75 staples in my head taught me perspective

April 16th, 2020 will be 10 years from the photo on the left.

After a 6-hr brain surgery to remove a massive brain tumor, leaving me with 75 staples, 16 stitches, and 4 titanium screws in my skull, I was back on my bike 5 weeks later.

Perceptive is everything and I could have chose one of fear and lived life as a victim. But, I chose to become a survivor and live life on my own terms.

I believe we all have the same choice in our life and that’s our perspective, which no one can take from us.

It’s a choice we’re faced with on a daily basis.

It’s not always easy but it’s worth putting in the effort to become aware of our thoughts and focus on shifting them to become more aligned with our desires.

I could have easily chosen the path of a victim and had given up on more than a handful of occasions and no one would have questioned me.

But, my vision for my life wouldn’t allow that choice.

My vision to become the best version of myself also led me to a ketogenic lifestyle for the health and longevity of my brain consisting of a ketogenic diet, fasting, and exogenous ketones.

Since adopting this lifestyle, I’ve become more conscious and proactive of other areas of my life, I’ve been able to avoid surgery, medication and treatment of the recent 2 brain tumors in 2017, I’ve connected with wonderful people in my life, and I’ve been able to embrace a higher purpose in life consisting of helping others.

Had I not chosen to be proactive about my health, I wouldn’t be where I am today connecting with all of you.

👉🏼 “life is 10% what’s happens to us and 90% how we move forward”.

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👉🏼 “life doesn’t happen to us, it happens for us”.

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👉🏼 “you can choose to change in a place of joy and inspiration, or in a place of pain and suffering”.

All above quotes detail the same choice, a choice in perspective and how we see the world and the events that take place in our lives.

Ive learned change doesn’t have to happen when we’re in a place of pain and suffering. It’s my mission to inspire the perspective of change occurring during joy and inspiration so we can be proactive rather than reactive for the live we desire.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

Perspective CREATES Our Reality

How we choose to see the world we live in and the events we experience is what shapes how our reality appears.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTj4gjH8ewA&feature=youtu.be

I believe perspective is a choice and that choice leads to how we develop our personality, which is made up of our thoughts, actions, and emotions.

I have learned how important it is to become aware of our perspective in life as our personality is what creates our personal reality we live in every day.

If we are unhappy with our current reality, we have to go back to the drawing board and audit if our perspective is aligning with our vision for the life we desire.

If our perspective on life is how difficult it is, how we lack “this or that”, how unworthy we feel, etc. yet we desire the opposite, we’re not going to be on a frequency of energy equal to that desired version of ourself.

This, in return, creates our state of being, which influences how we think, act, and feel.

If our current state of being is influencing thoughts, actions, and emotions that don’t align with our truest version of our desires self, we can’t expect to create that version of ourself, or at least without suffering to do so while it taking a very long time.

One of the biggest learning lessons in my 31 years on this earth is that the way we choose to see our lives is what’s shaped our reality, and I’d argue its what CREATES our reality as a direct and indirect by-product.

Change your perspective, change your life.

Change your thoughts, change your actions and emotions.

Change your emotions, change your energy frequency and begin to change your reality to look and feel the way you desire deep down.

The trick?

Embrace resistance once you begin to make changes and understand it’s just your mind breaking free from the body as it’s become trapped in a program conditioned into the body over time.

To change is to change the program, which leaves the body feeling uncomfortable and unfamiliar.

When this happens, just observe fee of judgment and focus back to the present moment and your purpose for making the effort to change.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

Never felt such pain & love

It may not “look” like it, but I’ve been confronting a lot of mental health “things” I’ve been burying down most of my teenage and adult life.

I’ve always reached out to things in my external environment to change my inner feelings or state of being rather than look within and change my thoughts, actions and ultimately, my emotions.

The day my younger brother passed was the day I believe a ton of those thoughts and emotions began pouring out of me and I never felt such a moment of pain and love for someone as the day I held his hand while he was no longer in his body.

The more I face these emotions, and learn what’s going on inside of me on a deeper level, the more I find clarity and comfort in what I’m experiencing and no longer question my own existence or purpose for living and doing all the things I strive to do or that others “expect” me to do.

A few things I’ve been challenged with is letting go of the control I seem to find myself leaning towards to fill a void of security I’ve lacked in terms how how “safe” and “secure” I’ve never really felt majority of my life. The more I learn about myself, the more I learn to let go of judgment towards myself and others, and I see myself and my experiences behind their actions and words. I’ve also been learning how emotions we feel are just trapped energy in motion, “good” or “bad”. In order to get a new emotion, we have to break the chemical addiction our body has conditioned itself to, which then creates the body controlling the mind and is why no matter how much we want to change, we just can’t seem to do it.

The other challenge is closely related to control but it’s to embrace the unknown (break the addiction to my past self, chemically/emotionally speaking) and not try to influence what comes from the unknown or navigate it any other way than with pure observation and curiosity.

