When I first learned Anapanasati, a Buddhist “mindfulness breathing” technique, I was in my early twenties. I had been in chronic pain since an accident I’d been involved in as a teen. Painkillers scared me, because I was afraid I’d become addicted. To this day the only thing I will take is ibuprofin at the lowest possible dose, and only when I absolutely cannot find a way to manage without it. Someone told me that meditation could help, along with simple things like taking 10 deep breaths when the pain started to overwhelm me. Anapanasati, if I had to explain it with sock puppets, boils down to sitting quietly and paying attention to how you feel. If you’re cold, take[…]

In this episode of the Proof of Life podcast, Katie and Berin discuss mass shootings, poverty, toxic masculinity, consumerism, and all of the issues beyond gun control that contribute to the raging, out-of-control gun violence issues plaguing the United States at the moment. America has a culture problem, not a gun problem. Special Thanks Pertti Ankkuri Petri Nurmi Gary Weller Support Our Patreon https://www.patreon.com/proofoflife Berin’s Blog https://berinkinsman.com Katie’s Instagram https://www.instagram.com/katie_kinsman_in_finland/

To make a long story short, when I was in the corporate world I was trained by a couple of the people who trained The Men Who Stare At Goats. Seriously. The company I worked for brought them in to conduct a series of leadership training retreats. I’m not sure what the overlords thought we were going to get out of it. What I took away was a sense of self and self-empowerment, which is what led me to leave the corporate world and become self-employed. Oh, and I also learned how to take a power nap. Take a Power Nap When I was a kid I could sleep literally anywhere. At summer camp I was known as the guy[…]

Sometimes I put things on for background noise because I need to hear human voices. Look, I work from home. I often don’t go outside for days at a time. Katie’s not always here, and when she is she’s at her desk during office hours doing her own work. It gets a little lonely and weird. I usually open YouTube and put on some streaming news, or videos by people I follow, or old pirated talk shows. Once in a while I’ll watch a TED Talk. If you want to actually learn something, use a TED Talk as the starting point. A lot of the lecturers have written books on the subject they’re discussing. Hell, the talk is often a[…]

Through the end of the month I will continue to blog daily, completing the current “31 Days of Self-Care” series. In addition to forcing me to think about ways that I can, and do, take better care of myself, it’s gotten be back into the blogging habit. It’s allowed me to gauge my capabilities in terms of the time it requires, and it’s helped me to wrap my head around what I want to do in this space. So now that I have some data and a sense of purpose, here are my future blogging plans. Simplify – Create – Thrive Starting on June 4th I will be posting to this blog twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays. Look[…]