This is Your Brain on Meditation

Seriously, with just 10 minutes of meditation, your brain calms its stress centers, reduces inflammation and improves your life on so many levels. Why would you not try this?! Did you not read the over 141 benefits of daily meditation?

Amid the chaos and busyness of life surrounding you, you can be calm and serene and focused, like this person…

So today is it – the last day of this 30 day meditation challenge.

December’s challenge brings 30-31 days of poetry – a new poem each day. That will be fun! I LOVE poetry!

I’m actually looking forward to January’s challenge of living a plant-based diet. A bit anxious but more excited to experience how much better I’ll feel, how much more energy I’ll have, growing healthier skin, a healthier and stronger body, and I’m sure my teeth will thank me as I’ll be off the coffee and the sugar. I am a Super Sugar Fiend! It’s like CRACK!! I’m sure January will be an interesting journey as I discuss my anxiety, my cravings driving me mad, and probably an angry monster of a stomach growl for 30 days. We’ll see. Maybe it won’t be as tough as I think. And maybe it’ll be worse. Time will tell. Oh no, and no wine, no cheese. I’m hurting already. No alcohol of any kind. I’ll be livin’ it up in December, babeeee!

As for now, let’s get to more benefits from daily meditation:

  1. Beat Addiction
  2. Growth Hormone
  3. Boost Melatonin
  4. Increase Libido
  5. Lengthen Telomeres
  6. Healthy Heart
  7. Life Extension Gene
  8. Less Muscle Tension

And that’s all folks. I hope some of you got something out of this meditation challenge. I hope it’s helping you and I hope you stick with it. I hope I stick with it, too. It’s like going to church – it’s so easy to get out of the habit of going when you stop. Not that it’s a bad thing. But meditation is truly good for you and me and I think if everyone in the world meditated daily, the world would be a more mindful, peaceful, more relaxing, calm, loving place. Is that enough adjectives for you? And then, maybe I live in dream land.

Oh well, on to the next…

The End

…or almost. Today and tomorrow and the meditation challenge will be done.

No mumbo jumbo – I’ll get right to it – more benefits to daily meditation:

  1. Boost Serotonin
  2. Boost DHEA
  3. Have More Energy
  4. Longevity
  5. Fortified Brain
  6. Younger Skin
  7. Relaxed Nervous System
  8. Help Infertility
  9. Break Habits
  10. Willpower & Discipline
  11. Balanced Thought

Oh, and ALSO, the more time you devote to meditation each day, the faster you will reach all of these many benefits, and the faster you’ll reach that state of bliss. So spend some time with yourself in peace and quiet and self-love, because you deserve it. Time is an investment, I realize. Invest in yourself.

Short and Sweet and Upcoming Challenges

So since not many are into this meditation thing, I won’t make it a long post. I’ll get right down to it and catch up on more benefits from the last few days I’ve missed.

  1. Boost GABA
  2. Need Less Sleep
  3. Gene Expression
  4. Healthy Chemicals
  5. Mind Healing
  6. Optimism
  7. Mental Awareness
  8. Mental Health
  9. Pregnancy
  10. Better Endocrine System
  11. Better Circulation
  12. Calm Neurotransmitters
  13. Beat ADD & ADHD
  14. Beat Eating Disorders
  15. Better Listening
  16. Better Perception

And that catches us up with more benefits of daily meditation. 2 more days, peeps, and meditation challenge will be over (I know most of you are like “THANK GOD!”) and I’ll be starting a new challenge for December.

The votes are in and December will be a poem a day. This’ll be fun! I LOVE poetry!!!

January is set for a plant-based diet for 30-31 days. I’m all wrapped up in anxiety, dread, sadness, and excitement over this one!

Reach Out and Connect With People

Hi y’all. I sure do hope you had a fabulous holiday and found tons to be thankful for. I hope you spent time with people you love, laughed and ate till your belly hurt and drank till you were merry. Even if it was non-alcoholic.

