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 You are more than your BODy.

You are your beliefs.

So here I am, teaching a studio full of exercise birdies of all ages, sizes, and characters who have just finished pumping out 60 push-ups on tippy-toe in sets of 20.

Grumbling and moaning low, they sprawl into positions that might indicate the end of class.

That’s when I speak out…

“We’re doing 60 more.

You might be tired, now.  Really.

Your arms might be sore, or maybe you feel like the breathing is seriously tough because you can’t stop choking down the discomfort of burning triceps and shoulders.

But guess what?
I don’t care.

I don’t care how your BODy feels.
I don’t care.

You are more than a BODy.

So, let’s go.
3 more sets of 20 push-ups!”

 
You are your beliefs, not your BODy.
The thing is, discomfort freaks us out.
We avoid it like a pothole.
But just so you CAN get some perspective: the discomfort we feel after a series of push-ups or any challenging exercise only lasts about 30 frickn seconds!

The discomfort from heartburn after eating a Big Mac and super fries, from the top of your jeans tattooing a red gash into your belly, or your doc snarling  and sighing before she hands you your blood work report is discomfort that lasts much longer!!

 

So get comfortable and start believing that you CAN make strong, impactful, healthy choices for your thriving self!

 

Believe you are the one who happily smacks the Mikey D bag of sugar and grease to the curb.

Believe that you are the one who spins and turns your world on with your smile then does a Mary Tyler Moore fling of your blood work report into the air.

Believe you are the one who CAN complete 120 push ups.

Believe you CAN, you fine and fit thang!

You are MORE than your BOD.
You are your beliefs.

 

What do you believe you CAN do, be, or have in 2015?

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sculpt.

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it’s all art, isn’t it?

 

the jewel.

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the BODy.

the life.

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create.

take stuff away.

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or add.

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step back and see how it looks.

put it on.  how does it feel?

 

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you can always start again.

you never finish.

we all start again.

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we’re all wearing art.

 

◎ dedicated to my friend.

 

the jewels are all hand-sculpted from stoneware clay with recycled glass.

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When life scares the sh*t outta you

This month 3 of my friends have called to unpack some sucky fears about the trajectory of their lives.

 

One faces the end of a 14-year marriage, one is struggling with finances and is straining to establish a career of purpose, one is moving her family to a new town where everybody has to get jobs and create a new support system.  

 

What has compounded their issues is that all three are in their mid-forties.

 

Really and seriously, life has scared the sh*t outta me in all my adult decades so far.  

 

I chose a transition that just ripped me open in my late-twenties, I lost a ton of hope when certain ideals were crushed in my mid-thirties, and I went through bouts of fiery anger in my late thirties

[that makes it twice-sh*tty in one decade!!].

look into my eyes

 

I told my friend-folks to do what I did when I got stuck

 

1  Get away from all the voices.

 

Too many opinions are NOT good for you.

Your inner ONE will give you the best advice.  

However, that inner ONE will NOT give you every single morsel of bread that you need all at once.

It will give you advice that will lead you where you need to go RIGHT NOW.

 

Stick with what’s in front of you RIGHT NOW and trust that you’ll get more information when it’s time to make the next move.

 

Listen and TRUST your inner ONE, and you’ll build confidence and focus.

A scary life gets spooked away by CONFIDENCE and FOCUS.

 

 

2  Understand that life will periodically swing toward sh*tty, and then back to swell again.

from sh*t to swell

Life doesn’t do perfectionism and there is NO certainty in anything, so don’t expect it.

But do expect that aspects of your vision will appear when life swings back to swell.

 

So get a vision that supports you!!

 

 

3   Just as much as we need to listen to our inner ONE, we need to have a “small” support crew to let us  dump out fear and gives us a lift.

 

Make sure you choose that crew wisely.

If your crew lets you wallow in darkness all the time, lose ‘em.

You need a small task force that encourages and helps you exchange your fears for a vision.

 

Your pendulum is gonna swing back to swell, it will!  

And members of your crew will one day need you to help them move through some of their sh*t later.

 

light as a feather

In the meantime, find somebody to serve {for money or for free}.

God, it felt like a such goody goody cliché to write this.

But I mean it.

 

I used to be the person who believed we were on some linear train toward riches and fame and marriage and the seemingly successful life like the ones billed on tv.  Seriously!

