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  • Avatar Peter :) says:

    Hi! I found this quote in the “The Power Of Full Engagement” PhilosophersNote to be enlightening!
    Periods of recovery …. Words are created by the spaces between the letters …. Cool!

    “Periods of recovery are likewise intrinsic to creativity and to intimate connection. Sounds become music in the spaces between notes, just as words are created by the spaces between letters. It is in the spaces between work that love, friendship, depth and dimension are nurtured. Without time for recovery, our lives become a blur of doing unbalanced by much opportunity for being.”

    Thanks Brian for another Great PhilosophersNote and the 50 Day Challenge! Now it is time to rest!
    Have a great weekend Everyone! :)

    • Avatar Tom Carroll says:

      Peter, thanks for your steady contributions and encouraging, supportive replies. Much appreciated! After your rest, have a great next 50 day challenge! ~ Tom

      • Avatar Peter :) says:

        Tom! It has been a very interesting "50 Days+" for me! I would also like to thank You for your contributions! The video recommendations and the "Meditation" were great! If you decide to continue with Holosync ….. have fun with it! Here is a little video recommendation from me to You! All the best! :)

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVAS8mYDB_E

        • Avatar Tom Carroll says:

          Hi Peter, great song. Thanks!

          The Challenge may be over now, said Brian to everyone.
          He had a smile upon his face, because we all know it's just begun!

          All along the watchtower …

    • Avatar Bernard T says:

      Peter
      I am going to miss you my friend, you have become a part of my life and I will remember you always. Your post have brought much to my search and I love you for it.
      Take care

      • Avatar Peter :) says:

        Bernard! Thank you for your kind words. It has been a pleasure reading your posts! Another lens through which I can view my world. Enjoy your Holosync …… All the best to You! :)

  • Avatar AF Grant says:

    A great note to end the challenge with. I’d never heard of this book or the authors but I loved the note and have ordered myself a copy of the book.

    Everything is energy. That is a core learning from so many teachers I’ve encountered over the last few years and that is why I knew I’d love this book as soon as I read; “Performance, health and happiness are grounded in the skillful management of energy.”

    • Avatar Jayne says:

      THANK YOU AF Grant for inspiring me to think! I've really enjoyed reading your posts and you have taught me to see things from different perspectives and that other people do see things differently. I send you love, joy and happiness for today and the future.

      Namaste!

      Jayne :)

    • Avatar StephanieE says:

      Ahh, doesn't cleaning the diet (soda out, water in) and cleaning the psychic energy (less TV, no news) make such a difference on so many levels…think meditation :-) So glad to have met you through this forum, AF…hope to see you and many others from here in future conversations!

    • Avatar MaxineH says:

      Hi AF

      Just wanted to say it's been great reading your comments on the challenge, and hope to catch up with you again on the next 50 day challenge.

      Maxine

    • Avatar Bernard T says:

      AF
      it is a trill to be here and share with you from a distance, keep up the great work and hope to see you again around. Take care

    • Avatar AF Grant says:

      Thanks for all the kinds words. When the Challenge first began I resolved to go out of my comfort zone and post at least once for each note. So glad others got something from that because I sure got plenty from all of your postings.
      On day 51 I attended a seminar with Dr. Brian Weiss (author of Many Lives, Many Masters) and psychic medium John Holland. Their "messages from the other side" had some things in common with a few PN Big Ideas. All the messages stressed that there is nothing to fear. Life is to be enjoyed, don't let fear stop you from doing anything, and know that you are loved. It was quite cool. See blog.afgrant.com if you want to read more on it.
      Also want to share this free call with Rev. Michael Beckwith on Tues 3/23 http://evolution.stanserver.net/newsletter/newsle
      Be well – AF

    • Avatar AF Grant says:

      Thanks for all the kinds words. When the Challenge first began I resolved to go out of my comfort zone and post at least once for each note. So glad others got something from that because I sure got plenty from all of your postings.
      On day 51 I attended a seminar with Dr. Brian Weiss (author of Many Lives, Many Masters) and psychic medium John Holland. Their "messages from the other side" had some things in common with a few PN Big Ideas. All the messages stressed that there is nothing to fear. Life is to be enjoyed, don't let fear stop you from doing anything, and know that you are loved. It was quite cool. See blog.afgrant.com if you want to read more on it.
      Also want to share this free call with Rev. Michael Beckwith on Tues 3/23 http://evolution.stanserver.net/newsletter/newsle
      Be well – AF

      • Avatar Tom Carroll says:

        AF, nice getting to know you a bit in the forum. Thanks for the great resources and encouraging words. May you have many more delightful challenges ahead! ~ Tom

  • Avatar Tom Carroll says:

    LEARNINGS
    Hello, PN colleagues! Wow … what a journey! This is a great note to cap the Challenge! So glad to have participated, to have met many of you, and to have read this note and reviewed the book again. Thanks to all of you for your support and comments, Brian for the Challenge and notes, and Vishen for the forum. I’m grateful to you all!

    I read this book 4 or 5 years ago after one of the most fascinating time management classes I’ve ever had. This class was run by the co-developer of David Allen’s early GTD philosophy, especially the Outlook integration pieces. The instructor designed the flow and activities of the class using concepts and principles from “The Power of Full Engagement.” He emphasized the periodicity involved with effective learning and had us practicing mental sprints and recharging/renewing throughout the class. It was a very cool and helpful learning experience!

    My favorite quotes from the note:

    “To be fully engaged emotionally requires celebrating what the Stoic philosophers called anacoluthia—the mutual entailment of the virtues. By this notion, no virtue is a virtue by itself. Rather, all virtues are entailed. Honesty without compassion, for example, becomes cruelty.” I didn’t remember this word, so thanks Brian! Love the implications of this observation.

    “You must be the kind of man who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the secondary consequences.” ~ Ayn Rand An excellent reminder!

    “All great performers rely on positive rituals to manage their energy and regulate their behavior.” And: “The more exacting the challenge and the greater the pressure, the more rigorous our rituals need to be.” And how! We had a marvelous introduction to many of these positive rituals during the Challenge.

    NEXT STEPS
    The next step from the 50-Day Challenge will be directly to my new book project. Starting Monday, March 22, for the next 50-day challenge, I will write a new book that will feature how to use simple and effective behavioral modeling techniques to give and get the most possible from mentoring and coaching relationships.

    Best wishes to you all on your next 50-day challenge! Thanks to you all for your support and the fun and perspective you brought to this challenge. If you’d like to contact me, my public Website is http://www.evolutionarylearning.com. Love to hear from you. The book will be available at the end of July!

