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Mindful Lifestyle - Devoted to Healing & Being

Does this image look familiar?

It does for me. . . minus the full makeup, the smile, the perfect hair, and the spandex clothes.

🙂

I don’t even like to use the word headache anymore because I have dealt with my own migraine enough to understand that they are a whole-body dis-ease.

Today, I woke up at 4 am.  I kept hitting my tooth that has a temporary crown on it.  I slept off and on from 4 am to 7 am.  I don’t think i had dreams, but I had a lot of “fretting” and it was not pleasant.

Before work, I scrambled some eggs and they sounded really unappetizing.  All I wanted was plain toast.

I got to work at 8:30 and went right in to a meeting with a smoker . . .

By lunch time, I was nauseated and a bit dizzy.

Back to work…

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Quite an honor to be nominated for anything from you, let alone the Sunshine Award. I truly love this blog. . . http://makebelieveboutique.com and stop by every chance I can. Where else can I find so much that is inspiring for this journey!

Make Believe Boutique

Illuminating Blogger Award

Thanks to Food Stories for

the Illuminating Blogger Award nomination…

What a wonderful & randomly fun award…..thanks for stepping out….

One Random Thing About Me…….I really really really want a ‘tugboat art studio’…..

My Nominations Include…..please visit & meet new blogs….

News of the Times

You Illuminated

Stories & Truth

Endeavor

Professions for Peace

Thanks to Sticky Notes & Quotes for

the Reader Appreciation Award nomination

List something I’ve been up to……

I’m getting my Yoga Teacher Certification!

Please check out their cool blog for a little inspiration every day…..

And In Honor of 8 Months of Blogging,

I’m Celebrating Some of the Great Blogs

I’ve Met Along the Way…….

My Special Nominations

for this award include

Some Old Favorites of Mine…..

Tried & True Blog Connections…..

Heart Winds

Poems & Art by Jason Frost

Certainly Not Lost Down Under

Grandfather Sky

Anilraheja

All About Lemon

Caddo Veil

Speaking from the Heart

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Would love to get some feedback from readers on the recurrent series of posts I am leaving with tips for people who are new to meditation.  Please feel free to leave a comment or to drop a note on the Ask Here tab on the blog.

“Meditation teaches us safe ways to open ourselves to the full range of experience — painful, pleasurable, and neutral — so we can learn how to be a friend to ourselves in good times and bad.  During meditation sessions we practice being with difficult emotions and thoughts, even frightening ones, in an open and accepting way, without adding self-criticism to something that already hurts.”

~~ Sharon Salzberg, Happiness

Mindfulness has such huge implications for things like working with what we label mental illness — our afflictive states such as anxiety, depression, despair, angst, sadness, phobia, stagnation, boredom, false euphoria, lack of concentration and mindlessness.

It also plays a major part in everyday life-like relationship, loss, illness, dying, communication, community, family, work, and just simply living.

This quote by Sharon Salzberg reminds me of Frank Ostaseki’s and Roshi Joan Halifax‘s teachings on being with dying.

I would love to teach every therapist and every teacher out there. . . in addition to every caregiver, every doctor, every patient. . . well, that could be all of us, couldn’t it?

Imagine teaching our children how to stay with their problems without running, hiding, drinking & druging, without losing themselves in peer pressure, sex before they are ready, self-mutilation, or eating disorders.

What would it do for our self concept?

Or our ability to make choices (really informed choices?)

Or create healthy relationships. . .

work spaces

neighborhoods

families

towns

I have to believe that we would grow a different world. . .

one where people could have time and space to explore what ails them rather than push it away

one where loved ones could be present to the needs of our children, the elderly, and ill

one where we didn’t go running for the bottle or the prescription pad

but rather

moved toward the meditation cushion, using walking meditation

or held the space for people to creatively and compassionately deal with their difficulties and those of others.

or foster open-hearted communication,  group problem-solving, and nurturing for all.

So much good could come from those two minutes of breathing at your desk.

Or 10 minutes on your cushion

Or the walk where I listen to the rustling of leaves below my feet

Or that plate of food I savor and eat, bite by bite.

So what keeps us from it?

How do we teach others?

How do we model what kind of world we could have and what kind of world we want?

The answer (and the power) lies in the space between our exhale and inhale. . .

Does that sound cryptic?  It really isn’t.  Pick up a book about meditation and then try it.

You’ll get it!

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