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May all living beings have happiness and the causes of happiness;
May all living beings be free from misery and the causes of misery;
May all living beings never be separated from happiness, devoid of misery;
May all living beings abide in equanimity free from prejudicial attachments and aversions.

The Buddha

"Every day is a chance to do better than yesterday." -
quote from My Husband

"I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it."

Morpheus to Neo in "The Matrix"

"To keep the body in good health is a duty...otherwise we shall not be able to keep the our mind strong and clear."
- Buddha

"The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years."
-Dr. Deepak Chopra

To help my spirit and mind, I read Deepak Chopra quite often. In a recent writing, he explains "The Wisdom Of Ayurveda" ...

...from the five elements, the three doshas are derived - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Known as mind-body types, the doshas express particular patterns of energy -unique blends of physical, emotional and mental characteristics.

In Ayurveda, health is defined as the dynamic state of balance between mind, body and environment. It is possible for each of us to achieve and maintain a vibrant and joyful state of health by identifying our mind-body type and then creating a lifestyle that sustains and nurtures our unique nature.

I am what is called Kapha Dosha:

When Kapha is out of balance, too much Earth has accumulated in mind, body and environment. The result is a sense of sluggishness, congestion, and dullness. The best way to balance excess Kapha is to bring more movement and circulation into the physiology. Think invigorating!

*Awaken at sunrise
*Look for opportunities to create healthy change
*Favor pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes
*Avoid eating when you're not hungry
*Be spontaneous and try new things
*Wear invigorating fragrances
*Clean out your space
*Drink invigorating herbal tea
*Diffuse invigorating fragrances into your environment
*Favor bright strong colors - reds, oranges, yellows
*Meditate twice a day to get clear on your intentions and desires
*Have a vigorous massage with warm invigorating herbalized oil
*Exercise daily

Daily Necessities
Tips & pointers for building a spiritual life from scratch

Be aware/Stay awake
Practice yoga
Chant and sing
Breathe and smile
Let Go/Forgive/Accept
Cultivate oneself/Enhance competencies
Cultivate contentment
Cultivate flexibility
Cultivate friendship and collaboration
Lighten up
Celebrate and appreciate
Give thanks
Walk softly/Live gently
Be born anew

from Awakening The Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Maya Angelou

In order to get to your dreams you have to see yourself there. You have to see yourself doing better. Use your mind to see yourself doing better. The Bible says, "As a man thinketh, so is he." Stir up the gift in you. People are waiting for your dream to come to pass. Don't give up. - Tyler Perry

Prayer for Freedom from Suffering

May all beings everywhere plagued
with sufferings of body and mind
quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power,
and may people think of befriending
one another.
May those who find themselves in trackless,
fearful wilderness--
the children, the aged, the unprotected--
be guarded by beneficent celestials,
and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.

The Buddha

14 June 2008

I am back on Spark. And it feels really good for my spirit to log on and reconnect with friends.

Weight Watchers says:

"Do not let the numbers on the scale dictate your success. Let the changes such as your eating better, being able to walk an extra block, being able to run an extra five minutes be what you go by. Then you will succeed."

Long term goals:
* 30 minutes MINIMUM of activity every day
* Better food choices
*Track food daily, even on weekends and days I overeat - accountability is key!
* Have a better frame of mind not only for weight loss, but for every day life

One of my favorite websites - http://www.chopra.com/
Another one is explaining the Chakras:

Words of Wisdom

"One whose doshas are in balance, whose appetite is good, whose tissues are functioning normally, whose wastes are in balance, and whose self, mind, and senses remain full of bliss, is called a healthy person.”
–Sushruta Samhita

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world."

Thanks for taking the time to check out my page. Feel free to leave a comment or add me as a friend. We're all in this together!

*Namaste* (I bow to the divine in you)

Member Since: 1/26/2007

Fitness Minutes: 1,886

My Goals:
1. Eat Clean
2. 30 minutes MINIMUM of activity every day
3. Be more positive
4. Have better self esteem
5. Don't be afraid to ask for help/advice if needed
6. Take time out to meditate daily
7. Stick with the personal trainer until I see the results I want
8. Maybe even compete in fitness shows

My Program:
Cardio - walking, working up to running - five times a week - would like to alternate running/walking until I can jog/run at a steady pace

Strength exercises - working out with weights 2 times a week (M & F with personal trainer)

Yoga - Rodney Yee DVD - (Tues, Thurs, Sat)

Sunday - rest, mediation, walking, and Yoga

Personal Information:
Born in Seattle, Washington, currently reside in Bremerton, Washington

Birthday: October 9th - I share this day with John Lennon and my Sparkfriend Musiqlover

Heritage: African-American, British, and Asian Indian

Married since May 6, 2007

I love all music! Examples: Marilyn Manson, Justin Timberlake, Lynyrd Skynyrd, She Wants Revenge, Def Leppard, MUSE ... my iPod has every genre on it. Even Tom Jones!

Favorite movies: The Matrix, Matrix Reloaded, and Matrix Revolutions. All of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, 300, Brown Sugar, Something New and the Spongebob Squarepants Movie.

Favorite Athletes: David Beckham and Dale Earnhardt Jr

Favorite places to visit:
London, Los Angeles, Washington DC and Hawaii

Favorite TV shows:
Rob & Big, Any good Brit-com, WorkOut with Jackie Warner, Deion & Pilar: Primetime Love, old school shows such as Emergency! and Hawaii 5-0

Other Information:
I subscribe to Oxygen fitness magazine and they have the information needed to help with weight loss/fitness goals. I also have Tosca Reno's book "The Eat Clean Diet" and a friend gave me "The Eat Clean Cookbook" - both books are great to help you along your weight loss journey.

I find motivation from people like Jackie Warner, Tosca Reno, Elaine Goodland, Maggie Diubaldo, Francisca Dennis and Jennifer Nicole Lee. I recently fulfilled my dream of getting a personal trainer. Ron McQueen/Seattle Muscle I love you!

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