39 days of Hacking Body and Mind
For the past 10 years of my life I have been curiously (and many times out of necessity) diving into every topic related to how us as human beings work. And when I say diving I mean from reading, watching documentaries to trying it all out until total exhaustion. From my body to my mind, emotions, psychology, patterns of behaviour, interactions with others, spirituality, what makes me happy, what motivates me, how we form habits and how do we break them, and everything around what we call “human being”.
In the area of body, I dare say I’ve tried most of it: from being forced to eat as a child stuff that I didn’t like to over indulging myself as a teenager, to severe dieting in my youth years, to the confusion of all information around me and how to distinguish between what’s good and what doesn’t work for me. Little did I know back then that the best answers are not to be found outside only but really by carefully listening to oneself and paying attention to the reactions to various foods, triggers, people, environments and truly listening to one’s heart. In 2006 when I decided to switch to a vegetarian diet for example I faced lots of mockery and disbelief, I was the joke of every social gathering and when later on I became a mom even the target of harsh criticism. Then I experimented with eating vegan, later on with all sorts of diets, exercise programs, supplementing, fasting, intermittent fasting, nutritional ketosis and many others. On top I have been experimenting with my thoughts and emotions in all sorts of roles: daughter, mom, wife, career woman, Romanian immigrant woman, unemployed, broke and broken, crazy happy, outsider, egocentric, leader, entrepreneur, deeply misaligned, totally aligned or whatever other label one might consider; and in those various roles and circumstances of my life I have applied to myself (still am) all sorts of processes and procedures: psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, meditation, visualisation, breathing techniques, NLP, coaching and have pursued many of them all the way to specialisation in some of these fields.
Self-Actualisation need is on top of the needs pyramid, so there is a need for us as human beings to work on ourselves and do something meaningful with our lives whether we choose to pursue this on our own or with somebody’s help.
And there is indeed a lot of clutter out there in the personal development arena as well as a tons of great information and tools. How do you cut through the clutter and make the right decision? How do you take any decision in your life? My 2 cents putting my coach hat this time… use your core values and steer your life upon your personal true north.