Mindfulness

Not by accident

Weight doesn’t creep up by accident. We put on weight when we don’t pay attention to what we’re eating. The reason we lose our strength and fitness isn’t a mystery. It’s because we don’t pay attention to it. We don’t get injured because we’re surrounded by some cosmic circumstances. We […]

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An avoidable fight

Often, the only way we find satisfaction and happiness is by comparing ourselves to other people. Whether we’re looking up, down, or straight ahead, we use others as a measuring stick for our own success. Their position on the stick allows us to evaluate our career, health, wealth, looks and […]

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Why We Should Appreciate Our Bodies As They Are

I will bet my left knee cap that as you’re reading this, there is something about your body that you’d like to change. That you don’t feel completely satisfied with how something in your body looks (belly fat), feels (spongy) or moves (tight, or constipated). We often think of this […]

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The Sunk Cost of Believing, Feeling and Behaving

– Hey, I know you were asking for a hammer for your birthday. Here. It’s the top of the line. And because you’re so special, I didn’t want to just wrap it in an ordinary gift paper. Instead, I buried it somewhere in this terrarium along with ten funnel web […]

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Noticing

The purpose of training our body at the gym is not to become better at training at the gym. No, we train so we can live a better, more fulfilling life outside of that space of bright lights and soulless pop music. Similarly, the reason for meditating is not just […]

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When You Feel Like Giving Up

First some quick housekeeping: the paperback of my new book Spandex Not Compulsory is now available through well-stocked online retailers. Amazon.com.au Amazon.com and EU Booktopia.com.au Barnes and Noble And now this week’s blog post. When You Feel Like Giving Up Showing up to train is easy when all is swell. You’re seeing […]

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Discontent is a Poor Glue for Life

Most people live in a self told narrative of discontent. We are lost and searching for meaning in our lives by embracing unhappiness and the lack of satisfaction for our current self. We are who we are, not because of what we’ve become, but because of who we are not.

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The Skill of Being Still

The other day, I am sitting on the bus on my way home minding my own business as I usually do. Yet I am drawn to observe the erratic behavior of the gentleman sitting in front of me. A gentleman who we shall call, Homer. It looks as if Homer’s mind […]

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Dating Me (And Why You Should Too)

I spent the last weekend in Newcastle learning from the Postural Restoration Institute and had the Saturday night in the city by myself. I was free to roam the streets of a small town and cause a havoc. And as any man with a lots of time on his hands would […]

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Gracefulness For a Better Body And Mind

Grace ɡreɪs/ smoothness and elegance of movement. “she moved through the water with effortless grace” synonyms: elegance, stylishness, poise, finesse, charm; courteous good will. “he had the good grace to apologize to her afterwards” synonyms: courtesy, courteousness, politeness, manners, good manners, mannerliness, civility, decorum, decency, propriety, breeding, respect, respectfulness

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Is Self-Shaming Corroding Your Chances of Change?

Since reading Daring Greatly – How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown* I’ve started to notice even more how people talk to themselves down over and over again. And since I spend most of my time training clients in […]

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