Formerly Shea Family Chiropractic

Donation I am encouraging: Toy's For Tot's Drive at Aligned Life Wellness It's that time of year again!   Bring a new, unwrapped gift to the office in order to provide some joy for military families in need!  We only have until December 16th before we have to turn in our donations so please make it a priority.  Our goal this year is 75 gifts which will really help to support our local community in a year in which we need to help out more than ever!  Thanks for your kindness and for being the example of how to treat one another in our community! Book I am reading:  Endure: Mind, Body and The Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance by Alex Hutchinson Have you ever wondered why on one day you feel like a world beater and on another a slug?  Have you ever had a race or competition in which everything felt amazing and then the next time you competed felt as if you couldn't do anything right?  If so, this book takes a historical and scientific look at the factors associated with uncommon performances over long distances and time.  Side note:  This was the audio I was listening to while running my first half marathon on Thanksgiving morning!  Great motivation. Quote I am loving:  "Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.  No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity."  ~ James Clear (Author of Atomic Habits) One of my favorite books of the year was Atomic Habits.  James Clear describes how to create habits that serve you and eliminate habits that hinder your progression.  He also tells of how the most important part of becoming a better version of yourself is selecting your new identity.  Once you have chosen who you want to become, it becomes easier to determine what habits you would need to implement in order to make being that person a reality.  In a recent podcast with Rich Roll, Clear also talked about how spending time with people who have already become the type of individual you are looking to be, can create and maintain your new identity quicker.  If better health, better posture, a healthier lifestyle and positive attitude are characteristics you are looking to attain I can't think of a better place to spend time than Aligned Life

Documentary I am strongly recommending: The Social Dilemma Last week on Netflix I watched this incredible documentary that changed my behavior immediately in regards to how I use and understand social media (YouTube, FaceBook, Instagram, Pinterest, SnapChat, Google, etc

National Park I am visiting: Zion National Park in Utah, USA This past weekend my family and I drove out to Utah (8 hours) to spend some time in Zion National Park.  Our goal was to see and feel something different, something we had not experienced before.  Zion definitely delivered.  Towering rock faces, yellow and green tree leaves, fast moving streams and vistas of flat topped mountains were everywhere.  The park was at about 40 percent occupancy which made the trip much more pleasant and less stressful.  Our favorite hike was called "The Narrows."  Picture this, huge rock mountains shooting up from both sides with a slow moving stream separating them. Water falls, the occasional sunlight streaming into the canyon and people slowly meandering up the stream.  The water in which you walk through is 38 degrees.  Most people have rented "dry suits" which include shoes that resemble moon boots, wetsuit material socks and pants that ride up above the waist.  Kids receive the same boots and socks but have full body suits that look more like they will be diving to the deepest parts of the ocean.  Large walking sticks are given to all people to help stabilize your body as you walk along the slippery rock bottom of the stream.  All things considered this was a really unique experience that we will definitely remember.  I would also recommend trying out the hikes called "Emerald Pools" and "The Watchman". Success practice I am employing: Goal setting while on vacation Any time I am blessed enough to get away for a few days with my family I always steal off in the morning before anyone is awake in an attempt to have time to sit in an inspiring location and write new behaviors to commit to.  This past week I was able to walk over to a park bench that sat at the base of an enormous red rock mountain range to watch the sunrise over the peaks.  I have found that by sitting somewhere new, seeing something majestic and focusing my mind on the type of life and human I would like to become, I experience significant breakthroughs.  Make sure to take something to write with and a piece of paper or a journal.  These thoughts will become your "north star" for the following months at which time, you can create a new set of goals on your next adventure! Quote I am repeating: "Why do you go

Book I am hearing:  Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Guys!  I listened to a fictional book!   Crazy right?  I think this is the first time I have chosen against my traditional nonfiction selections in a few years.  After seeing this title have over 100,000 5-Star reviews on Amazon.com I decided that it would be worth the time to give it a shot.  This story was written beautifully and has a bit of a surprise ending which makes for a very pleasurable listening experience.  If you are in the mood to sit back, relax and enjoy a great story of struggle, grace and the parallels between nature and the human race, this book will not let you down. Cold weather exercise gear I am wearing: Thermal Compression Leggings Due to the drastic weather shift about two weeks ago I ordered a pair of thermal tights to put under my athletic shorts during early morning runs.  What a difference!  No more shivering and numbness in my legs.  I also liked that the leggings did not feel like baggy sweats that caught the wind and made me feel like I was running through a wind tunnel.  At around $20 for two sets of tights, this was definitely worth the investment! Quote I am loving: "Voting is the expression of commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world." ~ Sharon Salzberg No matter who you vote for or why, please get out and make your voice heard.  There is no greater service as a private citizen than casting your ballot for the people and initiatives you believe are in the best interest of all.  Thanks for your time and bravery! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

