All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything-
There is only one universal concept that brings everyone -everything together in this beautiful world – Oneness.
The concept of oneness and being part of a vast, infinitely elaborate web of interconnectedness is not a new concept. Let’s pause and think about this for a moment. When we arrive at yoga class (just one example – embrace any event) it was our decision alone to be there, to show up, unfurling our mat(s) and opening ourselves up to the limitless possibilities we are about to explore. Oneness is a unifying concept that has survived even in our neomanic world. You can physically feel the energy flowing during class if you open your body and mind, allowing “oneness” to fill your spirit.
Too many people are living in a dystopian world, embracing illusions of separation, “me” first – Sadly.
Focused intention on living our daily lives with oneness at the forefront of our thoughts? Will be reflected in everything we do, during yoga class or while stuck in traffic. Welcome to reality …
Truth is not something outside to be discovered, it is something inside to be realized-
Can we all agree that some of the posts here are rather cheeky at times, silly, wasted, pointless? Who wants to talk about authenticity, forgiveness, spirituality, mindfulness?
The best gift you can ever give those you love, and those who care deeply about you, is a healthy “you“. Sounds cheesy, right? Seriously, I thought having a chiseled body doing yoga and performing 1000+ crunches a day was well enough, but a healthy “you“?
Consider for one fleeting moment this morning what I am suggesting. If you are as healthy as you can be, in both mind and spirit, you will be the best possible version of yourself. Less time talking about failed run times, painful yoga sessions and more energy devoted to exploring the world with others.
We could talk about knowing our personal limit(s), making the best use of our time and energy while maintaining a healthy relationship with our body … But this topic is dull and painfully tedious?!?
Quite possibly the greatest gift you can ever offer yourself is not running a marathon or becoming a yoga teacher. Accepting yourself, right now, with no make up, pink bunny slippers and all, is so very powerful … Maybe not as powerful as doing 103 sun salutations in a row, but close enough?!?
When you offer your true, whole self to whatever(*), in both mind and spirit? … Boring stuff right?
* (I figuratively and literally mean whatever: relationships, sex, fixing a flat tire, running … whatever.)
A great man is always willing to be little-
Let’s engage in a rather broad conversation this morning shale we?
“What on your part constitutes growth”
Ripped abs, slimmer fitting clothes, blasting your back and chest performing super sets at the gym (don’t forget to pose in the mirror), bragging about numbers and how many reps fought through, taking a picture of yourself in some ridiculous yoga pose?
Humility may be one of the most misunderstood and under appreciated aspects of our daily experience. Humility does not necessarily mean lowering yourself below other folks, letting said people walk all over your very existence, cut you off in queue at the grocer or even treat you like you’re inferior to breathing the same air as they are. Embracing humility means being neutral, letting go of the urge to get the last word in, placing yourself above others and basically telling a bunch of self-righteous fairy tales. We expend far too much of our daily energy, squandered in the mindless striving for importance: Getting “ripped,” asking someone to admire your ass after an hour-long leg workout.
The stark truth of the matter is that you don’t have to get drawn into daily ego-competitions (sword fights anyone?!? Anyone …) and petty games anymore.
We grow as individuals when we free our mind and spirit of the need to feel bigger, superior to those around us.
Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful-
What is THE WORST training tool we have available to use? Our eyes …
Our eyes mislead us while our best training tool and the one seldom used is our Mind.
The images our eyes capture play a large role in how we organize our perceptions. If you are capable of daydreaming at work?!? Then you can learn how to visualize and meditate.
Let’s start early this morning for good measure:
· A good way to start is to simply think about your home or apartment.
· Imagine that you are standing outside and looking at your front door.
· Describe your door in detail (aloud). What color is the door? What is the shape of the door handle? How high is the door? What does it sound like if you knock on it?
· The part of your mind that you are using to describe the door is the part we use for visualization.
· Now, imagine your door in a different color. First blue, then red, etc. Use your imagination and pretend if you need to. The more you can pretend the better your imagination will be.
Like many “things” in our lives, we forget as we age. Hand a thoughtful little dude a Matchbox car and watch what happens …
There are literally millions of yoga poses, trillions is actually more actuate of a number. Try this: Stand on one foot, hand on the hip of the leg firmly planting you to the ground, your other hand picking at your ear vigorously (keep picking until you find something). Let’s call this pose: CultFita Hasta Padangustasana
True, passionate yoga practice has Nothing to do with the poses.
So on that lovely note, today is a Rest Day. You are free to obsess over your killer pose … We will be going for a Walk and focusing/visualizing on proper breathing?!? <— Hint – Hint
Thank you to the peeps who took a second to “Subscribe to our feed” yesterday. For your convenience HERE is the link again. You can also follow us on The Twitter Machine . Rest assured we will not pester you with self-absorbed crap via a random “tweet”.
Be well today and ENJOY!!!
