Formerly Shea Family Chiropractic

Food I am eating: Barney Almond Butter Are you like me?  Do you find yourself putting almond butter on everything?  Bananas, celery, apples, smoothies, and so much more are all great options for adding almond butter.  I recently came across this brand and have made a complete switch from my previous choice called Justin's.  Barney Butter is the smoothest almond butter I have ever had.  Pick up a bottle of this stuff, you will not regret it! Creamer I am devouring: Laird's Superfood Creamer If you are looking to add some good nutrition into your daily routine and you enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, using this creamer is a great way to do it.  Not only is it a non-dairy creamer, but it also has a few amazing superfoods such as functional mushrooms and aquamin.  The best part is that it tastes amazing!  I had previously written about this product when it came in a powder form, however now that they are offering a liquid version, this product has been taken to the next level. Quote I am repeating: "Your next level of success will be achieved through creating internal peace and loving yourself, NOT through hard work." ~ Dr. Fred DiDomenico I believe that it is easy to get caught up in trying to do more.  More work, more time, more efficiency, more effort.  However, I have found lately that honoring myself and attempting to be completely present in every moment has been significantly more effective in creating the results I want.  I believe that if you implement the same strategy, it will be effective for you as well! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

Financial software I am using: Quicken For many years I have been looking for a way to oversee my personal finances in a fast, comprehensive and easy to use fashion.  Upon the recommendation from my Dad I was able to implement this tool over the past week and have been really enjoying it.  Setting up savings pots for all of your financial priorities, automatically downloading your bank account transactions and displaying graphs with appropriate categories are all things I love about this software. If you need a little help getting your financial house in order, take a look at this product! Book I am reading: Fix This Next by Mike Michalowicz Are you a business owner?  Or, do you run your family like a business?  If you have ever felt confused about what to do next to move your life towards your goals give this a read.  Michalowicz, one of my favorite authors on all things pertaining to being an entrepreneur, has also written amazing references such as Profit First and The Pumpkin Plan.  My favorite section in his latest title is his use of an analogy between Maslow's Hierarchy of needs and the 5 Steps a business must master.  These steps include sales, profit, order, impact and legacy.  By giving you a hierarchy of needs to improve your business he makes it obvious for you to choose what to be placed as the next priority.  Genius! Quote I am loving: "The biggest problem business owners have, is they don't know what their biggest problem is."  ~ Mike Michalowicz in Fix This Next I believe that this same philosophy can be said for many people when it comes to their health.  For example, if you identify that your body is breaking down, you get injured easily, you lack energy and you are feeling depressed, which of these issues do you address first and how do you go about fixing them.  To most, this becomes extraordinarily complicated and often leads to apathy, overwhelm or inaction.  This is why I often remind the patients of Aligned Life Wellness that there are four areas of your health you must be addressing; nutrition, movement, stress management and structure.  Another way of saying this is you must Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well and Be Structurally Well.  By putting your efforts towards these four categories you naturally move your body towards better health, more energy, improved mental capacity and longevity. --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

Podcast episodes I am recommending: The Aligned Life Podcast: Ep #56 Favorite Things If you are wanting more items that I use regularly to live an "Aligned Life", check out this episode I did a couple years ago on our podcast!  You can also find over 100 other episodes on our website at http://www.alignedlifewellness.com/podcast-episodes/ Kitchen gadget I am using: Bialetti Express Coffee Pot For Father's Day this year my family gave me a really fun way to make our morning coffee! The backstory on this gift goes like this

Book I am reading: Life Visioning by Michael Beckwith Are you feeling stuck right now?  I know I have felt that way over the past few months.  In trying to pull myself back into a productive mode I have been listening to this book from Beckwith over the past two weeks.  He describes four stages of spiritual growth that allow for the realization of your life's purpose.  The four stages include; victim, manifestor, channel, being.  I absolutely love the framework that he provides as well as the meditations that he includes throughout the book.  Take a listen.  You will thank me for it! Free movie I am watching: Just Mercy This week I grabbed a couple of hours to watch a FREE film (on amazon prime this week) that I feel like is relevant to our current social environment.  Just Mercy, starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, tells of a young African American Harvard graduate lawyer (Bryan Stephenson) who starts his law practice in Alabama attempting to assist inmates on death row.  Each of the men he works with have been serving life sentences due to the lack of a fair trial, including significant racial prejudice.  Although this movie is hard to watch at some points due to the hate exhibited by the police it is a great reminder as to why we must push for change in our country.  Bryan Stephenson has also come out with a book by the same name (Just Mercy) that is supposed to be amazing.  Enjoy! Quote I am pondering: "Until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes, me say war." ~ Haile Selassie and later used by Bob Marley in his song "War" One of my all-time favorite songs is "War" by Bob Marley.  Marley, who took the lyrics from a speech given by Haile Selassie, directly addresses the division between "first class" and "second class citizens" based upon race.  He also talks of a lack of peace that will continue until this separation is eliminated.  Unfortunately, because we as a society have yet to be able to create a free and just culture, we have run up against this problem once again.  I am hopeful that although we may need to experience pain as a country for a while to get there, that this time we will raise our collective consciousness to a level that recognizes that all people, INCLUDING BLACK PEOPLE,

