No matter how careful and calculated you are, it is impossible to avoid unforeseen challenges and inconvenient events in life. I also contend that life is not about playing it safe or focusing on avoiding challenges and setbacks. Let’s face it, no matter how hard we try to avoid them, they always seem to come up. Life is about playing all out and giving all you have to everything you do. Life is about how powerful you are in confronting, conquering, and adapting to those challenges. A mentor of mine told me “A master prefers what occurs.” In other words, when you become a master of your life, it does not matter what happens to you, because you see an opportunity in everything you face. Some of you may be facing financial challenges in the current state of economic uncertainty in the world. Some of you may be facing a health challenge that seems insurmountable. Some may be overwhelmed and underappreciated at your job or at home with your family. Every one of these situations has a hidden gift for you to grow into a more powerful and better version of yourself. You must be open to seeing it. When we open our minds and our hearts to experience the gifts that every situation has to offer, we start to look at our lives and the world much differently. Embrace change. Become bigger than the challenges you are facing. Live with passion and see the gifts that every situation brings to you!
So I just finished watching 7 Pounds and I just felt compelled to sit down and write. It was by far the most emotionally pressing movie I have ever seen. Will Smith was brilliant in the movie and the adversity he had to face was seemingly insurmountable for him. I am not going to ruin the movie for those who have not seen it by discussing the details but I am going to comment on what the movie brought out of me. The most powerful thing I got out of the movie is the power of presence and love. More often than I care to admit I get caught up in my own daily struggles and I do not take the time to tell the people who mean the most to me how much I love them. I do not focus on what and who I am so incredibly grateful for in my life. Love is one of those things that is so difficult to describe. A definition can be explained through logic and reason, however, the true essence of love can only be experienced through personal experience. For example, you can explain and describe the action of waves crashing on a deserted moonlit beach, but you never fully appreciate it until you experience it first hand. If I had to explain love, I would describe it as this: Love is the moment, whether for a period in time or a lifetime, where your core values synergize into a “whole is greater than the sum of the parts” experience which results in a paradox of a peaceful calm and a rush of excitement and energy at the same time. At this moment you have a heightened awareness of your senses and there is a deep burning appreciation and gratitude for the beauty of life. This moment can only be achieved through a presence that is so present that it is as if time stops. You are so focused on the moment and all of the experiences it has to offer, it is as if time does not exist. You feel it. The people around you feel it. Your children and your spouse feel it. What would your life look like if you brought more love and presence into everything you do? How would your relationship with your son or daughter or wife or husband look? In this day and age with so many distractions, people are yearning for your presence. Tell an important person in your life today how much you love them. Do it from a place of sincerity and present time consciousness that you have never done before and feel the words as you say them. Do this and watch how your life and the lives around you transform.
I challenge you to find anything more amazing and more complex than the human body. The human body is made up of over 70 trillion cells. The brain processes millions and millions of bits of information EVERY second. The heart beats over 2 billion times throughout a human being’s lifetime. Every 4 months your body has an entirely new river of red blood cells nourishing the body. The body breaks down the food you eat to deliver nutrients to every cell in the body. It develops immunities to harmful foreign invaders in order to protect itself from future attacks. The human body is absolutely incredible! All of this and every other function in the body is controlled and coordinated by the nerve system. The nerve system is the communication highway that makes it possible for every cell to communicate with one another. The intelligence of the body knew how important the nerve system is for a person to be healthy that it encased the central nervous system, the brain and spinal cord, completely by bone. The skull protects the brain, and the spine, which is made up of 24 moveable bones, protects the spinal cord. What do you think would happen if one of the bones moved out of alignment, disrupted the communication in the body, and interfered with the nerve system? How would your heart function if one the spinal bones misaligned and caused interference with the nerve going to your heart? How would your immune system function? Since health comes from all of your cells communicating with each other and functioning properly all of the time, a disruption to the communication would lead to a lack of health. A very significant interruption to this valuable communication occurs when one of the bones in your spine misaligns and puts pressure on the nerve system. This is called a Vertebral Subluxation and can lead to many of the health problems people suffer from every day. Chiropractic is focused on restoring and maintaining proper spinal motion, alignment, and posture in order to restore and maintain healthy spinal tissues and healthy nerve flow between the body, the brain, and every cell in the body. Many of you go to the dentist and get your teeth checked for cavities on a regular basis. When was the last time you had your spine and nerve system checked by a chiropractor for a Vertebral Subluxation?
