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Kick in the Tush Tuesday: Spiritual Inertia Served Warm?

"Your gain is my pain. Call me."  ~  Janice Taylor,  Anti-Gravity Coach, Helping You to Rise Above and Go Beyond (self-Imposed) Limitations

“Your gain is my pain. Call me.” ~ Janice Taylor, Anti-Gravity Coach, Helping You to Rise Above and Go Beyond (self-Imposed) Limitations

Spiritual Inertia Served Warm?  Have you ever wondered how it is that after decades of time-saving inventions and new technologies that “free time” has almost disappeared from our culture?

“Lost time is never found again.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

Spiritual Inertia?
Are we time-poor, insolvent, bankrupt? Is “free time” a relic of the past? If this is the case, I do believe that we are in trouble. It could be that we are headed for spiritual inertia.

The great masters tell us that we need to carve out daily time for solitude. Not just to get away from the kids, or our boss, or the white noise of the day. Rather, we need to carve out a time where we can sit in solitude; a time in which we can explore our inner landscapes and unearth our passions and our purpose.

You may have imagined using your free time, your hour of solitude to head to the spa for a mani/pedi or a massage, or perhaps, you envisioned taking a solo stroll through the park. Lovely and worthwhile, I am sure.

Living With Meaning and Purpose
Consider utilizing this time to delve deep into your soul, to explore, investigate, to wonder – “what might I do that can give me the sense, the satisfaction, that I have lived fully and with meaning.”

If you already living what you deem an authentic life, with purpose and meaning, then ask yourself how you might carve out more time for inner exploration, remembering that time is the most precious of commodities. With all our brilliant technology, we’ve not found a way to manufacture more time.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs

Find Time for More Time
Don’t allow time to slip through your fingertips. Today, think about your day and find time for more time!

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Janice Taylor, Anti-Gravity Coach, Life Coach, Weight Loss Expert
Weight Loss Expert, Author, Artist, Positarian
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Puzzled? 20 Elephant Facts that Warm the Soul

Elephants

MaMa and Baby ~ Photograph taken by Janice Taylor

A few days ago, I had the supreme pleasure of visiting Reid Park Zoo (Tucson), home to Baby Nandi, the cutest baby elephant ever! As you click through this week’s Get Jiggy JigSaw Puzzle, “Baby Nandi,” chew on these 20 amazing Elephant facts!  My favorite fact is #16, although I’m fairly smitten with fact #19.

And you?  What’s your favorite elephant fact?

Did you know that:

  1. The Elephant is the only mammal that can not jump.
  2. Elephants are the largest land animals in the world.
  3. The heaviest elephant on record was an adult male African elephant who weighed in at 24,000 pounds!  He was 13 feet tall (to the shoulder)!
  4. The heart of an elephant weighs somewhere between 27 to 46 pounds.
  5. Wild elephants eat 200-400 pounds of food daily and they need about 30 gallons of water per day, as well.
  6. Their brain is 3 or 4 times larger than that of humans, yet proportionally smaller.
  7. Their pulse rate is 27.
  8. They can live to be over 70 years old.
  9. Their skin is an inch thick.
  10. At the age of 16, an elephant can reproduce.  They rarely have more than four children throughout their lifetime.
  11. They have the longest pregnancy of all animals: 22 months from conception to birth.
  12. At birth, an elephant calf weighs in at approximately 230 lbs!
  13. They have four molars. Each one weighs in at 5 pounds and is the size of a brick.
  14. Elephants cry, play, have incredible memories, and laugh.
  15. Elephant feet are covered in a soft padding that help uphold their weight, prevent them from slipping, and dull any sound. Therefore elephants can walk almost silently!
  16. Elephants are highly sensitive and caring animals. If a baby elephant complains, the entire family will rumble and go over to touch and caress it. Elephants express grief, compassion, self-awareness, altruism and play.
  17. Elephants have greeting ceremonies when a friend that has been away for some time returns to the group.
  18. They are social creatures and are known to “hug” by wrapping their trunks together in displays of greeting and affection.
  19. Elephants pay homage to the bones of their dead by gently touching the skulls and tusks with their trunks and feet. When an elephant walks past a place that a loved one has died, he/she will stop dead still; a silent and empty pause that can last several minutes.
  20. And finally, should you want to talk to an Elephant, try purring.  They purr like cats do, as a means of communication.Click through “Baby Nandi.”Send the postcard version of “Baby Nandi, e-card” to a friend!

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    Weight Loss Expert, Author, Artist, Positarian
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#OneWord Thursday: #Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.

