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Bailey is very comfortable with building brands. He cofounded One Distribution, which owned Supra, the sneaker brand, and KR3W, a skate apparel brand. K-Swiss bought the company in 2015.
Since then, Bailey’s been assessing the retail landscape, which he describes as the Wild West, and serving as a member on Zumiez’s board of directors. He’s used his learnings to start Path Projects, a direct-to-consumer running brand that targets men ages 20 to 60.
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The Path to Peace

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Societal programming tells us that the path to peace is to build walls and defenses, to create barriers to protect our selves, our families, our homes and our countries. But this kind of fear only creates separation, you against me.

The path to peace is through love.

I’m not talking about the kind of love where you give yourself up and deny yourself so others will be happy. That’s not love. That’s co-dependency. The path to peace is through real love.

Real love is when we get out of our heads and into our hearts. We stop performing, trying to win at life.

Real love is unconditional love. And it begins within each of us.

Allow me to share a little of my own story here to explain.

I used to be an angry mess. In fact, I was so angry that just months prior to winning Miss USA 1982, I put my fist in my boyfriend’s window.

I lived my life trying to get it right, do it right, and to win at life. In other words, I performed trying to make everyone happy. But deep down, my true motivation was that I craved to feel loved. I believed the harder I worked and denied myself to prove that I was worthy of love that I would finally feel the love I wanted so much. But I never felt loved.

I was an emotional mess, living on a hamster wheel of anger, stress and struggle. And because life felt hard, I blamed others. That’s why I put my fist in my boyfriend’s window. I felt he wasn’t meeting my needs, or seeing or hearing me. In other words, he wasn’t loving me the way I wanted to be loved.

I felt life was a battle. I eventually carried this attitude into my marriage and as a mom.

Just like any mom, I wanted my home to feel peaceful and loving. I WANTED to FEEL peaceful and loving. I lived in my head, constantly trying to figure out what would make my family AND me feel whole. And because nothing worked, I often felt like a failure.

My guilt almost buried me. So I worked that much harder.

I knew my emotional angst was bringing pain and separation into our home. I could feel it. Walls were being built between my loved ones, and I had no idea how to stop it.

Nothing worked until…

I stopped blaming others and made a decision to heal.

I finally realized that if I wanted my family to feel peaceful and whole, I needed to end the battle between my head and my heart.

I made a decision to step off of the hamster wheel of daily life and took time to meditate each day. I asked myself questions like, “How can I honor God today by honoring the way I was created?” or “What would real love look like?”

During meditation, I was shown how to love and nurture myself. The more I followed the messages, the more supported I felt.

As I listened to the guidance of my heart and took action, I felt more love than I would have ever imagined! I didn’t realize it at first, but I was slowly developing a deeper connection to God. This was a shock!

I had been raised to believe that loving myself and spending time taking a look at my life was wrong, but now I knew the truth: loving myself unconditionally is THE key to putting God first.

I got grounded in this new belief, and with each step of healing, I felt connected and loved on the inside. I felt enough. I felt whole. I felt a sense of peace that I never knew existed.

The more I loved myself and gave myself permission to stand in my truth, the anger, stress and struggle lifted. My walls came down and my heart exploded open.

For the first time in my life, I felt a sense of purpose. I wanted others to feel the peace and love I was experiencing. Instead of trying to control them to love me as I had done in the past, I encouraged them to put God first and love themselves unconditionally. That’s when one of the most amazing miracles happened: As I healed, my family healed.

As I loved myself unconditionally, my family became peaceful and whole!

I had always believed that by working myself into the ground that I would make others happy and then there would be peace. And if there were peace, there would be love.

But it never worked that way.

In fact, it was just the opposite.

Peace begins with unconditional love.

As we each make a decision to heal and give ourselves permission to love ourselves unconditionally, we create a deeper connection to God. And in this alignment, we feel whole. We feel worthy. We live in a state of peace because we trust that all of our needs are met. And in this state of surrender, we finally open up to receive all the Universe has to offer.

No longer is life a competition. No longer is it “you against me.”

Lack in our minds is what creates our struggles…in our lives…in our families…and in the world. It is what keeps us in separation and chaos.


Loving yourself ends lack, pain and suffering.

Loving yourself unconditionally IS putting God first.

LOVING YOURSELF UNCONDITIONALLY IS THE PATH TO PEACE.

