Feeling Good – Practice Makes it Possible

“When your dominant intention is to feel good all of the time, you practice reaching for the better-feeling thought enough times that it becomes second nature. There is nothing more important than feeling good, nothing!”

When you feel good, you do better. Hurt people, hurt people. Happy people help people.

Quotes above are taken from the book The Ever-Loving Essence of You. Editorial responses by Gal VanIZed.

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Embers by Just Jack on DJ GAL-VanIZed Jukebox

This video takes you through a time travel of historic world events while repeating the verse “we are all embers of the same fire.” Another way of saying, we are all one and what one person does impacts all people.

Lyrics for Embers by Just Jack

The facts and the figures,
They overwhelm and stifle,
everything that you thought you Knew

The facts and the figures,
They overwhelm and stifle,
from the very first breath you drew

The facts and the figures,
They overwhelm and stifle,
and the petty decisions that you think make a difference.

The above and following verses are layered in loops throughout the song like a mosaic until the song ends

So tiny that they blow away like dust

Through all the devilish things we do

(I can’t help my stupid hope)

We are all embers, from the same fire

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An iPod allows you to fit 1,000’s of songs in your pocket; whereas a Jukebox stays in one place and your selections are limited. What would you do if you only got to choose 52 songs to put on your iPod? What would the list include?

Workout Can Help You Work “It” Out

What is “It”? That special something, that pizzazz that makes a person unique and interesting. Some of us never remember having “It”. We even resent and sometimes bully people who have “It”.

What I learned is that “It”, never goes away but sometimes you hide it, ignore it (or are ignorant of it). Sometimes you even hate It and seek actively to destroy it. If that isn’t working for you any more, you can always work “It” out.

Derby Dolls Fresh Meat 2007

I started to work It out when I joined the Derby Dolls in 2007 and skated with fresh meat. It was the first time in my life I was affiliated with a team sport. It was also my first time seeing women work as a team and enjoy competition without cattiness.

Regardless of how great roller derby is, I could not commit the time necessary to continue. However, I didn’t want to lose what I had gained. I was stronger physically and mentally. I felt more alive. I slept better at night and didn’t hate my life when I woke up in the morning.

One of the reasons my “It” has remained in hiding is because there is a part of me that insists, “I Can’t Do It!” In fact, recently, I said these exact words to my coach when he wanted me to do a Turkish Get-Up with a 50 lb. dumbbell.

He insisted it was not about the heaviness of the dumbbell but about focus, form and technique, which I have. With some prodding, I did lift the 50 lbs. But a part of me still insists, “I can’t do It…again!”

I think my coach was trying the make the point even more clearly when he did a Turkish Get-Up with a barbell weighing a total of 95 lbs. If you’ve never seen a Turkish Get-Up, or, if you’ve only seen one with a dumbbells or kettle bell, you gotta check out this video.

Is there a part of you that is holding back because you believe you can’t do It?

Stream of Conscience Photo by Michael Zampelli

Stream of Conscience

This photo has an ethereal, other-wordly look. It was taken in Davenport, California at a spot photographers refer to as “The Crack”. As the water rushes through this crevice the waves crash into each other, creating a continuous cascade of ocean spray. The use of an ND filter and time exposure gives the water a look of smoke rising from the core. Follow the Stream of Conscience and see where it takes you.

On the 2nd Friday of each month we will feature a different photo by Michael Zampelli.

See more of Michael Zampelli’s photos including roller derby and music concerts on LAist.com

When Work = Joy, You’ve Got it Right

“Sometimes we worry that if we remain in our connected state of joy for too long what we will lose our edge and not be as productive. This is not the case. We are actually more productive, as every idea and thought and action flows effortlessly through us. When work feels like joy, you know you have it right!”

It’s funner and easier every year.

Quotes above are taken from the book The Ever-Loving Essence of You. Editorial responses by Gal VanIZed.

Go to AskJamieLerner.com and get practical advice about real issues that impact your life and lives of those you love.