Sweet Peas

A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for-

At the risk of mentioning something new, doing “things” a little bit different for a change I have sensed for some time that many of my kind and passionate readers (just like you) need a pinch of courage to get them to finally go after their hearts desire, whatever that may be. Maybe its shedding the thought of looking silly in yoga class, or out-of-place at the gym. I personally know it takes a lot of courage to say no to running and choosing a nice relaxing walk instead. I could go on and on with examples, instead here is a tidy little list of ideas to be courageous today.

Make a mistake during yoga class today, like on purpose.

Follow your hearts desire while ordering a coffee.

Say, “I don’t know” instead of “I’ll look it up … ”

Genuinely ask for help from someone, instead of asking Siri.

Share your vulnerable moments, openly.

Trust your inner intuition, the crazier the better.

Let the past be just that – The past.

Love yourself.

Say “yes” to the things you want and “no” to those things you don’t.

Ask someone how they are this morning, and really listen to their answer, instead of formulating your own.

Let go of your need to control everything, all of the time.

Let go of being busy this afternoon.

Say kind things to yourself, whilst staring into a mirror.

Be open to changing course, even at the very last moment.

Daily Meditation:

How have I been courageous this beautiful morning?

I set some new personal boundaries, listened to and trusted my instincts, decided to say no to riding to work – instead choosing to practice yoga instead. I penned a self-serving advice post, which many of you know I loathe Be well today and please take care!

CultFit Clouds

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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!

CultFit Alien


(la)tente

Change is one of the most vibrant elements we can use to create a different tomorrow-

When we change or let go of the negative “things” in our life? New, better and deeper connections rarely come rushing through the door

The real dirty truth, our souls become bewildering quiet. Life starts to feel boring, discouraging and frustration seeps into every crevice of our being. It seems as though nothing is happening. However Dear Reader(s), this precious moment in our lives (which often seems to last far too long) is THE essential part during the process of change.

Something is indeed happening, we just can’t see it yet primarily do our impatience Like a fluorescent light bulb which needs a period of dormancy as it gathers the needed energy to shine, deep changes are happening which haven’t yet manifested themselves. In my personal case, where I have ended an abusive relationship with myself (If you take pics of your sore knees or whatever after a race to post? You are in an abusive relationship with yourself), I (we) simply need time to heal.

Notes:

I often get asked why I seek out so much alone time, I simply answer with a smile: Healing and Centering. Be well this afternoon and please take care!

CultFit Rising

 


Wild(Fire)

Enlightenment is intimacy with all things-

I still get shocked by the hostility that sometimes comes flying at me when I write or talk about exploring intimacy, and more specifically how intimacy relates to wellness. To me: There is no delineation between the two.

These days, I am very careful about how to engage in conversations relating to intimacy and wellness, as I have come to realize that there is still a tremendous amount of taboo surrounding talking about our desire(s). It amazes me and stuns me every time I trip over another barrier that is keeping many of us in a place of uncomfortable innuendo rather than a place of delicious pleasure.

The only way that we can break these societal taboos is to talk about the things that can make some people uncomfortable. I choose to do so daily, and some folks may squirm. Although in the end, the barriers to our true spirit whither away and fall apart

Am I actually talking about something radical here? I suppose it all hinges on the premise that pleasing others, is your pleasure? I implore you to think about this today, pretty please?

Notes:

It should also be noted this post ties directly into the post F(low). If you don’t have an intimate relationship with Yoga – Trail Running – Whatever? Hmm something to consider

CultFit Attention


Since We Last Spoke

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field.  I’ll meet you there.  When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”

The one “thing” that keeps us writing is the friendships we have developed over the past year with you, our dear readers.  All of us have different backgrounds, yet we also share a great deal in common.

Grown up chat time amongst close friends.

Many well-intentioned blog-o-sphere peeps common belief is that:  If they buy the right book, find the right workout program, discover the proper weight-loss program, employ the right combination of body spray, dress in the latest seasonal Lululemon colors, eat organic fruit from Whole Foods … While also having the latest gadget, having the best yoga mat in class, chanting the best mantra, eating gluten-free, pressing the right pressure-points while foam rolling and breathing the proper way chomping on a veggie burger?  Everything in their nettlesome lives will be perfect.

Here’s the truth between friends.

If you drink more than a liter of water a day, find nice shoes that fit, and go for a walk daily (even when it’s nasty outside), only THEN will all of our life’s mysteries and problems be solved.

We know you don’t want to hear this next series of thoughts, tough luck!  We, YOU and the peeps behind you.  Spend too much of our day, day dreaming and writing witty blog posts on why our lives seem so oddly out of balance.  We want to make life better for those we love.  We also want to improve the world we call home and give it the wisdom of what we have to offer.  We want to know how to do “something” better and we look to those who will provide guidance.

