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January 2014

Out with the Old, In with the Flow

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Original work by Julia Dordoni of IslandEventPainter.com
Painting of Chautauqua Park in Boulder, CO is available for purchase now

My girlfriend and I spent this past Saturday hiking Chautauqua Park in Boulder, CO. It is such a beautiful location with so many vistas to see, nooks to snack in, rocks to climb and people to chat up. This was my second time hiking this park, the first time being with her and her two little ones. Hiking with kids is a much different experience than going alone or with another adult. Kids have little legs that get tired easily and frequently, snack time is a must and every dog within a 5-mile radius instinctively jumps on them knocking them in the mud. Luckily, this time it was just her and I.

We schedule these one day-outings into our weekly routine. Once a week, we switch gears from writing articles, creating videos, and coaching others to rejuvenating and regenerating ourselves in the presence of nature. Without fail, we end up either coaching each other, coming up with new marketing ideas, or meeting people along the way that love our coaching services. Which brings me to a question someone recently asked me at an independent coffee shop, “Do you have any other interests besides coaching and healing?”

With a big stupid smile I asked, “Why do you think I chose coaching and healing as my career path?” The look on his face said this was the first time ever, his question was answered with a question. He nodded his head and said, “Oh, that makes perfect sense. You chose coaching and healing because they ARE your interests.”

He was really asking, “How can you make money doing the things you most enjoy?” He saw making money and enjoying what I did for money, as complete polar opposites. Why? Apparently no one else in the world is making money doing what they enjoy. I have 12 years of making money for the sake of making money. During those times I was a miserable, angry, depressed little man who was still broke.

Ever get the question, “If money was no longer an issue, what would you be doing?” One person could answer, “Shit, I’d quit tomorrow, tell me boss to shove it and travel the world in a sailboat.” Traveling the world is awesome but would that necessarily bring that person into a flow state? Maybe that person has been conditioned to believe traveling the world would bring him unlimited happiness and flow states. Or it could cause him tremendous stress and anxiety.

Is there a only two choices between being in flow and broke or being miserable and making millions?

I read, “The Millionaire Fastlane” by MJ DeMarco a couple years back to get clarity on that question. BTW, still one of the best business books I have ever read. MJ makes the case that instead of doing what you love or enjoy for pay, you absolutely must fill a need in the marketplace regardless if you love filling that need or not.

I say if being a personal trainer, massage therapist, painter, musician or life coach puts you in a state of flow, then do it. “But what if the marketplace doesn’t want what I’m offering?” MJ says that people who are ‘doing what they love’ are service professionals entering a field with low barrier to entry, high competition, high turnover and non-scalable. Also the market size is smaller because of the perception that only rich people can afford massages, personal training, original artwork or life coaching. You end up choosing a passion with high competition and small profits.

Here’s where I disagree with MJ.

The most precious resource you will ever have is your time. Its finite and can be taken away at any moment. Each and every day you have 24 hours at your disposal. How do you want to spend them? You can spend 40 hours or more a week in a profession, business, activities and opportunities that enliven and put you in flow states or you can spend 40 hours or more a week on meaningless work, activities and situations that put you in a state of boredom, numbness, or anxiety. The choice is yours.

Yes, filling a need in the marketplace to make money is essential. Yet I believe filling that need to make money should be secondary to what puts you in flow. If being a massage therapist, personal trainer, life coach, painter, or musician puts you in a high state of flow then do it. Yes, to be financially successful requires the application of skillsets outside of your ‘zone of genius’ such as marketing, sales, administration, web design, niche branding, product creation, public speaking, etc. The goal should be to outsource or delegate as much as possible so you can keep your focus on activities that keep you in flow.

Being in flow attracts people, opportunities, and situations that attract more flow. Being out-of-flow attracts people, circumstances, and situations that attract being out-of-flow. Simple.