As I was researching both words, they are listed in each other’s lists as synonyms. Although the words are apparently similar, there are some key distinctions. When I looked at both words, I was immediately drawn to the word “perfection.” There is something about the word that draws me. When I think of perfection, I think of performing, delivering, achieving, experiencing, or being something to a degree that transcends what has ever been accomplished before. I think about having the perfect practice, delivering the perfect speech, having the perfect relationship, and obtaining perfect health. However, I realize just because it meets my current psychology of achievement or success, it does not mean it is perfect. I do not think perfection is even a solid benchmark because there is nowhere to go from there. If I was somehow able to obtain perfection, I am left with the hope that the best I will ever accomplish again will only be equal but never greater to the perfection I was able to reach. I also came to the conclusion after talking with my good friend Aryn, I view that human beings are already perfect. I believe not viewing human beings as perfect, when it comes to the human experience, is a contradiction in my vitalistic philosophy. Since people are already perfect and have the potential within themselves to express innate intelligence to the fullest degree, my job is to help them to realize it and release it in order for them to live extraordinary lives. Perfection is not the goal. It is the process of pursuing the expression of that perfection and not the achievement of perfection itself. That is why my purpose is the continual pursuance of personal mastery while creating a profound impact on humanity in the process. Coming up with my purpose is a process that took about 2 years to refine and mold and it may always be evolving as I grow and evolve. Originally my purpose was to be the best and to achieve personal mastery but realized that the achievement of mastery or perfection was not the goal. It was wrought with disappointment because I would only be happy when I got “there,” wherever “there” even is. For me it is the pursuance of the perfect expression within myself and the pursuance of personal mastery that makes life worth living. For me, it looks like living a life of excellence. Living a life of excellence is about always growing and developing. It is not about never making a mistake but living consciously and learning from the mistakes that is most important. It is about living with passion, love, excitement, determination, commitment, integrity, focus, discipline, and compassion. It is about living my life congruent with my core values. It is about being present and being more accepting and loving of myself. It is about working toward my goals but celebrating my victories, both emotional and physical, along the way. I realize when I come to the end of my road and people look back on my life, I do not want them saying I lived a life of perfection. I want to be known for living a life of significance and a life of excellence.
Health is the pursuit of achieving your true potential in all areas of your life. It is about setting a new bar for which you live your life. It is about opening up opportunities you may have never known were there. It is about creating better relationships with your kids and your spouse. It is about raising your children drug free and allowing them to be a perfect expression of themselves. Most of what we consider sickness and pathology is actually the body working exactly the way it is supposed to. If you decide to move up to Denver where the oxygen is less, your body makes more blood vessels and increases your blood pressure. Would you say this increase in blood pressure is a healthy response? Of course it is! Your body is responding perfectly to a change in the environment. If you have an unhealthy diet, do not exercise, and are not under regular chiropractic care, and in order for you to cope with a stressful environment, your body increases its blood pressure. Is this a healthy response? Of course! Your body is a perfect expression of health. It will respond in a perfect way even under imperfect circumstances. This is not pathology. It is physiology.
We need to understand that we have everything we need within ourselves to be great. Tap into the infinite wisdom of your body and create your reality. Create a reality where everyday is a great day. Take control of your life and understand that you have the ability to have everything you want in life. Do not settle for the status quo. Do not settle for just a “good” level of health. Do not settle until you have achieved greatness because you deserve it. Focus on your desires not your fears. Focusing on your desires is when your dreams become reality. Think big! Dream big! And know you CAN have it all because you are worth it!
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