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January’s Favorite Book! 2015 Mindfulness Begins Now!
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Apparently I’m a Survivor and a Thriver! Awesome!

January’s Favorite Book! 2015 Mindfulness Begins Now!

January’s favorite is here! This book is a must read for 2015! Peace Is Every Step, The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh.

This book speaks the language of simplistic awareness and allows for several opportunities to practice mindfulness in everyday life and situations.

Thich Nhat Hanh is 89 years old and has some serious wisdom that he has gained throughout his life.  He was born in Vietnam and left when he was a teenager to become a Zen Monk.  His life is filled with meaningful accomplishments and has been so very generous with his teachings through his (over 75) books, talks and founded the Van Hanh Buddhist University as well as teaching at Columbia University.  These are only a few of the places he has impacted his followers and the people who wish to become more mindful in their lives.

The foreward of this book is by his Holiness the Dalai Lama and right away you feel inspired and calm and ready to bring awareness to the forefront of your life.  This book is a huge recommend!

Love Julie

 

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Apparently I’m a Survivor and a Thriver! Awesome!

Well, if there is one thing I’ve learned over this holiday season, is that I really do like myself regardless of what I do and don’t have.  I spent a lot of time with myself, crying at first for the 24 hrs before Christmas day itself, then realizing I hold the key to leaving my house, on my own, without shame, on Christmas day. This was afterall my first holiday ever in my entire life without my son, without family, without friends, without a place to celebrate in a community and a space at the dinner table with my name on it.

img_3594-704x454The Light Bulb Moment of  Who gives a fuck that I’m alone, family is in the Valley, son is abroad, friends and neighbors are gone doing their thing, I deserve to have the best day I can, was so freeing. No pressure. It turned out to be a wonder-ful day of talking to a few new faces, seeing movies, walking my dog and enjoying a warm coffee on a beautiful blue skied, brisk day in the PNW!

What hit me was that I was surrounded by love in a variety of ways.  I spoke to family & friends, exchanged silly snapchat videos, I facebooked several others, the sunshine kissed my face and the trees all high fived me as I walked by them.   That morning as I took a shower, I said outloud to the universe, “today, (Christmas) I invite only goodness, only energy that supports me and allows me to smile from the inside out”.    Sure enough, that is exactly how my day presented itself to me.   I felt warm, loved and grateful to have a car that works,  money for the movies,  food in my fridge and my belly, my loved ones are safe and healthy, my dog is a cute snugglebunny who needs a breathmint and the freedom to do what I want with my time.  My life is good.

This was definitely a necessary and good experience as to what I really value, what I really want in my life and how I’ve always been a survivor and thriver!

I hope your days are filled with the many blessings life has to offer and may you always be present for the sunrise and sunset in your own life!

Love Julie, xo

 

 

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