You know, I feel I was bullied at school. I thought I never fit in and people didn't like me. I'll often say that one of the most traumatic experiences was being beat up on my birthday by 'friends' while a teacher was looking on and watching.
But I questioned it recently, I'm talking in the past few weeks, I questioned everything. Again.
One question helped come to an answer, well, more a possible answer, that I was simply using a 'negative thought structure' and thus, things that were happening always seemed much worse than they may have actually been.
Over the past few years, I have changed my vocabulary to one of a more positive structure and it has been such a massive turning point for my mental health. To break it down, basically anything I'd say that had a negative word would be reworked into something more positive.
For example, "I'm struggling immensely with depression" became "Man, I'm fighting a good depression battle right now!" It's kinda saying the same thing but the latter puts me in charge and does it's own little bit to win said battle. I'm still not perfect at this and can definitely still be Mr Negative but everyday I make improvements.
I trust this makes sense for you and you can take a piece away to meditate over. If you want, hit me up (in messages if you like) with some things you're fighting and I'll help you re-write the words to be that little bit stronger in your battles.
#depression#battledepression#wheresmonkeysteve#ninjawarriorau#fitspiration@slatertd photo at @thecompoundtraining
I’m at home sick for the second day in a row. Typically I get sick when I finally stop after pushing myself for long periods so, I’ve either gotta rest more often or just never stop.
Anyway, here’s a couple of clips from @fightinglyonsfitness a while back. It reminds me that while I’m not the strongest or fastest, I definitely have a lot of fun and can play to the crowd while doing it.
Hopefully feeling better by Saturday for the ANG Final. Urgh.
Anyone have some quick fix for death?
In an age when crisp is king, where an image has no place unless every detail is sharp, in focus and frozen in time, I slow down and blur the edges.
I’m lucky enough to be shooting photos for @thecompoundtraining at the moment. It’s given me some more purpose with my photography, some motivation to experiment and some of the best athletes to work with. Eager to try some more stuff soon.
Also, there’s a comp this Sunday and next Saturday here. It’d be awesome to see you down here, cheering the Ninjas on and see what the Compound Crew are doing to challenge competitors. You won’t be disappointed.
I tested myself yesterday. I put myself out there and I went hard. While I don’t think I tested as well as I’d hoped, I’m becoming proud of my determination. When I fell, I got myself back up and kept at it. When I fell again, I shook it off, reminded myself of what it means and found the extra hidden strength to keep going. I left everything, physically and mentally, on the bar. You know, there’s no doubt in my mind that, if given the chance, I’ll make it to the top of that elusive mountain.
Anyway, here’s a clip of myself trying to fine tune the salmon ladder. While I may not be the strongest, fastest or most ripped, I strive to be smooth and effortless.
How’d I go?
Just another bunch of pull-ups this morning but today I wore an extra 15kg. Here’s five for the camera but I think I counted about 50 all up. Followed by weighted 25” box jumps and kettlebell swings.
Cannot wait for my shed to be built! Aargh!
Also, there’s a PUPPY IN THIS VIDEO!
3 8310:22 PM Aug 29, 2018
@thecompoundtraining set up a 1” slackline so naturally I had to walk it.
How do you balance?
For me, my biggest pieces of advice for you would be;
Breathe. Listen to your breath and use that to aid concentration.
Be calm. Use your breath to help remain calm throughout the walk.
Focus on one point at the other end, not at your feet.
Dance. Be strong yet fluid. Stiff hands will cause you to fall so, soften every movement and find your rhythm.
Practise. Lots of practise. .
Have you got any tips?
How do you walk the slackline?
Also, if I set one up in a forest, would you join me?
#slackline#iwalktheline#balance#mindfulness#wheresmonkeysteve#beardedvilliansmelbourne 👣 @solemechanicsfootwear
10 8511:57 PM Aug 28, 2018
So, previous to this I had done (70kgx5)x3 and thought I was done. Naturally I figured I’d see how I’d go with 80kgx5 and ended up punching out 2 sets. I could feel the ol form disappearing so I didn’t go for the third. Still, stoked with (80x5)x2 or (176x5)x2
Now to learn how to walk again for the next few days.
Followed this by 50 pull-ups. Boom.
“If you need to lose something to realise what you have, you’re not paying enough attention!”
I was going through some of my darkest times. I was feeling suffocated yet alone. Crowded yet distant. It was an amazing experience and I felt compelled to dive into the unknown; into my mind. What a trip. I’d call it a sort of lose study into how the mind works, or doesn’t.
I think it was magic and “Tricks of the Mind” that helped me pen the above quote and thus, pay way more attention to the goings on around me. Not much gets by now and I am aware of what I ‘have’. Pay attention. You’d be surprised at what stories you’re told. You’ll be glad you took the time.
Now, do a handstand.
“Stress is the resistance of what is”
I’ve been keeping to myself this past week or so. Injury and a few life stresses are getting in the way of my normal routine and it’s been solid work to stay balanced.
This saying helped me realise a lot about myself, the reactions I had to things and how to better manage my stresses and subsequent anxieties. Read it again, meditate on it, understand it;
“Stress is the resistance of what is!”
If you’re stressing, living with anxiety or simply have a few words to get off your chest, please reach out to someone.
If you think there’s a chance someone might be reaching out to you, call them and say so. Ask them what’s up! You could be their light!
Oh, this is me on a slackline. This is about 18m I think. The longest line I’ve worked out how to set up in my backyard but I think it needs to be set a little higher from the ground at this length. I’m very fortunate to have this yard. Who wants to come play?
You’ll hopefully also notice my @vivobarefootausnz that @solemechanicsfootwear helped me get on my feet. They’re the best. Go support local small business!!