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My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn't prevent you doing well, and don't regret the things it interferes with. Don't be disabled in spirit as well as physically.

Good Luck, Bad Luck. Who Knows?

An old Zen story goes like this: An old Chinese farmer had a mare that broke through the fence and ran away. When his neighbors learned of it, they came to the farmer and said, "What bad luck this is. You don't have a horse during planting season." The farmer listened and then replied, "Bad luck, good luck. Who knows?"

A few days later, the mare returned with two stallions. When the neighbors learned of it, they visited the farmer. "You are now a rich man. What good fortune this is," they said. The farmer listened and again replied, "Good fortune, bad fortune. Who knows?"

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Do You Have a Growth or Fixed Mindset?

What do you do when you're really up against a challenge?

Do you give up, thinking it's too hard for you to solve? Or is your mindset that you just haven't solved it "yet"?

Click here to watch this TED talk by Carol Dweck where she talks about the power of believing, establishing a growth mindset, and how we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems.

Maria’s Sunday Paper: My One Intention This New Year

Maria Shriver shares her intention for the year – to lead from a place of love – and why it's her toughest intention yet.

How this year she plans to show up with love – even for the people who can be tough to love:  like people who don’t show us love, the people we don’t care about, and the people who push our buttons.

How she aspires to show love and compassion for the world, versus fire and fury.

I love her words of wisdom to her children (and herself):

  • Judgments are never loving
  • Gossip is destructive
  • Shaming helps no one
  • And fighting for a better future benefits all of us

Click here to read more and be inspired by Maria Shriver’s words of wisdom for 2018.

“Awareness” by John Austin

Awareness-
her gaze is so constant,
our every move
watched
with such affection,
a ceaseless vigil
without condition
or agenda,
silent,
patient,
unrelenting in her
embrace.

There is endless room in
the heart of this lover,
infinite space for whatever
foolishness we may
toss her way.

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The Only Way to Keep Your Resolutions

Wishing you a joyful, meaningful, healthy, and prosperous 2018! Click here to read The New York Times article: The Only Way to Keep Your Resolution and learn about how compassion and gratitude are more important emotions than self-control in keeping our New Year's resolutions.

The Body Scan!

What is the body scan? A deep investigation into the moment-to-moment experiences of the body. By bringing awareness and acknowledgement to whatever you feel or sense in the body, the body scan can be very helpful in working with stress, anxiety, and physical pain.

Body Scan Recommendations (FYI, Insight Timer is a free meditation app)

  • Elisha Goldstein (30 minutes) or see on Insight Timer meditation app or click here
  • Longer vision (45 minutes) by Jon Kabat-Zinn on youtube or click here
  • Shorter version (20 minutes) by Elisha Goldstein – see on Insight Timer meditation app or click here
  • Even shorter version (10 minutes) by Elisha Goldstein on youtube or click here
  • For more information about the body scan, click here

Ring the Bells that Still Can Ring by Leonard Cohen

The birds, they sang
At the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
Has passed away
Or what is yet to be
Ah, the wars
They will be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
Bought and sold
And bought again
The dove is never free

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