Sunday, November 30, 2008
Over the past few weeks, I have spoken to several people who are already working on their application and planning to submit it first thing tomorrow. For this round of the Project, I have expanded the number of "Recruits" that I will accept. However, keep in mind there were several in the last round that did not get in due to spots already being filled. These folks are planning to apply this time and I've given them top priority. Just know that there will be several people applying, so be sure get your essay in as soon as you can!
Selections will not be made until the application process ends and all applications are reviewed. As with the last round of the Project, I have certain criteria that I look for in an applicant. I also look for certain qualities and how well the applicant expresses their interest in the Project, their desire, and what makes them a good candidate. Selections are based on each applicants overall score and when the order they applied (the sooner you apply the higher your score!).
If you have questions, be sure to contact me, or join us this Wednesday at Cityoga. I am hosting an informational meeting from 7:30-8:30pm. Along with me will be a couple of Graduates from the previous round of Project: Bridging the Wellness Gap®, so you can get their first-hand insights as well. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Embrace the Holiday for what it is and focus on "The Reason for the Season", rather than the food or potential stress and family drama. If it's Thanksgiving, make a list of all that you are thankful for and maybe share this with those to whom you are thankful.
Finally, remember that, for some, the holidays are not always a happy time of the year. There are many who are suffering. There are many who are homeless or hungry. Some people must spend the holidays alone, or their family member is deployed to the war. Some of our yoga buddies are spending their first holiday without a loved one, such as Ginger Schonberg and Johnny "Playa" Watts (both lost their Mother this year). There are literally millions of people who have recently lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. Thus, it is a time of year to include, in your prayers, all those who are suffering. This is also an ideal time of year for action, to reach out and help those in need, especially those near to you or in your own neighborhood or city. Look around and ask around, the opportunities abound. Check with you local food pantry and see how you can help, or ask around at the homeless shelter. Ask at your local gym or yoga studio, many of them are providing opportunities, such as Cityoga's "Toy's for Tots" drop box, etc. Jody and I are engaged in various actions through our church, so if you don't know how or where to direct your energy and resources, ask me, our church has tons of opportunities to get involved (and no, you don't have to be a member to help).
Sunday, November 23, 2008
- How long are you working out? Most people can deal with the cold for a 30-60 minute run if you plan ahead. There are a few of us crazy enough that we will be running for several hours in the cold. This requires more practice and more planning, yet it can be done!
- How cold is it?
- Is it windy? Wind stripes heat from the body very quickly, so it's important to plan ahead.
- Is the sun shining?
- What kind of terrain are you on? Running on hilly terrain generates more heat. Running on flat, open roads makes it tougher to stay warm.
- We all have different metabolic systems and lean body mass, both of which contribute to how much heat you generate during exercise.
- How much "natural insulation" a.k.a. body fat, are you carrying around with you?
This month marks my one-year anniversary of getting back to running as my primary vehicle for aerobic conditioning. Over the past year, 100% of my runs have taken place outside. I've gone running in the rain, in 90+ degree weather, and I've gone running when it's dark and drizzling ice. The only weather related condition that has caused me to postpone an outdoor run was on two occasions when there was ice on the ground. And this year, I've come up with a plan to work around that. I've purchased a set of the "YakTrax® Pro".
A couple things to watch when seeking out your shell include getting a jacket that is well ventilated. Ventilation is crucial. Look for back panels that vent and, ideally, either "pit zips" which are zippers under each arm which you can open and close to allow heat to escape, or at a minimum ensure there are vents in the arm pit area of the jacket.
"What about 'my other half'"?
The important thing is to be smart and avoid wearing shorts on really cold days. Below temperatures in the mid-30's, exposed legs will cause you to lose heat too quickly, making it difficult to remain warm. Plus, it is crucial to keep you joints warm otherwise you become more prone to injury to your knees and hips. Research actually supports that running in shorts in cold weather diminishes overall performance. So, don't try to be a tough guy/gal. Cover up for Pete's sakes!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Yoga Cross Training at Cityoga: Wednesday, November 26th - No Class
After the Turkey 2 hour Intensive at Cityoga: Friday, November 28th from 9-11a.m. Cost: $20.
Patrick Kinsman teaching for me December 6th at Cityoga: While I'm off running through the woods of Brown County, in the Tecumseh Trail Marathon, yogi Patrick Kinsman is stepping up for teaching detail. Please keep your practice strong by attending Patrick's class. I'm confident you will have fun and you will learn something new.