Letter I am reading: The Paradox of Our Age "We have bigger houses but smaller families; more convenience, but less time.  We have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge but less judgement; more experts, but more problems; more medicines but less healthiness.  We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble in crossing the street to meet our neighbor.  We built more computers to hold more copies than ever, but have less real communication; we have become long on quantity, but short on quality.  These are times of fast foods but slow digestion; tall men but short characters; Steep profits but shallow relationships.  It's a time when there is much in the window but nothing in the room." ~ Dalia Lama Project I am completing: Wooden Bike Trailer Guys!  I found a way for you to build exercise into your daily life that also reduces your carbon footprint. You game?  Build a small, but sturdy bike trailer and use it to run all of your errands that are in close proximity to your home.  I first got this idea from Mr. Money Mustache about 18 months ago.  He specializes in helping people retire early.  For the design, I measured the dimensions needed to carry four grocery bags at a time.  I also salvaged two different bike tires from old bikes that my kids were not using anymore.  For a more detailed explanation on how to build one of these, check out this YouTube video I used as an approximate template.  Happy Riding! Quote I am pondering: "What if 2020 isn't cancelled?  What if 2020 is the year we've been waiting for?  A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw that it finally forces us to grow.  A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us from our ignorant slumber.  A year we finally accept the need for change.  Declare change.  Work for change.  Become the change.  A year we finally band together, instead of pushing each other further apart.  2020 isn't cancelled, but rather the most important year of them all.  ~ Leslie Dwight --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

Interview I am recommending: Fox Channel 5 News Interview On How To Create An Ergonomic Home Workspace Guys, I was on TV this past week!  If you have not seen my interview from last Tuesday morning on Fox Channel 5 News, check out the above link.  I spoke about the rise in poor posture due to most adults working from home and children doing online school at the dinner table, kitchen counter or bed.  The lack of an ergonomic workspace has caused an increase in chronic poor posture leading to spinal cord stress and symptoms such as neck pain, headaches, upper back pain and overall stiffness.  I hope I did the Aligned Life Family proud in sending our message out to the masses!   Exercise equipment I am using: Road Bike Jersey and Bib Well, I have really lost it now

Video I am recommending: The 4 Stages of Health Consciousness Have you ever felt like you had all the right strategies to accomplish a goal and yet you still missed the mark?  If so, you may be missing the proper mindset to achieve your desired outcome.  To truly master your health and life, take a look at the above linked video to identify your current level of consciousness AND learn how to get to the next stage! Social media page I am following: Instagram @AlignedLifeWellness Are you wanting to implement the Aligned Life principles more in your daily life?  Jump on over to our Instagram page and click "Follow" to check out more health tips, recipes, mindset pearls, and lifestyle recommendations.  This page will give you direct access to me including the chance to ask questions and see exactly what I am up to.  We have been adding a ton more content to this page over the last few months and I hope it will help to spark your interest in more ways to level up your health! Quote I am repeating: "Your personal purpose must align with universal purpose which is awakening consciousness. " ~ Eckhart Tolle If you have ever felt like you are pushing a boulder up hill in any area of your life it may mean your goals and what the universe wants from you are not in congruence.  This lack of alignment with block you from getting into a flow state.  When you feel blocked, I recommend asking yourself, "How can I help others and be doing what I love?" and "How can I present myself at my very best today?" --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

Video I am recommending: "DIY Your Ergonomic Home Workstation" Are you working from home due to shelter in place?  If so, you need a work space that will not screw up your spine and posture.  For all the details on how to easily and cheaply set up your ideal ergonomic work space click on the link above! Podcast I am listening to: Oprah's Super Soul Conversations with Eckhart Tolle Chapter 1-10 from "A New Earth" Have you ever desired to answer the BIG QUESTIONS of life?  Who am I? What am I here for? What is my purpose? And so many more.  If so, please give the above podcast episode series a listen.  Author and speaker Eckhart Tolle discusses each chapter of his incredible book "A New Earth".  The combination of his simple descriptions of complicated topics, paired with Oprah's down to earth commentary and real time questions from people around the world, make this 10 part series seriously implementable.  This is a gold mine of spiritual information! Quote I am repeating: "For you to know anything, it must arise from within you." ~ Eckhart TolleYour consistent and long term commitment to personal growth is the most important work you will ever do.  The reason for this, is who you are determines how you respond to everything.  We all understand that two people watching the same event can have totally different impressions.  The individual who has prepared, who has stayed disciplined and has developed a deep understanding of themselves will bring forth positive changes in our world.  Thank you for your consistent commitment to living an "Aligned Life!" --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

Experience I am raving about:  Bioluminesence in San Diego If you are looking for something to do at night during the shelter in place I strongly recommend taking a drive over to the beach to check out this spectacular natural occurrence.  During the "red tide" in which a specific type of algae bloom the water, especially inside a crashing wave, appears to glow an unearthly blue/green color!  We also found that doing the moon walk (think Michael Jackson) or stepping heavily in the area where the water is very shallow, lights up under your feet.  I have lived in San Diego for 40 years and this was one of my favorite experiences yet.  If you are concerned about being around other people you can still view this amazing site from you car.  Take a look, you will not be disappointed! Documentary I am watching:  The Barkley Marathons Would you be crazy enough to enter a race in the back country of Tennessee that has been running for 25 years with only 10 actual finishers?  What if I told you that it cost $1.60 for your entry fee, plus a license plate from your home town?  What if you knew that the race consisted of five loops around a 20 mile course including 60,000 feet of elevation gain (if you did all five loops)?  Lastly, the cutoff time is 60 hours.  Would you still be game?  If you are saying, "hell no" I don't blame you.  If you think this sounds like a very entertaining and inspiring documentary, you would be correct. You can find this on Amazon Prime if you are looking to learn more about this outrageous competition! Quote I am pondering: " If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turn into increased aliveness, alertness and creativity." ~ Ekhart Tolle in A New Earth Within our current situation, massive uncertainty exists.  Therefore it is essential to recognize that how you choose to handle perceive what is happening around us is entirely up to you.  You call the shots on how you will respond.  Be present, be aware and identify what you are solving for before making up your mind. --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

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