Yoga, Acupuncture and achieving a balance state of mind, body and spirit

Recently, I started to think about my yoga practice in terms of acupuncture meridians and how poses addresses meridians and vice versa. This approach has completely reframed my thoughts on the body.

As an acupuncturist I see lines running throughout the body and within these lines lie specific clues to a persons constitution and state of wellness. The body serves as a road map as does the face, the skin, the tongue, the pulse and so on. Putting this into a
Physical practice, in particular my own gives me a level of insight I have never fully understood and could conceptualize.

Of course, this is the purpose of Yin Yoga as evident in the name and therefore you can think of “vinyasa” or “power” yoga style practices being Yang. Note, all classes have a form of both Yin and Yang to them.

So, there is far more to this than even I know/realize today and my practice will continue to enhance my understanding and ability to articulate it. I will say that one of the crucial aspects is that the practice of yoga addresses all meridians and will increase Qi and Blood flow helping the body come in touch with its natural equilibrium. This is crucial and a great stepping stone to health and well being, in particular being in a balance state of mind, body and spirit.



Rules to Live By

Rules to Live By
Listening: probably one of the most important things a person can offer another. A space to share what’s on ones mind and have the other listen, and do so attentively
Compassion: We are all on our own path doing the best we can. There is no need for judgment instead compassion should lead the heart and mind
Inquiry: ” it’s is better to understand than be understood” Bill Russell. Ask questions and be interested, acknowledge the person(s).
Gentle: if in a position to offer an opinion, share advice, etc. be gentle, be kind. 
Honesty: probably one of the more difficult aspects of any relationship. Refer to gentle and compassion for the best way to share honest feedback.
Forgiveness: personally I do not believe it is One’s intent to act or do harm to another (always exceptions but in general I find this true). Therefore we must forgive one for their actions and understand we all are imperfect and ignorant in many aspects and again we are doing the best with what we have/know.
Sense of Humor: is this not a key? to be able to laugh at ourselves, with others! Laughter is one of the BEST medicines!
Awareness: knowing when and how to use these within the context of the situation and relationship. A learned skill.
And remember a SMILE  is worth a thousand words! Live with love! 

Philosophy of Practice & Lifestyle Tips

As I embark upon my final year of Traditional Chinese Medical school, I am beginning to build my practice. Here is a rough draft of what I came up with as a description and some key lifestyle tips I will use.

Philosophy of Practice

Quality time
Hands on
Counseling/coaching: key is lifestyle coaching!

This is not a business it is a practice rooted in treating the patients chief complaint and best interest. I teach and share a common sense, moderation based approach by helping tap into our own innate intelligence and intuition. You are the driver, I am the passenger here to help guide you on your path.

Here are some lifestyle Coaching tips:

Sleep more…7-8 would be great

Practice deep breathing daily. Three times a day, close your eyes and take 5 deep breathes each 10 seconds or more in length. Careful with High Blood Pressure

Drink no more than 2 cups of coffee or tea

Do not follow a diet book, but make food and eating a lifestyle based off of health and energy. Eat for what’s required in life and make it less about tasting good, stress relief, and more about a healthy lifestyle

Spend time reading: whether romance, mystery, magazine, or non fiction, just read.

Spend less time on computer/Internet and watching TV.

Move your body: walk, hike, stretch (yoga), tai chi or play a sport And a couple days of weights will make a Difference. 20 minutes a day

Drink no more than 1 glass a day of alcohol: red wine is best and can help manage stress

Eat your veggies: greens are best but colors, smells, tastes should vary and doing so seasonal has great wisdom.

Eliminate dairy: if you do it, go full fat and raw

Eat organic as often as possible.

Drink room temp water. Think, the temperature of your stomach and body is not cold

Eat spicy, sweet, in minimally amounts

Slow Down. Be present, and aware, open a door, say please, thank you, smile, tell someone you love them (partner, kid, brother, sister, etc.)

Find a daily practice that rewards you!

