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March 4, 2014
You Are Not Your Mind

You Are Not Your Mind

The ability to separate yourself from your thoughts is your ticket to freedom. You’re driving down the road and you miss a light. Then another one. Then some dude gets in front of you and goes really slow and you can’t get from behind him. You become livid and start cursing. Why? The only correct response to that question is this: In that moment you are permitting your thoughts to govern you. (Your thoughts in that moment just so happen to suck, because of low-grade interpretations of reality, but that’s a blog post for another day.) You are angry because […]
December 5, 2012

Lifers: An Interview on Mental Toughness Training with the Paolinis

  When they started their 1st round of Mental Toughness Training sessions, Brielle was 12 and Brinson was 9 years old. That was 13 years ago. And they haven’t taken a day off in the interim. Meet the Paolinis. To describe this sister/brother duo as powerful or impressive or even as three standard deviations above the norm in every measurable category feels like a miserably weak understatement. Brielle is currently in her third year in Wake Forest’s MD/PhD Program in Neuroscience (click here for her bio). She graduated Summa Cum Laude from William and Mary – the athlete with the […]
October 16, 2012

Divine Selfishness

  I often find myself sharing the story of the response that the founder of The Oneness University, Sri Bhagavan (pictured above), had when I answered his question, “Chris, what do you want in life?” I had prepared my response long in advance as I knew before the retreat that I’d have this opportunity to visit with him at the end of it and I was told repeatedly that he would be asking me this question. I actually had a very long response, as I was prepared for a long conversation, but as fate would have it, we had only enough […]
June 21, 2012

Why Do NBA Players Still Do Lay-up Drills?!

  These guys have been playing the game their whole lives. They’re the best on the planet. Why would they still practice things like lay-ups and free throws and ball handling? Haven’t they learned that by now? Shouldn’t they be beyond that by now? Well, the short answer is, no. I mean, yes, they’ve learned how to handle the ball and to shoot free throws (hold on, THAT might be debatable – let’s exclude free throw shooting from this example) and certainly how to make a lay up. But that doesn’t mean they should be beyond having to continue drilling […]
March 14, 2012

Being Certain in an Uncertain World

  I got pulled over the other day. Decided to try something new with the cop. He came up to the car and told me I had been speeding. I asked him if that was, in fact, his observation, that my velocity had been exceeding the legal limit. He squinted at me a little and said, yeah. So I ask him if he’s familiar with the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. He said no. I explained to him that that principle shows us that the energetics involved in the act of making a conscious observation of something changes either its velocity or […]
July 24, 2011

Nothing Can Stress You Out!

You know what really stresses me out? Nothing. Know why? Because nothing can. There is no such thing as a stressful event. There are only events. And they aren’t “stressful” until I choose to interpret them in that manner. There’s a lot of freedom in understanding that. Stress cannot occur until I interpret something as stressful. In other words, nothing, by itself, is stressful. And there are no exceptions to this. But it sure seems like plenty of things are stressful. It sure seems like things “stress me out”. “Seems” is the operative there. It simply appears to be the […]
July 23, 2011
The next generation workforce isn't even a workforce. They're a Passionforce.

Hey, Seniors and Grads, LOOK OUT!

It's a good thing I meditated this morning (which I highly recommend, by the way.) If I hadn't I'd be pissed right now. This kind of crap really stews my tomatoes! I go get the paper out of the driveway and that's the first headline I see in the CareerBuilder section. "It can be really hard to turn down a job offer. But sometimes you should." Really? I should? Let's break this down so as to fully expose the debilitating, weak, passion sucking, conditioned lie that's inherent within that headline.
March 15, 2011

College Seniors, DON’T GET A JOB!

If you or someone you know is about to graduate from college, please advise them NOT to get a job! Jobs are becoming obsolete. If your friend loved listening to music, you wouldn’t advise them to go out and get some tape cassettes of their favorite music. You’d advise them to at least get a cd, or to download the music into their ipod. Cassettes are to MP3’s as jobs are to passions. Inherent within our passions are the mechanics for success, fulfillment, and the greatest contribution and impact. When we are engaged in a project about which we are effortlessly and intrinsically […]
March 13, 2011

Charlie Sheen is a Mirror

Last week my Miraculous Life email Bulletin elicited some pretty strong reactions. And that wasn’t my intention. I don’t post things for shock value or to simply stir the pot. Everything I ever write and submit publically is done so with the intention of somehow raising the bar on how we, as a collective, view the world. Charlie Sheen’s recent public presence and persona is, on many levels, disturbing. If he was my friend, I’d be legitimately concerned about him and I would be reaching out to him – not simply writing about him. Many of his behaviors seem clearly indicative of […]