A Weird Phenomenon I’ve Experienced This Year (Plus, A 4 Day Leap Year Sale Starts Today)

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This may be the last day I didn’t work (Honduras, January 2009), before I recognized this new phenomenon… read on…

I’m heading into San Francisco today to take a little break…

Over the last few years, I’ve literally not worked maybe 3-4 days. That’s about a .2% resting rate.

Not so great.

So the last two months, I’ve decided that my rest is a priority. I’ve taken about 4-5 days off during that time — that pretty much matches my previous 4 year total.

You’d think that I’m writing this to tell you that I had a breaking point and just needed to cool down for a while, but the opposite is actually the case.

I’ve had such a burst of creative energy and calm over these last few months, that I’m beginning to think that getting more rest is the best way to get more work done.

It’s counter-intuitive to a practical guy like me, but I don’t care to analyze things that appear to be working too much.

Less work just seems to equal similar or more output for me — I’d love to know if you’ve experienced this as well.

I have to admit, I’ve kind of known this to be the case, but I’m always chicken to test it. There’s a certain fear that comes with stillness.

I’ve been raised on the belief that nothing happens if nothing moves.

It’s interesting to apply this to your health also. One of my favorite healing tools is water fasting — which is literally rest. Your body becomes stronger and healthier by doing periods of nothing (just drinking water.)

As I’m writing this, I’m wondering what else applies too… is this just a phenomenon, or is it actually a law of human existence. Yeah, maybe I’m getting a little too heady here, but I’m just amazed at the level of production and want to be able to capture the elements that contribute to it, so I can easily reproduce it if needed — or maybe even increase my output.

Anyway, what this means to you is a few fantastic programs coming up. One that is a significantly improved blood testing program that addresses very specific numbers and how to bring them into optimal ranges. The other is an educational seminar that will teach you about one of the most important nutrients needed for optimal health, how to test for it and how to get it from the best sources. We also have some other stuff in the pipeline which include the return of Annmarie sample kits and we’re in the beginning stages of planning this year’s Healing Cancer World Summit.

Each program and project is getting my full attention — even more so than previous ones — and so I’m exceptionally proud of the quality they will be.

It’s a complete dream to create tools that can really transform people’s health — particularly ones that really work.

OK, enough about all these future promises, let’s get into what you can get right now.

Ann and I have decided to put on a Leap Year sale in the Renegade Health Store until the 29th of February. We realized that we missed President’s Day — where everyone seems to put on sales — and do we’ve decided to run a special one this year (they only come once every 4, so why not?!)

This year’s leap year sale will give you 15% off everything in the Renegade Health Store, which includes:

  • Annmarie Gianni Skin Care Products
  • Kev’s Products
  • B12 Patches
  • Healthforce Supplements
  • Sunwarrior Products
  • And everything else we carry.

If you want to stock up on some of these great products and save, now’s the time to do it. I expect, just like most of our sales, we will have a hard time keeping things in stock.

To get this special Leap Year deal, all you have to do is go to the cart and use this coupon code:

leapyear2012

Click here to start shopping now!

This expires at the end of the day on the 29th, so be sure to get a deal while it lasts.

We appreciate you and hope this is an opportunity for us to give back some savings and value to you!

Also, today, why not take a break and then monitor what the week brings for you… might be the best thing you’ve done for your productivity in a while.

Live Awesome!
Kev

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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  1. Darlene says:

    Hey Kevin, you might be onto something. A feng shui post I read today said something very similiar including doing something completely differant from the norm to help the ‘chi’ flow. Good thinking, I’m going to give it a try!
    So, since you didn’t post a question today, can I ask one? Alzheimers runs in my family and honestly I’m afraid……..very afraid since 8 out of 8 on my mothers side got it. Have you done any research on it? Do you think I’m destined to get it too? Know any good ways to prevent it? Thanks!

  2. Carol says:

    Yeah. I think they call it in the zone! For average people, I guess it doesn’t happen all that often and when it does strike, people wonder what’s up, what’s wrong, not thinking it’s what’s (finally) right in their lives. That’s very cool. Glad you shared it with us.