Application Process begins December 1st. If you plan to apply, don't delay. Get your applications in early!
Project: Bridging the Wellness Gap® Informational Meeting at Cityoga: Wednesday, December 3rd from 7:30-8:30p.m.
Some of you may be new to my classes and my blog; welcome! Occasionally, I send out announcements or reminders via email. if you would like to be added to my email list, please let me know: email@example.com.
I continue to run, outdoors, throughout the cold, dark Indiana winters and so can you. All it takes is planning and the right gear (which shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg!). Please check back soon for my tips and suggestions for training outdoors in the winter:
- What to do when the temperatures are closer to zero than they are to 80.
- How to keep an active outdoor training schedule when the daylight hours become limited
- Staying motivated and inspired to go outside to train when it's cold and windy
- And more...
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
If you are interested in applying for the next round of The Project, please read ALL the details below. Or if you know someone who might be interested in applying, be sure to forward this to them. I've done my best to include all the information you may need regarding this round of The Project, including dates, how to apply, cost, what is expected of the "New Recruits" who get selected and more. Should you have additional questions, please send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am extremely excited about the next round of The Project, and know that many of you are chomping at the bit to apply. If you are interested, be sure to apply as soon as you can (application process begins December 1st), as priority and consideration will be given to applications in the order they are received. If you are applying towards the end of the process, don't be discouraged, go ahead and apply. More consideration is given to how you express yourself and how well you convey your desire to participate.
Project: Bridging the Wellness Gap® is not about “extreme” fitness, getting washboard abs, getting “shredded” or crushing course records at a fitness race. Rather, this 12-week Project is about helping you to reclaim your health, improve your fitness, and inspire you to live a life of well-being.
Whether you are simply stuck in a fitness rut, or you are facing a life-style related health crisis, The Project may be for you. My revamped and super-charged program is guaranteed to help you achieve your wellness intentions.
“Project: Bridging the Wellness Gap® is more than just a fitness or diet program. With the support of like-minded friends and an experienced coach like Chris, you can “find yourself”. I plan on living the Project for the rest of my life. With wonderful continued guidance and friendship, I know it is possible.” – Alison Cole, Project Graduate who lost 23 pounds during the Project and has continued to make progress in her wellness goals.
What is Project: Bridging the Wellness Gap®?
Project: Bridging the Wellness Gap® is a 12-week fitness program which incorporates a multi-faceted approach that includes:
- Individual coaching and guidance from a degreed and certified personal trainer/wellness coach, and advanced certified yoga and meditation instructor with over 15 years of professional experience
- 12-weeks of detailed workout programs
- Dietary guidelines and assistance
- Weekly feedback on your nutrition and workout journals
- Yoga and meditation instruction
- Daily updates including The Project "Tip and Recipe of the Day"
- Group support from your fellow recruits and Project Graduate Mentors
- Life-skills which will continue to benefit you for the rest of your life, as well as inspire and impact those around you
This proven, integrated approach to wellness can help you reduce stress, lose body fat, increase physical strength and stamina, improve cardiovascular fitness and flexibility, and decrease your health risk factors such as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
“After just 4 weeks my blood pressure dropped from 130/90 to 100/70 ---- wow, was my doctor happy about that! At the end of the 12 weeks I had lost 17 lbs, 3.5% body fat and 16 inches!” – Loretta Cooprider, Project Graduate
What Will be Expected from You
- "No Excuses" mindset - This means that you must be willing to take full responsibility for yourself, for your actions, for your choices, and for your life. You must also possess a willingness to make your best effort throughout the 12 weeks. Obstacles will arise during The Project, challenges will confront you, and you may feel sabotaged from time to time; that is life. You must be committed that when these challenges arise, rather than offer excuses or bailing on your Project, you will use the tools I give you to work through these challenges and move forward. I’m not asking, nor expecting “perfection”, only your best effort.
- Commit one hour per day to your Project (in general, one hour is the TOTAL amount of time needed to complete your assigned training, workouts, journaling, and homework assignments)
- Complete all required fitness and health evaluations – preliminary and follow-up. If you miss one of the evaluations, no make-up tests will be given. You will be responsible for having an evaluation completed at your own expense.
- If required, have a physical before beginning the program, or a doctor’s signed release (at your financial expense).
