Spencer Dearing

Spencer Dearing

A fringe dweller with a passion to explore the uniqueness of life through avenues less travelled by others. Creative and diverse in his approach to live, he enjoys a variety of topics, concepts and activities that intertwine with the essence of self-improvement, not only with himself but the humanity of the World.


The Mindful Creator behind Lion Heart Living; the first Official Self-Empowerment Brand. Spencer is a Teacher and Coach in the fields of Functional Medicine, Functional Fitness and Spirituality; of which he incorporates into his programs for his clients to experience their own true power.

 

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Freedom Through Travel

When you think about travelling, does it create a spark of excitement inside you? Does the idea of travel bring on a flash of creative thought for you? Do you then begin to visualize yourself in another place?

It is amazing that although some of us may not be in a place to always get up and go, everyone seems to have an urge to move, to travel to at least one place on Earth. This seems to be a common theme. It only makes sense that in the deepest parts of our minds, hearts, and souls lies a connection to Mother Earth – and with that a calling to adventure Her lands. We all have it and we all get it. The ultimate question is Why? And How?

The action of travel is an excellent method to experience freedom and to seek one’s Higher Self.

 

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Travel: to journey, for some length, usually abroad. This comes from the Old English word Travailen (1300) “to make a journey.” Originally coming from the Old French word: Travail; meaning “to toil, labor, trouble; arduous journey.”

If you take a closer look at this, considering the century in which the original word “travel” was derived from, you can see how travelling, at the time, was made to be an action of labor and difficulty. Of course, during the Middle Ages, the notion of travel was most likely frowned upon and made to be avoided. This would be because of the fact that a king would not want people leaving his land, as it would cause a reduction in taxes, food, supplies, as well as soldiers for his army. People living at that time were not incredibly, spiritually evolved, and so they would be stuck in the Group Mind, per say. They would fear leaving their homeland for numerous reasons.

Fast track to 2017 and we have a whole new era of people. There are waves and waves of people becoming more open, aware, and awake about what is happening on Earth. People understand better what this world has become; knowledge has become a lot more accessible. Finally, people are becoming more in tune with themselves, which ultimately enhances their spiritual growth.

An important factor in spiritual growth is freedom, and it has many functions and understandings. Physically, freedom would pertain to experiencing the act of moving, being dynamic. Mentally, freedom would include freethinking, original ideas and wild concepts that are outside the ideal frame of mind. Emotionally, freedom would consist of learning to detach from “positive” and “negative” emotions, happenings and results. Spiritually, freedom pertains to the growth of the soul. It describes the evolution of the Soul working its way back to Source through ALL experiences.

Freedom: the right to frequent, enjoy, use at will and to live without any restraints both physically and mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

One major action has the ability to unlock all these levels of freedom, the more one does the action the more one truly sees what he or she is. Furthermore, if that individual is thriving to learn then so shall the Spirit grow.

This action is Travel.

 

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Let us go deeper to see how the notion of travel enhances Spiritual growth…

Cultures, People & Nature

• Travel allows us to learn new cultures. This brings the person to an understanding of what else is here on our Plane. This most definitely expands the mind; it grows new ideas and concepts based on teachings from these new tribes visited. Meeting new people at destinations and along the journey creates incredible moments that lasts a lifetime. Everyone has something to teach, and learn as well. Keep an eye and have an ear.

• Land variations occur where one goes, and with that comes new geographical understandings. New cultures and new lands involuntarily come together in the person’s mind to give birth to an observation. The individual compares past experience to this new one and creates a feeling which sticks to the mind and soul. This person has now created a better understanding for themselves. They may or may not use what they have learned about these new cultures, people and the land, but regardless, growth has been achieved.

• Where one goes, nature flows. It holds secrets, teachings and life lessons that are essential to better understanding oneself, and so increases spiritual growth. Wherever you may travel, enjoy the different natural environments that invite you.

Embracing the Uncomfortable & Time Alone

• The action of travel itself brings about stepping into the unknown. Travelling breaks the monotonous cycle that most have because travel is never the same. Travelling takes you away and out of the mundane, daily grind. This results in moving into the unknown. The ego does not like the unknown; it likes to know everything all the time. Travel can help quiet the ego. Being uncomfortable due to not knowing the unknown is a good feeling, and the exciting part is embracing the uneasiness. Every traveler has experienced it. Although they may have an idea about the destination, they never really know they’re going to meet, what events may occur or what to expect. This is exciting stuff, and the more we get uncomfortable the better we grow.

