Posted by & filed under Change, Life Coaching, Personal Health, Perspectives, Spontaneous, Stress Management, Tolerance.

In light of Senior Citizen’s Day and Poet’s Day (according to holidays-and-observances.com) I’ll share a funny writing that was reposted February 13, 1993 in The Chicago Tribune Dear Abby. The piece was sent from a reader who clipped it from a church bulletin – author unknown. Here it is:
Old Folks Are Worth A Fortune
    Old folks are worth a fortune: With silver in their hair, gold in their teeth, stones in their kidneys, lead in their feet and gas in their stomachs.
  • I have become a lot more social with the passing of the years; some might even call me a frivolous old gal. I’m seeing five gentlemen every day.
  • As soon as I wake, Will Power helps me get out of bed. Then I go to see John. Then Charley Horse comes along, and when he is here he takes a lot of my time and attention. When he leaves, Arthur Ritis shows up and stays the rest of the day. (He doesn’t like to stay in one place very long, so he takes me from joint to joint.) After such a busy day, I’m really tired and glad to go to bed – with Ben Gay. What a life!
P.S. The preacher came to call the other day. He said that at my age, I should be thinking about the hereafter. I told him I do – all the time. No matter where I am – in the parlor, upstairs in the kitchen or down in the basement – I ask myself, Now, what am I here after? –Author Unknown–

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Are you feeling like this week is moving too quickly? It’s already Wednesday! If you feel overwhelmed with your unfinished To-Do-List, try focusing on the task before you by using your whole body and all your senses to bring you into the now moment. Maybe set a short time limit like 10 or 20 minutes with the task before you. During that time move your body, breath deep, or use one of your five senses to keep engaging you in the current moment.  If you try to MAKE yourself focus on the task, most likely you will get the opposite result. Instead, focusing on using your body, multiple senses and your breathing automatically brings your awareness, therefore your presents, into the moment at hand. If you are engaging in the present moment, rather than engaging in the future thinking of not getting your task list done, you will certainly be more productive one task at a time. What do you think?

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Quotes from The Secret
  • Whatever is going on in your mind is what you are attracting.
  • We are like magnets – like attracts like, you become and attract what you think.
  • Every thought has a frequency, thoughts send out a magnetic energy.
  • People think about what they don’t want and attract more of the same.
  • Thought equals creation, If these thoughts are attached to powerful emotions (good or bad) that speeds the creation.
  • You attract your dominant thoughts.
  • Those who speak most of illness have illness, those who speak most of prosperity have it.
  • It’s not “wishful” thinking.
  • You can’t have a universe without the mind entering into it.
  • Choose your thoughts carefully, you are a masterpiece of your life.
  • It’s OK that thoughts don’t manifest into reality immediately (if we saw a picture of an elephant and it instantly appeared, that would be too soon).
  • Everything in your life you have attracted, accept that fact, it’s true.
  • Your thoughts cause your feelings.
  • We don’t need to complicate all the “reasons” behind our emotions. It’s much simpler than that, the two categories are good feelings and bad feelings.
  • Thoughts that bring about good feelings mean you are on the right track. Thoughts that bring about bad feelings means you are not on the right track.
  • Whatever it is you are feeling is a perfect reflection of what is in the process of becoming.
  • You get exactly what you are Feeling.
  • Happy feelings will attract more happy circumstances.

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Reading this article posted by Kate Morin I found to be my way of reducing stress right now.
It worked for me and I wanted to share Kate’s other 23 with you.
http://greatist.com/happiness/23-scientifically-backed-ways-reduce-stress-right-now
I think I will go kiss someone #22 and talk about sex #15. …Ok, now I’m laughing #7.
Let me know which ones work for you.

Helen Sanders, the editor at Health Ambition, just release an epic blog post on 15 easy ways to relax under 5 minutes. Check it out! I’m curious which ones you favor.

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How spontaneous do you want to be today? What if you set your intention for your day and then just let go and follow the thoughts and intuitions from your heart not your head? In every moment be present and ask, “How is what I am spontaneously doing, saying, feeling supporting my intention to…?”
“I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.” –Alice in Wonderland–

Posted by & filed under adversity, Change, Leadership, Life Coaching, Personal Growth, PTSD, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Teaching.

