Monday, March 28, 2011

Mirthful Monday - Chompers

Laughter is good medicine. My "smart and beautiful" sister's friend had fun with this.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Mirthful Monday - Innuendo

As sure as the full moon we saw on Saturday night, there's always something arising at Conrad Hake's blog, Levintel.

May the cyber breezes gently blow you over to the post entitled "False Advertising".

Corky, Conrad's mother, has left a comment that probably deserves its own Mirthful Monday headline. Oh, the horror! Oh, the humour! Interesting how both are so often inter-linked.

Photo courtesy of Wojtek Wozniak.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Tree of LIfe

Close your eyes. Exhale slowly for the count of 6. Now inhale for 6. Establish a nice even pattern, feeling a slight pressure in your lower back against the chair.

Imagine that you are standing under a tree. It could be a tree in which you once built a tree fort that was the envy of the neighbourhood.

Or the one where you spent many care-free hours, swinging and laughing your way through those seamless summer days.

Perhaps it's the tall one in your front yard where you and your teen-aged love would steal a series of first kisses, hidden from the prying eyes of your parents?

It's the tree you sat under, shading you from that hot tropical sun, while your children romped and rolled in the surf and sand, constructing moments that will last a lifetime, washed by the sands of time.

It may be the one you slowly work your way around one crisp autumn day, rake in gnarled hands, each leaf representing a colourful memory of moments past - a life lived.

The tree of life. The tree that is not unlike us.

The roots hold the tree in place. Steadfast. They stabilise and provide nutrition to the rest of the tree to enable it to flourish and grow strong.

The trunk is like our spine. Sturdy. Strong. Flexible. It represents discipline and practise. Repetition.

Finally, there are the many branches - some thick and solid, others thin and wispy. Like our neural pathways. Some are solid, well-worn paths, others are nothing but a shadow or a hint of a new idea awaiting ignition. Our creative minds reach up and outwards, thirsting for more, craving to be awakened and expanded, stretching for the light of knowledge and of knowingness.

When we are stressed parts of our tree become damaged. When one part is affected, the tree compensates and carries on ... too much damage and the tree is felled.

How is your tree of life? What are you doing to keep it vital?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ten Well-Being Tips

  1. Flossing is important, not only for your teeth, but also for your heart. Plaque may contribute to heart disease.

  2. Water is one of the factors in electrolyte balance, which has an impact on the heart. Are you adequately hydrated?  Do the press test. Press down on your forearm and hold for a few seconds. If there is a depression, go drink some water.

  3. Wash new clothes before you wear them. Fabrics are treated with a number of chemicals, such as formaldehyde, to act as a preservative and to make them look crisp.

  4. Sleep deprivation can lead to weight-gain. (Stress can impact the quality of your sleep.)

  5. Bad back or hips? Sleep with a pillow between your knees to relieve the strain and pain. Longer legs? Use a king-sized pillow.

  6. Nuts, in moderation, are good for you ... unless you're allergic, of course.

  7. Struggling to solve a problem? Get up and move. Take a walk. Do something else. Your unconscious mind will continue to work on it. Your "Eureka!" moment awaits.

  8. Feeling glum, mad or sad? Some physical work will do wonders, plus you'll feel good about having ... mowed the lawn, shovelled the driveway, painted the living room, vacuumed, cleaned the garage, etc.  All caught up? Perhaps the senior next-door, your friends or family members would like some help?

  9. Make time for play, both for yourself and with your children.

  10. It's not "just stress"! Nothing "just" about stress. Be proactive and learn stress transformation techniques that not only help you get through or out of the rough patches, but will also enhance your performance.
Image courtesy of Neema Doma.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mirthful Monday - Badadadump!

I was having a chat with one of the dog park regulars - a two-legged one, just to be clear!

We were discussing the multitude of joys of pet ownership.

"It cracks me up even when Holly does absolutely nothing."

Without missing a beat, he said, "Unlike your husband, right?"

Friday, March 4, 2011

Banking on It! How to Accrue Interest in the "Bank of Good Feelings"

It sounded like a chortling brook winding its way down gently rolling hills. And, it was the best reaction yet.

Whenever I pull out my business bank card, I usually get a smile.

After looking at "Auntie Stress" on my card, the Customer Service Representative laughed for a solid five minutes. I explained that she had just undressed her stress, and with her delightful reaction, mine, as well.

Laughter not only causes you to breathe more deeply, but it also makes you feel good. When you feel good, you activate a different series of chemicals, ones which lead to more positive thoughts and actions. Think of it as making a deposit into the "Bank of Good Feelings", accruing interest, building resilience.

During stressful times, without regular deposits of thinking and feeling about the things that make you feel good, you run into overdraft. In other words, you wear out your nervous system and decrease your ability to withstand the storms of life - the occasions when your account is debited without your consent.

When the tough times occur, make withdrawals from the accrued interest - the resilience that your regularly restore. Incidentally, through regular practice of these techniques, it's balance that you'll get - between the the two branches of your nervous system; the epitome of treating the cause of stress! That's something you can bank on!