Category Archives: New Beginnings

Other People: Stay or Go?

 

 

I was looking around Youtube and came across this video about how to know when to quit being around a person, not only personally but professionally as well. The video had some interesting ideas and I thought you might find it helpful.

 

 

Let me know what you think about the video. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Silence and Meditation: 12 Benefits

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We’ve talked several times about sitting in silent meditation and contemplation.

Silent meditation forms in you a wide and deep channel for Love, through which you live a soul-prospering life.

Here is a reminder of the many benefits of a regular practice of this:

~Centering and grounding – let go and release the drama in your life; the drama you create as well of that belonging to others;

~Understand and feel your interconnectedness to the world – you are not alone;

~Align and connect with the Divine within – there is Something Out There that’s far bigger than you, me, the world, the universe…;

~Relaxing – reduces tension and blood pressure;

~Calming – reduces insomnia and increases restorative sleep;

~Boost neuroplasticity – a fancy word for your brain growing new cells and making new connections between neurons, which increases the health and strength of your brain;

~Clears your mind – you can think clearer, more creatively, see connections and opportunities, thus enabling you to make better decisions;

~Peaceful heart and spirit – lessen the likelihood of your emotions getting the better of you;

~Gratitude – aiding you in noticing the gifts, beauty, and happy surprises of Life;

~Increases well-being – you come to understand Life and your Mission on a deeper level;

~Helpfulness – you are more likely to reach out a helping hand to others;

~Joy, contentment, happiness – you come to understand that you are valuable and valued, which is the foundation of true self-esteem and self-worth.

 

You can do it! Go for it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

A few articles about the benefits of silence and meditation:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/silence-brain-benefits_us_56d83967e4b0000de4037004

http://www.chopra.com/articles/why-meditate-0#sm.00019ivvt9hske44xba2adinb7g3e

http://www.lifehack.org/377243/science-says-silence-much-more-important-our-brains-than-thought

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/246503

https://tinybuddha.com/blog/20-ways-sitting-silence-can-completely-transform-your-life/

Morning Routines: What If…?

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Last week we talked about James Allen’s recommendation that we get up when our alarm clock first rings. He claimed that this simple act strengthens our will, leading to self-mastery, which is the cornerstone of a successful and fulfilling life.

This got me to thinking a little deeper about morning routines. We all have one, whether it’s something regimented or if it’s a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, we all have certain things we do in the morning to get us up and going and out the door, reasonably on time.

When we think of the phrase “morning routine” it conjures up serious activities such as meditating and exercising. These are great activities and they certainly are worthy of being included in our morning routine, but what if we also included some “fun stuff”?

How would it make us feel to give ourselves enough time to sit quietly outside with our morning coffee or tea and watch the sunrise? What kind of a boost would it give our spirits?

How about scheduling in time for us to do something that’s totally indulgent and even frivolous for ourselves: practicing magic tricks, learning how to juggle, playing the kazoo, learning how to do handstands, or my favorite activity of practicing our bubble blowing technique?

Do you think this would put a spring in our steps and get us off to a happy start in our day?

I think so! I also think it’s worth a shot!

Let me know what totally indulgent and frivolous things you like to do. No worries if you can’t think of anything. Tomorrow we’ll talk about a few things you can do.

Enjoy!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Get Up When Your Alarm first Rings: Inspiring Quotes from the Ancients

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We’ve been talking about getting up right away when your alarm rings and getting up early. Sometimes we think we’ve discovered something new, only to do a little research and find that the ancient sages figured it out millennia ago.

Here’s what the ancients thought about rising early:

 

First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, ‘I believe,’ three times .Ovid

 

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. -Aristotle

 

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus Aurelius

 

The sun is new each day. -Heraclitus

 

When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own — not of the same blood or birth, but of the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so none of them can hurt me. No one can implicate me in ugliness. Nor can I feel angry at my relative, or hate him. We were born to work together like feet, hands, and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on him: these are obstructions. Marcus Aurelius

 

Hope you enjoyed these!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Inspiring Quotes to Start Off the New Quarter and New Week with a Blast

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Happy Birthday to all who are celebrating their special day today.  You are AWESOME!

