Life in the Present: A 6-Step Approach
The idea of being mindful — being present, being more conscious of life as it happens — may seem contradictory to those who are used to sacrificing living for pursuing their goals and looking towards the future, but living in the present will help you, be productive, achieve your goals and enjoy life more.
I have come up with 6 ways to be mindful and I know there are many more. If you have any please post them so they can be shared with everyone.
1. Do one thing at a time.
Single tasks help you to focus and be mindful of what you are doing. When you are eating just eat and savour each bite. Zen proverb: “When walking, walk. When eating, eat.” Take your time with each task by doing it slowly and deliberate. This will help you focus on the task.
2. Do less.
By doing less, you can do things more slowly, more completely and with more concentration. By filling your day with only what is of value you will learn to let go of what is not important. Our lives are not important because we are always busy our lives are important because we value all that we do.
3. Spend at least 5 minutes with just you.
Just sit in silence. Become aware of your thoughts. Focus on your breathing. Notice the world around you. Become comfortable with the silence and stillness. It’ll do you a world of good — and just takes 5 minutes!
4. Stop worrying about the future.
Worrying does not contribute to a positive future. Recognize when you’re doing this, and then practice bringing yourself back to the present. Just focus on what you’re doing, right now. Enjoy the present moment and continue moving forward to the future you want.
5. When you’re talking to someone, be present.
How many of us have spent time with someone and have been thinking about all the other things we have to do. Instead, focus on being present, on really listening, on really enjoying your time with that person. We never know the impact we have on others and they are worthy of our attention.
6. Live slowly and savor your life.
Just as you would savor your food by eating it more slowly, do everything this way — slow down and savor each and every moment. Tune into the sights and sounds and awaken your senses to the world around you. Feel the breeze rush by you and the heat of the sun on your skin. Enjoy being part of something that is far bigger than all of us.
I was curious about haunted places in Canada and went searching the web and was so surprised to find so many of them. I thought I would bring you just a few today.
The Haunted HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel
The Nicholas Street Gaol was the main jail of Ottawa for over a century. The structure was built in 1862 next door to the courthouse, and connected by a tunnel. Designed by Henry Horsey, the jail was the site of the hanging of Patrick J. Whelan on February 11, 1869, for the assassination of Thomas D’Arcy McGee. Over 5,000 people witnessed Whelan’s hanging, which was a large number considering the size of Ottawa at that time. Staff and guests have reported that Whelan’s spirit is one of many that haunts the hostel and will appear at the end of guests’ beds or in his death-row cell. The third (official) and final execution at the jail took place on March 27, 1946, when Eugène Larment, who had killed an Ottawa police detective, was hanged. The building remained in use as a jail until 1972 when the outdated facility was closed. The original gallows, however, are intact and remain fully functional. While open, the jail inflicted very inhumane conditions upon those imprisoned there and modern day excavations of the property have revealed numerous unmarked graves. Up to 150 prisoners, consisting of men, women, and children, would be forced to share 60 small cells (1×3 meters) and 30 larger cells (2×3 meters); as well as six solitary confinement units. Inmates included murderers, the mentally ill, or those incarcerated for minor infractions such as drunk and disorderly conduct.
Mount Royal Cemetery
Green grass punctuated by marble white grave markers every few feet, in an area so big you’re sure to get lost: this one is a no brainer. Apparently most ghost activity happens after sunset, when the cemetery is host to shadowy figures lingering on the bluffs, as well as the infamous “Algonquin Indian”—a Native American warrior of legend who is said to lurk on the cliffs nearby.
The Queen Elizabeth Hotel
Most famous for the time John Lennon and Yoko Ono stayed there in 1969 while protesting the Vietnam War, this hotel has been host to many famous historical figures, but only one lives on in eternal infamy.
Through the halls of this regal old dame there is said to be a wandering woman in white, who occasionally visits the rooms of guests.
Other inexplicable phenomena such as disembodied voices, mysterious sounds like bangs and knocks, footsteps, cold spots, and people being touched or pushed by unseen forces have also been reported. Spooky!
Although Toronto is a relatively young city by international standards, we seem to have crammed a decent amount of murder and mayhem into our brief but vivid history.
Gooderham & Worts Distillery (now known as the Distillery District)
James Worts apparently continues to show up for work at the former mill, opening and closing doors (and occasionally walking through them), banging around, playing with the lights, and giving workmen and visitors some scary surprises. (Near Parliament and Mill streets.)
