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How do you enjoy your summer?

As my intent is to help people live happier and healthier lives, not only do we need to be doing things that are healthy, but we need to choose actions and events that make us happy. Truly authentic happiness, what our soul screams for, not just happy because of…(whatever reason fits)

If you think about it, what really gives you that satisfying feeling of belonging and joy? For me, it’s being in nature, having deep, meaningful conversations and being absorbed in a creative project.

So what does this have to do with enjoying summer? Well, it’s doing those things that are meaningful to you, that give you that deep sense of satisfaction that help us to enjoy our time. So is it trips with family? Playing? Drawing? Having quiet? Gathering with a few important folks? Stretching or Exercising? Making wonderful meals?

How can you better enjoy summer?

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There are two key elements to improving our wellness – one part is to understand which areas of life we would like to change, one part is actually doing what it takes to make the change. By taking action, and changing the behaviors that aren’t working, we can create a better, healthier life. This may be in the realm of the physical, like I discussed last time. Yet, to improve our overall health and wellness, we must also include our mental and spiritual wellbeing.

The direct line to improving your wellbeing is simple-
* Move your body
* Consume good nutrients and savor your meals
* Get adequate rest
* Keep your stress levels down
* Smile
* Do things to relax and enjoy
* Think good thoughts
* Connect with others in a meaningful way
* Better understand yourself and what’s meaningful to you

Much of improving our wellbeing involves the willingness to make changes in our lives. We fall into habitual ways of leading our daily lives, or habitual ways of thinking that leaves us feeling small. To improve our health and wellbeing, we have to be willing to get unstuck and go through some discomfort in the process of change. It is possible if you are willing to take on the challenges and the obstacles that present themselves. Stand for what is important to you!

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What do you notice that you notice? Just that we can be aware of life, ourselves, our world..Do you understand the vastness in the awareness we have and the consciousness that we are gifted?  It is immense, unparalleled, amazing.  Most beings on this planet have not been given this special gift, yet most humans aren’t even vaguely aware of the immensity of it all, how special and unique we really are, or that it is even there!

It is so hard to fathom. That we don’t have to live unconsciously, that we can be aware and make choices. So then why don’t we make the best choices at all times? Maybe we do, and our best changes with every moment…But many choices are out of fear, greed, desire, most being unconscious.   I know that human beings have contemplated this for as long as we have been aware of it.  This is really what separates us out from other species lesser evolved.  Or so we think…

So what does this have to do with our wellness? Without this awareness, we can not choose, may not see the connection between what I will do next, and how that aligns with my higher purpose, or the goal that I am trying to attain.  In being aware, we can connect the dots, and have a conscious choice in the direction of our lives, thus affecting our wellbeing.  Making the best choices for ourselves right now. If you were consciously directing your life, what choices would you be making?  How would this affect your wellbeing?

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I have been living in a world of loss. Our best friend, Chaco, is gone, put to sleep after years of great living and pain. I say it that way because that is what I know to be true.

Chaco, our lab, had a great life, he got all the best, and he was the center of our world. In fact, just this week I noticed how true this statement is. His presence in the house, his glances at what I am up to, always noticing if something about food was involved, or maybe a scratch behind the ear, or an opportunity to go outside- all sorely missed.

And the pain he had was present for much of his life, though we did what we could to make him as comfortable as possible-meds, acupuncture, massage, hydro. We thought it to be arthritis, along with some other issue that took up residence in his body a long time ago. We did all we could, and him being a lab, he perservered with little complaint.  He got out ran played, and made doggie snow angels.  Oh, and the places he went, and the adventures he had…What a love he was, really he just wanted to be with his people and to play and be outside. I guess we all did.

So, this week, I am learning to be with his loss. After 12 1/2 years of companionship and love, he is put to rest. We mourn his passing, and we miss him so. I didn’t understand what a difficult choice it would be, though I know it to be the best for him, relieve him of his pain and deteriorating quality of life. The last few weeks haven’t been easy taking care of him, and if he could talk he might have said something about the frustration, anguish and pain he had to bare.

When loss happens, how do us humans process it? Feel it fully or sweep it under the rug? I have spent alot of time trying to understand this death thing, the whole concept of conscious and unconscious, whether alive or dead. I have no new answers. A friend remined me that people have been visiting this concept for ages, I probably won’t figure it out in a week.  Trying to understand, grasp the depth of death, where we ‘go’, etc.   And learning to be with the loss….  We are so grateful for our best friend, and we will dearly miss him.

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How often have you found yourself thinking depressing thoughts, belittling attempts at improving yourself, judging your actions, or letting the negative self-talk convince you that you aren’t worth anything, or why bother??

You aren’t alone, though saying that doesn’t make it any better. The reason people need ‘outside’ help, like a coach, is because they often don’t see the greatness in themself, and have not been trained to focus on this.  But it possible, and those thoughts aren’t true.  Really.

Is it conditioning, perfection, expectations that get in the way? And can we learn to move beyond, and really acknowledge the big, wonderful person that we are?  Absolutely, it just takes practice, training, knowledge, and a belief in you! And sometimes someone to lean on until you stand firmly on your own…

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At this time of the year, people want to make changes in their life, so they set up ‘New Year’s Resolution’. But many will fail. This is because the fail to establish a workable plan that they are committed to accomplishing.

Ideally, goal-setting involves establishing specific, measurable and time-targeted objectives. When established in this way, goal setting is an effective tool for making progress since participants know what they must do to achieve or help achieve an objective.

We can determine our goals by being clear on what is important to us. By understanding our values, we can set more appropriate goals for ourselves. Instead of the generic ‘I want to lose weight’, than we can set up SMART goals around this with a higher likelihood of success.

How is this different than a New Years Resolution?  By setting up SMART goals, your can better access, in a realistic and practical way, the life you want to be leading.  When you make a New Year resolution, you are hoping for a change, wishing something better or different. But without a follow through, a plan of action and maintenance, it is likely not going to be much more than a nice idea.

And aren’t your dreams worth more than that?  So, what do you need to change your New Year’s resolution into a successful solution?

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The Holiday Season is a stressful time. Many people spend more money than they have, eat much more than their bodies need, and are overwhelmed with all the expectations and demands that come at this time of year. Over-indulgences lead to debt, excessive weight and regretful actions, and then we pay the price for the first half of the New Year! Can you relate?

It is possible to enjoy the holidays without sacrificing your health and wellness!  This is the time for family and celebration, but you don’t have to lose a sense of yourself! While depression and stress often accompany the holidays, you can again thrive and enjoy this important time of year.   Please check out my article at Examiner.com, http://www.examiner.com/x-30076-Boulder-Wellness-Examiner~y2009m11d20-Ten-Tips-for-a-Healthy-Holiday-Season, for the top tips to have your best holiday yet! For additional healthy holiday tips, see WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-holidays-8/default.htm

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