ONE MORE REP!

“One More Rep”

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Ahh that feeling where your entire body is shaking, and you can feel your heart beating in your forehead. That is the moment when nothing is left and you have to tell yourself “one more rep”!

In our last post we spoke about the importance of exercising to help find the voice of light and strength in ourselves. The reason I love CrossFit is because it’s a group class. Although you use your own weights and go at your own pace, the sense of community and accountability thrives. This is why we love our Mission Fitness Family.

I’ve noticed a MAJOR difference when I have tried to exercise alone versus with a group of friends/respected acquaintances.

Now, I am not saying you HAVE to join CrossFit! It’s great but if you struggle with mental illness such as anxiety and depression, I know from personal experience that my mind tries to bargain with me and give me thousands of reasons not to go to the gym. The intimidating thing, is that they are all very convincing. But when you have a community waiting for you, it makes it much easier to get up and go.

If you are struggling at getting exercise in, ask some friends to go on a run a few times a week with you. Start there, then build to a more rigorous exercise schedule. Try to be as consistent as possible!

The benefits that exercise does for mental health are just too essential to be missing out on! You can really find a voice in yourself that you may have never known was there! Seeing your growth and reaching your goals in the gym are incredible for self esteem. I have also noticed that it regulates my sleep and forces me to eat more consistently, and cleaner than I usually would!

When you are having a bad day, having trouble letting go, or dealing with a difficult situation, I challenge you to put yourself into that place where your body is weak. You always have one more rep! I say to myself, “one more rep Matt.” Yes pain comes. Whether it be emotional or physical, but It reminds me that I am strong and I can move through this. Together with the light, we take one more step in healing!


Matt Pelosi

5/6/19



Drop The "Labels"

“There is nothing Either Good Or Bad But Thinking Makes It So” - Shakespeare

I learned this quote a few years back sitting in an Artist Retreat in LA. The teacher at the time was talking about experiences we go through as humans. He had two bubbles drawn on the white board, One was (Good Experiences) Another (Bad Experiences). A thought came to me. I raised my hand and said, “ Why not just erase good & bad & label them both experiences.” Very good insight he said.

Being human is difficult sometimes. There are no emotions, problems, situations, losses, or pain that we don’t understand. In life, the more I’ve held on to those things instead of accept them as they are, the longer I have found myself stuck in the thick mud. I wind up losing sight of where I am and why. These things all are calling us inward to learn and grow. Believe it or not, they can be the best teachers.

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Take a peek inside your day. How many times have you fallen into the “victim role” or say things like… “WHY ME!” without even realizing. When we personalize thoughts or actions, we become so attached and keep fighting reality. This can toss us WAY out of balance and start to intensify anxiety.

I read a beautiful quote yesterday from an artist Janine Antoni :

So, I practiced tightrope for about an hour a day, and after about a week, I started to feel like, I’m now getting my balance. And as I was walking, I started to notice that it wasn’t that I was getting more balanced but that I was getting more comfortable with being out of balance.
— https://art21.org/read/janine-antoni-touch-and-moor/

Janine was learning to walk on a tightrope and learned to stop fighting the swaying of the rope. What she realized was that she became more comfortable with the unsteadiness and as a result, she began adapting to it.

My CrossFit Coach Joe Romano has this famous quote he uses: “Become Comfortable With Being Un Comfortable” It is so true. We don’t personalize pain. Instead, we just let life unfold and allow ourselves to flow with the way life is taking us. When we accept the good or the bad instead of reacting, it opens us up to the beauty of life. Don’t label things as pain. Label them as an experience. This helps us accept that we are human and we make mistakes. Ultimately, we can’t learn to love ourselves unless we can stop fighting the emotions and experiences that all humans go through.

Matt Pelosi 4/25/19

"Signs" - Mental Health Awareness Month

With Mental Health Awareness Month Coming In Just A Few Weeks, I Wanted To Speak About My Interpretation Of Our Latest Single “Signs” Enjoy! & Feel Free To Share!

"Signs"

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Signs

What They Look Like

Sometimes in our lives, we find those moments where it all makes sense! It’s like all of the questions we have are answered, and at that moment we are alive. Most of us are chasing that bliss whether we know it or not. Unfortunately, these moments are fleeting so they seem hard to obtain. Especially for those suffering from mental illness such as anxiety & depression, it might seem even harder to grasp. Happiness and balance can require lots of hard work and discipline.
Don’t let the word signs intimidate you like it’s some BIG epiphany or whatever... These come in small moments. Sometimes, we just can’t hear them over all of the noise.

The “Chatter”

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Too Much Noise!!

Why is he/she angry with me?” “Am I’m boring, am I walking Weird? Why can’t it be easier….etc.? Is he/she judging me right now? Do they hate me? Do I fit in?” “What do I need to say?” This can be a daily loop like Groundhog Day. The voice of depression will say, “It will never get better. I’ll NEVER be good. I’ll never get there. It’s too hard. There's too much competition. This song Is too boring too sad. I’m not good enough to finish it.” Sound Familiar?  I've Come to terms with the fact That the voice is NEVER satisfied no matter what.


This is actually good NEWS! Once you can realize and identify that these things are not the truth and are actually just your depression or anxiety, you have an opportunity to see and realize the beauty in front of you and all of the good in yourself and others. These are the signs, and that inner bliss is always available to us.


Through music, therapy, friends and loved ones I have been able to identify and label these things in just that way. By writing these thoughts down and by challenging them with hard evidence instead of immediately reacting on them, it gives me complete clarity to see the reality of a situation. The creative process has shown me how not to take these thoughts and feelings as seriously and negatively and instead, let them go. If you spend too much time analyzing or judging a specific lyric or sound, you get stuck in an endless, non-evolving cycle instead of hearing the beautiful idea on the other side of the process.

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Here are some things that have helped me cope with my own personal depression and anxiety:

  • Breathe
    In the book “A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle,” there is a chapter on addiction. He states Most of us are addicted to thinking, whether we know it or not. Eckhart says to stop what you're doing. Take 4 deep conscious breaths and really feel them! If you find yourself in a panic attack, or even just overwhelmed, this can really change your mood and turn your whole day around. Do this before you take any action on those thoughts in your head. Try it a few times each day!

  • Stream Of Conscious Writing

    In The Book “The Artist's Way”, there is a free form writing exercise that takes place in a journal. You do this every single morning and don’t judge anything. You don’t think, just write whatever comes out. This has really helped me find answers to hard solutions in my life. Many times I've picked up very deep wisdom from this and it allows me to get all of those anxious thoughts out before I start the day!

  • Headspace App!

    I LOVE This app! It guides you through the basics of meditation and even has different lessons for different situations in your life. Try  this once in the morning or once at night before bed. They are only 5 minutes. These five minutes a day can begin to change your life and bring a deeper level of self-awareness to you. All it takes is five minutes!!

  • MOVE!

If you haven’t seen Tony Robbins Documentary “I AM NOT YOUR GURU” I highly recommend it! If you notice    he's always hoping up on a trampoline before he goes out to address the crowd. He recommends when you’re stuck in your thoughts to just change your surroundings. Even if it means to get up and walk into the next room.


At the end of the day, I truly believe we all have our own signs. These can guide us and direct us to where we are meant to be, and answer some of the hard questions we all have. The key is being aware that signs are not those voices screaming in our head. When you can realize that, you too will see the Signs.
Thanks For Reading!
Matt Pelosi 4/12/19