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Sunday, October 17, 2010

We did lots of smiling and laughing this weekend at Dh's 45th college reunion. It reminded me of the power of laughter. I am a trained laughter yoga teacher.... yes there really is such a thing. Google laughter yoga and enjoy watching the YouTube videos that come up.
I was reminded good laughter is for us. It increases the oxygen to our brains, it is like taking our internal organs on a jog and it is aerobic activity for our respiratory system. Measurements have shown that 1 minute of hearty laughter has the same aerobic effect as 3 minutes on a rowing machine. So take a chance. Go to a private room with a mirror, look at yourself and laugh as deeply and fully as you can for a minute. You will feel GREAT!

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CITRUSPINE 10/17/2010 4:58PM

    That is great that you laugh and also have classes for laughter. I checked for yoga laughter classes around here but there are none. Guess it is not too popular yet! You are in a great profession and good for you! Not everyone can laugh at work.

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The Power of Community

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I have been glued to my TV for most of the last 24 hours watching the miracle of the mine rescue in Chile. As i listened I realized something about the importance and value of community for us as humans. Those 33 men were not just 33 individuals but became a community--- the commentators talked about the doctor, the spiritual leader, the preacher, the leader, the joker, the story-teller, the videographer, the organizer. We can achieve great things when we come together and share our many individual gifts and talents. Even the rescue itself was the result of the efforts of many nations. City of Hope- what a perfect name for the rescue city.

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MRS_TOAD 10/15/2010 9:25AM

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. They are individuals with gifts and talents, but it was those exact gifts that when brought together into community that allowed them to survive under such extremely stressful conditions. Perhaps this is why SP works so well. Individuals sharing their gifts and creating community.

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SHANTISHANTI 10/14/2010 10:54AM

    Miracles happen every day, we just have to believe in them. I sat with tears in my eyes as I watched each man come to the surface. Their "community" must have been truly powerful, they each served a purpose, they each helped the other stay strong, their bond is neverending.

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SCIGEEK 10/14/2010 5:22AM

    I am so glad that the media has taken hold of this story and kept it in the limelight. So often in our daily lives the news is filled with murder, mayhem and horrific stories, in short, focusing on all the "bad" in our lives. This story is one that started out horrific, can you imagine what it was like being trapped, in the dark, with no immediate rescue at hand? Instead this story is one of hope (you are right, it is a great name for a rescue city!) and I love how the whole world has been pulling for these guys. Wish we had more reporting on things like this. I really believe there is a great deal of "good" being done around the world but because "good" doesn't attract viewers like murder and mayhem, it often goes unnoticed.

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A Real Shower

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Remember that song from your childhood: "Playmate, come out and play with me and bring your dollies three. Climb up my apple tree. Holler down my rain barrel. Slide down my cellar door and we'll be jolly friends forever more." I remember my mother talking about using rain water to wash her hair because it was so soft. Well, I discovered all that was true this afternoon. I decided to walk for my cardio to include a walk through the park and then to the store for a sweet potato for tonight's supper. Half-way to the store it started to rain, so I turned around since I was only a little over a block from home. When I turned around I saw a sheet of rain heading towards me. I decided to just relax and enjoy in impromptu shower. I used to love the rain when I was a kid, so why should be any different now? I arrived home soaked to the skin. DH met me with a large bath towel and I had to strip all the way down as I was wet through, but my hair is real soft.


Healthy, terrific breakfast at a Bakery

Monday, October 11, 2010

Every once in a while, the women from my Monday morning yoga class go out for breakfast after. We usually to to this wonderful cafe that has the most delicious oatmeal cooked in chai tea without sugar, It is soooo good. This morning someone suggested a bakery cafe that is closer. When you walk in to order you walk by a display of gorgeous quiches and wonderful sweet rolls and breads. I anxiously perused the chalkboard menu and was thrilled when i saw the following: egg whites with spinach and avocado, comes with toast. The egg whites were scrambled to perfection. The spinach was wilted next to them and 1/2 a sliced avocado sat next to the spinach. I was so excited to come home to put the meal in my nutrition tracker. The meal, even with the cinnamon raisin toast with butter came to 273 calories, 29 g carbs, 13 g. fat and 16 g. of protein. I am pleased.

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LESLIEJEAN43 10/11/2010 5:48PM

    It sounds like a wonderful breakfast, CarolJean, and how great that there were so few calories involved!

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Taking care of myself

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Friday was 4 weeks from the date of my surgery and on Tuesday the doctor gave me the okay to do anything I wanted physically. Yesterday we had a wonderfully busy day.... an 90 minute bike ride in the morning (first time on my bike in 5 weeks), walking our dinner (we had a World Food Festival in town and international eateries were spread out over 5 blocks of streets downtown) and then to a play where we laughed and laughed and laughed. (By the way 1 minute of laughter is the same as 3 minutes on a rowing machine.)
Today, I thought that I had really restarted my exercise program. Then I decided to take care of myself by listening to my body which said, " Good for you, now it's time to take a day of rest."


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