Letting Go of the Past and Embrace Your Bright Future
honest self-analysis to gain clarity
In order to embrace the new, we must release the old. A trapeze artist can not swing from one bar to another without letting go. An important part of moving forward in is to review the past year, release it and to learn from it.
To go where we wish to go and be whom we wish to be, we need to know where we are and who we are. An honest self-analysis is always helpful to gain clarity. Considering all that happened over the past year, it seems particularly fitting to devote some time to reflecting on the year past and where we find ourselves in the dawn of the year ahead.
The following questions should stimulate your thinking for this process. I hope that you take time out of your busy schedule to ponder where you are and where you've been. Talk with people you care about. Write out your thoughts and feelings. Do some journaling.
Reflect upon what you did, how you felt, what you liked, what you didn't and what you learned. Try to look at yourself and your experience with as much objectivity as you can-much like a biographer would.
Here are some suggestions to get you started in mulling over the past year and perhaps even the last decade. Feel free to add your own.
1. What did I learn? (skills, knowledge, awareness, etc.)
2. What did I accomplish? A list of my wins and achievements.
3. What would I have done differently? Why?
4. What did I complete or release? What still feels incomplete to me?
5. What were the most significant events of the year past? List the top three.
6. What did I do right? What do I feel especially good about? What was my greatest contribution?
7. What were the fun things I did? What were the not-so-fun?
8. What were my biggest challenges/roadblocks/difficulties?
9. How am I different this year than last?
10. For what am I particularly grateful?
Another Suggestion: Consider listing all the things in your life of which you'd like to let go and anything you no longer want. Be thankful for what they've brought you in terms of learning, growth and usefulness and then burn the list. It's a symbolic gesture to help you release the old and be open to the new. The next step is to list what you want in regard to experiences, knowledge, material things, relationships, healing or whatever.
Read your list on a weekly basis and you will be amazed how these new desired experiences and desires will manifest. It is real magic.
Have an excellent week.
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The world is so constructed that if you wish to enjoy its pleasures, you must also endure its pains. Like it or not, you cannot have one without the other.
Success is not measured by what you accomplish. It's measured by the opposition you encounter, and the courage with which you maintain your struggle against the odds.
You'll find all things are difficult before they are easy. The greater your obstacles, the more glory in overcoming them. So, make up your mind before you start that sacrifice is part of the package.
No pain, no gain;
No thorns, no throne;
No cross, no crown.
You've got to go through the negative before you get to the positive.
Copyright 2012 www.yourdailymotivation.com
The Case For Exercise
three reasons for it to not be all or nothing
Many people all know that diet and exercise are the pillars of good health. However, that doesn't help us any when trying to fit it into busy lives, or knowing how much or what we should be doing. One hour can seem intimidating or unrealistic for some, but something has to get done. Think of it this way, back in the day, humans didn't have sit down jobs, or as sedentary lives as we do today, we were designed to move and work our bodies, tend to farms, build, hunt or gather, etc. These activities were part of our daily life and a necessity to survival. The 21 century necessity seems to be making money for survival, along with the demands of taking care of family. Consider this, would you tell work that you were too tired or didn't have the energy to come in, or just weren't in the mood? Do you have another excuse you use? If so check this out Web MD for how to beat the excuses
S omehow exercise has seemed like extra credit in our lives, as in an option to do, and not a necessity. Yet, exercise is a vital to our health, on many levels, mind, body and spirit. Take it in short strides, as in don't feel like you must do one hour. Five minutes can have a positive impact and make a difference, consider easy at home things like push ups, sit ups, wall sits, plank, jumping jacks, jog in place with high knees, and more.
- 3 minutes of HIT (High Intensity Training) improves insulin sensitivity by an average of 24% 
- Every time you exercise your metabolism increases, and is not dependent on duration, for example you can take a 30 minute workout and do 3 ten minute training sessions and have a greater impact by breaking it up 
- Small steps will get you closer to your goal (better health, mind, body), over standing still and doing nothing.
You only get one body in this life, and if you don't have good health, you don't have much else to enjoy, consider yourself and health the most important thing!
In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Soleil Medical Spa
Dr. Alisha N.D.
This information and other information on this site is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.
Being Present in the Progression
letting life unfold
Our lives are guided by natural rhythms that are particular to each of us and cannot be altered by force of will alone. Life itself is a journey made up of processes and events that manifest before us only to be swept away when time marches on. Whether we envision ourselves creating a career, building a family, or developing the self, we instinctively know when the time has come for us to realize our dreams because all that is involved comes together harmoniously. When the time is right, the passage of destiny cannot be blocked. Yet as desperate as we are to touch these beautiful futures we have imagined, we cannot grow if we are not fully present in the evolutionary experience. The present can be challenging, uncomfortable, and tedious, but life unfolds as it will, and the universe will wait patiently as we make our way into the unknown.
The fate that awaits us is not dependent on our pace, which was preordained before we ever appeared in human guise. Therefore there is no reason to rush through life to reach those pinnacles of development associated with the paths we have chosen. Enjoying and fully experiencing the journey of life is as important as achieving goals and reaching milestones. There are lessons we can learn during those moments that seem immaterial or insignificant that we cannot learn at any other time. Appreciating these takes patience, however, because human beings tend to focus on the fulfillment of expectations rather than the simple joys of being.
Like many people, you have no doubt longed for a device that would give you the power to fast forward through certain periods of your existence. Yet haste is by its very nature vastly more stressful than serene fortitude. When you feel yourself growing impatient because the pace of your development is deceptively slow, remember that everything that will occur in your life will occur in its own time. Quelling your urge to rush will enable you to witness yourself learning, changing, and becoming stronger. There is so much to see and do in between the events and processes that we deem definitive. If you are patient enough to take pleasure in your existence's unfolding, the journey from one pinnacle to the next will seem to take no time at all.
Low Glycemic No Added Sugar Low Carb Flourless Chocolate Cake
Serves: Makes a 9" one layer cake 12 slices
Serving Size: 1 slice
Carbs Per Serving: 13.3 g
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
1-15 ounce can of unseasoned black beans
5 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil
1 cup Fructevia, Steviva Blend or Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon water
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Coat a 9" cake pan with cooking spray, or just grease it with a thin layer of butter.
Dust cocoa all over the inside of the pan, tapping to evenly distribute. Cut a round of parchment paper and line the bottom of the pan, then spray the parchment lightly.
Drain and rinse beans in a strainer or colander. Shake off excess water. Place beans, three of the eggs, vanilla, and salt into blender. Blend on high until beans are completely liquefied. No lumps.
Whisk together cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder. Beat coconut oil or butter with Fructevia, Steviva Blend or Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder until light and fluffy. Add remaining two eggs, beating for a minute after each addition.
Pour bean batter into egg mixture and mix. Finally, stir in cocoa powder and water and beat the batter on high for one minute, until smooth. Scrape batter into pan and smooth the top. Grip pan firmly by the edges and rap it on the counter a few times to pop any air bubbles.
Bake for 40-45 minutes. Cake is done with the top is rounded and firm to the touch. After 10 minutes, turn out cake from pan, and flip over again on to a cooling rack.
Let cool until cake reaches room temperature, then cover in plastic wrap or with cake dome.
If you are stacking this cake, level the top with a long serrated knife, shaving off layers until it is flat and even.
Frost immediately before serving
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