Thursday, February 26, 2009

Blessings and Fortune! I offer my thank you to each of you!

Every so often I like to step back and remove myself from myself and my world and reflect. Daily I get so much confirmation, so much love and energy, so much nourishment and fuel from those who I encounter. All this is a blessing, is the stuff of great fortune or sincere gratitude, brings about humility and makes me so humbled.

We all have unlimited ability, unlimited power to accomplish and achieve whatever it is we wish too. Of course, we all excel in certain areas and many of us in many areas and we all are capable of excelling in whatever it is we wish too, this is my truth! And so it goes on and on and without saying that I feel blessed to be living my passion, my essence, my essential self and being, my truth and too see that in doing so I am able to be a presence and conduit for others, just as they are for me.

I offer my gratitude and extend my thank you's to each and everyone of you for teaching me, the eternal and internal student of life, living, and the constant state of being present! I am so honored to share this path with each and everyone of you and it is you who empowers and inspires me beyond even my own capabilities.

I share this to continue to acknowledge each of yours presence and influence and in doing so hope to encourage you all to keep sharing, exploring, engaging, reaching out, opening up, looking beyond, being true, being unconditional, being the love and light that you are for me and doing this for others.

Together we truly can achieve more and we must believe it is possible, anything is possible and if you are not certain reach out to one of your fellow community members, come to me or whomever and channeling the loving energy, the possibility! See, I am the possibility, I am what can happen when you believe and it is all of you whom help to reaffirm this and I hope that my sharing does the same for you.

We all are masters, we are our own masters and guru's, we are our best teachers because we are the student! Thank you for teaching me life and living, love and giving unconditional, thank you for receiving and sharing, extending and offering, giving and giving so openly without judgement or prejudice, thank you for being your essential self, your essence

I send this with unconditional love and gratitude!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I have never been good at juggling. Now, neither have I ever put time into it and practiced, so hard to get at something you do not practice! This being said I have decided to place all the balls I am juggling on the floor and pick them up one at a time! This way I will have the right ball at the right time in the left hand ;-).

The way I figure is I am someone who has a lot of amazing and wonderful things happening and I am going to keep them all because I can and I want too. However, the way I feel for me to best handle this is to be focused on the ball I need to in that present moment and allow the others to lay comfortably still on the ground.

Hey, if I am present and placing my energy and attention on that ball, the one in the present moment/place, then I avoid the potential chaos of trying to juggling multiple balls at once.

Why juggle multiple balls at once, potentially dropping one, or all when you can just pick up the one that you need to in that moment? Why make things more difficult?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Student, the Master or.....

A few days back I wrote a post about the student being ready and the master appearing, how true this is? However, today I ponder another question related to this topic. I am curious, are people of the United States or American Culture (generalization being used) really students?

To go a bit further, I am asking if we truly are students in the sense that we are curious and open as well eager to learn about all things life, especially if we know it will improve us in our areas of interests or expertise?

Personally, this has not always been the case for me. I appeared ready as a student, the master did indeed appear but my ego (and maybe sometimes that of the master as well, I have been on both sides) ego placed some boundaries that in turn presented limitations. This is not too say things were not learned at that point and more importantly you can see that I am and continue to learn from those instances even if in hindsight (it does not necessarily matter when, because if you are truly a student you can and will learn in time). However, I realize that I was not living up to my potential because as I student I had the false precepts, or at least ideas that I had a lot of knowledge, a lot of information and therefore I wanted to share mine more than just empty my cup and come from a beginners mind thus placing no boundaries.

So, I ask, are we really great students. I have been in the position to be both student and master and quite often as of recent. I have found that depending on the level of the student, sometimes they truly are not ready for what the master has to offer (as mentioned above in my own personal experience as a student). playing the role of master in this I find that I truly am always a student and thus in turn learning how to become an even better master.

