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Poetry and literature is often inspirational and motivational.. The following are  part of an inspirational-motivational poem collection used in a mindfulness based stress reduction training I attended at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. (circa 1995) that Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn headed up.  Enjoy!!!

The Journey

One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around tou kept shouting their bad advice-

though the whole house

began to tremble

and you felt the old tug at your ankles.

“Mend my life!”

each voice cried.

But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations,

though their meloncholy was terrible.

It was already late

enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen branches and stones.

but little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which you slowly recognized as your own,

that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world,

determined to do

the only thing you could do-

determined to save

the only life you could save

-Mary Oliver, from Dreamwork

 

 

LOST

 

Stand Still.  The trees ahead and the bushes beside you

Are not lost.  Wherever you are is called Here,

And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,

Must ask permission to know it and be known.

The fprest breathes.  Listen.  It answers,

I have made this place around you,

If you leave it you may come back again, saying Here.

No two trees are the same to Raven.

No two branches are the same to Wren.

If what a tree or bush does is lost on you,

You are surely lost.  Stand still.  The forest knows

Where you are.  You must let it find you.

Arrangement by David Wagner

Cited in The Heart Aroused, by David Whyte

The Guest House

 

This being human is a guest-house

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visiator.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture.

Still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you

out for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door, laughing,

and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond

-Say I Am You poems of Rumi

Translated by John Moyne and Coleman Barks

Maypop 1994

Love After Love

 

The time will come

when, with elation,

you will greet ypurself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror,

and each will smile at the other’s welcome

and say, sit here.  Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was yourself.

Give wine.  Give bread.  Give back your heart

to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you have ignored

for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desparate notes,

peel your own image from the mirror.

Sit.  Fest on your life.

-Derek Walcott

THE SUMMER DAY

 

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper I mean-

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I’ve been doing all day.

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?

From: The House of Light  – by Mary Oliver

WILD GEESE

 

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mione.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebblesof the rain are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile, the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-

over and over announcing your place in the family of things.

From: Collected Poems -by Mary Oliver

 

Until one is committed there is always hesitancy,

the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.

concerning all acts of initiative and creation,

there is one elementary truth,

the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence

moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help that would never otherwise have occurred.

A whole stream of events issues from the decision,

raising to one’s favor all manner of unforeseen accidents and meetings

and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way.

Whatever you do or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Goethe

Balance and Power - Eileen Lichtenstein - HALF

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Mindfulness is about living in the moment and being fully aware of what is going on at all times.  When we “practice” this while mindfully meditating – following the breath and not allowing any thoughts in…letting them float by like clouds on a windy sky…then there is a “spillover effect” into everyday life: being able to be mindful while doing (almost) anything and having clearer focus, greater calm and enhanced creativity-productivity!

It’s easy to forget to live in the moment while keeping the big picture in sight.  It’s helpful to remember that life is transient;  many “unfortunate” or “worrisome”  things are temporary and that the only time that truly exists ever is right now. RIGHT NOW is the ONLY time you can do or change anything in your life. And NOW is the only time you have. There are few of us that live in the present, we are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.

I’ve been trained in the practice of mindfulness by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and co-facilitated  MBSR groups with a local medical doctor.  Mindfulness is in the curriculum for Anger Management, and is highly effective in helping to create good choices in all areas of life and career.  Corporate and organizational seminars and classes onsite are available.

Need help getting started? Contact me for a free consult:516 623 4353 www.balanceandpower.com 

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Mindfulness is defined as paying attention and being fully in the moment.  Multi-tasking cannot be included in this definition, as most people cannot fully focus on more than one thing at a time.  The influence of technology in our fast paced world has often caused the problem of lack of focus on a particular task.  This has translated into the modern workplace, especially those who are not used to the fastest paced technology. Those used to it, mostly millennials, often inadvertently miss important details. In our modern often chaotic world, frustration levels rise quickly, giving way to stress and anger.  Impatience and frustration often go hand-in-hand.  A workplace culture of mindfulness, geared to all generations and cultures can be beneficial to all.

