Sunday, July 21, 2013
My previous blog entry which simply stated "Focused on quieting my mind" received some feedback from SparkFriends who were interested in hearing more. Here goes...
First, let me take a step back and explain where I'm at. Perhaps somebody out there can relate. :)
Back in January I made the decision to take a few classes to become a certified Life Coach. I finished my classes in May and am now a Certified Transformational Life Coach. I'm still working on getting my life in order and building my own business while holding down my Corporate America job. Taking this step has changed my life forever, in ways that I cannot even begin to explain in this blog. For now, I'll just say that the class did transform my life and I'm leaning, growing, and taking steps every day to move me ahead. Much of my journey so far has been deep within myself, on a very spiritual level. This is where the "quiet my mind" comes in so I will jump back to that topic.
If I have learned anything, it is the importance of taking time to breathe, clear my mind, and live in the NOW. I have always had so many things in my head, 5 million thoughts going every direction at once. This means that quieting my mind was a major challenge for me. What I found worked for me the most is simply breathing. Take a few deep breaths while getting in a comfortable position so I can close my eyes and relax. As I take a deep breath, I visualize a bright white/golden light coming into my body with my breath. I see it fill my body from my nose and spreading until I can picture my body glowing with light. Then, I exhale slowly through my mouth while picturing all the negative thoughts, aches, pains, doubts, etc. as blackness leaving my body. I repeat this until I feel I have nothing left to get rid of. Any thoughts that enter my mind I just let happen and then return to the routine. If I focus on NOT thinking then I struggle.
I have learned that simply being aware of your present state, be it driving, working, eating, talking, etc. truly gives you a new perspective. When I take the time to be present in my life and quiet all of the chatter, I feel as though I am looking through new eyes. Everything is brighter, more beautiful, more peaceful!
I'm making great progress on my spiritual journey, now I'm ready to make that progress once again on my journey to a healthier me.
Who is with me?? :)
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Focused on quieting my mind.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
I don't have much time but wanted to get a quick update posted.
I started last Sunday with trying to make smarter decisions. I'm going to make a bulleted list of my progress from last week:
* Hiked to the top of a smaller mountain
* Rode my new bike on local trails and around the neighborhood
* Said NO to second helpings of ANYTHING
* Said NO to the pizza party at work
* Yesterday went hiking again and made it higher up a larger mountain
* lost 4.4 lbs
All in all, I am feeling GREAT!!!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
After about 3 years of wanting a bike... I FINALLY have one!!! WOOHOO!!!
For my daughters 11th birthday (Feb 6th) we told her we would get her bike going again. Long story short it was going to cost more to do that then we paid for the bike to begin with, so we bought her a new one last Sunday. Wednesday we bought one for my husband that he is going to use to get to/from work which he starts tomorrow. I was quite happy for both of them, but must admit that I did a bit of pouting as my husband told me him and my daughter were going to go ride the trails by our house on Saturday. What I didn't know was my hubby was taking me Saturday morning to get a bike for me!!!
By husband and daughter both ended up with BMX bikes, that is what they seem to like. I have a 21 speed mountain bike. I'm sooo excited!
We went for a nice 45 minute ride Saturday afternoon on the trails by our house.
Sunday we got up, went to a local mountain range and did a 60 minute hike... we conquered one of the smaller mountains, it was so wonderful!!
Sunday afternoon we went on another 60 minute bike ride on the trails again...
Today I rode around the neighborhood for about 10 minutes. I decided to take a break... My legs are actually doing really well, but my butt is killing me from the seat of the bike!! I hope I get used to that part really soon because aside from that we are having a blast!!
It feel great to get out and be active!!
I don't know if any of my old buddies here will see this, but i wanted to share for anybody willing to help me with support!! I've been complaining that nobody seems to care about these things I'm so excited about as I try to get back to a healthy lifestyle. I need support. I need encouragement and I need kind words, none of which I seem to find much of in person recently. Then I thought how silly of me to feel down when I have SPARK PEOPLE to help me!!!
Hope to hear more from each of you!!!
P.S. If any of you are good on a bike, I could use advice on when to shift and what gears on my 21 speed... I haven't ridden in about 15+ years :)
Monday, November 21, 2011
... I say be happy that you have those lemons!!! :o)
Since my last blog...
1- I went through a major period of being POSITIVE! Being aware of my every thought and deed... I found such a peaceful place and was grateful for everything and everybody in my life!!
2-I was laid off at work... due to budget cuts my position was eliminated.
Well, I see this as a test. If I am trying to change my life to stay positive then I can't pick and choose when is best for me to be positive. It is easy to be positive when your life is going well. Being positive when life is chucking lemons at you from every direction at once??? Well, that's the challenge. I decided it is a challenge I'm up for!!
My husband has been working as a consultant the past year and a half and his contract ends next month. This means that our family is going from two great jobs to our future being questionable. With that said, I feel at peace. Everything feels right to me. I believe this is a change that was needed in our lives and this is the time for it. I am grateful for my previous job and the experience I gained there to make me more marketable. I see myself finding a better job that I enjoy much more, is a better fit for me at a better salary.
I don't really enjoy the job hunting routine, the song and dance is not an easy one and I'm rusty... but, each day I feel better about it. Each call, email, resume submittal, etc brings me one step closer to my dream job.
I'm working on making the most of this time, staying busy. The one thing I have refused to do is sit around depressed, sleeping, eating and pouting all day. I'm going on more walks, doing more house work, and working toward quality alone time. That last part keeps getting bumped aside due to call about jobs, but that's ok.
I of course have my moments where I stumble and get down, but all in all I'm quite pleased with how I feel.
Every lemon coming my direction is allowing me to learn, grow and be a better ME. If not for the lemons that we encounter in our lives, we would never grow strong and become the person we are meant to be.
Who is with me? If you have lemons coming your way, no more ducking or running... let's stand strong and catch them and show them we are strong enough to move forward!
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