It Only Takes One…..

8 07 2009

Family UnityI watched a talk today by Seth Godin that spoke about tribes and how they,  founded on shared ideas and values, give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. This resonated with me in a big way and brought to mind a belief I’ve grown up with.

I’m a Baha’i. The Baha’i Faith was founded by Baha’u’llah who brought new spiritual and social teachings for our time. His essential message is of unity.  And that a fundamental unity, the basic unit and all-important building block of society is that of the family. Unless the family is healthy and unified, society cannot be healthy and unified.

Seth’s focus on the tribe and his example of how we are moving back to that equates to moving back to the foundation of the family unit. Because if we think about it, that’s what tribes were, families. And it took an all embracing, all connecting medium to help us see that. Bringing us back to the basics, but now within a completely different context and being able to expand on it to a scale never before imagined.

I look at my family, immediate and extended, and see this very trend occurring. We are becoming far more connected than ever before (as we all continue to grow in our own personal lives), maintaining it and setting a whole new pattern (unique to each of our experiences) for what family, and unity, means for the generation only now in it’s infancy.

Now I’m not trying to paint a sweet and idyllic picture of the process itself. Families torn apart by divorce, children deserted by their parents, abuse on all scales, control, manipulation, rebellion and the list goes on. These are present in some form or another in our families. As a result, many don’t want to have anything to do with one another. It’s no wonder we’re having a tough time bringing about world peace. How can we possibly unify the world when our own family is in disarray. Besides, our family would blow a gasket if we addressed any of this stuff.

Well, Seth offered 3 questions we can ask ourselves when  looking at leading a movement, when creating that change. First was “Who exactly are you upsetting? Because if you’re not upsetting anyone, you’re not changing the status quo”. Well I think we can safely say we’ve got that one covered.

ConnectingSecond was “Who are you connecting?”. Think about it, honestly. We all desire, deep down, to be connected with each other. That is why we hear so often, despite anger and sadness, of children deserted by their birth parent(s), seeking them out years later. When disconnected from our own family, seeking out that connection elsewhere, trying to make a family with those we surround ourselves with, yet still feeling resentment and anger towards the ones we “left” behind. Why? Because what we really want is to be connected to them. Even though claiming to have stepped out from under the shadow of a controlling parent, still catching yourself making decisions based on the hope that you may see some sliver of acceptance, acknowledgment or approval from them.

Third was “Who are you leading?” Because more than the mechanics of the process you’re going through, it’s about the who and the fact that you’re initiating the action.  “For who” is where we draw our drive and inspiration that propels the actions we take. Now the idea of “Leading” ones family can be taken out of context. Another way I see it is, by taking personal action, leading the way down a path not yet embarked upon, you provide the opportunity for that change to occur, that they in their own right, will become leaders as well, leaders in creating greater change in their lives around them.

It has to start somewhere. If all the families within a community are healthy and unified, then that community will be healthy and unified. If all the communities in a state/ province are healthy and unified, then that state/province will be healthy and unified. If all the states/provinces in a country are healthy and unified, then that country is healthy and unified. If all the countries of the world are healthy and unified…….

And it only takes one. One person to choose to create movement, to create the change in their life, to lead the way. To connect with one, another one in their family looking to do the same. One family to have the courage to face the pain, the sadness, the discomfort. One family to live the joy, the love, the adventure. It only takes one world to manifest the pinnacle of unity.

It only takes one……

Dare To Evolve,
Shane.

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Angel Face of a Serial Killer

14 06 2009

Angels and DemonsWhat are your strongest qualities? When you look back on your life, what are the qualities that got you thru the tough times? What attributes have you been recognized for? Now take a moment and ask yourself, “Are my strengths serving me any longer? Or are they actually holding me back?”

Back in early February, I had a pretty intense dream. To summarize, it involved my being called upon by the FBI to track a serial killer. As the dream went on, I went deeper and deeper undercover to try and find him.  Then black.  I came to, very groggy and confused, in a white room. I was with the serial killer and his assistant, standing next to a table that had a teenage girl tied down and sedated. I realized that I was assisting him as well. The horror and sadness I felt that I was helping a serial killer was overwhelming.

