Tip 8 of 8 For Staying Happy, Healthy and Peaceful in Crazy Times

Tip 8 comes from discussions with a dear friend of mine, Penn Oncology chaplain Kava Schafer: Tip 8 - The Power of Self Care: Do a few things each week to nourish your spirit Taking time for self care has been an essential part of how I stay centered. I've found that I need a balance of work and play, and I can't wait only for weekends or days off. During the work week I care so much for others and work so hard that I need to prioritize caring for myself. Kava taught me that you can't always do everything that makes you happy, but if you make a list of all the things that nourish your spirit you can do at least a few of them every week.

Tip 7 For Staying Happy, Healthy and Peaceful In Crazy Times

Tip 7- Leave your cellphone out of your bedroom when you go to sleep

Tip 6 For Staying Happy, Healthy and Peaceful In Crazy Times

This weeks tip is perhaps the most radical and simple of all: TIP 6- Be Real: Don't pretend you are feeling happy, healthy and peaceful when you're not Being a good or a spiritual person does not mean being happy, smiley and nice all of the time. This line of thinking is incredibly dangerous. It sounds strikingly similar to the thought that a truly healthy person is a skinny vegan who always wears flowy yoga clothes. I call bullshit on this. Bullshit. BULLSHIT!

Tip 5 For Staying Happy, Healthy and Peaceful in Crazy Times

This week tip focuses on eating. Eating is an integral part of life and yet it is often overlooked, hurried through, or combined with other tasks. It's essential for our survival and we do it (if we're fortunate) every day, multiple times a day. The power of this week's tip has changed my life, transformed my relationships, and made me feel like a better person. It's simple, easy to do, and in my experience it makes everyone around me feel good. Tip #5: Think Before You Eat - The Attitude of Gratitude. This tip is simple- take some time before you eat to reflect on the food and give heartfelt thanks for the meal.

Tip 4 for Staying Happy, Healthy and Peaceful in Crazy Times

Face-tweet-ping-text-call-search-smile-keep-busy-calm-and-carry-on seems to be the action of the modern human. Take a break and while your doing it text your family. Return that important phone call to a colleague while you eat lunch. Oh, and when you're back at work try out that new app that lets you tweet, post and ping at the same time. And while you're doing that answer all the incoming emails while you work on that important project. Oh, and lastly, please do it all with a smile and make it look like you are very zen. Forgive me, but that sounds ridiculously, explicatively crazy. Tip #4- DO ONE THING AT A TIME This week's tip addresses the myth of multitasking.
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    Tip 3 for Staying Happy, Healthy and Peaceful in Crazy Times

Tip 3 for Staying Happy, Healthy and Peaceful in Crazy Times

This week's tip is a rule in my house for everyone. I can tell you, it works wonders for avoiding fights, sleeping better, and generally having a better end of every day. If you are on an alternative schedule like my amazing niece who works the night shift (shout out if you're reading Marlee!), you might have to alter the timing a little to fit your schedule: Tip #3 - No Logistics After 10pm
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    Tip 2 for Staying Happy, Healthy and Peaceful in Crazy Times

Tip 2 for Staying Happy, Healthy and Peaceful in Crazy Times

Last week I offered my first of 8 easy tips for staying sane in the craziness of a busy life. This week, I'm offering the second tool from my private toolkit. It's one of the best ways I've found to change my mood, release stuck energy (physical or emotional), keep things moving in a positive direction, and cheer up other people when they're in a poopy mood. Tip #2 Institute a Weekly Dance Party...

8 Tips for Staying Happy, Healthy and Peaceful in Crazy Times

We live in a fast-paced, technology-laden time where there is constant pressure to do more and more and more and more. People often ask me, “How do you get so much done and stay so peaceful and calm?” I’m certainly not perfect, but I’ve cultivated a few essential guidelines that I follow that help keep me feeling sane and happy. I’d like to share them with you because if they can help you do the same, then hey, what else really matters?
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    Reiki ‘Tails’- The true story a scientist’s healing journey and how she used it to help Philly’s most abandoned animals

Reiki ‘Tails’- The true story a scientist’s healing journey and how she used it to help Philly’s most abandoned animals

It has been eight years since Janice Walker and her fiance Greg were removed from a crashed taxi by medics using the jaws-of-life.

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Be There For Your Practice and It Will Be There For You

In an older post on spiritual practice, I explored the notion that spiritual practice is literally a way to practice skills that will show up for us when we’re off the [...]