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Magnolias, Lilac and Sage – Oh my! April 12, 2010

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Here I go again. Running my mouth about the spectacle of spring. I can’t help it. Ever since I was a child, spring always had a way of capturing my attention and giving and connecting me to the earth. It’s as if the world just becomes a much Kinder and Gentler (my favorite Bushism) planet, with unending opportunities for discovery.

So, I bump into my neighbor Joann today. She insist I come and experience the aromatic cacophony unfolding in her backyard. Her two big magnolia trees blossomed last week and are dropping the petals all over the place. Now if you have ever seen magnolias in bloom, I don’t have to tell you, it’s a beautiful sight. They are hot pink,white and large. The flip side is when the petals fall they decompose very quickly and turn brown. Not pretty. But the fragrance is fabulous. It takes over the air.

Next, we walk over to the lilac tree. You have to get very close to smell the fragrance, but when you get a whiff, man it’s heaven. Not to mention, the lilac flowers are some of natures eye candy.

In the back of the yard are three tall pine trees. Because the one in the middle is the tallest and they are so close together, the actually look like one huge pine from afar. When we walked up to the pines, the scent of pine needles made a bee line for my olfactory nerve. I got a rush that any drug addict worth there salt would die for. Ok, my secret is out. I am a certified tree huger. I’m not ashamed to claim it. I’m secure in my masculinity ūüôā

Last on the list was the herb garden. The leaves of sage and thyme were just making their appearance, but their odor was already strong. I found the thyme to have a spicy odor. The sage reminded me of an astringent type of sour. Fresh herbs added to your food (at the right moment) in addition to the nutrients and flavor the contribute, bring fragrances that supplement the saying of grace They alert the taste bud and the digestive system to prep the house for the family reunion that is about to occur. We are what we eat.

So Kazi, that all sounds real nice and natury (I made that word up), but what does it all have to do with health and fitness. Well, whole health goes beyond working out and eating a balanced diet. A healthy lifestyle attunes you to the gifts, wonder and downright awesomeness of the everyday world around us. The ability to appreciate the simple things, the natural things, is a sign of a healthy body and psyche.

We spend so much time looking for happiness in things that have to be acquired or achieved. As if happiness has to be earned. I know this is the common sensors view of the world. And I agree that happiness can be found in our achievements and acquisitions. But the foundation of our happiness is in our ability to Be. Be-hold the miracle that is the earth. Be-hold the miracle of the creatures of the earth. Be-hold the miracle that is you and I. Be-hold the happiness shared by a flower dying. Grateful to have lived for just a few days. Just to remind us that we all have our time to shine and open the way for the next performance of natures show.

Let’s show our gratefulness for our common home. When nature smile on us, smile back.

muchpeaceluv,

Kazi

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On the 7th day he rested April 11, 2010

An integral factor in improving and maintaining health, wellness and fitness is often overlooked by the strong and the young. This factor is rest and rejuvenation. As members of a society that promotes the aggressive pursuit of goals, wealth and power, we have all been subliminally seduced into accepting the idea that work and play are both superior to rest.

We put the energetic, go getters on a pedestal of some inferred psycho-physical superiority that the rest of us should some how strive to match or at least concede our inferiority as mere mortals. Rest is viewed as a reward for our labor, not a major contributor to our health and happiness.

Fortunately, our lives are not completely in the hands of our belief systems and social pressures. Rest is something we cannot LIVE without. Sleep is an unavoidable, consequence of our daily energy expenditure and need for psychological and biological repair.

That part of our psyche that does not depend on outer, social, man made judgments to keep us alive, has no problem reducing our work output and shutting us down if necessary, when we don’t get proper rest. So let’s take heed to the guidance of our inner physician and make rest, recovery an integral part of our wellness regime.

Here are a few ways to ensure your getting the down time you need:

  • try to get to bed at approximately the same hour each night.
  • If you work from home, rise early and schedule a 15-20 minute siesta/cat nap into your day.
  • Take 3 minutes when transitioning from a completed task to begin a new one to just sit and release.
  • Schedule a vacation, staycation) or spiritual retreat into your annual calendar.
  • Hit the spa or schedule an appointment with a bodywork therapist at least once a month.
  • Get out of the city at least one weekend seasonally.
  • Include an healing art such as Yoga or Tai Chi as part of your exercise program.
  • Develop body awareness. Your body will let you know when it needs a break. This could help you avoid unnecessary down time.

muchpeaceluv,
Kazi

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Compassionate Confrontation with Comfort April 10, 2010

In the past couple of weeks I have stepped up my own fitness routine to take advantage of the exuberant energy of the season and to prepare for the Spring/Summer season of BodyFit Boot Camp at Branch Brook Park in Newark. Over the years, when exercising at a challenging intensity I’ve become well acquainted with my minds borderline panic reaction to physical stress.

