I’m heading to my sister’s tomorrow for a nice weekend. I won’t be posting my spiritual Saturday and normally don’t post on Sunday.
I just wanted to let everyone know.
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“The secret to getting rid of fear is opening the heart.”—Harold Klemp
The Language of Soul
Love and fear cannot exist within the same space. It is really this simple. What is fear? Fear is “an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger” https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fear
There are times when fear can be your best ally. When you are in true danger of injury or being hurt, fear can help you become your most creative self. At other times fear can be your worst enemy. The fear of approaching someone about something they did that hurt your feelings or made you feel uncomfortable, the fear of standing up for yourself, the fear of making a public speech or presentation, are all examples of fear at its worst.
There are some of us that believe that our physical bodies are not really us. Soul is us. You are Soul. Soul is infinite. If you can truly believe this truism, fear falls to the wayside. How can anyone be fearful of death if it is no longer an issue? I know for some of you, this is a hard concept to grasp. The ego or “little self” is a hard thing to contend with.
Now does that make fear really go away? No. The concept of Soul is truth, but the human mind, the ego, will get in the way. One must slowly focus their efforts to realize that Soul is who they are and not the ego. Soul, being a spark of God, is nothing more than love personified. Love is everything and all-powerful. Love builds, love binds, love gives life. God loves. That is God’s nature.
If one can rise above the emotional states (like fear, anger, greed, lust, and undo attachment), the only thing remaining is love. There is nothing else. This is why love and fear cannot exist in the same space. Love is above fear and anger. Love is.
I hope you enjoyed today’s Wisdom Wednesday. Have a terrific week.
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“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Everyday brings new opportunities. We are refreshed. We are renewed. We are able to utilize our independent will and thinking to arrive up on new ideas and ways of moving forward.
If you missed your workout, missed a deadline, ate what you shouldn’t have, and so on, it’s ok. Do better today!
I missed two cardio workouts yesterday because of a religious conference. I didn’t plan appropriately, nor did I have the energy to knock these workouts after my family and I returned. It’s ok. Today, was an awesome workout!
One of the points this quote raises for me is the ability to start over, to overcome, to begin anew. Remember, you cannot lose if you do not quit. So, what if you messed up your meal schedule, missed one of your self-prescribed to-dos to achieve a goal. The world did not end. You can pick up today, right where you left off.
Give yourself a break. Start again. Start stronger than you did the last time. “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”
Have a great week everyone!
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One journal that I keep is my daily reflection journal. This is the place I free write at night to go over the issues of the day, what happened, what challenges I am facing, and all the rest. It really is just an exercise to empty my head before I go to bed.
I write about things that made me happy. I write about things that occurred. I try to capture the key events of the day and discuss them with myself. It is one other thing you can journal about. Some may say this is a diary, but I like giving it a separate title because I do so many different things in my journals.
I know some of you are probably saying to yourself, “How many journals can one person have?” I would answer as many or as few as you need. I personally enjoy the “clearing of the head” in the morning and in the evening when I go to bed. I also like to explore topics that have hit me a certain way during the day and either cause me to want to learn more or at least capture my understanding of it.
Have you ever had a night where you couldn’t sleep because there was something weighing heavily on your mind? One thing I’ve found is that when I journal at night, much of my insomnia caused by an over-active mind has disappeared. I think this is because my mind knows I am recording the things that matter to me most in a trusted source. I think this has a huge effect.
I literally have no format for this part of my journal called “daily reflection”. It is just a time I take every evening to do a literal “brain dump”. I record everything that comes to mind. It is a good way to capture things that I may want to do now or in the future, how I am feeling about certain events of the day, and even my reactions to a book I’m reading. The freedom this entry in my journal affords is very liberating.
If this seems like a good addition to your journal, use it. I have found it to be very beneficial.
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This week was a weird week for weather in Michigan. We initially had a lot of snow, but then the temperatures warmed, and it has been raining for two days. Some call it the “Lake effect”, but I think it’s just plain crazy.
So, this was another week of in-home exercise. For those of you who have already fallen “off the wagon” for exercise, since New Year’s, you may want to try this. Take anything you really enjoy. For me it’s playing video games, particularly Call of Duty. In between sessions, I work out. You could do the same. Let’s say you’re into Netflix, Amazon Video, or Hulu. Watch an episode and then do some exercises. Watch another episode and do some more exercises.
Typically, my in-home full body workout looks like this:
Kettlebell curls, triceps kickbacks or triceps extensions, kettlebell front raises, lateral raises and shoulder presses. For chest, I do pushups (wide, close, and elevated), for back I do kettlebell rows. For legs I do standing calf presses, wall sits and bodyweight squats. You could also do lunges, but due to some nerve damage in my left leg, they are a little too difficult for me.
This week I wanted to talk about journaling. I’ve discussed this before in previous articles but wanted to emphasize how terrific the practice is. I use the Best Journal for my planning and goal setting, the 5-minute planner (digital version), a dream journal, and a daily diary that I fill out at night. This may seem a little over the top, but it works for me.
Journaling allows me to “brain dump” and examine my upcoming week. It also forces me to make choices. What are my goals for the next 90 days? The Best Journal has you set up three goals with intermittent steps every 90 days. It really works for me. The 5-minute journal allows me to write down some daily affirmations, express gratitude and has a great little quote and weekly challenge that I find fun. My daily reflections are in a plain white paper journal from Amazon for about 6 bucks. I date each page and write about anything that happened for the day. I developed this habit after going through my late grandmother’s journals. She listed down everything in her journal, from poetry she wrote herself to some of the bad things that happened to her and how she dealt with it.
I also do what is called a 15x exercise where I write down all the things I want to focus on. You could say I want to be: Healthy, wealthy, grateful, loved, and content. This could be your list. I use different ones, but the key is writing down each thing you want to become down 15 times. I have just started this, so I’ll keep you posted on how it works out.
Exercise and journaling are two of my cornerstone habits. They keep my body healthy and my mind clear. I hope each of you is having a terrific 2018. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Sorry for being away for a bit, but I’ve been enjoying the relaxation surrounding the recent Thanksgiving holiday. It was a great time. I hope everyone had a good time (those of you that celebrate). I’ll be back up and be adding my daily content starting again tomorrow.
Thanks for your ongoing support!
Tomorrow is the day we find ourselves around the big tables full of food, enjoying family and friends. Tomorrow signifies a time of giving thanks for the wonderful things we have received and all of the great things yet to come.
Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season with Christmas trees, gifts, recharging our batteries, and all the rest.
I wish each of my readers (who celebrate) a terrific Thanksgiving and hope you are in a position to celebrate the day with your loved ones. To all of my friends on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+, Happy Thanksgiving as well. To avoid spamming you on your news feeds, this is my greeting and well wishes to all of you as well.
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I was just approached by the JYM Army to stop posting workouts that are proprietary to their brand. My mistake. I want to continue updating my progress here, but to remain compliant and avoid any issues with the intellectual property created by Dr. Jim Stoppani, I have to refrain from posting the specifics of the Ripped in 6 workout routine.
I’ll continue to provide updates but can’t give you the specifics of the workout routines going forward. If you would like access to the Ripped in 6 routine or any of the other terrific workout routines that I continue to use, you can get access to all of them at www.jimstoppani.com. I can’t stress enough how important it is to get some of the knowledge on this site. If you are interested, you can also apply to the JYM army group on Facebook.
See you tomorrow for Day 3 of the Ripped in 6 workouts.