The Mindful Bunch
Elias issued a challenge (January 2016) to our team members, which appears on our home page. Here are the answers received to date:
1. Be more grateful for everything I have.
2. Reduce my alcohol consumption as much as possible.
3. Take better care of my back.
4. Take up piano and horseback riding lessons.
5. Go to bed earlier. Elias
1) I will choose a monthly mantra and begin each day by repeating it. For January, my
affirmation is: “I have been criticizing myself for years and it hasn’t worked. I will try approving of myself and see what happens.”
2) Five times per week, I will stretch for 15+ minutes, using my “Classical Stretch” DVD series, as well as walk a minimum of five miles per day.
3) Once again, I will totally eliminate gluten, chocolate, and sugar from my diet, thus resuming the healthy path from which I strayed.
4) I will limit my computer usage to three hours a day, divided into segments of no more than one hour at a time.
5) As Creativity is prayer in motion . . . each month, I will complete one sewing project, plus I will make enough pottery to fill and fire my kiln. Alana
1. I have to take care of my health. Includes some doctor-dates, tests, preventions things. First I will make 2 doctor-dates in the next time and USE them.
2. I will walk everyday minimum 8 kilometers. No exuses, only ill-days with fever (like today).
3. I will lose some weight. Nice would be one kilogram a month.
4. I will try to save a friendship to someone I lost. Maybe I can change things.
5. This year I will stop delay saying “important things” to people I like and love. Live is to short for that.
Only 5 of a lot 😉
Greetings to all
1. Be more patient. Think before you say something.
2. Be more loving to people around you.
3. Remember to show more your gratitude to others.
4. Take better care of your well being (diet (less sugar), exercise, sleep)
5. Find time to read good literature.
Happy New Year to everyone! Anna
1) Try to be better in asking for help
2) Go Swimming at least two times a month
3) Read more for pleasure not just for my studies
4) Try to be more connected to my friends both locally and those living far away
5) Be more mindful about my consumption and how it affects the globe.
Happy new year! Anna Katharina
What a great challenge, Elias. To be mindfully accountable. Here are my resolutions:
1. To do all the rehab exercises necessary to get and keep the most benefit from my new knee replacement.
2. Eat less sweets (I would love to say eat none but I know that isn’t going to happen)
3. Drink more water and be mindful of those who do not have sufficient and clean water.
4. Be more patient with those around me.
5. Get more sleep and form a more consistent sleep pattern. Candida
Keep up daily meditation practice
Keep up qigong practice
Get enough sleep (less late night loan reviews 😉 Cynthia
1. Be Happy!
2. Swimming 1000 meters two times a week
3. Lose some weight
4. Help other people … with money, clothes, working or however
5. Playing “werewolves of mirkwood” with my family and friends as often as I can 🙂
Thank you Elias for being that what you are! Conny
1. Spend less on non-essentials and lend more on Kiva
2. Talk less, listen more (borrowed from Wolfgang, because it’s an excellent resolution).
3. Sit less and move more, especially outside
4. Take photographs every day
5. Think more kindly of people —assume good motives until proven otherwise Kristi
1. Practice Taiji
2. Laugh with my family
3. Help out a stranger in some way
4. Appreciate the simple things in life
5. Practice mindfulness more often
Thank you Elias for another challenge. Ingrid
2. Do more Pilates.
3. Stay in touch more w/good friends despite time/distance impediments.
4. Make time for new math/physics book.
5. Focus on the present moment, so that the past, i.e. recent negative events or people, does not hold power over the present.
6. Go outdoors every day and find something amazing. Irene
– write postcards
– memorize poems
– find new topics for talks with my family
– work as a volunteer Janina
Let’s see if that works!
Her are mine…
1. Eat and drink more healthily.
2. Stitch or draw every day – even if just for a few minutes.
3. Meditate every day – even if just for a few minutes.
4. Smile more.
5. Take more exercise.
Good luck with your resolutions, everyone! JenniferStick
– Sleep more. (If the youngest child continues to have the same sleeping pattern we have to find other ways to get more sleep)
– Work on getting rid of things I don’t use. Too much stuff drains my energy.
– Get started on some major repairs on the house that we have been postponing.
– Spend more time with friends and family. Quality time that builds up positive energy.
– Join Tony’s work on funding loans from Al Majmoua as often as possible. I am impressed by the work they do. Kima
1. I promise to be less pessimistic and worried all the time.
2. I promise to be in touch with my friends more.
3. I promise to play more with my niece and nephew.
4. I’ll have at least one vegetarian food day every week.
5. I’ll watch less TV. Leena
1. Start with a grateful mind – spend the first 2 minutes after waking up reminding myself of what i am grateful for
2. Do something for another person each day (well, that may be a Kiva loan :-))
3. Thoroughly enjoy and relish something every day
4. Exercise for 45mins at least 3 times per week (swimming, gym…)
5. Start a meaningful conversation with a stranger or a person that i hardly know at least every 2 days
6. Eat healthy (give up on sweets on weekdays, only one helping per meal, eat vegetarian 3 times per week)
7. Say a prayer for a stranger at least once per day Maria
1.To be grateful for all I have.
2 To live more simply.
3.To eat healthier.
4.To exercise more.
5.To laugh more often.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Mary
1. To be more aware of the many people and things in my life that I have to be grateful for.
2. To be more loving to those people regularly in my life and those who cross my path.
3. To read more spiritually uplifting books on a regular basis.
4. To exercise and walk more regularly.
5. To go to bed earlier. Martha
1. Be more involved on Kiva
2. Be healthier – exercise daily in any matter
3. Have more patience with my children
4. Visit a new country
5. Give up diet soda Nora
I’m glad you didn’t ask for rhyming resolutions!
Here are mine:
1 Stretch daily or yoga
2 Make more time for friends and family especially those living far away
3 Smile more, laugh more, and help others to do the same
4 Get to sleep 1 hour earlier
5 Learn to Juggle and try tai chi
Thanks for the challenge 🙂
Wishing everyone Peace, Joy, and Good Health in the New Year! Sheila
2. Run more.
3. Complain less.
4. Show people I care.
5. Stop and smell the roses. Smudge
Lose some weight
Go 10.000 steps a day
Read more books instead of spend time in internet
Help others Spooky
2: Quit Smoking (Already down from 1 1/2 packs a day to 1/2 a pack in just the last two weeks!)
3: Meditate more.
4: Get even more involved in Kiva (i.e. Fellows, Zip, KivaU, etc.)
5: Get back in college to study Micro-finance and International Development. Ryan
My resolution won’t qualify for the challenge, but here it is:
In 2016, I will pay personal attention to every new loan posted on Kiva by Al Majmoua, and I follow each Al Majmoua loan all the way through, working hard to get it Fully Funded! Tony
Let old things gone
Talk less, listen more
Tell my friends and family how important they are for me
Happy New Year everyone! Wolfgang
I promise to make an effort to become more active and lose more weight, at 20lbs.
I promise to help my canine friends by donating more to their cause.
I promise to devote more time to volunteer work this year.
I promise to share more love with those not so near family members who are sometimes forgotten. Yvonne