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29/11/2008

“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor E. Frankl

Hello world: Welcome to Mirth and Motivation!

Hello world: Welcome to Mirth and Motivation!

 

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Respite Reminder: I’m Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in Occasionally. Back in August!

Welcome to Mirth and Motivation! This is a Lifestyle/Motivational blog offering an eclectic mix of mirthful and motivational pieces: Life Tips / Advice, Affirmations/Wellness, Women’s Lives, Food, Travel, Interviews, Inspirational posts, Reviews, Peace, AND Social Media ruminations on people, places, and events that shape our lives. I invite you to stay awhile, read some posts, and share your thoughts with this growing online blog community.

I started this blog 10+ years ago, as a way to help agents/staff at the company I worked for stay motivated. After the market crashed and downsized, I decided to keep it going. The main goal was to encourage myself and others to keep moving forward. It has been a long and rewarding journey.

Over the years, I have learned a lot about blogging, its many positives, and pitfalls, and how important it is to stay focused on our own Why or raison d’être.  We can choose to focus on one of the fundamental rules of blogging which is to make connections with others by adding value through our message/content, comments, and social interactions. We can also choose to turn our attention elsewhere. It is entirely up to us. One thing I know for sure is that if your heart is invested in what you blog about, you will stay the course. Remember to stay true to who you are and why you blog. It can’t just be about monetization. Add value. Help others. Stay encouraged.

Another thing I know for sure is that we all want to be heard, appreciated and respected; I know that empowering messages are far more appealing than incendiary angling for blog attention. If your blogosphere surfing brings you here, relax, kick back, and share a positive tidbit on your worldview.

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Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes – Independence Day

01/07/2019

“Freedom is not won on the battlefields. The chance for freedom is won there. The final battle is won or lost in our hearts and minds.” Helen Gahagan Douglas

Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes for Independence Day

Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes for Independence Day

What does July 4th mean to you?  Happy 243rd Independence Day!: As we gear up to celebrate this very important day in American history, I can’t help but stop to reflect on why this truly matters. 243 years ago, on July 4, 1776, the forefathers commemorated the adoption of the Declaration of Independence; it was an auspicious day filled with optimism for the future of this newly birthed, great nation. It signified the birth of the United States of America and the liberation of her original thirteen colonies from British rule. The actual legal separation occurred on the 2nd but, the 4th is the date the documents were ratified and, like life, the circuitous journey that many took to this new land in search of a new life reached a milestone. Let us not forget that this is a nation built on the backs of millions of immigrants who had a dream of a better life; of gaining personal freedom.

Becoming independent, whether as a nation or an individual, is often fraught with challenges, yet, many stay the course. Why? Because freedom, liberty, and a chance at life to enjoy all of our inalienable rights is worth fighting for. The road to freedom has never been an easy one for any group and so, as we celebrate today with our drinks, food and fireworks, lets remember all who came before us. Let’s lift our glasses and toast those brave souls who stood their ground so the rest of us could enjoy this special day without fear or acrimony. Happy Independence Day. Stay Safe. Drink less. Stay Informed.

READ:- Motivation Mondays: Optimism. Life. Independence Day

 

Freedom lies in being bold. Robert Frost
America, to me, is freedom. Willie Nelson
With freedom comes responsibility. Eleanor Roosevelt
Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. Albert Camus
We do as much, we eat as much, we want as much. Sojourner Truth
The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history. Woodrow Wilson
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. President George Washington
Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness. Louis D. Brandeis
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis
For you have been called to live in freedom. Use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America. William J. Clinton
I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free. Rosa Parks
We will stand by the right, we will stand by the true, we will live, we will die for the red, white, and blue. Unknown
I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. Frederick Douglass
No other date on the calendar more potently symbolizes all that our nation stands for than the Fourth of July. Mac Thornberry
Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong. James Bryce
The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor, and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly. John F. Kennedy
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. Nelson Mandela
We are free, truly free, when we don’t need to rent our arms to anybody in order to be able to lift a piece of bread to our mouths. Ricardo Flores Magon
Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change. Stephen Covey
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. Harry S. Truman
I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it. John Thune
The United States is the only country with a known birthday…. There is no ‘Republican,’ no ‘Democrat,’ on the Fourth of July — all are Americans. James G. Blaine
We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense. Barack Obama

 

Whoever walked behind anyone to freedom? If we can’t go hand in hand, I don’t want to go.” Hazel Scott

Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes for Independence Day

Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes for Independence Day

 

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Respite Reminder: I’m Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in Occasionally. Back in August!

