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It’s never too late to pursue a new avenue. Conventional society says we should follow streets X, Y and Z and stay in those lanes for life. Even if we strayed from those paths at a young age, taking the proverbial road less traveled, what has been etched deep in our bones and deep in our cells, can still keep us from going from where we are to where we want to be, despite giving 110%. Shifting this stagnation out of our minds and bodies may take years, even decades, to achieve.
On the other hand, folks who followed what society deemed the “right” direction often find themselves lost later in life. Confused, frustrated, upset and feeling misled, they find themselves begging for something else, something more, something different. Decades of consciconscientiously created plans seem all for naught. The old “mid-life crisis” can truly seep in at any age. Instead of writing it off and attempting to turn away from it, we suggest tuning in.
In both scenarios, guilt, confusion and commitments can prevent us from investigating what is occurring, ultimately seeing a new path, then nailing down the pivot point. Pivoting is a scary move. Entrepreneurs must find ways to turn scenarios around on a dime, surfing each day every day. But not everyone is accustomed to that kind of upheaval or quick shift. Sometimes multiple pivots must take place before we re-navigate toward the direction that truly resonates with us. The avenue that screams from the mountain tops and echos, Hell Yeah.
If we find ourselves asking ourselves: What the hell is going on? Why am I so all over the place? Am I having a mid-life crisis? Am I on the right road? Am I taking care of myself as much as I am meeting the needs and expectations of those around me? Am I only focused on myself and actually pretty unaware of those around me? Why am I simply not stoked about my life? The opportunity to get curious about this state, investigate it, and gain understanding around it always exists
To find our way, we must first ask ourselves, "What is straight-up not working?". We then plow through the stickiness of the situation which requires strength, flexibility, great attention and the willingness to continually adapt to the current moment. Eventually, we emerge on the other side, with the opportunity to foster new-found spaciousness, allow, create new commitments, and pivot.
Drop any comparison to others. Notice when being too hard on oneself. Notice when not being hard enough on oneself. Zillions of people in their 30’s, 40's and 50’s on up have designed new experiences, new pathways, new businesses, new lifestyles, new communities and essentially lives they consider worth living. The choice is ours. What steps can you take to find your fresh version of freedom today?
It’s never too late. We truly have the freedom to change our minds at any time. If any of this resonates with you, our team is here to offer ways, both minimally and maximally exploratory, to tap into your potential, clear what stands in the way, and support your progression. Let’s après.
Botox ~ Empathy ~ Mind+Body
Believe in Embodied Cognition. Here’s Why:
Western thinkers have long thought the mind to be the driver, flying the plane while our body is just the passenger along for the ride on a one-way flight. However, studies on Botox are proving otherwise. These studies have shown that people, in this case celebrities, who received Botox on frown lines were uplifted, sometimes instantaneously, out of depression. Good for them. The unfortunate flip side, however, is that when unable to lift an eyebrow or crinkle a forehead, their ability to empathize with other people, to feel their sorrow or pain, was erased – they simply could not. We now know human connection is just as important within holistic health as anything else. All the kale in the world does not resolve inner conflict including lack of love and connection often leading to severe depression, alcoholism, and other addictions. But without the ability to empathize, how can people truly connect?
Somehow, freezing the face was creating changes in the mind. It turns out that our facial expressions are meshed into our emotions and we cannot actually have one without the other. So what occurs between our ears also happens to occur within the body - an integrated, whole-system experience. Our gut, now known as our second brain, has 500 million nerve cells, 100 million neurons, 30 different neurotransmitters and 90 percent of the body’s supply of serotonin which is responsible for mood and well-being. Ever heard of “gut instinct”? Our heart has about 40,000 neurons that work in shaping emotion, perception, and decision-making. Therefore, the body is truly co-pilot.
The old sages of India somehow knew this 5,000 years ago using the body to prompt higher states of awareness. Today, we even know from schools of acting that the posture we assume supports the emotion we want to feel in a certain situation. If you have watched Amy Cuddy’s famous TED Talk on body language, certain stances taken for only a few minutes can induce enough of a change in our psychology and physiology to quickly decrease stress and essentially increase confidence. So imagine what moving through the Sun Salutations of a typical yoga asana class could do for you?
