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Quotes on the Power of Breath by Thich Nhat Hanh

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Here are some quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh that underscore the importance of slowly, deeply, gently breathing:

 

Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.

 

 Whenever we are carried away by our thinking, when we are overwhelmed by strong emotions, or when our minds are restless and dispersed, we can return to our breathing.

 

Your breathing should flow gracefully, like a river, like a water snake crossing the water, and not like a chain of rugged mountains or the gallop of a horse. To master our breath is to be in control of our bodies and minds. Each time we find ourselves dispersed and find it difficult to gain control of ourselves by different means, the method of watching the breath should always be used.

 

 Anger is like a storm rising up from the bottom of your consciousness. When you feel it coming, turn your focus to your breath.

 

It’s like when you’re flying in an airplane. Whenever severe turbulence comes along, the seatbelt keeps you from getting thrown around the cabin. Mindful breathing is your seatbelt in everyday life—it keeps you safe here in the present moment. If you know how to breathe, how to sit calmly and quietly, how to do walking meditation, then you have your seatbelt and you’re always safe.

 

Breathing mindfully, you are already finding a refuge in your breath, and you become aware of what’s going on in your body, your feelings, your perceptions, your mental formations, and your consciousness. 

 

Let me know which of these quotes are your favorites.  Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.  Thank you!

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Lauren

 

Breathing Slowly and Deeply: Why are we doing this??

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If you truly want to craft your very own soul prospering life, the first step is slowing down and breathing.

 

As I mentioned in the May Day post, there are many physiological and psychological benefits to putting aside as little as 5 minutes to breathe deeply and slowly. 

A more important reason, though, is to FINALLY hear your True Self think!

Your True Self has been talking to you all along through your intuition, gut reactions, emotions, and even your aches and pains.  Slowing down and breathing deeply helps you calm the part of you that’s attached to the outer world so that your inner world finally has a chance to be heard!  And listened to, and FOLLOWED!

Yes, it’s that simple to finally hear your True Self.

And that’s the whole point of breathing slowly and deeply. 

Enjoy it!

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Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Point #2 of Sitting in Silence – Sitting in Silence Day 4

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Yesterday we talked about how sitting in silence creates room in your life for peacefulness.

Today we’re talking about another cool thing that sitting in silence does for you: it slows you down.

I don’t know about you but most days I feel as if I’m pulled and poked and pushed and prodded in a million directions. Social tells me I need to do certain things, the media tells me I need to do other things, the boss tells me I need to complete all the projects on my desk, my neighbor is already beginning spring clean-up outside and I haven’t even begun last year’s fall clean-up!

Oy!

On and on it goes!

When you sit in silence, even for a few moments, you begin to feel your natural pace. I guarantee you it’s slower than the pace the world tries to force on you.

If you haven’t done your sitting in silence yet, let’s do it together. Right now. Even if you’ve already had your sitting in silence session, do another one with us.   It’s so good for you!

You can sit, stand, or recline. The important thing is to feel comfortable. Let yourself relax into the support–the chair, bed, couch, floor. Let it take your weight. Trust that it’ll hold you because it will–no worries!

As you let yourself sink into the support, feel peace gently surround and infuse you. Then feel yourself going at a pace that pleases you–that feels natural to you. Hold that thought and feeling. When you come back to your day, bring that pace into your life. At this time you may only have certain circumstances that allow you this more comfortable pace, such as when you are at home. The more you do it, though, the more it will seep into other areas of your life.

Keep sitting in silence!

Something better is up ahead!

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Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

30 Days of Gratitude to Finish 2020: Day 31

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Happy Last Day of 2020!

Today is also the last day of this series of 3 Gratitudes.  I hope, though, that you continue each day to think of at least 3 things you’re grateful for.  Scientists have proven the immense physiological and psychological benefits of gratefulness and, of course, for centuries spiritual leaders have been telling us that being grateful is the right way to live life.

In keeping with my challenge this week, these are 3 gratitudes related to difficulties:

The difficulty:  Yesterday we discovered another setback knotted up in the mess of our beloved family member’s finances.  After a year of digging through the muck and mire, it’s very, very discouraging to still be finding surprises.

  • I am grateful I have a team of family members standing strong and helping me to stand strong during this continuing discovery and working-through-to-solutions process;
  • I am grateful for these heartbreaking difficulties because they’re teaching me that it’s possible to take the next tiny step, in spite of my overwhelming desire to run far, far away;
  • I am grateful that I’ve learned to lob myself softballs when looking for the tiny next step to take—find the little bit of action I can take that’s well within my capabilities, that’s easy for me to do.
  • Bonus gratitude:  I am grateful for the deeper compassion I have developed through this process of caring for my loved one.  I am much more attuned and sensitive to people who are vulnerable.  I do what I can to help and protect them, including supporting agencies, organizations, and individuals who are also watching out for and protecting people who are very vulnerable.

Feel free to share in the comments below the difficulties for which you are grateful.  Thank you!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I’m excited for the Big Adventure awaiting us in 2021!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

30 Days of Gratitude to Finish 2020: Day 30

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These are 3 difficulties that I’m grateful for:

  • I am grateful I was furloughed from my job.  A company graciously made room for me as my original company gets back on its feet.
  • I am grateful to be temporarily at this new company—even though it’s only temporary==because the  new company has a wonderful attitude toward its employees;
  • I am grateful for the department I’m in and the team members I’m working with because they are welcoming, helpful, and supportive.
  • I am so grateful that everything is working out—and I trust that everything will continue to work out well.

