Day 12 of 31 Days of Summer Lovin’ 2016: Relax

Nothing much on the docket this week, except time to relax and be with people I care about. SUMMER and RELAX are synonyms for me, but even during the summer, I find it difficult sometimes to get the hamster off the wheel that’s in my brain. Since I have difficulty with relaxing, several friends recommended that I try meditating, so I did. And it worked!

If you are interested in trying meditation but don’t know where to start, you are in luck. Every couple of months the Chopra Center puts out a free 21-day Meditation Experience featuring Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey, and guess what? One started yesterday! Even though you missed the first day, you can still participate. It’s free and everything is available both online and through their app for 5 days after the set date. The theme for this challenge is “Getting Unstuck: Creating a Limitless Life.”

I completed Day One yesterday and found it to be a wonderful way to end my day.

You can access all of the links for the experience on the Chopra Center Homepage here, including Facebook page, Twitter, app stores, and more.

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 2/27/2016

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It is the last Saturday in February, and it’s sunny yet cold as I type today’s post. I am grateful that I have heat, shelter, and a nice cup of hot coffee to drink. It’s the little things I’m thankful for today, the things that are most often ignored or taken for granted.  No holes in my socks. The sun shining through the frosty window.  The little bird singing outside, despite the 23-degree temperature. It’s humbling to really sit back and think about all that I do have, when there are so many others who go without.  Most of all, I am thankful for today.

Without further ado, here are some interesting posts, pages, and sites I saw this week-it’s a hodge podge of topics, but some with a running theme.  Hoping your day brings you comfort and gratitude!

Scott Kelly’s Year in Space – NY Times Interactive and super-cool documentation of Kelly’s year at the ISS.  He’s returning home this week.

The Curious Bohemian – Suanne Elisabeth began walking from New York City to Miami in the fall, and has been documenting her journey.  She will reach Miami sometime this week.

Treasures of Ireland: Along the Banks of the River Shannon – Wanderlust-causing post by The Palladian Traveler

Victimized NJ Homeless Man Gets Surprise from NFL Team – An update to a local story about Ron Leggatt, a homeless man who was paid $5 to pour hot coffee on himself by a sub-human wanting to videotape it.  Following the aftermath and Ron’s journey since has shown me that despite the sub-humans who walk among us, there is still compassion, empathy, and kindness out there.  If you would like to join me in making a donation to Ron, this link will bring you to one of the two Go Fund Me campaigns set up for him.  Thank you.

How to Take the First Step – Great post by Vicki Cook, especially if you are feeling stuck

On Being the Duckie – by my treasured friend Mandi Bean, a fellow Duckie

“Ferris” Fest Set for May – Chicago festival celebrating the 30th Anniversary of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Where did those 30 years go?

The Solo Surf Trip: A Reflection of Life – I just love this

The Cast of “The Princess Bride,” 25 Years Later – As you wish.

Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience, Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body, and Spirit – it begins on March 21…sign up now!

And finally,

Somebody Should Do Something – I am that somebody and looking for something to do to help…perhaps you can, too, simply by donating to Ron’s Go Fund Me page.

Thank you for your kindness, your compassion, and for reading my post.

Jill

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 10/31/2015

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“There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch.” ~ Robert Brault

Hello and Happy Halloween! I am looking forward to seeing my niece and nephews in their costumes, and perhaps tagging along for some trick or treating. While this was another whirlwind of a week, I did manage to save more interesting and meaningful sites than normal for this week’s edition of Rainy Day clicks.

Become What You Believe: Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s new 21-day meditation experience is free and starts on Monday.

5 Days in Dublin: Vivienne McMaster’s recount of visiting Dublin.  Beautiful photographs and she’s one pretty awesome woman! Her inspiration has put me one step closer to returning to Dublin this summer.

Lady Gaga and the Life of Passion: NY Times op-ed piece that both creative people and fans of Lady Gaga will most likely enjoy.

Seven Things I Did to Reboot My Life: by the always sincere and honest Wil Wheaton

The Story of Marlins Man – yes, he’s still in the news, and I still love following his exciting life

It’s OK To Spend All Your Money on Traveling, Says Science: I agree with Science here

Life after Sandy: How the hurricane wiped out one of the great surf cultures of the Jersey Shore: A memoir about the legacy, influence, culture and history of Casino Pier

Choosing Kindness Will Get You Everywhere: I love this!

and finally,

Why We Are All Secretly Superheroes by Jeff Goins. A fitting way to end today’s entry. Happy halloween, superhero!

Until next time,

Jill