Author: Jenny Rieger

No if’s or but’s – just AND

It’s rare that a commercial video has such an impact on me. Usually when youtube plays the ads before my video starts, I wait for the ‘Skip Ad’ button. Well, and then this commercial came along. It had me in an instant. Why was that? Has it ever happened to you that you felt like you just didn’t fit in? You really tried, but somehow you didn’t feel 100% authentic. You got along with the people around you but something felt off. When the people around you talked about their plans for the future you just couldn’t relate. You might have talked about those plans like you believed in them too. You thought something must be wrong with you – everybody else seems to be happy, right? Why not me? This video shows us the reason why we didn’t feel authentic. If you are allowed to only show one facet of yourself, how are your going to feel like you? Why do we have to choose one thing? Why do we have to fit in just one box? Isn’t it a fact that we are unique? There is nobody else out there who is just like you. There is nobody with YOUR unique gifts and talents. Your unique combination of passions, skills, strengths or beliefs. And the most beautiful thing about that?! That means we are all in this...

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How can we shine some light on our own strengths?

A friend of mine helped me with some of my design stuff in the past and afterward we had an interesting conversation, which showed the main difficulty with finding our strengths. I thought I share some of those insights with you and give you some inspiration on how you can find yours. We will shine some light on the blind spot many of us have. When we finished the design for the ebook I was so happy with it that I wanted to put it up as a poster somewhere….I actually dreamed about it. That friend kept saying she didn’t do anything and made it seem like it is nothing. It is funny how we often don’t see our own strengths. What she did for me was amazing, phenomenal and definitely something that I would pay a lot of money for. Having somebody who takes your content – which I thought was already kind of pretty in its layout – and makes it stand out. It’s not only super stylish, but it absolutely reflects Synnection’s personality, message and me, the author. I didn’t even know that this was what I wanted, but somehow she filtered that out of my fuzzy little descriptions and transformed it into a professional looking ebook, which I don’t have to hide from anyone! She says she didn’t really do anything and that we just...

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March Comfort Zone Challenge: Create a WIN-journal

For March we will create a WIN-journal. Write down at least 3 wins every day. What have you accomplished today? What are things that worked out? Why did they work out? I first got the idea, when I researched on the Authentic Happiness website. Somewhere on the website it suggested that planning out the day and reflecting in the evening on the accomplishments can help feeling happier. I tried it and it felt good. So I stuck with it. While I optimized the structure a bit and made it more flexible to make it more authentic to my goals...

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Alex Mill on the Voice and Meditation

We are so excited to present to you the first ever synnection.com episode on contrarian learning and living! Our special guest is Alex Mill. He lived 14 years in a Zen Buddhist Monastery and now teaches the wisdom he acquired there. Learn about ‘The Voice’ and what to do about it. And about training puppies. No time to watch the full episode? This is the episode in a nutshell: 1. The Voice The voice is something outside of us that talks us out of doing things that benefit us and into things that won’t serve us. 2. “How you do anything, is how you do everything.” When we think we ‘can’t’ do something it’s worth having a look at what that really means. What are we telling ourselves? How is that showing up in other parts of our life? 3. Training your awareness muscle is like training a puppy. When we approach training our awareness and attention like training a puppy, we are compassionate and kind to ourselves. Would you beat a puppy? Probably not! Think of your attention like a cute little puppy and you will see it grow and develop. What would Alex tell his high-school self if he could travel back in time? “That I love him. Because that is what he wanted to hear for a very long time.” Check out Alex’ 30-day online retreat and his...

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February Comfort Zone Challenge: Try Meditation

The challenge for February is: Meditate for the next 7 days. Let’s first look at why we meditate and then at how you can include the practice in your daily life. Why meditate? There are many reasons to meditate. And we all heard the “it’s good for you”-explanation. Let’s look at the (neuro-)science behind meditation. When we are stressed, the amygdala grows. The amygdala is a tiny little thing in our brain that is responsible for many of our emotional responses. The more stress we experience, the more our amygdala will grow, the more sensitive to stress we become. Enter: Meditation and Mindfulness. Prof. Davidson and his team have scanned the brains of monks as well as normal people, who practice mindfulness mediation. The effect on the brain after the first mediation is immediate. What happens in our brain when we meditate? The pre-frontal cortex – the part of the brain behind your forehead – grows. This part of the brain is associated with decision-making and reasoning. When this part is trained and developed we make better decisions, get better at reasoning and – as Alex would say – silence the voice. Check out the interview with him. How meditate? If you are new to the practice, start small. You can find a great guided meditation over at Alex’s site. Alex lived in a Zen Buddhist monastery for almost...

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