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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 179 :: purple flowers 

20 Jul

Mama Sling.

Purple flowers always remind me of my mom. Mama Sling loved purple, and she really loved flowers. Every time I see purple flowers I hear a little whisper in my ear as if she is saying “remember me” or “hello James” or “brush your hair” or “come here and let me hug you.”  You know, the sort of things a mom says to her baby daughter.

Last night, this one motioned in my direction. It was delicate and strong. Waving in the wind and holding its own ground. Much like my Mama Sling.

And, as I think of kindness, I couldn’t think of a more KIND reminder to have of my mama. Blowin’ in the wind.

So unmistakably beautiful – and kind.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{purple}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 167 :: the light of kindness

8 Jul

Capturing Light.

On the night of our wedding, Justin’s cousin Rich graced us with the presence of his camera and photography skills. He didn’t know he was going to shoot a wedding that night (he thought he was going to capture a silly family trivia game) but regardless, he was ready with camera in hand.

Here’s the photo he took that night of my wedding dress, with a technique called light painting. I love this photo for so many reasons – it captures the trees that rise so high into the sky at night, and the spot where Justin and I said our vows to each other, and it also captures the light that I felt surrounding and opening my heart.

It was a powerful force, this light, this love, this surge of kindness. As I wrote my vows to Justin I realized so much about what it meant for us to make a promise to each other. On so many levels that promise is about love — and yet, as I’m beginning to realize, that promise is really about kindness. To hold each other so delicately and so strongly at the same time. To listen. To laugh. To love.

Love is kind. And in so many ways, kindness is about spreading light. And, if you look closely at that photo, the light seems to be coming straight out of my heart.

It reminds me of this:
When Justin and I first reunited he played a song for me over and over again.

Let my love open the door…
to your heart.

And, you have to open the door to see the light.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{see the light}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 106 :: timing and kindness

19 Apr

Enjoying time.

Kindness is teaching me much this year – already.
Including the respect of time, and timing, and divine timing.

It’s a hard lesson to learn, for me, one who pushes and pulls against the strands of chronological time. Always wanting more. Always pushing for more. Always feeling as though the hourglass needs more sand.

But, today, I was gently and firmly reminded that we have time. Lots and loads of time. Beyond our imagination and perception and calculations.

And I cannot think of a KINDER way to look at life. This life. In this time.

With great kindness, enjoy your time.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{timing}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS DAY 7 :: kind of niceness

7 Jan

Pushover.

Today I was kind in a regular-sort-of-day way. Mostly to my doggies.

I am a puppy pushover. The dogs get what they want. If they want something they come to me. They paw at my leg. They whine in my direction. Because I cave. I am probably a dog trainer’s worst nightmare. I can’t help it… they pull at my heartstrings.

Today Brady got what he wanted. A hug. A sit-on-my-lap pawfully sweet hug.

And Pup got what he wanted. A pawfully cute kiss and lots of attention — and too much water.

And that was probably the extent of my intentional kindness today. And, you know what? I am okay with that. I yearned for a dog for half my adult life. I couldn’t convince my ex to be a dog owner. It caused me an overwhelmingly intense sort of sadness. The kind that is hard to explain to others, but you know it deep in your heart. When you’re a dog person you need a dog.

And now I have two. So, yeah, maybe I’m a pushover. But I waited for it and I have earned it. And I do enjoy every second of it. Even the bumpy, barky, messy days.

Which reminds me of another kind of kindness: enjoying what you have. 
Enjoy what you have, kind soul.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

P.S.  Challenge #1 is still on!  Are you Practicing Respect?
If you choose to accept this challenge, try one of the following acts:
– admire someone with kind words
– point out a particular and appreciated detail with kind words
– use thoughtful words to compliment someone on an achievement

{Enjoying?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 5 :: kindness challenge

5 Jan

Respect.

I’ve been thinking a lot about kindness – the intentional kind. I keep hearing the word RESPECT. It seems they go hand-in-hand. I’m also remembering something I know — deeply know and understand — words are free. And maybe the most powerful form of respect.

So… with that thought, tonight, I’m throwing out an Intentional Acts of Kindness Challenge!