I used to believe that putting God first meant that I had to put myself on the backburner, and that I had to treat others as more valuable than myself. I was never taught that I needed to love myself unconditionally to have a deep connection to God so that I could be at peace. Loving myself was never part of the equation

Loving yourself unconditionally is the path to peace. It’s your greatest act of service to humanity.

I’ll never forget the words of my late husband, Steve. He told me one day, “I feel better in my skin than I’ve ever felt.”

I asked him why and he replied, “Because you forced me to it.”

I wasn’t sure what he meant and dug a little further asking him how in the world I did that.

He said, “When you quit caretaking me to find yourself, it forced me to find myself. And now I feel better in my skin than I’ve ever felt.”

This is the gift we give others when we love ourselves unconditionally. As we find ourselves, we find the love within. We feel peaceful and whole. And before you know it, that peace and love overflow to the world around us.

THIS is the path to peace.

Peace in the world begins with each of us. And it starts with unconditional love.

Terri Britt is a spiritual coach, inspirational speaker, former Miss USA, and the award-winning author of The Enlightened Mom. Do you love yourself unconditionally? Are you in alignment and open to receive all the Universe has to offer? Are you are a vessel of peace and love? A good way to discover the answer is by taking The Worthiness Quotient Quiz. It’s easy to do, just takes 3-5 minutes, and it’s very eye opening! CLICK HERE to find out what your WQ is!

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Gratitude: The Path to a Meaningful – and Magical – Life

Long after Thanksgiving is over, two things endure – the feeling that I couldn’t possibly eat another piece of turkey…and, more importantly, a deep sense of gratitude.

It will come as no surprise, then, to learn that I recently picked up a book called GRATITUDE by Oliver Sacks. It’s a quartet of essays that he wrote in the last two years of his life. Despite his struggles battling cancer, he chose to highlight his immense gratitude – something he felt not only through that ordeal, but through his entire life.

Here’s what he says about the gifts of old age:

One has had a long experience of life, not only one’s own life, but others’ too. One has seen triumphs and tragedies, booms and busts, revolutions and wars, great achievements and deep ambiguities… One is more conscious of transience and, perhaps, of beauty.

And he concludes:

I do not think of old age as an ever-grimmer time that one must somehow endure and make the best of, but as a time…freed from the urgencies of earlier days, free to explore whatever I wish, and to bind the thoughts and feelings of a lifetime together.

As you gather with loved ones this holiday season, I invite you to allow gratitude to fill your spirit and lead you into the New Year. How? Let Merlin guide you.

While Merlin is beloved around the world as a legendary wizard, the Merlin I’ve written many books about is also a real human being. He has struggles, sorrows, joys, and aspirations – and, hidden deep within him, a remarkable gift. In that way, Merlin is no different from all of us: he is burdened by the human experience, while at the very same time exalted by it.

All of us have hidden struggles – and hidden potential. And all of us, like the great wizard Merlin, have something special within us. No matter how many obstacles we face, we still have the ability to reach for the stars. We can strive, create, love, hope, sing, be kind, and work to build a better world.

Recently, I wrote a book about Merlin’s seven most magical words, THE WISDOM OF MERLIN: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life. I purposely chose Gratitude to be the first of those words. Here’s a passage that explains why:

Gratitude is a good place to begin to make a meaningful life. To be wholly alive is to be grateful–for every breath we take, every song we sing, every person we love, every day we discover.

All we have–truly all we have–is our time and our souls. Even if you live as long as a wizard, that time is really very brief. It’s never long enough to do all you can do and be all you can be.

Each day, take a moment to love a person, a place, or an idea that touched your heart. Cherish those blessings through all the seasons of a year–and all the seasons of your life.

My favorite place to feel grateful is in nature–under a starry sky in Colorado wilderness, by the vast ocean at the Great Barrier Reef, or in a grove of towering redwoods in California.

Here’s the miracle of such places: With nature’s wonders all around, I feel both very small and very large at once–diminished and humbled by my own insignificance, while also enlarged and inspired by the vast sweep of creation. And both you and I belong to that creation! For we are all made from miracles, no less than the stars themselves.

One of humanity’s great challenges is to embrace nature without suffocating it–to treat our natural home with appreciation, not exploitation. We have been given the garden planet of the universe–and we can either nurture or devour it, protect or destroy it.

Fortunately, we have one great advantage in facing any challenges: ourselves. We can accomplish anything if we truly devote ourselves to the task.

And that, my friend, is worthy of our gratitude.

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It’s Time to Break Our Habits and Chart a New Path as 21st Century Leaders

This article was co-created with Sydney Strauss, a Pacific Northwest based writer and editor passionate about the future of humanity and the planet.

