The top three goals or resolutions that people set each year are:
- Lose weight
- Get organized
- Live life to the fullest
These are worthy goals that will certainly improve your quality of life. So, why do the majority of people fail each year to accomplish these resolutions?
If you have struggled with your weight, it’s not easy to change habits. Eating less and exercising more seems simple enough, but why you overeat, eat unhealthy food and don’t exercise enough can… Continue reading
The world wants to steal your peace. Your mind wants to steal your peace. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27
The world and your mind will steal your peace by what you focus on. Focus on the media bombarding you with images and messages of fear… Continue reading
Your attitude and how you view the world can translate to mean that it’s full of beauty, wonderful people and experiences. Or your attitude and view may translate to mean that you expect fear, dread and miserable people around each corner!
On a trip to Italy, I experienced great beauty. However, in Rome, the streets were packed with people. Rome was celebrating a holiday, so it was unusually crowded. At times, it became difficult to walk or to get close… Continue reading
Stress can come from harried schedules, crazy work deadlines, caring for aging parents and life events (expected or unexpected).
But another kind of stress I found surprising was revealed in a book called Living a Life that Matters by Harold Kushner. The following are three ways to reduce stress and find inner peace.
1) Live from your Values
Kushner’s definition of stress is: “Stress (which can affect us physically) may be as much a question of a compromise of values… Continue reading
If you are yearning for a simple, joy-filled life, as opposed to a complicated, over-committed, stress-filled life, these six simple steps will help you. The steps are in the form of an acronym: S.I.M.P.L.E
S – Stop, Step One
If your life is out of control, if you are over committed, just stop. Catch your breath and do an inventory of your commitments.
Do you really have to serve on those four committees?
Do your children need to be on… Continue reading
Learning to be still through meditation and letting go and letting God are the subjects in this video and podcast link (below). Join me, Jackie Trottmann and host Graeme Hopkins as I share my story of going from losing my mind, to finding peace and freedom. Graeme’s show is called, “Be Empowered.”
• The importance of being still and how meditation can help
• Why holding onto the past and holding onto judgments will literally weigh you… Continue reading
Today you have a new start. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is yet to come.
What have you learned from the past that can help you today?
What do you want to accomplish today?
Today is a gift of twenty-four precious hours. Begin today with thoughts of gratitude. Before you rush out, give thanks for what you have.
Today, make time for love and laughter.
When today is done, end today with more thoughts of gratitude. Ask yourself, “Did I… Continue reading
Letting go is scary. Letting go means letting go of control. No one wants to be out of control. But you can’t control everything. You can’t control outcomes. You have to let it go.
Letting go means trusting God. The outcome is in God’s hands. God knows every situation and what is on every person’s heart. The sooner you let go and let God handle a challenge or problems, the sooner you will feel lighter.
My friend Jill… Continue reading
The top ten inspirational photos with quotes are taken from my Facebook page. As with The Guided Life Ezine, my inspiration comes from a variety of places. Most of that inspiration seems to be coming from nature or from animals. My yellow lab Wilson is a source of inspiration 1) because he is so handsome and 2) he is so silly…. as you will see. He received the most views so far from my postings.
Thanks to the iPhone,… Continue reading
To meditate or not meditate, that is the question. Meditation has been a spiritual practice for centuries. Reducing stress, gaining focus and developing a deeper relationship with God are all benefits. So, why would anyone even question to practice meditation with so many benefits?
The two reasons I believe that people don’t even try meditation are:
- It takes a commitment of time
- People are afraid of losing control
While every one of us is given a 24 hour day, everyone seems to be time poor. We’ve been taught that time is money, not to waste time, and somehow, if we are not busy or doing something we are unproductive.
The perception of sitting and “doing nothing” for 10-15 minutes, doesn’t put meditation on the priority list. I used to think that way too until I turned to meditation out of desperation. (You can listen to this story.)
The truth is, meditation is not doing nothing. It’s a powerful tool to silence the voices of anxiety, doubt, self-criticism and fear. Meditation quiets the mind and allows you to actually think more clearly. This quieting allows you to respond instead of reacting because of having more peace.