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A Walking Meditation

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

I was looking for some meditations last night. I would like to start meditating before I excercise because I have noticed I am not as realxed as I should be prior to excercise and I end up with all sorts of little aches and pains.

Anyways...........

I ran accross this meditation at a web site called www.learningmeditation.com. They have all sorts of ways to relax and they provide text for you too. This one caught my eye so I thought I'd share.

Be blessed today.


"Walking alone has always provided me with the time to mindfully quiet my thinking. Early morning is my favorite time to walk. I mean really early. The traffic sounds are at a minimum, the waking birds are at their most vocal.

I begin by just being aware of the environment. I notice the color of the sky, the mood the trees set, the way the air touches my skin and certainly, the sounds.

I always take deep breaths as I start out. Big, steady strides- not necessarily fast, but steady. Then, when I feel like Iím in sync, I begin to consciously turn my mind off.

I concentrate on my breathing. I inhale for two or three steps then I exhale for the next. If thoughts come to mind I discourage them leading to solo conversation. I just ignore myself.

Before I know it I am engrossed in doing nothing but moving and I am as relaxed as if I were in my sitting meditation position. The pace matches the rhythm of my breathing. My pulse is slow and steady.

I thoroughly enjoy nothingness. Often my spirit will divulge important messages to me as if by osmosis; they just occur to me completely. Not as a thought; I am not thinking, but as a fact, a feeling, a sense. a sensation.

From these messages I may decide upon a few words to use repetitively. Invariably this phrase touches exactly upon what my spirit and soul know I need to address. I continue on until I know it is time to return.

Walking meditation has long been practiced by people who are both physically and spiritually enlightened. The two practices go together naturally. Each provides the time and space to connect with your soul. Silent or with music, anything goes.

Try it!"




  
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GIRANIMAL 2/10/2011 4:26PM

    I've been meaning to try walking meditation. I was really glad to read an article about meditation lately that was pretty all-encompassing. It suggested walking meditation as a viable alternative for those of use who are just Too. Darned. Anxious. about sitting still for very long. (Or, I've been thinking, for people like me for whom inactivity breeds pain.)

Anywho, so thanks for sharing! This reminds me of the 5 a.m. bike rides I used to take, long before Spark, through this positively amazing park in my old neighborhood. It's big enough that if you get far enough in, most of the street sounds drop away, and that early it's just you and the birds, squirrels and the homeless folks sleeping what appears to be peacefully. Man, I miss that park terribly.



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ANEPANALIPTI 2/10/2011 9:02AM

    This is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing

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ABBY_G 2/9/2011 9:40AM

    Thanks for the site recommendation. Looks interesting.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 2/9/2011 8:49AM

    I took a meditation class and they had us do this out in a wooded area. It was lovely. I had thought at the time I'd do this a lot. Thanks for the reminder!

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SUSIEPH1 2/8/2011 5:47PM

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AZCUPCAKE 2/8/2011 5:43PM

    Literally putting one foot in front of the other is usually better than spending an hour on the therapist's couch. It is almost guaranteed every time - you feel so much better upon coming back from a nice walk than you ever would have imagined! It is a priceless prescription, and something you can fit into almost ANY day! emoticon

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GOANNA2 2/8/2011 4:47PM

    Thanks for sahring.
I alos do this on the train ride to Brisbane (over an hour)
and find it good for the soul. I look out and imagine if there is wildlife
amongst the trees etc.


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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/8/2011 3:31PM

    Sounds great. I love to meditate. Keeps me semi-sane. LOL.

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JAE_HENNINGTON 2/8/2011 1:10PM

  I have been doing this for a long time.. it helps me to refocus my thinking when I slip off center from time to time...thanks for sharing

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MARCYNA 2/8/2011 1:02PM

    WoW, I read that people who spend time meditating lose weight twice as much, I will try, thanks for sharing emoticon

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CMBELISLE 2/8/2011 12:54PM

    I think the reason I like walking so much is that I can turn off my brain. I count my steps or breaths and concentrate on that. I almost always feel better after a walk outside than almost any other exercise I can do.

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SPARKENISTA 2/8/2011 10:26AM

    Very often, walking is the only exercise I get. I find that using a mantra not only helps my walking rhythm but clears my mind. Right now, I'm using "Deeds not Words" over and over.

Thanks for this web site. I will definitely check it out. I also use a lot of the meditations in the book "Creating Money" by Sanaya Roman and Dwayne Packer.

