Archive for July 2010

Finally, a TV show worth watching!

July 25, 2010

There’s a lot of garbage on TV. Want to watch something special?

Set your TV’s for NBC on 7/27. We will.

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Core Strength – Egoscue style!

July 24, 2010

Want to learn more about “core strength” and what it really means and how to develop it?

Want some core strength exercises to do that will absolutely kick your butt?

Read more here. And a note, very few people will be able to do the full amount of reps specified by each ecise. Start out by doing what you can and build up. And if you have pain issues, I would strongly suggest you do not begin this menu but instead get one designed for your unique postural imbalances. After you get that dialed in, then this will be a great resource for you.

Enjoy!

http://egoscueportland.wordpress.com/2010/07/23/core-strength-egoscue-style/

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There is no dragon

July 23, 2010

From time to time I post the email newsletter from Michael Neill, author of “Supercoach!”. I actually own the book and believe it or not, that book is next up on my reading rotation. I’ve got a stack of books to work through and it’s sitting on my night stand ready for me to finish my current one. I’m excited to read it as I like Michael’s work a LOT.

Read this entry and I encourage you to contemplate “what are the dragons you’ve created in your life?” I know some of the ones I’ve created, and what a great notion it is that they aren’t real, but they are something I’ve created. We all have those moments when we feel fear about something. Fear of losing someone we love, fear of losing a job and the financial security we believe that represents, or in the case of many coming to our clinic, the fear of losing some aspect of our physical health and well being. Michael makes the point that when we experience fear, it’s rarely based on something real. It is almost always based on a thought, about something that COULD go wrong or COULD happen. I don’t know about you, but when I look back over my life and the things I’ve felt fear about, the vast majority of them never happened, and the ones that did? We made it through and we’re still standing.

here’s my favorite line of the article, I’m going to share it here so you get to read it twice: “you’re never more than one thought away from peace?”

So, here you go. Welcome to the reality that there is no dragon!

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THERE IS NO DRAGON
Last week, I was speaking with someone about participating in our upcoming Financially Fearless Mastermind when he asked if I really believed in the possibility of miraculous transformation – that is, a seemingly instantaneous and complete shift from one way of being in the world to another.

So many examples of the incredible life changes I’ve witnessed (including my own) came to mind that I had to slow myself down to choose just one to share. In the end I went with the most recent, which while far from being the most dramatic, points to what’s possible when someone gets a deeper insight into how our experience of life is created on a moment by moment basis…

Frank (not his real name) is a businessman from Europe who just began coaching with me towards the end of May. During our first session, we talked about the illusory nature of thought and how easy it was to become hypnotized into believing that the seemingly constant noise in our heads is important to pay attention to and act upon.

Because I went away on holiday the day after our session, I didn’t speak with Frank again for nearly three weeks. When I came back, he asked me how I’d managed to get him to stop biting his fingernails after nearly 30 years of trying.

Somewhat confused, I reviewed my notes from the session and found that not only hadn’t we spoken about his nail biting, I didn’t even know it had been an issue for him. Yet I did have an understanding of exactly how a life-long habit could completely disappear without any effort whatsoever – in other words, a complete transformation (aka “a miracle”) could take place.

Here’s how I explained it to him:

Imagine living in a world stalked by a hungry dragon. For many of us, our first priority would be to build a castle to protect us. But what to build the castle out of?

Some people try to use money to build the walls of their castle. “If only I have enough money”, they think, “the dragon will not be able to get me and I will be safe.” They spend their lives desperately earning as much as they can and fearfully spending as little of it as possible, convinced that if they can only accumulate enough, the dragon will never be able to scale the walls.

Others build their castle walls out of approval, adulation, and fame. “If only people love and respect and admire me enough”, they think, “the dragon will not be able to get me and I will be safe.” Each new bit of acclaim is like another brick in the castle wall, while each shot to their reputation is like a battering ram against the gates.

