This World Meditation Day

This World Meditation Day

In recognition of World Meditation Day on May 21st, I’m curating recent finds from my own practice. I started a daily practice in 2016 that turned into five years of daily sitting. Eight years later, meditation, along with movement and physical training, have been crucial for getting through a decade of health issues and Crohn’s Disease, and provide a direct through line to deep remission. Mind...
When it comes to both long-term health span and a healthy immune response to the world around us, the healthier you are at a metabolic level, the more likely you are to minimize the impact and damage from everything from aging to ever-changing airborne viruses. Your gut is estimated to contain as much as 80% of your immune function and we’re finding that the state of bacteria of your microbiome...
The One Page Vision sheet is a great way to crystalize your idea so you can communicate it effectively.  What Elevator Pitch This is the most simple expression of your idea and often the hardest to nail because we are all walking around with way too much information that no one else has. A good exercise is to think about how you would explain your business on Twitter, keeping it a high level c...
What can I expect at the end of the 12 weeks? When I surveyed people about the areas of their life they are looking to address with this course, everyone responded with specific areas of focus but also that they were looking to impact every area of their life. At the end of the 12-week course, you will have a personalized framework to make the changes in your life you are looking for that has ...
Those of us with an autoimmune disorder, like Crohn’s disease, are in a constant state of managing inflammation and dealing with the systemic disruption and damage that can happen when inflammation gets out of control. Long cycles of endurance training can exacerbate inflammation, with symptoms and impact similar to what we see with autoimmunity, making continual training more difficult and inc...
“I’m pretty sure I won my age group!”, I pronounced as my fellow Fleet Feet runners and I sat down at the Big Sur River Inn for lunch. What would normally follow is a round of cheers, but today my declaration brought laughs all the way around. Rewind about two-and-a-half hours to Andrew Molera State Park, where hundreds of trail runners gathered in the rain at the start of the Big Sur Trail Hal...
This week saw the transition from summer to fall and the end of my training for the Big Sur Trail Half Marathon. All that’s left to do is keep things moving, do a lot of deep recovery, and prep for the big race on Saturday. Earlier this week, I wrote about how this time of year catches me bracing for something to go wrong with my health. In the 11 years since I was diagnosed, pretty much every ...
Last week, I had a forced down week thanks to the flu, leaving me curious about my ability to bounce back. Recovering from illness with Crohn's Disease is usually a slow process, often accompanied by lingering fatigue and related symptoms. This was the first time I’d been sick since moving from a colostomy (large intestine) to an ileostomy (small intestine) and while my disease has been in deep...
With the Vuelta a España winding down and the Big Sur Trail Half Marathon only 2-weeks away, I'm pretty much running, eating, and thinking about running. This week my obsession focus was fed by a couple of great podcast episodes, a new book to read, and getting an insight into a condition called Low Energy Availability. Here’s what I’ve been listening to/reading this week: Mastering the Art of...

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