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"Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go its own way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it. Never let it out of your sight. It will take you ...." ~Sheng Yen

A few years ago after a very negative experience with my primary care physician, and with the help and support of a Life Coach and SparkPeople friends, I finally got the courage to seek medical advice about some of my physical struggles. I found I have a thyroid condition (hypothyroid) and a "severe" vitamin D deficiency. I am healing in so many ways -- joint aches and soreness diminished, more energy, hair and fingernails stronger...but, I continue to struggle with weight (possibly complicated by a high stress job). I am an ovo-lacto vegetarian, with a milk allergy. I also need to avoid too much soy due to the thyroid med. This makes eating more complicated in some ways, but simpler in others.

I seek patience with myself, but also persistence.

I am ever on this journey!

Member Since: 6/10/2006

Fitness Minutes: 3,481

My Goals:
I want to feel energized, healthy and confident to be of service to other beings in this life (and beyond).

Cardio 30 minutes activity 3-5 days a week.
Weights 2 times a week.
At least 5 fruits/veggies a day
20 minutes meditation more days than not.
At least 6 cups of water per day.
Being more mindful.
Living in the present.
Joy every moment!

My Program:
Vegetarian -- ovo laco (eggs and cheese only). Learning to eat sensibly and mindfully. Using SP planner to give me ideas. Lots of veggies, some tofu. I'm learning a new way to eat mindfully only what I need and when I need it - and with pure joy. Watch me learn how to keep my body healthy!

Daily meditation, gratitutdes, and affirmations to keep me motivated and soothe my spirit.

Personal Information:
Live and work in Lincoln, NE. Work as a Professor at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, teaching and researching leadership.

Spiritual practices of meditation and energy work keep me grounded!

Love love love music! Almost anything, but prefer mellow instrumental tunes, meditation music (Tibetan bowls, etc.) or acoustic folk. Some dabbling with guitar and singing but only for my own "entertainment!"

Love to read inspirational stories, personal journeys, healing books! Favorite book: Solar Storms by Linda Hogan.

Other Information:
2 kitties -- Annika and Gracie

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    Just thought of you today so I stopped by to say Hello. Rachel
    2651 days ago
    PS ... Love the bear hug ... and feeling better!
    2881 days ago

    Happy New Year to you as well! I can't tell you how happy I am to see you among us again. I look forward to your Thanksgiving Community posts each day. I have always been struck by your love of music. Music once played an important part in my life but lost its power for me in recent years (perhaps I was too depressed). Anway, happy to report my partner of four months is introducing me to all sorts of new music ... and I am re-discovering how much I my life is enriched by music.

    Keep in touch,
    2881 days ago
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    I love the bear hug and the message that came with it.
    I wish you a week, heck, a WHOLE YEAR of healthy choices.
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