Mine was amazing. A holiday, for me, would not be complete without injury. One Thanksgiving, I sliced off the tip of my finger, slicing apples for my famous apple pie with gruyere crust. No worries, it actually grew back. Crazy, right? Who knew part of your finger could grow back? Like a lizard’s tail!? LOL! This Thanksgiving, I cut one finger with a knife preparing something the day before, and cut another finger on turkey day. No worries. A couple of bandaids and I was fixed right up. Nothing much bigger than paper cuts, thankfully.

While I cooked, I was enjoying a Cafe’ feu lait m de poule (which is hot coffee mixed with eggnog and cinnamon fireball whiskey), which is quite dreamy. I was listening to iHeart radio’s Christmas classics, dancing around the kitchen and singing (badly). Poor Buddy’s ears. He made me belly laugh when Baby, It’s Cold Outside came on. He nearly rolled his eyes and made this horrific sound (after they’d sang the same tune for about the umpteeth time) that was a mixture of sighing and growling and then he laid his head down in complete and utter dread. I asked him if he didn’t like the song and he gave me the most hilarious look, I laughed till I nearly cried. It wasn’t just his eyes. He does this thing with his mouth that says “Are you seriously asking me that after the disgust I just expressed?! You’re a genius, aren’t ya?!” My dog is the funniest little man alive! And no, I did not get drunk, in case you were wondering. I only had one mug full. I mean, I did have to cook, too.

We ate way too much. And poor Hallie had to eat two meals. She had Thanksgiving with her dad and that part of the family (they do an early lunch) and we do ours like an early supper around 3pm. We hung out with family at Mama’s, watched part of Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, talked, laughed, and groaned from eating too much.

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Today, my faith in humanity grew quite a bit. We were out like crazy people going to check out the Black Friday sales and a sweet woman had just flipped her car several times. We didn’t see the car flip but the guy that came over to join us witnessed it from across the interstate. He said it flipped many times before landing belly-up. What we saw was the dust and maybe a smidge of smoke floating in the air just above the car and seeing the woman crawling out of the window. I lost count of how many people had stopped and not one person was taking pictures or videos, which seems to be the thing when something horrific happens, but everyone was concerned about this woman and wanting to make sure she was okay. It was incredibly heartwarming.

Honestly, I am down on people a lot, because of the whole taking pics and videos with their phones rather than trying to be of service, or I’m mad because people don’t know how to drive or they charge out in front of you at the grocery store without saying excuse me. Usually, people irk me. Not all people, okay? And I am trying to work on it and give people the benefit of the doubt. I mean, you never know what someone is going through. And seeing all these kind people stop and try to assist was just so loving and warmed my heart up and though, yes, I got a bit irritated with a couple of drivers today, for the most part I was believing people were/are good. It’s good to know there are so many caring selfless people. I guess I needed to witness that.

By the way, the woman only had the teensiest scratch on her wrist and she was understandably shaken but we had her laughing in no time and this helped her relax a little. Because as we all know, laughter truly is the best medicine. Anyway, she’s okay.

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And for the meditation part of the post for today and yesterday…

More benefits from daily meditation are:

  1.  Gut-Brain Axis
  2. Aid Digestion
  3. Help PMS
  4. Positive Mindset
  5. Quiet Mind
  6. Better Breathing
  7. Lose Weight
  8. Build Bigger Brain

I’m sure most of you will be happy to know this meditation challenge will be over in 6 more days. And then, on to December’s new challenge – yes, a different challenge. I know how bored some of you are. I guess most people are not making time or are not interested in meditation. Oh well. It’s good for me so I’ll try to keep making time for it.

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And now I’m off to rest my eyes, because one of ’em feels like it’s been rubbed with sandpaper. Ugh. Some of you women may understand. You ever feel like you picked out the wrong mascara and it feels like about 10 eyelashes have fallen into your eye? Dang. I’ve put so many eye drops in my eye since I got home but it still hurts like a motha and it’s so red. I’m sure it’s nothing a good night sleep won’t cure. I’ve rubbed it so much today, now it’s thoroughly irritated. I wish I could pluck it out, rinse it off and put it back in.

