Monday, January 16, 2012
A frustrated and desolate young woman was most unhappy with her life. She was at that point where she did not have a sense of where her life was going or where her professional journey would take her.
One day, she spent her lunch hour sitting in the park, staring into the distance, unaware of what was going on around her. She was lost in her thoughts about all that was wrong with her life. She had gained weight and continued to fight her need to turn to food for comfort. She was fearful and found herself complaining about everything to her friends.
After spending 30 minutes or so reflecting on her lack of happiness, she became aware of her surroundings. She felt a presence sitting on the bench with her. She turned and stared into the kindest and bluest eyes she had ever seen. The blue eyes were those of an elderly woman, frumpily dressed, but emanating an aura of such peace that the young woman immediately felt comforted by her presence.
The elderly woman stared at her for a long moment and as though she had read the young womanís thoughts, she said, ďAll good things will be yours.Ē
The young woman was startled by this womanís words. She broke eye contact and quickly looked away. When she looked back, the eccentric old woman was gone, seemingly disappearing into thin air. The astonished woman looked around for her self-appointed adviser but did not see her.
When she looked down in her lap, there was a yellow rose and tied to the yellow role was a tiny piece of paper upon which were written the following words:
Mystified by the event, she left the bench with the note, the rose, and a different attitude. She had experienced what she later called a divine appointment. She cherished those written words, which have been written forever upon her heart. They changed her life.
Affirmation for the Week:
ďI am open to all good things and I welcome them into my life.Ē
Have a more and less week!
Article by Mary Rau-Foster
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Article by Kurt Hurley
"Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that."
Norman Vincent Peale
As a fitness professional, I am always amazed at how little understanding exists regarding the 'getting what you give' concept. Very few people actually believe that there are actually consequences for their ill or negative actions and this includes what they think, as well as what they do. Many folks exercise, quite a few eat right, but very few exercise and eat right. Doing one without doing the other is like thinking the body and the mind are separate and distinct, divided and not unified. Division is only the effect; the cause is in the thought (the concept).
"Reaping what you sow", is merely cause and effect at work and expecting any more than that is truly absurd. And realistically any 'thing' that we want to manifest is accomplished through something referred to as synergy. Synergy is defined as effectively combined components working congruently and simultaneously to achieve something positive in a more efficient, effectual and expedient manner. And when it comes to your mind/body connection this law is undeviating. What your body can achieve depends on what your mind can conceive. This principle is likened to a camera. Whatever the lens captures, the film produces. You wouldn't expect a photo of something that was not captured by the lens...now would you?
The body can only conjure up (achieve) a potential that the mind can imagine (conceive). The mind is designed to perform as a command center and the body serves as the production department. When the mind is strong and integral, the body will obey. When the mind is creative, the body will create accordingly.
If the reverse is indoctrinated, inability sets in. When the mind is weak and overwhelmed, the body takes over and commands the mind. Consequently, at the slightest hint of difficulty and pain, the body wants to give up and so it communicates to the mind that it can do no more and subsequently it does indeed give up.
In such cases the mind can do nothing except agree with the fussy, finicky body and quit. When the body doesn't feel like doing anything--like, when you feel lazy and any excuse will do to not get out of bed and function--and the mind is too weak to oppose that, you have a case of body over mind. And from that abnormal scenario will flow an equally abnormal life. All elements and issues in life will grow and evolve from that, and you will inevitably emerge a total wreck. Dysfunctional!
The head (or mind) must to be always on top and act as the captain of the body, and this means the body must obey the mind always. This should at all times be unwavering, but for most people the opposite is true. So many people ask, "What if the mind is also a wreck and commands the body to remain dormant?" This scenario is often mistaken as a lazy mind commanding the body into idleness. Many experts say a healthy mind actually always chooses a positive course of action, never inaction. When the mind seems to work otherwise, it is proof of a subverted mind controlled by a cosseted, indulged body. It thinks (conceives) negatively and unproductively precisely because the body has taught and controlled it to do so accordingly.
Undoubtedly, the mind can be strengthened by training it to make decisions the body will obey. If you adopt a life principle, make sure everything you do is based on it. The mind decides what is right and the body is given practical things to do in relation to it. It is truly that simple!
Once the mind decides something the body is unwilling to do, a tug-of-war starts. It is in such conflict that the body must be disciplined to succumb to the mind. If this is accomplished, the mind is strengthened and given authority over the body, which is trained to respond positively to such authority. The person becomes "highly principled." As this goes on, the mind is promoted to heights never before imagined, and dares (and is encouraged) to go beyond its limits, tugging the body along the way. The body does what it is told to do. So the body begins to outdo itself as the mind imagines it to be doing so.
When the head (the mind) is put in its rightful place of authority over the body, limitless potentials break out of hiding and release the ace, the champion in all of us. You can indeed be this person, but effort is required and execution of that effort must be continually employed.
Kurt's website , www.kreatefitness.com as well as his Provo Utah Private Fitness Facility Synergy Fitness Systems, specializes in in providing leading edge exercise and nutrition programs and the Neo Physis super premium supplement line. All of these superior products offer superior results.
Exercise minutes for Jan 15, 2012 - 107 minutes
60 Gazelle min
15 Walk w/Leslie Sansone
32 min Resistant bands / wall push ups / stretches
Thursday, January 12, 2012
What Spark People Has To Say:
Helping and supporting others is a necessary part of life. Take some time today to think about who might need your love and attention and then give it to them. Not only does this set a good example for your children, but it also reaps many rewards for both you and the person you are supporting. Think positively, create a healthy environment for empathy in your life, and start small. Sincerely thank the person bagging your groceries, open a door for a stranger, offer your seat on a train, or help out a little extra with the kids today. Before you know it your small gestures will accumulate into a more positive lifestyle!
I am in a helping profession. I do this every day in my job because I provide information & referral in the community. I work at a 2-1-1 Call Center. Ex. If you had difficulty paying an electric bill and you had a disconnect notice, you could dial 2-1-1 (like 9-1-1) and I would tell you where you could go in your community to have someone help pay it for you. Itís a very rewarding job and I have been with this same agency (First Call For Help, Inc) for 21 years. I also pay forward by donating money to the local United Way. I know that money helps organizations give back to the community.
I do not volunteer anywhere but I have been mulling that around in my head for awhile as well as donating blood. Both are small tasks that could help other as well.
One thing though I can say that I am lacking in is spending more quality time with my kids. They are 28 and 34. They have their own lives, but we live 10 miles apart and I see them maybe once a week. I would like to start spending more time with them as well because I miss them.
What do you do to help others or spend time with your own families?
Have a great day everyone ~ Donna
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