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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 JUN-JUL 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

 

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!

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 JUN-JUL 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: For Our Fathers #fathersday

10/06/2019

“When it comes to Father’s Day, I will remember my dad for both being there to nurture me and also for the times he gave me on my own to cultivate my own interests and to nurture my own spirit.” Jennifer Grant

Motivation Mondays: For Our Fathers #fathersday

Motivation Mondays: For Our Fathers #fathersday

We looked up to our father. He still is much greater than us. Wynton Marsalis
Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person. Naveen Jain
One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad. Jim DeMint

Happy Father’s Day: As we approach yet another Father’s Day this coming Sunday the 16th, I am reminded of the lasting impact our parents have on our lives. They raise us, set us free to live through our own destinies, and then they stay close to our hearts and minds forever speaking in our ears about seizing life with both hands, about dos/don’ts, and even the what ifs. I can still hear my Dad’s voice in my ears even though, he passed away 3 decades ago. Whenever I feel the stresses of life clouding my path, I hear him say gently… “Don’t be afraid. Have courage.”

READ: Amidst the Deluge: Abundant Love for Father’s Day 2009
On Father’s Day: The Gift of Wisdom 2010
On Father’s Day: Memories of Love Lost & Found… 2011
Motivation Mondays: Honoring Father’s Day 2018

Family BY MARILYN NELSON
My master/father sent me up from South
Carolina to Boston as a nine-year-old.
My mother’s illiterate silence has been a death.
I wonder if she still labors in his fields.
His sister, dutiful but cold as snow,
gave me a little room in her house, below
the stairs with the Irish servants, who hated me
for the fatal flaw in my genealogy.
For the first time in my life, I am at home
in this bevy of scholars, my first family.
Here, the wallpapers welcome me into every room,
and the mirrors see me, not my pedigree.
My sisters, Jerusha, Emilia, Elizabeth …
But Mama’s unlettered silence is a death. Via poetryfounation.org

 

A Story – Advice A Dad Would Give
Soyen Shaku, the first Zen teacher to come to America, said: “My heart burns like fire but my eyes are as cold as dead ashes.” He made the following rules which he practiced every day of his life.
In the morning before dressing, light incense and meditate.
Retire at a regular hour. Partake of food at regular intervals.
Eat with moderation and never to the point of satisfaction.
Receive a guest with the same attitude you have when alone.
When alone, maintain the same attitude you have in receiving guests.
Watch what you say, and whatever you say, practice it.
When an opportunity comes do not let it pass you by, yet always think twice before acting.
Do not regret the past. Look to the future.
Have the fearless attitude of a hero and the loving heart of a child.
Upon retiring, sleep as if you had entered your last sleep.
Upon awakening, leave your bed behind you instantly as if you had cast away a pair of old shoes.
Source: Zen Flesh, Zen Bones

 

“This is the price you pay for having a great father. You get the wonder, the joy, the tender moments – and you get the tears at the end, too.” Harlan Coben

Motivation Mondays: For Our Fathers #fathersday

Motivation Mondays: For Our Fathers #fathersday

It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. Anne Sexton
One of the greatest gifts my father gave me – unintentionally – was witnessing the courage with which he bore adversity. We had a bit of a rollercoaster life with some really challenging financial periods. He was always unshaken, completely tranquil, the same ebullient, laughing, jovial man. Ben Okri
I imagine God to be like my father. My father was always the voice of certainty in my life. Certainty in the wisdom, certainty in the path, certainty always in God. For me God is certainty in everything. Certainty that everything is good and everything is God. Yehuda Berg

Father’s Day Matters: On this and every Father’s Day, the love we have for our dads, granddads, brothers, husbands, and sons will be celebrated. My dad was the rock of our household and held a special place in my heart. Like other dads, he wanted the best for his kids and gave us his best. Each year, I offer an invocation in which I name the men in my family and other male figures. I offer it again this year as its message still rings true: I send Happy Father’s Day wishes to all who have shared sacred space and stories with their kin.
♥I pay homage to Ochiagha, my beloved late father whose blessings, love and generous spirit continue to flow even in his absence.
♥I send warm heartfelt thanks to Rich, loving dad to A and A; an all-around good and loving soul.
♥I send loving shout-outs to Dike, Ikem, Richard Ik, and Princewill, my brothers and loving fathers too.
♥I send kudos to Uncle Tony, Chuks, our global leaders, and all the strong, striving dads out there in the world.

READ:- Inspiration: Happy Father’s Day… 2012
Remembrance: Happy Father’s Day 2014
Happy Father’s Day & International Yoga Day: 20 Things That Matter 2015
Food Files: Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Anecdote for Fathers by William Wordsworth
I have a boy of five years old;
His face is fair and fresh to see;
His limbs are cast in beauty’s mold
And dearly he loves me.

One morn we strolled on our dry walk,
Or quiet home all full in view,
And held such intermitted talk
As we are wont to do.

My thoughts on former pleasures ran;
I thought of Kilve’s delightful shore,
Our pleasant home when spring began,
A long, long year before.

A day it was when I could bear
Some fond regrets to entertain;
With so much happiness to spare,
I could not feel a pain.

The green earth echoed to the feet
Of lambs that bounded through the glade,
From shade to sunshine, and as fleet
From sunshine back to shade.

Birds warbled round me – and each trace
Of inward sadness had its charm;
Kilve, thought I, was a favoured place,
And so is Liswyn farm.

My boy beside me tripped, so slim
And graceful in his rustic dress!
And, as we talked, I questioned him,
In very idleness.

‘Now tell me, had you rather be,’
I said, and took him by the arm,
‘On Kilve’s smooth shore, by the green sea,
Or here at Liswyn farm?’

In careless mood, he looked at me,
While still, I held him by the arm,
And said, ‘At Kilve I’d rather be
Than here at Liswyn farm.’

‘Now, little Edward, say why so:
My little Edward, tell me why.’ –
‘I cannot tell, I do not know.’ –
‘Why this is strange,’ said I;

‘For, here are woods, hills smooth and warm:
There surely must one reason be
Why you would change sweet Liswyn farm
For Kilve by the green sea.’

At this, my boy hung down his head,
He blushed with shame, nor made reply;
And three times to the child I said,
‘Why, Edward, tell me why?’

His head he raised – there was in sight,
It caught his eye, he saw it plain –
Upon the house-top, glittering bright,
A broad and gilded vane.

Then did the boy his tongue unlock,
And eased his mind with this reply:
‘At Kilve there was no weather-cock;
And that’s the reason why.’

O dearest, dearest boy! my heart
For better lore would seldom yearn,
Could I but teach the hundredth part
Of what from thee I learn. Via interestinglisterature.com

A Story – The Boat Of Life
“The boat is coming to take me home because I have failed in my studies here at the monastery,” said the boy to his teacher. “What can I say to my family?”
“Say that you did your best and that is as much as anyone can do,” answered the teacher.
“But I wanted to be a famous monk and teach others.”
“You can.”
“How?” asked the sad boy.
“Live from your heart. I will show you. Do you see that boat making its way across the lake with the sun setting behind it?”
“Yes.”
“Do you see its wake spreading across the lake?
See how the boat looks like the apex of a golden triangle as the wake fans out from its bow.”
“Sort of.”
“Squint,” said the teacher. “That boat is you as you leave the monastery. The lake is your life. The wake
is the effect that you will have on the world. Each ripple triggers another ripple, which triggers another. By constantly striving to live as wise and loving of a life as you can, you can teach the path of love to everyone you meet simply by being yourself; a few of these people will pass on your good example to others. Thus the expanding golden wake of good works begets other good works. Most important, notice how each ripple catches the sun and bounces its light back to heaven…”
“Would you come home with me and explain all of this to my father?” asked the boy. via Zen Stories

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JUN-JUL 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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