simplyenjoy


Trust.
November 1, 2013, 12:21 pm
Filed under: Environment, Mind, Minimalism, Motivation, Poetry, Spirit, Writing | Tags: , , ,

image

Happy first of November! I’m praying this month brings moments of cozy clothing,  family togetherness and comfort food. Hot chocolate, pensive misty days and perhaps a first flurry. Most of all I’m praying wisdom, protection, love and pursuit of truth and the healing love of Jesus for all those who are seeking. God’s love never fails. ♥

I feel cozy already.

Thank God it’s Friday and we’re into November.



Pollution and sustainability practice.

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4

When the word sustainability is used it’s probably common to think of the environment and ecology. With my husband working in wildlife conservation this word comes up a lot in our daily lives. The growing knowledge of the availability of sustainable resources and potential action people, organizations and corporations could take makes it all the more painful when we witness instances of great greed or waste that if continuously repeated, could lead to resource depletion, thus being an unsustainable and foolish practice.

That being said, for as passionate as we are about these things in speech and conversation, there are so many ways we could be practicing better resource sustainability in our personal lives.

Our recent move has made this easier, as we can walk downtown to go out or stroll to the local stores for errands. We recently asked each other, “What could you do to live more sustainably?”

We thought of these:

1. Take shorter showers.
2. Use an entire container of something before starting a new one.
3. Recycle even when it’s not convenient. (It simply boggles my mind that in 2013 some people are still throwing cans, glass and plastic into the garbage.)
4. Start an herb garden for the kitchen fixings.
5. Plan meals and shop accordingly to cut down on food waste. Freeze leftovers.
6. Submit thoughtful letters and suggestions to local community organizations, clubs and businesses that are not practicing sustainable resource management. (Example: We were at an awesome choral and band concert last weekend, but they used an abundance of helium balloon decor, which means many of them went floating off into the atmosphere. Ballons are one of the most frequently found trash items washed up on beaches. Is trashing our ocean worth our gluttonous eye candy?)

Besides ecological sustainability, the term sustainability means something deeper to me. It means I’m conducting my life in a way that I can manage for years to come. It means that today I am making the daily decisions and using small actions that will create a brighter, healthier future for me and my family.

For me this means:

1. Daily prayer and Bible study.
2. Healthy, clean eating and cooking from whole foods.
3. Not using drugs.
4. Drinking alcohol sparingly.
5. Not smoking cigarettes (I used to smoke and am occasionally tempted in this area. Ooops! 😦 )
6. Daily physical activity.
7. Daily and weekly checking in with family and friends (through phone and snail mail, preferably.)
8. Sustaining my emotional health and relationship health by daily speaking words of encouragement and edification to myself (positive self talk) and others.

Practicing these things daily leads to a more sustainable lifestyle. Ignoring what we ought to be tending to only creates deficit and deterioration.

When you look at this all at once and try to practice it perfectly it could be overwhelming. Remember our practice is not perfect. Practice makes perfect.

Little steps and small behavioral changes are the key to sustainable living and a sustainable life.

Do you think about the practice of sustainability in your life;ecologically, physically, spiritually or otherwise?

One. Day. At. A. Time.

image

                  James 1: 22~27



Made to bloom.

“And the day came

when the risk to remain tight

in a bud was more painful

than the risk it took to blossom.”

~ Anais Nin ~

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” ~ Romans 12:10 

 



Depression: More than blues.

More and more depression is being recognized by the general public as a mental health issue needing treatment and understanding. The term “depression” is often used loosely to describe low feelings or passing moods, but the reality is clinical depression is an illness that affects a person’s mind, body and mood. It can be a slow, creeping chronic illness or appear as an acute episode that seems to come on quickly.

Many people dismiss depression as being “all in their head” or feel frustrated that a depressed relative or friend can’t “snap out of it,” but the reality is that depression is very real to those who suffer with it and about 15 percent of people with severe, clinical depression commit suicide.

Clinical depression does not discriminate on the basis of age, race or socio-economic class, but statistics show that those between 25 and 44 are more likely to suffer clinical depression.

Clinical depression can be treated with medication, psychotherapy, or both, and the success rate is about 80 percent. With early recognition and healthy support, most people are able to get on with their lives and overcome the burdensome symptoms of depression.

