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My beerdrunk soul is sadder than all the dead christmas trees of the world-

A former hockey coach once pulled me aside during practice to tell me, “Don’t beat yourself up comparing your abilities to the other players. There will always be players better than you, and worse than you. The most important “thing” is to ask yourself right now: “Am I improving?

What the hell did that coach just tell me? Seriously old dude, I’m 19, in peak physical shape, my sh!t don’t stink and I’m playing the best hockey of my life

Fast forward 19 years, and what my caring coach so passionately shared with me – Not comparing myself to “others” is often easier said than done. Open up your heart and eyes this morning and take notice of how we are constantly being bombarded by advertisements preying on our insecurities: You have been a bum all year, You are fat and out of shape, You ate one too many eggnog cheesecake(s) within the past week. Our addiction to social media feeds our jealousy by creating the illusion that other people are living happier, more fulfilling lives than our own.

On this, the most vulnerable day of the year (for many caring people). I implore you to stop comparing yourself to others, and instead compare yourself to the person you were one year ago – right now. Are you happier, more confident and peaceful?

Daily Meditation:

Getting in tune with our true wishes, our deepest wishes that lie underneath our insecurities and envy? Is hard work, and it’s certainly not cool to boast about on FaceTube. What the hell am I trying to say? Setting an intention this New year  Is pretty damn cool!

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Alive, I

In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves-

How different would everyday life become, if we embraced silence?

Over the course of writing this blog-o-thing I have adapted a leisurely pace in life Attending more yoga classes, spending more time unconnected from the web and partaking in long, flowing bike rides without a care in the world.

As Festivus and winter set in, the bikes resting at ease in the front bedroom. I turned my attention homeward, focusing more on the events of my daily life. It truly is possible to attend a silent retreat, where my only interactions with my surroundings are with a smile and an attentive ear. I stopped listening to the radio while driving, the TV stays off when I get home from work and magically  My son and I are reading more in front of the fireplace.

It is such a relief to be free of “noise The stillness in my heart is based solely on silence rather than a frantic beat or change in tempo.

I have begun to notice in this “silence,” the crunch of salt on the walkways leading into work, the rustle of a few stubborn leaves in the breeze, a red tail hawk gliding past

Silence has kindly given me clarity and inspiration.

Daily Meditation:

Be kind your body and heart today

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The Meeting

After so long an absence
At last we meet again:
Does the meeting give us pleasure,
Or does it give us pain?

The tree of life has been shaken,
And but few of us linger now,
Like the Prophet’s two or three berries
In the top of the uttermost bough.

We cordially greet each other
In the old, familiar tone;
And we think, though we do not say it,
How old and gray he is grown!

We speak of a Merry Christmas
And many a Happy New Year
But each in his heart is thinking
Of those that are not here.

We speak of friends and their fortunes,
And of what they did and said,
Till the dead alone seem living,
And the living alone seem dead.

And at last we hardly distinguish
Between the ghosts and the guests;
And a mist and shadow of sadness
Steals over our merriest jests.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Skating

Compassion is the basis of morality-

Here is the flat-out, honest truth you have been searching for your entire life: You are going to screw up eventually.

Everyone, You, me – the dude picking his nose in the car next to you  Make many mistakes, daily.

A few times in the not so distant past, I have lamented painfully about self-compassion. Self-compassion (loosely defined) is the extent to which you treat yourself with kindness. Self-compassion differs from the likes self-esteem (its critical to note this), which is how good you feel about yourself.  Self-compassion determines how well you spring back from adversity during the course of the day. Like getting down on ourselves when “things” go sideways Treating ourselves and others with kindness, makes it infinitely easier to recover from harmful experience(s).

Daily Meditation:

When our sole focus is intent on protecting our self-esteem, we can’t afford to look at ourselves objectively, honestly and with a pure heart. We fail to acknowledge the need for improvement, because it means acknowledging weaknesses, shortcomings and maybe – That we screwed up somewhere in our past

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Sonnet 53

What is your substance, whereof are you made,
That millions of strange shadows on you tend?
Since every one hath, every one, one shade,
And you, but one, can every shadow lend.
Describe Adonis, and the counterfeit
Is poorly imitated after you;
On Helen’s cheek all art of beauty set,
And you in Grecian tires are painted new.
Speak of the spring and foison of the year,
The one doth shadow of your beauty show,
The other as your bounty doth appear;
And you in every blessed shape we know.
In all external grace you have some part,
But you like none, none you, for constant heart.

- William Shakespeare

GobbleGobble my Dear Readers!

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Dense Blues

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly-

Like a freshly packed snowball hitting you up-side the head, Christmas is finally here.  Many blog-o-peeps would tell you that life is “grand” and “splendid” this time of year although out here in the “real” world … We struggle with stress, family and other worries that muddle our thoughts.

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Seeking out solitude for a few peaceful minutes to think is a true blessing:  A warm cup of tea before the little ones awaken, running your favorite trail tonight and taking a long nap while watching ‘A Christmas Story’ for the fifth time.

A few peaceful and thoughtful minutes …

The Plan-

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The Workout-

Hill Sprints … As a Warm Up followed by:

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1 Minute Perfect Handstand Hold

35 Perfect Push Ups

1 Minute Perfect Handstand Hold

30 Perfect Push Ups

1 Minute Perfect Handstand Hold

25 Perfect Push Ups

1 Minute Perfect Handstand Hold

20 Perfect Push Ups

1 Minute Perfect Handstand Hold

15 Perfect Push Ups

Notes:

Our gift to you Dear Reader this Christmas?!?

Gratitude.  Our CultFit family has some of the most dedicated and passionate peeps around and we truly can not thank you enough for your continued support.  We sincerely wish all of you and your families a Merry Christmas!  Be well friends and ENJOY!!!

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What Will Be Will Be

You must know your strengths (the size of your back) and endure the weight that fate puts on it. You must leave it to providence to remove some of your burden or put more. If you falter while carrying the weight around, then treat each one as a learning for the soul. It is a fair deal-

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If you are anything like us (we hope you are not) you have waited until the last-minute to do your holiday shopping, well done.

What if we told you that the greatest gift you could possibly give doesn’t cost a penny, not one?!?

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Our gift to you, Presence: A open Heart and a receptive Mind.

Presents are great!  Don’t get us wrong although at times they fail to convey the thoughtfulness and generosity of simply being Present.

Relationships, sharing the Memory of your first Christmas as a new parent and creating new Stories to share next year.

Have you really listened to the stories of the lovely peeps in your life? Might we suggest giving the greatest gift of all this holiday season… Presence.

The Plan-

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The Workout-

A nice flowing Warm Up consisting of some Balance Beam work and Jumping/Climbing some rope.  Followed by:

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20 Perfect KB Floor Presses

20 Perfect Push Ups

20 KB Cleans

200-300-400 … Total reps is up to you?  Or carry on for 30 minutes?!?

Notes:

Be well this weekend and ENJOY!!!

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