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A highlight from 505: The 5 Things That Are Ruining Your Meditation (and Your Life)  And How to Handle Them | Bonnie Duran

10% Happier with Dan Harris

04:36 min | 2 hrs ago

A highlight from 505: The 5 Things That Are Ruining Your Meditation (and Your Life) And How to Handle Them | Bonnie Duran

"Approximately a million times on this show about how the Buddha was an inveterate list maker. Homie loved to name and categorize aspects of the human experience ingredients of our suffering and the various factors at play when we wake up and get over ourselves. All of this list making was not undiagnosed OCD, at least I don't think it was, but I don't know. What do I really know, the Buddha lived 2600 years ago before they even wrote stuff down. But in any event, I'm pretty sure these listicles were not compulsive behavior or an early form of clickbait. It was instead what the Buddhists like to call skillful means. The Buddha was giving us easy to remember, checklists to help us do life better. One of the handiest lists the Buddha ever made was called the 5 hindrances. These are the 5 things that mess us up when we're trying to meditate or in fact when we're trying to do anything. If you've got an issue right now, odds are pretty high that you are in the throes of one of these hindrances. The excellent news here is that the Buddha not only created this taxonomy of obstacles, but he also created a long list of antidotes. So we're going to run through all of this today the individual hindrances and some of the antidotes with a great Dharma teacher who's making her a second appearance right here on this show. Bonnie Doran is a teacher and member of the teacher's council at spirit rock meditation center and director of the center for indigenous health research at the University of Washington's indigenous wellness research institute. One of the reasons I really enjoy talking to her aside from the fact that she's very funny is that she combines extensive practice and knowledge of Buddhism with her deep understanding of indigenous spiritual practices, which are totally fascinating to me. In this conversation, we talk about how the 5 hindrances manifest in our daily lives using The Rain technique to investigate the 500s. We've talked about rain many times on this show, but if it's new to you, Bonnie will define it. We also talk about whether there is any type of desire that is actually helpful, cultivating a sky like attitude in your mind, how to not water the seeds of negativity, the similarities between indigenous beliefs and what the Buddha taught, how body scans that's a meditation technique for the uninitiated can be an antidote to sleepiness, a huge problem for many of us on and off the cushion. And we talk about whether you can ever uproot the hindrances entirely. Before we dive in a little bit of context here, as stated, we're talking about the 500 today, but and stay with me here. This episode is actually the latest installment in a series we've been doing on another classic Buddhist list. The four foundations of mindfulness. The four foundations of mindfulness is a seminal discourse of the Buddha where he lays out the four ways to establish mindfulness or four ways to wake up to what's happening right now and stop sleepwalking through your life. Okay, so here's where things get a little head spinny, perhaps the 5 hindrances are actually part of the fourth foundation of mindfulness. What? Huh? It turns out the fourth foundation of mindfulness is actually a kind of a list within a list. I could say a lot more about this, but I fear I'm going to mess it up and make everything more confusing. Just know that right now we're going to talk about the 500s is and that in an interesting way they fit into the overarching list of the four foundations. That's all you need to know. Trust me, you're going to get a lot out of this and we will get started with Bonnie Duran right after this. Hi, I'm Amy breckinridge, and I work behind the scenes here at 10% happier. Sometimes people write into us. I'm prompted to tell us how the techniques they learned in the 10% happier app changed their lives. Here's one of those users talking about his experience. About one year ago, I joined 10% happier and started to meditate. It was 6 months before my 70th birthday, and I was depressed. If I needed it hard to sleep and very short tempered with friends and family. I can not tell you how much you've changed my life. Better husband, father, friend, and colleague. Generally able to sleep through the night in peace. And yes, I am happier, much happier. Next week I should clock 365 consecutive days of meditation. Do I regret that I didn't discover meditation 40 years ago?

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A highlight from MBA2150 Q&A Wednesday: Do I charge in US Dollars or my local currency?

The $100 MBA Show

09:39 min | 4 hrs ago

A highlight from MBA2150 Q&A Wednesday: Do I charge in US Dollars or my local currency?

