Monday, Gary, one of my delightful SilverSneakers students, asked me if I ever get to watch the Dr. Oz show. I let him know that I record it on my DVR daily, but most off, honestly, I end up deleting them. While I absolutely waited with baited breath for him to appear weekly on the Oprah show, I sort of lost my interest when he got his own daily show. WAYYYYYYY too much animation, which makes me a little crazy. While the videos are done to try to get his audience to better understand things we can’t see, I find they just serve to confuse me! Anyway, Gary let me know that Deepak Chopra, who focuses on the mind-body connection, and alternative medicine, was the guest on the good doc’s show, Monday morning. Thanks, Gary, for letting me know as I totally loved what he had to say, and I will be watching a few more times!
Chopra did a very short meditation exercise which he believes can help with weight loss. My guess is, meditation can help pretty much EVERYTHING, so why NOT weight loss? He suggests that while people may not even be thinking about losing weight, as they continue with their daily meditation practice, they may just find themselves eating in a much more healthful way. His meditation involved about 4 or 5 very short segments which I will go into more detail about after I have more time to spend with the DVR. If we are going to do it, it might as well be exactly the way he suggests. What I do remember clearly is that he starts the exercise, sitting with legs UNCROSSED, feet on the floor, and suggests, with eyes closed, that we first offer gratitude as we ALL have things to be grateful for. Focus on that gratitude and your heart.
I promise to share the rest of the exercise with you soon. For now, I think taking a moment each day to focus on gratitude is a huge step in becoming more fulfilled, mentally, physically and emotionally. While it’s time for me to get ready for work, and I must end my entry for now, I sure am grateful to the professionals that so brilliantly “restarted” Mitch’s heart, yesterday morning. I am so grateful to hear that thump, thump that we all assume comes naturally! I am grateful for another wonderful Vegan Feast Thursday dinner, or what Derek refers to as Family Dinner Night celebrating our “adopted” adult son, Pete’s birthday. I am so grateful to Kyle for building this site and to all of you for checking in. Now it’s your turn. I wish you a very, very grateful Friday. Gratitude, pass it on!