New Certificates!

The 1st course I did on Udemy is “Elevate Your Tennis Game: Learn from Champion Andre Agassi.”  I went through the course 2x in 2017 because I’m an Andre fan who loves playing tennis! His course had 62 lectures and an hour of amazing video instruction which I eagerly watched! What I enjoyed the most is the experiences he shared and the wisdom he imparted while teaching me very technical tennis techniques throughout the course. Although, the promo material and syllabus mentioned a certificate of completion would be available, alas, I’ve never received one! I’ve even reset my course progress this new year and re-did the course a 3rd time [because it’s really a fun course], and I still didn’t get a chance to get said certificate, LOL!

Last week, I did Sean Berg’s Udemy course “Intro to Graphic Design.” Since I’ve worked on many graphic design projects for personal and professional use, this was a nice refresher!

The weekend following that, I also did The Science of People‘s “7 Scientifically Proven Steps to Increase Your Influence” and “Digital Body Language.” Both were taught by Vanessa Van Edwards.

I’m pleased that all 3 courses offered me certificates which I have now downloaded for my records 🙂

#BeAble

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On Looking

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Q’ero Tribe of Peru:

Looking behind, I am filled with gratitude.

Looking forward, I am filled with vision.

Looking upwards, I am filled with strength.

Looking within, I discover peace.

Bother You No More

When something is bothering you — a person is bugging you, a situation is irritating you, or physical pain is bothering you — you must work with your mind, and that is done through meditation. Working with our mind is the only means through which we’ll actually begin to feel happy and contented with the world that we live in.

Pema Chödrön

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Ian Schneider via Stocksnap.io

Unconditional Love

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by Ram Dass:

Imagine feeling more love from someone than you have ever known. You’re being loved even more than your mother loved you when you were an infant, more than you were ever loved by your father, your child, or your most intimate lover – anyone. This lover doesn’t need anything from you, isn’t looking for personal gratification, and only wants your complete fulfilment.

You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success – none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here.

Imagine that being in this love is like relaxing endlessly into a warm bath that surrounds and supports your every movement, so that every thought and feeling is permeated by it. You feel as though you are dissolving into love.

This love is actually part of YOU; it is always flowing through you. It’s like the subatomic texture of the universe, the dark matter that connects everything. When you tune in to that flow, you will feel it in your own heart – not your physical heart or your emotional heart, but your spiritual heart, the place you point to in your chest when you say, “I am.”

This is your deeper heart, your intuitive heart. It is the place where the higher mind, pure awareness, the subtler emotions, and your soul identity all come together and you connect to the universe, where presence and love are.

Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being. It is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. It’s not “I love you” for this or that reason, not “I love you if you love me.” Its love for no reason, love without an object. It’s just sitting in love, a love that incorporates the chair and the room and permeated everything around. The thinking mind is extinguished in love.

If I go into the place in myself that is love and you go into the place in yourself that is love, we are together in love. Then you and I are truly in love, the state of being love. That’s the entrance to Oneness.

Why I Skip Breakfast

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Henry Cavill in the film Immortals

This is my 2nd year doing Intermittent Fasting. I got here after realizing that I was eating over my macros when I switched to Paleo. The first year, I started skipping breakfast monthly until I progressed to 2-6x a month.

I love fasting because I find myself with amazing alertness and energy to do activities (including work and workouts) despite not having eaten anything. I relished the sensation of having an empty stomach. I could push myself to do heavier weights, run or sprint as fast as I can and basically push myself hard when doing sports.

This year, I began intermittent fasts at 2-4x a week. My goal is to do #IF (intermittent fasting) all 7 days a week! This April, I got serious and implemented the daily #IF protocol. In a week, I follow a fast/feast state of 16/8 or 20/4. This means I fast for 16 hours and eat a meal (or two) in an 8 hour period following the fast. One random day in the week, I follow the a 20 hour fast and then eat in a 4 hour eating window. Yes, I workout fasted! When I eat, it’s usually after physical activity and I ensure it’s a feast. I eat until I’m satisfied (not stuffed).

How I Do #IF

I calculated that I burn 1900-2000 calories a day so I eat a late “lunch” of 500-600 calories then a “dinner” of 1200-1400 calories. If I’m only eating one meal, I eat something that totals 1600 cals. up ~ I’ve learned to hit macros of 30-35% protein and 30-35% fat with the rest being carbs from veg. This year, I’m focusing on eating a lot more raw and cooked veggies so that I eat less bread, grains and pasta. I know I can skip pasta altogether as I tried that 2 years ago when I went paleo for an entire year.

