As a peaceful warrior, I would choose when, where and how I would behave.
With that commitment, I began to live the life of a warrior.
~Dan Millman

Saturday, September 22, 2007

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."

~William Arthur Ward

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Okay gang. You must be getting tired of these news clips. I am. Here's the deal.


Have a nice day! ~j

ps. yes, this is a beautiful picture of ecoli.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

" Fear not for the future,
weep not for the past."
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

Stronger Than You Know
Getting Ourselves Worked Up
Great little OM today gang! I completely identify with the moment of truth. All of this 'stress' though non-physical has significant impact on the Hypothalamus Pituitary Adrenal axis (HPA) and yes you have one! I have seen it many times hinder the health of my clients. So take to heart the value of coping or stress reducing options. Your adrenal glands, immune and digestive systems will all be thankful. As noted...we are almost always stronger and more capable than we believe ourselves to be. Find your warrior within.
Here's to the moment of truth~ ~j

Our capacity to cope successfully with life's challenges far outstrips our capacity to feel nervousness. Yet in the weeks, days, and hours leading up to an event that we believe will test our limits, we can become nervous. While we may have previously regarded ourselves as equal to the trials that lie ahead, we reach a point at which they near and our anxiety begins to mount. We then become increasingly worked up, until the moment of truth arrives and we discover that our worry was all for nothing. We are almost always stronger and more capable than we believe ourselves to be. But anxiety is not rational in nature, which means that in most cases we cannot work through it using logic as our only tool. Reason can help us recognize the relative futility of unwarranted worry but, more often than not, we will find more comfort in patterns of thought and activity that redirect our attention to practical or engaging matters.

Most of us find it remarkably difficult to focus on two distinct thoughts or emotions at once, and we can use this natural human limitation to our advantage when trying to stay centered in the period leading up to a potentially tricky experience. When we concentrate on something unrelated to our worry—such as deep breathing, visualizations of success, pleasurable pursuits, or exercise—anxiety dissipates naturally. Meditation is also a useful coping mechanism as it provides us with a means to ground ourselves in the moment. Our guides can aid us by providing us with a focal point wholly outside of our own sphere.

The intense emotional flare-up you experience just before you are set to challenge yourself is often a mixture of both excitement and fear. When you take steps to eliminate the fear, you can more fully enjoy the excitement. Though you may find it difficult to avoid getting worked up, your awareness of the forces acting on your feelings will help you return to your center and accept that few hurdles you will face will be as high as they at first appear.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
~Matthew 5:4

I know that every year when this date comes around I feel at a loss. How to adequately honor and acknowledge the people and this event that has impacted so many lives. What a great opportunity. In remembrance. ~j


NEW YORK - On Sept. 11, Jacob Sundberg of San Antonio has pledged to make eye contact and smile at everyone he meets. Kaitlin Ulrich will bring goody baskets to the police and fire departments in and around Philadelphia. And 100 volunteers from New York – 9/11 firefighters and family members among them – are going to Groesbeck, Texas, to rebuild a house destroyed by a tornado last December.

This is a minute sampling of the hundreds of thousands of people who have pledged to memorialize those killed on 9/11 by doing something good for others.
The heroic acts of all those killed trying to save others that September morning has spawned a growing grass-roots movement. The goal is to ensure that future generations remember not just the horror of the attacks, but also the extraordinary outpouring of humanity during the days, weeks, and months that followed.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

"I think a life in music is a life beautifully spent,
and this is what I have devoted my life to."
~Luciano Pavarotti

With thoughts of happiness for the joy that he shared and honoring his passion for the music in life. ~j

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

What this power is I cannot say;
all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only
when a man is in that state of mind in which he know exactly what he wants
and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it."
~Alexander Graham Bell

Get focused! What is it that has been lingering along with all of the other things in your life? That one thing that has just been hanging there.

Well, as we move in to Autumn and try to stretch the lingering days of summer just a little longer, think about your 'thing'.

Alexander here is really talking about a passionate focus. But maybe yours isn't so passionate right now. Maybe you need a little boost in that direction. Because sometimes it only takes a little tweak to change your whole life. When you are excited, the people around you get excited, your family, your coworkers, friends or someone on the street who receives a smile because you just can't hold one back.

For me, spreading the word about a healthy lifestyle really makes a difference. Showing people how to make little changes that might save them the inconvenience of medication or discomfort down the road. Add to that some exercise with fun attached and most people find a vigor for life that they forgot was possible.

So...maybe you choose art or yoga or walking, a 10k run or triathlon, Egyptian hieroglyphic studies or other ancient cultures, dust off that 'thing' and get focused. It just might make you smile!

In that state of mind! ~j