Savor Summer

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G.Y.M.

Yes, in many cities and towns the temperature is soaring.  This is no excuse to be lazy!  You don’t need a GYM….You just need to G.Y.M…..

GET YOURSELF MOVING!

Work hard for what you desire.  Then celebrate your accomplishments.  It’s FRIDAY!  Happy Weekend to one and all….

Lions and Tigers and Cows, Oh My!

This being Vegan (Feast) Thursday, it seemed appropriate to address the issue of Cecil the lion.  NEVER wanting to be one to offend, I tend to stay pretty quiet about my choice to thrive on a plant-based diet and refrain from purchasing animal products.  After all, the more time spent in meditation, the more clear I feel about NOT being a judge and jury of anyone else.

It would be a lie to say, though, that it is not frustrating to read and hear and see all the outrage over the killing of this most magnificent king of the jungle.  For most of us, it is beyond our comprehension to kill a lion.  Same goes for a cat, or a dog.  All day long we post pictures of animals and converse about how much we love them.

No.  I am not the judge, but who of any of us is?  Who decides which animals are pets, which are for farms, which are for zoos, which are for hunting, which are for hanging on a wall, which are for food, which are for shoes and purses and furniture?

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Many will point out to me that is all about culture.  In some cultures it’s ok to eat cows, while in others, it’s about the worst thing you can do!  Certainly as Americans we frown upon anyone that would eat dog meat, or horse meat, but when you step aside from “culture” what really IS the difference????

No.  I never set out to offend.  This morning’s meditation was about how when we are our TRUE selves, we are our WHOLE selves.   Then, while taking a very quick scroll through Facebook, I saw this:

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So my deepest apologies you find anything offensive about this post.  So many things that end up on the internet are offensive and often hurtful, when that is probably never the intention of the person posting.

Many discussion have been had about all the emotions involved with this thing we call Facebook.  Many studies have been done by researchers (some by Facebook manipulating our feed!) and one thing that has been found is that the emotion most associated with reading Facebook is ENVY.  (The more vacation pics and pics of things people have acquired,  the less worthy others feel. These photos, however, are just a snapshot in time.  We often have NO idea what else is going on in these people’s lives.  No one ever posts when they are getting calls from collection agencies or their kids just got in trouble, etc.) Another study revealed that the more positive posts we see, the more we are likely to post positive things as well.  The opposite also held true.

Being human, I admit to have had my fair share of  walking away from Facebook, frustrated, annoyed or hurt.  Recently, I have made the connection and have decided less time on Facebook is a good thing for me.  That’s just me.

My blog will continue to get posted to Facebook and I strongly encourage you to hide my posts or scroll past them quickly if you find them offensive.  My aim is ALWAYS more peaceandfitness!

Please consider your food choices, today and every day.  What is good for the animals, is also what is best for our health and the planet.

Please also feel free to leave any comments on either of these 2 topics.  Let’s get people talking and hopefully moving towards a more peaceful planet.

How Do You Measure Success?

This particular 21-day meditation challenge seems to speak to me, personally.  Each day, the centering thought, is one that I find myself reflecting on many times, as the day goes on.

Several days ago, the centering thought was about how we achieve success.  About how it is NOT measured by how much money we have, what kind of car we drive or how many toys we have accumulated in our collections.  Those things are all wonderful and there is no reason to deny ourselves of the material objects which we can afford and which make us feel happy.  Though clearly there is often a major correlation between how financially successful we are and those things, those things aren’t really what make us FEEL successful in our souls (though clearly they make make us LOOK successful to others (especially on Facebook!).

Deepak Chopra believes that success is a result of feeling accomplished.  In terms of fitness, this makes PERFECT sense.  It is why it feels so amazing to finish a race, to complete a workout, to finally do a pull-up, or a headstand or lift a heavier weight than ever before.  (This list could go on forever)  My own personal experiences are exactly that.  Setting out on a run, or to swim a certain amount of laps and then accomplishing those things makes me feel way more successful than ANYTHING I own!

The gym is just a metaphor for all things in life.  When we set a goal and we achieve it, we feel accomplished and successful.  If we never set goals, if we don’t step out of our comfort zone, if we don’t fail sometimes, how will we ever feel successful?  It is believed, instead, we will try filling that void with material things which may make us happy for a while, but never will make us TRULY feel that feeling of accomplishment that is so important.   These material things include all the obvious but also food, drink, drugs, etc, which all provide only fleeting happiness.

Bringing this back to fitness, it is easy for any of us to feel truly successful today.  Make a goal and see it through.  Keep putting one foot in front of the other and make it happen.  The feeling you will get from that accomplishment will far surpass any feeling you can get from anything you can eat or drink or buying a new…( fill in the blank) .

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Wishing you many successes, today and every day.