Sometimes I just sit in the woods and lounge under a tree. I’m not doing anything in particular other than being. I just sit there, watch my breath and thoughts and eventually slip into no mind.
Maybe I’ll pick up a pine cone and smell it and get lost for another 5 minutes. Then my awareness will shift to the sound of the Woodpecker drilling a hole in the dead tree above. I bet it would be cool to be friends with a Woodpecker. If I were a Woodpecker I’m pretty sure I’d carve artsy stuff on bus stop benches.
The smells along the Pacific Crest Trail near Mt. Hood are so crisp. It’ll get even more crisp as winter falls upon us. This smell seems to penetrate right into the lungs in a way no southern California air can. It’s hard to describe, but one whiff of Oregon mountain air and I know I’m home.
At times I feel like I’m going crazy when I’m in the woods. Then I wonder… “Maybe this is what enlightenment is supposed to feel like?”. Then I think… “Dude, you got one hell of an ego”. And then I ping pong those feelings for a while and dismiss them as I get distracted by a mushroom I haven’t seen before.
I’d like try Amanita Muscaria’s, but I’m a bit afraid of poisoning my liver. I bet the trip is pretty intense though.
Deer, elk, bears, river otters, beavers, birds, are bugs, they’re all around. Most don’t show their faces that often, but they’re out there. I’m pretty sure Webber’s dog collar keeps them at bay. It’s sort of loud and helps me keep track of him when we are wandering deep in the woods.
Meeting people in the woods is a cool thing. It doesn’t happen that often on more obscure trails but when it does happen, the people are almost always super chill and the kind you’d like to have as your friends.
There’s just something about the woods.I can’t really say it’s better than the ocean, it’s just different. It helps me let loose of rampant thoughts and channel my creativity much better. It’s kind of like taking a shower in a way where you’ll spawn all kinds of amazing ideas.
I like the woods.
So I was riding my bike today through Pacific Beach in San Diego and I came across this guy who set up all these hula hoops and just offered them for free for anyone who wanted to have some booty shaking fun. What a stud!
Well, my trusty old Jack LaLanne juicer kicked the bucket the other day. RIP little buddy. May you enjoy eternity in juicer heaven. You were definitely one of the best things I’ve ever bought for myself, so thank you.
While at Sears the other day I decided to pick up a new juicer. I went with the Bella Nutripro Juicer because I always wanted to test out a single auger juicer.
So, without further ado here my Bella Nutripro Cold Press Juicer Review…
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So I’m supposed to fly out to Chicago tomorrow for the Empower Network event, and to celebrate my birthday in Wrigley Field with a bunch of friends.
Being the slacker that I am, I still hadn’t booked a room for my first two nights in town. So I headed to Expedia to try and reserve a room somewhere in the Wrigleyville area. Crap! Looks like there’s not too many options and even a crack shack like the Days Inn is $129 a night. Whatever, I tried to book it anyways. Sold out! Double crap
My next move was to log on to AirBnB.com to see if I could find a room. I’ve never used the service but found out about it from a girl I had been dating recently and she’d been using it to rent out a room in her house. She said it was pretty rad, and so far I have to agree with her.
Their website says this about themselves… “Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 33,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.”
To be honest, I didn’t even look at all the options when I logged on. I took one look at the first apartment near Wrigley and clicked the reserve button. And get this… It was only $72 or something, which is half of what a dive motel would of been after taxes.
After a few quick setup steps like uploading my drivers license and connecting my Facebook profile, I was a member and had submitted my payment and request to rent the place for the two days. Within 20 minutes I got an approval for the owner and it’s done! I’ll update how the trip went and how the experience was once I get back.
PS: I asked my Facebook friends what they thought about AirBNB and they ALL overwhelmingly agree it’s incredible. You can read that post here – - -> https://www.facebook.com/jasonemoffatt/posts/143383219176227
Whether you’re backpacking around the country, or trying to save a few bucks while in town for a seminar, AirBnB appears to be an absolute gem.
PPS: If you’ve tried out AirBnB before, I’d love to hear your experience. Let us know in the comments below. Thanks!
So I hired a new personal assistant this week. Her name is Barbra. I’ll properly introduce her to you in a few days I reckon.
One of the reasons I choose Barbra to be my assistant over the 52 other applicants was because she’s a yoga instructor. Actually, she’s not just a yoga instructor but a Bikram Yoga instructor.
