Tag Archives: Mindfulness

Adversity Training, Part 1 — You

We are a bunch of softies. Yeah, I’m talking to you. But present company included too, as in, me. What am I talking about? Oh, just how we are far less resilient, adaptable, and mentally tough than we were just a few generations ago. This phenomenon, this softening of the human creature, is at the […]

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Paleo for the Hard Times

Hey, it happens to the best of us. We talk, think, and dream about food all day long. We prize its healing and mouth-watering qualities. But even those of us who love food dearly hit ruts. This year, a mildly difficult spring turned into a personally challenging summer. After enduring a scary illness for my […]

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Posturing While Driving

Back in Costa Rica, what seems like eons ago already though it’s only been a month, I had a helpful little encounter. Julie Angel, MovNat assistant instructor, saw me standing all out of whack and reminded me of the importance of posture. It was the afternoon several days into the retreat at this point, and […]

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Being Strong to Be Useful

This post has been on my mind for quite a while. I initially wanted to post something on this topic back in early December 2012, when the headlines in the US were dominated by the photographic evidence of a man pushed onto the New York subway tracks, staring down the train that would hit and […]

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Moving Naturally in the Zoo

I’ve talked about MovNat’s Human Zoo concept before, but here’s a quick primer for the uninitiated: The “human zoo” is a modern, global and growing phenomenon generated by the powerful combination of social conventions, technological environment, and commercial pressures.  Increasingly disconnected from the natural world and their universal biological needs, zoo humans are suffering physically, […]

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Moving Naturally…Mindfully

I’m fresh off the beach—tan, relaxed, and annoyed at the fact that shoes are still necessary in my Oregon spring weather. I attended the brand spanking new week-long MovNat retreat in Costa Rica the first week of April, spending seven days with MovNat master trainer Vic Verdier and assistant instructor Julie Angel, with a cameo […]

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Smarter Fitness—Integration

So I’ve said farewell to a formal yoga practice and I’ve confessed my desire for a better bum. Now, in true contrarian fashion, I’m going to tell you why yoga has been instrumental in my current fitness endeavors. If you’re not thoroughly confused at the end of this, then I’m not doing my job. As […]

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A Periodical Rest

Alas, my friends. It is time. Time for a break. Time for a dose of real life and a little less virtual life. For taking all this theory of good food, better sleep, more movement, and more sunshine and putting it to work for me. I had a taste of it on vacation in Florida […]

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Citizen Paleo

So. I get it. I myself have suffered from a case of zealous Paleo dogmatism. It solved so many problems in such little time, how could it NOT be the answer to everything in the universe? Which then sends you down the path of nutritionism, because suddenly things like drinking a glass of water with […]

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Paleo Nirvana?

So far, we have some stiff dogma in the Paleo world, the specter of nutritionism, and a choking, sputtering immune system. Today I’ll share my thoughts from an Eastern perspective. And tomorrow, I’ll do my best to tie it all together, though I suspect I’m really just writing my insane asylum admission form. Some Background […]

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