I realized that when attending parties, dine outs or potlucks, I couldn’t try foods ordered for me by well-meaning family and friends. I’ve then decided that it’s better to try a bit and not restrict myself from any food in particular (since I don’t have any food allergies anyway). These days, I avoid cakes, candies and sweets, this includes sweet fruits and fruit juices. I consume only filtered water, green tea, homemade Kombucha and (randomly) black coffee.

In 1935, Dr. Herbert Shelton wrote in The Hygienic System:

“The ancient Greeks — the finest of people, physically and mentally that ever lived — ate but two meals a day.”

Why Am I Doing All This?

I want to have vitality, good health and live an amazing life in my physical instrument (my body). Something in my childhood affected me deeply and that’s actually how I ended up loving Physical Education classes in high school and eventually taking Human Kinetics in University.

As I child, I remember my dad, moving in his mom to our apartment before she died. Despite being the youngest child out of 5 brothers, he volunteered to care for my Grandma Consuelo. Lola Elo, as we called her, was a diabetic AND we only found out when she was almost dead (she went into a coma). I choose to believe she died happy, eating the sweets and baked goodies she enjoyed making. Part of me knew she was in pain. I believe that pain/suffering was unnecessary. I think this is why I’m crazy about healthy eating and cooking nutritious meals from scratch. Her death served as the legacy ensuring I remained aware of my own health. Maybe this is why I’ll end up marrying a nutritionist or a buff, health-freak who appreciates my passion for healthy lifestyles, LOL!

Growing up, I realized that I have to take charge of my health and wellness. It wasn’t just about diet, it was everything! This meant keeping my mind sharp, surrounding myself with friends and partners who were good to/for me, working in jobs that challenged and allowed me to grow, and (of course), keeping myself in peak physical condition. Like He-man says, I HAVE THE POWER!

As I delved deeper into learning about the body’s self-healing and self-sustaining capabilities, I started practices that I most others recognize as part of the Nature Cure movement. Things like airbathing, sunbathing, fasting and regular physical activity are all part of something termed Orthopathy, also known as Natural Hygiene. Below is a really good intro:

It’s spring now so I do outdoor tennis, hiking with friends, walking in the park (alone or sometimes with a friend), and sprints and stairs at the outdoor track. I’m astounded by how powerfully energetic I am when I do these workouts in a fasted state!

I am not convincing you to do any of the things I’m doing. I am sharing them with you, in hopes that you’d take a look at your current practices and ask yourself “Is this giving me energy?”

Ask yourself “Am I happy with my body?” and “Can I do small changes to make me healthier?” If you’re already in good health, congrats! If not, there’s no time like the present to incorporate small changes.

When you take good care of yourself, you feel good and you look good. People are magnetized to you by your youthful energy. You’ll be charismatic, whether you try to or not. Good health shines out of you through your glorious crown of hair, your supple skin and your bright eyes. Your body is strong and you do physical tasks with ease. Your mind is sharp and you have better memory. I’ve found the secret to a good life. I’m calling it Rejuvenescence!

Taste Real Love

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by Sarah Harvey [Excerpted from Elephant Journal]:

Real love is raw, pure and breathtaking in its simplicity.

It’s a spiritual adventure, a f*cking crazy journey, a completely transformative experience.

Real love dives deep, looks directly into your soul, sees exactly who you are—and wouldn’t change a damn thing.

It cherishes the deliciousness of every perfectly imperfect part of you.

Because mostly, it just wants to gaze into your eyes and kiss your soul.

And never stop kissing your soul.

It wants to ask, “How are you?” and listen to every single syllable of the long-winded answer.

It wants to know your secrets and your shame, gently peeling back each shiny layer to get to your core.

Oh, how it longs to peak at your luscious core.

Real love grabs on fiercely and holds you hard as f*ck, but is wildly unafraid to set you free.

It’s intensely compassionate, unfreezing even the most stubborn icicles in your heart.

It helps you heal without even trying.

It has the courageousness of a brave soldier and the softness of a nurturing mother.

Real love takes a shit with the door wide open.

It forces you out of hiding.

Because the things you used to hide are the things it admires the most.

Real love bleeds truth, honesty and talks about the things you’re too scared to talk about.

But, most of all,

Real love doesn’t walk off into the sunset, it walks directly into your life.