Meditation is supposed to be all about simplifying your focus and calming the mind. And yet, even in my approach to meditation I find myself complicating it. I think, “Which meditation strategy should I use today?” And my mind starts racing. Not exactly the way to begin meditating. Since I’ve been reading some great books on mediation, I’ve learned several strategies. So I decided to take the decision making out of it and make up some flash cards. This way I can shuffle them and just pick one and be on my way to mindfulness. After putting them together I thought it would be nice to share it with you all. So click to read more and grab your free download of these mediation flashcards.
Got any of those ugly boxy t-shirts in your closet that you never wear? Well don’t throw it out yet! You can make it into a really cool (NO SEW) DIY wrap skirt in about 5-10 minutes!!! (Makes a great Beach Wrap!!) All you need is an large t-shirt and scissors! No sewing!! Here are the instructions:
Certainty = Security = Good
Certainty = Same-Old-Thing = Boring = Bad
Little Surprises = Something New = Exciting = Good
We want to feel safe in our relationships. We want safety on all levels: emotional, physical, spiritual, etc. We also crave things that are new. Over time, in our relationships we start to take for granted all the good things about the other person.
We get caught up in life and don’t take the time to do special things for each other. Sometimes this is because we think that it will take too much time, energy, or even resources (like money).
Here is a very simple way to add newness to your relationship. It takes little time, energy, and it’s free.
Too much stuff is not only bad, it’s worse than you think. And it’s not just about the environment. It’s about people too and the quality of their lives.
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There’s something for everyone at the “I Want a VolksWagon Bus Contest.” The prizes are: $50 Amazon gift certificate, $25 iTunes gift certificate, and $80 worth of free online advertising that will be in effect for 3 years!
Read more to find out how you can easily enter this contest…. Continue Reading →
If you don’t have a blog, you can skip this post. But if you do have a blog, and you’d like the chance to win some extremely valuable services that can help take your blog to the next level, then you’ll want to check this out.
I recently came across a prize giveaway by one of my favorite bloggers, David Airey. David Airey is a graphic designer specializing in logo design. He is holding a prize giveaway to celebrate the one year anniversary of his blog. There are more than $4,000 worth in free prizes! Find out how to enter by reading the details on Davidâ€™s logo designer blog.
To whet your appetite, here are some of the prizes that are up for grabs:
- Logo design from David Airey.
- Custom WordPress theme design from Nate Whitehill of Nate Whitehill dot Com. Itâ€™s vital to set yourself apart from the crowd, and Nate will help a great deal with your very own custom WordPress theme.
- Personal marketing / advertising plan from Maki of Dosh Dosh. Maki is an expert where blog advertising is concerned, and he is kindly donating his time to help you make the most of your new custom blog.
- One yearâ€™s hosting and blog setup from John Boardley of I Love Typography. John has kindly donated his time and will do everything you need to get your new custom blog hosted on one of Media Templeâ€™s dedicated servers.
- Signed copy of Blogging Tips by Lorelle VanFossen of Lorelle on WordPress. The book contains excellent blogging tips for beginners to pros.
- Logo design from Tara Roskell of Graphic Design Blog. You only need to visit Graphic Design Blog to realise that Tara really knows a lot about great design.
- Website critique from Randa Clay of Randa Clay Design. If you want some expert advice on how to improve your website design, you wonâ€™t be disappointed by this offering.
- One hour SEO consultation with Lyndon Antcliff of Cornwall SEO. Lyndon will conduct a Skype consultation with the winner of this prize, and he comes highly recommended for search engine optimisation and linkbaiting.
- $60 of books from Amazon courtesy of Darren Rowse of ProBlogger. Is there a book youâ€™ve been meaning to buy on Amazon? How about getting it free? A great donation from a professional blogger.
- Logo / blog header design from Jonathan-C. Phillips of Smart Wealthy Rich. Jonathan has donated his expert skills to help your blog stand out from the crowd.
- One hour blog optimization consultation with Daniel Scocco of Daily Blog Tips. This consultation will cover design, SEO, monetization and blogging strategy, from the author of one of bloggingâ€™s most useful resources.
