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Quiet My Mind - Part 2

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. emoticon

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?? :)


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    I do deep breathing exercises and meditation but have not tried your method. I love it and will give it a try.

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 7/22/2013 10:52AM is someone that has a cluttered mind & needs to learn to quiet it! Utter chaos in there!

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PATRICIAAK 7/22/2013 4:19AM

    You are so right. The mind cannot picture negative. If I tell you 'Don't think of a pink elephant, you picture a pink elephant.
Congrats on your achievements!

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Focused on quieting my mind.

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TERRY0217 7/14/2013 11:44AM

    It's important to do this during the day...step back for a few moments and just breathe. emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 7/12/2013 7:53AM

    I'd love to hear your tricks and strategies for that! I feel like I've been battling the ol' "monkey mind" FOREVER. emoticon

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KATIBUG49 7/11/2013 5:55PM

    I really wish I could at times, esp. at night!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/11/2013 11:12AM

    I really, really, really need to do the same. LOL.

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FERRETLOVER1 7/11/2013 7:50AM

    Very good idea!

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ZRIE014 7/11/2013 12:48AM

  good to do but something very hard to perform.

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PATRICIAAK 7/11/2013 12:37AM

    Good to do - it'll aid in getting a good night's sleep.

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Week 1 update/results

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!!!

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KATIBUG49 3/3/2012 1:43PM

    great job!

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    Wow!! Good job! That must make you feel great!

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FABANDFITAT40 2/26/2012 1:51PM

    Great Job Tara! 4.4 pounds now that definitely deserves a pat on the back. Way to go!! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/26/2012 1:40PM

    Great job, Tara! That's how to do it, one day, one choice at a time. WOO HOO for you!

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KCLARK89 2/26/2012 12:37PM

    Congrats!! Sounds like you had an AWESOME week :)

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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!!!

Much Love!!

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 :)

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GIRANIMAL 2/22/2012 4:27PM

    emoticon on your new wheels, Tara!

Saddle soreness: If it doesn't start to subside, try a different seat. I used to think I needed a cushy padded one, but the one on my new bike is slimmer and actually harder yet I have less pain. I think it's partly the little cutout (there is probably a technical name for this) where the tailbone rests. But that makes sense for me since I always have tailbone pain. Duh. emoticon

Since I live in Chicago where it's mostly flat, flat, flat, I don't have tons of shifting advice, but find a gear that's comfortable at normal conditions. I personally think "comfortable" means there should be a little bit of effort involved but not so much that you're already panting. Then, try shifting down one gear if it's super windy or you're on an incline; up one gear if you're on a decline. See how those feel for you.

I wish you lived closer and we could ride together! emoticon


Have fun but BE SAFE! If you don't have a helmet, get one. And wear it. You just never know. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/21/2012 10:17PM

    It is so cool that the entire family has a bike now. I can see lots of family outings and food exercise.

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LKEITHO 2/21/2012 9:14PM

    Have a great time on the new bike!

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CMBELISLE 2/21/2012 12:16PM

    Awesome! I'm glad you're getting back into the exercise and a new bike will really be enjoyable.

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FABANDFITAT40 2/21/2012 8:10AM

    I love biking and I am so glad to hear you are trying to get back into the healthy lifestyle. I have been away for far to long but am back in the saddle again. Would love to be here for you. Biking as a family sounds like a lot of fun as well as a great way to stick to things. Have you tried a gel seat? I hear that they are supposed to be great for the sore bum. Enjoy your new bike and know that I am rooting for you! emoticon emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/21/2012 12:32AM

    Well, HURRAY for you getting a bike--that is so cool! I would've been a little jealous at everyone else getting one myself, so I'm glad you got one too and it's going to be a "family affair." That really is the best way to be active. WOO HOO for you!!


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When life gives you lemons...

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.

My thoughts??

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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ANDYLIN90 11/29/2011 5:03PM

    Wow! What a positive, well written blog and very inspirational. Thanks for posting.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/21/2011 11:17PM

    I'm good at making lemonade out of lemons too. You will often find that challenging times are a transition to a better life.

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GIRANIMAL 11/21/2011 9:03PM

    Tara!!! Hi, honey. emoticon Good to see you around!

Sorry about you and Jason experiencing yet more challenges and uncertainty, but you sound amazing about it all! Tell me the book you read again, because I have to tell you, I've been reading positive-thinking books and such for like 15 years and I have yet to be able to LIVE it like you are! Amazing job, girl! emoticon

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NEVERSYNO 11/21/2011 8:27PM

    Great job.

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