Simply Simple Abundance

Have you read Sarah Ban Breathnach’s Simple Abundance?

Home in New Jersey right now, and I cannot believe I haven’t delved into it more prior to now.  My grandma gave this book to my mom for Christmas in 1996 (we always write a note on the first page of a gifted book in our family :-)  ), and Mom has read it multiple times over the years….you know that because of the variety of ‘bookmarks’ she has stuck in various pages: notes from friends, a flyer for a 2002 play I was in, a photo of me at the age of 4 (well that was an old one she must have had lying around!), praises from those who came to see her adult theatrical debut as a ‘Mama‘ in Fiddler on the Roof… (it’s true!)

 

Anyway, one page of this book is enough inspiration and peace to put a smile on your face before falling asleep after a busy day.

 

 

Indulge me in a few excerpts, then go out and get the book 😉  :

 

 wpid-20150124_075837.jpg“Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday. Realize the past no longer holds you captive. It can only continue to hurt you if you hold on to it. Let the past go. A simply abundant world awaits. (January 11)”

“Every day offers us simple gifts when we are willing to search our hearts for the place that’s right for each of us. (January 15)”

“Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to contemplate what’s working and what’s not, so that we can make changes for the better. (January 17)”

“If you want your life to come together, you have to start treating yourself better.”

“Your heart will always tell you what’s working and what’s not.”

 “We should only strive to be first-rate versions of ourselves. And our best is always good enough.”

 

(she says green is ‘the color of abundance’)

 

I mean, pretty much everything she writes is quotable :-)

 

Who is Sarah?  This is the biography from Amazon:

Biography

A writer of remarkable wisdom, warmth and compassion, Sarah Ban Breathnach’s (pronounced “Bon Brannock”) has become a trusted voice to women around the world. Sarah is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy and the creator of The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude. Sarah’s work celebrates quiet joys, simple pleasures, and well-spent moments. By reminding us to search for the small and the sweet in our daily round with appreciation and awe, we find the beauty in the everyday. Millions of women, including Oprah Winfrey agreed and discovered unexpected contentment and solace in their own lives. Now Sarah introduces the magic of gratitude to little children and their families in her debut children’s book, The Best Part of The Day, a delightful and reassuringjourney through the seasons. Sarah lives in Southern California near her daughter, Kate, and their beloved animals.

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Have a wonderful, content day,

Kate

 

 

Yoga….with a twist

Love the idea of yoga but find it a challenge to actually slow down long enough to move through a 60, 75, or even 90- minute class?  But oh how good it makes your body feel

Well, in searching Youtube the other day, I came across Jillian Michaels’ “Yoga Inferno Workout”.     “Yoga” and “Inferno” together….sounds fantastic.

So at one of the corporate sites on yesterday’s rainy morning, I went ahead and tried it…and loved it.  It contains all the elements of yoga….the breathing, the stretching, flows, warriors, etc….but also throws in moves to pick up the intensity as desired….so you ‘feel’ like you are getting more of a ‘burn’, as I so often hear discussed while still also reaping the benefits of a yoga class!  And, thanks to a bit higher intensity, you can cut down your time and still know you’ve worked.

The video is below.  Let me know what you think– I’d be interested to hear varying opinions!

 

Update from original post– Inferno has been taken off Youtube due to copyright….so I’ve replaced it above with Meltdown…If you like Meltdown and want to go for the aforementioned Inferno, click here!
 

Enjoy the simple change of pace,

Kate

spin the bottle

so you know the game spin the bottle where you’re in a circle, someone spins it,  and wherever it points to that’s the’ chosen one’?  well, that’s essentially what I did with today’s post…. spun my finger around my gallery of photos here on my tablet, and this is where I landed. it made me laugh ,and after my last post being about the importance of laughter,  I thought, ” well, this is a little” different”, but it will certainly make people laugh” 😉
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and actually, upon reflection of this very serious ‘card ‘, you can see the’ simply fit ‘advice that lies within it:

you are what you eat ….do you want to eat burgers and grease and fried foods and processed foods…. things that have been converted from their natural state and now are just a series of chemicals? ( sorry to sound harsh but…) or, do you want to eat from the earth, eat real food, be real, be natural, be alive?

some food for thought 😉

have a great day!

Kate

Laughter !

 

 

 

 

 

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:-)

 

I’d like to share something from Gaiam Life.com :

 

1. Laughing lowers blood pressure

People who lower their blood pressure, even those who start at normal levels, will reduce their risk of strokes and heart attacks. So grab the Sunday paper, flip to the funny pages and enjoy your laughter medicine.

2. Reduces stress hormone levels

You benefit from reducing the level of stress hormones your body produces because hormone-level reduction simultaneously cuts the anxiety and stress impacting your body. Additionally, the reduction of stress hormones in your body may result in higher immune system performance. Just think: Laughing along as a co-worker tells a funny joke can relieve some of the day’s stress and help you reap the health benefits of laughter.

3. Fun ab workout

One of the benefits of laughter is that it can help you tone your abs. When you are laughing, the muscles in your stomach expand and contract, similar to when you intentionally exercise your abs. Meanwhile, the muscles you are not using to laugh are getting an opportunity to relax. Add laughter to your ab routine and make getting a toned tummy more enjoyable.

4. Improves cardiac health

Laughter is a great cardio workout, especially for those who are incapable of doing other physical activity due to injury or illness. It gets your heart pumping and burns a similar amount of calories per hour as walking at a slow to moderate pace. So, laugh your heart into health.

5. Boosts T cells

T cells are specialized immune system cells just waiting in your body for activation. When you laugh, you activate T cells that immediately begin to help you fight off sickness. Next time you feel a cold coming on, add chuckling to your illness prevention plan.

6. Triggers the release of endorphins

Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers. By laughing, you can release endorphins, which can help ease chronic pain and make you feel good all over.

7. Produces a general sense of well-being

Laughter can increase your overall sense of well-being. Doctors have found that people who have a positive outlook on life tend to fight diseases better than people who tend to be more negative. So smile, laugh and live longer! “

The whole article is here: http://life.gaiam.com/article/7-benefits-laughter

 I also like this bit from Mayo Clinic.org:

Short-term benefits

A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:

  • Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response and increases your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
  • Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.
  • Long-term effects

Laughter isn’t just a quick pick-me-up, though. It’s also good for you over the long haul. Laughter may:

  • Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
  • Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers. Laughter may also break the pain-spasm cycle common to some muscle disorders.
  • Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
  • Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and make you feel happier. “

 

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/stress-relief/art-20044456

Musical Inspiration

Need an extra boost to get off the couch and away from the cookies and milk this week?  Here are just some of my favorites for my fitness classes!

Put on these tunes and move!

WALK THE MOON – Shut Up and Dance (Audio):

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS – CAN’T HOLD US FEAT. RAY…:

One Direction – Best Song Ever:

Beyonce – Love On Top (Smash Mode Extended Remix):

(pretty much the queen of all workout songs)

MKTO – Classic (Discotecture Remix):

(this week’s current obsession)

Pop Danthology 2014 – Mashup of 50+ Pop Songs (DJ…:

(wow, who does this?!)

 

Okay, off you go….

:-)

Kate