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Thanksgiving Meditation: Giving Thanks vs. Being Thankful

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

“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?

Will you:

  • Pray for or meditate on your blessings?
  • Volunteer to help others less fortunate than you?
  • Donate to a local charity to help those in need?
  • Send a care package to a lonely overseas soldier?
  • Visit a hospital or nursing home to let others know they aren’t alone?
  • Spend some time with a shelter dog or cat?
  • Invite over a family who can’t afford a Thanksgiving meal?
  • Sponsor a child in a less fortunate part of the country or world?

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!


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: 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?


Calling All Yogis: Which of the 8 Limbs of Yoga Do YOU Overlook?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Yoga International recently published an an ashtanga yoga Q&A with seasoned yogi Richard Freeman.

Among other things, Freeman talks about the importance of breath, practicing mindfulness, and acting compassionately, but the question — and more specifically, answer — that caught my attention was about the 8 limbs of yoga and which ones students tend to overlook…

…and why.


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: 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.


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
Alicia Sparks | All Rights Reserved

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.


 

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