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LOOK Ma…No Relapse!

An extremely stressful few weeks WITHOUT an exacerbation .WooHoo!I am here to report that I made it through and I feel like it was without a doubt, due to my regular Mindfulness Meditation practice.

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This is how I’ve found meditation to work: Consistent practice builds up my resistance to stress which is sometimes present in daily life, like, getting kids off to school or going to work. Stress however, is not something that we can always predict, the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, the holidays, or a divorce. I have found that I am most resilient against these sometimes sudden and large stressors, as a result of my Mindfulness Meditation. Does it always work? No. I believe that my last relapse was triggered by one of these large life stressors. One that I never would have even suspected of being able to reek such havoc but, in hindsight I realize that I had let my meditation lapse.

I feel the need to clarify here that “Meditation has Nothing to do with Religion” ( As explained here in a video interview with Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra) As a young person, that thought would have made it impossible for me to take advantage of its stress and overall health benefits. Although many different religions incorporate meditation in their practice in different ways, it is not a religious act.

Note to self: Let’s keep a disciplined practice…disciplined.

Comments:What have you found to be helpful in your stress management?

References used below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

http://www.mayoclinic.org

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Van Gogh sucked too!

Anyone great at anything probably “sucked” at first. Take Vincent Van Gogh, he only sold one painting before he died.van-gogh-starry-nights-1There’s Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey,  Jay Z and…me:) Have faith in yourself if no one else does.

When I took my first Biology class in college, I got an “F”. It never occurred to me to change my major. I don’t even remember thinking there was anything wrong:/ Not with me anyway. As an elementary school substitute teacher, I told a class that they had, “really pissed me off”. How was I supposed to know that wasn’t okay to say? They HAD! The principal let me in on a secret, “you can’t DO THAT!”. That’s when parents call. I found other ways to say LOTS of things. Now, I kinda suck at learning the complete map of Easton so I can deliver these kids safely home on the school bus. I’m working on it. I’m gonna try looking at it as another human body system, like the muscular system or the respiratory system. I’ll think of it in terms of something that I’m more comfortable with…not a MAP. I’ll be sure though not to tell the rowdy little buggers on board, to sit down and be quiet…you’ve pissed me off. I’ll say, ” I’m concerned about your safety, you should sit down, cuz if we crash…you’re gonna DIE!” Better?

Comments: What have you gotten better at over time, and you were terrible in the beginning?

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