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T's – Taking Time

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Day 17 of the Chopra Meditation Challenge focuses on Taking Time "to nourish ourselves as an essential step in creating a life full of meaning, joy, and abundance". www.chopracentermeditation.com/bests

Rachelle Williams, Medical Coordinator for the Center, talks about her own experiences and how when we only give, we deplete our gifts. She focuses on exploring the flip side, to help us "discover that when (we) serve (ourselves), (we) are also serving the world".

Rachelle notes the mantra 'Om Vardhanam Namah- I am the nourisher of the universe' comes from Deepak's "Seven Spiritual Laws of Success", and asks us to make a commitment to give and receive. www.mantrasltd.com/today_i_will_put_

The website en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seven_Spir
sums up the laws:
- The Law of Pure Potentiality: TAKE TIME to be silent, to just be. Meditate for 30 minutes 2x a day. Silently witness the intelligence within every living thing and practice non-judgment.
- The Law of Giving: Give whoever you encounter a gift: a compliment or flower. Gratefully receive gifts. Circulate the world's energy by giving and receiving care, affection, appreciation and love.
- The Law of Karma: Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind. Choose actions that bring happiness and success to others.
- The Law of Least Effort: Accept people, situations, and events as they occur. Take non-judgmental responsibility for your situation and for all events seen as problems.
- The Law of Intention and Desire: "Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment." Make a list of desires. Trust the universe.
- The Law of Detachment: Allow yourself and others the freedom to be who they are. Uncertainty is essential, and the path to freedom.
- The Law of Dharma: Seek your higher Self. Discover your talents. Ask yourself how to serve humanity. Use your unique talents and serve others to achieve unlimited bliss and abundance.

And for those of you who practice yoga, you can find the laws (and mantras) here: aprilstolf.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/

May we all Take Time to experience the natural flow of giving and receiving as we continue to become AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that IS".

Namaste my friends

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SILLYHP1953 9/15/2011 11:14AM

    Your blogs are so FULL of good information and thoughtful reflections. Thank you!

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BUTTERFLYAT38 9/5/2011 10:27PM

    Trust the universe.
Allow yourself and others the freedom to be who they are. Uncertainty is essential, and the path to freedom.

emoticon those!! wonderful as usual.. emoticon emoticon

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FIT-AT-50 8/31/2011 10:30PM

    Yes... the flow of giving and receiving is a natural flow and one that brings peaceful balance. Thanks for sharing.

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WATERMELLEN 8/31/2011 9:52PM

    Pure potentiality, least effort and detachment: these are tough stances . . .and in particular the notion that uncertainty is essential as a path to freedom.


Feels right, feels true: and feels hard to achieve!!

Guess I've just gotta trust the universe . . .

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/31/2011 7:52PM

    emoticon Ahhhh!

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_LINDA 8/31/2011 3:54PM

    Giving and receiving, the balance book of life, works well when used as intended!!

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T’s – Thanksgiving for bad news

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I just found out my aunt was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. My mom died from peritoneal cancer (her ovaries were clean), so I am notifying my OB GYN. The current test is a CA-125, but it is unreliable as a cold can influence the numbers.

As I continue with my Chopra meditations, delving into what I want, I understand Benjamin Franklin’s emphasis on health. When you think about it, if we do not have our health, we have nothing but problems.

I was looking for a ‘reason’ to refocus on a healthy journey. I think I found it.

May we all find what we need to be AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and (ESPECIALLY) Appreciative of ALL that IS".

Namaste my friends

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SILLYHP1953 9/15/2011 11:12AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your aunt and am sending love, light, and healing.

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SHYGRRL 8/31/2011 12:24PM

  So sorry to hear about your aunt. You & your family are in my prayers.


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_LINDA 8/30/2011 10:41PM

    So very sorry about your aunt :(( This is a wake up call for you to get tested for sure. Women don't look after their health too well when it comes to women's issues.
My Mom had a hysterectomy because of a cancer find, but still has her cervix and is still at risk of that cancer, but has stop getting tested :( Nothing beats regular check ups.. That goes for a mammogram too. After 50 here gets regular free testing.
Hoping they caught your aunt's cancer in time..

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    Praying for you and your family.

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WATERMELLEN 8/30/2011 8:03PM

    That is very very difficult news. I'm glad you're inspired to take best care of your own health: then you do feel you are doing everything you can (and also, of course, enjoying life more now!!)

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/30/2011 7:56PM

    For sure you and yours are being added to my prayer list, Becky. Take care of you while you are caring about others!