Breaking Through 3 Myths on Depression

1. Depression is a weakness, not a health problem.

In a recent survey, nearly half the participants believed that depression was a personal or emotional weakness one could just “snap out of.” The fact is that it is not a weakness. It is a mental health problem that can be treated. Untreated depression can lead to more serious physical health issues.

2. Depression is a normal part of aging.

Although aging can be accompanied by events that trigger depression, it can strike at any age, with or without events that could be concluded to be logical “reasons” for depression. Sometimes, depression simply “is.” This can be a tough reality for many loved ones of individuals with depression to understand. If they cannot see or find a reason for the depression, it is more likely to be excused as weakness or “all in their head.”

3. Depression is best dealt with by non-health professionals.

Although a healthy support group and family or friends are helpful to recovery, nothing can replace appropriate evaluation and treatment by a health care professional. The first step is a thorough physical exam to rule out other illnesses. Primary care physicians can help determine the best approach to treatment and refer patients to other health professionals, counselors or social workers.

Signs and Symptoms

The difference between someone who is sad and someone with clinical depression is the duration and severity of the symptoms. For the person with clinical depression, the blues do not go away after a long weekend, a happy turn of events or a favorite activity.

See your doctor if you experience five or more of these symptoms for more than two weeks:

Feel sad, anxious, irritable, nervous or empty.

Sleep too little or too much, trouble falling asleep or waking up.

Appetite and/or weight gain or loss.

Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.

Restless or slowed behavior.

Persistent physical symptoms, such as headaches,  chronic pain, or digestive disorders that don’t respond to treatment.

Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions.

Fatigue, loss of energy.

Feeling guilty, worthless or hopeless.

Thoughts of suicide or death.

Change in work style – working slower than usual, missing deadlines, inability to complete tasks, calling in sick often, decreased involvement with work or interaction with co-workers.

If you suspect someone is clinically depressed, the most important thing you can do is to help him or her get appropriate diagnosis and treatment. The second most important thing is to offer emotional support. Be positive and sensitive while maintaining as normal a relationship as possible.

Causes of Depression

Family History: One in four or five people with clinical depression have a relative with a mood disorder, as do about half of those suffering manic-depression.

Environmental Factors: Clinical depression can be triggered by stressful events or traumatic experiences, such as death, severe illness, divorce or job loss. Difficult work conditions, poor supervision at work or an excessive workload, sexual or racial discrimination or an unsafe environment can also contribute to depression.

Chemical Imbalance: Brain chemical imbalances, which may be inherited or acquired, are believed to be the underlying causes of clinical depression. Changes in brain chemicals such as serotonin, nor-epinephrine and cortisol may influence a person’s energy level, emotions, and sleeping and eating patterns.

Psychological Makeup: Are you a negative person? Do you have a negative attitude toward life events? Low self-esteem? Are you easily over-whelmed by stress? These seem to make a person more vulnerable to clinical depression.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse: Some people with mood disorders try to “drown their sorrows” by drinking or using other substances that reduce pain or bring false feelings of happiness. Although they can bring temporary relief, they may make depression worse in the long run. Alcohol itself is a depressant, and one third of those diagnosed with clinical depression also have a dependency on alcohol or drugs. Called a “dual diagnosis ” this constitutes a more complicated problem that requires treatment to address both the depression and the dependency.

depression(Courtesy of Google images.)

Information for this post was gathered through a publication of the Wellness Councils of America . The information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician or health care provider.

Please see your health care provider if you are experiencing any of these issues or talk to a trusted friend, relative or professional if you know someone who is.

You can find more information on clinical depression at:

Mental Health America (MHA) www.mentalhealthamerica.net

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) www.nimh.nih.gov

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) www.nami.org 



The Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love?
March 24, 2013, 12:50 pm
Filed under: Brain, Environment, Mind, Motivation, Music, Poetry, Spirit, Writing


Happy spring!
March 20, 2013, 7:22 pm
Filed under: Brain, Environment, Mind, Minimalism, Motivation, Poetry, Spirit, Writing | Tags: , , ,

A poem from my journal written during yesterday’s cold rain.

image

image



Ageism… a hidden bias?

“You are as young

as your faith,

as old as

your doubts,

as young as

your self-confidence,

as old as

your fear;

as young as

your hope,

as old as

your despair.”

– Douglas MacArthur

abuelamia

A favorite photo from 2009: Grandma Mia and Jaydan, her youngest grandson (at the time – now there are more!) 