"With the Internet and having the ability to have customers around the world, especially with the software product, like Sharon's, charging in your local currency may not be the best thing for your customer or your business. So to discuss this topic, let's break down the options. Option number one is you just stick with one currency that you charge your customers, whether it's U.S. dollars, or it's your local currency. The other option is choosing just U.S. dollars. So anybody that buys your product is being charged in U.S. dollars. And the third option, of course, is offering both. There are many people that offer both options, especially in software where they read the IP of that visitor to your website. They say, oh, you're in Europe. So let me display the prices in Euros. And of course, they can toggle between Euros and dollars if they wish. Now, with this option, you have to understand that you might think, oh, this is perfect. This is the best of both worlds, right? The customer can choose to choose in Euros or in dollars. Yes, but this is not so great for you as the business because the value exchange is going to differ. What do I mean by then? Let's say the Euro is down, like it is right now. Somebody who's paying you in Euros for the price of your product is actually paying less or giving you less value, monetary value than somebody paying in U.S. dollars. And because currencies can fluctuate in value, you can't change the prices of your products constantly to reflect that. So yes, you're doing a courtesy to your customers, but while a lot of companies do is they actually charge higher prices with non U.S. currency. Why? Because to accommodate for this fluctuation re volatility and currency. Now, if you are somebody who tracks currencies or for an exchanges, you know in the last year to two years, currencies have really fluctuated a lot. And it can mean a lot of money lost for your business because of this. So it's not an exact science, but the safest thing that companies do is they actually charge more so I'll give you an example. Let's say your product is a $100 U.S.. Let's say that translates at a certain time to a €90, they would charge a €100 to kind of accommodate for the fluctuation. So we just discussed the challenges of option number three. Let's talk about option number two where you just charge in your local currency in this example Euros. If you have customers that are based in the U.S. and are familiar or work with the U.S. dollar or companies that use the U.S. dollar as their metric of finance, this can be a little bit problematic. This might turn away customers, especially in the B2C world, because they're not really sure what the Euro exchange rate is. It may cause them to hesitate. Some credit cards even decline payments because most people are not being charged in Euros. They're transactions are usually in U.S. dollar because they're in the U.S.. Even if they're not in the U.S., banks are a lot more used to people buying things in U.S. dollar versus other currencies. Sometimes it requires a customer to call them. I can say, okay, please charge this charge. This is too much friction. So a lot of people tend to say, hey, I'm going to go with the U.S. dollar, which is option number one. Now, why do people do this? And I'll give you the simple answer. We'll do this because the U.S. dollar has been the most stable currency or the strongest currency I should say because they are the largest economy. This is the situation right now in today's day and age in business. This may change, but for right now, the rest of the world follows what happens economically in the U.S.. What that means is when interest rates go up in the U.S., currencies around the world are impacted. So a lot of people during a recession or as they're approaching our session will convert their money into U.S. dollars or local money. So that they feel a sense of security if there is volatility with currency or inflation. It's not an asset or gold, but in the world of currencies and finances, the U.S. dollar is the most stable of the currencies. This means if the Euro value goes down and you're charging in U.S. dollar, you're still making the same amount of money if not more when you convert it back to Euros and the Euro is what you're paying your bills and so it's almost like you're getting a surplus of cash. Now, of course, your exchange rate can change, meaning what the dollar is worth in your local currency can decrease. So for example, the U.S. dollar is AU$1.5. But a month ago, it was 1.7. That's a significant difference when you look at scale and you look at thousands of dollars in the year. So your expenses can get more expensive. This is why most SaaS companies software companies online companies choose one of the two options. Option one, which is only U.S. currency, the only charge in U.S. currency, or they offer a variety of currencies Euro Canadian dollar $1 trillion U.S. dollar. And then they increase the price of the product in the non U.S. dollar choices to buffer any volatility. I got more on today's Q&A Wednesday, but before that, let me share with you some of our favorite tools. We all know the power of an email list and growing our email list, but managing it automating our emails, making sure they actually get into the inbox, that's where ConvertKit comes in. ConvertKit is an all in one email marketing platform. I've used a lot of different email marketing platforms. And we use ConvertKit for reason. It just works. It does what you need it to do. It's simple. It's easy. And it keeps improving every single day. Plus, you can start for free. Go ahead to one zero zero NBA dot net slash ConvertKit to get started. We also love WP engine. We host all our websites on WP engine, and it's for good reason. It's the best. It's super fast, it's secure, and their support team is out of this world. It's like having your own technicians on call 24/7. Most of the time, when I need something done, and I get on chat, they don't tell me what to do. They just do it for me. Exactly what I want. If you're hosting a website, especially a WordPress website, check out WP engine, and as a listener of the show, you can get 20% off. Just go to WP ENG dot IN slash MBA and use code WP two zero off. WP engine, the best way to host your website. So to sum up, if you're starting out and you don't have maybe the budget to program your pricing page to offer different currencies to make sure that your payment processor is hooked up with these different currencies and charging these different currencies for different products. Or you just don't have the time and you want to launch already, then charging in U.S. dollars is the fastest way. Is the fastest way to get started. And then you can add the other currencies later. Of course, have the impacts your own businesses finances, P and ls, revenue, profit, all that kind of stuff. Talk to your accountant. This is not financial advice. I'm just sharing with you what I've learned along the way about charging in different currencies. Now, before I wrap up, I want to make one important point. It has to do with your expenses in your local currency. If you're living outside the U.S., when there's inflation, when the economy is on a downturn, like right now. And the other currency is a non U.S. currencies are weaker than normal or down in comparison to the U.S. dollar. Things get more expensive. This is when you start seeing inflation in other countries. What used to cost X amount for a service or product or maybe a vendor you're using will go up. The price will go up because they're trying to combat the weaker currency that they're running on. So mind you, yes, you might be making more on the conversion if you're charging you as dollar, but you might have to revisit your pricing because your expenses are going to go up in your local area. This is of course, if your expenses are in local currency, a lot of online businesses make sure all their expenses are in the same currency like U.S. dollar, like web hosting, and tools and services. But if you have a local employees in your team, they're probably getting paid in your local currency. So keep that in mind. Thanks so much for listening to the Honda ambition and thanks to Sharon for asking today's question on Q&A Wednesday. If you got a question you want to ask, just go ahead and email me over at Omar at one zero zero NBA dot net. Hey, do you love the show? Do you get something out of it? Do you feel like it helps you every day? If so, help us out by sharing it on social. A quick tweet, a quick Facebook post, put it on LinkedIn, whatever, just tell people to head on over to one zero zero MBA .NET, where they can subscribe to the podcast. Thank you to advanced for doing that. Before I go, I want to leave you with this. If you haven't launched your business yet, if you haven't launched your products or services yet, this is not something you really need to worry about until you do. First get your customers. Charge them any currency. Once you get the ball rolling, then you have idea validation. You know that people want what you have. And then you can make a decision based on what you learned in today's episode. But don't get bogged down in the details or have it stop you from launching. Thank you so much for listening and I'll check you in tomorrow's episode. I'll see you then. Take care.

