Video I am recommending: How To Master Mirror Image Exercises If you are looking to work on your posture from home, I strongly recommend the use of these powerful postural exercises. For a list of "best practices" to improve your outcome and get the most out of your effort take a look at the linked video above! Book I am listening to: The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer Have you ever wanted to know who you really are? Or have you ever realized, even for a moment, that you are not your mind? If so, you may have a desire to understand the limitless nature of yourself. If this sounds like you, I strongly recommend picking up a copy of this book. Through the use of easy to understand metaphors and analogies, Singer explains profound truths concerning the separation between you and the tool we call "the mind". This crucial distinction allows a person to truly live a free and peaceful existence. Quote I am pondering: "Eventually you will see the real cause of problem is not life itself. It is the commotion the mind makes about life that really causes the problem. " ~ Michael Singer in "The Untethered Soul" So many things that cause disturbance in our minds and take us away from peace are insignificant. In fact, most of them arise because your life events do not match up exactly with the story you made up in your head about how things should work. Another way of saying this is, life commonly does not match your model. This self inflicted pain can be avoided entirely by realizing that your model is just that, a creation of your mind. It is not reality. By simply allowing life events to happen, witness them and allow them to pass, we can sit in the seat of the observer rather than hit every bump that comes along the way. --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC
Book I am reading: The Story: The Bible as One Continuous Story of God and His People Have you ever felt ashamed that you haven't read the bible because you can't figure out what the heck they are talking about? I have. I was recently recommended this version of the bible and am loving it! By taking all of the old language out, and making a user friendly option, the authors of this book have made the stories easier to understand and therefore applicable. Class I am taking: Masters Swim Class I threw myself in the deep end this past week, literally and figuratively. I have never taken a swim class before, however with the sprint triathlon coming up in May (if they don't cancel it) I figured it was time to get serious. The class consisted of intervals of 100 meter and 50 meter swims with 30 and 15 second rests respectively in between. Each swim was meant to get slightly faster, pushing me to increase my stroke speed at each turn. Man this was tough! That being said, I felt proud of myself for doing something that was new, that was scary and that was outside my comfort zone. If you are looking to stretch yourself a bit this week, force your growth by placing yourself in a MUST situation! Quote I am loving: "The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength." ~ Marcus Aurelius By avoiding panic and instead making a plan, you will find peace in the midst of chaos. Speak with your loved ones this week in regards to your plan for the coming months to get input, create clarity and provide comfort. By quieting your own mind, you will help to quiet the mind of others and through this, we can all be better in handling this challenging time. --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC
Birthday I am celebrating: Top 10 truth's I have picked up over my 40 years on earth Don't take yourself too seriously. What you do regularly determines who you become. To be healthy you must focus on 4 things at the same time for a period of time; what you eat, how you move, your thoughts, and your structure. The only problem you ever have is your current level of consciousness. The reason why we work so hard on our physical body is to be able to influence our minds. Reading (or listening) to books is the fastest way to become an expert. Who you hang out with is HUGE! Helping other people master themselves is the most rewarding job. To heal other people and yourself apply the following; empathy, energy, knowledge and lot's of hugs. Deliberately stepping into uncertainty is the fastest way to feel alive. Event I am attending: Aligned Life Goes To Kenny's Strawberry Farm On Saturday, March 21st at 10:30 AM my family and I would like to invite you to do some strawberry picking at Kenny's Farm! This farm is known for it's huge strawberries that actually taste like strawberries. Come enjoy a sun warmed strawberry with your friends, and ALCW. The price to join is free, unless you want to grab a basket and pick, it is $4 a pound. They are located just up the 15 north towards Fallbrook right off the freeway. To RSVP please sign up at the front desk or give the office a call at (858) 312-5066 to let us know how many will be in your party. Quote I am preaching: "The hardest part in life is not figuring out how to get to your goals, but instead determining what you actually want in the first place." ~ Dr. Devin Shea Yes, I am quoting myself this week (Haha
Race I am running in: Spring Sprint Triathlon In honor of my 40th birthday (on March 10th) and the one year anniversary of my back surgery (May 16th), I have signed up to do a sprint triathlon on May 2nd, 2020. For about 6 months I have been feeling the need to do something that will signify that I have completely put this entire ordeal officially in my rear view mirror. I finally got the nerve (haha) to click the purchase button this past weekend. The distances for the event are as follows: swim 1/4 mile, bike 10 miles and run 3 miles. So far I have been able to rope four of my neighbors into doing the event with me. That being said, I would absolutely love it if you would join me too! I totally get it if this isn't your thing, but if you would like a little motivation and accountability, then please click on the link above for the event and sign up for our team (Team Snails Pace). Here is a 10% off coupon code to entice you further: Race10. Cheers to saying "screw you" to being middle aged! Exercise equipment I am using: Battle Rope For my wife's 40th birthday she asked for a battle rope to use during workouts in our garage. I had no idea I would enjoy using them so much. If you are looking for a good, spine safe, core strength workout, pick up these ropes and try to keep them moving for 20-30 seconds. The rope comes in three different lengths (30, 40 and 50 feet) and two different widths (1 1/2 inch and 2 inch). Enjoy the burn! Quote I am loving: "How to be a triathlete; don't drown, don't crash, don't walk." The last time I did a sprint triathlon was over a decade ago. A whole lot of life has happened since then. Kid's, mortgage, my practice has grown, surgery and so much more. All that being said, there is something magical about committing to something that you recognize will push you. Our deepest desire is for safety and security and yet just outside our comfort zone lives some really amazing moments. Every once in a while, make it a point to deliberately put yourself in hot water and be proud of who you are becoming by stepping into uncertainty!
Let's face it, we all have suffered with low energy! I feel like all I hear nowadays is, "I am so tired!" Life IS crazy these day between having a job, providing for our families, managing the day to day tasks, being the taxi for our kids, and on top of all this, we are supposed to be the perfect role model for everyone. That's a lot to take on and for me, I was constantly tired battling my thyroid and hormone issues, somedays I could barely stay awake. Sometimes, it was simply just the basic day-to-day things I could manage, like taking a shower and brushing my teeth. I had to tell myself that it was "OK" to rest and that I was doing the best I could. However lately, I have really been focusing on how I can change this feeling of tiredness. As some of you know, I took some time off from ALCW, and I moved to Murrieta. I knew the commute was going to be tough, and I wasn't sure I could do it. But what most of you don't know is that I was focusing on myself. I know not everyone can take 9 months off, but you can take 1 hour a week to focus on yourself. I'm not talking about working out, or doing things that cause your body to work either. When I say focusing on myself, I'm talking about stopping and slowing down and allowing myself to just be. I would just sit and listen