Anywho, have a lovely evening, enjoy your leftovers, and have sweet dreams. Love you! Oh, and one final thought I’d like to send you off with…

If anyone looks like they might need assistance, whether it be an accident, or as simple as someone at the store trying to reach something or pick up a bunch of items they spilled onto the floor, helping them will not only change their whole outlook but it will change your entire perspective, as well.

Think about it.

xoxo

Happy Pre-Thanksgiving

I hope you are having a happy day. Mine has been… a day. I allowed someone to hurt my feelings excruciatingly. I don’t think this person was meaning to be hurtful but nevertheless, it hurt. Besides, I’m more emotional around the holidays, so that really didn’t help.

And then, crazy me had to make one last trip to the grocery store for last minute items and to the liquor store for some much needed wine (not for the holiday but for ME!!!), and this sweet lady checking our items said she was happy to be working on Thanksgiving tomorrow because she recently lost one of her daughters, so now I’m ashamed of myself for having my feelings hurt. I nearly broke down crying in front of this lady but just breathed my way through it, telling myself to FOCUS on the credit card machine. Dry your eyes, Carol! Breathe!!! Do not break!!  That lady did not need my weepy nature. I didn’t want to cause her more sadness.

So now I’m home, guzzling the wine, snacking on what’s left (not much) of my 13 yr cheddar and making myself happy. I have much to be grateful for. I do not want to feel sappy – not for me, not for anyone else. I want to feel happy.

Do you have this problem? Are you over-emotional? Is it worse for you at the holidays?

Honestly, I am the most blessed person on the planet. I have a home. I have my two greatest loves and I get to see them every single day and I get to talk to them every day and kiss them.

So why can I not just be happy about all that? I mean, I am happy about that.

Why do I have to be missing someone? Why do I make it sad? I miss my dad more around the holidays. All the special days, ya know? And there are so many special days around the year, but birthdays and holidays get me every time. I’m so aware of the absence.

However, I will talk to my daddy in the morning while I’m cooking and cry if I need to and get that part done early, so perhaps around the time we’re ready to eat, I’ll have gotten it out of my system and can laugh and have a good time. And I’m sure alcohol couldn’t hurt. Really, I’m not a lush. I just sound like one.

And on to another subject, catching you up on the past two days of perks to meditating daily:

  1. Deep Relaxation
  2. Stress Response
  3. Einstein Brain
  4. More Motivation
  5. Peace Of Mind
  6. Endorphins (Cancer)
  7. Gene Expression
  8. Beat Addiction

If anyone needs for me to elaborate on any of these, just say so.

Not many days left to the meditating for 30 days and I’m sure most of you are glad as it seems not that many people are interested in the subject, but I am getting something out of it, although, honestly, I did not make time to meditate today. Or rather, I have not had time. We did the gym at o:dark:30, then home to nap for an hour, then go to work, then go grab groceries, wine and a late lunch/early supper, then home and my kiddo met me at home at the same time. Funny. She was actually behind us coming home. What are the odds? She got off just a little early. She had to catch up on some online homework so I thought I’d catch up on the blog. Gonna be a busy day tomorrow, so if I don’t make it online, have a good one.

Happy Thanksgiving of Friendsgiving! I hope your hearts are full of love and gratitude and your bellies full of good food. Enjoy.  xoxo

Two Days and Family

So for Sunday and Monday, here’s the scoop, just in case someone actually cares about meditation. I know some of you do. I’m not all alone here. So I’ll post in the thought that, if not only now, in the future, someone will need to know some benefits that daily meditation can bring.

And for those of you wh0 are reading this currently, thank you, and I hope you are gaining something from these posts.

So without further ado…

  1. Great sleep
  2. Boost endorphins
  3. Improve memory
  4. Mind-body connection
  5. Tolerance
  6. Consideration
  7. Be one with the universe
  8. Discovery life purpose

And that’s it for today, folks.

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On another note, my family and I went on a photo shoot for Hallie’s senior casuals and some family shots about a week ago. The one I posted is my fave of the three of us, though there are about 500 to choose from. That’s me on the right, Mama on the left, and Hallie in the middle. These are the greatest loves of my life. And they are so beautiful inside and out. Thank God for these girls!!!! Just wanted to show you what family you are a part of.  😀  Welcome to my silly little family.