Good luck with this and speak to you soon!



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KAT573 2/8/2011 9:09AM

    I love, love, LOVE walking; I do not find it necessary to 'ignore' my thoughts but rather to become mindful of them, too, in a detached manner and to then refocus on de-focus. SOME days, I get the best clarity on thoughts I have been having that become crystal clear while walking. These are both reasons why I love walking.......of course it also gets my blood flowing and my body ready to roll! Have a wonderful walk!

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CATHERINEL66 2/8/2011 8:38AM

    Nice, John. I keep a bunch of guided meditation podcasts on my ipod. Best thing is that they were all free podcasts. If you get a chance, check out itunes, do a search for guided meditations. I like the Meditation Station and Meditation Oasis ones.

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EMTFF376 2/8/2011 8:23AM

    Wonderful! When I have time, I enjoy a nice session of meditation after my morning yoga routine.

I will have to try an early morning walk back at home in the state park one of these days.

Hope you have a glorious day!
Janette

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The Angels Among Us

Sunday, February 06, 2011

We went to Louisville yesterday to do a bit of shopping and to visit the kids who lived there. It's been a tense few days, given what happened late last week and I feel physically and emotionally drained. By yesterday afternoon I was weary of discussing the situation and all of its ramifications. The regional news had picked up the story. (If you are in the dark read my last blog.) We were getting phone calls from friends asking us "Is that your church where it happened?"

Sigh

After lunch I was sitting on DS couch and into the room marched my grand daughter with an armful of books. She announced she was supposed to read to me. Her teacher said so. So we sat for about an hour and I listened to a five year old sound out words and sit up proudly when she finished a book. She sort of cuddled into my arm and belly and just droned on.

When we finished she gave me a sticker for being good and a kiss on the cheek.

God chooses to send angels in all shapes and sizes and He never ceases to amaze me.

  
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JPRICE217 2/9/2011 7:29AM

    you are so fortunate to have them little angles do not have any as of yet but I am sure wanting them.

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TRACEY5280 2/8/2011 3:44PM

    Love this on so many levels. Angels are among us and usually where we least expect.

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/8/2011 8:05AM

    that really is just beautiful

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AZCUPCAKE 2/7/2011 7:33PM

    You are right about angels being among us. They come in the form of our most beloved family members and friends. You are an angel to many, too, John! I hope you feel better soon....

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 2/7/2011 1:57PM

    That has to be the best therapy session I've ever heard of and you got a sticker to boot. Wow!

Hang in there John.

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TRIPLE_EMME 2/7/2011 11:51AM

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I hope you savored every moment of your special reading time. What a treat!!!

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LILIVW 2/6/2011 11:08PM

    How precious!

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CHILDOFGOD4LIFE 2/6/2011 8:21PM

    During the most difficult times, a hug from a grandchild can help to heal our hearts and minds.

God Bless you, John
Carol from NE Ohio

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GOANNA2 2/6/2011 3:45PM

    Just what you needed John. A true little angel.
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CARTOONB 2/6/2011 3:31PM

    I'm glad your day ended better than it started.

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SUSIEPH1 2/6/2011 2:51PM

    How Delightful John! Your very own personal Angel.
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GREENCAT1 2/6/2011 2:20PM

    Aw, what a sweetie! Your own little angel! Life is good!

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SILLYHP1953 2/6/2011 1:36PM

    Awww, you brought tears to my eyes thinking of my granddaughters. I have one turning five in a couple months.

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This is a true affirmation of life and the future--just when you needed it, of course!

Thank you so much for all of your support and understanding. It's great to know you have my back.

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JUNEAU2010 2/6/2011 12:54PM

    What a blessing!

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MARCYNA 2/6/2011 12:40PM

    Yes...HS is a comforter and he can use small kids as they're angels...listen and you'll be listened to emoticon

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REJ7777 2/6/2011 10:26AM

    God never ceases to amaze me either! Children are a breath of fresh air by their very innocence. emoticon

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WANDAH3 2/6/2011 10:07AM

    God always knows exactly what we need, we just sometimes aren't paying attention. Yay that you were.

Hugs,
Wanda

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HDHAWK 2/6/2011 9:16AM

    So sweet John and just what you needed, I'm sure.

