Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Getting In Our Own Way

It's common to want something so badly that you push it away. Wanting can become a daily affirmation, affirming the lack of what is wanted. I've seen it a bunch with personal training clients, and I've done it a lot myself. I first stumbled across this idea in one of Neale Donald Walsch's books, I think it was in "The Only Thing That Matters." I've done that odd move a bunch over the years- wanting to quit smoking more than anything, but unable to quit. Wanting to lose weight so badly, but never getting past the first couple of steps. Wanting can become a negative emotion. Wanting something keeps it continually in your future, you have to choose it rather than want it. Like Neville Goddard said, the trick is to "Assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled."

If you've never read or listened to Esther Hicks and the the teachings of Abraham, I would highly recommend them. If you're interested in learning how to manifest the life of your dreams you could benefit greatly from the Abraham material. I think Esther is the most important teacher on the planet today. She's all over youtube, but the best intro to her, and her late husband Jerry's work can be found at


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Geraldo 's Selfie

I first saw the now infamous "Geraldo Selfie" on a comedy themed facebook page. There was no caption, just the pic, so my first reaction was, "Cool. A guy in his fifties showing that he can still be healthy and ripped." As a personal trainer, I look at a lot of progress pics, and I recommend them as a great motivator to track your fitness. Then I looked a little closer and noticed it was Geraldo Rivera, so I figured it was just a photoshop joke. Next day, I read that Geraldo actually had tweeted the self-shot photo in the middle of the night, and said "70 is the new 50." (Ironic, that my first impression was that I was looking at fit fifty year old.) He soon took the photo down and in embarrassment tweeted, "note to self, no tweeting after 1am."

On his radio show, days later, he admitting that there was alcohol involved.
“And you just sit around, I had a drink and, you know, I had taken that picture Saturday morning and I was looking at it, just going through and I said 'you know, I gotta tweet this thing. I look pretty good for a 70-year-old.'

“And I think because I'm so old people will cut me some slack, they won't take it too seriously. And I just pushed the trigger."

A lot of people are making fun of Geraldo now, but if I could say something to him, it'd be this:
Stop apologizing!! Who cares what people think about you. To be healthy and strong in a 70 year old body is an amazing, awesome, and admirable thing. It's something most of the men in my family never experienced. The grandfathers I loved as a kid aged so poorly that they didn't live to see their 80's, and their 70's were a downward spiral. If I were Geraldo, I'd be posting "selfies" every goddamn day! People could make fun of me 24/7, and I'd be like "Hey, guess what? I've got great abs, screw you."

On a different note, as a fitness professional, I'm really curious as to what his nutrition, supplement, and exercise regimen looks like. I'd also like to know if he's receiving Testosterone Replacement Therapy. If so, he could really be an advocate for that procedure. There's a real bias going on these days, in that it's perfectly ok for a postmenopausal woman to receive hormone replacement therapy, but if a man does it, it's the same as doing illegal steroids. As men age, our testosterone levels lessen, but it becomes even more important that we train hard, think strong thoughts, and eat healthy. To quote Dr. Jeffery Life M.D. PH.D., "Sarcopenia- loss of muscle mass with aging, (is) the number one cause of nursing home admissions."

So I give Geraldo Rivera two thumbs up, a double fist bump, and say, "Stop apologizing for being in fantastic shape!!!"


Friday, July 19, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

I would recommend this book to anyone who is considering, or already, receiving Craniosacral Therapy. It's an interesting type of energy healing, specifically in the way the treatment addresses how trauma or injury can be stored in the body over long periods of time. As someone who has never experienced it personally, I feel as if I'm missing a piece of the puzzle, in order to give it a proper review. However, I'm giving it 5 stars, because the individual case studies provided suggest that this therapy works. It seems to have some similarities to Reiki, Qigong, and other forms of energy healing. So anyone familiar with those modalities would find this book an interesting study. If you've read Dr. Wayne Dyer's recent works, you're probably already aware of Kate Mackinnon, as she has worked with him and he is a proponent of CST. I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes. This review represents my honest assessment.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I wish I could've read this book twenty years ago, would've saved me a lot of grief. That's my only complaint about Bruce Liptons The Honeymoon Effect: The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth. Even the part about chemical compounds and noble gases was interesting, and made accessible for the average Joe or Jane. What separates this book from the usual, run-of-the-mill relationship book, is that it deals with the unseen forces that affect our individual drives, subconscious programming, quantum physics/attraction, and how to make each of those factors work for you rather against you in your marriage. If you're a fan of the Abraham-Hicks material, you'll love this book, as it fits perfectly with what they've said about vibration and relationships. This is the first time I've ever recommended a book's appendix section before. The resources in the back of the book are fantastic, making it a definite keeper. Living happily ever after is absolutely possible, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants that for their marriage.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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