Beditate …..

by Sunil Bali. 22-10-2017

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. I only went out to get some milk, but the wind was so strong it blew me into the pub.
  2. What do you get from a forgetful cow?
    Milk of Amnesia.
  3. My friend David had his ID stolen yesterday.
    We now call him Dav.
  4. 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.


Streets paved with bold …..

by Sunil Bali. 15-10-2017

Mike Tyson once said, "Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face."

Tyson went on to explain, "Some of my opponents had good plans to beat me but folded under pressure, because they didn’t have enough belief in themselves and what they were doing."

Psychologist Professor Peter Clough defines mental toughness as, "Being able to express one’s own opinion and take independent action in any given situation."

In other words, when you’re caught between a rock and a hard place and are being squeezed, what comes out of you?

Is it anger, fear or conformity, or do you stick with it, express your opinion and do what you think is most important?

As astrophysicist Dr. Karel Schrijver says, "If you remember that ultimately your parents come from stars in the sky and that
you too, are made of stardust, it’s a lot easier to dream big and consistently believe in yourself."

Remember, it’s usually the bold that find streets paved with gold.



As Dave’s company had achieved its best ever results, it was decided that the annual conference would be held in Hawaii.

Soon after landing, Dave was sipping a margarita in the sunshine by the pool overlooking the Pacific.

He then joined the rest of his colleagues at an introductory briefing.

"We’ve arrived in paradise on an all expenses paid jolly, so why Dave, do you look like death warmed up?" asked Dave’s colleague Simon.

"Just as I was about to text my wife, I heard the call to attend the briefing, so I quickly finished typing my text but didn’t spellcheck it," replied Dave as he passed over his phone to Simon, which read:

We’ve landed in paradise and are enjoying cocktails by the pool. Wish you were her.


Live big & love deep.


No love handles …..

by Sunil Bali. 08-10-2017

Cavemen had no cars, no computers and no love handles.

In their paper Stone agers in the fast lane, researchers at Atlanta University’s School of Medicine say that our cavemen ancestors did cardiovascular interval training every day. These exercise sessions weren’t optional because our ancestors were either searching and sprinting after prey, or running away from it.

When it comes to stress, our system is designed to cope with problems that last for seconds and minutes- typically kill or be killed – and not months or years. Our DNA and brain haven’t changed very much in the last 10,000 years.

The result is that 75% of deaths in Western nations can be attributed to "diseases of civilization" which were rare in our pre-agricultural ancestors.

There’s a mismatch between our cavemen body and brain, and our modern world. Love handles can be removed with increased activity, but what about how our relatively primitive operating system – the brain – deals with stress?

How can we reduce our levels of stress and become more resilient?

Warren Buffet has a great solution. He books a meeting with himself at the end of every day, where he goes for a walk and thinks about how he has reacted or responded to issues during the day. Where Buffet finds that his thinking has caused him stress, he identifies any underlying beliefs, behaviours and habits that need to change.

This daily review process works best when you’re mind is still and you can tap into your innate intelligence, hence a walk away from all distractions is ideal.

A daily ME-eting increases awareness, disrupts sub optimal thought patterns, and clears the way for new mental patterns which support what you want to achieve.

As Buffet says, "The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken, and we then function in our dysfunction."

….. and you wouldn’t want to function in your dysfunction would you?



Three 5-year-old boys were sitting in the park arguing over whose Dad was the greatest.

One said, "My Dad is the greatest because he’s the town’s Mayor."

The second boy said, "That’s pretty good, but my Dad owns the biggest hotel in town."

The third boy said, "That’s nothing, my Dad owns Hell. Before he came back from the pub late last night, my mum said she was going to give it to him."


Live big & love deep.


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