We live in a time of opportunity and possibilities and yet our 21st century society has a habit in need of breaking. For some of us it’s eating fast food or working 24/7 in a constant state of busyness, but as a collective humanity, the habit we have to tackle feels a lot more illusory: success, or rather, the way by which we all understand what it means to be successful is at a crossroads.

If asked what individual success looks like, most of us might mention an impressive, high-paying job with a bounty of opportunities for future promotions, salary increases and awards, and nothing is inherently wrong with that. It’s the current story of how we judge each other’s success and failure rate. And yet today’s unconscious definition is blatantly steering us down an unhealthy path and is stuck in the last century.

Today, more people of all ages are realizing that there is more to life than being defined by what we do to make a living. You can go into any organization in the world and people are overworked and they desperately want to know how they can be more satisfied with their lives. Some are becoming aware of the decades-long second Industrial Revolution ideals of constant growth and constant work that have silently convinced us to produce such answers, perhaps without our consent. Those values once aligned in perfect parallelism with the needs of the day, yes, but our 21st century world is on the path toward a clash with those very values. It is our responsibility to stay mindful of how our unconscious behavior — our habits — might be chemically reacting with the reality of right now, and to act accordingly.


What if we saw opportunity instead of constantly working at solving problems?

We live in a time rich with potential for new possibilities. We need to remember that we were born with powerful voices, and we must find ways to use them to create new pathways, relationships, and partnerships to live and work together peacefully and productively. There are huge opportunities for business to transform, and this transformation will only begin when each of us starts stepping up to our respective roles in helping to enact change. It’s time to connect our own personal experiences and ingenuity to figure out what this journey means to us. We can rewrite the script by regaining our common sense and asking ourselves what is important to us versus how others tell us we should lead our lives.

Indeed, it seems as though our humanity is getting lost amidst the chaotic obsession to “succeed” and grow, yet in the face of a rapidly decaying planet, flagrant racism, xenophobia, and a historic refugee crisis, it is precisely our humanity — our ability to empathize and creatively and collaboratively come up with innovative solutions — that is being demanded from us. It is incredibly base conduct for an individual or a company to feed the certainly delicious addiction of massive growth and profit no matter the cost or consequence, and to strive to acquire tangible symbols of having “made it” is really just a means without any actual end. How could those values ever again be authentic notions of success when we, our fellow humans, and our planet are all dangling by a thread?

We assume that “new and improved” is the way to go, so we continue building atop structures with already cracking foundations, slap on a few Band-Aids, and call it good. People of all ages are working around the clock to become the next Google or the next $ 1B company, because if being unbearably overwhelmed isn’t “success,” then what is? How did we get to this stale, one-dimensional point in our collective history?

It’s time for us to re-define success and failure based on our own compass

Perhaps it’s time to leave these antiquated definitions of success behind and create a new path forward. There are incredible opportunities for us to take business to a whole new playing field of being a force of good, and it’s up to each of us to pave the way, because if not us, then who?

The 21st century leader is within each of us

There are so many stories of leaders in the 21st century already working hard to create that new playing field of business. Jay Coen Gilbert, co founder of the B Corp Movement is a true vanguard in redefining success with the B Corp movement, which offers businesses a set of strict standards regarding ethical performance — social, environmental, and legal — in exchange for the coveted official B Corp certification. With over 1,600 certified B Corps from over 42 countries, including Etsy and Patagonia, the movement to measure success in terms of mindful beneficence instead of inordinate growth is quickly gaining momentum. With the help of people like Jay, we as a society are already starting to break the bad habit of “success.”

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We as a society have been normalized to egregious corporate behavior and accept massive layoffs and burnout, but those are precisely the bad habits that we must try, with our personal greatest might and bold voice, to break if we want to ensure a sustainable and healthy world for generations to come. It’s definitely time to move away from the 20th century mindset of fear and appreciate that each of us is here to create and co-create the world we want to live in. We have to stop expecting others to do it for us. With 21st century leaders like Jay and so many others, there is hope that change can come from anywhere and anyone. It’s time to stand up and make meaningful, mindful decisions at home and at work. Today, that is our calling as 21st century leaders. We live in an open and connected world and if we have a voice, we have a choice.