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A highlight from How to Use Fat-Burning Spices to Reduce Inflammation with Nagina Abdullah

Ask The Health Expert

04:09 min | 4 hrs ago

A highlight from How to Use Fat-Burning Spices to Reduce Inflammation with Nagina Abdullah

"I mean, I love it when you can add rather than take away. So nagini has been all over the place, Business Insider, people, Huffington Post, Fox News, and she's also a busy mom of two plus has a degree from UC Berkeley in molecular and cell biology. And worked at one of the top four consulting firms for some of the biggest healthcare providers in the country, and that's sort of where her struggle began. So she'll tell you all about this when she comes on. And before I bring her on, I just want to share one of my favorites with you. All righty nagina, welcome to the show. I am super excited to have you here and I don't know why it took so long to get you here. I'm so excited to be here too, JJ, thank you. I know it's what, like, two and a half years later, you're finally on my podcast. My gosh, what's a girl gotta do? Beg and plead. So this is gonna be very fun because we've never really dove into spices and stuff. And so I'd love to kind of talk about how you got into what you're doing now, which is all everything around inflammation, reducing inflammation, like how'd you get here? So I had struggled with my with my health in terms of my weight in my energy for my entire life. And your entire life, my entire life. It was something that I always had to focus on really, really closely. And I never felt the way I wanted to feel. And I never actually had the body that I thought was possible. I was hoping it was possible, but I thought it was because of genetics, I could never feel confident about myself. And as I got older, I started working in a very demanding job. I was a consultant for a top four consulting firm in New York. I was traveling all over the place, and then I had two kids after that. And so as I came out of having two kids, I had a lot of extra weight on my body. And I knew that I had not been very successful with getting it off even before I had kids. So I didn't know if it would really ever happen for me. And because of my very busy schedule, I couldn't go to the gym for hours a day 'cause I knew I'd be working too much. So I decided to start with food and to figure out how I could get healthier and feel better about myself because I just didn't want to look at myself in the mirror and think who is that? Who am I looking at? And I didn't want to have to throw all my clothes out and not fit them anymore. I needed to get into some kind of shape. And so I started looking at the kinds of foods I was eating versus looking at the calories and looking at the portions and focusing on that, which is everything I had done before. So I started changing up the foods I was eating. I started eating a lot of unprocessed foods, lowering my sugar, adding protein, and then I also added a lot of spices into my food because I knew that I had to make healthy eating fun and that was the way that I could make it sustainable for me. And so I started eating like this every single night I would sit down, my husband did it with me. We would sit down and we would start eating and I would take a bite and I would look at him and I would think, oh my God, this does not taste healthy. It tastes too good to be healthy food. Because all the kinds of food that I had known in the past, it was so bland and boring whenever it was healthy, which is why it was why it wasn't sustainable. So after eating like that for four weeks, I got on a scale and I had dropped ten pounds and it felt like it had melted off. And because I felt so great, my energy levels were going up. It felt so easy and I liked how I felt after I was eating this food. I kept following it and I lost 20 pounds in three months and then I continued following it and I lost 40 pounds in 9 months and I actually got to 20 pounds below my pregnancy weight. Wow. Yes, so that was where a something went off in my brain after like aha.