• Travelling alone increases the uncomfortableness even further. Yet, it creates an excitement because it is just you and the adventure. That is it, no one else to rely on, or worry about. Travelling alone, of course, brings time alone. Time alone is a very good experience. Silence allows you to open the floodgates to external and internal observation. Being alone is something most fear, but it is that which you fear the most that offers incredible growth.

Understanding Who You Are & Creating New Visions

• Combining all these new experiences – meeting new people, seeing new lands and learning the wondrous teachings of our Earth, one comes to realize who one actually is. This is by far the most interesting aspect of travel. It is and can be hard to explain in words, but we all know it to be true. Travel unlocks certain aspects of the individual being that create an immense growth spurt, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. The more you travel the more you see how small this Earth really is, at the same time, how vast and different it is. It is quite a perspective obtained.

• Understanding yourself is the ultimate method to enhancing your journey on this plane. Finding out what you are capable of is exactly what travelling offers. When you learn about how you handle certain situations, you start to see new things and you become more open to the diversity of what this Universe offers, and you start to have new visions of what you desire most. Travelling can help manifest new creative ideas that you seek.

 

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To reach a destination for this post, it would be best to end with this:

Travel is the subset journey of our Earthly physical human adventure that offers immense growth to the spiritual beings that we all are. It brings about power and creative vision that words trouble to explain.

Be brave and travel the lands, immerse all your senses and watch how free you truly are.

 

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6 Supplements For Better Training & Recovery

We are living in an era where we seek solutions to almost everything we do. We tend to even create the problem in order to find a solution, just for the mere fact of progressing onward in time. Although the year is 2017, and our solutions for our world’s problems have been increasing tenfold, you will still find many problems when it comes to fitness, physical exercise, nutrition, natural remedies and supplementation.

Not surprising at all, however, because these problems are there on purpose, more or less – problems created in order to feed big business.

 

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Let’s take a step back from diving into that rabbit hole for now.

This article is about a better solution to improving performance and enhancing recovery with proper functional supplementation. There are numerous products currently out there on the market for bettering this, toning that, improving this, and reducing that. This can be very confusing.

Let’s get right down to it then, shall we? Here are some simple and easy solutions to bettering your performance and improving your recovery: 

Functional Supplementation

For starters, functional supplementation stems from Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine is based around specific scientific proven systems and modalities designed for prevention and healing the root cause of all issues.

When it comes to fitness and exercise, we are using certain systems within the realm of functional medicine in order to enhance our performance and improve recovery.

Certain supplements will be extremely beneficial for enhancing performance, as well as recovery. Although there are many supplements that would improve your performance and enhance recovery, these listed below will offer exceptional improvements for you.

Supplements to consider are:

1. Caffeine
2. Magnesium
3. Vitamin-B Complex
4. L-Theanine
5. L-Arginine
6. MCT Oil
To elaborate further…

Caffeine – We all know how to get this one; whether it be in one form or another. Be it coffee, green and/or black tea, caffeine pills, etc. For the first listed, and most common choice for people, it would be of benefit to the individual to seek a quality coffee that is organic and fair trade. To push it even further, possibly higher alkalinity. A higher alkalinity coffee is often found to be paired with a specific herb or mushroom.

Related: Coffee… Is It Bad For You?

Caffeine Benefits: 

  • Promote and improve focus
  • Improve cardiovascular system
  • Increase blood flow
  • Improve creativity
  • Enhance inner drive
  • Help individuals push further
  • WAKE YOU UP!

Magnesium – A true favorite and a very essential mineral to be supplementing with regularly whether you’re exercising or not. Magnesium deals directly with muscle and nerve functions. Magnesium is used as a co-factor in over 500 enzyme processes in the body. So, you can see how this would help, right? Magnesium supplementation before fitness and exercise can relax muscles, prepare them, slow muscle cramping or eradicate it and allow for better heart function (cardiovascular).

 

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Seek out: Magnesium Bis-glycinate, Malate, or Glycinate and/or Citrate. All are better, more absorbing forms of magnesium. However, the Bis-glycinate and Malate forms are preferred higher with regards to exercise.

Magnesium Benefits – in correct dosages of course. Prevention of and/or decrease:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Muscle spasms/twitching
  • Headaches
  • Heart palpations
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Heart Attacks
  • High blood pressure
  • Improve recovery of muscle damage
  • Replenish lost magnesium levels through sweating and physical exertion
  • Improve endurance
  • Improve ATP production
  • Improve absorption of Vitamin D
  • Improve bone health
  • Enhance mood and energy levels

Every individual will be different in terms of how much to supplement with. It is estimated that at minimum one should look at 300mg/day in the form of Bis-Glycinate. It has been recorded that some individuals benefitted at levels of up to 1,400mg/day.

