Why Struggle? Podcast w Barbara J. Faison

Barbara J. Faison

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Why Struggle? podcast with Barbara J. Faison shares ideas, insights and simple practices to live an intentional life and thrive. Enjoy meditations, affirmations, and practices along with musings from daily living.

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2024 - Week 8 - Be Grateful

All links - linktr.ee/barbarafaison /linktr.ee/barbarafaison Week 8 - Be Grateful This is an episode about how I believe being grateful is an attitude and a practice. A few weeks ago I talked about the The 40 day plan my friend, Regenna London created over 16 years ago. It’s a journal with questions, reminders and encouragement to focus on what you desire for 40 days. One thing I love about this plan is it gets the momentum going for me and I usually continue beyond the 40 days.  It is day 52 of 2024 and I’m still reading, writing & journaling, doing qigong daily and really grateful that I am. Sometimes we need a little boost or encouragement to get started and to keep going. Regenna and I chatted earlier this week and we are both still doing what we started on day 1 of the Forty Day Plan. Yay, us! Please remember to patch yourself on the back! Mom taught me that. I believe gratitude is an attitude and a practice.  Most days I wake up with immense gratitude. Grateful for another day to be here. Grateful for good health, my family and loving relationships and much more. This week I restarted a few other practices that I haven’t done in a while. Morning pages and EFT- Emotional Freedom Technique also known as tapping. I used to do morning pages back in the last century, lol when I was writing more regularly over 30 years ago. I learned about this practice from Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way. My version of morning pages is to set a timer to write for a specific period of time and write out what comes up. I set my timer for five minutes and today what came up was immense gratitude. It was a stream of conscious flow of the things that I am so grateful for in my life. In addition to what I mentioned earlier, a few other things I feel grateful for in this moment: __ Drinking a hot tonic from my mom‘s china cup  Listening to the birds as I journaled at my kitchen table  Having practices that sustain me  My beautiful home  Friends I’ve known for over three decades  An interesting life  Breathing through both of my nostrils lol Recognizing that the word evolve has the word love in it Dear friends that keep me smiling and laughing __ Doing daily writing or journaling feels great right now. I’m telling you, for me, discipline and commitment beat motivation and inspiration every day. I talked about that and the 40 Day Plan in episode six, Be Yourself https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/episodes/Week-6---Know-Yourself-e2fg1tf/a-aauimum. I hope you enjoy the Be Grateful excerpt from my book/eBook/audiobook, Why Struggle? Life is too short to wear tight shoes https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Books-Ebooks-Audio-books-c136695760. Practicing gratitude for me is often just saying thank you all day long, silently and aloud. I can feel my body surging with such warm feelings when I do this simple practice. Writing down these gratitude gems was an additional surge of energy that started my day off just right. What do you feel grateful for right now? You can leave a comment wherever you are listening to this podcast. If you’d like to share your thoughts with me - barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com is the best way to reach me. And if social media is better for you, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram, are best. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Feb 22
2024 - Week 7 - Be Kind

All the links: LINKTR.EE/BARBARAFAISON This is an episode about how I mind my mind and manage less desirable thoughts. There is still a lot of stuff going on in the world and in our personal lives… WELCOME TO LIFE! I do believe that being loving to ourselves and others is the answer to most “situations” - the truth for me is that there are many times I may not be in the space of being loving toward others, however; I can usually make the choice to be kind. Being kind may be STEPPING away from a conversation, CHOOSING not to share my perspective and NOT SAYING ANYTHING AT ALL. Yep… being quiet. Lol Do you ever have random thoughts? Of course you do, we all do. Are you being kind to yourself when you do? Learning to be kind to yourself when we have these thoughts that pop up, that we likely don't want or like, is a PRACTICE. What are you saying to yourself when you have these thoughts? Are you upset or mad because you had a thought you didn’t like? Or are you being kind? Let me tell you, learning not to beat yourself up is a whole thing. Lol. Scientific research says we have anywhere between 60,000 and 80,000 thoughts a day, and a large percentage of those are subconscious thoughts. Subconscious thoughts are playing in our mind all the time, it’s how we are able to breathe, walk and move without having to think about it unless we choose to think about it. The brain takes in everything and processes it, so it’s important that we are discerning about what we listen to and immerse ourselves in. What we have the ability to do is to redirect our thoughts. So how do you do that? I created my version of affirmations that I call GO TO PHRASES. GTP'S. These are phrases I interject when my mind starts to go down crazy circle, silly street, or anxious avenue. Through practice I learned to be aware of these thoughts and I start to say my GTP’s, a few of them are: __ All is well in my world Things always work out for me I am in the right place at the right time with the right people doing the right thing My timing is always divine I am wise and make the best decisions now and always __ So what does this do? This allows the thoughts to settle down. Train your brain. Be kind to your mind. And learn to redirect your thoughts. It is PRACTICE. Here's what you do: __ Choose one to three GO TO PHRASES: they may be affirmations, scriptures, or whatever you desire that will calm your body and mind down so you can REFOCUS. REPEAT these phrases throughout the day, even when you're not having unwanted thoughts. When you have the unwanted thoughts, continue to REPEAT THE PHRASES out loud or silently. PRACTICE. PRACTICE. PRACTICE. NOTICE, when you IMMEDIATELY BEGIN TO USE the GTP's and pat yourself on the back. __ Kindness starts with me. Love starts with me. Everything starts with me. Another one of my go to phrases is . What’s one of your GTP's? Feel free to reach out if you’d like to share your thoughts with me - barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com is the best way to reach me. And if social media is better for you, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram are best. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Feb 14
Week 6 - Know Yourself🥰

All the Links - https://linktr.ee/barbarafaison THIS IS AN EPISODE ABOUT HOW I BELIEVE DISCIPLINE AND COMMITMENT TRUMP INSPIRATION AND MOTIVATION. I’VE KNOWN REGENNA LONDON SINCE 1995 AND IN THOSE YEARS WE HAVE EXPERIENCED A LOT OF LIFE TOGETHER. AS A FELLOW CREATIVE (SHE’S A GEMINI, SO YOU KNOW SOME CREATING IS GOING ON THERE) WE HAVE BEEN EACH OTHERS TALK IT OUT PARTNERS FOR PROJECTS AND LIFE. I THINK IT HAS BEEN ABOUT 16 YEARS SINCE SHE CREATED HER FORTY DAY PLAN, WHICH IS A JOURNAL WITH QUESTIONS, REMINDERS AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO FOCUS ON SOMETHING FOR FORTY DAYS TO HELP YOU LIVE LIFE BETTER. REGENNA AND I HAVE BEEN USING THIS PLAN SINCE ITS INCEPTION, BETWEEN 2 - 4 TIMES A YEAR. IT’S A GREAT WAY TO CREATE STRUCTURE FOR ME AND TO HAVE DISCIPLINE TO COMPLETE PROJECTS OR GOALS. I ALSO REALIZE THAT IT IS WINTER, SO I CHOOSE THINGS THAT ARE NOT AS CHALLENGING TO DO AND I STILL FEEL LIKE I’M MOVING FORWARD IN LIFE. WE ARE ON DAY 38 - BE PROUD - COURAGE HAS ITS REWARDS IS THE ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY. INDEED, IT TAKES COURAGE TO DO SOMETHING FOR 40 DAYS. ONLY TWO MORE DAYS LEFT! I KNOW MYSELF, SO I CHOSE THREE THINGS TO FOCUS ON: __ READ SOMETHING DAILY. JOURNAL OR WRITE MY AFFIRMATIONS. PRACTICE QIGONG. __ I KNOW ME…I ALSO CHOSE TO START CLEANING OUT MY PICTURES ON MY PHONE AND TABLET, SO I’VE BEEN DOING THAT, JUST NOT EVERY DAY. AND SOMETIMES I PULL A CARD FROM MY CARD DECK. LOL. HOW AM I DOING WITH THE PLAN? I FINISHED A BOOK CALLED ILLUSIONS: THE ADVENTURES OF A RELUCTANT MESSIAH BY RICHARD BACH AND I’M READING A FEW OTHER BOOKS AS WELL. I ALSO GAVE MYSELF PERMISSION TO NOT FINISH A SOME BOOKS I STARTED READING. I GET TO DECIDE HOW I WANT TO SPEND MY TIME. WHY SPEND PRECIOUS HOURS READING A BOOK THAT I WILL MOST LIKELY NOT REMEMBER DAYS AFTER I FINISH IT?  I’M SHARING THE BE YOURSELF EXCERPT FROM MY BOOK/EBOOK/AUDIOBOOK, WHY STRUGGLE? LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO WEAR TIGHT SHOES, TODAY. BE YOURSELF  I AM VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE A GREAT CIRCLE OF FRIENDS. WHEN YOU LOVE YOURSELF AND UNDERSTAND WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU BRING TO THE WORLD, YOU ONLY WANT TO BE YOU. I AM A GREAT BARBARA BUT NOT A GOOD SUZANNE OR ANY OTHER FRIEND. SUZANNE IS MY OLDEST FRIEND, WE’VE BEEN FRIENDS OVER 50 YEARS. I LOVE HER DEARLY FOR WHO SHE IS. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU THOUGHT, “IF THEY REALLY KNEW ME, THEY PROBABLY WOULDN’T LIKE ME?” HOW LONG HAVE YOU PRETENDED TO BE SOMEONE ELSE SIMPLY TO PLEASE OTHER PEOPLE? PRETENDING TO BE SOMEONE YOU AREN’T TAKES A TOLL ON US MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY. IF I DEPENDED ON BEING MOTIVATED OR BEING INSPIRED TO DO ANY OF THESE THINGS, IT WOULDN’T HAPPEN. THE FORTY DAY PLAN GIVES ME STRUCTURE, ACCOUNTABILITY AND ENCOURAGEMENT. I’M GRATEFUL FOR REGENNA WHO CREATED THE FORTY PLAN JOURNAL…IT KEEP ME COMMITTED AND ACCOUNTABLE. WHAT KEEPS YOU COMMITTED? FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT IF YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH ME - barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com IS THE BEST WAY TO REACH ME. AND IF SOCIAL MEDIA IS BETTER FOR YOU, LINKEDIN, FACEBOOK, AND INSTAGRAM, OUR BEST. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Feb 07
2024 - Week 5 - Be Adventurous

All the links /linktr.ee/barbarafaison 2024 - Week 5 - Be Adventurous THIS IS AN EPISODE ABOUT HOW THE MIND CREATES IDEAS AND STORIES. AND HOW IT’S IMPORTANT TO DECIDE WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU AND NOT LET YOUR MIND GET CARRIED AWAY. MY BIRTHDAY WAS JANUARY 22, WHICH FELL ON A MONDAY AND MY INTENTION WAS TO DO A TRIP TO A CABIN WITH MY HUSBAND, IT’S A VACATION WE’VE NOT DONE TOGETHER BEFORE. I LIKE DOING NEW THINGS AND NOT NECESSARILY TRAVELING TO PLACES I’VE BEEN BEFORE, UNLESS IT’S GOING TO DESTIN FLORIDA, WHICH I ABSOLUTELY ADORE. I DIGRESS. IN MY MIND, I FOUND A PLACE, AND WE WOULD GO THERE AND BE NICE AND COZY. I ALSO CREATED THIS LOVELY WEEKEND OF SNUGGLING UP SOMEWHERE, AND STAYING WARM AND JUST RELAXING. WELL, MY MIND CREATES ALL KINDS OF INTERESTING STORIES AND ADVENTURES. AS IT CAME CLOSER TO THE TIME TO BOOK SOMETHING, I DIDN’T WANT TO DO THAT. A PART OF ME WANTED TO STAY HOME. ANOTHER PART OF ME WANTED TO GO AWAY. I WAS BACK AND FORTH FOR A FEW WEEKS. I JUST COULDN’T DECIDE. SEE HOW THE MIND DOES! GUESS WHAT I DID... I LET GO. I JUST SAID THINGS WOULD WORK OUT. AND THEY DID. THE WEEKEND OF MY BIRTHDAY IT WAS COLD… I KNOW I’M FROM THE SOUTH SO COLD IS RELATIVE. LOL iT WAS HOVERING IN THE 14° RANGE, SO I THINK THAT IS COLD JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE. THE IDEA OF PACKING AND CHECKING IN AND OUT OF SOMEWHERE AND DRIVING A FEW HOURS (IN THE COLD) TO GET HOME DID NOT SOUND APPEALING. TD AND I ENJOYED AN ADVENTUROUS WEEKEND AROUND TOWN. ONE DEFINITION OF ADVENTUROUS IS WILLING TO TAKE RISKS OR TO TRY NEW METHODS, IDEAS OR EXPERIENCES. WE CREATED OUR OWN BIRTHDAY WEEKEND ADVENTURE. ON FRIDAY NIGHT WE WENT TO WATCH OUR SON, TYRIEL, COACH AS ONE OF THE ASSISTANT COACHES FOR WOODLAND HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL. ON SATURDAY EVENING WE DISCOVERED A NEW RESTAURANT IN PEACHTREE CITY, ABOUT 45 MINS AWAY, CALLED THE YACHT CLUB. THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS AND OUR SERVER WAS VERY ATTENTIVE. THE WEEKEND WAS FILLED WITH TRYING NEW RESTAURANTS IN CITIES NEARBY, WATCHING THE MOVIE AMERICAN FICTION, WHICH WAS ENTERTAINING, AND JUST SPENDING TIME TOGETHER. IT WAS A DELIGHTFUL ADVENTURE. ONE OF MY REQUESTS WAS THAT I DIDN’T COOK ALL WEEKEND… AND I DIDN’T. ON MONDAY, I ALSO GOT TO HAVE BRUNCH WITH YVETTE LEE, A DEAR FRIEND AND THE COMPOSER OF THE MUSIC YOU HEAR ON THIS PODCAST AND OTHER MEDITATIONS. WE ENJOYED BREAKFAST AT ONE MY FAVORITE RESTAURANTS, THE FLYING BISCUIT, THE ORIGINAL ONE IN ATLANTA. YUMMY. WHILE THE IDEA OF BEING AT A CABIN SOUNDED NICE, BEING HOME AND WAKING UP WHEN WE WANTED TO WAS EVEN NICER. I LIVE IN THE SOUTH FOR A REASON, I WAS SO GLAD TO BE ABLE TO SLEEP IN AND GET UP WHEN I WANTED TO. I WAS SO GLAD WE WERE HOME IN OUR OWN BED… WITH OUR FLANNEL SHEETS. TD GETS A SPECIAL THANKS FOR JUST GOING WITH THE FLOW OF WHATEVER I DECIDED TO DO. MUAH! SO… THERE MIND STORIES. THE WEEKEND WAS JUST RIGHT! AND YOU KNOW WHAT? IT WAS JUST THE ADVENTURE WE NEEDED. LEARNING TO NAVIGATE ALL THE STORIES MY MIND CAN MAKE UP IS PRACTICE. BE ADVENTUROUS IS THE EXCERPT FROM MY BOOK/EBOOK/AUDIOBOOK, WHY STRUGGLE? LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO WEAR TIGHT SHOES, I’M SHARING TODAY. WHAT NEW EXPERIENCE/ADVENTURE HAVE YOU HAD LATELY?  I’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. YOU MAY REPLY TO THIS NEWSLETTER/BLOG POST OR YOU CAN REACH ME AT barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. IF SOCIAL MEDIA IS EASIER FOR YOU TO REACH OUT, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND LINKEDIN ARE BEST. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Jan 31
2024 - Week 4 - You Are Not Alone 🥰