Create a manageable lifestyle


Mastery of One’s

The mastery of ones body is one of the great gifts of life. Today exists many schools of thought in which to learn such skills, abilities. From the arts of yoga, martial arts and gymnastics and the modern spin on these practices we are far from limited in options

The key is identifying what it is you like, being patient with it and consistently practicing the method you choose. One needs to give themselves time to learn the basics. Once this happens doors will open for further exploration within that method and maybe more curiosity into learning others methods. 
Through it all I have observed the importance of learning and practicing the basics of the methods I have studied. Also, I find myself coming back to the basics and digging deeper into the principles and concepts.
The reward is my body coming into its own within the mold of all the practices I have learned. I find a flow, a rhythm and intelligence in my movement and thus continued progression of the basics. The beauty is the artistry in which the picture is developing.
I encourage patient, commitment, consistency and practice. Be inquisitive but always respect the process, the teacher and the journey. Things come into time and especially to those who follow the stated approaches above. Enjoy the practice, witness the progress and evolve into a master of your own body. Be the artist.

Coaching Lessons

16 years of coaching has taught me many a lesson here is a list

The more I learn the more I realize how ignorant I am

Coaching is based on science but in itself is far more art, specifically how to apply science to the individual

Coaching is far from easy, it is a daily commitment to learning through teaching, practicing, studying, reading, discussing, etc.

Coaching is not a certification and certifications do not make great coaches.

As a coach you must master your craft but look outside the box and learn how others are doing similar concepts in other aspects of sport and other fields of business

Coaching is not a business, it is a people thing. Coaches need to understand psychology, philosophy, history, socio-environmental factors, etc.

As a coach you are always a student first. The skill of observation is crucial

As a coach one must be confident but not egotistical

As a coach, practice what you preach. It is a lifestyle, you must lead by example

As a coach I have learned that the advent of the Internet and quotes from articles, journals, etc has made everyone an expert. So again, do your homework.

As a coach, we are devalued these days with the advent of weekend certifications, books and Internet like YouTube.

As a coach we are irreplaceable and what we see, do, teach is not cookie cutter and near impossible to duplicate.

As a coach, I today more than ever appreciate my coaches and their lessons.

As a coach we are always teaching more than meets the eye.

As a coach, the ability to communicate our message effectively to different people is key.

As a coach the ability to adjust on the fly, to recognize when something is or is not working

As a coach reading your crowd, understanding them….Compassion!

As a coach being passionate and enthusiastic about the privelage it is to be in this position

This all was in the natural flow of my thoughts based on reflection. I am sure as time passes I will have more to add and be able to expand. This is all part of my learning through my practice, study, conversation and experience.


Achieving Peak Performance

Achieving Peak Performance

Well there is much material, research and information around this topic. It is my humble opinion that all performance begins from the inside or internal and moves to the outside or external. Planning training and practice around strengthening from the in to out will prepare any person to achieve peak performance. A key is to practice and do so with an intelligent and well-designed progressive plan.

So, in designing a plan it is important to look at all the aspects of a person’s life. In order to successfully implement an intelligent plan, one that will place the person in the best position to succeed it is crucial that one take a comprehensive look at all aspects of an individuals life, including time availability; home, work and social environments; nutritional lifestyle; physical regimen; mental status; and so on. This information and understanding ones strengths, challenges, weaknesses, etc. will enable effective planning and implementation of a program that meets the individual.

All training & all life is truly based on the individual since we all are unique with our own unique set of circumstances, perspectives, situations, believes, attitudes, and way of being. Therefore, it is essential to honor this by taking this into consideration. However, it is equally important for each person to understand what goes into planning and implementation of a lifestyle program. Meaning effective program design and implementation is based on core principles and concepts of applied human performance.

The question is what are those principles and concepts:
1. The basis of the system is science. We plan and train according to Physiological principles, and Biomechanical/Mathematical principles such as those used in Physics, Geometry, Algebra, and Calculus.

2. The application of the system is Art. Simply put all human bodies and the accompanying minds are uniquely designed and structured. Therefore, it is essential that all motion and stillness practices take into account the bio-individual differences.

3. The plan is adaptable and must fit the rhythm and flow of life within each and every moment. We are like water, pliable, adaptable, and multi-functional. For this we must keep in mind that even though the plan may call for one thing we have to use our organic intelligence and adapt to our current situation/circumstances. We do so with respect and in accordance to all the principles.

4. We train from the brain. This means that all training for peak performance originates from the brain and the Central Nervous System. From here it extends out to the other systems of the body including the neuro-endocrine and neuro-muscular systems. It is essential that the CNS is operating on a full tank of gas and therefore not on empty or more importantly, in a fatigued state.