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A highlight from Lenin Part 2: Underground, On the Run

Real Dictators

04:02 min | 10 hrs ago

A highlight from Lenin Part 2: Underground, On the Run

"When Hurricane Katrina ravished my hometown of New Orleans. I saw the food being served in disaster sounds. And I knew I could help improve meals for those in need. That's how mercy chefs began. We used Facebook and Instagram to raise over a $160,000 in 2021. That helped serve over 45,000 hot meals in a disaster, which is huge. Something amazing happens over a shared meal. Food is love, and that's New Orleans. See how Facebook and Instagram are helping nonprofits grow it's Christmas Day 1905. We're in temporary in the Grand Duchy of Finland. The city is playing host to a conference. The Bolsheviks, a faction of the Russian social democratic Labor Party, have gathered here in this corner of the Russian Empire. Though no one knows it now, in their midst, a two dictators in the making. Men who will go down in history as originators of left wing tyranny. The star of the show is the Bolsheviks de facto leader. Dictator number one he is currently using one of his many aliases to stay ahead of the authorities. According to the papers he's carrying, he is Vladimir karpov. But with his distinctive beard and mustache, and is heavily receding red hair. No one at this conference is in any doubt as to karpov's true identity. There's just something about Lenin. Not conventionally charismatic perhaps. But a man with undeniable presence. He exudes intellectualism, yet is able to communicate complex ideas as hard hitting slogans. Anticipation is high amongst the delegates as they wait to make his acquaintance. Among them is a 27 year old man. Dictator number two. His skin bears the scars of smallpox. He still handsome though. Rugged and unshaven, with a dramatic sweep of thick, dark hair. If you look closely, you notice his left arm is shorter than his right. The result of a childhood accident. Like Lenin, he goes under any number of monikers. Is he Ivanovich today or Koba or so so? Or perhaps the name that will stick? The Man of Steel. Joseph Stalin. His background could hardly be more different to Lenin's own. He hails from Georgia on the southwestern frontier of the empire. Far from idyllic. Stalin's childhood was peppered with violent outbursts, even kidnappings by his drunken father. Lenin emerged from the comfort of the middle classes. Stalin has pulled himself up by his bootstraps. He expects to be wowed by the Bolshevik leader. But on this occasion, Stalin is left disappointed. There is no dramatic entrance, no great speech from Lenin. Just handshakes and small talk. Thoroughly unremarkable. In 18 months time, they will be introduced again. And Lenin will have forgotten Stalin's name. But however, inauspicious it may be, this Christmas Day meeting will go down as a crucial point in history. The moment the two pivotal figures of the 20th century enter each other's orbits for the very first time, upon this foundation, the fate of nations will be decided. From neuser, this is part two of the Lenin's story. And this is real dictators.