  3. Jane Gudge says:

    is san francisco a place for a restful break?.. en
    joy!

  4. Oh goodness! I can’t imagine that anymore, as we rest once a week on Sabbath, and have for many years. It is like rejuvenating once a week, so I can do more! Yay!

  5. Nina Rao says:

    Hey Kevin,

    This is the new paradigm. We were programmed since childhood that if we work hard we could do or be anything we want to. Well, sometimes that’s at the expense of your precious time and relationships.
    What happens when you take time for yourself is that you are now raising your vibration, you’re not resisting anymore, but going with the flow. Life is about being happy and having fun, in the process being more creative. Now the Universe can help you along. We don’t have to do this alone you know. We have the Universe, backing us up. Now you can take inspired action and not use your time trying so hard, when you act on inspiration, it works out so easily and perfectly; things, people, ideas, etc. come to you so easily. That’s how it’s supposed to work. I’m glad you accidently found this out before you got too old.

    Have a Divine Day!
    Love you and Ann Marie

    Nina Rao

  6. frau holle says:

    hi Kevin! thanks for the amazing work you do which presents all these gems of wisdom in a fun way.
    i was just commenting to friends recently about how unhealthy our western society has become, as there are no more regular periods of rest. we are truly serfs again… we define our value in society mostly by how much we work for material gain…

    in traditional europe, the “sabbath” was meant as a day of rest. observant jews have factored in their “shabbes” saturday (actually begins fri. eve.) as a day of rest and contemplation of spirituality. we need periods of rest from solely productivity.
    i remember even non-religious but health conscious elders from north-central europe allowing themselves a day of rest, where they ate almost nothing, and took it easy, and went to bed early like a child…they looked so youthful, bright-eyed and bouncy, and were mentally sharp.

    to me they were elders, but of course they had a time when they were young, when they learned to live like this.

    some folks homeschool so that their children can enjoy a sane pace of development… where parents have time and the contact with the kids, to also provide healthier food

  7. I think this is much better understood in Europe (I’m from England). American culture is all about working hard and then playing hard (for much less of the time).

    Anyway you really should read a book called “Hair Brain Tortoise mind”. It’s a fascinating read of how we work better when slowing down, and how the the subconscious esp. works. Great for anyone into psychology.

    Anyways “take it easy” as you say in America! Off to have a cup of tea.

    PS. We all know there are some problems in some parts of Europe now (as in America due to banking system / political choices etc.). But generally we all still live well by any standards of the world. And Greeks always complains and kick up a fuss about anything, I say, passionate people!

  8. michael westrick says:

    10 years ago I use to use 10 to 15 ingredients in my smoothies and now I use to 2 or 3 and feel so much better……I think after juiceing and water fasting your body becomes so much more effecient that if you still put masses amount of nutrients it can can be over stimulating on your liver and body,,,,,The first few years it made me feel really good but I think you can reach a saturation point…..Now less is more in the smoothie department……now the controversy about smothies. O dear…..LOL…..Thanks for your radical honesty…..

  9. That’s, “Hare brain tortoise mind”, by Guy Claxton.

  10. Nina Rao says:

    Hey Kevin,

    Just wanted to add something else I forgot to put in previously. That is that the minute you relax is when you get in the groove. This allows things to get worked out for you and the better life gets. So it’s about relaxing and your vibration. You get out of the way and now the Grace of God that wants to flow to you, flows by your staying in a high vibration.
    Relax and let Life love you!

    Nina

  11. shivie says:

    Awesome to see you finally slowing down Kev….yes you have been hitting work hard. I always think of Savasaanah when I think about rest, everyone thinks the yoga happens in the pose, which is partially true, nut the true benefit of the pose, the most benefit, comes from a brief savassanah in between where the body can integrate the physiological changes from the pose.

