Let’s Make It A Friendly Day!

Hey party people! How are y’all doing today?

I’m Doing Fine

Myself, I’m much, MUCH better than I was doing last night, thankfully.

I just thought that last night it was important to take a moment and write about the ugly side of this disease. I get so caught up in the idea that “I’m just in it for the parking” that I sometimes forget to give credence to the fact that, YES, I actually suffer and struggle with the beast disease itself.

Today, I want to remind everyone of the importance of that which I was flippant about yesterday: Meditation and Biofeedback.

Meditation and BioFeedback

They make a world of difference! Good meditation only takes 20 minutes out of your day, sitting there, focusing on your breath or on a particular set of phrases, and can help you recenter your thinking. Once you have done that, you can greet the day in a much more positive fashion.

Science has even confirmed that by doing that, you work new grooves into your brain that help you think more clearly and feel better overall. It’s not just “woo” like astrology or whatever: practicing concentration like that makes you better able to focus, which is important for those of us who regularly get cognitive-fog.

There is a great website called http://www.calm.com where you can choose a background and a 10 minute guided meditation that will help you relax during your day. You don’t have to meditate for 20 minutes at a go: doing it 10 minutes at a time is just fine!

Just like practicing a musical instrument or working out, your body doesn’t know whether the time that you put in was linear or not: it just knows whether or not you did the work.

Let’s Get Metta

Metta Meditation is all about compassion and love. Friendliness to yourself extends to friendliness to others, which in turn, we hope, makes them friendlier to others as well. Compassion and friendliness is how we can help make the world a softer, kinder, happier place to live in: and it all begins with being kind to ourselves.

Are you looking for phrases to say or concentrate on during meditation? Here is a suggestion to develop infinite friendliness that was brought to me by Bhikkhu Samahita.

Begin by extending Friendliness towards yourself:
May I be free from ill-will.
May I be free from hostility.
May I be free from adversity.
May I be happy.
May I be free from suffering.
May I not be separated from the good fortune I have attained.
I am the owner of my kamma and must inherit its results.

Next, extend Friendliness to your parents, teachers, relatives, and friends:
May my mother and father, teacher, relatives,
and associates be free from anger.
May they be free from hostility.
May they be free from adversity.
May they be happy.
May they be free from suffering.
May they not be separated from the good fortune they have attained.
They are owners of their kamma and will inherit its results.

Then extend Friendliness to all kinds of living beings:
May all sentient things, all breathing things, all beings, all persons,
all individuals, all women, all men, all Noble Ones, all ordinary persons,
all deities, all human beings, all those destined for the states of loss,
may all these individualities be free from anger.
May they be free from hostility.
May they be free from adversity.
May they be happy.
May they be free from suffering.
May they not be separated from the good fortune they have attained.
All beings are the owners of their kamma and must inherit its results.

Finally, extend Friendliness in all directions:
In the east, the south, the west, the north, the south-east, the south-west,
the north-west, the north-east, below, and above.
May all sentient things, all breathing things, all beings, all persons, all individuals, all women, all men,
all Noble Ones, all ordinary persons, all deities, all human beings,
all those destined for the states of loss, be free from anger.
May they be free from hostility.
May they be free from adversity.
May they be happy.
May they be free from suffering.
May they not be separated from the good fortune they have attained.
All beings are the owners of their kamma and will inherit its results.

Food, Glorious Food!

So, I didn’t end up grilling those delicious sounding teriyaki burgers over the weekend. I forgot that Momma Majka is allergic to pineapple! That could have ended up disastrously. So tonight, we’re using up our ground turkey meat in tasty taco form.

Right now, I’m on an EPIC QUEST!!!! I am determined to put together a menu for our household of good meals that have 5 or fewer components per dish, so that we have flavorful-but-budget-conscious meals that are healthy and we can continue to lose weight (Did I mention we’re working out at the YMCA down the street and are eating healthier?) and save money.

I have an old debt to a dear friend that suddenly needs to be repaid, and we’ve got to magic up the cash. Tightening our belts is pretty much the only way that we’re going to be able to save the money to do so. And hey, if we get in the habit, afterwards, we’ll even have a savings plan in motion. So that’s a good thing all around.

Do you have any favorite cheap eats that you’d like to share with me? I’d love to get some recipes from readers!

Anyhow, that’s about it for today’s blog entry: not much else going on here besides the usual dishes and laundry. I hope that you’re feeling well, and that things are good for you and your family.

All my love all the time.

Make It A Great Day!!!

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2 thoughts on “Let’s Make It A Friendly Day!

  1. money saving tips:
    re-evaluate cable/internet/cell phone plans – trim down to the bare minimum. I don’t have cable or a land line, but internet/cell service isn’t really negotiable. We DO spend $ on netflix and amazon prime, but a. it’s technically a business expense for E. (as film actor/crew person), and b. It keeps us sane. It’s also something we’d nix if we were REALLY hurting for cash.

    food specific:
    keep track of what’s a “good” price for items you buy – then, when you find it at a REALLY good price, you buy as much as you can reasonably use or store without it going bad. My dad writes the price and date on EVERY food item he buys – so I know that can of soup was $.49 and is from 2/98 (ew)… which can be annoying to a teenage daughter, but ultimately useful for tracking prices. Also, pretty sure there are apps for this.

    Menu planning around sale-priced meats/veggies can help in terms of not wasting food (apparently Americans throw away 50% of what they buy – wth?!) – and if you know you don’t like to eat leftovers (I had a friend that wouldn’t eat leftovers, no matter what), you should plan meals accordingly.

    Look for sales on “old” meat and use your eyes, nose, and common sense to make sure it’s still good (usually it’s that the store HAS to sell it before the next day because of some arbitrary law, even though the meat’s still good). Learn to cook “less desirable” cuts of meat and poultry – the tougher cuts can become fork tender with low, slow heat (crockpot or oven).

    Couponing seems to be super popular, but don’t compromise your health for the sake of it – most of the things you get with coupons are very processed, packaged items.

    I’m still working on fewer-than-5-ingredient recipes… I’m sure I have some…

    • Thanks, J!

      We’re down to just internet and cell phones, and totally do the daily check for manager’s specials with meat since we live so close to the grocery store.

      It’s a great idea to write the date that we purchased stuff on our food. I’m working on getting better with meal planning. We don’t have much food waste right now, so that’s good.

      Today, I’m working on putting together a Pinterest board of 5 ingredient recipes. I’ll be sharing it tomorrow for everyone to use!

      Thanks for all the tips! ❤

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