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MIRAGE727 8/30/2011 2:12PM

    I'll keep your family in my prayers. Be well.

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NIKOBLUE 8/30/2011 1:58PM

    Thank you for this because it reminded me it's time for me to see my doctor! I am sorry to hear about your aunt but am glad you're talking to your doctor about it. Sending healthful energy and thoughts your way. emoticon

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GREENTHUMB70 8/30/2011 11:31AM

    I love your attitude and your such a good influence on me. I'm sorry to hear about your aunt.

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JOHAL52 8/30/2011 10:46AM

    emoticon -- been there with my family several times.

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OWENSAUNT1 8/30/2011 10:32AM

    I love how you turned a negative into a positive. Focus your energy! You're doing everything right. (Relaxing and taking medical precautions.) You and your aunt will be in thoughts.

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MEMAMA 8/30/2011 10:20AM

Deepak Chopra has a free 21 day meditation challenge four times a year. After you sign up, you are sent a guided meditation everyday (also a discussion about meditation). It is fairly short and is great for beginners. There are also guided meditations on his website library that are wonderful! emoticon

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 8/30/2011 10:18AM

    you are in my thoughts today


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REDSHOES2011 8/30/2011 9:42AM

    Hang in there.. Talk to your OB GYN and tell him-she about your fears.. Do this journey in memory of the women you have lost..
emoticon You have had warnings and if doing everything to avoid problems- try to sleep more peaceful at night..

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ATOMICSPUD 8/30/2011 9:37AM

  Hello Kaligirl,

I'm sorry to hear of your family's misfortune. Hopefully all will be well. May I ask, though, what "Chopra" meditation is?



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T’s – using the seat of Thought and memory for health

Monday, August 29, 2011

Thought involves consideration, contemplation, attention and reflection.

When we Think, we use our minds. Encarta defines the mind as "The center of consciousness that generates Thoughts, feelings, ideas, and perceptions, and stores knowledge and memories".

Self Magazine and Yahoo listed 8 ways we can use our Thoughts.

Several of them heal our bodies:

Herbert Benson www.biomedexperts.com/Profile.bme/10

• Mind/body practices (meditation, yoga, tai chi, deep breathing, and visualization) induce the relaxation response, suppressing the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline; working as well as drugs without the side effects.
• Regular meditators’ genes change to "control not only stress but also premature aging and inflammation"

Rick Hanson (author of Buddha's Brain) found "the prefrontal cortex and the anterior right insula (attention and sensory processing areas) were thicker and more robust in those who meditate."



While the following do not all involve Thought, Brent Bauer, M.D., director of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program @ Mayo Clinic, suggests ways to alleviate common health issues. For:
• Back pain Try: Yoga
• Depression Try: Music therapy, qigong, yoga
• Eating disorders Try: Meditation, yoga
• Fertility Try: Visualization, yoga
• Heart health Try: Deep breathing, qigong, yoga
• High cholesterol Try: Qigong
• Immunity Try: Breathing, chants, meditation, qigong
• Insomnia Try: Acupuncture, visualization, yoga
• Joint pain Try: Music therapy, qigong, yoga
• Migraines Try: Acupuncture, yoga
(Not sure what qigong is, but I will by the time I get to my Q words emoticon

Here’s to all of us using our seat of Thought and memory to become AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that IS".

Namaste my friends

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BISCO_ 8/30/2011 2:35AM

    Enjoyed this! Went to all of the websites. Thanks for posting.

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BUTTERFLYAT38 8/29/2011 11:22PM

    love your blog..yoga is the answer in all of them darn it! lol.. emoticon emoticon

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NIKOBLUE 8/29/2011 9:17PM

    I emoticon Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius! Buddha's Brain is endlessly fascinating to me, as a science nerd and a mystic. Thanks once again for a super thought provoking blog :)

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WATERMELLEN 8/29/2011 9:15PM

    The mind is a powerful thing indeed . . . I've been reading Jon Kabt-Zinn's "Wherever You Go, There You Are" as an exploration of mediation plus "Mind Over Mood" by Greenberger/Padesky. You've provided some great resources here, thank you!

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NEW_PARADIGM 8/29/2011 7:52PM

    Great resources...thanks!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/29/2011 7:19PM

    As I've been going through the 21 day meditation challenge I noticed / remembered how stress-reducing it was. What a sense of peace there is in relaxing your muscles and letting go your thoughts.