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Last Chance (MM #4213)

The Mason Minute

01:00 min | 23 hrs ago

Last Chance (MM #4213)

"The NASA minute. With Kevin mason. Hilton John was in Nashville over the weekend during his farewell yellow brick road concert tour. His last concert tour, or at least right now, it's his last. You never know when people say final tour anymore. But I had a lot of friends who went. And I didn't, for once think about going to sea Elton John. Now, I was a huge Elton John fan in the late 70s, but I lost interest along the way. And to be honest with you, I was blessed to see him on the 21 at 33 tour, I believe what it was called. I realize it's almost 40 years later and while his voice isn't the same and he isn't the same and he can't hit the high notes anymore. I don't blame people for going to these shows to see the acts they've never see again. I've got friends who go see The Rolling Stones every time they come to town or Paul McCartney. Of course I wish I'd seen Paul McCartney and wings back in the day or even The Rolling Stones. Had opportunities to see both, but passed on them. But it's kind of funny how we're all looking back at our lives and going, well, one last chance, just in case. I'm sure the Elton John show was great and have a lot of friends who obviously loved it. But for me, I'll have my memories of 1982, 83. See, I can't even remember anymore.

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A highlight from Exclusive Dr. Hyman+ Functional Medicine Deep Dive: Stop Brain Stress With Your Vagus

The Doctor's Farmacy with Mark Hyman, M.D.

02:11 min | 23 hrs ago

A highlight from Exclusive Dr. Hyman+ Functional Medicine Deep Dive: Stop Brain Stress With Your Vagus

"Sign up for your free trial right now. Okay, here we go. It wasn't my body that needed healing. It was my brain and nervous system. I took a deeper dive into the world of neurology. I dove even deeper spent years further researching the nervous system and I'm so grateful that I did because I discovered these new now and natural ways of unlocking the healing power of my nervous system that wasn't being talked about definitely in the mainstream, but even in some natural medicine circles. And so in particular, I discovered these secrets buried deep within my nervous system that when I was able to access as able to trigger that healing response and I kept continued to experiment and try different things specific to my brain and my nervous system and I was finally able to break through that vicious brain stress cycle and truly heal my brain at a deep, deep level. And I shared it with my patients and clients and they began to heal as well. And so after 15 years in private practice, 14 years teaching other doctors and working with thousands of amazing patients over the years, my experiences as a functional neurologist, speaker, professor and educator and concussion survivor, I learned a few principles shortcuts and secrets along the way and put together a step by step clinically proven process to heal the brain naturally. And I was able to share with millions of people around the world. And I'm going to be sharing with you one of the most powerful ones in this talk. Are you ready to learn more? Before we do, there's one key concept that I really need you to understand. Get this right and you boost your resilience against stress, unlock the healing potential of your brain and live your life to the fullest. But if you get this wrong, you'll stay stuck in that vicious brain stress cycle, worsening

A highlight from Best of: Elizabeth Bathory

Encyclopedia Womannica

04:07 min | 1 d ago

A highlight from Best of: Elizabeth Bathory

"In honor of October. Now, on to the episode. Hello from wonder media network, I'm Brittany Martinez, a producer here at WME, and I'm so excited to be introducing this best of episode of omega. Today's episode originally came from our villainess theme in August 2019. This will mannequin was a 16th century Hungarian countess, who allegedly murdered hundreds of local young women, and bathe in their blood. Some even say she was the inspiration for Dracula. I read a lot of horror novels and hearing that this woman had an influence on the modern vampire genre is so interesting to me. Now here's host Jenny Kaplan to talk about Elizabeth Báthory. Elizabeth was born in 1560 into an extremely prominent Protestant family of Hungarian nobility. Her family controlled the territory of Transylvania, and her uncle Stefan was king of Poland. We know very little about Elizabeth's early life, other than the fact that she was raised at her family's castle. In 1575, when Elizabeth was just 15, she married the son of another powerful Hungarian family and moved into a castle given to the couple as a wedding gift from her husband's family. Elizabeth had four children and as far as we can tell, her life appeared to be relatively normal until her husband's death in 1604. That's when rumors started circulating that Elizabeth was committing acts of murder and extreme cruelty in the castle. People apparently found it hard to believe. For 5 years, accounts that peasant women had been murdered were ignored. Finally, in 1609, claims that Elizabeth had murdered noble women started attracting actual attention. King Matthias of Hungary felt it necessary to investigate in order to noble named gyorgy thurzo to find out what was happening. Georgi took depositions for more than 300 witnesses and survivors living in and around Elizabeth's castle, who supposedly verified the stories of serial murder and sadism. He also found physical evidence, not the least of which was the presence of dead dying and mutilated girls imprisoned in the castle. Based on the interviews and the physical evidence, he determined that Elizabeth had tortured and murdered more than 600 young women with the assistance of her loyal servants. Elizabeth and her servants were arrested on December 30th, 1609. Two years later, the servants were put on trial and three were executed. Elizabeth herself was never tried. Likely because this would have been a public embarrassment. Instead, she was put under house arrest in her own castle where she remained until her death. The story of the countess who murdered hundreds of young women in her castle quickly made its way into the national folklore, and over the centuries the story evolved. For example, many versions of the Elizabeth Báthory story claimed that she murdered young girls so that she could be than the blood of virgins, as some sort of beauty treatment. Others claim that she had vampire like tendencies, I needed to drink their blood. These and other claims were generally recorded years after Elizabeth's death. And are not historically reliable. Still, Elizabeth's infamy persists to this day. She's often compared to Vlad the Impaler, and some insist that she served as the source material for the masterpiece novel Dracula. While documents exist from the 1611 trial, supporting accusations against Elizabeth, many modern scholars question the veracity of such evidence. Elizabeth, after all, was a powerful woman of her time, made more so by her control of her husband's massive estate after his death. It's interesting to note that king Matthias owed Elizabeth a rather large debt. That debt was forgiven in exchange for letting Elizabeth's family manage her captivity. As such, historians have suggested that the acts attributed to her may have been politically motivated slander,