Here’s the problem:  We spend so much time giving advice to others that we simply forget about ourselves.

The advice we give only satisfies the recipients appetite for so long, then the hunger strikes again.  Wanting better, fresher and smarter advice than the day before.  A vicious cycle begins …

Do you truly want to know how to improve across all areas of your life?  From doing the wash to performing a kipping pull up?

BloomBlossomFlourish

Roll up your sleeves and get dirty …

The Plan-

Link of the Day: From Sea to Shining Sea

The Workout-

Today’s program is likely the hardest one we have ever done.  If you would like to know more about it please email us at:

cultfit@gmail.com

Notes:

You should eat a gluten-free, vegan diet and wash it down with some refreshing coconut water.  Boot camps are for the weak at mind, X-Fit is where it’s at.  Pilates is for soccer moms and Yoga is for, well … If you ever needed advice?  You won’t find it here friends.  Be well today and ENJOY!!!


No One Said It Would be Easy

Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example-

Top Tips, Advice, Input … All of these are tedious and boring, something we painstaking try not to push your way.  The closest we have ever come to “Advice” is ‘Ole Uncle Mo gently slapping you up side the noggin, and let’s be honest:  We all need a good slap up side the head from time to time.

So on that note, we will be tossing out some talking points this week as we slowly start to fall into hibernation here in the Northern Hemisphere.  It’s a slow process but we all do it, yeah you too!!!  Our hibernation starts with the shorter days and the cooler temps, then the excuses start to pour in:  Too Cold, Too Dark, Too Many Pumpkin Spiced Everything’s!

Hey girl!  Check out the Chica over on the treadmill.  Yeah, the one there chatting up the new trainer dude … She has and will soon have everything you want in life?!?

Jealousy and Envy are great personal tools to use, albeit when used with tact and great care.

Jealousy and Envy are rather ugly, nasty emotions we display more times during the day than we initially thought.  You know what though?  These handy little emotions secretly tell us the truth about our inner-most feelings.  When was the last time you envied or were jealous of someone having a flip-phone?  Never … The fact is: You only envy those who have what you desire the most … You are only jealous when you feel someone has taken something from you.

Most of you reading today spend too much time running away from life, quite literally in fact.  If we stop for a moment to embrace our emotions, whatever they may be?  We can learn so much from them. Our emotions are here:  To teach us, to guide us and to help us make the tough decisions we face in life.

The Plan-

The Workout-

Dust off the Jump Rope and let’s get after this program while the day is still young.

Mess around with your trusty rope for a few minutes to Warm Up.  Followed By:

Jump Rope (for one minute)

3 Turkish Get Ups (each side)

Once again this is not AMRAP … 30 minutes would be nice?!?  If you fancy yourself as Uncle Rico?  Carry on with AMRAP, just keeping it real peeps!

Notes:

Jealousy and Envy (when used properly) can open up the world you were oblivious to or may have taken for granted, before you read this post of course!?!  Take care today and ENJOY!!!


This Is Going To Be Pretty Unbearable …

The more you Twitter the worse you run-

Shame, Shame we know your name peeps!  Not a single one of you reading yesterday took the bait we so generously tossed in your general direction:  You teach what you need to learn.  One little, painless comment for or against would have placated the cantankerous Uncle Sachmo!  But no way Jose, you were way too busy lamenting about all of your grand adventures over the past weekend … Now you shale all suffer.   Performing our best Jesse Pinkman impersonation:  Listen up and pay attention, bitches!!!

The single worst part of dispensing advice to others either in a random blog-o-post or over a few cold PBR’s is that NO ONE (re-read this again) actually follows through with what you have to share.  When most self-absorbed (<— If this word is too abrasive choose another one that best fits your personality) peeps ask a question, they already have a picturesque answer in mind-which is usually, the answer they would like to hear coming from your mouth.

Quick question:  Why ask for advice or help in the first place?  When you know you will not use it.

The challenge to our dear readers today is this:  When someone asks you for help or an opinion later this afternoon.  Zip it up and don’t say a thing to the person asking!  Listen for once and lend a good ear.  Chances are they could care less what you have to say in return.  Listen and help guide them to the answer they want, the answer they want to here from their own mouth.

Is this you?!? <—Must clicky!

Or is this you?!?<—Must Clicky(Dear Lord above let this be you!!!)

The Plan-

The Workout-

Before dawn go outside and enjoy the Moon and Venus dancing in the sky above you.  Awaken your senses with a nice flowing Sun Salutations Series, bringing balance and energy to you this morning.  What you do after this is up to you …

Hat Tip: Tyler Leavitt

Notes:

Pretty unbearable indeed … Smile and ENJOY!!!