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The Power is yours… Quote No. 23 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

Quote No. 23 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.

 

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I’m feeling very grateful to have had the opportunity yesterday to take part in an Adler Cafe with the Adlerian Society UK Institute for Individual Psychology (ASIIP).

The topic we discussed was that of Encouragement asking how and why people might be discouraged at the moment?

We spoke about the importance of not going inwards in ourselves but to keep outward looking, showing concern for others and also showing ourselves empathy.

We noted the need to care for ourselves first in order to be able to care for others.  Caring for others can have an uplifting effect on our own mental wellbeing.  A sense of belonging keeps us connected.

We also considered how we can nurture encouragement and help people flourish during the challenges of Covid19.

Some responses included,

Tapping into our strengths

Reinforcing the strengths we see in others

Giving people space

Keeping focused on our priorities

Focusing on what’s within our control

Talking in positive ways about fear

Acknowledging those fears and accepting them, helping to normalises them

Finding ways to defuse fear and lead back to encouragement

Volunteering where possible

And of course the important role of humour.

We also discussed the importance of taking responsibility, facing up to the possibility of our own mortality or that of close relatives by having the difficult conversations about death.  Putting a plan in place so other family members know our health care and/or funeral wishes.  This can save a lot of upset when somebody becomes critically ill.

How and why might you be discouraged at the moment?

How can you Encourage Yourself  Encourage Others?

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

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Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine. (If you would like your own copy of Anne’s book send your enquiries to info.devinepublishing@gmail.com)

 

Beyond Tired : ME/CFS Life [Awareness Week 2020] — Invisibly Me

For ME/CFS Awareness Week, here’s a look at how chronic fatigue is beyond being tired.

via Beyond Tired : ME/CFS Life [Awareness Week 2020] — Invisibly Me

As this is ME/CSF Awareness Week, I’d like to share one of the best articles on Chronic Fatigue that I’ve read, with you.  I hope it gives you new insights and therefore a new understanding of some of the aspects to this challenging health condition.  A big thanks to Caz for all her efforts to describe a life lived with ME/CSF.

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

The Power is yours… Quote No. 24 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

Quote No.24 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.

 

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We are approximately two months into Covid19 Lockdown and the myriad of new challenges associated with it.

How do you “deal with what is,” what you are finding is your new, present day reality?

How do you avoid stressing about tomorrow or next week, the “what if?

Please share any strategies that have helped you and anything you have learned as a result.

I’m learning to expand my Covid Coping Toolkit.  A few things I’ve added include more meditation, more uplifting YouTube videos, replacing lost physical contact with online video chats via Zoom,  more family time, phone calls, walks and more appreciation of bird song which is easier to hear now with less traffic where I live.

I’m also learning to stay grounded in the moment, just taking it one day or even one hour at a time.  Sometimes there are challenging hours.   Yesterday’s challenging hour taught me that there is a miracle waiting within each grievance, to teach us something if we are ready to listen.

Note to self..”I found the miracle!  I became what Tolle calls the ‘watchful observer.’  I caught myself in the act.  And it taught me to look at my reaction to the event, not the event itself.  I realised that my reaction, which resulted in silence and resort to junk food during the grievance yesterday weren’t constructive choices.  I’ve since spoken about it, pointed out how I felt.  No blame, no bad feeling, no grievance!  No pain!  That is the miracle!

Roll on today!

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

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(Enquiries to info.devinepublishing@gmail.com)

The Power is yours… Quote No. 27 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

Quote No.27 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.

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Isn’t it amazing when you stop to think about it?  There are thousands of blogs and bloggers here, yet no two bloggers are the same or have the same voice.  Each voice speaks to me in it’s own unique way!  Do you agree?  I know I have come to recognise so many wonderful, insightful, warm and entertaining voices.  I hope you see yourself in my list!  Embrace your unique self!

