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Book I am reading: Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute If you enjoy books that teach life lessons but use a story to illustrate the points rather than just telling you steps or bullet points, I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of Leadership and Self-Deception.  Learning how we all distort reality to protect the decisions we make and the compounding effects of these distortions is the overarching narrative of this book.  Solutions to these and many other typical life experiences are expressed throughout! Weekly theme day I am promoting: Family Day Thursday! Each week on Thursday at Aligned Life Chiropractic and Wellness we have decided to celebrate families who are getting healthy together!  Due to the urgency to get all of the people who mean the most to us as healthy as possible we are offering a chance for your family members to receive a chiropractic evaluation that includes a consultation with me, postural photos, range of motion assessment, spine evaluation and any necessary X-rays for just $45 (normally $95).  If you believe that having a healthy spine and nervous system are a foundational part of creating long term wellness, then please advocate for your loved ones by getting their evaluation completed. Quote I am pondering: "Self-deception is like this.  It blinds us to the true causes of problems, and once we are blind, all of the "solutions" we can think of will actually make matters worse. Whether at work or at home, self-deception obscures the truth about ourselves, corrupts our view about others and our circumstances, and inhibits our ability to make wise and helpful decisions." ~The Arbinger Institute When you don't take action on your gut instinct to treat other people with respect and instead shy away from what you truly believe, your mind will change your thoughts in order to protect you from feeling pain.  Not only will it protect you, but it will also come up with ways to justify why your choice was actually correct.  This "Self-Deception" process leads to fracturing our relationships, incongruencies and keeps us from obtaining real connection with others.  At the end of your life the only thing that will really matter are the depth and quality of the relationships with other people.  Be honest, be courageous enough to apologize when you are wrong and love whole-heartedly! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

Podcast I am hearing: Brene Brown and Scott Sonenshein This week my wife recommended that I listen to the above podcast episode.  In it, Sonenshein introduces a concept called "stretchy vs chasey".  To "stretch" is to move with courage and determination towards something that brings you true happiness and satisfaction.  Conversely, to "chase"  is to desire something based only upon socially acceptable cues.  Another way of thinking of "chasing" is "keeping up with the Joneses."  In my experience, the only way to ensure that you are focusing your efforts on "stretching" based goals is to get quiet and listen to your intuition.  If you find yourself constantly looking at what you don't have, rather than looking at the blessing you do possess, it might be time for "stretchy vs. chasey" meditation. Exercise I am using: The Cookie Jar In David Goggins book "Can't Hurt Me" he talks about using the "cookie jar" technique when he feels like quitting a difficult task.  When Goggins was young, his mother used to stock up a cookie jar constantly.  Upon good behavior he would receive one cookie.  This was a rare and treasured treat.  Accordingly, before eating the cookie he would admire it and then slowly eat every crumb.  Savoring every last bite.  The "cookie jar" technique is a way to stock up on all of the things that you are most proud of in your life.  They could be relationships you have fostered, awards you have won, morals you have upheld or anything else, big or small, that means something special to you. Once you have established this mental list, it becomes easier to remind yourself in the moment that you have accomplished difficult things before and you can do it again.  Goggins discusses how finishing something really hard requires second to second decisions to continue fighting.  If you have armed yourself with your "cookie jar" filled with reasons why you can continue, then it makes finishing much more likely.  This week, write out your "cookie jar" list and get prepared to take on your next challenge! Mantra I am repeating: "I am content with what I have, little be it, or much." ~ John Bunyan This week I have had an overwhelming sense of contentment.  This is an uncommon feeling for me as I often seem to always be striving towards progress in some area.  That being said, feeling content and yet still working towards your goals at a comfortable pace can