Bikram Yoga is a sequence of 26 postures selected and developed by Bikram Choudhury from Hatha Yoga. These postures are done in a studio which is often referred to as “The Torture Chamber” where the heat is a blazing 105 degrees.
Before this Bikram experience I’ve only participated in one private Vinyasa Flow session and one Vinyasa Flow class at Core Power Yoga. Other than those two sessions, my only experience with yoga has always been short little 10 minute sessions following instructors on my Apple TV, or doing a couple warmup stretches before surfing.
To be honest, I was a bit apprehensive of taking this Bikram class. I had posted a question on my Facebook profile asking my friends what they thought of Bikram Yoga. Since I have dozens and dozens of friends that are either yogis or have participated in yoga in some form so I was curious to see what kind of feedback I’d get.
Of course, the reactions where just as I thought. It seems many people absolutely love the Bikram experience, while others complained it’s cultish, boring, monotonous, too hot, too militant, and quite smelly. People are quite passionate about their opinions with Bikram and this type of feedback was exactly what I like to see. Anytime the crowd is that divided and opinionated about a matter, it interests me big time.
However, I have to admit, after hearing all the stories and reading all the Yelp reviews, I was a bit scared. Thankfully I like being scared and I was cherishing that feeling as much as possible. To add to the fear, Barbra brought over a friend and coworker to help talk me into taking part in the experience.
And yep, it worked. Damn cutie yoga girls. They are my weakness So I agreed to go and here’s how the experience played out…
I arrived about 15 minutes early and everyone was very welcoming. Oh, I forgot to mention, I was still pretty stoned from some crazy kind bud I had smoked earlier in the day. I’m not sure if that was very beneficial or not, but it sure did add to the anxiety and fear, which I kind of like.
Upon arriving I saw dozens of people exiting the previous class. They looked spent, nearly naked and dripping sweat everywhere! “I can do this” I kept telling myself.
As I entered the studio, I could instantly feel the heat afire. And yes, the odor wasn’t exactly like a Febreeze commercial. However, it was tolerable and was somewhat expected. Thankfully this studio had wood floors instead of carpet which sounds like a miserable combination with sweat dripping on it all day.
With my luck, I get positioned right next to this smoking hot girly. Figures. The last thing I need at this moment is any distraction or eye candy messing up my practice. However, I’m happy to say that I was so focused on my own thing that I quickly forgot about any of the gals in the studio within seconds. And if you know me, that’s a big win in my book.
Within 10 minutes of the class I’m already wondering if I’m going to be able to last the entire 90 minutes. My shoulder was already starting to hurt a bit from a previous injury and if I was this exhausted in just 10 minutes, how the heck was I supposed to make it until the end?
The goal of the first class was to simply stay in the room the entire time, and to keep my mouth shut. I think I probably came up with a killer 5 minute stand up comedy set during the class and it took every bit of discipline possible to not bust out the jokes aloud amid class.
Upon the wall was a clock and a thermometer. I’d advise you to not look at either. Looking at the clock just makes the time go by slower, and looking at the thermometer makes you start second guessing yourself saying… “Is my body getting slow roasted at 113 degrees?”.
Once we made it through the first half of standing poses, we then laid down for the second half of the routine. Thank god! At this point laying down was more welcomed than a UPS driver at Christmas.
I finished out the routines and was then doused with a cool lavender cloth across my face as I laid motionless on my soaked towels and yoga mat.
I Made It! And I participated on all the poses with the exception of one. All in all, I’m claiming victory. In fact, it was such a victory I treated myself to a cold frosty Yellow Tail Ale at dinner after the class. This was beyond refreshing since I hadn’t had a sip of alcohol in 12 days. I limited it to just one brewski, and then headed home to crash like a kamikaze pilot on my pillow top bed.
Upon laying down at home I did notice that I had a bit of a headache lingering. I’m guessing this is because I didn’t properly hydrate myself before the class. I did drink a few sips of water, but next time I think I’ll turn those sips into guzzles.
My body felt great. The intense sweating felt great too. The encouragement from Barbra was fantastic and having the class sing you happy birthday on your welcoming day was quite nice too.
All in all, I’d say it was a positive experience, but I want to reserve my final judgement until after I take 10 classes. I’d like to experience a few different instructors, go less stoned, go more stoned, be more hydrated, and try to get deeper into the postures.
