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Time Blocking Wisdom

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“Perhaps the most

valuable result

of all education

is the ability

to make yourself

do the thing

you have to do,

when it ought to be done,

whether you like it or not.”

Thomas Henry Huxley

 

Rewire Your Circuits

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Our thoughts fly!  They fly so fast we can’t comprehend it!

And those thoughts create pathways.  Neural pathways that then become conditioned responses.  In other words, if you have the same response over and over, pretty soon, you don’t even think about how to respond, you just automatically respond with feeling a certain way.

And that’s great, for responses that make you happy or help you to feel good about yourself.

But how about all of the painful kinds of responses that we have become conditioned to?

Here’s an example.

I’ve been working on rewiring a pain/fear response.

That is, I have had nerve pain that is so intense that when it hits, I automatically find myself in a state of fear, which then creates more tension and leads to more pain.

So, I am practicing interrupting my conditioned response, so that I can break the cycle. When I feel pain, I tell myself that I am well and whole, over and over.  And quickly, almost every time, the pain stops.  Changing my thoughts simply keeps me from launching into a feedback loop of fear which leads to getting tied in knots with the terrorizing thoughts of more pain. My new mantra also serves simply as a distraction to keep me from sliding into worry about the future.  And I believe that this tactic is changing the future!

Is there something in your life that you have become conditioned to think about in a negative way?  Are you dreading things you need to do or need to face?

I challenge you to interrupt the cycle of pain and fear (whatever yours might be) by thinking new thoughts, and by saying new phrases to yourself to create a different, more productive response.

Catch yourself when you realize you are feeling fearful.  Think backward to what thoughts you were just having.  Change those to something positive.  Repeat it.  Then do it again the next time.  And the next time.  And the next time, until the pattern begins to change.

I wish you all the best, today and everyday!

Love,

Jacque

Daisy’s Cashew Crunch

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Do you recall this recipe from some months ago? I finally bought cashews and managed to save some from getting eaten long enough to make these!

First a couple of things I learned:

The cashews would be better in small pieces. Having them in halves made it a bit too chunky and hard to spread.

Second, when you put them in the freezer to flash freeze for about ten minutes, I hope you’ll remember that they’re in there and not forget them for a week. Ah hem. No matter, they were really good then too! Just let them sit for about two minutes then they should be easy to cut.

Third, I recommend doubling this batch because these little babies don’t last long!

6 Tbs nut butter (I doubled and did 6 almond and 6 peanut)

3 Tbs coconut oil

3 Tbs honey

2 Tbs cocoa

1/2 tsp vanilla

1-2 cup raw cashews (chopped!)

Mix all except cashews until smooth. Add cashew bits. Spoon onto cookie sheet and freeze 10 minutes then cut into squares and store in the refrigerator.

I think these would also be really good with two drops of peppermint essential oil mixed in! And or another kind of nut, like pecans, added to the cashews.

Enjoy!

Love,

Jacque

Making It Beautiful

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There are so many simple ways to add beauty to the things we do at home!  And isn’t beauty functional, as well as lovely because it feeds the soul?

I had a luncheon for some friends last year and didn’t want to spend money on decorations, so my daughter and I thought up a few things that would add some color to the table. She had small yellow plates that she loaned to me and I found a bell and a vase that had been my Granny’s. We saw the vase with lemons idea in a magazine and found some silk forsythia and apple blossoms in the laundry room closet.  It was very simple and not a grand look, but it was a little bit of beautiful that added to the festive day.

With a little brainstorming an ordinary mealtime can be made into something special! Of course some days are just crazy and extra’s are not an option, but I’d guess that there are days when we could take a few extra moments to take something from dull to delightful.

Why not take every chance we have to make ordinary days beautiful for the people we love?

It is wise to remember that we are blessed with so much! Look around and see the abundance that is yours. Gratitude is energizing! Be happy and find joy in your life! Then let your joy show in the fun and loving way you care for yourself and your family.

You will blessed.

All my best to you!

Jacque