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Daily Meditation.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Living Life Fully

What we are talking about is learning to live in the present moment,
in the now. When you aren't distracted by your own negative
thinking, when you don't allow yourself to get lost in moments that
are gone or yet to come, you are left with this moment. This
moment--now--truly is the only moment you have. It is beautiful
and special. Life is simply a series of such moments to be experienced one right after another. If you attend to the moment
you are in and stay connected to your soul and remain happy,
you will find that your heart is filled with positive feelings.-Sydney Banks

Today's Meditation:

Right now. It's the only moment in the history of the world over which we have any sort of control over our thoughts, actions, or feelings. We can't control what happened even thirty seconds ago, and we can't control what's going to happen in ten minutes, but right now we can make decisions that will help to determine what our future's like, and that may make amends for past mistakes or build on past successes and achievements.

A few seconds ago, you decided to read this passage. You read the quotation above, probably, and then started on this passage. Now you're deciding whether to continue or not. Each moment of our life is like this: we decide to initiate or continue actions--or inaction--based on what we think is best for ourselves and others. We may get so caught up in what we're doing that we don't even notice the wonder of this moment--the sounds, the sights, the feelings--and that's a shame. This moment doesn't consist just of what we're doing; it also consist of what we're being, and how we're being it.

"If you attend to the moment you're in. . . ." These are powerful words, and that attention is something that takes practice. This moment is now, and it never shall come again. Feel it, live it, breathe it, and let it be a great contributor to who you are. Sometimes you may lose the moment due to certain tasks that occupy us for extended periods of time, but even then we can be attentive to the tasks, to their contributions to our lives and who we are, and to the fact that we're involved in something that probably will serve other people in necessary ways.

Some of my greatest moments have been those when I've stopped doing whatever I was doing just to be. I stand in silence and listen. I look at everything around me, no matter where I am, and consider how it's a part of who I am. I feel whatever's closest to me. I listen to my breathing. And all this helps to remind me that there's much more to life than what I'm doing at the moment, and much more to me than just the person who's involved in the task.
Questions to consider:

How easy is it for you to notice all that's around you? Can you do it all of the time? Most of the time?

How much do you lose when you don't pay attention to the present moment? Will you ever get it back again?

For further thought:

We have only this moment, sparkling like a star
in our hand. . . and melting like a snowflake.
Let us use it before it is too late.-Marie Beynon Ray

Have a beautiful day! emoticon~Sabrina

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TEDYBEAR2838 1/6/2010 3:57PM

    You are so RIGHT ON!

Happy New Year, Happy New You!

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DJS-DEBBIE 1/5/2010 10:39AM

    What great advice, Bre!

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BARBARAROSE54 1/5/2010 10:36AM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing. Gives me alot to think about.

you have a beautiful day

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Sunday, January 03, 2010

When I saw this, I just had to share it.

M ake short term goals
O ut with the negative thoughts
T hink of why you want it
I magine how you will feel
V isualize the future you
A cknowledge your successes
T reat yourself with respect
I nvestigate new ideas and foods
O bserve your healthy lifestyle
N ever give up and never give in
S upport one another

Have A Great Evening!

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EWYLIE12 1/4/2010 8:15AM

    Love it!

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BARBARAROSE54 1/3/2010 10:04PM

    emoticon motivation, thanks for sharing

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1807MOJO 1/3/2010 5:49PM

    Thank you so much for sharing, I really like that!

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DJS-DEBBIE 1/3/2010 5:31PM

    That is just perfect for us!

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A Thought To Consider.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths.
It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we
transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult--once we
truly know and accept it--then life is no longer difficult. Because
once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.-M. Scott Peck

This is going to be a good year. And yes, there will be many difficulties in it, for you and for me. Accept that fact, and the hardships will be fewer and less intense. Acceptance of difficulties allows us to relate to them in a much different way, just as acceptance of a person allows us to relate to that person in a much more positive manner.

Sometimes things which at the moment may be perceived as
obstacles--and actually be obstacles, difficulties, or drawbacks--can
in the long run result in some good end which would not have
occurred if it had not been for the obstacle.-Steve Allen

Have A Happy NEW Year!

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CELEST 1/7/2010 8:27AM

    How true. When we look back on 2009 and see the "issues" we allowed to side track in retrospect they don't look worthy of our lack of success.
So roll on 2010 to new dieting maturity which will in turn assist us in making better choices
I've had a great start...hope you have too.

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DJS-DEBBIE 1/1/2010 7:53AM

    Wonderful blog, Bre!