What we need more than anything is more people believing in ourselves and taking the time to recognize and remember our bold voice in the world. We need to stop following other people’s cookie cutter solutions and see ourselves as having the ability to co-create the world we want to live in, which means that we try different ways on the journey that has less celebrity heroes to worship and more 21st century leaders. It’s time for a new mindset and it’s personal. What habit no longer serves you? What’s your definition of success?

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The Path To The Big Screen Has Been Anything But Sunny For Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’

Oh, the places Cameron Crowe will go: all the way to Hawaii, apparently, to make a movie that spent several years in development, drifted almost completely into the Hollywood ether, sprung back to life with a new cast and was condemned by a top-level studio executive. The once-exalted director — responsible for beloved hits like “Say Anything…,” “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous” — needs redemption after the trifecta of “Vanilla Sky,” “Elizabethtown” and “We Bought a Zoo” soiled his résumé. Sadly, “Aloha” and its lengthy journey to the big screen won’t quite get him there.

Starring Bradley Cooper as a defense contractor completing a satellite mission in Honolulu, “Aloha” is part romantic comedy and part military sting operation. (Said operation deals with the militarization of space, which is as “huh?”-worthy as it sounds for a rom-com.) Cooper’s character completes his work under the watch of a chatty Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) who becomes an obvious love interest, but he also reunites with a long-lost flame (Rachel McAdams) who is now married with two kids. Along the way, the movie gets about as messy as its development woes.

Doubling as a case study about a movie gone awry, below is a timeline of the trouble (at least the extent that’s on the record) that has plagued “Aloha” over the past several years.

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June 8, 2008: Sony-owned Columbia Pictures tops four rival studios in the heated bidding for an untitled, fully developed Cameron Crowe “romanic-comedy adventure” starring Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon. Plot details are kept under wraps, but the movie is slated to begin shooting in January 2009. It will be Crowe’s first movie since 2005’s widely detested “Elizabethtown.”

October 2008: The plot leaks online after the script begins to circulate. Stiller is said to be playing Brian Gilcrest, a disgraced U.S. weapons consultant who is ordered to supervise the launch of a spy satellite in Hawaii. While stationed there with the humorless Major Lisa Ng (uncast), he reencounters his long-lost love (presumably Witherspoon), who is now married with two kids. Self-discovery ensues, along with a dose of the supernatural when Brian experiences visions of the Hawaiian gods and is asked to find a sacrifice for one of the island’s volcanoes. (Cue “Joe Versus the Volcano” comparisons.) Crowe, a former rock journalist, is known for his movies’ catchy soundtracks, and the script contains a sample playlist of songs that could factor into the film:
Cat Stevens — “Don’t Be Shy”
U2 — “Elevation”
The Rolling Stones — “Prodigal Son”
The Blue Nile — “Let’s Go Out Tonight”
Buckner & Garcia — “Pac-Man Fever”
Tom Jones — “What’s New Pussycat”
The Who — “Baba O’ Riley”
The Beatles — “She’s Leaving Home”
Stevie Wonder — “Ribbon in the Sky”

December 2008: The film is titled “Deep Tiki,” but Witherspoon tells Collider that shooting has been postponed until 2010.

August 2009: With “Deep Tiki” development news at a halt, Crowe reemerges by directing Pearl Jam’s video for “The Fixer,” his first behind-the-camera work since “Elizabethtown.”

May 2010: “Deep Tiki” has stalled indefinitely. Reasons are unclear, but Stiller and Witherspoon move on to other projects. Meanwhile, Crowe signs on to direct and rewrite the adaptation of Benjamin Mee’s memoir “We Bought a Zoo,” which he’d been circling since the previous winter.

March 2, 2011: “The Union,” Crowe’s HBO documentary about Elton John’s creative process, opens the Tribeca Film Festival.

Sept. 10, 2011: Crowe’s rockumentary “Pearl Jam Twenty” premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. It airs on PBS’ “American Masters” one month later. Along the way, Crowe says he’d “consider” making a sequel to “Say Anything…,” and the entertainment press goes nuts. There is still no word on “Deep Tiki.”

October 2011: In a New York Times profile, Crowe reveals he plans to begin shooting his next film — from a script he finished two days before the interview occurred — in March 2012, with another movie planned after that. Befuddled journalists wonder whether the director is referring to “Deep Tiki,” the Marvin Gaye biopic to which he is tied or another project altogether.

Dec. 23, 2011: “We Bought a Zoo” opens, becoming Crowe’s first mainstream theatrical feature in six years. While doing press for “Zoo,” he says he cannot reveal what film will be his next, but teases it as “more of a straight-out comedy.”

