Tips & Inspiration

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 Tips. Inspiration. Facts. Links we love. 

Quotes That Inspire Us

On trU Power: “Nothing is as strong as gentleness, and nothing is as gentle as true strength.” ~ St. Francis

Self-worth means expecting more for yourself. “Celebrate what you’ve accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.”  ~Mia Hamm

“The basic lesson of Zen is: Forget Yourself.” — Robert Aitken

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.” — Oscar Wilde

“A bad day for your ego is a great day for your soul.” – JillianMichaels

Did You Know?

Your body doesn’t distinguish between psychological and physical stress. Stress can lead to serious health problems. Chronic stress (which the vast majority of Americans live with) can damage your cardiovascular and respiratory systems. ¶ Stress causes premature aging. ¶ Chronic stress causes you to store fat at 3xs normal rate. ¶  Stress is America’s Silent Killer.

Quick Tips

 Wake up call: More often than not, the “facts” we live automatically by, are merely thoughts we’ve repeated to ourselves over and over again. Change your thoughts to better ones and rewire your brain, and restart your conscious life. 

Tips to stop over-eating. 1) Train yourself to think about the consequences over instant gratification; 2) plan: overeating starts in the grocery store, plan meals, buy accordingly; 3) for a rush of “feel good” go for a walk, go meditate, just…stop thinking about the things that are triggering you to eat.

Sleep happy! Proper sleep is restorative, rebuilds your body, brain and wellbeing, and helps you live longer. Eating to sleep well just happen to be the same foods as Good Fats (next) and you can add spinach and beans to the list.

Suggested Media

Film: “Kinky Boots,” 2005, based on a true story. Personal evolution themes in this tale of a dull, stuffy traditional men’s shoe factory in Northampton, UK, learning to reinvent itself as flamboyant (a.k.a. exuberant and confident) shoe producer in order to survive to thrive. Courage to BE truthful to oneself, transcending others’ expectations and a deadened life. Universal theme.

TV: “The Good Wife” (with its tarty tag: ‘Don’t let the name fool you’) intrigued me with its title right from its start (days of congressmen cheating on their wives with their S. American soulmates, and similar et al shenanigans). Now nearing the end of its season 3, I am still hooked. Great writing, acting in a serial drama about the trials (literal and figurative) of attorney and wronged-wife and mother Alicia Florrick (Julianna Maguiles) as she navigates modern scrutiny of her moral choices under the glaring public and media eye. Can a sistah get a break?

Sorry this is on a premium channel (so I won’t mention the equally addictively bittersweet “Nurse Jackie” airs right ahead of it), but season 2 returned April 8 to Showtime—‘The Big “C”‘  a comedy starring Laura Linney’s character with terminal cancer (but not a show about cancer) who begins to learn to live for the first time — is funny and true life fabulosity about growing up into the woman you always meant to be before it’s too late.

FICTION:

The Mastery of Love, Don Miguel Ruiz

The Celestine Prophecy, James Redfield

Sphere, Michael Crichton

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

The Sugar Queen, Sarah Addison Allen

NON-FICTION:

Taming Your Alpha Bitch, Rebecca Grado & Christy Whitman

A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink

Spiritual Partnership, Gary Zukav

Ask and It is Given, Esther and Jerry Hicks

The Divine Matrix, Gregg Braden

The Path to Love, Deepak Chopra

The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke, Suze Orman

The Millionaire Next Door, Thomas Stanley Ph.D. & William Danko, Ph. D.

The Brain Chemistry Plan, Dr. Michael Lesser with Colleen Kapklein

Alchemy of the Mind, Diane Ackerman


PopSmartsZen: Shop. Think. Pray. Pop Culture for Carnal Spiritualistas, by Simone da Rosa

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