Still others attempt to build their castle walls with sex and intimate relationship (“If I can get just one person to really love me…”), healthy living (“If I just eat all the right things and do all the right things…”), or the pursuit of power and position to keep themselves safe.

But as you can imagine, not everyone is successful at building and defending their castle, and even those who do well in the world get bitten by the dragon from time to time. And if you haven’t been bitten by a dragon before, well… let’s just say it’s extremely painful.

So people learn to drink or smoke or eat or gamble or even bite their nails to numb the pain and to mitigate the continual anxiety of having to defend themselves against the dragon who as every child knows, could be lurking around every corner or hidden behind the deceptive smile of strangers posing as friends.

But what would happen if you woke up one day and realized beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is no dragon? If you could see that what you thought was the dragon’s shadow was in fact, just the shadow of a thought?

If you really saw that there was no dragon, all the anxiety and stress would dissipate almost immediately. And the cacophony of dragon-avoiding activity would come to an immediate end as well. Nails would no longer need to be bitten (or approval sought or food/money/drugs consumed at a startling rate) if the source of the anxiety was no longer there. In short, you could simply relax and enjoy your life.

Of course, things would not always turn out as you hoped, and from time to time you might even see something that looked a bit like a dragon or feel something that hurt as badly as a dragon’s bite. But before you could get too caught up in it, something would happen to remind you that you’re never afraid of what you think you’re afraid of – you’re afraid of what you think. And in just a few moments, you would return to your natural state of health and ease and well-being…

Frank went on to say that not only is he no longer biting his nails, he is now truly enjoying both his work and his life (which only a month ago he did not).

Does that count as a miracle? Would it count if it happened for you in your life?

The beauty of the transformative coach approach is that it is not so much dependent on the skill of the coach as it is on their level of understanding and the innate health, wisdom, and well-being of the client.

And if you feel like you are spending your life running from dragons, isn’t it nice to know that you’re never more than one thought away from peace?

Have fun, learn heaps, and may all your success be fun!

With love,

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The Effects of Egoscue on scoliosis

July 19, 2010

this is from another terrific blog post from our Portland clinic director, Matt Whitehead.

Check out these before and after photos:

Scoliosis-X-Rays-Before-After-Egoscue

great stuff. To read the full entry, go here:

http://egoscueportland.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/effects-of-egoscue-on-scoliosis-shown-in-before-and-after-x-rays/

Bottom line: if you have scoliosis, Egoscue can help.

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Stop the spraying in the gulf

July 14, 2010

Dear Friends,

I’m helping spread the word about a serious and under-reported problem in
the Gulf of Mexico.

In order to hide the extent of the oil spill, BP is spraying hundreds of thousands
of gallons of a chemical (Corexit) that is highly toxic and is banned in the UK and
other countries.

The EPA asked them to stop this weeks ago and they continue to spray mass
quantities daily.

Scientists say this substance is more toxic that the crude oil it is being
sprayed to mask and not only kills marine life, but is also dangerous to human
beings, crops and drinking water supplies.

We’re going to get together and do something about this.

Please take a look at the video on this site and please help spread the word.

Video:

http://www.StoptheSpraying.org

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Exercise boosts stem cell activity

July 14, 2010

interesting read from our Portland clinic’s blog:

http://egoscueportland.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/exercise-boosts-stem-cell-activity-in-adults/

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You are not broken!

July 11, 2010

This is something our clients hear us say a lot. If a new client comes to me and says “I want you to fix me” I tell them “I’ve been doing this for over 6 years and in that time I haven’t fixed a single person and I’m not going to start with you.”

At that point I get a look that implies they’re thinking “then why the heck am I here?”.

I go on to tell them “I am not going to “fix you” because I don’t think you’re broken. You don’t need to be “fixed”, whatever that means. What I think is that you’re simply out of balance and we’re going to work (play?) together to help you restore that balance. It’s not just word play, something that sounds nice to say. We MEAN it. For a deeper understanding of this perspective, I’d highly recommend you check out Pete’s new book, “Let’s Lighten Up”. You can get it in our clinic and it’s terrific.

But for another perspective on what it means to tell you you’re not broken, I have a treat for you. Read on!

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Steven Sashen
Known as the Anti-Guru, Steven is a retired entrepreneur, a transformational teacher, and the creator of the Instant Advanced Meditation Course.

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I’d want to pass along to others… You’re not broken.

I don’t care what “issues” you think you have, what “patterns” you seem to be living, what “childhood traumas” you believe are the cause of your problems. All of those are simply theories about why things are the way they are.

And worse, they’re not even good theories. Oh, sure, they’re compelling stories — like a good book or an engaging movie — but that’s it.

Your relationship with your father causing relationship problems now? Just a theory made up by someone trying to make a name for themselves or fill up a workshop.

Having relationship problems doesn’t mean you’re broken.

Not successful because you don’t “think like a millionaire”? Complete fiction created with the common human thinking error that everything looks obvious and reproducible… in hindsight.

Having financial difficulties does not mean you’re broken.
In fact, nobody has ever given me one piece of “proof” to support the idea that they’re broken. And, the fact that you’ve spent tons of time and money on therapists and healers without changing the “issue” is definitely not proof.

But, hey, don’t believe me just because I said it, because believing some seeming authority figure is how you came to believe those other stories in the first place!

Put this new hypothesis to the test:

“Everything I think of as proof that there is something wrong with me is actually a demonstration of how I (either as an individual, or as a part of the human race) am functioning perfectly. I am not a self-improvement project.”

You know how some computer software has what seems to be a problem, or a “bug”, but it’s actually the way the software is supposed to work, is actually a “feature”? Well, what if everything you called a problem in your life was a feature not a bug?

Try that idea out and see what you find.

Here are a couple ways to put this theory to the test:

1) Check and see how many others have the same “problem.” Don’t like your body? Okay, find a way to ask 100 or 1,000, or 1,000,000 people “Is there some part of your body you don’t like?” If the vast majority say Yes, then, guess what, not liking your body is part of being human. A feature, not a bug. (And not liking that you don’t like your body may be, too!)

2) Look for other explanations that don’t require some theory that can only be proven after the fact. Don’t have as much money as you want? Maybe it’s not because you don’t have an “abundance mentality” and if you could somehow magically change your thinking, money would show up (the only “proof” of the theory is AFTER money shows up, not after you’re sure your thinking has changed). Maybe it’s because you’ve used some excuse (sorry, good reason) to talk yourself out of a higher paying job. Not a problem, just the result of a choice.

3) Toss in some humbling historical perspective. Remember something unpleasant that turned out to be a gift. Remember getting something you knew would make you happy, but the shine quickly wore off. We’re constantly trying to ensure our future happiness. But we’re horrible at knowing what’s best for us, and even worse at remembering how bad we are. And, we think we’re special: even if a million people got what we wanted, and none of them were happier, we’d still think, “Yeah, that’s them. But if I got it, I’d be different.”

4) Read about evolutionary biology and cognitive psychology. We haven’t gotten much smarter in the last 10,000 years. Using old ways of dealing with a brand new world can make things a bit tricky. Getting the bird’s eye view of our life, the bigger context of our experience, can make all that “personal stuff” you need to fix, well, not so personal, and not so in need of fixing.

Finally, don’t forget this biggie: If you aren’t broken, then neither are your parents, your children, your friends… and, if you have one, your partner. And if that’s true, neither are your enemies, that guy who cut you off in traffic, or the rest of the world.

And if you think that losing the ability to see yourself and the world as a problem would turn you into a Pollyanna-ish lump on the couch, then ask yourself, “What about those times where I did something out of curiosity, play, excitement, creativity, or just because I knew it was the right thing to do.”

Welcome to the world of the un-broken -)

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