It is my believe that knowledge and information does not make you a master, it is truly what you do with it and how you use it that differentiates you from others. As I open myself to the unlimited possibilities I begin to see deeper and more clearly the distinction and the path for mastery. The true mastery is of the self and from there learning how to translate and communicate this effectively to your audience, whomever it be. True masters have a way, a way of no way, a formless form, a beginners mind, an empty cup, an egoless ego in which they offer, share, give, recieve, experience, learn, move, function, be!

One can only practice and train moment by moment, day by day to become a master. And it is through being a student and being in a constant state of living and freedom of ego that the masters becomes....

Some things to ponder by Bruce Lee:

"I have come to discover through earnest personal experience and dedicated learning that ultimately the greatest help if self-help; that there is no other help but self-help—doing one’s best, dedicating one’s self wholeheartedly to a given task, which happens to have no end but is an ongoing process. I have done a lot during these years of my process. A swell in my process, I have changed from self-image actualization to self-actualization, from blindly following propaganda, organized truths, etc. to searching internally for the cause of my ignorance."

"An instructor should exemplify the things he seeks to teach. It will be of great advantage if you yourself can do all you ask of your students and more."

Emptiness the starting point. — In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all you preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty.

Life is wide, limitless. There is no border, no frontier

Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.

What we are after is the ROOT and not the branches. The root is the real knowledge; the branches are surface knowledge. Real knowledge breeds "body feel" and personal expression; surface knowledge breeds mechanical conditioning and imposing limitation and squelches creativity.

Concepts vs. self-actualization. — Instead of dedicating your life to actualize a concept of what you should be like, ACTUALIZE YOURSELF. The process of maturing does not mean to become a captive of conceptualization. It is to come to the realization of what lies in our innermost selves.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Ten Commandments

Osho's "Ten Commandments"
In 1970, when he was still known as Acharya Rajneesh, Osho was asked about his "Ten Commandments". In his letter of reply, Osho noted that it was a difficult matter, because he was against any kind of commandment, but "just for fun" agreed to set out the following

Never obey anyone's command unless it is coming from within you also.
There is no God other than life itself.
Truth is within you, do not search for it elsewhere.
Love is prayer.
To become a nothingness is the door to truth. Nothingness itself is the means, the goal and attainment.
Life is now and here.
Live wakefully.
Do not swim – float.
Die each moment so that you can be new each moment.
Do not search. That which is, is. Stop and see.

He underlined numbers 3, 7, 9 and 10.The ideas expressed in these Commandments have remained a constant leitmotif in his movement.

This particular information comes from spiritual guru Osho. I found this off of Wikipedia and found it so fascinating, deep, and thought provoking that I had too share. All I can say is hmmmm

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Are You????

What is your potential?
Are you willing to find out?
Are you willing to explore the depths of your soul, the depths of the meaning of life, the depths of your relationship to all things including your truth, your essence?
Are you willing to go where you have never gone before?
Are you willing to be humble and open enough to explore?
Are you willing to say I do not know but I am here to find out?
Are you willing to be a student?
Are you willing to risk 'failure', "humiliation", 'frustration'?
Are you willing to experience life for the purposes of exploring human potential without any ties to the outcome other than to know just by stepping up and doing it, being open to it, being willing to explore you have already done more than you ever have before?
Where are you willing to travel, can you take the path least taken?
Are you willing to live in your essence, in your truth, in your essential state, defying conventional wisdom and finding your way, the way of no way, the formless form?
Are you willing to stretch and be flexible, too see beyond the minds eye, beyond the tangible, beyond what your thoughts are?

I am and I invite you to join me on this journey and explore with me as I explore with you and we share and discover together our human potential and the absolute beauty that exists in EVERYTHING!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

There is no such thing as a style if....

All too often we get caught, hung up, trapped in names, words, styles, etc. As Bruce Lee says himself of his own style, Jeet Ku Do, "it's just a name; don't fuss over it. There's no such thing as a style if you understand the roots of combat."

