Another week has passed and it's Monday again!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Another week has passed and it's Monday again!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Here is an excerpt from a blog by Scott Davies called Finding your marbles on using journaling as a tool in your healing journey...
"...Morning pages take a while to work. It took me about 3 weeks of writing morning pages before I began to see a difference in my life, however once I got into the habit, I began to notice subtle changes in how I felt. I noticed a drop in my anxiety and I found it easier to manage stressful situations. As time goes by, you will begin to trust your morning pages as a safe refuge. No matter what is troubling you, you will know that next morning you can write about it in your morning pages.
In additional to morning pages, I also write in my journal every night. In the evening I usually try to review my day. I write a few words about what happened that day, how I feel about it, and any questions or concerns that are bothering me. I find that writing these evening notes helps me rest my mind before I go to sleep so that I’m not lying in bed awake, stewing over things, and when I wake up, I’m ready to write about the questions that I wrote down in my evening notes the night before. Together, morning pages and evening notes form a daily cycle that keeps me grounded and stable..."
You can visit Scotts blog "Finding your marbles" here
Friday, September 25, 2009
This is a follow up to my post on the Emperor Moth story it's a good one. You should check it out.
In order that it become a moth, the pupa of the moth must squeeze its way out of the narrow neck.
One day a man found a cocoon of an emperor moth. He took it home so that he could watch the moth come out of the cocoon. He sat and watched the moth struggling to force the body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. It just seemed to be stuck.
Then the man being kind decided to help the moth. So he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The moth then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He expected that the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly. A few days later, it died.
What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the moth to get through the tiny opening was the way of forcing fluid from the body of the moth into its wings so that it would be ready for flight. Once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle. By depriving the moth of a struggle, he deprived the emperor moth of health.
The only way out - is through. --Robert Frost
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Haiku: Tears wash the soul free
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
"She told me that she owes her longevity to the Lord, that she never did drink, she never did smoke and she never did fool around," Witt said at a party marking her 115th birthday.
During the six weeks, participants in project will learn the key themes of the project:
• Week 1: An introduction to Blue Zones and the Vitality Compass
• Week 2: Creating and improving social networks
• Week 3: Rethinking how you eat: Making food choices that will extend longevity
• Week 4: Building physical activity and movement into everyday life
• Week 5: Identifying life’s purpose
• Week 6: Making your community healthier through changing the walkability, bikeability and food options.
I think that too often those of us who have come to that place in life where we can wear that badge of honor and carry the title "survivor" we may have lost sight of what we can do ourselves to improve our lives and lifestyles. We've been living in "Survivor" mode and forget that there is more to life than managing symptoms and fighting flashbacks.
These articles about Gertrude Baines and the Vitality Project are great reminders that there are plenty of choices to be made and actions we can take. Every day we have choices and opportunities to create the world and life we choose to live every day now, in this moment.
Maybe this is a good time to remember that we are survivors and take a minute to look at what our focus is and what we could do today to take back our lives...and start to enjoy the ride again.