Tag Archives: Engaging

Start At The Beginning

Build From There . . .

I have been thinking and questioning lately.

  • What Brings You Joy?
  • What Challenges You In A Good Way?
  • What Makes You Want to Experience Life?

In essence “How do we live life each and every day?”! You have to begin laying that foundation to build from. You have to tune into your inner sense of direction and tap into your internal compass. You have to figure out where you are going, especially when you do not know your destination and where to even start!

One place to start is figuring out what gives you energy! Getting curious and exploring. Stretching your comfort zone in trying new things. Discovering what you love to do!

In giving yourself energy you want to connect and engage to what is going on around you! You gain focus, become more aware and pay attention more. You start communicating, interacting and connecting, especially with the skill set, experience and knowledge that you already have at hand!

Think about what engages you, especially when you have the energy! That knowing in what to do and how to do it. There is nothing better than finding your flow! 

What activities energize and engage you?

  • To be in that moment.
  • To be completely focused and involved.
  • To be in that place that either calms you or brings you joy, pleasure and happiness.
  • To be sucked in that you lose track of time.
  • To be excited and engaged.
  • To be having FUN!

Here’s A Little Inspiration and Motivation!

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(Photos By RSheridan)

 What Has You Energized & Engaged Lately? Love to Hear, Please Share.


Tuning Inward

To Your Whole Being

When you make the time to go within yourself where does your focus go?

  • What speaks to you? The mind, body or spirit?
  • Does the left-side or right-side of the brain or both sides kick in?
  • Are you one part or a sum of all parts with your whole being?

The left side of the brain controls the right side of the body. The right side of the brain controls the left side of the body. The left side of the brain helps us perform tasks that have to do with logic whereas the right side of the brain taps into the creative side.

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Left Side vs. Right Side

I know for me when I am questioning I usually engage the left side of my brain to think logical. I tend to look at the micro and get stuck in the details. However, I am discovering a fun approach by engaging the right side of my brain to engage my creative side. I need to focus in on the macro at times and really see the big picture.

How does one engage the right side of their brain? By thinking outside the box and coloring outside the lines. Journaling, coloring, doodling, etc. There is something about taking a creative approach to decision making, problem solving, finding opportunities, etc.!

Being . . .

It is about being with less doing and engaging the whole being! Nuturing and cultivating all aspects of your being. Nourishing and motivating all aspects of your being. Tuning and tapping into your needs for your whole being!

“We are all already winners of the overdoing award. We need to start winning the over-being award.”~Michael Taylor

Let’s face it we could be busy doing all day long and sometimes all that doing feels like an act of getting nothing done!

  • Think about using your energies efficently to be effective.
  • Think about being more to catch your breath and come up for some much needed air.
  • Think about your health and happiness.
  • Think about creating a space for yourself to be one with your whole being.
  • Think about making time to relax and rest.

Really think about how you want to spend your time and energies in living your life each and every day!

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Creating . . . Reflecting . . . Being . . .

Prioritizing . . .

Ask Yourself . . .

  • What is your 1st priority when you start your day?
  • What is the 1 thing you want to DO today?
  • What is the 1 thing you want to BE today?
  • Do you make the time at the end of the day to release and let go?

Do you wish to wake naturally by the light of the day versus the alarm clock. What would your “utopian” morning be like? Relaxing, exercising, meditating, reading, etc. Talk about starting the day with a mindful and present mind set! 

Do you wish that when your head hits the pillow at night you are fast asleep. Do you detox from technology before going to bed? Creating that space to relax and then rest for the night. Imagine the reboot to reenergize yourself in a more natural way then loading up on caffeine and sugar to start the day. 

Try starting and ending your day with a little creativity! Think about how you are filling your mind. Think about how you are filling your heart. Think about how you are using your energy, especially the creative, to charge up and release throughout the day!

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Drawing a Line in the Sand (Photos by RSheridan)

How Are You Stimulating and Activating Your Whole Being Today? What Are You Putting FIRST? Love to Hear, Please Share!


Your Attention Please

Yes, You!