Love you, guys! Have a lovely evening.

xoxo

Sweet People, Life Lessons, and Meditation

Such a wonderfully fun day! Out early to go to this thing called Handworks, which is a holiday event filled with vendors from all over the U.S., bringing their wares, jellies, clothes, jewelry, pottery, toys, soups, fudge, art, most anything that can be made by hand, it’s there. I got some fun items for me and the kiddo and some nice treasures for gift giving for Christmas.

Then Mama and I went to eat lunch, grabbed some more school uniforms, and then off to get groceries. After that, home to chill with my dog. My babe had to work today, so we were missing her, but I know she’s happy to be earning some good moola for Christmas.

Don’t you just LOVE Saturdays? They have so much potential. There are so many possibilities! I mean, you get ALLLL day Saturday and then you have another day to look forward to. You get to sleep in if you want, go anywhere – I mean, the world is your oyster. Within reason, of course, but I just love the freedom, man! It rocks!

Except for those of you that work weekends. I know that sucks. I remember when I did it and I didn’t particularly care for it but you do what ya gotta do to pay the bills. Heck, I remember working on Thanksgiving Day when I was younger and that truly sucked but I remember not only my family bringing me a huge plate of food at lunch into the store, but I had different friends come in and bring me yummy food, too. See, even when you have to work on a holiday, things can still be great when you have love.

Love is the one cure for everything. Maybe not everything, but it even makes the hard things seem a little easier to deal with. With love, there is soooo much power and strength and it can make any place feel like home because love is home. I’m getting a bit mushy today, aren’t I?

Well, I’m just thinking of this sweet lady Mama and I met today. We were at the grocery store and Mama was going one way with her cart and I was going another way with my cart and I was looking at the reading glasses and I asked if she’d help me pick out a cute pair. This sweet lady just gave us both a huge compliment and then she shared a piece of her soul with us. She shared how her daughter passed away from cancer in 2009, and then she lost her husband in 2012, and lost her sister, and the years were all pretty close together. You’d think her heart would be broken and feeling lonely and pathetic. I know I would be. But she wasn’t broken.

She held a sweet light in her eyes. She teared up speaking about them and apologized for burdening us and we invited her to keep talking. She shared how she was best friends with her daughter just like me and Mama are. She talked about her boys who were still living and are so good to her and they take care of her and don’t live too far away, and her sweet grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She said she was 83 and explained that God must have something important left for her to do and she’s good with that. She said, “Not once have I asked, why me?” She said even when she was holding her daughter in her arms as she was dying at the youthful age of 49 (my age), even through her daughter’s suffering, not once did her daughter complain, “Why me?”

She had such a love in her heart and her eyes, this sweet woman, that I could feel the energy of it. Do you ever get that from people? Their power? The love they hold? Of course you do. I mean, we definitely feel people’s energy, good or bad, but the good, OH MY! I can just eat it up with a spoon! I LOVE when people share their hearts. It teaches me such a valuable lesson – or tons of lessons, in fact.

And then, at Handworks, this gentleman shared how his mother-in-law is in the hospital and she may not be here much longer. She’s 94 and so beloved by all who know her. She’s their rock. And he was explaining how she was telling him, “When God feels it’s my time, I’m good with that.” And he was sharing, with his pained heart, “We are not ready for that. Please hang on just a bit longer. Your new great grandbaby will soon be here and they have to know their Meemee.”

I can learn lessons from each of these people. Can’t you? The sweet lady in the grocery store, her daughter that passed, the man at Handworks, his mother-in-law. The main thing here is love. Love as much as you can, as many people as you can, as often as you can, everywhere you can, because life goes by in a blink. And all the while, even though we may suffer and struggle and experience tragedy and heartache, there is always, always, and yes, I’ll say it again, always something to be so thankful for, if only to have lived. To have lived on this planet is such a beautiful blessing. To experience the human existence is a beautiful thing. It’s a treasure, really, and you never know when it’s going to be over. So treat it like a treasure. I’m talking to me, too. Love. Love others, forgive them, love yourself, love your life, ’cause it’s the only one ya got, babe. Treasure your life. And share your heart, maybe even with strangers, because you never know how you may affect someone’s life with your story. And never, no matter how bad things get, never ask, “Why me?” I know I’ve complained waaaaaaaay too much and I’m gonna stop because life truly is a blessing to me and I LOVE my amazing family and we have been blessed with more than we deserve.

