It is exercise alone that supports the spirits and keeps the mind in vigor.
STARTING A NEW SERIES, HOW THOUGHTS AFFECT OUR HEALTH/BODY? AND CONTINUING ON THE SERIES; GRATITUDE AND HOW IT CHANGES OUR BRAIN TO BE HAPPIER. PLUS, THE BOOK TEN-MINUTE RELAXATION FOR MIND AND BODY.
As Dan and I were waking up this morning, it dawns on me that this is the last Saturday of November.
Soon it will be December and then before you know it, 2023.
As we go into the Christmas mood, our mind-body connection is far more powerful.
And this leads us to our new series.
Embracing positive social support makes a difference to your health!
Change your thoughts.
Change your life.
Play along for a moment and allow yourself to take in a long conscious breath.
Feel how the air moves through your body as you inhale and exhale.
Now take another full deep breath.
How do you feel?
Did time slow down a little?
Did you enjoy a moment of peace?
Or did you not play along at all, anxious to move on to the next thing?
If only we lived breath by breath instead of task-by-task!
Our “to-do” lists will never be empty, so we must schedule time in our day to reconnect with ourselves.
We act like finding time to meditate is beyond our control.
And the results are worth it!
Spending a moment in meditation each morning is one of the best things you can do for your health and well-being.
Even if only for ten minutes, it is an investment of time you’ll never regret.
By starting your day on the right track, it makes it that much easier to get yourself back on track whenever life goes off the rails.
NOVEMBER 26th, Dan, and I thought on continuing this segment with the series with some fun; What is it about November that is so significant during this month?
National Cake Day – November 26, 2022
As Dan and I have learned, you can have a piece of cake and still eat healthy.
Just by substituting some ingredients, you can enjoy a piece of cake and still be healthy.
National Cake Day takes place on November 26 each year.
Cake is a baked food usually made from flour, sugar, and other ingredients.
In their oldest forms, cakes were modifications of bread, a more sophisticated type, but these days, cakes cover a wide range of baked sweets such as pastries, pies, et cetera.
Cake is often served on ceremonial occasions, such as weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays.
There are numerous cake recipes, many of which are centuries old.
Our favorite confection, cake, has a long history.
The word ‘cake’ itself is of Viking origin and is derived from the Old Norse word ‘kaka.’
The Greeks also had their own cake which was baked using flour mixed with other ingredients such as eggs, milk, nuts, and honey.
They also had a cake called ‘satura,’ which was flat and had a heavy consistency.
The word “cake’ took on a different name during the period of Roman rule, and that was ‘placenta,’ a Greek dish derived from their term for cake.
A placenta was made from many layers of dough and was typically baked on a pastry base or inside a pastry case.
The Greeks used beer to leaven it and included in the mixture was cheese made using goat’s milk.
The basic bread dough was sometimes enriched with butter, eggs, and honey, as a sophisticated kind of bread that produced a sweet and cake-like baked good. This way of cooking was a common ancient Roman practice.
Early cakes in England also started off as regular bread, with the most obvious difference between them being their shape, that is, the more rounded, flat shape of cakes.
Another difference is the method of production, where cakes are turned over while baking, as opposed to bread which was left upright throughout the baking process.
Continuing, GRATITUDE AND HOW IT CHANGES OUR BRAIN TO BE HAPPIER.
How to incorporate a gratitude practice into your daily life?
Today we will explore the fourth of seven scientifically proven benefits!
Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.
Grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner, even when others behave less kindly, according to a 2012 study by the University of Kentucky.
Study participants who ranked higher on gratitude scales were less likely to retaliate against others, even when given negative feedback.
They experienced more sensitivity and empathy toward other people and a decreased desire to seek revenge.
Tomorrow, we will explore the fifth of seven scientifically proven 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.
OF NOTHING GOES RIGHT GO LEFT.
Today Dan and I will be continuing 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 always with you; 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 2; THE SENSORY JOURNEY; TOUCH
Our skin is the point where our world meets us.
It is as if we walk about in a perfectly shaped cloak filled with super-sensitive nerve endings.
So, that we can register what we are feeling in the brain from any part of the body.
Think about it now!
What can you feel through your feet, your fingertips, your back?
The external environment feeds you with information via the sense of touch, is it cold, warm, comfortable, supportive?
Certain parts of our skin, like the palms of our hands, are supersensitive, able to detect the most delicate sensations.
These areas are responsible for our most vivid experiences of touch, which is the root of all communication.
Tomorrow, TOUCH THE ESSENCE OF CARE-
The PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth.
We stand by this and continue to do daily; walk, meditation, and Qigong.
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KEEPS THE MIND IN VIGOR
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Until Sunday, if we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with.