The Formula for Freedom
What does it mean to live free?
Is there a formula for inner freedom?
A way of Being in the world.
A way to be true to my soul.
A simple formula to live my best, most fulfilling life.
Truth + Authenticity = Freedom
Seek my truth.
Seek my own wisdom.
Trust my own intuition.
Listen to that still small voice.
I am the master of my own life.
Yes, there can be guides along the way.
But, ultimately it’s up to me to find my own truth.
It’s up to me to live my truth.
On the pat…
Embrace Who I Am
I have tried to fit into the way I think the world wants me to be.
It has never worked once.
In my younger days I tried to be someone I wasn’t through heavy alcohol abuse.
It just about destroyed me.
I thought something was wrong with me.
Why don’t I fit in?
Walking into a crowded room with hundreds of different conversations brought me deep anxiety.
Being around too many people for too long drained my energy.
Loud environments are a lot to handle.
There is a strong sense that I don’t b…
It's Safe to Be Great
My greatest fear is standing out from the crowd.
Not being accepted.
Not belonging anywhere.
You see, I have kept myself small to stay safe, to fit in.
I have shrunk back in my life time and time again.
The spotlight, no that isn’t for me.
It’s not safe to be great.
To put myself out there means the possibility of rejection.
It means I could be hurt.
But then the realization hits.
Who am I not to be great?
We all get to be great.
The world needs me to be great.
Get knocked down.
Get back up again and again and again.
Rise up one more time.
Don’t stay down for the count.
Rise up into wholeness.
Rise up into oneness.
Perseverance is the name of the game.
With failing there is no shame.
Fail and fail some more.
Just fail forward.
What is failure anyways?
An opportunity to learn.
Or an opportunity to see ourselves as a failure.
What’s the difference?
Or I am a failure.
The only way to fail is to give up.
We are warriors.…
What does it mean to live life uninhibited?
That is the question I have been asking myself.
Something I haven’t done very well in my life.
I have lived controlled.
I have lived self-consciously.
I have lived worrying about what others think of me.
What is the root of this inhibited life I have been living?
What do I need to do to live uninhibited?
To live from a place where I express my thoughts and feelings unselfconsciously and without restraint?
That sounds very freeing.
Somehow it …
Training My Mind
Training My Mind
I have relentlessly trained my body through the years.
Being disciplined has always been a strength of mine.
Eating a vegan diet, it’s all good.
I simply made a choice one day to stop eating animal products.
Getting to the gym every day, no problem.
It’s just what I do.
But one area that has been an ongoing struggle for me is my thoughts.
I have heard this scripture before a thousand times.
“Be careful what you think because your thoughts run your life.” …
What the Hell is Qi Gong?
That’s a weird name.
What the hell is Qi Gong?
Qi means energy.
Gong means skill.
It’s the skill of working with energy.
Who doesn’t need that?
Who couldn’t use more energy?
Positive energy that is.
How about transforming stress into vitality?
That sounds pretty good.
Sign me up.
It’s ancient wisdom.
It’s been around for 4,000 years developed by the Chinese.
It’s the alignment of breath, movement and awareness.
It’s the art of effortless power.
Inner martial arts.
I got it all wrong most of my life.
I searched for power in all the wrong things.
I was misled.
The search outside of myself led to despair.
We are sold a way of living that creates constant seeking and attaining.
That is true power.
It’s right there.
It’s too obvious.
It’s too simple.
That is where the wisdo…
Encourage: To inspire with courage, spirit or hope.
One thing my parents were always proud to tell me about my childhood was they rarely had to punish me because I was so good at self-punishment. I am sure that made their life a little easier as they didn’t feel the need to dole out punishment. What they overlooked was all of the harm that happened from my own self-punishment.
I got really good at beating myself up because I couldn’t meet my own expectations. Any criticism that came from an ex…
Training To Be Happy
Training As a Spiritual Athlete
This may seem like a strange thing to say, but I am going to say it anyway. I am training to be happy. I am learning to allow myself to feel good and notice when I feel bad.
I have conditioned myself over the years to be unhappy. My prior conditioning has led me to believe that when I am happy it makes other people sad.
The truth is I am only responsible for my own happiness. If someone is dependent on me for their happiness, that is on them. They have not done…