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Interconnected

August 13th, 2018

Take a breath. Exhale. Take an even deeper breath. Exhale. You just connected with every living thing past, present, and still yet to come. The very oxygen each one of us is presently breathing has been in the lungs and blood stream of every living thing that’s spent one second of life here. That same oxygen in your lungs has contributed to the life of every flower that’s ever bloomed, every tree that’s ever sprouted, every bird that’s ever flown, every fish that’s ever swam, every animal that’s ever run, and every human that’s ever entered this world. We’re connected to one another... Read More

Comparisons

August 8th, 2018

No two granules of sand are alike, no two snowflakes identical, no two people the same. In all the ways we are extraordinarily similar, we’re distinctly unique. The similar composition with which we are comprised tends to allow us to more readily compare our self to others and this is typically done from a singular, outward view. However, each of our existences are fundamentally different where one minor detail within our field of experience has the ability to leave us miles apart from someone else of equal composition within any number of days, let alone years. One slight degree of separation... Read More

Ripples

July 30th, 2018

Our reach and impact expand well beyond our present ability to conceive them. We do something, and it sets a pattern of events in motion that we will never fully become aware of. We do something that we deem simple, yet it holds within it, the potential to make a substantive impact in the life of someone else. Our actions are tiny pebbles being tossed into the vast ocean of humanity. They create ripples that continue to reverberate throughout, bouncing off other similarly small ripples, changing the nature of existence as it is. Negativity begets negativity. When we encounter someone, who is tossing... Read More

Weeding Our Garden

July 23rd, 2018

All living things share a litany of commonalities. We’re comprised of carbon, we need nutrition in some way, shape or form, we benefit and get energy from sunlight, we need hydration, and the list goes on. When a child looks at a group of adults, they typically see no differences. For them, it’s a collection of individuals much older than they are and they tend to generalize them. They do not know or understand the difference between 20 somethings, middle aged individuals, or their great grandparents. Human nature is to cluster. We group like with like and spend little time differentiating... Read More

Other People’s Words

July 16th, 2018

In our interconnected world, it’s pretty much a given we will have a multitude of interactions with others each and every day. We have co-workers, teammates, spouses, friends, family, and the list goes on. We communicate with a host of people directly and indirectly, through social media, etc., every day. Throughout these sometime brief or sometime lengthy conversations, a lot can be transmitted. When someone says a little or a lot, their body language can communicate even more. The sentiment of the communication in all of these interactions can be positive or facilitative, it can be negative... Read More

Limits

July 9th, 2018

Life is full of limits. Perceived or real, we find them everywhere we look. Society places a significant amount of them on us and if those aren’t restrictive enough, we place even more on ourselves. Have you ever told yourself you’re too old, too slow, not smart enough, or you don’t have the time? These are self-imposed limitations and more often than not, they’re illusionary. They lack the credibility most societal limitations are based in but are far more debilitating to our actions. Nearly everything we use or do in our daily lives has a prescribed or perceived ‘limit.’ In certain... Read More

Being Present

July 2nd, 2018
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The only way to do something, is to actually do it. Hitting a golf ball requires us to swing a golf club, just as riding a bike, requires us to ride a bike, just as giving a speech requires us to stand up and speak. On the surface, this appears quite obvious, but performing anything at the level we’re fully capable of requires us to dive a little deeper. Simply performing an action of hitting a golf ball, riding a bike, or giving a speech does not mean we’re going to get the results we desire. When we want to be at our best, we have to do more than just show up and go through the motions. Maximizing... Read More

The Critic

June 25th, 2018
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Each of us has dreams, desires, and ambitions. There are races we want to enter, promotions we want to apply for, fitness classes we would like to take, languages we wish to learn, businesses we want to start, and the list goes on. We make plans to get there and oftentimes can even see ourselves there, having accomplished what we really want to do. Yet some of us stop before our pursuit has actually begun. We convince our self that it is not worth it, or it will never happen; consequently, we never take the chance. In nearly all of these instances, our stopping before we start can be traced to... Read More

Understanding and Navigating our Feelings

June 18th, 2018
Mindful Monday_Feelings

Feelings are a human commonality. Each and every one of us has them. Something takes place, or we observe something, and it has the ability to elicit feelings deep within us. We have the ability to feel strongly about something just as easily as we can feel nothing at all about something else. We can feel compelled or emboldened by something or we can feel as if we’re being held back by something else. We can feel supportive of something or we can feel like working against it. Our feelings are very powerful, and they are a constant throughout our existence. Understanding their origin, impact,... Read More

The Fire Inside

June 11th, 2018
Mindful Monday

Deep within the core of each of us lies our life force…our internal fire. At times, it burns with varying degrees of intensity, but it’s ever present. Just as each of us is unique and individually gifted, the constitution of our fire is dynamically different. The passion and intensity from one won’t always resonate with another but that doesn’t make it any less significant. If we were all driven by the same things, our world would lack the diversity, creativity, ingenuity, and grandeur that make it the beautiful melting pot it is. Tremendous ability lies within each member of our tribe... Read More

