Intent of the Day: Beauty We See

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This week it has been our intention to notice beauty in the places we tend to take for granted or overlook. In ourselves, in others, in our surroundings. The act of noticing causes us to slow down and to train our eyes to look for something specific. To notice beauty is to disrupt the cycle we can find ourselves in where we are noticing what didn’t go our way. We end up noticing the people we don’t like, the ways we were slighted, the things that didn’t go our way, the disappoints we have with others and ourselves. Adter spending the week noticing the beautiful, we want to take the next step and call out the beauty we see. Why? Because it’s nice for someone else to hear? Sure. But we are also changed when we speak out the kindness and goodness we recognize.

How? He are 3 ways we were changed:
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Intent of the Day: Beauty in Ourselves

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What does beauty mean?
Does it mean you’re a model? Does it mean everyone wants to go on a date with you? Does it mean you make everyone envious? We find that more often than not, we have a complicated relationship with beauty. Sometimes the words we hear on the subject leave us feeling isolated and not enough. But that doesn’t make them true. As we find beauty in the world around us, we are finding that it first starts with how we see ourselves.

What is your measure of beauty?
Is it the skin you’re in?
Is it the posture of your heart?
Is it your actions or your words?
It matters.
If you can’t see beauty in the world, it may be because it is very hard for you to acknowledge what is beautiful about yourself.
So today our intent is to start there.
We intend to see the beauty in ourselves.
Because when we can accept beauty in ourselves, we can accept others in the same way.

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Intent of the Day: Beauty in Others

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Oh the things we see when we actually look. Beauty in nature. Beauty in our circumstances. Beauty in others. Seeing beauty will mean we first have to decide what that means to us. What will we consider beautiful? We want to learn to see it everywhere, in all things, even in the unexpected places. Today, we intend to see the beauty in others.

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Marriages That Last: Small Gestures Yielding Big Benefits

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It has been sixty-five years since my parents’ wedding, a ceremony celebrating their commitment to love each other forever. Many years of dedication and shared experiences after they wed, Alzheimer’s disease stole the memories of this promise. After their diagnoses, I watched in amazement as my parents newly discovered each admirable trait which brought them together decades before.

Now refined through trials and seasoned with life’s experiences, their attraction was magnetic. My parents’ shared disease made me wonder: what keeps marriages strong despite the challenges of life we all face? I believe it is more than sheer grit and determination. Experiencing my parents’ love on autopilot led me to believe the key to lasting love is in developing basic traits which become the essence of who we are. Continue reading

4 Things Harvard Researchers Have to Say About Yoga

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Yoga is a term that means different things to different people. For some people, yoga is an exercise – a way to strengthen and tone the body and improve flexibility and coordination. For other people, yoga is a spiritual discipline – a way of life that includes but is not limited to the physical postures. For still others, yoga represents a combination of these factors.

For Harvard researchers, however, yoga is increasingly showing itself to be a source of significant health benefits quantifiable through the latest cutting-edge research practices. In this article, learn about four important things Harvard researchers have discovered while studying yoga. Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Beauty in the Struggle

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Tough time? Sometimes our tough times feel like they go on for years and years. When do we get a break from the tough? There may be no rhyme or reason to the circumstances that fall in our lap but we do have control over our response. We have control over the opportunities we see in them. Today we intend to see the beauty in the struggle because in the struggle, we learn what matters, we learn how strong we are and we learn what it takes to keep going. Those are lessons that can’t always happen in the peaceful, easy times. There are different lessons for those seasons. Today we’re going to embrace the struggle.

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Intent of the Day: Beauty in Nature

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Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
-Albert Camus

Have you been outside? It’s still hot and if you’ve never believed in climate change, maybe now is the time to reconsider your opinions, but Fall is trying it’s best to creep our way. There is still so much beauty to slow down and appreciate and we don’t want to miss a moment. We intend to notice the beauty displayed in nature.

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Intent of the Day: Choose Positivity

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Today we’re looking to turn around some of this gloom with a burst of positivity. With the recent rush of emotions coming from all directions, it’s time to find a firm place to plant our feet and we hope that is in a place where we can do good and move forward. So our intent is to make a choice and that choice is to choose positivity.

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Exercise Can Save Your Life and Your Money

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You can build an exercise program that will improve your mental health, your physical stamina and your future. All of these benefits can be yours with very little investment but for your time and the desire to take better care of yourself.

Start Small

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Moving your body through space is easy and extremely healthful. Adding just sixty minutes of brisk walking per week can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of type-2 diabetes. All you need are some comfy shoes! Continue reading

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