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Monthly Meditation: Good Times End, But Memories Last Forever

Friday, September 5th, 2014

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Alright, so summer’s not technically over, but the kids are off to school, some leaves have already started falling, and Labor Day has come and gone.

We might as well call it a season.

Still, this image and quote reminded me that good times (like those that leave tan lines) always come to an end (just as they always begin again), but the memories they leave behind — how they affect us — always stick around.

We end relationships, lose loved ones, move on from great jobs — you get the idea — but the memories those relationships, loved ones, and jobs gave us will stay embedded within us forever.

How does this apply to you? What’s happened in your life — or even this summer — that was good, has ended, but has left its mark on your for life?

Miss last month’s Monthly Meditation? Head over to Monthly Meditation: From Where Does the Joy Come?


Robin Williams and Death: Dealing With the Physical and Mental Pain

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Robin Williams committed suicide earlier this week.

Say that again, out loud.

Robin Williams — one of the world’s funniest and, despite suffering from depression, seemingly happiest men on earth — committed suicide.


Monthly Meditation: From Where Does the Joy Come?

Friday, August 1st, 2014

As I mentioned before, I’ve had a little trouble getting back into serious running lately.

I’ve had various conversations about this. Some people say, “Just get out there and do it.” Others say, “Just be patient; it’ll come back to you.”

Others still say, “Maybe you just don’t want to run anymore.”

However, the funniest conversation I had about running (or, not running) was with a friend a few days ago. We were talking about how great it feels after the run, but how we’re kind of literally cussing out the run while it’s happening!

I’m guessing I’ll figure it out eventually, but in the meantime I just keep trudging running along.

Isn’t that how it goes in life sometimes? You do things you think you want to do, and find out you don’t actually want to do them. Or, you don’t do things that, if you did do them, you’d actually enjoy?

What are some things YOU could stop doing that, by stopping, you’d actually gain some joy? On the other hand, what are some things you could START or KEEP doing that would keep the joy rolling in — even if you have to tough it out a little to get there?

Miss last month’s Monthly Meditation? Head over to Monthly Meditation: Declare Your Independence.


Monthly Meditation: Declare Your Independence

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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This Friday, we’ll celebrate the Fourth of July here in America. The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, marks our country’s independence from Great Britain (or, the United Kingdom) back on July 4, 1776.

Imagine that! An entire country celebrating its independence from an entire other country. Wow!

Of course, it didn’t happen overnight. The United States of America fought hard for its freedom from England.

These days, we celebrate all that hard fighting and winning with fireworks, parades, barbecues, and other merriment.

If you live here in America, you enjoy that freedom — generally. That doesn’t mean you don’t suffer from other sorts of enslavement or dependence. Maybe it’s upon another person, an addiction, or a mental illness. Maybe it’s anxiety or depression, or financial insecurities.

We can be dependent upon so many things.

Spend some time this month and meditate on your dependence on — or independence from — things in your life, and then let us know, readers, what are YOU dependent on? What can YOU do to declare you independence? Or, what have you ALREADY DONE that could possibly help others?

Miss last month’s Monthly Meditation? Head over to Monthly Meditation: Surfing the Waves.


Monthly Meditation: Surfing the Waves

Wednesday, June 4th, 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.

June kicks off summer vacation and for many of us, that means a trip (or several, depending on where you live!) to the beach.

Ah, the beach. Most of us associate it with relaxation, rejuvenation, and maybe even some recreation — like surfing.

Author Jon Kabat-Zinn said, “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

Wait, why would we want to stop the waves? Aren’t the part of the fun?


Yoga Lessons: The More You Resist, the More It Persists

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Have you ever heard the phrase, “The more you resist, the more it persists”?

One of my yoga instructors used this phrase at the end of class last week. My fellow yogis and I were relaxing in savasana (or, the corpse pose).

The keyword here is “relaxing.”


Monthly Meditation: April Showers Bring May Flowers

Thursday, May 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.

First, let me start by saying Happy May, sweet readers! I know some of you (especially those on the east coast here in the States) experienced a pretty harsh and unpredictable winter, so let’s rejoice in the warmth and sunshine (I hope) May brings.

Actually, that brings me to the second thing I want to say — or ask, really — which is the point of this month’s Monthly Meditation.

Will May bring warmth and sunshine?


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.


 

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