A poem

Thank you, Perception!
Thanks, delicious Fun!
Thank you, kind Challenge–
You grow our brains and braun!

Thank you, Contentment!
Thank you, Inner Peace!
Thank you, Confusion–
Puzzling brings release!

Each of you are CONtent
(Stuff found in our lives).
Rich and fat and full of you,
Abundantly we thrive!

–sba, 8/28/20

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Isadora’s legacy: freedom!

Happy “Isadora Duncan Day”(September 14)!

92 years ago today that free spirit and exploratory dancer left us–in body but not in spirit. In my mind, her self-given freedom is her greatest legacy. Long-live her lasting invitation to us to free our heart, mind, movement, and motivation from the tyranny of tradition!

I invite you to get up and dance today, remembering Isadora as you shout aloud, “I am the dance”! 

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Feeding one’s mind

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This past year, I’ve tried to engage in a lot of self-care to try and keep me emotionally well: meditation, progressive relaxation, warm tea, yoga, plenty of sleep, etc.

When I came across this Dale Carnegie quote a while back, it really hit me. Realizing that the thoughts I consume when I am depressive often make me sicker (like junk food), I made a commitment to myself to aim for a diet of healthier thoughts. After spending 30 minutes or so brainstorming healthy mantras/affirmations I want to embrace and review often, I was pumped. Really a mood booster!

Healthy mantras for the mind:
* I feed myself encouraging thoughts for a healthy “mindstyle.”
* I acknowledge and enjoy the milestones, growth, insights, and glorious vistas my life journey has afforded me.
* I accept that there are hard times when I’m not certain where I’m going, nor feel that it’s worth it. While not fun, such feelings and thoughts are only temporary.
* I am patient with the process, knowing the journey IS the destination (i.e. enjoying the journey is the end goal).
* I balance introspection with interpersonal attention and collaboration.
* I forgive myself for having weaknesses.
* I tell others I love/enjoy/forgive/accept them.
* Everything I experience contributes to my growth and empathic potential, so long as I trust that all’s well, ultimately. (The universe will live on and on . . .)
* I can handle the truth. When I have a positive relationship with truth, my steps become intentional rather than blind.
* My life is rich with innumerable gifts and supports. When I have eyes to see them, I realize how abundant my existence is.

Here’s to feeding our minds healthy, empowering thoughts!

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