- Revolution Premium WordPress theme package (personal package) from Brian Gardner, WordPress designer and consultant. Brianâ€™s WordPress skills are second to none.
- Blog review and email interview published on Make It Great! with Phil Gerbyshak. The man to â€˜make it greatâ€™ will critique your blog and feature you on his very own PR5 blog.
- $25 via PayPal courtesy of Gayla McCord of Mom Gadget. Free money! Who doesnâ€™t want free money?
- 2GB USB storage key x 3 courtesy of Jamie Clague at Terinea Weblog. Three USB sticks will make up three separate prizes, with free worldwide postage. Jamie, Edinburgh Computer Services, has also kindly donated his valuable time to helping with the prize draw administration.
- Full blog review with deep links and images published on Blog-Op with Chris Lodge. Chris knows how to piece together an excellent blog review, giving you an added insight into the impression your website is giving.
- Blog review from Aaron Russell of miLienzo. Aaron has been coding WordPress themes for a while now and certainly knows his stuff where blog design is concerned.
- Expert WordPress blog help from Lakshmi Mareddy of Chilligavva. Have you ever had any ideas for your blog that you havenâ€™t been able to incorporate? Lakshmi has kindly agreed to offer her WordPress skills, helping you out with either code or graphics.
- Blog review from Hock Ng of Marketing Tools Review. Hock will focus his review on your blog content, design, SEO and usability.
- Blog makeover from Charles Jordan of The Queer Chef. Charles is proficient with design for the Blogger platform, and can also design WordPress. Heâ€™ll tantalise your taste buds with one of his blog makeovers.
- Blog writing consultation with Ben Yoskovitz of Instigator Blog. Ben has offered his expertise to review 3â€“5 of your articles, providing tips and giving suggestions on writing, plus a quick guide to social media and how you can benefit from it.
- Two 45 minute coaching consultations with Mark McGuinness of Wishful Thinking. Mark specialises in coaching creative professionals, and is a real expert in his field. The first session will involve goal setting, with the second session reporting on progress and making adjustments.
- 4 hour business growth consultation with Rebecca Caroe, via telephone / Skype, or face-to-face in London / Cambridge. Rebecca is a business growth consultant for creative agencies, so if youâ€™re looking to expand your company then this is the prize for you. If you want Rebecca to visit your offices simply pay her travel expenses.
- Tele-Coaching with Tammy Lenski. A one-hour, private telephone consult with professional mediator and conflict coach Tammy Lenski. Figure out how to deal with a challenging client, strengthen your contract negotiations, or confront difficult conversations with more confidence and success. Free call within the U.S., via Skype outside the U.S.
- One hour product launch consultation with Design Translator (DT) of Design Sojourn. Whether youâ€™re launching a line of t-shirts, custom furniture, electronics, or any other product, DT will lend you his product launch expertise.
- Blog improvement or monetization advice with Easton Ellsworth of Business Blogwire. You choose, do you want to generally improve your blog or do you want help making money from it? Easton has kindly offered his help.
- 728px by 90px banner ad for 30 days above the fold on The Blog Experiment, courtesy of Sara. This is quite a new forum for bloggers, but already there are approximately 5,000 posts! You must supply your own artwork.
- 125px by 125px image ad for 30 days on Smart Wealthy Rich. An excellent donation from top blogger, Jonathan.
- Ad icon located site-wide in the top left of Blog-Op, courtesy of Chris Lodge. Another kind gift from a fellow blogger in Scotland.
- 30 day text link ad shown site-wide on Contest Blogger. This is a great way to advertise your very own blog contest. Blogging is about giving something back, so get your contest featured.
- 125px by 125px image ad for 30 days on Freelance Folder. Another superb offering from Jonathan a.k.a Smart Wealthy Rich.
If you’re interested, find out how to enter the drawing by reading the details on Davidâ€™s logo designer blog.
