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August 2012

Enjoy the Rest of This Summer! See you In September!

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Once again I will be on holiday the month of August and will return with new blog entries after Labor Day. I am leaving today to work with the US Army in a series of Stress Management Instructor workshops. After this and an event in California, I will be taking a rest and relaxation vacation and hopefully will have lots of new photos to go along with the new blog entries as well. Have a great rest of the summer and honor the concept of healthy boundaries! Take time for yourself.
Stress Tip for the Day:
Take time to relax, meditation and eat well! See you in September.
Links, Books and Movies Worth Noting:
Dear Friends,
A good friend of mine, Sergio Lopez (a former Olympic athlete and now Olympic Swim Coach) posted this video on Youtube of Michael Phelps taking his victory lap around the pool side after receiving his lifetime achievement award. Sweet! and most likely you didn’t/won’t see this on TV. Congrats to Michael, Thanks to Sergio (you rock), and enjoy the rest of the Olympics….
Quotes for the Day:
“Enjoy the rest of the summer!” —Brian Luke Seaward
Photo for the Day:
In honor of Michael Phelp’s tremendous success as the most victorious Olympic athlete ever, we honor his achievements, congratulate him and wish him well on his new ventures. Photo courtesy of the Internet. Thanks!
Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 12 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (7e) and the newly released, A Beautiful World: The Earth Song Journals. He can be reached through his website: www.brianlukeseaward.net
© Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D.

Triumph of the Human Spirit

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Like many of you, I have been quite engrossed with the 2012 summer Olympics (hence the tardy blog entries). And like many of you I have been more than inspired by the remarkable triumph of the human spirit, on several occasions, no less. With all due respect to Michael Phelps, there are just some stories that tug hard at the heartstrings and make us realize that we should never feel sorry for ourselves (to do so is quite unbecoming). Two stories come to mind. First, that of Kieran Behan of Ireland, who at a young age fell to his knees with two serious injuries, was told by his physician that he would never walk. Yet a passion for all things gymnastics couldn’t keep him down. To see him compete in the men’s gymnastics floor exercises was sheer triumph. So too, is the story of Oscar Pistorius, the first amputee (double amputee at that) to not only compete in the track and field events (and not the para-Olympics either), but to make it to the semi-finals in his event, the 400 meters. Simply stunning! There are lessons to be learned from these great spiritual teachers. Here is the lesson: When you get done grieving a loss, pick yourself up … and keep moving.
Stress Tip for the Day: 
Grieving is a part of the human condition, but prolonged grieving is a cage we lock ourselves into and throw away the key. What bars do you stand behind that impede you from letting your spirit soar? No matter what your age, no matter what your situation, freedom is a thought away and triumph of the human spirit beckons you to keep moving forward. Make a goal today to accomplish something that has been on your list for a while, perhaps even your bucket list. Stop making excuses. Excuses are roadblocks put up by the ego. The triumph of the human spirit is allowing the ego to remain silent while the soul takes a leap of faith and flies on the wings of inspiration. The next step is yours…..
Links, Books and Movies Worth Noting:
Read the New York Times story of Kieran Behan:
Quotes for the Day:
“You are not disabled by your disabilities. You are able by the abilities you have.” — Oscar Pistorious
Photo for the Day:
Who could not be inspired by the efforts today of Oscar Pistorious, from South Africa, who earned a coveted spot in the semi-finals of the 400 meters. Photo courtesy of the internet. Thanks… and thanks, Oscar.
Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 12 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (7e) and the newly released, A Beautiful World: The Earth Song Journals. He can be reached through his website: www.brianlukeseaward.net
© Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D.