I recently read an article by Dr. Nate Klemp about meditation and it resonated with me! He talked about practicing meditation and being aware of three steps in particular. However, you could put these 3 steps into pretty much everything you practice on a daily, weekly and monthly basis!

  1. NOTICE by Creating a Cue.
  2. SHIFT by Redirecting Your Attention.
  3. REWIRE by Keeping Your Attention On the Present.

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Noticing . . .

Noticing

A Notice Cue? I know I was like what is that. It helps remind you . . .

  • To practice meditation and/or calmness.
  • To be present and aware.
  • To be mindful and engage your whole being mentally, physically, etc.

I think about tuning into my breath. Breathe in . . . breathe out . . . find the zen . . .

I think about putting the disruptions and the distractions on the down low. To be aware and focus. To be present and mindful. To take a break. To just be . . .

I know I usually start my day by taking 15-minutes and ending my day with 30-minutes of unwind and decompress time. I need to instill more of that throughout my work day though. I need to schedule in some R&R on the weekends. I need to make time to be with myself and my whole being!

To become a healthier and happier being! 

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Cueing . . .

Shifting

  • How many times do we shift our attention?
  • What needs your attention?
  • What grabs your attention?

Practicing awareness helps you reign in that wandering mind! Just the amount of thoughts running through your head. To be mindful and to be in the present moment! It is not easy in this fast paced and technology driven world.

Engage your senses, especially to the sights and sounds in that present moment of time! It can be centering. Focusing on the task at hand and directing your thoughts to that task!

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Being . . .

Rewiring

How to teach yourself to bring back your attention when your mind starts to wander! Sometimes a wandering mind can be a good thing and other times not so much. Depends on what you are doing. Taking five minutes to rewire, bring your attention back and focus on the moment is a great practice!

The key is to notice and cue into your wandering mind as well as shift and rewire your attention! It can help you focus your mind and center your being. You also are one step closer to practicing mindfulness!

You learn how to take each moment to become more present and mindful of what you are doing and what is going on around you! You improve your focus and increase your productivity. You put your energies to good use. Your overall whole being benefits by reducing stress and anxiety, not rushing here and there and running on E!

I know you are thinking about the time to do this! Time is precious, right. Why not use it to your best advantage then! This is not something you need to take time out of your day to do. Plus maybe more of us need to take 5 minutes here and there throughout the day to reset the whole being! Get up, go for a walk and stretch if nothing else during those 5 minutes!

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Taking Time for Your Whole Being! (Photos by RSheridan)

Your Whole Being Will Thank You! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share.


The 3rd Degree

The 1st Degree – Seek

I have been thinking lately about questions and answers, especially in what I am seeking to create and/or bring into my life! I am learning that doubts can become beliefs that I truly value. I am learning that there are no right or perfect answers unless you ask the right questions. Every question is practice to start making progress! 


Opening Up . . .

The 2nd Degree – Create

My Word for 2016

For the first quarter of the new year I am working on putting down roots to make a home to nest for a bit. Three moves within three years takes a toll on a person. I am continuing to experience growth with smart, hard work, especially professionally. 

In the second quarter of the new year I want to make time to create! 

  • To take pleasure and enjoy more.
  • To play, laugh and have fun.
  • To explore and adventure.
  • To love and to live.
  • To create . . . to envision . . .


Needing To . . .

I need to engage my excitement and energy! I need to invite my desires into each and every day. I need to practice and learn to develop and grow. I need to gain life experiences to create my story and make lifelong memories!

The 3rd Degree – Engage 

There are so many ways to engage when it comes to living your life each and every day!

  • Be present, engage and involve your whole being.
  • Converse, interact and connect.
  • Use your senses.
  • Utilize your whole being; mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
  • Encourage mindfulness, awareness, presence, and practice into daily life.
  • Stretch your comfort zone by trying, testing, practicing, etc.
  • Travel, adventure, and explore.


In Motion . . . (Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s to Seeking . . . Creating . . . Engaging . . . To Journey Along, Create Your Story and  Gain Life Experiences! Love to Hear What You Are Up To, Please Share!


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