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Seeing The Cup As Half Full

Everything we do can either be seen in a positive manner or negative manner. There are obvious things that happen that people see as positive. Spending time with friends. Getting a big raise or kudos at work. Having fun doing a hobby you like. These are all totally obvious positive experiences. It’s easy to see …

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The Invasion That Never Was

I just finished reading a short book, The Invasion That Never Was, by Michel Danino and Sujata Nahar. The book calls into question (OK, outright refutes!) the invasionist history that most of us were taught in school. That is, that an “Aryan” people invaded India from the Northwest corridor (through present day Pakistan and Afghanistan) …

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TV Free!

On May 3rd I put myself up to a little challenge. Forget about my TV. My beautiful TV…..a 42-inch Pioneer Plasma. I covered it up with a shawl and decided I wouldn’t turn it on for 30 days. On June 13th, it struck me that I hadn’t even thought about turning the thing one….and that …

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Today's Run – Evergreen Point Loop

A little longer than I planned. I really like exploring new areas, and now that I’ve moved to Downtown Bellevue, there are plenty of new areas to explore. Today I ran through Clyde Hill and Medina, past Bill Gates house and back along Lake Washington Blvd to Bellevue. Details about the route here.

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Really Fast Post

So I’ve not been posting as much lately in part because I’ve held this idea in my mind that every post on this blog needs to be fairly well thought through, with images and stuff where possible. The process of it all has kept me from taking action. So now….I am writing this post in …

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On The Run – Furry 5K

So today I came out of retirement! I stopped racing for a long time. My last real event being Ironman Coeur D Alene (I know I probably butchered the spelling but oh well). After I imploded during that race I decided to take a step back and stop all my competitive stuff. After over 10 …

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Giving Stings a Little and No TV

Giving does bring joy. Giving can also bring some pain. As I’ve been giving some things away, I’ve become aware of emotions that crop up in the process of purging my life of things that are not supporting me. Right now, I’m focused on giving up some material things. You can read about my venture …

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The Simple Life – Update

As I wrote in my last post, The Simple Life is going very well. The original enjoyment I got from giving things away to those in need has not drifted away. I still feel the same joy. The momentum is only building. Let me be clear, this is real joy, not pleasure. There is a …

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The Simple Life

My friend visited from Portland, OR a few weeks and inspired me to take a massive step toward living a much simpler lifestyle. He has spend the past year or so as a “vagabonding,” most recently returning from a 4 month visit to Fiji, where he lived on about $10/day….and felt that he was living …

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Dalai Lama in Seattle

The Dalai Lama is visiting Seattle for a few days, as part of the Seeds of Compassion talks. Just now, they closed down several intersections outside my home (a very busy city road) to make way for his motorcade! I was able to catch a glance of his ochre colored robe as his car sped …

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First Yoga Class As A Teacher!

This morning I had my first official class as a teacher! I had a whopping two students participate, but I had a ton of fun…and am looking forward to growing the class as word spreads (it isn’t easy to get up for a 6:30am class!). If you live in North Seattle, near Mountlake Terrace, stop …

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Important and Urgent

Had a good conversation with my management team about our team’s focus and balance of time on things that are important (but not super urgent) vs those things that are important and urgent. Turns out we are spending a lot of time on the later. The problem with focusing too much time on important and …

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Any Yogi's Out There?

I start teaching in a few weeks (power yoga, asana practice). Pretty excited about that. I’m curious. Is anyone who reads this blog into Yoga? Could be an asana practice, or any other form. If you are, leave a comment and let me know what you are into and up to!

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Tony Robbins Sacred Blessings CD in Stores March 11th

The more exposed I get to Tony’s teaching, the more I like it. I really appreciate the fact that he never stops learning, growing and expanding his perspective. While many of his detractors claim that he too often “changes his tune,” I see this as his greatest strength. He is not afraid to change his …

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Arnold Bodybuilding & Sports Festival

I’m on my way to the Arnold Sports Festival. It’s one of the largest Bodybuilding and Fitness competitions in the world, with a very large health and fitness expo. For four days I’ll be hanging out with thousands of other health and fitness enthusiasts……looking forward to meeting people, getting motivated and learning some new things!

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Yes, the sun does exist!

The past week has been a tease, and I am actually starting to believe that the sky is indeed blue and the sun does actually exist! Winter in Seattle can be an ordeal. It feels like you are hunkered down in a bomb shelter. I remember my first winter here7 years ago; we had 70+ …

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Milk Bag Theory Of Meditation

I just got done meditating. I’ve had a fairly consistent meditation practice for the past 4 years or so and I’ve written about my experience at length in previous posts. Meditation is nothing if not infinitely challenging. Today was no exception. People use different methods for their meditation. Some just focus on their breath. For …

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Dave's Killer Bread

  I just stumbled across this stuff at Whole Foods, and yes it is killer! I got the Dave’s Killer Bread sprouted grain variety and have already had 6 slices today….boy was it tasty. It’s locally made, organic, healthy and Dave’s story is super compelling (it’s on the back of every load). Gotta love that …

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Breathing

My yoga practice has been progressing very well the past few weeks. I’ve recently rediscovered my breath. This might sound odd since we can’t go more than a minute or so without breathing…but I’ve gotten into this funk during my practice for many months where I just haven’t been concentrating on it. For the past …

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Working With A Purpose

I’ve blogged ad nauseam about how the WHY is so much more important than the HOW. In other words, it is the meaning behind what you are doing that is far more important how you carry out the activity. In fact, you could even extend this axiom to imply that the WHY is not only …

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