But when the serial killer’s first attempt to kill the girl failed, I snapped out of it. I was not this person I thought I was. And I started tracing my steps back thru the dream. I had completely forgotten (literally) that I was actually trying to stop this guy. When I remembered the rest of the dream and what I was doing there, I realized that I had foiled his first attempt thru some earlier steps I’d taken to prevent it. But I still needed to maintain my cover. In the end, I had to wait until the last second, just before the serial killer was about to drive the knife into the girl, fighting against my rage and every urge to charge and tear him to bits, to signal the S.W.A.T team. The S.W.A.T. team took him down (alive) and I carried the girl off to safety.

dreams hulidreams hulidreamscapeNow, I sent this dream to my father-in-law, Richard Hastings, who uses dream interpretation as a tool for personal transformation work. And he is very good. This coming from one who used to be skeptical of most any dream “analysis” methods out there (actually, still am;). We figured out some great connections. Thru this process, he helped me to translate the “serial killer” into “serial negative” (the habitual patterns that were creating negative results).  From there we then looked at how to turn the serial negative into a “serial positive”.  Well it was this process that gave me the key to later discovering something else from the dream.

A few weeks after the dream, I’d attended my first Circular Strength Training seminar to become a certified instructor. And from that weekend, came to  the realization, via a very obvious example, that one of my strongest qualities, Independence, was actually working against me. It was blocking me, threatening to come between me and opportunities available that would only expedite my forward progress.

So how does that relate to the dream? Well, you see, the serial killer in the dream looked just like the teenage girl on the table. And although I knew it wasn’t “her” (it was actually a 40 something, balding man with goatee and glasses), that is how he appeared to me. As something that I would normally associate positively with. In fact, would go so far as to consider it a friend. The serial killer (negative) was in fact my Independence.  I even had to fight my own strong instinct to  “take him down myself and rip him to shreds”, to allow for the S.W.A.T. Team to enter. Because the S.W.A.T. Team represented the next evolution of that deeply ingrained quality, which is Interdependence. The ability to work together, to depend on each other,  for a greater purpose.

And you’ll note that the S.W.A.T. took the serial killer alive! If it were left to me and my natural inclination, he’d be dead, and I’d still be struggling to take the next step. It wasn’t about now regarding the quality of Independence as the enemy and squashing it. It is key in unlocking the door. Now is just the time to progress onward, to release it,  that it may transform one stage closer to its greatest potential.

It would be very easy for a “serial killer” to continue it’s work, unnoticed, unimpeded, even unbeknown to itself, if it turned out to be one of your mightiest Angels. Be honest and take a moment, you may be in for a surprise.

Dare to Evolve,
Shane.





RMAX 100 Day Challenge

18 04 2009

challenge-runnerBeen thinking about “starting up”  again? Wanting to set some goals, get some results? Looking to make a change?

I want to extend an invitation to all those that frequent Gym Jane to take part in Scott Sonnon’s “100 Day Challenge”,  launched on April 10th. It is about 100 days of working towards your fitness goals and implementing some key strategies that will help ensure success.  Thus far, those who have taken up the challenge, have set goals from losing weight to changing eating habits, preparing for specific events to instilling regular patterns for spiritual growth (to name a few).

For the details, check-out:

Who’s Your Fitness Advocate? Who’s Got Your Back?

What’s Your Fitness Process Goals? 100 Day Challenge

Whether you practice Circular Strength Training or not, it may just be the motivation to get yourself moving.  Set your goal(s) and state them in the comments below (there’s nothing like putting it up for the the world to see, for a little accountability:).

If you have no idea where to start or you’re interested in learning more about Circular Strength Training (CST), I highly recommend and encourage you to sign-up at the RMAX Forums. There’s loads of free info, covering a wide variety of subjects and CST’s approach to them. You have access  to RMAX Head Coaches, Coaches and Instructors, literally 24/7 as they are located around the world, to ask your questions and get you going in a productive direction with your training.  There is a section to log your personal training notes (and get feedback), which is an important factor in helping you stay on track and be effective. Not to mention for the next 100 (well, 92) days, you’ve got the critical mass and energy of a community full of individuals focused on the same process, supporting each other every step of the way.

Step up to the Challenge,
Dare to Evolve!

s.





Crawling Into Baby-Flow

15 02 2009

copy-of-dscn3639Isn’t it great watching a baby, or young child, learn to move? It always seems to bring about such joy, laughter and amazement in those of us adults watching.

