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MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

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Retreat Day 4- Going Out Into The World

Retreat Day 4- Going Out Into The World

After the excitement of the night before I woke feeling alive. First thing I did was to go and tell everyone on the retreat I’d seen the Panther. There wasn’t any doubt from any of them, which was unsurprising........ 

We did a short yoga session and then had the usual clean breakfast of teas, juices fruit and eggs. By this point, the absolute elimination of any bad food was definitely increasing my vitality for life.

 I sat with all other participants over the morning and enjoyed the strong connections I had developed with all of them. Part of me felt a bit sad that I’d soon be leaving this little haven.

The only session I had left was with Paul, which was apt, as he’s my business partner and the person who pointed me down the path I’m currently on. Paul is a Rolfer and has ben working with me on all the issues I’ve mentioned in the blogs for the last 3 years. I would count Paul as the most skilled therapist I’ve ever worked with. Rolfing is a therapy that links the physical body with the emotional state you are in. To give you an example, a fearful person may have internally rotated shoulders, holding themselves in a defensive posture, which in turn causes disfunction. The theory is that if you can remove that physical restriction you can also remove the emotional baggage. In my experience this emotional removal is the key to long term health, injury prevention and elite performance. It’s certainly massively enhanced my life and also my physique.

 All my problems had been on my left side over the weekend. The previous sessions had largely removed any emotional stress I had been feeling. I felt at peace with myself as well as with recent and past events that had been a big issue for me over the last few months. Paul noticed my left shoulder dropping in, perhaps the last remnants of fear being held in me that related to my perceived unstable relationship with my mother. He worked on various areas and then asked me to stand. My shoulder had dropped back and lifted, making my chest look fuller. A slightly prouder posture if you like. All of his work was physical and we focused on the excitement around our new business as he worked on me. I could tell from his reaction that I was in a good place. Our emotions matched and we were both happy and ready for challenges life had in store for us.

 I said my goodbyes to everyone and left the retreat, heading to Loughborough to watch my athletes compete. As I left I felt a distinct difference to the version of myself that went in. The sunshine seemed extra bright, the music on my radio vibrated through me with a strong force I’d not felt before. As I looked at other drivers I felt positive for them and appreciated their presence. I had an enthusiasm for life I’d never felt before. It wasn’t just an inclination that this would help, I knew the process had changed me forever. I’ve made the mistake before of thinking something external was the answer, then there is a brief improvement and I fall back into my old ways, at least partially. But somehow I knew now that it was all on me. It was up to me to keep practicing yoga, and meditation and thinking in a more positive way about myself and the processes that created me.

3 years ago, I embarked on a journey to completely change myself. At the time I was an angry, aggressive, violent man, who thought that the size of his biceps and the number of girls he could rack up was what was important in life. Luckily, a serious depression made me take stock of my life, and what you’ve just read has been the most extreme and effective measure I’ve ever taken.

What I have learned is this. Stop blaming other people. It’s all a reflection of you. If you end up with a bad guy that cheats on you. Look at yourself. You created that situation, and sometimes not through anything you consciously did that was bad, but because something like low self esteem has lead to you being with a scumbag. If you ended up unemployed and poor, you created that. Maybe because you’re inherently negative and people cant stand to be around you. Blaming then lowers your life force and creates the same thing over and over.

Here’s my advice. Look at yourself honestly, or ask someone you really trust to tell you the truth. Luckily I’ve had people I love telling me for a while. It wasn’t easy to hear and sometimes I rejected it, but if it’s true that it is all a reflection, then that’s you telling yourself you’re angry, or negative, or selfish. Even if it isn’t a giant projector, think about why they perceive you that way.

Life is way way too short to be depressed or angry. YOU have the power in you to turn it all round. Perhaps by using some of the services I have described in my 4 part series. It is worth noting it’s not easy, in fact looking at your own faults is damn hard. After all, you’ve created a lot of your personality to hide them. When you wake up one day and realize you’re not this bullshit you do, you’re a living, breathing creature of the world, who thrives when it stays in touch with that very concept and when it loves, gives generously and forgives.

I hope you have enjoyed my account of the craziest 4 days of my life, and I look forward to updating you on my progress as I continue on with what I set out to do 3 years ago

I am happy to answer any questions about me or the retreat via email on dan@dancossins.com or through the enquiry form on the website. 

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