The last 3 weeks I’ve taken time away from being present on social media and in real life for the most part, and have been doing a lot of inner work on myself and working to create change. It’s been an amazing moment of clarity, curiosity, and truth. It’s making so much sense, allowing me to change how I think and feel, and be more transparent and authentic with those I connect with.

I encourage you to do the same, no matter what state of being you’re in, because it can only help bring more abundance into your life.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

Blessings of the Energy Centers

Day 3: 430am “Blessings of the Energy Centers” Meditation from @drjoedispenza

What I’m learning

1- Finding that it seems to be easier for me to wake up around 4am than I believed once I dropped the story of that being “too early” to wake up, which was my body being in charge of my mind rather than the other way around like it should be.

2- Based on my @ouraring data for over a year and skimming through it, it seems around the 4am mark is when I come out of a deep sleep cycle and may be why I wake up a ton around then anyways and how I feel groggy after waking up at 6am since I fall back into another sleep cycle.

3- I’ve been focusing on “surendering” as, Dr Joe refers to it. After a conversation with @lifesamitchism, reminding me to not be judgmental of my practice and to let go of attention to control the situation and “create” an experience, I’ve been focused more on my intention (thoughts/desires) and emotional being (emotion the intention yields) while visualizing the best I can by holding my attention on these aspects and letting go of my body, time and space.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

Lost, Now Conscious

Been working hard with @createdbybrian on educational keto focused videos as well as story telling and mindset focused videos as ways to share my message and goals of inspiring new perspective in others.

I’ve felt lost at times the last 2 years as I’ve stepped into the “unknown” in pursuit of a new purpose filled goal fueled by nothing more than passion and gratitude.

The more internal / mental work I’ve been doing, the more I’ve been able to take more and more action in my life that gets me into a state of “flow” and I forget about my body in time and space.

Sharing my journey and the perspectives I attach to these stories has been self-therapeutic as well, which is why I encourage others to share their TRUTH as much as they can.

Today I had the honor of leading a keto & brain health training for my good friend @isaacstegman and his company/tribe @kaizenprocoaching.

My priorities in which I wanted to the team to take away we’re the following:

1- consciousness (awareness).

2- Health is internal.

3- Brain & Mental Health = WEALTH.

I learned these valuable lessons the hard way and it’s my life’s mission to share and inspire these perspectives in anyone I can.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

“Body, Space & Time” Morning Meditation

Goals

– get my conscious thinking away from my body, time and space – the 3 main focuses we tend to give energy to on a daily basis to affirm our known identity and reality- to allow energy for creating a new unknown reality.

– retrain my body to respond to my mind and no longer control my mind.

– change my state of being (internal emotions) before an event in my life has been made manifest to choose to change my internal state (drop the cause and effect model we tend to live by and feel the effect that draws the cause into my reality).

What I’m Learning

– unless we become familiar with (meditation or internal reflection), we can’t expect to change our personality (the way we think, act and feel, which creates our state of being), which is what creates our personal reality.

– there’s so much unconscious thinking and feeling happening on a daily basis we’re unaware of that’s been programmed from our past.

– this unconscious thinking and feeling is what leads us to actions we may or may not realize we take that is out of line with the desires we have for our lives. There’s no right or wrong, there’s only what is.

– as get older, we condition our body to control our thinking based on external environmental conditions and experiences that lead to chemical addictions on a cellular level to affirm our known identity and reality on a daily basis.

– so, to change is to be greater than our environment or state of being, which is difficult due to the chemical addictions on a cellular level.

– what’s rad is that once we become aware of this, we can then make a choice to change and realign our subconscious (95% of our thinking) with our conscious (5% of our thinking as an adult) and reprogram our body and mind based on a vision for our future rather than our past.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

BE Before You Become

Without consciousness (awareness) of our personality, we can’t expect to change.

When we live each day as our past self, making the same choices, having the same thoughts, and creating the same emotional experiences, we trap ourselves into a loop of auto pilot.

The thoughts we have, the actions we choose, and the emotions we feel as a result creates our state of being.

In order to change, we must be greater than our state of being, which takes an immense amount of awareness, commitment, and faith in what we can not yet see.

I had a long conversation about this work with @lifesamitchism last week and something he reminded me of clicked. He reminded me that once we leave the “program” (our subconscious personality made of our thoughts, behaviors and emotions) and get into the seat of the observer, let go of judgment and just OBSERVE ourselves for what we see and surrender from controlling our past or future.

For me, letting go of past judgments of myself is a huge success in overcoming myself. I’ve always been so hard on myself and put unneeded pressure “to succeed” when in reality, we’ll “succeed” once we choose to feel as if we have already and can feel that emotion.

In order to get into the seat of the PROGRAMMER and change our reality, we have to let go of any intention and emotion that makes us the current version of “ME”. Once we can establish this new observation and behavior pattern (personality), we can begin to rePROGRAM our personality defined by a vision of the future we have for our lives.

To create a new reality, we have to shed the past / current state of being of ourselves that’s creating the current reality in which we desire to change.

Of course, if you’re truly happy and fulfilled with you’re reality then this may not apply but I argue this applies to all us striving to be the best we can be.

Biggest lesson so far from learning about this topic is “be before you become”. Don’t wait for a cause and effect situation, create the effect that draws the cause into fruition.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

Ketones & Mitochondria

I don’t have a weight loss journey that led me to keto.

That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with that but it’s my belief body composition is just scratching the surface and is a by-product of prioritizing brain health.

Because we can’t see our brain, I find we often dismiss how we harm it on a daily basis. I learned this the hard way and it’s my life’s mission to shift perspectives through the lens of my life journey so others can choose to make changes from a state of joy and gratitude rather than pain and suffering as I experienced and was forced to reactive to a situation to save my life.

The profound benefits from ketones in regards to 🧠 health & performance come from optimally performing mitochondria and sufficient, superior, and efficient fuel to the 🧠 and body that produces less damage as a natural byproduct of metabolism.

When we’re running off of glucose for fuel predominantly, we produce more free-radicals and inflammation in the body, which damages mitochondria and create more free radicals and inflammation, which creates a damaging cycle.

Over time, from chronically elevated glucose levels and trauma to the brain (TBI, toxins, stress, depression, anxiety, etc.), the mitochondria can also become dysfunctional and begin producing less energy, storing fat, and can lead to more serious issues.

The problem with getting this message across?

There’s no way to measure WHEN issues may occur.

That’s why I share my story. I was 21 when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor even though my external looked “healthy”. Educate yourself and choose to change for the health of your 🧠 and from a state of gratitude.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

31 Years Old

Today, I turned 31 years old.

Reflecting on my crazy past and multiple times I’ve escaped death has me incredibly grateful to be alive and the amazing people in my life, like this woman right here @jciake who has been by my side at some of the most difficult times of my life I never fathomed appearing in my reality. She won’t let me give up even at times of my lowest questioning my purpose and my life in general, and I’m incredibly grateful for her doing that.

Loosing my younger brother last year on his own terms messed with my brain chemistry in more ways than I can event attempt to understand.

It’s shown me how fragile this experience on earth is and how much potential we have to impact others, one way or another.

Out of all the things I’ve experienced and learned so far, the biggest things that stands out to me is that we all have one choice every single day and we don’t’t live up to our fullest potential in life.

A choice in perspective: how we see the world we live in and the life we create, whether or not we’re conscious of our potential.

From dropping out of highschool to pursue an unlikely path few have succeeded in, to overcoming life or death situations, today, I have chosen the perspective of wanting to do more in terms of contribution to the world.

I decided to step away from my childhood dream to fulfill a higher purpose focused on serving others to live as healthy, happy and successful as possible.

The hardships I’ve overcome and learned from have shown me no matter how much I thought I gave it and wanted to give up, I had even more to give and have experienced extraordinary things because of it.

I know others have experiences and thoughts about life similar to mine and I want people to know they’re not alone, broken, crazy, or lack a purpose to fulfill in this world.

Even when you feel as if you’ve given it all you have, dig digger to the untapped potential that lies within us all. Live by a vision of your future rather than your past. It’s worth the effort!

Thank all of you for supporting me over the years as I’ve shared my wild journey and continue to do so.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

When You Grow Up

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

We all remember being asking this as a kid, right?

The possibilities are endless we were told.

But, how sincere was this question when it was asked & how true is the latter statement? How many of us manifested that dream into our reality, better yet, how many of us actually took a risk on that dream?

It seems, although sparking creativity & inspiring imagination, this question was a mask for confirmatory disguised as an idea of a dream when those asking this question most likely didn’t take a chance on theirs…maybe they did, maybe they didn’t.

I’ve realized there are few of us that take a risk on who it is we truly want to become when we grow up & that’s because few are often supported in being that person when they’re younger.

I was encouraged to “go big and fly high”, as my mom always told me, & my family backed anything I chose to do, as long as I worked hard at it and gave it my all.

I realize not everyone has a support system as I did growing up with, but I also had my own struggles along the way.

I often hear the phrase “must be nice” or “you’re so lucky” & it pisses me off.

To me, it negates all the hard ass work, the sacrifice in a “secure” career left behind to pursue and unlikely & unconventional path, pain and suffering endured to find my way (mentally and physically), risking my life, & the countless times I fell down (figuratively and literally) in order to get to a point people have the audacity to say such things to me.

To be on a path speaking my truth to people I don’t know, 100% fueled by passion & purpose, is crazy to sit back & reflect on.

It started with a self filled dream to become a professional BMX athlete and after many unfathomable adversities along the way, I got real clear on my purpose in life to show others what’s possible when we dig deep within ourselves, even when we thought we had nothing left.

This purpose is fueled with a mission to inspire new perspectives in others to step into that untapped potential empowerment by living through the lens of my life rather than waiting for catastrophic events to occur in your life to wake up.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️