Writing articles, creating videos, and coaching people are my flow states. I am not a huge fan of website design. I feel it takes me out of flow and weakens my ability to attract the people and opportunities I want. Therefore, I outsource my web design to an Indian virtual assistant who is in flow doing that work. Win for me. Win for my virtual assistant. Win for my clients.

Have you thought about what activities bring you in flow? Writing, singing, painting, coaching, public speaking, hiking, martial arts, building a business, selling a business? Find people, activities, and opportunities in your life that enable flow and engage with them as often as possible. Next, find people, activities, and situations in your life that take you out of flow and disengage from or delegate to them. Your time is unbelievably precious and limited. I never really understood the value of time until operating my own coaching business.

Let me finish the story about our hike through Chautauqua Park.

The last mile of the hike, we chose to run down a dirt trail on the side of the mountain. Of course, we couldn’t just run down the mountain and call it a day. Instead we had to create an inspirational video during the run which we later spent an hour critiquing and thinking of ways of how it could have been better.

Right before reaching the bottom of the mountain we noticed an unusual event.

An artist brilliantly set up her easel right at the entry point to the trail so that all people coming and going would see her beautiful work. Some people walked by without notice while others stopped to ask questions or make a quick comment about her work. I’m always seeking new and interesting ways to connect with people and add value, so I stopped to talk. I wanted to inquire about the painting but more importantly, about the painter. I was in awe of her flow state. Her brush strokes effortlessly moved across the canvas, beautifully re-creating the very mountain we had just run down.

She was painting from flow and that is what inspires. It inspired me and no doubt, inspires the people who commission her work. Of course being an artist, of any kind, has it challenges but how many of us can say we have regular flow states that reignites our imaginations and realigns us with our divine selves? Watching her in flow made it easier for me to access my flow. I was not blessed with artistic ability instead God blessed me with numerous other ways to access flow. And you are no different.

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Artist, Julia Dordoni, being in flow.

Maybe your flow state has nothing to do with painting or dancing or music or coaching. My teacher, Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui, has said, “Some people’s yoga (union with the higher self) is through their business.” Certain businessmen achieve flow even divine union, during the process of building and expanding their business. Think Steve Jobs. Think Bill Gates. Think Tony Hsieh. Think Warren Buffet. These men are building their empires from flow. Their flow state attracts the people, activities, and opportunities required to grow and expand their interests and influence. Do you feel money is their inspiration? Or could it be more about who they are being in the process of making that money?

Do you feel in your heart of hearts that your purpose in life is to wake up day after day uninspired? Are you working a job or business that either bores you to tears or chases you to insanity for 40 hours a week?

Yes, I get it. You have bills, obligations, commitments and promises to fulfill. Maybe you spent a decade and $250,000 on your education to become a lawyer, doctor, accountant or engineer. Maybe you feel it would reveal a character flaw to switch careers or lose the status that profession represents. Maybe so, but at what cost? Those are all noble professions with many dedicated and passionate people. Are you one of them? Are you in flow being a lawyer, doctor, accountant or engineer or are you not?

There is a Chinese proverb that states, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Again, time is your most precious resource.

Start now.

Focus on people, activities and opportunities that enable you to be in flow as often as possible. Being in flow is the expression of your greatest gifts and talents which the world would gladly pay you for because through you, they get to taste their own greatest gifts and talents.

With Love.

10 Signs to Know You’re in Flow

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Flow sweet flow.

Flow sweet flow.

I created the acronym for FLOW STATES below to help you remember the qualities of flow. But, if for any reason you forget those qualities, just remember the picture above. This is flow at its finest. As you read each of these qualities, see if you can match them up with these children running.

Focus – being in flow causes you to be process-orientated rather than results-orientated, fully immersed in the task at hand without becoming distracted. A famous example of focus while being in flow was amateur-golfer, Joyce Wethered. At age 19, she defeated English great Cecil Leitch to win the 1920 English Women’s Amateur title. Wethered sank a putt on the final hole of the match for the victory. It was a hole adjacent to train tracks, and a train sped past as Wethered was over her putt. She was asked afterward how she was able to make the putt with the distraction of the train. She replied, “What train?”

