In this episode we're talking about an idea that contributes to the well being, longevity and happiness of the women of Okinawa: Shikata ga nai, a Japanese concept meaning “it cannot be helped.”  Some similar sayings are "roll with the punches," "shake it off" and the musically now infamous “Let it go.” There’s also "adapt or die." That one’s kinda harsh but there’s truth in this idea. Remember the dinosaurs? They were the toughest guys on the planet. But they didn’t adapt and now they’re dead. Adapt or die. Think on that when you’re struggling to flex your acceptance muscle. It’s worth the struggle!

PLAY of the WEEK: Write down shikata ga nai and post it somewhere you'll see it to remind you to accept that somethings cannot be helped and to let them go. Review this idea regularly during the week so that when you feel that frustration of not having something go your way, maybe it’s a test, or a even just missing the green light and having to wait a few minutes longer than planned you can LET IT GO and ACCEPT it. 

Boston University School of Public Health Study

KINTSUGI WELLNESS: The Japanese Art of Nourishing Mind, Body, and Spirit by Candice Kumai. 

This week I sit down with one of my favorite people, Jaydee Sheppard. I love her for so many reasons. She is amazing and down to earth. Tune in to learn how PLAY THEORY helped this mom of 8 launch a successful career in a very competitive real estate market, rising to the top 3% in just 18 months.

Play of the Week: Value your process over the end result or product. This looks like putting in the effort to study for long term comprehension rather than for a specific test. In a career or other situation where the outcome is not entirely in your control, what you can control is the process that you put in place to achieve a desired outcome.

Did you know there’s one thing that EVERYONE can do to improve their overall well being and increase their longevity? Have you heard the term breath work? Don’t let the name discourage you cause it’s not hard to do. And the rewards more than make up for any effort. Our ability to control out breath is unique when compared to all the other systems in our bodies. When we do breath work we are consciously able to affect our bodies, and therefore our feelings and well being on a subconscious level. And this has some wonderful benefits.

Play of the Week: The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, angry, triggered, or have trouble sleeping do some breathe work to bring you back to the present and help calm that sympathetic fight or fight energy. When you’re feeling distracted, or you find yourself focused on something in the past or the future instead of being in the current moment, square your shoulders and take a deep long breath, following it all the way to the tips of your lungs, then just sit with it for a moment or two. As the need to inhale grows try to identify the exact moment your lungs switch form holding the air in to letting it go out and then as you breath in, find the moment that the lungs stop exhaling and start to draw air in. After a few minutes of this focus, as you return to your regular activity notice the increased awareness and peace that you feel. 

Wimhof Breathing Method

There will always be problems to focus on. We find happiness when instead of resenting them, we accept them and recognize them for what they are, opportunities for growth and development. There is no happiness without acceptance. And only when we accept and build on the circumstances we are in can we truly bloom where we're planted. 

Play of the Week: What life circumstance are you resisting or resenting? Maybe it’s a bad back, a gluten allergy, a barren back patio. Can you accept it and build upon it? Accept the problem AND be open to seeking long term solutions.

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Do you have a happiness practice? Practice is the act of rehearsing a behavior repeatedly in order to master a skill. In today's episode we talk about why you need to practise happiness regularly (yes I used an "s"). We think you'll enjoy this enlightening perspective on the power of practice with your team happiness coach LaRee Florence.

Play of the Week: Take the time to make a plan and then commit to a happiness practice. Report to someone else on team happiness about your first week’s progress.

Sarah Beth Yoga

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