3 Rules For Being Mindful… Online

We’ve been on a mission to inspire and get inspired. Inspiration is all around if you look for it and if you don’t have time to look for it we offered you the 10 People & Blogs You Should Be Following NOW. Where is My Guru was one of our need-to-know motivators, as a weekly online radio show and social media hub dedicated to advancing the melioration of individuals, communities and the environment. Jessica Durivage, the founder, offered us some tips on how she remains a positively inspirational addition to the social media community.

By Jessica Durivage

There is a well known non-profit called Off the Mat and Into the World that encourages yoga practitioners to take the awareness and insights gained in a yoga class such as having a calmer mind or feeling the relaxing effects of noticing the breath off of the yoga mat and apply them out in the “real world.” For many of us, the “real world” now consists of a flat screen in which we interact all day. We form relationships and connections, communicate, engage and learn; and also have the power to spread positive or negative vibes. So, I like to say I am taking it “Off the Mat and Onto the Computer.”

1. You Are What You Post

What we think – we become, right? Social Media is a perfect mirror we can hold up to reflect back to us how we are showing up in the world every day. I will never forget the day Facebook started showing what you posted as your status the year before on that day (and in some cases, like for social media junkies like me, the year before that as well). While they were both relatively light and positive posts, seeing them made me think about the message I was sending into the world and consider the kind of message I wanted to share. Energy follows thought and it also follows your Facebook status. What we choose to share has a ripple effect – and you never know the depth of your reach.

2. No Comment Rage

When was the last time you lost your temper behind the safe, enclosed glass window of your SUV? Yelling profanities at someone you will never have to see again. Social media can provide even more of a disguise for leaving negative comments and spouting hateful remarks. Behind screen names and profiles – we have to remember that there are real people with real feelings. This new way of communicating is an opportunity to engage in mindful discussion, learning to appreciate differences of thought and opinion. Now, I am a pretty realistic person. This is hard enough in real life, right? The internet is far from a utopian society but using the time you spend online, be it for personal or business, as an opportunity to cultivate more peace, compassion and awareness for yourself and the virtual community you are creating.

3. Be The Change

With every thought, with every interaction, with every post, comment or tweet – we have the potential to share something positive with those around us – whether we are online or off. The internet is a powerful tool that is revolutionizing how the world connects, and that power is in our hands. Be the change, be the change in the world that you want to see. We would love to see your next post – and we would love to see the message you want to share.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Gandhi

Jessica is the founder and owner of Where is My Guru – an ever evolving work of life that encompasses writing, art, community, leadership, consulting and a weekly radio show where you can find her contemplating Purusha, Prakriti, the Yoga Sutras and why all Yogis are crazy mo fo’s. The Where is My Guru Show Airs LIVE every Friday at 11am EST.

Whether in a business suit, on a yoga mat o r a meditation cushion, Jessica will follow her Dharma to the ends of the earth and work to bridge the gap with the world and the light that dwells within each being. Grateful for the wealth of experiences, teachers and mentors who have guided her along her path as a yogi, a business woman, a non-profiteer and an improv comedian; she cultivates mindful, savvy and innovative approaches to make the world a better place each day and lead with compassion, from the heart (and trying not to take herself too seriously).

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Live Inspired! 10 People & Blogs You Should Be Following NOW

Life challenges you, tests you, and changes you. Time will make you a better version of yourself, but only if you let it. If someone asked you to choose between being happy and being sad, you wouldn’t have to think twice. So with our current Challenge in mind (see #4), it’s time to take on a positive outlook on your life and see all the possibilities.

Need some help getting a little more pep in your step? For words of advice, or just words of love, here are our favorite inspirational bloggers, websites and personalities that stimulate and invigorate. Ignite your life with just a few clicks a day! Pair with the wellness lifestyle for optimal living.