Loss of Self – being in flow causes you to lose sense of the ego. You are no longer driven by the ego’s desire for fame, fortune, and immortality, it merely fades away. This is a beautiful experience.

Oneness – being in flow gives you a glimpse of the interconnectedness and ultimately, the Oneness, of all things big and small, seen or unseen. Many years ago, after several hours of meditation, I left the meditation hall and walked back to my dorm room. In front of the building entrance was a huge tree…a tree I had seen many times before. Yet this time was different, for just a brief moment, I sensed the tree and I were one. My arms became its branches, my blood became its slow moving sap, my skin became its gnarly bark. I have no idea how long it lasted. An experience I’ll never forget.

Witness – being in flow gives you the ability to witness your thoughts, emotions, and actions instead of identifying as them. Eckhart Tolle says, “One’s attention chases a thought just as a dog chases a scent.” As a witness, you simply observe the thought without attaching meaning or judgment, you are not chasing the thought down the stream of consciousness and losing your space as a witness.

Strength – being in flow gives you a tremendous sense of power, energy and unshakable faith. Fear, self doubt, and lack of self worth are constructs of the ego, which fades away during flow.

Timelessness – being in flow you lose track of time. Regretting the past and worrying about the future are no longer a priority, only the present moment. In general, you sense of time while in flow seems to go by faster than actual time. Hours seems like minutes.

Alertness – being in flow gives you mental alertness not available outside of flow. In baseball, a 90 mile an hour fastball seems like its standing still in comparison to the alert state of the batter whom is in flow. In music, ideas flood the mind of the composer faster than she can actually write them down. You are as a cat waiting for the mouse to come from out the hole.

Tranquility – being in flow gives you deep and profound inner peace, inner contentment and inner joy. Its a though you are living off a strict diet of tranquility, no longer needing physical sustenance. The singer Beyonce, was so in flow during the creation of her new album, she had forgotten to eat for 3 days.

Effortlessness – being in flow gives you the sense of effortlessness during physical exertion. Its as though the effort is being done through you rather because of you. One triathlete had a feeling of effortlessness during his swim portion of the competition. While demonstrating relaxed and effortless strokes, he was a full 100 yards ahead of second place. Its as though with each stoke or pedal or step, the body becomes more energized and less stressed.

Stillness – being in flow gives you a sense of stillness that seems to impregnate even the loudest of environments.

F L O W S T A T E S are your B E S T S T A T E S

With Love.

Are You the Superhero of Your Neighborhood?

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I had no clue Spider-Man was fighting crime 3 blocks from my house!

I had no clue Spider-Man was fighting crime 3 blocks from my house!

Growing up with two older brothers, I had my fair share of exposure to comic books, superheroes and supervillians. My second eldest brother still has over 8,000 comic books in mint condition stored in his basement. He’s very proud of some early X-Men and Hulk issues. He was most upset when several classic ‘The Punisher’ issues got lost during a move. Too bad he didn’t cash out during the comic book boom from 1985 to 1993. At that time, Marvel and DC comics caused more teenage boys arousal than the newest issue of Victoria Secret’s.

I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my big brothers with collecting comic books and comic trading cards, and because they forbid my little greasy fingers from touching their long-term investments. I was most fascinated by the stats of the superheroes. I never got sports stats but man, did I get superhero and supervillian stats.