    And yes you will be more creative mow because you have opened the space, literally, for creativity to wander the halls of your mind without being constrained to concentrate on the next task at hand…

    Enjoy your day in SF, glorious day to be anywhere in the Bay (mid 70s up here and prob the same there)

  12. YW says:

    We need to escape the vicious cycle of busy-ness. I received an earlier email literally the same day as today from a non-religion Christian newsletter about how being busy is the opposite of being productive, and that busy-ness is a distraction. World leaders would panic over what everyday people could manage to accomplish for humanity if we were not all stuck in the Catch-22 of busyness.

  13. KariBlackmore2 says:

    I also find that I’m way more productive and creative when I have more rest. When I work hard for long periods, not only am I scatter brained, getting less done, but also my body screams for rest! So I would say, that, yes, you are onto something here. We are made for short bursts of activity, not long days and nights of non stop work! It tends to wear out our bodies and minds, then we need longer to get healthy once again!

  14. Sounds good too me! 😀
    The more i chill before writing an assignment for uni, the more creative and efficient i get the closer to the deadline it gets.
    haha
    might not have been what you meant tho but i’m just putting it out there!

    def think your onto something! intr concept… :]

  15. wendy green says:

    hi kevin. love the pic of you at our guest house in honduras.

    i know EXACTLY what you mean…the more you rest, the more you get done. this is our philosophy here at Casa Verde….lot’s of activity in the mornings and lot’s of rest in the afternoons and evenings.

    this is also mirrored in the ashtanga yoga practice. often the “hardest” part is just laying down you mat. but our “work” in yoga is to “relax” into the postures as much as possible…the less effort you put into it the more benefits you receive. (not to say that an ashtanga yoga practice does not require effort…it does)…but you get my drift. and of course, we must always (always) rest in “corpse pose” after all the postures..to “smooth” all the energy out.

    you so smart!

  16. QC says:

    Awww… I just missed the sale, ordered a few days ago 🙁

    Well, recently I have been getting more sleep. But as soon as I started to feel better, I caught a shingle. Good thing that I’m on a very clean diet, it didn’t last long and neither very painful. However, as soon as it’s healed, I got a flu from my husband. I wonder if getting more rest is really better, and everything were just coincidences?

  17. Amber says:

    Thanks Kevin,
    I am a first time poster, long time reader and value your/anne-marie’s work. Thank you

    This topic is pertinent for me today. Most of my days now are spent letting creativity move through me. However I still get hung up on myself sometimes and ultimately get ‘blocked’ which is exactly what happened this week. Today I finally gave myself some fun and space and ‘boom’ the universe starts to move again right through 😉 Got my mojo back and had fun in the process. Life is really not that hard. As long as we can breathe, we can experience ease.

    I am ever astounded by how much I can accomplish in a day, whether its work, rest or play. It’s all one in the same.

    I like Ninas response to this topic also..

    Healthy regards,
    Amber

  18. Art Martin says:

    I’ve read some time ago that if you want to achieve optimal health, 10:00 bedtime is a must because there are some metabolic functions that start around 10:00, but only if you’re sleeping. Sounds strange but I think it’s true because I’ve noticed I feel much better and more rested if I go to sleep earlier than later, even with the same amount of hours.

  19. SmithA says:

    Since you mentioned working on new programs etc. I’ve really enjoyed the adrenal health program and the perfect digestion program, but now I’m wishing for a estrogen dominance/metabolic syndrome (syndrome x) program. It seems like hormone disruption is so prevalent these days, I would love your take on it and an action plan. Just thought I would put that out there. Thanks for all you do, and enjoy your day off!

  20. Becky G. says:

    My father is stricken with Alzhiemers. I just saw an incredibly hopeful YouTube piece. Search “Dr.Mary Newport”. There are several segments. She brought her husband back from the brink- using coconut oil.
    My husband is a physician and was duly impressed with her search, research and personal, in home clinical trial. What a God send!!!!
    I pray this lifts many burdens.

  21. Wendy Sailor says:

    Kevin–

    Ah yes. Funny how that works. It’s the balance of rest and work that’s the tricky part. I remember someone saying “Yes, I achieved balance one day and then swung on past it!” I guess that’s the problem. Instead of seeing rest and work as a fluctuating thing I see the “balance” as static and it really isn’t. As I get older and I allow my body to actually have some say in this life it’s pretty vocal about “work now” and when I am working I am really working and “rest now” and when I’m resting I really rest. I am so much more creative now. I think you’re on to something.

