Thursday, February 25, 2010
To paraphrase Buddha, "The coal of anger burns the hand of he who throws it."
Good timing for me on this reflection.
I don't know if it was the changing barometric pressure,the upcoming full moon or the anticipation of a snow-day tomorrow, but the kids in school were, shall we say, "extremely challenging". I held it together until 2:00 and then one of my "usual suspects" pushed the wrong button one too many times. I don't raise my voice when I get angry, but let's just say he (and the rest of the class) knew he had pushed me over the edge.
My point is, I had a momentary release of building frustration, but I felt terrible afterwards. I should have stepped back, breathed deeply, (maybe breathed deeply again) and then dealt with the situation.
But now it's over, I've had my wake up call, and tomorrow is a new day...Amen!
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Monday, January 04, 2010
.. for the new year! (stolen from another blog)
1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It
is the ultimate anti-depressant.
2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Talk to God about
what is going on in your life. Buy a lock if you have to.
3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My
purpose is to__________ today. I am thankful for______________'
4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that
is manufactured in plants.
5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan
salmon, broccoli , almonds & walnuts.
6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues
of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead
invest your energy in the positive present moment.
8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a
college kid with a maxed out charge card.
9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
11. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
12. You are not so important that you have to win every argument.
Agree to disagree.
13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
14. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their
journey is all about.
15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years,
will this matter?'
17. Forgive everyone for everything.
18. What other people think of you is none of your business.
19. GOD heals everything - but you have to ask Him.
20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
21. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends
will. Stay in touch!!!
22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
23. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I
am thankful for__________. Today I accomplished_________.
24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
25. When you are feeling down, start listing your many blessings.
You'll be smiling before you know it.
Sunday, January 03, 2010
(From an article by Deepak Chopra I found in the Mindful Eating Challenge Forum. My goal is to follow these 4 steps daily to get a handle on my emotional eating.)
Let's use food as a focus for gaining more awareness.
The next time you reach for a "bad" food or feel tempted to overeat or have any kind of craving you feel is wrong, the first step is to stop focusing on the food. Focus instead on what your body is saying.
Ask, "How do I feel right this moment?" There are only two valid answers. Either you are hungry, which is natural, or you feel something you don't want to feel. Instead of distracting yourself, pause. See how you feel. Then go ahead and follow your impulse, whatever it was.
The second step, which you can take whenever you feel like it, is to write down the feeling in a notebook. Be as specific as possible, such as "I feel like I need to be comforted," or "I feel stressed," or "I am desperate to eat this." Don't just note that you are hungry; find an emotional word. As before, go ahead and follow your impulse.
The third step, which is a bit harder, is to pause after you have written down your feeling. Go inward and be with your uncomfortable feeling for a full minute. Then ask yourself, "Do I really need to eat?" or "Am I really hungry?" For millions of people, this simple question has proved nearly impossible to answer, because they have taken a natural impulse—hunger—and mixed all kinds of emotions into it. Now we are trying to untangle those emotions, pay attention to them and separate them from real hunger.
Once you get to Step 2, you have won most of the battle. The fourth step is to attend to your feelings of pain, discomfort, depression, anxiety—whatever they may be—on the right terms. Instead of self-medicating through food, you can follow the appropriate channels. This could mean therapy, but just as likely it means being emotionally open with yourself. Food has been part of a mask, a lie about who you really are and how you really feel. Once you start being aware of your body, the mask falls away and there is no need to lie. There is a need to heal, which is a very different thing.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Pay no attention to the faults of others,
things done or left undone by others.
Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone.
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