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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 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  

Video I am recommending: Pre-workout warm up & Daily preparation  This week in the clinic I came across a number of you "non-stretchers".  I love you guys but man, if you are over the age of 40 and are not taking part in a regular flexibility training routine, you are a ticking time bomb.  To help get you started, take a look at the above linked video I made for you.  Use this warm up before exercise and/or at the beginning of your day upon waking.  You will feel better, be less injury susceptible and have a ton more energy.  You will thank me for this one! Podcast I am loving: The Rich Roll Podcast As you guys know I am on a HUGE endurance sport kick currently.  One of my inspirations for this journey was Rich Roll's book "Finding Ultra" in which he describes his journey from alcoholic to professional endurance athlete.  Roll also has a great YouTube channel and podcast.  He interviews some incredible guests such as Tony Hawk (best skateboarder of all time from San Diego), Wim Hof (the "Iceman"), David Goggins (Navy Seal) and James Clear (Atomic Habits Author).  Roll is extremely articulate, knowledgeable and wise.  If you are looking for inspiration, give this one a listen. Quote I am repeating: "How can you be of service to the people that are already psyched about what you are doing?" ~ Rich Roll How often have you tried forcing your ideas on people who have no interest in what you are attempting to communicate? If you are like me, this happens often.  It has never been very sexy when I tell people they will have to take 100% responsibility for their health. That they must dedicate themselves to daily physical and spiritual practices to allow their mind and body to assist them in getting the life they desire.  It would be a much easier sell to have people continue their bad habits, give them something to feel better and give it to them for free.  Luckily, I have been mining the population long enough to find each of you, our Aligned Life Community.  A group of the most fun, energetic, focused, educated and badass people in Southern California.  Thank you for feeling like you are worth it. Thank you for giving me your trust.  Thank you for reading these blogs each week and thank you for being psyched about living an extraordinary life through a

Running shoes I am loving:  Adidas Ultraboost 20 Historically, I have been a fan of a zero drop running shoe (minimal cushion and minimal or no arch support) due to the inherent strengthening effect of the intrinsic muscles of the feet.  That being said, if you possess a relatively smooth gait pattern, then I strongly suggest picking up a pair of these uber comfortable running shoes.  For me, they have made my longer distance runs significantly easier and more enjoyable.  I also believe they have helped me ward off shin splints and plantar fasciitis.  These shoes are the most expensive shoe I have ever purchased with a retail price of $180.  However, I was able to pick up a pair for $119 at the outlet stores in Carlsbad, California.  The hefty price was a strong deterrent but I have been very pleased with my return on investment.  Give these a shot if you are doing longer walks or runs! Cold weather gear I am wearing: Arm Sleeves Last week on my Sunday morning bike ride I noticed that for the first time in months the temperature had dropped considerably.  It was down right cold and foggy. Having not prepared the correct clothing I suffered through chattering teeth with numb hands and feet. To gear up and make things more comfortable I picked up a pair of arm sleeves.  These are made from a skin tight, stretchy material that covers the length of your arm from arm pits to wrists.  Not only do they protect against the cold but they also provide sun protection as well.  The type of sleeve linked about costs $12 and is a minimal thickness (good for fall and spring), but there are also lined, thicker versions ($35) such as the ones linked here for colder months.  Gear up and get out there! Quote I am repeating: "Life is but the expression of spirit through matter.  To make life manifest requires the union of spirit and body."   ~ D.D. Palmer (Founder of Chiropractic) For the last month I have been constantly trying to remind you how important your daily activities are in creating the long term health and life outcome you desire.  The founder of chiropractic D.D. Palmer understood this philosophy and his message has been passed down by chiropractors for 125 years.  By committing to a daily physical and spiritual practice you insulate yourself from the external world and become more resilient.  Identify what type of practice you enjoy physically

Experience I am recommending: Tuna Harbor Dockside Market Using the recommendation from an Aligned Lif'er (Thanks Mike P.) we checked out this incredible event this weekend.  If you are local to the San Diego area and available on a Saturday morning I strongly suggest checking out this once a week seafood farmers market.  Near the embarcadero and Seaport Village you will get an up close and personal look at the freshest fish, shrimp and crab you can find at a great price.  You can also learn recipes and cooking suggestions from the local fisherman at their booths.  You can also try out a fish taco, salad or sandwich while you walk around.  As you might imagine, this event smells a little "fishy" but it is definitely worth the experience! Book I am re-reading: Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey Every year I skim back through this book to ensure that my financial priorities are aligned with my long term vision.  Concepts such as the "debt snowball" and the idea that my "income is my most powerful wealth creator" (therefore do not waste it by having to put all of your income towards debt) have revolutionized my financial spending habits.  If you are in need of some financial grounding and a rock solid plan, give this one a read! Quote I am loving: "It is not the direction of the wind, but the set of the sails that determines where you will go." ~ Jim Rohn We are all experiencing the same external environment, and yet some people thrive while others suffer.  The reason for this drastic difference in outcome is the driving philosophy of each individual.  Another way of saying this is, what are the beliefs of the person going through the external environment.  Those beliefs determine the level of responsibility the person takes and the volume of their actions towards bettering their situation. This week, be the person who takes full responsibility for your health by committing to daily practices for your physical body and your spiritual life! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

