Goals for 2017

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Jana Green’s post about self care inspired me to make a list of goals for the new year:, a

And Brad, at Writing to Freedom, got me thinking of them as intentions.

I’ve been sitting on this post for long enough, and it’s time to put it out there!

My plans and intentions for this year are:

1. Walk around the block or swim (not around the block) at least three times per week. Who knows? This might even lead to a little jogging!

2. Stretch for at least 10 minutes each day. Putting on some music might help.

3. Take at least five minutes every day to stop and breathe, maybe in mountain pose, before and after I stretch, and hopefully, this will turn into more time in the present moment.

4. Publish my book in 2017! I’m about to send the manuscript to my line editor, that means jumping into the rest of the process: finish the painting for the back cover, decide on how the front and back cover will fit together, get an ISBN number, change the theme on “Anything is Possible!” so it has a side bar, Work on my January Newsletter, share excerpts on both of my blogs (stay tuned!), gather a team of Trust the Timing fans through a Facebook group (email me at joannesilvia@aol if your interested – even if you’re not on Facebook.)

5. Focus most of my attention on what’s positive in people in come in contact with. I often do this with my words, but I want to do it more in my thoughts. I want to have a more loving attitude about the people who are dear to me and not nitpick about the imperfections I would like to fix in them. And hey, that includes me!

6. Develop my sense of humor. I’m getting better at laughing at myself in a loving way and I want to get better at laughing when other people irritate me, though I might laugh at them in my head, in a nice way, mostly. Stream of consciousness writing has helped me with my sense of humor, so maybe I’ll practice SOC more…. Maybe someday, I’ll create an anonymous blog just for that purpose. 🙂  Won’t that be fun!

Wishing you and all those you care for a wonderful new year!

 

 

 

 

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Breath

Jenifer’s post reminds me to breathe more deeply and fully…and to let go of unhealthy expectations.

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I learned to breathe in 2012. Drawing in as much air as I could get. And releasing it fully. Deeply. What a beautiful metaphor for getting through life’s difficulty. Releasing it fully and deeply. In fact it was in breathing that I focused on releasing not only the air in my lungs but the 40 years of expectations that had kept me from breathing. Those expectations learned as far back as I can remember. Probably even earlier. Life gives you a list of expectations before you even know how to write a list.

Be quiet.
Be pretty.
Be funny.
Be strong.
Be good.

Soon you build on that list. It becomes a list of expectations of yourself to succeed.

Succeed at school.
Succeed at your past time.
Succeed in your looks.
Succeed in your relationships.
Succeed in your career.

When those successes become failures, you set a list of expectations…

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Say Om, Mom.

Anything is Possible!

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Since I’ve been writing about my son lately, It thought I’d pass along this Mother’s Day message from him, to me, to all of you who mother, that includes mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, guardians of animals and the earth. Take time to nurture you. I’m going for a nap, now. 🙂

(The card is by American Greetings.)

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Release

I would like to use this as a meditation, as a way of loving me, restoring balance, reclaiming sanity.

Radiating Blossom ~ Flowers & Words

I lay myself down
on the welcoming
ground, the earth’s
spine becoming mine.

Peace seeps into
heavy limbs and
slows my heartbeat
to the pace of nature.

I take refuge
in the quiet, and let
my burdens go,
one by one, until
the earth and I
both float in the
same vast and
holy silence.

~~ Danna Faulds ~~

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Healing Meditation

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Photo by Ayla Likens

With each breath, I am protected

by the shimmering shield of angel wings

A soft blanket of love and peace

Allows all goodness to come to me now.

Any negative energy is deflected away to be

Transformed by a Power Greater than myself

Allowing me to see beyond negativity to the True Soul.

I accept with gratitude the gift,

The healing Power of God’s Love

As it flows to every part of my being. 

I breathe it into my bones,

Into every cell of my body

and into my very soul.

As I breathe peacefully, now

I am re-nourished.

This healing Power as abundant as air

Is ever flowing

With each and every breath.

By JoAnne Silvia