Friday, May 29, 2009
On another note, I am considering switching from blogspot to wordpress, and I was wondering if any of you have an opinion as to which is better. The only reason I'm wanting to switch is because I really want to have the ability to set up different pages on my blog (more details to come soon as to why I want to do this!), and blogspot doesn't allow me to do this. Other than this reason, I'm very satisfied with blogspot. Thoughts?
Thursday, May 28, 2009
- Refuse to let other people fill your mind with negative stuff--surround yourself with positive people who lift you up. If you are in relationships with people who consistently tear you down, it is probably time to find some new friends.
- Eliminate all the negative stuff you say to yourself every single day--you cerntatinly shouldn't accept negative from other people, so why should you accept it from yourself? Work on noticing negative self-talk, and restating all of it into positives.
- Make it a point to look for the positive in every situation--you can't control everything in life, but you can control how you respond to it. Every time you respond positiviely, you contribue to building someone else's self-esteem, and that can only help build your own as well.
- Don't ever tear down someone else's self-esteem--it is possible to confront people without tearing them down personally. It isn't necessary to judge or criticize someone if a mistake is made. Be honest and respectful. Help people see the good in themselves, too!
Don't ever forget you are a unique, wonderful, beautiful soul!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
"'The ego bases its perception of reality on what has happened in the past, carries those perceptions into the present and thus creates a future like the past.' If we felt that we were lacking in our past, our thoughts about the future are based on those perceptions. We then enter the present in an effort to compensate for the past. Since that perception is our core belief, we recreate its conditions in the future. 'Past, present and future are not continuous, unless you force continuity upon them.'"
p.s. June is quickly approaching! Join me in my Summer Sun Salutation and Meditation Challenge described on the right side of my blog. Say a little "thank you" to the summer sunshine. It will make your body and soul feel divine!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Since this risk-taking experience has been two years ago now, I am definitely realizing I need to work on stepping out and taking more positive risks in my life. I recently completed an independent study graduate course and one of the lessons was on being willing to take positive risks. It listed some commonly used excuses to avoid taking a positive risk:
- I am not doing that bad.
- I am not old enough to worry about that yet.
- I can't get help because I have to work to take care of my responsibilities.
- If I change, the friends I have won't like me anymore.
- The people who have pressured me to be different will think they have won.
- I am trying so hard, but I get almost no appreciation for my efforts.
- Well, this is just how I am.
While I have mentally used a few of these excuses a time or two, I would say probably the one I find myself thinking the most is: "I don't have the time, energy, or financial resources right now." This excuse is definitely not serving me, so I declare here and now, I am done with it!
My focus word of the year for 2009 was ACTION for a reason. I decided this year I'm going to take ACTION, which includes taking positive risks. I'm going to push myself to make changes and try new things. I am going to say "Yes!" to life more often...
So, all you lovely ladies and gents out there, please help me out here and share how you find the courage to take risks, both big and small, and get out of your comfort zone! How do you say "Yes!" to life?
Monday, May 25, 2009
who'd like to take the quiz, go to:
Saturday, May 23, 2009
http://sarahlynnmoran.blogspot.com/2009/05/journey.html. This poem very much resonates with me (it literally gave me goose bumps the first time I read it) especially at this point in my life. I hope you enjoy it, too!
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice--
though the whole house
began to tremble and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do--
determined to save
the only life you could save.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Here is your yogathought for the day:
"We're like the spokes on a wheel, all radiating out from the same center. If you define us according to our position on the rim, we seem separate and distinct from one another. But if you define us according to our starting point, our source--the center of the wheel--we're a shared identity. If you dig deep enough into your mind, and deep enough into mine, the picture is the same: at the bottom of it all, what we are is love." --Marianne Williamson
p.s. For all you yogis and yoginis out there, if you haven't already: Make sure to check out the Summer Sun Salutation and Meditation challenge for the month of June! (It's on the right of this post.)
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I'm very excited about the potential for great things to come.
Here is the yogathought for the day:
"You are pur pure potential." --Maat
Monday, May 18, 2009
I am not exactly sure what my parents did to instill in me a positive attitude, but it is definitely one of the things I am most thankful for from them. Some of the tips in the article for cultivating positve emotions include:
- "Be here now. The most direct way to boost positivity is to live in the moment."
- "Don't overthink. It's one thing to savor the present but quite another to analyze it to death."
- "Make positive thoughts stick. Work to pay the positives more attention. Make them 'stick' by actively registering them in your mind."
- "Assume the best. Thinking about what you want in life may get your positive emotions circulating."
- "Ritualize gratitude. The ultimate positive gear shifter? Seeing the good in every situation. Search for reasons to feel and experience gratitude."
