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Meditate Anywhere

I find great joy in meditating. Nonetheless, it is sometimes, okay often, difficult to make time to find stillness during the hectic everyday. If you believe you don’t have time to meditate, you won’t. Even if you really want to, it won't happen until you decide you need it. It really comes down to a matter of choice and commitment, not time. 
Is peace worth the effort? Only you can answer that question.

I offer a compromise. Instead of waiting for a chunk of time to meditate, create mindful intentions. What I mean by this is that you can find stillness in those little free moments between one task and the next. Often times, while you wait.

You can meditate while you wait in the grocery store line. You can find stillness while you wait for a bus. You can relax while you wait to pick up your children. You can produce calm in your body and mind as you wait for an appointment or meeting to begin. You can find balance even as you wash dishes or fold laundry.

Everyday presents little…

{Friday Feature Blog Hop} January 18, 2018

We made it to Friday! Hooray! To celebrate, I present "Friday Feature," a blog hop where you can link your favorite blog post(s) from the last week(s). This is an opportunity grab a cup of your favorite beverage and connect with others to wrap up the week.

I ask that you keep material family friendly and support each other by viewing a couple links and leaving some comment love. Enjoy this easy, fun blog hop and maybe even make a new friend.

Let the fun begin!

Friday Feature Blog Hop

The Importance of Purpose

The purpose of life is a life of purpose. ~Robert Byrne

Purpose is the reason for which something exists or is done. It is also your determination to reach an intended or desired result. We all need purpose in life. That is what fills us, what makes us happy and what keeps us going even when the going is not so good.

I’ve been thinking hard about my purpose lately. I know I want to share positive thoughts in a public way, but how to go about doing that is a large, open-ended question mark.

I just started this blog at the end of last year, so it’s been active less than three months. I really enjoy creating content and designing the layout. But still, I’ve been wondering, at least in this moment, what is its purpose?

There are lots of reasons why people blog. For some, it’s personal and for others it’s to promote a business. For me, it’s a little of both. I am currently working towards publishing my first novel. I’m really excited about it and also deathly afraid.

There is something t…

{Wordless Wednesday} MLK Jr Weekend Run

This past weekend, I participated in the Magnuson Series Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Run, a 5k just for fun. It is part of my initiative to be more active. It was a beautiful day on Lake Washington and thankfully the ran held off. It was still plenty muddy on the trail parts though, which made for some fun slipping and sliding along the way. In the end, I had a personal best time and a great race. I am grateful that I signed up and followed through on this race, it was a great way to start off the year.

Join in the Blog Hop Fun! Happy Wordless Wednesday!

Yoga Is A Dance

“Yoga is a dance between control and surrender--between pushing and letting go--and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your being.” ~Joel Kramer, author of The Passionate Mind: A Manual for Living Creatively with one’s self
This quote describes yoga perfectly to me. The idea of the flow as a dance is a beautiful depiction. When you are secure in your ability to handle a situation, you begin to learn when to take action and when to continue with the flow. It’s about knowing when to turn it up and when to slow it down. This is the balance of life. We are constantly adjusting our sails.

Breathe. Balance. Adjust. Breathe.

This is the pattern of life. We must breathe to live. If we have control of that breath, we can use it as a power source and be able to determine our mood and response. Our breath is where our body and our mind meet. With that breath, we first acknowledge what is now and then where we want it to be…

The Beloved Community -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

"I have a dream..."
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the tragic death of Martin Luther King Jr. After a lifetime of nonviolence social reform, he was killed in Memphis, TN on April 4, 1968. King paved the way for civil rights reform, including winning the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance, leaving a legacy of hope and inspiration that continues today.

King avoided violence and reformed through peaceful protests. He also rallied with speeches, his most well known being at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, where he stated, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

We’ve come a long way in half a century, but we still have a long way to go to eliminate poverty, racism and militarism. We, as a global society, still need King’s vision of love and engagement for all people, to help us overcome …

{Sunday Feature Blog Hop} January 13, 2018

Welcome to Sunday Feature! This is a blog hop with the purpose of connecting with others. I encourage you to share one or two of your favorite posts from the last week or so for us all to enjoy. Let's inspire, motivate and encourage each other as we start the week off with a Sunday Feature.

Now, Let's Hop! Have fun!