When we exercise our bodies at a level it has not been accustomed to, when we push or get pushed beyond our comfort zone, our mind sounds a crisis scale alarm before we even enter our personal Red Zone. The alarm takes on various tones. Rationalizations- logical, reasonable arguments that support the idea of letting up – ‚ÄúTake it down now and go hard on the next set.‚ÄĚ Suddenly remembering something Important and slowing down to ‚Äú….gather your thoughts.‚ÄĚ Or, after the sensation of your lungs and muscles burning, get outright ignorant with some ‚Äúwhat da fuk am I doin, this sht is crazy.‚ÄĚ (Pardon my french)

On the flip side, exercising at athletic intensity requires a very monitored field of attention. You don’t have the luxury of allowing your thoughts to drift in whichever direction the wind is blowing. The successful (safe, efficient and effective) application of strength, balance, agility, speed, energy transformation and will; to complete a movement or series of movements is tied directly to ones’ ability to stay in the moment.

So a polarity is set up in the psyche, with the thoughts running in one direction and the attention affixed to another. Some may see this as a less than ideal situation. It is most ideal. It is the ideal opportunity for the sedentary man and women to practice an ancient and simple method of gaining physical and psychological strength, simultaneously. Here is a technique I have found useful. Put it to good use.

  1. In safe surroundings. While performing a movement/exercise you have mastered and can execute with proper form.
  2. Allow your attention to remain fixed on the observation of :
  • your movement in space and in your body
  • the breath entering and leaving your body (don’t try to control it)
    3. When your mind begins to make SUGGESTIONS to let up or stop:
  • scan your body for pain
  • if you find pain, observe it, along with your motion and breath
  • do not comment on the suggestions from the mind keep returning your attention to your movement, breath and body

This is the practice of compassionate confrontation with comfort. It yields strength, body awareness and stress resilience. So don’t just read this post and go back to the couch. These holistic benefits will carry over into every aspect of your life. I dear you to take these 5 simple points and see what a difference they will make in your daily wealth, health and wisdom.

Leave me a comment about your experiences with entering your physical discomfort zone.  I would love to hear it.

Kazi

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Springboard April 7, 2010

I pray that everyone is enjoying the transition of the seasons. ¬†I can’t remember my first conscious experience of spring blossoming. What I do remember is being¬†fascinated¬†by how one day the landscape is grey, brown and black. ¬†Soon the rains move in and bring their luggage. They cast ¬†a darkness over the land (da duuuum). ¬†Suddenly, the sun reappears, ¬†high in the sky. This is when the magic happens. ¬†Everywhere is growth, color and fragrance. ¬†The very air is filled with the sound of activity. ¬†Heads that were covered and faces towards the ground (and away from the wind) are revealed. Community returns above ground. I can’t help it. ¬†Every single time, it blows me away. It all happens minus computers, management, paper work, etc. ¬†It’s so elegant and efficient.

When spring reveals itself, I actually feel the same way I do upon awakening in the morning. ¬†Not sure where I’ve been, but I’m very familiar with what’s ahead of me. We use morning water to cleanse and purify the ¬†images, thoughts, memories and judgements we may encounter in the uncensored¬†night. ¬†Morning is when we release and consume water, ¬†salt and fresh. ¬†The water is refreshing, cleansing and connecting. Spring brings the rains. ¬†She splashes water on our heads,¬†gently¬†coaxing the thirsty soul back into this world .

Springs energy is also explosive. ¬†It takes over a previously dormant space and fills it with life, activity, community and beauty. It transforms the landscape so drastically, in such a short time, that it can SHOCK the consciousness into bearing witness to it’s¬†presence. ¬†Spring doesn’t creep up on you. ¬†She explodes into your awareness like plant spirit medicine shamans. ¬†She whirls on one leg sending the wind spinning from the hem of her skirt. The sweat from her head showers sweet water when it shakes like calabash and shekere. ¬†If you allow her to teach you her whirling dance, you can ride the hem of her skirt to the success of your aims.

Our annual wake up call visits us this season. Let’s ride in the direction of the wind.¬†Let’s spend a few days weeding and seeding our psycho-social gardens. Lets’ reach out, touch, expand our family/networks. ¬†Let’s get working on our new projects or new phases of old projects. Let’s Spring Ahead.

Let’s be Rainmakers, Garden Keepers and Truth Sayers again.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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When creativity wanes. April 1, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kazi @ 10:08 am

In todays economy, in fact in todays world, it’s no longer enough to “know your stuff”. ¬†Being relevant in ‘the game’ (whatever field you play on) requires us to continually reinvent, our product/service, our marketing, our mission, our recruiting and sometimes ourselves. ¬†The advent of mega-mass communications (the internet) has resulted in an exponentially growing tide of information overload that makes it difficult to be heard above the crowd. ¬†Becoming a Purple Cow is not easy when everyone else is trying to do the same.

