Treat Your Body Well

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Practically overnight, my husband and I have changed our diet. We didn’t do it for weight loss, but for health gain.

We have seen and heard enough in recent months concerning the health of family and friends, to convince us it was time for some personal adjustments as well.

Certainly, even with the best of intentions, one can still become unwell at times, but it never hurts to increase our nourishing practices nonetheless.

By making delicious, health conscious smoothies and other beneficial recipes as well, we are improving our overall nutritional requirements, which is empowering.

We have found ways to make this new commitment fun, and not a total experience in deprivation. Mostly, is has been just modifying some old habits, and adding more consistent new ones.

It has felt wonderful to implement the wellness steps listed below on a more regular basis:

N – Not drinking diet coke, and limiting consumption of artificial sweeteners

U – Utilizing vegetables every day, and eating more fruit

T – Taking daily supplements

R – Routinely getting a minimum of 8 hours sleep through an earlier bedtime

I – Increase in drinking water, and reduction in coffee intake

T – Taking more time for play, relaxation, and just being

I – Increased exercise commitment

O – Omitting sugar as much as possible 

N – Not feeling deprived by adding and creating delicious recipes

What nourishment practices and positive food choices contribute to your wellness?

Enjoy the Scenery

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We’ve all heard the expression, “Stop and smell the roses” which encourages us to take the time and enjoy what is happening around us.

Recently, we did just that.

We just returned from a long weekend at the shore, and it was delicious. What made this trip extra special was purchasing an umbrella and chairs and sitting at the water’s edge, and really taking in the beauty of the scene before us.

Usually, we just walk around the beach and take in the sights on foot but this time we decided to really embrace the beauty of the beach by becoming a part of it. We sat there for hours, just enjoying each other and the setting. It was very peaceful for the soul.

After a while, we played some paddle ball near our resting site too which was a lot of fun.

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The mixture of contemplative time and just plain fun is as necessary to our lives as good nutrition, exercise and rest.

What does stopping to ‘smell the roses’ look like for you?

Action Step:

Take some time today to enjoy the scenery of your life.

 

Raise Your Energy

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I heard an affirmation today in a recent interview by author Louise Hay, and really liked it. She suggested saying “Life Loves Me” throughout the day as a powerful mantra to increase our energy, attract positive experiences, and just feel great.

This, and similar positive declarations can instantly shift our mood, and feelings to a higher place, as opposed to the depressive state that often follows a negative statement such as “Life is one problem after another.”

Additionally, when combining our affirmations with the familiar technique listed below, we can turbocharge our energy levels as well.

  • Find a quiet and peaceful place where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Close your eyes and take several deep breaths.
  • Breathe in good thoughts, soothing images, and peaceful outcomes.
  • Breathe out tension, stress, anxiety and fear.
  • Select a positive statement or series of statements such as, “I am healed,” “I am well,” “Life loves me” or “Only good lies before me.”
  • Introduce those affirmations while you visualize a ball of light entering the top of your head and traveling down to the tips of your toes, spreading a healing energy throughout your body.
  • Repeat this as many times as you need to clear away any unhelpful thoughts, or projections that cause an internal disturbance.

By deliberately focusing our mind and body in this positive direction, we will allow more room in our life for serenity and peace, especially during challenging times or preventing some stress related conditions in the first place.

What positive words or practices work best for you?

 

 

 

Relax and Trust

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 I came across this lovely writing below, and wanted to pass it along as an encouraging reminder to relax, let go, and trust.

Enjoy!

Detach and Depend

No matter where we are right now

Or what we are doing,

We can detach from it for a moment

And depend on God.

Presence fills us. 

No matter how hard the struggle

Or how hopeless life can seem,

We can detach from it for a moment

And depend on God.

Light shows us a new way. 

No matter how low we may feel

Or how wrong we think we have been,

We can detach from it for a moment

And depend on God.

Love heals us. 

No matter how lost, how scared,

Or how angry we are,

We can detach from it for a moment

And depend on God.

Peace lifts us.

Life may seem so confusing, so complicated, so

frustrating,

Or life can be joyous, so nurturing, so exciting.

Gratitude can be our reality,

and Faith our guiding star,

If we remember to Detach and Depend on God.

― By Rev. Claudell County

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Let Your Guard Down

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I was watching a program the other day that was honoring the musical talents of Billy Joel. Many of his popular hits were showcased, and several of them were from the album, The Stranger which was introduced in 1977.

His external changes were a stark reminder of how long ago that recording came out, and how fast time has gone since then. Still, the words of his songs are timeless.

As some of his lyrics to ‘The Stranger’ below suggests, we can all probably relate to having a social identity that is different from what we feel deep down within us. Our insecurities can keep us from showing our true self, and accepting all parts of who we are.

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“Well we all have a face
That we hide away forever
And we take them out and show ourselves
When everyone has gone.”

Therefore, it is tempting to present a more polished version of ourselves in order to have people view us in a certain way. Many of us are afraid of rejection, and this can stop us from being authentic in our sharing, and connecting our vulnerabilities with others.

However, the more we lower our social mask, and open up with trusted others, the more our fears diminish, and the more that playing a part becomes a hindrance instead of a protection.

Do you find it easy to let your guard down?

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Say a Prayer Today

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Often, we don’t know what someone is going through, and even when we do, we can feel helpless to help.

A few days ago, I learned that one of my siblings received some devastating health news, and the prognosis does not look good. There has definitely been a feeling of helplessness, as the unfavorable information, and projected outcomes continue to be assessed.

However, in speaking about the situation on the phone yesterday, we did begin to speak about the power of prayer, and the miracles that can come from that.

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It seemed to bring great comfort that vast amounts of prayers would be requested on their behalf, through prayer chains in churches, and more private requests as well.

What positive ways do you find comfort?

Claim Your Prize

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Every so often, I receive a forwarded group email message that inspires me to pass it on to others. I received the one shown below this morning, and thought it was a great reminder of how to spend each day.

Enjoy!

Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest:

Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use. 

However, this prize has rules:  

  1. Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.
  2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
  3. You may only spend it.    
  4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.
  5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, “Game Over!” It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right? You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning.

Each of us is already a winner, and the Prize is *Time*

  1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.
  2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is Not credited to us. 
  3. What we haven’t used up that day is forever lost.
  4. Yesterday is forever gone.
  5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING.

Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life! Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start “spending!”

What will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?