All the links https://linktr.ee/barbarafaison THIS WEEK I INTENDED TO DO A DIFFERENT BOOK EXCERPT. AFTER MY MORNING MEDITATION, THIS IS THE ONE THAT PRESENTED ITSELF FOR TODAY. HERE WE GO. I HAVE ONE BROTHER. TONY HAS TWO CHILDREN, BYRON AND APRIL, AND ONE GRANDCHILD, AIDEN. I MARRIED TD AND GAINED TWO BONUS SONS, TYRIEL AND DEWAYNE. MY MOTHER USED TO SAY WE ARE A SMALL FAMILY, BUT WE ARE MIGHTY. MY PARENTS INSTILLED IN US A BOND THAT CONTINUES TO THIS DAY. MY BROTHER HAS BEEN MY PROTECTOR, MY AGITATOR, MY FRIEND, AND MY CONFIDANT MY ENTIRE LIFE. GROWING UP, I WAS INVOLVED IN THEATER, BAND, ORATORICAL CONTESTS AND MORE. GROWING UP, HE WAS THERE, (LIKE IT OR NOT) AT ALL OF THE DANCE RECITALS, MUSIC RECITALS, GRADUATIONS, THEATER PRODUCTIONS, AND WHATEVER EVER ELSE I HAD GOING ON. I CAN STILL HEAR MY PARENTS SAYING, “YOU SUPPORT AND PROTECT YOUR SISTER.” AND TO THIS DAY, HE STILL DOES. HE HAS BEEN TO BOOK SIGNINGS, SALSA BIRTHDAY PARTIES AND MOST RECENTLY MY MEDITATION HIKE. I AM SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE HIM IN MY LIFE. I AM A PERSON WHO HAS TO TALK THINGS OUT. AND WHILE TALKING THINGS OUT, I USUALLY FIND THE DIRECTION I NEED TO GO. TONY IS ONE OF MY TALKING PARTNERS. HE KNOWS JUST THE RIGHT QUESTIONS TO ASK AND OFFERS ENCOURAGEMENT ALONG THE WAY. A FEW OF HIS SIGNATURE STATEMENTS INCLUDE, “YOU’LL FIGURE IT OUT” AND “IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME.” BOTH ARE VERY TRUE FOR ME. THIS WEEKEND I CELEBRATED ANOTHER BIRTHDAY AND I GIVE THANKS THAT WHILE MY PARENTS ARE NO LONGER HERE, MY BROTHER IS. I USED TO CALL MY PARENTS ON MY BIRTHDAY TO THANK THEM FOR HAVING ME. WHEN MY MOTHER WAS ALIVE, I WOULD SHARE HOW GRATEFUL I WAS FOR MY BROTHER AND SHE TOLD ME, YOUR BROTHER DOESN’T LIKE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, HE NEVER HAS. AND HE STILL DOESN’T. HMM. INTERESTING, HE HAS A NICKNAME FOR ME I DON’T LIKE, AND HE STILL CALLS ME THAT ANYWAY. LOL I THINK WE ARE EVEN NOW. OH WELL, SO MUCH FOR THE LITTLE SISTER BEHAVING. LOL SO FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO THINK THE GOOD GUYS DON’T WIN, I DISAGREE. MY BROTHER TONY FAISON IS A GOOD GUY. AND I’M GRATEFUL TO HAVE THIS GOOD GUY IN MY LIFE. SO HERE’S TO MY BROTHER, WHO I LOVE, APPRECIATE, AND ADORE. AND I’M SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE HIM ON THIS JOURNEY WITH ME. THE EXCERPT FROM MY BOOK/EBOOK/AUDIOBOOK, Why Struggle? Life is too short to wear tight shoes https://vpqwrr.clicks.mlsend.com/te/cl/eyJ2Ijoie1wiYVwiOjI5NDgxNixcImxcIjoxMDg1NDQ4NDIyMzMwMjIzOTMsXCJyXCI6MTA4NTQ0ODQ2MDMyMDEzMjU4fSIsInMiOiJiZGRhYjQ5MTcwZDZlYzhiIn0, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. YOU ARE NOT ALONE LIFE IS CHALLENGING. HOW OFTEN HAVE YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE THE ONLY PERSON GOING THROUGH SOMETHING DIFFICULT? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. WE ARE AFRAID TO SHARE OUR FEARS AND STORIES BECAUSE WE DON’T WANT TO BE JUDGED BY OTHERS. PEOPLE ARE NOT AS STRONG, CONFIDENT, AND WISE AS THEY SEEM. OTHER PEOPLE ARE AFRAID, LONELY, AND GOING THROUGH TOUGH TIMES, TOO. YOU MAY THINK YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON EXPERIENCING WHATEVER YOU ARE FEELING. TRUST ME, THERE IS SOMEONE ELSE EXPERIENCING THE SAME FEAR, ANXIETY, PAIN, HURT OR JOY YOU ARE FEELING. REMEMBER, NO MATTER WHAT IS HAPPENING, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. MY MOM USED TO REMIND ME TO HAVE A “TALKING PARTNER.” SHE SAID IT WAS IMPORTANT TO HAVE SOMEONE YOU COULD BE VULNERABLE WITH TO EXPRESS YOUR FEARS OR CONCERNS. YOU WILL INSTINCTIVELY KNOW WHO YOU CAN SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH AT THESE TIMES. TRUST YOUR INTUITION AND FIND A TALKING PARTNER. PRACTICE: THINK OF SOMETHING YOU FEEL SELF-CONSCIOUS ABOUT. SHARE THIS FEELING WITH SOMEONE YOU TRUST AND RESPECT. AS YOU BECOME MORE COMFORTABLE, SHARE MORE OF YOUR FEELINGS WITH OTHER PEOPLE. AFFIRMATION: LIFE IS JOYOUS. I AM SURROUNDED BY LOVE. END OF EXCERPT. I AM GRATEFUL TO HAVE MY BROTHER AROUND TO CALL ME NICKNAMES I DON’T LIKE AND TO LAUGH AND SHARE MEMORIES. HE IS ONE OF THE BEST TALKING PARTNERS I COULD HAVE BECAUSE WE HAVE SUCH A DEEPLY PERSONAL HISTORY TOGETHER. I DEFINITELY FEEL SUPPORTED AND GRATEFUL TO HAVE HIM IN MY LIFE. WHO ARE YOUR TALKING PARTNERS? FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT IF YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS  BARBARAFAISON llc@gmail.com IS THE BEST WAY TO REACH ME. AND IF SOCIAL MEDIA IS BETTER FOR YOU, LINKEDIN, FACEBOOK, AND INSTAGRAM, OUR BEST. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Jan 24
2024 - Week 3 - Know the Stages of Grief

All the links - linktr.ee/barbarafaison 2024 - Week 1 - Your Belief System In the 80’s  AT&T had a marketing campaign called Reach out and Touch Someone.  It was all about the power of your voice. The power of your voice to offer comfort. The power of your voice to offer healing. The power of your voice to offer just what is needed at that time.  Over the weekend, we celebrated the life of Mary A Hopson. Mrs. Hopson was the mother of a dear friend of mine, Gina. Mrs. Hopson was a fashionista, and a beautician, and a part of my village growing up in Albany, Georgia. Earlier in the week before the service on Saturday, I reached out to Gina just to say hello. We talked for over an hour, laughing, and reminiscing about a deep and rich history we’ve had for over 40 years.  It reminded me of the power of your voice and the power of having a rich history with someone.   As we celebrated, Mrs. Hopson’s life, I was reminded of my own mother and father and what an amazing community and support I had growing up. Reid comes in waves. At least it does for me.  My childhood in Albany, Ga was filled with community and two of my oldest dearest friends, Suzanne and Gina are part of a rich history. In 2022 we said goodbye to Suzanne’s parents and  Mrs. Hopson was the final parent of ours to join the others in our village wherever they are.  Grief comes in waves, at least it does for me. I found myself reliving the grief of losing my own mother through the experience of being there for Gina as we celebrated a life well lived. I took time to be with my feelings and emotions on my solo drive back from Albany, stopping in familiar places and enjoying the mixture of sunshine and cold… I mean it is winter, right?  The excerpt that I’m sharing this week from my book/ebook/audiobook, Why Struggle? Life is too short to wear tight shoes https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Books-Ebooks-Audio-books-c136695760, is Know the Stages of Grief.  Know the Stages of Grief Life is a cycle. We are born. We live. We die. Death is as natural as living. Recognizing and accepting the laws of nature can help us live more in the present moment. As we learn to accept our lives and live without struggling over the inevitable, we can truly appreciate the gift of life. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are the stages of grief. The time for each stage is as unique as your fingerprint. Experience the emotions as they arise and be gentle with yourself at this time. Remember we may also experience grief when we make changes in our lives such as a change in a relationship, moving to a new city or a change in your work environment. A loss is a loss, give yourself permission to grieve as you feel necessary. Practice: Remember when someone you loved died and how you felt. Think about the emotions you felt. Were they denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance? Affirmation: I accept the flow of life. Peace of mind is mine.  Winter is also known as a time for grief to be an emotion that comes up for people. What are your thoughts about grief? You can connect with me at barbarafaison llc@gmail.com is the best way to reach me. And if social media is better for you, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram, our best.  The card I pulled for us for this moment is:  #2 - RELAX - The TURN OFF my devices for 15 MINUTES This is a great practice I do often. It allows me to be more present to what is happening in my life.  I HOPE YOU CHECK OUT MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL, Barbara Faison https://vpqwrr.clicks.mlsend.com/te/cl/eyJ2Ijoie1wiYVwiOjI5NDgxNixcImxcIjoxMTAwMDQyNTk3MTQ1MDAwMzUsXCJyXCI6MTEwMDA0MjYwODA3MTE2NDExfSIsInMiOiJhMzJmYWUzMzcwNDUxNjYzIn0, WHERE I SHARE IDEAS, INSIGHTS AND REMINDERS TO BE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT CALLED BREATH BREAKS AND MORE. IF YOU'D LIKE TO TAKE A BREATH BREAK, YOU CAN FIND OVER 50 ON THE Breath Break Playlist https://vpqwrr.clicks.mlsend.com/te/cl/eyJ2Ijoie1wiYVwiOjI5NDgxNixcImxcIjoxMTAwMDQyNTk3MjA3OTE0OTQsXCJyXCI6MTEwMDA0MjYwODA3MTE2NDExfSIsInMiOiI3MTgzYWNmOTg1YmY5YjNmIn0. BE SURE TO SUBSCRIBE, FOLLOW, SHARE AND LEAVE A COMMENT IF YOU JOINED! FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS, ASK A QUESTION OR JUST SAY HELLO TO ME - VIA EMAIL AT barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND BEING ON THIS JOURNEY WITH ME. UNTIL NEXT TIME, KEEP BREATHING AND DO SOMETHING NEW. BE WELL AND BE KIND TO YOU. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Jan 17
2024 - Week 2 - Breathing Practice🥰

All the Links - linktr.ee/barbarafaison /linktr.ee/barbarafaison (2024) - WEEK 2 - BREATHING PRACTICE IT’S WINTER Y’ALL AND I REALLY GET INTO NERD MODE AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. I ENJOY READING AND LEARNING AND RESTING. RIGHT NOW I’M LISTENING TO THE AUDIO PROGRAM, UNLOCK YOUR WISE AND MINDFUL BRAIN ON THE Insight Timer app http://insighttimer.com/. AS A PREMIUM MEMBER YOU GET ACCESS TO THOUSANDS OF COURSES, INCLUDING MINE AND I LOVE LEARNING, SO THERE YOU HAVE IT. IN THE AUDIO COURSE, DR. KAROLIEN NOTEBAERT, SHARES SCIENTIFIC PROOF THAT MINDFULNESS IS BENEFICIAL AND ESSENTIAL FOR OUR WELL-BEING. IN FACT, SHE SAYS AS A SCIENTIST SHE REALLY DIDN’T BELIEVE MINDFULNESS MEDITATION WAS BENEFICIAL UNTIL SHE TRIED IT. AND NOW IT IS ONE OF THE THINGS SHE HIGHLY RECOMMENDS TO MANAGE STRESS AND TO HELP WITH BRAIN FUNCTION.  DID YOU KNOW THAT MINDFULNESS CAN BE PRACTICED FOR 5 TO 10 MINUTES A DAY TO HELP YOU RELAX, INCREASE YOUR SELF-AWARENESS, AND CALM YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM. I’M COMING UP ON A BIRTHDAY ON THE 22ND AND GIVING MYSELF PERMISSION TO REST DURING THE WINTER MONTHS EVEN MORE THAN BEFORE. I MEAN, AFTER ALL, THAT’S WHAT THE WINTER IS FOR. DEEP REST. I MEAN BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, IT’LL BE SPRING AND I’LL BE OUT AND ABOUT. LOL. FUN FACT, I’M DICTATING THE FIRST DRAFT OF THIS NEWSLETTER INTO MY PHONE WHILE LYING IN BED, LISTENING TO THE RAIN.  THE EXCERPT FROM MY EXCERPT FROM MY BOOK/EBOOK/AUDIOBOOK, Why Struggle? Life is too short to wear tight shoe https://vpqwrr.clicks.mlsend.com/te/cl/eyJ2Ijoie1wiYVwiOjI5NDgxNixcImxcIjoxMDkzNTcxNzM3OTU5ODA2MjYsXCJyXCI6MTA5MzU3MTc0NTQzNjE1NjI4fSIsInMiOiIwYTdkODgyMzZjYjVhNWUyIn0 IS THE BREATHING PRACTICE. FOR THIS PRACTICE, YOU MAY BE SEATED OR LIE DOWN, AND IT’LL ONLY TAKE TWO OR THREE MINUTES. FEEL FREE TO PAUSE THIS UNTIL YOU’RE READY TO START. LET’S BEGIN. BREATHING PRACTICE SIT COMFORTABLY WITH YOUR BACK STRAIGHT IF POSSIBLE. CLOSE YOUR EYES AND BEGIN TO BECOME AWARE OF YOUR BREATH. SIMPLY BREATHE IN AND BREATHE OUT. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BREATH AS YOU BREATHE IN AND OUT. JUST BREATHE IN AND BREATHE OUT. BREATHE IN AND BREATHE OUT. FEEL THE AIR MOVING THROUGH YOUR NOSE AND THROUGH YOUR CHEST. JUST BREATHE IN AND BREATHE OUT. CONTINUE BREATHING AND BEING AWARE OF YOUR BREATH AND USE THIS BREATHING TECHNIQUE THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY. TRY THIS PRACTICE FOR 5 MINUTES A DAY. END OF EXCERPT. HOW DO YOU FEEL? IF YOU'D LIKE TO PRACTICE YOU CAN CHECK OUT THIS three minute breathing practice https://youtu.be/st6Rx5YOPl4?si=6hTAgs5MiTnd0ESF ON MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL AND ON ONLINE PLATFORMS LIKE SPOTIFY, PANDORA, YOUTUBE, APPLE MUSIC, AMAZON AND MORE. JUST SEARCH FOR BARBARA J. FAISON AS THE ARTIST AND YOU WILL FIND ME. I'D LOVE FOR YOU TO FOLLOW ME, PUT ME ON YOUR MONTHLY PLAYLIST AND CHOOSE THE NOTIFICATION BELL TO LEARN WHEN I HAVE POSTED NEW MEDITATIONS. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN CHECKING OUT, MINDFULNESS MEDITATION LIVE, I OFFER LIVE SESSIONS ON WEDNESDAY, 1/10 AND 1/17, YOU CAN FIND ALL THE LINKS here https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/LIVE-MEDITATION-SESSIONS-Breathe-with-Barbara-c136753529 OR linktr.ee/barbarafaison http://linktr.ee/barbarafaison TO REGISTER. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED, JUST YOUR WILLINGNESS TO BE THERE. THAT’S IT FOR NOW. IF YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS - barbarafaison llc@gmail.com IS THE BEST WAY TO REACH ME. AND IF SOCIAL MEDIA IS BETTER FOR YOU, LINKEDIN, FACEBOOK, AND INSTAGRAM, OUR BEST. CONSIDERING BREATHWORK OR MEDITATION AS A TOOL FOR LIVING LIFE BETTER? HERE ARE A FEW RESOURCES THAT CAN SUPPORT YOU: __ __ __ __ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Jan 10
2024 - Week 1 - Your Belief System