This is why it is crucial we understand all factors of each individuals life. Because if a person has poor nutritional habits; external stress due to environmental factors; poor sleeping habits; etc. then it is imperative that the program design take into account these factors and help the person to improve these areas and prevent overworking/taxing the CNS. Simply put, training/practicing in a fatigued state will lead to poor performance in not only the training/practice stage but in all performance categories.

5. We are working in waves and cycles. The progression is constant and it is so because we work in waves and cycles allowing for acquisition, implementation, and restoration. We acquire information, put it to use through appropriate action and implementation and then we allow adaptation to take place followed by and with restoration.

6. We move with an awakened organic intelligence. Yes, we are encouraged to listen to the wisdom contained deep inside our being. We want to awaken this organic and natural intelligence so we can move with authenticity, integrity, character and the truth or what is, not what we think with our ego.

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

Health, Well-Being & Human Performance

My ‘Readers Digest’ Version

*Find something you enjoy doing.
*Get some professional help to understand how to safely and effectively perform what you enjoy.
*Be consistent.
*Be feasible and realistic. There is no magic pill or answer, make it a life long journey and success will come.
*Move your body, anyway you can.
*Care for your body and do not neglect it.
*Remember you are creating health, so do things that allow you to accomplish your goal.

*Most important aspect, you are what you eat!!!! Remember Hippocrates 🙂
*Eat Organic
*Eliminate sugar from your life as much as possible.
*Eliminate Gluten & white flours (buckwheat and brown rice flour are great substitutes)
*Eliminate processed oils. (Use coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil)
*Prepare 90% of your meals.
*Eat your vegetables and fruits.
*Stay out of the middle aisles in the grocery store.
*Get to a farmers market and buy locally produced foods.
*Learn how to read a label (less ingredients equals higher quality of food (in general).
*Eat fresh deep water fish; 100% grass fed beef; chicken that is free to roam and organic; eggs under the same conditions as chicken; wild game
*You do not need milk, instead use almond milk (which is easy to make 1 cup almonds soaked for 4 to 8 hours, 2 cups fresh water, a pinch of stevia (if you want for a bit of sweetness), and a dash of vanilla (same rules as stevia).
*stevia is a the best alternative sweetener (all natural plant based).
*Soak your oats, beans, lentils, etc, this will release the enzymes which are key for health & digestion
*Eat for health and you will have plenty of energy, lose weight/body fat, and be physically, emotionally, mentally healthier
*Create time for pleasure foods but do so sparingly and in small quantities (we all are human and enjoy a glass of wine, slice of pizza, etc. but just be aware and do not binge). You are going to do this anyways so I might as well share my 2 cents 🙂
*Fasting is a good, educate yourself on how to fast properly and allow your system to rest and detox ( is an excellent resource).
*You are what you eat, so choose lean, clean, strong foods with vibrant colors and who themselves have been raised, feed, breed, in a healthy and responsible manner.
*Do not skimp on food from a financial standpoint, you will just end up get less value for less value and have to eat more to get what you are intending too. You pay for what you get!

*Find time each day to meditate, pray or quiet time. Make sure it is in a quiet place.
*Learn Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or some other method of calming practice.
*Listen, Listen, Listen to everyone, everything and do so with an open mind and heart (no judging allowed).
*Love yourself and others
*Respect yourself and others
*Act with kindness
*Think before you speak
*Ask yourself how you want to be treated when responding to others.
*Do not take it personal
*Everyone has their own story and lives their own life and often we are acting how we know best
*Right and Wrong is a grey area considering we only know what we know.
*Do not Judge yourself or others….you only know what you know and the same goes from them.
*Ask questions to learn.
*Respect your differences and others.
*Anger never gets you anywhere.
*Be right or be peaceful, chose peaceful you will feel the difference.
*What the heck you right about anyway? So what if it 75 degrees outside and not 77 degrees.
*If you have to be right then have your facts, if it is a matter of opinion keep it to yourself because most people have their own…respect each others opinions.

The list of each of these can go on and on and the details and descriptions would help to offer greater insight. Life truly is much more simple than we make it out to be. All this stuff that is available seems to make things a bit more challenging to figure out. The funny thing is the answers are right in front of our face we just have to open ourselves to the beauty of the world. Instead of being cynical be peaceful and joyful, look at the world and people around you as good, beautiful, amazing, unique, exciting, full of possibility and potential, full of opportunity. Smile, laugh, share, listen, love, be kind!

