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Mental Muscle

The Most Important Item on Your Kids' Back-to-School List

Sam Sommers | Posted 10.22.2011 | Parents
Sam Sommers

When you start your own back-to-school shopping this month -- for your kids or for yourself -- don't forget the most important item on that list: the right mentality.

Communication: Week 13 of 'Mental Muscle' Boot Camp

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

Part fifteen in a series. "There is a reason why Communication Week follows Self-Esteem in Spiritual Boot Camp," said James Mellon. "First, you get...

Self-Aware With Self-Esteem: Week 12 of 'Mental Muscle' Boot Camp

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

I couldn't handle seeing affection between men without feeling extreme lack, jealousy and envy. All it did was make me want whatever they had right now! The only way I knew to get it, and fast, was through sex.

Intention: Week 11 of 'Mental Muscle' Boot Camp

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

When I am clear and no garbage is blocking me, I'm always aware of a deep power within. As I did a few paragraphs ago, I call it "the knowing."

Spirit of Perfection: Week 10 of "Mental Muscle" Boot Camp

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

The question of whether or not I am a perfectionist was an absolute no-brainer to answer. The answer is 'no' and I have Barbra Streisand to thank for that.

The Force With You, Always: Week 9 of "Mental Muscle" Boot Camp

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

As "Life Force" week began, I lived out a dream to be lead vocalist for a band. At Sunday's weekly NoHo Arts "celebration", I sang a tune written by singer/songwriter Levi Kreis.

Week 16 of 'Mental Muscle' Boot Camp

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

The memory of this experience helped me settle on my word, which I was asked not to reveal outside of Boot Camp until the 16 weeks were over.

Boundaries and Priorities: Week 8 of "Mental Muscle" Boot Camp

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

This is not to say it won't take an enormous amount of work to get rid of my boundaries. I feel the walls in my head buckling and my priority is to keep knocking them down.

Judging and Being Judged: Week 15 of Mental Muscle Boot Camp

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

I've been living life trying to prove to the world that everyone was wrong about me when I was a child. I wanted them to feel bad, and judged, for being so wrong. It's time for that to stop.

The God Question: Week 7 of "Mental Muscle" Boot Camp

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

I had to wonder if my lack of relationship with God, or spirit, or whatever I may ultimately decide to call it, is why I never break certain cycles in my life.

Feelings: Week 14 of 'Mental Muscle' Boot Camp

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

Once I had this realization, I pushed the painful fear aside and wrote what I expect for myself with decisiveness, command and expectency. Nothing felt far-fetched or unrealistic.

Patience Yields Many Good Things: Week 6 of "Mental Muscle" Boot Camp

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

I have been mistaking patience for an acceptance, way ahead of time, that people will inevitably disappoint me. That is why it never mattered what people did. I'd already prepared to be let down.

The Perfect Present - Week 5 Of "Mental Muscle" Boot Camp

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

Compared to the intensity of previous weeks of Boot Camp, I felt like I got a bit of a breather this week. At the very least, I am glad to be reminded that letting go of the past.

The Dark Side of Belief: Week Four of "Mental Muscle" Boot Camp

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

If a sinister voice doesn't appear when I feel good, it can only mean the dark thoughts are not the truth. Taking that one step further, it also means only the good is to be believed.

What Do You Expect? - Week 3 of "Mental Muscle" Boot Camp

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

A realistic expectation is an illusion. I just got this. It's a limiting concept.

No Complaining?! A Challenging Week 2 Of "Mental Muscle" Boot Camp

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

I figured I had this in the bag. If I do complain, it's rarely out loud. Then James threw down the gauntlet, saying, "Complaining also happens quietly in your mind and that counts."

"Mental Muscle" Spiritual Boot Camp Week 1: Your Word

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

All of us are seekers looking for this exercise to take us to another level. We all share a need to embody the word we've chosen.

"Mental Muscle" Spiritual Boot Camp (2): About James Mellon

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

What makes James so relatable and accessible is that he makes no bones about being in the trenches of spiritual practice right alongside those he instructs.

Starting 2010 With "Mental Muscle" -- A Spiritual Boot Camp

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

After the Oprah/Tolle classes ended and the "freshness" of the ideas faded, so did my discipline in using them. A year and a half later, I realized I was missing the structure of those classes.