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Who Needs Coffee? Wake Up With a Morning Mantra

On Zen Wednesday

“I change my thoughts, I change my world.”

Norman Vincent Peale

The idea for this post came from my friend Shellie who recounted a story to me the other day about driving to work. As she was heading in to the office (at a ridiculously early hour) to face what she anticipated would be a very stressful day, her jaw already tightening with the pressure, she found herself starting to repeat a little mantra over and over in the quiet dark of her car “I am happy….I am happy….I am happy…” After a few minutes of repeated focus on a positive feeling, she found that she was actually starting to smile. By the time she pulled into the parking lot, the sun was rising and the stressed-out, anxious feeling was gone. She felt upbeat and, dare we say, actually happy. Shellie said the entire tone of her day changed from one of perceived stress and general dread, to an attitude of “I am on it! I can get this done.”

It is amazing how just a few moments of thinking positively in the morning can transform your entire day. When you first wake up, your mind is supremely receptive to suggestion and ideas. Why not use this knowledge to your advantage?! Morning mantras (or affirmations) can reset the neural pathways in your brain and set you on the path of positive energy before your day officially kicks into gear. Positive thoughts attract positive actions, which means with a few minutes of focused attention each morning you can literally set yourself up for a more positive day.

Do you really want to start your day with worried thoughts of your to-do list? By rehashing past arguments? Of course not, yet so many of us do. And the thing to remember is, the law of attraction also works in reverse; negativity breeds more negativity. If your first thoughts are of busyness, lack, worry, etc., you’re laying the groundwork for an anxiety ridden day.

Mega Review of Teforia, The $1000 Tea Brewer

On Tynan

I remember hearing about the Teforia a long time ago. The story around it was that it was this comically overpriced tea brewer, often compared with the Juicero, that symbolized what was wrong with Silicon Valley.

So, of course, I took very little interest in it. I like brewing tea and, having brewed it at least a few thousand times, I'm pretty good at it. What's the point of a machine that's not going to do it as well as I can?

I can't remember why, but a few weeks ago, the Teforia came back on my radar. I searched and found that they had gone out of business and that the machines which were once $1000-15000 were now being sold as cheaply as $200 on eBay.

At the same time, I had been noticing something troubling about my productivity. I realized that because I made tea at my desk every day, and because it required a fair amount of manual intervention, I would avoid any tasks which required serious concentration for the first couple hours.

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