Got Anxiety? here’s How to use your senses to calm your mind and body

Hey! So I’m sharing this because if you are, like most grown-ups, then you experience (hopefully not often) the dreadful take over of anxiety. I’ll admit, I’ve been feeling the pressure lately.

Whether it’s work, finances or even will I get Johnny to soccer practice on time, anxiety is all around us every day. My son actually told me about this technique of simply taking that “you moment” while using your senses to provide a calmness to your mind & body.

As a lover of finding peace in nature and calm surroundings I really like it.

Life is life, and stress is inevitable so instead of trying to eliminate what you sometimes can’t I say let’s find ways to get in touch with ourselves and overcome it gracefully & mindfully.

Share your thoughts on this exercise. Has anyone tried this?

Meditation Basics: The 5 Senses

The five senses – Hearing, Seeing, Smelling, Touching, and Tasting – represent our earliest sensory experiences in the world. Yet how often do we really pay attention to what these critical pathways are telling us?

More often than not, we allow them to become dulled by the constant distractions present in modern life. We forget how powerful our senses are, and we lose touch with the ability to fully perceive the wholeness of our existence.

Therefore, the five senses can be a great focal point for basic meditation practice, or as a warm-up before any more traditional meditation.

You may want to begin in a sitting position, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths (five sounds like a good number, doesn’t it?), and begin gently – calling to attention each sensory window, going one experience at a time.

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Listen – let the sound of your environment (or lack of sound) call you to the present moment. Let each moment’s passing reveal some new element you may not have ordinarily noticed. Reflect, breathe, and move forward.

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Look – open your eyes and carefully note the colors, shapes and textures that surround you. What areas of movement or areas of stillness attract the eye? Reflect, breathe, and move forward.

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Smell – close your eyes again and breathe in through your nose, absorbing fully the scent of your surroundings. Observe which sensations feel like natural smells and artificial smells. Reflect, breathe, and move forward.

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Touch – you can hold a small object such as a stone or meditation mala, or you can simply reach forward and touch the earth. Let the feeling of “touching” tether you to the environment, connecting you with the physical reality of your existence. Reflect, breathe, and move forward.

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Taste – whether you taste, air, water, an item of food, or the back of your hand – find a way to awaken the most intimate sense, and observe how the experience gives insight into the inner portion of your being. Reflect, breathe, and move forward.

By frequently calling to attention and sharpening the senses before and during meditation, we may learn to reconnect with our bodies, reconnect with the sensations of the present moment, and better understand the gift of life that we experience with each rise and fall of our breath.

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Service dog helps 7-year-old boy prepare for his 10th surgery

When Indiana resident Gavin Swearingen was just 2 years old, he let go of a swing, hit his head and suffered a traumatic brain injury. The little boy lost about 75% of the left side of his brain, developed epilepsy and cerebral palsy, and has survived several strokes.

So last year, Gavin, who lives in Carmel, just north of Indianapolis, got his first service dog. Elmer, a Labrador-golden retriever mixed breed trained by the nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence, helps with the boy’s physical challenges in myriad ways.

“It’s magic,” his mom, Amanda Swearingen, 36, told TODAY. “I jokingly say they’re both puppies — they love to play. Gavin is 7 and Elmer is 2. They run and chase each other and they’re silly.”

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“Throwing the ball to me 10 times is therapy,” Amanda Swearingen said. “Throwing the ball for Elmer 20 times is fun.”Liz Kaye

Due to hemiplegic cerebral palsy, Gavin’s right side is not as strong as his left, so he holds Elmer’s leash in his right hand, which pulls his arm down and changes his gait to appear neurotypical.

Gavin lost peripheral vision on his right side after his accident, so Elmer walks on the boy’s right to act as a buffer in crowds. The friendly dog makes physical therapy seem like a game instead of a chore.

“Throwing the ball to me 10 times is therapy,” Swearingen said. “Throwing the ball for Elmer 20 times is fun.”

Before teaming up with Elmer, Gavin struggled with reading. But he now reads books to Elmer every single day. They particularly love the “Elephant and Piggy” books by Mo Willems.

“We were all kind of at our end of what to do next, and all it took was Elmer. Now Gavin’s reading almost to grade level. He’s reading for fun and enjoyment,” Swearingen said.

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Before teaming up with Elmer, Gavin struggled with reading. But the 7-year-old now reads books to Elmer every single day. Liz Kaye Photography

It’s a remarkable turnaround since the accident, when doctors told the Swearingens that Gavin would never walk, talk or even know them. But thanks to neuroplasticity, Gavin’s brain has “remapped” onto the right side and he continues to improve with Elmer’s help.

The family – which includes Gavin’s father, Brad, and sisters Alyson, 12, and Makenna, 9 – faces everything in life together. Each night at the dinner table, they take turns sharing what they’re grateful for.

“I can’t say this is a path that I ever expected to be on, but we are definitely going to make the most of it and try and remain grateful for it because gratitude is the opposite of sadness,” Swearingen said. “We choose gratitude.”

Despite all of Gavin’s challenges, the word most people use to describe him is “joyful,” according to his mom.

