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Giving Thanks

Friday, March 15, 2013

This week was kind of stressful and I came home from work depleted and a little depressed tonight. It was one of those times when it would have been so good to have someone to come home to and that made me kind of sad too. Other times I might have stopped at the store and gotten a bottle of wine and had a couple glasses but I donít want to make that a habit anymore. Itís not a good way to deal with sadness and stressÖ

I had been planning all day to get to the gym for strength training because I had committed to doing it three times a week. But I was really tired. So I made a deal with myself: if I let myself rest for a little bit I would get up and do it.

So, while I sat there I tried to find something to lift my spirits. And as I often do, I went on Spark and looked at folks blogs. And I found a blog on ONEKIDSMOMís page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myp
age_public_journal_individ
ual.asp?blog_id=5282548 with a link to a Oprah and Deepak Chopraís 21 day meditation challenge.

I decided to try it, especially since I always mean to meditate but never do except in yoga class. And what a wonderful thing it was. It was a fifteen minute guided meditation with some journal questions at the end, asking what one thing could you change to make you healthier?

I did the meditation and answered the questions, which took a little thought. And when I was done, I felt like a cloud had lifted. And I was ready to keep my commitment to myself Ė I went to the gym, came home and had a big salad for dinner and I feel much better now.

If anyone is interested, hereís a link to the 21 day meditation page: https://www.chopracentermedita
tion.com/Bestsellers/Landi
ngPage.aspx?BookId=178.

Sometimes you just have to sit with your sadness, your stress, your pain, to get through it. You canít go around it, you canít drown it, you have to face it and acknowledge it and accept it. Once you do that, you know it for what it is and you can deal with it. Lessons of life, right?

So thank you to ONEKIDSMOM for posting the blog. And thank you to my friends here on Spark for encouraging , for all trying together to be the best we can be, for being there when I need you. It is appreciated!
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EMMACLAIRE5 3/19/2013 2:32PM

    You continue to inspire me with your growth and wisdom, Kristin! Thanks for sharing the tough days as well as the good ones - there's lots to be learned from both!

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MEXGAL1 3/16/2013 10:29AM

    So glad that you found a solution to your sadness. So very glad that your didn't turn to the wine as we all know that isn't the answer. So good for you to meditate and so glad it helped. We all know that if we just get out and exercise and eat right we will feel so much better but sometimes it's just so hard to get moving.
Have a terrific week end.
Sallie
Oh and sparks is simply wonderful!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/15/2013 10:20PM

    You are very welcome, of course. Most of us who blog on Spark do so to both motivate ourselves and share... which sharing also helps keep us going. I'm so glad it's helping you, too. The timing of meditations on health could not have come better for me!

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