Be Still My Soul
By: Sheryl DeLoach
All things quiet
Settle into still
Let the brain replenish
New cells grow at will
Reflecting in the moment
Creative juices flow
All the possibilities
Nurtured, and in tow
Listen to the stillness
Deep down in your heart
What you hear inside you
Wisdom to impart
Conscious, keen awareness
Calmness to pursue
Cutting out the clutter
Inside the brain of you
Welcome the refreshing
Moments of the soul
Reducing stressful hormones
Time will take its toll
Come Out from Under a Rock
By: Sheryl DeLoach
Seek out ways to live
A better version of yourself
It might be a plan for safety
Or working toward better health.
Try some curious choices
Think outside the box
Risk failure with every new attempt
Rather than living under rocks
Step into the flowing current
Don’t be left behind
If you’re satisfied with staying still
You’re already going blind.
Living in denial
Won’t get you very far
Time to regain relevance
Changing who you are.
Put away the umbrella
Running in the rain
Laughing through the imperfect process
That will surely bring you pain.
It’s easy to resist me
Excuses piled high
Next, I’m no longer welcome
And opportunities passing by.
Modify, transform, reorganize
Alter, convert, mutate
Diversify, remodel, make a change
Time is fleeting, so why wait?
Life’s more than observing
Learn what floats your boat
Time to pack your own new...
Pregnancy can feel incredibly daunting. Bringing a new life into the world is an incredible experience but expecting mums can often feel anxious and unprepared. In the current climate, pregnant women are undergoing more uncertainty than ever.
On Monday 16th March, pregnant women were officially encompassed in a “vulnerable group” by the chief medical officer. Naturally, this announcement has led to distress and anxiety, especially as there’s little information currently about the impact Covid-19 could have on pregnant women and new-born babies.
Let’s look more closely at the advice that pregnant women should be following and explore the ways that they can cope with pregnancy during the Covid-19 outbreak with the help of a very trusted source, Lil - Lets.
During this time, women and their families must take all the precautions recommended by the UK government, including self-isolation...
The last week in December through me a few curve balls.
Not that I hadn’t had curve balls thrown before. I have. And I’ve survived. Always with a little help from my friends.
In one week, in the space actually of two days, three interesting balls lobbed my way.
First, after weeks of my car sometimes starting, sometimes not, I had dropped it at my favorite mechanic, Car Docs, knowing something was up. Hoping against hope each time I got in my car those last few weeks that my car would start!
That little car started in order for me to get it to Car Docs. It was one of the last times it would start. It was unfortunate; however, my 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid would start only one more time. Speaking with Ed at Car Docs, I had to have it towed to a Ford dealer so that the computer systems could be checked out. My insurance kicked in and the Escape was towed, with no promise of them looking at it until next week. My intuition told me this was probably it for the little car that I had...
Taking the bitter and making it sweet. Life is unpredictable and that is what makes it fun, exciting, grueling and very rewarding.
When my life handed me a lemon in the form of a life treating disease of stage 4 lung cancer as a non-smoker. I didn’t know exactly how I was going to make lemonade out of this situation.
What I did know was that I was going to be in for the fight of my life going forward. Once I came to grips with my lemon aka my cancer things began to morph.
In the beginning stages of my journey, my lemon was a beast, unfamiliar, hard to handle and wrap my head around. Once I started to embrace my lemon, look at all the edges and feel it out. I started to see my lemon in a different way.
My lemon had become a force in my life that I had to learn how to overcome and ultimately conquer. I had to take my lemon and make it my own. What does this even mean? Well for me I started to treat my lemon like it wasn’t sour....
It’s Tuesday or Wednesday or Friday or Sunday and I’m in one of my very favorite places and spaces. The Yoga Studio at Lifetime Fitness. I hit that door and I know without a shadow of a doubt something is going to happen…change…I will find clarity or hear a message that I need to hear at that exact moment in time.
It happens all the time. In every single yoga class I attend.
Just when I least expect it, the instructor says something amazing that I could have heard a million times before and yet, this time it sinks into my cells. Into my brain. Into my heart. And I never know when it’s going to happen. But it does. Constantly and continuously.
Breathing easier in the yoga studio is a truth for me. I can be turned upside down, challenging myself in a tripod pose or simply flowing and I know I am where I am supposed to be.
It was in THIS yoga studio that I found my Warrior. In those beginning classes during a particularly rough time, I needed Warrior One and...
Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, as a responsible adult, it’s your duty to teach children values and information. Essentially like a role model. This undoubtedly sets the child up with a good start in life. This dynamic isn’t viewed both ways however, but what if children can teach us things too?
Playgrounds can be places of intense competition and arguments for a child. The best part about this though is that the children tend to forgive and forget, perhaps quicker than an adult would do so. Often, time spent mulling an argument over internally isn’t a positive approach, as we are focusing on the dispute itself rather than weighing out a solution for it. Whether we feel at odds with a colleague or a loved one, having the ability to process this feeling and forgive rather than carry a grudge can prove extremely beneficial — allowing us to get on with the important things in life.
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