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6 Ways to Flow Like Bo: Learn About Creativity and Joy from First Puppy Bo Obama

My friend and colleague, Susan K. Perry and I were discussing how Bo Obama, the first puppy, rollicks on the White House lawn in a natural state of joy, exuberance, with complete abandon; essentially in a constant state of Flow!
Flow is the mental state in which a person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing by a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity; wherein time disappears.
It occurred to us that we stand to learn a lot from Bo, so together, we came up with these …
Six Ways to Flow Like Bo: Learn About Creativity and Joy from First Puppy, Bo Obama.
1. Play Like a Puppy. You may be an adult, but if you access your playful puppy side like Bo, you will find your creativity enhanced many times over.
A playful attitude loosens up the mental connections, which will allow you to combine ideas in new ways, lifts your mood and emotions, boosts your immunity, and it strengthens and intensifies your charisma. (And is not Bo the most charismatic ever?!) Being playful helps you to live in the moment!
2. Sniff Out Novelty. Like an energetic pooch, always seek out new sights, sounds, and smells. The stimulation of novelty keeps you alert and aware and engaged in whatever you’re doing.
Puttering (or playing!!!) in the garden (I’ve got Lemon Thyme growing in my living room!), enjoying the tactile experience of a massage, or just sitting and people watching, taking in the sights, smells and sounds, can relieve boredom!
3. Make Mistakes. That’s how puppies learn, and that’s how creative people learn. Never fret too long over failures. They’re a requirement for growth.
Mistakes a.k.a. failure is the number ONE KILLER of Grand plans and Great Schemes! In all likelihood it started when you were young; you failed at something, maybe got a big fat “F” in school, or failed to get on the cheerleading squad. (Ha! Like I even tried.) Who knows what you failed at, but you did … we all did … and some of us soaked in those feelings from failure and decided consciously or unconsciously in that snapshot of a moment, on a deep level, to protect ourselves at ALL COSTS!
And so I say to you today, let’s turn that all around and “Let’s CELEBRATE failure!”
4. Don’t Store Energy. Just sitting there combating the urge to do something, your body stores the calories you take in, and you get dull. Instead, move around like a healthy animal. Make use of those calories to jolt your body and brain into full alertness. Successful creative individuals take walks or otherwise keep the blood and oxygen moving to the brain. You’ll think better.
Walking stimulates the brain to release endorphins and increases the production of the neurotransmitters serotonin, the body’s natural mood elevator. Literally, walking, romping, moving makes us happy.
5. Appreciate Those Who Care for You. If Bo doesn’t make loving puppy eyes at his new masters, how long do you think they’ll be entranced with him? Everyone likes to be appreciated, so make like a happy pet and show your gratitude.
That sets off a positive cycle of joy that moves easily back and forth between you and your loved ones; those who care for you in any and every way.
Manifesting circles of joy are a wonderful and meaningful way to add an extra boost of energy to our goals and intentions. Knowing you’re supported is a plus for being creative.
6. Learn New Tricks. Stuck doing nothing but sudoku day and night? You may be having a good time, but your brain will benefit by mixing it up. Try another kind of puzzle, if that’s your thing, or take a short course in something utterly new to you.
According to the Department of Neurobiology in the Duke University Medical Center, you can keep your brain nimble and ready for new challenges with neurobics. Neurobics help stimulate the brain’s activity, change the patterns of activity in your brain and create new connections in areas that process sensory input.
Neurobics can be done just about anywhere and at anytime. The trick is to utilize your five physical senses (see, hear, taste, feel, smell) and your emotional sense in unconventional ways. In order to WAKE UP, you want to shake up and break up your mental routine!
More Happy Links:
Reduce Belly Fat: The Happiness Cure
What’s YOUR Stay-Fat Strategy?
Lose It @ Kripalu!
Creating-In-Flow, Susan K. Perry
Spread the flowing word … NOT the icing!
Janice and Susan
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Janice Taylor is a Life & Wellness Coach, specializing in weight loss, reinvention, transformation & happiness, author, seminar leader and 50-pound-BIG-Time-LOSER! Write Janice for an Introductory Coaching Session.
For more motivation and inspiration, join the Kick in the Tush Club: Beliefnet Chapter.
Pick up a copy of Janice’s latest: All Is Forgiven, Move ON ~ Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville!
“Janice Taylor is a certain kind of kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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QUIZ: Are YOU a Food Addict?