  22. jackie says:

    For Darlene,
    Dr. Daniel Amen, from the Amen Clinic in CA, has done extensive brain research. I’m sure he has alzheimer prevention info. on his web site. I think it’s http://www.amenclinics.com. or something similar. He’s also authored books on how to keep your brain healthy. Hope this is helpful…

  23. Judy says:

    I agree that rest can really improve your performance. And that means mental and spiritual rest – no thinking about what you’re going to do when you get back to the office or spiritually asking for improved work performance.

    I wish I’d waited to order the red banana flakes I ordered this morning. Missed the sale by that much!

  24. Nancy says:

    Hi Kevin, you are certainly on something important. I think this principle of balance between rest and work is a spiritual principle. The Bible teach this too. Once a week, it say to take a one day break to do nothing… and to let the earth rest for one entire year each 7 years too. SO, continue your good work…and continue to rest! 😉

  25. Carolyn says:

    God told us this from the beginning…work 6 days and rest the 7th. Keeping the sabath day keeps you healthy in every way. Too bad we aren’t so good at listening to our Creator! We figure it out eventually though!

  26. Virginia says:

    Kevin
    Beautiful to slow down and have quiet time.
    In this time you are receiving. You can not be a giver all the time without learning to
    be a receiver, otherwise you will eventually be thrown way out of balance. One cannot exist without the other. It is as critical to our beings as any food choice.
    Thank you for all you do.

  27. Rawberto says:

    This is happening to everyone right now. You are sensitive to the Paradigm shift. You have also the ability to express it well and a place to share your experience. Thank you so much for that. I have enjoyed you videos and your style. Awesome work you are doing for us all. Rawberto

  28. Kat says:

    I’ve been doing this for years and have found the more silence the better, which means turning off everythig….cell phone, landline, computer, raido, TV [if you have one], I-pad etc. And just be, no worries, just enjoying the wonderful art of doing nothing. Which, in my opinion, is THE most important thing we can do. Slow down. Hop off the treadmill and be one with the flow of life.

    What we’ve been doing isn’t working anymore, it had it’s place, but it is now time for a new paradigm, a shift in perspective. Less is more.

  29. Christine says:

    Hi Darlene

    I am a Naturopath from Melbourne Victoria and would like to give you some advice on Alzheimers. Even though 8 relatives had the disease it doesn’t mean you will get it if you start putting certain things into practice right now. You need to have your Vitamin D levels checked, also iron, Folic Acid,B12, blood glucose and cholesterol. Patients with severe Vitamin D deficiency have twice the risk of moderately to severe Dementia. Avoid sugar, coffee and refined foods. Include ginger, garlic and onions into the diet as they are anti-inflammatory. Avoid cow’s milk. Eat plenty of organic fruits and vegetables. (Include plenty of berries and spinach). Get 8 hours of sleep daily. Eat wholefoods such as brown rice, rye bread, wholemeal pasta, drink filtered water and green tea, keep weight under control, balance blood sugar levels. Also include organic free range eggs, organic flaxseed oil daily, fish oil supplements, nuts including Brazil nuts which contain Selenium (a major antioxidant), regular exercise, tumeric (found in Indian cooking, these are also in capsule form), meditation to control stress levels. Challenge the brain by doing crosswords, learning a new language or musical instrument.
    Also include Vitamin C and Resveratrol supplements.

  30. John says:

    Hi Kevin;

    Interesting post. Your intuitive perception is right on because there actually is such a Law involved but it not only applies to the human existence but to the entire universe. I’m not sure how well I can explain its existence in a short post but will do what I can.

    The Law I’m referring to is what I call the Law of Reversal — nothing can go in one direction for an extensive length of time without this Law causing/forcing a reversal on us UNLESS we understand its mechanics and work with them through conscious intention and application where we have the ability do so.

