Family: The Greatest Spiritual Work

Family: The Greatest Spiritual Work

by Dustin Hawkins

The greatest spiritual work that we can participate in is when we spend time with our children, or within our family. God could even feel far away from us, and the call in our mind to escape could be loud, but if we will engulf ourselves into the patient service of our children then we will experience a special kind of peace that can quite our mind and will allow for God to come back into our system.

Our children are pure and Christlike, and have not yet experienced the world and its shiny objects. They are submissive and meek, both of which are attributes that we as adults should hope to obtain so that we can become as them in our character while being adults. I’m not proposing that we act childish, but more along the lines of being child like in our innocence and meekness. You see, pride is linked to those worldly shiny objects, and as we get older and participate in them longer, then we lose our humility and now have less of an ability to allow the spiritual into our life.

We can learn a lot from children. And though at times they may test our patience and pose the challenge of monotony and slow living: it is then by our willingness to go through the experience of father and motherhood that will teach us how to become as children again, so that we can regain those attributes that have been shined out and lost to our character.

We should all have the goal of becoming fathers and mothers so that we can be coaches and teachers to our children. What is the purpose of life? Is it for us to be escaping always, never having any responsibility, and living selfishly in a shiny world of false pleasures? Or is it to walk this life being clear and looking for opportunities to help and serve others? The latter would include the creation of a family, and then being a coach within that family on how to live the abundant happy life; by demonstrating and teaching to them the importance of staying clear of all the worlds shiny temptations that by no means bring any sort of lasting happiness. Furthermore, one would do well in life if they would “love thy God” and “thy neighbor”– two simple enough laws that are so easily overlooked.

Everyday, I’m thankful for these kids of mine, and we’re it not for them then I’m sure my motivation to change and become who I am today would’ve never transpired. I love being a coach within my family. I love teaching my children about God and being healthy. I love giving them reproof and hard counsel when it is called for, but then bringing them back into my loving arms for a hugging experience just in the same way as my father in heaven has done for me each time I have made the wrong decision.

Therefore, being fathers and mothers is directly linked to God and his spiritual system. The greatest spiritual work that we can embark on in this life is the creation of a family.

Back to Being Kids

Back to Being Kids

by Hawk

As kids, everything was simple. We didn’t always feel like everything had to be a better time. When there was downtime, we dealt with it, since we knew of no other way. When the fishing was slow, we hung out in the shade under a tree and waited. We played basketball by ourselves, or we hung out with friends in a backyard eating apple’s from an apple tree, conversing, laughing, and having a great time being simple. When we were kids we were actually more mature than we are now. Our addictions have since made us immature, making it so we can’t see the simple nature of life anymore; and our attention span has regressed due to us taking of our mind out of reality all too often.

When we were kids we were not yet tainted; therefore, we hadn’t allowed too much to enter. Now as young adults and adults, we have allowed too much to enter into our minds, and that too much has proved to be too much, now causing our old childhood ways to be lost, and even forgotten.

Go find those old childhood memories by creating experiences for yourself that will help you to relearn that old way of life. Don’t be afraid to be unique. You might be surprised as of to what you might find along the way. You might find a way to be young and innocent again, free from your addictive mindset.

The Cycle Is Repeating

The Cycle Is Repeating

by the Dragon

And now you have severe back and leg pain once again, making it easy for me to float the idea of opiate into your mind. You can’t get comfortable can you? Your back aches, your left leg throbs, but you won’t stop training because you need training to help you stay sober right? You love the high you get from setting a new PR and feeling stronger than most. You love making your vain posts on Instagram and Facebook as you try to get people to follow you in an effort to raise your popularity levels so that you can promote your cause of leading people out of the depths of addiction. But how in the world are you ever going to totally rid your own self from addiction if what you are doing through intense weightlifting is causing you to crave the opiate escape due to you always being uncomfortable and in pain? What a fascinating paradox this forms, and when it’s all said and done my hope is that you will give into the belief that opiate will be a necessity in your life in order for you to feel comfortable, safe, and even normal in the world.