All the links - Linktr.ee/barbarafaison /Linktr.ee/barbarafaison THERE WAS A TIME WE WERE TOLD THAT WHEN YOU DRANK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES YOU LOST BRAIN CELLS AND THAT WAS THAT. THE CELLS WERE GONE. WAIT… WHAT? ONCE YOU LOST BRAIN CELLS, THEY WERE GONE? YEP! I GREW UP IN THAT TIME. I GREW UP, THINKING THAT IF I DRANK, I WOULD LOSE BRAIN CELLS, AND THAT WAS JUST NOT AN OPTION FOR ME. IT’S OK. DON’T BE SAD. LOL BEING THE NERD I WAS AND STILL CONTINUE TO BE…THAT WORKED OUT WELL FOR ME, BECAUSE I DON’T LIKE THE WAY I FEEL AFTER I DRINK. SO I DON’T REALLY DRINK. I MIGHT HAVE AN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE ONCE EVERY TWO OR THREE YEARS. AND WHEN I MEAN BEVERAGE, I MEAN A FEW SIPS. IN FACT, I DON’T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME I HAD ANYTHING ALCOHOLIC TO DRINK. NERD ALERT! GOOD NEWS…THAT IS NOT TRUE. AND WE HAVE LOTS OF SCIENCE THAT NOW PROVES THAT THE BRAIN CAN CHANGE AND ADAPT TO EXPERIENCES - IT'S CALLED NEUROPLASTICITY. IT'S YOUR BRAIN’S ABILITY TO ABSORB INFORMATION AND EVOLVE TO MANAGE NEW CHALLENGES. THE BRAIN EVOLVES AS WE DO, AS LONG AS WE ENGAGE WITH ACTIVITIES THAT KEEP US MENTALLY ACTIVE AND ALIVE; PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, MEMORIZING NAMES, USING YOUR NON-DOMINANT HAND TO EAT ARE JUST A FEW WAYS TO KEEP THAT BRAIN ACTIVE AND ENGAGED. I BELIEVE WE ALL HAVE A PGS - PERSONAL GUIDANCE SYSTEM - THAT IS OUR OWN GPS THAT HELPS US NAVIGATE THIS EXPERIENCE CALLED LIFE, WHEN WE PAY ENOUGH ATTENTION TO IT AND DECIDE TO ACT ON IT.  I BELIEVE THAT EVERY MOMENT IS A NEW OPPORTUNITY. AND WHILE WE HAVE STARTED A NEW YEAR, I BELIEVE EVERY DAY IS A NEW DAY AND WE HAVE 86,400 SECONDS A DAY TO START ANEW WHEN WE DESIRE. YEP, THAT’S THE NUMBER OF SECONDS IN A 24 HOUR DAY. I TOLD YOU, I WAS A NERD. LOL. SO I HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EXCERPT FROM MY BOOK/EBOOK/AUDIOBOOK, Why Struggle? Life is too short to wear tight shoes https://vpqwrr.clicks.mlsend.com/te/cl/eyJ2Ijoie1wiYVwiOjI5NDgxNixcImxcIjoxMDg1NDQ4NDIyMzMwMjIzOTMsXCJyXCI6MTA4NTQ0ODQ2MDMyMDEzMjU4fSIsInMiOiJiZGRhYjQ5MTcwZDZlYzhiIn0, IT’S ABOUT BELIEFS. I TALKED ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS I BELIEVED IN Episode 51 from 2023 https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/episodes/Week-51-I-What-I-Believe-I-LINKTR-EEBARBARAFAISON-e2cptjg, IT GOES INTO MORE DEPTH IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN HEARING MORE. SO, WILL YOU TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR BELIEFS AND REVIEW THEM?  I ENJOY HEARING FROM YOU SO DON’T HESITATE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH ME AT barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. IF SOCIAL MEDIA IS EASIER FOR YOU TO REACH OUT, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND LINKEDIN ARE BEST. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Jan 03
Week 52- Celebrate Everything!

All the links - LINKTR.EE/BARBARAFAISON WEEK 52- CELEBRATE EVERYTHING!! Listen to this on my podcast https://vpqwrr.clicks.mlsend.com/te/cl/eyJ2Ijoie1wiYVwiOjI5NDgxNixcImxcIjoxMDAyOTg0MTk1MTIyODEwMTgsXCJyXCI6MTAwMjk4NDIwNTgzOTI1MjQ3fSIsInMiOiJkZTZhNzg4MTE4MjNkN2Q4In0 - 5:30 MINS OR MY YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTJqfSvYXSQKr0BW0cetW-g WE ARE NOW IN THE SEASON OF WINTER. WORDS ASSOCIATED WITH WINTER INCLUDE: REST. INTROSPECTION. HIBERNATION. DEATH. LOSS. COLD. CELEBRATION. HOLIDAY. HOPE. FESTIVITIES. JOY. GUESS WHAT, YOU GET TO DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT WINTER AND YOUR LIFE TO BE. IF YOU LIVE LONG ENOUGH YOU WILL EXPERIENCE LOSS AND DEATH AND YOU WILL ALSO EXPERIENCE CELEBRATIONS AND FESTIVITIES. I REMIND MYSELF OFTEN THAT WHATEVER I DECIDE TO EXPERIENCE, EXPERIENCE IT FULLY. LOL. WHEN I RECENTLY ENJOYED A SLICE OF CAKE WITH MOOSETRACKS ICE CREAM, I REALLY ENJOYED IT. I SAVORED THE TASTE OF THE CHOCOLATE, THE ICE CREAM, HOW IT FELT AS I TOOK MY TIME AND REALLY ENJOYED THE EXPERIENCE. THE EXCERPT THAT I’M SHARING THIS WEEK FROM MY BOOK/EBOOK/AUDIOBOOK, Why Struggle? Life is too short to wear tight shoes https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Books-Ebooks-Audio-books-c136695760, IS CELEBRATE EVERYTHING! CELEBRATE EVERYTHING! LIFE IS A JOURNEY. A TRIP. A DECK OF CARDS. LIFE DEFIES A SINGLE DEFINITION BECAUSE MOMENT BY MOMENT, LIFE CHANGES. LIFE IS DIFFERENT FOR EACH PERSON EVERY MOMENT. JUST AS LIFE CHANGES, WE CHANGE AND GROW BASED ON OUR EXPERIENCES. TREAT YOURSELF TO SOMETHING BECAUSE YOU MET A GOAL – CELEBRATE! LIFE SIMPLY IS. BEING ALIVE IS CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION! TAKE A MOMENT TO THINK OF A REASON TO CELEBRATE. TREAT YOURSELF TO SOMETHING BECAUSE YOU MET A GOAL – CELEBRATE! PERHAPS YOU DIDN’T USE YOUR CELL PHONE WHEN YOU WERE HAVING A MEAL. CELEBRATE! EVERY DAY FIND REASONS TO BE GRATEFUL FOR LIFE AND CELEBRATE! SOMETIMES IT’S JUST AS SIMPLE AS NOT BEATING YOURSELF UP ABOUT SOMETHING YOU DID. NOW THAT IS CAUSE FOR A MAJOR CELEBRATION. PRACTICE: THINK ABOUT THE MUSIC YOU’VE LISTENED TO, THE MOVIES YOU’VE SEEN, THE FRIENDS IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW THEY MAY HAVE CHANGED OVER THE YEARS. TREAT YOURSELF TO SOMETHING YOU ENJOY. YOU DESERVE IT. AFFIRMATION: I CELEBRATE LIFE AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR ALL MY LIFE EXPERIENCES. A FEW THINGS I AM CELEBRATING INCLUDE HEALTH, SPENDING TIME WITH MY FAMILY OVER THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND CONTINUING TO BE KIND TO MYSELF.  THANK GOODNESS FOR TECHNOLOGY AND SOFTWARE TO SCHEDULE POSTS. WHAT ARE YOU CELEBRATING IN THIS MOMENT? YOU MAY REPLY TO THIS NEWSLETTER/BLOG POST OR YOU CAN REACH ME AT barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. IF SOCIAL MEDIA IS EASIER FOR YOU TO REACH OUT, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND LINKEDIN ARE BEST. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT. YOUR SUPPORT IS SO APPRECIATED. I'D LOVE YOUR SUPPORT DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON. MY PRODUCTS INCLUDE - MY BOOK, E-BOOK, AUDIO PROGRAMS, CARD DECK, ONLINE MEDITATION SESSIONS AND MORE. The Relax, Listen and Trust Your Inner Guidance Card Deck  https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Relax-Listen-and-Trust-Card-Deck-c136705257IS A ONE OF A KIND DECK THAT I WON’T BE REPRODUCING, SO GRAB YOUR DECK BEFORE THEY ARE SOLD OUT. FIND OUT MORE AT barbarafaison.com/store http://barbarafaison.com/store. ALL THE PRODUCTS IN MY STORE HAVE A 10% DISCOUNT AND FREE US SHIPPING, INCLUDING LIVE MEDITATION SESSIONS. YOUR SUPPORT IS ALWAYS GREATLY APPRECIATED... SHARE A GIFT WITH A FRIEND, FAMILY MEMBER OR COLLEAGUE OR JUST GET AN EXTRA COPY. :) USE THE DISCOUNT CODE SHIP10 https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/  https://vpqwrr.clicks.mlsend.com/te/cl/eyJ2Ijoie1wiYVwiOjI5NDgxNixcImxcIjoxMDc5MzEwOTEwNjU2MzU5MzAsXCJyXCI6MTA3OTMxMDkxODQ1Nzc2ODAzfSIsInMiOiI5MzgyOGM3NGRiZjdhMTRjIn0TO GET YOUR DISCOUNT. The card I pulled for us this moment: #1 LISTEN - I AM SAFE AND ALL IS WELL IN MY WORLD.  Be sure to stay grounded over the holiday season. Step outside and connect with nature and repeat this affirmation regularly. If you'd like to purchase my card deck for yourself or a friend,  Use PROMO CODE: Ship10 for Free US shipping & 10% off https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Relax-Listen-and-Trust-Card-Deck-c136705257 IF YOU NEED A QUICK BREATH BREAK YOU CAN TAKE ONE RIGHT here https://youtu.be/oAdvHlol1g8. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND BEING ON THIS JOURNEY WITH ME. UNTIL NEXT TIME, KEEP BREATHING AND DO SOMETHING NEW. BE WELL. FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS OR ASK A QUESTION - VIA EMAIL AT barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. KEEP BREATHING... BARBARA J. FAISON YOUR MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION AMBASSADOR RELAX, LISTEN AND TRUST YOUR INNER GUIDANCE CARD DECK https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Relax-Listen-and-Trust-Card-Deck-c136705257 --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Dec 25, 2023
Week 51 I What I Believe I LINKTR.EE/BARBARAFAISON

All the links: LINKTR.EE/Barbarafaison /LINKTR.EE/Barbarafaison WEEK 51 - WHAT I BELIEVE AROUND THIS TIME I START TO REVIEW MY YEAR AND CHECK IN WITH WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO ME. I’M THINKING ABOUT HOW I HAVE BEEN SPENDING MY TIME AND HOW I WANT TO SPEND MY TIME IN THE FUTURE. ASKING QUESTIONS HELPS ME STAY FOCUSED. AM I SHARING MY T.A.G.S. - TALENTS, ABILITIES, GIFTS, SKILLS, TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITIES? AN IMPORTANT QUESTION IS - HAVE MY BELIEFS AND PHILOSOPHIES CHANGED? THE EXCERPT THAT I’M SHARING THIS WEEK FROM MY BOOK/EBOOK/AUDIOBOOK, Why Struggle? Life is too short to wear tight shoes https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Books-Ebooks-Audio-books-c136695760, IS PART OF THE ABOUT THIS BOOK SECTION. IN THIS PART OF THE BOOK I SHARE MY LIFE PHILOSOPHIES. I HOPE YOU ENJOY IT! ABOUT THIS BOOK IT’S BEEN ABOUT 23 YEARS SINCE WHY STRUGGLE? THE BOOK WAS PUBLISHED. THE INITIAL BOOK WAS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF MY PERSONAL AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH, JUST AS THIS NEW ENDEAVOR FOR THE E-BOOK AND AUDIO BOOK CONTINUES TO ALLOW ME TO LEARN, EVOLVE, AND GROW (LEG). MY PERSONAL BELIEFS AND LIFE PHILOSOPHIES ARE THE SAME, AND I’VE ADDED A FEW MORE SINCE I’VE LIVED A LOT MORE LIFE. MY BELIEFS AND LIFE PHILOSOPHIES ARE: • BE LOVING. LOVE IS THE MOST POWERFUL, HEALING, TRANSFORMATIVE POWER.   BEING LOVING IS THE ANSWER TO MOST SITUATIONS. • BE TRUTHFUL. I MUST FIND MY PERSONAL TRUTH AND WHAT BRINGS ME JOY AND PEACE. • MOVE FORWARD. EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON. MANY TIMES I WILL NEVER KNOW WHY SPECIFIC THINGS HAPPEN, I MUST MOVE FORWARD ANYWAY. • BE FORGIVING. LEARN TO FORGIVE MYSELF AND OTHERS, QUICKLY. THERE ARE NO MISTAKES – ONLY LEARNING EXPERIENCES. • BE OPEN. I AM A STUDENT AND TEACHER IN THE SCHOOL OF LIFE. TEACHERS ARE EVERYWHERE, AND I MUST BE AN OPEN AND WILLING STUDENT AT ALL TIMES. USUALLY, WHEN I AM THE “TEACHER” I LEARN WAY MORE THAN I COULD EVER TEACH. • ORDER IS A NATURAL LAW. EVERYTHING HAPPENS IN DIVINE ORDER. • BE CALM. CALM AND CHAOS ARE BOTH MENTAL CHOICES, I CAN CHOOSE   DIFFERENTLY AT ANY TIME. • BE EASY. LIFE IS ABOUT TIMING AND FLOW   (FEELING LOVING OPEN WILLING). I AM LEARNING TO GET OUT OF THE WAY     MORE. • BE ONE. WE ARE ALL INTERCONNECTED BECAUSE WE ARE ONE. • LEG. MY MAIN PURPOSE IS TO LEARN, EVOLVE, AND GROW (LEG) AS MUCH   AS I CAN. EVERYTHING ELSE WILL FALL INTO PLACE. • BE STILL. TIME IN SILENCE AND HAVING SPIRITUAL PRACTICES SUCH AS   MEDITATION, RADICAL FORGIVENESS, JOURNALING AND TAPPING (EMOTIONAL   FREEDOM TECHNIQUE) ARE ESSENTIAL FOR MY OVERALL WELL-BEING. • TRUST MY PGS. MY PERSONAL GUIDANCE SYSTEM (PGS) WILL LEAD, GUIDE    AND DIRECT ME WHEN I RELAX AND GET STILL ENOUGH TO HEAR ITS    DIRECTIONS. WHO KNEW IN 1999 I WOULD BE TEACHING MEDITATION CLASSES AND BE THAT LADY THAT MIGHT SAY TO YOU...“I HAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOU.” THERE IS NO WAY ON EARTH I WOULD HAVE HAD THAT INSIGHT BACK THEN. IT ALL STARTED WITH QUESTIONS AND WANTING ANSWERS. IT ALL STARTED WITH WANTING TO LIVE A BETTER LIFE. IT ALL STARTED WITH SIMPLY NOT WANTING TO STRUGGLE. STRUGGLING IS A CHOICE. LIFE IS WHAT YOU DECIDE IT WILL BE REGARDLESS OF THE EMOTIONS YOU EXPERIENCE. I HAVE LEARNED THAT TAKING TIME TO BE STILL HELPS ME GET CLEAR AND MAKE BETTER CHOICES. I’VE LEARNED TO ASK IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO HELP ME CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD IN LIFE. HOW DO I FEEL RIGHT NOW? AM I STRUGGLING RIGHT NOW, IF SO WHY? IF I AM STRUGGLING, I REMEMBER THAT STRUGGLING IS A CHOICE AND I ASK MYSELF IF I REALLY WANT TO TAKE THAT EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER RIDE THAT MIGHT BE THE NEXT STEP. I’VE LEARNED TO BREATHE DEEPLY AND OFTEN IN ORDER TO COME BACK TO RIGHT NOW. WHAT CAN I DO RIGHT NOW TO FEEL BETTER? BREATHE. MAYBE LISTENING TO A SONG OR PLAYLIST OR TAKING A WALK CAN HELP ME HAVE A DIFFERENT FEELING. DO I REALLY NEED TO CALL SOMEONE OR CAN I FIGURE THINGS OUT MYSELF? DID YOU NOTICE THE BLOOPER IN THIS ONE? --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Dec 18, 2023
Week 50 - Why Struggle? Slow Down🥰

