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Wherever you are right now, take a moment to know that all things are exactly as they should be. Look around and notice what in your life has fallen into place that had every purpose in the world to be exactly that way. Now, take a moment to see beyond where you are and to think about your life with new wonder, with new eyes. Look at your life as this wonderful story that is unfolding all of the time. You aren’t in a race to get where you are going, you are simply unfolding.

This is applicable to hours, days, months, years & lifetimes. You are given a certain amount of energy to spend and it’s up to you how to spend it. If that was explained in terms of money, you’d spend it all on things you wanted, things you love, gifts for people you love, peaceful vacation – look at all of those things as ways to spend your mental (and physical) energy. You can spend your mental energy thinking about, enjoying, fully living with things and people that you love and enjoy. Or… you can spend energy worrying about something, being angry about nothing, never spending time with people or things you love… Your choice!

Spend greatly!
~ Sonia

Hopefully the person that said this to me won’t read this post!! I know I’m taking a chance here but I think it’s important that if she feels this way, others might as well. I was telling her that my husband and I are producing guided meditations and she said she’s not interested… she has her own religion. Imagine that! So, let me set the record straight…

According to the Mayo clinic:

Meditation, considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine, produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process results in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.

as to the power of meditation:

Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and improve certain medical conditions.

No time to meditate? That’s a tough one – but, how about 5 or 10 min when you get into your car at the end of the day BEFORE YOU START TO DRIVE play a guided visualization. Wake up 10 min. earlier? Concentrate on your breath and how the water feels while in the shower? While at work, stop and close your eyes for 5 min. Personally, I think it’s critical to overall health. So – close your eyes and mull this over a bit – and breathe…

~ Sonia
Get a *FREE* visualization meditation at http://www.enlightenedmeditations.com

Mayo Clinic article:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/HQ01070

 

 

Well, if it would warm up here in the Northeast or if the sun would ever shine – it would be spring. And, at this time of year we naturally think “in with the new and out with the old”. Losing “clutter” which are things that no longer serve you. It might mean actual stuff around the house that has no place anymore – on the shelf or in your life! It also refers to the clutter within your body, such as weight. It can also be thoughts and/or beliefs that no longer serve you. Take some time to think about what that might be. Organizing or clearing out clutter in a room of your house is a form of self care. It’s a gift you give yourself. So – don’t find it daunting! Start one thing at a time and soon you’ll be able to create a comfortable space.

I have a feeling I’ll do more posts on this topic!

Until next time…

~ Sonia

I really wince when I say this, but since I’ve crossed over the line of 40 I feel every injury I’ve ever had when I’m run down. I also happen to be really excited about this whole “raw food thing” and the program I’m offering as well as others I’m thinking of and my FREE 10 min. meditation that will be live by the end of the week. [you can claim your free meditation at www.enlightenedmeditations.com. There is so much information out there about raw vegan life, recipes, programs, articles, communities… I could spend all day reading about it.
Honestly, it’s all good stuff but I had a panic attack of sorts yesterday. All of all of it swirling around in my head so fast I couldn’t focus on any one thing. So, I decided to write it all down and that helped a lot. I also find that yoga helps me to focus on things one at a time – it’s really great and helpful. Sleep is another thing that is a must.
I do find that eating a clean diet of mostly vegan & raw makes my head so much more clear and I have more energy. My point is that my stress & exhaustion go way beyond that and I tend to be a little hard on myself for not getting things done or being too tired to complete a task… Worse yet when there are actual deadlines – like the holidays!!
So – let’s all remember that we are human beings. There is only 24 hrs in a day, hopefully sleeping at least 8 of them! My body is going to feel tired on a good day and my aches and pains are going to show up.
Here is a quote from Pema that I came across today and I love it. I think it speaks to the point that we are humans and to stop for a bit and notice our bodies. Maybe we can send some love to our aches and pain. Maybe we can honor our tired bodies with a hot bath (got any epson salts?)
Ahhh let’s give ourselves a break….

“It’s also helpful to realize that this body that we have, this very body that’s sitting here right now in this room, this very body that perhaps aches, and this mind that we have at this very moment, are exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, and fully alive.”
— Pema Chodron

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