SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: The shorter way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time. ~ Mozart
Essential Element: We are all programmed with a set of Innate Values. These values promote characteristics that conveyed some level of reproductive or survival advantage over the millennia. They are hard-wired into your genome. Adherence to the behaviors that are congruent with these values produces emotions and feelings of happiness and fulfillment [click here to read Spark Insight: Balance].
Journal: The human brain is designed to focus on one thing at a time; to be wholehearted and single-minded. We are most fulfilled (and most effective) when we go with nature, rather than multi-tasking against it. Think through your typical work day. Jot down in your journal your typical times of greatest productivity/effectiveness. Note whether these are times of concentrated energy or scatter-brained focus. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. ~ Frederick Keonig Essential Element: The best description of the optimal wellness mindset is ultimately peace of mind. Individuals who enjoy peace of mind do not necessarily experience fewer challenges or opposition in their lives; they simply choose healthier responses. [click here to read 'The Art of Gratitude'] Journal: We tend to think in “If Only’s.” What if we trained our thinking to be in “Grateful for’s” instead? List three things that have changed the shape of your week this week. Choose one thing you can be grateful for in each of these. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
AIR ~ Movement of the Day: Push Jerk Don’t be fooled – this is not some “over the top” Olympic weight lifting move. This is actually very scalable – meaning you could do this with a broom handle if that’s all you felt you could handle. The benefit to the shoulders, upper back, and postural muscles qualifies it as a ‘must do’ exercise for everybody. [Click here for additional Workouts]
SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: Let us strive to improve ourselves, for we cannot remain stationary; one either progresses or retrogrades. ~Mme. Du Deffand Essential Element: When it comes to personal change, you must be specific and concrete about what it is that you are trying to accomplish. [click to view Spark Insight - Creating Change] Journal: List 3 challenges you’re facing right now. Are they getting in the way of what you’d originally set out to accomplish? Now write down three action steps for each challenge that will move you closer to overcoming them. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]