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Monthly Meditation: Fools Whether We Dance Or Not

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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This post is part of Your Body, Your Mind’s “Monthly Meditation” series, designed to provide readers with an idea or thought to meditate on during the month.

Happy April Fool’s Day!

It’s likely that someone, somewhere, is going to try to make you feel like a fool today.

That’s what April Fool’s Day is all about, after all.

However, it’s (usually) all in good fun. They play a prank or tell a fib and laugh and laugh after admitting the truth.

If they’re lucky, sometimes you laugh, too ;)

Yet, for many of us, we don’t need April Fool’s Day jokes to feel like fools. Actually, we don’t need anything other than new or everyday activities — or even the thought of new or everyday activities — to make us feel like fools.


Monthly Meditation: Spring as a Time of Transition

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

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This post is part of Your Body, Your Mind’s “Monthly Meditation” series, designed to provide readers with an idea or thought to meditate on during the month.

We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief: March 20, 2014 marks the official first day of spring.

However, it’s likely the weather won’t suddenly turn hot; nor will the cold continue to cut at us. There’ll still be little reminders of the ice and snow we’ve (almost) left behind, but there’ll also be a lot more help from the sun.

I’ve always viewed spring as a transitional season. It’s no longer winter, but it’s not quite summer. The holiday season is over, but we’re not ready for vacations. All manner of flora and fauna begin to bud and awaken, but still it takes some of us a little while to really get the party started.

This rings true for certain transitional periods in our lives, doesn’t it? That summer between high school and college; that week or two between college and your first real job. The time between an engagement and a marriage, a pregnancy and a delivery, an illness and a death. Our lives are full of transitional periods, where — like Dickens alludes — you might see one around the corner, but you can still feel the other just behind your shoulder.

Think of a time when a transitional period played a huge role in your life. Was it job related? School? Romance? Were you trying to reinvent yourself?

How did you deal with the transition? Were you accepting and maybe even eager, or was it something you weren’t looking forward to (and maybe still regret)?

Share your story of a transitional time in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

Miss last month’s Monthly Meditation? Head over to Monthly Meditation: Looking Outward With Love.


Monthly Meditation: Looking Outward With Love

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

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This post is part of Your Body, Your Mind’s “Monthly Meditation” series, designed to provide readers with an idea or thought to meditate on during the month.

Ah, February. Roses. Chocolates. Diamonds.

Proposals or weddings. Sometimes.

Not only does February bring with it one month closer to spring (THANK YOU JESUS), but also…

…Valentine’s Day.


Entrepreneurs and Meditation: Using Meditation in Your Business

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Want to start your day with more focus, clarity, and determination?

Sure you do. We all do.

But, what if you’re an entrepreneur and the success of your business depends on these traits?

What if your livelihood depends on them?

Why not try meditation?


15 Ways to Nourish Your Mind and Body On Bad Weather Days

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
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Alicia Sparks | All Rights Reserved

For some of us, it’s hard to get out of bed on these cold, dreary winter days…

…much less get out of the house!

Still, we have to take time to nourish our bodies and minds, weather (pun intended — I’m here all night!) the sun’s shining, the clouds are bursting, or — in most of the east coast’s case lately — snow is swirling all around us.

Because so many of us are used to nourishing our minds and bodies outdoors (walking our dogs, heading to the yoga studio, meditation walks in the park), taking care of our minds and bodies indoors might seem challenging.


Monthly Meditation: Keep On Keepin’ On

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

This post is part of Your Body, Your Mind’s “Monthly Meditation” series, designed to provide readers with an idea or thought to meditate on during the month.

Remember when I said not everyone likes December?

Well, not everyone likes January, either. For many of us, it’s cold, dreary, and just plain BLAH.

However, for even more of us, January represents new beginnings and, depending on who you are, that’s either a GOOD or BAD thing.


How to Choose Your Mantra for 2014

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Last year, I talked about New Year’s resolutions and how changing your lifestyle is a process and not something you accomplish by January 3.

This year, I’d rather focus on intentions–more specifically, mantras.


Last Minute Shopping? 5 Mind and Body Holiday Gift Ideas

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Greetings last minute holiday shoppers!

Well, I can only assume you’re shopping last minute, if you’re reading this post today :)

Don’t worry, I’ve put a few things off ’til the last minute, too.

(It’s been a rough season, to say the least.)

Fortunately, I’ve had time to come up with this list of mind and body gift ideas for your loved ones…

…or maybe for yourself!

(After all, who says you can’t treat yourself this season, too?)


Monthly Meditation: Savor Belonging to Yourself

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

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Copyright: Alicia Sparks


This post is part of Your Body, Your Mind’s “Monthly Meditation” series, designed to provide readers with an idea or thought to meditate on during the month.

Not everyone likes December.

Not everyone likes winter or snow or commercialization that tries to guilt us into spending lots of money to celebrate what we may or may not even believe in.

However, there’s another way to look at December, and that’s as the last month of one year of your life; the month that ends one year, and prepares you for the next.


Finding Balance Between Physical and the Mental

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

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As a Libra (at least, that’s just one of the things I blame it on), I need balance in my life.

I mean, I need serious balance.

If my work life is going well, I need my social life to be awesome, too. If my apartment is clean, I need my car to sparkle, too. If I’m working out and feeling amazing physically, I need to feel amazing mentally, too.

Oh, wait…about that.


 

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