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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

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  

What does turning inward really mean? Turning inward is a skill we must learn to tap into our truest selves, to better understand our own wants and desires. Listening to our inner being’s allows us to understand the essence of who we really are. Our inner being knows no limits, and assists us in knowing our true identity. Listening to our inner selves can enable us to love and nurture more, and assist you to develop self-love, self-confidence, clarity, and add harmony to our daily lives.  Truly turning inward isn’t something that comes easy to most. It takes time and energy to understand ourselves, and that’s okay. We have to learn that fulfilling our inner desires is not a selfish trait, it is simply one that is necessary to live a harmonious and joyful life. Selfishness is my biggest fear, so turning inward is something that never came naturally to me. I felt as though others, and productivity had to come before me or I was living selfishly. The truth is I was living selfishly. I was pouring from an empty cup, and I couldn’t give my best to those around me. I had to make a commitment to myself and others that I was going to trust myself and my intuition. I was going to work to fill my cup so I could give to others generously. This was not an easy task. I had to learn to trust that my inner being was always guiding me down the path and the life that I wanted. I had to unlearn the expectations that I had placed on myself and trust that I knew what I was doing.  Connecting with your inner self means staying grounded and always remembering to listen to your intuition. Meditation is my personal favorite way to allow for moments of clarity and peace to come to me. Meditation is a simple way to connect with our inner being and provide a moment of self care by relaxing and grounding our bodies. I challenge you all to work on doing a guided meditation, and take a few minutes a day to reconnect with your inner self and really ask yourselves: What do I want out of today?    -Myriah