Guidance from a Little Guru!

DaddysLittleGuru“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”

~Oscar Wilde

I know I haven’t written a post here in a long time. I was too busy healing. Since my last post in August 2013, over a year ago, I have been on quite the roller coaster ride. I cannot share everything that has occurred because I respect the privacy of others. All I can say is that I am very grateful for everything that life has brought me. As difficult as it has been, it has made me who I am today – a person able to live freely and authentically without reservation or hesitation.

Why begin writing again now and why this quote? Last weekend, my beautiful 5 year old boy Julian was over and I read him a great quote that I saw in a calendar which stated; “Never bet against a person who won’t quit.” After explaining the meaning of the quote to him, he absolutely loved it. I then showed him my thought-of-the-week board. For years, I would write a thought of the week up on a whiteboard in my exercise studio (but I also stopped writing these since August 2013). He immediately encouraged me to write the quote up on the whiteboard so I did and I admit, it felt great to do this again. This weekend he said; “Dad we have to put up a new thought of the week.” Bless his precious heart. I think pretty soon he may even take over this blog. :)

Anyway, today we read through some quotes together and he chose this one above from Oscar Wilde because it made him laugh. I know he is only 5 but he is wise beyond his years – my little guru. This boy has seen his family break apart and yet, he continues to shine brighter and brighter with each passing day. For me, he has become a constant reminder of how life should be lived. And because I feel most alive when I teach, I have decided to blog more frequently again.

Thanks Julian!

From your loving Father,

Sal Crispo

5 Simple Habits To Boost the Quality of Your Sleep

Bear Insomnia Cartoon1. Avoid Stimulants Before Bedtime

The autonomic nervous system is divided into 2 main parts – sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). These 2 systems have an antagonistic relationship. For instance, you cannot be in a heated argument and completely relaxed at the same time. Stimulants activate the sympathetic nervous system (S.N.S) and will disrupt the quality of your sleep which is a parasympathetic nervous system (P.N.S) activity. Some common stimulants to avoid before bedtime are caffeinated drinks, bright lights and extreme emotional highs (such as heated arguments). Before bedtime, it is best to make the habit of creating an environment of relaxation. Continue reading