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This Should End The Debate Between Diet Types – Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo etc.

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“Vegans Are Too Weak & Are Too Low Energy To Train With Me.” The man who said these words is Ido Portal, an amazingly talented individual who has mastered the art of movement. But why would he say such a thing? This is what I want to address today. The reason why I say “end the debate” is because it’s become more about identities and emotion than anything scientific or knowledge based.

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Stop The Fight Between Diet Types

As you can see in the video below, Ido said these words during a Skype call with a guy who follows the 80/10/10 diet. Clearly he’s not seen Frank Medrano.

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It’s this type of stuff, including emotionally charged judgments from even the vegan crowd, that causes a right fight between various people who represent different diet types. The reality is, every vegan or vegetarian was probably once a meat eater and through their journey started cutting it out. And likewise, a meat eater could have once been a vegan or vegetarian and felt it wasn’t for them. Or that meat eater could be on their own journey of one day maybe switching their diet. The same could be said for the vegan or vegetarian who may also one day switch.

The reason why we fight about it is because we identify with it and then become emotional about it. Someone says something and we lump ourselves into that crowd and immediately take it as a personal attack.

No matter which side you are on, does it make sense to judge someone else because of the food they are eating? Do you actually know the journey of the other person and why they eat the way that they do? Is it possible that maybe they could one day adjust their diet to be just like yours? And would that make them any better of a person?

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The reality is, the ignorance on both sides of the “diet wars” is astonishing. You have people like Ido saying vegans can’t be strong and aren’t fit enough to train with him and you have vegans or vegetarians who might say meat eaters are animal haters who are going to die young because of their choices.

Either way, neither perception or opinion serves a purpose and both can be very incorrect.

It’s OK To Talk About It, But Switch The Perspective

I myself don’t eat meat or dairy products. My diet is pretty much considered vegan but it’s not 100% strict. But do I call myself vegan? No. Why? Because I choose to eat what I feel will keep me healthy and that’s simply how I look at it. I also choose to not consume animal products because I don’t wish to support it. But I wouldn’t judge anyone who does. I also don’t call myself anything because the “diet war” has created such a negative stigma on various diet types because of ignorance and a lack of care in understanding each other, that calling yourself something can create some really awkward social moments, and that’s a sad thing.

No matter what diet type you follow, find out information for yourself before generating opinions and judging others. I’ve heard so many stories of  “this person tried this diet and got sick” that I could write an encyclopedia. The challenge is that the vast majority of the time the people who trying different diets are not doing it “right” to begin with. Too much food, too little, not balanced, too much processed foods etc.

The truth is, until we educate ourselves on the full implications, health, environment and social, of our diet we are simply talking from an uneducated space that often turns emotional. Like with any solution, even if we find out what is a better route for us all as a whole, does it make sense to cast out others who don’t follow the new understandings?

Let’s remember that at the core, we’re all the same. All human beings and we are all here for the same purpose. Whether it’s something like diet or even a political view, let go of the differences and just accept each other. Talk about things, learn from one another, be open, move things forward, but let’s stop fighting about who is right and wrong. It’s not helping much of anything.

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Manifesting Your Vision Through “The Law of Attraction”

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The Law of Attraction is based on the principle that all matter is made up of pure energy, which is in a constant state of vibration and spin.

The LOA implies that thoughts and emotions are also energy, each having a unique energy signature. Every energetic frequency is in a constant state of attraction or repulsion with all others. With the recent emergence of quantum mechanics, this notion has been largely supported at a micro level.

The Law of Attraction states that “like attracts like,” and we are in a constant state of creating our reality through the energy we emit in the form of thoughts and emotion. We continuously interact with the fabric of reality (or quantum field), through thought and emotional energy, and whatever we focus on is likely to manifest. We are each creators of our own reality, and what we put out is what we will attract.

3 Things You Need to Know First

1. A key factor missing from the LOA is that we are creating on both a conscious and subconscious level. This accounts for the seeming contradiction between “opposites attract” and the major principle of LOA, “like attracts like.”

We are still attracting the part of the whole that has been splintered and repressed into the subconscious mind. Basically, the actively repressed traits within ourselves are still charged, and this suppressed energy is also a point of attraction. Until we acknowledge and integrate it, it will still play a role in the creation of our external reality.

2. Our belief systems alter our manifestation process. If you want to manifest $10,000 in one week, but your underlying beliefs are largely identified with a state of lack, you will only manifest more lack.