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A highlight from AMR Answers: Dimitys Latest Grand Adventure!

Another Mother Runner

06:00 min | 1 d ago

A highlight from AMR Answers: Dimitys Latest Grand Adventure!

"McDowell coming to you from a special location. St. Paul, where are we Sarah? We are at Hyatt place. Used to be the main post office here in St. Paul, and now it is my favorite hotel. It is. It's a very cool dig. Why do you like it? I like it because it's quiet. It is so quiet. It is so restful to stay here and it's a hotel. So that's a good thing for a hotel to be. It's tomb like, yeah. We're sitting in here. It's got the mustard colored tiles that are about as they're like brick tiles, if you went to elementary school and sometime in the 80s, you can probably picture them just in your head. Or step into a post office. Yeah, it's cool. It preserves some of the architecture, which is super high windows, massive drapes, it is, yeah, I really, really like it. So yeah, we haven't been to the twin cities in three years, but I'm just like, oh yeah. Oh, I love it much looks the same. And I'm so glad to be back. It's a couple of people in masks this time, but yeah, otherwise that were pretty good to go, yeah. Yeah, yeah. So this is other than where we're recording. It's also a special episode of answers because this time I'm asking the questions and you'll provide all the answers. Yes, 'cause I have all the answers. You sure my kids every day. So actually, yeah, this is going to be a little bit of a race recap of the grand traverse 21 mile hike and a little bit about your athletic goals posts that event. Yeah, yeah, now that you're no longer running. And so yeah, I don't know, Demi, you just finished the grant traverse here in lovely Minnesota up in Duluth. So can you tell us about it? Yeah, yeah, so I've talked about it on both this podcast and AMR trains. So I'll try to keep it brief the recap, but it is a trail run and a hike. They just, they call it the grand traverse. I think you decide how you want to traverse, right? So therefore distances, there's 27 miles, 21 miles, 17, and ten. And so you can pick up where you want to. I mean, they have shuttles for each of those distances in different times for each of those distances. It's a small little race, and it goes on a superior hiking trail or the SH T is what the locals call it. Makes for a good T-shirt stuff. It does, yes. And the SH T as I'll talk about is some pretty challenging terrain. It's not, it's not the smooth caterpillar free zone of Colorado that I trained on. All right, so how did you train for it? So I did this with what I called my J team, my adventure team. So Joe and Jess, who have been on the podcast a couple of times talking about the Grand Canyon rim to rim. We did that a couple of years ago and then last summer we did the half dome hike in Yosemite went to the top with the cables. And so those two women joined us joined me and then we had another woman named Holly. So they're four of us. And so we all like for Grand Canyon we trained very diligently. We were on it because we had no idea what we were going to get into. Yosemite, we trained pretty that was more in the summertime. So we were just out hiking and stuff. And we definitely did some long hikes. This time, I would say that our training wasn't quite as diligent as it has been. The crux of it is, is that you have to do long hikes, right? But you seem to do long hikes. You told us about ten miles is 17 months old. Oh, yeah, no, I did. I mean, I did the equivalent of the 20 mile run, right? I did that twice. I did 5 hours, which on our feet. I didn't know how long it was going to take us. That's the thing. That's where the trails get a little tricky. But yes, I did some long hikes. I did a lot of strength. I lead strength and many happy miles twice a week, and then I usually did one more session on my own. I tried to do a lot of band work because my knees are definitely my knees and my feet are kind of my Achilles heel. So to speak, that's going to be the thing that's going to stop me from doing this again. I'm not saying I'm stopping. I'm saying I need to take care of it so that I can keep doing them. But I have to ask you band work can work on your feet? No, that's okay. I need to go to my podiatrist. That's what I need to do. We'll talk about toenails. Actually, that's going to be that third time through on AMR answer. We'll talk more about black Joanna's. And yeah, so then I did some cycling, of course, and I did what else did we do? Joe and Jess are both runners, so they both did runs twice a week. Holly has plantar fasciitis, so she would did some elliptical stuff or got on the bike like I did. that I would do differently is I would have just walked more. I kind of felt like I had to be on trails or nothing. You know? So one of my morning workouts should have been a four to 6 mile brisk walk. Instead of getting on the bike for that equivalent of time. Because I like to sweat. At a four to 6 mile brisk walk is just going to let me see my neighbor's gardens. It doesn't help me. Actually soak my sports bra. So you should have been modality specific. Modality exactly, train, yes. But overall, the training cycle went well. And we all had a great day. I mean, we all felt very well prepared. But again, the trails were a little bit of a wild card. Okay. All right. So with all that lead up, tell us about the rundown of the day. The day was good. I mean, it was very fun. It was a fun day. What level of fun was it? Oh, I knew it was actually pretty fun most of the time. We had some good laughs. We also had some times where you're like, okay, let's laugh now because otherwise we're gonna get kind of snarky with each other. So start of the day, so you start, it goes from south of Duluth. So people who know Minnesota or Duluth area, the 27 mile starts at Jay cook and you come in 27 miles. I'm not quite sure where we started, but you come in 21 miles. And you ended a place called fitger's, which is a brewery and a hotel and a little shopping mall. I mean, if you've been to Duluth, you know if it goes, it's kind of right in the center of town. So we started at Fitz in the morning, got our numbers, first time I put on a bib and I guess I did a bib for the aquabike. Sometimes I have a hard time remembering.