"Dog Sitting, Contemplating the Moment" by Janice Taylor, Weight Loss Coach, Author, Artist, Positarian

“Dog Contemplating the Moment” by Janice Taylor, Weight Loss Coach, Author, Artist, Positarian

While in a poetic state of mind, I wondered if poetry were a reduction sauce might its flavor be an intensified form of “seeing;” a way of acutely observing the physical landscapes, both personal and geographic, of our lives. Might poetry be a form of mindfulness, a way to tap into the moment, into the now?

This speculating inspired my search for poetic quotes. Bite size words that together inspire and shed light on the precious nature of being alive in this very second.

10 Poetic Glimpses and Glances Into Being Alive

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?” ~ mary oliver

“If you’re reading this…
Congratulations, you’re alive.
If that’s not something to smile about,
then I don’t know what is.” ~ chad sugg

“Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.” ~ e.e. cummings

“One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters…
But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose.
But get drunk.” ~ charles baudelaire

“Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.” ~lawrence ferlinghetti

“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.” ~ william Shakespeare

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
and I choose the one less traveled by, and that has made
all the difference.” ~ robert frost

“All that we see or seem
is but a dream within a dream.” ~ edgar allen poe

“Could I have been anyone other than me?” ~ dave matthews from Dancing Nancies

“Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box,
They tumble blindly as they make their way
across the universe.” ~ the beatles, across the universe

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Janice Taylor, Anti-Gravity Coach, Life Coach, Weight Loss Expert
Weight Loss Expert, Author, Artist, Positarian
——————————————————————————-
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How to Turn Extreme Happiness Into Misery In Under One Minute

Extreme Supreme Happiness? by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Weight Loss Expert, Author, Artist, Positarian

Extreme Supreme Happiness? by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Weight Loss Expert, Author, Artist, Positarian

“When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.”  ~Lao Tzu

I don’t know about you (although I could make a guess), but I have super powers — an innate ability, a real knack for the “miserable.” I have the power to be in a bliss state, and in a New York minute, I can and do turn supreme happiness on its ear.

I have, built within me, a machine that bends, twists and morphs true delight and cheery into despondent, dejected and down. I call it the JEM machine.

JEM: Judgment + Expectations = Miserable

Just this morning, I woke up with a smile on my face, humming a happy tune. I poured myself a cup of coffee, and started to think about our new home, which I initially loved.

Thinking was my first misstep. As they say, “What was she thinking?” In this case, “Why was she thinking?” And… Did you pick up on the “initially?”

My mind continued to spin JEM thoughts.

But now — “it seems a tad small, and what about the view, or lack thereof? I expected the closets to hold more.”

After I created a bucket-load of unhappy pointed at my external life, I looked in the mirror, which one should never do first thing in the morning, and started to send mixed messages to myself about the state of my face. “You look good… for your age. Not too many lines. Your jowls don’t need to be lifted, yet.” I am telling you, my “deflating” abilities are off the charts.

It’s one thing to judge thyself, but what about the myriad of folks who cross our path each and every day? Ideally, it would be helpful to see people as souls fulfilling their life missions rather than disordered personalities. It would be good to remember that our judgment is based on that which lives outside of our conscious understanding and is merely a reflection of what we perceive as our own lacking.

Oh, if only I were that enlightened; if only I were filled with compassion, understanding, loving-kindness, awareness and insight every moment of the day. Alas, I am merely an evolving human being.

Misery On Board. My JEM machine seems to work better than my vital organs!

We are judging machines. From the moment we get out of bed and pour that first cup of coffee (or the hot equivalent), the judgment begins. “This coffee is sublime.” Or, “The coffee isn’t strong or hot enough.”

And how about those expectations? Even when we think we do not have expectations, we do.

What to do? Should we stick our head in the sand and allow our minds to continue to spin webs of unhappy? I vote “no.”

Awareness is our first step. As we become aware of our judging thoughts, let’s practice “It Just Is.”

Want to participate in an experiment? Instead of labeling things as “good” or “bad,” instead of judging every little thing, how about we simply say, “it just is.”

The number on the scale — “it just is.” Your breakfast — “it just is.” The country’s state of affairs — “it just is.” (Oh boy, that’s a hard one. I may have to pull the duct tape out and seal my mouth and mind shut). It’s neither “good” nor “bad”; “it just is.”

If things are neither good nor bad; if things “just are,” you can alleviate the push n’ pull, the ups n’ downs of good vs. bad.

“It just is” is a place of balance. In this place of balance you can learn “acceptance,” and you will see things in an entirely new light, and with it, your expectations will dissipate into thin air! (Thin translating to good for many. J )

Try “it just is” on for size and see what could happen!

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Janice Taylor, Anti-Gravity Coach, Life Coach, Weight Loss Expert
Weight Loss Expert, Author, Artist, Positarian
——————————————————————————-
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