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Slap The Basil

Slap The Basil

By Charles Freeland
Unleash the essence of life!

Life is about experiences and moving through the world with purpose. Here I will share with you knowledge and insights I've gained over my life, and from others, that have helped me build a life full of meaning, joy, contrast and excitement that will help create your own life to celebrate!

Slap the Basil is a production of Revel Craft Life Coaching,
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Ep 31 - Purpose Over Passion
Knowing your purpose is more important than knowing your passion in life. In this episode, I discuss the difference and how to begin figuring out exactly what your life purpose is.
October 5, 2021
EP 30 - Entitled vs Deserve - Affirmations
Short little episode about the importance of choosing the right words for your personal affirmations and mantras.  Check out my personal blog at Slap the Basil is a production of Revel Craft Life Coaching,
June 13, 2021
Ep 29 The Magic of Deloading
Pushing yourself to the limit all the time only leads to burn out, but you must also "use it or lose it," who what's the solution? Deloading. In this episode I talk about what deloading is, and how to apply it to both physical and mental training and skill acquisition.  Begin you personal journey to a life worth celebrating at Revel Craft Life Coaching Brian Carroll 10/20/Life Brian Carroll's world record squat Jujimufu extreme flexibility training and martial arts tricker Dr. Stuart McGill - back pain rehabilitation expert @backfitpro @briancarroll1306 @jujimufu
March 16, 2021
Ep 28 Effective Goal Sharing
Setting goals is important, but how and to whom you share them can make or break your efforts. In this episode I discuss some of the pitfalls of sharing your goals with the wrong people and how to more effectively set yourself up for success.
March 9, 2021
Ep 27 Better Habits Through Dopamine
Our brains contain an ancient mechanism to form habits - Dopamine. Today, its used by advertisers to manipulate us. By understanding how it works, we can free ourselves from negative habits and patterns of thinking and take control of our lives. Gary Wilks, Click And Treat How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie (
March 2, 2021
Ep 26 - Curcumin & Nucleus Overload Revisited
Returning to the topic of supplements, I discuss the many health and neurological benefits of Curcumin, from protecting against heart disease to making you smarter.  I also revisit my results from Nucleus Overload 1 year later. (Original Episode here: Nucleus Overload) Additional resources
February 23, 2021
Ep 25 - Meditation
Meditation has existed for thousands of years. It provides an enormous number of benefits to your health, you cognition and your quality of life. In this episode, I discuss the benefits of daily meditation, both those scientifically proven and those I personally experience, as well as provide a short introductory guided meditation for beginners. To learn how I specifically use meditation to reach my goals faster and more effectively, check out my blog post "Mindset and Meditation" Just the guided meditation for you to listen to whenever you need to relax and get focused for a few minutes: Slap the Basil Guided Meditation My favorite meditation app: Insight Timer More info on the benefits of meditation:  Basic instructions for Metta Style meditation. More myth busting about Meditation from Light Watkins at TEDxVeniceBeach
February 16, 2021
Guided Meditation
This is a short guided meditation, to accompany my episode on meditation. This intended as an introduction to meditation to help get you started.  Sit, relax and give it a try. 
February 12, 2021
Ep 24 - Autophagy
The bodies built-in cellular recycling system. What it is and how to trigger it for better health and longevity. Slap the Basil is a production of Revel Craft Life Coaching,
February 9, 2021
Ep 23 - Die Hard - Manly Movies
Movies are modern cultures myths and legends, and how we pass on our cultural values. In this series I look at movies which focus on masculinity and what lessons we can learn from watching them. Die Hard (1988) a prefect start, with its themes of personal values, purpose and the dangers of ego - Bet you didn't expect those themes, did you! Listen for yourself and see if you agree.
February 2, 2021
Ep 22 - Growth Mindset
Mastering anything, learning a new skill, changing your life all begins with believing you can change, that change is not only possible, but its possible for you.  In this episode I look at the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset, how we develop each and how to practice whatever it is you want to become good at in the most productive way. Learn how to quickly create new beliefs to accelerate your learning in Ep 20 - Identity  Check out "Peak: The Secrets from the New Science of Expertise" by Anders Erricson Motorcycle Safety Foundation Motojitsu
January 26, 2021
Ep 21 - Purpose - Masculinity Series
The first in a continuing series examining masculinity in our modern culture. In this episode I look at purpose and the role it plays in the foundation of masculine behavior, along with how ego can get in the way of purpose.  Check out my website:
January 22, 2021
Ep 20 - Identity
How we define ourselves, consciously and subconsciously directly impacts how we behave, and determines how easy or difficult it will be to change our behaviors, form new habits and alter the path of our lives. In this episode I discuss what defines and determines our subconscious identity, how it is formed, and the most powerful technique I know for quickly changing how we define ourselves to align better with who we want to be.  Could you benefit from one-on-one life coaching?