Buena Vista, Costa Rica

There’s a lot of talk about the evils of sexism, racism and ethnic bigotry. Ageism exists also, but is often more subtle to detect in our dealings with others.

Have you ever been discriminated against or misjudged because of your age?

Have you ever misjudged someone because of their age?

Ageism, or age discrimination is stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups because of their age. It is a set of beliefs, attitudes, norms, and values used to justify age-based prejudice, discrimination, and subordination. This may be casual or systematic. The term was coined in 1969 by Robert Neil Butler to describe discrimination against seniors, and patterned on sexism and racism. Butler defined Ageism as a combination of three connected elements. Among them were prejudicial attitudes towards older people, old age, and the aging process; discriminatory practices against older people; and institutional practices and policies that perpetuate stereotypes about older people. The term has also been used to describe prejudice and discrimination against adolescents and children, including ignoring their ideas because they are too young, or assuming that they should behave in certain ways because of their age.

yogi

(Courtesy of Google images.)

83-year-old Australian yoga teacher, Bette Calman teaches 11 classes a week.

Moshe Kai Cavalin enrolled in college at East Los Angeles College at age eight, graduating in 2009 with an impressive 4.0 GPA and full honors. As for his career post-college, Moshe isn’t rushing anything. He decided to take a year off to rest, learn to scuba dive, write a book and hone his already sharp martial arts skills. He plans to return to school to complete a degree in astrophysics, but with a Bachelor’s under his belt at 11, he’s in no hurry.

Apart from accomplishments, awards, accolades or resume skills, other things we can’t see about another person are their experiences, perceptions and feelings, making judgement (anytime) a misplaced action.

Don’t let anyone look down on you

because you are young,

but set an example for the believers in speech,

in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12

DSCF9432

Me at Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

DSCF9435

*Nick*

“A man may stand there and put all America behind him.”

Henry David Thoreau

For contributions to the national park service click HERE.

2 Peter 3-11  His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 

For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election.



The 100th Post on Simply Enjoy!

It’s the 100th post on Simply Enjoy! Are you enjoying it yet? Or just stopping in? Welcome. Want to see more? What do you want to see? What have been some of your favorite posts and topics? Be a part of the conversation!

fireworks(Courtesy of Google images.)

And thanks to LauriesNotes I was nominated for a “Sunshine Award” yesterday. It’s the perfect segue into blog 101. Check out her site for some inspiring photos, poetry and musings on life. Thanks, Laurie!

sunshine award

The rules for this award are as follows:

* Make sure to post this award on your blog site
* Nominate ten fellow bloggers
* Please answer the ten questions

I am nominating the following inspiring blogs (among many that I follow and that inspire me on the daily):

Peter D. Mallet Professional advice for the writer and blogger.

Jump for joy Exhilarating photographs of leaps, jumps, skips and hops all for the happiness of it. Quotes, too.

Undead Dad Thoughtful musings on fatherhood in a technological age and a society full of choice, distraction and challenge.

Johncoyote Poetry, thoughts on life.

iwanttobelieveinGod For spiritual seekers and those interested in Christian life and theology.

A spiritual journey through illness and Autism A path through life’s difficulties exploring beliefs, signs, nature, synchronicity and dreams.

Parenting and Stuff Parenting and child-rearing with a flair, humor and domestic notes.

sense of sensibility Recipes, psychology and ways to stay fit.

Cast Light Choosing light and love. Inspiring photos, quotes and musings.

CultFit A little of this and a little of that. Fitting fitness into real-life.

These are the 10 questions that go with the award:

1. What inspired you to start blogging?

I hear so many people on the daily talking about not having enough time, energy or money to do what they really want to do. Simplifying life and creating space for what we really want is a lifestyle. I love sharing, connecting with other artistic and thoughtful folks and combining my love of mental, spiritual, emotional and physical health into one platform. Behavioral health is a major focus in this blog as we cannot change any aspect of our health without changing our behaviors or actions. Actions, not words, take us closer to our goals and dreams.

2. How did you come up with a name for your blog?

Enjoy means to embody Joy. Joy is my middle name. That’s it, quite simply.

3. What is your favorite blog to read?

There are so many! I am currently uber-interested in Raw Milk Marathon. Check it out for great tips on health, fitness, home and garden. I’m also enjoying the principle-based and always inspiring Mustard Seed Budget.