    May we work diligently, patiently, persistently, and playfully — and we’re bound to be successful … bound to be successful!

    Namaste ~ Tom Carroll

    • Avatar Shivana says:

      Hi Tom
      Ive really enjoyed reading your insights over the 50 days. A heartfelt THANK YOU for sharing your insights with us :)
      Have a great weekend and best wishes for your book!
      Shivana

    • Avatar Jayne says:

      Tom, WOW I've learned so much from this journey and you have been a fundamental part of my experience. Your insights have been a joy to read and I am grateful to you for taking the time to share your thoughts and ideas with us all.

      My very best wishes to you Tom.

      Jayne :-)

      • Avatar Tom Carroll says:

        Jayne, your book writing project was one that got me excited to begin another writing project. Thank you for that! Really enjoyed reading about your experiences with these materials and wove them into your vibrant life as a training expert and mum. Best wishes on your book, career and mum power! ~ Tom

    • Avatar StephanieE says:

      Tom, I must add to your list of fans…you have committed so much of yourself to this challenge, and as much as you have gained personally, we have gained much more from what you have shared. Looking forward to your book!

      • Avatar Tom Carroll says:

        StephanieE, thank you for your kind and thoughtful notes — they've been nurturing and inspiring! Like the flower icon, your beautiful sprit fills the page. Thanks for sharing it so freely! Namaste, sister! ~ Tom

    • Avatar MaxineH says:

      Hi Tom

      Just wanted to say thank you for all your sharing and support over the 50 day challenge. You have been a wonderful companion on this journey :-) I wish you lots of luck with the book, and hope to catch up with you again, on the next challenge.

      I received and read the Jonathan Livingston Seagull book on my birthday, and loved it. and have also fallen in love with Neil Diamonds accompanying album of music, just love it! Still waiting for the dvd to arrive, but thanks for the recommendation!

      Maxine

      • Avatar Tom Carroll says:

        Maxine, thanks very much for sharing. I'll remember you always! Thanks for your brave example.

        Hope to catch you flying high on a thermal!

        I like the way you fly, Maxine!

        Tom

    • Avatar Bernard T says:

      Hi Tom
      It is great knowing you, wishing for a continuous relationship when time permit. I would love to read your book when it's done. Take good care my friend.

    • Avatar BrianJohnson says:

      love it, tom!!!!!!!! good luck with your book and sending lots of love! :)
      -bri

      • Avatar Tom Carroll says:

        Brian, thanks so very much for the Challenge and PN. It's been really fun and helpful in many ways. Looking forward to reading your book too — I'm buying it! Tom

    • Avatar puresue says:

      tom it has been so wonderful sharing thoughts and moments with you..
      i know your success is upon you with your new book

      thank you for your inspiration and powerful words,
      puresue

  • Avatar JeannetteS says:

    Hi!
    This was a great note and like the ones before mpe I agree the timing of it is perfect. I have heard of the book (it is on my wish list) and managaing my energy is something I never thoght of until I had a reiki session last Spring. The healer noted that she sensed I was a very high energy person but did not know how to work with it. She was totally spot on! Over the year I have made some changes in an effort to make my energy flow better and although some of them did not stick doing this challenge has led me to revisit those changes and tweek them in ways that better suit me. Thanks to the note on Trusting Your Vibes for that!

    I love the 4 principles as I feel they summarize nearly perfectly the whole of this challenge. If I had read this book before this challenge I honestly believe that I wouldn't have been able to grasp the conecpts as I do know. Alhough I dreamed of renewal time I never allowed myself to have it and no way would I have even considered positive energy rituals.

    • Avatar Jayne says:

      Best wishes for a joyous future Jeannette!

      Jayne :)

      • Avatar JeannetteS says:

        Thanks Jayne! Same to you as well. I did not get a chance to reply often but I read often and really enjoyed your input and perspective on the notes. Now that we are that much more open and ready to receive great things are brewing for them to happen at the right moment :)

    • Avatar JeannetteS says:

      my post didn't show up in full so here is the rest. It's kinda long :)
      ******************************************************************************************************************
      The funny thing is that I already have positive rituals in place and but I just never recognized them. Seeing them in this new light makes me respect and honor them in a different way than just doing. It's about the deep connection to my divine self and that greater force and these rituals help me stay there.

    • Avatar Bernard T says:

      Jeanette
      I feel you are on top of the world, just look and enjoy the view from there. Much more great things to happen in your life. Love Him, love it, love them and don't ever forget to love yourself.
      Take care

  • Avatar Jayne says:

    WOW…50 notes in 50 days! What a fantastic experience and I can hand on heart say that I have learned more in the last 50 days than I have in many years of attending seminars etc. You guys rock and I am so grateful to ALL of you for sharing your wisdom and observations, for your truths and for your guidance. I'll miss this and hope that our paths will cross again one day.

    May you continue the journey with love, peace and happiness.

    Jayne xx

    • Avatar Shivana says:

      Hi Jayne
      Just wanted to drop a personal note of THANKS for sharing your wonderful comments and insights during this 50 Days. My best wishes to you !!
      Shivana :)

    • Avatar MaxineH says:

      Hi Jayne,
      It's taken me a while, but I finally got to the end!
      It's been great reading your comments over the last 50 days, wishing you lots of luck with the sale of your business in the future, and hope to catch up on the 2nd 50 day challenge, whenever that happens.
      Maxine

    • Avatar Maxine says:

      Hi Jayne,
      It's taken me a while, but I finally got to the end!
      It's been great reading your comments over the last 50 days, wishing you lots of luck with the sale of your business in the future, and hope to catch up on the 2nd 50 day challenge, whenever that happens.
      Maxine

    • Avatar Bernard T says:

      Jayne
      I also wish very strongly that our path cross again. Wishing the best of all that you desire and deserve to you. You are a very amazing human being and you have a lot to share. Thank you so much for your posts and comment.
      Take care

    • Avatar puresue says:

      ill miss this as well jayne… thank you for being such an inspirational part of these 50 days…
      puresue

  • Avatar Jayne says:

    Having been fully engaged in the PN Challenge over the last 50 days, I can honestly say that it has been an incredible journey….mega wisdom, huge insights, inspiring people.

    One of my VIP clients uses this book as the basis of their internal training programme so I’m very familiar with it’s content. A couple of big ideas for me:

  • Avatar Shivana says:

    Didnt want the last day of our 50 Day Challenge to end without expressing my deepest gratitude to Brian, Vishen, the Finerminds team and all my "postmates" who have dedicated time and energy here. Thanks for sharing and taking me along such a great journey ! Its Friday night at 10 pm and this PN comes at the most perfect timing.