- Be willing to be photographed for before and after results – males will be shirtless and in shorts, women should be in shorts and either a close fitting shirt or sports bra. These photos will be viewed only by Project staff, unless permission is given by participant
- Attendance at the following group meetings –
- January 3rd - Orientation meeting (approximately 2 hours in duration). Cityoga, located at 936 Indiana Avenue
- Initial fitness testing session (which may be 2-3 hours in length) and is set for Sunday, January 11th. Location: Peace Learning Center/Peace Through Yoga, Eagle Creek Park
- Final fitness testing session (which may be 2-3 hours in length) and is set for Sunday, April 12th. Location: Peace Learning Center/Peace Through Yoga, Eagle Creek Park
- Optional – weekly meetings to be held at Au Bon Pain located at 901 Indiana Ave. Meetings will be held every other Saturday from 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m. and every other Wednesday evening from 7:15p.m. – 8:15p.m. Dates will be announced to those selected.
- Maintain accurate, detailed records throughout the 12 weeks and submit records each week
- Complete all assigned workouts and additional “homework” to the best of your ability
- Adhere to all aspects of the program, as closely as possible. If you have unique circumstances or challenges, I can work with you to accommodate, however it is vital that you stay on course
- Check in with me once per week, via email, phone, or in person, as assigned
- Minimum amount of fitness equipment is required. This includes a jump rope, several dumbbells or a couple exercise bands of varying resistances, or membership at a gym
Space to complete your assigned yoga sessions, or ability to attend a yoga class of your choosing once per week
- CD player
- Yoga Mat
- Ability/location to perform assigned aerobic conditioning, preferably outdoors. Please contact me if this may present a challenge for you and we can discuss options
- Willingness to engage in various forms of relaxation/stress reduction practices which will include a basic form of meditation
“Project: Bridging the Wellness Gap® helped me focus on my weight loss and fitness goals. It seemed that I was always on a diet, but was having trouble making progress. The Project helped me become more consistent in my workouts and in my diet. Project: Bridging the Wellness Gap® helped me focus and get past a weight barrier that I had been struggling with for the past couple years. The support and program are great!” - Jeanie Gensheimer, Project Graduate
How to Get Involved
Beginning December 1st, I will begin accepting applications and plan to accept 30 New Recruits from various lifestyles, backgrounds, genders, ages, demographics, and challenges with whom I can coach through the 12-week Project.
First and foremost, applicants must be willing and able to meet all the requirements for participation in this Project, as listed above. Additionally, I ask that you only apply if you are 100% committed to making a change in you health, fitness, and well-being. I am seeking those who truly want to transform their lives and are willing to commit to a challenging 12-week program. If you are not 100% ready and committed, then please do not submit your application, as this will free up a spot for someone who is ready. While this Project is not “extreme” or “hardcore”, it is certainly not “easy”, change never is. This is a “No Excuses” Project and I can assure you it will challenge you in physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually; so, be prepared to do what it takes to complete this Project and know that I and your Project Mentors are here to support you each step of the way. The rewards will be far greater than any challenge you may face.
The Project was the greatest gift I could have given myself… the workouts were AMAZING and I’m already looking forward to cycling through them again!! Thank you thank you thank you for a tremendous experience… and for helping me take 3 inches off my hips!!” – Jen Johansen, Project Graduate
Submitting your application
Unlike landing your typical j-o-b, where you have to fill out lengthy application forms, I simply ask applicants to email me (email@example.com) and tell me why you feel Project: Bridging the Wellness Gap® appeals to you and why you feel you would make a good candidate. Let me know that you are ready to embrace a “No Excuses” lifestyle and that you are committed and ready to do whatever it takes to change your life. If you feel now is your time to rise above, be sure to convey that in your essay. Do your best to demonstrate that you should be accepted into the Project.
Feel free to share stories of current health challenges you are facing, set-backs you have experienced in the past, the difficulty of finding balance in your work, family, health/workout time. Include any current challenges you are facing in terms of your health, fitness, and well-being. Be sure to include if you are under the care or supervision of a physician for any current medical challenges, or of any untreated medical conditions that may be currently challenging you.
The more open, honest, and real you are in your essay, the better your chances of being selected. I’m not looking for writing skills; I’m looking for those who write from the heart.
The application process is open from December 1st and will close December 21st, 2008. Preference will be given in the order the application is received, so be sure to submit your application as soon as you can. No applications will be accepted after the application process ends – no exceptions.
Important Project Dates: If you have conflicts with any of the below dates, contact me before applying to discuss options.
