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21 Day Meditation Challenge from The Chopra Center

Friday, August 06, 2010

One of the many newsletters that show up in my inbox periodically is one from the Chopra Center. I'm passing this info along for anyone who might be interested.

It's free and open to anyone, from complete beginner to advanced practice.

Here's the link:

Meditation is easy to do and healing in many ways. There are links offered to various Chopra Center products and classes, and drawings for prizes and the like, but none of this is necessary to participate in the Challenge. Each day's lesson comes via email - maybe we'll learn some things to start our practice of meditation or deepen one already in place.

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SUZYMOBILE 8/13/2010 11:52AM

    Drat! I signed up, got an introductory welcoming email, but nothing with links to daily guided meditations.

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SUZYMOBILE 8/12/2010 10:28PM

    Oh great! No sooner do I accept not having to do everything in my day, now I've joined a new challenge. Seriously, I've been feeling kind of empty lately because I didn't have a fresh, new project to take on, and this might be just the thing. I don't really know HOW to meditate but have always envied those who do.

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    I love Chopra!! Thanks for the link!!

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UUCEEJAY 8/6/2010 11:22AM

    Thanks for the link! emoticon

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KRICKETTWO 8/6/2010 11:09AM

    Deepak is a favorite! Thanks for sharing the link.

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JANEDOE12345 8/6/2010 8:42AM

    I signed up for this. It sounds like a good grounding to start the day. I am one that does better with s reminder than trying to stick to a routine for long. Thnaks for the link.
PS Ever eat a mango?

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Response to ANGELLYBELLY's blog

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

The link is here:

I started leaving a quick comment, but got carried away (gee, isn't *that* unusual? LOL) and seeing that it had turned into it's own blog, thought I'd post it over here.

Good for you, for your awesome insight. Because you know what? Beauty is like money - you always want more and more, and then when you're not looking you lose it anyway. All these movie stars and models, with the bodies we supposedly want, and they mutilate themselves with surgery and then drown the fear of growing older in men, drugs, alcohol and general misery.

My daughter and I were sitting in a parking lot the other day and noticed a couple of young teenagers walk by. She pointed out how very slim they were - maybe a size 2 at the most - and asked if we'd ever get there. Truthfully? No. I'm 5'6" and muscular. When I was at my goal weight a few years ago, I was still a 12 - even skeletal, my hip bones would be too wide for a 2.

Many people over the ages have pointed out that the best beauty products are confidence and happiness. There's something to that.

And besides, life is *way* too short to go through it putting off doing, putting off enjoying, putting off *anything* until... until we're the "right" weight, until we find the "right" mate, until we make more money, get a house, get out of college, *whatever*. Operate from a place of envy, shame, insecurity and "if only..." and you push happiness away. Love and work with what you've got, and you'll set up for getting more. And if it never comes (the weight thing you've got covered - I meant the more vague hopes) you won't even notice, because you'll be too busy enjoying what you've got.

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RUSSELLORAMA 8/4/2010 11:03PM

    That's so right! We have to live our lives right now, instead of waiting for the so-called "perfect" time.

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FITKAT2010 8/4/2010 7:48PM

    Three cheers hon! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VALI_T 8/4/2010 6:52PM

    I'm with you....I'm never going to be a size 2 and I really don't aim to be one anyway. I'm 5'6" tall, for goodness sake! Even if I got down to my skinny high school weight again (which I doubt I'll ever actually do) I'd still be too big to ever be a size 2. And so what? Who is it that decided for us that a model who's probably super skinny because she's anorexic should be the "perfect" ideal that we aim to be just like? Thank God for my late husband, who told me from the time I first knew him that he preferred a real woman with some meat on her bones. He made sure that I always knew that he thought I was beautiful. (Every woman should have a guy like that, regardless of her size.)

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JANEDOE12345 8/4/2010 6:29PM

    I am still tied to an ideal based on my 104 pound self. The blog gave me some nice jolts of optimism, but I know that I honestly cannot claim to be free of deep concerns about how I look. Just not that evolved, but very honest about it anyway.

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ISHIIGIRL 8/4/2010 11:09AM

    I agree with you. Everyone comes in different shapes and sizes. It is what makes life interesting. If you hurry up and wait life will pass by without you having accomplished anything!

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SHEALUNA 8/4/2010 11:03AM

    Amen and amen. I absolutely agree 100%!!!!

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SHERYLDS 8/3/2010 6:33PM

    I still want to see the day someone tells me I'm too thin.
Love the blog.

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    Amen. Great blog. I am happy and confident.

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ANGELLYBELLY 8/3/2010 1:54PM

    This is a great blog (that stands on it's own!)
Living in the now, loving yourself in the now, while still working toward future goals..I think that is the balance we are looking to strike.