Challenge #1:  Practice Respect: 
If you choose to accept this challenge, try one of the following acts:
– admire someone with kind words
– point out a particular and appreciated detail with kind words 
– use thoughtful words to compliment someone on an achievement

I will be playing along… and I would love to hear how it goes for you too. 😉
Cheers, kind soul.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{Respect?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – YOGA DAY 1 :: a new kind of year

1 Jan

Day 1: Being Kind.

And here we go!  It’s a New Year. And with that comes a new promise. So… here we are:  2017 will be my Intentional Acts of Kindness Promise. It’s kind of like Random of Acts of Kindness but with more purpose.


After last year’s “Year of Yoga” and learning the depth of kindness, AND witnessing all the events of the world around me, I am dedicating 2017 to Kindness. I think we all need it, and I have a few people to thank.

1. Diane: yes, you! Diane could be my mother or grandmother. She is older but WISER in so many ways. Diane writes to me almost every day sharing what she read on my blog and what that means in her life. She has been reminding me of the power of 4-letter words for a few years now. Her best 4-letter word is, you guessed it, “KIND” and she kindly reminds me of this in her daily emails. Diane – this year is dedicated to you!

2. Amy: my dear friend Amy has been inspiring me with her message of kindness for years now. She is a teacher of joy and kindness. She is a high vibrational friend, one who lives from the heart. Check her out here. Amy – yes, this is also inspired by you too!

3. Feng Shui! I have spent the last three days “fenging” our space if you will. Furniture has moved, the energy is changing, the intentions are in place. Broken items have been thrown out, burnt out light bulbs have been replaced, and most important — intentions have been made. And now I begin 2017 with intentions in my heart.

So here we are again at Day One.
2017 will be a year of Intentional Acts of Kindness. I have no idea where it will take me. I have no idea what will happen, but my intention is to be kind, to you, to me, to those who present themselves in need. Kindness is not just a matter of being nice or patient, sometimes it is listening, sometimes it’s knowing when to say no, sometimes it’s an act of courage, sometimes it is just a shared moment.

Whatever Kindness has in store… I’m about to find out.
What does KINDNESS mean to you?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{Happy 2017} 
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 354 :: yoga is not

19 Dec

Day 354: Enough.

Back to the “Shred” tonight. And in it, the message was: “Yoga is not enough.”

Ah…. so that’s interesting. After a year of doing yoga, come to find out, it’s NOT enough!?

Really, the point was that if you want to be toned and in shape, you can’t get there by only traveling the road of Yoga. And I believe it. Because really, is there ever just one way, one thing, one tactic, one exercise, one moment that creates success?

In all aspects of life the best results seem to come from a mix of many moments that all add up. Because every moment counts.

Tomorrow there will be more Shred Challenge. You can join the course here.
Namaste, Every Moment. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{Counting every moment?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 353 :: the shred is back 

18 Dec

Day 353: Ala, ala.

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house…Not a creative was stirring… except for me doing yoga. The Shred Challenge back on!

However, it IS beginning to look a lot like Christmas here. Including a little snow. Which I was fascinated with this morning. As I walked the dogs outside I noticed the snowflakes falling on my robe. Yes… I wore my robe outside this morning, and I’m so glad I did! The dark blue fabric really made the snowflakes pop!

It’s amazing what you can see when you pay attention. And when you’re wearing the right colors.

Tomorrow there will be more Shred Challenge. You can join the course here.
Namaste, Snow. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{Snowing?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 344 :: shredding it

9 Dec

Day 344: Here we go!

As the year is coming to a close, I’ve decided to go out with a bang. Or a shred. A Yoga Shred.


It’s a course from Daily Om, promising:

  • Up to 3 videos daily with top-notch yoga instruction — combining shred, flow and detox sequences
  • 21 delicious, nourishing recipes which can be used in any order throughout the program
  • Tried and true yoga shred eating principles for optimal health and wellness
  • Life-enhancing, success-building inspirations to help you feel healthier and happier on a mental and emotional level

Care to join me?
Namaste, Shredding. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{Shredding?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 337 bending

2 Dec

Day 337: learning.

Happy Friday. This one’s for all the yoga. And the lessons it keeps teaching me.

Namaste, Yoga. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{flexible?}
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