Application Process: December 1st – December 21st
New Recruits Notified: Weekend of December 26th – December 28th
New Recruit Orientation: January 7th
Initial Fitness Testing: January 11th
Official Start Date: January 19th
Official End Date and Follow Up Fitness Testing: April 12th
“When I started this program, I was not even sure what it was realistic to expect, I just knew that I was dying a slow death and it was not fair to my wife and my two wonderful kids. I thought if I could lose 15 or 20 pounds during The Project it would be a great start towards my goal and get me in the right direction. Weight loss was definitely my main goal when I started and losing 46 pounds I would say I far exceeded my expectations on weight loss! So, with all that being said, the health and wellness benefits I received were far greater than anything I could ever have dreamed. I dropped my Cholesterol 28 points from 204 to 176. I lowered my resting heart rate from 75 BPM to 52 BPM. No question you have added years on to my life!” – Matt Fallin, Project Graduate who has gone on to lose over 50 pounds and completely transform his life!
Project "Super-Star", Matt Fallin in his "before" and "after" shots
For those selected as a “New Recruit”, there is a $249, non-refundable, entry fee which is to be paid on or prior to the initial orientation session. You may pay via check, money order, or cashiers check. Your entry fee covers all your training materials, fitness/health evaluations, one-on-one coaching/consultations, a Project t-shirt, yoga CD, group meetings, as well as the support from your fellow participants, and the opportunity to make the lifestyle change you know you have been waiting for. Now is the time! No Excuses!
What if I’m not selected?
While I never like to turn people away, The Project isn’t for everyone. This is a “No Excuses”, 12-week program, which requires a serious commitment to me, to your fellow Project participants, and most importantly, to you.
If you are not selected, please do not take it personal. Each round of the Project I am looking for specific people, with specific lifestyles, demographics, gender, age, challenges, etc. I am also looking for the most highly motivated people, those who are fed up or frustrated with their current level of well-being and are truly ready to do something about it.
If you do not get selected, it is likely that I have already filled all the slots and profiles, or I may feel that you are not quite ready to embark on the Project, either way I will contact you and let you know why you were not selected. Please be patient and stay encouraged, if you do not get in this round. There will be more Project opportunities coming very soon.
Additionally, I ask that you continue to stay in touch with me, and to read my blog on a regular basis. I will be posting progress reports, news, training tips, and sharing stories from our group. Hopefully this will provide you with informative wellness news, added motivation, inspiration and maybe a little comic relief. I also ask that you re-apply with the next group at which time your chances of being selected are much greater as this shows your sincerity and motivation.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Was it early? Yup. Aren't Sunday mornings supposed to be for sleeping in or sitting in a nice, warm church or something....?
Was it cold out? Yup. Somewhere in the low 30's with wind. As long as we were moving it wasn't too bad though.
Was it overcast? Yup. Cloudy most of the time, even a few tiny snow flakes here and there.
Was it fun? OH YEAH!
Pam took me up on the suggestion to come out and do a hike. So while we headed out for our run, she hit the trail and did a solo hike. Here's what Pam emailed to me.
"I hope that your run was successful!!! It was great that Corbin and Joe could run with you. My own adventure was successful for me too. I made my own route based on the two first loops you and I charted for the summer Eagle Creek adventures. I did two short loops twice so I could be near the water and do that hill next to the steps. That is why I was able to see the three of you. Then I did part of last week's loop in reverse so I could pick up the orange ties that were markers. My confidence in hiking the trails has been increased since participating in your Eagle Creek adventures. Thanks for encouraging me to hike today!
I saw 12 deer this morning!! What a great sight!"
Joe joined Corbin and I for the first loop, which was our fastest lap at just under an hour. He had to bail after one lap as he had tickets for the Colts game. Good for him, but it would have been cool to have him stick around cuz I enjoyed running with him.
Corbin and I continued on and ended up going nearly 3.5 hours. I think our total time on the trail, including a couple pit stops was around 3:23. My ego really wanted another lap or to continue to the 4 hour mark, but based on how I was feeling for the last 20-30 minutes, Corbin and I agreed it probably would not be a bright idea.
I'm still not 100% from being sick last week; probably around 75%-80%. Overall, I felt fine on the flats and my legs were good. However, my "power" is still very low and any time there was even a slight hill, I would really feel it. In general, it just felt like the exertion was harder than it should have been for the pace we were keeping. Corbin held up strong and was encouraging. I'm sure he could have kept going, but we decided it call it and head out for some warm beverages and fuel.