The main thing that I really enjoyed was the fact that my mind was very present in that room for the entire 90 minutes. I can’t think of a single moment where my mind was wandering outside of that room. And I was highly impressed with myself for not lurking in booty shots out of the corner of my eye. I was completely present with the routine.
After meditating for almost 18 years, I know just how difficult it can be at times to get to a place of “No Mind”. Just achieving 5 minutes of no mind can be a huge success for myself, but during this Bikram class there were many 5 minute chunks that my mind was just empty and focused on my breath, posture and practice.
This was good. Very good.
I look forward to another class, maybe tomorrow. I was going to go again this morning but as I awoke I still had this lingering headache. It’s nothing that a few glasses of water and a quick surf session won’t cure though.
PS: I know there has been a ton of negative press and sexual allegations about Bikram Choudhury recently. I personally have not paid any attention to it, and to be honest, I don’t really want to. It’s the practice that I want to focus on, not some dude who I don’t even know. My heart goes out to anyone who’s been wronged in any way. It would be a shame for the actions of one guy to disrupt so many studios, instructors and clients who obviously get a ton of benefits from this type of yoga. So, as they say…. Namaste!
I want to introduce you to a very special lady. Her name is Katie.
I’ve known Katie for a few years through many mutual friends but it hasn’t been until recently that we’ve really got to know each other and spend some quality time together.
Just recently I turned her onto some videos from my good pal Kyle Cease, and she instantly took a liking to them and decided to join us in Vegas for Kyle’s event “The Weekend Experience”. During that event I watched her go through a very awakening shift and it’s been a joy to watch her journeys since that magical weekend.
You can have a peek at her 30 Day video challenge and some of the shifts she’s gone through on her blog at www.katiefreiling.com
What I wanted to share with you on this blog post was the day we had yesterday where the entire focus was on “FUN”! And what better way to enjoy fun than to go to Sky Zone aka “Bouncy Land” in Chula Vista California.
Jesse and I rallying with Lil Lex in the La Jolla Shores! $10 says he’s gonna be a lil ripper!
1. Patience – I’ve always been a very impatient person. Instantaneous gratification = GIMME GIMME GIMME! However, short of having a wave machine I’m pretty much at the mercy of mother nature and her timing. After hours upon hours of waiting for waves, I’ve learned to enjoy the present moment more and the big ride will get here when it gets here.
2. Endurance – Cardio training hasn’t always been big on my list of must do’s. Most of my life you wouldn’t catch me running unless some meathead was chasing me with a bat, or the liquor store was about to close. Surfing has forced me to work on cardio training and has helped to build more endurance. I still have a lot of work to do, but I’m thankful for all those times I thought I was going to drown gasping for a breath of air. After writing this, I actually feel like running down on the sand right now and getting in a bit of movement.
All right, I’m back… just did a bit of Yoga too, and monkeyed around in a tree
3. Balance – If you want to surf, you must be able to balance yourself. The more hours I spend on my board, the more it seems to translate into my day to day life. Much of my life I’ve partied like a rock star. At other times, I was damn near a celibate monk eating nothing but raw foods and bird seed. What I’ve found is that I genuinely enjoy partying, and I genuinely enjoy being healthy as well. I think I’ve found the perfect balance between the two, and it’s way more pleasurable to me than having rules on what I can or can’t do.
4. More Variety – When I first started surfing I’d go for any wave that seemed rideable. It was hard to decipher what was and wasn’t a good wave. Anything that could move and propel the board seemed good enough for me. After years and years of taking unnecessary spills I got a bit wiser. You must learn to pick and choose wisely. It’s not always about the waves you catch. Sometimes it’s about the waves you let go, and when you start to let go of waves, you suddenly realize there are so many better waves available. Same goes for life. Whether it’s a job, career, relationship, material possession, or a negative belief, you’ll often open a world of more opportunities if you can just let it go.
5. Dedication – If you want to really get good at surfing, you must be dedicated. It’s no cake walk. And neither is life. Every day we are faced with challenges and hurdles that test our abilities, dedication and perseverance. The more I commit to surfing, the more connected I feel to myself. The more I commit to myself, the more connected I feel to the earth. The more connected I feel to the earth, the more connected I feel to god. The more connected I feel to god, the more I just want to go back out and surf again!
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