Mind Over Matter

I have been rereading The Alchemist for the 2nd time, and I must say that the 2nd time around it has been more eye opening then the first. We are all here to pursue our own Personal Legend...."every second of the search is an encounter with God......." this quote means the world to me (taken from The Alchemist). I'm living every moment as if God is my wing man. I know their will be times when I regress, happens, but I know that I'm in pursuit of my own Personal Legend, and I don't want to wind up like the crystal merchant who is too afraid to go to Mecca.... I say funk that, let me lead you there if that's where you want to go. Take control of you life, take responsibility for your actions, be love, control your mind....mind over matter. live out your Personal Legend....this is my vow.

"A vow is a purely religious act which cannot be taken in a fit of passion. It can be taken only with a mind purified and composed and with God as witness."
Mohandas Gandhi

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What IS Love

Love Is My Wife
Love Is My Daughter Savannah Grace
Love Is My Boy Stone
love Is My life
Love Is The Energy That Is Me
Love Is Crossfit
Love Is To garden
Love Is My Friends
Love Is My Family
Love Is The Beach
Love Is A Good Beer In The Summer
Love Is A Good Drink in The Winter


I have seen a lot of Jordan videos but never this one until tonight.....mad ups!
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Drown In The Now

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Take Responsibility For Your Actions

Part 2

How can failing to accept personal responsibility result in negative consequences?
When you have not accepted personal responsibility, you can run the risk of becoming:
* Overly dependent on others for recognition, approval, affirmation and acceptance.
* Chronically hostile, angry or depressed over how unfairly you have been or are being treated.
* Fearful about ever taking a risk or making a decision.
* Overwhelmed by disabling fears.
* Unsuccessful at the enterprises you take on in life.
* Unsuccessful in personal relationships.
* Emotionally or physically unhealthy.
* Addicted to unhealthy substances, such as the abuse of alcohol, drugs, food or unhealthy behavior such as excessive gambling, shopping, sex, smoking, work, etc.
* Over responsible and guilt ridden in your need to rescue and enable others in your life.
* Unable to develop trust or to feel secure with others.
* Resistant to vulnerability.

What do people believe who have not accepted personal responsibility?
* It's not my fault I am the way I am.
* I never asked to be born.
* Now that you have me, what are you going to do with me?
* I want you to fix me.
* Life is unfair! There is no sense in trying to take control of my life.
* Why go on; I see no use in it.
* You can't help me, nobody can help me. I'm useless and a failure.
* God has asked too much of me this time. There is no way I'll ever be able to handle this.
* When do the troubles and problems cease? I'm tired of all this.
* Stop the world; I want to get off.
* Life is so depressing. If only I had better luck and had been born to a healthier family, or attended a better school, or gotten a better job, etc.
* How can you say I am responsible for what happens to me in the future? There is fate, luck, politics, greed, envy, wicked and jealous people, and other negative influences that have a greater bearing on my future than I have.
* How can I ever be happy, seeing how bad my life has been?
* My parents made me what I am today!
* The problems in my family have influenced who I am and what I will be; there is nothing I can do to change that.
* Racism, bigotry, prejudice, sexism, ageism and closed-mindedness all stand in the way of my becoming what I really want to be.
* No matter how hard I work, I will never get ahead.
* You have to accept the luck of the draw.
* I am who I am; there is no changing me.
* No one is going to call me crazy, depressed or troubled and then try to change me.
Terms used to describe those who have not accepted personal responsibility include martyrs, self-pitying, depressed, losers, quitters, chronically angry, dependent personalities, complainers, addictive personalities, blamers, stubborn, persons in denial, troubled people, stuck, fearful, pessimists, despondent, mentally unstable, obstinate, hostile, aggressive, irresponsible, weak, guilt-ridden, resistant to help, passive, irrational, insecure, neurotic, obsessed and lost.

This a continuation of an article from the Lance Armstrong livestrong website

here is a video of my favorite bboy....Junior!!!!!
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Take Responsibility For Your Actions

(This will be a multi posted topic over the next 3-4 days)

What is accepting personal responsibility?

Accepting personal responsibility includes:
* Acknowledging that you are solely responsible for the choices in your life.
* Accepting that you are responsible for what you choose to feel or think.
* Accepting that you choose the direction for your life.
* Accepting that you cannot blame others for the choices you have made.
* Tearing down the mask of defense or rationale for why others are responsible for who you are, what has happened to you and what you are bound to become.
* The rational belief that you are responsible for determining who your are, and how your choices affect your life.
* Pointing the finger of responsibility back to yourself and away from others when you are discussing the consequences of your actions.
*Realizing that you determine your feelings about any events or actions addressed to you, no matter how negative they seem.
* Recognizing that you are your best cheerleader; it is not reasonable or healthy for you to depend on others to make you feel good about yourself.
* Recognizing that as you enter adulthood and maturity, you determine how your self-esteem will develop.
* Not feeling sorry for the "bum deal" you have been handed but taking hold of your life and giving it direction and reason.
* Letting go of your sense of over responsibility for others.
* Protecting and nurturing your health and emotional well being.
* Taking preventive health oriented steps of structuring your life with time management, stress management, confronting fears and burnout prevention.
* Taking an honest inventory of your strengths, abilities, talents, virtues and positive points.
* Developing positive, self-affirming, self-talk scripts to enhance your personal development and growth.
* Letting go of blame and anger toward those in your past who did the best they could, given the limitations of their knowledge, background and awareness.
* Working out anger, hostility, pessimism and depression over past hurts, pains, abuse, mistreatment and misdirection.

