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The importance of planning and goal-setting

In Canada it is getting colder this time of year. Nothing we can do about that. It’s part of living in the northern hemisphere.

At this point, most runners have either completed or will do their last organized event…

How to do “The Write Thing”

The truth behind gaining or losing the last five to 10 pounds is found in your nutritional habits. It’s also true that up to 80% of your fitness results are achieved by what you are fueling your body with. So let’s do the write thing!

Start by writing down what, when and how much you put in your mouth.

Habits build your habitat

I’m among those who believe we are what we repeatedly do. When we think about getting fit, being healthier and more energetic, it’s easy to quickly become overwhelmed. You’ll ask yourself, “Geeze, where do I start? How do I begin? What’s my first step?”

How to Thrive in Post-Meditation

During post-meditation, use what you have learned in meditation practice and continue to be mindful of the tendency to flutter in mental distraction.  Increased mindfulness brings increased clarity.  Increased clarity brings increased insight.  With increased insight, we no longer feel mastered by thoughts and emotions.  With continued and confident practice, we can master the ability to rest in the still clear-mind and this unleashes joyful ease and skilful action.

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A Friend in Tranquility Meditation

Through tranquility meditation, the reigns of mind, which seize emotions and thoughts, relax.  We realize through insight that we can choose to let go of unskilful thoughts and behaviours.  Tranquility and insight allow us to experience a calm, clear and joyous mind.  This IS the mind of altruism and thriving.  This is a fresh start.

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Understanding Stress

The things that cause stress for you may not be a problem for your neighbor, and things that bring stress to your neighbor life may not worry you at all. It is how you think about and react to certain events that determine whether you find them stressful or fairly easy to deal with. Your reaction to stress can affect your mental and physical health; so it is important for you to learn how to deal effectively with stress as it occurs.

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Characteristics of Mental Health

Understanding the characteristics that make up good mental health will help you determine how mentally fit you are. Here are some real-life examples:

Ability to enjoy life You’ve just become engaged. You join your friends and family in celebrating the future you are planning with your partner. You realize that life before and after your marriage will bring challenges, but worries about problems that may crop up do not dim the joy you feel.

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Changing Your Mind

In our modern world, we live so deeply in a limited mindset and it is the source of so many people not being happy, healthy and living a life of ease. In this limited mindset we are consumed with irritation, worry, aggression, and fear – these are habitual unhelpful patterns of conditioned reactivity.

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What seems to be the problem?

Do you feel totally at ease, free from irritation and worry? Our state of mind determines whether we thrive or merely survive. A surviving state of mind is simply a state of discontentment or agitation, due to fighting or fearing change. When we seek to justify discontentment…

Developing a Positive Lifestyle and Attitude

Fixating on thoughts and emotions, day in day out, affects all aspects of our lives. Learning to be mindful of our “internal dialogue” helps us recognize thought patterns and how they may be affecting the way we handle the situations of daily living.

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