The happiness effect …

Actually, just looking at this photo and imagining myself in it makes me happy.  So beautiful and serene.  But what inspired this meditatingpost is a terrific article I read on Facebook last week.

It’s about Matthieu Ricard, a 69-year-old monk who’s being called “the world’s happiest man;” and here’s the link if you want to read it.

He believes that when you think happy thoughts, for even 15 minutes a day, you’ll start getting positive results in just Continue reading

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Day 364. Pure Joy …

1Yesterday I was reminded of how much I love the very early hours of the morning.  It made me wonder why I don’t get up earlier morning coffeethan I do each day.  Right then and there,  I resolved to do so.  And all that happened before I was even out of bed.

It was Pete Armetta who inspired me.  It was his blog post.  A  lovely poem about how unusually quiet the streets were; and how it was a moment to be enjoyed and savoured, while it lasted.

Can you identify with it?  I can.  It’s so tranquil and lovely.

The sun’s up, but the city hasn’t woken up yet.  No voices.  No car doors slamming shut.  No engines.  No trucks back firing.  No dogs barking.  No footsteps.  No sirens.  No horns.  No tires screeching.  No sounds of life.  Not a sound. It’s absolutely still.    Continue reading

Day 111. Say Ohm

I’ve tried Yoga several times.  I like it well enough.  But I prefer Pilates.  While a lot of the movements and poses are the same, Pilates is all about building a strong core, at the same time as it builds your flexibility, strength and endurance.  It also puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing and improving coordination, balance and posture.

The aim of Yoga, on the other hand, is to unite the mind, the body and the spirit.  It helps you become more aware.  It helps you find personal harmony.  It helps you relax.  All the while, making you more fit and energetic.

Probably the most significant difference between the two, is that Pilates incorporates both mat work and the use of special Pilates machines.  As opposed to Yoga, where your body’s own weight is used for resistance; and a lot Continue reading