“When you try to climb a mountain to prove how big you are, you almost never make it” — Robert Persig in ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’

I wrote a piece last year titled “Why Being ‘Too Hard on Yourself’ is Selfish”, and the following paints a broader picture of what lives deep inside of those feelings and thoughts.

It’s the end of November, which for many men like me, means finally dusting off your razor after a month of growing questionable facial hair at best. I first heard of Movember when I was in high school, and the “Save a bro, grow a mo” motto seemed to make sense as much of the focus of the foundation was advocating for men’s cancer.

However, both within and…

“Breathwork” has been a growing movement recently, and it has astounding benefits.

Let’s talk breathing.

Have you ever considered whether you breathe efficiently, or even what breathing efficiently is? Have you also ever thought about why people commonly tell you to take a deep breath when you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed? Well let’s find out.

Have a seat and start by taking a deep breath in and pay attention to your shoulders. Did they move? Yes? Congratulations, you’ve just failed the test!

Belly breathing is just one the many fundamentals of breathing that a huge portion of our population overlooks. In case you’d like to try again, this time try to focus on all of…

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“He who controls the present controls the past, he who controls the past controls the future.”

— George Orwell, 1984

It never will, plain and simple. In the history of homo sapiens on this planet, when an event like a global pandemic happens, change is accelerated exponentially. While I haven’t lived through an event like this in my lifetime, history tells us that after the industrial revolution, after the world wars, and after recessions, things changed rapidly, and some of it was obviously for the better! In order to make sense of everything and be accepting of the change that…

“Those who don’t remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana

I have a confession to make: my name is Matt Renzoni and I just finished binge-watching “Love is Blind”. I’m not sure whether I was more terrified or curious about the applications of a) proposing to someone having never met them before and b) pulling it all together for a wedding within the span of a month. The simple concept sent my mind for a loop initially; I couldn’t believe people could actually do this! …

“Should I pick up cherry tomatoes or corn today? I had corn two days ago and I’m getting a bit bored of plain red cherry tomatoes, so I’m going to get the orange ones.”

When I made the transition from university to a nine-to-five job, I quickly became aware of the consistent gap of time after work where I could schedule exercise. Since the consistency of a nine-to-five schedule made it seem like I had far more time than on a university schedule, it was easier to commit to. In the four years prior, I struggled with the inconsistency of a university class schedule and wondered if I would ever develop efficient enough routines to “have enough time” for exercise. …

Neuroplasticity: the ability of the brain to form, organize, and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning experiences or following injury.

Synaptic Connections: the site of transmission of electric nerve impulses between two nerve cells (neurons) or between a neuron and a gland or muscle (effector).

While the longevity benefits of aerobic exercise such as improved heart function, boosting the immune system, and improvements to mood and mental health are well published, it’s neurological “improving mental health and well-being” have only recently been documented. …

“Pride must suffer pain.” — Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid

“You have power over your own mind — not outside events. Realize this and you’ll find strength.” — Marcus Aurelius

The only accurate and unbiased description I’ve come up with to describe the global COVID-19 pandemic right now is “strange times”. However, there’s nothing strange about this disease; the strange part I’ve found are the reactions of panic from people and whole communities that seem to have lost a connection with what humanity actually is. …

“Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.” — Mae West

Through a few years of reading up on the benefits of hot and cold therapy and extensive personal experimentation, I’m going to use this piece to cover all of the amazing benefits that hot and cold therapy have on the body and mind. Since the studying of these types of therapy is still in relative infancy, it’s mind-blowing what just a bit of exposure to each can do to both your physical and mental health. …

A message to female readers — please change my pronouns to “she” and “woman” however you like. I want to honour the original conversation I had on this subject by using male pronouns because it began with the question “who is the man to you?”, simply because the conversation was with two men. However, this piece is every bit as relevant to women as it is to men.

It’s time to talk about one of my biggest mental focuses right now: the man. The man is the most powerful, yet least respected being on the planet in some regards. Odds…

Matt Renzoni

We suffer more from imagination than reality.

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