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5 Post-Life Hacks: Green Burial Alternatives

5 Post-Life Hacks: Green Burial Alternatives

We all love life. In fact, for most readers out there, one of the great joys in life is to be found in the way we’re constantly coming up with ways to win at it better. Life hacks we like to call them. They’re so good that there is even a highly popular website dedicated solely to them…

With that said, i’m sure that many of you Life Hack devotees will be keen to learn more about how you can continue to hack life even when it’s over. The end of it all doesn’t have to be a time full of sorrow and grief. It can and should also be a celebration of who we were and a chance for us to put a big smile back on the faces of the people who loved us most. One last great life-hack. A post-life hack, whatever. The point is, you’ll still be winning.

These five alternative ways to go out in style should certainly get you rethinking about whether you might ultimately also fancy an ending a little bit different to the more traditional methods.

1. Italy: Sepoltura Albero

Sepoltura Albero means tree burial in Italian. One particular project that came to widespread media attention recently is called Capsula Mundi. This was developed by the Italian designers Raoul Bretzel and Anna Citelli. According to the idea behind their concept, the client simply chooses their favourite tree, and the body is then encapsulated in a big egg placed beneath the seed or sapling.

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A traditional burial often requires a coffin. Coffins are made out of wood and the forests that are chopped down to make them are pretty useful for our planet. This facts means that eco-friendly burials have already become popular and this project simply takes that to the next level. And it is only a project at this stage. In fact it is an art exhibition at the moment, but the people behind it believe it really could be a legitimate post-life hack of the future.

The irony in this particular example is that this post-life hack would actually be illegal under Italian law.

2. Sweden: Grow Your Own Garden, Literally

A Swedish company called Promessa has come up with a system to provide another eco-friendly burial service, but this is much more than a just a concept. The people behind this project are deadly serious about its potential as a post-life hack.

Their machine cools the body to -18°C, and then uses liquid Nitrogen to turn this into a deep-freeze of around -196°C. A little bit of gentle vibration later and you’re all set. The resulting powder is buried underground and in 6 months time your loved ones will be left with fertile soil for growing some beautiful flowers or great big trees.

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3. The Ocean: One Last Dip

Burial at sea is already one of the most commonly popular methods for those people who are choosing alternative final arrangements. With the scattering ashes at sea log having been a favourite for those people who have lived their lives along the coast.

It is normally just the ashes which are scattered at sea, but it is also possible for a full sea burial to performed. You just need to have all the correct paperwork in place for this to be realised.

This exit has become so popular in recent years that there are companies offering complete cruises based around the final ceremonial act.

4. Switzerland: Diamonds Are Forever

A Swiss company is now offering a service that turns your beloved’s ashes into sparkling diamonds. These very unique diamonds are created by extracting the carbon from the ashes and then compressing the carbon at a temperature of 2,500 °C (4,500 °F). Basically recreating a similar environment to that in which natural diamonds are brought into existence by nature.

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It is not actually all that uncommon for people to wear ashes encased within jewellery items. This innovative and unique service just upgrades that method, with the associated costs that you would expect.

 5. Space: The Ultimate Post-Life Hack

Any big Star Trek fans will already be familiar with this method as it was the one chosen by Gene Roddenberry after he had faced the final frontier.

The ashes are sealed into a special kind of spaceship before being launched beyond the atmosphere. The orbit of this spacecraft are carefully studied so that the cremated remains do not contribute to any space debris. The actual destinations on offer are pretty awesome, with your available choices being either Earth’s orbit, the moon’s orbit, or all the way outside of our solar system.

In Earth orbit missions, the spaceship which carries you re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere and the ashes are burned up completely on return.

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Anybody hoping to sign-off with this ultimate post-life hack should know that it does not come cheaply. Just 2 grams blasted into deep space will cost you around $20,000.

Featured photo credit: JuergenPM via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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