August 2nd, 2014

Kentfield, California

I love to read period. As far as I can remember it’s always been so. This spring and summer I’ve been reading books encompassing a self-mastery theme. The best books I’ve been uncovering are authored by Navy SEALS. Thom Shea, a fellow retired senior chief penned this great book that I’m half way through. The book was written to his children in the form of a training manual based upon his life experience as a SEAL in the event of his death. Fathers teach and in case he wasn’t present he wanted his kids to know certain things.

This book is all about Internal Dialogue and how it dictates the course of one’s life. Highly recommend this book.

Thom Shea's Book

Thom Shea’s Book

The next two book are by the same author, Mark Divine (USNA ret). Super impressive guy. Not a flash in the pain philosophic pop zinger messaging, but real integration of varying methods of mastery. Anyone who studies philosophy with any kind of depth comes to see numerous connections across seeming disparate perspectives and diciplines. Similar to what I’ve found in teaching yoga, you learn to say the same shit over and over again, but with different words. Essentially conveying the same message. You learn who to bridge.



Shea’s book is more memoir like with lessons peppered in. Divine’s books are excellent excellent books on total transformation.

The Way of the SEAL, By Mark Divine

The Way of the SEAL, By Mark Divine

I was thrilled but not all that surprised to learn that Commander Divine is an Astanga trained yoga teacher. You learn how to think like a warrior, the intense benefits of deep breathing and meditation. He breaks down military planning tools used in the SEAL community, distilling it to be used in business or personal life.

Maybe one of the reasons these books appeal to me so much is the style of writing. He is a military officer and speaks my language. It is not squishy, and there is no waste within.

If you are a person that wants to live life at the next level, please check these books out and check in with the Divine crew at SEAL FIT. From what I’ve gathered his methods work.


Christian Allaire



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