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2/14/08 3:57 A

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Yes! There's nothing like the smell of jasmine, orange blossoms, fresh cut grass, or other foliage as you run or walk. You are also reminded of the blessings that surround you.

This is a great thread. And synchronicity is a fascinating thing: I decided, just this week, that I needed some type of daily meditation. I've been doing deep breathing exercises (which, aside from quieting the mind, also have metabolic benefits, I've read.) and I spent all of last night listening to free downloads from Zen Radio, Radio Dharma, and the Quiet Mind on ITunes ... now I come across this thread!

I really do think it's important to have contemplative time. It's one of the most loving things you can do for yourself and it gives you fresh eyes with which to look upon your world. emoticon

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2/12/08 8:28 P

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Getting outside in the new spring weather makes me feel alive and well... mostly a inner beauty sort of feeling.

:) Get outside!!

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1/27/08 6:03 P

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My new year's "clean mind" resolution was to leave work every day (except Monday - when my daughter has gymnastics til 5:30) by 4:00pm. Period. Let it go. I have an incredibly destructive habit of working ALL the time. I was getting up at 4:00am to WORK. I was getting to work by 6:30am to WORK more. I stayed until 5:00 to WORK and then went at it from 8:00pm-10:00pm again. And I was still behind.

Findally, I admitted to myself that the world is not going to explode because I didn't get those quizzes graded or I didn't answer all my email. Or my plans were not EXTREMELY organized for the day. I need to take care of me first, my family second and my students third. So I made my resolution.

Have I done it? All but 1 day. And my teaching? (Here's the amazing part)... yes, I am not as well planned as before, but no one seems to notice. My students are still learning. Maybe even better, because I am letting little things go and concentrating on the big things. And I am still getting up at 4:00am - but now it's to work out. All that working out and clean eating are probably making me more productive in the end. emoticon

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1/25/08 10:56 A

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Actually, I have started challenge on another team where we will be reading the Bible more diligently on a daily basis. We start on Sunday. Also, I love to read. So, I am reading books that will challenge my way of thinking. Additionally, I am going to incorporate some meditation as well.

Steph

Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

No one can do what you are called to do, but you!

Great works are performed not by strength but by perserverance. - Samuel Johnson


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1/24/08 3:31 P

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I think the big thing for me is to forgive myself and learn from the experience.
Over the years I got into the bad 'diet' habit of having one little slip up and using it as an excuse to just completely blow it.
BUT..
the truth is, I am human and not perfect.
One of my friends said "what would you do if it were your daughter and she ate something not on her plan?"
I said I would tell her that it was okay, and that she could just learn from it and not let it side track her or take away her hopes of success...
and then I thunked myself on the forehead for missing the obvious...
again...
I forgive myself.
Everyday.
Just like God does.
Just like I would forgive my kids over and over until they got it right.


Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.

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1/24/08 1:32 P

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Thats, just forgive yourself quickly and move on. ;)

Sounds like a wonderful cake, though!

:)

My mind has been elsewhere, as I started the NY off on a bad footing.

I'm slowly getting my mind reset. It's important to just take things in day to day. I tend to forget, as well.

Love u!

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NYC- I agree that method is so helpful bringing a list... thats what always keeps me from grabbing a bag of cookies...

It's so important not to let the guilt get the best of you. We are human we are supposed to "slip" up in actuality we need to really think "its ok i can have this" as long as its in moderation and you immediately go back to eating clean. Just like NYC suggests.

"Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. "


 
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Don't beat yourself over it. I know it's trite advice, but it's the truth. I still slip up on my eating plans, and everyone else here has their moments, too. For example, over the weekend I stuffed myself with a steak sandwich w/extra jalapenos, pierogis and a cranberry scone... Not exactly nutrient-rich foodstuffs. But I didn't dwell on it. I just made sure that the next meal was a good, healthy one. And focus on the positives - while I ate some pretty questionable stuff the last two days, I also had apples, a bit of almond butter, 100% shredded wheat with frozen mangos and milk, a hard-boiled egg, a grilled chicken sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes, and a whole-wheat penne dish w/salmon and veggies. So your episode with the carrot cake is probably marginal, at best.

Also, do you bring a list when you're grocery-shopping? Some folks aren't as likely to impulse-buy when they arrive with a list.

To the question whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that my knowledge is pessimistic, but my willing and hoping are optimistic.
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1/17/08 4:51 P

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Hey guys,
I need some help here. I'm doing great with exercise. I love it and look forward to it. I stick to my plan and do pretty good.
BUT.... I really struggle with sticking to a food plan.
I think it's because of my 'all or nothing' thinking.
Today I stopped by Whole Foods to pick up some gluten free bread and crackers and walked out with a hunk of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
I wasn't thirsty or hungry.
I just looked at it and some how bypassed logic and bought it, and ate it in my car.
I'm so frustrated with myself. GRRRR!
Advice?
Tips?
Been There?


Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.

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1/9/08 12:55 A

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I love that too, doinitforme! :)

I should start a thread on "organized clean living"..

Or someting on decluttering the brain, huh?