This is because Law of Attraction works with both thought and emotion, and if you try to think your way into something that you don’t believe, your emotional reaction will support your unconscious beliefs more than your conscious thoughts.

If you try to affirm, “I will be abundant,” but don’t believe it, those beliefs will surface via an emotional response that insinuates the opposite feeling. At that point, you are literally putting the gas and the breaks on at the same time, making manifestation very difficult.

One great tip to overcome this, as stated by Abraham Hicks, is to “start general, and then get specific” with your manifestation process. Start with what you can believe, and continue to expand as you see evidence of your manifestations taking place. This allows your thoughts and emotions to be in resonance rather than dissonance.

3. We are always manifesting according to our highest values. Renowned behavioural development specialist Dr. DeMartini (who was also featured in The Secret) discovered that we all have an inherent set of values that is largely governing our behaviour. DeMartini is quoted as saying, “All of our actions are strategies to align with our values as efficiently as possible,” along with, “all of our positive and negative emotions are feedback as to whether or not we are living in our highest values.” Essentially, the things we value the most filter our perception at a subconscious level. They are governing the way that we manifest, and the reasons we do.

This is why, for example, someone might set a new year’s resolution to lose weight and never achieve their goal. If one of their highest values is social connection, their unconscious will perceive that taking the time to exercise and eat right actually conflicts with the time they would rather be spending at social events with others.

The trick, then, is to change your perception by tying in how exercise and diet actually support your high value on social connection. For example, you might feel more confident meeting new people when you are healthy and strong. Or you can approach it from the other end by tying your value into your goal. In this case, you could try to engage your value of social connection by going to the gym or to nutrition classes with your close friends.

What You Need to Know During Active Manifestation

These are some useful tips if you are meditating on your vision, or practicing visualization.

Clear your mind. To speed up the process of manifestation, presence and focus are key. If your attention is scattered, your manifestation will be too. Write down on paper whatever is bothering you, and vow to leave it outside of your visualization. This will help you stay present.

Open your heart for the process. Connect with the feeling of gratitude as you begin. This can be done by writing a short gratitude list, or by thinking of people/events that you are truly grateful for.

According to the HeartMath Institute, “The heart generates an electromagnetic field roughly 60 times greater in amplitude than brainwaves do.” This field is measured by an electrocardiogram (ECG), and brainwaves were measured using an electroencephalogram (EEG) during these findings. The heart is a major point of attraction.

Be clear. The law of attraction is described as a law. This means it responds to everything, without exception. If you are mixed in your emotions or vision, it will slow the process. The clearer and more detailed you are, the faster your vision will come to life.

Engage your senses. Did you know that the brain can’t actually tell the difference between experience and visualization? This is why visualization is so useful for athletes. This principle applies directly to the LOA. What do you see, hear, smell, touch, and feel when you have arrived at your vision? Feel each sense distinctly, and don’t be afraid to sit with each one individually.

Engage emotion. This is how to charge your vision. Emotions are the driving force behind manifestation.

Align your intention with your values. Tie what you want to manifest into your highest values. More simply put, make sure you can see how your goals support the things that matter most to you in life. This will help you manifest congruently from both the conscious and subconscious mind.

Don’t be desperate. Try to imagine that you are gently requesting. If you are being needy or desperate in your request, you are coming directly from an emotional space of lack. The emotional feeling of lack will counteract your thought-energy, and you are more likely to stagnate.

What You Need to Know After

Take action. Taking action will create momentum, while also building evidence toward creating the belief that your manifestation is unfolding.

Act as if it has already happened. “I AM” is a creative, powerful phrase. If you conduct your behaviour as the person you have already become, you are more energetically aligned with your goal.

Be aware of your internal dialogue. Remember, you are in a constant state of attracting or repulsing what it is that you want to achieve. Your internal dialogue is always creating a point of attraction, along with the emotional reactions it produces. Be congruent!

Allow! You must fully release your vision in order for it to manifest. If you are too attached to it, your need for control can actually stunt the process. Faith and belief in the process are key. It can be helpful to think in terms of being at a restaurant. Once you’ve placed your order, you have to give it time to be cooked up and served to you!

We are all creators, and we all deserve to live an inspired life. The Law of Attraction is a beautiful tool that enables us to consciously put our creative powers to use! In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.”

