Love this quote. Apparently Coach Carroll made a very wise move when in 2011 he initiated meditation practice for his team to help fight stress and improve performance. Meditation. The less you think it’s for you, the more it probably IS!
“Meditation is as important as lifting weights and being out here on the field to practice.”
As I have mentioned before, and wrote in my article in Green Panther Press (Pete and Erin’s all things vegan venture/zine) one of the byproducts of eating a plant-based diet is that a more peaceful nature becomes you. This is much like what happens from sitting in meditation regularly. While this comic pokes fun at lawyers, it’s pretty clear, based on the recent on-going theme that someone (the artist?) involved in the production of this comic has given up eating animals and is feeling the peaceful difference it makes.
In fact, though, becoming more at peace doesn’t HAVE to make you any less on your game if you are a lawyer or an athlete or an ANYTHING! Dan Harris (ABC News anchor) writes about this very topic in his book 10% Happier. While meditation started to make him TOO ZEN, he did find the balance and stay on his game (a quite competitive field!). It’s learning how to enjoy a more peaceful soul, without losing the aggressiveness needed to be successful on the job.
So if want more peace and happiness in your life, consider some plant-based meals today and every day! If you want to learn more about the vegan lifestyle, I have lots of info, can recommend some great reads and foods and you can search this site for some recipes. If you are on Facebook make friends with Green Panther Press for lots more (hardcore) info!
Happy Vegan (Feast) Thursday. Can’t wait till next month to get together with some of most favorite people in the world for a vegan pot-luck Friday. More about that as it gets closer!
Just did day 19 of this current 21 day meditation challenge with Deepak Chopra. While I am thrilled that it keeps me in the habit of meditating daily, I have to say, this is the least enjoyable series that I have participated in thus far. So if I encouraged you to try it and this is your first one, I apologize that it’s not a little more concrete. But again, I would rather be doing it, than not! Meditation has subtly helped me in countless ways and I am grateful for the inspiration, which for me, began with the series called Miraculous Relationships. I will continue to participate in each one and hope that meditation is a forever way of life. So glad that Mitch and Roxy join me on this journey. So happy that some of you are, as well. Namaste and happy Friday!
Yesterday, I posted the “no complaining for 24 hours” challenge and took it myself. It was easy and felt so good, I am doing it again today. My bestie since birth, Carole, commented on how easy it was for her because her mom, Judy, taught her complaining didn’t get you anywhere. Great lesson, but plenty of people have great teachers, yet never put into practice what has been shared with them. I have to also add, —and I probably should have asked Carole first but I am taking the liberty here—that when Carole was being treated with chemo for breast cancer some years ago, she told me how she wouldn’t complain to her friends about it because NO ONE wants to spend time with complainers, and she wanted to continue to hang out with her friends. So simple, but so huge! Carole may or may not realize this, but that line–that concept–impacted me and made sooooooooooo much sense. Most everyone in the world wants to be with people who are upbeat and spread light. Can we always be that person? I don’t think so but we can surely always do our best. Thanks, Carole, for the lesson and for your constant light.
I see there is a formal announcement on Facebook of the Swanson Award winner. Apparently Grace overcame some pretty serious health challenges and has found that by coming regularly to SilverSneakers classes, her health and her life have improved tremendously. Congratulations to her. In all fairness, Charlotte is pretty much the picture of health, so….once again, she’s a winner. Ok, she did outlive not one, but 2 husbands (and has been sworn off men by her children who say she kills them). I was a little concerned when she wasn’t in class today, but found out that she opted for the casino, instead. Gotta love her. Talk about a shining light.
Mitch and I completed the 21-day meditation challenge, which came with 2 bonus days. I plan on continuing to spend at least 10 minutes “sitting” each morning before the day unfolds, which seems to be the best time for me. Besides all the positive effects meditation is scientifically proven to have on the mind and body, it really gives one a chance to BE PRESENT. This means that though thoughts of the past and the future will go through the mind, returning to the present (which is the goal) is happening, at least in intervals. Somehow, being present allows us to let the past go a little more easily and worry less about the future. I heard a quote recently (on Criminal Minds…yes, I am obsessed) by David Rossi–it was something about how our scars tell us where we have been, but don’t determine where we are going. I loved it, because each and every day we have the ability to move beyond our past and create a new present. Today really is the first day of the rest of our lives…
And speaking of today…it is the 3rd of September…which really just wants to make me sing aloud…thank you Temptations!
Finally, I found this little gem on Facebook today. It reminds me of what I said to Nicole and Kyle in their wedding toast, about depositing more into the wedding box than you withdraw. Marriages, friendships, all relationships require a lot of give and take. I was thinking about it and thinking the only exception is parent/child, because it’s expected parents give a hell of a lot. But then I thought, there comes a time when your kids start giving back. Maybe it’s with accomplishments that make parents proud or maybe it’s bringing home the perfect addition to the family. (Thanks, boys) Maybe it’s the care we give to our ailing or elderly parents. Whatever it is, we must always remember that we cannot expect from others what we are not willing to give ourselves because that would make life a one way street and we all know that is not the case!
Hoping Derek, Jolene and our west coast “family” are having a spectacular time in Hawaii. Can’t wait to see and hear all! Enjoy it all.
I will be subbing for Ellen tomorrow and Friday at 10 and teaching my regularly scheduled classes as well. See you there…or right here! Thanks for stopping in and make it a happy hump day!