4. Tell me about your dream job.

I have it. My job allows me to work closely with people, help them to grow in their personal goals, manage their healthcare and focus on healthy habits and behaviors. My job also gives me time and flexibility in my schedule to write a blog, have hobbies I enjoy, keep my communications degree in good use and allows me to help support my husband in his career goals as well. But, I will say my dreams right now are to pursue a Masters program in Behavior Analysis and/or Mental health and grow my writing.

5. Is your glass half-full or half-empty?

My cup is over-flowing!

6. If you could go anywhere for a week’s vacation, where would you go?

My husband and I want to save up money to return to Costa Rica. We’ve both been there separately, but never together. I left much of my heart in Costa Rica. I lived there for a year in 2009 and returned there in 2012 for a visit.

7. What food can you absolutely not eat?

Corned beef.

8. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Dark chocolate with sea salt, please.

9. How much time do you spend blogging?

Lately, on the daily. Maybe an hour or two per day.

10. Do you watch TV? If so, what are your favorite shows?

I’m a big fan of transformation reality TV. I enjoy The Biggest Loser and Chris Powell’s Extreme Makeover Weight-loss Edition. I’m also a sucker for this season of The Bachelor. It’s kind of like the modern-day courtship ritual.



Seeds of faith.

057

 

 

(Flower on the Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna, Costa Rica – 2011)

 

“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed… Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Jesus in Matthew 17:20)



Always delighting vs. peevish bemoaning

Sun

Sunrise 6:43 a.m. Chatham, MA

“Those who can repress complaints, murmurs and peevish bemoaning will really find that their little daily worries are turning into blessings.” – H.L. Sidney Lear

Release it here… toss it among the waves, hand it over to God and let him handle the business of life, which He tends to so much better.

So human.

So lacking.

So small in this big world.

sun2

And paradoxically, though this a seems self-deprecating and “weak” description, there is no better way to be here. There is no greater joy than to delight in the smallness of being human and enjoy the vastness of God.

In this Lenten season (February 13 – March 31) believers are reminded of the beauty of letting go… the grace involved in delicately releasing problems to the source of all love.

Believers are consoled that Jesus Christ, Himself, who came for people – preaching, teaching and healing – was drawn into the desert, tempted and disciplined in order to complete the calling on his life. He was not without human suffering – he was not without challenges – but he was obedient unto them… even unto death on a cross. So obedient was he to follow after the Lord that he turned all of Himself over so that others could see his submission to the Lord and it would live on and on as a testament to God. Whether one believes Christian theology or  not, one cannot deny it’s persistent presence throughout the ages and it’s ability to continue shedding light and mercy to those who would choose to better understand.

sun3

Whether you are a believer or not, you can take this example of Christ’s life as a metaphor for the daily strife and life struggles that no human is immune to. We often run away from our pain (avoidance) or seek to heal our own pain (self-medication) or cover-up our pain (over-compensation, denial, manipulation.)

A positive coping skill for dealing with pain would be a tactic employed to produce greater feelings of flexibility and positive health.

Positive copings skils:

A beloved hobby (sports, art, music, creative expression.)

Taking time outs from stress through a quick walk, relaxing stretches, short mediations or prayer, silent counting, calling a beloved friend or relative, writing in a journal.

sun4

Other ideas for positive coping skills when dealing with life stress and change… anything that creates a feeling of spaciousness or peace in your life without negatively deteriorating your health or the well-being of those around you. 

Sun5When tempted in the wilderness…

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-39




Valerie Rumfelt

An on mission writer following Jesus

After Narcissistic Abuse

There is Light, Life & Love

setback2comeback

Facing adversity along the journey to self discovery

The Daniel Fast

Consecrate yourself unto the Lord through extended prayer and fasting.

Walter Bright

Refining theological understanding. Sharpening ethical rigor. Heightening devotional intensity.

Servants' Journal

A blog about Christian life and Biblical teaching.

The Provision Room

A place where two friends blog their journey of preparing their homes, pantries and gardens.

Poesy plus Polemics

Words of Wonder, Worry and Whimsy

simplyenjoy

a thank you in every step...

The Why About This

Mysteries of Life & Everyday Wisdom

Deeply Rooted in Him

Shelly talking about Him with friends!

Andrew & Sarabeth

He likes movies. She likes baking. They YouTube.

Heavenly Raindrops

God-inspired words and images to bring blessings like rain