Give Your Ideas Some Legs!

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Walking is beneficial, as it increases physical activity, burns calories, improves mood, and helps to maintain good bone health.   But, a little known secret is that walking can also boost creativity levels and enhance mental capacities.

While not exactly clear why walking is helpful to so many thinkers, it is believed that the brain is focusing on doing a task that comes easily for must people. Not much effort goes into walking, it’s one foot in front of the other; something that must of us are quite good at. Walking for me is therapeutic, as it allows me to free my mind, relax and smell the roses.

Multiple studies have found that walking helps to maintain an open, flexible personality and aids in the reduction of cognitive decline in old age.  It is suggested that the physiological changes associated with walking are “very complicated”. According to the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, “walking opens up the free flow of ideas.” It helps people solve problems and creative sparks may act as a protective quality as we age.

Do you need to walk outdoors? The answer is no! Research suggests that whether walking outdoors or on a treadmill, walking itself was the main factor, not so much the environment…creative inspiration was boosted more for walkers, as opposed to a more sedentary people.

So, there’s no need to bust a sweat with speed walking, walking at a normal pace is good to get the creative juices flowing…time to get your walk on!

 

Catch up with your Mind!

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Spring is an excellent time to catch up with your mind. How does one catch up with their mind you may ask? Doing less, and making a conscious effort to unplug for a few minutes a day can help to accomplish this. Studies show that unplugging can help you get more done—and do it better.  Some ways to unplug are to:

Change your thoughts – A shift in your thinking can make a dramatic difference in life. Most of us tend to experience more negative thoughts and criticisms than positive thoughts.  Often times things pop into our minds that we don’t have to listen to or believe.

Dismiss what you don’t want to think about by being more attentive to your thoughts. Make your mind a kind and uplifting place to hang out by thinking more positive things about you, about others, about your life. Practice — it works!

Connect with a friend – Catch up, laugh, express, share and ultimately interacting with others can do wonders to reduce stress and improve our outlook.  Good social connections raise our happiness levels.

Write it down – Journaling can help clear the clutter in your mind. Grab a journal and vent. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Make a daily gratitude list. Notice the awesome stuff about your life — from the minors to the majors.
  • Make an irritation list.  Realizing what ticks you off can help eliminate some of the things that irritate you.                                                                                                                                   images-1.png

The Pursuit of Happiness!

The pursuit of happiness is real, and finding and keeping it can be a daunting undertaking for some. We all deserve to experience genuine happiness, and attitude and perspective can play a big role in finding and acquiring happiness.

The road to contentment is not an end product, and with things the way they are in the world today, it’s become increasingly difficult to be truly content. While we assume that happiness depends on external factors such as wealth, career goals, family harmony, better cars, nicer houses and bigger paychecks, while others work to create a large network of friends.

Happiness is said to be a state of mind, and we can sabotage it when we are fearful, dwell in the past, worry too much about the future, stress over lack of support, as well as physical health, or other factors that can negatively impact the happiness quotient.

We all deserve to experience genuine happiness. Considering this; there are some things that can be done to help achieve contentment. We can increase our self-awareness, invest in the right people, train our thoughts to remind ourselves that we can choose to change things for a better physical wellbeing. Practicing a positive outlook towards life’s situations, and ourselves can make it easier to experience happiness and achieve a state of true joyfulness. Remember…”Life is what you make it!

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Fly, Hip and Ageless

We are what we believe

There’s something about that slogan “Fly, Hip and Ageless”that struck a responsive cord with me. Fly, Hip and Ageless is defined as “a state of mind with no age limits,” that state of mind in my opinion is maturity, and some points about life which should become crystal clear with age.

True maturity and state of mind affords us with a positive, optimistic, courageous outlook, which in turn helps us to adapt and cope to life’s changes by focusing on what’s important instead of the trivial. At this point in life, inconsequential situations don’t deserve attention.

Ageless people have influence over whether we let things knock us down.   Maturity fosters the ability to see possibility instead of problems. Be realistic, tackle small things and focus on the things that will make the most difference.  As Debbie Hampton shares, “put the big rocks in the bucket first.”  In other words leave the pebbles where they are.

Life is precious and aging itself can be an avenue for rich new experiences, offer a way to renew passions and reinvent oneself. “We are what we believe we are,” and at any age, people can become open to new possibilities and add richness to life.  

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Mindful Reflections – Mind the Moment!

Merriam-Webster defines mindfulness as “a state of awareness”.

Being mindful allows us to observe our thoughts and feelings with no judgment on whether they’re good or bad. Mindfulness affords us the opportunity to experience the moment. Instead of letting life pass us by, we need to “stay woke and present”.

An easy way to begin the process is The “Notice-Shift-Rewire (NSR) strategy developed by Eric Latgshur and Nate Klemp PhD of Mindful, healthy mind, healthy life.

*Notice:  become aware of our attention. In most cases, we’ll find that our attention is “mind wandering”

*Shift:  redirect our attention to the present by focusing on our breath, sounds around us, sensations in our body or even something that we’re grateful for.

*Rewire: finally take 15 to 30 seconds to relish the experience and to reinforce the shift in our mind and thinking.

The beauty of Notice-Shift-Rewire (NSR) is that it can be done anywhere and at anytime.   It can be used as many times as needed, and it doesn’t take time out of the day. Use NSR during a shower by listening to the sounds and sensations of the moment; when waiting for something or someone use NSR to enjoy the fact that you’re alive!

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Soul Vegan 21 Day Challenge!!

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I did it, I completed my first Vegan Challenge!  The experience wasn’t the easiest, as  the undertaking called for me to follow a prearranged menu, and admittedly I did modify a few of the recipes to fit my Vegetarian lifestyle.

Presented by Zakhah, the Soul Vegan Hostess; the goal of the challenge was to help people build lifestyle habits for better health. The challenge provided healthy coaching and cooking classes to demonstrate that the quest to eat healthy could be flavorful, fun & easy. The author of The Joy of Living Live: A Raw Food Journey, Zakhah founded Soul Vegan Challenge to bring together some of the world’s top health experts to share simple, easy, life-giving wisdom.

For twenty-one days, expert chefs from the world’s largest vegan community demonstrated in a free, virtual, educational and entertaining event. The recipes and video’s were easy to follow, and the majority of the meals were tasty and satisfying. My favorite meals from the challenge were The Szechuan Eggplant, Gourmet Pizza, and Vegan Philly Cheez Steak. Not so much; the Thai Orange Soup, Tofu Teriyaki, Sliceable Cashew Cheese

Upon completion of the challenge, the question is whether I will adopt a strict Vegan lifestyle?   The answer is probably no, but to be sure after my visit to the plant-based New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, MD this weekend, I will incorporate Vegan based meals such Mushroom Calamari, and Buffalo Cauliflower Wings into my current Pescatarian diet which includes a weekly portion of Salmon or Cod.

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The Beyond Burger, Mushroom Calamari, Smoked Jackfruit and Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

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