Archive | August 2017

WHAT IS COURAGE?

Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.” ~ John Wayne

I love this quote. I can almost hear John Wayne delivering it in his distinctive drawl.

Let’s remember that courage is “saddling up anyway” when we’re just a little scared too and when we don’t know if we have enough experience to stay in the saddle and in many other scenarios.

So whether we’re feeling terrified, timid, troubled, touchy, tired or terrific, let’s saddle up and ride into this day as best we can.

Walk, trot, canter, gallop or ride like the wind. Every gait is good.

May you be spurred on and ride through the day with no sweat, using courage to be truly you.

Hitting the trail,
Charlene

PS – Just for fun: Do you know what these other horse-related expressions mean? Might any of these feel as if they apply to you today?

Chomping at the bit
Hold your horses
Frisky as a colt
Staying in the buggy
Left at the gate
Dragooned
Back in the saddle
In stride
Jumpin’ in the saddle
Hitting the trail

ONE RAISIN AND ONE MINUTE: ONE WAY TO MORE MINDFULNESS

 

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”   

~ Jo Walton
 
This post is not just about appreciating sunrises and sunsets. The question is: how present are we each day? How mindful? How aware are we of beauty, our senses, and all that we sense?
 
Consider this simple activity as one way to be more mindful.
 
You can do this in one minute. All you need is one raisin. Before eating the raisin, hold it in your hand. Roll it between your fingers. Examine it as if it is the first raisin you have ever seen. Then close your eyes and place it in your mouth. Keep them closed for the entire time you are tasting the raisin. Chew the raisin very slowly. Notice the taste, the changing texture, how your mouth fills with saliva, and more. Pay attention to all the little things you are experiencing. Give the raisin your full attention for a full minute, or for as long as you can, before swallowing all of it.
 


Let this mindful minute lead you to pay closer attention to some other things you see, hear, feel, smell, and taste today. Be like a child, full of curiosity and wonder.

Seize and savor this day. Every day.

 
With joy,
Charlene
 

PS – Try this another time, using an almond or other nut. Try an olive. What else might you use? Do this as a family and share your experiences. Talk about sunrises and sunsets too. Which do you prefer and why?

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