Many of you may already be familiar with Pocket Mods. For those who aren’t Pocket Mods are cool little 8 page booklets that you can create with one sheet of paper. You can go to PocketMod.com to create a modular paper calendar and to-do’s to your liking. The Pocket Mod folks have also made it possible to convert any pdf document into a pocket mod. Subscribe here to stay tuned for how to make your own!
Below are 5 Free PocketMods that I created for you to download. They help with Goals, New Habits, and 2 have condensed versions of my top posts for handy reference!
Shrek says “You know you want one! What are ya waiting for? They’re Free!”
5 Pre-Made Pocket Mods: Free Downloads
1) My New Habits
This booklet has one page to list your next 7 new habits you want to adopt this year, plus 7 monthly calendars for tracking the implementation of each habit. Simply put an X in each day of the month that you successfully do your new habit. When one month is done and your new habit is in place, add the next habit and track it in the next month. To read more about implementing one habit at a time read my guest post at ZenHabits.net, The Amazing Power of One.
2) My Life Goals – Simple
One page for listing your life goals, category (personal, work, home, etc) and target date for completion. Then there are 7 Goal Action Steps tracking pages.
3) My Life Goals – Near, Short, and Long Term
Pages for: Mission Statement, This Month Goals, 6-month Goals, 3-5 Year Goals, and 4 Action Steps tracking pages for 4 Goals.
4) Best of Life Learning Today 1
Keep these top posts at hand in your wallet or purse:
5) Best of Life LearningToday 2
Keep these top posts at hand in your wallet or purse:
- Action Creates Energy – Make progress on your goals today!
- 5 Keys to Happiness
- Effective Networking Tips
- Top 10 Sales Concepts
Folding Instructions Download
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Yoga:The Ultimate Remedy
Are your muscles stiff and sore from hours in front of your computer? Is your mind often scattered and frantic? If so, let Yoga come to the rescue. I’ve put together a quick online guide about yoga, it’s benefits, and a few online resources that are free. There’s so much that could be said about Yoga, but I’ve kept this post short intentionally. The focus is on inspiring you to use it today!
What is Yoga?
Quoting from Yoga Journal’s FAQ on Yoga:
“The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. …The eight limbs of yoga: the yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyani (meditation), and samadhi (absorption). As we explore these eight limbs, we begin by refining our behavior in the outer world, and then we focus inwardly until we reach samadhi (liberation, enlightenment).
Today most people practicing yoga are engaged in the third limb, asana, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.”
Benefits of Yoga
There are so many benefits:
- Improved: Flexibility, Strength, Balance.
- Relieves stiff muscles and joints.
- Increased breathing capability.
- Increased sense of calm and well-being. Reduction of anxiety.
- Keeps your body young.
All I know is that when I do (asana) Yoga, I feel great. I highly recommend Yoga to everyone. If you’re beginning and hesitant, just take it slow . And if you’ve been away from it, come on back to it! Take it slow.
Free Online Yoga Resources
1) From Hatha Yoga Lesson: Check out the cool mini animated meditation and yoga poses and descriptions.
- 40 Animated Yoga Postures
- 10 Animated Yoga Breathing Techniques
- 20 Animated Stress Postures
- Yoga Pose of the Day
2) Ladies Home Journal’s “Yoga at Your Desk” 11 easy poses to get out the kinks.
3) Yoga at Your Desk from MSN and WebMD different routines depending on how much privacy you have. Easy to follow. Animated demonstrations
4) Expert Village – Office Yoga – mini videos include pilates too.
5) Yoga Break at Your Desk – 7 minute video. I rate this one highly for something to do on a quick break at work!!
6) Yoga Journal’s Online Pose Finder – extensive library with pictures, and detailed drill-down descriptions. You can search by pose type, body focus, ailment focus, or contraindications.
Visit this Yoga Journal FAQ for more information on questions such as:
- How many times per week should I practice?
- How is yoga different from stretching or other kinds of fitness?
- Is yoga a religion?
- I’m not flexible–can I do yoga?
- What do I need to begin?
What do you love about Yoga? Do you know of any other free online Yoga resources? Please share!
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