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Mind Over Matter

Friday, April 06, 2012

We can improve our overall physical well-being by first starting to notice our thoughts and our reactions to our thoughts.


The power of the mind is a curious thing, because it is so powerful yet so difficult to control sometimes. We find ourselves thinking a certain way, knowing that this thought may be creating trouble for us yet we find it difficult to stop. For example, many people have the experience of getting sick at the same time every year or every time they go on a plane. They may even be aware that their beliefs impact their experiences, so continue to think they will get sick and then they do.

Sometimes we need to get sick in order to process something or move something through our bodies. But often we get sick, or feel exhausted, because we don’t make the effort to galvanize the power of our minds in the service of our physical health, which is one of its most important functions. We really can use it to communicate to our bodies, yet we often regard the two as separate entities that have little to do with one another.

Knowing this, we have the power to create physical health and mental health, simply by paying attention to the tapes running in our minds. Once we hear ourselves, we have the option to let that tape keep running or to make a new recording. We harness the power of the mind in our defense when we choose supportive, healing words that foster good health and high spirits. All we need to do is remember to tend the field of our mind with the attentive and loving hand of a master gardener tending her flower beds, culling out the weeds so that the blossoms may come to fruition.

Daily OM

  
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BECCABOO127 4/6/2012 6:15PM

    I like the daily OM! I find myself feeling a little better now that I am meditating. I think it should be a course requirement in school!

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JUKEBOX2 4/6/2012 1:04PM

    Gotta love it! Makes a lot of sense

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MERILYNN1 4/6/2012 12:16PM

    You make so much sense - I've been away from 'spark for a time and am happy to find the wonderful people I got to know, again. Your quotes alone provide hours of meditation. Thank you for being there and sharing your thoughts with us.
Meri

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- It ain't over, till it's over.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Just My Personal Thought

To live at all is miracle enough.
-- Mervyn Peake,

A day or two ago I stepped out my back door and it literally felt like I had stepped into a mythical place. It was a transformation of frosted wonder on tall blades of sepia colored grass and leaves, on fence posts and window panes. You nature lovers will know what I mean.
As I stood there I watched the world awaken from it's nightly slumber; the rising sun slowly beginning to alter it with a sparkling expanse of its crowning glory of enchantment.
As I observed the warmth of the suns rays thawing and unwrapping the splendor of one more precious and rarefied gift of another day, I was sharply reminded just how tangible life really can be.
The reality is we're born, we live, we die - Life is the most fragile, unstable, unpredictable thing there is. In fact, there's only one thing in life that we can be sure of - It ain't over, till it's over."

From the time we are born our lives are celebrated, with joy, with tears, with each milestone that brings us closer to the day that we walk confidently into God's predestined plan for our lives and how invincible we feel. As if we have already crossed over into immortality. Never giving thought to the possibility that it could be over in the next breath, cutting short our anticipation and expectations we have or had for any future. We just naturally expect to live til a hundred.
That's the thing with humans, we have this built in belief when we are younger, that we have forever to achieve our aims. We have our bearings, our course is set
"I am Invincible!"

Hypothetically, if some divine voice or spirit told you that tomorrow was to be your last; how would we view the life you have had?
Apart from suffering a seizure on the spot, how mind-numbing would it be to be spiritually informed that your time here is up....goodbye life and world? The plug was to be pulled. Your whole future cut short. The rug literally pulled from under your feet.
I don't mean people in their 70's and beyond. Surely at this age they have achieved all that they wanted to achieve. I'm talking about the early teenage years, young adult, the 20's When most of us have barely met any of our aspirations and goals. 30's, 40's and 50's. When we're at the height of our prime; career, marriage, family, and mortgaged to the hilt.
What would your reaction be? Acceptance or to fight for the right to live?
I've been there and I chose life. Fought for it and won. My will to live long and prosper was stronger than that which was pulling me to surrender to the lesser choice.
Obesity did that
Life is an opportunity given. What we make of that life is up to the specific individual. The best scenario is that we are all striving to become a better human beings, striving to understand the world around us and the world beyond. We are born with a clean slate - what we write on it is entirely dependent on us, the choices we make!!

So make everyday the last in terms of compelling means.
Why put off our dreams in life.What are we waiting for?
Do we want regret to cripple our thoughts if we know we have left it too late?
Definitely not.
Well let's remember that we've not got forever, but we have now.
Let's make it happen.Let's go out and get that dream of incredible health and weight loss.
Clock's Ticking!!!!

  
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JUKEBOX2 4/5/2012 6:28PM

    This one hit home for me!

