Friday, August 19, 2011
Of course life has been busy - I'm blessed with good health, a nice job and a great family...all those blessings take time. I guess we set priorities and sometimes a clean kitchen floor trumps writing about how I should be mopping.
With the help of Invisialign I've lost about 15 pounds! I think I've learned that what I used to call hunger is something else. I hope when I'm done with aligners I can remember those lessons.
I've missed blogging and participating in the Spark Community. Life seems full to the brim, but I'll try to make time to keep in touch.
Have a fabulous Friday everyone!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
As always I am grateful. The colors of late fall are somber, leaden gray, faded orange brown and a rare glimpse of green. I have a funeral to attend on Saturday, his passing wasn't unexpected and he wasn't going to get any better so yes, it was a blessing to him.
I was thinking today that I really need to look for more opportunities to support my brothers and sisters who don't have as much to be grateful for. The ones who don't know how they will pay rent this month and the ones who won't have all of their loved ones home for Thanksgiving, there's so much darkness that my light could brighten. Last year my intention was to celebrate...everything. This year I am called to dedicate myself to serve. Right now I'm working on serving the ones in my immediate sphere, there are plenty of opportunities to do better than I have.
If you are reading this, I am grateful for your attention. My Sparkfriends have helped me in so many ways. Somehow I've been sparked to make small changes, like walking and riding the bus instead of driving to work and working out with Coach Nicole almost every day. Those changes have created profound joy in my world. Walking home tonight, in the blustery, cold Thanksgiving Eve afternoon lifted my spirit and burned a few calories. Anyway, Thank you for the inspiration, understanding and good thoughts sent my way.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
I've been doing this for a few days now. It seems to make a huge difference in the way my days go. The link at the bottom will take you to a guided meditation and a video of the meditation.
THE PRACTICE OF ALIGNMENT
by Julie Redstone
To begin with, sit with your back straight, eyes closed, and breathe slowly and quietly, with your hand, palm down, over your heart center in the center of your chest. Let your breathing deepen and become more relaxed.
Now, visualize a column of light coming down from the cosmos above your head, descending through the top of your head and down your spine, filling your heart, and extending down to the soles of your feet. Feel that this column of light is unending. It is limitless support from God and from the realms of Light.
Breathe in light through the top of your head. With each in-breath, know that you are breathing in God's light and that each breath is strengthening this connection. This light is limitless. It can be drawn upon over and over again. Feel the warmth of your hand on your heart and breathe light into your heart as well. Sit, breathe, feel light moving through you, infusing you with God's breath. Breathe like this for a few moments.
Now, pay attention to the exhale of each breath. As you exhale, release all that is not of the light within you, all that limits you, all that prevents you from drawing closer to God. Release fear, anger, despair, sorrow - release all limitation into the greater light of God that can absorb it and in which it dissolves. Exhale all that holds you back, all that separates you... Continue breathing for several more moments, focusing on the in-breath that draws greater light into your body and consciousness, and on the out-breath that lets go of all that needs to be released.
Become aware of your in-breath and your out-breath. Become aware of the breath of God moving through you. As this meditation comes to a close, give thanks to God for the gift of light and breath and for the help that is given.
Note: This practice should be done daily for maximum benefit, preferably at the same time of day, or, it can be done in shorter form throughout the day. Alignment is the central axis of a spiritual practice that seeks to incorporate more light into one's being for purposes of individual transformation and service to the earth. The more it is practiced, the more will a pathway of light be created through all levels of one's being.
Monday, October 11, 2010
I've felt so hyper this weekend! I know there are a lot of things to do in the fall, but everywhere I look I get a new idea, or think of something else that needs doing. Mostly I kept my projects short, but there are a few that made a mess. And here it is Monday and those messes will likely stay around until next weekend.
When you started to eat a balanced diet and started exercising, did you notice a huge difference in your energy level? That's how I felt this weekend. Maybe taking Friday off made all the difference...lol, if that's the case, can I take today off too?
Anyway, I love the energy, I didn't love being hyped up when it was time to go to sleep. I had to take a tylenol pm and was really sleepy this morning.
Have a marvelous Monday all! Eat your veggies, shake your booty and you'll have energy and, BONUS! Shiny hair!
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