ALL LINKS - LINKTR.EE/BARBARAFAISON /LINKTR.EE/BARBARAFAISON IT FEELS LIKE WE ARE BACK IN FULL SWING WITH THE CONSTANT GOING AND DOING. SO MUCH TO BE DONE, SO LITTLE TIME. SIGH. ONE OF MY PRACTICES IS TO SET ALARMS ON MY PHONE AND CHANGE THE WORD ALARM TO SOMETHING LIKE… TAKE THREE DEEP BREATHS OR STOP AND BREATHE. THE EXCERPT THAT I’M SHARING THIS WEEK FROM MY BOOK/EBOOK/AUDIOBOOK, WHY STRUGGLE? LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO WEAR TIGHT SHOES https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Books-Ebooks-Audio-books-c136695760, IS SLOW DOWN. LOL. IT SEEMS APPROPRIATE WITH ALL THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE HOLIDAYS GOING ONE. I HOPE YOU ENJOY IT! SLOW DOWN When was the last time you did anything without rushing? We can reach out and touch people in numerous ways including the phone, email, and social media. Technology offers our society such wonderful enhancements to daily living that we sometimes forget to slow down. We get up with our smartphones, cuddle with them and go to bed with them and sometimes we allow them to dictate all of our daily activities. Technology is not human and has no discretion or judgment. Remember to disconnect from technology to fully engage in life and with people. Set personal boundaries around the time you spend on the phone, computer or tablet. Be sure to schedule or factor in time for relaxation and down time. Commit to turning off the phone and enjoying the beauty around you. If you are with someone, enjoy time with a human; the technology will be there after you are done. PRACTICE: Choose a time to spend alone in nature. Take a walk and slow down, breathe the air and feel the sun against your skin. Slow down and give every moment your undivided attention. AFFIRMATION: I allow my mind, body, and spirit to slow down and be at peace. IN THE MINDFULNESS COMMUNITY IT IS SAID THAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE 10 MINUTES TO MEDITATE, YOU PROBABLY NEED TO MEDITATE FOR 2 HOURS, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. LOL. AND THIS WEEK, I'LL BE HOSTING MY BREATHE WITH BARBARA LIVE SESSION ON WEDNESDAY, FROM 8 - 9 PM (ET) WHERE WE WILL DANCE, MOVE, SHAKE, BREATHE AND MEDITATE. I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO JOIN US.  YOU CAN FIND THE LINK HERE OR ON MY WEBSITE, BARBARAFAISON.COM/STORE http://www.barbarafaison.com/store/LIVE-MEDITATION-SESSIONS-Breathe-with-Barbara-c136753529.  YOU CAN ALSO USE SHIP10 http://www.barbarafaison.com/store/FOR 10% OFF THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR. THE CARD I PULLED FOR US TODAY IS ALSO A REMINDER TO TAKE A FEW MOMENTS DURING YOUR DAY TO STOP AND BE PRESENT. YOU CAN CHECK OUT THIS 10 CONSCIOUS BREATHS https://youtu.be/d_a7gepoKcc?si=4vvT1TUSSI097S1z TRACK ON YOUTUBE IF YOU HAVE FOUR MINUTES TO SPARE, I HOPE YOU DO… OR WILL TAKE FOUR MINUTES FOR YOURSELF TODAY. IF YOU TOOK THE 10 CONSCIOUS BREATHS OR A MOMENT, I’D LOVE TO KNOW HOW YOU FELT.  OR IF YOU JUST WANT TO SAY HELLO! YOU MAY REPLY TO THIS NEWSLETTER/BLOG POST OR YOU CAN REACH ME AT BARBARAFAISONLLC@GMAIL.COM. IF SOCIAL MEDIA IS EASIER FOR YOU TO REACH OUT, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND LINKEDIN ARE BEST. RELAX, LISTEN AND TRUST YOUR INNER GUIDANCE CARD DECK https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Relax-Listen-and-Trust-Card-Deck-c136705257 The card I pulled for us today from my Relax, Listen and Trust Your Inner Guidance Card Deck https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Relax-Listen-and-Trust-Card-Deck-c136705257 #3 RELAX - I set a REMINDER to take THREE DEEP BREATHS Please give yourself the gift of taking a moment to just STOP, BREATHE and BE. I'D LOVE YOUR SUPPORT DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON. MY PRODUCTS INCLUDE - MY BOOK, E-BOOK, AUDIO PROGRAMS, CARD DECK, ONLINE MEDITATION SESSIONS AND MORE. THE RELAX, LISTEN AND TRUST YOUR INNER GUIDANCE CARD DECK  https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Relax-Listen-and-Trust-Card-Deck-c136705257IS A ONE OF A KIND DECK THAT I WON’T BE REPRODUCING, SO GRAB YOUR DECK BEFORE THEY ARE SOLD OUT. FIND OUT MORE AT BARBARAFAISON.COM/STORE http://barbarafaison.com/store. ALL THE PRODUCTS IN MY STORE HAVE A 10% DISCOUNT AND FREE US SHIPPING, INCLUDING LIVE MEDITATION SESSIONS. THE LAST SESSIONS FOR THE YEAR ARE ON 12/13 AND 12/20 FROM 8 - 9 PM EASTERN. YOUR SUPPORT IS ALWAYS GREATLY APPRECIATED... SHARE A GIFT WITH A FRIEND, FAMILY MEMBER OR COLLEAGUE OR JUST GET AN EXTRA COPY. :) USE THE DISCOUNT CODE SHIP10 https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/ https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/TO GET YOUR DISCOUNT. Show less --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Dec 11, 2023
Week 48 - Think Like a Child

WEEK 48 - THINK LIKE A CHILD All the links: LINKT.REE/BARBARAFAISON You can listen to this on my podcast https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/S2omDJBRvBb - 7:01 MINS          IN THE US, THE HOLIDAY SEASON HAS OFFICIALLY STARTED. OVER THE WEEKEND MY HUBBY, TD AND I WERE IN COLUMBIA, TN VISITING HIS FAMILY. TD’S GREAT NIECE, LELIANA WILL BE THREE THIS WEEK AND SHE WAS FULL OF ENERGY AND BROUGHT A LOT OF JOY TO THE HOUSEHOLD. IF I COULD JUST GET LITTLE OF THAT ENERGY! LOL. It’s always a blast to be around young children to watch how they engage with people and the world around them. Spending time around her reminded me of one of the topics in my book, Why Struggle? life is too short to wear tight shoes https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Books-Ebooks-Audio-books-c136695760, Think Like a Child. Take a listen and let me know your thoughts. THINK LIKE A CHILD Do you remember the last time you laughed until you cried? When was the last time you were really curious about how something worked? When was the last time you looked at something and were amazed? A young child has a unique outlook on life and can help you remember how awesome life is. Children are born with a natural curiosity about everything. Having children in your life can help you become a more creative problem solver, learn to accept the inevitable, and laugh at yourself more. Young children help you remember a sense of awe. Being around children and younger people allow you to see life through different eyes. Take time to really watch, listen and learn from the young people in your life. Wisdom is not limited to a certain age. PRACTICE: Spend the day with a child between the ages of two and six years old. Go to a park with no specific agenda. Observe the child and notice how they are amazed at the simple things that adults have taken for granted. The next time you need to solve a problem, think like a child. AFFIRMATION: I celebrate the spirit of the child in my heart. If you spent time around a young child lately, what did you notice? You may reply to this newsletter/blog post or you can reach me at barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. If social media is easier for you to reach out, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn are best. The card I pulled for us today from my Relax, Listen and Trust Your Inner Guidance Card Deck https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Relax-Listen-and-Trust-Card-Deck-c136705257 #3 TRUST - MY INNER GUIDANCE takes me where I need to be NEXT. Well, I find that to be very true. My guidance led me to create all the products I have, including this card deck. This is a one of a kind deck that I won’t be reproducing, so grab your deck before they are sold out. See images on my blog. All the links: LINKT.REE/BARBARAFAISON --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Nov 27, 2023
Week 47 - What are You Practicing? 🥰

WEEK 47 - WHAT ARE YOU PRACTICING? ALL THE LINKS - linktr.ee/barbarafaison /linktr.ee/barbarafaison IN EPISODE 39 - Gratitude is an Attitude and a Practice https://youtu.be/Lf9U-Qcd3NI?si=IavPnPFvlCaV9MfOu/0/d/16-b7xV3TIT9NosNGWfXLFYruB5bAzEJ_-4eRT4h1Ank/edit - I SHARED THAT ENHANCED OPTIMISM, BETTER SLEEP AND LOWER LEVELS OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION ARE A FEW OF THE BENEFITS OF PRACTICING GRATITUDE. DID YOU ALSO KNOW THAT PEOPLE WHO PRACTICE GRATITUDE EXPERIENCE LESS ACHES AND PAINS? THAT’S A GREAT REASON TO WRITE, SPEAK OR EXPRESS GRATITUDE REGULARLY. ENJOY THIS EXCERPT FROM MY BOOK CALLED, BE GRATEFUL. BE GRATEFUL I say “thank you, God” all day long. I feel so blessed and grateful for my life and the people in my life. Even when things are not as great as I would like them to be, I’m still grateful for I know I have the ability to move forward. Do you have all five senses? BE GRATEFUL. Can you walk? BE GRATEFUL. Are you able to eat? BE GRATEFUL. Do you have shelter? BE GRATEFUL. Do you have clothing for your body? BE GRATEFUL. Can you read? BE GRATEFUL. Can you think and express yourself? BE GRATEFUL. Being grateful has now been scientifically proven to be a stress buster. Grateful people are more optimistic and reap the health benefits of the practice. Cultivate the practice of appreciation and look for what you are learning from your experiences. Simply say out loud throughout the day, “thank you.” PRACTICE: Do you have clothing, food, and shelter? What about sight, touch, smell, taste, hearing? Be grateful if you do. The next time you begin to feel ungrateful, think of all the basic things in life you have to give thanks for. AFFIRMATION: I am grateful and appreciate my life. So, let’s practice. Right now I am grateful for a fresh haircut, divine downloads and a visit from a cute stray dog. What are you grateful for at this moment? You may reply to this newsletter/blog post or you can reach me at barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. If social media is easier for you to reach out, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn are best. I pulled a card from all the categories this week, that's called a card pull. Do you see a theme or a story with the cards? #2- RELAX - I TURN OFF MY DEVICES FOR 15 MINUTES  GIVE THANKS THAT YOU HAVE DEVICES TO TURN OFF...AND TURN THEM OFF. LET ME KNOW IF YOU DID! I'D LOVE YOUR SUPPORT DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON.  MY PRODUCTS INCLUDE - BOOK, E-BOOK, AUDIO PROGRAMS, CARD DECK, ONLINE MEDITATION SESSIONS AND MORE. - FIND OUT MORE AT barbarafaison.com/store http://barbarafaison.com/store. YOUR SUPPORT IS ALWAYS GREATLY APPRECIATED... SHARE A GIFT WITH A FRIEND, FAMILY MEMBER OR COLLEAGUE. :) USE THE DISCOUNT CODE SHIP10 https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/ FOR 10% DISCOUNT AND FREE US SHIPPING FOR ANY PRODUCTS ON MY WEBSITE, INCLUDING LIVE MEDITATION SESSIONS. THE LAST SESSIONS FOR THE YEAR ARE ON 12/13 AND 12/20 FROM 8 - 9 PM EASTERN. All the links - LINKTR.EE/BARBARAFAISON --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Nov 20, 2023
Week 46 - Hygge and New Things!

All the links - LINKTR.EE/BARBARAFAISON /linktr.ee/barbarafaison WEEK 46 - HYGGE AND NEW THINGS! Listen to this on my podcast https://vpqwrr.clicks.mlsend.com/te/cl/eyJ2Ijoie1wiYVwiOjI5NDgxNixcImxcIjoxMDAyOTg0MTk1MTIyODEwMTgsXCJyXCI6MTAwMjk4NDIwNTgzOTI1MjQ3fSIsInMiOiJkZTZhNzg4MTE4MjNkN2Q4In0 - 6:30 MINS OR MY YouTube Channel https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLk1elOHR4dpcSUEvOZvgGEYIHXc60mAXU&si=Rhg7UcURFlqQa0eY LAST WEEK THE TOPIC WAS How Do You Hygge? https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/HrZIOrlHuEb - ABOUT PRACTICING HYGGE…IN SHORT, TAKING TIME TO ENJOY LIFE’S PLEASURES INCLUDING SPENDING TIME WITH THOSE YOU LOVE. THIS WEEK IT’S ABOUT THAT AND BEING ADVENTUROUS. TRYING NEW THINGS HAS BEEN A “PRACTICE” OF MINE FOR OVER THREE DECADES NOW. CROCHETING IS ONE OF MY FALL ACTIVITIES AND I TRIED SOMETHING NEW OVER THE WEEKEND, I CROCHETED AN AUTUMN GARLAND. I ALSO TRIED MY HAND AT STRAWBERRY JAM, ACTUALLY ANY JAM, FOR THE FIRST TIME. IT WAS DELISH WITH A WARM CROISSANT FOR BREAKFAST ON SUNDAY. I HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS EXCERPT FROM MY BOOK/EBOOK/AUDIOBOOK, Why Struggle? Life is too short to wear tight shoes https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Books-Ebooks-Audio-books.... BE ADVENTUROUS! One definition of adventurous is inclined or willing to engage in a bold, usually risky undertaking. An adventure can be as simple as going to a movie alone or buying a book from an unknown author. Do something different often. Buy music from an unknown artist. Take a dance class. Say hello to a stranger. One of the ways I started being adventurous was to drive a different way home from work. I would turn down a street and find my way home based on that turn. Keep in mind, this was before GPS devices were the norm. I also started buying something new to try when I went grocery shopping. Trying different foods is a great way to increase your adventurous nature. Venture out of your comfort zone to find people who are open-minded and willing to try new things. By venturing out more, you will continue to learn and grow and become more adventurous. The more we try new things, the less we will stress when something different happens. PRACTICE: GO TO A FUNCTION ALONE AND INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE YOU DON’T KNOW. AFFIRMATION: I AM OPEN TO NEW IDEAS AND EXPERIENCES. Have you done or tried something new lately? I’d love to hear about your adventure.  You may reply to this newsletter/blog post or you can reach me at barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. If social media is easier for you to reach out, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn are best. The card I pulled for us this moment #8 LISTEN - MY BODY TELLS ME WHAT IT NEEDS What is your body asking for right now? More relaxation, sleep, rest, hydration? Be a body detective and pay attention to the clues. If you'd like to purchase my card deck for yourself or a friend,  Use PROMO CODE: Ship10 for Free US shipping & 10% off https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Relax-Listen-and-Trust-Card-Deck-c136705257 --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Nov 13, 2023
Week 45 - How do you Hygge?