Also, with all of the new ideas concerning the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is making you lean on the concept that if you smoke weed then it is surely better than taking opiates. Is it better for you to smoke weed than to take opiates? It just may be, however, such a practice is merely a bandaid and will not fix the opiate problem and will more than likely lead you to the constant want to escape through weed in the same way that you constantly want to escape through opiate, ultimately holding you back from making real progress in this life. Remember, I don’t like progress, and yes the pot is my second choice for you, but I will take it for now since I know that it will stall you out and will eventually lead you back to opiate.

Also, God is constantly trying to get you to experience His spiritual highs of exercise, reading of Him, and of course prayer and obedience to His lifestyle: so when you are off escaping in my world then you experience a disconnect from God that causes you to feel empty, scared, and lost; therefore, you never can feel content or comfortable. When you try and escape your physical and mental pain by way of opiate or weed, then you experience spiritual pain. And when you go on and participate in Gods spiritual lifestyle, then you feel uncomfortable physically and sometimes mentally, which throws the opiate craving back into your mind since his memory tells you that he can help you with both the physical and mental pain.

But you do know that opiate and weed are not the answer, and that Gods way is the solution to you finding lasting joy and peace in this life. It’s not as if the back pain is completely unbearable, nor are the stresses of life, but for the reason of pain and stress being linked to the memory of past opiate abuse as being the cure, is now causing a constant mental WAR to take place in your mind that poses quite the challenge. Your family, friends, and all people seem to notice when you are in such a mind battle; and when they notice you feel an even stronger desire to feel normal, which feeds your want for opiate even more, since opiate makes you feel warm and normal.

What are you going to do?

Family: The Greatest Spiritual Work

 

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Family: The Greatest Spiritual Work

by Dustin Hawkins

The greatest spiritual work that we can participate in is when we spend time with our children, or within our family. God could even feel far away from us, and the call in our mind to escape could be loud, but if we will engulf ourselves into the patient service of our children then we will experience a special kind of peace that can quite our mind and will allow for God to come back into our system.

Our children are pure and Christlike, and have not yet experienced the world and its shiny objects. They are submissive and meek, both of which are attributes that we as adults should hope to obtain so that we can become as them in our character while being adults. I’m not proposing that we act childish, but more along the lines of being child like in our innocence and meekness. You see, pride is linked to those worldly shiny objects, and as we get older and participate in them longer, then we lose our humility and now have less of an ability to allow the spiritual into our life.

We can learn a lot from children. And though at times they may test our patience and pose the challenge of monotony and slow living: it is then by our willingness to go through the experience of father and motherhood that will teach us how to become as children again, so that we can regain those attributes that have been shined out and lost to our character.

We should all have the goal of becoming fathers and mothers so that we can be coaches and teachers to our children. What is the purpose of life? Is it for us to be escaping always, never having any responsibility, and living selfishly in a shiny world of false pleasures? Or is it to walk this life being clear and looking for opportunities to help and serve others? The latter would include the creation of a family, and then being a coach within that family on how to live the abundant happy life; by demonstrating and teaching to them the importance of staying clear of all the worlds shiny temptations that by no means bring any sort of lasting happiness. Furthermore, one would do well in life if they would “love thy God” and “thy neighbor”– two simple enough laws that are so easily overlooked.

Everyday, I’m thankful for these kids of mine, and we’re it not for them then I’m sure my motivation to change and become who I am today would’ve never transpired. I love being a coach within my family. I love teaching my children about God and being healthy. I love giving them reproof and hard counsel when it is called for, but then bringing them back into my loving arms for a hugging experience just in the same way as my father in heaven has done for me each time I have made the wrong decision.

Therefore, being fathers and mothers is directly linked to God and his spiritual system. The greatest spiritual work that we can embark on in this life is the creation of a family.

