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Be A Lotus

I love the lotus flower.  There is something about these beautiful flowers rising above the water that inspires me and makes me happy and peaceful.

During a meditation recently, I began to see how we could benefit from following the path of the lotus.  The lotus flower grows up from the bottom of a pond or lake.  The roots burgh into the mud while stalk rises through the muck and mire of the water finally emerging above the surface with a flower of pink, red, white, or blue.  The lotus can live for hundreds, even thousands of years.

Like the lotus, our lives are often rooted in muddy soil.  These are the hurts, slights, and negative beliefs that we encounter as we go through life:

  • We get get teased or bullied
  • We fail and get embarrassed
  • We encounter physical or emotional abuses
  • We have our hearts broken
  • We lose loved ones
  • We dream and our dreams are dashed
  • We feel unloved, unappreciated, alone, depressed, fearful, not good enough
  • Etc…

But, if we live like the lotus, we grow out of these experiences and up through the murky waters of life to emerge above the pain, sadness, and fear to as beautiful flowers.  From this beauty and tranquility was can inspire those around us and bring happiness and peace to their lives.  With this gift we can create an impact on the world that latest for centuries, maybe millennia.

So my friends, I encourage you to “BE a LOTUS”.  

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Until next time, have a happy healthy day!


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4 Tips to Become More Present

Are you here?  I asked you that in a post a few weeks ago.  In that post, I explained the importance of living in the present moment.   Being present allows us to be worry-free, calm, and focused.  This leads to feelings of gratitude and joy.  Fretting about the past or the future causes us to feel disconnected, stressed, fearful, and angry.  These negative feelings can block our journey to success.

Being present in the moment is important in all aspects of our lives, from relationships, to work, to personal safety.  So, what are some things you can do to start living in the present?

  1. Breath – Breathing through the nose activates a relaxation response in the body.  This results in feelings of calm and focus.  Bringing attention to your breathing when you find yourself living in the past or future guides you back to the present moment.  You can only breath in the here and now.  Refer to my post, Just Breathe, for a useful diaphragmatic breathing technique.
  2. Become a witness to the moment – Whenever you notice yourself wandering away from the present, stop and take a few moments to observe your current situation.  Just observe, do not react.  Take note of the sounds, smells, colors, and activity around you.  Note what you are doing and how you feel.  Give everything a label.   Becoming a casual witness to what is happening around you rapidly draws you back into the moment.
  3. Remind yourself to be present – Between running from meeting to meeting, checking a never-ending barrage of emails, Facebook notifications, and text messages, not to mention managing a social life, it is easy to begin to focus on the next thing we need to do, rather than where we are.  When life gets hectic it can be helpful to set some reminders for yourself to help bring you back into the moment.  Try setting a few reminders on your phone throughout the day or put a note on your computer or a picture on your mirror, anything  that will remind you to stop thinking ahead (or behind) and be in the now.
  4. Meditation – Meditation is a technique that brings focus and stillness to the mind.  In meditation, you focus your mind on a single point.  This can be your breath, a mantra (a word or phrase), or even an object, like a candle flame.  As the mind wanders from your point of attention (and it will, especially at first) you gently bring it back around to the object of your attention.  Start small by spending 15-20 minutes each day meditating then slowly work up to 30-40 minutes several days a week to get the greatest benefit.  Be patient with yourself and go with the flow.

 

These are just a few of the ways you can learn to live in the present moment.  My hope is that these tips get you started down the road to living a mindful life and that you develop your own techniques to bring you all of the benefits of being present.  Good luck and have fun!

 

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Getting Back on Track

We are  1/4 of the way through 2016, and if you are like most people you started the year with good intentions to make this the year your finally achieve those goals you have been talking about for years.

So, how is it going so far?  Are you wealthier than you were in 2015?  Have you lost those  10, 20, 30  pounds?  Did you start your own business or find your soulmate yet?

If you are like most people the goals you set for yourself in January are probably collecting dust in the back of your mind.  Well, it is time to take them out dust them off and put them to work.

Ask yourself, “What do I want to achieve in the next 2 years?”

Sometime today or tomorrow find a quiet place to sit down and think about what you want to accomplish in several areas of your life including:

  • Finances – How much money would you like to earn in the next month? Year? 2 years?  Do you want a new car or home?  What financial achievements do you want to achieve in the next 24 months?
  • Career – How would you like your career or professional life to advance over the next 2 years?
  • Relationships – What do you want your relationships to look like over the next 2 years?  Would you like to make more friends?  Is there a person in your life with whom you would like to reconnect?  Would you like to spend more time with your family?
  • Health and fitness – Do you want to lose weight, run a 1/2 marathon, or lower your blood pressure?  All of the above?  Two years from now what will your health and fitness look like?
  • Personal – What do you want to accomplish in your personal life?  How would you like to grow personally in the next 2 years?  Do you want to learn a language? Do you want to improve your spirituality?
  • Recreation – What fun things do you want to do over the next 2 years?  What vacations do you want to take?  What activities do you want to participate in simply for fun?
  • Contributions – What do you want contribute to the world in the next 2 years?  Will you start a charity?  Work with children, animals, or the homeless?

Write a least 3 accomplishments per category.

Then for the next few days reread your list and add to it or refine it.  We will use this list over the next few month to help you maintain focus and finally have the life you have been dreaming of.

Have fun and think BIG!!!!!!


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November WellWork Meditation – Week 4

Welcome to this week’s meditation.  

If you enjoyed this meditation you can find it along with previous weeks’ meditations on my YouTube.com channel.  And don’t forget to share with your friends and family.

Until then have a happy, healthy day!


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November WellWork Meditation – Week 3

Welcome to this week’s meditation.  

 

If you enjoyed this meditation you can find it along with previous weeks’ meditations on my YouTube.com channel.  And don’t forget to share with your friends and family.

Don’t forget to check back next Tuesday, 11/25/14, for your last “assignment” for this month.
Until then have a happy, healthy day!


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November WellWork Meditation Week #2

 Welcome to your second November WellWork meditation.   Now sit back, relax and enjoy!

You can also visit this meditation on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/2dWwdMhvOBQ, so if you enjoyed it forward the link to your friends and family.

Don’t forget to check back next Tuesday, 11/18/14, for your next “assignment”.
Until then have a happy, healthy day!


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November WellWork Meditation Week #1

Welcome to your 1st WellWork meditation.  
This meditation will get you started on the path to relaxing your mind and body.

 *Remember do not listen to the mediations while driving or doing anything that requires your full attention.

You can also view this meditation on my YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/xx4QXHW662s so feel free to share it with your friends and family!

Until next week’s meditation, 11/11/14, have a happy, healthy day!


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November Monthly WellWork

Happy November!

For most of us November ushers in the holiday season with its parties, shopping, family, and STRESS.

So, for this month’s WellWork I thought rather than giving you even more to do I would make your month a little bit easier and less stressful (I hope).

Every Tuesday for the month of November I will post a mediation designed to help you relax and let go of some daily stress.  The mediations are short, about 10 minutes, so you can listen to them on your lunch hour, during a quick break or anytime you have a few minutes to sit back and relax in a quiet comfortable location.  Just don’t listen to the mediations while driving or doing anything that requires your full attention.

The mediations will be posted on this blog as well as on my Youtube channel.

Watch for the mediations to be posted 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, and 11/25.

I hope you enjoy the meditations and that they help you relax and enjoy the rest of the year.