Confidence and Happiness.. definitely are the best beauty products!

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NORASPAT 8/3/2010 12:06PM


Thanks for stopping by my page It led me back to yours once more.I read your Blog. It made me think these thoughts.
Scooter all I would like in life is-Satisfaction Guaranteed.
I want to do what i want to do, when i want to do it.
Life seems too short to miss out on things you would like to do.
I have found though , life is full of compromises, some satisfying and some not so. One must find the boundaries that meet our satisfaction and choose to stay within them as we wish.
I would love to travel more DH does not and I am satisfied to travel less and be home with him. I know he satisfies me more with his love than travelling to unknown places might satisfy me. I like my compromise it is a good fit for me at this time.
Take it easy be happy and try not to beat yourself up.
Pat in Maine. PS I love to see the OWL!

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4ANEWME2DAY 8/3/2010 11:23AM

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Serious note for water safety

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I'm pretty well read, a parent for a lot of years, and am a thoroughly trained, card-carrying first aid person. I did not know this, however.

Thanks, IMPROVINGME, for bringing it to our attention.

"Drowning Looks Different Than You Think"
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I can't seem to get the link to work, so here's the address to cut and paste:

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STARLASUE 7/29/2010 8:04AM

    Good to know thanks. Makes perfect sense when it is stated like that. we have had 3 people locally that have drowned in pools with other people and lifeguards around and I wondered how they were not noticed. Sadly, this explains it.

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/28/2010 6:51PM

    Thank you!! I had no idea!!

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GRAMMIE1959 7/28/2010 6:37PM

    I had no idea. Thank you so much.

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SUZYMOBILE 7/28/2010 5:03PM

    Thanks for posting! That's chilling but important to know!

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SHERYLDS 7/28/2010 4:20PM

    i didn't know that. thanks

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SEWICKED 7/28/2010 3:45PM

    I once had a close call with drowning & this article covers exactly what happened to me.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/28/2010 12:39PM

    Thanks for the link. I'm a former lifeguard but it's nice to have a reminder.

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IMPROVINGME 7/28/2010 10:18AM

    This information really struck a chord with me, especially since I had just witnessed the water rescue a few days before I saw the article.
I'm glad you saw my blog and posted the article again. I wish more people would read it.
Thanks for visiting my page, and best wishes on your Spark journey!

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YOMAMA128 7/28/2010 10:16AM

    Thanks very much for posting this. Certainly there are a lot of misconceptions about what drowning looks like, and we all need to know the true signs. There's not much time for error.

The link worked fine for me, btw.

Many thanks!

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Idea for days when not everything goes right food- and exercise-wise

Monday, July 12, 2010

I was looking at book in the library the other day - I think it was one of those Idiots' Guide to... books, maybe a ....For Dummies. Anyway, one of the things each section included, for those who didn't want all the details, was a little sidebar called something like The Least You Need to Know.

I was thinking that here in weight-loss world, we ought to have similar sidebars for ourselves, called maybe At The Very Least I Can Do X. So when you've been overeating and/or overdrinking, even if you show no signs of getting it back together (the refrig is still full of party food, whatever), maybe The Least I Can Do Is: drink the eight glasses of water.

I started out the C25K with guns blazing and got through week two. Then the heat and humidity overran my best intents and my foot hurt like the devil every day as well. I fully intend to get back with that program in a few days. But meanwhile, I thought, "Okay, I can't even walk much, but what is the least I can do?" I decided that I could at least do some gentle yoga each day - if a particular pose hurt my foot, I'd skip it and do another. If it was too hot for even that, the Very Least I Could Do was the Sun Salutation series - a few minutes, top. So I did that. And if my day is going to be too busy to allow time for a walk, maybe The Least is wear the shoes that exercise your legs and rear (I got the Target brand - they're every bit as good as the name brand ones, for 1/3 the price) while I go to the grocery.

Maybe all we need sometimes is permission from ourselves to do something, rather than everything, and be satisfied for that time. I'm not suggesting that we give up on doing our best, but I know I'm not always up to that standard. And a bit is better than nothing.

And more than once, I found that The Least led to a tentative few more - a couple push-ups off the kitchen counter, or turning down that piece of pie (maybe I was too full from all the water.) Maybe I just needed a nudge to get started.

So if doing your usual amount or your target amount is just too much to handle, and even a little bit is too challenging, what's The Least You Can Do?
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SUZYMOBILE 8/12/2010 10:22PM

    I've got a weird problem--feeling like a failure if I haven't checked off the entire list of things I "have" to do every day. Your message of "Sometimes you can give yourself permission NOT to do something, as long as you have just this one small task that you HAVE accomplished" is nicely liberating!

