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We’re up to 264 family members at the time of this writing (for perspective, this time last month there were 114 family members).
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On to the treasure…
Whatchu Up To, Danny?
Well, thanks for asking. 😉
I booked an Airbnb for the week in the middle of nowhere.
Maybe a little.
Six days without any cell phone, Internet connection, or really access to other human beings is my type of fun.
(So if you respond to this newsletter and I don’t get back to you… I’m not ignoring you… I’m just on a little retreat. I will do my best to respond to every email when I get back! 🙂
Why exactly am I doing this?
My best ideas come when I’m in the shower, on a drive, or in the middle of a meditation session. This cabin in the woods experience is attempting to mimic those experiences… for an entire week.
We’ll see what comes out of it. I’m optimistic.
[You can find more information about my digital detox by checking out this thread I posted on Twitter.]
Quote To Consider…
There are fools who dance and fools who watch the dance. If I must be a fool, let me be a dancing fool.
Flip The Priority List
There are a few habits we tend to think, “Oh, I’ll get to that when I have time for it.”
Working out, meditating, eating right.
These are known as “keystone habits.”
But if you make progress on one of these “keystone habits”, it may help you achieve everything else on your priority list faster and better.
Lifting weights was the big one for me because it taught me about macronutrients and food quality, which then helped me think clearer and showed me how to make progress on a goal.
Shout out to Mike Vacanti who helped me start my journey lifting weights three years ago. His website, On The Regimen was enormously helpful in answering pretty much any question I had. (His personal coaching is also highly recommended.)
Follow A Regimen To Make Real Progress
Speaking of regimens…
I was talking about one of those keystone habits with my new friend Vision.
He asked, “Isn’t sitting in the car paying attention to my thoughts… meditating?”
To which I replied, “Yes! It most certainly is.”
However, if you aim to make progress with your meditation practice, it’s always helpful to follow a regimen (commit to 15 minutes per day or Headspace!).
Running whenever you feel like it? That’s exercise.
But who’s going to be a better runner in six months… the person who runs whenever they want to or someone who runs four times a week?
It’s always going to be the person who follows a regimen.
Love > Fear
Here are two quotes from two people with incredibly different backgrounds – one a trained therapist, the other a world-famous rapper/businessman/Presidential candidate – that point toward the same truth (bolding my own):
“Love is the antidote to fear. Fear pulls us into contraction, but love allows us to expand again. When we don’t know how to love ourselves, we live in that state of contraction permanently. Fear is not only a fist around our stomachs; it grips out hearts as well. Loving ourselves is the only way out of the grip of fear.“
–Gay Hendricks, author of Conscious Living
“Get out of your head, go from your gut, go from your chi, do what you’re feeling. That’s what I’m big on. Stop strategizing so much. Stop setting so many plays. Stop doing things only based in fear. Like, the universe will assist you when you are acting in love. When you’re acting in love, you’re like a drop of water, and you have the ocean as your army. When you act in fear, it’s just you and your money. Now, you can take your money and put it in Bitcoin, put it in credit form, put it in cash, but when you take all your cash and then stand up to the ocean, who’s gonna win?”
If it hits you – if it makes any sense to you – please lean into it.
Choose love. ❤️
As always, respond back with your favorite piece of treasure or what you’re thinking about this week (regardless of it was covered in this newsletter!). I will respond back when I get Internet service. 🙂
To your success,