Growing Stronger is a process of expansion.
Expanding your neuromuscular strength through improved posture, core strength and structural integrity.
Expanding your physiological strength through respecting biological rhythms, high conscious dieting, and low physiological load (stress).
And expanding your energetic strength through meditation, bioenergetics, deep breathing, learning, imagination, and manifesting your reality.
Below is a video where I discuss the physiological and energetic implications upon your posture.
You’ll learn just how important all three of layers of strength (muscular, physiological & energetic) are to for a balanced body and mind.
Lately I have been applying several new methods for expanding my energetic strength (which is synonymous with expanding consciousness).
For example, I just completed 21 days of Dynamic Meditation. I awoke every day at 5:15 AM and went to my gym where I shook, danced, yelled and vibrated my body for one hour. In almost every shamanic tradition higher states of consciousness are achieved though movement, deep breathing or dance.
When the ego (or self-conscious mind) lets go of its constraints upon your muscular system, the mind and body align to create spontaneous movement. It is in this “trance-like” state that contact with your higher self is often achieved. – This is just one of perhaps thousands of methods for expanding your energetic strength.
One of the easiest and most powerful ways to expand your mind, and energetic strength, is though experiences. The wider the array of experiences, the higher your potential for expansion. Traveling, reading, learning a new language or instrument are all wonderful ways to grow your intelligence and expand your mind.
One more, often over looked, tool for self growth is through relationships.
We often think of growing stronger as something that we do alone, in the gym, while meditating or while studying. But when we step outside of our own subjective realities and allow ourselves to become subject to the ideas and experiences of another person, we have the ability to almost “download” some of their consciousness (this is why it is critical that you are discerning about who you spend your time with). This is another reason why coaching, mentorship and mastermind groups put your growth on hyper-drive!
A friend posted this image on Facebook this weekend, and I saw the truth in it right away.
When I was starting my business and growing my family, I believed that I had no time for friends. I thought that people who made time to socialize were either rich or lazy; “no hard working, goal achieving man has time to hang out and bullshit with others” – or so I wrongfully believed.
It wasn’t until one of my older clients invited me to join his ‘men’s group’, where they met weekly to discuss matters of becoming a ‘balanced man’, that I realized that I had been missing out on gaining wisdom thought the interests and experiences of other people – particularly people who are different than me. Most of the men in this group were at least 20 years older than me, making me the youngest member with the least life experience.
Since that time I have been far more open about who I choose to befriend, or simply hold conversation with. Today, I spend most Friday afternoons at a cigar lounge in my city speaking with mostly strangers about their lives, experiences, failures, hopes and ambitions – it has become one of my favorite activities of the week.
In fact, last Friday I met a USF student named Chris who was studying anthropology. He and I spoke for almost two hours on topics ranging from decoding ancient manuscripts to the use of psychedelics for mind expansion. On paper Chris and I seem like complete opposites; he as an anthropology student, me as a father of four small children and gym owner. But during the course of our conversation we both expanded our awareness of different means for orienting towards the world – thus growing stronger.
This weekend I had the pleasure of spending time with artist, philosopher, videographer, musician and YouTube personality Frank Yang. You might remember that Frank created this video portrait of me last year.
After exchanging powerful new ideas, and eating a lunch of Blue Crab and shrimp, Frank invited me to close my eyes and listen to the following violin concerto on YouTube.
I must admit, sitting through a thirty-five minute “musical adventure” is something that I’ve never done and have never considered doing. But the experience was transformative. I was able to orient myself towards the music by watching and mimicking Frank as he silently absorbed every nuance and fluctuation in the performance.
From time to time it is essential to either discontinue old activities, begin new activities, or engage in reorienting your attention through the ideas or experiences of other people. By doing so you will loosen the ridged cohesion of your consciousness and allow for greater mental flexibility.
The more flexible your mind, the greater its capacity for expansion.
After our conversations and intent listening of violin concertos, we headed back to my gym for some dynamic meditation. Frank and his friends are used to orienting themselves towards life though critical thinking, creativity and mostly mechanical physical exercise such as bodybuilding. Dynamic meditation requires that you relax physical inhibition by releasing the control of your mind, particularly linear (or judgmental) processing, and orient your attention upon deep breathing and spontaneous movement.
It was a wonderful MIND EXPANDING weekend for both Frank and I; and I am tremendously grateful for his presence in my life. I am also grateful for my relationship to every level of consciousness that supports my growth; from the minerals and salt in my water, to the “unseen forces” that guide my intuition and life-path.
My friends, keep expanding your mind. Keep subjecting yourself to new ideas, especially ideas that are in discord with your current mental cohesion. If you are a Christian, try reading The Tao Te Ching; if you are an introvert who hates to dance, try attending an EDM festival
Keep Growing Stronger,