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REPAVING Old Thought Patterns

on Sep 24, 2018 in General Wellness, Inspiration, Mindfulness

We all have road “maps” of thought that our brains are tied to. These pathways have been formed from past events and experiences, and have been paved into place through repetition. Often times these old ways of thought can get in the way of progressing to better ways of thinking that propel us moving forward. The good news is nearly all roads eventually breakdown and have the opportunity to be repaved. Do you have any thought patterns that need repaving? One way to work on this is through a concept called … STOP–CHALLENGE–CHOOSE. Here’s how it works: STOP When you are faced with a challenging situation, rather than immediately reacting through your old pattern of thought and behavior, take a second to pause and take three deep breaths. This opens up the door to steps two and three. CHALLENGE Acknowledge the old pattern of thought or behavior that you were initially about to act on and challenge it with an alternative solution. CHOOSE Make a conscientious effort to pursue this new...

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If your compassion does not include yourself, it is not Complete.

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is not Complete.

on Apr 3, 2017 in General Wellness, Inspiration

For some, the basic aspects of self-care seem to be an elusive luxury.   If the idea of taking time out to take care of yourself seems indulgent or out of reach for you, consider that if you do not take the time to nourish and restore your own basic capacities, you will have far less to offer to others. Effective Self-Care Strategies Eat healthy foods Get between 6 – 8 hours of sleep per night Engage in regular physical activity Maintain social support Cultivate hobbies Keep your mind active  Reframe life circumstances in more positive, yet realistic, ways Experience your emotions and but learn to not be controlled by them Practice regular moments of mindful awareness Take time out to reflect on how you are living your...

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Humility…a great strength

Humility…a great strength

on Mar 28, 2017 in General Wellness, Inspiration

What humility does, is create a receptacle of acceptance within us, so we are open to being filled with the knowledge and goodness of others. Humility is a kind of hunger for more abundance. The greater our humility, the greater our fascination with the world around us, and the more we learn.While some people seem to be more naturally humble, the reality is humility is a learned skill and one that can be strengthened. Humility is often confused with meekness or timidity, but they’re not the same. Humility comes from the Latin humilis, meaning grounded. Humble people are confident, self-assured; they take their roles and responsibilities seriously. Humble people have a quiet confidence about themselves. They are comfortable with who they are, and this frees them to recognize and value the strengths in those that surround them. They do not feel threatened by others achievements, instead they experience joy in recognizing others. They make great leaders, they attract people to themselves and lead by inspiring. Strengths of genuinely humble people… ADMIT  MISTAKES RESPECTFUL OF ALL PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF POSITION OR WHAT THEY CAN OFFER. FOCUS ON OTHERS STRENGTHS AND TAKE JOY IN RECOGNIZING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF OTHERS. BE SELF-AWARE. SELF-REFLECT, AND SEEK INPUT FROM OTHERS ON “HOW AM I DOING?” IT TAKES HUMILITY TO ASK THE QUESTION, AND EVEN MORE HUMILITY TO CONSIDER THE ANSWER. UNDERSTAND PERSONAL LIMITATIONS. BE SECURE ENOUGH TO RECOGNIZE WEAKNESSES AND TO SEEK THE INPUT AND TALENTS OF...

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Putting Some Muscle Into It

Putting Some Muscle Into It

on Mar 12, 2017 in Fitness, Inspiration

A strong body is a healthy body. The benefits of building muscle mass or strength are many; decreased aging, better posture, better balance and endurance, increased energy, mood elevation, burn more calories, better weight control, increased immunity, greater self-esteem. How to get stronger: If you want to build muscles…you have to work your muscles until they’re tired. It is the principle of overload.  When you work your muscles until they tire, your body sends signals for your muscle tissue to repair and build.  Because your body is highly adaptable, if you train using the same amount of resistance over and over, you will maintain your strength, but not build muscle mass or strength. Instead you’ll need to increase the amount of resistance or weight you’re using every 2 to 4 weeks to keep pushing your body to build...

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