How true is this of life. If we just look at the roots, the depth of things beyond the surface, beyond the eye to the spirit and soul of the matter, the heart of the matter unlimited potential exists. We could then move beyond the ego, beyond wrong or right and have more conducive conversation and communication serving as an opportunity and portal for all of us to learn, grow, share, experience. We could then detach from our ideas and thoughts of how things should be based on preconcieved notions and begin to be open the experience and therefore flow with life being dynamic and fluid, like life itself.

This is the way of no way, the formless form and reaches beyond the tangible to those things that we call or think of as the intangible maybe even the unimaginable.

Monday, February 16, 2009

When the Student is ready, the master will appear

I must be ready because the master or masters keep appearing. I have not always been present nor aware of this but in hind sight I see clearly this has indeed been the case, starting back to my teens when my sisters boyfriend taught me essentially the beginning of weight lifting or bodybuilding and continues to present day.

This concept of course works both ways, with people coming to learn from me, but what they may or may not realize is that I learn as much or more from them than maybe they do from me. I love 'clients' because they are such great teachers.

As I continue to delve deeper into study and practice I find that opportunities are abound and boundless. People keep opening doors to amazing teachers, masters, styles, concepts, methods, etc.

Currently I have the pleasure of studying under a few such people and there are a few on the horizon I am and will be intersecting with and of course those that I am currently unaware of who also will cross paths with me.

For me as a teacher, a trainer, a coach, an educator I find that the strength of my practice, my curious nature to learn the essence of various forms related to what I am doing are key! I find that the better and more I am a student and the deeper my practice of what I am studying the more I offer to those whom I encounter as their master, sensei, guru, teacher, coach, trainer, etc...whatever you want to call me or it.

For example, I am looking deeper into various forms of yoga such as Shadow Yoga, Iyengar, YogicArts (Duncan Wong), and even Vinyasa (especially since this is what I am teaching) and then examining through practice and play how it all integrates and then of course sharing this with others....AWESOME

Then there is the martial arts as I have begun my practice and study of Aikido and now I am being presented with a future opportunity to study Qi Gong with a master through another Master I know. Then taking Shadow Yoga and YogicArts and Budokon which are both styles that incorporate various aspects of Chinese Medicine and Martial Arts into a yoga practice (this is cool that people already are exploring this integrative model.

To take things even deeper I am learning how all the energy and synergy of all these modalities incorporate with Kettlebells and even the powerlifts. I am beginning to explore the human movement potential on levels beyond the eye and words into the depths of energetics and beyond. All these modalities and these masters/teachers are opening doors to another realm of movement and depth that truly is unleashing human potential

The Lab, where we are constantly exploring Human continues to evolve, it is only the beginning

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Love Unconditional

All these years of love in my life and it was not until recently that I believe I broke into the love circle. What do I mean? Well, throughout all the years and my experience I finally took what had been an idea and concept and turned it into an actual state of being. What is that state of being you ask, I say unconditional love!

Yes, Unconditional Love of self first and foremost. Why me first and foremost because life begins with you and ends with you! If you do not love yourself completely and without condition then in my believe you cannot do so for any other!

So what is it, unconditional love?
*A it is your own love for yourself as mentioned above
*It is being kind, compassionate and respectful to yourself and this extends to others
*It is having gratitude for yourself and life again extending this to having gratitude for others
*It is being non judgmental of yourself and others.
*It is being and show love because it is who you are not what you do or expect in return
*It is living and being your essence!
*It is being true, honest, acting with integrity and character.
*It is forgiveness
*It is appreciation and acceptance for what is, whole heartedly
*It is heart conscious

I can keep going on but the gist of it is as listed above. This is reflective of my philosophy and it works for me :-) and this is why I share it. I will say this all things love and everything else comes together when you have unconditional love of self!