For more awesome work by Dain Fagerholm … Head over to DAiN8
In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act-
Pop quiz Hot Shots:
The Best CultFit Posts of 2012
Gathered conveniently for you, here are the best posts from 2012, as judged by some random dude (actually all of you):
|This is profoundly sad …||11,683|
|Tuesday 24 April 2012||1,673|
|Testing The Path Not Normally Taken||1,481|
|Maybe It’s His Fault||1,391|
|Grappling With Forgiveness||1,356|
|Guide to the London Summer Games: CultFit Style||1,259|
|Big Trouble Upstairs||1,221|
|Wednesday 20 June 2012||1,197|
|Wednesday 4 April 2012||1,188|
|A Thought Provoking Blog …||1,152|
|Sunday 11 September 2011||1,151|
|Friday 27 April 2012||1,149|
|Wednesday 9 May 2012||1,134|
|You Brought A Gun To A Knife Fight …||1,127|
|The Beautiful Blogger Award…||1,122|
What to look forward to in 2013
We are going step back and strip CultFit of all its distractions, gimmicks, promotions and more. The main objective is to leave you, our Dear Reader with a pure and simple reading experience. Reading and digesting the words presented to you without any distractions.
What we feel is necessary for a simple, enjoyable reading experience:
- Pithy, socially relevant topics to help you come to peace with your body and mind
- No comments or “like” buttons to distract you from our message
- A pleasant and easily read format
- Minimal navigation, Minimal pics. Featured content for a “In and Out” experience
- A breath of fresh air amidst a sea of distractions
The “Workout” in 2013
Acquaint yourself with this lovely word:
Slowly and surely we will be migrating content to our new site, so all hope is not lost! CultFit will still be here tomorrow, in all its dreadful glory. Thank you once again for making CultFit what it is! Be well this New Year and ENJOY!!!
A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.
Rest Day … Meditation. A time to find peace and harmony.
**The first peep to chime in with that is WRONG in this picture may win something?!?**
We’re chilling out today and taking a break. Feel free to join us if you like … ENJOY!!!
I workout. I hit the gym … Yesterday I did ankles-
The decision is yours. Either you can look at the witty, avant-garde photos with a chuckle and a smile? Or, if you like you are free to hang around as we strip back a few layers for your viewing pleasure?!?
Day one peeps clearly understand we give only a few shakes of the proverbial lamb’s tail when it comes to site stats and dreadful “stuff“ like that. It’s not what drives us or motivates us; Past, present or future! However we have been seeing quite a few emails and messages of late asking: “What is up with this nonsense over here at CultFit HQ, bro or brah (if you hail from Eugene, OR)?” From what we gather from our ongoing conversations with these fine folk is that peeps are really tiring of the Extreme, ELITE, Kranked and Cardio Barre Burn fitness fads (Ja Ja Ja).
These words will read as highbrow and superior. Conveying tone in a blog-o-post can be arduous to say the least … We stand before you humble and laid bare.
One of the driving forces if not the only principle for CultFit is Karma Yoga. Quite simply, Karma Yoga is the gentle practice of giving back to the communities of which you are a part. CultFit has two parts: What you see here before you and if you ever get up off your un-motivated butt? Our offline, more intimate version. In our most pure form we embrace Seva, selfless service. Seva is an act of kindness and generosity that neither demands, nor expects, reciprocation.
Now this is where old Uncle Mo gets all pissy about the “Money Grab“ and “Look at Me“ ELITE individuals of the world (Those in the Know -Know whom we speak of) … Not today, we promise!
One of the great hall marks of our generation is that, more times than not we only take and not give back. A friend recently defined the Law of Karma as to say: “You get what you give.” We implore you (along with us) to give back to those around you! We are not talking about writing a post about your new shoes, heart rate monitor or What You Ate for Wednesday (Damn, that’s today … Oops!). Hypothetically speaking it would be refreshing NOT to read and hear about peeps: Volunteering at a local food kitchen, Donating time after work to mentor young kiddos, Helping an elderly neighbor …
If you would like to learn more about what we offer off of the inter-webz or if you would like to share ideas about giving back? Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now back to our regularly scheduled program:
Slowly we will purge the Justin Bieber’s of the musical world …
One example of giving back to your community:
The hover-moms thought a merry-go-round was way too dangerous? Coconut water has never looked so glorious spilling from someones mouth as when they saw this apparatus above!!!
Not For Time …
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Thick Grip Barbell Curls and Perfect Push Ups (Feet up Peeps) Followed by:
Take the number of stops you make this morning going to work (Stop sign, street light etc) x 10 and this will determine how many Hard Style KB Swings you perform later tonight!
So what does all this mean? If from here on out, each and every time you open the “CultFit has published a new post” email on your precious iPad? Think of this: We as individuals may not get what we give. Although in giving, we keep this whole darn world thing running. Be well today and ENJOY!!!