Product I am recommending:  Wobble Chair Do you, like me, have kids that are going back to school this week?  If so, equip them for postural success by getting them a wobble chair to do their online classes.  More than ever before, the home work space has become a true concern for parents and children.  I love this product that allows kids to burn energy while they stay in front of a screen.  So far, I have seen my kids far more focused, engaged and happy when using this product during their zoom classes.  The stools come in a few different sizes based upon the size of your child.  To fit them correctly, measure the distance from the floor to their knee.  This is the ideal height of the stool that works best for them.  The idea of this product is chiropractic approved because it encourages an active sitting position and increased blood flow into the spine. Wood project I am building: Tablet Stand To eliminate my kids looking down at their tablets for school I built them simple wooden stands that hold their devices upright.  I got the idea on etsy for $19 each (see link) but was able to create them for free using some scrap wood and wood glue in the garage.  This project also doubles to hold books and magazines vertically for reading. Quote I am spreading: "Stress is created when we do not take responsibility for an area of our lives."  ~ Gay Dickinson in "The Big Leap" Have you ever felt completely stressed out about an area of your life you have neglected or procrastinated?  If so, this quote is a great reminder to use the feeling of stress (that weird feeling in your gut or that constant nagging thought in your mind) as a signal that it is time to take action.  The more stress we feel, the more urgent the need to take complete responsibility! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

Documentary I am watching: 100 Meters With my current aspirations of doing a triathlon, when one becomes available, I have been drawn to consuming more content around the subject.  This documentary, that uses subtitles, on Netflix is fantastic!  Funny, heartwarming and inspiring, 100 Meters tells the story of a middle aged father who is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  In an effort to use his body while he is still capable, he decides to attempt an Iron Man.  Along the way his father-in-law, whom he despises, becomes his training coach.  If you are looking for a reminder to "seize the day" then give this a watch! Exercise equipment I am using: LED Safety Lights Have you had trouble getting your exercise in during the middle of the day currently due to the heat?  If so, have you moved your workouts to the early morning or in the evening?  If you answered "yes" again, then you may want to make the $12 investment in a set of clip-on safety lights! These come with the option to have a sustained bright light or two different flashing versions.  Recently, I clipped one on the back of my hat and one on my shoe in order to alert drivers ahead and behind me of my presence on the road.  Get out and get your movement in while it is dark, but do it in a safe way! Quote I am loving: "In a sea of people, my eyes will always search for you." ~ Unknown Last week was my 15th wedding anniversary!  My wife and I met at age 19 at UC Irvine.  We have essentially grown up together.  As you may imagine, we have both changed enormously since we first began spending time together.  That being said, I am the last person to give anyone advice in regards to love.  However, I believe that one of the things that has allowed our relationship to be successful is our ability to evolve together.  We have seen many couples lose track of placing the relationship as a priority and instead of growing further connected, they have grown apart.   If you are looking for a partner or are already in a committed relationship make sure to take deliberate time today to communicate how important the other person is to you. --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

Book I am listening to: The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks Have you ever reached a point in your life where you experienced more success in your relationships, financial status, physical health or spirituality than you ever have before.  Shortly after that moment you freak out and do something to bring you back to your old level?  Personally, I have done this many times and in many different categories of my life.  In hopes of shedding light on this subject and attempting to stay in a sustained, new higher level I started listening to this book.  Hendricks, discusses the concept of "upper limiting" ourselves due to our lack of truly stepping into our actual limitless capacity.  If you feel like you keep bumping up against your own glass ceiling, give this one a listen! Instagram page I am promoting: @AlignedLifeWellness For the month of August we are raffling off a FREE 60-minute massage for anyone who is a new follower of our Instagram page!  Please let an Aligned Life staff member know you have added our page and we will give you a raffle ticket to enter in our drawing.  If you have already been following our page, please take a pic in the office and tag @alignedlifewellness and we will add a ticket for you in the raffle.  We hope we draw your ticket and you will be enjoying an amazing massage on us soon! Quote I am loving: "Each of use has an inner thermostat setting that determines how much love, success and creativity we allow ourselves to enjoy.  When we exceed our inner thermostat setting, we will often do something to sabotage ourselves, causing us to drop back into our old familiar zone where we feel secure." ~ Gay Hendricks in "The Big Leap" Again and again human beings have shown that no matter where we start from or what type of real challenges we face, we can overcome any obstacle.  All things are possible with the correct level of consciousness.  The self sabotaging behavior we all experience comes from not really understanding that we were meant for much more than our 2-million year old brains want to admit.  This week I encourage you to identify any limiting thoughts when they arise, wipe them clean from your thoughts and then ask the question, "what amazing thing is attempting to arise in my life?"  The last step is to relish in your new enjoyment of the incredible life you