To get the creative juices flowing, it’s sometimes necessary to do the opposite of what the experts would advise, which is to dig in and push until you come up with something astounding. ¬†Creative ideas are a bit shy and don’t necessarily adhere to the usual rules. I would suggest taking a step back. ¬†Ease up on the gas, ¬†pull over and take a look at the¬†¬†scenery you drive by each day, totally unawares. ¬†What I’m saying is, to boost your creative faculties, it may be best to pay them no attention. ¬†Don’t try to force insights, intuitions and genius. ¬†When your genius-soul has something unique and mind blowing to share with you (and the world) it will smack you upside your head and get your complete and undivided attention.

Here are some techniques for getting the creative juices flowing:

  • Take a hike, literally. To the urbanized mind, ¬†nature is a¬†fascinating¬†and awe inspiring environment which can awaken the dormant centers in our brains. ¬†Exercise your wild side by visiting a forest, mountains, beach, lake, cave, river (boat, kayak, swim, etc.)
  • If you can’t escape the city (I’m sorry), then you need to find some alternate routes of travel. ¬†Commute to and from work by a different route than usual. ¬†Allow your brain to exercise it’s discovery muscles and realize that their is a bigger world than the rat maze. ¬†Turn off the GPS. ¬†Technology is not evil, but it can retard our faculties when we become addicted to it.
  • Read something you usually would not. ¬†If fiction is your thing, read a non-fiction. ¬†If the Times is your daily bread, try the Voice or some other left of center publication. ¬†I find reading children’s¬†books very helpful in opening new avenues of thought and exploration.
  • Take 5 a few times a day to reset your internal¬†management¬†systems. ¬†When you complete a project or task for the day, spend ¬†a moment in meditative silence before starting your next task. ¬†Allow your mind to re-organize and close all of it’s open files. ¬†Allow the woman behind the curtain a moment to relax, regroup and center her energy before the next hump.

These are just a few suggestions of the top of my head that will help you give your creativity a boost.  What tricks do you use? Feel free to share with all of us in the comments section below.

Kazi

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Shaking Up The Parts to Make a Soluble Whole March 30, 2010

Filed under: Health,Uncategorized — Kazi @ 4:41 pm
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The medicine movement arts have been an integral part of mans’ self-healing protocol since our first steps. Movement is essential to the holistic health of all living things. So much so, that we associate prolonged stillness with death. Although the body is the most apparent beneficiary of regular movement, whether recreational, medicinal or ritual; our mental and spiritual bodies also benefit from regular exercise.

In movement arts such as Yoga, Tai Chi and the various forms of ritual dance, movement is supported by measured breathing and guided by healing intention. The resultant dance elicits a bio-energetic tonic that strengthens the body, while stilling the mind and refueling the soul. Three for the price of one. These are truly holistic exercises.


The benefits of movement forms do not demand decades or even years of practice. The calming, vitalizing effects of these simple exercises can be witnessed the very first time they are practiced. We are in fact, genetically prescribed, hormonally prepared and neuro-chemically pre-disposed to reap the rewards of medicinal movement practice. Of course, the more you practice, the more benefits and mastery you accumulate. Some of the recognized benefits that has brought these arts into the mainstream include: improved cardiovascular health, stress reduction, blood pressure reduction, improved balance and coordination, improved mental clarity and creativity to name a few.

Medicine movement is the missing link in your self-healing arsenal. It is the catalyst of the dormant, unseen nutrients in your food, herbal, supplemental regimen. Movement medicine gently shakes up the medicine bottle of your body, mixing and reactivating the settled particles into a soluble, unified life elixir.  The movement arts are to the body temple, what construction workers are to a building project. The engineer and his workers follow the design of the architect to build a structure to the carry out a pre-defined purpose. The workers use all the tools at their disposal (breath, posture, gesture, attention, discipline, visualization, memory, etc.) to transform the building materials (nutrients, oxygen, blood, libido, neuron-transmitters, hormones, etc.) into a temple worthy of inhabitance by the divine.

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Sweet Dreams March 29, 2010

Here are a few tips that can help to support your quest to secure the restorative sleep you deserve:
  1. Establish a consistent bedtime routine, and try to go to bed at the same time every night. This will help set your body’s internal sleep‚Äďwake cycles.
  2. Don’t sleep late on weekends, which can disrupt your pattern. It’s better to get up at your regular time and take a nap later in the day if you need it.
  3. Get plenty of exercise during the day. The more energy you expend during the day, the sleepier you will feel at bedtime. ¬†Don’t exercise within 30 minutes of your bedtime‚ÄĒ doing so may make it more difficult to fall asleep.
  4. Reduce or eliminate your intake of caffeine, stimulants and alcohol. Even when consumed early in the day, these can affect sleep.
  5. Avoid large meals late in the evening.
  6. Learn and practice a relaxation technique regularly: Breathing exercises, meditation and yoga are good examples.
  7. Make sure you have a comfortable bed, bedding, and pillows. Foam mattress pads or toppers can also improve your bed’s comfort level.
  8. Take the TV out of the bedroom. You should be sleeping, not watching television late into the night.
  9. Don’t obsess about not sleeping. Instead, remind yourself that while sleeplessness is troublesome, it isn’t life-threatening.

    Put these to use today and get the sleep you need. Sleep is the Repairer and Restorer