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Sport & meditation

October 28, 2015 Leave a comment

Since I moved back in my country, I haven’t been especially taking care of my body → no sport at all. And I can notice a big (ah ah!) difference, I gained weight, you have no idea. No physical activity to what you add everyday good home-cooking – to catch up all the time spent away from my family (years and years) – is a very bad combination. The worst is that my mother is  happy to see me with more weight, as if I was skinny before! I was at the right weight but now, none of the pants I packed during my moving in summer 2013 fits me. None.

The first months after my international moving, I looked for a good gym but there was none: they were all much smaller and all more expensive than those in the U.S. In a nutshell, pay threetennis_shoes times more for four times less space/equipment. Not very motivating, don’t you think?

And I need a gym. I can’t jog outside or exercise at home – I need to be “stuck” in a place where I can do nothing else but physical exercise for some time, otherwise I don’t do it.

Concerning meditation, I should make a weekly planning to make myself meditate otherwise I’ll forget it or find a good excuse not to do it despite the fact that mediation is very beneficial for the mind and the body. Actually I miss it. I never thought I’d say that but meditation has a real positive impact on my life. All I need is motivation to start a new routine to meditate regularly.

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Keep alert

January 26, 2012 Leave a comment

For several months now I’ve been taking half a tablet of Celexa (=10mg), the smallest dosage there is. I am doing fine with this small dosage although I noticed that I am not anymore seeing life through rose-colored glasses. Indeed, I am more often in a bad mood and
more aggressive with people. I wonder what it is going to be like the day I’ll stop taking antidepressant! I mean, I’m fine, I am not depressed or have negative thoughts but I know now that I have to be careful and do what I have to do to keep on looking at the good things in life and having positive thoughts. Meditation and physical exercises help. Seeing birds aligned on street lights still makes me smile (don’t ask me why, I don’t know why) and I still have my compilation of positive songs with nothing else but good vibes. Oh and as far as the automatic negative thoughts, I am mainly working on being less general in my statements; for instance when I say something like “every time I take out the trash it is raining” I immediately correct myself and say “not every time, sometimes”. It’s a little something but maybe it can help me acknowledge that the whole world is not against me.

On your mark, set, go

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment

This is my “to-do-list” for the week.

One line = one week.
Each week I have to go at least twice to the gym, do four sessions of push-ups and a serious meditation session. Okay, it doesn’t look like a weekly planning at all but at least all the things I have to do in a week are listed and as long as I do all of them in a week, it’s fine. I know that if I write “Monday=gym” and if there’s a big snow storm or a nasty freezing rain on a Monday, I’ll be “oh, I can’t go to the gym… too bad ^.^ “..but if I don’t associate a particular day to an activity, I have no excuse if I don’t do it. Oh, we had our first snow of the year this morning, by the way. And doing exercises at my place is not a good idea. I could do yoga movements instead, when the weather is too bad… but no jumping. No jumping or I’ll go through my floor and land in the apartment beneath mine. And my neighbor may not appreciate it.

I know, I know, it’s not much but it’s already something for me. If I can stick to this planning, it’ll already be something. I’m not one of those Americans who go out to run 5 or 10 miles before taking their breakfast or go to the gym every single day since the age of 15. I began to go to the gym here in the U.S. because I felt guilty every time I saw an American jogging or at the gym..I come for France and as a good French girl I do Not do Sport. At all. Simply put, we do not do sport. We like to watch it on TV though…ok…it doesn’t count..I tried…so, yeah, I’m still trying to adjust to the American way of life.

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Little improvements

January 12, 2012 Leave a comment

I try to get organized and make sure that every week I go at least twice to the gym and do one serious meditation session. I am making a weekly planner so that I can check the boxes “gym” and “meditation”. I like to check boxes, it gives me a sense of accomplishment.

On a different note, I am so happy right now that it doesn’t snow. We had no snow since late October. Not a single flurry. AAAhh.. It feels so good. I know it won’t last long and that we are going to pay it somehow. This past month we had exceptionally mild temperatures for the season. I don’t need much actually to be happy: no snow.

