jamieson Spirituality

Have you ever wondered why we care so much about what other people think of us? Have you ever wondered why you let people you don’t even know have so much influence over your life? For some, this problem can be life crippling. It can become an obsession. This is a topic that has perplexed me in the past, so I researched it and have an article laid out below which goes over why we do this, why it’s insane, why you shouldn’t do this, and how to make some big shifts in your life starting today that will set you on the path to being free from the opinions of others. It’s human nature to care what other people …

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