There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up-
What is the secret formula that can provide us with a long and fulfilling life? Most of the nauseating advice we are bombarded with is formulated around living a “healthy lifestyle” (<- whatever this is), leading to assumptions that center primarily on the physical aspects of this thing called life.
“Eat your cauliflower!” “Drink your coconut water!” “Run, walk, cycle, sex, yoga and drink red wine!” Say the experts, and you wonder why our culture is brimming with anxiety! Gotta do this, and we gotta do that if we want to live a long prosperous life! Gotta browse LivingSocial for the best yoga deals, shop organic and eat gluten-free – even if we don’t have Celiac disease. Most of our effort is done with variable success and the predictable stress is eagerly awaiting us around each corner.
How can we feel better about ourselves, boost our confidence naturally and build true inner peace? :Generosity: The quality of being kind, practicing selflessness and understanding, the willingness to give to those in our lives “things” that have value. Generosity is a spiritual principle that provides us with the key to leading a happy and healthy life.
Generosity is a natural (organic – ha!) confidence builder. Generosity acts as a shield against self-hatred and anxiety. By focusing on what we are giving, rather than what we are receiving, we cultivate and nurture a more outward orientation toward the world, shifting the focus away from our physical selves, onto something deeper, something that has a far greater impact on our daily lives.
Each beautiful morning life presents us with a handful of opportunities to be generous; through embracing generosity (not cauliflower, not coconut water, not even gluten-free bread), we can do ourselves and those around us a world of good.
I am deeply grateful to each of you reading today – Take care and be well.
If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath-
This morning, I’m anxious about any number of things and more specifically the Big Ring Ranch MTB Enduro this coming Saturday. I have not been able to find peace and tranquility very well, or as much as I would like the past few days. This race was supposed to happen in June, however Mother Nature won in the end. I feel tense and unsettled no fewer than a couple of times throughout the day: Worrying about pedantic things like gearing, my level of fitness and health, and I worry about “why” I was talked into this in the first place … I worry a lot, because I find comfort in worrying.
The first thing I try to do when my worrying mind takes over, is to figure out what is not working right now in this beautiful moment. Sounds easy enough right? For me personally its harder than it sounds. Some mornings there’s a clear answer to be found during a sun salutation, but often it’s jumbled and convoluted – for my mind is not entirely present. I feel like I’m “hanging out” and going through the “motions.” I feel like I’m going to disappoint a bunch of family and friends – You – My Dear Readers. The once solid relationship I had with myself is spiraling out of control.
Other mornings, though, I really don’t know what the problem is. On the surface it appears that everything’s going fairly well, my breath is in tune with my flow and my mind is centered in the moment. Although, buried under the surface: I’m still struggling with worry.
The more I struggle with worry, the more anxious I become. I desperately need to find peace and tranquility, but how? Where do I start?!?
Does what I shared above sound familiar? Some folks go for a walk, others head to the gym and surrender to a warm bath afterwards to find peace and tranquility. However, through being bold and trying, surrendering to the moment … This is when we find peace and tranquility.
Time to head out for a morning walk.
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom-
“Any” act of creative expression comes with its own unique perils and fear, I believe its safe to say fear, is the antithesis of flow, and that flow is an engaged state of mind in whatever we are doing? Flow feels entirely effortless and free.
Am I talking about yoga, brushing your teeth, trail running, cycling or mixing the perfect cocktail?
Like you, I have rather nifty collection of fear, fear that hinders my flow in life. Let me know if any of these resonate within you?
The fear that I am lacking talent or a particular set of skills (name the movie and you win a prize). The fear that, if anyone notices me (as a dude practicing yoga) they will think less of me. The fear of appearing foolish cycling about the countryside. The fear of not being able to finish a century. The fear that I’ve wasted my time writing this blog. The fear of offending a reader – you. A fear of leaping into the unknown, jumping in over my head … The fear that I’ll run out of fresh – insightful ideas.
If “whatever” you are doing today feels dreadful and tedious? Maybe you and I are doing something wrong. Maybe we need to try again, in a different way … Am I still talking about yoga, brushing our teeth, trail running, cycling or mixing the perfect cocktail?
I am not afraid…I was born to do this-
Today’s Sign of the Apocalypse: Is CrossFit training good for kids?
Continued from Yesterday:
It takes some time although eventually we will achieve our own version of what society defines as aesthetically ideal or pleasing to the eye. For many of us though we achieve this state in such despair that we are utterly disgusted with ourselves. No matter how lean, strong, ripped, hot or sexy we shape our bodies into. There always lingers a deep sense of self-dissatisfaction.
The feeling of inadequacy that each one of us often feels; Makes perfect sense to us now: The motivation to look a certain way will always be driven by the comparison to and competition against others.
Since the puerile reason is to fit into a particular mold that others have created for us, driven by the insecurity and feeling of pressure for not being good enough. All these years, The countless hours in the gym. The early morning runs, The broken, bleeding toenails we have endured. The knee replacements, The spinal fusions, broken ribs, fractured orbital bones. Missing our children’s birthdays and other important dates. The money spent on the latest and greatest products, The countless supplements and money pissed away (literally).
All these years we are (in essence) practicing the art of being insecure. We are getting better at honing our insecurities each and everyday, every marathon or fruitless competition. For many, we have perfected the art of being insecure.
After 400+ posts and countless times slapping you upside the head you should know that: No matter what you do. From Cardio Barre Burn, CrossFit, Yoga, Pilates, Walking, Running, Biking, Picking your nose etc. You get better at what you practice!
“Where does this leave us?“
We are at our nadir here figurative and literally. Our society has gotten really, really good at being insecure. We have passed our keen ability to be insecure onto our children and others we meet … Renewing this vicious cycle each and everyday.
This madness honestly depresses us and we feel lonely, vulnerable.
**99.9845% of the time we like to joke around during a post. Not today.**
We’re totally bummed out. If you want to go for a nice Walk?!? Meet us out front in ten minutes.
“Iconoclast” Punch this nifty word into your Google Machine (Or click the link if you are feeling lazy?!?) today and ENJOY!!!