For Your Family:  Set the Example

If you’re not living an amazing life right now, what would it take to change that?

What more is possible?  What would an amazing life look like for you?

Many times people will ask these questions and immediately move into a mode of, well I have to … followed by striving for some goal, some thing that, if only I could get that, I would be happy.  What if you already have an amazing life and you’re just not tuned into it?  What if everything going on around you is the greatest blessing in life?  Would you see it?  Would you have the discernment to recognize an amazing life?  As humans we always strive for something.  It’s part of our nature.  We are never satisfied and always looking to cure boredom.  Many of us drown our lives in entertainment because we are terrified of being bored.  To what else could you attribute the mindless checking of texts and email or scrolling through Fakebook or watching TV for hours on end looking, searching for something, anything to lock onto to make ourselves feel “connected.”

My amazing life is right in front of me.  I have work I love.  I have family and friends I love.  I have a healing body I love for its resiliency and strength.  All of these things are gifts from the divine put here for my enjoyment.  I’m connected at all times.  I can never not be connected for that is the nature of the Universe.  It is one song.  I seek to share my gifts so they can multiply and flourish.  Then when I ask that question, what more is possible, I start to get insights into how I can share more of me.  This makes me a blessing to others and more good things flow into my life.  And this helps me vibrate on a frequency of love and gratitude which brings more good things.

Oh, but what about the “bad” things?  Do you think they just stop coming?  Of course not.   Both the good and bad things are like thoughts we have when we meditate.  They come up, we examine them and then we release them and return our focus to what we want to experience.  We do this over and over, today and tomorrow.  We can choose to live in today and tomorrow, always coming back to our core focus, our amazing lives.

What is your amazing life?  Who’s in it?  Do you appreciate them?  When is the last time you told them how much you appreciate their presence in your life?  What would your life be like without them?  People and relationships with people are the most important things in our amazing lives.  All of the things we strive to get can be replaced.  But what happens when you lose people, relationships?  Whether they were good or bad, it leaves a scar, an empty place.

 I choose to share my amazing life with people who appreciate me and love to receive my gifts.  That’s all.  Let me know about your amazing life and how you share it.  Are you setting the example for everyone around you?  Come see me at JaniceWoody.com where I show people how to live an amazing life of wellness and graceful aging.  Here’s to your Lifetime Health!

 

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Be Aware of Your Body in this Space

Hopefully  by now you are staying active for life.  I see my clients taking this on each day.  Some of them went down that slippery slope to “the old life” but they are seeing that all it takes to get back on track is to simply start over.  You will start over as many times as you need to get to the goal.  That is what life is about.  Starting over.  This is your power to deal with anything life presents.

One of the foundations of  my meditation practice is starting over.  When your mind takes you off on a fantasy or some worry, you simply start over and return to an awareness of your breath.  It’s that simple and that daunting.  We get so frustrated with the idea of starting over when this is our true power in this life of distractions.

So you started over and went for a 15 minute walk this time.  As I’ve said before, if you don’t have 10-15 minutes for yourself, you are a slave.  BREAK FREE!  Here’s a little tip for making a jailbreak.

Be aware of your body in this space.  So you got out on your 15 minute break from work or your lunch half hour and you decided to walk.  Great!  Instead of plugging in your iPhone earplugs to listen to music, plug into your inner world and listen to your body.  It’s speaking to you every day.  Are you listening?  Start by taking 5 minutes of your workout session, walk, run, swim, whatever and just listen.  What is your body telling you?  Make friends with it.  To be a good friend to anyone, you have to first be a good friend to yourself.  Is your friend needing some affection and comfort?  Is your friend saying “Please lay off the fried food.  You’re slowing me down.” Is your friend feeling invigorated and excited about having a healthy body?  Listen, feel your body in this space.  Feel your feet hitting the ground, your legs moving through the water, your body flying through the air as you go for that lay-up and put the ball into the basket.  Feel it.  Be in the moment, paying attention to all your senses, listening.

Listening is the greatest gift you can give a friend.  Be that friend to your body.  Listen with an open heart and follow your intuition about what comes next.  When you’re in the moment, you’re less likely to have injuries.  You’re more deliberate like the tiger placing his paw very carefully with each step as he approaches his prey.  Be very deliberate and aware of your body in this space.  You will discover that staying active IS for life and you will want nothing else.

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Stay Active for Life – Activity is a Mindset

Activity is a mindset may seem like a strange statement to many people.  Consider this.  It is in keeping with universal law.  Everything in this dimension is created twice, first in the mind, then in the third dimension.  Think about this concept and you will see this is how your life works as well.  You think of something you want first, then you set about acquiring it.  This is an easily seen truth in our consumer driven realm.

Working each day with individuals struggling to stay active, I see them miss this simple truth.  It starts with your mindset.  An active lifestyle begins with an idea, then grows into an active lifestyle.  We’ve all at least heard that an active lifestyle leads to better health and wellness.  You may ask, but how do I get there?  The answer is simple.  Set your mind on the idea of an active lifestyle.

If everything is created twice, starting in the mind, then reason follows that to create your own active lifestyle requires that you start with your own mind.  Like in any garden, you start by preparing the soil and planting seeds for what you want to grow.  To plant seeds for an active lifestyle, look around you and see all the activity of others.  This will give you ideas about what is possible for you.  Then ask that all important question — What more is possible for me?

Get still and listen for answers.  Then you will know what seeds to plant.  Sometimes it’s as simple as getting up every day and walking to the mailbox if that is a challenge for you.  If you’ve got the mailbox down but can’t seem to find time for a brisk walk or bike ride, find 10 minutes to take a brisk walk.  If you can’t find 10 minutes for a brisk walk, you are a slave.  Slaves do not live long or prosperous lives.  They typically die younger and suffer miserable, painful deaths.  Are you a slave?

Be a free man or woman who takes charge of life.  Make the decision to stay active for life.  Get up and move.  Be well in mind, body and spirit.  For more information on wellness and graceful aging, hang out with me HERE at JaniceWoody.com.  Find out more about my classes and coaching.  Let me help you get on the path to an active, healthy life.

Here’s to your Lifetime Health!

 

SMART HEALTHY LIVING

All month we’re focused on being active.  It’s part of a smart healthy lifestyle.  So much of the time my clients are focused on food and how to eat for good health.  Being physically active is just as important as the food you eat.  Changing your diet will only take you part of the way down the path to good health and wellness.  The other two components are living an active lifestyle and being spiritually connected to your source.  None of us operate independently no matter how empowered we think we are.  Being mindful and aware of our bodies needs helps us stay in the flow of good health.

Create an activity routine for yourself.  We have routines for other areas of our lives.  Some people routinely check their Facebook account, email, text messages, etc throughout the day.  Here’s an idea!  Check in on your physical movement throughout the day.  When’s the last time you got up to :

  • go to the bathroom!? 😨😳
  • take a walk?
  • work out at the gym?
  • attend a dance class?
  • put in that cardio workout CD?

Be aware of your movement or lack thereof.  It will keep you mindfully connected to your overall health and wellbeing.

SAVE THE DATE – April 2, 2016 – Mainlands Clubhouse in Pinellas Park, FL – 9 to 1

I will be participating in Smart Healthy Living health fair.  If you’re in the area, drop by and talk to me about your health.

HEARS TO YOUR LIFETIME HEALTH!