June 2014

Spirituality and You: Laughter

Friday, June 27, 2014

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This week let’s think about LAUGHTER:

Laughter takes the edge off our troubles. It offers a distraction and sometimes even a relief from pain and grief. Laughter is very good medicine. Laughing is like inner jogging. It helps us heal by activating the immune system. “A good laugh is sunshine in a house,” William Thackeray once noted. Try to find occasions each day to tickle your funny bone. Doing so is good for your mind, body, and soul. One of the most persistent criticisms of religious and spiritual people is that we take ourselves too seriously. Try to include some light-hearted fun into your day.

Practices:

  • Learn a good joke and share it with another. The laughter will do both of you good.
  • If you are feeling stressed or overly serious, make silly faces at yourself in the mirror to help lighten your mood.

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

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Lightning safety awareness week is June 22-28, 2014. According to the National Weather Service, summer  is the peak season for one of the nation’s deadliest weather  phenomena–lightning. Though lightning  strikes peak in summer, people are struck year round. In the  United States, an average of 51 people are killed each year by lightning, and  hundreds more are severely injured. Remember, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Lightning: What You Need to Know

  • NO PLACE outside  is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!
  • If you hear thunder, lightning is  close enough to strike you.
  • When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter:  a substantial  building with electricity or plumbing or  an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.
  • Stay in safe shelter at least 30  minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.

Indoor  Lightning Safety

  • Stay off corded phones, computers and other  electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
  • Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and  faucets.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off  porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean  against concrete walls.

Last  Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips

If you are caught outside with no  safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce  your risk:

  • Immediately get off elevated areas  such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks
  • Never lie flat on the ground
  • Never shelter under an isolated  tree
  • Never use a cliff or rocky  overhang for shelter
  • Immediately get out and away from  ponds, lakes and other bodies of water
  • Stay away from objects that  conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.)

These tips and more weather safety information are available at https://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/

Spirituality and You:

Monday, June 16, 2014

Three daily practices for…

Growth: Read widely. Reach farther. Take tiny risks and “fail forward.”
Wellness: Eat smaller portions. Take the stairs. Let go of a stressor.
Balance: Sleep well. Breathe on purpose. Express gratitude.
Creativity: Expose yourself to newness. Take a different path. Be purposefully random.
Focus: Plan your day. Turn off email for an hour. Be mindful: for [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Lessons from Maya Angelou

Monday, June 2, 2014

Maya Angelou died on May 28th. She was a renowned American author and poet. Her legacy is strong and will provide inspiration for years to come, as she was both a woman of her time and also timeless. Here are seven memorable quotes that can speak to each of us:
1. People have to develop courage. [more…]

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