1. The Whirling Blog

Gene-Manuel Whirling, artist and editor of The Whirling Blog, decided one day to stop daydreaming and start living. He found that one of the best parts of living was sharing experiences with others. In Gene’s world, Mondays are a fresh start, Fridays are a day for fun and sharing, and every day is a reminder to love yourself (you can subscribe to his Daily <3 Reminders for the full Whirling experience). When you share in Gene’s beautiful world, you leave a little bit and take a whole lot with you. Yesterday we asked Gene-Manuel if he had a message specifically for Spa Week Daily readers, and he did!

“You deserve the very best that life has to offer. Whether that involves a luxurious spa treatment, the perfect vacation spot, or just downtime with a loved one, it’s alright to take care of yourself! When you are JOY-FULL, you radiate that joy out into the Universe and everyone benefits. Love who you are.”

T H I N K  ☮  W H I R L  ☮  P E A C E

2. The Daily Love

Mastin Kipp created The Daily Love after a quest to find his true purpose. On his journey to find true happiness and inner peace, Mastin discovered an “inspirational buffet of knowledge” and started sharing. After a little twitter bird named Kim Kardashian suggested to her over 2 million followers that they should follow @TheDailyLove, they went from 1,000 followers to 10,000 overnight and now have over 300,000 followers. The Daily Love blends wisdom with style and delivers messages for a fast paced lifestyle, for insight and mentoring on the go. #TDL

“We at The Daily Love refer to the Universe as The Uni-verse. Why is this? We like to point out the obvious beauty in this simple word. Uni = one. Verse = song. Together, in all our own unique ways, we are all participating in One Song. We believe that underlying and orchestrating this One Song is a creative and benevolent Presence that has our best interest in mind.”

3. oneness. in the city.

A writer and consciousness cheerleader, Margaret Nichols is a recognized leader and trainer in the Oneness Movement. The goal of “Oneness” is to “help set humanity free.” She has trained with monks in India and Fiji and now teaches in New York, as well as mentoring other trainers nationally.  Margaret believes in vibing with the infinite expanse of our own grace and feels that wonderment should be more a common household than Wonderbread. She is teaching a higher state of consciousness in high heels, and we like that. Ohm!

“I want you to be enlightened. Like Buddha. Like, NOW. I’m here to help.”

4. Sati Life – Patricia Moreno

Patricia Moreno is a pioneer of physical and spiritual transformation, and a leader in the global fitness and wellness industries. She is also Spa Week’s Empowered Living Expert and we featured her wildly inspiring 16 Rules to Living Empowered. Have you joined her Daily Affirmations Challenge and said YES I CAN? Patricia is founder of the unique motivational workout intenSati, and we can’t get enough of her positivity and can-do attitude! Patricia’s enthusiasm, energy, and belief that EVERYONE can live a life they love in a body they love are infectious.

“Patricia inspires people all over the world to live a life they love in a body they love… NOW!”

5. Erin Stutland Magical Manifesters

Erin Stutland lives in NYC and is a dancer turned actress turned motivator. Erin’s mission is to educate and empower people in a fun, entertaining, tell-it-like-it-is way. Erin is an inspirational mover and a shaker. She’s a life coach who works one-on-one to help people personally and professionally, and also offers her services through her hands-on and very affordable digital courses. She wants to move you mentally, spiritually, emotionally, financially, and physically – can you shake that?

“Instead of thinking about what might be nice someday (in your career, your body, your finances, your relationships), I am passionate about helping you do it,  have it,  and live it, moment to moment. It’s possible. It really is.”

6. Woulda Coulda Shoulda

We’ve all made excuses and said the “shoulda, coulda, woulda,” but Miriam Kamin, a freelance writer in Atlanta, decided to take control of her choices and her life. She accepts that she may not be living the life she had expected to, but she is embracing the life she is living (and wouldn’t have it any other way). Mariam is a little bit of all of us with struggles in love, work and just figuring out who you are and loving  it.

“I’m living a life I never planned for but now cannot imagine being any other way. And yes—after all these years—I’m still writing my way through it, laughing at myself as much as possible, trying to make sure that I end up with only the right regrets.”

