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Sovereign Philosophy

To be sovereign is to embrace one’s own physical, mental and spiritual autonomy and unconditional entitlement to self-determination. To rest in this state requires that you are in alignment with and willing to reclaim authority of your truth. The primary focus at Sovereign is expanding awareness through self-inquiry and exploration and then integrating that awareness into life’s practices.  Expanding your awareness both internally and externally will open you up to greater choice and help you close the gap between where you are and your vision of AWESOME.

The body/mind has not yet evolved to the current modern lifestyle. The body/mind will always prioritize survival regardless of our desires. Much of what is considered disease or disfunction is the body/mind’s attempt to meet the demands placed on it by a nutrient poor diet, increased toxic exposure, and chronic stress. The average diet is laden with chemicals (dyes, preservatives, flavors) and highly processed or refined foodstuff. Even whole natural foods can be chemically laden or modified in such a way that they are less nutrient dense than a generation ago. The typical person is exposed to nearly 100 chemicals before they leave their home in the morning. Our try more, do more, be more lifestyle places an unsustainable burden on our physiology and requires us to forego many processes necessary for restoration. But you can not only survive but tap into your pure potential and obtain your desires just by fostering greater awareness around your choices.


When diet is wrong medicine is of no use, when diet is correct medicine is of no need.”
-Ayurvedic Proverb


The Sovereign nutritional philosophy is simple. Utilize whole, real food as close to the beginning of the food chain as possible to obtain the desired nutrients. The focus should be on total nutritional profile versus simply macro nutrients or calories. It’s about giving your body what it needs to perform all functions optimally. As much as possible, foods should be organic, non-GMO, and minimally industrially processed. It is about having great food and great nutrition. Remember every”body” is different so although there are foundational principals for what you as a human needs to function, those principals still exist on a spectrum. 


How you eat is as important as what you eat. Learn (yes for most this is a learning process) to eat only when you are hungry and stop when you are full. Get back into relationship with your food and take time to enjoy and savor your meals. Slowing down alone can have a dramatic influence on the food you choose and how your body processes your choices.

"Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it"

-Palto

Sedentary or extreme activity or a combination of the two is the edict of modern lifestyle. Lengthy periods of inactivity cause stiffness, rigidity and loss of flexibility. Equally, prolonged periods or chronic intense exercise can thwart the body’s recovery and adaptation responses resulting in injury or loss of performance over time.  The Sovereign philosophy on movement is aimed at developing both strength and flexibility to create a balanced body. Movement should include daily low to moderate activity, regular resistance or strength focused activities, intermittent max or failure experiences which stimulate an adaptation response, restorative or recovery practices aimed at increasing flexibility, and frequent movement breaks throughout the day. You should strive not to remain sedentary especially seated for more than 60 minutes at any given time.

“The moment you change your perception is the moment you re-write the chemistry of your body.

-Bruce Lipton

Physical, mental and emotional stress, external and self-imposed, are daily experiences. To the body stress is stress and the physiological and bio-chemical mechanisms by which the body responds are the same. Much like toxins the body was designed to manage stress in small doses. The typical modern lifestyle is plagued with stressors which often become chronic. Eliminating stress is not always possible or desired. You may feel you thrive on stress or enjoy physically/mentally stressful activities. The Sovereign philosophy is first where possible to be selective in your stressors and second to reduce the burden or experience of stress through both physical and mindfulness practices. Some stress is healthy and can be utilized to foster an adaptive response. Controlled stress practices can be significant in increasing the body’s stress capacity.


“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
-Native American


Toxins enter your body through your lungs, skin and digestive tract and are present nearly everywhere. Your body was designed to manage toxins, however, the toxic load your body is required to handle because of the choices you make and the environment you live is unprecedented and could be overpowering or impairing your body’s detoxification mechanisms. You may be unaware of the toxins you are exposing yourself to or unable to control exposure. Toxicity can also be a result of neutral substances which synergistically create a toxin. The United States produces nearly 300 BILLION pounds of chemicals per year with the average individual using roughly 1,500 pounds annually and the average infant born with nearly 200 identifiable chemicals in cord blood. At Sovereign we know that exposure to toxins is unavoidable, but awareness can offer you greater choice in what you are exposed to and the ability to establish practices which mitigate toxic impact.


A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” 
– Irish Proverb


Adequate sleep, sun, socialization, restoration and play are essential to your health. Too often these are seen as optional or luxuries, but science is now showing that they can have as significant or greater impact on overall health than nutrition and exercise. The Sovereign philosophy emphasizes developing awareness so that you can listen and respond to your body’s needs naturally. Better health outcomes are associated when we align with our circadian rhythm and reduce/eliminate the need for stimulants or relaxants. Most importantly, if you are not having fun or at least finding the joy underlying your experience you have two choices change your perceptions or change your experience, either one will benefit your health and life tremendously. 

