"Vary your training, your running partners, and your environment. Only your imagination limits the ways you can spice up your running routine." -- Bob Glover
"When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world." -- Rabbi Harold Kushner
It's easy to get caught up in the day to day business of living, isn't it? Sometimes, we get a little too self-involved for our own good. We put up walls instead of building bridges. I know I must sound New Agey and Hallmark-y, but it's the truth. There are times where I dismiss people who are trying to talk to me. I don't make eye contact, I don't engage...because I'm too BUSY. However, if I take a few moments to put myself in their shoes, it makes all the difference in the world. How would I feel if I was being treated that way? Once I ask the question, I become aware and, thus, emotionally available. When you make the time to be kind to others, kindness comes flowing back to you.
"Sincere forgiveness isn't colored with expectations that the other person apologize or change. Don't worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time." --Sara Paddison
Have you ever seen that email about reason, season and lifetime? Basically, it talks about how some people come into your life for a specific REASON. Usually, it's to meet a specific need you may have. Then, there are those who stay a little longer, like for a SEASON. This would signify that it's time for you to learn or share. It's usually profound and powerful, but not permanent. Then, you have those who are with you for the long haul. The LIFETIME ones (and I'm not talking about that uber depressing "television for women" channel). They might not be there forever, physically, but what they bring to you is. When these people come and go from your life, they occasionally do so against your wishes. It's important to use their reason/season/lifetime presence in your to grow into the person you are meant to become. Forgive them for "abandoning or disappointing" you. Forgive yourself for forgetting what's truly important. Letting go of attachments or expectations of anything else is a good place to start. Everything can be for the greater good if you want it to be.
"The purpose of meditation is to get connected and to feel the bliss that is our true nature. When we commit to meditation as discipline, we stay connected and live in that bliss." -- Rich German
I have been interested in meditation off and on for quite a few years now. My father started meditating twice a day back in the early 80's and, as far as I know, hasn't missed a day. He's calm, relaxed and even as the day is long. I've been experimenting with different meditation practices for the past couple of years. Sometimes, I stick with it for weeks at a time; other times, I can barely manage to string together a few days. Right now, I'm using a Guided Meditation CD that has four 15-minute meditations (general well-being, financial, physical and relationships). I'm happy to say that I've sat quietly every day this week and listened to my chosen message while taking long, slow breaths in and out. When I take the time for solitude, stillness and to just "be", I do feel connected and, dare I say it, kinda blissful. Try it sometime. You just might surprise yourself.
“Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.”-- Sarah Ban Breathnach
"One day at a time - this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone: and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering." -- Ida Scott Taylor, Author