For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I am going to nurture my body each day.
Feeling your breath going in and out is the easiest way to connect with your body. Focusing on breath makes you present, and rids your mind of obsessive thinking, as your thoughts transfer into your body. This creates peace and relaxation, and helps you to fall asleep at night.
Getting your body moving more, even if it is walking or gardening, pumps blood and oxygen through your body, and the sweat cleans the impurities and toxins out of your skin. You sleep better when your body is tired, and eight hours of sleep at night restores your energy.
Eating nutritious food and taking vitamins energizes your body, and taking a bubble bath re-juvenates you, and putting lotion on your skin afterward makes your skin soft.
The next 52 weeks are filled with promise. A new year’s resolution is a promise to yourself, to start doing something you want to do, or stop doing something you don’t want to do. With a positive attitude and a sense of well-being, I hope you will have a year of optimizing yourself.
A year can feel like an eternity to commit to a goal. We are always evolving, and our goals are always changing too.
The goal you set at the start of the year may lose its’ urgency by the end of the year.
As I reflect back on my 52 weeks of optimizing yourself for 2013, I sometimes found it difficult to work on my goals for even one week, but by setting the goal, I remembered to work on it for the rest of the year, while also working toward other goals, because many of my goals are linked together.
This year, with a brand new 52 weeks of optimizing yourself ahead of me, I am going to create a habit of thinking big to achieve my goals, because I already know what happens when I think small.
This year I am choosing to go big or go home!
Innovators dare to think big:
Some men look at things the way they are and ask why? I dream of
things that are not and ask why not? -Robert Kennedy
For some of my life goals, I already think big, but other times I settle for less than reaching my full potential. Since I have nothing to lose by thinking big in all my goals, and potentially much to gain, I feel I owe it to myself to try.
Jumping off my comfortable path will help me build momentum to move forward and experiment.
By forming new ways to reach my goals each week, I will try something different to see if I get a different result.
For week one, I am going to note down all the goals that I need to think big on, and as the 52 weeks unfold, begin working on each one to continue to optimize myself. I will let you know how it goes next week.
I am wishing everyone a year filled with peace and love, and may your reality be health and happiness in 2014!
Many people are not religious, but they still love Christmas.
Christmas has become more secular, and more spiritual.
In those parts of the world where winter is cold, Christmas warms our bodies and souls from the inside out.
Christmas is a time of expansion – we eat too much, spend too much, drink too much, but our hearts expand in the process. When we extend ourselves for others, we feel better, and associate Christmas with abundance and love.
A Happy Celebration
The neighbours’ Christmas lights stay on all day and night, leaving an added glow, brightening the outside, when the days are short and the temperatures are cold. When the letter carrier delivers the mail, it`s only a Christmas card, yay no bills!
My sister hosted a family Christmas gathering at her house, a wonderful opportunity for family bonding. No need to fly to a sunny location for Christmas; almost everyone wants to be home for Christmas, spending time with loved ones.
At Christmas, we give what we can. It’s a time of goodwill and peace. We call a truce to arguments and wars, we see people we only see at Christmas, reminisce about Christmases past, and get updates on their lives today.
Christmas trees and decorations transform the inside of the house with colored lights twinkling like stars, with an angel on top. We relax by the fire with hot cocoa, grateful for all the riches around us.
Christmas breeds joy in our hearts, of giving and receiving, rewarding service, holidaying from work and stress, making wish lists, filling stockings with names on them, shopping in bustling toy stores, going to parties, making gingerbread houses, and smelling pine cones.
goodwill to all
People I meet are wishing me a Merry Christmas, or Happy Holidays, and to me it means have a happy celebration, good fortune, good food, and love. I am not offended if they wish me a Happy Hanukkah, or Happy Kwanzaa, although I am not Jewish or African-Canadian, because I know they are wishing me the best celebration they can imagine. Christmas is a family time that warms the heart and shortens winter.
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Songs from our youth can remain in our hearts for life, like the soundtrack to our memories. A hymn based on the prayer of Saint Francis Assisi, that I learned in cathecism at age 7, has stuck in my mind ever since. In 1967, Sebastian Temple adapted it to music, in a song titled: “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”. (see youtube video below).
Since then, it has been recited in various versions on numerous occasions, notably:
Mother Teresa recited it in her morning prayers at her Missionaries of Charity, and in 1979, when she received the Nobel Peace prize, she asked for the prayer to be said.
It appears in the book: “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”, by the Alcoholics Anonymous organization.
Margaret Thatcher paraphrased the prayer after she was elected Prime Minister in Britain in 1979.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner said it was “an integral part” of his devotions.
The hymn was a part of the funeral for the dear Diana, Princess of Wales on 6 September 1997. Sinéad O’Connor’s version was on the Princess Diana Tribute album.
In October 1995, President Bill Clinton quoted it to Pope John Paul II before he addressed the United Nations.
There have been many musical adaptations of the prayer, including one by Sarah McLachlan.
Here are the lyrics:
Make me a channel of your peace:
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love,
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord,
And where there’s doubt true faith in you.
Make me a channel of your peace:
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope,
Where there is darkness, only light,
And where there’s sadness, ever joy.
O Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved, as to love with all my soul!
Make me a channel of your peace:
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving of ourselves that we receive,
And in dying that we are born to eternal life.
^ Renoux, Christian. “The Origin of the Peace Prayer of St. Francis”.