So, it was a good day on the trails. I'm content with the effort and the outcome. Now, where were you, again....? NO EXCUSES!
Way to go Pam!
Joe, I hope you enjoyed the game. Looks like it was a good one.
Corbin, thanks a ton for making the trip up from Bloomington. I really enjoyed running with you and appreciated the pacing and getting to know you even better.
Project: Bridging the Wellness Gap® update:
Check back tomorrow as I post the details on the next round of the Project. Once the application process opens, be sure to submit your application as soon as you can. I have a feeling this one is going to fill as fast as the last round, as I already have tons of people raring to go!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Join me this Sunday at Eagle Creek Park where I will be doing a 3-4 hour trail run, beginning at 8:30am, sharp. I will be departing from the Peace Learning Center/Peace Through Yoga and running "long loop" from last Sunday's adventure. The loop takes around an hour to complete and my intention is to complete up to 4 laps, maybe more, maybe less, depending on how I feel. You can join me for a single lap, or hang around for 2, 3, or more laps! All you have to do is show up at the Peace Learning Center prior to 8:30, and be ready to roll. Or, if you want to join in a little later for lap 2, 3, or 4 just come to the Learning Center, I'll be making pit stops after each lap, so you can hook in later if you like.
This "mission" is very different from last weeks Adventure. Last weeks hike/run was all about fun and fellowship; for me, this is a pretty serious run, as I am still learning and testing out a few things for next months trail marathon. Also, when I'm doing these sorts of runs, I don't talk much, rather I like to zone-in and focus. You would be joining me for your own workout/experience, and perhaps offer some pacing/support for lil 'ol me. I've been waaaaay under the weather this week with a nasty sore throat, mild fever, and cough, which finally broke last night. So, I'm sure I'll be moving pretty slow-moderate on Sunday.
I know, I've made it sound sooooo appealing it's hard to resist, right? Trust me, it will be "fun", but a different kind of fun than last week.
If you are interested, you can email me: firstname.lastname@example.org, or just show up on Sunday.
If anyone wants to hook up with others to hike on Sunday, rather than running with me, feel free to leave comments here, exchange emails and make a plan, or email me to pass the word. It would be great to have a small band of conscious fitness warriors "invade" the Eagle Creek Trails on Sunday.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Here is a brief "field report" from today's Eagle Creek Adventure. As always, I like to let the pictures do most of the talking.
To everyone who made the effort to get outta bed, face the cold gray morning and your egos rebellion --WAY TO GO!! Talk about "No Excuses" (Project: Bridging the Wellness Gap motto). You should feel great that you heeded the call of your spirit to join your fellow fitness buddies in 3 hours of hiking/running, Pilates, yoga, and fellowship. In my book, it doesn't get any better...
So, if you wanted to join us today and didn't, why not? Sometimes there are legit "reasons", important things come up in ones life. Other times, it's just "excuses". If excuses are holding your back from joining one of our adventures, let's talk! For that matter, if excuses are holding you back in any aspect of your life, lets talk!
I want to offer a special, huge, "THANK YOU!" to Pam "The Blam" Liston. Pam joined me yesterday to help mark the route, provided hot coffee (for after the adventure) and water. She also lead the hike and really was an all-around big help to me. When Pam is "on the job" I can rest at ease that she is taking care of things and this allows me to focus on other things as well as focusing on the running group that I lead.
Also, thanks to everyone for bringing the wonderful, healthful snacks! Great stuff. Special thanks to Christine for bringing the chicken "chili". It totally rocked. Christine forwarded me the recipe, which I have attached to the end of this post. Great stuff. Healthful, and Project approved!
This picture was taken by Shawna Schaub with her phone camera. This is one of my favorite areas of the trail, the marsh along the reservoir.
A very rare sighting, Shawna in front of the camera! This was also taken in the above mentioned marsh area.
Diana makes it to the top of the final set of stairs for the day. Photo by Shawna, again with her phone camera. I'm so envious that she takes better pics with her phone than I do with an actual camera.
Here is a nice buck that I "shot" along the trail. We saw several deer along the trails today.
Christine and Jana cruising along the mash...
I actually got in front of the camera for a change as well...
Carrie takes charge. I think she was saying something about, "you will do exactly what I tell you, no questions ask. Got it?"
