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tension is who you think you should be. relaxation is who you are ~chinese proverb


“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama
Compassion is a sense of shared suffering, most often combined with a desire to alleviate or reduce the suffering of another; to show special kindness to those who suffer. Compassion essentially arises through empathy, and is often characterized through actions, wherein a person acting with compassion will seek to aid those they feel compassionate for.

too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~leo f. buscaglia



have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful ~william morris

my half marathon training: 5 miles. your full marathon training: 12 miles. but you decided to go all out and run with an organized half marathon event. in an effort to keep pace, i followed my run with a 90 minute bikram session. today, we both kicked butt.

today’s theme is smoothies because i drank 3 smoothies (2 blueberry, 1 vanilla banana protein) and learned there is an instrumental song called “smoothie song” by nickel creek…serendipitous that i discovered this song on my 3 smoothie day with NO SOLID FOODS. serendipity can be like that…

i was hoping the yoga would help me not have soreness in my legs, in lieu of an ice bath. i did think to take a cold shower after the run to keep muscle fiber micro tear soreness to a minimum. but this is early September in Arizona. there are no cold showers until maybe October. you know how you have to let the water run for awhile for it to heat up? here we have to let it run for awhile for it to cool down. but there’s no water cooling device to do this, so it’s just not possible for a “cold” shower in the summer.

smoothie recipe

1 serving Jillian Michael’s Vanilla Cream Shake Whey Protein

1 cup vanilla yogurt

1 banana

1.5 cup frozen blueberries

blend until blue

a wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. the next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. the hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. she did so without hesitation. the traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. he knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. but a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. “i’ve been thinking,” he said, “i know how valuable the stone is, but i give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.” ~unknown







my scheduled half marathon training run this morning – 4 miles. your full marathon training run – 13 miles. i went to tempe lake and ran. i felt like a runner. feel like a runner. want to get better. want to be a great runner. inspired running is so easy.

arriving isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. and yet, we always want to get where we’re going. but there is so much energy, so much power in all those journey end anticipations. that’s how you know how much you want something, the way you feel during those days of expectation. to be content with the in-between times and fully feel impatient, hopeful, keen, and eager, is to fully experience those journey ends. after all, once you arrive, it’s done. journey over.

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