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Twelve Commandments (reading new book called The Happiness Project)

One thing that I have always longed to do is join a book club. My precious daughter, Jennifer, belongs to one in Connecticut and has always encouraged me to join one. She enjoys it immensely even though she is a busy mom, wife, and R.N. Since I am a voracious reader and love to write as well, I joined a new club via Facebook that Tracy started.

Then, one early Sunday morning I decided to get up and read The Happiness Project. I thought that I should make my Twelve Commandments to fit myself and my life. This would be a great way to complement my book reading and comment on the blog. Read on at the end to see the funny thing that happened on the way to setting up my 12 Commandments...Whew! What a blessing!

Here are my twelve commandments for Jeanne Kay Doss (some are similar to Gretchen Rubin's in her book).
1. Stop obsessing about doing a good job. "Practice makes permanent, not perfect."
2. Let go of ego-attachments; they only cause suffering. "Liberation o…

Root Chakra - Chakracize with us for the next 49 days!

All seven chakras are strengthened, developed, and activated through yoga. Chakra yoga combines the two aspects of hatha yoga (which focuses on the health and welfare of the physical body) and kundalini yoga (which tends to be a more spiritual type of energizing).

The techniques of chakra yoga promote the flow of energy in the subtle body and nourish the chakras which are like energy wheels from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. When energy circulates freely through the body, positive effects occur and relieve us of blockages that we may have incurred in our lifetimes. To strengthen one of your chakras, you should follow the program for that chakra for seven days and then begin the next series for the next one going up the spine. This chakra cleansing takes 49 days as we have seven chakras. They are as follows: root chakra (muladhara), sacral chakra (svadhisthana), solar plexus chakra (manipura), heart chakra (anahata), throat chakra (vishuddha), forehead chakra (aj…

Jive with the Big Five!

What's the number one reason you don't exercise?

If I asked my friends, colleagues, casual acquaintances, and/or people I meet off the street, I believe the following answers would appear:


I don't have enough time.
My job prevents me from exercising.
It makes me sweat, and I don't like that feeling.
The gym is too far away.
When I get home, I don't want to leave again.
I don't like exercising.
I am not fit enough or flexible enough.
I don't have the energy to do it.
I have an injury (knees, hips, shoulder, ankles, wrists,...)
My kids need me.
I don't have any money.

I just really don't like it, but I want to be fit, have long lean muscle, and look great!

I agree with all of those excuses. In fact, I have used all those excuses. When I weighed 221 pounds, I would have added, my workout clothes make me feel uncomfortable, and I am embarrassed.

However, "if you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten or stay …