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TERRIPAL1 4/5/2012 7:15AM

    Very well said! Just what I needed to start my day !
Thanks for the postive energy!

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CAPECODBABE 4/5/2012 6:52AM

    Beautifully said! I've thought about this very subject many times. It always opens a can of worms for me LOL

I have written a scene in which my characters have a conversation about this very topic.

You have a wonderful gift with words my friend.

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To Start Again....

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

There are times throughout our lives that time lends itself to starting something new or restarting anew. The beginning of a new year, graduating school; college, university, leaving a job, starting a new one, even retirement signifies a new start, or changing residence.these all are times that turn our minds to fresh starts. The advantage is that ny one of these opportunities bring with them the energy of that event, creating a tide of change around them that we can ride to our next shoreline. Even in that, we can choose to start afresh at anytime. At any moment we can decide that a bad day or a relationship that's gotten off on the wrong foot or seemingly gone completely off the rails, can be started again. It is a mental shift that allows us to wipe the slate and approach anything with a fresh outlook, and we can make that choice at any time.

Starting new is most powerful when we focus our attention on what we are choosing to create or re-create. Giving all of our attention to the unwanted aspects of our lives allows what we resist to prevail. We need to remember to leave enough room in the process of new beginnings to be kind to ourselves, because it takes time to become accustomed to anything new, no matter how much we like it. There is no need to get down on ourselves if we don't reach our new goals in a New York minute. Instead, we need acknowledge the forward motion and choose to reset and start again, knowing that with each choice we learn, grow, and move forward.

Making the choice to start anew has its own energy. It's a promise made to you. The forward momentum creates a sort of vacuum behind it, pulling toward you all you need to help you continue moving in your chosen direction. Once the journey has begun, we must remember to anticipate unexpected turns, but it never really ends. Like cycles in nature, there are periods of obvious growth and periods of dormancy that signal a time of waiting for the right moment to manifest. Each time we choose to start anew we dedicate ourselves to becoming the best we are able to be.

  
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BECCABOO127 4/6/2012 6:19PM

    Be kind to ourselves--what a nice reminder! Great blog, by the way.

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MADMARE 4/6/2012 1:25PM

    I always love reading your posts. They give me motivation to continue eating healthy.

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JUKEBOX2 4/4/2012 1:30PM

    Why choose good when better is available and Best is achievable... I love this blog! emoticon

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Channeling the physical

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

If you are experiencing a jumble of intense emotions today, you may also feel directionless in your passions or controlled by your feelings. We can dispel some of these emotions by exercising our physically active side. We may be able to direct our erratic energy most effectively through organized activities, competitive sports, or exercising with friends. We will likely regain clarity of thought and evenness of mood as we run, jump, and flex our muscles. This can be a wonderful day to explore by going on long walks to exercise. If we have little time to spare today, a lunch-hour stroll or 15 minutes of indoor stretches might do a lot of good.

Physical exercise helps release intense emotions from the body. As we devote ourselves to a repetitive motion, our mental and physical selves come together to work on this shared goal. Any powerful and out-of-control feelings we experience are condensed and transmuted into willpower that allows us to keep moving. As our bodies consumes this force, our emotions begin to release their grip on our consciousness. The rhythm of exercise is also soothing in that each new breath helps return to a state of harmony. The physical exercise we do today will help gain clarity and release.

  
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BECCABOO127 4/6/2012 6:17PM

    Wonderful!

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MILDOLLARSMILE 4/4/2012 4:26PM

    Love it!!

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JUKEBOX2 4/4/2012 1:31PM

    Excellent!

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The Taste of Success

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Feeling successful and prosperous today. The ongoing lifestyle change continues to flourish, and the renos we have recently decided on are being accomplished too! Though I may be tempted to rest and revel in my triumph, instead, I've been harnessing this energy and using it to fuel the pursuit of larger goals. Reaching one plateau of achievement after the other makes me feel confident enough to push and strive for the next.

A small taste of success can often whets the appetite for larger accomplishments. Timidity or a sense that we do not deserve to achieve our biggest goals can compel us to focus on smaller aims or pursue only those opportunities that we are familiar with. The smallest triumph, however, can effectively demonstrate that we are equipped and ready to follow the path of our dreams. Small successes increases our confidence in our skills and ability to handle responsibility. When we look back on what we have achieved, we’re are definitely more apt to optimistically think about our expectations. As a result, the goals we set for ourselves will be more challenging but also more richly rewarding. Tasting success today will motivate us to seek greater heights of accomplishment.

  
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    All Right!

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