Book I am reading: Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute If you enjoy books that teach life lessons but use a story to illustrate the points rather than just telling you steps or bullet points, I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of Leadership and Self-Deception.  Learning how we all distort reality to protect the decisions we make and the compounding effects of these distortions is the overarching narrative of this book.  Solutions to these and many other typical life experiences are expressed throughout! Weekly theme day I am promoting: Family Day Thursday! Each week on Thursday at Aligned Life Chiropractic and Wellness we have decided to celebrate families who are getting healthy together!  Due to the urgency to get all of the people who mean the most to us as healthy as possible we are offering a chance for your family members to receive a chiropractic evaluation that includes a consultation with me, postural photos, range of motion assessment, spine evaluation and any necessary X-rays for just $45 (normally $95).  If you believe that having a healthy spine and nervous system are a foundational part of creating long term wellness, then please advocate for your loved ones by getting their evaluation completed. Quote I am pondering: "Self-deception is like this.  It blinds us to the true causes of problems, and once we are blind, all of the "solutions" we can think of will actually make matters worse. Whether at work or at home, self-deception obscures the truth about ourselves, corrupts our view about others and our circumstances, and inhibits our ability to make wise and helpful decisions." ~The Arbinger Institute When you don't take action on your gut instinct to treat other people with respect and instead shy away from what you truly believe, your mind will change your thoughts in order to protect you from feeling pain.  Not only will it protect you, but it will also come up with ways to justify why your choice was actually correct.  This "Self-Deception" process leads to fracturing our relationships, incongruencies and keeps us from obtaining real connection with others.  At the end of your life the only thing that will really matter are the depth and quality of the relationships with other people.  Be honest, be courageous enough to apologize when you are wrong and love whole-heartedly! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

Podcast I am hearing: Brene Brown and Scott Sonenshein This week my wife recommended that I listen to the above podcast episode.  In it, Sonenshein introduces a concept called "stretchy vs chasey".  To "stretch" is to move with courage and determination towards something that brings you true happiness and satisfaction.  Conversely, to "chase"  is to desire something based only upon socially acceptable cues.  Another way of thinking of "chasing" is "keeping up with the Joneses."  In my experience, the only way to ensure that you are focusing your efforts on "stretching" based goals is to get quiet and listen to your intuition.  If you find yourself constantly looking at what you don't have, rather than looking at the blessing you do possess, it might be time for "stretchy vs. chasey" meditation. Exercise I am using: The Cookie Jar In David Goggins book "Can't Hurt Me" he talks about using the "cookie jar" technique when he feels like quitting a difficult task.  When Goggins was young, his mother used to stock up a cookie jar constantly.  Upon good behavior he would receive one cookie.  This was a rare and treasured treat.  Accordingly, before eating the cookie he would admire it and then slowly eat every crumb.  Savoring every last bite.  The "cookie jar" technique is a way to stock up on all of the things that you are most proud of in your life.  They could be relationships you have fostered, awards you have won, morals you have upheld or anything else, big or small, that means something special to you. Once you have established this mental list, it becomes easier to remind yourself in the moment that you have accomplished difficult things before and you can do it again.  Goggins discusses how finishing something really hard requires second to second decisions to continue fighting.  If you have armed yourself with your "cookie jar" filled with reasons why you can continue, then it makes finishing much more likely.  This week, write out your "cookie jar" list and get prepared to take on your next challenge! Mantra I am repeating: "I am content with what I have, little be it, or much." ~ John Bunyan This week I have had an overwhelming sense of contentment.  This is an uncommon feeling for me as I often seem to always be striving towards progress in some area.  That being said, feeling content and yet still working towards your goals at a comfortable pace can

Question I am asking: "Would you be interested in watching a vlog style set of videos that show you exactly what I do for my daily physical and spiritual habits?" I am considering filming and editing this type of content for you and would love your opinion.  Please send me an email at alignedlifewell@gmail.com and let me know if this would provide value for you.  Reply in the subject line "yes" if you want the videos or "no" if this does not sound interesting.  Thanks so much for your honesty and for taking the time to direct my focus on what brings you the most clarity on how to pursue your best health! Documentary I am watching: IronMind What if one of your closest friends challenged you to run a 1/2 Iron Man (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 run) in the next 90 days?  Would you have the stones to take on the task?  London Real host Brian Rose did and went from untrained to fit in just 3 months.  This documentary (found on YouTube for free) takes a hard look at why people subject themselves to physical pain in an attempt to conquer their demons and transcend their current level of consciousness.  This film has a ton of foul language but is engaging, well filmed and provides great insight into the human mind. Quote I am repeating: "Denial is the ultimate comfort zone. " ~ David Goggins in Can' Hurt Me One the core values of living an "Aligned Life" is taking full responsibility for your health.  This week I came across two different types of people.  The first were individuals who had decided to take ownership over their lives and were thriving even though the external world was challenging.  The second were people who had decided to live in denial.  These folks were struggling.  Not just your typical daily discomforts, but instead a whole different level of pain.  Physical, emotional and mental anguish.  Most of them really didn't know how bad off they really were.  The one difference between these two radically opposed groups was their ability to own their situation.  Even when it is horrendously painful, we all must take stock and determine where we are currently.  Next we have to determine the best route to follow in helping us get to where we want to go.  This week if you are feeling pain in any area of your life, get real with yourself first.  Even if it

