Formerly Shea Family Chiropractic

Sonder- the profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passed on the street, has a life as complex as one’s own, which they are constantly living despite one’s personal lack of awareness of it. Like most American children, we grow up with the Golden Rule (to treat others the way you want to be treated). The events in our life that cause us to mature are the same events that cause us to forget that the Golden Rule applies to our lives as adolescents and adults. During my first year of college, I stumbled upon the word “sonder.” The first phenomena that caused me to experience these emotions was during my first couple semesters of college. It seemed to me that every person that I was blessed to become acquainted with had a tough journey to get to college. One of my roommates had lost his father to cancer during his sophomore year of high school. Another roommate’s mother had a stroke and suddenly went from the breadwinner of the family, to severely handicapped. I’ve become close friends with people who have been victims of hate crimes, sexual assault, and DUIs. I am confident to state that everybody will experience life changing events multiple times throughout their life. With sonder in mind, the next step in the thinking process is to accept that everybody is a product of the environment they were raised in! Unfortunately, that means some people were raised in environments that did not nurture them to be contributors to a civil society. It also means other people also have barely been affected by life changing events. These people are also products of their environment, and may not be able to weather storms as great as the next person. By environment, I’m referencing the variables that separate the characteristics of a metropolitan district versus a small town. The environment can also be a single parent home versus a nuclear family. Apart from the environment, there are also people that are predisposed to being at risk for health problems that can also influence how they go about their lives. Developmental disabilities are completely out of the control of the kids, and they are still socially excluded due to the differences out of their control. Empathy begins with understanding and ends with others. Especially in times right now, during a global health crisis, we need to empathize with others. Sheltering in place is

Thought that is consuming me:  Co-Morbidities and Urgency It is my belief, that in our culture it has become so common for people to be sick with lifestyle diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity the urgency to get healthy has been lost.  These problems are seen as issues to be dealt with only in the future.  However, I now believe that in the wake of COVID-19, the world has been triggered to wake up to the reality that health and wellness must be a priority always.  This is due to the fact that co-morbidities are now being seen as an immediate sign of having a target on your back for disease and potential death.  It is my hope, that the consciousness of our communities will be changed in a very positive way.  In a direction that makes healthy lifestyle choices a fundamental ingredient woven into the fabric of our society.  If you or a loved one requires support, guidance, or inspiration please reach out to me at alignedlifewell@gmail.com and I will assist in any way I can. Show I am watching: Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday WOW!  I am so fired up on this program created by Oprah.  If you have ever wanted to get an in depth look into the world's best thought leaders in regards to spirituality, this is a gold mine!  Oprah interviews everyone from Common, Eckhart Tolle, Dr. Dean Ornish, Malcom Gladwell and so many more.  My favorites so far have been Michael Singer and Michael Beckwith.  I have linked the episode with Beckwith above.  Take out a piece of paper and get ready to take a ton of notes! Podcast I am recommending: Be Iconic Podcast Last week I was a guest on the Be Iconic Podcast with host Chris Cordova.  Chris is a long time friend from the Crossfit community.  He owns two gyms (Escondido and Miramar locations) and has been personally competing at the highest level of physical fitness for the past 5 years.  In the interview, Chris asked me about the true origin of Aligned Life Wellness, my thoughts on how to create long term sustainable health habits, and my plan for the future of the company.  He also talked to me about my mindset during the most challenging time of my life in dealing with a massive disc herniation, chronic pain and eventual spinal surgery.  To get a real, unfiltered sense of who I am, my beliefs, values and aspirations please

Exercise support I am using:  Rymora Calf Compression Sleeves Since the pools have been closed I have switched my attention to running and biking.  When it comes to running I have been struggling with residual nerve damage in my left calf from a previous low back disc herniation.  Accordingly, severe cramping in my lower leg has, on more than one occasion, forced me to stop a training run.  On the advice from a colleague I decided to try using compression sleeves to see if it would change my performance.  So far, I can happily report that things appear to be much improved!  I have not had to stop during a run since the initiation of wearing the sleeves.  If you are having difficulty during exercise of any kind due to muscular spasm, cramping or stiffness, you may want to give compression gear a shot.  Besides the additional support they provide, an increase in proprioception (your body's position awareness) may be why a change in symptoms and function occur. Book I am listening to: Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing The Uncommon by Dr. Joe Dispenza After reading some of Dr. Dispenza's work a few years ago, I was reminded by a fellow Align Lifer (Thanks Sue!) that he had written a couple of new books.  In this one, the author discusses how our mind has a powerful influence over our physical health.  He also focuses on how our past experiences can distort our mind and keep us trapped in old behaviors leading to the same poor outcomes.  If you have found yourself in a rut and you can't get out, grab a copy immediately and give it a listen/read! Quote I am loving: "The body does not know the difference between an emotion created by an experience you are having in the outside environment and an experience you are creating internally"  ~ Dr. Joe Dispenza from "Becoming Supernatural" This concept has enormous implications when it comes to healing the physical body as well as creating the life you desire to live.  If you can focus your awareness on the outcome you desire, increase your emotion around it and allow your body to feel as if it has already happened, you can create just about anything.  The key to this process is repetition and feeling.  A daily meditation practice could be integral in achieving this result! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