Weight Loss Coach logo.jpg What characterizes a food addiction?
Simply put, you no longer feel that you have the choice to stop eating. The foods seems stronger than you. The food also gives you a false sense of pleasure; pleasure that inevitably turns into pain.
ONE QUESTION QUIZ:
Does this describe your relationship with food?
Yes or No?
Please comment below! What’s your ‘food relationship’ like?
Need HELP?
How to STOP Eating!
How Will You SHOW UP Today?
Who’s Foolin’ Who: CRUMBS COUNT!
This tasty tidbit was based on Eckhart Tolle’s definition of addiction from the book, The Power of Now.
Spread the word … NOT the icing!
Janice
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Janice Taylor is a Life & Wellness Coach, specializing in weight loss, reinvention, transformation & happiness, author, seminar leader and 50-pound-BIG-Time-LOSER! Write Janice for an Introductory Coaching Session.
For more motivation and inspiration, join the Kick in the Tush Club: Beliefnet Chapter.
Pick up a copy of Janice’s latest: All Is Forgiven, Move ON ~ Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville!
“Janice Taylor is a certain kind of kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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Dr. Laura: Mean-Spirited; Anti-Fat

Here’s what Kick in the Tush Club member, Nathanne, has to say about Dr. Laura and “her horrible attitude toward overweight people.” (She was inspired to speak out by last week’s post “Governor Paterson Declares War!”
Dear Janice ~ The war I want to declare is on Dr. Laura for her horrible attitude toward overweight people. A lady called, was married a long time, gained 40 lbs. after having kids, and her husband says he is not attracted to her anymore because she’s overweight. The husband is no hunk anymore, also overweight, bald and cranky. So what does the great Dr. Laura say to this poor woman? In her all time bitchiest voice she said, “Your husband deserves a thin wife, not some flabby wife who let herself go.” The woman was so browbeaten she just started crying, and didn’t yell back.
I got so mad I wrote Dr. Laura an email. I told her that this woman had the body that gave her husband kids, made a home for him, and was there for him through thick and thin. He had some nerve throwing her to the curb just because she gained some weight. Mother Nature throws some real curve balls at women when they have kids, or just get older. I sent Dr. Laura the link to the article about how mammals store fat, and I reminded her that not all of us have a personal trainer and personal chef like she does.
I also told her my daughter is a registered dietitian who has lost 80 lbs. over 10 years, and it’s the hardest thing she ever had to do. And the weight always threatens to creep back so she has to be super vigilant all the time, and exercise like crazy. It takes Knowledge and Kindness to help people with their weight, and since Dr. Laura has neither, she is not in any position to give advice about losing weight. When people call her about legal problems, she’s real humble, tells them to go to a lawyer. But she thinks she can dish out advice about losing weight when she has no expertise at all in nutrition and dietetics. Same goes for Gov. Paterson…what a dumb thing for him to say.
I haven’t heard from her, and I probably never will. Which is fine by me. I just want her to watch her big mouth.
After I read your “Governor Paterson Declares War” column. I decided to tell you about it. Thanks for reading my rant. ~ Nathanne
Dear Nathanne ~ I am going to do some investigative reporting on this. You said it all! Thank YOU for your brilliant ‘rant.’ ~ Janice
Want more ‘Fat-News?’
Governor Paterson Declares War!
Kathy Ireland: Overweight. Overwhelmed.
Star Jones: Addicted. Depressed. Honest.
Spread the word … NOT the icing!
Janice

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Janice Taylor is a Life & Wellness Coach, specializing in weight loss, reinvention, transformation & happiness, author, seminar leader and 50-pound-BIG-Time-LOSER! Write Janice for an Introductory Coaching Session.
For more motivation and inspiration, join the Kick in the Tush Club: Beliefnet Chapter.
Pick up a copy of Janice’s latest: All Is Forgiven, Move ON ~ Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville!
“Janice Taylor is a certain kind of kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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American Idol: Gay Contestants? Does Anyone Care?

This past weekend, the New York Times published an article by Guy Trebay:
American Idol’s Big Tease.
Guy Trebay writes: “You are Adam Lambert, the contestant widely tipped as a favorite to be the next winner of “American Idol.” And the only thing standing between you and riches and the chance to play arenas may be a question currently burning up the Internet: Can a gay contestant win?”
I am burning with curiosity. What I’d like to know is this: Does anyone care if Adam Lambert is gay or not? Is this an issue?
Please weigh-in!
Leave your comment … does anyone care? Is this an issue?
For more American Idol:
Adam Lambert’s Mad World
Adam Lambert’s Tracks of My Tears.
Kelly Clarkson’s Weight Gain.

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