Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

Update on John Lester

John Lester continues his physical therapy at the Heartland of Tamarac Rehabilitation Center. Located 2 blocks north of Commercial Blvd. at 5901 NW 79th Ave., Tamarac, FL.

John greatly appreciates visitors. If you plan on visiting, call first to make sure he is not in therapy. His cell# is 786-267-2527.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

7 Simple Principles for Living the Good Life

1. Keep it Simple and Quick
For some reason we tend to complicate everything. If you want to go from point A to point B, travel in a straight line. Don’t take any detours by adding unnecessary steps. Life is not that complicated so why not try simple for a change? You need to eat, sleep, love, express gratitude, and find meaning. Pick the obvious, simple, or easy alternative and go for it. Go with your gut and just enjoy the ride for a change.

2. Reduce Your Choices
It may sound counterintuitive but the more choices you have the more unhappy you are. Stop killing yourself with choices.

Barry Schwartz calls it “the paradox of choice,”. Facing many possibilities leaves us stressed out—and less satisfied with whatever we do decide. Having too many choices keeps us wondering about all the opportunities missed.

When you seem to have too many alternatives to choose from, a good way to reduce the problem is to just reduce the time spent pondering the decision. You want to lose weight and don’t know which diet is best? Eat less. Don’t know which outfit to wear? Put on some damn clothes! Want to see a movie? Pick the first one that grabs your attention and head out the door. Reduce your choices and stop wasting time making the simple complicated. Stop fretting over the perfect decision and start living a little.

3. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
I believe this to be one of the most important attitude changes you can make. When you don’t sweat the small stuff, you allow your mental energy to be available for the big stuff. I’ve made a lot of progress in not sweating the small stuff and it has made all the difference in the world for me.

4. Identify the Essential and Eliminate the Rest
This is the basic principle espoused by Leo Babauta. It is simple in concept, but takes a lot of commitment to implement. Most people don’t progress their lives the way they want to because they spend huge amounts of time on the non-essential. You need to sit down and specifically identify what in your life is essential and then eliminate everything else. You will tend to think everything you do is essential and nothing can be eliminated. Don’t get caught in that trap. What if you only had one month to live? Would all that trivia be essential then?

5. Eliminate the Drain People
For most of us, people taxes are more burdensome than government taxes. It is something that is overlooked and taken as a given, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

You have it within your power to eliminate from your life the people who drain your resources. The debaters, the complainers, the victims, the angry, the rude, the needy, and those who think you are obligated to live your life for them should be eliminated.

If you think you can’t eliminate them, at least reduce the tax you pay to them by limiting your interaction with them. Most important of all you should set yourself free from manipulative relationships.

6. Living in the Present Moment
So much has been written on this that I won’t spend a lot of words on it. Here is a nice article from Psychology Today: Six Steps to Living in the Moment.

7. Be Fit and Healthy
Some of you may believe that being fit and healthy is not that simple, but it is actually quite straightforward. It may require intense commitment to habit change in order to implement, but it is most assuredly not complicated. Do short, intense, and interval type exercises like the PACE program (not an affiliate link). Eat natural whole foods. Eat a lot of raw fruits and vegetables for enzymes. Eat fish, chicken, and grass fed beef. Eat tons of green leafy and cruciferous vegetables. Eat a variety of seeds and nuts. Vin’s Natural Bias blog is an excellent resource for natural eating. See how simple that was?


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Take Care of Your Body and Your Mind will Follow

We probably know by now that the biggest step to prosperity is getting your mental side in working order. In this process some of neglect to keep our bodies in working order. It is just as important to stay healthy when making big mental changes. Working out and eating right is the way to start, but sometimes we just need a little time for ourselves.

Here are some tips for excellent self-care:

Treat your body – while we exercise to take care of our body we should also remember to give it a treat, pamper it a little. This could be by way of a massage after a hard days work when it is tired and stressed or something as simple as standing up and giving it a stretch to ease knotted muscles.

Take time out – refresh your body and mind by giving yourself some space, some time just for you, this could be as little as five minutes where you find peace and solitude by closing your eyes and deep breathing. The longer you can take time out from your busy day just for yourself the better.

Let your inner child out – can you remember how much simpler life was when you were a child; go back to your childhood for a short while. Do something you used to enjoy doing as a child, this could be anything from rollerblading, lying on your back and finding shapes in the clouds, making a daisy chain or playing on a swing.

Comfort yourself – we all have something that comforts us in times when we need it, something that make us feel safe and secure. Take time out to comfort yourself every now and again. This could be sitting in front of a roaring fire and watching the flames dance, relaxing in a hot bubble bath surrounded by candlelight, snuggling up in a favorite blanket or a particular smell that relaxes you.

Relax in fantasy – take time out to go out of your world and into another, this could be by way of a book, magazine or film. Or better yet visualization; go into your own fantasy world, created by your own mind.

Treat yourself to a mental health day – treat yourself to a whole day of just doing whatever it is you enjoy doing, don’t do any work or even think or feel guilty about what you should be doing. Just make the day all about you.

Rediscover nature – reconnect with the world around you by taking a long walk through the park, notice how green the grass is and how blue the sky and marvel at the weird and wonderful shapes of the clouds drifting over the sky.

Do something you keep putting off – take time out to do something you have been meaning to do for a long time. Don’t keep putting it off, make today the day to do it.

These are just some of the ways you can help to improve your health by taking care of your mental health, just open your mind and be more aware of your body and mind and you will discover many other ways to take care of your mental health which ultimately leads to a happier and healthier you, overall.


Friday, July 2, 2010

In Memoriam - Joan Robinson

Rest In Peace Joan.