The worst thing we can do is nothing

July 23, 2014 – 3:40 am
  The doctor asked, "Does it make you angry to be the slowest student in your class?" I replied, "I'm not slow. When I understand the teacher, I get things fast." He prodded, "Do you think that's why you act out; because you wish you understood your teachers as quickly as the other students do?" It felt like he was playing a game with me, but I didn't understand the rules. Something he was saying didn't feel right, like he was leading me; and if I answered his question, I would be accepting the box in which he seemingly wanted to place me. So, I asked him, "I don't get some things sometimes. I get other things other times. And some things I get in my head, no one else seems to get at all. Why do you call me slow for that?" He responded by asking, "Is feeling like you've been called 'slow' making ...

Your yoga is not flexible or deep” - So what?

July 22, 2014 – 2:41 pm
  "Your 'Sonnon flows' reveal your inflexibility, most likely because as a westerner youre distracted by movement. As an advanced yogini, I have observed many who make your mistakes. I came to yoga very flexible as a gymnast so I have been able to practice the depth of poses most people cannot, because you tend to fidget around the surface of real depth. To go deep, hold your poses still for a minimum of ten minutes and don't get caught up in moving around." - a doozy of a post by a young yogini, graciously published on my timeline. My depth is not your depth; yours isn't mine. My own edge today will even change tomorrow - even throughout the day, and relates to all of the challenges and adaptive process we face over time. I'm not trying to "do real yoga" and achieve an arbitrary outcome of depth. I allow my body ...

Nothing to join the crowd; everything to stand alone

July 22, 2014 – 2:59 am
  There are two types of education: for a living and for a life - my teacher, Amma, said. I've had much of the former, but the latter had eluded me until I could decode what each of my teachers were sharing with me into these three simple categories: 1. That which you feel, embrace and share, you will magnetize to you. The more that you give away, the more that will come in. Be a strong conduit. 2. In the manner in which you behave, act and practice, you will adapt and evolve. Allow yourself to grow a little better each day by each choice you make. 3. To that which you curiously wonder, imaginatively ponder and risk with great faith, you will discover solutions and strategies to manifest them in the world. Honor your ideas as GIFTS by making them of service to others.  This education that teachers offer us often isolates us ...

Ever wrong, always learning

July 21, 2014 – 3:06 am
  "It's hard for me to take what you wrote seriously when you include prayer. A true scientist wouldn't surrender his judgement to some belief in a soul. Stick to the facts. Drop the fiction." - posted this Sunday to my timeline. I look at my children, and I see God, as clearly as I see them playing on the beach. And as my prayer, I try to not only do good in everything I do, but I try to do better everyday; not just clasping my hands with promises, but in opening them outstretched to others.  "True" scientists will be the quickest to tell you that we don't know "facts." We have eliminated all but our best guesses at explaining phenomena. Tomorrow, we will probably have better explanation; if we don't discover we had been entirely inaccurate. Dyslexia had been (and still is!!) nationally defined as a "learning disability" - yet recent research ...

Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from the negative

July 20, 2014 – 3:13 am
  Make peace with your past, so it doesn't war with your present. All that has happened has been for a positive reason, even if you can't see it yet. What others think of you is a reflection of themselves, so it's none of your business what they think of you. What you think of yourself is. Time heals, so give time - more time. Distract yourself with something harmless, healthy, or helpful and time with take care of you. No one and no thing is responsible for your happiness, but you. We suffer because we believe we can be brought us happiness. Don't compare yourself with others. If you had any other life for one day, you'd desperately want your own back. Stop thinking so much. Not knowing all the answers is just fine. Enjoy the mystery and surprise.  Smile. Turn off the news. The problems of the world aren't yours. Your challenges are totally enough. ...