The science is now backing why we feel such a significant shift after moving through a practice linking the deep yogic breath with movement. Eastern practices of various kinds have tapped into “energy” and therefore transcendence in a way that has seemed all to “woo woo” to the West for a very long time. However, science is finally catching up to the old sages of India. And while the West inherited the notion of the mind being separate from the body, it turns out - everything is connected.
We are currently the most disembodied generation to date with our stressful tech-heavy modern day lifestyles. But we don’t have to, and perhaps should not, first use the mind to process this craziness. We can shift it by reconnecting our minds and bodies. How? Through movements and practices of many kinds, but especially through highly embodied practices such as yoga that emphasize both strength and flexibility, balance, integration of masculine and feminine, and the most state-altering component being the simultaneous connection of the deep yogic breath with movement, truly shifting our physiology for the better. With so many options, such as yoga, tai chi, qi gong and even smaller segments of the bigger picture such as myofascial release, we can tap in, turn on, and tune UP by way of our very own personal biocomputers which include our bodies and minds.
Join me this winter at Akasha Yoga in Jackson Hole, WY, Wednesdays 8am, for Vinyasa Flow rooted in Ashtanga and Iyengar practices with perpetual focus on the breath to cultivate embodied cognition. Shift your state, find your freedom.
No one knows this better than you. The entrepreneur, the professional athlete, the exec at the job you absolutely love.
With discipline, in the physical realm, we create time. Time is freedom. Freedom also exists in other realms…
You made it happen. You created a life you love. But something is still missing.
Could your health be better so that when you do have free time you are not so exhausted and blown out that all you can do is lie in front of the TV? Or go on a vacation that doubles as an adventure instead of lying on a beach the entire time trying to recapture the sleep you lost over the last few months?
Were you a professional athlete 15 years ago who is still hanging on to what once was? Spending your current time still trying to ride that wave, numbing yourself when you can’t deal with life, and eating poorly to the point of detriment?
Do you claim to be a writer because you’ve written for a magazine or two, yet that book, that book you’ve spent 20 years thinking about is still just a dream?
Do you call meetings that cut into the efficiency of your employees’ work? Therefore cutting into overall production, costing your bottom line?
Are you having cocktails instead of adding a happy hour run, swim, or outdoor adventure to your schedule, yet still saying you are waaaay too busy and have no time for that?
Is your quality time spent looking outward at what everyone else is doing instead of looking within, digging deep, and committing time every single day to your personal and professional projects?
Or - are you BE-ing in the present? Are you observing your actual current status? Are you observing how you speak to yourself, therefore how you speak to your personal and professional relations? Are you observing how your thoughts, language, and actions affect not only yourself, but those around you? Are you noticing where you are now, and then one step further – where you want to be?
Here’s the deal… you have already found some success. Taking just a moment out of your oh so busy schedule to really take a good look at yourself can go a long way. The problem is that sometimes we are so in our egos and so busy being “busy” that we cannot see past ourselves. We think we are doing everything possible to make our personal and professional lives better, but we simply are not.
A fresh set of eyes coming from a completely neutral place, someone who knows nothing about who you are or who you once were, can easily examine any hang ups and expertly guide you to what’s next. But be ready. A great coach has serious skills. They will call you out on your shit before you even know what is happening. They will not be afraid to tell you what no one else will dare say to you.
All the moments pointing the finger at others, telling people what you need, telling people how things are going to go, compartmentalizing, attempting to control everything, speaking rather than listening, time lost on social media, time spent avoiding versus taking responsibility, time wasted walking away versus stepping into your fears… some of these examples just might fall into the lack of discipline category.
Life is all about balance and it should be all about FUN. Fun is simply not possible if your current status is full of numbing and filling voids in unhealthy ways, asking others to meet you halfway, but not doing the same, and ultimately looking outward versus inward. Fun is freedom. Freedom evolves from time. Time evolves from discipline. Discipline creates freedom.
A coach is not going to tell you what you want to hear. A coach is going to hold you accountable. Then with the discipline you create, there’s a good chance that in the future you could add another bigger better longer adventure to your life. No matter your situation, freedom in all realms is always an option.
Are you up for the challenge?
You must learn to get in touch with the innermost essence of your being.
This true essence is beyond the ego.
It is fearless; it is free; it is immune to criticism; it does not fear any challenge.
It is beneath no one, superior to no one, and full of magic, mystery and enchantment.