Saturday, November 21st, 2015 Focus: I make time for lunch to increase my productivity and energy.

It’s a popular notion that we will get more done if we skip lunch. I know, since I used to buy into this belief as well. Today hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions, will skip lunch in order to accomplish more at work. They’ll say, “I have too much to do. I can’t make lunch today.” Or, “lunch is a waste of time. I’ll tough it out and get more done.” “I’m swamped. No time for lunch.” I know since these were a few of my sayings.

Unfortunately they couldn’t be farther from the truth. Etienne Grandjean, M.D., Ph.D., an expert on productivity at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, says eating a good lunch is highly recommended “for both health and work efficiency.” According to various studies, researchers agree that performance scores plunge when people skip lunch and those who skip lunch soon feel more anxious and tense.

Thankfully, the solution is simple. Whether you’re a mom in the middle of running errands with her kids, a CEO in the middle of a major reorganization, or a college student studying for an exam, DON’T SKIP LUNCH. Ignore the temptation to skip lunch in order to get more done by remembering the facts that it doesn’t work. Realize if you make time for lunch you will more than make up for this time with an increase in productivity and energy. Think of it this way. A 20-minute lunch will provide you with hours of energy. It’s worth it.

Excerpted from the article:

Don’t Be Too Busy For Lunch
Written by Jon Gordon M.A.

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Energy Addict by Jon GordonEnergy Addict: 101 Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Ways to Energize Your Life
by Jon Gordon, M.A. (originally published in hardcover as: “Become an Energy Addict”)

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Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 Focus: I choose to erase drama and suffering from my life.

Do you want to erase drama and suffering from your life? Then don’t make assumptions. Instead of jumping to conclusions, find out what’s really going on and let it go. Do your best to clarify the situation and clear the air. If the other person doesn’t respond, then at least you tried.

You’ll be amazed at the amount of pain and suffering you can avoid by doing this. And by making this agreement with yourself, you will also be reducing the pain and suffering of other people and the world in general. To begin with, make the decision to spend just one day observing how many times you are making assumptions about other people’s behavior. We also make assumptions about ourselves, and those assumptions usually sell us short. We often assume we aren’t capable of doing something before we even try.

Most of the time, assumptions are just poison in our life. They cut us off from others and from reality. Don’t make assumptions, and you will break free from this nightmarish cocoon. And then you’ll return to what is real, tangible, and true. Then you’ll be saying, “Yes!” to life almost every day.

Excerpted from the article:

The Great Quest for Truth: Seeing Beyond Appearances
Written by Olivier Clerc.

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The Five Agreements Game: A Chivalry of Relationships by Olivier Clerc.

The Five Agreements Game: A Chivalry of Relationships
by Olivier Clerc.

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Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 Focus: Periodically, I reinvent myself.

Audre Lorde said, “Revolution is not a one-time event.” Applied to your life, this suggests that you are an ever-evolving, progressive work. So continue to develop yourself.

Periodically, you must reinvent yourself. Examine your life and see what needs to be changed.

During your self-examination, expose and remove the obstacles to change and progress in your life.

Excerpted from the article:

The Defining Moment: The Confidence To Change
Written by Keith Johnson.

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The Confidence Solution by Keith Johnson.
The Confidence Solution: Reinvent Yourself, Explode Your Business, Skyrocket Your Income
by Keith Johnson.

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Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 Focus: I choose to let go of judgment and embrace forgiveness.

Right Brain
Over many years of exploring ways to release childhood pain, in my own life and the lives of my patients, I’ve realized that the key to laying down our emotional burdens is letting go of judgment and embracing forgiveness—of those who hurt us, yes, but also of ourselves.

As a medical practitioner, I was delighted to come across the following quote from Joan Borysenko, co-founder of Harvard University’s Mind-Body Clinic, because of the integrative vision blending biochemistry, emotion, and spirit:

I can tell you as a biologist that when we step into the part of ourselves that doesn’t judge . . . enormous biochemical changes accompany that, changes in the neuropeptides from the emotional center of the brain, changes in our immune system and our cardiovascular system that are all consistent with good health.

Excerpted from the article:

Negative Love: Repeating Parental Behaviors
Written by Marcelle Pick

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Is It Me or My Adrenals? by Marcelle Pick.
Is It Me or My Adrenals?: Your Proven 30-Day Program for Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue and Feeling Fantastic Again…
by Marcelle Pick.

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Friday, August 7th, 2015 Focus: I choose to see the core of goodness in the hearts of others.

When we change our way of seeing, we begin to live in a different world. If we approach others with respect and trust, with a great deal of patience and internal toughness, we will slowly begin to find ourselves in a compassionate universe where change for the better is always possible, because of the core of goodness we see in the hearts of others.

In this presumably sophisticated world, it is considered naive to be trusting. In that case I am proud to say that I must be one of the most naive people on earth. If someone has let me down a dozen times, I will still trust that person for the thirteenth time.

Trust is a measure of your depth of faith in the nobility of human nature, of your depth of love for all. If you expect the worst from someone, the worst is what you will usually get. Expect the best and people will respond: sometimes swiftly, sometimes not so swiftly, but there is no other way.

Excerpted from the article:

Actively Cultivating Peace as a Virtue in Day-to-Day Life
Written by Sri Eknath Easwaran.

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Strength in the Storm: Creating Calm in Difficult Times
by Sri Eknath Easwaran.

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Monday, July 27th, 2015 Focus: I choose to trust and allow my life to unfold.

My goal with my spiritual practice is to develop a state of mind that is always allowing. In resistance, I don’t only push away the bad. I stand in opposition to life itself.

Life is ups and downs. There is no avoiding that; but you can avoid the emotional eddies. We get stuck, thinking things must be just so or we’ll be unhappy. This is a weak position. No one can conquer the unconquerable. You won’t always avoid suffering.

Can we find the courage to experience life without meddling in the outcome? It takes a great deal of trust – things might not work out. True! They might not. Or they might work out far better.

Excerpted from the article:

If You’re in Control of Your Life, Stop! Don’t Read This!
Written by Sara Chetkin.

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The Healing Curve: A Catalyst to Consciousness by Sara Chetkin.

The Healing Curve: A Catalyst to Consciousness
by Sara Chetkin.

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Monday, July 20th, 2015 Focus: I take a minute to restore a sense of balance to a hectic day.

Many of us know that a few moments of connecting with our inner resources can have dramatic and healthy effects in restoring a sense of balance to a hectic day.

But who has the luxury of spending 45 minutes to one hour calming themselves down in the middle of a rushed day? (Hooray for you if you do. We encourage you to meditate for as long as you can.)

There’s no right or wrong way to meditate. Anyone can meditate. If you’ve ever daydreamed or “spaced out” in line at the grocery store checkout counter, you can meditate. The point is not how long you meditate but to meditate!

Excerpted from the article:

Got A Minute? Meditation… Express Style
Written by Nancy L. Butler-Ross and Michael Suib.

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Meditation Express: Stress Relief in 60 Seconds Flat
by Nancy L. Butler-Ross and Michael Suib.

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