Hulk:  Height 7” 6′ – Weight 1,015 lbs – Strength 100 tons – Nuclear Blast Direct

Spider Man:  Height 5” 8′ – Weight 155 lbs – Strength 10 tons – Nuclear Blast 10mile radius

Beyonder:  Height 6′ – Weight Unknown – Strength Without Limits – Cannot be destroyed

I would spend hours reading and memorizing the stats of Marvel Superheroes and Supervillians known and unknown. I was absolutely fascinated with the idea of this universe being filled with characters from the Marvel Universe. I was so excited to find out some superheroes and supervillians who were not born with their powers could still ‘get in der’ and mix it up with the rest of them. It gave me hope that quite possibly I to, could be a superhero.

But how to become one?

That question started a 2 year vision quest to become a superhero (come on, I was 11). I read as many comic books, trade journals, and popular mechanics issues I could borrow from the library. I would mastermind with my smarter, older brothers for answers to questions like; how can we produce a web-like substance that shoots from the wrists, is there a breathing technique to give one extraordinary physical strength or stamina, is there currently a reflective material that would make me invisible, would it be better to kill the bad guy and dispose of his body in acid or to stun him and drop him off at the police station? I was in the early stages of learning how to become a vigilante.

I imagined while my neighbors’ turned-in for the evening, I would be suiting-up into my superhero costume with gadgets to begin my neighborhood watch. Scaling trees, looking through windows, checking the safety of electric transformers and making sure no funny business was taking place. Not on my watch dammit! Or maybe I was really in the early stages of learning how to be a creepy stalker in the woods.

What is a ‘superhero’ anyways?

A superhero is defined as; a benevolent fictional character with superhuman powers. Superhuman is defined as; having or showing exceptional ability or powers. Who says we can’t be real life superheros that have the superhuman powers of forgiving someone who has taken your child, loving unconditionally a murderer, being in present moment awareness in the middle of a house fire, or seeing dozens of solutions to a problem where others see none?

My spiritual teacher, Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui, once said, “You can spend 20 years in the Himalayas learning how to levitate your body. But how does that siddhi (yogic power), alleviate the suffering of your fellow man?”

The common superheros powers of flight, x-ray vision, reading minds, superhuman strength and endurance, invisibility, and immortality are cool to think about and from my understanding and background in yogic practices are possible BUT without the refinement of character and the willingness to do good, so what? Look at the Incredible Hulk? Combine his strength with uncontrollable anger and you got a real problem for the neighborhood.

Are you the superhero of your neighborhood? When people are in trouble do they come to you for assistance? Are you seen as a reliable source of superhuman compassion, patience, understanding, and getting things done? Or do you practice your one and only superpower, invisibility? The ability to disappear at will when any crisis arises.

If you want to be a modern day superhero, here are some suggestions:

  • Volunteer at a local food pantry
  • Teach an at-risk youth how to read
  • Sing at your church choir
  • Start a local feeding program for the homeless
  • Babysit for struggling parents
  • Write ‘Thank You’ cards to your three least favorite people
  • Hold a weekly meditation at your house
  • Donate money directly to a cause you believe in
  • Provide mentoring to someone in need of what you know

You can be as creative as you want. Just take action. There is more opportunity to serve within a 5-mile radius of your home than you ever thought possible.

Here are only some of the benefits to serving others:

  • Expanding your heart leading to more inner peace and inner joy
  • Increasing your capacity to serve leading to more energy and power
  • Developing and honing your superpowers leading to mastery
  • Connecting with cool people leading to a larger social network
  • Developing a sense of purpose beyond the ego leading to a smaller ‘I.’
  • Being recognized as a leader within your neighborhood and community

My challenge to you is to do something….anything…to serve your fellow superheroes and supervillians. Find a form of service that resonates with who you are and try it out for a month. If after a month of serving a child, homeless person, aspiring entrepreneur, single parent, or whatever and you realize it was a huge waste of time, then quit. But to make up your mind before ever serving your community would be kind of silly right?

