Monday Moment: Full capacity

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The deepest breaths usually precede the biggest moments. Notice when they’re happening, when you need one, and when you should have taken a deeper one. Live a life that requires them as often as possible, for it is sure to be one of authentic, intentional adventure.

Photo credit: Elliott Chau 

Monday Moment: Actual cost

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This is one of those quotes that takes a minute to absorb, in my opinion anyway. I mean, if you need courage for something, it’s probably hard or scary, and what’s so peaceful about that?

Peace comes from knowing that your activities, surroundings, and overall choices are in line with your intentions, values and priorities, all of which mindfulness can help connect you with. Sometimes, we realize that our decisions have led us a bit out of that alignment, and getting it back requires doing a few things that we’d rather not.

It sometimes takes courage to claim the peace that is rightfully yours. A great starting point for setting out in that direction? Inhale, exhale, repeat.

Photo credit: Cristina Gottardi

Monday Moment: Presently available

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One way to look at this quote on a Monday morning is to think about how much you probably don’t want to face the fact that it’s time to part ways with the weekend, and dive into the obligations and challenges of the week ahead. Ouch, I know. I’m human, and I’m feeling it too. But the truth is, the good stuff (and the not so good stuff) is always with you, because it’s within you. You don’t need to look far, or even necessarily away, to find it. Today’s just a day, and just because it isn’t labeled “weekend” doesn’t mean it can’t be a good one. Fun, happiness, even the neutral, sometimes unwelcome truth, all reside right there within you. Catch your breath, and tap in. To take a twist on one of my fave quotes from Rumi, what you’re seeking may in fact already have found you — or at least be available for lunch. ;-)

Photo credit: Brad Stallcup