by Jon Belt
I've always known that I'm lazy, but I never wanted to acknowledge it. I know that most people in this world are lazy, but I also know that people have overcome this bad word by developing healthy habits. Distractions are all around us and my distraction is TV. I love television, not because of the great things that are everywhere on Netflix, Hulu, HBOGO, Redbox, Showtime Anytime, MaxGo, Starz, ESPNGO, iTunes, youTube, NBA, NFL, PGA Tour, and the list goes on and on and on and on and on. I can always find something to make my brain stop working. That is exactly why I love it so much, it makes my brain stop working. I need an intervention because I know it is my resistance. Once the AppleTV is on and ready to search, I'm hooked like a moth to a flame. In order to turn it off, it must be time to sleep. All the aspirations I have and dreams I want to accomplish are all determined by this device, whether I turn it on or keep it off. If I keep it off, I read, I blog, I research, I clean, I read some more, I listen to podcasts, I listen to audiobooks, I write, I create, I find, I'm productive. Why do I let this simple distraction have a hold of me so tightly? Because our brain wants the least amount of suffering and TV makes the brain suffer the least. My resistance is television. What is your resistance?
by Jon Belt
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory." Dr. Seuss
If you are like me you love to collect journals with the hope of filling them up, and then months go by and nothing. I always have these grand ideas of "I'm going to journal today!" I get pumped and at night I write my thoughts - maybe even the next day I write something down and like any new skill, the excitement slowly fizzles and the journals start collecting dust. I have a nice collection of journals.
There are numerous amounts of health benefits to journaling, and here are some blog posts I have found to be helpful plus this helps me to justify having so many blank journals.
Last year I found a journal I can actually fill in. I fill in this journal every morning and most nights, but it's not the type of journaling you are thinking. It's called the Five-Minute Journal, it's a beautifully designed hard back journal that focuses on being grateful for the day. It's more or less fill in the blank, and its mission - to take five minutes to fill it out. It comes with a daily quote and a weekly challenge. I love it, and I will continue to fill it. So, that is where I started, and lately, I began having a 'Google Doc' practice. I made a 'Google Doc' and put the date, and then I googled two-minute timer, and I have two minutes to type my thoughts, feelings, or whatever is on my mind. At first, I began with one minute, but have gradually added more time. It's a practice I get excited for, and many of the health benefits are happening from it, such as:
We can all do two minutes a day.
Begin this week by just thinking about this positive practice
My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.” Ernest Hemingway
By Jon Belt
Here is a list of three that I'm using, reading, and appreciating for the first of the month (July) and part of the "Three Dash Thursday" newsletter I send out weekly fo' FREE!
Here is your weekly shot of "3-Dash Thursday," a record of what I'm appreciating and learning.
The lists could include people I'm following, books I'm reading, blogs, videos, podcast episodes that had an impact, how-to's, audiobooks, quotes, apps, photos, etc...
-App I’m Using-
I know Voxer has been around for awhile now, and I remember downloading this app on my phone a couple years ago. I didn’t stick with it because I felt like it wore my battery down, and I wasn't ready to start using it. I jumped into my first Voxer group for podcasting and it’s really fun - so fun, in fact, I decided to pay the yearly charge of $29.99 to become a PRO user. If you want to start your own group, then you must pay a monthly charge (a little more) or a yearly charge (best deal). I started my own group based on the book club I started six months ago (#manbookclub), and it’s an awesome place to get feedback from people.
-What I'm listening to-
Audiobook - “How Not to Die” by Michael Greger, MD & Gen Stone, MD
Michael Greger was the guy that developed the website Nutrition Facts. In this long audiobook (I’m only four hours in out of seventeen total) he reveals the diet and tips backed by groundbreaking research that can reverse many of the diseases related to death. Diseases like heart disease, diabetes, various cancers, and even Alzheimer's. He reveals many remedies from plant-based diets that can have a prolonged effect on treating chronic illnesses and maybe even better than prescription medicine - like taking Hibiscus Tea for High Blood Pressure, or how to cure Diabetic Neuropathy in less than ten days with a plant based diet. These are just a few ideas discussed in the book and NEEDS to be listened to if you don't want to DIE :)
-Song I’m obsessed with right now-
“Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” by The Flaming Lips
“Her name is Yoshimi,
she’s a black belt in karate
Working for the city
She has to discipline her body
‘Cause she knows that
it’s demanding to defeat those evil machines.”
I might be biased because they are from Oklahoma City, but this song came out in 2002 and it was always a favorite of mine. It has that soothing quality and weirdness that I love. I have it on repeat anytime I want to get some work done (I’m listening to it right now). Download it and tell me what you think.
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Jon Belt is a middle school teacher in Oklahoma City, and the host of the Teacher Tunnel Podcast.