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Pain and its message

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Found this on a web site called Dailly OM:
When we feel pain, our first impulse is often to eradicate it with medication. This is an understandable response, but sometimes in our hurry to get rid of pain, we forget that it is the bodyís way of letting us know that it needs our attention. A headache can inform us that weíre hungry or stressed just as a sore throat might be telling us that we need to rest our voice. If we override these messages instead of respond to them, we risk worsening our condition. In addition, we create a feeling of disconnectedness between our minds and our bodies.

Physical pain is not the only kind of pain that lets us know our attention is needed. Emotional pain provides us with valuable information about the state of our psyche, letting us know that we have been affected by something and that we would do well to focus our awareness inward. Just as we tend to a cut on our arm by cleaning and bandaging it, we treat a broken heart by surrounding ourselves with love and support. In both cases, if we listen to our pain we will know what to do to heal ourselves. Itís natural to want to resist pain, but once we understand that it is here to give us valuable information, we can relax a bit more, and take a moment to listen before we reach for medication. Sometimes this is enough to noticeably reduce the pain, because its message has been heard. Perhaps we seek to medicate pain because we fear that if we donít, it will never go away. It can be empowering to realize that, at least some of the time, it is just a matter of listening and respond! ing.

The next time you feel pain, either physical or emotional, you might want to try listening to your own intuition about how to relieve your pain. Maybe taking a few deep breaths will put an end to that headache. Perhaps writing in your journal about hurt feelings will ease your heart. Ultimately, the message of pain is all about healing.

  


A Real Valentine Story

Monday, February 15, 2010

On Sunday, February, my husband and I attended a Valentine wedding. (The bride's last name was Valentine) held on the 50th anniversary of her parents' wedding which was also on a Sunday. Her mother made her wedding gown and covered it with the lace from her gown of 50 years ago. There was even enough lace left to cover the ring pillows. The bride's nephews were ring bearers. The groom was a widower and his grown daughter was "best woman." The bride's brother was one of her attendants and played a violin accompaniment on an instrument he had created. The love between these two people was palpable at the wedding and reception. I don't think I have ever seen a happier bride and groom or a more beautiful expression of what a wedding and marriage are about. I wish all of you the opportunity to see how love can transform a person, a family and a community.

  
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WORKOUTWITHPAM 2/16/2010 8:34AM

    Oh Yes, That is a really nice story, and it must have been a very beautiful occasion. Thanks for sharing this with us. What a wonderful way to begin a new life together. I wish this couple the very best for many, many, happy years together.
HUGS
Pam

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REDGRAMA 2/15/2010 7:09PM

    NOW, that's what I call ROMANTIC. What an incredible real
" Love Story " Thank you so much for sharing that with us,and
how lucky you were to be able to be a part of it,and witness
it first hand.
Hugs & love.


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TEXASFILLY 2/15/2010 4:01PM

    Thanks for sharing a beautiful Valentine's story! This just goes to show that there are no coincidences in life. ;)

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Yoga for Real!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The more I learn about yoga and yoga practice, the more impressed I am by this ancient practice. It is not still around just because it's popular in the West right now. The purpose of the yoga poses originally was to prepare the body and mind for meditation. Now we focus more on the poses (asanas) and give some time to meditation with savasana (corpse pose) at the end of our practice. Today, I had the privilege of have a wonderful FULL yoga practice. We began with 30 minutes of asanas, then sang two different songs in Sanskrit (we had the words on paper), then a chant to start a 20 minutes meditation time. When the chimes indicated the end of meditation, I thought only a few minutes has passed. I walked out of the studio with a deep sense of serenity and power. This experience will encourage me to use more time each day for meditation. I know the feeling of serenity and power is really feeling centered and acting from my center. I wish you all the opportunity to experience such practice. Namaste (the divine in me greets the divine in you.)

  
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CELESTEBF 2/13/2010 10:26PM

    Namaste CaroleJean64. Thank you for sharing this, it sounds lovely. My teacher went to Egypt for two weeks so I am challenging myself to a more full on home practice while she is away.



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Day after Birthday

Friday, February 12, 2010

We finally got to visit our daughter yesterday to celebrate her birthday only three days late! It meant we brought along the ice cream cake she wanted, tasted the four layer cake with fondant frosting a friend made and shared rhubarb pie at the restaurant she chose. Guess what? I simply enjoyed every minute of it. I knew how to eat smaller portions at my lunch and dinner.
Did I gain some? Sure. Am I worried about it? Nope! Just finished tracking my nutrition for the day and met all my goals. Taught my 1-3 graders yoga kids, did 30 minutes of cardio on my bike on a trainer, did strength training using an exercise ball. Will my weight be perfect tomorrow? Maybe, maybe not. But it will be within an acceptable range and I feel good. Only sad note: We put the ice cream cake in the garage at my daughter's in a cooler with ice and most of the ice cream had melted when we went to serve it. She called tonight to say the rest of it melted on her house mate's car in the garage...by the way the temps here have been in the teens!

  
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PSYCHABOO 2/12/2010 9:52PM

    Nice attitude:)

Have a great weekend!

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Feeling like a lurker

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I have subscribed to Spark for about 4 months, mostly reading and responding to posts in the teams that i joined. After all, I didn't really NEED Spark, I had been at goal for almost three years, then broke my leg (bike riding - I still love my recumbent bike) and gained back a little - well, okay, almost 25 lb of the original 60 I lost. I got a WiiFit for Christmas last year and am now 10 lbs below the initial goal I met 4 years ago through a commercial diet and exercise center. Best of all I feel more fit, healthier and stronger than EVER in my life.

What does this all have to do with Spark? I finally decided that I wanted to explore more about the site as I read posts from others. I am finally keeping a nutrition tracker and love the way it keeps me conscious of what i am putting in my mouth. I use the fitness tracker as a way to find a variety of strength training work to do between my twice a month visits to a personal trainer. I read articles, copy recipes, even use some of them. (the slow cooker chicken, beans, salsa and brown rice is also super with shrimp.) I find the health articles fascinating and learn almost every day (keeping the mind healthy). At first, I thought the team huddles were sort of silly. Now I love the time I huddle as my smiling time (exercises for those face muscles.).

Most of all i feel good about me, about what I can give to this community and that's why I think I can quit feeling like a lurker and declare myself a full-fledged Spark Person.

  
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WORKOUTWITHPAM 2/16/2010 8:37AM

    CAROLJEAN, We are so glad to have you join the rest of us "SparkPersons!" Your involvement is VERY MUCH appreciated. Congratulations on reaching so many of your goals.
HUGS
Pam

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KKLENNERT809 2/10/2010 10:21PM

    Welcome, it certainly is contagious!!

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KAYLEY86 2/10/2010 10:17PM

    I'm in the SAME situation, and have recently started 'unlurking'. Feels good, doesn't it?! ;)

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