Another tool that is helpful in focusing as well as to reduce stress and anger is EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), also known as tapping.  It is recognized in the field of Energy Psychology and has become globally popular.  The physical tapping on meridian points releases cortisol, a stress hormone and sends serotonin – a feel good hormone – to the section of the brain dealing with emotions, the amygdala. Most of us are not born with the recommended amount of serotonin for optimal functioning and it may be found as an ingredient in some anti-depressants.

Teaching the tenets of mindfulness  and tapping  to enhance focus and reduce stress and anger are indeed indicated in our modern day workplace.  Mindful meditation and simple relaxation techniques are helpful in creating a mindfulness practice, so practice sessions for this and EFTtapping may be implemented so that these tools will succeed in increasing focus and reducing stress and anger in the workplace.

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Yes, the phrase “disconnect to reconnect” has two distinct definitions and perhaps more…

Literally, it has to to with not beeing connected to devices or computer for a period of time daily – or for several days – weeks depending on your circumstances.

Another definition, recently pointed out to me by a coaching client, is to release all toxic people and past negativity-shame from your life to reconnect with your joyful, peaceful inner self-child and be mindful/present in each waking moment.

Wow! Maybe challenging yet definitely doable!!  Need help and an accountability partner to do this?                FREE PHONE CONSULT:  516 623 4353    www.balanceandpower.com 

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Yay! After spending several hours (yes, I persevered!) on the website, and several calls to the help desk- you may find my spiral bound interactive book for overcoming obstacles and achieving success  formatted and illustrated by James Rutnam of webtimegraphics.com and motivationalwhisperers.com. Now I’m working on uploading the digital-kindle version.  check it out: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0615341810 .  Dawn Abraham, CEO of motivationalwhisperers.com comments: ” Eileen’s interactive book is both enlightening and motivating.  Eileen truly partners with you as your Peak Performance Success Coach as she takes you step-by-step through her process of achieving success.”   Thanks, Dawn!
Great 4 Father’s Day!

More about the book:

This powerful interactive book will change your life! At last there is a book that interactively takes you through all the components of success. Eileen Lichtenstein waves a wand of magic with this inspirational book & it will leave you spell bound! A must read for anyone struggling to take their personal or professional life to a higher level of success and satisfaction. Eileen has created a book where she is “your” business, life, parenting or transition coach – partner! Eileen takes you through her personal journey of accomplishment while showing how you too can achieve the same peace and balance she has achieved in her own life. Her inspiring book gives you real life examples of how she guides her clients to success through her own experiences and years of training as a successful life and spiritual coach. As if that’s not enough, this amazing book is chock full of inspirational quotes from some of the top self help guru’s of our time. Eileen’s interactive exercises that are sprinkled throughout the book are delightfully easy to follow while guiding you step by step through her process to success. Eileen made sure she left no stone unturned in the area of dealing with stress. She gives you several very effective techniques to deal with stress in your life. What You Will Gain: * Increased Self Confidence * Peace of Mind * Balance * Higher Income Potential * A Feeling of Well Being and Improved Health * A Better Understanding of Your True Capabilities Don’t wait to start turning your ailing business – or life – around. Be proactive: If you’re doing well, SOAR! will propel you to a higher level of success and happiness! Thinking about becoming an entrepreneur? Looking for a career change, a reinvention? And if you are simply feeling overwhelmed with life, “sandwich generation” or parenting issues, this book will help get you get unstuck, be fearless and SOAR!

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SOAR! with Resilience: The Interactive Book for  Overcoming  Obstacles & Achieving Success



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I’m so happy that I have my printed published book: SOAR!(TM) with Resilience,  powerpoints and myself to focus my “reportoire” with in person workshops and teleclasses. http:www.balanceandpower.com/events and Book link. Looking forward to facilitating Mastermind telephone groups and in person series including EFT and MBSR in my renovated home space! (we had a flood in the “basement- former Dance & Exercise Studio and this is the upside- a renovation that insurance pays for :).

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