Enjoy life, live life, be alive and enjoy the love of yourself and others. Teach, show, people that true love is possible, unconditional love is possible. It begins with YOU!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Form and Flow

"The other weakness is, when clans are formed, the people of a clan will hold their kind of martial art as the only truth and do not dare to reform or improve it. Thus they are confined in their own tiny little world. Their students become machines which imitate martial art forms."

Form is essential, it is a key element a student must know and understand. However, out of form evolves flow is this is the truth of the form, the formless form that is adapted and improved upon, explored and researched as to have no way, to have no limitation. Learn your forms, understand how the form is applied, etc. and then develop your flow. As Bruce Lee goes onto further say "Mere technical knowledge is only the beginning of Kung Fu. To master it, one must enter into the spirit of it." The spirit is evident in the flow, in your interpretation as relevant to the application. The flow is in respect to the form and may look exactly like the actual form to the eye but the flow truly is something beyond the minds eye. Look beyond the mere science and technical merits into the depths of the wisdom behind it all!

"Use no way as way; use no limitation as limitation."

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Strength and Being Strong?

What does it mean to be Strong or have strength? Is this not a fascinating and deep conversational piece or what? I mean just think about it for a moment and what comes to mind? Strength and being strong are such dynamic and loaded terms and can be applied across a broad based spectrum of life.

Now, I would say I am strong and have strength just by definitions. I would also say that I have not and am know where near my potential. This being said I am in a constant of learning and exploration just by osmosis and by living and breathing each and everyday. In this process, through this journey I feel my strength and my being strong increasing each and every day, every moment of life!

Since strength and the concept of being strong is so broad based I am eager to explore this on various levels and because of this I am beginning to see these concepts in such a new light, one that is so much brighter and ever present than before. Strength and being strong to me are more internal concepts and I am beginning to understand on another level of consciousness how my strength is one of internal not so much external, it just shows up this way. As one might say my strength is very raw.

Now, enough bragging about myself, but as a student, coach, teacher and trainer it is important to use myself and my practice as a labroratory for exploration and testing. Since I have been doing this for 34 years (not all consciously or at least I think not) I am truly gaining a level of education that is unprecedented for myself and one that leaves me humbled that I am able to have the awareness around what is truly 'happening'.

To take it too another level I am beginning to be able to convene this information to others and coach, teach and train them to realize their internal strength, to discover it, to unleash and then to take it to the external stuff. They in turn do what they wish with this as they should. I am certain that all of them will take what they need for themselves it will show up in their life as it is meant to be!

As I become a martial artist, yogi, etc. and learn the arts and science behind these philosophies and movement dynamics the internal aspect becomes so much more apparent and the real truth behind the strength of these and many other concepts of life and living.

To be strong is what it is and strength is what it is. The numbers are cool but the internal is true!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Play session at Ken Blacks Garage of Strength

Just a short play session with Ken's Stones and steel log. Never done a stone before and Ken encouraged I give it a go. After spending the day listening to Louie Simmons I was feeling strength through Osmosis and decided to give it a try. The stones weigh 170 and 240 lbs and let me say they are truly odd and the difference is huge in terms of weight and skill.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Governors Challenge for Kids

Hello All, is a program for the youth of California. Real simple, sign-up and record your workouts, all you need is 30-60 minutes 3 days a week. A nice way to support the schools and kids in your area.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

3 Stages of Cultivation

The Three Stages of Cultivation - according to Bruce Lee

The first is the primitive stage. It is a stage of original ignorance in which a person knows nothing about the art of combat. In a fight, he simply blocks and strikes instinctively without a concern for what is right and wrong. Of course, he may not be so-called scientific, but, nevertheless, being himself, his attacks or defenses are fluid.

