Midnight : Flight :

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light

These early morning cycling commutes have me thinking about fear, a lot

Maybe I’m out of touch this morning, although I don’t think anyone in their right mind wishes to walk this beautiful path in life completely fearless. At least after the rush of a close encounter, we can appreciate that our internal warning “thing” is aligned with the red traffic light up ahead, preventing us from crossing the intersection and becoming tasty roadkill for the turkey vultures circling above (I miss roundabouts). Thinking about this for a moment, I don’t think I know anyone who appreciates being afraid for no good reason, or even just being anxious about future events; which just so happens to be my definition of being a “worry wort.

Once I start worrying above and beyond what is needed for the most basic survival (food – water – family – bikes – fantasy hockey …), worry builds upon worry, and my thoughts spin out of control. The question is what to do about worrying when it makes no sense?!?

 : Take a deep breath and return to the present moment :

Daily Meditation:

Our “worried” minds are accustomed to seeing only the negative in life, ignoring the awe-inspiring spectacle of beauty, love, and boundless opportunity that awaits us. Instead of “worrying” about these threats – Red Lights – Road Kill – Turkey Vultures … Maybe we can hone in on what is right in our life, the “little” things, such as the beautiful sky above, dew on a blade of grass and the Pittsburgh Penguins being eliminated from the NHL playoffs.

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Let Go

Making people happy makes people happy-

Link of the day:  Budget Bytes

What exactly is the importance of having a open mind?

Personal and spiritual growth begins with a healthy dose of open-mindedness, that’s the importance. At what age did you stop asking “why”?

For the parents reading this morning, when the little ones ask “why” … Like a billion times before lunch?  It gets old really quick!  We beg of them to stop.  However, and curse us if you may:  Asking “why” should never go away, no matter how cantankerous and old we become.

There is always room for more understanding in our lives.  If dudes want to wear skinny jeans and fedoras while shopping at Whole Foods?  Totally cool … If we stay narrow-minded with the belief that what we know is the divine truth? We end up greeting any and all differing views as a falsehood.   Feel like ruining a relationship real quick?  Stop asking “why” and become less understanding.  We triple dog dare you to try this?!?

There is a looming set of clouds full of ” ignorance” forming on the far horizon.   The ingredients for a  perfect storm are all around us:  Total immersion in social media, failure to notice the changing  environment, lack of empathy towards others, relying on facts and not deep-rooted knowledge.  Are we forgetting anything?

There is hope young Padawan(s)  One way we as a whole can rid ourselves of this storm is to allow the light of higher awareness to shine down warmly upon us:  Ask “why” and practice becoming more open-minded.  Is Mark Sanchez (aka Buttfumble) the best QB in the NFL … Maybe – Maybe not?!?  Let’s discuss this further.


*Better come strong with your QB argument!  Just saying.*

The Workout-

A little homework is in order before we carry on with The Workout today.  Hey, save the comments for after class … Look up these two words using your Google Machine:  Techne and Episteme

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What, you might be asking are these two dreadful little words doing here this morning?

Is your workout based on Techne (craft, experience and know how) … Or, are you trying to impress your friends with Episteme (book knowledge and showing off the title/certifications/badassness of your program).  So on that note:

A nice flowing Warm Up consisting of Crane Pose play and breathing control.  Followed by:

10 KB Perfect Push Ups

10 One Arm KB Bent Over Rows (alternate arms –  load)

10 Step(s) High Knee Walk (each foot – shoes off – walking on clouds)



Techne or Episteme?  Why really?  I’m trying to be open-minded about all of this?  Be well this weekend and please take care!

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