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My Thoughts On “Spiritual Narcissism”

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Narcissism, in a nutshell, is self-absorption to the extent that it will adopt any set of rationale to protect the ego which often includes a degree of self-deception. Is this happening to many in spiritual trends?

  • Reflect On:

    There is authentic being, and then there is self-absorption which pretending to be authenticity, are we aware of the difference?

We humans often have a hard time finding middle ground. We may be drowning in lack of self-worth one moment, and trampling over other’s with our own self indulgence the next as we struggle to find balance. Narcissism is not simply about enjoying selfies in our social media-saturated world, it goes deeper than that.

It appears as liberation but is a trap that can ruin relationships, increase personal suffering, and keep a person from their true spiritual aspirations. Not surprisingly, increased mindfulness and compassion for this tricky human quirk is the best way to heal it.

What is Spiritual Narcissism?

The capacity to become overly self-indulgent is within all of us, and it becomes increasingly dangerous when we confuse it with spirituality. In many ways it is easy to see that all of humanity is dealing with a certain degree of self-absorption while we desecrate forests and oceans, causing plants and animals to go extinct on our material quests. In his famous book, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, Chogyam Trungpa gave a good foundation for westerners to navigate the pitfalls of our materialistic abundance.

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The capacity to become overly self-indulgent is within all of us

We do not have to be ashamed of what we are. As sentient beings we have wonderful backgrounds. These backgrounds may not be particularly enlightened or peaceful or intelligent. Nevertheless, we have soil good enough to cultivate; we can plant anything in it. – Chögyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

There is a difference between ego-self and the deeper universal soul within us, differentiating the two is important. Sadly, we have spiritual philosophies and religions that have been constructed to feed the ego, inflate self-righteousness, and create division while giving justification for all manner of activities including killing, exploitation, and oppression. Ethical conduct, regardless of spirituality, requires honoring the other and the self as one with each deserving to be respected, heard, and seen with compassion.

No matter what the practice or teaching, ego loves to wait in ambush to appropriate spirituality for its own survival and gain. – Chögyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

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There is a difference between ego-self and the deeper universal soul within us

Finding the Antidote to Self-absorption

Narcissism, in a nutshell, is self-absorption to the extent that it will adopt any set of rationale to protect the ego which often includes a degree of self-deception. Ego is an important aspect of our selves, it is part of self-preservation but when it becomes out of balance it actually has the ability to destroy us and harm relationships.

Many spiritual practices seek to increase our ability to witness and bring mindful awareness to ego drives which allow us to master, instead of being enslaved by our ego. When ego gets too big it can be hard to swallow, yet spiritual liberation invites us to expand our sense of self beyond the ego, beyond time and space.

The goal is to find a balance between the inner experience and the outer reality. How do we embody healthy self-love without becoming an ego-maniac and hurting personal relationships? Meanwhile, self-loathing, and low self-esteem are also manifestations of ego out of balance. Selflessness can often be quite selfish, over-engagement can be as problematic as disengagement socially. Luckily we are here to find this balance through living fully, from making mistakes, and evolving our sense of self-awareness. Healthy self-awareness is the only antidote to self-absorption.

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How do we embody healthy self-love without becoming an ego-maniac?

The Story of Narcissus and Echo

One day Narcissus was walking in the woods when Echo, an Oread (mountain nymph) saw him, fell deeply in love, and followed him. Narcissus sensed he was being followed and shouted “Who’s there?”. Echo repeated “Who’s there?”. She eventually revealed her identity and attempted to embrace him. He stepped away and told her to leave him alone. She was heartbroken and spent the rest of her life in lonely glens until nothing but an echo sound remained of her. Nemesis, the goddess of revenge, learned of this story and decided to punish Narcissus. She lured him to a pool where he saw his own reflection. He didn’t realize it was only an image and fell in love with it. He eventually recognized that his love could not be reciprocated and committed suicide. -Wikipedia

Since intention is subjective, a person is often understood within their community by their actions or image. This becomes extra tricky in our age of social media and the materialism that has found it’s way into yoga, meditation, and spirituality. It is possible to put on a good act, to fool those around us and ourselves (temporarily).

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Narcissus mesmerized by his own reflection

We can have the latest yoga clothes, read the right books and hang out with all the “cool” people, but if our actions are not grounded in a deeper spiritual practice, basic consideration for others, and respect, it is still hollow. A common analogy is the guy who everyone likes but then goes home kicks his dog, or is rude and unaccountable to his wife.

