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Just Breathe July 12, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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When the going gets tough, follow Anna Nalick’s advice:

Breathe, Just Breathe.

As you inhale and exhale, focus on your breath.   Let your thoughts recede.

Close your eyes.  Follow the intake of air.  Relax into the flow of life.

Feel the ebb and flow of each breath, rising and falling.  Sense the air as it circulates, restoring calm to your being.

Allow your cares to drift away.  Relax into the moment.  Give yourself the breather you need.

Keep watching your breath.

Breathe in, and breathe out.  Just for now, accept the “what is.”  Reclaim your serenity.  Your calm center is ever present, just below the churning waves on the surface.

Allow inner peace, tranquility, and stillness to restore your balance, as a pervasive calm silences your mind.

Sing it if you understand:

“Cause you can’t jump the track, we’re like cars on a cable
And life’s like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button, now
Sing it if you understand
And breathe . . .  Just breathe.  Oh breathe . . .  Just breathe.

Acoustic version:

Quote:  The easiest way to transform the world is to change your perspective.

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Your Wheelbarrow Of Woe July 12, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness.
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How often do you find yourself counting your woes?

Focusing on all that is WRONG with your life?

When you gather into your thoughts all the things you don’t like about your life ~ especially the stale outdated stuff from the past ~ that collection of sad, stale memories becomes your Wheelbarrow of Woe.

Something happens that upsets you.

That triggers you to think about other upsetting and unsettling things.

Eventually, you have loaded up your wheelbarrow, and weighed yourself down in the process.

Instead of looking around for something inspirational, you cart your cares and concerns around with you for the rest of the day, week, month, or year, exhausting yourself in the process.

You begin to wear your “woe is me” attitude like it’s a badge of honor.

You forget that you can choose to take a break from your Wheelbarrow of Woe anytime . . . like right now, for instance.

Step away from the wheelbarrow.

Give yourself a break.

Find something to smile about.

Enjoy what today has to offer.

If you miss your Wheelbarrow of Woe, you can always return to it later, after you’ve taken time to enjoy this magical moment.

Quotes:  Be aware, always and at every moment, that the miracle is in the here and now. ~ Marcel Proust

Oh, for a life of sensations, rather than of thoughts! ~ John Keats

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