    The universe is always striving toward balance and this Law is constantly exerting its influence in that direction. This is why we need sleep and why we need rest from all types of activities; why no sports team or pro can ever win and win and win without eventually experiencing a loss of some kind; why galaxies expand and must eventually contract/implode; why we cannot eat the same food over and over without eventually finding it not desirable, and so many other cycles we deal with on a daily basis and why so many of my clients have food sensitivities they don’t know about. Variety and moderation and change are essentials in life.

    And what about our need for vacations and having to withdraw or just have our own space, or just get away from it all, or we just feel like quitting, etc, etc. Many times we are forced to do those things without understanding the why. Part of the reason is that this Law is demanding balance in some form and therefore we are forced to take that break to restore balance or to regroup or rest or regenerate, because we have not recognized that we should take a break and therefore don’t and just continue to push on until…

    Not a good thing. It reduces productivity because we begin to “swim up stream” against out own energies under the influence of this very basic Law and our output will actually start to go down because we are meeting with resistance which is trying to tell us to rest or change cycles.

    So work, work, work, must eventually go to rest or no work and many times the reversal involves problems or illness or whatever will interrupt the flow in one direction because we did not take the appropriate rest or break from what we have been doing for TOO LONG A TIME.

    As I said, this basic Law applies throughout the universe and, it governs all dichotomies in existence from the lowest level of expression to the highest:

    Attraction/repulsion, expansion/contraction, positive/negative, happiness/sadness, the seasons of the year, life/death, and on. We cannot escape the influence of this Law but we can work with it if we understand it and that it exists.

    Thank you,
    John

  31. Harlow says:

    Hi

    To John, re the law of reversal as you explained above: I agree with what you’re saying here, I have come to only learn if this recently and was great reading your post to further emphasize this awareness for me.
    One question I am trying to figure out, where’s the balance in those who are constantly seeing health? I find this can be too extreme always trying to eat perfectly healthy all the time. I’ve seen it in my own ways and I am aware balance needs to be restored so could that mean in illness or something else?

  32. Pearl in Florida says:

    It’s very disappointing that you have a sale and then 75% of your stuff is our of stock. Good for you maybe but not the person wanting to purchase items and save a little with the way today’s economy is.

  33. Sharon says:

    Genesis 2:2-3 “And on the 7th day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the 7th day from all His work which He had done.Then God blessed the 7th day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”
    The acronym NEWSTART, stands for nutrition,exercise,water,sunshine,temperance,
    air,REST,trust in God.As Seventh Day Adventists,(traditionally a health conscious people),rest has long been a part of our health message for the last 150 years.We all just need to start practicing what we preach.

  34. Carol Stevenson says:

    I agree with Carolyn. Rest for rejuvenation is an ancient Biblical principle. The Hebrews were even required to allow the land to rest, for better productivity. Our time is multiplied through time spend in rest.

    I enjoyed this post as food for thought,
    Carol

  35. Faye says:

    I am so happy that you’re taking some time for yourself. We love your posts and appreciate all that you do, but you must take care of yourself too! Enjoy your time!

  36. I find the same to be true Kevin. When I get to a point when I really feel I need a break sometimes and allow myself to relax, I often find all of the things I’m working on making happen almost magically happen, more than they do when I’m pushing things to go.

    I guess that can be partially attributed to having some momentum in your life plans and they continue on without your effort for a while.

    I also heard the super hero training guys, you probably know about, speaking about meditation and focus, bringing in to your life, what you are looking for in a fraction of the time it takes to put in a bunch of effort that’s not focused.

    There’s a lot of ways to put it, which I’m also sure you’re aware of.

    The 80/20 rule. 20% of the efforts get 80% of the results; and as mentioned in another comment, the relaxation helps the creativity to flow.

    More power to you and Annemarie. You’ve worked so hard for so long.

    Great Job.

  37. Carol W. says:

    Besides the fact that God rested on the seventh day, I think you will find that the older you get, the more you slow down in subtle ways. Not because you want to, but that’s just what happens physically.
    Oh, to have the energy of a child back!
    Keep on truckin, Kevin. You do a great work and are a great role model for all of us who are fans of yours.