Colborne Lodge in High Park has been host to a number of unexplained sightings, some of which have been identified as resembling Mrs. Jemima Howard, wife of John Howard. The area to the east of Grenadier Pond has also seen some activity from what have appeared to be phantom soldiers, possibly dating back to 1813. (In High Park)
Regis College, the former Christie Mansion, has a particularly vivid tale (mistress hidden in a secret room by her married lover becomes increasingly neglected and hangs herself) to explain its doors that close and lock with no apparent assistance. (100 Wellesley Street West)
Glendon College (including Glendon Hall, the Hilliard residence and the Wood manor) has been the site of numerous seemingly supernatural occurrences, including sightings of a mysterious female figure in the rose garden by the library, voices in the basement, the “sense” of a hanging body at the staircase, and a residence room where occupants wake up to find unexplained markings on their legs. (York University, Glendon Campus. 2275 Bayview Avenue)
Old Fort York
Old Fort York (including the Garrison, the Centre Blockhouse and the Officer’s Quarters) saw much horrible carnage over three separate battles, and visitors and staff have reported odd noises, presences, and visitations—including a ghostly woman visiting the Officer’s Quarters, and a red-coated guard near the entrance and in the barracks. (100 Garrison Road)
Staff and visitors to Spadina House have been treated to some benign supernatural appearances, including a grey, ghostly mass in the non-public areas that may or may not be associated with, of all things, a taxidermist’s mounted wolf on display. (285 Spadina Road)
The Guild Inn grounds in Scarborough have a history of unusual presences, some benign, others a little more intense. Most of the appearances are behind the old buildings in the ‘theatre’ area, and not in the (now closed) buildings themselves. (201 Guildwood Parkway)
Gibraltar Point Lighthouse
Such is the ghostly history of Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, on Toronto Island, that even the historical plaque affixed to it mentions its reputation as a haunted building. Lighthouse keeper John Paul Rademuller was gruesomely murdered and apparently can be sighted, on occasion, climbing up the tower and searching the grounds for his lost limbs. (Centre Island)
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres are supposedly among the most haunted locations in Toronto. One of several presences in the building apparently likes to call the elevator to the fifth floor (and presumably ride down with the other passengers). (189 Yonge Street)
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Horoscopes for the week ending 07/26/2014
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After many weeks of feeling as if you have to fight for what you want, things begin to take form, and it becomes necessary to turn back to your long-term goals and make that a big part of your everyday reality. The Planets challenges aren’t completely gone, just not as strong as they once were, and let’s face it; you Rams have to have SOME challenge in the situation or it gets stagnant. This week you may find yourself longing to do what you love, but not be able to find the words to express how you feel, and it may leave you again feeling as if you’re talking and no one is listening. The truth is, you don’t need approval to be Awesome for YOU. Your mindset and how you think about the situation determines the outcome, so let go of what doesn’t serve your interests, and dare to walk into your future knowing you CAN have whatever you want!
The Moon on Sunday and Monday does cause a bit of a stir at the beginning of the week. Sunday’s Moon is opposite Saturn for his last day of retrograde, and it may feel as if no matter what you do, money is always going to be a problem, while her trine with Pluto tells you that how you think about the situation determines the outcome every time. Awesome is a state of mind, one that you can pull off easily when in the right state. By Monday the Moon moves into a position to help you boost your career when you need it the most, bringing a fire and passion forward you may not have known you had. Use this energy wisely, as it will boost you forward through the rest of the week, making it an Awesome week for the Bulls!!!!
The Moon is in your sign Monday through Wednesday this week, and with her she brings promise for the week! We often, especially those born under the Air element, look to the Moon as a disaster waiting to happen, and emotional disaster, but truly she brings much more than that. This week she brings a boost from Uranus, letting you enjoy the freedom to spend and save at your leisure, while by Wednesday she calls upon a big energy boost from Mars, giving you a boost in the right direction when it comes to new ideas a bigger goals. Seize this moment and this energy NOW to project the Awesome outcome you desire the rest of the week! You can move mountains if you dare to try!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all the Cancers born at the beginning of this week!!!! As Jupiter and the Sun say good-bye to your sign, Mercury and Venus stay behind to give you a hand, while causing a few challenges along the way, and by Thursday they are joined by the mother Moon. These three planets in opposition with Pluto may bring you a challenge indeed, when it feels as if you can’t move forward in a project that is truly close to your heart.