All the links - linktr.ee/barbarafaison WEEK 45 - HOW DO YOU HYGGE? You can listen to this on my podcast https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/S2omDJBRvBb -   HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE DANISH PRACTICE CALLED HYGGE? HYGGE (PRONOUNCED HOO-GA) IS THE DANISH CONCEPT OF COZY COMFORT THAT BRINGS HAPPINESS AND CONTENTMENT. I JUST LOVE THE SOUND OF THAT. THE ARTICLE - Pouring From and Empty Cup https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/pouring-from-an-empty-cup-three-ways-to-refill-emotionally-202301262882? THREE WAYS TO REFILL EMOTIONALLY SHARES MORE ABOUT THIS CONCEPT. HERE IS A QUICK EXCERPT: “TO PRACTICE HYGGE, SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE, ACTIVITIES, AND THINGS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL COZY, LOVED, HAPPY, OR CONTENT. GO SIMPLE: SPEND TIME WITH YOUR FAVORITE PEOPLE, ADD A SMALL VASE OF FLOWERS TO YOUR SPACE, DON FUZZY SLIPPERS ONCE HOME, EAT A TREASURED COMFORT FOOD, OR LISTEN TO A FAVORITE SONG.” ALL OF THOSE SUGGESTIONS CERTAINLY SOUND LIKE IT WOULD INVITE YOU TO FEEL COZY, LOVED, HAPPY OR CONTENT. ON SATURDAY, MY DEAR FRIEND, KYM, HOSTED 12 WOMEN AT HER HOUSE FOR A COFFEE AND CONVERSATIONS GATHERING THAT WE HAVE BEEN ENJOYING NOW FOR OVER 11 YEARS. SOMETIMES WE HAVE A TOPIC, OTHER TIMES WE CHAT, WE EAT, LAUGH, AND SHARE UPDATES ON OUR LIVES. WE NEVER KNOW WHO WILL SHOW UP AND IT DOESN’T MATTER. WHAT’S IMPORTANT IS THAT WE ARE TOGETHER AND TAKE THE TIME TO BE WITH EACH OTHER. SPENDING SATURDAY WITH THESE BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING WOMEN IS ONE WAY I FILL MY CUP. WHAT TREE OR PLANT SPEAKS TO YOU AND WHY WAS ONE OF OUR QUESTIONS TO PONDER. I HAVE A FEW GIANT ELEPHANT EARS IN MY YARD THAT DIE ALL THE WAY DOWN IN THE WINTER AND COME BACK TO LIFE IN THE LATE SPRING. I LOVE THE CONSISTENCY AND RESILIENCE OF THIS PLANT. IT WILL GO ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE GROUND WHERE IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT WAS EVER THERE. AND THEN IN THE SPRING, LITTLE GREEN SPROUTS WILL COME OUT AND THE EARS WILL COME BACK TO FULL BLOOM. LAUGHING THIS WEEKEND WITH KIND, TALENTED, INTELLIGENT WOMEN AT OUR GATHERING WAS DEFINITELY A WAY TO PRACTICE HYGGE. MY CROCHET GROUP GATHERINGS, WALKING IN NATURE AND TAKING EPSOM SALT BATHS ARE A FEW OTHER WAYS I FILL MY CUP. LET ME KNOW HOW YOU PRACTICE HYGGE OR FILL YOUR CUP. YOU MAY REPLY TO THIS NEWSLETTER/BLOG POST OR YOU CAN REACH ME AT BARBARAFAISONLLC@GMAIL.COM. IF SOCIAL MEDIA IS EASIER FOR YOU TO REACH OUT, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND LINKEDIN ARE BEST. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Nov 12, 2023
Week 44 - Self-Confidence is Like the Weather

All the links - Linktr.ee/barbarafaison /Linktr.ee/barbarafaison WHEN I WROTE MY BOOK, WHY STRUGGLE? IIFE IS TOO SHORT TO WEAR TIGHT SHOES, I WANTED IT TO BE A REFERENCE FOR MYSELF AND FOR OTHERS. I ENVISIONED SOMEONE PICKING UP THE BOOK, READING ONE OF THE PRINCIPLES, THE PRACTICE AND SPEAKING THE AFFIRMATIONS OUT LOUD. SO, LET'S DO THAT. ENJOY THIS EXCERPT FROM MY BOOK CALLED,  SELF-CONFIDENCE IS LIKE THE WEATHER Some days I wake up feeling fantastic! Some days I don’t feel as great when I wake up. It’s okay. Life is still happening all around. Self-confidence and self-esteem are like the weather. Hot, cold, cloudy or rainy – the weather is always changing. Some days we feel great about ourselves. Other days, we want to crawl back under the covers and wait for a new day. When I’m having a particularly challenging day, I go to bed as early as I can. Oftentimes, if I can, I will take a nap. There is something about sleeping that mentally shifts my energy and helps me move forward. I am comforted by knowing that tomorrow is a new day and there’s a 50/50 chance the sun will shine. Always know there are other people having stormy days just like you. Look at yourself in the mirror and be grateful to be alive. PRACTICE: LOOK AT YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR DAILY. LOOK FOR ALL THE LINES, WRINKLES, AND PERFECTIONS. AFFIRM ALOUD, “I LOVE ALL OF ME - BODY, MIND, AND SPIRIT.” AFFIRMATION: I ACCEPT MYSELF FOR THE BEAUTY I HAVE TO OFFER AND I SHARE MYSELF WITH THE WORLD. Here's a little backstory for you. When I wrote the book in 1999, I used exercise instead of practice and I missed an error. It was supposed to be - LOOK FOR ALL THE LINES, WRINKLES AND IMPERFECTIONS. When I updated the book to the new edition in 2017, I kept the word perfections because we are all just perfect as we are. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT SELF-CONFIDENCE? YOU MAY REPLY TO THIS NEWSLETTER/BLOG POST OR YOU CAN REACH ME AT barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. IF SOCIAL MEDIA IS EASIER FOR YOU TO REACH OUT, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND LINKEDIN ARE BEST. The card I pulled for us this moment #1 LISTEN - I NOTICE AND APPRECIATE THE SOUNDS AROUND ME. I love hearing the sounds of the geese honking as they fly in the sky. I will listen for them this week. THERE ARE SO MANY RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT A MEDITATION PRACTICE IN PERSON AND ONLINE. __ __ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Oct 30, 2023
Week 43 - Self-Love is a Practice

ALL THE LINKS - LINKTR.EE/BARBARAFAISON /LINKTR.EE/BARBARAFAISON My mission is to share my voice to heal, educate and inspire. I have learned that for me self-love is practice, like most of life. My mom used to tell me to “pat myself on the back” and I know that reminder from her still runs through my head and it does help me have more love and compassion for myself. Saying I’m proud of myself for whatever is happening is another way I express love to myself.  A few weeks ago I received what I call a “digital download”. This might be an idea, a reminder or the title of my next meditation. As I began to stir in my bed, I started to receive a self-love meditation, so I grabbed my phone. Let me say this, I don’t sleep with my phone in the bedroom. My husband brings it to me when he leaves for work, so when I get a download, I can grab it. Anywho…I usually open my One Note App and begin speaking what I received into the app. Then I edit it and start the recording and testing process. Special thanks to Laura Mandelson, Tracey and Mike Ramsey, Pam Zicca, Yvette Lee, Jennifer Medders, Hilal Tamrat, and Susan Kelley-Delaine for testing this meditation. The music is by Yvette C. Lee. You can take a listen here or on my YouTube channel under videos. I’d love for you to leave a comment or emoji if you do. And if you haven’t subscribed to my YouTube channel, why not? It’s free! Following guidance is an act of self-love. I am proud of myself for being ready, open and willing to hear guidance and accept the guidance when received.  What does self-love look like for you at this moment? You may reply to this newsletter/blog post or you can reach me at barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. If social media is easier for you to reach out, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn are best. The card I pulled for us this moment #8 - QUESTION - WHAT DO I DESIRE MORE OF IN MY LIFE? Hmmm.  That's a really good one. I'm going to ponder that! IF YOU NEED A QUICK BREATH BREAK YOU CAN TAKE ONE RIGHT here https://youtube.com/shorts/STqrtcexcpA?si=3dQtAEOmWBLb1ZWV. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND BEING ON THIS JOURNEY WITH ME. UNTIL NEXT TIME, KEEP BREATHING AND DO SOMETHING NEW. BE WELL. FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS OR ASK A QUESTION - VIA EMAIL AT barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. KEEP BREATHING... BARBARA J. FAISON YOUR MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION AMBASSADOR --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Oct 23, 2023
Week 42 - Open Mind?

ALL THE LINKS - linktr.ee/barbarafaison MY GRANDMA HONEY TAUGHT ME TO CROCHET WHEN I WAS YOUNG, NOT SURE WHAT AGE EXACTLY, I SUSPECT ABOUT 10 YEARS OLD. I'VE CROCHETED ON SINCE THE 80'S. IN 2009 I DISCOVERED CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS CROCHET GROUP, A MONTHLY GATHERING OF ALL LEVELS OF CROCHETERS/CRAFTERS WHERE I HAVE FOUND A COMMUNITY THAT INSPIRES ME TO GROW AND LEARN EVEN MORE AND NOT JUST ABOUT CROCHET.  MOST SECOND SATURDAYS I WILL BE SOCIALIZING, CROCHETING AND SOMETIMES LEARNING NEW STITCHES.  IN episode 40 https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/episodes/Week-40---Not-One-and-Done-e2a1dqs/a-aae3dd3 I SHARED THAT SELF-CARE IS NOT A ONE AND DONE. MY CROCHET GROUP TIME IS PART OF MY ONGOING SELF-CARE. AT OUR MEETING ON SATURDAY WE RE-VISITED A STITCH CALLED CORNER TO CORNER - AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU SOMETHING. WHEN WE DID THIS STITCH BEFORE, I WAS NOT OPEN MINDED ABOUT IT AT ALL. LOL.  WHILE WERE LEARNING,  I SHUT DOWN AND GOT EXTREMELY FRUSTRATED. I ALSO HAD ADDED EXTRA PRESSURE ON MYSELF BECAUSE I WAS TRYING TO MAKE A BLANKET FOR A GIFT  SO I NEEDED TO HAVE IT DONE BY A SPECIFIC DATE.  AFTER OUR MEETING I WENT HOME AND TRIED TO MAKE A BLANKET USING THE STITCH, IT WAS AWFUL. I REGROUPED AND USED A DIFFERENT STITCH AND THE BLANKET I MADE WAS JUST RIGHT. PAM, OUR FACILITATOR BROUGHT THREE BEAUTIFUL BLANKETS SHE CREATED USING THE STITCH AND I MADE A DECISION THAT THIS TIME I WOULD OPEN MY MIND AND GIVE IT A TRY. I TOOK A DEEP BREATH AND STARTED ON THE STITCH AS I SAT WITH ANOTHER OF OUR MEMBERS, WHO CONFIRMED I WAS DOING IT RIGHT AND ENCOURAGED ME ALONG THE WAY. BEFORE I KNEW IT… VOILA! I HAD A DISHCLOTH MADE WITH THE CORNER TO CORNER CROCHET STITCH. WHEN I FEEL MYSELF STRUGGLING I ASK A FEW QUESTIONS. __ IS MY MIND REALLY OPEN? WHERE AM I GETTING IN MY OWN WAY? WHAT HAPPENS IF I DECIDE TO NOT FIGHT OR STRUGGLE AND GO WITH THIS? __ I’M QUITE PROUD OF MYSELF FOR GETTING OUT OF MY OWN WAY AND OPENING MY MIND. MY DISHCLOTH IS DONE AND WILL GET USED. LET ME KNOW WHAT NEW THING(S) YOU’VE DONE. YOU MAY REPLY TO THIS NEWSLETTER/BLOG POST OR YOU CAN REACH ME AT barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. IF SOCIAL MEDIA IS EASIER FOR YOU TO REACH OUT, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND LINKEDIN ARE BEST. The card I pulled for us today is the #2 RELAX - I TURN OFF MY DEVICES FOR 15 MINUTES Take a tech break and during that time, just notice what's happening around you. Tune into your sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. RELAX, LISTEN AND TRUST YOUR INNER GUIDANCE CARD DECK - ORDER YOUR DECK HERE https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Relax-Listen-and-Trust-Card-Deck-c136705257. YOUR SUPPORT IS ALWAYS GREATLY APPRECIATED... SHARE A GIFT WITH A FRIEND, FAMILY MEMBER OR COLLEAGUE. :) MY PRODUCTS INCLUDE - BOOK, E-BOOK, AUDIO PROGRAMS, CARD DECK, ONLINE MEDITATION SESSIONS AND MORE. - FIND OUT MORE AT barbarafaison.com/store http://barbarafaison.com/store. MY BREATHE WITH BARBARA LIVE SESSIONS FOR THE MONTH START THIS WEEK - WE ARE LIVE VIA ZOOM FROM 8 - 9 PM EASTERN ON THIS WEDNESDAY, 10/18. OUR GROUP SESSIONS ARE SMALL AND INTIMATE USUALLY LESS THAN 10 PEOPLE.  YOU CAN REGISTER AT http://linktr.ee/barbarafaison. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Oct 16, 2023
Week 41 - Just Breathe

“AUTUMN IS ABOUT TO SHOW US HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS TO LET THINGS GO.” - ANONYMOUS I'M LETTING GO OF RESISTANCE MORE AND MORE THESE DAYS. REMINDING MYSELF THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO REST, RELAX, AND REJUVENATE. AND THAT MOST THINGS ARE NOT THAT SERIOUS. LOL SO TODAY'S PODCAST IS ENCOURAGING YOU TO TAKE 303 SECONDS TO LISTEN TO Just Breathe https://youtu.be/Z54aIP9TBw0, AN OFFERING AVAILABLE ON MY YouTube channel https://youtu.be/Z54aIP9TBw0. TAKE THE TIME TO BE WITH YOURSELF FOR A FULL FIVE MINUTES AND JUST BREATHE. CLICK HERE FOR THE Just Breathe - 5 minute practice https://youtu.be/Z54aIP9TBw0. SO, HOW DO YOU FEEL? I'D LOVE TO KNOW HOW YOU FELT IF YOU TOOK THE 5:03 MINS.  YOU MAY REPLY TO THIS NEWSLETTER OR YOU CAN REACH ME AT barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. IF SOCIAL MEDIA IS EASIER FOR YOU TO REACH OUT, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND LINKEDIN ARE BEST. The card I pulled for us today is the #4 LISTEN - I ACCEPT THAT MY FEELINGS ARE VALID How you feel is how you feel. Accept how you feel in the moment and open yourself up to the next feelings that come along. USE PROMO CODE: SHIP10 FOR FREE US SHIPPING & 10% OFF RELAX, LISTEN AND TRUST YOUR INNER GUIDANCE CARD DECK - ORDER YOUR DECK HERE https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Relax-Listen-and-Trust-Card-Deck-c136705257. The card I pulled for us today is the #4 LISTEN - I ACCEPT THAT MY FEELINGS ARE VALID How you feel is how you feel. Accept how you feel in the moment and open yourself up to the next feelings that come along. USE PROMO CODE: SHIP10 FOR FREE US SHIPPING & 10% OFF RELAX, LISTEN AND TRUST YOUR INNER GUIDANCE CARD DECK - ORDER YOUR DECK HERE https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Relax-Listen-and-Trust-Card-Deck-c136705257. I'M LIVE THIS WEEK ON THE INSIGHT TIMER APP ON TUESDAY, 10/10 AT 10 AM. I DIDN'T REALIZE ALL THE 10'S UNTIL AFTER I SCHEDULED THE SESSION. AFFIRM YOUR LIFE WILL BE THE TOPIC WHERE WE WILL MEDITATE AND USE AFFIRMATIONS.  MY BREATHE WITH BARBARA LIVE SESSIONS FOR THE MONTH START THIS WEEK - WE ARE LIVE VIA ZOOM FROM 8 - 9 PM EASTERN ON THIS WEDNESDAY, 10/11 AND NEXT WEDNESDAY, 10/18. OUR GROUP SESSIONS ARE SMALL AND INTIMATE USUALLY LESS THAN 10 PEOPLE.  YOU CAN REGISTER AT http://linktr.ee/barbarafaison. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Oct 09, 2023
Week 40 - Not One and Done

