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Daily Meditation.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Living Life Fully

For many years now I have listened to the stories of people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses as their counselor. From them I have learned how to enjoy the minute particulars of life once again, the grace of a hot cup of coffee, the presence of a friend, the blessing of having a new cake of soap or an hour without pain. Such humble experience is the stuff that many of the very best stories are made of. If we think we have no stories it is because we have not paid enough attention to our lives. Most of us live lives that are far richer and more meaningful than we appreciate.-Rachel Naomi Remen

The passage above speaks of two different concepts, though, one for today and one for tomorrow. First, it tells us of the importance of the little things, the aspects of life that we tend to overlook and/or ignore in our day-to-day lives. We have so much to be thankful for, yet we lose the gratitude when we're not conscious of those things. Have you taken a hot bubble bath lately? Personally, I'm thankful for the water heater that gives me hot water at the turn of a knob, the people who developed the systems of pipes and faucets that make indoor plumbing so easy, the people who have spent time developing bubble bath with nice smells and textures, and finally simply for the time I have that allows me to indulge in a luxury such as that. How many people in the world never have experienced such a thing? More than we'd like to count, that's for sure.

I don't want to have to be terminally ill before I recognize and appreciate all that I have to be thankful for. The hot buttered toast on a cold afternoon, the stereo that plays my favorite music for me, the sunshine in the early morning, the laughter of children, the smiles that people share with me--life is full of "minute particulars," and we have to choose: do we recognize them and give thanks for them, or do we continue to allow them to have no positive effects on our lives at all?

Questions to consider:
What are your favorite "minute particulars" of life? What things give you that small joy that makes you feel great?

How many of the small things that make you feel good can you notice today? Perhaps making a list all day long could help you to see just how many there are.

Have you ever tried to help someone else to notice the small things? Do you take your own advice?

For further thought:
A greater poverty than that caused by lack of money is
the poverty of unawareness. Men and women go about
the world unaware of the beauty, the goodness, and the
glories in it. Their souls are poor. It is better to have a
poor pocketbook than to suffer from a poor soul.-Jerry Fleishman


Today is my mothers birthday. She would have been 65 if she was alive. I miss her terribly. I wish I could call her up and talk to her about my struggles and I know she would know just what to say. She was a woman of MUCH wisdom and strength. I love you mommy. emoticon

  
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TATTER3 1/10/2010 7:53PM

    You are such a strong woman. I appreciate this blog. I was once told that when you write, your very soul will whisper through your fingers. I would hope that each of us would learn to live today as though we're about to step into eternity...and that we would be warmly remembered for the last word spoken and the last deed done. You have your mothers' wisdom. Keep Sparkin'!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/10/2010 4:38PM

    Very beautiful blog. I think that you're right, people tend to go through life without really noticing the most beautiful things around them. My husband works way out in the country. It's about 25 miles from my house. One night on the way home I just happened to look up (there are no street lights out there) and noticed that the stars just seemed so crisp and bright. I actually pulled the car over to the side of the road and turned off the engine, got out and sat leaning against the hood of my car and looking up at the millions & billions of twinkling stars.. It was cold and the night seemed totally crisp and it just hit me that this was the most awesome thing I had ever seen. I just lay there against the car, looking and crying. God has given us such a beautiful world. All we have to do is take the time to look at it. Thank you for reminding us of that. Happy Birthday to your mom. I'm sure that she's looking down on your and smiling about how well your taking care of yourself and the children these days. You have a lot to be proud of. I love you my friend. Love, Dawn

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DYNAMICDEB53 1/10/2010 3:53PM

    Wow Bre I have to say that you touched on some very basic truths and it has made me think. YOur mom would be very proud of you, I think you have a wisdom and have shown it in this blod and other comments I have noticed from you.
I can feel your lose, I lost my Dad many years ago and miss him very much even, one thing I do, is talk to him, yes I know he is not here but it helps me keep connected and I can still hear him and just what he might be saying to me. Take heart he is there with you, I even bet you can feel her smile.
Take care, Hugs
Deb

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-TAMI- 1/10/2010 2:23PM

    It's definitely those little every day things that make life so wonderful. Like my furry socks and slipper boots that keep my feet warm in this cold weather. The sun shining onto the dining room table where Bob (My Plant) is reaching towards it. The smile of a dear friend when she see's me.
Life has it's ups and downs, laughter and tears, but all in all, I think it has a lot more good then bad. It just takes a little effort for us to see it....

I'm sorry you miss your mom. I know how you feel. Both my parents are gone and I've wished many times my mom was still on the other end of that telephone. Not for her wisdom, but just because I would love to talk with her again.