It would be like Hulk shouting, “Hulk hate chocolate ice cream! Too much choc-o-late! Hulk smash ice cream!” I calmly ask, “Hulk, have you ever tried chocolate ice cream before?” Hulk shouts, “NO!” I question, “Wait Hulk, have you even tasted ice cream?” Hulk shouts, “No! Man says Hulk ice cream too sweet ‘n too cold. Man says Hulk not like!” I then slide the bowl of delicious chocolate ice cream across the table to Hulk.

Hulk like. Hulk like very much.

Don’t be like Hulk, try it before choosing whether you love it or hate it

With Love.

Are You the Captain or the Stowaway?

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Personal Freedom Vs. Collective Bondage

Personal Freedom Vs. Collective Bondage

I started reading this book called, “How I Became Free in an Unfree World” by Harry Browne. I’m about a third of the way into it and appreciate some points he makes about the direct and indirect paths to freedom, which is the basic premise of the book.

An indirect path to freedom is all about you baby. In order for you to get what you want requires only your action. It does not require the approval, permission, or buy-in of another person in order to get what you want. As oppose to the indirect path to freedom i.e. a direct path to bondage, by forcing, pleading, or deceiving others to get what you want. The author suggests, the direct path to freedom is much simpler and more doable. To quote a famous adage, “Its easier to wear to slippers than to carpet the world.”

I appreciate Harry’s writing-style and forward-thinking, considering the book was written in 1973 with only two minor revisions in the mid-90’s and 2004. Harry passed away in 2006 at his home in Franklin, TN. I read his bio on Wikipedia and it seems he was an investment analyst, author of 12 books, and politician. Huh? What? Politician? After reading his chapter on government and how he recommends it to be completely dissolved, that’s kind of out in left-field for me. Granted, I don’t know everything there is to know about the man, but isn’t it a bit hypocritical to state the uselessness of the government and then ask for his vote to make a useless entity useful? Its like polishing a turd and saying, “But this turd is different.”

So what is personal freedom to you? Owning your time? Making as much money as you want? Traveling the world without restrictions? Being married to several partners at once? Having your own thoughts and opinions about life and living those thoughts and opinions out with the least amount of resistance? Calling a cop an, “Asshole!” just because you feel like it, with no jail time?

I spend a lot of my time reading about personal freedom, free-enterprise, capitalism, libertarian views, and the like. I attempt to see any subject from as many angles as I can whether its religion, science, health, wealth, or what have you. This allows me to make a moderate and balanced choice with minimal downside and maximum upside. I also look at the fruits of the people whom are sharing their findings and look for key patterns in their thoughts, emotions, and activities. As Anthony Robbins has cliched, “Success leaves clues.” With the corollary to that being, “Failure leaves clues too.” Everyone can be a teacher of what to do and what not to do in any area of your life.

I look at personal freedom and think to myself, “How cool is it to own one’s time, resources, energies, and money? To be the master of my fate, captain of my soul!” But is this really the case? After all, we are the, UNITED States of America, all intimately connected to one another through our thoughts, beliefs, feelings, actions, and interests. No man is an island.

As children we are dependent. As teenagers we attempt to be independent. As adults we become either co-dependent in our relationships, dependent on the State, independent from others, or interdependent by helping ourselves and others. At the highest level we are One, seeing ourselves as the finger of the hand, the hand of the arm, the arm of the body. If the finger gets ripped from the hand, the entire body suffers. Likewise, what the so-called independent or free-man does, has a ripple effect big or small on all others to the expense or gain of his personal freedom.

Until recently, I thought I was an independent-thinker and action-taker completely separate from my upbringing in Massachusetts. I was having a conversation with my girlfriend a few months back and she said, “Man, I really get you east coast boys. You and Josh are so much a like, it’s scary.” Her ex-husband grew up in the same area of Massachusetts as my family did. The more she shared about his tastes, likes and dislikes, and personality nuances, I thought, “Wow, he really IS like me.” When I eventually met her ex-husband I felt an intimate understanding of him. I realized, we were both products of the region we were born into. Growing up in New England shaped our beliefs, thoughts, emotions (or lack thereof), and activities that we either enjoyed or disdained.