 

I used to feel embarrassed and emptied out by my failures, as if I was more flawed for effing up.

My life would move from swell to sh*t like ::

I’d make good money and get my graduate degree, but then regress to having less in my bank account and needing to move into a crap-apartment;

or from being in numerous, degrading relationships to finding a supportive one for many years and then wandering back into choosing a player.

Each bloody-time my life dipped below tolerable, I’d get some space away from everything so I could shut up all the outside voices to hear my own.  

I’d turn to [a few] superhero friends who believed in the small part of me that still had confidence.

And most recently, I engage my talents in service outside of myself.

This is a new realization.  Service.  

For money or free.

 

What it feels like is a flow of self through me, through someone else, back to me.

How else can I articulate that?!

Like Connection.

For me that means writing and performing poetry, painting, teaching yoga to kids, rolling around with my dogs, singing at a senior center, making time for my friends to talk about how to handle their fear.

 

Service has shown me that I am the same as everybody outside of me ➩ happy, terrified, clear, lost, dark, lonely, brave, confused, curious, needy, hopeful.

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and think you will enjoy!

 

1.

Hold off before you see the flick {though I have heard it is good}

READ Gone Girl, the book

gone girl

Immediately.

 

It’s so rich – the characters are fleshed-out like real folks

and the story will inflict you with anger, bewilderment, judgment- so much

that you’ll need to talk about it!

 

 

 

2.

Do something sensational for yo’ BOD and workout with mE!

 

visit CAMP BERNARD

 

 

3.

Eat fast-food ➟ if it’s sushi!

wasabi fast sushi

I found WASABI last May.  You can get sushi A LA CARTE or, my fav, seaweed salad – for calcium, magnesium and iron!

The place will satisfy vegetars, fish-people, and carni-folks.

Look for them in your city.

In NY, go to 561 7th av, near 40th street!

seaweed salad at wasabi

Get Back to School

I’m back!

 

Back from Greece.  mykonos, greece

 

Back from Turkey.  grand bazaar

 

Back from summer.

 

Back from creating and revising the my beLOvedBODy fitness programs.

 

Back to school, this life-school.

And me-feels bubbled up with curiosity and desire to learn and experience as much as an existence can.

 

So many of us, including the teachers who had the summer off and the mamas who get extra help with the kids from daytime summer camps, lose their weekly workout and self-care rituals during this time of year.

 

I’ve noticed that this BACK to SCHOOL time either promotes a big-time return to productive weekly habits or a regression away from taking care of personal needs and desires.

 

Let’s return to productive, healthy habits to fulfill our curious souls.  Let’s WAKE UP.

 

We CAN set life-affriming goals EVERY 8 WEEKS!

 

SET 3 PRODUCTIVE LIFE GOALS today.

Here are mine 

1  To expand my imagination, I’m gonna read 2 books per month.

read!

I’ve started THE ALMOST MOON by Alice Sebold of THE LOVELY BONES and DYING TO BE ME by Anita Moorjani this week!

This has been a frickn challenging goal in the past, especially during times when I’m working a lot.

I’m starting small with the 2-book goal.  By January, I hope to make it a 3-book-a-month thang.

 

2  Get stronger and overcome a fitness hurdle.

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My goal is to do 2 sets of 5 chin ups two times  per week  AND  to master the HANDSTAND by JANUARY 2015.

 

 

3  CENTER my soul.

be in center

I plan to sit quietly or pray for 10 minutes EVERY DAY.  

I also plan to read my FAV spiritual text – The SCIENCE OF MIND by Ernest Holmes and listen to MICHAEL BERNARD BECKWITH  2 times per week.

 

Please join mE.

Make your goals meaningful.

Explore your curiosities and fears.

 

Make your goals ACHIEVABLE!  Let them be goals that you CAN accomplish given your real-life schedule,

even if it means shifting things around a bit.

goals every 8 weeks

Let’s do it together.

And let mE know

what are your  “big 3″  BACK to SCHOOL goals?

this is it, dag-gone-it!

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Wanna be Startin’ Somethin that commands your passion and devotion?

live fit.

get your boogie and your sweat on at least 4 days a week.

 

 

eat clean, real food.

 

 

get your vibe right!

 

 

cuz, this is it.

this is your fab life.

and you are worth all the LOve.

the sky's the limit

mj

They say the sky’s the limit,

and to me that’s really true.

mj