7. DailyGood

DailyGood was born when one college student started sharing inspiration with his friends by sending them an enriching quote every day. Today, DailyGood leverages the internet to promote positive and uplifting news around the world to more than 100,000 subscribers through its daily and weekly newsletters. Readers receive some form of inspiration including news stories, inspiring quotes, or a suggested positive action. The entire project is fully run by dedicated volunteers who contribute hundreds of hours. With all the spam in the world, we could all use a little good in our inboxes.

“The world is full of everyday heroes and true stories of transformation. They have helped sustain life down the ages in a multitude of ways, small, simple and profound. DailyGood aims to shine a light on these stories and in doing so to change the nature of our conversations. If it can spread a few smiles along the way it’s purpose is served.”

8. Zen Habits

Leo Babauta is the creator and writer of Zen Habits. Zen Habits is about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of life. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness. Zen Habits features articles on simplicity, health & fitness, frugality, family life, happiness, goals, and living in the moment. Any father of six kids should have some wisdom to share with the rest of us. Some of his most popular posts are titled “breathe.” be still.” andthe barefoot philosophy.” We feel better already.

“Zen Habits is about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.”

9. Where Is My Guru

Where is My Guru is a weekly online radio show and social media hub dedicated to advancing the melioration of individuals, communities and the environment. Each Friday Jessica Durivage, the founder, and partner-in-crime Diane Ferraro hosts a wide variety of guests walking their talk and sharing their vision. Their listener-ship is comprised of mindful individuals who are committed to making positive social change.

“We believe that through the power of our voices and intentions, we may enact the change we wish to see in the world. Our online social radio show brings a unique experience to the realm of online social media, providing a platform for people to speak their truth, share their wisdom, and LOL in real-time.”

10. Positively Positive

Positively Positive is all about optimism and inspiration. It is about seeing the possibility within each person—and within each day gifted us. Their goal is simple: to bring uplifting voices and messages to our community every day. Their growing supply of blog posts, videos, and handpicked quotations are designed to remind us that there is good in every situation, and possibility in every person. Their contributors and guests hail from every conceivable walk of life, from Olympic Gold Medalists, to kids fighting for their lives, to everyday people wanting to make a difference in the world.

“We’re here every day to help keep your Positivity Tank topped off. And maybe you’ll find something here that brightens your day a little. Or maybe, just maybe, you’ll find something that changes your life.”

 

Fitness Friday: 13 Quotes to Inspire

In case you haven’t heard by now, it’s Friday the 13th. The first of 3 Friday the 13ths in 2012. The spooky part: they’re all 13 weeks apart. If the three things creepier than that freaky fact are your waistline, your blood pressure and your BMI (body mass index) — you’ve come to the right place.

Instead of today being a scary day full of black cat dodging and salt-tossing, let today be the day you turn your luck around. That’s right, I said YOU. You alone have the power to start your own get healthy journey. It starts with a pledge to yourself, and (sadly) yourself is often a very difficult person to make promises to. When you make a promise to yourself (like to quit smoking or join our Mirror, Mirror Challenge), the only one who can hold you accountable is YOU. That’s right, I said YOU (again – louder this time). Trust me, I haven’t made a resolution, a promise or even an intention to myself in a long time, for fear of not holding up to my end of the bargain. But this year, I made a promise to myself that 2012 will be different. And that’s why I’ve put together a list of 13 (lucky!) quotes to help inspire both of us to live a happier, healthier lives.  Even though no one can motivate you like YOU can motivate yourself, I hope these words help you make Friday, January 13th the beginning of your personal get healthy journey.

#1 “The perfect time to start something never arrives.”

If tomorrow is the day you are going to start your new diet or head to the gym, there’s a huge chance tomorrow will turn into the day after tomorrow… and so on. We know you have a hectic schedule and a lot going on, but there’s never going to be the perfect day to start living a healthy life, so stop waiting around for it. Why not today?

#2 “Losing weight is a mind game. Change your mind, change your body.”

The beginning of this journey can start with a war inside your head (fear, excitement, worry, motivation…) Only you can convince yourself that it is time to make a change, and only you can trick yourself into thinking that you can’t do it.