How is ms love child? :)

Miss ya!

(I'm overwhelmed with newbies. Help me steer them right! :))

night night

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I LOVE THAT DOINITFORME!

"Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. "


 
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Love, Time and Wisdom

In my "book"-the three things that money can't buy. And there are more precious than ANY other thing that I can think of. And all three are with you at all times. How lucky we are:)

Love someone...
Spend your time wisely...
Learn something...

" We are what we do... Not what we did. Now if we continue doing what we used to do, we can't be upset that we are still what we were, simply because we're still doing what we did!"~Damon Lofton


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I know that the consistency is my main problem and that is a mental attitude adjustment for me. that and pain when I work out, seems as soon as I do any amt of working out even gently my bursitis flares and when it does gets bad that I cant walk or work sooo have started again slowly
I love the sound of nature cds and have them on every night, i also write in a small notebook - a gratitude journal evry eve. dh and i started that when his depression was bad.
So the mind is very powerful and i am learning to love mine, think positive more often, be caring to myself and love ME. hard lessons some days bt learning. After all I love my family, work in nursing in long term care and love the res. so why cant and dont i love myself.
SO bottom line this year....
LOVE MYSELF ENOUGH TO TAKE CARE OF ME!
Cindy

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To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan but also believe.

If you want something bad enough, you will find a way, if you don't you will find an excuse.
ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!!!!


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-- I have started turning on my scripture memory verse (Bible verses made into songs, integrity music) and healing scripture (I definitely need healing in eating and whatever else ails me at the time) cds before I go to bed. I listen for a bit and then Im out -- Im sure they keep working on my mind long after Im zzzing ...

-- Im going to make a point to read my Bible more, Ive been lax - God never leaves us but we (speaking for me) can get too busy sometimes...

Im writing my story in crayon ~ Oh, what a beautiful story it will be!
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Skinnypup, I/we are glad that you wiggled into our lives. Thank you so much. Starting today, I will starting being more grateful and go look for my meditative tapes/books today!

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As for my purse ... well ... LOL!

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12/27/07 12:37 P

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lwater...

When you are feeling scattered you probably are. I don't judge, I simply agree. I've had a few scattered YEARS. Late 2006 I decided that 2007 would be different. I decided that the entire mind/body needed wellness. (Look up the definition of wellness) Then I found spark...and look how the journey has wiggled me into your lives!

I'm thrilled to help when I can. Hopefully I do!

You can start by simply being grateful to our creater and praying.

You can also start by simply quieting your mind for a few minutes a day.

The more gaps of silence the better off. You are training your mind to slow down and rest.

I read somewhere that you can judge a woman by the inside of her purse.

Is your purse messy? :) Mine can be. But I clean it out quickly these days. No more messy me!

Best of luck and go on out and shop for some meditative reads or tapes.

Wayne Dyer has a simple and tiny book that comes with a cd "getting into the gap"

Good stuff.

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My mind tends to go all over the place and I can't focus on one thing more than a few minutes. I would like to start meditating to gain clarity when thinking. I believe that my "scatteredbrained-ness" contributes to my losing focus on my weight loss goals and what I need to do to get there.

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I have a very busy and stressfull work day most days, BUT I make time
-to cook decent food to keep my mind interested in my goals. Presentation is everything to the minds eye.
-put on my running shoes and ipod,when I get home early enough. It is important to get stress, agression and self pity out of my system, so it doesn't built up.



"I shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me. Or I can be lost in the maze. My choice. My responsbility. Win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny."
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12/18/07 10:31 P

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Thanks Noreen. You really can't have complete bliss without focus on care of the mind.

Best advice is to slow down....break tasks out in small acheivable goals...(daily)....

try to rest the mind (no thinking if possible) each day for a period of a few minutes at least...

...

Life is good. I hope you all remember to take care this season. Something tells me that I need not worry about this team AT ALL.

:)



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I post my gratitudes on the daily thread called "December Gratitudes" and it is a very powerful way to look at life and thank your higher power. Wonderful, supportive people there as well.

I also use a method for releasing my emotions called the Sedona Method. www.sedona.com. It appears a littly "new age-y" and honestly I didn't have a clue about it when I came across Hale. I gave it a try and in my experience, it just worked tremendously for me and I'm a normal, everyday person. It has been an absolutely wonderful year for me because of Sedona Method and I have a great, positive attitude.

That said, to pay it forward, I am including Hale's free download. I used this last week as I found the angst of the holidays starting in. After two times through the download, I felt and continue to feel great. There are sections on food, relatives, gift giving, anything that you could think of that makes you Christmas crazy. I put it on my Ipod and walked w/ it.

http://www.sedona.com/html/freeHolidayDo
wnload.aspx

Regardless, at the end of the download, Hale has included a wonderful meditation for sending love out into the world to those who are not as fortunate as us, particularly those people in other parts of the world.

Love to all,

Noreen



Today, may I make good decisions that create positive outcomes and may I have wonderful, loving people in my life to share this awesome journey with.

