Welcome to Mindful Monday – Healthy Living! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself on my journey to becoming healthier. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present. Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.
…to all of you who have left comments and cheered me on and are interested in accompanying me on this journey to healthy living! Together, we can offer support and ideas to make this road to “healthy,” a fun journey!
My hope is that you will all visit the posts of everyone who participated last week. You can find their blog links and comments on last week’s post HERE. Stop by and say hello! You just might make someone’s day!
Each week I want to share one of your links or comments that motivated me:
LAST WEEK’S MOST INSPIRING BLOG POST:
My Sweet Nothings, with Vasantha Vivek. I was immediately swept away with the impact of Vasantha’s words and how her belief in Lord Shiva impacts her life. It really got me thinking about how our own religious and cultural beliefs all impact our journey to healthy living.
It does not matter what your spiritual beliefs are or which spiritual path you choose to follow. It is the fact that you have a belief system in something greater than yourself that seems to be a constant motivator in how we view the world and ourselves.
Faith is an important concept in the battle of weight loss. NBC News shares an article: Faith Inspires Women to Lose Weight. The central theme of these women’s journey? They took responsibility for their actions. It all seems to come down to that one simple concept. Responsibility. We are responsible for what goes into our mouths and only us! The fact that these women’s belief in a higher God worked for them to become more responsible in their eating habits should be inspirational, to say the least.
You know what? Sometimes I just sit and let my mind wander. It seems to open me up for new thoughts and inspirations. I love being retired and one of the perks seems to be “time.” I now have the time to listen to my own needs. I know this is a hard feat to accomplish with a family and children. Somehow, I hope you can try to find time for yourself. Time to think about your own needs and your own journey.
Many times I go into my living room and light candles and incense. I practice my meditation at that time. Most days I meditate in my creative room. That room is mine alone and I enjoy my time in there with myself, the dogs and my writing.
I do have a spiritual space setup for Buddha. I have silk flowers from each of my five children and grandchildren on each side of Buddha. The cabinet below holds photos of deceased relatives (mainly our parents) who I like to show respect by placing them near my sacred space.
However, I do not want you to think that you must have a designated place for contemplation. That is not so, and you do not need to be Buddhist to meditate. Many days I do some of my best thinking while I am walking in the morning.
The whole idea is to find a place and time to dedicate to just yourself. A warm bath works just as well as a sacred space all your own. The point is that the place does not matter. Find what works for you and just sit there. Try to have no thoughts and clear your mind.
Mindful Magazine shares an excellent info-graphic on a way to meditate.
The reason I created a sacred space in my home was to have a reminder of my intent to learn how to become still and mindful. I am influenced by my surroundings. My living room is in the middle of the house, so it works to remind me that I need to take the time to breathe, clear my mind, and listen to “the nothingness.” Make your sacred space a place of quiet and solitude.
Do you have a sacred space that renews you?
Image credit: HealthPositiveInfo.com
HOW DID I DO ON MY HEALTHY GOALS LAST WEEK?
I have continued to practice mindful eating and the results are extraordinary. In fact, since I have started to come to grips with my “inner pig,” I seem to be in a better place about exercise and weight loss. I walked a lot this week, mostly because the weather was warm(ish). Exercise not only helps you on your way to healthy it seems to calm this writer’s mind.
Part of being healthy and happy is enjoying things that you can share with your husband, wife, significant other, etc. Ron and I have lived in parts of the country the last few years that were mostly rural. We did not have many restaurants or stores around to choose from. When we moved to Colorado we decided that we would indulge and go out to eat at least once or twice a month since we had such a huge selection of places to dine at.
This week we had a great lunch at a Mexican Restaurant called the Three Margaritas. We had a perfect luncheon. I had the best Mojito I have ever had! It was fun to take some time and just be together doing the things we like to do. I tried to just live in the moment and spend time with Ron.
It was also great to take a few days away from the blog and my novel writing. By the way, yes, I did change my theme (again). This time, it was not my fault. The previous theme would not work for me. I could not reply to comments and some of the other features refused to work. Sorry if that caused any confusion… 😀
Anyway, here is the other thing I noticed. The more I get in touch with my feelings the more I understand that I don’t have to work so hard. I can take some time and relish this journey through life. Retirement should be fun and exciting. It is just another chapter in your life journey.
My weight loss find of the week was a vegetable called Broccolini. Here is what Washington State University has to say about this hybrid veggie: Vegetable Research and Extension. It is a cross between broccoli and kale. I used it today in my salad. It has a mild flavor right in the middle of kale and broccoli. I really like it.
The Food Network shares a recipe called, “Sauteed Broccolini and Garlic.”
Have a wonderful week! If you would like to join me in your own healthy living journey, please do. Use whatever program works for you. You do not even have to follow a program if you don’t want to. The whole idea is to start thinking about ways that you can become healthier and fit. This includes going gluten-free, fat-free, lactose-free, starting an exercise program, or even a new way of eating such as becoming a vegetarian. If it has to do with becoming healthy, write about it!
How about you? What are your healthy living goals for the week?
Remember, this is not a challenge. Each of us has different goals that we wish to attain. This is an offering of support and a place where my online community can come to participate in attaining a healthy lifestyle. If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday – Healthy Living goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making. If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary. Each week I will include a link to the previous week’s post where readers can find your links and comments from the previous week. My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of my journey to healthy living.
Thanks for being part of my fabulous journey to a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to share your journey. ❤ No matter what your goals are in becoming more healthy, together we can do it!
Categories: Healthy Living
Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles - The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017.
The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family.
Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative.
When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry.
She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website colleenchesebro.com.