NO SELF-FLAGELLATION NEEDED

“Philosophy calls for simple living, but not for penance—it’s quite possible to be simple without being crude.” —SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 5.5
 
Marcus’s meditations are filled with self-criticism and so are the writings of other Stoics. It’s important to remember, however, that that’s as far as it goes. There was no self-flagellation, no paying penance, no self-esteem issues from guilt or self-loathing. You never hear them call themselves worthless pieces of crap, nor do they ever starve or cut themselves as punishment. Their self-criticism is constructive.
 
Laying into yourself, unduly depriving yourself, punishing yourself—that’s self-flagellation, not self-improvement.
 
No need to be too hard on yourself. Hold yourself to a higher standard but not an impossible one. And forgive yourself if and when you slip up.

NO SELF-FLAGELLATION NEEDED

“Philosophy calls for simple living, but not for penance—it’s quite possible to be simple without being crude.” —SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 5.5
 
Marcus’s meditations are filled with self-criticism and so are the writings of other Stoics. It’s important to remember, however, that that’s as far as it goes. There was no self-flagellation, no paying penance, no self-esteem issues from guilt or self-loathing. You never hear them call themselves worthless pieces of crap, nor do they ever starve or cut themselves as punishment. Their self-criticism is constructive.
 
Laying into yourself, unduly depriving yourself, punishing yourself—that’s self-flagellation, not self-improvement.
 
No need to be too hard on yourself. Hold yourself to a higher standard but not an impossible one. And forgive yourself if and when you slip up.

ADVERSITY REVEALS

“How does it help, my husband, to make misfortune heavier by complaining about it? This is more fit for a king—to seize your adversities head on. The more precarious his situation, the more imminent his fall from power, the more firmly he should be resolved to stand and fight. It isn’t manly to retreat from fortune.” —SENECA, OEDIPUS, 80
 
As the CEO of Charles Schwab, Walt Bettinger hires hundreds of people each year and interviews hundreds more. Over his lifetime, we can safely assume he’s had his share of hits, misses, and surprises when it comes to bringing people on board. But consider one technique he’s used as he’s gotten older: he takes a candidate to breakfast and asks the restaurant’s manager to purposely mess up the candidate’s breakfast order.
 
He’s testing to see how they react. Do they get upset? Do they act rudely? Do they let this little event spoil the meeting? Do they handle the inconvenience with grace and kindness?
 
How you handle even minor adversity might seem like nothing, but, in fact, it reveals everything.

THE LONG WAY AROUND

“You could enjoy this very moment all the things you are praying to reach by taking the long way around—if you’d stop depriving yourself of them.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 12.1
 
Ask most people what they’re working toward and you’ll get an answer like: “I’m trying to become a [insert profession].” Or they’ll tell you they’re trying to get appointed to some impressive committee or position, become a millionaire, get discovered, become famous, whatever. Now you ask a couple more questions, such as “Why are you doing that?” or “What are you hoping it will be like when you get it?” and you find at the very core of it, people want freedom, they want happiness, and they want the respect of their peers.
 
A Stoic looks at all this and shakes his head at the immense effort and expense we put into chasing things that are simple and straightforward to acquire. It’s as if we prefer to spend years building a complicated Rube Goldberg machine instead of just reaching out and picking up what we want. It’s like looking all over for your sunglasses and then realizing they were on your head the whole time.
 
Freedom? That’s easy. It’s in your choices.
 
Happiness? That’s easy. It’s in your choices.
 
Respect of your peers? That too is in the choices you make.
 
And all of that is right in front of you. No need to take the long way to get there.

TAKE A WALK

“We should take wandering outdoor walks, so that the mind might be nourished and refreshed by the open air and deep breathing.” —SENECA, ON TRANQUILITY OF MIND, 17.8
 
In a notoriously loud city like Rome, it was impossible to get much peace and quiet. The noises of wagons, the shouting of vendors, the hammering of a blacksmith—all filled the streets with piercing violence (to say nothing of the putrid smells of a city with poor sewage and sanitation). So philosophers went on a lot of walks—to get where they needed to go, to clear their heads, to get fresh air.
 
Throughout the ages, philosophers, writers, poets, and thinkers have found that walking offers an additional benefit—time and space for better work. As Nietzsche would later say: “It is only ideas gained from walking that have any worth.”
 