The second stage—the stage of sophistication, or mechanical stage—begins when a person starts his training. He is taught the different ways of blocking, striking, kicking, standing, breathing, and thinking—unquestionably, he has gained the scientific knowledge of combat, but unfortunately his original self and sense of freedom are lost, and his action no longer flows by itself. His mind tends to freeze at different movements for calculations and analysis, and even worse, he might be called “intellectually bound” and maintain himself outside of the actual reality. ·

The third stage—the stage of artlessness, or spontaneous stage—occurs when, after years of serious and hard practice, the student realizes that after all, gung fu is nothing special. And instead of trying to impose on his mind, he adjusts himself to his opponent like water pressing on an earthen wall. It flows through the slightest crack. There is nothing to try to do but try to be purposeless and formless, like water. All of his classical techniques and standard styles are minimized, if not wiped out, and nothingness prevails. He is no longer confined.

Bruce Lee is wise and his wisdom lives. This wisdom applies in all aspects of life, just substitute words and you will find it to have truth. The wisdom is not in the knowing but in the freedom of flowing through life with the knowledge in hand but not controlling.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Really?, Wow pretty cool

The Scientist, Physiologist, Mathematician, Physicist, Philosopher and Artist. This is what I be. Recently I have been reflecting on what it is I "DO" And these words in a nutshell describe as only words can what I "DO"

As a coach, teacher, trainer, and guide my approach is based on the fundamental concepts and principles of these above 'classroom' subjects. They provide the framework for how I architect my business. Each of these plays a role in and every session throughout each and every moment. They are the basis of all my work and life philosophies related to teaching the art of movement and stillness in Life and Living!

Wow, more to come but this is step in the process of understanding how all these play a larger role in who I am, what I do, who I be, what I study, how I see, how I move, how I perform and most important how I translate, interpret and communicate in life and of course in my 'business'

One may ask are my life and business any different, and I would gander to say nope! :-)

The way of no way keeps on flowing!

Monday, February 02, 2009

The Art of Practice

Practice, the path to potential mastery. Yes, potential because practice alone does not determine one's ability to become a master. Being a master requires an in depth understanding of all the aspects that are being learned and experienced during practice.

What I encourage is a daily practice of the science and the art behind and within whatever it is you are doing. For instance, myself I practice the daily art of living and I do so through the experience of movement arts like yoga, aikido, kettlebells, strength training, philosophy and so much more. It is in these practices that I explore and study life and the integration of the science, art and philosophy of each art and the art of living!

In practice I pay close attention to all the details, constantly feeling, being, thinking, anaylzing, inquiring, exploring, discovering, experiencing all that I can within each and every moment, movement, etc. My level of awareness, focus, concentration, and consciousness are at their peak. I do this every day, every practice, every moment to the best of my abilities in the present state I exist.

The key then is to take all this knowledge and information and turn it into wisdom, so when I actually have to perform I do not have to think, I just do, I just be, it is just a conscious choice action!

A very important aspect of making this all come together so it is just an normal action, something that is truly mindful yet thoughtless is how you practice. When practicing I say less is more, slow is fast, soft is hard, stillness is movement, effortless is effort. This translates into practice with perfection (as you know it), practice with a great attention to detail doing as perfect as possible. And, to ensure you are doing this, learn what it means, what it looks like to be perfect in whatever it is you wish to excel and practice.

Often we move way to fast and 'try' to do way to much that we end up 'trying' and end up underachieving (or as I say achieving exactly what you are supposed based on your choice actions, not your intentions, not your wishes, goals, dreams, etc. but how you are actually moving through life). Therefore a key is in your daily practice to have a clear intention and live up to that and make sure your actions support your intentions, dreams, goals, etc.

This is not only possible but is happening. People are living the life they intend, the are living their dreams and accomplishing their goals and maybe you are one of them, I certainly would love to hear that you are, I am!

Practice never ends, never stops, it is in a constant state of motion. Life does not stop, it is in a constant state of motion, so ride the wave, find your balance, feel the water, be the water, flow with life and enjoy the sun! If you practice this, you will indeed be this!