Saturday, January 31, 2009

Got To Get Back To Running...

I say that a lot... "Got to get back to..."

It is one of my "patterns" that I'm learning about in my journey of self discovery.

I've said it before with my video hobby, running and even this website. I start to do a task with the best intentions and a great committment initially then lose motivation, interest or passion.

It is apparently my 'sub-conscious programming' to not succeed, not appear successful because successful people are aggressive. I want to appear passive.

A pattern imbedded in me from childhood. A pattern I'd like to and am making conscious efforts to break.

Growth is about learning and changing, if we don't grow we stagnate and die.

Meditation is another thing i'd like to stick at and become successful doing.

Here is part 7 in the 'How to Meditate' series:

Oh The Pain... lol

Not going to blog much tonight... got a bad case of "Wii" elbow... :P

Here is part 6 in the 'How to Meditate' series. Here we move beyond the "Third Eye" and see sensational visions:

Friday, January 30, 2009

Still Hot... Still Meditating, Calming The Mind...

How you ever tried NOT to think for a moment?

Seems like the hardest thing in the world sometimes.

I tell my son we have two ears and one mouth so that's a sign that he should do more listening and less talking... doesn't work in practice.

Seems the mind can't stop it's chatter. What's it trying to cover up? What is it afraid that we will find?

Both good questions and ones i'm aiming to get to the bottom of!

Check out part 5 in the 'How to Meditate' series. Here we learn about the "Third Eye":

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Middle Of A Heatwave and Transcending The Mind

Another 40 degree day coming up and I kind of went for that run.

Football training on Wednesday night and we ran to the beach. That was pretty good and I copped the nickname "whiteman"... maybe because of the absolute complete lack of a tan??!!??...

Back to meditation.

I'm actually getting used to the posture of sitting for meditation... or at least my knees are. It's hard to focus but not focus, concentrate without concentrating and ignoring thoughts while allowing them to happen.

But i'll keep at it.

Check out part 4 in the 'How to Meditate' series:

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Heatwave Coming Up

Looking at 40 degrees celcius tomorrow and possibly the next few days.

Should I run in the heat or not?

hmmmmm... then again... not with my pasty white skin!

Check out the next in the series of meditation, getting interesting :)

Monday, January 26, 2009

More Meditation and a 'Nerd Day' Coming Up...

I'm new to meditation myself and I have only occasionally found the 'no thought' state that is required.

At times it can be frustrating and others refreshing.

I look forward to getting more of a handle on it as I believe through deep meditation we can have great powers and potential.

Powers of creativity, powers of healing and powers of insight and intuition.

The power to heal others is obviously foremost in my mind at the moment...

That and this coming Saturday... I mean 8 hours of Battlestar Galactica followed by the most recent episode direct by satelite. How cool is that??!!??

Well... is to me :P


Sunday, January 25, 2009

A series On Meditation

Spiritual reality takes you on a journey within yourself.

To watch and listen to this video is in itself relaxing as you breathe and calm your mind.

Through the practice of meditation we travel on the path of harmony, good health, inner peace and blissful contentment.

In this video the narrator speaks of 'Cosmic Energy'. This is often also referred to as universal consciousness. The activities of meditation and deep relaxation can help to draw this energy to you and revitalize your being.

On a personal note I wish this for my Dad. A week of radiation therapy has left him drained and in need of some of the life healing properties of cosmic energy.

Please send your positive thoughts and vibrations to my Dad... Thankyou :)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Meditation - A New Video

Just today I found an excellent video on meditation (link below).

The simple narration and graphics explains so well some of the basics of meditation.

I have read a number of book by yogis and other buddhist masters of meditation that over complicate the process.

After viewing this first video it had me saying "ahhhhh that's what it means!"

Many beginners to meditation say the same thing "I just cant stop myself thinking" or "there's is too much going on I can't get calm" and those thoughts of trying to achieve, trying NOT to think do exactly the opposite.

In the end they get frustrated and give up.

As the video says.... Just Relax... focus on the breath and just relaaaaaax...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Inspirational Video... And a Funny Story

On a positive note, the latest page I put on the site is a video of Randy Pausch.

He was a lecturer in the US who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and his last lecture to his students and collegues was filmed.

He discusses in an upbeat and positive way how we can live our life and fulfill or dreams. A very good watch.