Be a Great Life Coach

Be a Great Life Coach

by Hawk

Coaches, make sure you are welcoming and friendly and don’t stand around waiting for new clients to come introduce themselves to you, but take the time to go over and introduce yourself to them first. We gotta make people feel comfortable and welcome when they come into the program. Make sure you are being a coach, and not seeing something with a students technique but choosing to ignore saying something. Take the time out of whatever you are doing, and help those others who are new or somewhat new to the program to learn how to lift weights and live the WAR lifestyle.

I’ll say it again, I want to build a culture of coaches in the WAR gym experience, and if you are one who has been doing WAR for some time now and has a good understanding of what we are doing in the gym and outside of the gym, then you are becoming a coach. The only way you get good at coaching is by coaching. Take time out to go and talk to somebody, especially if you are one who has shared intensely in the battle, for you cannot be afraid to have such conversations. You, first, have to open yourself up, so that they will feel comfortable opening up, which then a mentorship and friendship can start to develop. How beautiful.

Be a Coach. We should all hope to become coaches, not only in WAR, but in life as well. Isn’t the mother and father a coach to their children and family? Coaches are confident people, who read a lot, and are knowledgeable: so that when the time comes for them to speak and coach, they are now ready.

Be a coach who reads and isn’t afraid to admit when they are wrong. A coach who is prideful and unwilling to change is not a good coach. The times keep move forward, and each day new innovative people and coaches are learning to be more and more efficient in how they teach. We, as coaches, should be willing to learn more and not get stuck in the past. We gotta be humble, meek, and submissive, but firm as well so that we do not get walked over and used. The addict, as we all know, is great at being manipulative; so we must be aware, and prepared to be a coach for them by not telling them everything that they want to hear since that is not what a coach who cares would do.

The coach who goes through motions and is afraid of confrontation will not be affective in leading people to change. Make it happen….

Why WAR is Successful

Why WAR is Successful

by WAR Life Coach Spencer Hunsaker

The reason that the WAR program is so successful is because people can become addicted to intense training when shit hits the fan and life gets hard. They can come into WAR, bust their ass for two hours, go to that dark place of being uncomfortable, and actually learn to enjoy it. They will learn that the dark uncomfortable place that they experience while training is actually a safe place.

In the WAR gym experience there are no math tests, no bills, no 10 hour work days; there is only our will to continue pushing through the training.

I’m thankful for the WAR lifestyle. I’m a different dude because of it.

Keep training hard everyone…

Walking & Pondering

Walking & Pondering

by Hawk

I’ve been doing a lot of walks lately, and they’ve been great. I plug in, and either listen to an audio book or beautiful music, or sometimes both (book on the way out, and music on the way back). These walks seem to get my mind off things and afford me the opportunity to escape and work on my spiritual self. I have come to love how the audio books and music lead me to day dreaming about beautiful concepts that are grown out of charity.

I love when I act on the promptings to call or text someone I haven’t spoken to in a while. Such feelings and emotions can only be from God, since He is the author of charity.

On this walk we might stop at our grandparents to say hello and chat, and then on our way home we may get stopped by the car of someone we know and haven’t seen in a while, now giving us an opportunity to experience a brief but beautiful conversation.

We never know where such experiences might lead us; however, if we stay inside we will stay dark in our head. But if we will get outside and participate in a walking experience we can feel better almost instantaneously, especially if our formula for music is in order. The magic, then, is in the musical playlist, since it can lead our thoughts to a higher plane. We have to do our part to search for those songs that have the ability to lift our mood and spirit as we walk. It is the hope that this music will lead us to day dreaming about positive, beautiful things; and it will if we are carrying a prayer in our heart for the entire walking experience.

Pondering is a gift, and walking while listening to a spiritual audio book can help us to ponder on those life principles that matter the most. Our family will pop into our heads, and a greater understanding of their importance will improve within our minds. We might now see the importance of spending our time wisely by not running around and participating in those activities that take away from our family.