Duality is one of the game rules of being human. Adversity is a vital element in expansion of personal growth. Russell Redenbaugh’s story is an excellent example of expansion from that place of nothing to everything. It’s in the place of nothing, when every thing feels stripped from us, that we have an opportune moment to fill ourselves up with who we really are underneath all the roles that we play in life. In the place of nothing we can connect to a deeper sense of that bigger LOVE we all come from by surrendering. The reactionary tendency, however, is resistance to this unfamiliar place and re-attach to things; people places structures, that somehow have become our habits of living life. These traumas are also opportunities to challenge and change our current life paradigms. They provide new direction of learning and personal development. It’s never easy, but it is worth it!

Post-Traumatic Gifted: Moving from Scarcity to Abundance: Russell Redenbaugh at TEDxBend

Published on May 22, 2013

Russell lost his sight at the age of 16 and has learned to “read the world” without being able to “see” any of it. Russell has a skill for learning — not just information, but how to move in a changing and uncertain world. Forming a commitment not to live like he was blind, regardless of how others treated him, he graduated 6th in his class from Wharton. His journey from welfare to wealth has included working as a Partner and Chief Investment Officer for a $6 billion investment firm, being a Commissioner on the US Civil Rights Commission, and becoming a Jujitsu world champion.

Girl enjoying sunshine and breathing in a field of flowers

Posted by & filed under Change, Gratitude, Life Coaching, Personal Growth, Self-Improvement.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie Author, Journalist
Today I am grateful for curiosity. In brainstorming about writing a book, the question that popped out to me was, “Can you turn it around, upside down, sideways or inside out?” Suddenly I want to write a book turned into I want to book a write… and it was amazing the directions that my mind started to follow!
  What are you grateful for today?

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Relationship with Self is at the core of our life. Self knowledge and awareness are keys to this this relationship.  Today I read this powerful insight and practice from Suzanne Wagner that I wanted to share as a way of strengthening your relationship with Self. She says it so well.
Awareness without reaction or triggering is a life long journey. Discovering how to stay awake to your surroundings and observing from a place of objective clarity is a wonderful journey. When you are in constant reaction to your surroundings and circumstances you are actually not fully present or aware of all the subtle nuances that are happening and you are not in this moment fully because you are actually replaying something from your past. Reaction is a nervous system response just like touching something hot makes your nerves fire instantly and before you even think you are pulling your hand back shockingly fast. Emotional triggers are no different. If you’ve had a trauma that registers as a wounding in your mind, whenever some similar pattern shows up you will instantly react from that old place and wounding. It takes great discipline and self-awareness to know and not allow your external response to follow the old series of chain reactions that are your history and how your nervous system formed itself. As a practice, when you feel the trigger happen, just do not talk. Make an agreement with yourself that you will just not talk for 1 minute, then 2 minutes. See if you can observe your reaction and see where the wounding is. Take a look at that tape that is playing in your head and choose to step out of the past and into this moment. Choose to not project this person or situation from the past into the person or circumstance that is happening now. Observe this situation with fresh eyes and determine from this moment how to proceed.
~Suzanne Wagner~ Wild Women Light Blog 9 July 2014

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Happy Birthday America! Many countries share a common culture or ethnicity, but American’s share a common idea that people should have the freedom to live the way they want. Freedom is one of my core values. It pulses through me as a sort of internal directive motivation. For example my coaching business is being created through very internal drives  illustrated through my freedom of creative expression that allows me to leave my print for better in this beautiful country and world in which I live through coaching with others. What’s your idea of FREEDOM?

Posted by & filed under Change, Integrity, Leadership, Life Coaching, Personal Growth, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Values.

Mike Day PhD really hits the nail on the head! Standing in integrity with your personal values in your career where you give 40+ hours a week can be vital to your health.  I believe when you honor yourself, you honor everyone around you. Your work is an expression of your identity, and when your values are compromised through your work you are not standing in integrity.  Who are you then honoring?  I would love to hear your thoughts.