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6May/104

Stick That Label Elsewhere

Yesterday I spent National Children's Day with my kids at a local park and had a great barbecue--loads of fun! On the menu we had: onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, bread, potatoes, eggplant, fish, and sausages. We had 100% fruit juice for the kids and beer for my wife and me.
Now I know that some of you are thinking that I'm going back on my word about not eating meat and all that. I tried to figure out what name I should take on to describe my eating habits, but nothing I could find fit what I am doing.

I don't eat dairy products but I'm not vegan because I eat eggs.
I don't eat red meat and chicken, but I'm not vegetarian because I eat fish.

But people don't give up trying to label me! "are you really a vegetarian?" "you're not truly vegan because blah, blah blah!"

I'm getting tired of being labeled and put in a box!

I've met some people calling themselves vegetarian who seem to believe that their life's mission is to tell everyone else how badly they are polluting their bodies and preaching that their way is best and I'd imagine that many vegans may come across the same way.

I don't want to be like that. I respect each person's decisions about what they choose to eat, and I expect them to respect mine. I don't need a title to tell me what I should or shouldn't eat, because I can make my own rules!
Yes, I have cut down on alcohol, I've eliminated caffeine and eliminated all meat with the exception of fish. I've eliminated processed foods and anything containing MSG, which includes commercial curry. Potato chips and 99% of food found in a convenience store is out also.
BUT, the above is only MOST of the time. I want my commitment to be long-term, and I also want to have the freedom to give myself exceptions whenever I feel like it, such as a BBQ on children's day. When I'm a guest, then I'll eat what's served, I just might not take a very big serving of certain foods. I want the freedom to celebrate when I feel like it, and have a beer while I'm at it.
No rules or labels for me please! I prefer guidelines.
So far it's been a 90% / 10% ratio of times I am strict on myself about the food I eat, to times that I am not, and it's working out pretty well so far.

To put it in a nutshell: I'm not vegetarian, I'm not vegan, I'm not stupid. I'm a 90/10!

25Mar/102

Stomping on Fire – BareFooted!

On the first day of UPW right after the doors opened nearly 4,000 people rushed into and filled the main hall to see Tony Robbins. What we found inside was a dazzling array of lights, smoke effects, and a seriously cool audio system. There were four huge screens displaying cuts of music videos and live edits of dancers on the stage. The song 'Life Will Never Be the Same' by Haddaway blared on the sound system as we all started clapping and swaying to the music.

This is how it all started.

Then Tony came on stage. The room exploded with energy as he joined the dancers on stage and added his own style of larger-than-life presence to the scene.

Things settled down after about 20 minutes as we moved into the main part of the classes--if that's what you'd call them. These classes were peppered with sporadic back-massages, breathing exercises, and simultaneous shouts of 'YES!' by all 4,000 of us. Reminded me of the movie 'Yes Man' with Jim Carey.

The main topics covered were about your subconscious being the most powerful deciding factor in your decision-making processes, and how controlling it is the key to getting the extra-ordinary results that you want in your life.

Physiology was another big topic on day one. It was demonstrated to us that our physical position, posture, breathing patterns, facial expressions and the angle or our heads were not just a reflection of what's going on in our minds, but also controlling our very thoughts and feelings. In other words, if you can put yourself into a physical state that exudes confidence, you will feel confident. If you jump up and down, shake your fists in the air, yell at the top of your lungs the word 'YES!', then it's pretty likely the answer will be yes.

And that's exactly what we did. We each paired up with someone who we never met before and told them our deepest darkest fears. Things in life that we know we need to overcome, but for one reason or another haven't yet, and all rooted in fear.

We faced each other and shouted "I OWN YOU!" and had to outdo our partner in whatever way we could.

Now we were ready.

Marching out the doors and chanting 'Yes! Yes! Yes!' toward the burning hot coals we knew we would soon face, we were unstoppable. The hot coals were a metaphor for the thing in life we had to overcome, and stepping fearlessly across them was symbolic of making that hurdle, taking the plunge and doing what you thought was impossible or too difficult for you to do.

I WALKED ON HOT COALS BAREFOOTED, AND I DIDN'T FEEL A THING!
Seriously, I did not feel any heat, nothing at all! After I got to the other side I found my partner and we seriously celebrated, I mean jumping like mad, hooting and hollering, and hugging like there was no tomorrow. When I crossed the hot coals, I had so much adrenaline going that I went without any hesitation whatsoever, and I didn't just walk. I stomped with all confidence that it could not hurt me in the state I was in. I felt as if my obstacle, my greatest fear was reduced to ashes under my feet. If I could do this, I could do anything!

My partner and I walked back to the building together feeling energized, empowered, and like nothing on earth could stop us from getting what we want in life.


20Mar/102

Blame It On Tony!

I'm back and I'm excited! I promised my readers that I would post a report on UPW when I came home from the US, but at the time I didn't realize the tremendous amount of information that I would be exposed to.

There is NO way that I can put it all in one blog post, so I'm going to do it in smaller sections as it comes to me.

For this introductory post I'm going to freewheel and gab about some of the things that stood out to me, odds and ends that I noticed here and there on my trip.

Change! First of all I will state that this is going down in my biography (if one ever gets written) as a turning point, a pivotal moment in my life. It may not take place immediately in the physical, but my thinking and my reasoning has been rewired and this will inevitably bring change to all aspects of my life.

The energy! I have never in my life met a more energetic person-Tony Robbins. I didn't find out until day four about his health and diet plan, which he accredits it to (more on that in a later post.) This guy is jumping around, flailing his arms, pacing like mad, speaking with passion and emotion, & never looking tired from 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM! But even more amazing is that I made it through the classes not falling alseep, but feeling energized throughout the day - without caffeine!

The love! The people who attended, of which there were nearly 4,000, seemed like the friendliest, most lovable bunch I've met. There were moments where we had to share our deepest darkest fears to total strangers, but it seemed like the natural thing to do because I felt a kinship with these people who like me were also looking for change in their lives.

"You've gotta be a baby to go to heaven!" Tony kept telling us all to go full-on, without resevation, to express different feelings, and to act like little kids, using our bodies and voices to the max without reservation. This was such a liberating experience for me, as I've been trying for years to stifle these urges and act more grown up. Damn that! I'm going to live life out loud even if I look like a fool!

The music! The music he used in the sessions were mostly older numbers, but real classics-& loaded with energy! They now all have new meaning to me, and are anchors in my memory associated with those experiences every time I listen.

I have so much more that I want to share with you, but it will have to wait till a later date, but I can give you a peek at some of the things I have in mind for the future.

The Firewalk Experience
Health vs. Fitness
How to use pain to your advantage
Breaking negative patterns
Wealth vs. Riches

I know that there are a lot more in my head, but I'm still digesting much of it now and may take some time to put them down in writing.

19Feb/101

The Amazing Race

My wife and I have been watching episodes of "The Amazing Race".  It's been quite entertaining and edited well to emphasize the excitement in the race.

For those who have never watched it, it's an American reality show where teams of two will race around the world against each other and have to complete various tasks along the way.
One thing I noticed while watching the shows is that it's not usually the physically strongest teams, or the most intellectually advantaged ones who win in the end, but it's the ones who have the most positive attitude throughout the competition.
These teams encourage each other, forgive easily for mistakes, and are polite or at least decent to the other teams.
Life is a race in many ways, and I want to emulate these winners and find my winning team!

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