  • Avatar Shivana says:

    “Performance, health and happiness are grounded in the skillful management of energy.”
    When i find myself getting lost in the clutter of mind chatter, I bring myself back to the moment by focusing on my breathe and reconnecting with myself. In that state of flow it all comes together and I realize that i actually can feel my stress level zero-out in that state of being.
    I am a work in progress, a willing participant and really enjoying where I am at now…which brings me to me other fav idea – “You must be the kind of man who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the secondary consequences.” ~ Ayn Rand
    I am in a wonderul state of being these days and realize that it is the intrinsic understanding that its all about energy and vibration. What we have shared here has been a forum where I have come to understand things through not through logic but a higher sense of awareness connection and being. Thank you so much for this opportunity ! Looking forward to the next 50 days!
    Have a great weekend everyone!! :)

  • Avatar StephanieE says:

    Oh, 50 days…and, yes, seems like a great note to end on…the big ideas were wonderful, but for the 49th day and today, I leave this reading of the note very much touched by Brian's interpretation. First, "Beautiful. So, nature has rhythms. We have rhythms. If we want to live our greatest lives, we’ve gotta be good animals and line up to the deep rhythms of life." Well said. I think so often the biggest issue we have in modern times is that so many of us do not live in alignment with our rhythms (for example, changing our clocks twice annually to completely throw some of our daily rhythms!). And, in Brian's conclusion, "Your spiritual energy is the deepest source of your power. To tap it, we’ve gotta know who we are and what we stand for. AND, we’ve gotta live in integrity with those values…So, who are you and what do you stand for?" Wonderful. I finish here so very grateful for Brian's work, for his collaberation with Vishen and Finer Minds, and to all of you for your wonderful insights. Namaste.

    • Avatar Jayne says:

      Stephanie, thank you for being a part of this PN journey. It's been a real pleasure reading your posts and I wish you a life full of love and happiness.

      Jayne :-)

    • Avatar Maxine says:

      It's been so lovely to meet you Stephanie, and I'm glad we have made contact on facebook too! Will be following your progress on IN with interest.

      Speak soon
      Maxine

    • Avatar Bernard T says:

      Stephanie
      With such a beautiful name a even greater personality lives in you. Having followed you for the last 50 days as been a great reward for me. Thank you for being her and for you posts and comments. You deserve all the goods that are coming to you.
      Take care

      • Avatar StephanieE says:

        And you, too, Bernard! It has been so wonderful hearing your voice through your stories and meeting your wife and friends through those stories, too! I wish I could join you for the 100 challenge that you are planning! The transition of being back in school and working and being an involved mom is enough of a challenge for me, right now. So, enjoy, and I hope we meet again!

    • Avatar MaxineH says:

      It's been so lovely to meet you Stephanie, and I'm glad we have made contact on facebook too! Will be following your progress on IN with interest.

      Speak soon
      Maxine

  • Avatar TedHowardKK says:

    Hi Team

    Love the opening of this note "Performance, health and happiness are grounded in the skillful management of energy."

    The four principles certainly work in my life – training in all dimensions and domains.
    A great book to end the challenge on.

    I'd say rather than simply being a sprinter, it is appropriate to train for whatever situations seem probable.

    Yes there are rhythms, and we need to work with them, and sometimes we need to be able to work past them. I know I have worked 75 hours. I have programmed 40 hours without any more than a loo stop. And I do enjoy a good 8 hours of sleep most of the time.

    Water is certainly a big thing. For me salt is also critical. If I do not keep the salt intake up, cramps result – I sweat it out very quickly.

    TV is tricky. Yes it is addictive, yes it can be junk, and I do find the documentary and news channels interesting, particularly the BBC "Hard Talk" interview series.

    Anacoluthia is great. In a deeper context, being the best we can be, which takes a lot of "knowing thyself".

    "How am I that" is certainly powerful. Never pleasant, and almost always accurate.

    YES to intrinsic purpose !!!

    Another big yes to being specific and measurable – and doing the one touch thing at the same time.

    Yep – rituals – required.

    A visionary leader does it for me.

    Great note to finish with Brian & Vishen – Thank you.
    Thank you team – Tom, AF & all others.

    • Avatar Jayne says:

      Ted, Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us all over the last 50 days. You inspired me to challenge my thoughts and beliefs and I am eternally grateful to you for that. I send you my very best wishes for the future.

      Jayne :-)

      • Avatar TedHowardKK says:

        Thank you Jayne
        Thank you for your engagement, and your part in making this possible.
        I have enjoyed reading your and everyone else's takes on the ideas presented.

        Thanks to all the others too that I haven't yet thanked by name, Bernard, Mark, Stephanie, Shivana, Jeanette, Peter, Maxine. Susan, Maninoa, MisterZee, Ed, Ljerka, Rolana, JD, Walt, Kavalloore, Renee and any others I have left out.
        It's been a full on 10 weeks. Today I leave for 3 weeks on the road, visiting my clients on the other major Island of New Zealand (most imaginatively named North Island – as distinguished from South Island where I live in the northern part – the ferry leaves in 5 hours and is two hours drive away.)

        Been a great journey – thank you all once again – Most especially Brian & Vishen.

        • Avatar Shivana says:

          Hi Ted, I echoe Jaynes words and express a deep appreciation for adding so much for us to consider.
          I really respect that you challenged things and never always accepted ideas because it was delivered. Your insights and personal reflections added so much depth and range to my experience here. I am very grateful to have this journey with so many dedicated seekers- so Thank You everyone!
          I wish you a wonderful trip …may your journey continue to be blessed in many ways.
          Thank you again Brian & Vishen for making this all happen!
          From my heart to yours,
          Shivana

        • Avatar Rolana says:

          Ted: Thank you. Your commentary was a welcome addition to the regular course work. I look forward to reading and hearing from you again.

        • Avatar StephanieE says:

          And thank you, Ted…you have been so committed and inspiring, and you have definately helped me stretch! As others, I am looking forward to seeing news of your project!

    • Avatar Tom Carroll says:

      Ted,

      I second Jayne's response. Thanks for sharing your clear thinking and offering insightful alternate windows into each note — like facets of a jewel! Also, thanks for sharing your passion for your Solution Multipliers program (http://www.solnx.org). That's inspiring! As you continue to promote and implement this vision, I was wondering if Bill Mollison's Permaculture group/thinking might be a nice resource/link to Solution Multipliers. Here's the first of multi-part video series on Permaculture and Mollison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofKTgmW_FAg Best wishes,Ted! ~ Tom

    • Avatar JohnDulworth says:

      Ted! Loved seeing your smile each time I landed on these pages. Best 'o luck to you. – JD

    • Avatar Bernard T says:

      Hello Ted
      You have been one of the most challenging presence during these last 50 days. Many time, reading your posts I posed and literally meditate on some of your comments. Your openness and love of life is contagious, my friend. Thank you for being here, thank you for sharing so openly and thank you for your presence. And I wish very strongly to meet you personally one day. Everything is possible.
      Take care my friend and hope to meet with you soon.