But Pluto’s lesson in this opposition is clear at this time: Mind your thoughts or your thoughts will rule your outcome. Fears of failure steal your Awesome, but true believe in what you can do makes all the difference in the world. Make up your mind this week; will you pass or fail? The choice is ultimately yours.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEO!!!!!!!!!! The Sun moves into Leo on Wednesday and the CROWNS start to bust out early!!!!!! And why not??? It’s been a journey and you deserve to shine!!!!! Luck is your Lady through Tuesday with the Part of Fortune in your sign, and it’s time to look at who you
WANT to be this week! Whether you’re planning career changes or personal triumphs, it’s time to plop that crown on your head and BE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! Even IF you don’t feel the energy or drive to do it. This is your challenge, and you ARE up for it!!!! Make it count!!!!!
The Part of Fortune brings luck into your sign Monday through Wednesday, bringing proof that those who truly love and value YOU are behind you no matter what. When it seems as if you’re trapped in a situation that will not stop coming up, or the past seems to be coming back to haunt you, it IS time to say enough is enough!!!! You want an Awesome life, so it’s time to make one!!! The past happened for a reason, it helped to shape you into a person that values true relationships. Letting but letting them harden you only makes you feel more alone. Learn the value of the true one’s, especially the ultimate relationship, the one with yourself. It’s up to you now.
The fighters of Justice and all that is Fair and True will enjoy one last week with Mars in their sign, and as he moves on to Scorpio next week his normal aggressive self leaves with vengeance. You may find yourself in the position, one that is not in the least unfamiliar, where it seems that your own standards and beliefs don’t necessarily mesh well when it comes to your job or career. You CAN’T compromise your values for business, period. And when something is wrong it’s wrong. This is what makes you Awesome Libra, and no matter how difficult it may be, you will need to stand your ground. Never fear that you fight alone though, this week your intuition is strong, and by Friday the Part of Fortune gives you a boost of luck to get through, and by next week, the well-deserved break you’ve been waiting for is upon you.
Sunday starts off with an opposition with the Moon, making an intense day when it comes to parting with something on an emotional level, but by Monday Saturn moves Direct, and the feeling that you have to take responsibility for EVERYTHING begins to lift off of your shoulders, and it truly is perfect timing. By Monday the week is set up for Awesome things to come, and by Thursday the Moon takes her place in projecting the goals you have set up for the future, those goals that are closest to your heart. It truly is time to focus on what you CAN do, not what you can’t, and you’re in a position this week to block out the negative and only allow the positive into yourself. Don’t be afraid, you DO deserve this, but you have to be the one to see that for it to work!
Sometimes it truly is difficult to change your thoughts about a situation, especially if those thoughts have been the same for many years. But you’ve learned a lot about those thoughts, and how those thoughts project your reality. When it comes to those around you, and situations that don’t seem to change around you, take the time to see them, and THINK about them in a different way. You can do this!!!! And in truth, it’s a lot easier than most people think, but for you Saggies this is part of your Awesome, the ability to move from one thought to another, changing your thought patterns on a dime is a gift that you above all others possess. Don’t let your emotions get in the way this time, change the situation, by changing how you see it!
Pluto’s very deep retrograde makes it difficult to see how you can move forward this week when it comes to goals you have set in place. When it seems as if no matter what you do it never goes right, there’s always something that gets in the way, even the Universe itself it seems. You feel incapable of communicating your love for the project or situation, and may even question why you are doing what you are doing. Pluto’s tricky, can be very tricky, and your thoughts may be getting the way of your forward movement at this time. We can do more damage to our cause than anyone else. It’s time to move out of your head and come back to the true Capricorn you know you are. Roll up your sleeves and start scrubbing away what doesn’t serve and fix the situation like you know you can, and find your Awesome again.
When it comes down to it, those you love can be a powerful anchor for all-too-not-so-anchored Aquarian. The need to be free to dream big dreams and wander aimlessly toward them is strong in the Aquarian, but it’s those we love the most who anchor us to our reality, helping us to find that balance between the two. When you’re nose deep in work, or whatever you love doing, it can be easy, every easy to forget to come up for air. But when your loves come to you, needing your time, or perhaps calling you away from your work for something fun with them, this is the Universe telling you to take a break, and enjoy what is in front of you. And trust me, it rejuvenates you so that coming back to it, it’s even more Awesome than it would have been!
Those you love and value are there to give you the boost you need this week!!! Allow them to help you understand what makes you what you are, and ultimately you’ll find a burst of energy toward your attaining the things you desire the most. Your intuition is stronger than it’s ever been, and part of those you love are those that are unseen, ready to guide you forward and help you see all that you can be. Communicate clearly what you desire, and make it so clear NO ONE will be able to misunderstand you. You are ready for Awesome, so ready that you’re already there!!!! Put that foot forward and see what you can do!
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