WEEK 40 - NOT ONE AND DONE All the Links - linktr.ee/barbarafaison https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/dashboard/episode/linktr.ee/barbarafaison GREETINGS! SEPTEMBER WAS SELF-CARE MONTH AND WE ARE NOW IN ANOTHER MONTH. WHILE SELF-CARE MONTH IS OVER TAKING GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF IS NOT A ONE AND DONE SITUATION.  HOW MANY THINGS CAN YOU THINK OF THAT ARE ONE AND DONE? YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, RIGHT? YOU DO IT ONCE AND THAT’S IT. FOR EXAMPLE, I WANTED TO GO SKYDIVING BEFORE I TURNED 40, I DID A TANDEM SKYDIVE JUMP (THAT’S WHEN THE INSTRUCTOR IS CONNECTED TO YOU WHEN YOU JUMP) AT AGE 38, THAT WAS A ONE AND DONE. I DON’T SEE MYSELF DOING THAT AGAIN. LOL CAN YOU IMAGINE IF WE COULD JUST SAY I FORGIVE YOU ONCE AND THAT TOOK CARE OF THE PAST, PRESENT AND THE FUTURE? HAH! OR IF I SAID I WAS GRATEFUL FOR MY FOOD ONCE AND THAT WAS IT? AS FAR AS I CAN TELL, THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN. LIFE IS LIVED IN EACH MOMENT, AND OUR EXPERIENCES AND EMOTIONS ARE ALSO HAPPENING IN THE MOMENT. MY OBSERVATION IS THAT MANY LIFE EXPERIENCES ARE MOSTLY NOT ONE AND DONE. WHEN WE ARE GRACED WITH ANOTHER DAY ON EARTH, THERE ARE NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO BE FULLY PRESENT WITH OUR DAY. CONNECTING WITH BEING ALIVE, FEELING GRATEFUL AND BEING KIND TO MYSELF FIRST, HELPS ME RADIATE POSITIVE ENERGY OUT TO OTHERS. HAVING REGULAR SELF-CARE PRACTICES THAT KEEP ME GROUNDED ARE ESSENTIAL FOR ME. SOME OF MY PRACTICES INCLUDE, QIGONG, KINDNESS, FORGIVENESS, GRATITUDE, COMPASSION AND OF COURSE, MEDITATION. SELF-CARE IS ONGOING, NOT A ONE AND DONE. LAST WEEK I SHARED A five minute gratitude meditation https://youtu.be/4M9xd90BiTo?si=BGcHyj9Z11K1W1Hu. TODAY I’M SHARING A NEW MEDITATION THAT'S LESS THAN 10 MINUTES AND PERFECT FOR STARTING YOUR DAY, ITS CALLED Morning Gratitude Practice https://youtu.be/4uxMTdX_JKc?si=E6WMqpey0VBvvR9D  YOU MAY ALSO FIND THIS PRACTICE ONLINE AT THE USUAL DIGITAL PLACES LIKE AMAZON MUSIC, APPLE MUSIC, SPOTIFY AND YOUTUBE. YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT HERE https://youtu.be/4uxMTdX_JKc?si=E6WMqpey0VBvvR9D.  THANK YOU SO MUCH LAURA MANDELSON, PAM ZICCA, KRISTINA ARMSTRONG AND GALENA WHITE FOR LISTENING TO THIS PARTICULAR TRACK. I’M WORKING ON SEVERAL NEW TRACKS FOR BREATHWORK AND MEDITATION. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TESTING THEM OUT, I’D LOVE FOR YOU TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS BEFORE I PUBLISH THEM. YOU MAY EMAIL ME AT barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com TO JOIN MY TESTER LIST OR CLICK here https://subscribepage.io/sr2Kxf. RIGHT NOW MY SELF-CARE ALSO INCLUDES RELAXING WITH MY CROCHET PROJECTS, PUTTING ON MY PAJAMAS EARLY, AND RESTING MORE. WHAT DOES ONGOING SELF-CARE LOOK LIKE FOR YOU THIS AUTUMN SEASON? YOU MAY REPLY TO THIS NEWSLETTER/BLOG POST OR YOU CAN REACH ME AT barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. IF SOCIAL MEDIA IS EASIER FOR YOU TO REACH OUT, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND LINKEDIN ARE BEST.  Relax, Listen, and Trust Your Inner Guidance. https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Relax-Listen-and-Trust-Card-Deck-c136705257 The card I pulled for us this moment #2 - QUESTION - HOW CAN I TAKE A MOMENT FOR MYSELF? HMMM. APPROPRIATE FOR SELF-CARE BEING ONGOING. HOW CAN YOU TAKE A MOMENT FOR YOURSELF TODAY?   RELAX, LISTEN AND TRUST YOUR INNER GUIDANCE CARD DECK - ORDER YOUR DECK HERE https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Relax-Listen-and-Trust-Card-Deck-c136705257. Keep reading at barbarafaison.com/blog / barbarafaison.com/blog. Alt text - Middle aged African-American woman with short hair stands in front of a tree lit by the sun. A drawing of a purple circle sits by her head with gold text - The Why Struggle? Podcast. Below is an image of two gold footprints. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Oct 02, 2023
Week 39 - Gratitude as a Practice is Self-Care

WEEK 39 - GRATITUDE AS A PRACTICE IS SELF-CARE All the Links - linktr.ee/barbarafaison https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/dashboard/episode/linktr.ee/barbarafaison GREETINGS! MY MISSION IS TO USE MY VOICE TO HEAL, EDUCATE AND INSPIRE BY SHARING TOOLS TO HELP PEOPLE LIVE LIFE BETTER. I HAVE EMBRACED GRATITUDE AS AN ATTITUDE AND A PRACTICE. I DO HAVE MOMENTS OF “WHY ME” AND “WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON” - AND I HAVE LEARNED TO FIND THE GRATITUDE IN THE EXPERIENCE. AT ONE TIME WE THOUGHT THE BRAIN WAS FIXED AND COULDN’T BE CHANGED. SCIENCE CONTINUES TO DISCOVER THAT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO CHANGE OUR BRAIN AND GRATITUDE IS ONE WAY WE CAN RESHAPE OUR BRAIN. ENHANCED OPTIMISM, BETTER SLEEP AND LOWER LEVELS OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION ARE A FEW OF THE BENEFITS OF PRACTICING GRATITUDE. I LOVE HAVING THE SCIENCE TO BACK UP WHAT USED BE CALLED, WHOO WHOO. LOL. AS SOON AS I BECOME AWARE THAT I AM ALIVE AND AWAKE, THANK YOU, GOD ARE MY FIRST WORDS. A FEW YEARS AGO MY HUSBAND, TD, AND I STARTED SAYING OUR MORNING PRAYERS BEFORE HE WOULD LEAVE FOR WORK AND THEY ALWAYS START WITH…THANK YOU, GOD… AND THEN WE CONTINUE ON WITH WHAT WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR IN THAT MOMENT. IT HAS BECOME A POWERFUL PRACTICE FOR US AS A COUPLE AND IT ONLY TAKES A FEW MINUTES. TAKE A QUICK MOMENT TO THINK OF SOMETHING YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR RIGHT NOW…RIGHT NOW I AM GRATEFUL THAT TEMPERATURE IS CHANGING, I AM GRATEFUL FOR HAVING DEPENDABLE TRANSPORTATION, AND I AM GRATEFUL THAT I ENJOYED DANCING AND FELLOWSHIPPING WITH FRIENDS OVER THE WEEKEND. INTERESTED IN PRACTICING? I HAVE A FIVE MINUTE GRATITUDE MEDITATION YOU CAN FIND ONLINE AT THE USUAL DIGITAL PLACES LIKE AMAZON MUSIC, APPLE MUSIC, SPOTIFY AND YOUTUBE. YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT HERE https://youtu.be/4M9xd90BiTo?si=3nPn_Kz_2TNTTljA. HERE’S A GRATITUDE SHOUTOUT TO THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE WHO HAVE TESTED MY MEDITATIONS OVER THE YEARS: TRACEY RAMSEY, MIKE RAMSEY, YVETTE LEE, LAURA MANDELAU, HILAL TAMRAT, PAM ZICCA, SUZANNE SCHLEY, REGENNA LONDON, SUSAN KELLEY-DELAINE, JENNIFER DAVENPORT, GALENA WHITE, LISA ZUNZANYIKA, KYM KENNEDY AND BRITTNEY RENEE. I’M WORKING ON SEVERAL NEW TRACKS FOR BREATHWORK AND MEDITATION. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TESTING THEM OUT, I’D LOVE FOR YOU TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS BEFORE I PUBLISH THEM. YOU CAN EMAIL ME AT barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com TO JOIN MY TESTER LIST OR CLICK here  http://subscribepage.io/sr2Kxf. WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR RIGHT NOW? YOU MAY REPLY TO THIS NEWSLETTER OR YOU CAN REACH ME AT barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. IF SOCIAL MEDIA IS EASIER FOR YOU TO REACH OUT, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND LINKEDIN ARE BEST. Relax, Listen, and Trust Your Inner Guidance. https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Relax-Listen-and-Trust-Card-Deck-c136705257 I pulled a card from all the categories this week, that's called a card pull. Do you see a theme or a story with the cards? #9 - RELAX - I ACCEPT - WHERE I AM IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW  #3 - LISTEN - I RECITE LYRICS OR WORDS THAT UPLIFT  #2 - TRUST - I AM ABLE TO CREATE THE LIFE I DESIRE TO LIVE # 3 - QUESTION - HOW CAN I BE MORE CONTENT IN MY LIFE? HOW CAN I BE MORE CONTENT IN MY LIFE? WHEN I RELAX AND ACCEPT WHERE I AM IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW AND ALLOW MYSELF TO LISTEN TO WORDS/LYRICS  THAT UPLIFT ME I AM ABLE TO TRUST THAT I AM ABLE TO CREATE THE LIFE I DESIRE TO LIVE. SELF-CARE MONTH SPECIAL https://www.barbarafaison.com/store 15% OFF ALL PRODUCTS AND FREE US SHIPPING USE THE PROMO CODE - SELFCARE15 https://www.barbarafaison.com/store Keep reading at barbarafaison.com/blog. Alt text - Middle aged African-American woman with short hair stands in front of a tree lit by the sun. A drawing of a purple circle sits by her head with gold text - The Why Struggle? Podcast. Below is an image of two gold footprints. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Sep 25, 2023
Week 38 - Breathing Space

All the Links - linktr.ee/barbarafaison /linktr.ee/barbarafaison THIS IS THE WEEK THAT OFFICIALLY STARTS OFF THE NEXT SEASON, AUTUMN. AND SINCE LAST WEEK, THE TEMPERATURES HAVE DROPPED A LITTLE BIT AND IT IS COOLING OFF. THE QUOTE I SHARED LAST WEEK IS STILL WITH ME. “AUTUMN IS ABOUT TO SHOW US HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS TO LET THINGS GO.” - ANONYMOUS ARE YOU SLOWING DOWN ANY? I’VE BEEN WRITING AND RECORDING A FEW AUDIO TRACKS AND SO I’M SHARING ONE WITH YOU TODAY. IT’S CALLED BREATHING SPACE AND IS FIVE MINUTES LONG. IF YOU TAKE THE 300 SECONDS TO LISTEN, I’D LOVE FOR YOU TO LEAVE A COMMENT ON MY YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/@BarbaraFaison. THE MEDITATION IS AT 5:20 IF YOU WANT TO LISTEN HERE. CLICK HERE FOR THE Breathing Space Practice https://youtu.be/Zxns1OFvH3E ON YOUTUBE. I’D LOVE TO KNOW IF YOU TOOK TIME TO SLOW DOWN OR MAYBE ENJOY TIME IN NATURE. YOU MAY REPLY TO THIS NEWSLETTER OR YOU CAN REACH ME AT barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. IF SOCIAL MEDIA IS EASIER FOR YOU TO REACH OUT, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND LINKEDIN ARE BEST. I’D LOVE TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS, LEAVE A COMMENT HERE OR YOU CAN REACH ME AT barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. IF SOCIAL MEDIA IS EASIER FOR YOU TO REACH OUT, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND LINKEDIN ARE BEST. The card I pulled for us today is #7 RELAX- I ACCEPT HOW I  FEEL  BEING ABLE TO SIT WITH, BE WITH AND ACCEPT MY FEELINGS IS PRACTICE AND I AM GETTING BETTER, WHAT ABOUT YOU? SELF-CARE MONTH SPECIAL https://www.barbarafaison.com/store 15% OFF ALL PRODUCTS AND FREE US SHIPPING USE THE PROMO CODE - SELFCARE15 https://www.barbarafaison.com/store Keep reading at barbarafaison.com/blog. Alt text - Middle aged African-American woman with short hair stands in front of a tree lit by the sun. A drawing of a purple circle sits by her head with gold text - The Why Struggle? Podcast. Below is an image of two gold footprints. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Sep 18, 2023
Announcement and I Surrender

All the links - LINKTR.EE/BARBARAFAISON IN HONOR OF SELF-CARE MONTH, I'M OFFERING 15% OFF THE PRODUCTS ON MY website https://www.barbarafaison.com/store UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH. YOU CAN USE THE CODE SELFCARE15 TO GET THE 15% OFF. Enjoy this offering of I Surrender. I hope it inspires or encourages you! I’D LOVE TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS, LEAVE A COMMENT HERE OR YOU CAN REACH ME AT barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. IF SOCIAL MEDIA IS EASIER FOR YOU TO REACH OUT, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND LINKEDIN ARE BEST. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Sep 13, 2023
Week 37 - Slow Down

