Category Archives: Health

Digging our graves with knives and forks

Last month I began training for a leadership development program I’m running in Tibet next July. Part of this includes getting my client team in physical shape for the event, a trek that will take them up to 21,000 feet, so I created a training plan called “See You On The Summit“. This is as much a plan for them as it is for me, as I’ve gained 15 lbs in the past year and my normally bottom-of-the chart cholesterol has zoomed to over 200. I’ve been a competitive athlete for much of my life and thought I had a good grasp of nutrition, but after I turned 40, I found that what worked for me in the past was no longer working. In my search for better information, I came across a groundbreaking study that contradicts much of what we believe to be true about our health and what we eat. Continue reading

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The big swim

After our baby’s recent Kasai procedure (liver duct bypass surgery), my wife and I are optimistic about her chances of full recovery. While we love seeing Nat as her active and cheerful self these days, we also know that there’s a strong likelihood that she will soon need a liver transplant. While most people would look upon this as a catastrophic, I feel a sense of serenity. It’s as if I waded out into a violent surf, was knocked down, tossed around pulled out into the calm beyond the breaking waves, where I can now contemplate the nature of the ocean without drowning in it. Continue reading

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Feed your head

For those faithful readers, I wanted to take this opportunity to tie together a few of my recent topics, and offer some practical solutions to a modern conundrum. As everyone knows, a conundrum is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. But this should not daunt those of you with insatiable curiosity and loads of spare time. Continue reading

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Luck be a lady

In recent weeks, I’ve noticed unprecedented public outrage directed at insurer AIG. I get that people are angry about how a group of morally bankrupt executives are rewarding themselves at taxpayer expense after selling the world economy down the river. AIG was just one participant in this race to the bottom, but I think there is a special hatred for the company because it is the most visible symbol of what has really been destroying the American economy for years: health insurance. Continue reading

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The big re-boot

From previous posts, you’ve probably come across my interest in the virtual world. This is not the computer/cyber world, though we’ve built computers to mimic the processes of our own brains. The virtual world I’m interested in is one constructed from our own mental projections. It’s the waking lucid dream we refer to as reality. Continue reading

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Suffering in comfort

UnboundedLife is my exploration of personal freedom, and a key aspect of this is wellness. I like to think about it as freedom to consciously choose and be accountable for the quality of our life. There is so much confusion about wellness in modern society, because it has become a huge industry, and there are so many corporations, trade groups and special interests, bombarding us with false choices, all trying to sell us wellness. Continue reading

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Desire Vs Suffering: Buddhism 2.0

I took several classes on Buddhism in college and even went to study in Sri Lanka in 1986, where I attended the University of Peradinya, in the central highlands of Kandy, a fantastic place. As part of my field research, I wanted to know what it was like to be a monk so I became one for 30 days. I took vows and lived in a monastery on the remote island of Dodandua off Sri Lanka’s Southern Coast with about 20 other monks, some of whom were also westerners. Most of my day was spent working toward achieving “enlightenment” by ridding myself of desire. In Buddhism, desire is the root of the cycle of suffering (Samsara) and the way you free yourself from it is to meditate for long periods of time. For anyone who has ever tried this, it’s extraordinarily difficult for two reasons: Continue reading

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