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A highlight from S7E3: Welcome to Polyamory City

Love Letters

01:30 min | 1 d ago

A highlight from S7E3: Welcome to Polyamory City

"Remember the summer of 2020, it feels both forever and not that long ago. It was a turbulent time. There was a lot of breaking news to say the least. That July, Naomi, a 30 something living in the Boston area, see something on Facebook that no one else is really talking about. This news, reposted by a friend, applies to her in a very personal way. The post says that Somerville Massachusetts, a small city right outside of Boston, has become the first municipality in the United States to pass an ordinance, recognizing polyamorous, domestic partnerships. Polyamory, meaning having more than one romantic partner with a consent of everyone involved. Naomi is polyamorous, and in a serious long-term relationship with her two partners. The prospect of their union being legally recognized that they might enjoy the rights of more traditional two person relationships, it feels like a huge thing. I was completely flabbergasted. I did not expect this to ever happen in my lifetime. I had pretty much resigned myself to living a closeted life with my boys. Immediately, Naomi has a bunch of questions. She's not sure what this new ordinance in Somerville would do exactly. What it could mean for her life and the lives of her partners, but she's eager to find out.

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A highlight from Episode 569: Manifest A Text Success Stories (Part 5)

The Art of Love Podcast

03:56 min | 2 d ago

A highlight from Episode 569: Manifest A Text Success Stories (Part 5)