  • Avatar MaxineH says:

    Finally made it to the end, a little late, but better late than never!!

    I really enjoyed this final note, so many great comments, echoing familiar themes, and quite a few similarities with the Strength for Life book that I'm following at the moment.

    The 1st principle is similar to Coveys 7th habit, Sharpen your saw, for Physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

    I really liked the idea of being a sprinter, "fully engaging for periods of time, and then fully disengaging and seeking renewal before jumping back into the fray to face whatever challenges confront us".

    I did 2 hours of housework this morning, and then sat down for a healthy snack, water, and then a Philosophers Note before tackling some more shortly.

    The idea of what the tennis players did between points being the difference in their performance, echoes the Strength for Life method of training, for each exercise, there are 4 phases, Ground, Elevate, Focus, and Recover. It's a new way of thinking for me, but I can see how it's making the exercises more intense.

    I was interested to read that if you "dehydrate a muscle by as little as 3 percent, it will lose 10 percent of its strength and 8 percent of its speed" That's a huge deterioration, it's certainly reinforced to me, the importance of keep drinking the water.

    "You must be the kind of man who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the secondary consequences." Love this.

    Again the focus on Positive Rituals, consistency of the fundamentals. I have started using "create new habits" and am determined to be more consistent.

    I loved the last few questions, in particular, what one-sentence inscription would you like to see on your tombstone that would capture who you really were in your life", I am always saying to my friends, "Well I just bought another book", and am always joking that I want this on my headstone :-)

    I need to go back and read Oshos note, but would like to say how much I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. I was already reading the notes on my own last year, but I have found that this forum has greatly increased my learning and fun.

    I would like to thank all of you who provided so much encouragement to me, and support for the comments I made. I have struggled for many years, with believing in myself, and you have helped me realise that some people are interested in what I have to say.

    I guess this only leaves one more question, when does the next 50 day challenge start?? I for one, will now begin reading the books that I've bought as a result of the challenge, at a slightly slower pace, and trust that I can refresh my brain with all the wisdom it's been soaking up over the last 10 weeks.

    Great to have met all you folks, and look forward to seeing you again on the next one!!

    Maxine

    • Avatar JohnDulworth says:

      Maxine! Knowing you're "out there" makes me smile. Stay in touch on Gratitude Log, ok? Big smiles to you, sweet friend. xxoo, John

      • Avatar StephanieE says:

        Hi John ~ I have to say, I am glad you are on Gratitude Log, too. I absolutely love your way with words, so I am grateful to have a venue to continue to follow you and your voice. Take care!

    • Avatar Bernard T says:

      Hi Maxine
      Your gentleness and sturdiness have empowered my days. Everyday I was looking forward to your sharing and comments. Your gentle loving spirit became a daily motivation for me. Sharing your life is a great gift, keep it up you are a support to many just by sharing your experiences. Thank you so much for your love.
      Take care I am going to miss you

      • Avatar MaxineH says:

        Thank you so much, Bernard for your kind words, I'm glad my words motivated you.

        I will miss your comments too, but I'm know we will meet again, on the next 50 day challenge :-)

      • Avatar Maxine says:

        Thank you so much, Bernard for your kind words, I'm glad my words motivated you.

        I will miss your comments too, but I'm know we will meet again, on the next 50 day challenge :-)

    • Avatar BrianJohnson says:

      simply awesome, maxine. :)

  • Avatar Maxine says:

    Finally made it to the end, a little late, but better late than never!!

    I really enjoyed this final note, so many great comments, echoing familiar themes, and quite a few similarities with the Strength for Life book that I'm following at the moment.

    The 1st principle is similar to Coveys 7th habit, Sharpen your saw, for Physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

    I really liked the idea of being a sprinter, “fully engaging for periods of time, and then fully disengaging and seeking renewal before jumping back into the fray to face whatever challenges confront us”.

    I did 2 hours of housework this morning, and then sat down for a healthy snack, water, and then a Philosophers Note before tackling some more shortly.

    The idea of what the tennis players did between points being the difference in their performance, echoes the Strength for Life method of training, for each exercise, there are 4 phases, Ground, Elevate, Focus, and Recover. It's a new way of thinking for me, but I can see how it's making the exercises more intense.

    I was interested to read that if you “dehydrate a muscle by as little as 3 percent, it will lose 10 percent of its strength and 8 percent of its speed” That's a huge deterioration, it's certainly reinforced to me, the importance of keep drinking the water.

    “You must be the kind of man who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the secondary consequences.” Love this.

    Again the focus on Positive Rituals, consistency of the fundamentals. I have started using “create new habits” and am determined to be more consistent.

    I loved the last few questions, in particular, what one-sentence inscription would you like to see on your tombstone that would capture who you really were in your life”, I am always saying to my friends, “Well I just bought another book”, and am always joking that I want this on my headstone :-)

    I need to go back and read Oshos note, but would like to say how much I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. I was already reading the notes on my own last year, but I have found that this forum has greatly increased my learning and fun.

    I would like to thank all of you who provided so much encouragement to me, and support for the comments I made. I have struggled for many years, with believing in myself, and you have helped me realise that some people are interested in what I have to say.

    I guess this only leaves one more question, when does the next 50 day challenge start?? I for one, will now begin reading the books that I've bought as a result of the challenge, at a slightly slower pace, and trust that I can refresh my brain with all the wisdom it's been soaking up over the last 10 weeks.

    Great to have met all you folks, and look forward to seeing you again on the next one!!

    Maxine

  • Avatar JohnDulworth says:

    This last note is a perfectly times one for me as I am working on optimization these days. The idea that “it’s not time management, it’s energy management” is especially important to me. Yes. There are tons of great nudges and invitations in here for me. A lot of it feels like nice and needed reminders and/or reframing of ideas that I can incorporate into my days. As luck would have it, I am working on a new plan for today and everything in this note has HUGE relevance for that plan. I love it! If I had to boil it down, to one idea, it’s the idea of the short, focused, intense sprints with rest in between. This alone will help me optimize my work-from-home-getting-lot’s- done-without-a-definite-schedule reality. And to this point, the idea to pay particular attention to the time between those intense sprints, to ritualize them has me inspired. OK, off into my Big Day but before I do that, wow what a treat it has been to be with you all over the last months. Here is believing that you have been changed in some cool and wonderful ways and that because of those changes, you will be even more kick ass than you were at the beginning of this amazing endeavor.