Today, make sure you take a walk. And in the future, when you get stressed or overwhelmed, take a walk. When you have a tough problem to solve or a decision to make, take a walk. When you want to be creative, take a walk. When you need to get some air, take a walk. When you have a phone call to make, take a walk. When you need some exercise, take a long walk. When you have a meeting or a friend over, take a walk together.
 
Nourish yourself and your mind and solve your problems along the way.

CALM IS CONTAGIOUS

“If then it’s not that the things you pursue or avoid are coming at you, but rather that you in a sense are seeking them out, at least try to keep your judgment of them steady, and they too will remain calm and you won’t be seen chasing after or fleeing from them.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 11.11
 
There is a maxim that Navy SEALs pass from officer to officer, man to man. In the midst of chaos, even in the fog of war, their battle-tested advice is this: “Calm is contagious.”
 
Especially when that calm is coming from the man or woman in charge. If the men begin to losetheir wits, if the group is unsure of what to do next, it’s the leader’s job to do one thing: instill calm—not by force but by example.
That’s who you want to be, whatever your line of work: the casual, relaxed person in every situation who tells everyone else to take a breath and not to worry. Because you’ve got this. Don’t be the agitator, the paranoid, the worrier, or the irrational. Be the calm, not the liability. It will catch on.

STAY FOCUSED ON THE PRESENT

“Don’t let your reflection on the whole sweep of life crush you. Don’t fill your mind with all the bad things that might still happen. Stay focused on the present situation and ask yourself why it’s so unbearable and can’t be survived.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 8.36

When you look back at some of the most impressive, even scary, things that you’ve done or endured, how were they possible? How were you able to see past the danger or the poor odds? As Marcus described, you were too busy with the details to let the whole sweep of the situation crush you. In fact, you probably didn’t even think about it at the time.

A character in Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Lullaby says, “The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close up.” Sometimes grasping the big picture is important, and the Stoics have helped us with that before. A lot of times, though, it’s counterproductive and overwhelming to be thinking of everything that lies ahead. So by focusing exclusively on the present, we’re able to avoid or remove those intimidating or negative thoughts from our frame of view.

A man walking a tightrope tries not to think about how high up he is. An undefeated team tries not to think about their perfect winning streak. Like us, they’re better off putting one foot in front of the other and considering everything else to be extraneous.


What Are Parasites?

Parasites are generally acquired from consuming contaminated food or water, but people with imbalanced gut flora, leaky gut syndrome or a weakened immune system may be more susceptible.

A parasite is an organism that lives on or in a host and gets its food from or at the expense of its host. Yes, not pleasant. Worse, parasites can cause disease in humans. Some parasitic diseases are easily treated and some are not.

So let’s discuss how to kill off parasites. Now, I would estimate about 50 percent or more Americans carry parasites, and you may wonder where somebody get a parasite besides. One is pork, if you’ve ever eaten pork. Pork can carry parasites and worms, so if you eat pork consistently, there’s a chance that you have a parasite.

Also, as mentioned above, if you’ve ever been to another country like China, India, Africa, Mexico, even trips to places like Cancun, if you drank the water or if you eat some of their food, there’s a great chance that you could have picked up a parasite. Specifically, if you came back and had dysentery or some problem with your stomach afterwards — such as something the CDC calls persistent travelers’ diarrhea — it’s very likely that you have a parasite.


The Parasite Cleanse

If any of the above is true, then you need to do a parasite cleanse. You’ve got to get rid of the parasites, so I want to give you some practical tips about what you need to do in terms of diet and supplements to actually kill off the worms and parasites in your system.

1. Parasite Cleanse Supplements, Blue text are The direct link’s to my Approved Supplements

When you are supplementing to kill parasites, there are natural anti-parasite compounds you want to use. For example, there’s a product from Nature’s sunshine. It’s called Artemisia Combination which is a parasite cleanse supplement. It has things it in like Elecampane Root, Mugwort, Clove, Garlic, Ginger, Spearmint, Turmeric, Olive Leaf and Wormwood…

When you are supplementing to kill parasites, there are natural anti-parasite compounds you want to use.  Now, to create your own parasite cleanse concoction, there are certain supplements for killing off parasites and that you can get in tincture form. These include black walnut, wormwood, olive leaf and garlic. Oftentimes, you can find a parasite cleanse with these ingredients at your local health food store, or get them individually.

If not, here are the top supplements for a your very own parasite cleanse:

#1 Black walnut (250 milligrams 3x daily)
Has been used historically for the treatment of parasites.
Black Walnut Extra Potency!!!

