Monday, February 13th, 2012 Focus: I make choices that enhance my health and well-being.

When we’ve fallen into the depths of fatigue, sometimes our first thoughts are to go to the other extreme and completely revamp our lives.

While you may eventually come to the conclusion that a major life change is called for, you don’t necessarily have to quit your job, divorce your husband, or run away to free yourself from fatigue. There’s no guarantee anyway that the new job will be any less stressful than the old one, or that a new husband will be any more helpful than the old one.

Your fatigue is not telling you that you need a new life; it’s telling you that you need a new outlook on life. One that gives you full permission to take care of your body and make choices that will enhance your health and well-being.

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Excerpted from: Feeling Tired? You Can Conquer Fatigue by Debra Waterhouse, M.P.H., R.D.

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Sunday, February 12th, 2012 Focus: This moment is always a new opportunity to start being happier.

Think of happiness as a goal. You achieve that goal just as you would any other, through hard work and determination. It may come naturally for you without a great deal of effort or struggle, or it may be quite challenging.

You may have to work hard, but happiness is achievable for everyone just as physical fitness is achievable for everyone. Happiness is very much like good physical health. Developing and maintaining both requires a constant and conscious effort. Fortunately, humans are creatures of habit. Just as healthy habits can become second nature, so, too, can happy habits.

You must start somewhere and move forward from there. It gets easier over time and the small successes feel wonderful. If you digress, just jump back on that horse. Tomorrow is always another opportunity to start living life happier.

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Excerpted from: How To Be Happy? Decide To Be Happy by Mary Jesse

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Thursday, February 9th, 2012 Focus: I take a few moments daily to focus on joy.

We are simply strongly suggesting the need for the period of retreating from the physical world. You must decide what you will focus upon during that period of retreating.

Whatever you find to be holy, good, and idealistic beyond the complexity of human affairs, physical objects, and all of the physical world, that can be what you focus upon in your moment of meditation, attunement, or silence.

If nothing else, take a few moments each day to take a deep breath, sit calmly, relax, and, as best you can, simply focus upon feelings of joy.

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Excerpted from:  Does God Care If We Meditate? by Ron Scolastico, Ph.D.

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 Focus: I choose to ignore limiting beliefs.

We have heard that “ignorance is bliss,” and we usually judge and criticize ignorant people. Yet there is a form of ignorance that serves us well, and that is ignorance of limiting beliefs.

A Calvin and Hobbes cartoon declared, “It’s not denial. I’m just selective about the reality I accept.” Every reality is available to you and you can easily step into a bigger universe if you but drop your beliefs of what you can’t do.

If you think you know it all, and what you have learned is “the only truth”, you cut yourself off from all the truth grander than the one you currently know.

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Excerpted from:  Blissful Innocence by Alan Cohen.

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New Jersey Gov. Christie surprises some with broad call for offender treatment

Details to come on priority item from State of the State address.
February 1, 2012 by Gary A. Enos, Editor
New Jersey Gov. Christie surprises some with broad call for offender treatment
While gay marriage constitutes the latest topic capturing national attention among followers of the never-dull administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the addiction treatment community in the governor’s home state is abuzz over his recent call for mandatory treatment for nonviolent offenders with substance use problems.Although even the staunchest supporters of treatment were somewhat surprised that addiction treatment was elevated to a signature issue in last month’s State of the State address by Christie, they also point out that his attention to this subject in general shouldn’t catch anyone off guard.
Christie has witnessed the societal impact of substance use problems from numerous perspectives, including as a prosecutor and as a former board member of a New Jersey addiction treatment organization (Daytop Village). In addition, media reports pointed out that the governor’s wife has engaged in volunteer work at a number of treatment facilities in the state.Stating that “everyone deserves a second chance,” Christie proposed in last month’s State of the State speech a policy shift that would divert nonviolent offenders to mandatory treatment. Many media outlets lauded the proposal, with the Philadelphia Inquirer writing in an editorial that the governor “smartly recognizes that addiction is still winning the 40-year-old war on drugs, so he is changing up New Jersey’s strategy.”
Few details are known about how the Christie administration will seek to achieve this goal, both financially and programmatically. More information could be forthcoming in the governor’s budget proposal, due to be released later this month.Debra L. Wentz, CEO of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc., said some as-yet unsubstantiated reports have indicated that an interdepartmental task force that was formed by the administration last year to centralize anti-drug efforts could drive much of the change the governor wants to see.Wentz adds that others have reported that a plan to divert offenders to treatment could be initiated as a pilot program in a couple of New Jersey counties. At this point, she says, her organization’s advocacy focus regarding the administration’s proposal will center on ensuring that treatment services be evidence-based and delivered by credentialed providers.

In a Jan. 29 commentary she wrote for the Star-Ledger newspaper, Wentz stated that “Christie is taking advantage of the confluence of public sentiment, fiscal imperative, compassion and good policy that has the potential to change lives and definitively solve the state’s fiscal crisis.” She added that at present, fewer than 7% of state residents with substance use disorders are able to access needed treatment services.

Friday, February 3rd, 2012 Focus: I let go of the need to control other people.

The only thing we have control over is our choice to either react mindlessly or respond mindfully to “what is” in the current moment. To practice the art of uncertainty is to let go of the need to control the actions and behavior of other people, including their opinions of us.

It also means understanding that we have no control over the future, what “should or shouldn’t” happen tomorrow, but at the same time, it means developing an inner knowing that everything will be all right.

Sometimes we avoid seeing the truth that lies behind our fear because then we’ll have to deal with that reality. However, there is something very empowering about turning and facing our fear and shedding new light on it. Once exposed to the light, the things we fear seem to lose their power to scare us.

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Excerpted from: The Illusion of Control: Seeking Security
by Dennis Merritt Jones.

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