“I think that’s actually why having a dog has worked really well because it’s the same personality,” she said. “They find the best, and every day it’s like they wake up and it’s a brand-new day and they’re both just excited to go play outside.”

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Amanda Swearingen’s son, Gavin, has shown tremendous improvement ever since his service dog, Elmer, joined the family. Doctors had previously told the Swearingens that Gavin would never walk, talk or even know them. Liz Kaye

But now Gavin is scared. He’s facing his 10th cranial surgery to repair a hole in his skull, which puts him at risk for another brain injury.

Amanda Swearingen’s son Gavin and his service dog “Elmer” at Holiday Park on Sunday June 2, 2019.Liz Kaye Photography

Shout out to Dad! Good times…

 

Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing Dads out there.

Here’s my dad in the 80’s (Mario Brothers Mustache and all- A trend I hope never comes back though LOL) taking me to Indian Princesses camp (dads and daughters).  Yeah I thought my 90’s rolled up jeans looked so rad!

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This was a time where you had fun as a kid just hanging from a stick because your dad can actually hold it up high enough.  This is how much fun dads can be and this is really what kids should experience with their dads.

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He’s always been there for me and I love him to death!

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Now that I’m all grown up (supposedly) He’s now my business logo designer.  My dad’s a crazy good artist so he actually hand drew this from scratch and designed my logo for Hairmingo:)

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My Mascot, Gretchen Mingo, was an original design by a local young artist in Bloomingdale, IL that is so creative and just kills it every time!

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He’s a rockstar at painting shoes too.   Yes, I am a big fan & client,  My converse Hairmingo shoes are so so cool. See below.  If you ever need an artist for logos, shoes, apparel, anything and want to support a super talented hard working young man, here’s where you find him:

Instagram: ImKrisBrown

Check it out!

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My parting quote for today:

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Hello Mingolites!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend:)

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Have you experienced a random act of kindness either given or received?

Share your story or read through others in our group, Lead with a deed.

 

Free and simple ways to improve your well being

Life becomes hectic and gets in the way sometimes.  We are too busy and have too much on our plate. Life unexpectedly throws a curve ball here and there.  However, did you know that a simple act of kindness can bring you peace and joy into your life?

Research shows that random acts of kindness not only boosts your physical health but also helps you to maintain positive outlook on life.

What’s more, it doesn’t have to be grand or expensive. By nature, we are hard-wired for love and compassion. We genuinely feel good when we give, help or contribute without expectation of reciprocation of acknowledgement. It can create a powerful ripple effect that people continue to pay forward what they have received. Thus, kindness is a win-win which brightens our community as a whole.

So, why not start today? Make kindness a daily habit. Make a difference in your life and someone else’s. Besides, kindness is contagious. What goes around comes around. It is particularly true with kindness. Show your kindness in any given moment, at any place and with anyone. They will remember your generosity and they will turn around and spread kindness to others as well. It will also be an excellent opportunity to teach your children to do the same and grow up to be kind adults.

While there are plenty of simple things we can do without breaking a sweat, and yet are easy to forget to practice, start with these 15 simple acts of kindness you can do today, tomorrow and everyday. They will certainly make your day and someone else’s.

1. Put on a smile

One of most attractive trait in a person is a nice friendly smile. Saying hello with a smile makes you approachable and a good impression.  Smiles can open the door for you to make more friendly friends and expand your social circles.

2. Show your love

We value relationships more than material things in life. According to Maya Angelou, people will never forget how we made them feel. So make them feel loved, especially the ones who are dear to you.  Check out The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman if you want to learn more on how to express love.

3. Forgive

Forgiveness is not an easy task. It takes courage and sometimes a lot of time and practice. However, forgiving with empathy is part of being kind to someone, especially the one who wronged you and hurt you in some way. Also, be kind to yourself and forgive your mistakes. Self-love is to treat you with such kindness that you don’t allow anger, resentment or negativities in your life.

4. Open the door or hold an elevator

We live in a world where everything needs to be rushed through. Holding doors for others seems to be simply cultural practices in our society.  However, we do it not because it’s customarily expected but because it’s our intention to help others to minimize the collective effort that needs to be spent on daily tasks, which ultimately makes everyone’s life a bit easier.

5. Bring a cup of joe for a colleague

A simple gesture like bringing a cup of coffee for someone in the morning will make their day.  A little consideration like this will foster their productivity at work while promoting the relationship which in turn will make your workplace friendly and kinder place.

6. Give up your seat at the waiting room, on the train or bus

The next time you are traveling by bus or in a public place, offer your seat to an elderly person. This is a great way to show your respect for the elderly. Perhaps there is a pregnant woman or a child struggling to stay standing on a moving vehicle. Offer your seat to someone who needs it every time you have the opportunity.

7. Give a hand to someone who needs help with something heavy

When you see a woman struggling to walk up stairs with kids and heavy bags, help her. Even the smallest act of service is rewarding and joyful. You wouldn’t want your wife or sister struggling without anyone’s help, would you?

