In the last couple of weeks, forgiveness has been a reoccurring theme in my life. I hear it in messages at church, I see it posted in quotes online, I talk about it with friends… I wanted to share a letter of forgiveness I received one day…
If it strikes your fancy, you can even listen to me reflect (huff and puff) on an actual “hike” through the neighborhood…
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|From Angel Aviles McClinton|
Monday’s traditionally get a bad rap.
On Monday, we have to part with the rest, fun & relaxation of the weekend. It can be depressing (especially if saying goodbye to a friend or parting with a lover.) On the other hand, maybe we had a weekend that was so packed, we’re exhausted. Having family obligations can sometimes mean that the weekend means more mental planning, financial duty and physical running about than any other time of the week. Whatever the case, we manage to make it to Monday.
But Monday’s suck.
We don’t like our jobs or we do like them but there’s an unreasonable amount of work waiting for us. We’re tired. We have yucky classes at school or… Or what? Somehow, we just can’t grasp the good of a Monday.
Monday Is — Moon’s day
Middle English monday or mone(n)day. Old English mon(an)dæg. Latin dies lunae or Ancient Greek hemera selenes; “day of the moon”
When it’s dark, a shimmering globe of light, hangs in our sky. This light makes the night a bit less scary and if we really let it, it can even make the night, beautiful. The Moon is cool. Religions, cults, myths and legends have sprung up around the moon and although I’m talking about turning “manic Monday’s” into “magic Monday’s,” I’m really talking about PERCEPTION.
The start of ANY magical day is:
- The immediate or intuitive recognition of the good of this moment and in me.
- Understanding by means of the senses or of the mind, what it means to start fresh in mind, body and spirit
Later on, I’ll post more about specific ways I stimulate my senses in order to stay healthy and positive.
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I wanted to post about one of the most basic and vital life functions. BREATH.
Have you ever had a panic or anxiety attack? I have. It always started in my mind and ended in my chest. I would suddenly feel like I couldn’t breathe and then, fear would set in. Trust me when I tell you I’m not being dramatic when I say, that fear felt like death was knocking.
I took this picture on a morning walk down Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, Ca. I loved the quirky little art pieces inside, mostly made from reclaimed items. When I looked at the reflection, I realized that what was on both sides of the glass had equal value. I thought this quite metaphorical. The treasure trove of what was inside, juxtaposed against the outer surroundings.
Listen to my Boo about it…
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Oprah’s Mindful Eating Coach Talks Diet And Money
Oprah’s mindful-eating coach, Geneen Roth, has moved on,
after losing her life savings to Bernie Madoff (of all people) and living to write about it, Roth has expanded her focus to include food and money. Her new memoir, “Lost and Found,” not only chronicles that traumatic loss, but explores food, money and her complicated relationship to both. More specifically, the compulsive-overeater-turned-mindful-memoirist is now writing about how the emotional issues with money mirror those all-too-familiar issues with food.
Q: What’s money got to do with food?
A: After my husband and I lost our life savings, many of the patterns I thought I’d worked through with food were surfacing in my relationship with money. It was losing everything and being confronted with the decisions I’d made about money that catapulted me into questions about what is enough, and the sense that no matter how much I had, it was never enough. It was the very same thing I’d experienced with food on an emotional, psychological and, dare I say, spiritual level.
Q: Why do you say the old adage of “You can never be too thin or too rich” isn’t true?
A: Most people are so focused on what they don’t have, what they’re not allowed to eat, what they shouldn’t eat, what they’ll be able to eat when they finish the diet, lose the weight … it’s a constant feeling of “If only I had this, then I’d be happy.” But they’ve already lost 10, 20, 30, 40 pounds 30 or 40 times, and it didn’t make them happy. It gave them a thinner body, but it didn’t give them the sense that “Now I can rest, now I will be seen for who I really am, now I can be happy.” The same is true with money. Let’s face it, we need money for food and shelter, but after those needs are met, this insane desire for more and more and more … it doesn’t make people happy.
Q: How do you decide to be there for yourself?
A: You can’t do it alone. Support helps you follow through, and the desire to follow through helps you get support. It can’t just be the support of one friend giving you advice. Advice doesn’t help so much. The problem with all the advice we’ve been given is we don’t know how to follow it. When people don’t feel instant change, they think it’s not working. This is a failure. I’m a failure. At that point, they need support in asking the right questions, like: What am I feeling? What happened in that moment when I went to eat when I wasn’t hungry? When I went to spend when I was feeling hurt? Unless you become interested in those moments, you’ll always turn to food or money to fill them.
Q: What do you know about quick fixes?
A: [Real] change is not always visible, especially not at first. While there’s a pay-off to being conscious about eating — losing weight — with money, there’s a different kind of pay-off. I’m not saying if you’re conscious about money, you’ll get rich. I am saying your relationship with what you have in life will change. Everyone reading your blog in this moment has five things they have enough of, but because they’re focused on what they don’t have, they’re focused on lack. If all you’re valuing is what you can see, touch and accomplish in this second, it’s going to be hard going. You have to value your inner process.