Deep spirituality makes us more sensitive to the feeling of others, encouraging an open stance of courage where we can drop our protective shields and accept the vulnerability to be seen as we are. Narcissistic sensitivity, however, is focused solely on the subtle nuances one’s own internality, and resists looking at hard, uncomfortable truths that may upset the self image. One who is narcissistically sensitive is easily offended by the “coarseness” of others, seeks to make his environment change to align with the contours of his needs, and gets angry or offended when this does not happen. -The Allure of Narcissistic Spirituality, Huffington Post

How to Identify Narcissistic Behavior

The ability to identify narcissistic behavior in yourself and others is the best way to heal it. It is not your job to diagnose others or tell them they are narcissistic if they are not interested in hearing it or healing it. However, if you draw appropriate boundaries for them you will protect yourself and encourage them to become more mindful. This is a loving and compassionate way to handle narcissism.

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It is always healthy to make boundaries and speak your truth in a loving and compassionate way. Whether the narcissist hears it or not is out of your control. Common responses from narcissists will include belittling your feelings, a hollow apology without effort to modify behavior, or ignoring you altogether. Basically, they will use any excuse they can in order to not look at it, or to make the situation your fault. This is your cue to make appropriate boundaries for yourself.

Within yourself be open and receptive when others tell you that you have been inconsiderate of them. Accepting constructive feedback from loved ones is a great way to keep a balance between internal needs and external relationships. This is also how we grow as individuals.

Common traits of narcissism courtesy of BPD Central.

  • Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
  • Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
  • Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
  • Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
  • Is often envious of others or believes others are envious of him or her
  • Requires excessive admiration
  • Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
  • Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
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Evolving Unhealthy Patterns

Hopefully, this will help you navigate tough interpersonal relationships and also better yourself. It is a beautiful thing that psychology is allowing us to have terms to identify and evolve unhealthy patterns emotionally. As we learn to live in community, we learn many aspects of love. This is how we help ourselves and those around us grow!

I’m republishing,  for the CE audience, this piece I wrote for Uplift Connect.

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Wisdom Shared By Bruce Lee For Personal Growth & Transformation

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In self help you often hear that if you are doing what everyone else is doing, you will likely end up doing what everyone else is doing, too  — and probably feeling like them as well.

When I was just starting college this was my greatest fear. Not so much ‘ending up’ like everyone else per se, but rather the idea that I was on a path that would lead to doing something I just had to accept — finishing college, getting a job, and then doing the whole house and family thing. Let me be clear, there is nothing inherently wrong with any of this, and I’d love to have a family, but something didn’t feel right inside about the fact that my life would involve doing the same thing day in and day out. I’d be ‘living the dream,’ so to speak, but it wasn’t really my dream.

I realized promotion of ‘the dream’ was a control technique to sell the general public into doing what would benefit the rich. It was convincing everyone to be cogs in the machine that would keep the game running for those who ran everything at the top. Of course, this idea seems crazy, because that’s the other part of the sale, that we somehow just ended up here like this. There couldn’t possibly be anyone calling the shots up top, it’s just human greed, ego, and power that got us here. Right?

I’m glad I learned that wasn’t the truth early on.

I began to realize that I had to wake up from the illusion, and truthfully, it’s what we’re all going through. In that, beginning to think unlike the masses is what got me from a state of a bleak life outlook to one of pure potential, and soon enough I was doing what I loved for a living. Nothing could stop me.

Me speaking at Conscious Media Festival in 2017.

Bruce Lee was someone who lived by many of the same ideas and understandings I was coming to through my journey of leaving behind the old ways, patterns, habits, ways of thinking, and consciousness. Here are a few that are important for us to consider in today’s world.

I truly believe that if we want to live the life we desire deep down in our heart and soul, we have to clear out the B.S. in our heads, get aligned with our hearts, and begin to take action from there. When we chase dreams from the mind, we’re often chasing an illusion, as we’re not clear on what we truly want.

1. Build True Intellectual Confidence

One of the biggest things I feel we struggle with in today’s age is wanting everything immediately — including mastery. No matter who tries to sell you on the idea that you can achieve mastery overnight, they are lying to you. Harsh I know, but true!

Bruce Lee believed that his incredible physical abilities began in his mind. It started with such a strong confidence in having a sharp mind about what he was doing that it allowed him to do unbelievable things with his body.

