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How To Have Bliss In Your Day

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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a curious paradox in our experience of bliss.

On the one hand, we are confronted with realities such a loss of freedom, financial and career instability and illness, and the possibility of death. This appears to be the opposite of bliss. We adjust our internal mindset to the daily increase in statistics of unemployed, confirmed cases of infection, and death from COVID- 19. We come to terms with the prospect of continued social isolation and new social distancing protocols. And, we have a greater awareness of the suffering in our community of shortages, health issues, social inequities, and loneliness.

On the other hand, we are also finding ourselves really appreciating what we have: food and water, supportive bonds with friends and family. We laugh at some of the jokes about the demands for toilet paper and soap as a comment on people’s previous levels of hygiene and what is most important when the chips are down. With this candid look at our humanity, we find these moments of bliss, when we are able to allow, let go, be in the moment, and just bear witness.

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Exercise in Isolation: Four Ways to Follow Through

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Many of us have exercise routines that have been thrown off by the COVID-19 social distancing.

Even if you use an app to track your footsteps, your count is way down. The only errand needed is going for groceries and the only commute when working from home is from room to room. If you are lucky you have the option of a yard or stairs!

Some of us can still go out to exercise at the park by biking, running, or walking. If this was already a habit for you then keep it up 😊. However, many people have to establish entirely new habits because the gym or swimming venue is unavailable.

Four ways to follow through with exercise in isolation are to identify 1) your home-based alternatives, 2) how to hold yourself accountable, 3) the benefits, and 4) the specifics of your exercise plan.

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Home Environment Makeover

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The main content of this post is about our home environmental experience under the COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

But first, I want to shout out to the people who are on the front lines every day. A heartfelt THANK YOU to these of you risking infection to keep vital services running.

We really appreciate what you are doing and I know what I am about to talk about is not your reality.

Along with you, we pray for supplies that allow you to do your jobs safely and intelligent management and treatment protocols that reduce the numbers of COVID-19 fatalities.

For those who are not essential workers, like me, our reality is spending more time at home This means we are confronted with the piles of things in our dwelling that we have been meaning to attend to for oh so long.

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Spiritual Connection: COVID-19 and Your Relationship with the Inner You

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How are you maintaining or seeking to raise your vibration at this time? The COVID-19 pandemic is unnerving and is bringing us face to face with our mortality. It is reminding us of our place in the cosmos as a part of life. As opposed to where we mistakenly place ourselves at the pinnacle of life. However, this provides us with opportunities for spiritual connection.

This realization that we really have very little control is very frightening. However, we have a choice in how we receive it. One option is to allow this fear to dictate our actions and choices. Another option is to look for the ways that this experience can enrich who we are becoming.

The first option is largely unconscious, we feel bad and look for solutions to ease that pain. The second option allows us to observe how we respond. We have the opportunity to move into a place of surrender in the moment and trust in ourselves and our ability to act from a place of love and compassion.

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Recipe – Vegetarian Chili

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Ingredients (8 servings)

  • 1/2 Onion diced
  • 1 Garlic Clove grated
  • 1 tsp Coriander
  • Chili pepper (sliced green pepper, flakes, powder – any combination as per your preferred hotness)
  • 1 tsp ground toasted Cumin (substitute untoasted)
  • 2 tsp Chole seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper to Season
  • 1 can Black Beans
  • 1 can Chili Beans (red beans in spicy sauce)
  • 1 can Dark Red Kidney Beans
  • 1 can Pinto Beans
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