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christmas feelings

Seems like every single year I make the observation that it just doesn't feel like Christmas. 2020 is not an exception. And my daughter made the statement last night. And one of my fiancee's daughters made the statement too. Often times when we make the statement, we relate it to the weather. Not cold enough. No snow. Things like that. While these may be factors, I have another theory. What should Christmas feel like? Love. Compassion. Kindness. Gratitude. Cheerful. Joy. Giving. Charity. Humanity. For a while now, I have been a bit disenfranchised about Christmas--so much so, that some in my circle will call me a Grinch at times. Regardless of your religious point of view, Christmas should be about loving others, giving to those in need, being grateful and appreciative, and happiness. Rarely is this the case...

medical devices and real estate

What is the connection between medical devices and real estate? While you think about that for a few moments, I'll share the connection from my points of view. Improving the quality of life. From a medical device perspective, improving the quality of life should be the purpose and intent of the product. Someone is ailing from some condition or issue that requires some sort of procedure or treatment. Often times in these circumstances, medical devices are involved to help improve the quality of the person's life. I had some formative experiences very early in my medical device career where the importance of what I do in this industry truly does have an impact on humanity. And it feels good--feels great--to know that the medical devices I have contributed to are making a real difference in...

breathing

I'm sure we can all agree that breathing is pretty damn important. How often do you consciously pay attention to your breathing? I suspect most of us breathe without a single thought about doing so. I do encourage you to spend some time paying attention to your breathing--even if just for a few minutes per day. And draw your attention to your breathing when you are calm. Do the same when you are in a high-stress state. Is your breathing the same or different? I have been studying, or rather experimenting with, breathing techniques for a bit. It is truly fascinating at times. At other times, it makes total sense. Breathing regulates heart rate, and HRV monitoring seems to be all the rage these days. I also find that intentional breathing exercises go hand in...

consciousness

Have you ever wondered what is consciousness? I do quite often. If you are looking for a clear, concise explanation of consciousness, this post may not answer those questions. Are humans the only species that possess consciousness? Have you seen the documentary My Octopus Teacher? It sure did seem as though that octopus possessed consciousness. Do all humans possess consciousness? Probably? I like the way David R. Hawkins describes the levels of consciousness in Power vs Force. And I like the adaptation of the consciousness levels in the chart from Chris W. Metz. I study this chart every so often. Not so much to understand consciousness in general but to understand my consciousness. This is my intrigue on the topic. Where am I? What do I want to do about it? Yet there are theories that...