Why Values, Beliefs and Meaning Matter (The Mind)


Values are defined as one’s judgement of what is important in life. Although we typically assign certain tangible things such as success, money, or health our true values can be distilled down to the experience or feelings we want to have. Beliefs are our rules and consist of anything that we have accepted as fact or which influences our thoughts, feelings and actions. Beliefs can range from esoteric principals to scientific “facts” to self-perceptions and feelings of self-worth. Finally, the meaning we associate to a given situation or thought will influence our behavior and feelings. Many of our values, beliefs and meanings were integrated into our mind/body long before we had the mental/emotional capacity to discern their validity and can drive us even when it doesn’t or no longer make sense.  Although many of us can site our values, beliefs and meanings many of them are acted out habitually and even more are influencing us unconsciously. 


Choosing which values, beliefs, and meanings you modify, keep or discard will determine your ability to modify, keep or discard the behaviors and feelings we manifest in our life. Transforming your values, progressing your beliefs and shifting your meanings is an active and evolving process.  You must be willing to question and evaluate your current drivers, consider new information, and reflect on your past and resulting experiences. As you get clear on what we would like to manifest in your life it becomes easier to identify and choose the values, beliefs and meanings which support you.


Why Physiology and Bio-Chemistry Matter (The Body)


Your body is a highly intelligent and refined system. The majority of its processes are outside of your conscious control. However, we have far more influence than most of us are aware of. The concept of epigenetics, the idea that gene expression is directly impacted by the environment to which our genes are exposed, is foundational to the Sovereign Philosophy. Everything we think, do, and feel truly does impact us at a cellular level. Understanding the physiological and bio-chemical impact of your choices and conversely understanding how your physiology and bio-chemistry may be impacting your feelings, thinking and actions provides a map for modifying choices. Sometimes just understanding can release the burden of blame or shame of not having made lasting change in the past.


Why Your Choices Matter (The Spirit)


Choice is your ultimate power and your freedom to explore your pure potential. No matter what you believe you always have a choice. You may not like the options, you may be afraid of the outcomes, but there is always choice. Not choosing is also a choice. Sometimes, there is no path of least resistance, no high road or short cut. Sometimes, the only way is through. Sometimes the highest choice is the choice to endure, to put in the work or time, let go of the results and embrace the offering.

Why Values, Beliefs and Meaning Matter (The Mind)


Values are defined as one’s judgement of what is important in life. Although you typically assign certain tangible things such as success, money, or health our true values can be distilled down to the experience or feelings you want to have. Beliefs are our rules and consist of anything that you have accepted as fact or which influences our thoughts, feelings and actions. Beliefs can range from esoteric principals to scientific “facts” to self-perceptions and feelings of self-worth. Finally, the meaning you associate to a given situation or thought will influence your behavior and feelings. Many of your values, beliefs and meanings were integrated into your mind/body long before you had the mental/emotional capacity to discern their validity and can drive you even when it doesn’t or no longer make sense.  Although you can site your values, beliefs and meanings many of them are acted out habitually and even more are influencing you unconsciously. 


Choosing which values, beliefs, and meanings you modify, keep or discard will determine your ability to modify, keep or discard the behaviors and feelings you manifest in your life. Transforming your values, progressing your beliefs and shifting your meanings is an active and evolving process.  You must be willing to question and evaluate your current drivers, consider new information, and reflect on your past and resulting experiences. As you get clear on what you would like to manifest in your life it becomes easier to identify and choose the values, beliefs and meanings which support you.


Why Physiology and Bio-Chemistry Matter (The Body)


Your body is a highly intelligent and refined system. The majority of its processes are outside of your conscious control. However, we have far more influence than most of us are aware of. The concept of epigenetics, the idea that gene expression is directly impacted by the environment to which our genes are exposed, is foundational to the Sovereign Philosophy. Everything you think, do, and feel truly does impact you at a cellular level. Understanding the physiological and bio-chemical impact of your choices and conversely understanding how your physiology and bio-chemistry may be impacting your feelings, thinking and actions provides a map for modifying choices. Sometimes just understanding can release the burden of blame or shame of not having made lasting change in the past.


Why Your Choices Matter (The Spirit)


Choice is your ultimate power and your freedom to explore your pure potential. No matter what you believe you always have a choice. You may not like the options, you may be afraid of the outcomes, but there is always choice. Not choosing is also a choice. Sometimes, there is no path of least resistance, no high road or short cut. Sometimes, the only way is through. Sometimes the highest choice is the choice to endure, to put in the work or time, let go of the results and embrace the offering.