And then there are the times when the wolves are silent and the moon is howling-
We can learn so much by looking up at the sky, with wide eyes, in wonder. We can feel deeply when sitting beneath a tree, in stillness after practicing yoga with some close friends. We can experience every sense nature presents to us while lying down in dewy grass after finishing a race. Nature is here to remind us and allow us to become curious about the great mystery of balance, harmony and life.
One of the Gifts that can arise from a recent bout of injuries, the inevitable surgeries, and rehab is a gift that can also be reaped from reading cheeky a poem by Shel Silverstein: Slowing Our Pace In Life. In the time it takes you to recover from injury so many clouds will gently float past you, you’ll start to take notice of the flowers growing diligently in a nearby field. The words filling the page will take on completely new meaning, depth. This simple act of just “being“ will ignite a new understanding of yourself, forgiving you for all the abuse you have subjected yourself to.
Because of our mind numbing daily pace, we all forget, that sometimes, we are an integral part of nature. Be well today and take care.
A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you-
Undoubtedly you have noticed some changes here over the past fortnight. Since day one we have been changing, this applies to your cute life story as well. Indeed many “things” in life change and if you could allow us a few moments of your precious time, we would like to share some questions we received recently via email. Each one hints at change and rather than writing a painfully, bloviated post? Prolixity is not something you will find here …
*We are paraphrasing the emails for your reading pleasure.
Tom – From Seattle
… Great site! Could you tell me more about your early posts? You guys seem to have quite a distaste towards CrossFit, the purveying atmosphere around CrossFit and those who choose to engage in extreme fitness programs?
Tom, our story here is one of injury, pain and suffering. Almost all of our off-line members (many of you as well) have suffered life altering injuries participating in events they loved and CrossFit just so happens to one of them. The early posts were raw with emotion, hate and vitriol … Then something changed. The problem was not the event, sport or routine (CrossFit). It was us. Hate is a powerful emotion that has evaporated over time and the more closely you analyze the details relating to the injuries, trying to find causation … You realize that you yourself are the problem.
Trish – From Auckland
… I’m curious as to why you guys switched to a Creative Commons License?
Trish, from post number one CultFit has been uncopyrighted. In essence this means every post has been released in the public domain, and the copyright on these posts as well.
There is no need to email asking for our permission … Everyone reading this today is free to use our content, however you choose! Email it, Pin-It, Like It, Share It, Write a book with “IT”. Your credit is appreciated but not required.
What you see here is yours, to do as you please. Our mindset of Seva is to give and not to hold, to let go of ownership and free ourselves of the stress and pain of trying to protect ownership (writing a book – copyrights). It is from this humble mindset that we embrace uncopyright. We sincerely hope that in doing so, our community will be better for it and we will all have a smile on our faces.
Valentines Day will be the last day we post here at WordPress. You will be able to find us at Cultfit.org from then on out. There will be no “Likes” or “Follows” but rest assured we will be kicking around these parts enjoying your thoughts, company and inspiring posts.
Email us at: CultFit
Twitter thing: CultFit Tweet
Use your Email Machine: CulFit email follow
Much like life, our new site is in work and evolving. Enjoy the rest of your weekends and be well!
To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.
― Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them
Introspection and Contemplation … Balance through thought. Oh, it’s a Rest Day in case you were wondering.
We have been at this blog-o-thing now for a little over two years, over this time we have met quite a few amazing peeps to say the least. If you are new to CultFit, please read the work above, again, in a more personal way. Allow the words to find meaning within you. In essence, the splendid work by Christian D. Larson embodies everything we are here at CultFit.
The flaws of cyclic existence: Relatives at home, enemies, friends and possessions in the world are the causes of worry for the body and mind. Only virtuous actions can benefit others. Therefore, I will not be attached to these ties and I will cast them away as I would a snake in my lap.
… We can still live free, while living in our current high-tech society by taking the time to simplify our lives. How? Physical and Mental De-cluttering. It does take some time to realize that our material possessions do not bring us the happiness that simple immaterial experiences do … A kiss, A hug, a nice run. By getting rid of these unnecessary “things” we allow room for new “things” to come into our lives. Taking part in a regular “spring cleaning” can help us to live every day as if it was a fresh start.