July 30, 2012: After March comes and goes with no casting announcements, Deadline.com reports that Emma Stone has signed on to star in “untitled love story” that Crowe is directing for Sony. The article contains no mention of “Deep Tiki,” but Variety’s Jeff Sneider tweets on the same day that Crowe has rewritten the script and it is again gaining momentum at Sony. The movie’s sensibilities are said to be closely aligned with that of “Almost Famous” and “Jerry Maguire.”

Oct. 24, 2012: A “lengthy search” results in talks with Bradley Cooper, who is anticipating Oscar buzz for “Silver Linings Playbook,” to take on Stiller’s former role.

April 11, 2013: Rachel McAdams is in talks to play a “former lover of Cooper’s character,” according to Deadline.com, which again makes no mention of “Deep Tiki” in its report of the news.

July 23, 2013: In an interview with The Huffington Post, Cooper confirms he is in the movie and that it will begin shooting in September. He also lets it slip that Danny McBride has joined the cast.

August – October 2013: The rest of the cast (Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski) rolls in.

Sept. 26, 2013: Crowe begins shooting what is now being referred to as “Untitled Hawaii Project.” No press release is sent to announce its start, with the director instead quietly posting a photo of a corresponding clapperboard on his blog. Reports clarify what we already know: This is an updated “Deep Tiki.” They also indicate the movie was also once titled “Volcano Romance.”

Feb. 14, 2014: Sony sets a Dec. 25 release date, leaving some pondering whether it could become an Oscar contender.

July 21, 2014: Sony delays the still-untitled film to May 2015. “Once we saw the film, we knew that it would make a perfect summer release. The movie is Cameron at his best,” Jeff Blake, chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures, says.

December 2014: In the wake of the massive Sony hack, Amy Pascal is found condemning the film in leaked emails. “It’s a wrap,” she says of any attempt to salvage the apparently dismal scores the movie received during test screenings. Pascal calls the script “ridiculous” and says it “never, not even once, ever works.” She criticizes producer Scott Rudin for not visiting the set or assisting during the editing process. “At least the marketing departments have something to sell. Looks big and glossy,” the email says. “We have this movie in for a lot of dough and we better look at that.”

Feb. 2, 2015: Sony announces the film will be titled “Aloha.”

Feb. 11, 2015: The first trailer debuts.

April 21, 2015: The soundtrack’s lineup is unveiled. It includes none of the songs from the playlist that circulated with the original script.

May 13, 2015: SlashFilm reports that the only junket will take place in London with select journalists in attendance, marking another omen for the film.

May 19, 2015: “It’s been months since those emails, and a ton of work has been done since then. The movie is really, really different,” a Sony executive tells Variety, referring to the testing results mentioned in Pascal’s email. “It’s going to be a lot more satisfying for audiences.” In the same breath, he warns people not to expect the next “Say Anything” or “Jerry Maguire.”

May 20, 2015: The Media Action Network for Asian Americans accuses the movie of “whitewashing” Hawaiian history by casting only white stars. The group likens “Aloha” to other Hawaii-set films like “The Descendants,” “50 First Dates” and “Pearl Harbor.” MANAA’s Guy Aoki slams Crowe for a tweet in which he said the movie enunciates the “rich history and culture of Hawaii.” The group lambastes the film’s few Asian-Pacific Islander characters, who are listed with names like “Indian pedestrian,” “upscale Japanese tourist” and “upscale restaurant guest.”

May 20, 2015: Upon inquiring, Sony tells The Huffington Post that Crowe and the cast will not be doing press in New York. On top of that, there is only one screening offered to critics and reviews are embargoed until 4 p.m. on May 28, mere hours before the film opens. (Studios typically offer several screening opportunities and at least a few days for reviews to percolate before something is released.)

May 26, 2015: Introducing “Aloha” at a Los Angeles press screening, Crowe reportedly says, “A lot’s been said, a lot’s been heard — some of it private, some of it public, some of it private that became public. But it’s always been a love letter.”

May 27, 2015: Sony counters MANAA’s claims in a statement: “While some have been quick to judge a movie they haven’t seen and a script they haven’t read, the film ‘Aloha’ respectfully showcases the spirit and culture of the Hawaiian people. Filmmaker Cameron Crowe spent years researching this project and many months on location in Hawaii, cultivating relationships with leading local voices. He earned the trust of many Hawaiian community leaders, including Dennis ‘Bumpy’ Kanahele, who plays a key role in the film.”

