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For the next two days, pick one or two of your favorite mindfulness tips:

Self Love and Approval

Loving Your Darkest Self

Empathy

Self-Truth

Peace over Power

Loving Community

The Invitation

Accepting People As They Are

Have a Sense of Humor

Your Mind Matters

Just Listen

Drop the Blame

Everything Changes

Sit each day for five minutes and reflect on those tips.  Were you able to incorporate them into you life? What were your challenges.

This ends the mindful love series.  Thank you for visiting Sally’s Healthy Living blog and look for more healthy living  posts coming up soon!

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In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that someone else will solve their problems. Every individual has a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction. Good wishes are not sufficient; we must become actively engaged. H.H. Dali Lama

 “As well as our close relationships, we all have wider connections with people across the different circles of our lives – at work, in our communities or through our social activities. Although these relationships are less deep, these are also important for happiness and wellbeing.

Having diverse social connections predicts how long we live and even impacts how resistant we are to catching colds! Our broader social networks provide a sense of belonging and influence how safe and secure we feel. Building connections in our local community contributes to our own happiness and that of those around us, enabling our communities to flourish.

Remarkable new research shows that happiness is contagious across social networks. Our happiness depends not only on the happiness of those in our direct social network, but on the happiness of the people they know too. In other words, happiness ripples out through groups of people, like a pebble thrown into a pond.

We can help to build happier communities by doing what we can to boost our own happiness and also being conscious of the impact our behavior on others. Even seemingly, small, incidental interactions, such as a friendly smile or act of kindness can make a difference – to ourselves, the people we interact with and the people they affect too.”1

My mother was a non-religious, PhD, liberal. Her children, long spread all over the world, she craved companionship and her friend, blind Billy, wasn’t cutting mustard anymore.  Then, she discovered The Breakfast Club, an eclectic group of lawyers, waitresses, plumbers, housekeepers, writers, religious, non-religious liberal and conservative locals who met daily at the local coffee shop, Russ’s Breakfast and Lunch. They talked about local issues, tried to save the world, and kept each other company in the Falls and Winters of their lives.  For at least fifteen years, she walked the half-mile pilgrimage to Russ’s.

As her Alzheimers’ progressed, neighbors stepped in, made sure she was eating, taking her medications and getting to the Dr. as needed.  Then, she had to move. The attorney stepped in, helped her sell the house, and took almost no commission. The Breakfast Club made her a memento book with stories and photos and sent it to her new home in Denver.

The Breakfast Club members had one thing in common.  They wanted community to navigate the seasons of their lives.

Saturday and Sunday’s exercise

Sit quietly for five minutes; ignore the cacophony of your mind. Imagine you are a flower, your petals about to bloom wide open and receive the sun. You provide pollen for the bees, compost for the garden and smiles for your audience.

What do you want to attract from and give to the community around you?  Identify one thing you can do to improve your relationships in your neighborhood.

 1 http://www.actionforhappiness.org/10-keys-to-happier-living/connect-with-people/details

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“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.”

― Ralph G. Nichols

Listen to people around you. Make a commitment to talk as little about yourself as possible.  Practice active listen skills.  This includes asking people “open-ended” questions.  Refrain from giving your opinion or advice. Just for today. Really dig deep to learn about other people’s lives without being intrusive.  Most people want to be heard.  And remember to listen to yourself as well.  When  you are talking with someone, how fast do you change the subject back to yourself?  How much time do you spend listening?  Do you pause when another person is talking?

This article has some GREAT tips on listening;

http://www.forbes.com/sites/womensmedia/2012/11/09/10-steps-to-effective-listening/

 

Listen image by Ky Olsen

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ky_olsen/

 

 

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This was in our neighborhood. A GREAT way to create community and make new friends.

FOX31 Denver

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LOVELAND, Colo. — One community in Loveland is doing something special for dinner … together.

The folks there are holding soup night, and it’s bringing families together to save money and create healthy food for their loved ones.

They’re called the West Endies. Visit their website for more information about soup night.

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