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AZMOMXTWO 2/6/2011 9:11AM

  kids are great it seams that they always know what to say or do

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Very Numb Right Now

Friday, February 04, 2011

A young friend took his life very early yesterday morning. There is no doubt in my mind that in some form or fashion the story will be carried nationally because of the circumstances surrounding it. The young man left his suicide note on Facebook. In it he said he could no longer live because no one, including his family, would listen to him. He stood outside of our church and shot himself. His note said no one would believe him when he said he had been sexually abused by a priest who had been assigned to the church years ago. He had told his parents a number of times and they refused to believe him as did other priests. The note left it clear that he had run out of alternatives. Three of my children went to high school with him and his siblings. They were close as kids at a small high school usually are and last night was a flurry of text messages and whispered phone conversations.

The newspaper didnít publish the full content of the Facebook message. Our son sent me the message yesterday and all Iím going to say is this:

No matter how crazy something may sound to you, or how much you feel it might diminish your position in the community by raising questions and allegations you owe it to your child to at check it out. This young person felt totally and completely abandoned by his family and his church because everyone minimized what had happened to him. Twenty three is not a long life. When someone talks to you please listen.

  
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JPRICE217 2/9/2011 7:32AM

    My prayers are with the famly and friends.

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TRACEY5280 2/8/2011 3:42PM

    May the peace that surpasses all understanding wrap itself around this young man's family, you, and your family. Such a lost and lonely place he must have been. You are so right, we must listen.

Hugs,
Tracey

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KAT573 2/8/2011 9:12AM

    The biggest Sin we can commit is to fail to acknowledge another. God forgive them for they knew what they did,

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CATHERINEL66 2/8/2011 8:41AM

    Oh, John, what a tragedy for this young man and his family. Sadly the lack of belief around sexual assault is REALLY common -- it's ugly, people don't want to believe it, and that lack of belief helps the perps get away with it over and over.

I'm so sorry for your family's loss, and the loss in your church community.



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AZCUPCAKE 2/7/2011 7:32PM

    Please accept my deepest sympathies, John. What a tragedy. Sending hugs your way.....

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YOYONOMORE1 2/7/2011 11:34AM

    How very sad. Prayers for that young man and ones he left behind. Our GS took his life two yrs. ago, but there was no note, he was in his early twenties.

Hugs,
Shirl

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EUPHRATES 2/7/2011 12:52AM

    Wow. I'm so sorry.
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DOLLBABE56 2/6/2011 9:46PM

    Such a sad story.

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EDWINA172 2/6/2011 9:31PM

    My heart is breaking for you and this young man. I have no words. My prayers are with you.

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CHILDOFGOD4LIFE 2/6/2011 8:17PM

    What a heartbreak. I am so sorry, John. I know you will reach out to God for strength and understanding.

Carol from NE Ohio

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MIBELLALUNA 2/6/2011 4:25PM

    I very nearly posted a vlog on this topic before you posted. This is the anniversary of loved ones suicide for us and I know the shock and numbness. I think more attention needs to be focused on this. I didn't do the vlog b/c I felt it would make people uncomfortable, but it is an important topic that deserves attention on every level in life. Prayers and peace to all affected by your friends passing.

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MARCYNA 2/6/2011 12:39PM

    I'll pray for him, hugs

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WANDAH3 2/6/2011 10:12AM

    My heart is heavy for this young man, may God's healing touch help him to recover as well as those left behind. Abusers keep abusing until they are stopped.

Hugs,
Wanda

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GREENCAT1 2/5/2011 12:45PM

    I wish my parents had listened to me about my abuser - a family member... I am so sorry. What a tragic loss.

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~INDYGIRL 2/5/2011 10:37AM

    I am so very sorry.

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ZURDTA- 2/5/2011 6:56AM

    Tragic waste... just so senseless. That poor, poor boy.

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CARTOONB 2/4/2011 10:56PM

    It is the adult's job to take care of the children. I'm so sorry that this child did not have the right adults taking care of him.

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MYSTERY4EVER 2/4/2011 10:31PM

    That is so awful that no one would listen to him. How alone he must have felt. He is in my prayers along with you and your family.

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MAIZEY 2/4/2011 8:55PM

    So sad that he had no oneto turn to that he felt would listen.

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DJS-DEBBIE 2/4/2011 7:40PM

    No words...

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JUNEAU2010 2/4/2011 6:37PM

    What a heartbreak! I am so sorry! What a waste of a beautiful life!

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TIME4AFITME 2/4/2011 6:36PM

    So heartbreaking and sad. I am so sorry

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HDHAWK 2/4/2011 6:15PM

    How very sad John. When will people learn to listen? So many times these things turn out to be true. How sad that it's too late for this young man.