On a lesser note:

Have you heard the saying "Does a bear s#!t in the woods?"... Well i know of this guy who was running and found halfway through his trip he had to do that thing that bears do in the woods!

Running along the beach, thankfully no houses or people around a decision was made.
To drop drawers and commune with nature!

Problem number two (pardon the pun) was that there was nothing soft around to wipe after the event...

Embarassment number two was using the sea to cleanse ones backside... then to look up an see a yacht moored in the bay!!!! DOH!

Then running home with tail well an truly between the legs...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

What's Better Than Finding Your Limits?

What's Better Than Finding Your Limits? Exceeding them!

I was running what I thought was 5 k's on my holidays but the location was so nice to look at and i was being distracted from what I was doing that I would actually run up to 10 kilometers on some runs.

I didn't know I could do that... or at least my mind kept telling me i couldn't.

It's will surprise you sometimes what you are capable of.

Oh damn... ran out of time for the embarassing story...

Next time... :P

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Back From The Beach... or "Life's a Beach and then you... Blog"

Back to my once a day routine.

An article, a link, a webpage (see below) and a blog.

Did I run on the beach?

Did I find ispiration?

Do I feel refreshed?

Will I continue on my path?

Yes... yes... yes and ... yes.

Have a funny story about one of the runs I went on. Will save that for next time

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Taking a Break

Back to work next week so i'm gonna take a holiday off my 'Once a Day' routine.

I have been writing an article, adding a page to my website, getting an incoming link and writing to this blog once a day for the past month.

It's an effort to get a routine that's manageable, but still worth some value.

Heading to the beach so i'll see if a week of running on the sand will do me any good (and whether I actually do it!)

Also need some inspiration for new articles so clearing the mind may make way for some fresh ideas.

Here's a page I just put up on the 2009 Suzuki RMZ250.

I like bikes that aren't too potent so us novice riders can push the engine harder for longer:

Saturday, January 10, 2009

A Blast From the Past

Went roller skating this morning. Took my kids to a place I used to go to when I was 12 or 13 years old... that was 26 years ago!

Hasn't changed at all and I realised I was even wearing a similar jacket today I used to wear back then and I spent a bit of time in the video games area so... seems I haven't changed much either.

On a different note, i've always been a Honda fan and I like the review on the CRF250 below.

The twin exhausts look hot!!!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Lazy Days and Dirtbikes

Not much goin on today.

Selling the house so had to clear out twice for people to go through it.

The things you put up with when you have a 'For Sale' sign on you front fence... Just had some people walk up the side of our place and peek over the fence... I mean, wouldn't you normally call the Police if that happened?

Wrote another article, put up another page (link below) so been watching videos on dirtbikes and getting the urge to drag mine out of the garage... well the garage at my brothers house anyway.

Take a look at a video on the new Suzuki RMZ 450... now electronic fuel injection is on dirtbikes!!! what next, hybrid or electric dirtbikes??? Actually i read that KTM is testing...

Yogi's and Shopping and Walking Into Doors

Still reading 'Autobiography of a Yogi' (nearly 600 pages!) and at times I wonder about one thing in particular.

The need to 'honour' or 'glorify' a master, guru or God... God-like figure.

I mean, to me God (be it the figure head of religions or the sea of consciousness) is all knowing, all loving, humble and gentle being. Even reading about the Swami's and Yogi's in India it seems to translate to followers "giving" themselves to their master's and guru's.

It is said as a sign of faith and ultimate belief, but I feel that such a figure in this position would discourage that and show themselves more as an equal... I'll keep thinking about it and express what I mean more fully next time.

Went to the shops to get some new clothes for myself while taking the kids along... walked out with a new bike, some rock candy, 3 krispy kreme donuts and... dang no pants for me!

Just walked into a glass door at the neighbours... felt too stupid to feel the pain until i got home!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Mr Mom, and More Running

Amusing, seperating and feeding 6 kids... ok conquered that one, bring on the next challenge!

So I went for a run with a mate.

Same 5k's, same block, same hills... I was confident I'd go alright.

So what do I do at about the 3 quarter mark at the top of the last hill?

I stop running and walk for 10 metres!

I mean what is it with my mental fitness if I can complete a run without stopping on my own but when with a running partner I give in?

