Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live.
TODAY DAN AND I ARE STARTING A NEW SERIES, WE ARE DESIGNED TO SURVIVE AND ON LIVING SUCCESSFULLY WITH SCREWED-UP PEOPLE. PLUS, THE BOOK TEN-MINUTE RELAXATION FOR MIND AND BODY.
Today Dan and I would like to share a poem by the 13th century poet and scholar Rumi.
This poem makes me smile and for now on when I’m down, it will be my go-to.
Rumi describes life as like a guest house where all kinds of things come and go and how we always have the choice to welcome it all.
No matter what happens, and not to be a helpless victim.
What does it say to you?
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness, some monetary awareness comes, as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
We were designed to survive!
AUGUST – 2nd, Dan and I thought on continuing this segment with the series with some fun; What is it about August that’s so significant during this month?
National Coloring Book Day – August 2, 2022
This goes out to my Grandson; Jonah.
Coloring books have gotten some serious, grown-up attention lately.
Coloring Book Day (August 2) helps us relive our childhood playdates and discover new health and wellness benefits now that coloring is no longer just for kids.
In fact, adult coloring books seem to be the latest wellness and relaxation trend that helps people find happiness between the lines.
Researchers and art therapists have lauded the benefits of coloring for over a decade but only recently did publishers and childhood favorite brands like Crayola, start producing adult coloring books.
Ever wanted to paint the town red?
Or maybe purple, blue or even rainbow?
Well, now’s your chance, so break out those coloring books and indulge in some colorful fun!
Host a coloring book party.
Gather some friends and turn a childhood playdate into an adult party.
Everybody chips in for a sitter with activities for the kids in another room or at home so you can really enjoy yourself.
Designate a driver and who knows, maybe coloring book parties will become the next best happy hour activity!
Indulge in coloring supplies, ever dreamed about that giant box of Crayola crayons as a kid?
Or maybe having an endless supply of markers to color the entire rainbow?
Take your tools up a notch to make your childhood dreams come true and color your way to happy.
Set aside some coloring me time.
Sometimes coloring solo makes the best art therapy.
Treat yourself and set aside that extra hour for your own time of introspective mindfulness.
For those who were always searching for chill time, coloring books could be the golden ticket.
Engaging in self-care is important and coloring is a restorative exercise.
Coloring allows us to push other thoughts out of our head and focus on a simple task, which alleviates any free-floating anxiety.
It's like therapy without a therapist.
Coloring is a no-pressure, judgement-free activity.
In fact, it's one of the few activities that doesn't come with any expectations and allows you creative freedom.
Anyone, whether a child, an established artist, or just someone looking for fun; can color and enjoy the vibrant benefits.
Time is precious and is priceless, so Dan and I will continue each day to pull from a box of 365 inspirational quotes; one quote and share with you.
WITHOUT RAIN NOTHING GROWS, LEARN TO EMBRACE THE STORMS OF YOUR LIFE.
Continuing from last year the series on LIVING SUCCESSFULLY WITH SCREWED-UP PEOPLE, by Elizabeth B. Brown.
Dan and I continue to share ways to benefit and help keep one’s health cells healthy.
A wise man told me ten years ago, when one is in balance with themselves; one stays healthy.
For more information click on the book
CHAPTER 18; SEE THE POSSIBILITIES-
FAITH TAKES RISKS-
In the early spring, a bird scratching around for food found the waiting seed and promptly ate it.
Screwed-up people, like the bird, will swallow your joy, destroy your relationships and leave you floundering in doubts about your self-worth if you lie around waiting for the other person to change.
You must risk changing old patterns.
Prayer can help you do that.
Prayer makes the roots of faith dig down deep and hold tight.
Studies at Duke University have shown the amazing power of prayer to cause change.
It works on the person that prays, in particular.
Pray for someone and your anger abates, regardless of what the person does not do.
Continue tomorrow -
Today Dan and I will be continuing on the book; ten-minute relaxation, For mind and body by Jennie Harding.
Whenever you are feeling under pressure, ten minutes is all you need to relax totally, using tools that are with you at all times; your senses.
This book is packed full of wonderfully simple ideas and exercises for using sight, taste, smell, hearing, and touch and that vital sixth sense of intuition to rebalance your energies and bring you back into harmony with the natural world around you.
Identify your favorite sensory relaxation solutions and combat that stress!
Per Dan and my experience this is another component in keeping ourselves healthy; meditation.
By using your five senses, you can learn to relax in just ten minutes.
CHAPTER 1; WHAT IS STRESS?
GETTING IN TOUCH WITH STRESS-
There is a ten-minute exercise to increase your own understanding of where you hold your tension.
Only when you have identified this will you be able to recognize it immediately and take action to overcome it.
Because the exercise needs you to be focused and aware.
It may help you to make a tape recording of it to follow-
Find a quiet place where you can sit undisturbed.
Choose a comfortable chair and sit with a straight back.
Eyes closed, legs uncrossed, hands resting loosely in your lap.
Take 3 slow, deep breaths and enjoy breathing out each time.
Now focus your attention inside yourself and imagine you are taking a journey through your body.
Keep breathing regularly and start your journey at your head.
Then into your neck, shoulders, arms and hands, chest, abdomen, back, hips, legs and feet.
Now as you journey, where do you notice any tension?
Is it in your shoulders, your back, your legs?
You may well find at least one area, perhaps more.
Make a mental note of where these sites are.
When you have completed this inner scanning, take your awareness back to each area of tension you have found.
When you are there, notice any sensations of discomfort or any emotions that arise.
Try not to judge them, just observe them.
Now breathe deeply and imagine you are sending deep warmth into the tension site, dissolving any negativity.
Breathe this warm sensation into the area and notice what happens.
When you have visited at the areas you identified, breathe deeply again twice and stretch your fingers and toes before opening your eyes.
Don’t worry if you feel you have not dissolved all the tension in one go.
You may need to repeat this exercise a few times to start feeling a difference.
The more you practice, the more you may begin to notice the typical locations in your body where you store stress.
Getting to know these areas are is really important, then you can choose the right tools to help you to relax them!
Tomorrow, stress and immunity-
The PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth.
We stand by this and continue to do daily; walk, meditation, and Qigong.
Until Wednesday, conflict cannot survive without your participation.