 

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I thought these quotes were a great way to start off the new quarter—second quarter of 2017—and a great way to start off the week.

 

Jot down the ones that resonate with you and keep them handy.  Refer to them often throughout the week so that you can stay energized and enthusiastic.

 

Enjoy these quotes!

 

You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.  ~Unknown

 

When someone tells me “No!” it doesn’t mean I can’t do it; it means I can’t do it with them. ~Karen E. Quinones Miller

 

Take one teensy-tiny risk each day to strengthen your risk-taking muscle.  This way, when you need to take a bigger risk, your risk-taking muscle will be strong enough to support you.  ~Caitie Whelan

 

Don’t count the days; make the days count.  ~Muhammad Ali

 

If you don’t design your own ife plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan and guess what they have planned for you?  NOT MUCH.  ~Jim Rohn

 

Develop success from failures.  Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.  ~Dale Carnegie

 

Death is not the greatest loss in life.  The greatest loss is what dies inside you while you are still alive.  ~Unknown

 

Define your own life.  Don’t let other people write your life’s story for you.  ~Unknown

 

Be more concerned with your character rather than your reputation.  Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.  ~Dale Carnegie

 

The elevator to success is out of order.  You’ll have to use the stairs, one step at a time.  ~Joe Girard

 

No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow your progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.  ~Unknown

 

You will never become who you want to be if you keep blaming everyone else for who you are now.  ~Unknown

 

When someone tells you, “You’ve changed.” It might be because you’ve stopped living your life their way.  ~Unknown

 

No matter how good or bad your life is, wake up each day and be thankful for your life.  Someone somewhere is desperately fighting for theirs.  ~Unknown

 

Have a great week.  May it be the perfect set-up for a wonderful second quarter of 2017!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Back by Popular Demand: Sitting in Silence and Self-Care

This post was originally published on October 21. 2016.  It’s a popular post that people refer to often.  I thought it was quite relevant to the discussion we had yesterday about caring for yourself and not worrying about forgiving the difficult person.

Please enjoy this post.  I hope it helps you take the next step!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren   🙂

 

 

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Here’s another benefit of sitting in silence: it helps you clarify you’re thinking.

Not only does it help you hear and feel the Still Small Voice within—or the whisperings and urgings of your heart and soul, if you will—but the results of a practice of Silence will help you discern the difference between that which is yours to address versus what belongs to other people.

Once you’re able to clarify your thinking then you’ve taken a huge step toward self-forgiveness.

It’s one thing to recognize you’ve fallen short of your ideal and that you need to make amends and corrections. It’s a whole different thing to take the blame for something someone else has done (or not done) or for something that was beyond your control.

Taking the blame when it isn’t yours leads to unresolved and unchecked guilt which oftentimes then turns into shame. These are devastating. 

They’ll cause you to lead a life that’s far, far below your potential. To compound this, you probably won’t fulfill your Destiny.

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If you don’t have a daily practice of Sitting in Silence even for a few minutes—it could be as little as 5 minutes because it does add up over time—then I urge you to begin one today. Ideally, sit for 15 to 20 minutes first thing in the morning and the last thing before you go to bed. But if that’s too overwhelming, then start with 15 minutes in the morning, the very first thing in the morning. It’s a great way to start your day!

You can do it! 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Forgiveness…You Gotta Be Kidding Me, Right?

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To err is human, to forgive divine.  ~Alexander Pope

 

I don’t know about you but when I read this quote I’m dismayed.  I have no problem with the erring part and the human part—I can do that quite well sometimes!—but the forgiving and the divine part…yeah…that can be another story at times.

Especially when I’m supposed to forgive someone who isn’t sorry at all.  In fact, they can’t understand what’s the problem because in their mind they didn’t do anything wrong.  And, to add insult to injury, some people are adept at twisting things so that I start to believe I am the one who has to apologize!

We’ll talk about forgiveness all week.  This is an important topic because oftentimes it’s unforgiveness that’s holding us back. I’ll be sharing techniques and resources with you so visit this blog each day.

See you tomorrow!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren