The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything either as a blessing or a curse.”  – Carlos Casteneda

Combat have always fascinated me. I don’t mean the act of harming someone or something, but the act of persevering. Standing tall against adversity and winning. Being steadfastness despite difficulty. I simply just love a challenge. But sometimes these things can get the better of us, especially when we test our limits. Meditation or times of quite self-reflection have always helped me cope with stress and difficult times. Tactical breathing is just another tool that I’ve learned!

“As practiced by modern police and military, it allows you to rapidly regain control of you body during critical situations. Body functions, such as heart rate, body temperature, breathing, blinking, and digesting are controlled by the autonomic nervous system (ANS). In most situations, you are unaware of the workings of the ANS because it functions in an involuntary, reflexive manner. There are two responses you do have control over – breathing and blinking. We can use breathing as a bridge back from mindless panicked “fight or fight” to put ourselves in an optimal condition to fight.”

Here’s how to “breathe tactically”:

  • Breathe in through your nose to the count of 4.
  • Hold your breath to the count of 4.
  • Breathe out through your lips to the count of 4.
  • Hold your breath to the count of 4.
  • Repeat until you feel your body and mind relax.

I was at first quite skeptical. I found myself wondering, “would this actually work?”. After using this technique for about two weeks – training at the gym, sitting in my office, before my shift at work (in the middle or before any potentially stressful scenarios) – and have only encountered positive results. If you aren’t sold or find yourself hesitant, especially because of the “tactical” (implied for military and law enforcement) label, simply view it as controlled breathing!

Breathe – manage your distress, clear your mind, and be happy.

For more on controlled/tactical breathing, check out this fantastic article: Tactical Breathing Can Stop Stress on the Spot

– Daniel

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This song will be stuck in my head for the foreseeable future. The video? Brought a huge smile to my face! I hope it does the same for you.

 

“Baby monkey! Baby monkey! Riding on a pig, baby monkey! Baby monkey! Baby monkey! Going backwards on a pig, baby monkey.”

– Daniel


“There is a voice inside of you
That whispers all day long,
“I feel that this is right for me,
I know that this is wrong.”
No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
Or wise man can decide
What’s right for you– – just listen to
The voice that speaks inside.”

– Shel Silverstein


Indeed, to paraphrase John Burroughs, I’m getting to the point where I desperately need to escape to nature. Perhaps it’s the fact that I will not be returning to Jordan, but I feel the need to get away from life in Toronto. Being away from the hustle and bustle of downtown life seems to mentally and physically heal me. Returning to nature is a humbling lesson in patience and persistence. The smell of a forest, the taste of dew in the air, and the refreshing breezes of a fine day…they aren’t luxuries. They’re necessities.

Nature is calling me…

– Daniel

There is pleasure in the pathless woods; There is rapture on the lonely shore; There is society, where none intrudes, by the deep sea and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more.”  – Lord Byron


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I know for some people this is easier said than done, but I hope these quotes provide just a measure of help!

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A. A. Miln

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale 

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller

 


Allen Saunders noted that life is actually what happens while we all find ourselves busy making other plans. Out of fear of the unknown, confusion, or just plain dislike, we tend to resist what falls into our laps. But why not embrace it? Is what we want the same as what we’re supposed to have? The red thread of fate is an ancient Chinese myth which states that the gods have tied a red string around the ankles of those whose lives as destined to touch one another. The strongest of these connections – love – is often brought up in this myth. People connected by this thread are supposedly destined to be lover. Times, places, and circumstances may tangle or stretch this thread, but it will never break. Sounds like a load of mumbo jumbo eh? Maybe not. Let’s take a look at the story of Alex and Donna Voutsinas…

“30 years ago, when Alex and Donna Voutsinas lived in different countries and long before they met and married, they were captured in the same photo at Disney World. That’s Donna at right in front. Alex is in the stroller in the background immediately behind Mr. Smee.”

No one knows better than Alex and Donna Voutsinas that it’s a small world after all. Thirty years ago, when they lived in separate countries long before they met and married, a family shot of little Donna at Walt Disney World captured Alex in a stroller in the background.

“It just blew our minds when we realized,” Alex Voutsinas, a 32-year-old transplanted Montrealer told the Star Thursday from south Florida.

That fateful realization came just one week before their wedding eight years ago. Alex and Donna had been going through old family snapshots. There, in the blurry background of a picture of 5-year-old Donna was 3-year-old Alex being pushed down Main Street at the same moment in 1980 by his father. The senior Voutsinas’s distinctive jet-black hair with its white tuft caught his eye.

“My mother pulled out albums from the same trip. My dad is wearing exactly the same outfit.”

Other pictures from that trip showed Alex on his dad’s shoulders. The boy in the background of Donna’s picture and the boy in those pictures were the same.

Read the rest of this incredible story HERE at the source! Has something like this ever happened to you?

– Daniel


It’s fantastic that happiness, a fundamental human goal, is celebrated throughout the world on this day (March 20th). Established in July 2012, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/218, which decreed that the International Day of Happiness would be observed every year on the 20th of March.

Resolution 66/218 –> “Recalling its resolution 65/309 of 19 July 2011, which invites Member States to pursue the elaboration of additional measures that better capture the importance of the pursuit of happiness and well-being in development with a view to guiding their public policies, CONSCIOUS that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal, RECOGNIZING the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of  their recognition in public policy objectives, and recognizing also the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples.

Today is a day that we should recognize the need to be more inclusive and make socially responsible choices – and make good on that recognition. Creating a happier society takes individual action. Bringing happiness upon ourselves is truly a win-win situation. Every one benefits. It helps us connect with others and inspires them to be more positive and caring. How can you make a positive difference? Make a Happiness Day Resolution where, for the next 365 days, you will actively pursue just ONE action to help improve your overall level of happiness. The key is to develop an area of your life that you find both important and not adequately fulfilled.

Look to this day. You, and only you, are responsible for your happiness and without action there is not reaction. Make Happiness Day yours and watch as it grows into something far greater.

CHECK OUT:  HappinessInternational.org, DayOfHappiness.net, and ActionForHappiness.org 

– Daniel