Neurasthenia

Neurasthenia is a psycho-pathological term first used by George Miller Beard in 1869 to denote a condition with symptoms of fatigue, anxiety, headache, neuralgia and depressed mood.

Symptoms: The condition was explained as being a result of exhaustion of the central nervous system’s energy reserves, which Beard attributed to modern civilization.

Wikipedia: Neurasthenia

See also: How To Triumph In Life

Acceptance and Compassion for Self

“‘Take the ego out of it. Accept what your body and mind can do today, and let it be enough. Have compassion for yourself.'” -anonymous friend quoting yogi

Dear Geoff, it’s been a long time since NUCS, but I enjoy reading your writing. You have a very refreshing perspective on life…

Right before I moved to Boston, I went through a bad experience that made me re-evaluate my whole life. Moving on was a very difficult prospect, and moving to Boston was only the first stage of healing. (Meeting all of you at NUCS was an incredibly vital, rejuvenating experience).It was often difficult not to look back and not to wonder what could have been. One day, a yoga instructor said to me during a practice, “Take the ego out of it. Accept what your body and mind can do today, and let it be enough. Have compassion for yourself.” That thought sticks with me. When I am in a difficult place, I try to remember to have that compassion, accept and experience what I’m feeling, and then move on.

But always start with compassion. And remember that two steps forward and one back is still progress. Be well.

Ego and Selfishness
I’ve astounded myself with the growth out of and dissolve of my ego (classic definition) over the past few years. Recently, I’ve again been impressed by the selfless extent of my concern for another’s well-being. This is a marvellous point for re-evaluation for a self-proclaimed selfish person who believes that objectively there is only selfishness and altruism is a universal impossibility. I’ve come to understand my sense of self as being dynamic, not limited to my own soul or pleasure but now including friends and family or a sense of the world. Occasionally, my sense of selfishness is primarily for another individual, often for whom I feel intense love or empathy. Objectively, I can still argue this as selfish, but we do not feel the world objectively so experientially I have grown to experience a more altruistic purpose in life.

Embrace Yourself
Perhaps yesterday you were capable of running a marathon, and did, so today you cannot. This is easy to understand and accept. Perhaps yesterday you were able to be productive, but today you cannot rise from bed. This is discouraging, but keep a larger time perspective; you can survive without doing anything today. Perhaps yesterday you could see and hold and play with someone very close to you, but today they are gone. This is very difficult to accept. Perhaps in this case, it is best to narrow your perspective; consider the day.

Perhaps yesterday I was on top of the world, but today I barely managed to get out of bed and go to work and survive an 8 hour work day. This and staying busy through the night was enough; most importantly, it was enough for me to fall asleep at night and meet a new day today.

Each new day brings a new energy, a new freedom or burden, a new set of tasks or adventures. Yesterday was a sunk cost for today; for better or worse, what’s done is done. Reevaluate and take your next step. Look over your shoulder to yesterday only to learn lessons for tomorrow, then face front and take another step. Accept what you have and of what you are capable and let it be enough.

Have Compassion for Yourself
Compassion is defined as a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for one who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. I’m uncomfortable recommending that you feel sorrow or pity for yourself or to consider yourself unfortunate; but absolutely work to alleviate suffering. You should celebrate yourself and understand how fortunate you are, always. Of course, your life could always be better; if you choose to pursue a better life then I encourage your efforts (purpose of this project). But don’t for a moment pity yourself; you are very fortunate.

I would suggest that first you grant yourself clemency, and then through acceptance learn to love yourself. The world will not love you reliably until your love for yourself is abundant. The love you feel from the world is merely a reflection. Align yourself to receive the love of the world. Love is your responsibility, burden and salvation.

Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)

Basal metabolic rate (BMR), and the closely related resting metabolic rate (RMR), is the amount of daily energy expended while at rest in a neutrally temperate environment, in the post-absorptive state (meaning that the digestive system is inactive, which requires about twelve hours of fasting in humans).
The release of energy in this state is sufficient only for the functioning of the vital organs, the heart, lungs, nervous system, kidneys, liver, intestine, sex organs, muscles, and skin.

More at Wikipedia: Basal metabolic rate

On 01/08/2011 at Spectrum Uptown Santa Barbara, the Tanita Body Composition Analyzer TBF-300 reported my BMR as 8613 kJ or 2059 kcal. Essentially, if I consume 2059 kcal each day I will maintain my weight; less and I’ll lose weight; more and I’ll gain weight.

I know from experience that this measurement is very low. Remember to listen to and know your body. Use the information and advice from machines, trainers and doctors, to learn more about yourself. In the end, Make own educated decisions for your body and personal goals.

Feeling is Important: Experience Food

I considered eating chocolate, then was distracted by putting chia seeds into an empty glass multivitamin container. Upon returning to considering the chocolate, I thought that I had already eaten it because I’d just experienced it so vividly.

Don’t forget to experience your food, especially while eating it. For beginnings, just pay attention to what you are eating while you’re eating it. For more advanced consumption manipulation, experience what you want to taste but not consume.

For the record, I’m now actually eating the chocolate; one piece experienced twice.

This post is part of the Feeling is Important series.

Feeling is Important: Apathy and Fear

Why do we envy children? Why do we envy innocence? Children are unjaded; every new moment is wonderful. You’ve heard this before, but what have you done about it?

Are you afraid of new? Are you discouraged by the doubts of others? Are you uncomfortable with the strange? Honestly, are you ever really unrestricted, free to enjoy the things you feel uncomfortable about, nervous about, weird about? You’re not jaded or apathetic; you’re uncomfortable or afraid.

Do something that scares you. Learn to be comfortable. Let yourself love all things.

This post is part of the Feeling is Important Series.

Feeling is Important: Epic is Cool

Don’t be jaded; be confident: epic is cool. If your judgmental side denies you the experience of partaking in strange, extreme, eccentric, fun, bizarre things; you’re missing out. Often, these are the strongest ways of expressing ourselves and experiencing our world; don’t let pork-fried life pass you by without a taste. Breath it in; get wet; soak it up.

This post is part of the Feeling is Important Series.

Feeling is Important

This is the first of a series of posts about the importance of feeling. It’s vital to our health to experience, to emote and to share with the world. Do things and be present to receive them fully. Learn to let yourself be alive; don’t stifle the laughter or the tears. Appreciate the opportunity to feel yourself, to feel another, to be able share experience and emotion.

Feeling is Important: Experience Food
Feeling is Important: Apathy and Fear
Feeling is Important: Epic is Cool (video)
Feeling is Important: Hallelujah (video)

Financial Freedom: Emotional Intelligence Can Be Controlled

The following notes are from Robert Kiyosaki‘s Cashflow Quadrant on page 153:

1.) FINANCIAL FREEDOM — Not security!
2.) MANAGE RISK — Don’t avoid risk!
3.) PLAY IT SMART — Not safe!
4.) HOW CAN I AFFORD IT — Not I can’t!
5.) WHAT IS IT WORTH, LONG TERM — Not it’s too expensive!
6.) FOCUS — Rather than diversify!
7.) WHAT DO I THINK — Not what will my friends think!