Feel free to share in the comments below the difficulties for which you are grateful.  Thank you!

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Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

30 Days of Gratitude to Finish 2020: Day 29

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As I was driving to work this morning, I was thinking about this month of 30 Days of Gratitude.  I realized that the vast majority of my gratitudes were all things that brought me joy and made me feel good in some way—peaceful, content, confident, valued…. 

Then I thought about the “bad” stuff—the obstacles, difficulties, and heartbreaks.  I don’t think many of those—if any!—made it to my gratitude list…yet. 

Okay.  I’m going to challenge myself for the rest of this week—the remainder of 2020—to think about the difficulties and heartbreaks and other “bad” stuff that happened this year.  I’ll view it from the lens of how each one of those events may have benefitted me—and then be grateful for that benefit. 

Would you like to join me?

Here goes!  These are my 3 gratitudes for today–difficulties that I’m grateful for:

  • I am grateful to have taken over the care of a beloved family member.  It’s been a very difficult journey getting everything straightened out, but I’m grateful because now I know for sure our beloved relative is getting the care, the supplies, and the services that she needs.  That all of her needs—including her financial affairs—are being handled with love and compassion;

 

  • I’m grateful that my family has come together to support me in taking care of our beloved family member.  They have devoted countless hours of hard work in untangling the financial mess, thinking through the home maintenance issues with me and coming up with creative cost-effective fixes, and supporting me as I’ve dealt with attorneys, accountants, and other professionals;

 

  • I’m very grateful for the lessons learned from this whole experience:  family really does come together in a time of trouble; there are professionals who will stand beside you and fight for what’s right for your loved one; many times my heart broke but that breaking made my heart able to be more compassionate and hold more loving kindness; I don’t have to “do it all”—others will help; I don’t have to have everything figured out and have answers for every possible permutation of a problem, I can let it unfold as it will and handle the issues as they come up; I can let go and step back and let others step forward and shine as they unleash their talents and expertise.

 

As much as we may want to stomp our foot and cry “Unfair!” when “bad stuff’ happens, we also have to admit that there is usually a silver lining.  Are there difficulties you experienced this year that now in looking back you have come to recognize the gift they gave you?  Feel free to share your gratitudes in the comments below.  Thank you!

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Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

 

30 Days of Gratitude to Finish 2020: Day 28

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Ack!  This didn’t post as it should have!  Sorry about that.

Welcome to the last few days of 2020.  It’s the perfect time for a little light evaluation of your 3 gratitudes over this past month.  For my own, I’ve noticed most of my gratitudes have to do with being grateful for my friends and loved ones as well as being grateful for Mother Nature’s splendor.  I find I’m also grateful for the peace and inner quiet I find during the day.

There isn’t any right or wrong thing to be grateful for and it isn’t good and it isn’t bad if your gratitudes fall in a wide range of categories or if they fall into one or two categories.  This evaluation exercise is to bring attention to what you are focusing on or what you are noticing.  This gives you the opportunity to think about it and decide if this supports and enhances you living your soul-prospering life.

Let me know what you think.  Together we can help each other live the soul-prospering lives we’ve always dreamed of!

My 3 gratitudes for today are;

  • I am grateful to work from home today.  It’s a nice transition back to work after a few days off to celebrate Christmas;
  • I’m grateful that my loved ones and friends all found a way to connect over the holidays.  Even though it wasn’t quite the same as in-person visiting, I enjoyed seeing everyone and spending time with them on Zoom.  Thank you Zoom!
  • I’m grateful that it’ll be clear tonight so I can gaze at the stars and the moon that is nearly full.

What are your 3 gratitudes for today?  Feel free to share them in the comments below.  Thank you!

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Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

30 Days of Gratitude to Finish 2020: Day 27

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My 3 gratitudes for today are;

  • I’m grateful for a good friend who helped me with a difficult project today that’s part of a larger onerous;
  • I’m grateful for a sunny day;
  • I’m grateful that the stars and the moon are out tonight—very pretty!

What are your 3 gratitudes for today?  Feel free to share them in the comments below.  Thank you!

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Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

30 Days of Gratitude to Finish 2020: Day 26

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My 3 gratitudes for today are;

  • I’m grateful for a quiet day to transition from the Christmas and Holiday Seasons to preparations for the New Year;
  • I’m grateful for a sunny day;
  • I’m grateful for hanging laundry outside in the fresh air, even though it’s cold!

What are your 3 gratitudes for today?  Feel free to share them in the comments below.  Thank you!

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Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

30 Days of Gratitude to Finish 2020: Day 25

Merry Christmas!  Best wishes for a lovely celebration.

My 3 gratitudes for today are;

  • I am grateful for my loved ones and friends, for their love, encouragement, and support this year;
  • I am grateful for a very quiet day with no demands and no deadlines to deal with;
  • I am grateful for all of you for reading my posts, liking them and sharing your thoughts.  Thank you!

What are your 3 gratitudes for today?  Feel free to share them in the comments below.  Thank you!

As always, feel free to share this post with friends and loved ones.  Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren