Mike Neilio (@mike.neilio) — ♾ Teetotaler, Meditator, Mental Health Advocate
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. Guilt . I can't imagine feeling what someone might I can't imagine thinking those thoughts I can't imagine what it could be like . For the person(s) that feels responsibility for what happened to Notre Dame. . Someone completing some trade work, a weld. . Someone that was managing the project and not on site to get that phone call . For growing up with the Notre Damn as a staple of culture, life and belief . So many perspectives with one purpose; for pause, understanding and compassion. . This is a tribute from the last time I saw it with my naked eyes, August 2018 🙏🏼💔🖤 .
. Embracing Uncertainty . Living life on your terms is okay. Living life in a way that makes sense to only you is okay Living in this one body, that we're aware of, we get is the only entitlement we have . Everything else is a bonus . It doesn't mean making rash decisions is what YOU need. I've done it It doesn't mean anyone else should . Only you know what's right for you . How many times have I wanted a template for life? Someone show me the book and I'll check all the boxes . That's what I wanted . It's not out there - I wouldn't trust a "life for dummies" book either but it probably would have helped a lot of times . Living life so strategicly towards getting things and in being blind to my inner life wasn't fulfilling . Getting stuff didn't fill that void . It's the onion people talk about . In peeling back the layers, one finds the Self . Sometimes solitude helps this process - and then we realize . It's not an onion, it's a bonfire and I'm tied to a post in it . The post is life . The person on it - isn't us . It's our old beliefs . It's our old thoughts about how things should be or need to be . Just a thought from tonight💡 . What does this make you think about? 🤔
. Sunday feels 🙏🏼 No beginnings, no endings Just continued waves Waves of Joy Waves of Bliss Waves of Grief Inner experiences craving to be released Inner experiences I wish I could explain Explain to those I hurt Explain to those I left Explain how my self deceit wasn’t theirs to carry In clearing my heart now Remaining open Continued flow of life and experiences My body throbs as my eyes sob We don’t have to explain We don’t have to provide answers We don't have to do anything We can just be We can just experience. This. Sensations. Feelings. Waves of emotions Sometimes they’re for those who I let in Into the deepest chamber I could Into the deepest level I knew Sometimes that chamber feels like it was excavated What once was, ceases to be Here. Now. Present with the equal and opposite reactions Of the experiences of Self I tried for so long I succeeded for so long Stuffing everything down Keeping it all locked up Within. Untouchable. Without the light. The darkness was comfortable. It was comforting. It was unchanged. It. Just… was. As… I am. Now. Left with the remains The ashes of the past Flourishing seeds of present Fertilizer of death, shame, abandonment Letting the compost be stirred Gently melded. Guided into the now Injected with the present Air of the future Heir of the past Kingdom of now Infinite doors of perspective Vibrating granularly Expansions of atomic birth We are reborn In the moment In the present In the now Welcome. You never left. You were always. Home. This richness of being The density of breath The coolness of the intake The warmness of the exhale A tingling of my being An unexplained vulnerability An unexpected rawness A refocus of present An awareness of love A lightness of being A heart cracked open Sometimes slowly Sometimes quickly Striving to remain open Continuing to feel The work is never done Wanting to share this with someone Knowing it's not necessary Compassion for the human experience Wanting. Desire. Craving. Connection Wedging open To be in service An unbridled connection To Self - To Others Within & Without A remedy for the malady Bottled in Spirit Encased in a prison of clouds Shading a vision of light
. It's TUESDAY! 🙌🏼😁 . You know what I'm excited about? I'm excited about recognizing that I've not only survived another New Hampshire winter, when I never was certain if I would come back just for this very reason, I have learned how to thrive through winter. I've had lots of help for sure though 🙏🏼🙂 . Things that have helped me get back up when I was down and avoid the winter blues other times: . ✅ Going out in the world and being in service ✅ Reaching out to friends to help keep in touch ✅ Moving the body (walking outside or on a treadmill, yoga) ✅ Getting out in nature - bundle up, cold beaches are still fun ✅ Finding time to see the beautiful in the ordinary (e.g. this photo) ✅ Creating, meditating, learning something new, reading and writing . I figured if the bullet list was too long no one would read it haha 😬😂 . How's everyone else thriving through this season? 💪
