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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Oct 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! It is indeed October 31st and my favorite day of the year. This article is more of a musing than an actual column. This is why I love Halloween. As a child I can remember how excited I would be, ready to put on a new costume (the costumes for kids are much more elaborate these days) and go door to door in a pack of fairies, monsters, princesses and sports heroes waiting to see what yummy treats would end up in our Halloween baskets. It was a time that was a bit different than today. It was safe to go out without adult supervision. We lived in a neighborhood where everyone knew everyone. Upon arriving home we would dump our bags on the dining room table or living room floor and the treasure hunt for out favorite sweets would begin. We would trade our favorites back and forth. My brother and sister and I all had very different palates when it came to candy. It was the time of year when my father would have us sit around in the living room by candlelight and we would tell scary stories to one another. His were always the best. He could weave a frightening tale. Every year three of the schools in town held a carnival jointly and we would go door to door selling tickets for 25 cents. The school that sold the most tickets got a prize if I am not mistaken. Then we would attend that carnival and be dazzled by the sounds, music and colorful light displays on the rides. We would hang out with friends eating all that unhealthy, but absolutely delicious carnival food and ride the rides to the point of nausea with our full bellies (and it didn’t cost a fortune like it does now. Five dollars would go a long way) Watching horror movies on television was another real treat this time of year. I loved seeing those old black and white horror films like “Creature from the Black Lagoon”,  “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” or “Village of the Damned”. This is back in the day when there was no cable/satellite television or VCRs...

Look to This Day and Continue On

Look to This Day and Continue On

Oct 31, 2013

By Mo Breden I came across the following prayer from the Sanskrit many years ago. I read it at my dear friend, Elaine’s, wedding ceremony because I loved it and her so much. I think of it often and use in my prayers. In my life, recently, I have been going through some tough times. My heart is often filled with sorrow, and I have determined that I must continue on, regardless of these circumstances. Continue on with my plans for each day. Continue on with a positive attitude. and Continue to make myself available to others in service as much as I am able. There is much to do in this life and none of us know how much time we will have. Curling up in a ball and spending the day in bed is not an option. Crying and worrying is not an option, although I will admit to a tear or two. These are not options because they accomplish nothing toward my personal happiness. I hope you find the inspiration that I have found in the following words. I wish you a day of love and beauty.   Look to this day for it is life, the very life of life. In it’s brief course lies all. The realities and verities of existence. The joy of growth The splendor of action The glory of Power. For yesterday is but a dream And tomorrow is only a vision. But today, well lived makes every yesterday A dream of happiness And every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore, to this day. ~Sanskrit Proverb Thanks for stopping by to read my post. I hope to see ya’s next week for Life with Mo. Share this:RedditPinterestFacebookLinkedInTumblrTwitterGoogleEmailLike this:Like...

The Stress of Life

The Stress of Life

Oct 30, 2013

By Dr. David Wages The Stress of Life is a perennial bestseller by Hans Selye, written in 1956. Selye almost single-handedly introduced the notion of stress into the worldwide consciousness. By doing so, Selye changed the way we think about ourselves, our values, and how we conduct our lives. Life is filled with “good” stresses. A new love relationship, a new job, or a new baby may all provide great personal happiness and the experience of fulfillment and satisfaction. But each circumstance may also place new demands on us, calling on us to be and do much more than that of which we had previously thought ourselves capable. A person may develop all sorts of adaptive responses in attempts to cope with life’s new requirements, but most of these adaptations are themselves stress-producing. As Selye observed, stress is a double-edged sword. Read the full article here.   Share this:RedditPinterestFacebookLinkedInTumblrTwitterGoogleEmailLike this:Like...

Fighting Fat with Determination, Tears, and Tea

Fighting Fat with Determination, Tears, and Tea

Oct 29, 2013

My journey to balance has always included a struggle to conquer my own body.  Even on days when my family life is rolling smoothly, I’m cranking out great work, and bills are paid, I still battle with my weight.  It is the one area of life that I have never been able to “get under control.” I want to invite readers, here at the Work Life Balance Protection Agency, to hear a more personal side of my own journey towards living the life I choose.  Visit me here and share your story, words of encouragement, and remember that you are not alone.  On JennetteCronk (dot) com, I speak honestly about how I’ve become a change expert and want to inspire you to make your own mindful changes. The path to your ultimate self is bumpy, foggy, and sometimes uphill.  As a person who has had well over a hundred pounds to loose, I can tell you the it is easy to loose momentum.  How can you celebrate your accomplishments when they seem insignificant in the face of your final goal?  My mantra is, “You’ll see.”  Some days, where I am feeling the struggle more intensely, I literally write it on my arm.  This reminds me that even though the end is no where in sight, it IS possible. I’d really love your support, and for you to allow me to offer you the same in return.  The community we surround ourselves with greatly factors in to our success. Share this:RedditPinterestFacebookLinkedInTumblrTwitterGoogleEmailLike this:Like...

The Lessons of Autumn

The Lessons of Autumn

Oct 28, 2013

By Katie Helms The fall season, in my experience, is the most difficult to talk about, which makes sense when you think about the energetics of metal, the element linked to the season. Autumn is a time of letting go, the trees drop their leaves and there is a sense of openness in the crisp air. The metal element is linked to your lungs and your large intestine, this is the energy of breathing in and out and of gleaning the last bits of what serves us and releasing the rest. As my lessons for young children begin to evolve around the gifts of autumn, focus falls on honoring, ritual, inspiration, data collection and breath. When we engage in familiar sensory play, we have a chance to participate in a ritual activity or something that we do many times that offers comfort and calm. The act of pouring rice from one container to another, the feeling of sinking our hands into the deep container full of small grains, the repetition of phrases we hear our parents say as they prepare food for us to eat…all of these are opportunities for us to engage in rituals. Even the rhythm of the our day together with the same song at the beginning, the same pattern of activity, cooking and eating together, ringing a bell and taking breaths together to say goodbye, this rhythm becomes ritual. What are the rituals you create for yourself and your loved ones? Designing this kind of space for breath in our lives matters deeply, I say. Noticing the repetitive actions we do that bring comfort and ease can offer healing even in the presence of chaos. This is work worth doing. When I work with young children, I offer them opportunities to practice observation and to be little scientists discovering the world around them. One way we do this is with magnifying glasses and clipboards of paper outside charged with the goal to collect and draw the beautiful items they see. Data collection is linked to the fall season, a time for noticing what has value and worth and for gathering information. A backyard of maple leaves is the perfect place...

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