The slow and patient life is what we are seeking. It is through this way of life that we can find happiness, though it takes courage and diligence on our part. We cannot be spurters, where we try real hard for a few weeks, but then stop doing everything. Being slow, steady, and consistent wins the race, after all, life is a bit of a chipper; where we chip away each day, a little here, a little there, with doing our best and never giving up and before long we will have made a beautiful life for ourselves.

Keep chipping

To Mentors & Life Coaches

To Mentors & Life Coaches

by Hawk

Keep living the WAR lifestyle, and all of it. The only way you will be able to teach people how to live it is by you first living it. You must participate in the track work, the remote work, the reading, the strength and conditioning, the circle meetings, the classroom, the nutrition, and much more. In order to become a good mentor / war life coach you have to first live it so that you can teach it. You need to be able to draw upon those experiences of you living the Art of WAR so that you can be persuasive and believable. You’ll never be able to run a classroom concept in the way that you’ll need to if you are only participating half assed in the WAR lifestyle; and why limit yourself to only being able to teach a portion of the lifestyle.

Many know and understand nutrition, as well as components of the gym experience; and that’s all great. However, being able to teach the spiritual is where the real coaches rise up. Everyone can feel their way through teaching nutrition and strength and conditioning concepts; but can you teach someone how to find God? Can you persuade someone to read out of the best books? Can you convince someone to go and work on their spiritual selves through doing jogging and track experiences? Can you tell them how to get around cravings by using the WAR lifestyle?

If you can’t do all of these things and much more then you aren’t really on your way to becoming a life coach — but are nothing more than a personal trainer. I wan’t life coaches to rise up — ones who have the ability to teach all of the WAR lifestyle and not just the portions of it that are easy and comfortable.

 

Student & Coach Growth

Student & Coach Growth

by Hawk

If you want to get good at this sport then you must practice in repetition, which means that you must work on the things that you do not do well, and you must work on them a lot. It is the same in all of life: the one who practices more than most will find success more than most. The one who stays clear, and places a huge emphasis on getting good at lifting weights, will have far the advantage over the one who is in a constant lazy escape.

So it goes as well with nutrition: when we fall off back into the land of sugar, but then have the discipline to fight our way back to being locked in, we then learn a great lesson: one that teaches us a thing or two about drug and alcohol relapse. It was hard for us to hop out of candy land, and because of our repeated experiences in doing so, we’ve created new memories that have given us a confidence that we can hop out of other lands that are posing to be pleasurable but are merely false.

Participate, practice, read, and then study. You first have to come in and participate. If you don’t show up, then how can you expect to get good. If you are not always reading, then how can you expect to learn more about the spiritual. If you are not doing the track, spiritual, remote, and weekend work, then how can you expect to become a person that can coach someone else on how to live the full WAR lifestyle.

If you are a student in WAR now, you are expected to eventually become a coach and a teacher. However, if you have only participated in the strength and conditioning and nutrition component, but have failed to participate in the spiritual component, then how are you going teach the spiritual in the classroom if you are not trying to live it yourself? If this be the case, then in the classroom, you will only be able to present on the simple concepts, and will be pigeon holed in how far you can lead someone to change; you will only be able to teach them a portion of WAR, which isn’t enough.

The Low Bar Works

The Low Bar Works

by Hawk

The Low Bar works by how it gives the user confidence. This lift strengthens the posterior chain in a way that promotes athleticism; and when one feels athletic, then they feel good about themselves, which, if they feel good about themselves then they are less inclined to take something.

Those who have never trained this lift don’t quite understand the powerful truth behind this movement. It is a movement that recruits the most amount of muscle possible given the range of motion and where the load is placed on the back; and is followed with an aggressive hip drive and pull of the entire posterior chain when coming out of the squat hole. Testosterone is then grown in the human system, and for the one who is caught in the low mood often, such a hormone release can lead them to having an energy and proactivity that could’ve been achieved in no other way.

So now this individual at home carries themselves just a little bit different. Now those used to be challenging tasks around the house where motivation was once lacking, are now achieved and conquered; and all because of the physical and mind strength that low bar back squat led them to having.

Low Bar Religion….