Why does Independence Day give us an opportunity to dream BIGGER and aim for huge goals? Before I moved to the USA, my impression of it was of a nation where everything seemed larger than life. Americans have big personalities, big cars, big houses and a huge belief in the greatness of this nation. While some might disagree with this observation, it is what many on the outside see and that becomes an attraction to folks who imagine pushing the boundaries of their lives. In so many nations around the world, there are strict social hierarchies that make it almost impossible to move between socioeconomic classes. If you are born into a certain group or class, your path is X. While there are some who are able to push beyond those boundaries, not enough can do so and that makes the USA a fascinating country to move to. Of course, moving here offers no guarantees but, there are many who have been able to transcend the limitations they experienced in their native lands. The point is that we can adopt the same big dreams in our lives, and in our native lands and support leaders who want the best for all their people. If our leaders’ dreams are not altruistic and only self-serving, nothing will change. But we can do our bit by dreaming bigger too and by embracing the process it takes to reach our goals.

READ:- Motivation Mondays: Dream BIGGER – Independence Day

 

America is another name for opportunity. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Liberty is the breath of life to nations. George Bernard Shaw
I think patriotism is like charity—it begins at home. Henry James
From every mountainside, let freedom ring. Martin Luther King Jr.
With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? Oscar Wilde
One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation forevermore! Oliver Wendell Holmes
Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit. Fanny Lewald
The American flag is the symbol of our freedom, national pride, and history. Mike Fitzpatrick
We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. William Faulkner
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. Edward Abbey
I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! Patrick Henry
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis
Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility. Oprah Winfrey
Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it. Germaine Greer
Have you ever read the Declaration of Independence…? If you have, you will know that it is not a Fourth of July oration. The Declaration of Independence was a document preliminary to war. Woodrow Wilson
I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit. Theodore Roosevelt
America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact — the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, a responsible government, and human equality. Adlai Stevenson
The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice! Dwight D. Eisenhower
Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country. Sinclair Lewis
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. John F. Kennedy
That is the truly beautiful and encouraging aspect of freedom; no one struggles for it just for himself. Ronald Reagan
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. Thomas Paine
This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith. Lyndon B. Johnson
Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. George Washington
Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without plowing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Frederick Douglass

 

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman

Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes for Independence Day

Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes for Independence Day

What does celebrating Independence Day really mean?  While it might mean slightly different things to different people,  there are a few fundamental meanings attached to why we honor the day; Independence Day means we fought to provide a safe haven for our kids and loved ones, we want to maintain a democratic process, and we don’t live in a war zone or suffer through restrictions like food rations. The picnics, BBQ outings, and other gatherings we enjoy on this day remind us of the importance of our personal freedom; our right to congregate and enjoy a meal with others without being under siege. Many countries remain at war with each other in small and large ways… so this day truly matters. We must remember that even with the daily challenges we face here, inequalities, bigotry, job loss and such, we are fortunate in America, and we must remember to treat this day with reverence and gratitude for the Freedom and Peace we enjoy.

READ:- Motivation Mondays: Happy 4th Of July – Independence Day

Independence now and forever. Daniel Webster
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. Kahlil Gibran
Where liberty dwells, there is my country. Benjamin Franklin
Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country. Marquis de Lafayette
If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else. Clarence Darrow
America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination. Harry S. Truman
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it. Voltaire
Hail! Independence, hail! Heaven’s next best gift, To that of life and an immortal soul! James Thomson
We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit. Hubert H. Humphrey
Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one. Benjamin Franklin
True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Liberty is the great parent of science and of virtue, and a nation will be great in both always in proportion as it is free. Thomas Jefferson
So, Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism E. M. Forster
I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true. Wendell Willkie
Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. Frederick Douglass
…O let freemen be our sons; And let future Washingtons Rise, to lead their valiant ones, Till there’s war no more. John Pierpont
In every human breast, God has implanted a principle, which we call love of freedom; it is impatient of oppression and pants for deliverance. Phillis Wheatley
America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens. President George W. Bush
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. Woodrow Wilson
I always have the most fun on the Fourth of July. You don’t have to exchange any gifts. You just go to the beach and watch fireworks. It’s always fun. James Lafferty
Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. Gloria Steinem
It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.” John Adams
The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. Denis Waitley
The Declaration of Independence! The interest which in that paper has survived the occasion upon which it was issued; the interest which is of every age and every clime; the interest which quickens with the lapse of years, spreads as it grows old, and brightens as it recedes, is in the principles which it proclaims. John Quincy Adams
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. Erma Bombeck