Question I am asking: "Would you be interested in watching a vlog style set of videos that show you exactly what I do for my daily physical and spiritual habits?" I am considering filming and editing this type of content for you and would love your opinion.  Please send me an email at alignedlifewell@gmail.com and let me know if this would provide value for you.  Reply in the subject line "yes" if you want the videos or "no" if this does not sound interesting.  Thanks so much for your honesty and for taking the time to direct my focus on what brings you the most clarity on how to pursue your best health! Documentary I am watching: IronMind What if one of your closest friends challenged you to run a 1/2 Iron Man (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 run) in the next 90 days?  Would you have the stones to take on the task?  London Real host Brian Rose did and went from untrained to fit in just 3 months.  This documentary (found on YouTube for free) takes a hard look at why people subject themselves to physical pain in an attempt to conquer their demons and transcend their current level of consciousness.  This film has a ton of foul language but is engaging, well filmed and provides great insight into the human mind. Quote I am repeating: "Denial is the ultimate comfort zone. " ~ David Goggins in Can' Hurt Me One the core values of living an "Aligned Life" is taking full responsibility for your health.  This week I came across two different types of people.  The first were individuals who had decided to take ownership over their lives and were thriving even though the external world was challenging.  The second were people who had decided to live in denial.  These folks were struggling.  Not just your typical daily discomforts, but instead a whole different level of pain.  Physical, emotional and mental anguish.  Most of them really didn't know how bad off they really were.  The one difference between these two radically opposed groups was their ability to own their situation.  Even when it is horrendously painful, we all must take stock and determine where we are currently.  Next we have to determine the best route to follow in helping us get to where we want to go.  This week if you are feeling pain in any area of your life, get real with yourself first.  Even if it

Audio Book I am hearing: Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins Do you think your life is tough right now?  Think again.  In this truly inspiring biography Goggins, who grew up experiencing extreme prejudice, psychological torture from his father and bullying, talks about how to create the "can't hurt me mentality." Despite his childhood, he later went on to become a Navy Seal, ultra endurance athlete and author.  If you have been in a rut lately and are looking for a way out, this audio may be exactly what you need! Event I am promoting: Aligned Life Annual Canned Food Drive In preparation for the Thanksgiving season we have officially launched our annual canned food drive in the office!  In years past the Aligned LIfe community has truly shown how amazing it is by rocking this event.  If you feel like donating this year, please bring two or more canned foods with you when you come to the office to get adjusted.  Our goal is to donate over 200 lbs. of food this year so every little bit helps. Thank you for your generosity in advance! Quote I am repeating: "Sadly, most of us give up when we have only given about 40 percent of our maximum effort.  Even when we feel like we have reached our absolute limit, we still have 60% more to give." ~ David Goggins In athletics, parenting, in my professional life and every other category I have found the above quote to be true.  The difficult part is pushing through the discomfort.  There are all different types of uncomfortable situations.  Mental, emotional, physical, etc.  I have also found it to be true that the people who learn to wrestle and not succumb to discomfort also exhibit the most self confidence.  What makes one person persevere when another person throws in the towel?  I believe the answer lies in their perspective.  Do they see the challenge as a problem or do they view it as an opportunity to once again prove to themselves they are powerful.  Your mentality is everything!    --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

Finding Steadiness When the world is going crazy where do you find steadiness?  This was the question posed to me in "The Stoic Journal" by Ryan Holiday this past weekend.  Immediately, I felt that if I could answer this query, I would be better prepared for the current situation we face as a population.  At the time of writing this post, there seems to be an endless amount of instability, change and uncertainty.  With a wild presidential election looming, fear around the governor's decision to keep businesses open and the choice around sending our children back to school, steadiness seems to be a rare occurrence.  What makes these times especially challenging is there seems to be a complete lack of control over all of these situations. My wife, who has always been wiser than I, has told me for years that the answer to all of my questions comes from within.  Therefore, in looking for a solution to steadiness I started with what I can control.  The things that immediately came to mind included the following; my daily habits, thoughts, how I respond to external stimuli and what I consume (physically and mentally).  Upon seeing how much I could control, it immediately allowed me to focus and eliminate many of the items that normally cause mind chatter.  Examples of mental chatter inducing activities are the following; social media, the news, speaking with an unstable person and devising my own "worst case scenario" thoughts.  In contrast to these, diving deeper into my physical and spiritual daily habits has proven to be the best insulator to the external chaos.  Behaviors such as daily exercise, meditation, reading empowering books, watching inspiring videos, listening to powerful speakers and taking walks without distraction have been invaluable. Another place I look to find steadiness is in my family and close friends.  These relationships provide a feeling that I am not going through this time period alone.  They also give me tons of ideas of how to remain open to the new opportunities that may be presenting themselves.  That being said, I recognize that for many people they cannot depend on a stable family.  It may be that we can only trust in one person or in one side of the family.  I am also aware that our friends can sometimes surprise us and act in ways that knock us down rather than give us strength.  However, the people we interact