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AFTER A WHILE

Day after day in the surgery we hear about the hardships and sadnesses. Often  what we hear or read in the news is all too much and many people have stopped watching or reading the news as they can’t cope with what they see or read. Many of us have challenges of our own which are a struggle in themselves and hearing about things which we can’t do anything about is all too much. For those who do struggle or know what it is like to go through bad times this poem might strike a note.

After a while – Veronica A. Shoffstall

After a while you learn
the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn
that love doesn’t mean leaning
and company doesn’t always mean security.
And you begin to learn
that kisses aren’t contracts
and presents aren’t promises
and you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of woman, not the grief of a child
and you learn
to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow’s ground is
too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down
in mid-flight.
After a while you learn
that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone
to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure
you really are strong
you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn
with every goodbye, you learn…

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Posted by on October 24, 2015 in Training and Advice

 

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SIMPLE RULES TO BE HAPPY

Happiness is defined as a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging  from contentment to intense joy.

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I would like to share this short story my daughter sent me yesterday:-

The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully
dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably
coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind,
moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed
away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing
home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she
maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description
of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on
her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an
eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.
“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.”
“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is
something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not
doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my
mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every
morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed
recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no
longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.
Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new
day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in
my life.”

She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw
from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a
lot of happiness in the bank account of memories Thank you for your
part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.”

And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less

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Posted by on October 20, 2015 in Training and Advice

 

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MINDFULNESS FOR EVERYONE

Last year I blogged about mindfulness and recommending this has become an integral part of our practice as we constantly see patients faced with the stress of modern living. For those that are not aware of mindfulness, which involves meditation, is defined as:-

 “the intentional, accepting and non-judgemental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment”.

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I was asked to proofread an  article written by Charlie Morgan, yogi and yoga teacher who promotes the slogan:-

                               ‘ Your health is your wealth, the rest is a bonus’

The article was to be published in the section on health and happiness on the blog of deliciouslyella the blogger, foodie, yogi, best-selling author, nut butter addict, Telegraph columnist, app creator & avocado enthusiast.

I was delighted to see it appear on her blog for many  people to view and subsequently read the positive comments.

Click on the link below to read the article:-

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Thank you Ella and Charlie for collaborating to promote mindfulness and help many people understand it’s value in today’s world.

http://www.charliemorganyoga.com

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Posted by on June 12, 2015 in Training and Advice

 

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