"As Aristotle said, “We become what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” The same can be said of enthusiasm, excitement, and passion. It is a habit, and a choice we make, moment by moment. "- Teresa Easler


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12/9/07 2:40 P

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Thanks Lisa. On my way to church I take a highway that has the random signs for people who are picking up litter and thus getting credit for it.

The one of late is titled just that "A random act of Kindness"

I think your other team sounds wonderful! If you don't mind I'd like to start a thread on the random act. I completely agree with you on this point.

One of the other ways I'm taking care of my mind is working a fundraiser (coffee4christ.com) I get no compensation just selling the beans to neighbors and raising $$$ for homeless in Santa Cruz.

It's so rewarding and of course an easy sell. :) Also, since personally delivering the beans, i'm getting to know my neighbors!!!

Great stuff! I'll have to take a look at your other team! emoticon

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I have incorporated this aspect into our challenge on my team, Making Life Happen On Purpose. Part of the challenge is to do something daily for a healthy mind...such as reading, meditating or journaling. We also have a daily "pay it forward" and share the information that we have learned. This month we have also included a "random act of kindness" aspect to the challenge. All things to help us stay positive and being healthier all the way around.

Affirmations are great for me...I learned a long time ago, what we think about, we bring about!

Make it a great day! I'm off to spend time with my family...also great for keeping a healthy mind!


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12/9/07 2:33 P

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Tips on taking care of your mind/spirit.
(from sparkpeople article Now and Zen)

Deep breathing ---

An easy and convenient way to relax, it is the core of many other relaxation techniques. You can practice deep breathing anywhere. Simply take ten deep breaths, lifting your chest to fill your lungs completely and then exhaling all the way. Each breath will relax your body a little bit more and you will feel the tension seep out of your muscles. Read An Exercise in Proper Breathing to learn more.
Progressive muscular relaxation (PMR) helps release muscle tension. Your muscles tighten as one of the first signs of stress and can become a real pain in the neck (or lower back). But this pain doesn't have to be a way of life. PRM is simple yet effective at reducing pain and enhancing relaxation. Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Start by tightening a group of muscles, such as your fists, as much as possible. Hold this tension for a few seconds and then relax the muscles. Once your muscles are relaxed, consciously soften them even further in order to be as relaxed as possible.

Once you have mastered tensing and relaxing your fists, you can move on to other muscles groups and then to your entire body. Apply the same technique, starting at your feet, and working upward. It takes just 10 to 20 minutes to completely relax your entire body. To get the most relaxation possible, try combining PMR with deep breathing.

Mental imagery (This works!!!)

--or the picture in your mind's eye, can help you regroup and relax. Picture an idyllic and peaceful scene, such as a meadow or a beach, and use all of your senses. Do you smell jasmine in the air? Can you hear the birds singing and feel the light breeze on your skin? Your body can’t tell the difference between a thought and a real event, so bring your peaceful scene to mind the next time you’re feeling anxious. This "mini vacation" will help you feel refreshed, as if you’d really visited to a tropical paradise. You can also visualize the stress flowing out of your body or running off your back like water. This imagery is particularly useful at work if you don’t have much privacy. Instead of grabbing another cup of coffee the next time your boss changes a deadline on you, picture the stress flowing peacefully out of your body from your head to your toes and start smiling.

Meditation (love it, although I focus on the opposite NO thoughts or...GOD!)

- is the conscious act of focusing on one thought, object, or word. This deliberate focus occupies your mind and diverts your attention away from the problems that are causing you stress. Many people who meditate claim that it helps boost their creativity and ability to solve problems by allowing subconscious thoughts to arise to conscious awareness. But meditation isn’t far out or mystical. Like deep breathing, you can do it anywhere and without specialized training.

Sit comfortably, close your eyes and relax your body, concentrating on breathing rhythmically. Feel your breath and focus on each breath you take. Thoughts will come to mind, but just let them pass without giving them any attention. You can also focus your attention on a phrase, such as a positive affirmation, an object, such as a candle flame, or a comforting word like "calm." Try clearing your mind for 10 minutes in the morning and again before you go to sleep, gradually increasing the amount of time you meditate each day.

Relaxing music and sounds (and candles and hot baths too!)

--can help you clear your mind after a busy day. Whether you listen to tapes, CDs, MP3 downloads or Podcasts, you can find a recording that will help you fall asleep easier, meditate, beat stress, and more. Many stores sell relaxation CDs, which may contain music, nature sounds, or guided meditations.

While most people can handle short-term stress with few difficulties, ongoing stress can suck the joy out of life. By dealing with problems in a positive way, you will be able to maintain your healthy lifestyle even when life is throwing you curveballs. Who needs chocolate when peace of mind is just one thought away?


Good luck kiddies!

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So we are eating clean or starting to.
We workout too, and some of us have reached goal.

But are you taking care of your mind? Are you resting, meditating or doing any activity that takes care of your mind.

This is important stuff.

If you are, please share! If you aren't make a goal for 2008 and just keep it simple for now. Make sure it's something you can do.

I'd like to step up in meditating more than once a week. I'd like to get back into bible study before church.

I know I'll be happier as a result of both.



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