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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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Strategies for a Happier Life

Strategies for a Happier Life

on Mar 6, 2017 in General Wellness, Inspiration, Mindfulness

Sometimes it is not so much what you need to be doing, but what you need to stop doing that can lead to a happy life. Here are a few things to consider…not doing! Pleasing:  All of us want to be loved, needed, and valued. But sometimes we can be so afraid of being rejected that we make ourselves needed. If they need us, they won’t leave us. But trying to please people to make ourselves happy and fulfilled, ultimately leads to disappointment and frustration.  Happiness comes when we thoughtfully decide what we do and do not want to do. Then giving comes from a place of joy, with no expectation of return, no frustration in our efforts going unappreciated, no feelings of being a doormat. Let Your “No” be Heard: Some people find it hard to say no. They may have mental chatter that says things like, “You should!”, “You ought to!” or “What will happen if you don’t?” At times it may feel easier to say yes, than to deal with the fallout of saying no.  But saying yes to things you know you don’t want to do is like giving a piece of your life away that you’ll never get back. You’ll get caught in the rut of spending all your energy coping with what life throws your way, and none of your energy will get focused on helping you build the life you want for yourself. Happiness comes only when you learn that saying “no” is about loving others as much as loving yourself.   A reluctance or inability to say no is often accompanied by a reluctance to communicate difficult emotions and feelings.  It is easy to avoid communicating fear, needs, frustration or anger. Thinking things like; “I should, ought to, need to” can make you try to bury these emotions, but these emotions are there to help you make better choices and find your own direction. You need to listen to these emotions and allow them to guide you into decisions and behaviors that help you create the life you want to live. Busy for the Sake of Being Busy: It’s a myth that being busy or having a packed schedule is equivalent to being a person of importance. Gaining...

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