To mask or not to mask...
this is a controversial topic for many people.
This post is not about telling you whether I think you should or shouldn’t wear a mask.
People argue it on both sides.
But perhaps even more important is how you’re breathing whether it’s behind a mask or not.
In general, the nose is for breathing and the mouth is for eating.
Nasal breathing acts as a humidifier and a filter for the air coming in...
and it’s in the nasal passages that Nitric Oxide is created.
Nitric Oxide is a compound that anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial in nature...
thus very important for your immune system.
It isn’t created in the throat, so it won’t be released if you’re a mouth breather.
Also, if you regularly exhale through the mouth, you expel about 42% more water vapor...
thus increasing the chances of spreading out into the environment whatever is inside you.
Additionally nasal breathing with light, slow and deep breaths helps to...
I hope you had a spectacular weekend.
You get to practice the art of listening.
Most men/dads are hardwired to think they have to “fix everything”.
Especially when our children are emoting.
So we’re always quick to chime in with an opinion or answer to any “problem”...
and provide the “solution”.
I know I’m guilty of this.
But sometimes, if not most of the time, simply being a good listener is all that is necessary.
The trick is to then actually listen whole-heartedly and create a loving field of energy...
where our children (or partner/spouse) feels safe to share what they need to express/emote in the moment.
In doing so, we empower our kids to feel safe to share.
In mediation we get to practice this non-reactivity...
thoughts come up, sensations occur, emotions arise...
and we allow, observe and witness them without judgement or attachment.
In doing so, the intensity of any of these “energies” naturally softens...
A couple days ago, my 2.8 yr old son Skye was attempting to climb up a slide from the bottom up.
He’s done it before many times.
But on this particular day, the surface was incredibly slippery.
It made it extra tough to do.
He attempted probably 15 times or so without success.
As he slid back down, at the bottom, he dropped his head and said, “I can’t do it. It’s too hard”.
To which I responded, “It is hard. But that’s gonna make it that much sweeter when you do it”.
He took a couple breaths and then attempted it again, and again and again.
After about 10 more tries, he made it to the top.
He turned around and smiled as he exclaimed “ I did it! I did it!”
It almost brought tears to my eyes...
seeing and feeling his sense of accomplishment after working so hard, falling and getting back up to keep trying until he succeeded.
This was a super important moment for him and his journey as a growing child.
And I was there to witness...
My heart grew 3 sizes that day.
That was the day my son Skye was born.
It was a little over 2.5 yrs ago. And my love for you grows with each and every breath I take.
I bow to you and the exquisite nature of your being.
I see your “Light” and stand in awe of Life expressing as you.
I do the work on me, to drop the baggage from the past, so I can be fully present, loving and connected to you.
I take the best of what my father gave me and let go of that which no longer serves me or you.
I vow to keep growing, evolving and adapting as a father.
Thank you for choosing me, my son.
I love you, Daddy
We are vibrational beings.
Our bodies and minds react to other vibrations outside of ourselves.
Depending on the frequencies, we can experience completely different brainwaves, emotions and physical sensations.
In other words, music/tones/sounds can either excite us, balance us or calm us.
Related to this, my morning drive to work is Sacred time for me.
I don’t turn the radio on to hear about the chaos of the world, or listen to morning “talk radio” that for the most part is fluff.
And it carries a vibration that affects us at a cellular level.
I first do affirmations and then use carefully curated playlists I’ve created on Spotify to set the tone for the day.
Right now, what’s in rotation is my “Chillmode” set. The songs there keep me cool, calm and collected as I start the day.
The frequency of these songs tend to shift brain waves from Beta to Alpha...from “Doing” to “Being”
Here are a handful from...
Yoga, meditation, affirmations and things of that nature are dumb morning habits.
They steal your productivity and kill relationships.
When I read these words the other day in an ad someone has up on Facebook, my jaw dropped.
Because it reminded me of the way many men still think on this planet.
It’s scary because it’s so antiquated, one-dimensional and steeped in generational b.s. which only knows how to “muscle” your way through life.
And look where that has gotten us.
Essentially it’s an “alpha male” mindset.
And it needs to go away.
This same ad paints a picture that the measure of a man or father, is based on the car he drives, having a "hot wife" and how much money he has in the bank.
I get it though, because I used to think that way too...about 20 years ago.
However, it's this type of thinking that's holding us back in terms of the evolution of our species.
SCIENTIFIC study after study confirms it’s...
This photo may simply look like a father holding his son, but it represents so much more.
You see, for the majority of my adult life, I was tremendously insecure about the fact that I have a fair amount of body hair.
I’ve got a lot on my chest and legs, some on my shoulders and a little on my back.
I used to actually hate this about myself.
Even just a few years ago, I never would’ve posted a picture of myself with chest hair.
When I was in high school, I used to be teased about the amount of hair on my legs.
Now for some, they wouldn’t think twice about that. But it stuck with me.
And it seemed everywhere I turned, society supported this. In most ads, you see these hair-less men doing their thing.
I held this up as to what was considered sexy, handsome and strong.
And in my mind, I wasn’t that.
So I did everything I could to hide my hair. I went so far as to wax my chest and trim my leg and arm hair.
And if I didn’t have a chance to do these things,...
What what follows are some hard cold facts of where we are as a country.
This is the environment we are living in right now. It's abhorrent and it must stop. Yes, we need stricter gun control laws...NOW. Yes there are clearly some mental health issues attendant to this type of behavior. That should go without saying. But even more importantly, we need to address and change what I believe is a giant root of the problem.
Wait for it...it starts in the home. Fathers need to do a better...
Some days I’m far better at being responsive rather than reactive to stuff that comes up in life. In my opinion, one of the primary benefits of a consistent meditation practice. And I owe pretty much all of my zen moments to my 14+ years of meditation because this wasn’t and isn’t always the case).
Yesterday was one of those days when I think I got it right. Let me set the stage for you. Every morning Monday-Friday at 6 & 7 am, I lead my morning bootcamp class down on the beach near Lifeguard tower 26. On this particular morning I lead the class directly out in front of the boardwalk (but out toward the water).
About half way through the 7 am class, I noticed a gal sitting on the bench attempting to meditate at the end of the boardwalk. I could sense that her energy was agitated and something told me that it was due my voice and our presence. As it turns out, I was correct. In total there were 7 of us out there. 5 of us walked by her when the class was over and...
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