Just think about it.

Okay, so enough mush for today. On to more benefits from daily meditation. Oh, I didn’t do the med till 7pm, but it’s all good. At least I did it and that’s all that matters.

More benefits are:

  1. Help senior health
  2. Healing thoughts
  3. Better relationships
  4. Help Lightworkers

And one last thing before I sign off, my dear ones, I’m so much a better person for knowing you and I’m so blessed to have you in my life, even if it is in passing. For each of you that shares a piece of your soul and your story with me, thank you for enriching my life. You fill me with love and I love you for being you. Keep shining your light and never forget the power of sharing your love and your heart with a stranger, or even just listening. Sometimes that’s all a person needs. You don’t have to understand or always have something to say. Sometimes listening is enough. I love you, sweet babies.  xoxo

A Productive Day and a Question For You

So asking again – some votes are in and I want to hear from the rest of you on what the next challenge should be if ya don’t mind:

1. A new poem daily
2. Weight loss challenge for 30 days
3. Stepping out of my comfort zone daily
4. Making time to read for fun (I never seem to make time for this)
5. Purposely learn something new every day
6. Learning 1-3 new words every day (this has the most votes for Dec, so far)
7. Experiencing a plant-based diet (doing this in Jan)
8. Going caffeine free (meaning no coffee) 30 days+

What sounds interesting? Do you have any ideas for a fun challenge? Let me know. You can post here on the comments, or on the blog facebook page on my latest post, or my Instagram page under my New Challenge – Start post.

On to more benefits from daily meditation:

  1. Cure headaches
  2. Healing Thoughts
  3. Emotional Stability
  4. Compassion

Ask if you need me to elaborate.

Today was very beneficial. I was too busy this morning to get my meditation in first thing so I squeezed it in toward the end of the day. Actually, at 6pm, after work. I normally work until 430 but I wanted to finish some things so I didn’t have to worry about them on Monday.

However, while a new app was downloading onto my comp for work, I cleaned and organized different areas in my office and the rest of the house, so I got sooo much done today. I feel so accomplished.

Plus, I mowed my lawn (probably for the last time this year) during my lunch hour, so now my yard looks groomed and clean. Yea! Today was another feeling filled with happiness kind of day. I was a little irked because during each project I worked on, I kept getting interrupted, but they were sweet interruptions, so I’ll take it. I didn’t get finished with all my projects, but they were nothing that couldn’t be finished up on Monday, so it’s all good. I got the deadlines for today completed.

After work, had a few bites of glazed chicken, rice and about four seasoned green beans for supper, then a leeetle wine, cheese and pork tenderloin. Girlfriend was eatin’ good tonight, babeeee!  Yum! Then, I was too tired to bake cookies, even though I really wanted some, so I opted for a handful of peanut M&Ms.

I’m writing up my ingredients list that I need to purchase from the grocer on Saturday for everything I’m making for Thanksgiving and then another list of ingreds for the tree decorating party that weekend. Fun times will be had! And probably some spiked eggnog. And hot cocoa. And there’s always wine. Oh, and hot spiced cider. I hope the weather will be nice and chilly. My house is almost ready for guests. Just as long as I finish everything by Wednesday, I’ll be a happy camper.

Do y’all have fun festivities planned with friends and family for Thanksgiving? Or just family? Or do you have FriendsGiving and skip the family thing altogether?

I am off to work a bit on my book, and probably go find another glass of Sweet Red. I’m pitiful, I know. But for some reason, my writing is easier when I have a little liquid courage. I don’t overthink, ya know? My mind is more relaxed and flying on the wings of imagination. Can’t you just see me sitting on a wing with my glass of wine in one hand and my block o’ cheese in the other? Lol – with it being me, my hair would be blowing right into my mouth so I couldn’t access the wine or cheese.