. Happy Wednesday fam . What are you striking out today? . Bowling pun 😬🤐👀😆 . We always have moments of decision in front of us, do this or do that, or just be . For me, it has been smoother choosing the path with more ease and less strategic design. There's some inherent planning or foresight but it's certainly not as detailed as before. . Am I choosing to be stuck? Am I choosing to commit to forward progress? Am I choosing to serve a higher purpose? . Growth requires continual change 🙌🏼 . Questions to Self for the day . 📸 cred: @emilykuczka
. Anyone like waffles? 🙋🏻♂️ —— Blog post from Belgium is online - link in profile ☝️ —— You ever stay up late or can’t sleep and can’t pinpoint why? . I know the feeling very well. I used to be a great sleeper - two seconds and I was OUT. . Now, anxiety is back a little bit to be honest so I have that going for me and mostly I write to process my thoughts. . I write to process what lies within and beneath those thoughts. I write to find the underlying emotions. The unexpressed cataclysm of exuberance. . The moment in time when I want to write and when I feel like writing are two opposing frenemies. . It’s currently 1:27am on a random morning when I wrote this. . I could have tried to stay asleep or meditate my way through like a monk. . I chose to get up, find some gluten free cookie dough balls, make some sleepy time tea and write on the digital screen. . Sometimes [read: most times], it’s never an issue of writer's block, it’s a habit issue. It’s an issue of pen to paper, hands to keyboard or whatever your medium of expression may be called. . This is actually going to lead into another blog post in the future but for now it’s the social media message to see if you like the travel post about Belgium :) Hit. me. Up fam 😊🙌🏼
. 2019 Book Status 📚 —— Anyone else a reader? —— I didn't used to read much at all. I used to watch a lot of shows and there's nothing wrong with that. I enjoyed them and they served a purpose. I just feel compelled to read more now so figured I will share where I'm at during 2019 so far. Some of these are from December if I'm being totally honest 😬☺️ I just wanted a better looking pile than the last book shot I took 😆 —— What's your favorite book to recommend??
. Motivation Monday 👊 —— Maybe it’s an early TBT haha this video is so old! 👀😁 —— When will I be my own hero When will I see the power within When will I remember what’s within reach —— It’s so funny how not being able to backup my phone took me down a rabbit hole of finding what can be deleted from the hard drive and came across some old stuff. Reminiscing and checking out some old fitness files was super fun. It reminds me of how many times I have reinvented myself. It’s a pattern and somehow I forgot that it’s a good thing along the way. —— It’s okay to change course It’s okay to do something new It’s okay to be something different —— Anything you want to change in your life but haven’t yet? 💪
. ♥️Love♥️ —— How is your heart How does it feel today Have I not asked you lately? Its heaviness is palpable Its aliveness is throbbing Please be patient with me While I learn While I learn to ask these questions While I learn more of myself So I can meet you there Meet you where it matters —— We can ask these things of ourselves. Being solo on Valentine's day does not have to be a culturally shunned ideal. What is the ideal? Whatever we make of it. Whatever makes sense for us. 😊 —— When is the last time you told your special someone what you actually liked? What would you do if you had the day or night to yourself? What’s your ideal? When’s the last time you told them what you would really love to receive on a special day? Sometimes we give the person we love things they don't even value. Asking doesn’t have to inherently take the magic out of it. What if it elevated your connection to answering the unasked questions?💬 —— Thinking about thinking things. 🤔 —— Sending love to you, through me and back to me. Do the same, watch the world change, one smile at a time.💚🙏🏼🤗
. Harmony —— "Beauty is being in harmony with what you are.” Peter Nivio Zarlenga —— Wow - I've done the opposite of that for a long time. I pushed forward like a Genghis Khan of my mind and caused a wake of relationship wreckage in my path. —— Life will always find the middle way Life will always know what is best for us Life has been doing this a lot longer than we have —— These two photos from the past few days are very contrasting - although both locations were cold, it doesn't appear that way. —— When we can see things for what they really are When we can remove our own projected illusions When we can breathe and stay present We can find more ease
