A List of Virtues

Virtues are positive aspects of self (definitions of love).  All of the virtues can be used in the affirmations that accompany Mindful Breathing and Walking Meditation.  For example: “Listening” on the in-breath, “Understanding” on the out-breath or extended to “I am listening” on the in-breath and “I understand” on the out-breath.  There are many virtues that are not listed here. Create a list of your own. Page 93 Pathways to Wholeness Acceptance        Accountability         Adaptability         Alertness Balance              Beauty                    Belief                  Centeredness Choice               Clarity                     Comfort              Communication Compassion     Compromise          Consciousness  Consistency Contentment     Courteousness      Creativity            Dependability Devotion           Diversity                 Earnestness       Education Empathy           Excitement             Expressiveness  Exuberance Faith                …

Stress Reduction

Mindful Living Reduces Stress and increases the Relaxation Response so we can live in a state of inner peace. If we undergo a particularly stressful time, we know how to manage the stiff current. Sometimes we don’t recognize stress as stress and call it other things.  How many times have we had that WOW response when we realize that we are all keyed up about something? Here is a terrific definition of stress taken from The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook 4th edition Davis, Eshelman and McKay:New Harbinger Publications Stress Responses – Emotional, Cognitive, Physiological Stress responses can be simple…

Words that Inspire During Times of Stress

Just like most of humanity, my response varies on different days depending on what I am experiencing, where I am and what I am doing.  My goal is to stay centered and balanced, but sometimes I choose to employ my self-care skills to help me through a rough patch of emotion. Once I realize my emotions are not going away easily, I take action.  The first thing I usually do is quiet my mind using breathing.  I love the 10 breath qi gong (page 42 Pathways to Wholeness) …taking ten breaths and then repeating until my body responds with comforting…

Building Our Inner Resources

Enrich YOUR life one step at a time. “People Tested” suggestions that help us build and strengthen our existing inner resources: · Determine what you require to cultivate your inner oasis.  What fills up your empty spaces?  What feelings, activities, and people support feelings of joy and peace?  Are you most relaxed in the mountains, at the shore, in the wide-open fields, or in the middle of a bustling city?  How do you recharge your mind, body and spirit when you are tired?  Do you need quiet and contemplative rest (introvert) or do you recharge in a noisy group of…

The Tao of Living in Balance

Tao is defined as Truth or the Way of Balance “On the tightrope of life, only one thing allows us to move forward, and that one thing is balance. Without balance we fall into chaos, we fall behind, we miss out on what true choices we have in life. Balance is achieved through awareness. Awareness of what we have on our plate. What is working and what is not. What feels good and what doesn’t. Where we are and where we want to be. With awareness, we have choice, the freedom to choose, free will. It is choice that gives…