Make your vocation - a vacation

July 19, 2014 – 2:40 am
My grandfather once said, "Make a game out of what matters most. Play hard; you'll go far if you do, because you're having fun at something that means something for your family." Playing chess with my son at the beach jogged my memory of that long ago insight, so I repeated it to my boy, hoping the seed plants deeply in him as it had in me. I've tried to make no difference between my labor and my leisure. If my education and my recreation are the same - if my vocation is a vacation - I should always appear to be both working hard and playing well.  It sounds simple, but it's not easy. Even in a game, we come to moments of overwhelming disadvantage. Then, the play can be filled with pressure. When our body feels great pain, our mind - great dread, our hearts - great sorrow, then, we must ...

Compassion starts within

July 17, 2014 – 3:05 am
Shaming poured onto my page when I began addressing issues from the perspective of someone who has actually faced the physical challenges of obesity, the social pressures which bombard us and the psychological hate we internalize. Unfortunately most "motivational" coaching involves photos of how we're told we "ought" to appear, with slogans implying that we're just not disciplined enough to look like the photoshopped models depicted. Self-loathing creates volatile chemistry which hardens the hormonal environment against health. Cells can't heal where the toxic biochemistry of shame, humiliation and hate abide. That's simple science, not speculative theory. To actually recover from obesity, we need self-acceptance, not self-rejection, because only in a state of loving self-care can we take the necessary steps to heal our biochemistry in a sustainable progression. Even one wobbling step of shame puts us three steps chemically backwards. Become immune to the opinions of others, and you not only unfetter needless suffering, ...

My free talk on dyslexia in Michigan, 8/11/14!

July 16, 2014 – 3:37 am
 Here it is, my friends!! The beginning of what will become a national (and international) tour: FREE ADMISSION!  www.facebook.com/DecodingDyslexiaMI Michigan is our christening event, so even if you're not within convenient travel distance, PLEASE SHARE our event and help promote it so we can reach everyone who would like to attend or would attend in their own State! Our "1 in 5" kids face the challenges of dyslexia. Traditional education does not tap into the advantages of our processing style, and so we all suffer the "disabling" trade-offs  which manifest in that type of classroom. We can, however, through congressional co-sponsorship on current legislation, tap into the unique wiring of our "otherwise thinking" kids, and mitigate any of their hardships compressed by traditional education. DECODING DYSLEXIA is leading the way here so contact your State chapter today and get involved! Though these interactive "town hall" presentations will address these global, objective issues (and ...

Love your haters. You’ve been there.

July 16, 2014 – 3:29 am
  "Scott, why do you keep on things like obesity, PTSD, disabilities and bullies. We get it. You had a tough time, but let it go already. Others don't harp on causes like you. Ever think that's why your not part of their networks? no offense but maybe you should let it go?" Posted last night to my timeline. I've attempted to follow the paths of others even when my own should have been leading me in a different direction. Now, I realize that only by being unapologetically myself, can I serve others with my highest and best use... even (perhaps especially) if some don't like it.  When you're truly authentic, many will reject you. But if you keep your courage and conviction, and rapidly recover when they periodically waver, the right people will appear walking their own path parallel to yours. When they're not appearing, you're going to need to be your badass, ...

Your Dyslexic Advantage

July 15, 2014 – 3:40 am
  Please share any questions about dyslexia, issues you'd enjoy hearing me speak about, or stories you'd like me to retell live. I will select several for the focus of my presentation next month for the Michigan Chapter of Decoding Dyslexia. This will be a free admission "town hall" presentation. Although told from my own story, my aim with these public speaking engagements is a new outreach to promote the positive advantages of the dyslexic processing style and personal strategies for mitigating the neurological trade-offs of our learning styles. Although there will be morsels of value for educators and administrators, this isn't a "dyslexia conference." Through the sponsorship of RMAX International and the support of Decoding Dyslexia, I'll be traveling State to State, beginning next month in Michigan, to inspire our 60 million kids in USA and encourage them to embrace their dyslexia as their neurological advantage... as a invisible superpower. Our amazing organizers ...