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JUSTWANTTOLOOSE 1/10/2010 2:07PM

    Bre, Along with what's been posted already, I wanted to tell you....I loved this blog, it makes me realize how much we overlook and all the good in our lives. Today would have been your mom's birthday, and the good of it, is that you have fond memories of her. It wouldn't be that way if it was something a person was trying to forget.

I also lost my dad, before Christmas 3 years ago. As I go on living my life, something will bring him back into my mind and I think, it's him he's watching over me. This is the same with your mom, she is watching over you. I hope you find a little comfort in knowing you were blessed to have her in your life (both then and now) and leave you with the gift of memories you can cherish.

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BARBARAROSE54 1/10/2010 1:18PM

    emoticon emoticon Bre your mom would have been proud of the fine lady you are today !

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TRAVELNISTA 1/10/2010 12:58PM

    I am so sorry for the feelings you are going through today. I know you can not call her up to talk to her today but you can still talk with her. I know from that you have a beautiful relationship with the Lord. You can still talk to your Mother in prayer or even out loud. She will hear you and she will be so proud of all that you have accomplished. You have been through a lot and bit by bit you are conquering all of your past demons. I know she would be proud of the strong determined woman you have become. I know I am! emoticon emoticon

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LADYSUNBEAM 1/10/2010 12:24PM

    Oh my goodness Sabrina, you have touched on so many important things here, it is the small things in life that make our lives more pleasurable that we take for granted. There is so much to be thankful for, we are a blessed nation... we have running water, most American's do not go hungry, we are not plagued with disease... so many other nations are not as blessed as we are and we should not take any of that for granted but instead appreciate and celebrate what we do have.

I would have to agree with Debbie, you have come so very far in your own journey - you are so gifted and talented, not to mention beautiful and a wonderful mom yourself. Your strong faith in God is so evident, you are a strong Christian woman. Your mother is watching through the gates of heaven and I know she has to be so very proud of you!

Big hugs from Arkansas!
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DJS-DEBBIE 1/10/2010 11:42AM

    Bre, you have come so very far. I am sure your mother would be so very proud of you.
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RUN2MYDREAMS 1/10/2010 11:32AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so sorry you are feeling down. Remember all the positive times you had with you dear mother. Think of the happiness she would want you to be feeling. My father's birthday would've been the day after Christmas. This past year when it came up I realized he would've been 80. I am not by any means trying to say not to feel the pain. I am just saying, I'm sure our both of our parents would want us to be happy and CELEBRATE what we do have in our lives! You are a beautiful person inside AND out! Celebrate in your accomplishments and in your children who I am sure you see your dear Mom in!
So while you may have tears today in remembrance, try to have some smiles and maybe get in some exercise that will help you feel a little bit better!
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Quotation.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another
human being. We should all be thankful for those people
who rekindle the inner spirit.-Albert Schweitzer

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CRAVINSUCCESS 1/10/2010 12:09AM

  Well said! emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 1/9/2010 9:13PM

    Sparks kindle Fires ! emoticon

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LADYSUNBEAM 1/9/2010 6:11PM

    emoticonSo true, Sabrina thank you for sharing that... I needed that today!

Sandra

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BARBARAROSE54 1/9/2010 3:18PM

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DJS-DEBBIE 1/9/2010 12:45PM

    Wonderful, Bre! Spark definitely rekindles my inner fire.
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MRSLEENY 1/9/2010 8:30AM

    Very true. My husband gave me the will to rekindle my spirit again. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!

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FLASUN 1/9/2010 8:26AM

    You always "rekindle the inner spirit" to everyone here on Spark!!! Love ya! Janice

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JUSTWANTTOLOOSE 1/9/2010 8:05AM

    Ah, yes! So true!
Have a great day!

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/9/2010 7:39AM

    Spark People REALLY kindle my spirit. How about you?

Thanks Bre

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HAPPYNSMILING 1/9/2010 6:58AM

    Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend!!

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Good Night!

Friday, January 08, 2010

I didn't stress over food today. Way to go SELF! Now I'm going to bed. Have a good night everyone! May your sleep be undisturbed as I'm hoping mine will be. emoticon

  
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AMYISSUCCEEDING 1/8/2010 11:25PM

    Hope you get a good nights sleep. Have a wonderful weekend too.
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LADYSUNBEAM 1/8/2010 11:10PM

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Nighty nite!

Sandra

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EMSSBEARS 1/8/2010 10:50PM

    Good night hope you have pleasant dreams and way to go on your food today. I am proud of you.
Beth

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DARA52 1/8/2010 10:48PM

    Good night friend!

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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

  
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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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Motivations!

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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