#2 Wormwood (200milligrams 3x daily)
It’s known for its anti-parasitic properties.

#3 Oregano Oil (500 milligrams 4x daily)
Oregano oil has antibacterial and anti-parasitic effects.

#4 Grapefruit seed extract (take as directed)
Has anti-parasitic effects.

#5 Clove Oil (500 mg or 4 cups of tea)
Clove oil kills off parasites and other invading organisms.

I recommend you do about two weeks of a parasite cleanse, taking these supplements, then take a week off and jump back on for two more weeks. That protocol is as important as taking the supplements.

2. The Anti-Parasite Diet

Now what’s even more important is your diet. In order to kill parasites in your system and kill off the bad bacteria and the fungus that these parasites live off of, you’ve got to get rid of bad bacteria. To do that, you must go on a diet that is free of all sugar and all grains — pretty close to a Paleo diet.

When you’re going to do a parasite cleanse, I even recommend that you limit your fruit intake or eat no fruit whatsoever. So rather than a berry smoothie, you just drink a coconut smoothie with coconut milk, chia seeds and protein powder; for lunch, do a big salad; and for dinner, prepare organic meat and double the vegetables, staying completely away from any form of grains or sugar, including fruit.

Now another thing I want to talk about is pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are the No. 1 food that kills off parasites. So one of the things I’ve personally done if I’m doing a parasite cleanse, I’ll take pumpkin seeds and eat one cup a day — half a cup, I may throw in a smoothie in the morning and another half a cup in the afternoon, or you can make pumpkin seed butter, throwing this into something like a Vitamix blender along with pumpkin seed oil that they carry that at most health food stores. So pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil, and I’ll eat this throughout the day as well in order to kill off parasites.

Here are some other top anti-parasite foods:

  • Garlic and onions – Both of these immune-boosting vegetables have anti-parasitic effects.
  • Herbs – Certain herbs, like oregano and ginger, can have antibacterial and antiparasitic effects.
  • Papaya juice – This potent juice can have anti-parasitic effects.
  • Organic Coconut oil – Coconut oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
  • Probiotic rich foods – Consuming high probiotic foods like kefir, sauerkraut and yogurt can keep parasites in check and improve the health of the gut.

And here are the foods you want to avoid:

  • Sugar – Feeds parasites and lowers immune functioning.
  • Processed foods – Foods that are highly processed do not support immune health.
  • Alcohol – Does not allow for proper immune system functioning.
  • Wheat – Many grains, especially those containing gluten, can break down into sugar quickly and cause intestinal inflammation.
  • Pork – Can be highly contaminated with parasites.

3. Do a few colonics

I also recommend doing a few colonics, probably two to three colon cleanses, once a week for three weeks while doing your two-to-four week parasite cleanse.


Final Thoughts

If you take the supplements, get rid of the sugar from your diet, take the pumpkin seeds, and follow that protocol and do so strictly for a one-month period of time, then you should be able to cleanse yourself of parasites.

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PREPARED AND ACTIVE

“Let Fate find us prepared and active. Here is the great soul—the one who surrenders to Fate. The opposite is the weak and degenerate one, who struggles with and has a poor regard for the order of the world, and seeks to correct the faults of the gods rather than their own.” —SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 107.12
 
Whatever happens today, let it find us prepared and active: ready for problems, ready for difficulties, ready for people to behave in disappointing or confusing ways, ready to accept and make it work for us. Let’s not wish we could turn back time or remake the universe according to our preference. Not when it would be far better and far easier to remake ourselves.

FINDING THE RIGHT MENTORS

“We like to say that we don’t get to choose our parents, that they were given by chance—yet we can truly choose whose children we’d like to be.” —SENECA, ON THE BREVITY OF LIFE, 15.3a
 
We are fortunate enough that some of the greatest men and women in history have recorded their wisdom (and folly) in books and journals. Many others have had their lives chronicled by a careful biographer—from Plutarch to Boswell to Robert Caro. The literature available at your average library amounts to millions of pages and thousands of years of knowledge, insight, and experience.
 
Maybe your parents were poor role models, or you lacked a great mentor. Yet if we choose to, we can easily access the wisdom of those who came before us—those whom we aspire to be like.
 
We not only owe it to ourselves to seek out this hard-won knowledge, we owe it to the people who took the time to record their experiences to try to carry on the traditions and follow their examples—to be the promising children of these noble parents.