8. Let someone merge during traffic

We all get frustrated in traffic at one time or another. One additional car in front of you isn’t going to make you arrive any earlier or later than you already would have been. So the next time someone is waiting to merge, be the kind person and let him in.

9. Offer a babysitting to a friend

Parenting is the most rewarding job and at the same time overwhelming. Offer to babysit for a friend or neighbor, especially a single parent who doesn’t get much help. This simple support will give a parent a break to recharge and relax a bit which will also benefit the child.

10. Bake cookies for your new neighbour

Well, it doesn’t have to be baked-cookies. You can offer a cold glass of water to a neighbor who’s trimming a tree in a hot summer day. Paying a visit with a bright smile or inviting them over for a tea would make them feel safe and welcomed.

11. Bring a cup of chicken soup to a sick person

We remember how we’ve felt when someone took care of us when we were sick. Show them you care and offer help when needed. This will lift his spirit up.  In addition, it will make both his stomach and his heart warm and fuzzy.

12. Don’t interrupt when someone is talking

Pay attention to what the other person is saying. Active listening is not only an act of kindness but also a skill that we can benefit from improving. You will have more chance to avoid conflicts and misunderstandings.

13. Fix Something for someone else

If someone needs to have something fixed or put together, and you are handy with these sorts of things, it’s the perfect opportunity to offer your skills. Surprisingly, you may enjoy some fun doing it together. The bonus is the more you put your skill into practice the better you will get at it.

14. Give compliments

As words have the power to both heal and destroy, a nice compliment can reinforce their value in the world. With genuine compliments, you let them know they are noticed. So, speak kindly and give them a little gift of appreciation.

15. Say yes to a donation request

Making a donation doesn’t have to be thousands of dollars or hard work at Habitat for humanity. It can be a $1 donation to a local shelter or a can of soup for your local food bank. It won’t break your wallet. Imagine there’s someone out there smiling when they receive what you gave.

So, what’s in your kindness jar today?

 

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https://www.lifehack.org/356919/simple-acts-kindness-can-improve-our-well-being-research-says?fbclid=IwAR1okhb8ImD_VhKs-9ldOp7T92kNH4xIrkqMhZbZOT_jDcHFNZlO4HxeZRQ

3 Random chics in Chicago saved my life

I want to share with you a personal story about a random act of kindness that literally saved my life 21 years ago.  It is a bit long but it’s worth the read!

I out on a date with a new boyfriend and our genus teenage selves decided to go to a rave in the inner city.  Clearly, not a good idea.  I had never been to a rave, so it seemed like a fun idea.  We hit the road, parked in a sketchy lot, and went into the rave.

The stand-up guy I was with went off dancing and left me alone within the first 5 minutes.  I’m now standing in this windowless box filled with hundreds of really whacked out people.  The lights were flashing so hard I couldn’t see more than a foot or so in front of me.  As guy after guy tried to get me to dance or try some drug, I finally managed to find the jerk I was with.  I was so pissed he threw me to wolves and being scared I said I wanted to leave.

He looked at me, laughed in my face, and took off again.  I left the rave, stood in a blacked out parking lot, alone and thankful I had a cell phone.  I phoned a friend and proceeded to sit on a bench by the street, waiting for my ride to come.

I watched as 3 pretty tough, city chics were walking towards me.  Then out of nowhere, a car full of 5 dudes in a car slammed on their breaks right in front of me.  Two of the guys jumped out, grabbed me, and started fighting me into the car.  Those 3 girls ran over, grabbed me back from the guys, and started throwing punches at them.  No joke!  The guys took off as I laid on the sidewalk, realizing these girls just saved my life.  They sat with me on that bench for 45 min until my ride showed up.  They saved me, and then they protected me until I was safe.

I never saw them again, but I will never forget them.

Where ever you are out there ladies I am forever grateful to you.

 

 

 

Group home resident wanders into strangers’ house, who then make him feel at home

Here’s a story that warms my heart:)

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — An Ohio police department is praising a couple for their act of kindness toward a young group home resident who wandered into their house Thursday.

A woman contacted South Euclid police around 6:18 p.m. reporting that an intruder had entered her Parkside Boulevard home, authorities say.

The woman alerted her husband that an unknown man had entered their home. The couple quickly discovered that the intruder was non-verbal and notified police.

Meantime, while responding to the home intrusion call, police say they received a second call reporting that a juvenile had walked away from a group home in the area. Staff members were reportedly searching for him.  Police were informed that the missing teen might be combative.

When police arrived at the Parkside Boulevard home they found the homeowners sitting on the porch with the boy and learned that he had quickly developed a relationship with the couple.

“As I pulled up, the individual that resides at the group home walked toward the police car, you could tell this was a situation where he probably ran away before,” Officer Joe De Lillo said.

The homeowner wanted him to be comfortable and asked if he could accompany the boy on his drive home.  The two rode together in the back of the cruiser before the teen was reunited with staff at the group home.

“It was truly a special moment,” De Lillo said.

The teen and the homeowner shared a hug and a handshake before parting ways.

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Group home resident wanders into strangers’ house, who then make him feel at home

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