Lumpy twins

Buddy in the waiting room at the vets. Scared to death.

Buddy in the waiting room at the vets. Scared to death.

My dog and I have matching lumps.

I ended up having 2 days off this week out of the blue. I have a bunch of appointments I’d been putting off, like the dog’s yearly check up at the vet, my mammogram, and other stuff. So I booked them all over these 2 days.

When I took Buddy for his yearly checkup earlier this week,  I had the vet examine a pretty large lump under his right arm. It’s concerning because I notice he limps a little once in awhile and yelps a little when he jumps out of the back of the car. She said it’s either arthritis or it could be from the lump. And she took a biopsy of it. Continue reading

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Living Through Change and Making Some Progress

This is definitely a new phase of life and I’m not comfortable with it yet. We got my daughter off to school last Saturday and it was a good day. She’s doing quite well, from what I can gather, thank You Lord. It just felt surreal for her to be separating from us in such a permanent fashion. I cried for about a good solid hour on the ride home. My heart hurt.

So it’s definitely an adjustment having one less person in the house. It’s neither good nor bad, but it is different. And I miss her.

I ran into a coworker at Target who just got her son off to school and she said “My life is over.” I’m real glad I don’t feel that way. But I can empathize with her. She is divorced from a guy who was a jerk and a cheater. Although my marriage is far from perfect, we’ve made a lot o progress since our bad years.

Monday I worked a full day. I found myself feeling highly sensitized. No doubt because I was still reeling from the weekend and just reality and life seemed different with my daughter gone. Plus I was still anxious about her as she hadn’t checked in with us that much. Wondering is the ok, is she dealing ok, etc etc. Continue reading

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My Baby is Leaving the Nest

My eldest child is leaving for college in 3 days.. Need to do something about how I’m feeling inside. I decided just this minute to do an exercise of Inquiry from Byron Katie, Loving What Is:

I’m afraid that my daughter won’t be able to handle herself emotionally at college. So I will do “The Work” on this statement.

My daughter won’t be able to handle herself emotionally at college.

1. Is it true?

Yes.

2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true that your daughter won’t be able to handle herself at college?

I needed to get still and sit with this for a good few minutes. Ok.. No. Continue reading

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Surprisingly Wonderful Benefits of Inner Body Awareness

a343f1dc73d758c6774c6a0d891a330dFor the past 2 or so months, I have been learning about and practicing focusing on inner body awareness to achieve a state of stillness in the present moment.

This is where you concentrate on feeling the energy or aliveness in your body. For those of you that don’t yet know how to do this, I will show you later in this post :)

But first I want to share with you some of the wonderful benefits I have noticed by doing this pretty consistently. Now of course my thinking mind always tries to take over, but I am finding with practice that being present in the moment through inner body awareness gets easier and easier. My hope is that you will give this a try for yourself and make it part of your daily life… Continue reading

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Learning to Say Yes to Life

65d99876b699d741e96d86aa81edc32aLiving with fear and being defined by what your anxiety tells you what you can and can’t do is a recipe for misery. It is frustrating, constricting, makes you lose your self esteem and takes the spontaneity and joy out of your life.

When anxiety is lurking in the background, you feel it and know it’s there. You live your days hoping and praying that it won’t strike and cause a panic attack. And you are never free.

As you know, these last 2 months I have been using the gifts of Present Moment Awareness as well as the 60 Second Panic Solution program.

Every day is a new opportunity to learn more about myself and learn more about living in a state of calm without projecting onto old mind patterns… Continue reading

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Anxiety Relief: Give Yourself Permission to Get Better

courageI received a comment from a reader in need in my last post and felt it would benefit all of us to share it here.

It is so very important to remember that anxiety relief is available to all of us- regardless of what makes you anxious, or how long you have suffered!

Of course, your Anxiety would have you believe otherwise. My reader, Husan, has the 60 Second Panic Solution, but has struggled with anxiety for over 30 years.  He suffers with profuse sweating, panic attacks, and social anxiety… Continue reading

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After a Panic Attack- Peace

yes i canMy daughter is leaving for college in 6 weeks. :) :(   We went to a 2 day orientation at her college earlier this week.

It was an informative, jam-packed, happy, emotional 2 days. The parents had 2 days of activities and the students had 2 days of testing and separate activities.

I had 2 panic attacks. And I not only survived, I was truly ok.. Continue reading

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Working the Program Daily-One Month In

39f6872e92832eb6f2c7fd4584461fc7I need to start this post by saying that I never knew that life could be so kind and so beautiful to live. Daily life is no longer a struggle but an opportunity for more happiness.

My daily practice now is to start my day with the Alter Picture Audio CD from the 60 Second Panic Solution Program. I know that practicing mindfulness or meditation for even a few minutes a day has healing and sustained benefits throughout the day. The audio is 11 minutes long. The effects are cumulative so I am giving myself this gift every day.

In addition to the audio, I use the early morning to go over different parts of the program as needed to get me ready to face my day in a calm and confident state. Continue reading

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