Does that mean I rely on others too much? I shouldn't go into business with a partner?

Will have to think about that...

If anyone's reading, what do you think?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A Running Epiphany

Went for a run today... actually in the afternoon (slept in this morning :P).

Was a bit hot today so left it as late as I could and set off at about 5:00pm.

To avert the previous mindgames I carried a small bottle of water which ended up distracting me in another way as I spent half my time swapping it from hand to hand.

Needless to say, it was in the bin before the mid way point.

My run course comprises of a mid grade but kind of long hill (about 1 km) to test my mental strength more than anything. But I dont mind hills as you can see the top.

Problem came as I rounded the corner at the top of the hill... into a headwind!

Have I told you I hate headwinds (be it riding or running).

I dont mind hills as you can see the obstacle and confront it head-on. Also most of the time you can see the end or goal.

Headwinds are this invisible force trying to slow you down or hold you back and it is RELENTLESS in it's imapct...

Then came my 'epiphany'...

Headwinds are like sub-conscious blockages!

The unforseen forces that try to knock you off your path.

Well... that's what I got out of it.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Meditation For Beginners

Another blog, another topic.

Generally a blog should have a theme, follow a particular line of thinking that will attract readers and give them a sense of certainty and eagerness to return.

My blog follows a line of thinking... unfortunately, it is MY line of thinking.

That is jumping from topic to topic. Not always sticking through to the end of a subject and being easily distracted by something shining over to the side.

Today... we don't have running, video or becoming famous.

We have a new page on famousbymorning on meditation.

It is topical to me, particularly with what I have just written about, as it is all about calming the mind.

I found a better video post on meditation for beginners by Jane by the embedding link is turned off.

This one is lighthearted tho so an interesting watch:

C...C... Canon... There I Said It, Canon HV30 That is

I have been doing a little homework on a new camcorder and although I'm kinda set on a Sony there is a rival in the reviews.

The Canon HV30 has been popping up as a serious competitor for the particular Sony model I am interested in.

Dare I say it has even been getting better reviews in the performance stakes. But i'm Sony loyal so I will most likely go down that path.

Oh and on my running... this morning I ripped it on my final third of the run! Was kinda... just a little... well... VERY sluggish for the first two thirds of the run.

Rolled my ankle on the edge of a path 50metres into it and almost used that as an excuse to go back home.

Maybe i'm changing my thinking... hmmmmm

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Running and Karma Yoga

Finally got a bit of strength back after the bought of food poisoning so I went for a run this morning.

My usual five kilometres and it took me about 30 minutes. I've worked out that for me it's more of a mind game.

The middle third of my run is always the slowest and the feelings of joint paint the most prevalent as I'm at the point of thinking "should I keep running or walk for a bit?"

I never have those thoughts at the beginning (a spring in my step) or near the end (a desperate sprint/stumble towards my goal).

So I try to direct my thoughts to the practice of 'karma yoga', the concentrated thought of physical effort...

Works for a while then i think about me knee, shin, or groin again :P

But like Rocky i'm "Getting Strongerrrrrrr!"

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Lessons Of A Yogi & Tony Robbins

I have to admit for nearly 38 years I have been ignorant to the ways of personal development, self discovery and self realisation.

Even being of the Catholic religion I was unaware of the paralells, the subtle messages and spiritual links within the bible and the writings of saints and spiritual leaders of all religions.

I even thought that no religion was the same and each thought they are the "true" one to follow.

From my limited studies I get the sense that man has caused and allowed to perpetuate the divide between religions when they all appear to come from the same foundation:

Not allowing the easily influenced mind control our thinking and attempt to return to our 'core' or 'pure essence'.

This is our most God like state and the path of enlightenment.

Even life coaches like Tony Robbins look at a persons sub-conscious programming to access how and why they react to certain situations.

While not on the level of a yogi the principles start to converge.

What The New Year Holds

I know some people who believe that what happens on the first day of a new year fortells the rest of the year... ummmm that has me a little bit worried!

A mild case of food poisoning has had me sitting on the toilet many MANY times over the last couple of days.

But on the upside it has given me a chance to do a bit of reading.

And my current book of choice "Autobigraphy of a Yogi".

I'll update you as I continue my 'meditations on the throne' :P