May 28, 2015: A source with ties to the project tells Bloomberg Business that Sony shelled out $ 20 million for the marketing campaign. (For comparison’s sake, the average cost of marketing a studio movie in 2007 was $ 36 million. Many blockbusters wind up spending hundreds of millions on their worldwide campaigns. 2013’s under-performing “The Lone Ranger,” for example, cost a reported $ 150 million in global marketing and distribution.) Box-office forecasts expect the movie to generate $ 8 to $ 10 million in its first weekend, with the studio hoping its 2,800-screen debut could give way to potential sleeper-hit status as the summer unfolds.

May 28, 2015: The first reviews trickle in a couple of hours ahead of the embargo lift, and they are not kind.

May 29, 2015: “Aloha” opens.

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Daily Meditation: Remove Obstacles From Your Path

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.

Today’s meditation features a Tibetan Buddhist Yamantaka Fire Puja, a powerful chant ritual that deals with health, karma and death. The ritual is believed to remove obstacles from one’s path by purifying karma and focusing the practitioner’s concentration. Performed as an offering to the dead, the ritual can also aim to clear the karma of deceased and elevate the person’s rebirth.

The deep, penetrating tones of the chanting offer a mesmerizing backdrop to your meditation today.


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The Simple Path to Mindfulness

When I was in the 10th grade, our science teacher told us we only used 10 percent of our brains, and if we could learn how to use more of our brain we could “be as smart as Einstein.”

Fast forward to 2014, neuroscientists are still talking about 10 percent of your brain, but this time there is a critical bit of new information — the 10 percent is used in thinking, analysis, and functioning in the outside world. The remaining 90 percent is required to maintain our bodies, function in our dynamic environment, and do things we have yet to understand.

So the truth is that we only know about 10 percent of who and what we are. That’s where mindfulness comes in. The practice of mindfulness is about discovering the other 90 percent — your inner world. It is a return to the entirety of your being.

Here are five things to understand as you practice mindfulness:

1. The Neuroscience of Mindfulness — Our brain has two distinct modes: One deals with the outside world and one deals with the inside world. Mindfulness is when we turn our attention to the inside world.

2. The See-Saw Effect — When your thinking goes up, your mindfulness goes down, and vice versa. You should become familiar with how each mode feels.

3. The Language of Your Inner World — It doesn’t use words; that’s for the outside world. Communication comes in the form of body feelings, background emotions, unexpected aha moments, and gradual change.

4. The Landscape of Your Inner World — It’s a nice place. For the first month or so, just check it out, look around, observe. Remember: When you observe and then try to change something, it will take you out of the mindful (inner) mode and back into the outer mode. It’s tricky.

5. The Simplicity of Mindfulness Practice — It’s not like you have to learn anything new. Humans are hard-wired to be mindful. You just need to practice. As Dr. John Teasdale of Qxford, the leading mindfulness researcher said, “Mindfulness isn’t difficult. What’s difficult is to remember to be mindful.”

A Simple Practice Plan

How to Begin — Sit comfortably, release to gravity, close your eyes, observe what’s going on inside. It is continually changing — just observe the “landscape.” Don’t try to understand, and don’t get into conversations with yourself. Don’t try to change anything. Don’t try to recreate yesterday’s results. Just quietly sit and get to explore yourself from the inside.

Dealing with Boredom — Just sitting and observing is something we rarely do! It’s not the way the outer world brain operates. So, it gets antsy. As you practice, the boredom will go away and will by replaced by a growing interest. However, if you find yourself getting bored or antsy, consider trying one or all of these classic mindfulness meditations.

Meditation 1: Innervision — Observe everything inside of you all at once. If you have any mental chatter, let it melt into the larger sensation of your whole inner landscape.

Meditation 2: Observe your Skeleton — Try to feel every bone and each joint in your body. Let your entire body melt away until feel as if you are a skeleton. (I suggest going to www.zygotebody.com to see excellent 3D renderings of your skeleton.)

Meditation 3: Imagine Yourself Without a Head — That’s the entire meditation. No head equals no thinking. No thinking equals mindfulness. Not for when you’re driving. It sounds silly, but it works.

When teaching Mudwalking, I stress to my students that the ability to relax into a mindful state is an important part of the training. To help them progress, I created some mindfulness training audios on my website www.mudwalking.com. They are, however, equally valuable to anyone practicing mindfulness.

Good luck with your mindfulness practice.

Questions, comments, success stories? Contact me at larry@mudwalking.com
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