See, to me you all our great people, who I am so fortunate to be able to communicate with and share ideas, no right, no wrong just an open form where we get to learn and grow together. I get to share my experiences and you yours and hopefully we evolve in the process. I am grateful for your eyes, your ears, your thoughts, feelings and emotions. I want you to succeed and achieve your own personal legacy and I want to be there to share with you in whatever way your successes.

Have a beautiful day/life

Yoga for Athletes

Yoga will make you a better athlete period! Here are the reasons

*Yoga is about breathing, that is the critical element. More importantly it is about breathe connected to movement. And as an athlete learning how to breathe, learning how to control respiration, learning how to deepen the breathe providing the body with more oxygen per breathe, slowing the heart rate, controlling the stroke volume, etc. Linking breathe and movement, saturating your body with O2 will only help you perform better, longer, and stronger.

*Yoga is about union and for the purpose of this topic it is the union of mind and body, breathe and movement. It is the ability to connect all systems of the body and help them to operate and the highest levels of efficiency and therefore effectiveness leading to a more integrated and fused approach to movement and a more relaxed state of mind within the movement. Yoga will make your mind and body move with more grace, more steadiness, more fluidity, more control, balance, power, speed, endurance, agility, flexibility and stability.


*Yoga will strengthen your body, your connective tissue, your structure and integration, your muscles, your breathe and your mind

*Yoga will increase your range of motion, your flexibility, your stability and your natural anatomical posture increasing your bodies ability to function at the highest level.

*Yoga will help you learn how to meditate for the purposes of relaxing your mind and slowing down all things going on around you. It will ground you admist chaos and in all sports there is chaos at all times, but it is the athlete who can slow things down and act ahead of and according to what is going to and what is in fact happening at the same time. Calming the mind, creating a stillness and understanding of the fluctuations of the mind is integral to all aspects of life and athletics is just one example arena.

*Yoga is an athletic form of movement and stillness. It teaches one how the body functions and how to address its own personal needs. There is not a person out there who could not benefit from this and athletes who know more about their body and their needs related to sport and life thereafter are in a much better position to be health and fit to perform.

*Yoga is a way to stretch and enhance flexibility, open the deep aspects of the bodies connective tissue, enhance range of motion and a part of the prehab, rehab, restorative, regenerative and recovery process. The difference is it is an complete integrative system of health and wellness that is far beyond what most people do and think when it comes to stretching. After all, flexibility and creating the openness and range of motion in the body is far more than just about folding forward in a standing or seated position to stretch the hammies.

This is just the basics, a little stream of consciousness related to some of what I have observed due to yoga in myself and others. I am not the only athlete or coach encouraging athletes to take into consideration the addition of a yoga practice. It does not have to be a 90 minute practice but it is one you should learn from a teacher who can analyze your body, your sport and see how it fits.

I do know this, it is my most important practice and it is the difference in my practice and ability. My mind and body function at a much higher level and this integration means I operate at a higher level of sequencing, fusion, function and action making it much easier for me to move and to do so with precision, coordination, strength, power, speed, endurance, agility, balance and other factors that define the athlete.

Do not take my word for it, try it and find out yourself!

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

As I pract

ice, explore, observe, move, train, and learn in my daily life I find myself looking inward through my outward actions and expressions. I continue to expand and progress in all areas of my life as I put intention, attention and compliment that with application. And as a student who explores for the purpose of being a better teacher and coach amongst many other reasons I find myself stepping each day into a new level of understanding and contemplation related to what I do.

I have been reflecting specifically on something Gandhi said, And as I stepped under the bar the other day I took time to meditate on this concept knowing that I have ‘strength’ and I have ‘physical capacity’ but it is truly my will that is going to take all that practice and preparation and help me to go beyond any perceived limitation that I may have or anyone else may have for that matter.

This brought me back to a particular day when I was going for a PR, the first of its kind and with only 3 weeks preparation. And I remember my coach and others saying that did not believe I could do what I said I could. Based on what I had done up to that point and with the limited training I had I understand why they would think this way. But what they did not know and what I and maybe a few others actually knew is what was/is inside, what my will is, what my real strength is. Because strength is not only a measurement of numbers which will give you tangible feedback but like Gandhi says strength is something truly deeper, beyond the minds eye.

