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Preparation & Diligence

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“Preparation is not suddenly accomplished; it is a process steadily maintained.”
~ Oswald Chambers

Diligence is about making the right choice, and sustaining these right choices over the course of a lifetime.

Fitness and good health require diligence. We want to play with our children in the snow, shovel our driveways, take brisk walks, and enjoy nature’s simple activities with our loved ones without becoming breathless and tired. In order to maintain our youth and energy over many future years, we stay diligent.

At this time of the year, as our pace quickens, our diligence helps us to continue to create time in each day for ourselves. Fitness is a commitment to health and requires focused energy and effort.

Here’s to continued diligence, strength and stretch with Centerpeace.

Stephanie

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Slowing Down

“When we lack the proper time for the simple pleasures of life…then we have missed the purpose of life” – Ed Hayes

I hope you all enjoyed the quiet last week and were able to slow down a bit and recharge. This week, as we move back into our schedules, let’s be mindful of the speed by which we travel.  Acknowledge that in our quest to accomplish so much throughout the day, there are meaningful moments not to be missed along the way. Moments that if we consciously slowed down we would be able to see, feel and experience.

How can we balance our daily busy lives while remaining coscious and present to the small moments?

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“We let love win, when we let love in”

(Saturday, October 8, 2011)

It was a privilege and a gift for me attend Romemu’s Kol Nidre service last night.  While I am three quarters of the way through the day without food, please forgive any grammatical and spelling errors due to the fact that my brain is hungry and not functioning optimally.  That said, my heart is open and I will do my very best to summarize and share with you Rabbi David Ingber’s most thought provoking, inspiring, heartfelt service. What’s missing from my summary is what my words cannot possibly express: the magic of  an enlightening Kol Nidre, beautiful music, smiling faces all around me, spiritual energy, connection,  dear friends, my husband’s hand, and most importantly a Rabbi who I feel so lucky to have in my life. Your spiritual guidance helps, teaches and inspires me to live each day mindfully and lovingly.  Thank you, Rabbi, from the bottom of my heart.

We made it! Another year! Another chance for confession (Toda and Moda which in Hebrew means I admit confession and wrong doing). Yom Kippur is 25 hours of introspection and soul searching.  Reflection!  “Its when we hold up the IS in our life, against the OUGHT of our life.” As long as we are alive we can do the work of repair and detoxification.  We get to align ourselves appropriately each year between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  “So how will you use this time?”

Rabbi David says, “everyday our lives are confronted in some way with resistance to love.”  It is a choice we make to give love and let love into our lives.  To let love win…..there is tremendous power in kindness, compassion and loving each other.  “Compassion is our most precious quality.”   Though we are all different, compassion is a trait we all possess.  We are born with it.  Some of us use it more than others but it is in us all.  Living compassionate lives enables us to understand, connect, not judge, like and love.  Living compassionate lives enable others to feel good when they are in our presence.

I left Romemu mindful and ready to begin my 25 hours of introspection and reflection feeling very connected to g-d.  You don’t need to be Jewish to reap the benefits of this message.  Just a human being open to being better; open to living with love and compassion daily.  We may not be able to change the world at large but each one of us has the power to change ourselves.  And one by one, we can make the world a better place to be.

“We let love win, when we love in.” David Ingber

I will use these words as a guiding principle in my life today, tomorrow and the year ahead.  May you find this message rich and meaningful.  Share the words with those you love in hopes that this might spark an opening in their lives for more kindness, more compassion and more love. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “We become what we think about all day long.”
Blessings, Stephanie

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Be Thankful

Thanksgiving could be my most favorite holiday;  cool temperatures outdoors, crackling fireplaces, the sweet smells of delicious foods and the love of family togetherness.  I am always reminded of just how lucky I am each Thanksgiving, and the poem shared below is a constant reminder of attitude and the role that it plays in conscious daily living.  I’m hoping that you too will find great meaning in its message and share it with those that you hold close during this most special time of year.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with love, happiness, gratitude and Centerpeace!  Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired  and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your life’s blessings.

I’m thankful for all of you.
May your Thanksgiving be filled with love, laughter and Centerpeace.

Stephanie

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Make the most of each and every day

While walking through Bridgehampton this past weekend, after taking an amazing class at Exhale….I came across this beautiful tag.  That’s right, a tag.  I was looking for something to buy in the store just to own the tag, when it dawned on me to photograph the tag so I could share it with all of you.  Something as simple as a tag summarized so beautifully the essence of living life to the fullest.  I truly believe in these words and do my best to live each day mindfully knowing that our time on this earth is limited.

And yes, that night, I did order dessert…..Soak up the heat of summer, drink lots of water and breathe in the season of slowing down!
Here’s to more Centerpeace!

Stephanie

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365 Gathered Truths

A while back a beautiful wood box arrived at my door from a dear friend. On the outside of the box it was labeled, “365 Gathered Truths.”
Inside were 365 individual cards, one for each day of the year,
with a message or quote inscribed.  This simple box filled with magical messages makes me
smile every morning.  These mindful, brillantly written thoughts send me into the world with in a positive mindset each day.

Recently, I read a message that stuck with me and continues to therefore I’m sharing it with you.
It’s thought provoking and each time I go back to re-read it, it’s even more profound.

Written by Jo Coudert
“Of all the people you will know in a lifetime,
you are the only one you will never leave or lose.
To the question of your life,
You are the only answer.
To the problems of your life,
You are the only solution.”

Make each day count my friends and let’s be the change we wish to see in the world.
Have a peaceful day!

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