And as for flaws!  Couldn’t we write a book on flaws and what a creation that would be! We all have flaws.  Learning to embrace our imperfection is the gateway to possibility…

Will you run to or away from that gateway today?

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

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Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine. (If you would like your own copy of Anne’s book send your enquiries to info.devinepublishing@gmail.com)

 

The Power is yours… Quote No. 30 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

Quote No. 30 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.

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Did you play “the blame game” today?

Did you learn anything?

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

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(Enquiries to info.devinepublishing@gmail.com)

A fond farewell…Juke

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Juke had the ability to look into our souls.

 

On Friday our much loved Polish Lowland Sheep dog Juke, quietly passed away.  I am as upset as if I lost a close relative.  He was a wonderful watch dog and a very important part of our family.

I want to share Emma’s tribute to Juke from her Instagram account @Dorismakesmyday

Emma…

“I dont know how I can sum up 14 years in a couple of paragraphs, but here goes.

I remember the first day you came home, sitting by my mothers legs, not even reaching her knee. I remember all the hours we spent, you sitting on the picnic table while I brushed your coat, remarkably calm only for those few moments.

I remember your hatred for the vet, and how he put a name to that face you were famous for, the ‘fuck off face.’  His amazement at how much sedative it took to finally put you under before your neuter. (Enough to sedate a German Shepard & a Jack Russel)

Your love for car journeys, how you sat by my side looking out the window on all our camping adventures and how you would wake us up at the crack of dawn to let us know someone had passed our window, much to our frustration.

How you made Marley, of Marley and Me, look like the worlds best behaved dog by destroying our lawnmower (you ate the basket), our deep freezer (you ate the power cord), our camper van (by eating the spark plug), our couch and our car (by destroying the wheel arch).

But mostly I will remember you as the fiercely independent and fearless dog you were. How affection wasn’t your thing but yet when I was sad or anxious you always knew. Despite your total dislike for cuddles, you would come and sit by me and let me wrap my arms around you and cry until you decided I was feeling better and then you would go back to being the aloof boy that you were.

Thank you for being my therapist, my entertainment, my best friend and my inspiration. Thank you for being brave till the very end. 14 years wasn’t long enough but they were the best 14 years I could have asked for. I will miss your little sausage tail and your happy little trot. I love you, I miss you.”

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Juke wasn’t impressed with Emma’s choice of pink but he patiently let her dress him up!

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

The Power is yours… Quote No. 32 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

 

Quote No.32 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.

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Our horizons may be limited geographically but they are creatively wide open!

How will you change up your routine today?

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

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(Enquiries to info.devinepublishing@gmail.com)

 

 

 

The Power is yours… Quote No. 35 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

Quote No.35 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.

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I think the key word here is “your.”  Don’t try to live your life to somebody else’s expectations or level of ability.

Have the courage to be imperfect and remind yourself that courage develops of the back of trial and error.  Courage means pushing yourself onwards in spite of the fear you feel.

How will you live your life to the best of your ability today?  How courageous do you feel?  Share what gave you courage in the past.
Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

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(Enquiries to info.devinepublishing@gmail.com)

The Power is yours… Quote No. 39 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

Quote No.39 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.

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The behaviour I find difficult is feeling ignored.  Thankfully with each day that passes I am learning that I don’t need to feel ignored, I no longer want that feeling and I’m getting better at letting that feeling go.

I’ve also learned that when you learn how to find yourself you no longer feel isolated or lonely any more.  You realise you have a unique voice and you feel empowered to use it.

Anne reminds us that “Nobody likes to be… talked about behind their backs.”  Try today to catch yourself in the act of gossip.  It is not a nice personality trait to have and observing this habit in yourself, is the first step to changing it.  “Keep kindness to yourself and others high on your priority list.”

Here Mich of michnavs shines a light on gossip culture in the Philippines.  A worthwhile read…

https://michnavs.wordpress.com/2020/05/04/surveillance/

What behaviour upsets you most? 

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

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(Enquiries to info.devinepublishing@gmail.com)

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