  38. Linda says:

    In an over 20-year corporate career, many of those years spent in HR management, I saw the the conversation go from work-life balance to work-life choices, and the average workweek go from 37 hours to 50+. Study after study confirms that productivity declines as hours worked increases, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that creativity declines even further. We’ve gone from a culture that works to live, to one that lives to work. All we need to do is look around us to see how that’s working out. It’s time for a cultural paradigm shift.

    Your emails always include this: “Most people work hard and spend their health trying to achieve wealth. Then
    they retire and spend their wealth trying to get back their health.” It may not even necessarily be wealth someone’s trying to achieve, but whatever it is, we’re after, (take out wealth if that’s not what you’re after, then fill in the blank,) the health effects are the same.

  39. lisa wilson says:

    This is absolutely 100% the truth. I too have been working like a crazy person for the last 5 yrs. When I started to do some of the simple pleasures in life that I love, like spend time with my family, caring for my home and doing something creative with my hands, like painting, the business piece of my life came flying at me…. effortlessly. It is amazing and makes me sooo much happier! Thank you for sharing your experience too Kevin! Lisa Wilson, The Raw Food Instiute

  40. Gail says:

    Definitely.
    But, I thought your trip to Peru last year was recreational, wasn’t it? Or maybe a working vacation – ha!

    Would love to see you do something on dementia/alzheimer’s too, as the population is aging and I see so many of my customers drift into this world; along with some celebrities recently (Pat Summitt; Glen Campbell).

    You’re Amazing, Kevin!

  41. Brittney says:

    Yes, I have experienced the very same thing. I used to work well past 5 on a regular basis. I came to a breaking point which prompted me to make the decision of leaving the office at 5. I immediately saw my work productivity dramatically increase. I do believe it’s a principle to living a healthy life.

  42. Aime B says:

    God knows best!

  43. Jean Hart says:

    Since Alzheimers runs on my mother’s side of the family I set a goal to “beat it” a few years ago. I started with phosphatidyl serine, then found out turmeric (as a supplement) dissolves plaque on the brain’s memory nerves, so shifted to that. Also phosphatidyl choline and L-carnitine are great brain support, along with exercise (getting oxygen to the brain), and keeping the brain active, mentally. There are many other nutrients that support good brain function, like huperzine, lion’s mane medicinal mushroom, etc.
    I have kept my memory sharp and the brain up to speed for quite a number of years now, so I consider my on-going personal program as being a success!
    Kevin, I’m glad you’re considering the balance in your life (as beautifully commented by a number of people above). It certainly pays off in the long run!
    Blessings!

  44. Sufiyo says:

    I find a LOT happens in stillness… Internal shifts of the most exquisite nature and dimension… in just sitting and being with what is. Try it for 10 days!! 🙂

  45. Ernie says:

    Regarding alzheimers, here is an insightful article that may help. It is a health magazine and you will need to open volume 5 for the article on coconut oil and it’s various health benefits.
    Kevin, if I remember the story of creation correctly, even God rested on the seventh day so I’m sure we need at least the same!

  46. Ernie says:

    Guess I should have included the website: http://alphahealth.ca/eyeopener.html

  47. Melissa says:

    Kev. Thanks for this and all the really helpful posts and videos — you’re doing a great service to the collective health of the planet — healthy people are less inclined to act out in unhealthy ways with other people and our environment — Infinite Blessings 😉

  48. suzanne says:

    Alzheimers!!! To all those who wrote. Please go to the Alz. Association (can’t remember full name) and find link about meditation research that definitely shows a remarkable difference. It is a specific kind of meditation where one chants “SA TA NA MA” while touching different fingers with our thumbs. The name escapes me (ha, so much for memory). The good thing is the benefits show up after several weeks of just 13 minutes a day. One can try googling that mantra. There is a specific method and one can find a free video guide there to do it with you or you can order a cd from that association.

  49. Diana Walker says:

    Hi Kevin! Great to see you relaxing!!