Just kidding. Carrie did an outstanding job leading us through a 30 minute Pilates session.
Finishing things up with some yoga...
Carrie teaches Pilates each week at Pilates Indy Inc. Check out there website and her schedule: http://www.pilatesindyinc.com/
Christine's Chicken Chili:
1-2 pounds of raw chicken (I use the tenders so they cook quicker, you can use skinless boneless chicken too or you can use cooked chicken to speed the process further)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon Chili powder
48 oz jar of northern beans (use the liquid too)
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 or 2 jalapenos, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 can chopped chili's
2-4 tomatoes whizzed in blender or jar of salsa
Much like yoga there are variations to this recipe depending on how much time you have to get it cooked and what you prefer in the level of spice and hotness. We whizzed our garden tomatoes in the blender and froze them in small containers so you can pop one of those into stew, chili, etc instead of resorting to can stuff. You can get fresh tomatoes in the store and blend or chop if you prefer chunky chili, use a can of chopped tomatoes (watch the sodium) or use a jar or salsa.
I just layered it all in the crock pot and let it cook for 6 hours or so. I stirred it two or three times during the cooking. Feel free to add different beans, go without the chicken or add a cup of Bulgar wheat (I am adding that next time!). Feel free to top with fresh cilantro, low fat cheese, fat free sour cream or eat as is. Enjoy!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
If you have questions or need directions please email me. I will be making a check of emails later this evening. So, if you email, it may be later tonight before you hear from me, but I will get back with you.
Tecumseh Trail Marathon is only 4 weeks from today...yikes! Pray for me : -)
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Many of you may also know that his Mother was diagnosed with cancer not too long ago. I learned that she passed away this last Sunday.
May your prayers be with John and his family, and with all those who are suffering or who have lost a loved one.
Below are the arrangements for the visitation and funeral. John told me he would appreciate any visitors to join in the memorial and celebration of his Mothers Life.
God Bless You, Playa...
Visitation – from 4:00 -8:00 pm on Friday, November 7th
Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Home
2950 N. High School Rd.
Speedway, In. 46224
Funeral Service St Christopher Catholic Church in Speedway
November 8th - 9:00 AM with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery
In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorial contributions to
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
1261 W. 86th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46260
I also received the words below from Rob Johansen, which I hope he doesn't mind me sharing here. Rob is a very sensitive soul and I really appreciated his insights:
Jen and I were talking tonight about how we know that we must all pass out of this life at some point, and the knowledge of that can allow you to let your fear of death go. And no matter what shape you are in, you must die out of this life. So the thing is to make sure to stay healthy so you can stick around as long as you should.....AND ENJOY the experience a long run can give you. No dread! I wouldn't want to spend all my time running......or being on the mat....but those times make the cups of coffee with friends so much sweeter. You certainly are sweetening your cups o' joe.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Please let me know if you plan to attend. While this isn't required, it does help me to plan for the event.
p.s. -- Did a 16.27 mile run yesterday. Crazy hard with a couple insights to share in the next day or two...
Monday, November 3, 2008
Personally, I would never declare my choice for President, or other office, in a public manner. To me it would be beyond inappropriate and I would not want to deter someone from attending my classes or working out with me due to political differences. Plus, I think I'm a little "old school" when it comes to elections. When I was growing up, people didn't talk about who they were voting for in such an open manner as we do today. Heck, I remember asking my Dad who he voted for in the 1976 election and he wouldn't tell me. Voting was sacred.
I am voting tomorrow, and I trust that you will to, or that you already have. In my view, it's our civic duty and our right; it's our way to participate in the process, whether we agree with it or not and whether we think the candidates are the best the nation has to offer. I have my hopes for certain candidates to win but ultimately I trust that God is in control and regardless of who wins, it is His will, not mine and it's part of His Divine plan. So, I accept the outcome whatever it may be.
Finally, I would like all of you to remember that should "your candidate" win, know that there are others around you who may be extraordinarily disappointed in the results and let down that "their candidate" lost. So, please be sensitive to this and conduct yourself in a Spiritual manner, with compassion, understanding, and humility. Now is the time to apply your spiritual practice in a mature way.
No Drama! No Excuses!
In (election) Peace,
p.s. - it has been fun to watch the poll results on this blog; they have held steady from the first day I posted it -- around 60% for Obama, 37% for McCain and the Lone Ranger who is voting "other". Let's see how that compares to the rest of the state and the nation. Thanks to all who "voted".