Inspiring Reminders to Think, Live and Love Well

Inspiring Reminders to Think and Live Well

Monday, February 6, 2017

Snowed Under

Snowed Under.  It's cold and dark in here. I am stuck, frozen  in this place, disconnected and so alone.  The world seems eerily silent and harsh, so distant that I shiver with a sense of loss.   I don't know how to dig myself out. I am lost in the shadows of emotion and the prickly edges of fear. The pangs of past regrets and future anxieties send icy chills deep down to my core.  The heaviness of my insecurities will smother me if I let them linger, pile and drift.  So, I pause for just a moment.  I turn around and face it.  What else can I see?  I breathe in, I breathe out.  I notice the light shining through the dark.  It is there in the distance.  It beckons and guides me, gently and without urgency.  It is an invitation, a ray of hope, and I know it will show me the way.  I don't know how to get there yet, but if I keep my eyes focused on the light I will be warmed, I will be safe and my fears will be melted.  

 Exercise in Phototherapy for Emotional Healing  
(Sharon Carlton, Reg. Psych)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

I think I can, I think I can!

"The only way out is through"
                                     Robert Frost

Keep your eye on the rewards, even when your belly is frozen. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

One Small Step

What is one small step you can take today to get a little closer to your goal?  

Just a baby step is all you need to JUST START on the path to something greater, to begin to carve out the path to the life you deserve.

Ready...... Set...... Tiptoe forward!!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Aaaaah, Winter, I'm trying really hard to LOVE YOU!

Seriously, it's beautiful,right?  This gorgeous winter scene.  Yes, looking out from inside a warm and cozy room, it is awfully pretty.  And AWFULLY COLD?  The only way to survive a Canadian winter with a somewhat intact sense of mental health is to embrace winter and what it can do for you!  Yes, how do we get the most of this season that lasts at least two thirds of the year - you know what I mean, Calgary!  So, haul out the long underwear, the mitts and scarves and gloves...  if you are dressed  for it, you can enjoy the squeaky crunch of snow pack under your boots, and the sparkly glitter of frost on the tree branches.  Inhale the frosty, clean, clear breath of freshness, renewal and positive energy.  Exhale the old and the tired and the "I'm done with that!"

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Just 5 minutes on the treadmill!

Oh man, today's trip to the gymn was a tough one!  I was kind of tired this morning, and I'm fighting a cold, so the brain wars sounded a little like this:  "Just pour yourself another coffee, snuggle up in a blanket and check Facebook"  vs  "No, you'll feel so much better if you go and do your workout; it will be energizing".  It was actually another voice, kind of a middle-ground mediator that resolved the conflict this morning:  "Okay, here's the deal, just go and do 5 minutes on the treadmill.  Have a super easy workout, but then you get points for going!"  And voila, it worked!  It didn't seem too daunting to do 5 minutes instead of the whole weights routine, so I got in the car and went.  Wouldn't you know it though, once I was there, and did my 5 minutes, the energy was back, and the weights didn't seem quite so heavy to tackle.  So motivational lesson learned is this:  When the willpower just isn't doing the trick for you, give yourself a break and lower your expectations.  Set yourself a small, easily attainable goal.  The key is to just get moving, take a baby step in the right direction.  Then, you may surprise yourself that it's easier to let the momentum carry you forward, rather than just stopping.  And even if you do stop after just 5 minutes on the treadmill, that's better than nothing, so yes, you do get points for going!