#3 “Make no change, see no change.”

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Wishing you could change your body, your health, your life, over and over won’t make your wish come true.

#4 “Stop thinking so much and just get on with it.”

After you’ve convinced yourself that today, right now, is when everything changes, don’t let the “what ifs” creep into your head. Just do it!

#4 “It took more than a day to put it on. It will take more than a day to take it off. Move.”

Get moving. Pledge to walk for 30 minutes a day. Break it up into three 10 minute walks. Walk the dog. Take the stairs. Skip the cab. Walk in place. However you do it, just move.

#5 “Eat better.”

It sounds so simple, because it is. What’s not simple is your mind’s relationship with food. A great way to examine this is to start a food journal. Write down what you eat, when you eat it and how you feel before and after eating it. I did this for a month and realized most of the time I ate junk was because I was feeling stressed or frazzled and eating allowed me to take a time-out/break and relax. Identifying your bad-eating triggers can help you change the way you think about food.

#6 “Do not reward yourself with food, you’re not a dog.”

Along the same lines as #6, food should not be a reward. A hard morning work-out does not mean pigging out at night is excusable. The same way eating healthy all week isn’t a reason to turn Sunday into a sundae.

#7 ” Drink more water”

In a bottle, in a glass, with lime juice, with fruit, hot, cold — just drink more water. And ditch soda!

#8 “Lift weights to lose weight”

Lifting weights isn’t going to give you a “man body,” trust me. Weight training with 3-12 lb weights doing 12-15 repetitions increases lean muscle mass, making it easier for your body to burn fat. Plus, weight training decreases your risk of osteoporosis.

#9 “Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.”

Things I want right now: Chocolate truffles. A cold beer. Cheese fries. Things I want more: To be healthy. To wear a bikini on vacation. To be happy. What’s more important in the long run?

#10 “Every morning that you wake up is another chance to get it right.”

It’s okay if you mess up. It’s okay if you should have started 5 years ago instead of 5 days ago. It’s okay if you plateau or get discouraged. Never forget why you started this journey. Get a good night’s sleep and start fresh in the morning.

#11 “It never gets easier, you just get better.”

One of the most rewarding days on your journey will be the day you look back at today and say, “That used to be so hard, now it’s a piece of cake.”

#12 “Healthy is sexy.”

Being healthy will improve your relationship with yourself, cost you less money in doctor’s bills and give you more time (alive) with your loved ones.

#13 “A year from now you will wish you had started today.”

This quote is the single most powerful piece of inspiration I have personally ever laid eyes on. On January 13th, 2013, I won’t have any regrets. I promise myself.

 

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8 Simple Life Lessons From John Lennon

Today marks 31 years since the world tragically lost John Lennon, one of the greatest rock legends and inspirational peacemakers that ever lived. In his all-too-short time here on earth, he graced us with music that brings joy every day of the year, and also with simple, wholesome musings on life that have turned into lessons, resonating in every chapter of our lives.

Don’t just skim down; I want you to take a moment and pause with each of these thoughts. Let them hit you. Let them help you. And take a moment today to remember the man who said it all.


Like what you see? Many of these come from the Etsy John Lennon quote gallery.

Wedding Wednesday: 7 Lessons from Twilight


Who said vampires can’t teach us anything? They taught us that love surpasses all (even if there’s a 90 year age difference). While the new Twilight installment Breaking Dawn was raking in $140 million at the box office this weekend… we were all dying to see the wedding! And it definitely had all the drama of Bella and Edward’s relationship. Here are some lessons we learned from the nuptials:

1. Your natural surroundings provide a great backdrop

2. Can’t go wrong with a family crest on the invitations

3. Jewel tones look great on fair skinned bridesmaids

4. You can never have too many flowers

5. Leave the drama behind you (replica of custom Carolina Herrera gown)

6. Wear something blue in your hair

7. Go to Brazil for your honeymoon! (But maybe don’t play chess)

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