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    You are thinking like a winner. Every day can't be 100% on eating and exercise but it all adds up. A little here, a little there, on the days when you can't do the best will help. Keep using this technique and you will come out on top.

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SLIMLILA 7/25/2010 7:45PM

    this is much better advice than trying to be perfect... I'll try to remember it!

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LAGREBE 7/22/2010 3:16PM

    A very hopeful blog! Thank you. Don't give up on your C25K, it took me months to get to the point I am now [week 7] I was frustrated, wanted to give up, had to repeat weeks, had shin split, you name it. If I can do it, anybody can, just hang in there. 80% of success is showing up, or "hang in there."

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FLORIDASUN 7/20/2010 10:52AM

    A brilliant concept! You should get paid for this!!!! emoticon emoticon Such a motivator you are! emoticon emoticon

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JENNY888 7/16/2010 2:28PM

    Great concept, and one I will need to remember when I feel I just can't do it. There is always a least amount that one can do. Great blog!

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BUNNYCATS 7/13/2010 7:01PM

    I like this concept of the least I can do. I've talked myself into something small on those off days, and it really helped perk me up. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Great idea. Every bit adds up and doing something is better than nothing.

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SHERYLDS 7/12/2010 3:57PM

    Very enlightening. I have to try that concept, especially on the days I have zero motivation to exercise. emoticon

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GRYFFINSONG 7/12/2010 12:58PM

    What wonderful thoughts, and so timely for me. Our AC has been broken for six weeks, and I realize that I've barely done any exercise since its gotten so hot around here. Some days I don't do the "least I can do," but your words are inspiring, and I plan to put your thoughts into action!!!


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Silly fun quiz (stalling before going out to work...)

Monday, June 28, 2010

1. Do you have any pets?
Currently only two dogs and three cats, but the zoo population in the house is always in flux.

2. Name 3 things that are physically close to you.
Cat, computer, window.

3. What's the weather like right now?
Undecided - blustery.

4. Do you drive? If so have you crashed?
Sure! Never seriously - a couple fender-bender things, most of which weren't my fault. *cough*

5. What time did you wake up this morning?

6. When was the last time you showered?
Can't remember - I'm a tub woman.

7. What was the last movie you saw?
Clash of the Titans remake (Harry Hamlin was SO much better.)

8. What does your last text message say?
Hmmm.... I'd check, but I'm too lazy to go hunt up my phone.

9. What's your ringtone?
I Wanna Be Sedated by The Ramones

10. Have you ever been to a different country?

11. Do you like sushi?
Not particularly, although I'll eat it if you don't make me use chopsticks.

12. Where do you buy your groceries?
Wegman's, usually. P&C and Price Chopper if I'm out their way.

13. Have you ever taken medication to help you fall asleep faster?
If I'm really overtired and can't fall asleep, occasionally I'll take an antihistamine. I have more trouble staying awake than falling asleep.

14. How many siblings do you have?
No blood sibs.

15. Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop?

16. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
56 *coughing fit*

17. Do you wear contacts or glasses?
Both. Glasses are better for driving, but they fall down my face if I'm sweaty, which, as a landscaper, I frequently am.

18. Do you color your hair?
I think over the years I've been every color - including, in the late 70's, a really cool industrial blue. I tried letting it go gray, but I don't like it.

19. Tell me something you are planning to do today.
Buy mulch. (I don't know if I can stand the excitement! :) )

20. When was the last time you cried?
I honestly don't remember - not that I"m so insanely happy, just that I have a lousy memory.

21. What is your perfect pizza topping?
White pie with fresh garlic.

22. Which do you prefer-hamburgers or cheeseburgers?
Hamburgers - putting cheese on meat is weird (except for Philadelphia cheesesteaks, of course.)

23. Have you ever had an all-nighter?
More than I can count.

24. What is your eye color?

25. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
I can, although I'm not much of a soda pop person. If I have to choose, I'd pick Classic Coke. Hate diet soda.

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SUZYMOBILE 7/18/2010 11:02AM

    Those are great! I wanna be your friend, too!

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    Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go I wanna be sedated!
Nothin' to do and no where to go-o-o I wanna be sedated!

The Ramones are my favorite work out music... it makes me feel powerful and hip and dangerous again! I was told at a punk show not too long ago "gray is so punk" Ha Ha Ha.... little punkers are so cute!


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FLORIDASUN 7/2/2010 8:58AM

    No wonder I like you so much! We both roll our eyes and cough alot...heeheeeheee! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUNADRAGON 6/29/2010 9:25PM

    Thank you for sharing this. Lot's of fun, I love the way your personality shines through! If I hadn't already posted 3 blogs today I would repost.
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    I love these. Thanks for posting it.

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PUDLECRAZY 6/28/2010 7:05PM


Fun post ~ wavin' at ya!


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