"Free chapters before purchasing the book. Okay, I have a bunch of comments here of people who manage to hear from their ex after using the technique that I talked about in my video, how to manifest a text from your ex, and I will, of course, with the link up in the right hand corner. All right, the first one says, it only took two hours to get a high. Which of course I didn't reply to. Manifested a text again with more clarity, more specific detail at 10 p.m.. At 1123 p.m., the floodgates open and she cracked like an egg. I heard everything I need to hear and more from her. All right, well, that was easy. Good for her, good for you, and her. Okay, next one. What the F I'm so shook right now, I just tried it out and not even an hour later. I got a message. Oh my God. That was quick. Congratulations. It worked for me, but it wasn't 48 hours. It was like three or four days, but it works. Okay, well, you know, some people manifest in an hour. Some people take three or four days, we're all different. The next one, my ex broke up with me three weeks ago and has refused to speak to me or reconcile, and we have a baby. Uh oh. I've gone no contact after my last attempt, and at this point I've chosen to just stay no contact until he approached me. I did this meditation at 11 p.m. and I was just woken up at two 37 a.m., so a few hours later, with two calls from my ex. When I tell you, he has refused to return calls, contact me, speak to me message me. I've got nothing. Not sure what this means, but I'm in total shock that this worked. This is not a paid advertisement. I had to look at my phone several times to make sure my eyes weren't deceiving me. He called two times back to back, wow. I'm not going to respond until he leaves a voice message or text with a real effort, good. Try it everyone feel it. I cried and really felt and really felt it when I did this meditation. Shocked. The next one is short and sweet. It works. He wants to try again with me. The next one, this did work, took three days to receive a text. They said they didn't want to leave things as they had been left, and they didn't want to lose me as a friend, that they wanted to meet for a talk. Okay, well, that's the beginning of something. Oh my God. This really did work for me. I was in no contact for three weeks. I did this and he messaged me 50 hours later. I love how people were counting the hours. He sent me a random meme to which I just replied ha ha ha. And that was all. His very next text was about how much he misses me and my kids and how sad he is. I replied, we miss you too, and then didn't say anything else. A few minutes later, my phone rings and it's him. We talked for two hours about everything. And agreed to start back slowly and see what happens. But that we wanted to give it another shot. I had also been manifesting getting back together with the intentions that we would move on from our past mistakes and start a brand new relationships. I've been working on myself view and walking around with much more confidence, right before he messaged me I was getting random messages from guys and in public notice men starting to open doors for me. They were attracted to my new self confidence. He must have felt that shift in energy, he probably did. Along with the no contact and the manifestations. I got my man back. Congratulations. Oh my God, I literally got a text 30 seconds after I did it.

Boxes (MM #4209)

The Mason Minute

01:00 min | 4 d ago

Boxes (MM #4209)

"The NASA minute. With Kevin mason. I've had cats for years. Gosh, going on 30 years now, and they've always had different personalities. Our current cat busy who we've had what 8 9 years now. She loves cardboard boxes. She loves to sit in them, she loves to hide in them. She loves to eat them, chew on them. We'd had cats who enjoyed playing with cardboard boxes, but tired of them quickly and didn't think anything of it. We've got three cardboard boxes sitting in our living room right now and we can't take them anywhere because the cat has to have her cardboard boxes. So I was always wondering why cats like cardboard or do all cats like cardboard. Come to find out they're drawn to cardboard for many reasons. One of which is the novelty factor. It can hold on to smells and the texture they can rub up against so it's both sturdy, but yet at the same time they can chew on it. It's like shelter. It's one of those innate things that happens to some cats. But again, kind of weird that 5 or 6 or 7 cats in. I never had a cat who loved cardboard boxes like our cat busy does. So our house will continue to be strewn with cardboard and cardboard boxes. And every now and again, she'll chew on it too. The good thing is she doesn't actually eat the cardboard. She just chews on it and then leaves it on the carpet for us to clean up. That's our cat.

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Traffic Delays (MM #4205)

The Mason Minute

01:00 min | Last week

Traffic Delays (MM #4205)

"The NASA minute. With Kevin mason. Here in Nashville, we complain about the traffic all the time, but a recent study says we really don't spend that much time in traffic here in Nashville. The cities where U.S. drivers do spend a lot of time, New York City, Boston, Houston, LA, San Francisco, Dallas Fort Worth, Chicago, all make sense. But what's fascinating, New Yorkers spend an average of 56 hours in one year in traffic. Chicago 39 hours in one year in traffic. Of the large cities, Austin, Texas, 41 hours in traffic in a year. In the medium sized cities, Akron, Ohio, 27 hours in traffic. We've always said the roads were bad around there. Winter doesn't help, but who would have thought Akron Ohio had a big traffic problem. Smaller towns, Little Rock Arkansas, Jackson, Mississippi, Brownsville, Texas. Over 24 hours in a year in Brownsville, Texas is spent in traffic. I look for Nashville on the list, it didn't show up anywhere. For all the complaining we do about traffic here in Nashville, I guess we got to forget about it.

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