The other day, I was putting myself thru a session of training specific movements from Scott Sonnon’s Body-Flow: Freedom From Fear-Reactivity materials (for more info, see Body-Flow™ Package ).  This stuff is great! In a nutshell, overcoming our blockages due to fear of making mistakes or facing the unexpected, thru movement exploration. Most of these specific movements are also basic components for Prasara Yoga.

You might wonder how relevant doing some movement exercises are to emotional blockages. The next time you head out, go for a walk, to work,  shopping or social gathering, take a moment to be aware of how those around you are carrying themselves, physically. How they are standing, walking, reaching, sitting, standing. What you will most likely see is a wide array of variations. Then take a moment to reflect on the perceived state of mind those individuals are in. I know you can’t know for sure, this is just a little exercise. But you will most likely be able to infer quite a bit, just from the way people move. Even with friends and family, you can see the difference from day to day, depending on their mood. That’s because our body expresses physically our mental, emotional and  spiritual  states. Those states of being start to build habitual patterns of movement, which often develop into restrictive patterns of movement.  Then because we are limited in our movement and trigger pain when moving outside of that range (a positive survival mechanism from our body to help us identify what needs attending to), it starts to conversely affect our mental, emotional and spiritual states. Thus begins the cycle.copy-of-dsc_3594

So by going thru specific movements that challenge our range of motion and habituated movement patterns, in a space that is meant to allow for mistakes to be made and unexpected events to occur, we create a break in the cycle. Why start with movement? Take a moment to think about how many times you’ve said ” I’m going to change  (habit), now.”  Now think about how “easy” it was to start and follow thru. Or about the amazing, immediate “results” and “success”. Okay yes, I’m being cheeky. But really, it’s dang hard! We can all relate how often we go thru that, if not on a daily basis.

To start with movement; a physical, tangible practice that doesn’t take a whole lot of thinking, just a get down on the floor and start doing it, start playing, provides an opportunity to successfully release blockage, with tangible results. And although the movements may appear simple at first (and don’t make any mistake, they are), you will probably be very surprised at how bound up, tense and hesitant (read: afraid) you are to allow yourself to  perform them. There’s that fear thing. You’ve now just stepped out of merely performing physical exercise and stepped into the arena of unhinging, unblocking, unbinding….everything.

copy-of-dscn3655So there I was, doing my Body-Flow practice, with my sons Olee (3 yrs) and Will (6.5 mths) taking part. Olee immitating me and spontaneously creating his own movements, rolling all over the place. Will, army crawling around at surprising speeds, and learning to move forward once he’s gotten up on hands and knees, followed by subsequent face plants. And both are doing it with the biggest smiles on their faces. It reminds me this is supposed to be fun. It reflects that we are all in a similar stage of physical discovery. Wait a sec…..that means for me it’s re-discovery. I’ve had this already. And therein lies the difference. They are just going with the flow, allowing it to lead them thru the process of unlocking their innate gifts. I’m actually a step behind, as I’m having to first learn to get out of my own way, to remove the walls and obstacles damming up my natural gifts and abilities to just go for it.

“Body-Flow is not something to be acquired, but rather something you will learn to avoid interrupting.” -Scott Sonnon-

Go for it, start the crawl, get out of your own way. You may be surprised to find what has already been there all along.

s.





ICEing on the Cake

11 12 2008

Taking hold of an idea by Kettlebell Lifting Master Coach Catherine Imes to have a nontraditional cross-world kettlebell event, The Ice Chamber hosted an in-house meet that saw 50 of their members take part.

Huge companies with oodles of money and advertising power behind them spend loads trying to get you (subliminally convince you?) to buy their contraptions or go on their diets or take their supplements, promising the best body, greatest energy, vitality, changing your life for the better. And yet we see a continuing pattern of increasing obesity, depression and disease.

Although I’ll be the first to admit, lest I be a hypocrite, I do believe there are perhaps more effective tools out there than others;), there is something for everyone. But it is not about what you use or how you do it, rather it is about the spirit with which you do it. That is the key that will spark the change in peoples attitude towards their health and fitness, towards their respect for themselves and others, towards their noble selves and the immense capacities within.

And the Ice Chamber’s event really captured where that spirit comes from.  From you, me, our husbands and wives, our kids, our friends, our neighbors, from our creativity, our courage, our sense of play, our perseverance, our succeeding…….together.

Check out the event HERE.

Great job you guys! Keep it com’in!:)

s.





