Posts tagged Health
The cost of falling

Growing up I didn’t think my dad was superman, I thought he could kick superman’s butt. I would watch him swing a sledgehammer like it weighed 2 lbs and knock down walls with what seemed like great ease. As an adult I have traversed the Grand Canyon with him multiple times, and I get to watch him toss the grandkids over his shoulder and carry them around the house like it's nothing, playing and running with his grandkids and knowing the wonderful memories he is creating with them.

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The Uncomfortable Zone of a Healthy New You

I have had several conversations this week about comfort zones.  In our last Connecting To God Spiritual Direction Training group, we discussed our innate desire for comfort and satisfaction.   Most of the time you can live within your comfort zone.  It is like a security blanket that wraps you up.  You know what to expect when going to work, play, and within the communities you belong to.  The challenge is that comfort zone is very hard to maintain, and it does not invite growth.  Our comfort zone is challenged all the time.  Because we desire comfort and want the feeling of satisfaction, it can quietly become what we live for if we are not aware.  This lack of awareness can cause more dis-ease when change happens.  Like waking a sleeping bear that just wants to go back to bed.

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How to Stay Awake as You Greet 2019

I’m an early to bed, early to rise kind of person. When New Year’s Eve comes around, most of the time I wait until New Year’s Day to greet it with the sunrise. There are years when I am with family and friends who want to stay up and greet the new year at midnight. On those occasions I need a lot of intention and distraction to keep myself awake and even then, it’s no guarantee. Many times, someone is shaking me awake saying “Happy New Year!”.

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What is your vitamin regime?

When was the last time you mentioned something like heart burn or trouble sleeping and the group around you all lists off vitamins or supplements that could help you? As a society we have a wealth of education and opportunity to take care of our bodies and we are learning new things every day. How many supplements are in your cupboard? Do you have one you swear by to help with something?

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Gratitude and Self-Care

I had the privilege of attending many wonderful events this week (The National Association of Women Business Owners, Women’s Enterprise Foundations and Self Made Successful Women) and to be surrounded by amazing wonderful giving men and women. It is so inspiring to be around so much passion and dedication to one’s way in life and to give back to others. (I want to let the guys reading this know that this blog is woman-focused, yet can apply to many men I know, so adapt as you see fit.)

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Going to the Gym

When the inner life journey gets serious there comes a time where the exterior life needs to change. Now, I am not a gym goer, yet showing up to my inner life makes me feel like a gym goer at times. Any shift takes a commitment. To commit to the gym one commits to getting to the gym and making use of what is offered. This mean that what may have happened in that time will change. It means getting supportive people around you to encourage you to go.  Because for many, getting to the gym is the hardest part, not what happens in the gym.  Commitment to changes one’s patterns, sacrifice time and energy, juggle the rest of life for this commitment is not easy.  

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July “Scent” of the Month - Orange (Sweet), Citrus sinensis

July “Scent” of the Month
Orange (Sweet), Citrus sinensis
By Michelle Jereb.

Okay, I am going to be honest.  July in Arizona is “joyless”.  July is just the beginning of our very loooooooooong HOT summers that extend until November.  Yup – that is not a typo.  I meant November.  It takes that long for the sizzling desert to cool down again.  “Reversed” seasonal depression can occur here.  We don’t have seasonal depression in the winter because our winters are when we come OUT from hiding in our air-conditioned homes and out into the open again.  Ah………. I am dreaming of November…. But in the meantime how can aromatherapy help to turn Joyless July into Joyful July?  Sweet Orange to the rescue!

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How Do You Handle the Heat?

by Amanda Petersen

It has been an extremely hot week in Phoenix! Extreme heat pulls out of people things that, when it’s 70° and beautiful, they never would imagine. For myself, the first week of extreme heat is not pretty. I’m cranky and tired. Even if I practice all the great things I know to practice to help me lower my temper or boost my energy it still comes back to cranky and tired.

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Inside Out

by Amanda Petersen

I am a big fan of living life from the inside out. Letting the core of one's soul or the spark of the Divine be the guide in everyday life. Yet as I thought about many of the homes I have been in as pastor and hospice chaplain what I noticed is often people who have had deep, meaningful inner transformation have homes that do not reflect who they are. Or they have or are doing the deep work after a transition like the death of a loved one or divorce or recovery from addiction yet their home reflects who they were, not who they are becoming.

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We're Expanding

by Amanda Petersen

I am writing this at sunrise, sitting in a rocking chair on a porch in the woods listening to the birds waking up and the fish jumping in the river. I have to smile at the thought that by writing this here I am feeling all of you with me (and that is a good thing!). This is also my vacation time so I am going to make this very short and simple.

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You Are Wrong

by Amanda Petersen

I have been noticing a lot of pain recently around being right. Contemplating this I am reminded of an idea that I was introduced to a while back - I am wrong...a lot. I thought the moon was made of cheese when I was 3. I was wrong. I thought the Berlin Wall would be up forever. I was wrong. I believed I was to be a professor of Old Testament studies. I was wrong.

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Into The Woods

by Amanda Petersen

This week I would like to tell you a story inspired by Parker Palmer and the amazingly gifted women sharing at Pathways of Grace.

Imagine a creature that lives in the woods.  S/he’s very comfortable in the woods.  S/he knowsthe other creatures, plants, well worn trails and those secret paths only the “locals” know.  This creature has a good life yet something is off.  S/he’s not quite like everyone else.  The difference isn’t external it’s internal. This creature’s thoughts go to questions deeper than just where the latest food source is.  S/he questions the system that is widely accepted and yearns to explore rather than be told what to do or fit in.  This creature also yearns to have a safe place to state what is going on inside.  All the while s/he is not judging other just noticing the difference.

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