I started doing some quasi-research.

I asked friends and family members from New England, and especially Massachusetts, about their tastes, likes and dislikes, and belief systems about how the world works. During our talks, it was as though they were holding a mirror. My ego didn’t feel so special anymore. I thought I was an independent-thinker and doer, with my own thoughts, feelings, and actions. And here I was simply living out and defending programs that were downloaded onto my fleshy hard-drive as a small boy and re-enforced as I became an adult.

Knowing this, how do you know the thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and actions you are currently taking are evolutionary for you? Are these actions the right actions or are they programs you’re simply living out on autopilot?

Here’s a societal program we as Americans have bought into, “Go to school, get good grades, get a good job, get married, have kids, work for 40 years, take a vacation once a year, retire, travel a little, then die.” That social narrative is only 70 years old. What was it before then? What will it be in 70 years from now? Remember how ‘Success and failure leaves clues’ right? How many people do you know; friends, family members, co-workers, and the like who bought into this social narrative are miserable? Maybe its time to reboot the hard-drive.

What does personal freedom look like to you? Beware of the answers that you might give. Are they coming from a place of awareness, introspection, and humility? Or is your personal freedom defined by marketers, family, or cultural programs based on fear, lack, control, and negative pride?

The greatest power you have is the power to choose your own thoughts. The challenge with that is being able to find out which thoughts are yours and which thoughts are from others.

My suggestion is to find the universal principles of right-living that have worked for thousands of years for millions of people and surrender to them. They work regardless of culture, geography, status, beliefs, or otherwise. Just as planting corn gets you corn and not tomatoes, planting these seeds will reap the harvest of a great life.

A jumpstart to right-living would be surrendering to the virtues. The virtues of loving kindness and non-injury, moderation and non-excessiveness, generosity and non-stealing, constancy of aim and effort and non-laziness, and accurate perception and correct expression and non-falsehood. The benefits of practicing these virtues daily are timeless, forever practical, and contain the essence of living a great life. Daily practice will develop your ability to experience inner and outer personal freedom. These ‘clues’ offer a direct path to personal freedom that require only your actions and no one else.

I believe Victor Frankl, neurologist, psychiatrist and Holocaust Survivor, had it right on the money when he said, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

You have the power to choose your own way. You are the master of your fate and captain of your soul. Do not leave the steering of that ship to the the intentions of others.

With Love.

My Love Affair with Sugar that Almost Killed Me

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I loved her with all my taste buds and she left me for dead.

Through all my years of personal and spiritual development; reading 100’s of books, 1,000’s of articles, and attending retreats, I never knew the power of reducing this little ingredient from my diet. Its effect ruined countless relationships, nudged me to walk off almost every job, hospitalized me 3x times, and almost took my life. This is My Love Affair with Sugar.

I don’t know about you but I grew up in family where dessert was deliciously connected to every meal. My mom struggled with weight her whole life, even as a child I would remember her many starts and stops with Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig. Her sweet-tooth always won. My dad was a disabled Vietnam Vet who used pies, donuts, and ice cream to numb his depression and to ‘express’ his love for his 3 sons. My older brothers always ate sweets but never had any weight problems and neither did I…I was 145Lbs with 7% body fat from 15 years of age to 28. I could, and DID, eat whatever the hell I wanted.

Fast forward to the Spring of 2008…one of the darkest times in my life (and getting darker). My marriage of 3 years was coming to end and my 3 year old son, Gabriel, was going to be separated from me. My ex and I agreed we simply could not be with one another any longer. I began to sink into a black hole of depression and despair. I lost my job, my marriage, my son and was down to my last few hundred dollars. I needed a source of strength, healing, and breathing room to get my head screwed back on.

My Pranic Healing community was having an Arhatic Yoga Retreat in Mahwah NJ and I knew I needed to get my ass there asap. Using most of cash, I bought my ticket from Orlando to Newark NJ.

