Archive for April, 2008

Bloggers Burning Out? Balance is Key

21062633I often preach to my staff and consultants the importance of quickly moving from idea to implementation. And I do see a spark of divine illumination in those who can see and feel ideas and immediately move them into manifestation. When that process is spiritually based, it’s often stress-free. When it is forced, it can be highly stressful.

That said, there is a core spiritual awareness that is fundamental to one’s peace of mind while working in a high stress world. In my case, I developed a deep inner connection to and I was blessed to spend some three decades meditating with and learning from Guru Sri Chinmoy. Among many illumining things, I discovered how and why Spirit can energize and replenish my physical, mental, intuitive and creativity being, and balance the 24/7 nature of my work these days.

Even, so, it’s a daily challenge balancing the insane pace of my own business and creative life with time for meditation and strengthening my own inner faith, spirit and awareness. There is a choice at every moment to sustain or burn out.

So I was not surprised to read Matt Richtel’s story in today’s NY Times about a burnout occurring among bloggers. The 24/7 nature of the always-on Internet and blogosphere combined with competition among leading technology sites for the ‘exclusive story,’ in particular, has affected the well-being of some leading writers like Om Malik and Michael Arrington, who report high stress, unhealthy lifestyles and heart attacks.

The issue here is one of balance: how do we balance the need to deliver to loyal readers and monetize our lives, with the need for peace of mind, health and wellness?

Spirit Fulfillment – from whatever your Source – is key. Maybe that’s the love of your family. Maybe it is a particular religious faith. Maybe it is atheism as a belief system. Perhaps it is studying meditation with a spiritual Guru. Maybe it’s Bikram Yoga. Or a nature hike. Or sky diving or surfing. However you get there, it’s important to try.

Exercise is instant wealth. Work out, walk, run, swim, cycle, and regularly. Exercise will energise and awaken you in every way.

Diet is key. Cut out the sugars, caffeine, processed foods, wheat, and meats and replace them with green foods. Drink wheat grass juice once a day. Go meatless and organic.

Discipline. Stay on whatever program you come up with and integrate it into your life, one day at a time.

Ultimately, by balancing through spirit, exercise, diet and discipline, your work-life will be enhanced, your stress will be balanced by all kinds of good stuff, and you’ll live long enough to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

For more ideas on health and wellness, visit Dr. Mark Laursen’s website.

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Blogger Social Rocked

collage_march_5_lowWhat happens when 80 bloggers — all experts digital media, marketing and public relations realms — gather from across the country and far away places like Belgium, Oman, and Australia? You get Blogger Social, and I enjoyed every minute of last night’s gathering. The room was full of brilliant and talented people I will collaborate with and know more deeply.

What is cool about this is all the people came together because they blog, through reading and commenting on each other’s marketing blogs, and a close community has formed. Most of the people in the room, and myself, also collaborated in the book, The Age of Conversation, essays by 103 bloggers on marketing and communications in a digital world. I blogged about that book last year.

So last night, the online community came together offline, and it was a beautiful thing. Eyeballs on computer screens became heart to heart connections that will last a lifetime. Thanks to all the wonderful people I met last night, and especially, to key organizers CK and Drew McClellan and the host of 20 volunteers who made the evening possible. That special gift from the City of New York was particularly cute!

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In the Shadow of the Moon

Caught this incredible documentary presented by Ron Howard about the Apollo astronauts who visited the Moon between 1968 and 1972 and the 400,000 scientists who came together to make this happen.

The movie opens with the bold vision of President John F. Kennedy in the early 60s to land a man on the moon and return him safely back to earth by the end of the decade. The profound feelings he evoked reminded me of the days when I was far more proud of our President and the choices of my government than I am today.

Kennedy’s Vision was transcendent and at the moment this mission was realized, the world came together as one. What an incredible moment. You contrast this with Bush’s vision of destruction that, in the course of only seven years, has plunged the world into increasing imbalance and turmoil.

These guys were drawing on pure ingenuity and God’s Grace to achieve the incredible things they did. In terms of the technology available at the time, my iPhone probably has more computer processing power in it than the lunar lander did. In 1999 I had a chance to work with Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell on a project for Sprint. That’s as close as I got to NASA outside a visit to Cape Kennedy in the early 70s.

If you want to see real heroes, the movie is full of them. If you want to relive history, watch a preview.

Click here for a detailed exploration of Apollo moon landing hoax theories and analysis.

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