Vitamin-B Complex: Complex refers to a group of B-vitamins. Essentially, supplementing with vitamin-B complex will be more convenient than taking vitamin-B individually. These are water soluble vitamins, meaning they do not store in the body.

Vitamin-B plays a critical role and is essential for cellular metabolism and many other physiological processes in the body. It also has a direct relationship with energy levels in an individual. The most common vitamin-B deficiency in people comes in the form of chronic fatigue, or a consistent lack of energy.

Vitamin-B Benefits:

  • Improve and balance brain chemistry
  • Healthy energy levels
  • Improve breakdown of food at the cellular level
  • Enhance cognitive function
  • Improve physical performance
  • Better stress management ability
  • Improve cellular functions

When shopping for a good B Vitamin Complex, make sure it contains all the B Vitamins. The better quality supplement companies will offer B Vitamins in a better format that actually offer more bio-availability, meaning they absorb better.

Look for these versions in a B Vitamin Complex *highlighted form is better*

  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin OR Riboflavin-5’-phosphate)
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
  • Vitamin B5 (Pantethine OR Calcium d-pantothenate)
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxal hydrochloride OR Pyridoxal 5-phosphate)
  • Vitamin B7 (AKA Biotin)
  • Vitamin B9 (AKA Folic Acid) (5-Methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF))
  • Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin)
  • Choline
  • Inositol

L-Theanine: This amino acid has been getting researched extensively as of late. A main constituent of tea, especially green tea, which offers the highest amount of L-Theanine per cup; approximately 75g/cup. This amino acid, L-Theanine helps to produce the neurotransmitter GABA. GABA is directly related to the nervous system and deals directly with relaxation and the overall wellbeing. It is a feel good chemical in the brain, yet will not promote over excitability. Pairs very well with magnesium and B Vitamins. Look for L-Theanine in capsule form at a dosage of 100-250mg/capsule.

L-Theanine Benefits:

  • Anti-anxiety
  • Anti-stress
  • Promote relaxation
  • Decrease nervousness
  • Improve focus
  • Improve mental clarity
  • Decrease cortisol
  • Decrease restless mind
  • Decreased sensations of feeling overwhelmed
  • Helps to decrease negative physical effects such as, but not limited to, headaches, heart palpations, diminished sex drive, hypertension, and seizures.

L-Arginine: An amino acid that isn’t necessarily considered essential, yet is very important for many reasons. L-Arginine is used by the body to create Nitric oxide (NO). Nitric oxide helps blood vessels open and expand. This would benefit in improved blood circulation, heart health any many other amazing benefits.

L-Arginine Benefits:

  • Improve athletic performance
  • Detoxification
  • Improve immune function
  • Improve heart function and circulation (cardiovascular)
  • Improve overall blood circulation
  • Fights inflammation
  • Increased oxygen levels in the body, due to expanded blood vessels
  • Improved brain function
  • Helps in correcting issues with Erectile Dysfunction

You can find many different supplements for L-Arginine, and it will come in many different forms. Dosages depend on the individual, however, you can benefit from at least 1,000mg (1 gram) upwards to 3,000mg (3 grams) or more depending on age, circumstances, etc. A powder form is a very convenient method to utilize as it can go right into your drink before, during and after workouts/physical activity.

MCT Oil: A popular, newly researched type of super food, or supplement. MCT oil is now starting to shine in the limelight. MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides. MCTs are a form of saturated fatty acids that can be found in a few different foods and offer extremely amazing benefits. A popular source for MCTs is coconut oil. MCTs offer a vast amount of benefits, especially when it comes to brain function and weight management.

MCT Oil Benefits:

  • Improved brain chemistry
  • Improved mood
  • Enhances mental clarity
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-viral
  • Better weight management (makes you feel full)
  • Raises metabolic function
  • Helps lose stored body fat
  • Enhances energy
  • Helps in absorbing fat-soluble nutrients

MCTs are an incredible source of fuel that one can use. The idea is to consume MCTs throughout the day. MCTs can improve physical activity if taken prior. MCTs in coffee is a great way to start your morning, feel full, and can be used for fuel if you partake in fasted workouts.

 

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Final Thoughts

Always do your research before trying and taking anything new. The supplements listed above are, in fact, some of the best supplements to improve overall performance, obtain optimal mind and body functions, and are excellent choices to improve recovery and your overall life. You will notice numerous benefits within the first few days of starting some of these supplements and you may just find your overall perception to be that much clearer.

 

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