January 1, 2012 § Leave a comment
This is the time of year during which mass amounts of the population go join a fitness club, vow to finally finish that project around the house, and many other like things.
I know this time of year is the most popular time to decide to make changes in your life. I’m for resolutions being made all throughout the year, why wait ’til the first of January rolls around? Typically, I decide things spur of the moment and, in an attempt to make the most of the motivation, start right then. If you’re the type of person that goes ahead and makes these resolutions all year long, then I don’t mind new year’s resolutions as much because waiting until the new year rolls around again could hinder progress and promote procrastination. Sure, it’s a nice even starting point, but what if you thought of something you wanted to accomplish while it was still June? Why wait another six months, or two?
I don’t celebrate the gregorian new year; I follow the Jewish calendar usually. It kind of surprised me when I realised I had thought of a few things that I was ‘resolving’ to do. (Usually these ideas of making changes hit somewhere further along the timeline.)
1.) Be as fit as possible. Running and exercising, after art, are probably my favourite things to do. I’ve been looking at some fitness blogs and websites and considering the common want of women to be thin. I’ve come to realise that it’s far more important to pay attention to your personal fitness, and not obsess over being skinny. Something to keep in mind: muscle weighs more than fat, even though it takes up less space.
I suppose that was my only resolution, haha. I want to train for a half-marathon. I hadn’t been able to dedicate as much time to exercise in the the past few months and I miss it. Running is a wonderful activity. I find it a great time to recite Scripture in my head or sing (yes I’m a crazy that sings while she runs…) and spend time in prayer.
Ah, one other thing: I found some niftly craft projects I’d like to complete. Keep your eyes peeled for that post!
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November 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
Have you ever spent a day or even a few hours without speaking? Have you ever walked around with your eyes closed? Why would you do that?
Eliminating one sense allows the others to be heightened. Whenever I spend time in without speaking, I usually don’t listen to music either. Something that I notice is all the other sounds that I tune out every other day. Sounds of the keys as I type, the whirr of the refrigerator, dogs barking, cars driving; the list is endless.
One of the most beautiful things to me is the opportunity deaf and blind and mute people have to experience the world. They understand and relate to it in ways that people with all their senses can. It amazes me when I think about it. How would that change your perception on art, music, and people? By having one sense out of the way, there is so much more room to pay attention to other things. Without my brain being distracted by music blaring somewhere and cars driving by, what else could I notice? If I couldn’t see how would my perception of sound be different? And touch, that just boggles my mind. It would change everything.
I don’t think that there is a need to ‘fix’ people that have what society typically calls an impairment. From what I’ve seen, these people have learned to adapt and grow where it is not possible for less challenged people to.
Go notice something new.
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September 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
Deuteronomy 30:6 And the Lord, your God, will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, [so that you may] love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, for the sake of your life.
11. For this commandment which I command you this day, is not concealed from you, nor is it far away.
12. It is not in heaven, that you should say, “Who will go up to heaven for us and fetch it for us, to tell [it] to us, so that we can fulfill it?”
13. Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, “Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us and fetch it for us, to tell [it] to us, so that we can fulfill it?”
14. Rather,[this] thing is very close to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can fulfill it.
These verses are so rich with promise and truth. In verse six, it’s a reminder that I need help walking the way I am called to by Torah. My heart on it’s own and in it’s fleshly state is inadequate. At the same time, in my inadequacy, He’s not leaving me hanging, He said He would circumcise my heart so I would be able to fulfill His words. Which leads into the following verses that say the commandments and instructions are here for us now, He hasn’t placed upon us something unattainable. He’s not trying to trick me with cryptic words. On the contrary, He makes it very available to those who are willing to walk according to His Torah. In verse fourteen it says it is “in your mouth and in your heart.” It’s neither hidden nor something that we need an army of people to get, it’s right here, within me. That’s such a wonderful promise.
Scripture from Chabad.