Our Thoughts

June 4th, 2018
Mindful Monday

The mind is the most powerful tool we can put to use within any endeavor we undertake. It holds the power to enhance and increase our capabilities or to exacerbate our limitations. Henry Ford very accurately broke it down when he said, “if you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Mr. Ford was talking about our mindset. Our mindset provides the framework and sets the tone for how we approach everything we do. The things we think, the way we interpret our environment, and our ability to find success in challenging situations are all intimately linked to our mindset. Our mindset... Read More

Control

May 28th, 2018

Every day, we are creating, developing, fostering, nurturing, and strengthening our relationships. Life is interconnected. As our journey through it continues, we meet new people, keep up with others to varying extents, and unfortunately as life sometimes dictates, things can fade to a state of dormancy. It is very hard to keep strong connections and have meaningful relationships with everyone in and throughout our life; no matter how much we would like to. Life as we live it in the 21st Century, simply doesn’t allow for it. Of all of our relationships, one of the most integral to our eventual... Read More

Awareness

May 21st, 2018

Each one of us is fully capable of accomplishing anything, and more importantly, everything we put our mind to. We have desires, dreams, and ambitions for our time here. Accomplishing them is no easy task, but we are aptly suited for our challenge. We truly have limitless potential residing inside. It’s lying dormant, desperately waiting for us to set the wheels in motion, enabling it to crack through the surface where it can be put to use in our pursuits. At times there can be a disconnect between our desires, dreams, and ambitions, and our current reality or perception of it. Life happens,... Read More

Motivational Monday

April 9th, 2018

There are many ways to keep it together on the inside. Find ways to be silly, as you keep your sense of humor. Share silly things on your mind with friends and family, so your loved ones have permission to stay silly with you. Life doesn’t have to be serious. A grief counselor friend tells me all the time how silly humans get, when we are literally on our deathbed. It’s not the drugs! It’s the way we come to an understanding that we have been way to serious in our lives, or that our lives are short, so why not laugh. Don’t wait. Be silly now. Silly doesn’t mean you’re disrespectful... Read More

How to Keep it Together

March 26th, 2018

If you’re a perfectionist, like me, there’s a lot of computing, second-guessing, chaos-hating, and performance-loving energy put forth toward your best day possible. You put a lot of pressure on yourself. It’s an inefficient way to use your precious energy. For years, the game was hustle and bustle. Work harder to reap more reward. I am not saying you don’t have to work hard once you’re enlightened. This kind of work takes a lifetime to apply. Each year of your life, you will notice a little more ease flowing through your body as you apply the principles I speak of in this blog. Each... Read More

Integrate Your Emotions to Improve Your Life

March 19th, 2018

Have you ever been in an extended funk where no matter how many massages you got, it just didn’t change your crabby mood? It’s so easy to get crabby. You have about 100 excuses these days with our current leadership’s actions, and non-actions. The bandwidth of all our time is overstretched. What to do? My life is as simple as it can be, and I find myself addicted to the hurry and bustle, which keeps me out of the present moment if I’m not careful. Add that to the daily stresses of family, career, and household. What’s a 21st century person to do? One thing we all are undereducated about... Read More

Motivational Monday

March 12th, 2018

What a difference a space makes I write this from my new digs, and I realize that options are a beautiful thing. Options. The will to choose one, some, or none, is an elemental gift to humans. In the Waldorf tradition, and the Native American tradition, two ways of life that make sense to me, I feel the primordial satisfaction when I honor the elements of nature and human beings. You know how good it feels to garden, to drink tea in the morning sun, to watch children run in a yard, or to camp by a river. Add the element of choice, of all the options you could do, and life seems like a blessing. Motivation... Read More

Motivational Monday

February 19th, 2018

The Anti-Burnout Limit I am writing a book about endurance, and have fallen in love with its meaning and quality. I looked up endurance at thesaurus.com, and I got a huge boost of energy. Listen to these lovely words: Ability, capacity, courage, fortitude, grit, mettle, patience, perseverance, persistence, stamina, strength, tenacity, tolerance, and vitality! Yes!  Write those down on your intention board for 2018. Here’s the antonyms for endurance: Apathy, cowardice, idleness, impotence, inability, incompetence, indifference, indolence, intolerance, lack, laziness, lethargy, timidity, and weakness.... Read More

Motivation Monday

February 12th, 2018

Your body is way different from your mind. Your mind has an agenda. Your mind calculates, judges, and recalculates. It’s a busy machine that isn’t always your best friend. Your body is always your best friend, and you’ll teach your mind to be your best friend in the next chapter. But realize here that your body doesn’t lie. Sit still and listen to the requests your body makes before they are cries. Sit still and be with this miracle so you can understand how it talks to you. Does it need to eat very first thing in the morning, but you’re going on a run instead? Does it need to lay down... Read More

Motivation Monday

February 5th, 2018

Wonderful! You continually want to learn how to stay motivated. Thanks for reading. I’ve had fun with these blogs. Today, I’ll dedicate this blog to share my vision. Here you are today. You’ve been through some great times. You’ve been through some hard times. Your idealism has gotten you into some trouble and disappointment. You thought it might be easier to achieve your dreams, but after each obstacle, each pinnacle, you don’t feel like you’ve arrived where you thought you’d be. I’ll quote Bono, the lead singer of U2, many times in this book since he’s the spokesperson for the... Read More