Beditate ….

by Sunil Bali, 26-06-16

The human body will self-correct at every opportunity:

- if we’re too hot we sweat

- if we’re too cold we shiver

- if we drink too much fluid our kidneys excrete it

- if eat too much sugar we produce more insulin

Research by Professor William Duggan shows that the human brain has the same self-correcting mechanism, and given time and space will provide clarity and solutions for problems that leave everyday rationality flummoxed. When at its most creative the human brain produces a high level of alpha waves.

Duggan found that worrying blocks the production of alpha waves in the brain which produces beta waves instead, which are associated with stress, introspection and negative thought patterns.

One way to maximize creativity and the production of alpha waves is to beditate.

When you wake up in the morning, instead of running the same old mental patterns about the day ahead, just stop for a few moments, relax and dump your should’s, would’s and could’s. Or as my friend Laurence Shorter says in his excellent book, The Lazy Guru’s Guide to Life, "Stop, tune in, and let go."

And do the same just before you go to bed ….. stop and sync.

It’s amazing how much work you can get done when you’re asleep or simply not thinking.



  1. What do you get from a forgetful cow?
    Milk of Amnesia.
  2. My friend David had his ID stolen yesterday.
    We now call him Dav.
  3. A chap on a tractor just drove past me shouting
    “The end of the world is nigh!!!"
    I think it was Farmer Geddon.


Live big & love deep.


A load of bull …..

by Sunil Bali, 19-06-16

When an Austrian toothpaste salesman named Dietrich arrived in Thailand suffering from jet lag, a hotelier recommended a can of the local pick me up, Krating Daeng.

So impressed was Dietrich that whilst he was still in Thailand, he did a deal to market a less sweet, carbonated version of the drink in Europe.

Every piece of market research and testing however, suggested that the drink would flop.

His business advisers told him that his new venture would fail and bring him to the verge of bankruptcy. But such was Dietrich’s belief in his product, that he ignored all the market research and expert advice and pressed ahead with a European launch.

Today, Dietrich Mateschitz has a personal fortune estimated at $13.2billion and 6 billion cans of his drink were consumed last year.

Ps. Just in case you’re not fluent in Thai, Krating Daeng means "Red Buffalo" or "Red Bull".



As a new employee I had to take a Health and Safety course, but I failed the exam.

One of the questions was, "In the event of a fire, what steps would you take?"

Apparently "Big ones" was the wrong answer.


Live big & love deep.


Do you know where to tap …..

by Sunil Bali, 12-06-16

Just as the giant cruise ship was about to depart, fully laden with passengers, the engine failed.

Panic quickly ensued as various teams of engineers failed to restart the engine and the passengers became ever more irate.

A retired ship engineer who lived locally was summoned.

He embarked with his small bag of tools and inspected the engine very carefully. Having completed his inspection, he reached into his bag and pulled out a hammer and gently tapped something.

Instantly, the engine lurched into life. It was fixed.

A week later the owners received a bill from the old man of $10000.

"What?!" the owners exclaimed. "He hardly did anything." The owners wrote to the old man and asked him to submit an itemized invoice which he duly did:

The invoice read:

Tapping with a hammer…….. $2.00

Knowing where to tap…….. $9998.00



My neighbours son bought tickets to the Ireland v Belgium football match in Bordeaux on June 18th.

The problem is that it clashes with his wedding day….. He applied for tickets, but didn’t expect to get them. He then forgot about it, but lo and behold, the tickets arrived yesterday.

I know this is short notice, but he’s asked if you know of anyone who would be interested in getting married in a fortnight?


Live big & love deep.


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