I’M BARBARA J. FAISON, YOUR MEDITATION AMBASSADOR, AND IF YOU ARE NEW HERE, WELCOME! IN JANUARY I STARTED A WEEKLY NEWSLETTER WHICH ALSO SERVES AS A BLOG POST ON MY website http://barbarafaison.com/blog, BARBARAFAISON.COM AND THE AUDIO IS MY PODCAST CALLED THE . https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison SO WEEKLY YOU CAN READ OR LISTEN.  MY INTENTION IS TO OFFER IDEAS, INSIGHTS AND INSPIRATIONS TO HELP YOU STRUGGLE LESS AND ENJOY LIFE MORE. HOWEVER YOU MIGHT BE ENGAGING WITH ME, I AM GRATEFUL FOR YOU LISTENING AND/OR READING! I FOUND OUT THAT SEPTEMBER IS SELF-CARE MONTH, YES, I KNOW, THERE IS A MONTH OR DAY FOR SO MANY THINGS. I'M GOING WITH THIS ONE SINCE IT'S ABOUT SELF-CARE. LOL. IN HONOR OF SELF-CARE MONTH, I'M OFFERING 15% OFF THE PRODUCTS ON MY WEBSITE /barbarafaison.com UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH. USE CODE SELFCARE15 FOR THE DISCOUNT AUTUMN OR FALL IS THE TIME WHEN IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE WE ARE STARTING TO SLOW DOWN, IN SOME PLACES THE TEMPERATURES ARE DROPPING-NOT SO MUCH IN ATLANTA. IT'S COMING THOUGH. “AUTUMN IS ABOUT TO SHOW US HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS TO LET THINGS GO.” - ANONYMOUS SEASONALLY WE ARE MOVING FROM THE EXCITEMENT, ENERGY AND JOY OF SUMMER INTO THE SLOWING DOWN, RELEASING AND LETTING GO OF AUTUMN. NATURE SHOWS IT ALL. THE TREES ARE LETTING GO OF THE LEAVES TO PREPARE FOR THE WINTER. I FEEL IT. DO YOU? I'M GIVING MYSELF PERMISSION TO GO WITH THE FEELING OF WANTING TO DO LESS... AND IN CASE YOU NEED IT... I AM GIVING YOU PERMISSION TO DO THE SAME. I HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS EXCERPT FROM MY BOOK, Why Struggle? life is too short to wear tight shoes https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Books-Ebooks-Audio-books-c136695760. SLOW DOWN WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU DID ANYTHING WITHOUT RUSHING? WE CAN REACH OUT AND TOUCH PEOPLE IN NUMEROUS WAYS INCLUDING THE PHONE, EMAIL, AND SOCIAL MEDIA. TECHNOLOGY OFFERS OUR SOCIETY SUCH WONDERFUL ENHANCEMENTS TO DAILY LIVING THAT WE SOMETIMES FORGET TO SLOW DOWN. WE GET UP WITH OUR SMARTPHONES, CUDDLE WITH THEM AND GO TO BED WITH THEM AND SOMETIMES WE ALLOW THEM TO DICTATE ALL OF OUR DAILY ACTIVITIES. TECHNOLOGY IS NOT HUMAN AND HAS NO DISCRETION OR JUDGMENT. REMEMBER TO DISCONNECT FROM TECHNOLOGY TO FULLY ENGAGE IN LIFE AND WITH PEOPLE. SET PERSONAL BOUNDARIES AROUND THE TIME YOU SPEND ON THE PHONE, COMPUTER OR TABLET. BE SURE TO SCHEDULE OR FACTOR IN TIME FOR RELAXATION AND DOWN TIME. COMMIT TO TURNING OFF THE PHONE AND ENJOYING THE BEAUTY AROUND YOU. IF YOU ARE WITH SOMEONE, ENJOY TIME WITH A HUMAN; THE TECHNOLOGY WILL BE THERE AFTER YOU ARE DONE. PRACTICE: CHOOSE A TIME TO SPEND ALONE IN NATURE. TAKE A WALK AND SLOW DOWN, BREATHE THE AIR AND FEEL THE SUN AGAINST YOUR SKIN. SLOW DOWN AND GIVE EVERY MOMENT YOUR UNDIVIDED ATTENTION. AFFIRMATION: I ALLOW MY MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT TO SLOW DOWN AND BE AT PEACE. I’D LOVE TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS, LEAVE A COMMENT HERE OR YOU CAN REACH ME AT barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. IF SOCIAL MEDIA IS EASIER FOR YOU TO REACH OUT, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND LINKEDIN ARE BEST. The card I pulled for us today is the  #7 LISTEN - MY BODY REMINDS ME TO FORGIVE MYSELF BEFORE I CREATED THIS NEWSLETTER/BLOG/PODCAST, I WATCHED THIS VIDEO ON SELF-FORGIVENESS USING TAPPING ALSO KNOWN AS EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE. I USE TAPPING IN OUR LIVE MEDITATION SESSIONS, IT'S A POWERFUL TOOL. YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT here https://youtu.be/7xszlNrQQ8Q?si=QTuUav86DAdt8gFi. 15% OFF ALL PRODUCTS AND FREE US SHIPPING USE THE PROMO CODE - SELFCARE15 https://www.barbarafaison.com/store YOUR SUPPORT IS ALWAYS GREATLY APPRECIATED... SHARE A GIFT WITH A FRIEND, FAMILY MEMBER OR COLLEAGUE. :) - FIND OUT MORE AT barbarafaison.com/store http://barbarafaison.com/store. THE NEXT Breathe with Barbara LIVE session https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/LIVE-MEDITATION-SESSIONS---Breathe-with-Barbara-c136753529 FOR THIS MONTH IS ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 FROM 8 - 9 PM EASTERN VIA ZOOM. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU JOIN US.  ALL OF THE LINKS ARE IN MY LINKTR.EE/BARBARAFAISON.   Keep reading at barbarafaison.com/blog. Alt text - Middle aged African-American woman with short hair stands in front of a tree lit by the sun. A drawing of a purple circle sits by her head with gold text - The Why Struggle? Podcast. Below is an image of two gold footprints. At the bottom, text: with Barbara J. Faison --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Sep 11, 2023
Week 36 - Sharing Your T.A.G.S.

Week 36 - Sharing Your T.A.G.S. You can read AND see pictures on my blog - barbarafaison.com/blog All the links are here - LINKTR.EE/BARBARAFAISON GREETINGS! I’M BARBARA J. FAISON, YOUR MEDITATION AMBASSADOR, AND IF YOU ARE NEW HERE, WELCOME! IN JANUARY I STARTED A WEEKLY NEWSLETTER WHICH ALSO SERVES AS A BLOG POST ON MY website http://barbarafaison.com/blog, BARBARAFAISON.COM AND THE AUDIO IS MY PODCAST CALLED THE . https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison SO WEEKLY YOU CAN READ OR LISTEN.  MY INTENTION IS TO OFFER IDEAS, INSIGHTS AND INSPIRATIONS TO HELP YOU STRUGGLE LESS AND ENJOY LIFE MORE. HOWEVER YOU MIGHT BE ENGAGING WITH ME, I AM GRATEFUL FOR YOU LISTENING AND/OR READING! TAKE A MOMENT TO IMAGINE A DECK ON A HOUSE ON THE BEACH; THE GOLDEN SUNLIGHT IS SHINING, THE VIVID TURQUOISE WATER IS NEXT TO WHITE SAND. THE WHITE DECK OF THE HOUSE IS OVERFLOWING WITH VIBRANT FUCHSIA, PURPLE AND YELLOW FLOWERS AND PALM TREES. THE SKY LOOKS LIKE A MIXTURE OF PINK AND BLUE COTTON CANDY SWIRLED TOGETHER. I THINK OF OUR WORLD AS A COSMIC JIGSAW PUZZLE AND WE ARE HERE TO FIND WHERE WE FIT IN THE PUZZLE. ARE YOU A PIECE OF THE SKY, THE WATER, THE FLOWERS? OUR LIFE EXPERIENCES HELP US DISCOVER OUR T.A.G.S. - TALENTS, ABILITIES, GIFTS, AND SKILLS. EACH MOMENT IS PURPOSEFUL. NOTHING IS WASTED IN LIFE. TAKE EACH MOMENT FOR WHAT IT IS AND YOUR EXPERIENCES WILL HELP YOU DISCOVER AND UNCOVER YOUR T.A.G.S. LAST WEEK I SAW A FRIEND OF MINE I MET IN A WRITER’S GROUP BACK IN THE 1990’S. I SEEM TO BE SAYING THAT A LOT THESE DAYS. LOL. ADE AND I SPEAK AND TEXT EACH OTHER REGULARLY SO WE DIDN’T FEEL LIKE IT HAD BEEN 11 YEARS SINCE WE HAD ACTUALLY SEEN EACH OTHER IN PERSON. SHE WAS IN TOWN SO WE HAD A GREAT TIME TOGETHER OVER A FEW DAYS. WEDNESDAY EVENING WE ENJOYED A DELICIOUS MEAL OF INDIAN FOOD AT Planet Bombay http://planetbombay.net/ WHERE WE HAD EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE! THURSDAY MORNING WE WENT TO ONE OF MY FAVS, THE FLYING BISCUIT. I LOVE HAVING CONVERSATIONS AND DISCOVERING NEW THINGS ABOUT MY FRIENDS. ADE IS AN ARTIST… AN AUTHOR… A WRITER…A CREATIVE. SHE CREATES HANDMADE CARDS, REPURPOSED JEWELRY AND HAS PUBLISHED THREE BOOKS. IN HER OWN WORDS… “I SEE THE WORLD THROUGH A WINDOW OF WORDS....WONDERFUL WANDERING WORDS.. I WRITE BECAUSE IT IS WHO I AM; HOW I AM. MY WRITING IS THE VOICE OF MY SOUL.” I HOPE YOU WILL TAKE A MOMENT TO SEE HER WORK AT peacepaperproductions.com http://www.peacepaperproductions.com/home.html. IN MY TWENTIES AND THIRTIES, I THOUGHT LIFE WAS ALL ABOUT SELF DISCOVERY. I BELIEVE WE ARE CONSTANTLY LEARNING, EVOLVING AND GROWING. FOR ME, LIFE IS ALL ABOUT SELF CREATION. ONE OF MY TAGS IS DOING WHAT I’M DOING HERE, WRITING AND SHARING MY LIFE. WHERE DO YOU WANT TO FIT IN THE COSMIC JIGSAW PUZZLE? THE WATER, THE TREES, THE FLOWERS? WHAT ARE YOUR T.A.G.S. AND HOW ARE YOU SHARING THEM WITH THE WORLD? I’D LOVE TO KNOW, YOU MAY REPLY TO THIS NEWSLETTER OR YOU CAN REACH ME AT barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com. IF SOCIAL MEDIA IS EASIER FOR YOU TO REACH OUT, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND LINKEDIN ARE BEST. KEEP READING AT BARBARAFAISON.COM/BLOG /barbarafaison.com/blog. ALT TEXT - MIDDLE AGED AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN WITH SHORT HAIR STANDS IN FRONT OF A TREE LIT BY THE SUN. A DRAWING OF A PURPLE CIRCLE SITS BY HER HEAD WITH GOLD TEXT - THE WHY STRUGGLE? PODCAST. BELOW IS AN IMAGE OF TWO GOLD FOOTPRINTS. AT THE BOTTOM, TEXT: WITH BARBARA J. FAISON --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Sep 05, 2023
Week 35 - Take Three or Ten

WEEK 35 - TAKE THREE OR TEN You can read AND see pictures on my blog - barbarafaison.com/blog http://barbarafaison.com/blog All the links are here - LINKTR.EE/BARBARAFAISON https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/dashboard/episode/LINKTR.EE/BARBARAFAISON MY MISSION IS TO USE MY VOICE TO HEAL, EDUCATE AND INSPIRE BY SHARING TOOLS TO HELP PEOPLE LIVE LIFE BETTER. I’VE MENTIONED BEFORE THAT I AM AN LL, A LIFELONG LEARNER, AND AN LS, A LIFELONG SHARER. MY MOTHER WAS AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER, MY FATHER, A LIBRARIAN AND MY PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER WAS ALSO A TEACHER. AS THE SAYING GOES, I GOT IT HONESTLY AND THE FRUIT DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE. ONE OF MY DEAR COUSINS, NARLA, IS A TEACHER IN PENSACOLA, FL. GROWING UP OUR FAMILIES WOULD VISIT EACH OTHER DURING THE YEAR AND WE WOULD WRITE EACH OTHER LETTERS BETWEEN VISITS. IT MAKES ME SMILE TO THINK ABOUT HOW WRITING AND SHARING OUR INTERESTS KEPT US CONNECTED FOR DECADES. NARLA STILL SENDS LOVELY CARDS FOR MY BIRTHDAY, WEDDING ANNIVERSARY AND JUST TO SAY SHE IS THINKING ABOUT ME AND OUR FAMILY. THERE IS NOTHING LIKE RECEIVING HANDWRITTEN CORRESPONDENCE IN THE MAIL IN 2023. SHE HAS BEEN SUCH A GREAT SUPPORTER OF MY WORK AND MEDITATION SESSIONS. I TRULY APPRECIATE THE ENCOURAGEMENT. I LOVE GETTING NOTES, EMAILS AND TEXT MESSAGES FROM NARLA LETTING ME THAT MY MEDITATION WORK IS IMPACTFUL AND THAT SHE SHARES MY INFORMATION WITH OTHERS. WHAT MAKES THIS SO SPECIAL IS THAT NARLA IS NOT ON ANY SOCIAL MEDIA, SO HER SHARING MY WORK WITH OTHERS IS VERY INTENTIONAL AND I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR HER SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT MY OFFERINGS. NARLA JUST EMAILED A LINK TO AN ARTICLE CALLED Why You Should Take a Minute to Meditate (Almost) Every Day https://getpocket.com/explore/item/why-you-should-take-a-minute-to-meditate-almost-every-day?utm_source=pocket-newtab-en-us BY DAN HARRIS, FORMER ABC NEWS ANCHOR AND AUTHOR/CO-FOUNDER/HOST OF @10percent https://twitter.com/10percent HAPPIER- BOOK + APP + PODCAST. DAN TALKS ABOUT TAKING ONE MINUTE TO MEDITATE MOST DAYS FOR A MONTH. HE GIVES EXAMPLES OF WHEN YOU CAN MEDITATE IN YOUR DAY TO MAKE IT A HABIT. THE ARTICLE IS A QUICK READ IF YOU WANT TO CHECK IT OUT. CREATING SPACE IN YOUR DAY FOR WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS ESSENTIAL TO TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF. I MENTIONED LAST WEEK ON my blog post https://www.barbarafaison.com/2023/08/21/week-34-stress-relief-breath-practice/ THAT SOMETIMES TAKING A FEW BREATHS IS A GREAT WAY TO MOVE INTO MEDITATION.  WHY NOT TRY ONE OR MORE OF THESE PRACTICES? __ TAKE A MOMENT TO STOP AND TAKE three conscious breaths https://youtu.be/pxbVkeb5dUc?si=dNqZGrSCLKrs8A-j. BREATHING IN THROUGH YOUR NOSE AND OUT THROUGH YOUR MOUTH. SET A REMINDER ON YOUR PHONE TO TAKE THREE OR MORE CONSCIOUS BREATHS WHEN THE ALARM GOES OFF…IT’S A GREAT PRACTICE TO START. IF YOU HAVE 3:33 MINS, TAKE 10 conscious breaths https://youtu.be/d_a7gepoKcc?si=MfEMfRlMHFsoQzq1. YOU CAN FIND A LINK TO THIS PRACTICE ON MY YOUTUBE ARTIST CHANNEL, Barbara J. Faison https://youtube.com/channel/UCydRv91kuvnkaL87xXEZfpA?si=RRk_r4tV3eaaZXjU. THIS TRACK IS ALSO ON SPOTIFY, APPLE MUSIC, AMAZON MUSIC, INSIGHT TIMER AND OTHER DIGITAL PLATFORMS. I’D LOVE FOR YOU TO BOOKMARK MY PAGE AND LISTEN WHEREVER YOU GET YOUR MUSIC OR MEDITATIONS ONLINE. __ IF YOU STOPPED TO TAKE ANY CONSCIOUS BREATHS, LET ME KNOW BY REPLYING TO THIS NEWSLETTER OR YOU CAN REACH ME AT barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com OR DIRECT MESSAGE ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, AND LINKEDIN ARE BEST. Keep reading at barbarafaison.com/blog. Alt text - Middle aged African-American woman with short hair stands in front of a tree lit by the sun. A drawing of a purple circle sits by her head with gold text - The Why Struggle? Podcast. Below is an image of two gold footprints. At the bottom, text: with Barbara J. Faison --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Aug 28, 2023
Week 34 - A Stress Relief Breath Practice