January 12, 2021
Ep 19 - Leap Of Faith
How to make those life altering changes that you know you want to, but that have to paralysed with fear. At some point, everyone one of us will face some decision or choice that will lead our lives in a new direction. For many, these times leave us stuck, unable to move forward, we know we should act, but the unknown is scary! In this episode I offer some advice about how to approach those critical decisions and get yourself unstuck and taking action.  Check out my new website:
January 5, 2021
Ep 18 - Clarity
Achieving anything you want begins with knowing exactly what it is you want. Start with a clear, detailed vision and you set yourself up for success.
December 8, 2020
Ep 17 - Lee Ivy Method - Getting Things Done
Applying this six step method to your goals can help you get more done with less stress and move you toward your ideal life much faster!
December 1, 2020
Ep 16 - Cold Showers
Why the hell would you want to voluntarily take a cold shower? Turns out there are lots of really good reasons. Check it out!
November 25, 2020
Ep15 - Quick Slap: 5-Second To Get Your Ass In Gear
Quick way to get moving on whatever it is you're procrastinating about. Mel Robbins "The 5-Second Rule"
November 21, 2020
Ep 14 - Never Sacrifice for Your Goals
A bit of my personal philosophy that has served me well. Original essay available here: And here: Yes, this is my original piece. 
November 18, 2020
Ep 13 - Patterns
Learn to recognize patterns in your life and you will unlock a key to living your best life.
November 18, 2020
Ep 12 - Fasted Workouts
Working out first thing in the morning is an easy way to amp up whatever fitness goals you have. 
November 12, 2020
Ep 11 - Embracing Stress
Stress is not a bad thing, learning to embrace stress can make your life better.
November 1, 2020
Ep 10 - The Warrior Diet
What is the Warrior Diet and how effective is it? Probably the easiest and most effective way of eating I've ever tried for a healthy body and mind.  This way of eating was orginated by Ori Hoffmekler, get the details from his book "The Warrior Diet" here: In this episode I also mention the Skulpt Chisel for measuring body fat, I love this thing, check it out here:
August 13, 2020
Ep 9 - Heart Rate Variability - HRV
What is Heart Rate Variability, what it means and how to use it to improve performance and reduce stress. Applying this concept to your life will require a heart rate monitor and the use of an app. I recommend the Elite HRV app, available free here:  The heart rate monitor I used and recommend is the Polar H10 ( This monitors are also compatible with the app, and a little less expensive: Polar H7 (
April 4, 2020
Ep 8 - L-Theanine
L-Theanine, what is it, what does it do, and how can it make your life just a little better? As with any suppliment, do your research, talk to your doctor and decide for yourself what's best for you. You can begin your own research here: and here: If you want to experiment with L-Theanine, please use these links to the products I personally use and recommend. Caffeine/L-Theanine pills, for if you don't drink coffee or just need a quick boost: Bulk L-Theanine powder to add to you beverages: Study of the effects of L-Theanine combined with alcohol:
March 24, 2020
Ep 7 - The 2 Minute Rule
A simple method I use to quit procrastinating.
March 17, 2020
Ep 6 - Boost Your Immune System Now!
Five simple things you can do at home, right now, to help boost your immune system. Staying healthy is important, and today, as COVID-19 spreads around the world, we need to do whatever we can to stay healthy and help our bodies recover faster if/when we get sick. So here are five things I personally do, and you can do too, to help improve your immune system immediately and in the coming days and weeks.
March 13, 2020
Ep 5 - Micro Goals
Setting goals is great, but being to focused on the end result can lead to failure. Breaking a goal down into small, simple steps, and rewarding yourself for achieving them can really help to keep moving forward. 
March 10, 2020
Ep 4 - Social media with intent
Social Media is here to stay, so here are some strategies to help make it a positive force in your life.
March 2, 2020
Ep 3 - Nucleus Overload
Feel stuck in your workout gains? Is some muscle group lagging behind the rest? Nucleus Overload might be exactly what you need to break through.  This idea was first proposed by Team 3D Alpha (, for much more in depth about how he came up with it, why he believes in it, check out his channel. The hypotosis of Myonuclei in animal studies has born out 3D Alpha's ideas. Here's one research paper for those of you more scientifically minded listeners: "Myonuclei acquired by overload exercise precede hypertrophy and are not lost on detraining" ( Without know the science of why, it seems some of the Victorian Ear strong men understood the principles of Nucleus Overload, too. Check out Golden Era Bookworm's discussion on it here :
February 25, 2020
Ep 2 - Belief Cycles
What you believe impacts your life in ways most people don't understand. Fortunately, beliefs can be changed. With a little conscious effort, you can change what you believe about yourself and change the quality of your life, by understanding the Belief Cycle, and using it to your advantage.  For a more detailed break down of the science behind this Slap the Basil tip, check out this video: How To Reprogram Subconscious Mind: The one cycle that determines your fate (Dirty Secret) (
January 30, 2020
Ep 1 - What is "Slap the Basil"? And the most important lesson I ever learned.
Intro to what STB is all about, little ways to make life more flavorful. Gratitude.
January 27, 2020