Documentary I am watching: Heal If you have Netflix and you are open minded about discussing some of the deeper issues that often are the true cause of health problems for people, give this documentary a watch!  Chiropractors, spiritual leaders, organic chemists and physicists talk about their understanding of how healing occurs through focusing on foundational aspects of health.  Proper nutrition, eliminating mental and emotional stress, and working to improve the environment the body lives in gives us a real chance to heal from all types of disease.  Deepak Chopra (author of "The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success"), Bruce Lipton (author of "Biology of Belief"), and Dr. Joe Dispenza (chiropractor and author of "Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself") all discuss their personal health journeys and how they have moved away from traditional medicine. A Second Documentary I am watching: Iron Cowboy Have you been struggling to stay on your exercise regiment this past week?  If you would like a truly inspiring story to get you back on track give this hour long documentary a watch.  In this film, the "Iron Cowboy", an ironman athlete, decides to raise money for charity by committing to doing one ironman race per day for 50 days in 50 different states.  They call it the 50.50.50.  Yes, you read that correctly

Zoom meeting I am hosting: Master Your Morning Routine Have you ever wanted to know exactly what I do in the morning to get fired up and ready to work with you each day?  This Thursday, April 9th at 4 pm I am hosting a practice wide Zoom call for anyone interested in transforming their life by creating or optimizing their morning routine.  In this 40 minute free online class, I will show you what I eat, how I move, and what I focus on.  I will also help you develop a priority list of the action steps you believe are the most important for your life.  All you need to do is create a free Zoom account and click here for our zoom link  at 4 pm on Thursday.  I can't wait to give you a sneak peak into my weird life! Book I am listening to:  Eat and Run by Scott Jurek Currently, I am really into listening to inspiring stories of physical and mental accomplishment. Jurek, a 7x champion of the grueling Western States 100 mile ultra marathon is a plant based beast.  His training regiment, mindset towards pain and ability to endure is unbelievable.  Since I cannot swim right now due to the pools being closed, I have been running more and attempting to cultivate a similar approach.  If you are looking to stretch your thinking on what is possible for your life in any category pick up a copy of this one. Health evaluation I am offering: Free Remote Posture Check with Me! Have you not been able to come into the office lately, but been keeping up with your home traction device and postural exercises?  If so, would you like to have an objective check up of how effective your efforts have been so far?  I have just the tool for you! Please download the free Remote Screen app from the app store.  Next, have a family member take a front and side picture of you while standing and sitting and upload them into the app.  You can also take a video of a movement you commonly perform if you would like me to review it with you also!  I will mark up the pictures, email you the results and do a follow up call to discuss the details.  Please take advantage of this unique opportunity to receive real-time feedback on your progress.  Talk soon! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

Top 3 Things You CAN DO While Being Respectful of Social Distance No doubt for the majority of the population the last few weeks have been spent more at home compared with a normal work and school week.  That being said I want to give you 3 powerful action steps that will not only be highly productive, but will eliminate the victim mentality and help you see this time period for what it really is, an opportunity! 1.) Clean and organize your most DISORGANIZED space in your home Do you have an "Everything Drawer"?  You know, the place where before you have company over you shove everything in at the last minute.  I do.  In fact, I have more than one.  Or, should I say, I did.  This past week I was given a gift by my sister-in-law, who is an expert in all things organization, in helping to get rid of this collection of junk drawers.  Here process went like this; #1 Take out everything and lay it out. #2 Throw away anything that is trash. #3 Put all items that should not be in the drawer away in their correct place. #4 Purchase organizers from Target or the Container Store and place them in the drawer. #5 Replace the items you actually want in the drawer in their specific organizer. #6 Take a picture of you new beautiful drawer and post it to social media for all to gawk at your badassery. 2.)  Refinance your mortgage, refinance your student loans, do your taxes, set up an auto recurring retirement fund or some other adult like financial task With some of the lowest interest rates in many years, now may be a great time to get a leg up financially.  Normally, these time intensive tasks may be too much busy work to take on.  However, with a little more time spent at home, this week might be a great time to tackle one or more of these beasts.  Yes they suck.  But, you will be pumped when you are better prepared financially to endure the strange times that may lie ahead. 3.) Develop a hyper-productive morning routine Have you ever wanted to condense a bunch of meaningful action steps into a short period of time in the morning to help make your entire day more accomplished?  This week, following these steps to create the ideal start to your day; #1 Write down exactly what tasks would make your day