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Dumping your Ego (and Putting on Chaps)

Dump your Ego and put on chaps!

When people are asked who they are, often times they respond with information pertaining to their profession and social status: “I’m an engineer living in the suburbs”. The society we live in trains us each day to feed our egos with these external tokens of success, fooling us into thinking that it will make us happy. But as recent positive psychology research shows (and some old wisdom traditions have preached for thousands of years), the ego is only a protection layer…

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The Last Day of Summer

Last day of summer

It’s 8:30pm, Labor Day. The last day of summer has ended, and with it the entire season. Living in New York means that summer is a great event. You plan for it months ahead of time, make lists, and before you know it the event comes to its premature end. The evenings start getting chilly, […]

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Almost Ready to Go

Almost ready to go on the ride of my life

OK – almost time to leave and the bike is not ready yet. Not good! The sissy bar and luggage rack are now installed (Cobra) and I put a Nelson Rigg full dresser bag on it. Another bag coming next week, the speakers need to be installed – and that’s it – the bike will […]

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The Oil Spill, Katrina, and Inner Peace

Gulf oil spill

Dealing with personal catastrophe like losing one’s home, or one’s living is much harder when an entire region is affected. Support is harder to find as others around you suffer the same consequences, and people may even turn against each other as they compete over scarce resources like food, shelter, or potential home buyers. Disasters […]

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Riding the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

After visiting Dr. Jamie Pennebaker at the University of Texas in Austin, I’ll be headed west and north to meet Dr. Lew Goldberg in Eugene Oregon. Quite a trip between these two points, and two sites that come in mind along the way are Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon […]

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What’s Your Meditation?

When I started riding, I was astonished to find that being on the back of a motorcycle is a true meditative experience. Of course, when you look at a guy sitting on a cruiser laying one foot on the floorboards and the other one on the highway bars, you do get the impression that it’s […]

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Building Inner Strength – US Army Style

Comprehensive Soldier Fitness

To go through a journey you need ample energy and strength, so you are not drained and depleted when you hit the challenges of the road. And to be strong, one has  to train. And who knows more about training than The US Army? Together with a team of scientists led by Dr. Marty Seligman […]

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The Five Steps to Finding Inner Peace

The Five Steps to Inner Peace

Seeking enlightenment and serenity is an ongoing journey, not a goal or a destination. Making a decision to pursue your inner peace is like making a decision to get in shape: The real goal is to change your mindset, so that you actually enjoy leading a healthy life. If you are overly focused on a […]

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