My plan was to attend the retreat, get some healing and perspective then spend a few months with my dad in MA to reboot my life. God had other plans. By end of weekend I had a place to live, a job, several powerfully cathartic healings, and a ready-made support system. And the Master Instructor charged me nothing. I was so grateful. Little did I realize, the sugar and its consequences were about to rear its ugly head.

In the mornings on the way to my new job, I would stop with my buddy to get coffee. Rarely did I drink coffee, but it was his treat. He got a medium LIGHT AND SWEET. For those of you who don’t know what that means, it’s a medium coffee with lots of cream and LOTS of sugar, about 4 heaping tablespoons. This coffee run quickly became a morning and after-lunch habit. I was hooked.

While looking for additional work I found an opportunity to work at a chocolate restaurant in New York City…yes, that’s right, a CHOCOLATE restaurant. So I began to consume my light and sweet coffees in the morning and after-lunch while consuming handfuls of white, milk, and dark chocolates in the evenings. Oh, I almost forgot…remember that Pranic Healing Community I mentioned earlier? Out of the generosity and love of their hearts….many times throughout the month there were celebrations of people’s birthdays and special events involving mango cakes, brownies, and Coke. Turn down FREE sweets? That’s a double hell no.

So what was the effect of consuming all this sugar and empty calories? Hospitalization 3 times in NJ and NY due to psychotic episodes of manic, depression, and anger. Doctors never asked about my diet or food sensitivities. I was simply held against my will for a period of 3 to 8 days and then eventually drugged. I gained 10lbs, picked random fights with people on the streets, grabbed my laptop and smashed it on my girlfriend’s floor in a fit of rage, suffered acute pains in the bursa of my arms and hips, and the balls of my feet and finally a suicide attempt where that original Master Instructor brought me back from the dead. And if you’re curious about that ‘light at the end of the tunnel’, its real…I assure you.

During these times of chaos I thought my emotional suffering and fits of rage were because of some unresolved issue with my ex-wife and missing my young son. Several close friends and Pranic Healers, recommend that I remove sugar from my diet and try juicing. I thought, “What are you guys talking about? Look how fit and strong I am? Sugar isn’t the reason I feel horrible all the time, its my situation.” So I continued to suffer due to my lack of awareness and negative pride.

Fast forward to present day, December 2012. I moved out to Denver to help expand Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga. In the month of December I wanted to try an experiment. “What if I greatly reduced sugar from diet and starting blending fruits and veggies daily?”

The results? In 6 weeks I lost 10 LBS, enjoy rock solid emotional stability, undisturbed sleep, and clearer thinking. I eat 5 pieces of fruits per day, almonds and dehydrated trail mix, no more desserts, morning shake has about $5 worth of supplements, fruits, and veggies, and the only sweetener I use is Stevia in my morning coffee. But here’s the funny thing, I STILL didn’t recognize the benefits of reducing sugar from my diet until I went to Wendy’s.

I ran out of health food, so I walked across the street to grab a chicken sandwich, fries (out of baked potatoes), and just for the hell of it, a SMALL Frosty. Within 2 hours, I became irritable, had acute pain in my right foot, and couldn’t think straight if you put a gun to my head. The next day, I realized what sugar how done to me over the past 20 years! Because it was ALWAYS in my system I couldn’t make an accurate comparison how it affected me. I learned food is a medicine that can heal or kill.

My question is, “What is an area of your life where lack of awareness and negative pride is destroying your efforts?” For me, it was as simple as sugar. For you, it could be lack of sleep, drinking, toxic relationships, negative self-talk, inability to forgive…or? My advice is to look at the obvious like, “Nah, it can’t be that.” Or use the feedback from those closest to you, if I listened to my friends about removing sugar I would have saved YEARS of suffering. Hopefully this story will save years for you.