Finding the Self —— This past month has been eye opening This past month has shown me pieces of My. being The connectedness I thought I was supposed to draw the dark out The funny thing about the shadow It's only dark because the light was suffocated Culturally appropriated Subjegated to a normal Don't talk, sit still, listen, don't ask questions The ways that make us fit in Are the ways that make us slip out To be whole To validate oneself To turn up the flame The oil is unlimited Tap into it Unleashed —— I hope everyone is doing well through the ups and downs of life. I love and miss you all. I'm so pleased with the redirection of energy that's unfolding on my journey. —— Here's a snipit of what happened: —— Blog writing Read 7+ books Working on 3+ projects (business ideas) Continuing the healing journey of spirit Making more time for play Making more time for community Drinking a lot of tea (2 months no booze now) Phone use is down to 100 pickups from 600 Screen time is down to 4 hours from 8 hours —— That's all the good and trust that is has been equally flanked by some dark. There is no positive without a negative. I'm thankful for the people in my life that pick me up when I need it 🙏🏼🤗 —— There's a couple of more blog posts about to get released. Are you getting the emails? Link in profile 👆
. Decisions 🌀 —— Sometimes, I find myself ignoring that little voice. Sometimes, I find myself hearing that voice again Sometimes, I find myself having incredible experiences because of it Why is it so easy to ignore? 🤦🏻♂️ Maybe the pain of my current circumstances aren't enough to warrant the pain of change? I will challenge that immediately and confront it with renewed vigor towards my dreams. Change for new growth, for more introspection, for more inspired action ✅ After this post goes out, I will be logging off and deleting all the social media apps for an undetermined amount of time. 1 week? 1 month? 1 day? 🤷🏻♂️ I'll keep following that little voice and see what kind of treasures I might find. It'll be worth it, I'm sure. Email or phone to reach me ✌️ —— Let's do this, 2019. —— Welcome to the jungle 🌲🌴🌳
. Opportunity —— It's here. 2019. New year, new moment, new opportunities. —— 2018 had a ton of lessons, magical moments and practice for what 2019 is leveling up for. —— Time to keep the game plan moving forward. —— Holding space for production Holding space for family Holding space for friends Holding space for freedom —— These are my values. If it doesn't align, I'm not doing it ✌️ —— I've spent a lot of time in nature over the past two days and it's been amazing. It rejuvenates my soul 🙏🏼 —— Let's do this, 2019 💪 —— Get after it!
. Gratitude 🙏🏼 —— 2018 had me feeling crazy. Consistently up and down and all around didn’t know what was going to happen next. —— I’m so thankful for the lessons I’ve learned I’m so thankful for the people I’ve met I’m so thankful for the experiences I’ll never forget —— Being gracious for this precious life I have Knowing that it means more to me than my thoughts like me to think Being grounded in appreciation for all of the positivity —— I started the @timferriss PYR (past year review) and it has been incredibly amazing. It has been eye opening to see all the positives that I found in 2018 versus those “huge” negative nuggets that in my mind that try to dominate the good. In reality, they don’t —— Thank you. Yes, you. Thank you for reading. Thank you for being here even though it’s an outlet for me. Thank you for apparently having an insane amount of impressions on the “sweaty mike” pic out of a pyramid in Egypt - swipe 👉 —— Cheers to 2019! 🥂 —— Get after it! 💪 ——
. Nature ❌ ❌ ❌ —— Say hello to this beautiful guy and gal. I actually can't remember if it's a male or female in the third photo so let's just commit to one and go with it. She was found along a bike trail ride in Ermelo, Netherlands 🐎 —— It felt so nice to be in nature. It was 2 hours (by train) outside of Amsterdam. —— Making sure I find time and a place to be in nature, even when it's -2*C or 20*F is important ☃️❄️ —— We have so many creature comforts that it's easy to feel disconnected from what life can be for us. —— We live in these heated and cooled boxes and some of us never leave them. Myself included some days 🤦🏻♂️ —— It's when I'm able to get outside of the city, the apartment and into nature where I feel most connected to myself. —— This is the connection that fuels all others for me. Anyone else? —— Plug. it. in. 🔌 —— ✨💫✨ ——
. New Year - New You? 👊 —— What if... —— What if, a New Year was our celebration of everything we've learned? What if, a New Year was our exclamation of everything we're grateful for? What if, a New Year was our semi colon on everything we're doing well? —— Maybe we can choose to have a New Year, everyday? Maybe we can choose to be a New Person, everyday? Maybe we can choose new decisions, every moment? —— I'm impatient for delaying decisions that need to be made, now. —— You're worth changing, for yourself.😁💪 —— How will you change, now? 🤔 —— ✨💫✨