Archive for December, 2017

Are You Missing This in Your Life?

This week, we’ll explore a principle that is often missed in our current cultural worldview. This principle is a key to health, happiness, and success in everything we do. It may not sound very exciting at first, but the more you investigate it, the more it can positively impact every dimension of your life.

It’s easy to have a myopic view of life—not being able to see the long-term consequences of our actions. We tend to see only the symptoms that are right in front of us rather than how these relate to deeper patterns or wider ranges of possibilities.

We tend to see only what is out of balance, but not realizing that balance is the issue, we react in an unbalanced way to that. We want to stamp this out, eradicate that, or find the one right answer so we can throw out the rest. We tend to gravitate toward simplistic solutions that fail to take into account the dynamic diversity of life.

An example of this is prescription drugs. It’s amazing to me that prescription drug commercials are effective even when the wide-ranging and long-term damaging consequences are listed. Have you listened to the litany of side effects? And we’re willing to put this stuff in our bodies?

I guess the bottom line is that we have symptoms that scare us. We seek immediate relief even if the “cure” puts us further out of balance, or if it leads us to involvement with a series of drugs to combat the side effects of that first drug.

The purpose of this post isn’t to condemn prescription drugs, but to highlight them as an example of a larger issue—failing to understand balance when it comes to our health and well-being. It’s easy to think “this” is THE ANSWER or to be endlessly searching for that one magic pill that will “do it for us.” However, maybe there isn’t one thing. Maybe there are many things that are important in life and what will “do it for us” is finding the right balance.

The key insight of “balance” is that life is multi-dimensional and dynamic. Everything moves in cycles. There is ebb and flow. Diversity is essential. Each element is important. Each has its purpose, its time, and its right amount. Balance is a dynamic concept that takes into account the wide range of human experience and honors the multi-faceted continuums in which we live.

This week, we’ll talk about the various balances that are essential to our lives. These include balance in diet, exercise, work, family, recreation, personal spiritual practice, community involvement. . .

Discovering the right balance in any given moment requires paying attention to your inner state and what is going on around you. It is found by tuning into your inner guidance. As a start to that, simply have the idea of balance in mind as you go about your life this week. When you have decisions to make, ask yourself, “How can I make this decision in a way that increases balance in my life?”


Kevin Schoeninger

P.S. At Spiritual Growth Monthly we honor and support you to find balance in life. You can learn more here: Spiritual Growth

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How Much Exercise Do You Really Need?

We’ve all heard that we “should” exercise. Our bodies are made to move and they don’t function well if we don’t get up, walk, stretch, and strengthen on some sort of consistent basis. However, there’s great debate about just what kind of exercise and how much is necessary. In my 30 years as a personal trainer, I’ve seen that one of the main things that keeps people from exercising consistently is having an idea about how much they have to do.

For example, the World Health Organization, American Heart Association, and American College of Sports Medicine all recommend 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity 5 days per week. For weight loss, the recommendation goes as high as 60 minutes 5 days per week. This is way more than most people are up for—and it’s highly questionable if these recommendations are sound. (More on truly effective aerobic exercise recommendations in next week’s post.)

First, it appears that almost any movement at all is significantly better than no movement. As little as 5-15 minutes of daily exercise has been shown to lower blood pressure, improve heart health and immune function, reduce stress, increase self-control, and improve mood and sense of well-being.

And even less than that is beneficial. Just getting up, moving, and stretching once every half-hour has positive health and psychological benefits.

So, if you think of exercise and have feelings of dread and images of the drudgery of long workouts, think “less” instead. Almost any comfortable movement done consistently is light years better than staying stationary. Get up and move in a way that feels good to you—starting with a little at a time—and your body and mind will thank you.



Kevin Schoeninger

P.S. Learn more about how exercise helps you create the life you desire in “The Unexplored Parallel.”

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Take This Quiz – How To Raise Your Vibration

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We all know that physical health is vital for a high vibration that
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Matt Clarkson & Kevin Schoeninger
The Mind-Body Training Company

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