I view this as him not denying the aspects of his whole self that help someone master something. We are made up of mind, body, and spirit, and when all used in unison, we begin to reach our potential. When we deny one or the other or don’t exercise it, we remain limited. In a letter Bruce wrote to himself while in his 20s, he spoke about his belief in a “creative and spiritual force” within himself that guides everything he does. This of course is not just in Bruce, but in all of us.

For myself and my journey, I always found myself visualizing, seeing, and understanding how something was done from a mind level. I learned all I could about things I wanted to master and I matched that mental learning with a spiritual alignment or desire to do it as well as the physical practice of bringing it to the body. When all three are working together, you begin down the path of mastery.

With this, you can begin to innovate on ideas, create new directions, and lock in your own unique contribution to the world. This is precisely what Bruce Lee did.

We sometimes want to simply do what someone taught us, or do what’s quick and easy and then expect to become a master. But it truly takes practice to lock down the following:

1. A mental understanding and mastery of what you want to do or are doing

2. Connection to a deeper spiritual push you have to do something, coming from within you!

3. Mastering the physical side or the action side of what you want to do

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2. Know That No Dogma Contains All Answers

Now when we think of how to view our life, or our learning of something, it’s important to look around. We often can get caught up in wanting to identify with something simply because of our culture, gender, background, or anything else we choose to identify with. But this will only create limitations, as these aren’t who we are.

Bruce Lee was always aware of this fact. He saw that you will have limitations if you’re sticking to one culture or tradition. This is why he made it his goal to mix and match different ideas before coming to a limited conclusion.

Although Bruce Lee was heavily influenced by Chinese philosophy, he was also very fond of people like Alan Watts, who also brought a lot of Eastern values and ideas to the West. Humanity is a mixture of many people, ideas, and consciousnesses, and when we have the opportunity to see what everyone has contributed to where we are right now, and then expand upon that, it’s a beautiful thing.

We are all potential teachers for one another, and while our egos can sometimes get caught in wanting to OWN an idea or philosophy, this is often simply the ego wanting to hold on and define us. Instead, realize that we truly own nothing. Our ideas are likely mixtures of contributions many people have brought to the world and collective consciousness for us and our ideas are a gift and contribution as well. As we expand upon and add to this collective consciousness of ideas, we evolve humanity as a whole.

When we get stuck in one set of ideas or culture and simply live out what we are told or believe from that one place, there is no evolution. There is no expansion, and often times we end up mindlessly following something that was never meant to stay stagnant. We, in essence, get in our own way of progress and mastery.

The solution here is to expose yourself to new ideas, fresh theories, and others’ experiences. Learn from the incredible breadth of perspectives and values humanity is always adding to the collective consciousness and be a leader in evolving our ideas at all times. It’s in our very nature to live this way, we simply block it.

Moving beyond old patterns and ideas and connection with our hearts is a key step accessing infinite knowledge. This is also taught in our Explorer Lounge Mastery Program.

3. Choose Self-Expression Over Imitation

As mentioned above, it can sometimes feel like everything has been done out there, and that no matter what we do we are copying or imitating in some way. Bruce Lee believed that improvement and development of oneself weren’t acts of imitation or copying someone else’s mastery, but were about observing and then innovating in your own personal way.

This is why I believe, and have found, that it is so important to get in touch with YOU. I was astonished 10 years ago when I learned how little I knew my true self. I was always a fairly self-aware individual, but to what extent? We often think we know everything or are at a certain level, until we realize how much deeper we can truly go.

I began down a journey of exploring who I truly was and what I truly wanted in my life. Not from my mind, but from my heart. I worked to understand my soul’s desires and differentiate between what my mind was chasing and what my heart and soul were here to do. From this space within myself, I gather my personal and unique innovation I can apply or bring to anything I do. Because I know it deeply and truly from within myself as opposed to doing what I see others do.

Perhaps it begins with doing what others do, but that personal touch comes from this knowing of ourselves. Reflect on yourself — do you see yourself doing your own unique thing? Or are you often striving to do what others are doing? Following their dreams? There is no right or wrong here. It’s simply about observing.

I always like to say, have fun with personal exploration and evolution. We can get so stressed about whether or not we are doing something right or wrong and begin to compare ourselves to others, and the next thing you know, we drive ourselves crazy. You are already a perfect and unconditionally loved being… truthfully. Recognition of the love that we are inside already is one of the hardest things to do, but also the most powerful for avoiding negative self talk and getting stuck.

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