Positive things of the week

November 24, 2011 Leave a comment

– I went to a free screening of the latest Martin Scorsese’s movie “Hugo” in 3D.
– I received a large basket of Godiva chocolates. It was a surprise from my parents.
– an other surprise from my parents : a package full of chocolates and truffles and other yummy stuffs. They probably want me to have my first stomach ache… o.O
– I spent a day in Boston and I *finally* visited the New England Aquarium where I touched a ray, a shark (a small one) and a xiphosura (one of those very old fish that have blue blood)
– I received a Christmas gift already (by mistake) : a book about meditation.
– still no soda.
– I’m doing still fine with 10mg of Celexa. I notice a difference though between 20 and 10mg : la vie is less rose but it’s okay.
– it’s Thanksgiving Day!!

Of this and that

June 11, 2011 Leave a comment

It seems that May-June(-July?) is The time in the year where I am the least inspired to write. Nothing special happens during these months maybe, who knows?

So, to sum up a little about my situation: I am still taking 25 mg of Celexa. It works Perfectly well; no reason to change. I haven’t been to an individual therapy session for over a year now. I only go to group therapy once a week for an hour and a half. There, there is no particular topic I feel the need to tackle. I think I have a rather good idea of what to do 1) to get even better 2) in case of setback. I enjoy life’s little pleasures here and there: I go horseback riding, I meditate, I watch F1 races on TV, I go to the restaurant (and never forget to order a cheesecake), go to the movie theater for free, etc. I indulge myself, to put it simply. :-D

My depression definitely belongs to the past. The only thing left I have to do is have a serious conversation with my parents – not on the phone nor on Skype, of course…that means not before September, October. Maybe by then I’ll be ready for this talk.

On a different note,  my new friend (is she still my new friend? Man, I should really force myself to answer to the messages she leaves on my answer machine) Well, I was saying that she left me a message: she may have found a guy for me.  O.O   How am I supposed to tell her not to bother because my case is hopeless?! No, really, I mean, it’s nice from her but there’s no way, not now, not yet. I’m not ready yet, I’m not yet at the chapter “Thinking about having a boyfriend” even though she thinks I am. Interesting, hmm.

Beautiful symphonies of the planets

June 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Symphonies of the planets, that’s what I’m listening to now. It is so calming, so beautiful and unique. The audio recording of those electromagnetic vibrations that come from planets from our solar system are so beautiful and mesmerizing almost. I love it. You just have to close your eyes and you’ll see yourself floating into space, into its void. Perfect for meditation or relaxation.

You can listen to short samples of these amazing recording, if you click here.

About these NASA Voyager I & II sound recordings:

“Although space is a virtual vacuum, this does not mean there is no sound in space. Sound does exist as electromagnetic vibrations. The specially designed instruments on board the various space probes used Plasma Wave antenna to record the vibrations used here, all within the range of human hearing.

Interactions between the Solar Wind and the planets, moons and rings of our Solar System create “Soundscapes” of frequencies in the plasma energy “Ocean” that fills the void of space. Each planet, moon and ring system has a distinctive “musical” pattern. Listening to this unusual recording has a mysteriously relaxing effect. After a long hard day, you can bring your brainwaves into a slower and meditative state.

In 1989, Dr. Jeffrey D. Thompson, D.C., B.F.A. was approached by representatives working with NASA and JPL to explore a series of powerful recordings which the Voyager I & II Spacecraft had sent back from Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. These recordings seemed to be having a profound effect on the scientists and researchers who were exposed to them. Dr. Thompson was approached as an expert in the field of sound and healing, and especially in his work with “Primordial Sounds.” Primordial sounds are human body sounds and nature sounds formatted in special ways to cause a deep response in the subconscious mind. These are extremely useful in all levels of healing. Could the space sounds actually be Primordial Sounds, also – from outer space but strangely familiar to us?”

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