WEEK 34 - A STRESS RELIEF BREATH PRACTICE You can read AND see pictures my blog - barbarafaison.com/blog http://barbarafaison.com/blog All the links are here - LINKTR.EE/BARBARAFAISON https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/dashboard/episode/LINKTR.EE/BARBARAFAISON On Saturday I had the pleasure of presenting a DE-STRESS WITH YOUR BREATH PROGRAM for Teens at the Henry County Library, in Stockbridge Georgia. I get extra excited when I am able to share simple practices that anyone can do to reduce stress! Breathing is a part of what we do anyway, we only need to remember to access our breath intentionally as we move through the day. Did you know that breathing practices can help you calm down or have more energy? After over 25 years offering personal development training and programs I have learned that whoever needs to be there, will be there. It may be ONE PERSON or HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE. The just right audience will be at the place when the time is just right. Ivy and Danny were the just right people on Saturday at the program. Ivy asked me how I got into breathing stuff. :) I told her that working with the breath is easier for most people than meditation, so I like to start there. She also shared that she sometimes had trouble going to sleep and staying asleep, like many people, so I shared a few tips with her including: __ Write down things that are on your mind before you get in bed and say out loud… THAT’S FOR ANOTHER DAY, IT’S TIME TO REST. Put devices away (phones, tablets, computers) anything that emits light an hour or more before you get into bed. (I know… you can do it!) Stand up and shake your body out, breathe in and out and let  whatever sounds  come out naturally come out when you do this. __ You can also practice 4 - 4- 8 breathing  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ7h6rBqWIYto reduce stress and is great for calming your body and mind down before bed or while in bed if you wake up. This is an excerpt from my four minute practice that is available for free on my artist YouTube channel, Barbara J. Faison https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCydRv91kuvnkaL87xXEZfpA, and also on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Insight Timer and other digital platforms. I’d love for you to listen to bookmark my page and listen on whatever digital places you use. If you tried the 4-4-8 breathing practice, reply to this newsletter or you can reach me at barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com  or direct message me on social media, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn are best. Keep reading at barbarafaison.com/blog https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/dashboard/episode/barbarafaison.com/blog. Alt text - Middle aged African-American woman with short hair stands in front of a tree lit by the sun. A drawing of a purple circle sits by her head with gold text - The Why Struggle? Podcast. Below is an image of two gold footprints. At the bottom, text: with Barbara J. Faison --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Aug 21, 2023
Week 33 - Finding JOY!

WEEK 33 - FINDING JOY! You can read AND see pictures my blog - barbarafaison.com/blog http://barbarafaison.com/blog All the links are here - LINKTR.EE/BARBARAFAISON /LINKTR.EE/BARBARAFAISON WHAT IS JOY? ACCORDING TO THE DICTIONARY, IT’S A FEELING OF GREAT PLEASURE AND HAPPINESS. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU FELT THAT FEELING? I MEAN PURE JOY? ON FRIDAY NIGHT, MY FRIEND, BONNIE AND I WENT OUT SALSA DANCING. ON THE WAY TO THE CLUB, THE SANCTUARY, BONNIE AND I TRIED TO REMEMBER THE LAST TIME WE WERE “REALLY” OUT DANCING. WE KNEW IT WAS BEFORE “RONA” AKA, COVID 19, AND WE WERE PRETTY SURE IT WAS IN 2019. WELL THANKS TO FACEBOOK I WAS ABLE TO TAKE IT BACK TO BONNIE’S BIRTHDAY IN APRIL 2019. HAD IT REALLY BEEN FOUR YEARS? OH MY! IF YOU ARE NEW OR WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT MY SALSA JOURNEY AND THESE AWESOME FRIENDS, CHECK OUT Week 26 - Music and Lasting Friendships https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/episodes/Week-26---Music-and-Lasting-Friendships-e267fi8/a-aa28arg. OVER 11 YEARS AGO I DISCOVERED I HAD OSTEOARTHRITIS IN MY RIGHT HIP AND RIGHT KNEE, SO MY DANCING HAS BEEN A BIT LIMITED FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS. PHYSICAL THERAPY LAST YEAR HELPED A LOT EVEN THOUGH I HAVE PAIN MOST DAYS. I DECIDED I WOULD DANCE AND LISTEN TO MY BODY AND I’M SO GLAD I DID. I PUT ON MY DANCE SHOES, THANK GOODNESS I COULD STILL WEAR THEM, AND HIT THE FLOOR. WE WEREN’T SURE HOW MANY PEOPLE WE WOULD KNOW AT THE CLUB, SINCE WE HAD BEEN MISSING IN ACTION FOR SO LONG. YOU KNOW, WHAT, WE DIDN’T CARE. WE HAVE LEARNED THAT NO MATTER WHAT, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. AND WE HAD A BLAST!  BACK IN THE DAY, WE USED TO BE AT THAT CLUB MOST FRIDAY NIGHTS AND OTHER PLACES DURING THE WEEK. BONNIE AND I LAUGHED AND REMINISCED ABOUT OUR MEMORIES OF DANCING FOR OVER 20 YEARS IN THE CAR ON THE WAY.  WHEN WE ARRIVED WE FOUND OUT THAT DJ TITO WAS THE DJ. HE USED TO BE ONE OF THE MAIN DJ’S WHEN WE WENT OUT REGULARLY. WE KNEW THE SALSA MUSIC WOULD BE ON FIRE, SO WE WERE READY FOR A GREAT TIME. PEOPLE CAME THAT WE DIDN'T KNOW WOULD BE THERE, SO IT WAS LIKE A SALSA FAMILY REUNION. WATCHING BONNIE, TERRI, JAMIE, ADIASCAR, ANANA, JAZZIE, MARK, ICESIS AND OTHERS I FELT MY HEART SWELLING WITH PLEASURE AND HAPPINESS! OH, YEAH, THAT’S THE DEFINITION OF JOY. DANCING TO THE MUSIC AND WATCHING MY FRIENDS AND OTHERS ENJOYING THEMSELVES WAS PURE JOY! WERE THERE MOVES I JUST CAN’T DO ANYMORE, ABSOLUTELY? CAN I DANCE AS LONG AS I USED TO? NOPE! I STILL FELT THE JOY OF DANCING WITH PARTNERS WHO ALLOWED THE MUSIC TO LEAD THEM. BONNIE AND I LEFT AROUND 1 AM, WEARING OUR SALSA GLOW. IF YOU WANT TO SEE SOME OF MY SALSA CREW DANCING, CHECK OUT THE SHORT ON MY YouTube channel https://youtu.be/M7RPAxzYz0M.  AND IF YOU HAVEN'T SUBSCRIBED, I LOVE FOR YOU TO SUPPORT ME THERE. Keep reading at barbarafaison.com/blog /barbarafaison.com/blog. Alt text - Middle aged African-American woman with short hair stands in front of a tree lit by the sun. A drawing of a purple circle sits by her head with gold text - The Why Struggle? Podcast. Below is an image of two gold footprints. At the bottom, text: with Barbara J. Faison --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Aug 14, 2023
Week 32 - Appreciating and Celebrating!

Week 32 - Appreciating and Celebrating! You can read or listen on my blog - barbarafaison.com/blog http://barbarafaison.com/blog LIFE IS A JOURNEY. A TRIP. A DECK OF CARDS. LIFE DEFIES A SINGLE DEFINITION BECAUSE MOMENT BY MOMENT, LIFE CHANGES. LIFE IS DIFFERENT FOR EACH PERSON EVERY MOMENT. JUST AS LIFE CHANGES, WE CHANGE AND GROW BASED ON OUR EXPERIENCES.  LIFE SIMPLY IS. BEING ALIVE IS CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION! TAKE A MOMENT TO THINK OF A REASON TO CELEBRATE. TREAT YOURSELF TO SOMETHING BECAUSE YOU MET A GOAL – CELEBRATE! PERHAPS YOU DIDN’T USE YOUR CELL PHONE WHEN YOU WERE HAVING A MEAL. CELEBRATE! EVERY DAY FIND REASONS TO BE GRATEFUL FOR LIFE AND CELEBRATE! SOMETIMES IT’S JUST AS SIMPLE AS NOT BEATING YOURSELF UP ABOUT SOMETHING YOU DID. NOW THAT IS CAUSE FOR A MAJOR CELEBRATION. THINK ABOUT THE MUSIC YOU’VE LISTENED TO, THE MOVIES YOU’VE SEEN, THE FRIENDS IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW THEY MAY HAVE CHANGED OVER THE YEARS. TREAT YOURSELF TO SOMETHING YOU ENJOY. YOU DESERVE IT. AFFIRM THIS: I CELEBRATE LIFE AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR ALL MY LIFE EXPERIENCES. THAT WAS CELEBRATE EVERYTHING, AN EXCERPT FROM MY BOOK, Why Struggle? Life is too short to wear tight shoes https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/Books-Ebooks-Audio-books-c136695760. I’M CELEBRATING Kym Kennedy, https://www.facebook.com/kymsconsciousconversations SPIRITUAL TEACHER, RADICAL FORGIVENESS COACH AND SCRABBLE ENTHUSIAST. BACK AROUND 2008ISH, I MET KYM AT THE SINGLE’S MINISTRY AT HILLSIDE CHURCH. KYM HAS INTRODUCED ME TO SO MANY OF MY CURRENT PRACTICES, ONE OF WHICH IS A POWERFUL TOOL CALLED RADICAL FORGIVENESS. A TOOL IS ONLY HELPFUL WHEN YOU DECIDE TO USE IT. OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH FROM WATCHING KYM TRULY EMBODY USING HER TOOLS AND PRACTICES WHILE OFFERING HER LOVING GUIDANCE TO ME AND SO MANY OTHERS. KYM HAS BEEN A FRIEND, MENTOR AND SUPPORTER OF MY WORK AS A MEDITATION AMBASSADOR AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR HER KIND, LOVING ENCOURAGEMENT. KYM SAID SHE WANTED TO LAUGH FOR HER BIRTHDAY AND CELEBRATE WITH FRIENDS... AND THAT'S WHAT WE DID. SUNDAY WAS KYM'S BIRTHDAY SO A BEAUTIFUL GATHERING OF FRIENDS CELEBRATED WITH HER BIRTHDAY AT A BRUNCH AT THE Uptown Comedy Corner https://www.uptowncomedy.net/. ONE OF OUR FRIENDS, Lisa Zunzanyika https://simplyzeeimagery.com/ GAVE KYM, A FRAMED GIFT THAT WAS THE WORD LOVE MADE FROM SCRABBLE TILES THAT READ, ”LOVE ONLY WORTH 7 IN THE GAME BUT PRICELESS IN THIS HOUSE.” GATHERING TOGETHER WITH FRIENDS, ENJOYING THE MUSIC AND LAUGHTER WAS A LOVELY WAY TO CELEBRATE KYM. IT REMINDS ME THAT LOVE IS IT. LOVE IS WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT.  I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR THE LOVE OF MY FAMILY, FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS. TODAY I AM CELEBRATING THIS UNPREDICTABLE JOURNEY CALLED LIFE AND MY DEAR FRIEND, KYM KENNEDY FOR WHO SHE IS AND ALL THE LIVES SHE CONTINUES TO TOUCH BY JUST BEING WHO SHE IS. OH, AND KYM AND I WON GIFTS AS PART OF A RAFFLE. KYM WON A PIECE OF JEWELRY AND I WON A DELICIOUS BODY SCRUB BY Wazuri https://wazuricosmetics.com/. WE WERE HAVING SO MUCH FUN WE FORGOT TO TAKE A GROUP PICTURE... YOU CAN SEE A VIDEO SOME OF US SINGING TO I LIKE IT BY DEBARGE here https://youtube.com/shorts/oDp4WtGF6Fc. SO WHO OR WHAT ARE YOU CELEBRATING? FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO ME AT Barbarafaisonllc@gmail.com OR DIRECT MESSAGE ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, AND LINKEDIN ARE BEST. The card I pulled for us today is the #10 LISTEN - I GIVE MYSELF GRACE WHEW! THAT IS TRULY AND ONGOING PRACTICE! USE PROMO CODE: SHIP10 FOR FREE US SHIPPING & 10% OFF OUR Breathe with Barbara LIVE session https://www.barbarafaison.com/store/LIVE-MEDITATION-SESSIONS---Breathe-with-Barbara-c136753529 FOR THIS MONTH START ON WEDNESDAY FROM 8 - 9 PM EASTERN VIA ZOOM. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU JOIN US. Alt text - Middle aged African-American woman with short hair stands in front of a tree lit by the sun. A drawing of a purple circle sits by her head with gold text - The Why Struggle? Podcast. Below is an image of two gold footprints. At the bottom, text: with Barbara J. Faison --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Aug 07, 2023
Week 31 - More New Things!

Week 31 - More New Things! All the LINKS - LINKTR.EE/BARBARAFAISON I’m Barbara J. Faison, Your Meditation Ambassador, and if you are new here, welcome! In January I started a weekly newsletter which also serves as a blog post on my website, barbarafaison.com http://barbarafaison.com/ and the audio is my podcast called the Why Struggle podcast with Barbara J. Faison. So weekly you can read or listen.  My intention is to offer ideas, insights and inspirations to help you struggle less and enjoy life more. However you might be engaging with me, I am grateful for you listening and/or reading! It’s been many years since I “really” set goals. You know the real goals where you write down what you are planning to do by a specific date, along with an action plan. I decided back in the early 2000’s I would call my version of goals… Getting On A Life System. Get it -  G.O.A.L.S. - Getting On A Life System. So I ditched the official goal setting and planning and just started moving in the direction of my desires and worked on getting out of my own way. That part is still something I have to be mindful of.   I will tell you that for a former planner, it’s not the easiest way to approach life. Lol. Like most things in life, it is practice, so I continue practicing being open to new opportunities and experiences. Being grateful for all of my experiences helps a lot. I believe that gratitude is an ATTITUDE and a PRACTICE. Appreciating where I am, who I am with, and my experiences has been a huge part of being able to relax more into life’s natural flow. I’m so grateful for the opportunities to be involved with the Kindred Healing Center http://www.kindredhealingcenter/, owned by Oriola E. The Kindred Center is an affordable one-stop shop location for integrative mind, body, and spirit healing located within the Historic Lakewood Heights Holistic Health Oasis area in the City of Atlanta. You can learn more at https://www.kindredhealingcenter.com https://www.kindredhealingcenter.com/. Oriola has been a dedicated supporter of my work as a Meditation Ambassador over the years and has offered numerous opportunities for me to share my work with individuals and organizations locally and virtually. I am eternally grateful for her! In addition to being an awesome human being, Oriola is the ultimate connector. Through her center I was a part of the Flowers and Fruit Mindfulness program where I met Daisy Mugford and through that connection I was able to offer my meditation as a part of the 5th Saturday hike at the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve.  Daisy shared the history of this 135-acre preserve in southwest Atlanta as we hiked trails to Utoy Creek which was the site of a Civil War battle and we ended our hike with a meditation at the Cascade Falls waterfall. Read MORE at ⁠barbarafaison.com/blog⁠ http://barbarafaison.com/blog Alt text - Middle aged African-American woman with short hair stands in front of a tree lit by the sun. A drawing of a purple circle sits by her head with gold text - The Why Struggle? Podcast. Below is an image of two gold footprints. At the bottom, text: with Barbara J. Faison   --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/barbara-faison/support

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Jul 31, 2023