AIR ~ Movement of the Day: Day 100 of the 100 Day Challenge! YOU DID IT. 100 days of Tabata. Moving and disciplining your body for your health and a good cause! Hopefully you’re able to make it to Hampton today to celebrate with us and do your 100th Tabata in the sunshine with all your fellow fundraisers! If not, tune into the site later today for pictures and video of our Movement of the Day!
Journal: We simply never know what tomorrow will hold. Maybe it’s the breakthrough we’ve been dreaming of … or the opportunity we’ve waited years for! Choosing to believe that your life is moving towards the life you’ve always wanted will shape and color the decisions you make today. What are you believing for your life? Write in your journal today three of your greatest dreams – one for a month from now – one for a year from now – and one for five years from now. Describe each one in detail – what does it look like? Smell like? Feel like? It’s up to you to believe big things for that extraordinary life of yours… [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality. ~ Anwar Sadat
Essential Element: Who do you spend your time with and what behaviors do they promote? Where you spend your time and with whom can be two of the most influential forces in your change effort’s success – or failure. Choose them well. [Click to read Spark Insight: 'Creating Change'].
Journal: The fabric of our thoughts are woven by many threads – and the people we spend time with make up a number of them. List the 5 people you’ve spent the most time in communication with over the last month – via calls, email, texting, or in person. These are the people adding to the fabric of your thoughts. What have you gained from them? What have you felt yourself loosing? Consider the answer to these in your journal today… [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
Journal: You’ll see this author a number of times in our posts this week. His wisdom on the rest, repair and refreshment, and its essentiality to human life, is incomparable. The simple act of reading allows our brains to recognize time-less truths that our time-constricted lives crave. Test it out this week. Borrow/buy/eBook a piece on rest – and read just a few chapters. Journal your responses and jot down quotes that engage your brain. Leave one for us to read too on Today’s Bonfire post. (Our suggestion: Wayne Mueller’s Book, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in our Daily Lives)[Click here for additional Journal exercises]
Journal: One of the greatest gifts of knowing others … is being known. Yet allowing ourselves to BE known, and to be called out when necessary, takes some serious humility. Who in your life is willing to ‘calmly call your bluff’? When is the last time you let them do so? List their names in your journal – and, if you can remember it, the last time each of them called you out. As iron sharpens iron, so those that know us best, sharpen us most. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you. ~ Frederick Buechner
Journal: What tribes do you belong to? Which have you chosen – and which have chosen you? List in your journal the groups, clubs, organizations, etc that you belong to. Next to each of them, jot down the greatest value these ‘tribes’ add to your life. Let this recognition allow appreciation for the tribes you belong to… [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
FUEL ~ Dish of the Day: This Rosemary Chicken is so simple, yet so delicious (and it’s relatively quick and easy to prepare and cook). One of the keys is using quality chicken, and quality seasonings – sea salt, cracked pepper, and fresh rosemary, if desired. [Click here for additional Recipes]
SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: If the only prayer you say your entire life is ‘thank you’ that would suffice. ~ Meister Eckhart
Journal: You know that thing that’s irking you most right now? That last thing you’d think of saying if someone asked you today, “What are you grateful for?”? Write it down in your journal. Below it, right down three things you will give thanks for around that very hardship. For example: My financial situation is dire and unchanging. I am grateful for: a. the closeness of my family through it all b. the friends I have who love and support me c. the opportunity this provides for discovery of new gifts/people/elements of life. Allow this simple and challenging act to illuminate your heart to see more than just what’s been glaring at you … [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
Journal: Without challenge, we simply don’t grow. Visualize the co-worker who challenges you to your core. Write out in your journal the way they challenge you most. Consider this: Instead of simply acting as your opponent (which is how it may feel) what if they are put in your life to serve you? To move you towards a more flexible, compassionate, stronger you? Are you letting them? [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
Journal: In your journal – list three habits you have adopted over the last month – either intentionally or unintentionally. How have they impacted your life? What influence have they had on your head space? Have they afforded you greater capacity to be present in the moment? Now consider a habit you haven’t had the courage to put into practice. THIS is your week… Make it happen. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
Journal: There is magic in the morning hours – but only if we are awake to see them. Before getting to the ‘musts’ of your morning, take some time to fuel your motivation. Give your brain something to be inspired by. Write down in your journal a quote or a scripture, something you’ve ‘chewed on’ for inspiration that morning. At the end of the week, take a few minutes to go back and read your morning inspirations. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
Journal: It’s no coincidence that the word ‘journey’ and ‘journaling’ derive themselves from the same root word. Journaling is an effective way for us to chronicle this fantastic and remarkable ‘journey’ called life. List in your journal today three events you’ve experience over the last month that you had absolutely no hand in coordinating. Good, bad, or otherwise- how did you respond? [Click here for additional Journal exercises]