The Technology of Your Body and Mind

TriangleDo you ever feel like you’re beating your head against a wall? That you know you need to make a change or get something done, but you just can’t get traction or results? What if a simple triangle could change all that and make all your decisions effortless?

I’m about to let you in on a big secret: the Triad of Change. Learn how to use it, and your life becomes, if not effort-less, much less effort-full. It has been one of the most effective catalysts and easiest-to-use tools in my life. Continue reading

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Quitting the Game

Agassi-OpenAmericans hate quitters. Never quit. Don’t give up. Stay the course. Persevere. Try hard, and then try harder. But what if it’s the wrong course? What if you’re hitting and hitting, and then hitting even harder, and you’re in the wrong game?

I’m reading Andre Agassi’s memoir, “Open: An Autobiography.” It’s moment has passed, I know. It was published in 2009, and the only new revelation — besides the somewhat shocking assertion that he hated tennis, that he always hated tennis — was that he’d used crystal meth. It was all the press cared about. Juicy tidbits that masqueraded as “news” to report on. But it was also lauded for being well-written. I’d heard him interviewed, and I sensed there was something there for me just now. Continue reading

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The Life Beside Technology

The Siren Song of the Piano

The Siren Song of the Piano

In Monday’s 6 Ways to Tame the Tech Shrew, we explored the dark side of technology: the time we spend — or, worse, squander — mindlessly flitting from one screen to another, one device to another, one moment to another. The topic touched a nerve with readers, so I thought it deserved some follow-through.

In one of the comments, The Daily Blague‘s RJ Keefe threw down this gauntlet:

“How about making a list of things that you like to do that don’t involve a phone or a computer, and another list of non-computer activities that a computer can enhance. (Locate the center of your life away from the Internet.)”

Let’s try it! Here’s mine: Continue reading

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10 Portraits of Love

Joyful Love

Joyful Love

Today is Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is about love. Lots of people are writing and posting about love, and lots of people have written about love in books and poems. But, I think love is something to feel and to experience.

Above and below are pictures of myself embodying different kinds of love that I’ve experienced. Before taking each shot in Photo Booth this morning, I spent several seconds conjuring up the feeling of that kind of love. See if any of them evoke those, or different, feelings for you. Notice the different kinds of love are you experiencing today.

Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day. Love any and every way you can! Continue reading

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The Seven C’s of Change

Chaos in Nature: Sycamore branch

“Instead of fearing change, think of Chaos as extremely good news for those who look for the advantage in changing times.” @TonyRobbins

Who loves chaos? Raise your hand. Who enjoys confusion? Get in line! Who’s thinks clarity and control are overrated? I KNOW, right?

I love Chaos! Confusion? Bring it on! (Kinda.)

I love Chaos! (Kinda.)

If you raised your hand, got in line, or agreed with any of this, you can just look at the pictures and smile. If you thought I was kidding or being sarcastic, well, you’re partly right. For most of us, chaos just sucks. It’s counterintuitive bordering on downright silly that there’s a damn thing good about it.

But what if the following “Seven C’s” were true? Continue reading

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6 Ways to Tame the Tech Shrew

Apple, Books, & Tea

Apple, Books, & Tea

When does the food become the poison? Technology is supposed to be a tool to enrich your life, and indeed it does. Technology, in and of itself, is not your life. Looking around, however, it sure seems like it is, for many of us.

Technology is very addictive. Yet, very few people actively manage their tech consumption the way they do (or don’t, but at least know they should) their food, alcohol, or money habits. It’s misuse doesn’t make us fat, sloppy, or poor. So, why then, should we curtail our use of technology? What does a tech-overdose look like?

Withdrawal

Withdrawal

If you haven’t seen it in yourself, you’ve seen it or read about in others. Obsession with technology has ruined relationships and created the same kinds of addiction symptoms as drugs: irritability, inability to engage in sustained activities, withdrawal from “real” life — the list goes on. But it can also degrade the richness and quality of your physical, mental, and spiritual life. And that’s what we’re all about here at OmDePlume: enriching life in the digital age.

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Waves of Woe, Bursts of Joy

Dingletown Community Church, Greenwich, CT

Dingletown Community Church, Greenwich, CT

Sundays are for reflection, for going inward, and maybe for attending the church of your choice — be it a quaint New England Community Church, a grand cathedral, or the great nave of nature. Succumbing to some irresistible human propensity for arbitrary polarity (e.g., people who are focused versus people who are unfocused), I want to explore a dichotomy I’ve observed between worried people and happy people. Continue reading

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Ich bin ein Northeasterner

IMG_2857It’s a tricky thing, loving the Northeast. The weathermen and the San Diego-ans all condition us against it. The Northeast has . . . winter. Weather is “bad.” Snow is “bad.” Cold is “bad.”

When I lived in San Francisco in the mid-90s, and again when I spent four months in the Bay Area last summer and fall, people expressed frank incredulity that I might consent, let alone prefer, to go back East.

Snow. If Fairfield County gets hammered by a blizzard, but we only get two feet of snow compared to three feet east of here, or more than that even in Boston, I’m jealous. Yep. Jealous. OK, maybe just envious.

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“Tittie” the Tufted Titmouse

I’ve had these feeders for over a year and I’ve been too lazy to hang them up. Well, not really lazy. I was intimated by the task: ladders, hammers, logistics, all that guy stuff. Something got into me today, though, and before breakfast I was out there banging and hanging away. The little buggers found them almost immediately, too. Tufted titmice, mostly, but also a Carolina Wren. <melt> Continue reading

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A Winter Warmer: Clafoutis

Clafoutis

My food “bible” is Nourishing Traditions. After years of paying attention to and experimenting with nutrition and health, I learned what I and my body liked and responded to.

Along the way, I followed food fads (no salt, no butter, no fat, no wheat, no dairy), read books (“Eat Right for Your Type,” “The Green Smoothie Revolution,” “Nourishing Traditions“), adhered to philosophies (Michael Pollan, Ayurveda), went on cleanses (“The Master Cleanse,” nutritional cleanses), abstained from caffeine and alcohol — and periodically abandoned them all for a life of pure enjoyment and hedonism! Continue reading

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