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Are you concentrating on how far you have to go?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Great quote I just ran into today:
“Always concentrate on how far you’ve come, rather than how far you have left to go.” ~Unknown
The article didn't have anything to do with health, weight control, etc. However, it reminded me of so many blogs and posts I have read and written. We seem so ready to beat ourselves up instead of unclenching our fists, opening our hands and patting ourselves on the back.
My goal for the rest of this month is to mentally and emotionally pat myself on the back at least three times each day for something I have accomplished or something I haven't done that would have been disastrous or maybe just a step in the wrong direction.

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MRS_TOAD 3/24/2012 9:03AM

    What a great quote and applicable in so many areas of our lives!

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OMMAMA7 3/24/2012 12:19AM

    Thank you! I've heard that before, I know it, but don't practice it enough. I also needed that right now! :)

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BETTERBYDESIGN 3/23/2012 11:15PM

    Thank you so much for sharing! I really needed the reminder to focus on how far I've come instead of how far I have to go.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 3/22/2012 12:08AM

    Sounds good to me! Thanks for sharing!


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PUNCHILOUIE 3/21/2012 7:26PM

    Interesting perspective! Like it! emoticon

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Is it true, is it kind, is it necessary?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I recently read a wonderful article on line titled me talk pretty. The article in full fascinated me, but the three questions in the title of this blog really stood out.
Whenever I think I have something I need to say, I plan to mentally ask myself: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? and then decide if I need to say it.
I wonder what would happen if politicians, teachers, students, business people, diplomats, if everyone asked those questions before they spoke?

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MUSHCAT 3/21/2012 5:40PM

    I have been trying to put that into practice with my marital communications. I find it has been helping a lot.

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SHEILA1505 3/21/2012 12:44PM

    That would probably silence most conversations / confrontations. Great!

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MRS_TOAD 3/21/2012 11:30AM

    What a different world we would live in if everyone thought about these questions before they spoke! Thanks for the reminder to think before I speak.

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KAILYNSTAR 3/21/2012 11:09AM

    If everyone thought that way...that would be kind.

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FLAMENM 3/20/2012 10:14PM

    Those are fundamental questions that can change the world.

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Great Yoga Workshop

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Went to a workshop yesterday titled:From Child Posture to Corpse Pose
Your Practice as a Metaphor for Embracing Change, Encountering Challenge, and Learning to Live Your Best Life
The teacher used the metaphor of child's pose as birth, the poses in between as the process of developing boides that can walk and be healthy and strong and then corpse pose as the end of life... or the death of practice on the mat. However, he than took these ansanas and used them to demonstrate how we face challenges of fear, compassion for ourselves, ambition, trust and limitations. He made the excellent point that what we do on the yoga mat is a reflections of how we meet those same challenges in our daily life and that what we learn on the mat we can take into our life.
I love yoga because, to me, is so much more than a physical activity that makes me feel good. It challenges and rewards me every time I come to my mat.

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MRS_TOAD 3/13/2012 9:42AM

    What a great workshop! It sounds like it was time well spent. emoticon

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NIXY72 3/12/2012 9:07AM

    Sounds like a fabulous workshop! I need to get on the mat again. Haven't had a solid personal practice for ages.

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    Sounds like it was a GREAT workshop! You are learning and sharing so much from your yoga experience. THANK YOU for passing along this information to us. It helps us, too!


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PETALIA 3/11/2012 3:44PM

    I just googled the definition of 'yoga' and found this:

The practice of yoga is an art and science dedicated to creating union between body, mind and spirit. Its objective is to assist the practitioner in using the breath and body to foster an awareness of ourselves as individualized beings intimately connected to the unified whole of creation. In short it is about making balance and creating equanimity so as to live in peace, good health and harmony with the greater whole.

Wow. If that isn't what wellness is all about...

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Self Compassion

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

This is part of a bulletin I get on line called Wise Brain.

So here are some steps for calling up self-­compassion, which you could blend
together as self-­compassion becomes easier for you:

Take a few minutes to acknowledge your difficulties, your challenges and suffering.

Bring to mind the feeling of being with someone who cares about you.
Perhaps a dear friend, a family member, a spirit, God . . . even a pet. Let yourself
feel that you matter to this being, who wants you to feel good and do well in life.

Bring to mind your difficulties and imagine that this being who cares about you is feeling and expressing compassion for you. Imagine his or her facial expression, gestures, stance, and attitude toward you. Let yourself receive this compassion, taking in its warmth, concern and goodwill. Open to feeling more understood and nurtured, more peaceful and settled. The experience of receiving caring primes circuits in your brain to give it.

Imagine someone you naturally feel compassion for: perhaps a child or a family member. Imagine how you would feel toward that person if he or she was dealing with whatever is hard for you. Let feelings of compassion fill your mind and body. Extend them toward that person, perhaps visualized as a kind of light radiating from you (maybe from your heart). Notice what it’s like to be compassionate.

Now, extend this same sort of compassion to yourself. Perhaps accompanying it with words like these, heard softly in the back of your mind: May this pain pass...may things improve for me... may I feel less upset over time. Have some warmth for yourself, some acknowledgment of your own difficulties and pain, some wish for things to get better. Feel that this compassion is sinking in to you, becoming a part of you, soothing and strengthening you.

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IMLEENEY 3/8/2012 9:41AM

    Good information. Thanks for sharing it.

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MRS_TOAD 3/8/2012 9:29AM

    Too seldom do we treat ourselves with the compassion we share with others. Thanks for the reminder to take care of us!

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    THANKS for sharing.

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Sunshine does make a difference

Monday, March 05, 2012

We just returned from 3 weeks in Panama, where the sun shone everyday and the weather was lovely. Now, I realize spending 3 weeks in Feb. in a warm climate with a sister I love dearly may have made some of the difference as well.... however, tonight at yoga, my teacher said I looked so serene, calm and peaceful she could hardly believe it was me.

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KAILYNSTAR 3/7/2012 12:23PM

    It's nice to things that you enjoy immensely and then on top of it, let the stress of regular life slip from shoulders.

Sunshine, relaxation and being with people you love...what better medicine for the soul?

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MRS_TOAD 3/7/2012 8:24AM

    You had such an amazing time that all the stress must have fallen away! Hold on to that calmness, dear SPal. Spring and sunshine are less than 14 days away!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 3/6/2012 9:20AM

    I am happy for you that you had that time with your sister and will have the memories to cherish. Are you thinking about a move????

It was overcast here for a few days in a row. Sunday I dragged and didn't want to do anything. I got up Monday and Mrs. emoticon was out even though it was on 30. My whole attitude was different. I accomplished so much. The same with today. It is 9:18 am and I am done with everything that need to be done. I am just waiting for my Dr. appointment time. Now we just need the temperatures to rise. Can't be too greedy though.

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PETALIA 3/6/2012 6:25AM

    Your blog posts during your Panama visit sounded so...happy. It sounded like you not only had the warmth of warm weather, the warmth of a sister, swimming and other adventures, but also that your interior climate agreed with this wonderful environment. I just returned from a meaningful and wonderful trip late last Monday. Although I wasn't in a warm place, I experienced feelings of warmth and they seem to be strong and lasting. Now, I'm also experiencing some feelings of loss in the transition and a return to the same-old-same-old, I'm experiencing jet-lag, yet my happiness, as does yours, continues, visibly. Hurray for your yoga teacher to say what she saw.

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    I am so glad that you had the opportunity to spend three weeks in Panama with your sister. Those memories are ones that you will cherish for a life time.


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