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SUSIEPH1 2/4/2011 5:07PM

    Ohh John.
I am so very sorry that this young man felt so alone that his only option left was to take his life...

Why are we so obsessed with losing face! or not wanting to make waves?
As a parent, our first priority should be the welfare of our children!,
I so feel for this family too, because they will have to live with this fact for the rest of their lives.

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GOANNA2 2/4/2011 4:48PM

    What a tragedy, and I am so sorry to hear that.
I have a 23 year old son and wow, I must pay
more attention and just have more talks with
him. Life is too short as it is.
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SARAWALKS 2/4/2011 4:36PM

    Amen. emoticon

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SPARKENISTA 2/4/2011 3:50PM

    John--This is a tragedy beyond words. Clearly, the abandonment that this young man felt went to the core of his sole. It is catastrophic that the only way he could get his point across was with this drastic step.

The fact that he was only 23--with his whole life ahead of him--makes the abandonment even worse. Once the shock and horror wear off, I hope that this becomes a police matter and that it gets the full investigation it so richly deserves.

Not only should his searing pain not be in vain but it can save further young boys from the clutches of this individual. I'm sure he was not the only victim.

I pray for him.

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HLPRATT 2/4/2011 3:27PM

    How horrible! It's sometimes hard to listen to horrible things. We want it not to have taken place or we try to minimize it. It is so important to listen.

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TRIPLE_EMME 2/4/2011 3:09PM

    I am sorry to hear this. It is really sad.

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CUTIECAT1 2/4/2011 2:05PM

    so sad and heartbreaking - there are no other words to describe this tragedy...

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    What a tragedy! emoticon

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CMBELISLE 2/4/2011 1:56PM

    I do not understand parents like that. Your children come first no matter what and you should always believe them until you find a legitimate reason not to.

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/4/2011 12:54PM

    Oh my goodness, John... I am so sorry. I got goosebumps. I will not forget this. I truly truly do believe that every one should be listened to when they are reaching out (threats of suicide should NEVER be treated as just empty threats or jokes)... emoticon

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SILLYHP1953 2/4/2011 11:57AM

    Thank you for this message...all too often we do not listen to our children, or dismiss what they say. I'm so sorry for the loss of this young man.
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MAWRTIAN 2/4/2011 11:52AM

    My prayers are with you all, I can't imagine the pain.

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 2/4/2011 11:38AM

    heartbreaking emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 2/4/2011 10:36AM

    No words can express how sad this makes me feel. I will pray for all involved.

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MISSROCKABILLY 2/4/2011 10:08AM

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. My thoughts go out to you, your family, and the other friends and family of this young man.
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TEACHING1ST 2/4/2011 9:31AM

    Im so very sorry, John. My prayers are for you, your children, and this family as you all deal with the pain and sorrow.

Mary

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DIANA_IS_BACK 2/4/2011 9:12AM

    This is heartbreaking to read, and unfortunately, this happens more often than we would like to think. My thoughts and prayers go out to this young man and his family.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 2/4/2011 9:06AM

    My heart aches for the young man, his family and those that love him. Suicide is one of the most painful things a family can go thru. I'm praying for them all.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 2/4/2011 9:06AM

    How tragic. The loss of this young man. I can not understand how people couldn't take claims like that seriously. I am so sorry for your loss

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REDSHOES2011 2/4/2011 8:54AM

    Sad stuff like this has to happen.. Kids should never have to worry where their parents loyalities are..

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SUSIEWHITE1109 2/4/2011 8:54AM

    So sorry for your loss, and your kids' loss.This is a tragic and sad thing to see happen to anyone. All those involved will be in my prayers today.

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MOTTAMAMALOU 2/4/2011 8:45AM

    How cruel, how sad that a family or the church would not heed this young man's pain.
This act was avoidable if only someone listened to him. He needed a hug, an ear, empathy, something that he could hold on to, someone who would listen.
My heart aches for him. He was someone's child, sibling, cousin, friend, etc., and now there is a void where this young man lived.
May he have peace.
I am so sorry no one listened.

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The Scale Is Not Moving But I Am

Thursday, February 03, 2011

I celebrated my one year anniversary here at Spark by resetting my weight ticker and establishing a new goal for 2011. Since then, as of this morning, I have lost a total of one half pound. I have lost so little the Spark ticker refuses to acknowledge it. I have lost an inch in my thighs but gained a quarter inch in my upper arms. As the saying goes, ďEverything has remained the same.Ē Yes there is the bright side it could be a gain, massive or otherwise, and yes, a loss is a loss is a loss.

