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Daddy Talk : The Right Stuff

I've climbed some of the biggest mountains around the world, from Alaska to the Alps to North India. Along the way I tested gear for Black Diamond, and learned early on that I had a small obsession for discovering the right approach, and the right tools, for every situation. This is a worthy challenge in mountaineering because the conditions are so variable, changing from day to day, and within each day as sun, wind, and precipitation constantly reshape your world.     Today I have enough gear to outfit a small expedition, thanks in part to an especially adept climbing…
10 Health Behaviors that Might Not be Healthy for You

10 Health Behaviors that Might Not be Healthy for You

When we do everything we're told to get healthy and it just doesn't work, what do we do next? We eat what we're told to eat, avoid what we're told to avoid, pound the pavement, hit the gym, and nothing. No change. We might start to think, "That's just how I am." We might say defiantly, "That's me, that's fine, and I like it!" It's our reality, and we need to accept it. Even if it's not where we want to be.   It's important to like who you are. You're likable! But it's not as good to give up…
Sages, Scientists, and Change

Sages, Scientists, and Change

I learned some good things at the Sages and Scientists conference, from some of the world's top researchers in neurology, medicine, and well-being. Here's a big one.   If yoga doesn't release tension from your body and mind, support radiantly good health, and put you in creative control of an inspiring life, you're doing it wrong.   Ok that's a strong statement. Is it possible to do yoga wrong? As long as we're taking time to tune in, connect with how we feel, and respond, then I don't think so. But sometimes we get stuck, carrying along the same bad…
How to Begin Caring for Trauma

How to Begin Caring for Trauma

How do you help someone who's in the middle of trauma?  This is a complicated question with a simple beginning. When you're in a caregiver role, remember to care for yourself.   Everything you can do for someone else will come from what you're doing also for you.   And a second simple answer is, there's a good chance you already know the answer. Or at least, you know how to be there for your friend. It might be mostly by listening. It might be very little by solving anything. Of course you have an approach for trauma that exists in the healing…
Energy, Alignment, and Going Your Own Way

Energy, Alignment, and Going Your Own Way

Always move in agreement with yourself. Conflict and aggression inside creates conflict and aggression outside. Peace creates peace.   When there is no more place for internal bullies, there is no more place for external bullies.   The topic of alignment is an interesting one. In East Asian movement and healing systems, connection to your nature is central. So you learn to move your whole self with ease, grace, and coordination. Energy is unblocked, moving freely. Every part of you works happily and efficiently with every other part. Learning to move naturally is how you form a positive connection first…
Getting Out of the Breakdown Lane

Getting Out of the Breakdown Lane

It's not your goals that are so hard. It's how you're moving right now that's hard. We don't get to say "Just give me my perfect life for a day so I can practice it, and Then I'll be able to really get it!"   We get where we want to go by being good at where we are. This means something interesting for your yoga, your tai chi, your life practices. It's not poses you should be practicing, it's movement.   So line up your goals, this is good. It could be in your relationships or your work, your health…
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