**this article was taken directly from the Lance Armstrong's Livestrong website**

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Electric Avenue

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Personal Legend

Live Life to The Fullest!
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No Arguement Here

Rich Roll : Worlds Fittest man

Posted by amrut miskin in Health on July 22nd, 2009
Rich Roll alias Richard Roll is the worlds fittest man

Rich Roll is one of the World’s fittest men according to Men’s Fitness Magazine

He’s a family man.

He’s an Ironman.

He’s an Ultraman.

He’s a vegan.

He’s an attorney and a movie producer.

He’s a model and now he’s one of Men’s Fitness Magazines fittest guys in the world for 2009.

His name is Rich Roll and you can listen to a fun podcast with him recorded just after he completed the Hawaiian Ultraman World Championships HERE.

BTW: The Ultraman would be the equivalent of doing three Ironman in a row over three days.

I recently got this email from Rich:

“Hey Roman — Lovin the podcast, the site and the tweets:)

Wanted to thank you. When I saw your posting several months ago concerning Men’s Fitness Magazine’s search for the fittest “Average Guy”, I submitted on a lark.

Well turns out they ended up selecting me —check out the “MF 25” — 25 Fittest Guys in the World — as the fittest “Real Guy”. Sort of embarrassing, but pretty cool too.

Magazine should hit newsstands next week.

Thanks again & keep up the great work…:)

Cheers, Rich ”

So I’d like to congratulate Rich for a life well lived.

Men’s Magazine writes about Rich:

Age: 42
Country: U.S.A.
Career: Entertainment Lawyer/Producer

Some guys buy a sports car when they hit 40. Roll was 30 pounds overweight at the time, so he decided to invest in his body, instead. Two years later the Calabasas, Calif., lawyer earned the honor of being the second “Regular Joe” on the MF25. “When I turned 40, I found myself the most out of shape I’d ever been,” says Roll, a former elite swimmer at Stanford. “I didn’t want to live that way.” He adopted a plant-based diet and used multisport training to achieve a base level of fitness. But “base” wasn’t enough, so he set his sights on the 2008 Ultraman, a three-day, double Ironman distance triathlon in Hawaii. Roll began 15 to 20 hours of training per week, eliminating “anything extraneous” beyond family (he’s married and has four kids) and work. He finished 11th overall in the Ultraman but first among non-pros. “Working out makes me adhere to a tight schedule,” Roll says. “I’m much more productive.”

Now Rich finds himself in some pretty interesting company as one of the fittest guys in the world including:






That’s some pretty impressive company in my book, but than again Rich Roll is a pretty impressive guy.
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Why Think About It?

to preface this blog entry I need to start off by saying that I used to be scared to think about the act of dying, or becoming deceased. It would keep me up at the point of tears! Even when I have been the strongest in my faith, death has always lingered in the back of my mind.....almost haunting me. Since the age of 7 up until about the present day, so for those who don't know how old I am that would be a span of 25 years, DEATH..the Grim Reaper....ETERNITY....has been a daily thought or two! And not to say that I am infatuated with it, but it always seems to come around right when I am about to get in bed.... BUT alas I have found the reason death seems to be with me every step of the away and so I leave you with this:

Why think about it?

First of all, why should we think about death? Why should we contemplate it? Not only did the Buddha encourage us to speak about death, he encouraged us to actually think about it, contemplate it and reflect on it regularly.

On one occasion the Buddha asked several of the monks, "How often do you contemplate death?"

One of them replied, "Lord, I contemplate death every day."

"Not good enough," the Buddha said, and asked another monk, who replied,

"Lord, I contemplate death with each mouthful that I eat during the meal."

"Better, but not good enough," said the Buddha, "What about you?"

The third monk said, "Lord, I contemplate death with each inhalation and each exhalation."

That's all it takes, the inhalation comes in, it goes out, and one day it won't come in again - and that's it. That's all there is between you and death, just that inhalation, the next inhalation.

Obviously the Buddha considered this a very important part of meditation and training towards becoming more wise and more peaceful. Why is it that this contemplation is encouraged? Because we don't usually want to think or talk about death. Be it conscious or unconscious, there is a fear of death, a tendency to avoid it, a reluctance to come face to face with this reality.