 

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for MAR – APR 2019 are:

JUN

06/01   –  01 Canada Day, 04 Independence Day,
06/09  –   09 Tony Awards, 13 St Anthony
06/16 –   16 Father’s Day, 19 Juneteenth, 20 World Refugee Day, 21 International Yoga Day,
06/23   –  24 St John the Baptist, 26 Against Illicit Trafficking, 
06/30 –    30 BET Awards

JUL

07/01   –  01 SUMMER, 06 D-Day,
07/07  –   07 World Chocolate Day
07/14 –   18 Nelson Mandela Day,
07/21   –  24 International Self-care Day
07/28 –    28 Parents Day, 30 Against Trafficking Day

 

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Motivation Mondays: RESPITE

24/06/2019

“I can be alone without being lonely. In fact, those times of solitude are a necessary respite for a beleaguered soul, set upon by the pressures of life. I need to take whatever moments I can to just be still.” Steve Goodier

Motivation Mondays: RESPITE

Motivation Mondays: RESPITE

RESPITE: When are YOU taking a break to rejuvenate? It is easy to put off those necessary moments of respite because so many of us are like hamsters on a wheel. Our lives are loaded with To-dos and getting off that endlessly spinning wheel seems impossible. There are always things to do, commitments and expectations to fulfill, and we think we are indispensable so we grind on. It’s little wonder that we often read about folks who, after years of stress-inducing, life grinding hours, and body/mind/spirit punishing work, keel over and die within weeks of retirement. Take a brief respite and enjoy your life, and time with family and friends. You would feel so much better for it.

Our bodies need periods of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation to flourish. Just like perennial plants return to bloom in the summer after resting for about 6 months, the human mind and body need time out for rest.  We all need time to decompress, to shoot the breeze and rejuvenate. Lately, I’ve been feeling like the statue of liberty and her steady gaze on us all as we face the strains of life’s demands. Emma Lazarus’ poem comes to mind and this weary traveler needs a break from the grind. Yes, I need to take a break from blogging and my social media manager roles. I would be remiss if I don’t recommend that you all do the same. Taking time to enjoy a period of respite is essential… take a sabbatical, a breather, a break from the grind, and rest. You owe it to yourself and loved ones. It’s for good reason.
READ: Motivation Mondays: Enjoyment of Life
Motivation Mondays: A QUESTION Of BALANCE

 

The New Colossus BY EMMA LAZARUS
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

 

“Play matters because it gives us a brief respite from the tyranny of apparent purpose.” Jill Vialet

Motivation Mondays: RESPITE

Motivation Mondays: RESPITE

 

Respite Reminder: I'm Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in occasionally. Back in August!

Respite Reminder: I’m Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in Occasionally. Back in August!

CHANGES: What have YOU committed to change this year? Recently, I sold my home of 25+ years, found another home in my area, packed up/moved out decades of accumulated stuff, and need to focus on downsizing and editing my possessions.  I must admit that I’ve been a bit of a pack rat who suffers from extreme doses of sentimentality. I still have knickknacks from my kids’ school days as Brownies, artists, and budding musicians. A few years ago, I packed up lots of stuff and donated them to the Salvation Army, and I also put quite a bit in storage.  After watching a few episodes of Marie Kondō’s show and reading her book, I’ve decided to release a ton of stuff and simplify my life.

