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Make Every Second Count!

January 9, 2015

The year 2015 started off with some very sad news for me. On Jan 1, 2015, my friend, Mark, who I paddled with on a dragon boat team called the Gift of Life, passed away unexpectedly. The Gift of Life Dragon Boat Team is comprised of individuals who actively promote organ donor registration and transplantation. Many on the team are organ recipients.

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Mark is in the first row, second from the right.

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Celebrate Life!

October 21, 2013

Perspective is so important. Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is a miracle.”

What is your perspective on turning older? How do you feel when your birthday approaches? I have a friend who just recently turned 50 years old. She told me she was so depressed at the thought of turning 50, that she cried all night before her 50th birthday.


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Don’t Go To Bed Angry!

September 5, 2013

Anger can be an ugly beast. Yes, sometimes, there is room for righteous anger. The kind of anger we feel when we think justice has not been served, or when we’re angry that something cruel and heartless has happened. Perhaps, we feel we have a right to be angry when senseless acts take place, and lives are lost or hurt.

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Live Fearlessly!

May 27, 2013

There is so much happening now in the world that we have no control over: the political and economic situation, the natural disasters, the crime, the violence, and the wars. I could go on, but, I’m sure you get the picture. How can we stop ourselves from being fearful?

At a personal level, are you scared of your future? Are you worried about your career, your health, your relationships, or your finances? Is that worry accompanied by fear?

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Can you meditate your pain away? In my last blog post, Meditate To Reduce Stress, I wrote about how meditation reduces stress and improves your health. Here, I will specifically address how meditation can reduce pain.

Meditation involves training the mind. By meditating, you can release stress and tension in your body caused by the pain that you are experiencing. When you feel pain, these feelings are not just physical, but are emotional and mental as well. By relaxing and focusing your mind on places and feelings other than the present pain, you can reduce your pain. It may take some time and practice to learn to reduce pain by meditating, but I encourage you to try it.

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I am so saddened by the tragic events which occurred at the Boston Marathon. My heart is heavy wondering how someone can commit such heinous crimes. So senseless! Such disregard for human life. How can so many innocent lives be lost and harmed at an event which is symbolic of perseverance, strength, hope, and inspiration for its participants and spectators?

How do we recover from the images we have seen and cries we have heard? How do we cope with our feelings of anger, sadness, helplessness, fear, and even hate for those who perpetuated these horrific acts of violence?

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Photo Credit: Paulo Brandão via Compfight cc

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