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Pressing Forward.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Living Life Fully Meditation

Today's quotation:

A new year can begin only because the old year ends.-Madeleine L'Engle

Today's Meditation:

The most important part of these words to me is the idea of us allowing the old year to end. If we really want to move into the new year in fresh and exciting ways, then don't we have to leave the old year behind? Can we make a clean start on a year while we're carrying the baggage of yesterday around with us? What we did yesterday is now gone, and what we do today very soon will be in the past. When tomorrow comes, I hope to live that day on its terms, and not try to bring today into the mix.

Of course, years don't end at all except in the artificial human construct of time. To trees, January first means nothing at all, for trees live each moment as it happens. We humans, though, are obsessed with the idea of time, and we like to see time clearly and strictly defined. But just because we define time doesn't mean that we leave yesterday's affairs with yesterday--we like to mix yesterday's problems with those of today, making this day even more confusing.

Madeleine makes sense, though, when she points out the importance of the old year ending. When a movie ends, it's over. We can carry its memory with us, but it is over. When a year ends, we can allow it to be over, but most of us don't do so. Rather, we keep thinking about mistakes we made or problems we had, effectively bringing them into the new year with us. But we don't have to do so.

When today comes to an end, I sincerely hope that I can put this past year behind me and focus on what tomorrow brings into my life. If I can do that, then next year will start with a very positive focus and without many of the worries and concerns that certainly don't need to be there.

Questions to consider:

Why do so many people carry their yesterdays into today?

What does it take to allow a year to end?

How can you make sure that your new year starts out in very positive ways?

For further thought:

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past.
Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.-Brooks Atkinson


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DJS-DEBBIE 12/31/2009 4:20PM

    Wonderful blog, Bre! Here is to a new better year for all of us.
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BARBARAROSE54 12/31/2009 2:52PM

    Lots to ponder on here Bre !

Wishing you a Happy New Year and all the best in 2010 !

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HOLLYJENNY 12/31/2009 11:08AM

    I just want to take time to say thank you for this blog. This has been a really hard year for me but it is behind me now. I'm looking forward to the future. I don't want to take any of the bad habits and negativity from 2009 into 2010. It's a new year and a new day! Thanks again for a great post! Happy New Year and Best of Luck to You!!! emoticon

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EWYLIE12 12/31/2009 10:12AM

    Great post! I think this is where not being able to leave the past in the past. Thats a huge problem of mine. I love the new year. Fresh start, new things. I think people can hold on to so many negative things from the past that it turns into almost a poison. Hard to give yourself permission to move on when you feel like you have screwed your life up from past decisions. BUT. what better time to start again than the new year? I learned so much this year that probably doesn't amount to much to others, but what Ive learned has been life-changing for me. I think it all is in the attitude and how positive you choose to be. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Moving On!

Monday, December 28, 2009

A LOT of us struggled through the holidays. I hadn't been doing so well either but the day after Christmas I picked myself up and got back into the game. I refuse to give in to defeat and so should you. I've started back over with Fast Break Stage 1 and feel really good about it. I'm choosing to take my weight loss a little slower than before because I got loss somewhere and forgot this is about changing MY lifestyle NOT dieting. I believe that's the reason why so many of us fail. We tend to forget about ONE day, ONE step, and ONE pound at a time. We expect too much too fast. Anyway, I have to do what's best for SELF and hope that I can continue to be a encouragement and uplift others as I go forward on this journey. Yesterday is GONE, learn from it and MOVE ON! Today is a NEW day! Start here emoticon YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Being accountable to somebody doesn't hurt. It don't have to be everybody but find ONE person you can tell your STUFF to, it helps. The day after Christmas, I got on the scale and it read 235 but I didn't let it control how I felt. I got back on the wagon believing that I CAN and WILL do it! Positivity works! Today I got on the scale and I'm 233.0 and I'm just as proud of that as I am of drinking my water daily and cutting back on the junk. It's ALL good! emoticon emoticon

Have a Sparkling day!
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TRAVELNISTA 12/28/2009 7:04PM

    Great idea. I think that most breeze through the stages. Spark wanted me to go to Stage 3 months ago but I decided very happily to stay at Stage 2.

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DARA52 12/28/2009 11:36AM

    Thanks, Bre. I too need to restart. I am just not losing at all. Not gaining but... you are right. We can do this and one step at a time is one step further towards our good health and life! Hugs to you. Dara

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BARBARAROSE54 12/28/2009 11:35AM

    emoticon good for you on changing your lifestyle. Good blog Sabrina !

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DJS-DEBBIE 12/28/2009 11:30AM

    Great blog, Sabrina! You are very inspiring!

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