Iím not upset I am just moving. I am moving every chance I get. Every opportunity I have to walk or move I am taking advantage of it. We needed milk this morning so I walked to Kroger. Total distance about a mile back and forth. Yes, it was cold but thatís why God made gloves and scarves. Later today I am going to scrub the kitchen and bathroom floors. There will most likely be some vacuuming involved too. Iím saving the gym for this evening because Joan has a swim class at seven tonight. I am learning to take advantage of my schedule. I do not work traditionally and usually my appointment calendar is set two weeks out. I leave some wiggle room, for sure, but mostly I can plan around my schedule. My office is in my home so anything that needs to be done here I can do. Yes, I know, I am very fortunate and I acknowledge that fact.

I am realizing my body has adjusted to the changes I made last year. Those first sixty eight pounds sort of ran off of me easily. Now I have to work a bit smarter to get the roughly seventy pounds I left to lose. So I am moving. I have an old fashioned egg timer in my office. I set it for an hour and after each hour has elapsed I get up and do something that requires me to move around for at least ten minutes. Sometimes itís annoying and sometimes I donít always honor it to the letter of the law. But I am creating a new habit.

I have learned that life is not a series of absolutes itís a series of relationships you develop mostly with yourself. Like any good relationship it evolves over time and blossoms. I have learned to be loving and gentle with me and that while I can jump up and down when you have a success I should never, ever compare myself to you and your journey because our Creator made each of us unique, special and equipped with a different set of tools and variables to move forward in our lifeís journey. I should never become disheartened because you lost a jillion pounds and I lost one half.

Iíve realized I will be here art Spark for the rest of my life. Itís not a ďget into a swim suit by spring breakĒ commitment. It is learning about me and developing relationships with wonderful people all over the world and if nothing else simply appreciating their friendship. I am not overweight, obese or fat. I am a person who made some less than healthy life choices and they manifested themselves in a Santa like belly. I wonít define me by a number whether itís on a scale or a time in a race.

I will move and keep moving until I canít move any longer. Just think of all the cool things I will see.

BTW: Some of you asked me about a status update I posted a few days ago about a Spark Rally. It is in Cincinnati on May 21

  
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AKATUJE 2/9/2011 11:02AM

    This is the line that speaks the most to me.... "Iíve realized I will be here art Spark for the rest of my life. Itís not a ďget into a swim suit by spring breakĒ commitment." It took me 4 years to realize that...you really have nuggets of wisdom. emoticon for sharing.

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SILLYHP1953 2/6/2011 1:34PM

    I love your blogs. You are going to be a WONDERFUL coach!!!

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MARCYNA 2/5/2011 6:29AM

    Lovely, just as I am...The scale's not moving,I am.
The scale's not as exciting as my life....and yours are.
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CARTOONB 2/3/2011 10:40PM

    Excellent attitude and great idea with the egg timer. I'm really glad to see that you are coming back to yourself.

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JUNEAU2010 2/3/2011 10:28PM

    I like what you said about the labels that we often carry. There is, for me, some shame with "obese". I am the only one in my family who is this heavy. I, too, will probably be on SP for the rest of my life, not just for the health and accountability, but the precious people who have become my community. You are on that list!

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TEDYBEAR2838 2/3/2011 7:54PM

    Now, That's the Spirit.

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ELSEEBEE 2/3/2011 5:15PM

    Excellent blog, John! You have said so well how many of us feel about our Spark journey. I'm saving this page so when I start "beating" myself up for not doing "it" (whatever that is), I can remember that we are all as you so beautifully put it, expressing what our individuality dictates.

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AZCUPCAKE 2/3/2011 4:52PM

    The best news of my day was when you stated, 'I will be here at Spark for the rest of my life!' You are moving, all right....moving onward and UPward while the inches and pounds shift around. I love your positive attitude! emoticon

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HLPRATT 2/3/2011 3:15PM

    You know I am struck by the joy sometimes in just being able to move. Working in healthcare I see people that can't. Yes I can walk and run and dance and I am so privileged.