I’m rambling… Sorry.

Anywho, y’all have a groovilicious evening and I’ll chat ya up tomorrow. Tomorrow will be fun! A Christmas shopping adventure will be going on at a local annual venue. I’m sure I’ll spend too much. Or just enough. And then lunch out with my mom, groceries, errands, and more fun stuff.

Laters taters!  xoxo

Smile! Meditation is Great for You!

Happy Friday Eve, dear ones! That’s what I prefer to call Thursday. Sounds closer to the weekend. Yea! The weekend! Fun!!! Time to clean, time to shop, time to eat out, time to work in the yard, time to cook, time to write, time to go to fun events. It seems I live for the weekend. Isn’t that horrible? I mean, I like the weekdays. I actually like my job and love who I work with/for. But the weekends mean freedom to do whatever the heck I want to do. Time off. If I choose to sleep in, I can. How about you? Do you live each day fully or do you live for the weekends, too?

On to more benefits from meditation:

  1. Become Superhuman
  2. More Brain Integration
  3. Help PTSD
  4. Synchronicity – This happens to me every single day, several times per day, and this has been going on for probably 3 or 4 weeks now.

Today was another really good and productive day. I had much more energy, but I kind of owe the gym for that one just a bit, I’d say, plus being well. Work went great – got lots done, was easier to concentrate (somewhat). I did stray a bit a couple of times but that was around my lunch hour so not sure that counts. I mostly stayed focused and was productive during those hours. I cleaned and organized during my lunch hour and again after work at 4:30. Felt so great to clear my desk and desk side table and put everything where it’s supposed to go.

Plus, I just sort of felt happier today more so than I usually do. Not sure why. Not sure if it was the meditation or just that I am practicing gratitude daily for all we have (mostly each other) but it’s nice that something has worked to make me happy. It’s not that I’ve been unhappy but I notice I don’t smile as much as I should. I look like I have resting bitch face 24/7, but I’m really not in a bad mood. I guess I fall in the rut of the daily stuff like a robot at times and my face is heavy. But today, my face felt lighter and, I don’t know, I just felt sort of filled with some joy, so that’s always a welcome treasure.

If you have any ideas for a new challenge at the end of this one, let me know what might be interesting, whether you do it with me or witness me jabbering about my doing it. I think I pinned some ideas to a post about 5 or 6 days ago. Let me know your ideas, too?

And have a lovely evening, my loves.

It’s a Beautiful Sunshiny Day!

Hello beautiful darlings! I hope your day was productive and inspired! Mine was! It’s so great to be over whatever that bug was and to have energy again, and to go back to the gym at 0:dark:30 this morning, and for Mama to be better, too. I had ENERGY today, babeeeee! I was productive at work, productive during my lunch hour, and productive after work. I did good today. I actually was still (mostly) for my morning meditation and I could focus a little better on not focusing, not thinking, just breathing and listening. I’m not gonna say I did great the whole time but I got a few good minutes in there where I could be present and mindful and pay attention to the moment. I’m learning… Slowly but surely.

So, it was a good day.

On to the next benefits from daily meditating:

  1. Chronic Inflammation (Health)
  2. Brain Balance
  3. Cure Phobias
  4. Connectedness

And there ya have it!

I am having my wine, some 13 yr aged cheddar (oh YEAH!!!!), some pork tenderloin, and just got through watching Kevin Probably Saves the World. Let me tell you, that is the best show on tv right now, in my opinion. It makes me laugh, makes me cry, gives me hope, inspires me, and makes me want to be a better person. It helps me to love all parts of me, including my weakness because we are human – therefore, we are all weak. The Good Doctor comes in at number 2. But I can wait a week or two before I watch that. As soon as I see Kevin in my dvr, honey, I am on it!!!

So now I’m off to work on my book. Wish me luck?

How was your day? How is meditation working for you? Have you tried it yet? I know, I know… Only so many hours in the day. I said that for a long time, so I know.