Don’t be afraid to compliment and encourage strangers. The world needs more compliments, encouragement and less criticism. It is an awesome way to live, too.”
– Brenda Johima
96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch is now my HERO. This woman just inspired me BIG time this morning.
Not only is Tao named as the “world’s oldest yoga teacher” but her wise words woke me up to a better life this morning. Here are her simple and wise ways to live a great life.
I am putting my focus here now, starting right now, today :
Here is a quick synopsis of the points that I picked up from her in the video. Wise words to live (a long life) by:
- she believes that her positive attitude is what keeps her going
- you don’t want to put in your mind anything negative
i don’t think of what i am going to do tomorrow or today, or what i did yesterday, i think it is going to be the best day of my life“
- i just dance and do yoga
- nothing is impossible, whatever you want to do in life
- just tune in and know that within you is the answer to everything
- don’t let anyone tell you about getting old
- there is so much to do and if we spend our time just sitting there it’s not going to help at all
- don’t procrastinate, don’t say i’ll do it tomorrow, tomorrow never comes
Thank you Tao Porchon-Lynch, for inspiring me even more, to Kick Breast Cancer Out! … and to get on with living life to the fullest and to THRIVE.
Swimming!! I went swimming and floating in the ocean!! The last paragraph will explain why I’m over the top happy!
H E A V E N. Bliss. Aaaahhhh. I was in there for a LONG time. The water is very shallow, as Fanny Bay is famous worldwide for oysters.
It’s a heavenly warm swimming spot I have, a 5 minute walk from my house.
I can’t even describe how amazing it felt to be back I the ocean! Incredible.
Warm water, floating on my back in a bay by myself! … and with standard poodle Teddy swimming around me and alongside … looking at a 360 degree view of green mountains, forest, clean and clear and unpolluted water where you can see your (water) shoes while you swim ..: all senses alive-er than ever before, it seems … bliss, gratitude, heaven.
Happy, content, Brenda
P.S. I haven’t been able to swim anywhere, no pools, nothing for months and months, from not being well, to 2 surgeries/ breast cancer biopsies under general anesthesia, recovery times and lots of laying around on couches and beds …
So today, IS a GOOD day!!
Filled up with love,
It takes as long as it takes.
And in this case, to get me back to doing my walking meditations that I did daily, for years and years.
You know, it was one of those things that you think about everyday and that you want to do, and and are going to do, but just don’t? That.
I learned this super simple thing years and years ago when I lived in Chiliwack.
My yoga master (way back then) from India ..: Jeeva was his name, taught me so much about life and health.
Anyway, it’s super simple, and my musician friends (or anybody who likes structure and to count) will love this.
It’s in 4 beats or 8 beats or 12 … on and on. The better you get, the longer you stick at it … you can extend the practice.
It’s a walking meditation.
It’s a huge stress reliever.
You can do it anywhere! In the grocery store (I have) … shopping, in nature, at the beach, hiking, cleaning and cooking, while at work, wherever you are walking. You can be walking in a stressed out big city that rushing around at a frenzied pace but you are just walking and breathing and getting peaceful amongst it all, getting from point A to B.
What I love, is nobody will know you are doing this.
You’re just walking.
Here goes. Walk:
Each word = 1 beat (in your head) = one step with one long inhalation or long exhalation of breath:
Breathe In Life Force. (Inhale 4 beats = 4 steps)
Breathe Out The Stress (exhale 4 beats = 4 steps)
And for the competitive types put there, no, the goal isn’t to get to a zillion steps on one long breath. LOL.
I found that 8 beats/steps in a cycle is good, once I get on a roll.
Happy Walking and Breathing!
I woke up feeling awesome!
And for this moment, this one moment, I’m grateful.
Everything really can change in the blink of an eye, in life and in health.
**I’ve truly become grateful for the teeny tiniest of moments and seconds.**
I always hope these amazing feelings will last, but have learned that with breast cancer and chemotherapy, no matter how much I wish and hope and pray and try everything, the good euphoric and happy feelings don’t last … they shift and change like the tides and the beach sands.
What has been solid as a rock? Never changing, ever growing?
The LOVE and power of total strangers!
This has been overwhelmingly beautiful. Their loyalty and consistent, solid efforts to push me towards a cure, has been mind blowing and breathtaking.
I’m a happy girl.
All the social media I started doing years ago, has paid off, with new friendships and love, prayers, courage, and so much good.
My pain may not be gone (yet) but the hope that I have been given by ALL of you, from strangers to dear old friends and family … and my past Sweet Adeline’s family! I haven’t forgotten about you … You too, are solid as boulders. Thank you!
Gushing and overflowing with love and gratitude, Brenda