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JAE_HENNINGTON 2/3/2011 1:31PM

  encouraging blog.. I am going through the same thing. I need to lose 2 lbs in order to get to my next goal and it seems like it is taking forever.. this works what I am doing I just gotta have patience and never give up

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KELLY40222 2/3/2011 11:16AM

    John reading your blog, I felt like you were reading my mind! I also have a scale that is on strike. While I am so happy to have lost 64 lbs., when will the rest of it leave? It gets frustrating when you eat right and exercise daily, yet the scale won't budge. No matter what the scale says we are still healthier today then we were a few years ago.

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SARAWALKS 2/3/2011 10:40AM

    Sounds a lot like Building A Life Style! emoticon
That's what we all need to be striving for!
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MOMGABE 2/3/2011 10:37AM

    John, I "borrowed" your idea and also reset my weight tracker as of January 1 and set a weight goal for 2011. I even used the Spark people tools to figure out how long it would take me to get to my goal weight estimating a loss of 1/2 pound per week. Spark people has given me a calorie range to hit.
My problem - I know I am eating over my calorie range even though 95% of the food choices are "good". So my scale is not moving either.
But, on the positive side, I am working on increasing the mileage on my weekly long runs using a run/walk method so I don't injure myself.
So today I commit to logging all my food. I may be over my calorie range again but at least I'll know by how much.
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KANSASROSE67 2/3/2011 10:33AM

    Great blog! My scale and tape measure have given up too, but I haven't. I too, believe I'll be on Spark forever. And that's a good thing!

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 2/3/2011 10:27AM

    I love your attitude. My scale isn't move either, but I sure am!! I know I have developed some great, healthy habits and if I continue tracking, eating healthy and moving the weight WILL come off.

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Working With My Running Coach Session One

Wednesday, February 02, 2011


Availible on YouTube@ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2w0bGGZtxw

  
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SILLYHP1953 2/6/2011 1:32PM

    That was SO interesting! I had no idea of any of that, but I am not, nor ever have been, a runner. But I have been trying to run a minute or so here and there while I walk on the treadmill, so I'm following your running training with interest.
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CARTOONB 2/3/2011 10:46PM

    Sounds cool! A lot of work, but I like it! Hope it helps you be a better runner!

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KELLY40222 2/3/2011 11:26AM

    I had no clue your pelvis had to be just so. I can't wait to hear about your next run meeting.

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GIRANIMAL 2/2/2011 5:35PM

    Sounds like a great experience, John! I'm so glad you're getting help with this. Both my feet are pronated too - I wear down the outside edges of the heels of my shoes all the time. And I'm not a runner, but I do know firsthand, with a back injury, the value of core strength! Anyway, thanks for the shout-out. We survived here in Chicago! But I expect that tomorrow I will feel the way you do after all the shoveling. emoticon

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GOANNA2 2/2/2011 3:28PM

    Sounds like a great workout.
Thanks for thinking of us here in Queensland.
The cyclone was a category 5 and has had done
much damage.

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/2/2011 2:34PM

    LOL macarena... It's so cool that you did this!!!!! Your running is going to be so improved!!!! I hope you're having a good day! :)

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SARAWALKS 2/2/2011 10:48AM

    VERY interesting! As someone who's worked with singers for a long time on posture and stance and movement (which is very important to good singing), these comments make lots of sense to me. I've often been grateful for that training as I've become more physically active as a walker & runner.
The "activate the core" thing is probably crucial to the pelvic tilt thing too - and boy does it work on that belly fat!
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EMTFF376 2/2/2011 10:45AM

    Thanks for the blog, John! Its nice to know I'm not alone in my running woes... I pronate one leg more than the other as well. Still looking forward to running with you when you come to WV. I bet you can show me a thing or two after working with your coach.

Have a great day!
Janette


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KITTYKELLY1 2/2/2011 9:13AM

  How inspiring this blog was to my son who is working hard with a physical therapist/personal trainer. He is glad that he is not alone in working so hard.

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ROGUE_RUNNER 2/2/2011 9:05AM

    Awe!! I missed you! So great to see your face!

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HDHAWK 2/2/2011 8:42AM

    Sounds like you got a lot accomplished! Who knew there was so much to know. We're snowed in here too, so I'm hitting the gym and then hitting the "to do" list. I plan to take a little time to relax as well. Have a great day!

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HDHAWK 2/2/2011 8:42AM

    Sounds like you got a lot accomplished! Who knew there was so much to know. We're snowed in here too, so I'm hitting the gym and then hitting the "to do" list. I plan to take a little time to relax as well. Have a great day!
Oops, not sure why there is a double post.

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