Happy Friday, ladies!
If you get out and about today, you might see a sea of red — and it’s not just that everyone decided to make a bold fashion choice!
Nope, today is the annual National Wear Red Day 2015, hosted by the American Heart Association (AMA) Go Red for Women campaign.
According to the AMA:
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!
Fortunately, there are many ways we can combat heart disease — starting TODAY — even if you’re new to the game!
Last week I blogged about how my family couldn’t really “get it together” this holiday season. Food, presents, travel—you name it, we’ve agonized over it.
My rational self knows the holidays aren’t about any of those things; they’re trivial. Still, that knowledge doesn’t always stop me—or any of us—from stressing over them.
So, I’ve turned to what I often turn to when I need to focus—quotes—and compiled a list of 10 quotes that I believe will help each of us stay mindful during this holiday season. Whether you recognize Christmas, Hanukah, or another holiday celebration, I hope these quotes can bring some peace to an otherwise worried mind.
“Thanksgiving is, after all, a word of action.” – W.J. Cameron
This has always been one of my favorite holiday-related quotes. During Thanksgiving, we feel thankful for all we have…but do we actually give thanks for those blessings? Do we pay our blessings forward so that others might enjoy a little of what we have?
Tomorrow, many of us Americans will devour feasts fit for a king, but how will you actually give thanks?
These are just a few ideas on how you can mindfully give thanks tomorrow –how YOU can turn “Thanksgiving” into an action word — rather than just feeling thankful.
Does your family have its own mindfulness giving thanks traditions? We’d love to read about them in the comments below!
Although he’s not quite here yet (there are still a few red and orange leaves clinging for dear life), Old Man Winter is definitely heading up the driveway.
Personally, I love winter. I love snow and fireplaces and hot chocolate. I love snuggling up with my dog (and other loved ones!), decorating for the holidays, and baking warm goodies.
However, winter is hard on some folks. For many, it’s difficult to nourish our bodies and minds when we’re overwhelmed by the cold and dark. Some people deal with seasonal affective disorder, while others simply cope with the winter blahs.
Below are 12 quotes that can boost your spirits and keep you going throughout the rest of autumn and the upcoming winter months. As always, take what works for you and leave the rest behind.
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?
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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.
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?
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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?
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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?
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.”