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What is your Word for 2015?

My2015Word

First of all, Happy New Year! May your dreams come true in 2015.

Did you set some resolutions for 2015? I haven’t.

Instead of resolutions that might last only few weeks, here is an exercise that you could do: think about your vision and intentions for 2015.

  • What would you like to achieve?
  • How would you like to feel?
  • What would you be doing in a year from now?
  • Where will you be?

Find a quiet time for you to reflect on what happened on 2014, then set your dreams for 2015. In order to make them happen, you will have to clarify where you want to go and the steps to follow.

Think of a word that would empower you and would keep you on track with your intentions. Write down your word and display it somewhere you can see it everyday to help you keep moving toward your vision. The word could be anything such as a verb (grow, shine, do, achieve, give, etc.), a noun or an adjective, as long as it helps you live a wonderful year in 2015.

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Holidays

Soft Fluffy Feathers

Could you list the name of five people who matter to you? Once you have your list, did you have the occasion to get in touch with them lately?

If not, you still have the opportunity to let them know that you think of them. Sending them your wishes does not take that much time but showing them that you value your friendships or family is something that will last forever.

Slow down today and be present with the people who surround your life.

Merry Christmas to you!

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Thank You

Thanksgiving

Today, the United States are celebrating Thanksgiving. I am grateful everyday to have in my life wonderful friends and family. And I will never say enough how lucky I feel.

To my dear readers: Thank You for passing by this blog. You have the power to spread happiness around you and I hope to be part of this journey with you.

Wishing you a good day!

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How to train your mind with meditation techniques in 10 minutes

Meditation

If, like me, you are novice to meditation and think that you can’t stop your brain from thinking about multiple things when you try to meditate, here is a fun application I found several days ago: Headspace.

My quest to meditation

I have never done any meditation sessions in my life even though it is supposed to have lots of benefits including stress and anxiety relief, better sleep, decreased blood pressure, etc.

Several months ago, after reading articles online about how to meditate, I decided to give it a try by blocking few minutes each morning to meditate.

Unsuccessful experience

The results were not conclusive as I found myself thinking about new ideas or planning my work day. I would then tell myself “stop thinking!”, or question myself “can I stop thinking?”. I gave up after few days with the conclusion that meditation was not for me. I only learned recently that one way to avoid those thoughts to disturb your meditation is to simply recognized them by saying to yourself “I am thinking” and then focus back on your breathing.

Online solution

Several days ago, I read an article about the company Headspace that developed a simple online tool to help you meditate. My curiosity brought me to sign up for their free trial. I haven’t used their paid services so I can’t tell you about their benefits. However, the free 10-day program can already be an easy start to bring some peaceful time to your mind with the help of a voice that would tell you what to do during 10 minutes.

You can use the application online or download it to your smartphone. It is still a new experiment for me, but since then, I was able to “meditate” for a short period of time (5 minutes) by myself with just focusing on my breathing.

Let me know how you managed to meditate for the first time.

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Take the time to send real notes

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Handwritten notes

Few days ago, one of my friends sent me by mail an article that she read in The New York Times. She also attached a note to the article that she cut, explaining why she thought that I would be interested in reading it. This is much more powerful than an email sent with a link to an online article.

This friend retired end of last year. She was using emails at work but since she retired, she did not feel the need to use emails as she does not have any computer or smartphone.

Taking the time to really communicate

We communicate or plan events with each other mainly by phone or sometimes by mail (she is very good in sending Thank You notes!), and it works pretty well. Each time we meet for a coffee, we would block in our agenda a date for our next meeting.

I know that some of her friends would like her to use emails but I have never felt that it was necessary. I also think that I like to keep it that way because it reminds me of how people were communicating with each other in the past and were maybe closer to each other.

Send a note to someone

It will probably take more than 5 minutes of your time, but that will make your gift even more precious: why not sending a card or a note this week to a person that you have not contacted for a while? I bet that you will feel happy when you mail your note and that you will make someone else smile!