This is Not Your Typical Lamp

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 1 minute

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“This rock lamp, will rock your desk.”                  -Maxwell Fayans

I wanted to share with you a recent purchase of mine. It’s a lamp. But not your average lamp. I bought a Himalayan Salt Lamp. I got to say that this is one beautiful piece of art. This is an actual rock, so it weighs a lot. You can even see the salt on your hands from moving it. This lamp sits right on my desk, next to my bed. It is a great night light and gives off a nice redish glow. In regards to the health benefits all I can say is, I don’t know. Online people talk about the negative ions but I honestly have not felt anything different in my room. But who knows. What I can say is that this is a beautiful lamp that looks awesome on my desk. It does provide a nice ambiance to the room for a small price of $30. Turn on that light, put on some relaxing music and you are ready to meditate.

Check out my post on mindfulness.

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Live Worry Free: Tips from the great Dale Carnegie

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 2 minutes

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Remind yourself that the only things you can control are your thoughts and actions. Everything else is uncontrollable. -Ryan Holiday, Daily Stoic

I recently just listened to How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie in my car. I did skim through it (parts of it made me sleepy on my commute) but I walked away with some great reinforcing ideas on how to live a worry free life. Worry can lead to sickness and poor health. Here are some ways to prevent that.

The most important takeaways I found are:

-Ask yourself: What is the worst possible outcome? How does it make me feel?

  • This is something that I use when making decisions that are stressful or risky. It tends to calm me down and make it easier to move forward rather than thinking about all the different outcomes.

-Live day by day. I know that sometimes you need to look at the big picture but by living each day to the fullest and not thinking about the future or past can help you to live a happier life.

-When discussing a business problem  answer these questions in writing: What was the cause of the problem? How could we solve this problem? What do you recommend?

-Be grateful and appreciative of what you have. There are many people out there in worse situations than you.

-Practice happiness. Smile more. Meditate daily. Get busy doing the things you love. Be optimistic and don’t let your negative emotions get to you.

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How the Sauna Can Help with Muscle Growth, Longevity and More

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 2-3 minutes

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The Sauna I Use After Every Workout

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” -Mahatma Gandhi

After listening to a podcast with Dr. Rhonda Patrick I decided to dig a bit deeper on sauna use and its effects on muscle growth, endurance, and longevity. After a 45 min to 1-hour weight training and stretching session, I go right into the sauna. I put a timer on my iPhone for 5-10 minutes and bring a water bottle in. I use the water on the sauna to form steam and heat up the room. This is your average sauna in a gym so it is nothing special. For those 5-10 minutes I will tend to relax and use it as a form of meditation. To note: I don’t breathe deeply as this causes me to become short of breath. I then dry off, drink some water and hop in a cold shower when I get home.

I knew that the sauna was good for your skin, immune system and as a way to detox but I wanted to learn more about its effects on the body. Here is what I found. I was amazed.

As per Dr. Patrick, Sauna Use May:

Increase Muscle Growth: Prevents protein degradation and increases protein synthesis

  • Increases release of growth hormone
  • Improves insulin sensitivity
  • Increases production of heat shock proteins (they help to keep proteins from misfolding which is associated with many diseases of aging)

Increase endurance by:

  • increasing nutrient delivery to your muscles
  • improving your cardiovascular mechanism and reducing heart rate
  • improving thermoregulatory control and reducing core temp during workout

Positive Effects on Brain:

  • Increases release and storage of norepinephrine
  • Increases the hormone prolactin which increases myelin production
  • Increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor which increases growth of new brain cells
  • Increases expression of dynorphin.

The Relation to Longevity:

  • Increases production of heat shock proteins
  • Activates the longevity gene: FOX03-a

How often do you use the sauna?

 

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What Can Your Ego Do For You?

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time:3-5 minutes

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“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey

Yesterday, I listened to a chapter from Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday and I must say that this chapter really hit home. I find that sometimes I get lost in competition and continually try to “Keep Up With the Joneses.” Before you know it years fly by. As Peter Thiel stated, “Before getting swept up in the competitions that define so much of life, ask yourself whether you even want the prize on offer.” I learned a lot from this one chapter titled, What Is Important to You? and wanted to share this.

Ego undermines greatness and can destroy us. However to know what you want in life is wisdom. We often lose site of our priorities in the rat race. It is this form of status anxiety, and envy that can become threatening. We fear that we are always missing out. We tell ourselves I would be happy if I had what the person next to me has. This could be a sports car, yacht or mansion. According to Alain de Botton, we tend to latch ourselves onto suggestions from others. The more accomplished you are, the more successful people you will be around. This might make you feel small because you are comparing yourself to them. We are not in a race to keep up with others because in their eyes success and happiness can be a whole lot different than yours. Put aside the competition and set the terms of your own life. Slow down and have a clear mind of the space you are in right now. Having the sense of your own path is key to a life of happiness. It is about being yourself and going where you set out to go. Make decisions for yourself, not anyone else. If you find yourself in competition and second guessing be sure to always come back to what is truly important to you.

By knowing what matters to you, you can start to say no to the many things people put on your plate. You will start to gain a quiet confidence in yourself. It takes courage to stop and stay focused on your purpose. But once you find what you are after, you may begin to feel true independence. Your ultimate responsibility is yourself. I am excited to hear your thoughts on this.

 

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5 Steps to Mindfulness: The Splatter Art Way

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 2-4 minutes

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The day the splatter art took place (GoPro shot).

Let what you do in the moment be the most important thing in your life. -Thich Nhat Hanh

Ever since I started meditating I found that mindfulness could be practiced throughout your day. Last summer, I decided to throw some paint on a canvas (also known as drip art or splatter art). This is similar to the pieces created by Jackson Pollock. I was fortunate enough to see his exhibit at MOMA in NYC and it was stunning. Here are the steps I took to create this piece.

The 5 Steps:

  1. Place tarp in your backyard and use flower pots to hold it down.
  2. Place canvas on the tarp (I got mine at Michaels).
  3. Get a few buckets of water to clean your paint brushes.
  4. Use different size brushes and of course paint.
  5. Grab a glob of paint using your brush and start throwing it on the canvas. Do not think of the result.

Having not painted in a long time, I was astonished by the result.

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Splatter Art-Maxwell Fayans

So How Does This Tie to Mindfulness?

I recently listened to the Tao Te Ching  and The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation. After listening to these books, a few quotes stood out to me and it reminded me of this great day when I created the above piece of art.

Splatter art requires no thinking. You simply take some paint and throw it. I did not follow any techniques. I did what ever I felt like at the present moment. I was not caught up in the details or looking to impress anyone with this piece of art. What ever happened, happened. I let it be just the way it is. What I learned was that I was painting to paint, not thinking about if it would look good hanging in my room. I was happy no matter the outcome which made the whole day amazing.

Here are the quotes that sparked me to write this piece and I try to live my life by them:

“He who rushes, does not go far.”

“He who tries to shine, dims his own light.”

“Don’t do stuff just to get it over with. Relax, slow down and enjoy it.”

“The most important time is now. The most important person is whom you are with right in front of you.”

Even if art is not your thing, sometimes all it takes is one piece to create a breakthrough. I look forward to hearing about the impact art has had on you.

 

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