So, as I stepped up that day back then and again the other day and I did what I knew I was capable of and successfully completed my PR attempt. For me it was not about the number but more about the internal make up of my being and how all the deeper mental, emotional, spiritual and physical training has made me feel capable of doing anything that I put my mind and intention into! This moment, these moments are affirmations behind my practice and approach and truly that of the masters whom I learn from.


There are probably many reasons I am at this point and have come to this point in my life to have this deep inside believe that anything is possible, that there no limitations, only the ones we and society place on ourselves…and here is what I say to society, thank you but I do not accept your limitations so please just know that you can keep your gifts and share them with yourself or better yet join me in believing anything is possible!

I give thanks to meditation and yoga practices for helping me to solidify these neural pathways that I am developing in my mental, emotional, spiritual and physical make-up along with the spirit of the breathe of life and certain people who have inspired me along my path. I have made a choice and so can you! I choose to live a life without limits, borders and boundaries, to go beyond the minds eye to set/establish new paradigms!

12 Commandments +1 for A Healthy Life

The Commandments of Being Healthy

1. Commitment

What do goals, deadlines, words mean if you are not willing to commitment to seeing them through? What is more important than committing to yourself, your health, and your well-being? In order to achieve in life you need to commit, you need to follow through and make it happen. The ‘exception’ is always committed no matter how big the challenges, goals, etc. The ‘exception’ believes that they can achieve anything and are committed to the process.

What does commitment involve?
It involves a thorough analysis of yourself and your goals. You need to evaluate your life and be willing to ask questions that help uncover the deeper layer desires that drive you to do what it is you truly enjoy and what will support your lifestyle. It is the desire to achieve, to see, feel, and be your objective that will be a source of fuel to your willingness to commit and see it through to the end.

The key with any commitment is truth. If you are committing to something that is more a façade or illusion rather a true reality then your ability to succeed will be lessened and thus your commitment challenged. Therefore, having clarity in your life and having a clear vision of your reality are keys to knowing and living your truth.

2. Consistency

Daily practice, daily actions and consistent behavior are essential to progression. You must consistently put forth the effort to succeed. Inconsistent behavior, actions, and practice do not develop or bring about the results we set for ourselves and commit to. Commitment requires a consistent approach. Even if your workout calls for an hour of yoga and you only have time for 30 minutes, then you do the 30 minutes. Then you can smile because you followed through with your commitments and continued your daily practice with consistent application of the plan.

3. Accountability

It helps to have someone (most important yourself) that you are accountable to. You want to have a person or persons who will help support, encourage, and motivate you to stick with your commitments. This may mean having a person who coaches you, having a nutritionist, a counselor, a workout partner, etc. as long as you have someone that you trust and will hold you accountable for your actions.

4. Movement

Get out, get up and start moving your body. Exercise/movement are essential. The reasons are long and it is well documented about the importance of movement. Find something you enjoy, something you will and can do consistently and with commitment.
Activities such as walking, hiking, yoga, martial arts, weight training, bike riding and aerobics classes are some wonderful ways to exercise and move your body.

In addition many of these activities have a built in support system in the form of a class and/or gym atmosphere. However, if going to the gym or a class is not your cup of tea than grab your partner, friend, child, etc. and do both of you a favor and move together. Then you have a built in accountability and support system with people you love, trust and enjoy being with. Plus, you can share in joys of your successes.

5. Clean, Lean and Green

As a good friend of mine said, to be lean you must eat clean. To take it a step, further add in the greens. Nutrition is an integral piece of the pie when it comes to being healthy. The old saying goes that you are what you eat so when choosing food choose clean (natural, organic, minimal ingredient based), and choose greens and other veggies and fruits and look. These simple acts will lead to a healthier and leaner looking physique.  As Hippocrates so eloquently stated, Food is thy medicine and medicine thy food.

6. Goals & Deadlines

Take an arrow and shoot it at an empty target and what do you get, nothing. However, if you take that same arrow and aim for a bulls-eye you are going to make a hit. Having a clear vision of your goal and establishing deadlines will help to keep you on track and help with your commitments, consistency, and you will have something to be held accountable too.