- Barb emoticon

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_LINDA 8/29/2011 4:47PM

    Biofeedback has been touted for helping relieve stress, pain and actually help the body heal itself. The power of the mind is a wonderful thing and most of us are wasting its full potential. I was thinking of giving it a try to see if it would help, but it is pretty expensive. Far better to learn meditation on your own as a start. I really wanted to do Tai Chi, but was unable to as my knees were so bad. I could feel the energy of chi starting, but my pain was always a blocker preventing it from circuling my whole body.
It really is worth practising.
Thanks for the excellent links!

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GIANTPANDA 8/29/2011 4:22PM

    Quigong is based in Chinese alternative medicine and Chinese martial arts. I was lucky enough to have wonderful classes a long time ago and also get to enjoy this at a Zen meditation workshop during the rare times I get out that way. It really is wonderful and does shift the energy in the body.

Your posting reminds me of why I have to get back to yoga as a daily practice, too. It really is healing medicine, along with meditation. Another very good reason for me to get on with my decluttering project to make more space for yoga practice. (And everything else.)

Thanks for your blog!

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GREENTHUMB70 8/29/2011 3:51PM

    I just ran across this in the Tricycle moments ago-a video link to Qigong. Sounds like the signs are telling me I need to try it.


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GREENTHUMB70 8/29/2011 3:31PM

    I've been doing yoga for more years than I could count. I became serious about it in the 90's when I began to have horrible back pain. Shortly before that I began to meditate to help with bulimia. I still meditate but for pain control and mental health. I don't want to image my life without yoga and meditation. Yoga still helps me with pain control and stiffness. Give it a try.

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AFITONE 8/29/2011 3:11PM

    Wow...yoga seems to be the cure for all that ails us...perhaps I should give it a try!

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Break from the alphabet for celebration

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I am taking time to commemorate my friend ONEKIDSMOM's second childhood with this  blog.

For those of you who don't know -  she's running a 5K today (just passed midnight here)
Semi details can be found here www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo

I am so thankful I've been blessed after knowing her online, to meet her in person.  She's mega-cool and I can't wait to see the pictures. 

Your biking buddies are thinking about you Barb and toasting you with our coffee this morning.

Here's to you my muddy friend!

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WATERMELLEN 8/27/2011 10:25PM

    Very nice! The solidarity and support here is one of the best things about SP!!

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_LINDA 8/27/2011 10:43AM

    That is awesome!! I too am looking forward to seeing her run photos!
Maybe some day you could join her in a run, would be quite the goal and stretch for you ;)

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BUTTERFLYAT38 8/27/2011 9:26AM

    here is to friends and the next adventure! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/27/2011 7:34AM

    Thanks, Becky! As I get ready this morning I am having the inevitable "What have I got myself into?" thoughts, along with the "What will I do with my glasses while I run? Wear them? Leave them with son?" I'm leaning toward wearing them anyway and just being careful in the obstacles... but they could be totally mud-covered by the end.

Son, having a great sense of humor, will probably get some good photos... which, shameless second child that I am, I will share!

Have a great ride this morning... I hereby dedicate my muddy outing to "Becky's Bikers"! emoticon

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T's – Tracking Tips and To-Dos

Friday, August 26, 2011

When I thing about my healthy journey, its starts and re-starts, I realize the Spark nutrition Tracker was my liberator.

There are wonderful websites Touting the success of Tracking:



Our owns SparkPeople cites a 2008 Study

and offers us motivators to Track

While I don’t advocate the HCG, they offer a great list of Tracking To-Dos: www.hcgtruediet.com/record-the-food-

And RealSimple offers easy Tips for getting started:

Here’s to all of us giving Thanks to Those who went before us, Tracking their foods and providing a path for our success as we become AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that IS".

Namaste my friends

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BUTTERFLYAT38 8/27/2011 9:48AM

    always so helpful!! yes when i let go of tracking there starts my trouble! emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 8/26/2011 11:54PM

    It is tracking that is saving me during my exercise layoffs after surgery. Before I would just gain weight :(( Now I have no excuses. Spark's Trackers work if used properly with careful weighing and measuring.
Its the first thing I always advise new people to make sure to learn it properly.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/26/2011 7:38PM

    Speaking of thanks to those who went before... oh, my... the lists with nutritional content, for that matter the nutrition labels... what would we do without them!?

Thanks for keeping it real... and have a great ride tomorrow! emoticon And if you do a biking meditation, do it with your eyes open crossing at those lights. emoticon

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NIKOBLUE 8/26/2011 11:14AM

    Tracking is when I see results so I am all for it!

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