Mobility Up A Mountain

21 11 2008

copy-of-dscn3409Over the last year, I’ve been using an approach to health and fitness composed by the creator of Circular Strength Training™, Scott Sonnon. It is an approach that has the greatest degree of balance, moving thru many degree’s, that I’ve come across to date. It employs Joint Mobility, Prasara Yoga and Clubbells; to keep it simple. And Sonnon’s outlook truly takes in all aspects, not just the physical. In truth, this system goes to such depths that, as far as I can tell thus far, there is something in it for anyone, no matter where they’re at.To shed a little more light on the extent and effectiveness of this program, I’d like to share a story with my own experience using it.

As anyone that’s been following us here at Gym Jane can tell you, Chris and I hike out in the local mountains quite a bit. A little less in the last year, but 6 months prior to starting the blog and 6 months in to it, we were getting out just about every weekend. The hikes varied from 1hr (straight up) to 9 hrs. Up steep faces, thru the snow, in the rain, in the fog, in the hot sun, over rivers and sometimes a combination of all of these in a single hike. And during the first 6 months of Gym Jane, we were training pretty intensely, 4 days a week, working up to completing the “300” test created by Gym Jones. And we trained very much in a style that encapsulated Gym Jones/CrossFit/Kettlebell Lifting. So to say the least, we were in pretty damn good shape.copy-of-dscn3406

Now something we’ve been doing every summer for the last 3 years is going for a hike up to Crown Mountain with our father-in-law Richard. Hike takes about 6 hours all together (usually because we hike most of it over snow). This summer was no exception. And this time we also brought Chris’s younger brother Kevin (14yrs) along with us.

This summer however, Chris and I didn’t have the benefit of the training we’d had the previous summer. Due to our schedules, we haven’t been able to train together. And for myself, I’ve been dealing and working thru a major back injury. It is actually what brought me to finding RMAX and delving into CST. As part of my rehabilitation, I’d been doing Intu-Flow, CST’s Joint Mobility system. Actually, because of the severity of my back injury, that was basically all I could do. Every day. Twice a day for the first 3 months (both sessions combined for no longer than 25 min). So by the time we got up on the mountain, I’d been doing it for about 5 months, with a bit of a few other things, but nothing that would come close to constituting “getting fit”. And Chris and I hadn’t been out for a hike in a while.

But while hiking, I found myself full of energy. I wasn’t out of breath, my legs weren’t burning, nor did I feel tired. If anything, I actually felt like I was “bounding up the mountain”. I kept feeling like taking off in a dead run…..up. But I held myself back, as I didn’t want to rub in, to my compatriots, that they were sort of struggling along and I felt like breaking out into a song and dance;). And I was feeling just as good, if not better, than the summer before, when I was in some wicked shape. As I kept going, I realized what was giving me all this energy, what had contributed to it. It wasn’t too hard, as Intu-Flow was really the only thing I’d been doing. And it wasn’t just the hike. My recovery was FAST! The next day, I felt it a little in the thighs. But then I also road my bike for an hour and a half. By the day after that, it was as if I’d never gone up.copy-of-dscn3420

We’re not talking about some “new, crazy, top performance” training program here. We’re talking about a 10-15 min a day joint mobility program that releases tension and helps you reclaim your full range of motion. The foundation of CST. And that’s just scratching the surface. So if all you’ve got is 10-15 mins a day to spare, no energy or chutzpah to get yourself going on a fitness program…..check it out.

You may find yourself up a mountain before too long.

s.

P.S. My 3 com padres all now practice a little joint mobility program themselves;)





Gymnos Evolution

30 10 2008

The day has arrived. When I started out on this new career path, I knew I would eventually be starting my own business. Of course, there first needed the laying of the foundation before doing so. There was educating myself, taking my learning of physical culture to a whole new level. Shipping myself off across the continent and back to learn from the best. Familiarizing with the current fitness industry. And most importantly, identifying what it was I had to offer the world thru health, fitness and overall well-being.

With my own training evolving, the vision crystallizing and the last few months of hard work, I’m very happy to officially launch: Gymnos Evolution

I invite you all to check out my new website: www.gymnosevolution.com

Thanks to everyone who visit us here at Gym Jane, for your continued comments, support, interest and encouragement. It’s what keeps us going:)

And stick around, this new evolution is merely the beginning!

s.