7. Knowledge

It is near impossible to accomplish a goal if you do not have the knowledge. Reading magazines and the Internet are not nearly as reliable as hiring a professional to teach you and educate you on what, how, and why to do what is necessary to accomplish your goal. After all, you most likely would not try to learn a skill like playing a musical instrument or remodeling a bathroom without the help of a professional. The same is true of learning healthy principles for life.

Therefore, seek out some help and take a close look at the person(s) you are asking for this help and see if they are practicing what they preach and have the education and experience to back them.

8. Action

Take action! The exception to the rule always takes action on their goals, on their commitments and consistently follows through with their plan to the best of their abilities on a day-to-day basis. In order to be healthy you have to get off your butt and get moving, taking action now to get where you what to be.

9. Moderation

Everything should be done with balance and moderation. Going to extremes rarely leads to long term, sustainable results. It often leads to instant gratification that rarely holds up over the long haul. Instead take living healthy, being healthy as part of a lifelong process. Remember to have a glass of wine, eat a piece of your child’s birthday cake, etc. but just do so with a conscious mind being aware and mindful of your actions and their affect on your goal(s).

This applies to all aspects of health i.e. goals, exercise, and nutrition. This transformative process takes time and needs to reflect and respect that health is a part of everyday living throughout your live.  

10. Enjoyment

Along the lines of moderation you must enjoy this journey. You must remember that you have to live each and everyday to your fullest. You have to act in a consistent and committed manner toward everything with an on being balance and having a joy and peace in your being. Being healthy does not have to be a chore but instead should be representative of you on all levels; physical, mental, emotion, and spiritual. Being health is supposed to be fun as it adds to your quality of life and helps you to enjoy the wonderful world and people around you with little limitation.

11. Perspective

One of the most important aspects of life is perspective. The value of having a clear perspective cannot be underscored. This clear perspective will enable you to develop realistic and feasible goals/deadlines. This will act like a compass and keep you on the path you set out to follow. In addition, this principle will serve to remind of the importance behind your actions and how they affect your ability to navigate along this, your chosen path.

Aim for the nothing and you will hit everything!

12. Discipline

Know when to say when and know when to say yes and no. Only you have the answer and you must maintain self-discipline when faced with a choice that may interfere with your path you have chosen. Realize and understand through compassionate terms how your actions, your choices affect your desired outcome. Many things appeal to the mind, to the eye but the question remains, do they serve you and your desired goal(s). Have the awareness and the discipline to know how to respond at all times.

13. Sustainability

This is the 13th Commandment or at least one of them. As I contemplated the other commandments and through an interaction I had with one of the great inspirational minds of our or any time I felt that this principle was integral to long-term success. All too often we operate in extremes, going through ups and downs, highs and lows, peaks and valleys. And as necessary as this is in some cases, this variability tends to have a hazardous effect on our health and well-being.

When we start, begin, change, transform, learn and/or add something to our lives we must evaluate how it fits into the grand scheme of things and how it will serve. In this process it is critical in my feeling that we ask if this will be sustainable. We need to identify if what we are doing, how we are acting, and the way we are thinking are sustainable.

After all, I ask if you really want to continually start or try something all the time? I am against experimentation, not at all and in fact this part of the experience and part of the process of identification. However, I do feel it is important when you are going to take on a new ‘experiment’ that you have an idea of the reasoning and you go through the ‘scientific method’.

Again, the purpose behind life is to find a health and happy medium, a place where you feel balance and thus stable. Acquiring more for the sake of your ego does not truly serve you or others for that matter and in many ways makes keeping it all line that much more challenging. This will require more time, more energy, more effort and probably more stress.

Working to keep up an image, a lifestyle, an idea that drains you and distracts you seems to be more harmful and good. How much is enough? Take time to think and look at what is happening around you. After all, life is a daily practice!!!

In Summary:

In life when you take the approach that you are going to do good for yourself everyday and that these actions are going to benefit all of those of you around including your loved ones, co-workers, friends, etc. you life instantly becomes more meaningful and healthy. Your disposition, your attitude, your actions will reflect that of a healthy person who others feed off of and enjoy being with, enjoy interacting with and in many ways inspires. However, this is just a natural by product your living a healthy life. You do this for you and everything, everyone around you benefits just because. You have made not only your life but the lives of others more meaningful on many levels just by being a positive role model, an example worthy of respecting and emulating.