First, I need to apologize for the audio in the last episode. It bothers me that I believe the content is good, but it sits on that audio. Second, I had something happen yesterday that I want to talk about. Remember this, you are a perfect spiritual being, that said, we still live in an imperfect human world. Always take care of yourself and your needs, physical, spiritual, and mental.
How Did I Get Here?
I have been many things. I have been a church attendee, a pagan, an atheist, and a guy on a spiritual journey. I have been a powerlifter, a boxer, a skateboarder, obese, and in shape. I have been happy, have suffered depression, been focused, been scattered, attempted suicide once, long ago. I have been a social drinker, which progressed to alcohol problems. I could go on, but you get the picture.
Now at 51, I have a lot of experiences to draw on to create my life. I now realize I am a spiritual being on a human journey. Everything spiritual I have done in my life brought me to this realization, the good and the bad. It is the same physically and mentally.
Over the last couple of years, especially leading up to the age of 50, I have been experimenting. I have been setting challenges for myself drawing on all my experiences. This is how I got to where I am today. I am in a very happy and focused place. I have not stopped the challenges, the challenges are how I live my life. Here are my current challenges that I see bringing me into my later years in a supercharged fashion.
Challenge one: My practice. This is the most important to me. If you have been following here you know I have been hiding this part of my life from view for a while now. My spiritual life, my practice, is the thing that has made the most impact and benefit in my life. It is through practice that I am learning about my true being, an getting closer to God, and I am becoming a more positive force overall. This challenge is not much of a challenge, it is just building the habit and enjoying the ride. This daily practice includes my morning meditation, my oracle work, prayers, study, and mindfulness. There is not a part of my day now not touched by practice.
Challenge Two: Become Superhuman. That sounds crazy, but I don’t mean like a superhero. I mean training my body and mind to combat depression, illness, and disease, all while building my internal fortitude. For this, I use the Wim Hof Method. Wim Hof is pretty superhuman, so there is that. He holds multiple world records in cold exposure and athletics. It was his exposure to cold that lead him to create his method, which uses breathing, physical exercise, and cold exposure to benefit the brain and body. Once under clinical trials, he was injected with E-coli, and his body dealt with it in thirty minutes. That is superhuman! I do several rounds of WHM breathing at least three times a day. I do cold exposure, mostly two minutes + cold showers, at least twice a day. And I perform his oxygen-deprived exercise once or twice a day.
Challenge Three: Diet, part one. I had been an on and off vegetarian for most of my life. My longest stint was ten years. At the age of 47, I realized nothing had to suffer for me to be fed. This was a mental shift that happened in a moment. I knew right then that I was done with animal products. This change also started to give me the mental strength to start my other challenges. It was ground zero. This would rate higher, but this is not a challenge any longer, it is my way of life.
Challenge Four: Diet, part two. I fast. Intermittent fasting. Out of all the ways I have eaten over the years, from being fit to being obese, to my athletic days, this is the way of eating that has shown me the most benefit. I keep it simple. Five days a week I fast for 15 to 17 hours. Two to three days a month I extend that to 21 to 24 hours. Two days a week, usually weekends I eat breakfast and go about my day normally.
Challenge Five: Exercise. This one is less of a challenge and more a shift in the way I do things. I take care of my body through all the other challenges. From stress relief to vascular health, my other challenges all play a part. Exercise has always been important to me. Not just during my athletic days. Still, I have learned a lot in 51 years, and on top of that my goals are different. Now I work out all day. What I mean is I don’t schedule my hour to beat my own ass any longer. At my age recovery is not as good as it once was. Instead of an all-out assault on my body several times a week, I do sets thought the day, every day. Some sets are a bit rough, some are less. The important thing is I am getting in my exercise and never pushing myself to the point where recovery is an issue. I do mainly calisthenics, kettlebell work, band work, and walk/jogs. Of this, my kettlebell work is the most important. It keeps me strong, keeps my movement fluid, and gets my heart pumping.
Challenge Six: Read and Learn. I love Skillshare. I take all kinds of courses there. I also read, a LOT! The best defense against the sluggish mind is building new pathways in the brain. The key to this is to never give up your sense of wonder. Never stop learning. Always build new pathways and associations. This goes into my music as well. I still take courses in music, composing, and theory. There was once a convent where the sisters were part of a study that lasted over two decades. (LINK) They offered their brains to science. Even when showing telltale signs of Alzheimer’s in their brains, they showed no signs while alive. Guess what the factors seemed to be? I take that research to heart to at least better my chances as I age.
Challenge Seven: Stop drinking. I don’t need to go too deep into this one, but my life is 100% different, and mostly better because of this challenge. I even seemed to lose the urge for drinks.
So, those are the challenges I use to keep myself mentally, physically, and spiritually sharp. I add other challenges here and there to see if they will work out, but these are my mainstays. This is how I got to today, and hopefully a whole lot of tomorrows.
Be Seeing you, Cheers!
Here is a thought I wanted to share today. It is quick, but very important. The audio explains things, but remember to forgive yourself and others. Don’t carry the past, it is too heavy. Don’t lift the future, it has not happened yet. Give yourself permission to live now.
Hey all! I talk a lot about my practice. This to me is my meditation, prayer, and breathing exercises that help me achieve my goals of mindfulness, relaxation, and spirituality.
To help you get started on your own practice, I put together a quick guided mantra meditation. this clip is 11 minutes and 40 seconds, but most of it is preparation and recollection. The meditation is only five minutes. I find it best to start short and build up to longer sessions. I may post longer guided sessions here if you would like that. Still, you can take what you learn here and use it in your own unguided meditations of any length.
I hope you enjoy this. And please, let me know if you would like longer versions or any other audio guides. I will probably post some Shamanic meditations here in the near future as well.
Be seeing you, Cheers
Episode three of Zen Audio Journeys looks into something of the apps I use in my spiritual practice. I also talk about my daily practice. Enjoy!
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The podcast audio version is located HERE
Just be. Just be at peace. Just be happy. Just be at one with the divine.
You are not your thoughts. You are not your actions. You are not your stresses. You are not your body. You are a spiritual entity, you are just on a human adventure.
Go forth in love and surrender. Live in the moment, knowing you are at one with that which is God. You are not your past or future, you are the present. With that knowledge you can unlock all the mysteries.
Just be. You deserve it.
Be seeing you, Cheers.
We are all spiritual beings on a human journey. These words are from Wayne Dyer. And they are true. The moment this realization hits you, not as an idea, but as a known fact, your outlook will change. There may still be work to be done. I take that back, there IS still work to be done, but you will know the truth. The truth is freeing!
It does not matter whether this came to you in a dream, in meditation, in a prayer. Once you realize the truth, the true work can begin. It is not hard physically, but it will be hard mentally. Once the truth hits you, your human mind will resist the truth. The EGO will rear its head and make a claim for the authentic you. The only way to combat this is quiet calmness. By reaching out to the authentic you, the part of you that touches god. The real you, not the you on a human journey.
You can start right now. Just BREATHE.
Be Seeing You, Cheers!
Hello, my friends. It is time for another edition of Zen Audio Journeys with Senator Jaiz. In this episode I talk about Ego, I clarify something I said in the first episode. And I play my guitar using the Soundstone.