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Embracing Discomfort

As I was working out at my local gym, I overheard a trainer telling her client that she can't expect results without having some discomfort.  This was very profound to me, although not in the way that trainer necessarily meant it. I know that what she said rings true as one is working out. In order for us to build muscle mass and change our bodies, we must push our muscles past their comfort level. We will see results only if we push ourselves past the comfort zone of our current strength level. But I realized that this is true for us emotionally and mentally as well. In order for us to grow as individuals, we must force ourselves out of our comfort zone. To meet new people at a…
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From the Ashes

"The tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us while we live."  Native American Adage   Perhaps you are struggling right now. Perhaps you are dealing with a setback. Maybe you've experienced a traumatic event and are grappling to get beyond it. There is hope. There is light. You will gain strength from your trials. When we are given life's tests, we can grow. In the Sierra Nevada, the mighty sequoia trees do not germinate until they've been through a forest fire. The heat from the fire opens the seed cones. In order to be born, they literally have to go through hell. From the fire grows a massive, beautiful, strong sequoia tree. Once grown, these trees are now fire resistant. The traumatic event you're experiencing…
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Bring it up, Bring it down

"What we think, we become." Buddha Two of the most life changing habits I've made in my life are the addition of regular, vigorous exercise and meditation. I'm a runner and believe that it has helped control my weight, but just as important, it has helped me maintain a healthy mental state. When I go several days without exercise, I can feel my mood decline and my energy levels drop. Throw in a few unhealthy meal choices, and here comes Godzilla! Secondly, I recently added meditation to my morning schedule. I know that you're thinking that there is NO way you can add another activity to your already hectic schedule! I understand! But after a few short sessions, I actually CRAVED the meditation and my body instinctively woke up early…
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Do You Come First?

"No one saves us but ourselves.  No one can and no one may.  We  ourselves must walk in the path." Mahatma Ghandi When you are in an airplane, as the attendants review the safety procedures should the plane lose cabin pressure, have you ever noticed that you're instructed to put on your air mask first before helping others to secure theirs? You can't help others if you're unconscious! The same is true in our everyday lives. To take care of our loved ones, we must put ourselves FIRST. We cannot give love and care if our own resources are depleted. Be sure to put YOUR needs at the top of the to-do list. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you develop your priority list. Make time…
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Are You THAT Family?

"Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put into that action." Mother Teresa Are you the family with children that scream and throw tantrums in line?  Did you have to leave the register to chase down your toddler out the store's front door? Were you the spectacle at the restaurant  because your kids spilled their beverage (twice) and kicked each other under the table while yelling loudly? Does your daughter's hair perpetually look as though it hasn't seen a brush in three days? Did your son wear his shoes to school on the wrong feet again? And again the next day? Congratulations! You're THAT family!  The inept parents with the kids that seem to be out of control. We've all been there.…
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