Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Remember You Will Know!

This post first appeared on July 22, 2013

You display your integrity by what you do when no one is watching.

I read an article recently and came across an interesting question – “Are you unhappy because everywhere you go you take yourself with you?" 
I talk to unhappy people everyday. They don’t like their jobs, their co-workers, their neighbors or

Monday, March 23, 2015

Your Thoughts Create Your Life

Change your mind, and you will change your life!

I recently watched a PBS pledge show featuring Dr. Christiane Northrup. She's a favorite of mine because of her attitude toward aging.  In her presentation, she mentioned studies done by Ellen Langer, someone I'd not heard of before...but the information was fascinating.

Excuse me for being thrilled, but Ellen Langer is my new favorite person. Do you know the feeling when you have a belief that so many people don't share, and then you find someone who confirms what you've believed for so long? If you've never experienced that feeling, trust me, it's a real RUSH!

Langer, a psychology professor at Harvard, has done mountains of research on mindfulness vs. mindlessness. Being in the now vs. one's mind being somewhere else at any given time. Her research has indicated, time after time, that where your mind goes, your body follows. If you believe you're coming down with a cold, your mind follows that thought and the cold appears. If you believe you're old, then your body follows with age-related aches and pains. If you believe you have an illness that must be treated indefinitely with medication, your body follows that thought as well.

Here is a youtube video of Langer titled "Mindfulness Over Matter". It just might be the best 22 minutes you've ever spent.

Mindfulness Over Matter



Friday, March 20, 2015

It’s All In The Interpretation!

                                           Your interpretations create your world.

My husband and I were talking about a mutual acquaintance he had run into at the store. Then my husband said what a great guy this person was. I stopped what I was doing and laughed. We couldn’t possibly be talking about the same person. This is a man who never speaks to me or even acknowledges my presence.  I find him rude and my husband finds him friendly. I find him

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Can't vs. Won't

                  Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re probably right.

                                                 ~~   Henry Ford

I had my second session with Brett, my personal trainer (okay, he’s not really mine, but he was assigned to me for my first few workout sessions when I joined the gym. I thought I was serius about exercise, but he brought new meaning to the word.

At the first machine, I did reps until I thought my arms were going to fall off.  Just when I thought I

Monday, March 16, 2015

Wave Goodbye to the Guilt Train

           The sense of inferiority and the sense of guilt are exceedingly difficult to distinguish.

                                                                   ~~Sigmund Freud

We all feel guilty every now and then. It's a natural response, and it’s appropriate when you do something that goes against your values.  Your conscience makes you feel uncomfortable when you disobey rules that you believe you should obey. But remember, guilt implies choice.

That’s where unhealthy guilt comes in. Unhealthy guilt often rears its ugly head when your self-