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flowerIt is the first day of Spring, dear reader. What an absolutely gorgeous day! I wish I could have spent the day outside in a hammock reading a book; however, I do not own a hammock, and I spent a good portion of the day working on school stuff. I did sneak a couple of chapters of a zombie book in between reading journals and creating a quiz.

In four days, I will be on spring break along with my family. I cannot wait to have some time away from work. I will try my very best to get everything completed for school by Thursday, so I can have some FUN.

I want to invite you to go on a meditation journey with me for the next 21 days. Oprah is one of my favorite people. She is connected to some of the most inspiring spiritual teachers of today. She is partnering with Deepak Chopra to present a 21-Day Meditation Experience called Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body, and Spirit. It starts tomorrow, March 21st. You can register now at http://www.oprah.com/meditation and it is FREE. I have already registered! Once you register, you will receive an email to confirm your registration. Then you will receive a daily email with the link for that day’s meditation. This will be my first meditation experience; however, I can definitely shed some weight in all three areas, and I cannot think of two better people to lead this inspiring encounter. Let me know if you plan to join the meditation experience.

Well, dear reader, it is time for me to bid you adieu. It is Sunday night and The Walking Dead is just around the corner. Have a productive and amazing week. Happiness!

“The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” ~ Harriet Ann Jacobs

 

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Happy Easter! And, welcome to the season of new beginnings. This is our opportunity for renewal or starting over. Recently (this weekend), I reevaluated my resolutions for the new year after being in a mental cocoon for the last couple of months. I’ve come to realize that my actions since the new year have not aligned with my thoughts, dreams, or goals. I’ve basically been in a holding pattern…sort of a waiting room. Basically, I’ve been waiting to start living to my full potential instead of really living. 

While reading The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle, I have discovered I may be a “habitual waiter”. I want to improve so many areas of my life; however, I’m waiting for just the right circumstances. Unfortunately, I’m wasting my life in the process. So, I’m ready to pick up where I left off. I don’t want to wait anymore to start living. For me, most of the waiting comes from FEAR. The “what if” thoughts creep in causing me to stall and become stagnate becoming an observer instead of a participant.

No proclamations will be made at this moment about how I will go about leaving the waiting room of my life; however, reclaiming the motivation to exercise, eat better, and clear out all the clutter (physical and mental) will be the first step. According to Tolle, waiting is a state of mind. It is inner conflict between the NOW and the future. Everything points to being PRESENT.

I took my first step today. This morning, I completed a 20-minute upper body workout and walked a mile. When I weighed in (first time in months), I was surprised my weight was 148.5 pounds. I really believed I would have crossed the threshold of 150 pounds. Although I’m relieved, it doesn’t warrant cartwheels and confetti. I’m about four pounds shy of weighing what I weighed when I gave birth to my youngest son. And, he’s now ten. However, it is a start or a start over. Exercise and healthy eating must be part of my life like family, work, sleep, etc. It should not be something that has to be squeezed in or negotiated. Instead, it should be seen more as a gift.

 “Most of us go through life as failures, because we are waiting for the “time to be right” to start doing something worthwhile. Do not wait. The time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”  ~ Napoleon Hill

 

 

 

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Last night, I completed the book Why God is Laughing? by Deepak Chopra. The first part of his book is a fictional story about a comedian named Mickey Fellows. The story teaches Mickey about himself. Afterwards, Chopra includes a section called “The Path to Joy: Ten Principles of Spiritual Optimism.” This section explains the lessons Mickey learns along his spiritual journey and gives us a guide to discover joy and spiritual optimism. 

Four years ago, I read A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle and participated in a ten week on-line class with Oprah and Eckhart. The idea of a spiritual journey took root. I had read books on spirituality in the past; however, I really didn’t know how to utilize the information in my life.  I was in a rut and burnt out, especially with work. Many days I felt like I was on the brink of a nervous breakdown.  Interestingly, it took another year, another reading of A New Earth, a repeat of the on-line classes, and discovering Wayne Dyer’s work on spirituality to really start my journey to spiritual enlightenment. Through both spiritual teachers, I learned a great deal about EGO (edging God out) and being “present.”  EGO is responsible for fear, among many other unflattering human qualities and emotions. And, I soon discovered it had been FEAR holding me back all this time. So many times throughout my life, FEAR was the factor helping me make many of my decisions. 

While I have not totally eliminated FEAR and the EGO from my life, I have made progress at keeping them at bay. When I make decisions, I ask myself if my decisions are based on FEAR or driven by the EGO.  Currently, I’m struggling on a personal level. Frankly, I assumed all my burn out was related to work. My weight, daily routines, uncertainty about what I really want to do with my life have me stuck in another rut. Chopra’s book has explained why I’m stuck. Addiction. I’m addicted to my old self. I’m stuck on things that never bring me what I really want. Now, I have to figure out how to break the addiction. While all ten principles have valuable insights, Chopra’s sixth principle deals with inertia and getting unstuck. That’s where I’ll start. I’m optimistic I WILL eventually get out of this rut.

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it./Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!” ~ W.H. Murray

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Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Many Catholics use this time for fasting, repentance, prayer, and reflection. Lent is a time of improvement and a chance to regain self-control. Personally, I have never been very successful at keeping my Lenten sacrifices. In large part, it is usually because I am trying to give something up like chocolate or sweet treats. I always fail…miserably. This is also the time the Girl Scouts are delivering their cookies. Damn those Tagalongs! I acknowledge I have a problem with sugar.

Instead of giving something up during Lent, I try to do something that will benefit me in a spiritual way. I would like to be more prayerful. I’ve decided this Lent to start reading the Bible daily. I found a plan to read the Bible in one year. I discovered it on the blog Money Saving Mom. Initially, I will have to double up on days to catch up on my reading since the plan actually started the first of January. My Lenten journey begins today, and my Lenten promise is to be more prayerful by reading the Bible daily. What will you be doing during Lent?

“And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the Good News of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the Good News.”

~ Mark 1:12-15

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