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  • Mindfulness, Rebecca

    Life Choices

    As I visited a recent entrepreneur’s event, the topic of Life Choices emerged. One presenter noted a simple fact: there are countries around the world where most important decisions in a person’s life are made by others.  The statement created a moment of pause — a bit sobering.

    How really and truly blessed we are in this country!

    We hold an incredible core belief in our right to destiny — to manage our own Life Choices, in the pursuit of happiness.

    But, how many of us really do that?  Do we make active Life Choices, or do we allow life circumstances to force us into actions that may or may not be of our choice?

    Life Choices are, at times, largely a leap of faith — actions taken on feelings, hunches or intuition. It’s a given we will make mistakes when we are young — for all kinds of reasons. But, with age, we should have a better sense of ourselves, what makes us happy, what fulfills us.  Hopefully, we can say we’ve learned to evaluate advantages and consequences of our choices and begin employing a certain wisdom in Life Choices.

    Again, how many of us really do that?  And, if not, why?

    Life is so short!  Having command over our Life Choices carries a deep responsibility to find happiness.  And, maybe more importantly, prepare our children for honoring the right to define our Life Choices!

    We can all find a crutch, an excuse or even someone to blame for poor life choices. And, all of us, at some point in our life, have done just that. Yet, what could we achieve, if we’d fully accept the blessing and the responsibility of our Life Choices?  How far could each of us go?

  • Blog, Maylo, Mindfulness

    What is Chi?

    How does one explain energy? We cannot see it with our naked eyes, tho we can easily see the effects of it. I cannot see the energy that is lighting up the light bulb, but I can see that the bulb is lit up.

    Although we can appreciate the effects of energy all around us at any given time, for the most part, we never really stop to think about the invisible life force that is fueling virtually everything.

    In Yoga, we call this life force Prana.

    In Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and other Eastern practices and disciplines, this energy is called Chi.
    There are many meridians and Nadis, or channels, that this energy uses to flow thru your body.
    The Eastern healing arts have been using these meridians for acupuncture and other practices for centuries.

    But this energy is not just alive and flowing thru your body. Chi is everywhere. It is in every single created thing. It is the energy that holds the stars in the skies, that makes the waves come to the shore in sets of three, it keeps your heart beating. It is the energy that grows the trees, and the vegetables in your garden, and even grows your children.

    It is Chi, Prana, the life force energy that sustains us all.

    The Earth has its own wonderful energy and so does the sun…..energy is literally what life is made up of.
    So, as you start to think about this and how energy is fueled in your own life, here is a small challenge for you to ponder…..

    1. What activities or people are draining you of Chi, Prana, energy? I call these “energetic vampires”
    2. Are the foods that you are eating full of life force? Or are they processed and dead?
    3. What habits do you have that are stealing or draining your Chi and do you engage in activities that fulfill and inspire you? Are you able to make changes to habits that drain you or are you going to grip onto them and ….WHY?

    Sometimes it is simply being aware of the shifts of energy in our own hearts, minds and body to begin to wake up to where we may be sabotaging ourselves.

    It is a subtle work, a subtle awareness that no one can feel or see for you. But I believe in you! I know that if you slow down and think about where your energy is going, about whether or not you are fueling your Chi with energetic foods and getting enough rest and inspiration…I know that just becoming aware is enough to spur on the changes that you need to make. They may even be much more simple than you thought.

    Remember, we are in this together and ‘inch by inch it is a cinch’. Before you know it, you will have this energy thing wired….(pun intended).