Audio Book I am hearing: Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins Do you think your life is tough right now?  Think again.  In this truly inspiring biography Goggins, who grew up experiencing extreme prejudice, psychological torture from his father and bullying, talks about how to create the "can't hurt me mentality." Despite his childhood, he later went on to become a Navy Seal, ultra endurance athlete and author.  If you have been in a rut lately and are looking for a way out, this audio may be exactly what you need! Event I am promoting: Aligned Life Annual Canned Food Drive In preparation for the Thanksgiving season we have officially launched our annual canned food drive in the office!  In years past the Aligned LIfe community has truly shown how amazing it is by rocking this event.  If you feel like donating this year, please bring two or more canned foods with you when you come to the office to get adjusted.  Our goal is to donate over 200 lbs. of food this year so every little bit helps. Thank you for your generosity in advance! Quote I am repeating: "Sadly, most of us give up when we have only given about 40 percent of our maximum effort.  Even when we feel like we have reached our absolute limit, we still have 60% more to give." ~ David Goggins In athletics, parenting, in my professional life and every other category I have found the above quote to be true.  The difficult part is pushing through the discomfort.  There are all different types of uncomfortable situations.  Mental, emotional, physical, etc.  I have also found it to be true that the people who learn to wrestle and not succumb to discomfort also exhibit the most self confidence.  What makes one person persevere when another person throws in the towel?  I believe the answer lies in their perspective.  Do they see the challenge as a problem or do they view it as an opportunity to once again prove to themselves they are powerful.  Your mentality is everything!    --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

Finding Steadiness When the world is going crazy where do you find steadiness?  This was the question posed to me in "The Stoic Journal" by Ryan Holiday this past weekend.  Immediately, I felt that if I could answer this query, I would be better prepared for the current situation we face as a population.  At the time of writing this post, there seems to be an endless amount of instability, change and uncertainty.  With a wild presidential election looming, fear around the governor's decision to keep businesses open and the choice around sending our children back to school, steadiness seems to be a rare occurrence.  What makes these times especially challenging is there seems to be a complete lack of control over all of these situations. My wife, who has always been wiser than I, has told me for years that the answer to all of my questions comes from within.  Therefore, in looking for a solution to steadiness I started with what I can control.  The things that immediately came to mind included the following; my daily habits, thoughts, how I respond to external stimuli and what I consume (physically and mentally).  Upon seeing how much I could control, it immediately allowed me to focus and eliminate many of the items that normally cause mind chatter.  Examples of mental chatter inducing activities are the following; social media, the news, speaking with an unstable person and devising my own "worst case scenario" thoughts.  In contrast to these, diving deeper into my physical and spiritual daily habits has proven to be the best insulator to the external chaos.  Behaviors such as daily exercise, meditation, reading empowering books, watching inspiring videos, listening to powerful speakers and taking walks without distraction have been invaluable. Another place I look to find steadiness is in my family and close friends.  These relationships provide a feeling that I am not going through this time period alone.  They also give me tons of ideas of how to remain open to the new opportunities that may be presenting themselves.  That being said, I recognize that for many people they cannot depend on a stable family.  It may be that we can only trust in one person or in one side of the family.  I am also aware that our friends can sometimes surprise us and act in ways that knock us down rather than give us strength.  However, the people we interact

Video I am recommending: Pre-workout warm up & Daily preparation  This week in the clinic I came across a number of you "non-stretchers".  I love you guys but man, if you are over the age of 40 and are not taking part in a regular flexibility training routine, you are a ticking time bomb.  To help get you started, take a look at the above linked video I made for you.  Use this warm up before exercise and/or at the beginning of your day upon waking.  You will feel better, be less injury susceptible and have a ton more energy.  You will thank me for this one! Podcast I am loving: The Rich Roll Podcast As you guys know I am on a HUGE endurance sport kick currently.  One of my inspirations for this journey was Rich Roll's book "Finding Ultra" in which he describes his journey from alcoholic to professional endurance athlete.  Roll also has a great YouTube channel and podcast.  He interviews some incredible guests such as Tony Hawk (best skateboarder of all time from San Diego), Wim Hof (the "Iceman"), David Goggins (Navy Seal) and James Clear (Atomic Habits Author).  Roll is extremely articulate, knowledgeable and wise.  If you are looking for inspiration, give this one a listen. Quote I am repeating: "How can you be of service to the people that are already psyched about what you are doing?" ~ Rich Roll How often have you tried forcing your ideas on people who have no interest in what you are attempting to communicate? If you are like me, this happens often.  It has never been very sexy when I tell people they will have to take 100% responsibility for their health. That they must dedicate themselves to daily physical and spiritual practices to allow their mind and body to assist them in getting the life they desire.  It would be a much easier sell to have people continue their bad habits, give them something to feel better and give it to them for free.  Luckily, I have been mining the population long enough to find each of you, our Aligned Life Community.  A group of the most fun, energetic, focused, educated and badass people in Southern California.  Thank you for feeling like you are worth it. Thank you for giving me your trust.  Thank you for reading these blogs each week and thank you for being psyched about living an extraordinary life through a