    I studied Meditation and Yoga over 30 years ago, and remember several beautiful stories from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. (I studied in Switzerland, Belgium and California in the 1970s)

    1. He would tell the story of a bow and arrow. For the arrow to go far, you need to draw the arrow back, and there is that time of stillness and quiet, before it goes far…

    2. He would liken our meditation to dying cloth the old-fashioned way. Dip the cloth in the dye. Lay it out in the sun. The color fades. Dip the cloth in the dye again, lay it out in the sun, the color fades. But over time more and more of the color stays. So that stillness, inner peace stays even when out in the world.

    Recently I did a video from a Yoga Teacher friend… this may be helpful to your readers:

    http://youtu.be/hAvRAv4Ur40
    I love this meditation, and it is so easy for everyone! Inhale beauty, Exhale everything that is not beauty and healthy.
    Inhale positive, exhale negative.
    Inhale health, exhale disease.

    Thanks for bringing up this subject, and letting me share, Kevin!
    Diana

  50. Quite timely. This odd thing called “rest” is something I could stand to do more of as well. Thanks for the point in the right direction.

  51. B says:

    Over 3000 years ago when the ancient Hebrews became the Jewish People at Mount Sinai, They were given the book of life called the Torah. In these sacred writings they were instructed to refrain from creative works every seventh day. This has been passed down from generation to generation and today Orthodox Jews still keep this tradition. You are on to something. You might find this short article about it interesting.
    Here is where I copied the below article.

    http://www.aish.com/tp/b/st/48938152.html

    Emor(Leviticus 21-24)
    Shabbat Reality
    This week’s portion speaks about the prohibition against “work” on Shabbat. People usually think of the idea of a Sabbath as an opportunity to rest so that one can be fit and strong again for the week ahead. But this is clearly not the Torah’s concept. We rest on Shabbat, the Torah says, because God rested. But God was obviously not resting in order to work better the week after. His work was already finished and he did not continue his work after Shabbat.
    The reality is that Shabbat is something different entirely. The word for “work” on Shabbat is melacha. The other place in which the Torah uses a similar word is the building of the Tabernacle. The Sages determined from the Torah’s description that there were 39 creative activities involved – like lighting a fire, cooking, grinding and writing. There is one thing that all 39 have in common. They are actions that humans can do which animals cannot. All are examples of humans using their intelligence to manipulate and bend nature. Hence, by extrapolation, one can obviously not switch on a light or drive a car.
    The “Shabbat rest” is not a rest from physical labor. It is a rest from our constant, though futile, effort to control our world. It is a day to sit back and allow the world to flow by without trying to change it. A day to stop ‘doing’ and start ‘being’. A day in which we do not allow our striving for a ‘better’ future to spoil our enjoyment of the here and now. When we relinquish control of our world for 24 hours, we live in a place that is a more accurate reflection of reality than when we think we are in control. It’s an opportunity to find a place of peace and humility within oneself.
    And Sages brings with it great perspective. When one enters a more spiritual place within oneself, there comes a shifting of priorities. The need for more and more money seems less important. Success seems very fickle. And power seems quite irrelevant. But family, love, the pursuit of wisdom, and an appreciation of life’s inherent goodness switch from the black and white of the weekdays to full 32-bit color.
    This is the purpose of Shabbat. A day to step out of the craziness of the week – and start living in the real world.

  52. JT says:

    I read other posts here. When people here say “let the Universe help you,” are they referring to God, or is the Universe a God or an entity that is like God and can help people. Is it something people worship? I am really confused on this issue because it makes no sense to me. Can you explain?

  53. Jeff says:

    This is such a timely newsletter Kevin. I am realizing the same thing these days. It’s not about how much you can get done, but some end result or feeling. Rest, or “sharpening your axe” is a much needed practice. Better results will be the outcome! Thank you for sharing!

  54. John says:

    Hi Harlow;

    Thank you for your acknowledgement and sorry for the lag in responding. As to your question, my answer, in part, is that if we are constantly seeking health — and we may experience it in different degrees on our journey — then health will eventually become elusive in some way, shape or form and it will remain that way for as long as it takes for the vector to reverse back to experiencing the health side of the flow re: health that we are seeking. However, we can do things to endeavor to maintain some semblance of balance without having to experience the negative vector or some health imbalance.