I would say I use each of these strategies on a daily basis. Don't get me wrong, I do have negative thoughts (and the resulting feelings) creep in now and then. The main thing is that I realize how toxic negative thoughts are, and so most of the time when I have them, I am very aware I've slipped into negativity. Because of this awareness, I'm able to make a conscious effort to replace the negative thought or self-talk with the positve. At that point, I work to make the positive thoughts stick. Sometimes this is easier said than done, but I always try!I find ritualizing gratitude is something that has helped me the most. I have so many things to be thankful for. So, to end this post on a positive note, here is my gratitude list for today. I am thankful for:
- beautiful spring weather
- my sweet husband
- the smell of fresh cut grass
- my blogging friends
I'd love to hear what you're grateful for, or how you cultivate an upbeat attitude in your life. (And even if you don't post about it, definitely think about it. You'll feel a bit better by doing so!)
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Here are a few more photos of my pups from this weekends at my Mom's house. Ziggy matches the furniture and likes to pose. He also likes to steal shoes--luckily, he usually doesn't chew them up or ruin them. He just likes to carry them around and lay by them.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Here is a yogathought for today I also wanted to share with you about our opportunities to blossom:
"When we're truly honest with ourselves, our problem is not that opportunities for success haven't appeared. God is always expanding our possibilities. We are given plenty of opportunities, but we tend to undermine them. Our conflicted energies sabotage everything. To ask for another relationship, or another job, is not particularly helpful if we're going to show up in the new situtation exactly as we showed up in the last one. Until we're healed of our internal demons, our fearful mental habits, we will turn every situation into the same painful drama as the one before. Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. It we're frantic, life will be frantic. If we're peaceful, life will be peaceful. And so our goal in any situation becomes inner peace. Our internal state determines our experience of our lives; our experiences do not determine our internal state." --A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
Peace, love, and lots of blossoming flowers!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
- retreat to a cabin in the woods for a weekend floating trip with husband, family, and friends
- do lots of yoga
- spend time with sweet husband
- teach yoga
- go to the 2nd annual girls weekend with my fabulous girlfriends
- have a father's day bbq
- complete my summer sun salutation and meditation challenge
- lounge by the pool with great summer reads
- go to the farmer's market
- eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies
- visit local coffee joints to chill, read, and write
- take a shopping trip to st. louis
- eat breakfast with my husband at different locations throughout town
- walk to starbucks early mornings with my husband and pups
- spend time with grandparents
- take pups to dog park
- visit local parks and hike on trails
- remodel master bath
- get a garage keypad
- learn more about blogging...maybe even try a vlog entry or two
- clean and organize closets
- make t-shirts with fun, creative, zen sayings
- take a 3 credit hour graduate course
- make jewelry
- make creative inspiration folders--home, fashion, & lifestyle
- renew my AFAA certification
- spend time reconnecting with friends
- browse in bookstores
- take short afternoon cat naps
- clean out file cabinet
- transfer i tunes to new computer
- get external hard drive and back up computers
So, this is some of what I'll be doing this sacred summer. I'd love to hear if you have any summer plans.
(photo by laughing dog on flickr).
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I also want to honor my divagrandmothers today. I have two of the sweetest, smartest, most creative grandma's ever!
Friday, May 8, 2009
On a different and very exciting note, I've been thinking a lot about summer--as are all those out there who work in public education. One of the teachers I work with said the other day this time of the year is like the eighth month of pregnancy. Since I've never been pregnant, I don't know about that, but I do know I'm counting the days till summer birth--16 more work days to go! As I've been contemplating some of the creative and fun things I want to do this summer, I've decided I'm going to do a personal Summer Sun Salutation and Meditation Challenge. And for all those yogis and yoginis out there who would like to join me on this journey, I'd love to have you along for the ride.
So, what exactly is the challenge? Here is the jest of it:
For each day of the month of June, I will do exactly that number of sun salutations (A or B). June 1, 1 sun salutation (minimum). June 2, 2 sun salutations...June 25, 25 sun salutations. You get the point. After the sun salutations, I will practice as many yoga postures as my body feels like doing. No time limit, number of poses, or requirements here except to let my body lead, not my mind. Then, I will end the practice by meditating for half the time of how many sun salutations I did. For example, if it was a 10 sun salutation day, I will set my meditation alarm for 5 minutes. The meditation part will be the biggest challenge to me. It is also the part I'm most excited about. (I have my mom making me a zafu, which I will need to try to gently encourage her to get done for me before June 1!)
I think this is definitely a great way to welcome the summer sunshine. Anyone else up for the challenge?
Here is your yogathought for the day:
"The most ravishing experience you can have is of the mysterious, of living in consecrated curiosity, with the symphony of the universe playing through you and the still point laying claim to your heart." --Jennifer Louden