November 30, 2013

Well it was a pretty awesome day.  Our float rocked in the parade today, what a blast!!  The sun shone, everybody was happy, life is good….and I am glad we have scheduled a day of R&R tomorrow.  It has been a busy couple of days with lots of fresh air and exercise!!

The stress reduction mindfulness group therapy course I have been taking is awesome.  I had no idea how much my body was aching due to stress and how much paying attention to myself and my body would help make me feel so much better.  I have been able to reach the stage of MS? That is two letters in the alphabet.  Life is a challenge, and I am bringing me back to life, one day at a time, one moment at a time…..but I still lost my phone in my back pocket :).

I know I still have a way to go, but I no longer have the same fear, or anxiety that I had.  Being mindful, at work, at home, for children, for life, is getting a lot of press lately, and rightfully so.  Some, come by it naturally, some like me, need a good dose of learning.  I never thought I could benefit from group therapy, but the ability to see how others benefit in their daily life from learning the same simple techniques for daily living is motivational.   Whether you have lost a loved one, have a chronic illness, depression, or work stress, the course I am taking benefits all.  Dr. Bill Knight teaches this 12 week course on mindfulness, and I endorse it wholeheartedly.

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Had a great day, even in the rain!!

I know, it is hard to believe, but I had a good day today.  Yes, it is kinda cold and miserable outside, but I had a great nights sleep, which makes such a difference.  No headache also awesome.  I am in the middle of a 12 week group therapy course Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program.  I am finding it challenging, amazing, life changing and a lot of homework.  Worth every minute.  There is a lot more being done lately with Mindfulness, even in the school system.

It was great to get out of the house and get some fresh air, even if only for a couple of hours – we got out to the gun club, was good to see some of the guys and see if my aim was still on.  It takes concentration, focus, coordination, and memory to remember all the SAFE things to do with the handgun before I even lift it to aim at the target.  My partner has expanded my appreciation for different handguns, how they are engineered, the safety components required.  Not something I grew up with, and I certainly have a lot more respect for the girls at work who have taken the course.

I am reading Tami Hoeg’s new book “The 9th Girl” and I am enjoying it immensely.  My keyboard is nuts right now. signing off.