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Overcoming Fear: An Essential Tool for the BRUcrew Toolbox

Dec 31, 2012 | One Comment

Yesterday I formally kicked off the virtual version of BRUcrew. In short, it’s my attempt to create a tribe of people that are interested in improving their lives in multiple realms, including physical, mental, social, and emotional. I want to create a community of like-minded people that can learn from each other so all of us can grow. I want people to really live, not just bumble through life (here’s yesterday’s post.)

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Learning to Live: The BRUcrew Manifesto

Dec 30, 2012 | 6 Comments

Think about your life right now.

Specifically, think about the positives.

Now think of the negatives.

If you were to die in 15 minutes, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

If you can honestly say “yes”, this post isn’t for you. If you have any hesitation, read on.

The Problem

Most of us wander through life without really experiencing life. We’re crippled by painful events of the past. We’re immobilized by Read More...

Make Your Own Utopia

Dec 27, 2012 | No Comments

I spend a fair amount of time talking about ways to make the world a better place. However, I rarely address an important issue:

What if MY idea of a better world is different than YOUR idea of a better world?

This is a major problem for a few reasons. First, what would give me the right to determine what is best for you? My rights end when your rights are being infringed upon. I have Read More...

New Year’s Resolution: Change the World

Dec 26, 2012 | 5 Comments

The end of the year always brings about the opportunity to reflect on the past year and plan for the next. As you can probably tell by the tone of my last few posts here and over at The Sexpressionists, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately. Our traveling journey over the previous year and a half resulted in a ton of amazing experiences and some great personal growth. We’re enjoying our “down” time right now, but Read More...

Industrial Athletes and Minimalist Shoes: Can it Reduce Workplace Injuries?

Dec 22, 2012 | 3 Comments

Since Cyber Monday, I’ve been working for UPS helping to deliver packages. There are several reasons I took the seasonal job, some of which are related to running. I was in a bit of a funk and needed to take a break, but needed an activity to maintain my fitness level. Spending many hours five days a week running heavy boxes up and down apartment building stairs has certainly did the trick. I actually lost weight, got stronger, Read More...

Gun Control: A Lesson in Open Dialogue

Dec 19, 2012 | 10 Comments

In the past, I’ve made a claim that social networks like Facebook can be an excellent opportunity to learn from others, engage in meaningful dialogue, and ultimately break down barriers between people… if used correctly. The recent tragic events in Newtown, CT resulted in a barrage of commentary on Facebook.

Different people have different coping mechanisms when confronted with personal or vicarious tragedies. It was apparent in the wide variety of responses people had. Some expressed grief. Read More...

Living in a Nice Neighborhood

Dec 17, 2012 | 8 Comments

Back in my early days as a teacher, I had the opportunity to serve on our district’s “diversity committee.” We were charged with developing ways to introduce our mostly white suburban student population to more diversity. Initially the committee came up with ridiculous ideas like making posters and holding a “diversity day.” Luckily some members of the committee dug deeper and came up with an excellent solution- some of us would attend a local seminar called “Healing Racism.”

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Why Running Makes Us Happy: The Importance of Flow

Dec 10, 2012 | 8 Comments

Most of us have probably heard of “flow states.” It’s a state of consciousness where we get lost in the activity we’re doing. Our focus is so intense, we lose awareness of the outside (and inside) world. We don’t notice the passing of time and feelings of hunger, thirst, or fatigue. Our inner monologue ceases. We become completely engrossed in whatever we’re doing.

My first experiences with flow states came from my days as an artist. I Read More...