    Also, health is not just a physical or dietary paradigm, it is much more than I can explain here but I will offer the following:.

    Health/ill health is a dichotomy that needs to be understood to achieve and maintain optimum health as well. Far too often health seekers and individuals unintentionally run out all the positives relating to health thereby creating a vacuum for negative health conditions. For example, I have seen so many times where good decent people and experts have “found” the best or most healthy diet ever — or a superfood — or so they thought — and followed it for too long a time — without running out negatives — until they start to experience physical ailments/imbalances which they can’t quite explain or clear for themselves. Then when they have run out enough negatives on the negative vector of health, they suddenly find someone that gives them answers. I can predict this happening every time and have done so hundreds of times when people form such belief structures. It’s a problem across the health arena and has predictable negative consequences.

    So trying to eat perfectly healthy is not the way to go. That is an extreme that will require some type of balance. It can very often start as an imperceptible food intolerance, which will not show up in blood tests at that stage of imbalance because it starts at the energy level first and then, eventually, manifests at the biochemical level if change is not introduced early on.

    This is not an easy subject for many people to quite understand but, as I said, if we are always seeking health then we create a vacuum for un-health/imbalance in some way or form and it will happen somewhere in time — and this can happen in sundry ways depending on the individual.

    So, enjoy a time away from “healthy eating” but do it consciously and intentionally — plan it — and thoroughly enjoy some “forbidden” food(s) as long as you know it will not harm you and do so in moderation — no binging. That’s just one of many ways we can work with the Laws and not against them and maintain a more normal state of balance.

    Please remember, that if you begin to feel a bit resistant to the way you are eating or have feelings of “have to” but “may not really want to” for that moment in time, you are beginning to experience the first signs of a reversal in the making. I would immediately stop and take pause as to what I’m doing and introduce change immediately to prevent any further imbalance that has already begun.

    There is much more that could be said but I really need to end this so as not to usurp any more of this post time than I already have. Hope it helps.

    Thank you,
    John

  55. Selene says:

    Be here now.

    Surely, you’ve heard that. I interpret that as resting, doing nothing (!!!! yes it’s possible and desirable!!!). You’re not planning the next event, not working working working for the future.

    Rest is CRUCIAL to keeping bodies healthy and the healing unhealthy ones. I’m not talking about sleep.

    Resting — whether you’re laying at the beach or sitting in the forest or reading a book on your own couch — is an absolute requirement for your life. If it’s not integral to your schedule, then you are out of balance!

    Rest, everyone!!

  56. ALB says:

    Your work should be play.
    Do what you love, love what you do.

  57. Avril says:

    Working less but better for more efficiency.

    That’s what the French manage to do and they became one of the most productive people on earth.

    They do in 35 hours work per week what others do in +50 hours per week.

  58. Harlow says:

    Hi John
    Thank you for your thoughtful reply. This couldn’t have come at a more perfect time as I am trying to balnce out my ways of approaching food and so on.
    Where can I go to for more of what you say here? Or if not possible I will read this again when I see the pendulum swing too much for me!
    Thanks again 🙂

  59. Pamela says:

    Hey Kevin,

    In my life, I’ve noticed a different way in which the ‘less is more’ mentality has benefited my health than the one you mentioned (water fasting).
    For a long time I would over-enthusiastically approach diet and lifestyle changes, for example, trying to quit coffee and gluten, and incorporating more greens and raw foods, all at the same time. Then inevitably I’d get discouraged when I wasn’t able to eat (and live) perfectly on any given day. This would lead to me not implementing any of the changes.
    Now, I pick one change at a time, and I don’t let myself stress about it if I mess up and indulge in a sweet treat or latte.
    I find that now I feel better NOT being perfect, and approaching healthy changes in a more realistic fashion that is more sustainable in my life.
    Thanks for the great post!

    Pamela

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