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Do you have a yen for zen?

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control over what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”

Steve Maraboli

lifebalance

I met with three of my favorite people yesterday, two at breakfast and one at lunch. These three have a lot in common you see they all are working to make our community a better place. But what impressed me the most was how happy they are with the lives the lead.

My lunch partner is a highly regarded philanthropist, international traveler and true humanitarian who has thrived because of the balance now has in her life. As I thought about what she said I realized that seems to be the secret of my other two friends as well. We all need to keep our jobs, our outside activities and other actions in balance if we are going to take advantage of our potential for happiness.

My lunch friend is also a yoga aficionado and I think would agree with the following abridged article.

6 Ways to Create More Zen in Your Day

by Angie Sarhan

A few years ago I was feeling what we all experience from time to time: chaos.  Life had turned into one big juggling act where the days were blending together and I felt like I was doing hundreds of things only adequately.  What was worse was I was losing touch with myself and the things that bring me happiness and I wasn’t sure what to do about it.

I used to believe that in order to notice the positive effects of change, the change needed to be noticeable to others, massive and life altering.  I’ve discovered though, that sometimes simply making a few adjustments in your daily routine can be the extra boost you need to get less chaos and more calmness into your life. Here are six of my favorite practices that may help you get started.

Start your day with a relaxing routine.

It’s essential to begin your day in a way that doesn’t cause anxiety, high blood pressure, or you breaking out in a sweat in your rush to get out the door.  Whatever it is, vow that before you rush out of your house to attack the day, you do at least one thing that brings you joy and peace.  Give yourself all the time you need to walk out into the world in the spirit of serenity, even if this means stopping in your tracks to have a sixty-second time-out.

Make time to be alone with your thoughts and set your intention for the day.

Commit to giving yourself a minimum of five minutes to sit alone, take some calming breaths and set your intention for how you want your day to go.  However you want this to look is entirely up to you.  Sometimes I sit on my bed, sit on my floor or sit on my yoga mat; it doesn’t matter.  Just sit alone.

Setting your intentions creates a feeling of happiness and eases you into the day ahead with confidence.

Plan your meals ahead of time.

For the most part, I try to eat healthy.  But I’ll admit that there have been mornings when I’ve jetted off for a long day ahead with no real plan for my meals.  Spoiler alert: those days are not pretty.  Truth be told, they have even involved choosing from a convenience store menu of cherry cola and candy.   Not surprisingly those are the days I end up feeling the lousiest. If you make time, I promise you’ll thank yourself later.  I’ve found I never feel the time I take to plan ahead is wasted and in fact, I feel grateful for the meals and snacks!  And making yourself happier and healthier by eating well are added bonuses.

Exercise as regularly possible.

I won’t lecture you on the benefits of exercise so I’ll just say this:  No one ever regrets working out.  Ever.  If exercise isn’t part of your routine, start small and work your way up.  If you have the time for your favorite workout or a trip to the gym, that’s wonderful.  If you don’t have the time, don’t get discouraged.  Try doing squats and lunges while you cook, parking a little further than you normally would, stretching throughout the day, or simply jumping for joy.

Treat yourself daily.

Don’t wait for others to make you happy.  Put that responsibility on yourself.  Start by asking what is it that brings you joy?  I’m not talking about a trip to Tahiti, though by all means plan that if it’s your life’s desire.  I’m talking about the small, manageable choices you can make every day.  Is it a cup of green tea in the afternoon?  Is it reading a novel for twenty minutes?  Having a little treat to look forward can be the bright spot in even the gloomiest of days.

End your night with gratitude.

As you fall asleep replay the best moments of your day and give thanks for them.  We often can get caught up on what wrong, what we didn’t have time to do and call it a bad day.  Most times there’s a spark of light in each day.  Don’t forget to look and acknowledge it.   It’s a lot more calming and rewarding than ending the day with worries, regrets or tomorrow’s to-do list.  You’ll fall asleep more peacefully and sleep better.

The important thing is to consciously make an effort to carve out time for yourself, your joy and your peace of mind.  Creating moments for solitary peace and happiness—even five minutes—can make all the difference.  Being in tune with your body and mind—by being aware of how you feel and what your thoughts and intentions are—can lead to better choices and better mental and physical health.

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Work, love and play are the great balance wheels of man’s being.

Orison Swett Marden

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I am glad there was a program on obesity that I attended recently, if there had not been I might not have understood this information.

On a recent trip to Shanghai, China, our tour bus filled with Americans passed a new soccer stadium.  I asked our guide what the seating capacity was. Upon surveying the occupants of the bus, he replied, “Stadium hold 80,000 Chinese, only 40,000 Americans.

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You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.

Doug Floyd

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A nun who works for a local home health care agency was out making her rounds when she ran out of gas. As luck would have it there was a station just down the street. She walked to the station to borrow a can with enough gas to start the car and drive to the station for a fill up. The attendant regretfully told her that the only can he owned had just been loaned out, but if she would care to wait he was sure it would be back shortly. Since the nun was on the way to see a patient she decided not to wait and walked back to her car. After looking through her car for something to carry to the station to fill with gas, she spotted a bedpan she was taking to the patient. Always resourceful, she carried it to the station and filled it with gasoline.

As she was pouring the gas into the tank of her car two men walked by. One was heard to exclaim, “Now that is what I call faith!”

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You’re just jealous because the voices only talk to me.

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Our bank provides a sheet to balance our checkbook each month. My wife always seems to come out perfect. I stole a peek at the last one, curious as to what her system was, and noticed one strange entry — it said “ESP – $ 57.12”.

I asked her what in the world “ESP” was — she said, “Error Some Place”.

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A bill collector came to my house the other day, so I gave him a huge stack of old bills.

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A policeman noticed an old lady standing on a street corner during a sudden windstorm.

She was bracing herself by holding a light post with one hand, and she was holding her hat snuggly against her head with her other hand. Unfortunately, a strong gust blew her dress upward, and it continued to flap in the wind, exposing her privates for everyone to see.

The policeman asked, “Hey Lady, everybody is taking a look at what you’ve got.  Don’t you think that pulling your dress down is more important than worrying about your hat?”

“Look here, Sonny – what these people are looking at is 85 years old, but the *hat* is BRAND NEW!”

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Letting go helps us to to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.

Melody Beattie

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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