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The Joyful Sounds of Everyday Music

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“A man should hear a little music…every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”  —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe If you read my post on Dance this one on Music is a bit like it. It’s not about actual notes, chords and lyrics that are played or sung on a piano, guitar, violin or choir. While that is all wonderful music that we ought to be listening to every day as well. This is about the Music of everyday life. Listening to the notes,…

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Laughter is Good Medicine For the Body and Soul

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If you could do one simple thing for a few minutes each day that would: Boost your immune system Decrease physical pain Lower stress hormones Relax tense muscles Improve your blood flow function Help prevent heart disease Ease anxiety and fear Improve your mood Make you more resilient Improve your relationships Make you more attractive and appealing Reduce conflict and confusion in your life Bring you great and joy Would you do it? It wouldn’t even require you to think very long or hard about anything. And it wouldn’t cost you tons of money or time. Want to know what…

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A Cry Out for Kindness!

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With all the tears and screams and cries that have been let out over the past couple months because of the terrible tragedies raging the nation… I’d like to cry out for KINDNESS! The world needs people who are kind. We need to be a kind people. To ALL people! Wherever there is a human being there is a chance for kindness.” –Seneca Being Kind to all people, includes being kind to ourselves. And that’s where it must start… with ourselves. We are all ONE! We are all the people and children of God. When one hurts and cries in pain….

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The Joy of Journaling: 5 Reasons Why and Simple Steps How To Keep a Journal

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  My very first journal entry was made when I was 6 years old before I couldn’t even write! I remember dictating what I wanted to be written down to my older brother. He reluctantly but carefully scripted the words I spoke. The tape is a bit yellowed and has lost some of its stickiness but it still holds the tattered piece of leather cut from an old purse wrapped around a classic bound Mead school notebook. The words “My Journal” are lovingly etched across the front. Although somewhat faded, those first penciled words as well as other later ones…

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Unleash the Power of Creation through Imagination

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Imagination is a powerful tool! Yet it is something that we often don’t use to its full capacity. Especially as we get older and busier in life we tend to think that we don’t need to give in to childish imaginations. That it’s kids stuff and as grown ups we need to do grown up things. Well an imagination isn’t just kids stuff. Imagination is a very grown up thing. And something that as grown ups we should learn to use more fully and intently as children do. Maybe as grown ups you’d prefer the term Manifestation! It’s pretty much…

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5 Tips to a Healthy Spirit Connection

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Regardless of our various personal and religious beliefs…there is a great and powerful truth that we all share. We are divine beings here on this earth to experience love and joy. Here are 5 ways to create a healthy spirit connection and have that joyful experience.   “We are not children of the world; we are children of God. We don’t have to allow the false input of a weary world to affect us as it does.” “In remembering the truth of where we came from, we become more open to the truth of who we are.” —Marianne Williamson Believe…

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5 Tips to Creating a Healthy Mind

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Experiencing Joy through good Health includes not only the body but the MIND and Spirit. Here are 5 simple tips on how to create a healthy mind! Believe in the power of your mind! The mind is a powerful thing. Buddah says: “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Ask yourself… what do I want to become? Then keep checking in with yourself if that’s what you’re thinking or not. For example: Thinking things like: “I’m not good enough or smart enough or pretty or skinny enough.” Then you’ll never become enough. Thinking: “It’s too hard. I can’t…

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5 Simple Tips for Creating A Healthy Body

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  “Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well…and not today’s pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man.” —James H. West Just because health is a large word and concept that encompasses a lot of varying aspects, not to mention several different modes of study and practice, doesn’t mean it has to be something difficult and complicated to achieve. Here’s 5 Simple tips to help you create a healthy body. Stop the Diets. I know you’re saying well how’s that possible if I want…

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How to Be Grateful For Things That are Hard to Be Grateful For

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Sometimes things happen in our lives that aren’t all that great. But when we develop a true attitude of gratitude we can truly be grateful for all things. Whether they appear to be great or not, we make them great because we are grateful for them. And when we are grateful for everything in our life, then everything in our life because more joyful. Here are some examples in my own life: I am grateful that I am divorced. Not because my marriage fell apart but because I’m divorced I’ve been able to learn a lot about myself and some…

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Memorial Day–How We Truly Honor Those Who Lived

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Memorial Day weekend is a time to think of and honor the many fallen war heroes as well as our own dear loved ones who have passed on from our lives. We honor and remember them through the many ceremonies presented in their behalf and with the multitude of flowers and decorations placed in the cemeteries by their graves.  It’s also a time when family is gathering together, BBQ grills are getting fired up, and other traditions are carried out as well as big promotional sales happening in stores and on line everywhere. It’s amazing what our society and our…

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