    • Avatar MaxineH says:

      Hi John
      Good to see you made it to the end!!

      It's been wonderful following your comments on the challenge, you have such a wonderful way with words, that lift us all. Have a wonderful BIG day, and I'll be there on gratitudelog, soaking up all your wonderful thoughts in the future

      Maxine

    • Avatar puresue says:

      ill miss you and your wonderful way of thinking and speaking….it has been sooo powerful…
      namaste
      puresue

  • Avatar JohnDulworth says:

    Maxine! Knowing you're “out there” makes me smile. Stay in touch on Gratitude Log, ok? Big smiles to you, sweet friend. xxoo, John

  • Avatar Maxine says:

    Hi John
    Good to see you made it to the end!!

    It's been wonderful following your comments on the challenge, you have such a wonderful way with words, that lift us all. Have a wonderful BIG day, and I'll be there on gratitudelog, soaking up all your wonderful thoughts in the future

    Maxine

  • Avatar misterzee says:

    This is just a great big THANK YOU to all you wonderful Notes folks who posted nearly every day. I looked forward to it every day, especially the end of February and the first two weeks in March when I was in a car accident and spent two weeks at home recuperating. The combination of Brian’s brilliant synopses (did I spell that right?) and the honest comments of Tom and Bernard and Maxine and AF and Jeannette and John and Peter and Shivana and Ted and Mark and Sue and….on…and on…(you know who you are)
    helped stoke my enthusiasm for the material because I got to see it from so many different points of view…kind of like our own little Plato’s Academy…(E-cademy?).

    So here’s a case of the end result being a lot greater…a LOT greater…than the sum of the parts. It’s been a pleasure!

    • Avatar MaxineH says:

      Hi Misterzeee, hope you're making a good recovery from your car accident. Glad to have been part of the community that stoked that enthusiasm, catch you on the next PN challenge

      Maxine

    • Avatar StephanieE says:

      hi misterzee ~ I did miss some of the last couple weeks because I had trouble keeping up now that I am more involved with school, so this is the first I have heard of your accident. I, too, hope you are making a good recovery and am grateful that you have been a part of this journey. Such an amazing group of people gathered together…we all learned and grew together! Cheers!

    • Avatar puresue says:

      misterzee it has been a pleasure and a gift to have grown with you these past 50 days…

      • Avatar Misterzee says:

        Thank you for the kind words. You've been the gift. Your heart encompasses worlds. The compassion you have for everyone you come in contact with is so evident in every supportive comment you've made. Maybe that's what's been most miraculous about the last fifty days: meeting so many people who care as much as I do about making a difference on the planet. Thank you, puresue. Be well.

  • Avatar misterzee says:

    This is just a great big THANK YOU to all you wonderful Notes folks who posted nearly every day. I looked forward to it every day, especially the end of February and the first two weeks in March when I was in a car accident and spent two weeks at home recuperating. The combination of Brian’s brilliant synopses (did I spell that right?) and the honest comments of Tom and Bernard and Maxine and AF and Jeannette and John and Peter and Shivana and Ted and Mark and Sue and….on…and on…(you know who you are)
    helped stoke my enthusiasm for the material because I got to see it from so many different points of view…kind of like our own little Plato’s Academy…(E-cademy?).

    So here’s a case of the end result being a lot greater…a LOT greater…than the sum of the parts. It’s been a pleasure!

  • Avatar Maxine says:

    Hi Misterzeee, hope you're making a good recovery from your car accident. Glad to have been part of the community that stoked that enthusiasm, catch you on the next PN challenge

    Maxine

  • Avatar Bernard T says:

    “Every one of our thoughts, emotions and behaviors has and energy consequence”.

    Dutifully noted, very powerful statement every thoughts create an emotion every emotions create a behavior and every behaviors create a result. Taatah!!! Only need to control one thing the thoughts everything else flow from that. Taataah!!!
    Does it have heart we are reminded, if it does then the energy is high, and when the energy is high we are running full out and results occurs. A master piece in disguise. Many goodies here too much to list.
    When I was in the army one of the first goal I set was to brake the combat obstacle course. The standing record was 3mn 54 s. I have no clue why I set this goal for myself I have never done such a race before. 500 meters 20 obstacles. So I enlisted a coach to help me with this, started to study every obstacle one at the time doing it over and over again. Slowly constantly and fully. One night I woke up with the thought that tomorrow I will break the record. That morning there was a change in the program, for some reason instead of going to our morning 8 Km jog we went to the obstacle course instead. Everybody complained including the instructors. Me I was ready. Before my turn I made the announcement that this morning the record was going to be broken. I attracted a lot of smiles and sneers, I asked for two not just one but two time keeper. That day I Went flat out everything was perfect I had rehearsed all the moves every obstacle and when the time was announced, 3mn and 42 s I did it. After the race the guy that helped me prepare came to me and whispered “now what are you going to do about the record”? At that time I was way too happy to even think about it but a few months later the thought came back to do better. And so I did took 2 more second of that record. Again going flat out.
    Balancing exertion and rest, as always been a problem for me. I go and go until I drop, then I rest have no choice ended up being sick most of the time. And I have been doing this for years never really learning the balance. Now I am learning to bring some balance into my life, working at not too much and not too little. This is not so easy for me, being used to go flat out all the time then crash, I am learning to break the pattern. The last 50 days have been very helpful discovering a balance.
    Drinking the water. Oh for Pete sake not again. Yes again. A few months ago I discovered Dr Emoto and the water energizing process. So what I have done is energizing water by setting up the head set and playing music I choose Vivaldi or any classical at 60 cycles, then the water listen to two a health inducing recording using a triple breath of life. After the listening session the jug is set into a freezer and left over night. Next day let the water thaw and then drink it. In the past drinking water was always a shore I could not drink more than half cup at the time. Now I drink around a gallon (4liters) or more per day, and enjoying it. Needless to say that I am feeling a lot better since.
    Over twenty years ago we turned the TV off, no news, no advertising, no sitcom just a movie of our choice once in a while. We are feeling much better and no we haven’t missed anything, whenever we need to know something it come our way. I strongly encourage the one week no news exercise. Anyone interested let me know and I will e mail it to you.
    tritz.bernard@gmail.com
    Emotional engaged. Yes perhaps, I like the idea, but really do I want to exercise such emotion has anger? Or frustration? Not to sure about that one. Perhaps I am not getting the full meaning of the idea. I understand balance and I rather ask the question, when negative emotion arises, what I want instead. Answering that is always bringing better thoughts thus better emotion and so on.
    How I am at that, ah yes indeed remind me of Byron Katie and “The Work” very powerful way of discovering one self and the gold within the darkness. Finding the truth and turning it around, working on this continuously and discovering more and more about myself and all the gifts locked in. Marvelous.
    The last 50 days have been a great journey of discoveries, not only from the notes, also from the post from all of you. Very inspiring, very enlightening supportive and enjoyable. I am going to miss all of you, as for myself I am setting up another challenge. I am going to start from the beginning note one and carry on ‘till the end for the next 100 days. I will keep writing my daily thoughts about each note. I am going to miss sharing with you all and perhaps we could find a way to keep the sharing going , and the support. Anyone interested? Let me know.
    Thank you all for your encouraging words of wisdom and then you Brian and Vishen for putting this together. Can’t wait to see what they are coming up with next. May the energy of the Universe be with you always.
    Love to all

    • Avatar MaxineH says:

      I loved reading your story of the Obstacle course, especially your certainty that a new record would be set, by you!!,

      Good luck with your new 100 day challenge, I admire your determination to finish the set!

      I have loved the team spirit on the challenge, but I'm a bit relieved that this 50 day challenge is finished. I really need to go back over the 50 notes we've done, and reread the notes and/or books more at leisure, so that I can totally soak up all the wisdom. As a numbers girl, I need a bit longer with words to fully get the most out of all this wonderful wisdom.

      Nice meeting you Bernard,
      Maxine

      • Avatar Bernard T says:

        Hi Maxine
        Thank you so much for your support. This story was so long ago, and sometimes it's seems like yesterday. I have lived well so far, I worked hard and play hard too, I was confused at time and had great bouts of inspiration, I raced long and hard and I take time to smell the wild flower and play with the bears. Now I want something a little different, these 50 day and the posts and comments have help me a great deal finding what next is going to be.
        Thank you Maxine I have a place in my heart for you.

    • Avatar Maxine says:

      I loved reading your story of the Obstacle course, especially your certainty that a new record would be set, by you!!,

      Good luck with your new 100 day challenge, I admire your determination to finish the set!

      I have loved the team spirit on the challenge, but I'm a bit relieved that this 50 day challenge is finished. I really need to go back over the 50 notes we've done, and reread the notes and/or books more at leisure, so that I can totally soak up all the wisdom. As a numbers girl, I need a bit longer with words to fully get the most out of all this wonderful wisdom.

      Nice meeting you Bernard,
      Maxine

    • Avatar puresue says:

      thank you bernard for all your stories and adventures and inspiration…
      namaste,
      puresue

  • Avatar Kavalloore Muraleedharan says:

    Corporate Athletics ? I love this idea and still feeling that I am on my marathon!!

    Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.

    Turn off the TV, Turned on the energy to achieve the new tunes of life!! Wonderful.

    Thank you Brian, Vishen & Mind Valley team for your excellent support and assistance. These 50 days taken me to a new world of wisdom & energy.

    Hope you will continue to bring us the new Philosophers Notes very soon. I miss you all.

    Thank you once again, from the bottom of my heart.

  • Avatar Kavalloore Muraleedharan says:

    Corporate Athletics – I love this idea and still feeling that I am on my marathon!!

    Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.

    Turn off the TV, Turned on the energy to achieve the new tunes of life!! Wonderful.

    Thank you Brian, Vishen & Mind Valley team for your excellent support and assistance. These 50 days taken me to a new world of wisdom & energy.

    Hope you will continue to bring us the new Philosophers Notes very soon. I miss you all.

    Thank you once again, from the bottom of my heart.

  • Avatar Ron Reynolds says:

    Well at last you guys have caught up with me, I thought I was the only one left but some where I got my dates mixed up and thought I was six days behind so read two sets of notes each evening only to find I had finished when you were all still reading note fourty. I must say though that since reading these notes and being involved in this 50 books a day challenge has really opened my eyes I now use a journal that you Brian speek about, I have become, I feel, a much better person as I read your notes. I do not get much chance to get back and reply to each note as I am always busy with my business, but I occasionally dop read the feedback you guys have sent and in a lot of cases see you have gained as much from this exercise as I have. I purchased the other 50 notes so have the pleasure of reading them later as I print them off, best wishes to you all and remain brilliant Ron R UK.

  • Avatar Rolana says:

    Day 50

    The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

    This is a great book with which to end the challenge.

    I like the idea of full engagement: full use of our energy for a short time then resting for a short time like the sprinter vs the long distance runner. Using the technique of the sprinter we work hard at a project giving it all we’ve got but we rest before we are drained. We can then pick up with another sprint and pass the long distance runner who is still moving along more slowly.

    The hare can beat the tortoise after all.

    Thanks very much to you all!

    Work smart and do well.

  • Avatar cmangham says:

    A great one to finish out on … the four areas of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual all working in concert is great thinking for precisely where I am presently. Some things, I'll admit, are out of whack. :-) Thanks to everyone who made these 50 possible. The main thing I discovered is how depleted I quickly felt when I skipped a day or even a week along the way … key takeaway is I must make the time for meditation and even contemplation or I'm going to go a little batty here and there. The PN's helped me in a critical time and have inspired a real transformation. I will be digging back into all of these over and over, beginning immediately. All my best to everyone, especially Brian… CHEERS.

  • Avatar CVircillo says:

    THE POWER OF FULL ENGAGEMENT
    Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

    Wow – I can't believe I am completing the challenge on time! Woohoo! As usual I am recapping my big takeaways and commenting as my own side notes.
    Interestingly enough 2 years ago I had an intent to get through many of these great books in an organized timely fashion. Honestly I thought that may be an impossibility.
    All of the books I read end up almost completely underlined and on a bookshelf. This challenge has gotten me to go through all of the big ideas and jot down my organized take aways on the notes which has been a huge way to organize. So I am jumping in to the last one!

    Managing energy, not time is the key to high performance and personal renewal. Wow even in the title things are clear.
    “Every one of our thoughts, emotions and behaviors has an energy consequence,
    for better or for worse.
    Performance Health and Happiness is grounded in the skillful management of energy.

    The 4 Principles of Full Engagement (Had to include this in a recap- really fascinating)

    Sprinter vs Long Distance Runner
    Phew – sort of glad we are talking about sprinting in one of these notes. I am definitely a sprinter – distance running goes against
    anything I find natural but I so respect anyone that has the discipline for the training. I will stay to the ebbs and flows with explosive energy.

    The Pulse of Life
    Line up with the rhythms of life.
    “The concept of maximizing performance by alternating periods of activity with periods of rest was
    first advanced by Flavius Philostratus.

    I think I tried this method in a Body for Life workout program – it was called muscle confusion. Ha!
    What is your pulse.

    The time between points – OSCILLATE
    In the sixteen to twenty seconds BETWEEN points, the best tennis players were able to lower their heart rates
    by as much as twenty beats per minute. The heart rates of their competitors who didn’t have the
    same dialed-in rest rituals often stayed at the same levels.

    To Be Fully Engaged Emotionally (Big IDEA)
    “To be fully engaged emotionally requires celebrating what the Stoic philosophers called
    anacoluthia—the mutual entailment of the virtues. By this notion, no virtue is a virtue by itself.
    Rather, all virtues are entailed. Honesty without compassion, for example, becomes cruelty.”
    To be fully emotionally engaged we’ve
    gotta be able to hold opposites and go full-spectrum with our emotions. In fact, being able to
    hold contradictory emotions is the sign of a healthy individual.

    How Am I That
    ‘Ask someone to give a description of the
    personality type which he finds most despicable, most unbearable and hateful, and most
    impossible to get along with,’ writes Edward Whitmont, ‘and he will produce a description of
    his own repressed characteristics….

    Allow your shadow to exist – illuminate it and it may just be the GOLD!

    INTRINSIC (VS. EXTRINSIC) PURPOSE
    “Purpose also becomes a more powerful source of energy when it moves from being externally to
    internally motivated. Extrinsic motivation reflects the desire to get more of something that we
    don’t feel we have enough of: money, approval, social standing, power or even love. ‘Intrinsic’
    motivation grows out of the desire to engage in an activity because we value it for the inherent
    satisfaction it provides.

    WOW – This is something I have always known to be true but it is still awesome to see.

    PRECISION AND SPECIFICITY
    “A broad and persuasive array of studies confirms that specificity of timing and precision of
    behavior dramatically increase the likelihood of success.
    (I am not sure why this struck a chord but it did)

    Positive Rituals
    The power of rituals is that they insure
    that we use as little conscious energy as possible where it is not absolutely necessary, leaving us
    free to strategically focus the energy available to us in creative, enriching ways.”

    HAVE TO WE-WRITE THIS
    The book is all about optimizing our energy and the authors provide a *very* compelling case
    that our will power is actually a) *much* weaker than we think; and, b) much more draining
    when employed than we think. Every time we have to consciously think about whether or not
    we’re gonna do something, we deplete energy. And, that adds up.
    Researchers say that 95 (!!!) % of our behavior is habitual. Only 5% is conscious. The challenge
    is systematically building RITUALS into our lives that allow us to put the energy enhancing
    behaviors on auto-pilot.
    (although I love the Pema – what is your cheese trigger for awareness but I also LOVE rituals!!!)

    WOW – I DID IT!!! Heart Felt Thank you to Brian and Vishen.

    I have so much new information that I have hopefully organized in my own notes. I have many more tools in my arsenal for navigating my life journey.
    I, through some grace God, have internalized so much of the wisdom bestowed and it is now a fabric of my being.

    xoxo to you both – what a great feeling to finish the challenge – every single one!
    Love,
    Christina

  • Avatar CVircillo says:

    THE POWER OF FULL ENGAGEMENT
    Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

    Wow – I can't believe I am completing the challenge on time! Woohoo! As usual I am recapping my big takeaways and commenting as my own side notes.
    Interestingly enough 2 years ago I had an intent to get through many of these great books in an organized timely fashion. Honestly I thought that may be an impossibility.
    All of the books I read end up almost completely underlined and on a bookshelf. This challenge has gotten me to go through all of the big ideas and jot down my organized take aways on the notes which has been a huge way to organize. So I am jumping in to the last one!

    Managing energy, not time is the key to high performance and personal renewal. Wow even in the title things are clear.
    “Every one of our thoughts, emotions and behaviors has an energy consequence,
    for better or for worse.
    Performance Health and Happiness is grounded in the skillful management of energy.

    The 4 Principles of Full Engagement (Had to include this in a recap- really fascinating)

    Sprinter vs Long Distance Runner
    Phew – sort of glad we are talking about sprinting in one of these notes. I am definitely a sprinter – distance running goes against
    anything I find natural but I so respect anyone that has the discipline for the training. I will stay to the ebbs and flows with explosive energy.

    The Pulse of Life
    Line up with the rhythms of life.
    “The concept of maximizing performance by alternating periods of activity with periods of rest was
    first advanced by Flavius Philostratus.

    I think I tried this method in a Body for Life workout program – it was called muscle confusion. Ha!
    What is your pulse.

    The time between points – OSCILLATE
    In the sixteen to twenty seconds BETWEEN points, the best tennis players were able to lower their heart rates
    by as much as twenty beats per minute. The heart rates of their competitors who didn’t have the
    same dialed-in rest rituals often stayed at the same levels.

    To Be Fully Engaged Emotionally (Big IDEA)
    “To be fully engaged emotionally requires celebrating what the Stoic philosophers called
    anacoluthia—the mutual entailment of the virtues. By this notion, no virtue is a virtue by itself.
    Rather, all virtues are entailed. Honesty without compassion, for example, becomes cruelty.”
    To be fully emotionally engaged we’ve
    gotta be able to hold opposites and go full-spectrum with our emotions. In fact, being able to
    hold contradictory emotions is the sign of a healthy individual.

    How Am I That
    ‘Ask someone to give a description of the
    personality type which he finds most despicable, most unbearable and hateful, and most
    impossible to get along with,’ writes Edward Whitmont, ‘and he will produce a description of
    his own repressed characteristics….

    Allow your shadow to exist – illuminate it and it may just be the GOLD!

    INTRINSIC (VS. EXTRINSIC) PURPOSE
    “Purpose also becomes a more powerful source of energy when it moves from being externally to
    internally motivated. Extrinsic motivation reflects the desire to get more of something that we
    don’t feel we have enough of: money, approval, social standing, power or even love. ‘Intrinsic’
    motivation grows out of the desire to engage in an activity because we value it for the inherent
    satisfaction it provides.

    WOW – This is something I have always known to be true but it is still awesome to see.

    PRECISION AND SPECIFICITY
    “A broad and persuasive array of studies confirms that specificity of timing and precision of
    behavior dramatically increase the likelihood of success.
    (I am not sure why this struck a chord but it did)

    Positive Rituals
    The power of rituals is that they insure
    that we use as little conscious energy as possible where it is not absolutely necessary, leaving us
    free to strategically focus the energy available to us in creative, enriching ways.”

    HAVE TO WE-WRITE THIS
    The book is all about optimizing our energy and the authors provide a *very* compelling case
    that our will power is actually a) *much* weaker than we think; and, b) much more draining
    when employed than we think. Every time we have to consciously think about whether or not
    we’re gonna do something, we deplete energy. And, that adds up.
    Researchers say that 95 (!!!) % of our behavior is habitual. Only 5% is conscious. The challenge
    is systematically building RITUALS into our lives that allow us to put the energy enhancing
    behaviors on auto-pilot.
    (although I love the Pema – what is your cheese trigger for awareness but I also LOVE rituals!!!)

    WOW – I DID IT!!! Heart Felt Thank you to Brian and Vishen.

    I have so much new information that I have hopefully organized in my own notes. I have many more tools in my arsenal for navigating my life journey.
    I, through some grace God, have internalized so much of the wisdom bestowed and it is now a fabric of my being.

    xoxo to you both – what a great feeling to finish the challenge – every single one!
    Love,
    Christina

  • Avatar puresue says:

    i cant believe we have spent 50 days sharing and growing and living a better way since we found brian and each other…

    thank you all for your comment, honesty and guiding words and thoughts..

    this has been a very inspirational journey… i am proud of myself and all of us for the work and time we have invested…

    like the spring my personal garden is blooming…

    there are no doubts that you all have planted many seeds, helped me water and parted the clouds to allow in the sun…

    i thank you brian for this amazing opportunity, and for all my friends, tom, misterzee, john, jayne, bernard, peter and more…..

    namaste

    puresue

  • Avatar Eth_Jones says:

    Hello all

    I must just say WOW! and a massive THANK YOU to Brian for all the notes and your great insights.
    I would like to Thank all the authors of the various books.
    I would like to Thank Vishen and the his team that made this all possible.
    And I would like to Thank you all for contributing and posting all your Inspirational stories.

    I started out strong untill my holidays ended and all the stress started to build back up at that point I started to struggle to post although I have managed to listen to every single note. I am Immensly glad that I have. I have gained so much through this challenge. I am now living with much more passion and am striving to do better than ever before.
    Now not a day goes by now without me counting it a succesful one.
    I have developed many positive habit that will saty with me the rest of my life. Like daily jounaling and gratitued log.
    I am a far more optimistic person now and my friends say that they like hanging out with me far more.

    I will leave with one of my favorite Quotes (this one is by aristotle…loved it Brian)
    "We are what we repeatdly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit."

    Thank you so Much.
    Ethan Jones

    P.S Brian you are truly making the world a better place.

  • Avatar cmangham says:

    A great one to finish out on … the four areas of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual all working in concert is great thinking for precisely where I am presently. Some things, I'll admit, are out of whack. :-) Thanks to everyone who made these 50 possible. The main thing I discovered is how depleted I quickly felt when I skipped a day or even a week along the way … key takeaway is I must make the time for meditation and even contemplation or I'm going to go a little batty here and there. The PN's helped me in a critical time and have inspired a real transformation. I will be digging back into all of these over and over, beginning immediately. All my best to everyone, especially Brian… CHEERS.

  • Avatar Misterzee says:

    An important message in this book for me is the notion of the importance of ritual in our lives. I remember my grandmother lighting the sabbath candles every Friday night and what an anchor it was to me. Something solid to link me back to thousands of others over thousands of years. In his book, "The Sabbath," author Abraham Joshua Heschel writes something so simple and so profound I wanted to share it with you: "The higher goal of spiritual learning is not to amass a wealth of information but to face sacred moments."

    I think that's an important thing to remember when you want to cut through to the truth of who you are and what you really want for your life.

  • Avatar Maninoa says:

    Dear Pnotes crew, all of you,

    :) We did it! :) Cheers and congratulations to everybody. Thanks for all your interesting and supportive comments.
    Huge thanks to Brian for creating these notes and Brian and Vishen for offering this challenge. To read something powerful and inspiring everyday for 6 weeks in a row is an excellent habit, thank you , and I’ll be continuing that one.
    When I started this course I was depressed and off track. Since I’ve been reading Pnotes, I’ve focused in on my purpose, I’ve been facing my fears head on, I’ve become a vegetarian (!), lost a lot of weight, met amazing people in total freaky flow mode, felt like a member of my communities, achieved difficult goals, taken my failures in stride, and been independent of the good or bad opinions of others ;) .

    As I go into the next phase, sans Pnotes, and I am a little trepid because i will be without all you good crew to check in with, I will take with me AFGrant’s message today :

    “All the messages stressed that there is nothing to fear. Life is to be enjoyed, don’t let fear stop you from doing anything, and know that you are loved.”

    That is so cool and relaxing.

    Massive respect, Brian, for your work which has changed my life to be positive and in control (with respect to the tightrope balancing). Keep doing your thing.

    Big love to all.

    Peace has to dance and silence has to sing,
    like we, my friends, must do our thing…
    (osho-ish)
    ……………….. I laughed the other day ;)

    Thanks and Blessings on your journeys,

    Maninoa

  • Avatar Maninoa says:

    Dear Pnotes crew, all of you,

    :) We did it! :) Cheers and congratulations to everybody. Thanks for all your interesting and supportive comments.
    Huge thanks to Brian for creating these notes and Brian and Vishen for offering this challenge. To read something powerful and inspiring everyday for 6 weeks in a row is an excellent habit, thank you , and I’ll be continuing that one.
    When I started this course I was depressed and off track. Since I’ve been reading Pnotes, I’ve focused in on my purpose, I’ve been facing my fears head on, I’ve become a vegetarian (!), lost a lot of weight, met amazing people in total freaky flow mode, felt like a member of my communities, achieved difficult goals, taken my failures in stride, and been independent of the good or bad opinions of others ;) .

    As I go into the next phase, sans Pnotes, and I am a little trepid because i will be without all you good crew to check in with, I will take with me AFGrant’s message today :

    “All the messages stressed that there is nothing to fear. Life is to be enjoyed, don’t let fear stop you from doing anything, and know that you are loved.”

    That is so cool and relaxing.

    Massive respect, Brian, for your work which has changed my life to be positive and in control (with respect to the tightrope balancing). Keep doing your thing.

    Big love to all.

    Peace has to dance and silence has to sing,
    like we, my friends, must do our thing…
    (osho-ish)
    ……………….. I laughed the other day ;)

    Thanks and Blessings on your journeys,

    Maninoa

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