No longer will you be held back by your past…
Trial Run and Hill Sprints to get the blood flowing … Followed By:
200m Sprint (Embody the word Sprint-Cool)
20 Heavy Double Kb Front Squats (If your pretty little elbows touch your body at anytime? Start over from zero)
Eight is a pretty remarkable number to shoot for …
Later today we are going to have a good friend over for a chat and maybe some tea. The lovely Laura Yochelson will be over to talk about her new book ” In the name of BEING WELL, I made MYSELF SICK.”
Be well this morning and ENJOY!!!
A person who passes his days without donations and enjoyments is like a blacksmith’s bellows, he breathes but does not live-
**CAUTION- Where do we begin? The post you are about to read has been chopped, diced and pureed into the fine mess below. The topic at hand is very profound and wide-ranging however it is vitally important to understand. Actually this post was part of a much larger project we are working on: A book, with real pages if you can believe that!?! Then we had an epiphany: Unless we reclaim our virginity and dreamed that we are being wined, dined, spanked and teased? No one would buy our book anyways, Holy Crap!!!**
Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, The local co-op. We all live in this “Shell” of an existence thinking that what we consume is akin to organic food for our souls, which is conveniently grown and consumed by people who have a deep respect for themselves and living a healthy life. Maybe you are one of these people?
Sadly what most of us are consuming daily is fast food for our souls: X-Factor, TMZ, iAnythings, The Facebook, WordPress and the latest, juiciest gossip from our friends (the list is never-ending). Fast food for our souls is tasty and addictive, finger licking good to be exact!
Pop quiz Hot Shot: Does your daily lifestyle provide real “nourishment for your soul? When we look around us at work, at the Box or Gym and even in the mirror? What we see and process is: Regular folks, peeps- starving for real sustenance in their lives.
Is the diet/food you consume daily dense? Is your workout program you struggle with dense? Is your highly addictive social media diet, dense?
What happens when we replace water with Mountain Dew, Green Tea for an eggnog latte? What happens when we replace the simple pleasure of reading with our kids, enjoying conversation with a dear friend? With an evening filled of Pinning Crap and Instagraming Sh!t? The answers should be self-evident peeps. Yet, as the moon sets tonight and the sun arises tomorrow … We will continue gorging ourselves with our fast food diet, without ever realizing that it very well may be slowly killing each and every one of us.
**Before you begin the Program today passionately follow these steps, you will be amazed at the difference in your workout/mood. Also, feel free to follow these steps before your very own program!**
In no particular order focus on the following:
Mind your feet while you’re getting ready this morning and during your Warm Up.
Mind your chair while you’re typing away at work.
When putting on your running/workout shoes? Try and put on the one you usually put on last, first.
Drink your tea without sugar if you’re used to sugar in your tea. If you’re used to not using sugar, just once put some sugar in your tea (or coffee). Leave the water bottle in the car while you work out. Become aware of the patterns in your life, they are extremely hard to break!
When you have to wait for something (Starbucks, Queue at the store, Waiting for a machine) breathe consciously, five deep breaths.
Take notice, right now. Where you are. Take a deep breath … Notice five things you can see. Notice five things you can hear, notice five things you can feel. Followed by:
Happy Hips Warm Up is in full effect and comes highly recommended by our kind staff! Followed by:
Overhead Walking Lunge (pick a distance as steps do not count today)
15 Broad Jumps
How many sets/time is up to you! If we told you ten or thirty minutes? You would kill yourself trying to reach this mystical number, oh wait … That’s kinda what we do already isn’t it?!?
If you are looking for answers to the questions above? Look elsewhere as we do not have them for you. The answers you seek reside deep inside you somewhere. Feel free to crack open a bottle of wine and talk about these questions and more with your friends and family this weekend (preferably in real life – face to face) … Make the moments you spend together, Dense. ENJOY!!!