During the years I worked in fashion retail, I collected my share of designer things that no longer interest me or serve my lifestyle. I still have some designer clothes I bought in London before I moved to NY, tons more I bought here, and bits and pieces of things collected over the years… it’s all become too much. In one of my pack-up moments a few years ago, I misplaced a bag of Hermes scarves and haven’t found them since. Yes, even those Louboutin shoes must go.  I’ve always loved art, books, and shoes, and must pare them down too. I believe that we can open the door to new experiences of growth when we remove excesses from our space and lives. It takes effort and commitment to get to that place of simplicity, and focusing on making definitive changes in my life is key for the summer. I simply must do it. Of course, I’ll check in as needed. Hugs and love to all.
READ: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō
Motivation Mondays: Simple Pleasures
Motivation Mondays: Love & Laughter

 

A Moments Indulgence by Rabindranath Tagore
I ask for a moment’s indulgence to sit by thy side.
The works that I have in hand I will finish afterward.
Away from the sight of thy face, my heart knows no rest nor respite,
and my work becomes an endless toil in a shoreless sea of toil.
Today the summer has come at my window with its sighs and murmurs; and
the bees are plying their minstrelsy at the court of the flowering grove.
Now it is time to sit quiet, face to face with thee, and to sing
dedication of life in this silent and overflowing leisure

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for MAR-APR 2019 are:

MAY

05/01   –  01 MAY Day, Holocaust Remembrance, National Mental Health Awareness month
05/05  –   05 Cinco de Mayo, 06, Ramadan starts, 07 National Teacher Day
05/12 –   12 Mother’s Day, 18 Armed Forces Day
05/19   –  19 Mental Health Awareness month
05/26 –    27 Memorial Day, 30 World MS Day

 

JUN

06/01   –  01 SUMMER, 06 D-Day,
06/09  –   09 Tony Awards, 13 St Anthony
06/16 –   16 Father’s Day, 19 Juneteenth, 20 World Refugee Day, 21 International Yoga Day,
06/23   –  24 St John the Baptist, 26 Against Illicit Trafficking, 
06/30 –    30 BET Awards

 

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Motivation Mondays: 21 Inspiring Yoga Quotes & Poems #YogaDay2019

17/06/2019

“Through sustained focus and meditation on our patterns, habits, and conditioning, we gain knowledge and understanding of our past and how we can change the patterns that aren’t serving us to live more freely and fully.” Yoga Sutra III.18

Motivation Mondays: 21 Inspiring Yoga Quotes & Poems #YogaDay2019

Motivation Mondays: 21 Inspiring Yoga Quotes & Poems #YogaDay2019


Day 10 – 10 min Sun Salutation Practice -30 Days of Yoga

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga. 2019 Theme: Climate Action. UN International Day of Yoga
Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind. Then there is abiding in the Seer’s own form. Patañjali
A real yogi is one who can maintain a peaceful mind in the midst of any crisis. Mata Amritanandamayi
When you are meditating you are sitting in the cosmos. Amma Sri Karunamayi
I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul. Rumi
In meditation and in our daily lives there are three qualities that we can nurture, cultivate, and bring out. We already possess these, but they can be ripened: precision, gentleness, and the ability to let go. Pema Chodron
Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.” Donna Farhi
Asana has two facets, pose and repose. Pose is the artistic assumption of a position. ‘Reposing in the pose’ means finding the perfection of a pose and maintaining it, reflecting in it with penetration of the intelligence and with dedication.” B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

International Day Of Yoga: On December 11, 2014, the United Nations recognized the universal appeal of Yoga and declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. This is the fifth year that we are celebrating Yoga, with the UN as an endorser, and enthusiasm for this beneficial celebration continues to grow. While some people mistakenly dismiss Yoga as only a religious practice, its holistic benefits have been enjoyed by people from all walks of life. You can start a simple practice today and build on it; Yoga is not just the reserve of practitioners and pundits. For starters, you can take a beginner’s Hatha Yoga class that teaches simple postures, stretches and breathing exercises. Twisting yourself into a pretzel is not a requirement for taking up the practice. Besides, it takes years of advanced study and practice to master even the simplest movements so bloom where you are planted. What matters is your commitment to maintaining harmony and balance in your life so keep it simple. You can take a moment to enjoy a 10 minutes Salutation to The Sun – Surya Namaskar sequences above or even try a morning meditation walk. A truly gifted yoga teacher knows how to connect with people at all levels and abilities.

READ: Happy Father’s Day & International Yoga Day: 20 Things That Matter
Sudden Shifts: Heart Opening Challenge

Motivation Mondays: BREATHE
Motivation Mondays: Awareness – Honoring BKS Iyengar’s Memory

The Laughing Heart BY Charles Bukowski
your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.

Kindness BY Naomi Shihab Nye
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.

The Guest House BY Rumi
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

“Knowledge of the Self, compassion, equanimity, pure devotion, inner faith, and complete divine love—these are the qualities that illuminate the heart.” Amma Sri Karunamayi

Motivation Mondays: 21 Inspiring Yoga Quotes & Poems #YogaDay2019

Motivation Mondays: 21 Inspiring Yoga Quotes & Poems #YogaDay2019

 

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Respite Reminder: I’m Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in Occasionally. Back in August!

To perform every action artfully is yoga. Swami Kripalu
Be like the honeybee who gathers only nectar wherever it goes. Seek the goodness that is found in everyone. Mata Amritanandamayi
You must have a heart filled with self-sacrifice. You must have the feeling that you have come to this world for the pure work of meditation and selfless service. Amma Sri Karunamayi
Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind, and soul. Amit Ray
Make every day a day of Thanksgiving and continuous contentment will sparkle in your body, mind and soul. Paramahansa Yogananda
When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath. Hatha Yoga Pradipika
When you get into your car, shut the door and be there for just half a minute. Breathe, feel the energy inside your body, look around at the sky, the trees. The mind might tell you, ‘I don’t have time.’ But that’s the mind talking to you. Even the busiest person has time for 30 seconds of space. Eckhart Tolle
There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you? Rumi

Practice Makes Perfect: The popular text on yoga, Hatha Yoga Pradipika teaches us that “Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.” Whether we practice yoga and meditation to maintain health in our bodies or study it to enrich our minds, it offers many benefits that ultimately lead us back on the path to harmony peace and pure action. Some of us study the Chakras and the ancient Sanskrit texts to delve deep into the mystery of yoga but it is a matter of preference. Developing a simple daily yoga practice and adopting a beginners mind in all we do can yield a bounty of results that include a sense of well-being, clarity of mind and balance in our lives. In the five years since this became a globally recognized event, there have been themes for each year of International Yoga Day as follows: 2015: Yoga for Harmony and Peace, 2016: Connect the youth, 2017: Yoga for Health, 2018: Yoga for Peace, and for 2019: Yoga for Heart.

READ: Motivation Mondays: International Day Of Yoga #Yoga4SDGs #YogaDay
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Motivation Mondays: A QUESTION Of BALANCE

A Great Yogi – Poem by Mirabai
In my travels, I spent time with a great yogi.
Once he said to me.
“Become so still you hear the blood flowing
through your veins.”

One night as I sat in quiet,
I seemed on the verge of entering a world inside so vast
I know it is the source of
all of
us.

Behind the Thunder BY Mark Nepo
I keep looking for one more teacher,
only to find that fish learn from water
and birds learn from sky.
If you want to learn about the sea,
it helps to be at sea.
If you want to learn about compassion,
it helps to be in love.
If you want to learn about healing,
it helps to know of suffering.

The strong live in the storm
without worshiping the storm.

 

In Blackwater Woods BY Mary Oliver
To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and where the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

 

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for MAR-APR 2019 are:

MAY

05/01   –  01 MAY Day, Holocaust Remembrance, National Mental Health Awareness month
05/05  –   05 Cinco de Mayo, 06, Ramadan starts, 07 National Teacher Day
05/12 –   12 Mother’s Day, 18 Armed Forces Day
05/19   –  19 Mental Health Awareness month
05/26 –    27 Memorial Day, 30 World MS Day

 

JUN

06/01   –  01 SUMMER, 06 D-Day,
06/09  –   09 Tony Awards, 13 St Anthony
06/16 –   16 Father’s Day, 19 Juneteenth, 20 World Refugee Day, 21 International Yoga Day,
06/23   –  24 St John the Baptist, 26 Against Illicit Trafficking, 
06/30 –    30 BET Awards

 

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