Monday, 21 July 2014

Monday motivation

While I'm busy reading up on everything I want to know to turn around my health and fitness (as someone with a strong geek streak, this stuff has always been fascinating to me) I'm finding so many good new things. Here's a few of them:

1: The Rich Roll Podcasts
Rich Roll is in his own words,"a 47-year old, accomplished vegan ultra-endurance athlete and former entertainment attorney turned full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate, motivational speaker, husband, father of 4 and inspiration to people worldwide as a transformative example of courageous and healthy living." Besides being an inspiration, having turned his life around at 40, he has a very cool wife and records excellent podcasts with a wide range of people. I love them. I also love listening to the male perspective for a change. I do love my girlfriends but I was raised with three brothers and have always enjoyed male friendships too. Some days it's just plain refreshing.

2: The Power of Meditative Running
Good article on running and relevantly, running after 50. I've tried running a few times and failed miserably. With an emphasis on the miserable. But I still think I'd love it. I still believe I'd love it. So I'm concentrating initially on fuelling my body so that I have the energy to run and then I'm doing it.

3: Wendy Palmer
From her website: "Wendy Palmer holds a sixth degree black belt in Aikido and has practiced mindfulness for over 35 years. She is the founder of Leadership Embodiment a coaching program that uses principles from the non-violent Japanese martial art of Aikido and mindfulness." This is a talk entitled Mastery and Mystery that she gave at the DO Lectures. Besides being all round inspiring, what Wendy says about having successfully embraced certain spiritual practices in her heart and mind only to find that her body still wanted to slap people really made me laugh. And relate. Integration and holistic awareness are what I'm after too.

4: Stand Up For Pits
Comedian and actor Rebecca Corry is a lifelong dog lover who fell in love with her adopted Pit Bull, Angel and used that love to found Stand Up For Pits. The link will tell you more about the organisation. I am always inspired by people who give themselves to a cause they hold in their heart and Rebecca and her One million PIBBLE March is a shining example. Love love love. Because Angel.

5: Moira McLaughlin
Moira's blog, Dog Art Today, is a long, long term favourite of mine and I'm excited to see that her own work now features, thanks primarily to her involvement with the launch of artists' collective DANK in Nevada City, California. The post I've linked to features a wonderful piece called 'Tyler Foote Finds: A Compendium of My Ignorance'. Tyler Foote is Moira's trusty and handsome four-legged companion who came into her life after the passing of her beloved Darby.

6: Raleigh Ritchie
I already loved this song and then I discovered that Raleigh Ritchie is the alter ego of actor Jacob Anderson, who I know as none other than Grey Worm, Commander of the Unsullied. Who knew?

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