Death is very much a part of life; it's just as much a part of life as birth. In fact, the moment of birth implies death. From the moment of conception it is only a matter of time before death must come - to everyone. No one can escape it. That which is born will die. The mind and body which arise at the time of conception develop, grow and mature. In other words, they follow the process of aging. We call it growing up at first, then growing old, but it's just a single process of maturing, developing, evolving towards the inevitable death. Everyone of you has signed a contract, just as I did. You may not remember signing that contract, but everyone has said, "I agree to die." Every living being, not only human, not only animal, but in every plane, in every realm, everywhere there is birth, there is the inevitable balance - death.

Today, according to a book I read, about 200,000 people died. That is the average everyday. Apparently about 70 million people die every year. That's a lot of people isn't it? The population of Australia is only about 16 million and every year 70 million people die by various means, 200,000 in one day. That's an awful lot of people. But in our society we have very little contact with death. We are not usually brought face to face with death, we are not encouraged to contemplate death or come to terms with it.

What we are usually encouraged to do is to avoid it and live as if we were never going to die. It is quite remarkable that intellectually we all know we are going to die, but we all live as if we are never going to die. This avoidance, this negation, usually means that we will always be afraid of death. As long as there is fear of death, life itself is not being lived at its best. So one of the very fundamental reasons for contemplating death, for making this reality fully conscious, is that of overcoming fear. The contemplation of death is not for making us depressed or morbid, it is rather for the purpose of helping to free us from fear. That's the first reason, which I will explain later in more detail.

The second reason is that contemplation of death will change the way we live and our attitudes toward life. The values that we have in life will change quite drastically once we stop living as if we are going to live forever, and we will start living in a quite different way.

The third reason is to develop the ability to approach death in the right way. By that I mean dying, the way we actually die.

The contemplation of death has three benefits:

* relieving fear
* bringing a new quality to our lives, enabling us to live our lives with proper values, and
* enabling us to die a good death.

It enables us to live a good life and die a good death. What more could you want?

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Divinty Within

This sense unfolds in various individual faculties: sight for the contemplation of immaterial forms, hearing for the discrimination of voices which do not echo in the empty air, taste in order to savour the living bread which came down from heaven to bring life to the world(John 6:33), and even a sense of smell, with which Paul perceived those realities which caused him to describe himself as a sweet odor of Christ (2 Cor. 2:15), and finally touch, which possessed John when he states that he has touched with his own hands the Word of life (John 1:1). This sense for the divine was discovered by the prophets... Solomon already realized that there are two modes of sense perception, one mortal, transient, and human, and the other immortal, spiritual, and divine.

First Principles, Origen, taken from The Future of the Human Body by Michael Murphy
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I love my life....just thinking about how lucky I am sends energy down my spine! This thing we call life is very precious, take control of your life before someone else does it for you.....
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"Lightweight!" an energized Jeremy Thiel screamed at the end of the deadlift ladder, borrowing one of Big Ronnie Coleman's better catch phrases. The crowd burst into cheers as the Texan bounded out of the Stadium after completing the WOD with a lift of 505 lb....this quote was taken from the .COM this past weekend.

true champions rise from the ashes of defeat! beware of them man we call JT... it's going to be special to witness the show he will put on at the 2010 qualifiers!
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After be a part of the 2009 games, it's hard not to think about what the 2010 games will be like! But to live the fullest life that I can, I cant think about the end result or I will miss the journey (Jt's quote, sort of). In preparing myself for next years qualifiers I will be evolving not only as a athlete but as a man that I should be, and will be. I AM that MAN! To say I AM CROSSFIT, means more then just doing pullups, pushups, means I can do ANYTHING.

Here is that free kick....
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2009 Crossfit Games 3rd place finisher....Carey Kepler. 2010 Crossfit Games 1st place finisher Carey Kepler, mark my words!

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To Victory!!!!!!!!

Crossfit Central is off to a far away land........
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Can You Feel It?!

First, turn the volume up on your computer. Second, press play on the video. Third, close your eyes and listen...the chants will take care of the rest. The Crossfit Games are in 4 days. When the first heat of the Affiliate Cup starts it will be a very energetic and quite emotional will you handle it? keep calm through the chaos that is Cossfit. keep your game face intact....breathe. when it's all said and done and you stayed the course you will reap the rewards.
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Happy 4th of July!

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Time For Some Action!

Crossfit Central is going to take games like Iron Mike used take his competition, but first he would enter the ring to this song. Every time I hear this I think of how Tyson would come out to this song with SO MUCH ENERGY, it was scary! In 7 days it will be TIME FOR SOME ACTION!

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Do You Run From Your Beliefs or DO You Stand For Them?

Isn't time you stop running from something and embrace it....before it's too late!
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Happy Birthday Rand-man!

It's going to be all good!
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