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ARCHIVED DAILY MESSAGES
FROM DR. STANDLEY
APRIL 2009

[Posted 11:45 AM EDT - Tuesday morning, 05/05/2009]

WHAT SHOULD YOU BE DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, Are You 50 or 500?

I have a thing for greatness. I just Love it when people go further than what is expected or required of them. I Love it when people find it within their spirit to push further than their perceived limitations. I Love it when someone takes something non-physical (a thought) and creates something physical (a company that employs people). I Love it when someone takes their passion and morphs it into invention, innovation, discovery, design or enlightenment. And what I really is Love is when someone overthrows an obstacle and creates something spectacular out of it.

"Whatever you should be doing with your Life,
you've been doing it your whole Life."
Dr. Loretta Standley~

Take for instance fitness guru's Susan Powter and Richard Simmons who both at one time were severely obese individuals. They flipped their energy over like a dang pancake using the greatness of that energy (obesity) to create something even 'greater' out of it. I Love stories like that! No matter how negative something is on one side of the equation, it's equal and opposite is on the other side of the equation. Who can deny that Susan Powter and Richard Simmons weren't always in the field of health as obese individuals. As obese people they were fixated on health alright, only it was in the negative format. When they flipped their energy over, they were still fixated on health but now it was the other side of the equation. Susan Powter and Richard Simmons are two classic examples of why I always say, "Whatever you should be doing with your Life, you've been doing it your whole Life."

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 1:00 PM EDT - Monday afternoon, 05/04/2009]

ARE YOU 50 OR 500?

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, Standing On The Brink

I receive a ton of health journals in the mail and sometimes I have to remove myself from my own personal space and go somewhere else to read and get caught up on the latest and greatest health news. Yesterday (Sunday) I plunked myself down at the library pretty much most of the day until I fell asleep in the comfy chair with a lap full of journals and eventually woke myself up snoring. As I sat there trying to snap myself out of a 'research hang-over' a scene flashed before my eyes. I was reminded of a friend in college who wanted me to talk her friend out of transferring schools. Her friend was aggravated with a few professors because they weren't teaching according to his needs, so he wanted to transfer schools. As we stood in the hallway, she pressed me to talk him out of it but I refused. I told them both that the teacher can only teach so much in 50 minutes and it was up to each of us to take the ball and run with it. It's impossible to teach everything we need to know in 50 minutes especially with regard to the human body and 50 bucks says no one in that school has read every book in the library or researched every journal. If he was only going to give each class 50 minutes of his time, then he and his patients were going to have a rough way to go and I'd make certain that I never referred any patients to him. Then I said, "Hasta la vista, baby!" I've never been one to sugar-coat anything. (winky wink)

"If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it.
It's the hard that makes it great."
Tom Hanks character in the movie, A League of Their Own

When I returned home and before I started my workout I went online to a few message boards to see how the P90X program was going for other people. These message boards weren't necessarily on the P90X website; I just wanted to see what other people were saying about their own progress. I've lost 20 pounds now and my body is getting tighter and stronger every single day. My calves feel like concrete even when I'm relaxed and my arms will soon look like Angela Bassett's. (winky wink) Obviously the program is going well for me but I'm also putting in the time. I did notice on these message boards that there were clearly two very different types of people. There were some people who were the 50 percenters, who put in 50 percent and always had an excuse why it wasn't working for them. Then there were the 500 percenters who put in 500 percent and had no excuse and every reason why it was working for them. As I always say, "When it's the Truth, it shows up everywhere."

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 2:00 PM EDT - Thursday afternoon, 04/30/2009]

STANDING ON THE BRINK

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, The Human Condition

This morning I woke up with the most fantastic Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ). As a Gemini, I often get bored to the point where I need to experience a rip in the fabric of the Universe so I can experience change, bigger, better and more. Doing the same thing over and over again every single day will always be the toughest pill that I'll ever have to swallow. But that's just me being me! My Gemini self enjoys going s-u-p-e-r-f-a-s-t and cramming as much into my day as possible, so looking for my keys or my purse isn't something you will catch me doing. I don't have the type of patience that it takes to spend one single minute of my day searching for keys or a pen. I'd rather be searching for my soul, a great idea, a new experience or even a new friend to add to the growing list of people that I Love.

As many of you know, a few days ago my friends and I experienced 'the passing' of two dear friends within just two days of each other. 'A passing' of someone I Love always gives me a lot of reflective mileage. It's a wonderful time to look at my own Life and say, "Hmmmmmmmm, now what?" because I do think that it should impact my game of Life and how I play it. As a spirit, a human and a Christian, I don't have a problem with people passing from this Life and transitioning into the next. I actually consider it to be the pinnacle of Life and something to look forward to, not fear. I mean this in a spiritually romantic way. As a Christian, if I believe what I profess to believe, then why in the world would I be scratching and crawling to stay here? I see 'the passing' as the ultimate graduation day just as many people I know see it. Not only does this give me a profound sense of peace but it also gives me a profound sense of understanding. Certainly there is sadness (that's a given) but all the same seeing it as 'graduation day' gives me comfort.

When I woke up hearing "Hold On" by Kansas it was as if God was singing into my ear as He took on the vocals and music of Kansas. I was reminded of how much I enjoy living my life outloud and how there is always something new around the corner if I choose to see it and then experience it. Typically when I feel like I am 'standing on the brink' of something that's when I get up and start moving my chi' so I can prepare for it. Moving my chi' might be working out harder, rearranging my space, doing laundry, cleaning out the pantry, throwing out anything expired, broken or unused or maybe it's just making room for whatever 'it' happens to be. I don't stand on the edge and wait for my life to come to me. Heck no! I prepare my surroundings and then go after my Life. Putting the welcome mat out doesn't hurt either. Last night I went to bed with some question marks in my head and then this morning I woke up knowing that I was once again 'standing on the brink' and this time I heard, "You're on the right track."

HOLD ON
by Kansas

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 1:25 AM EDT - Thursday morning, 04/22/2009]

THE HUMAN CONDITION

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, All I Want Is 'My' Peace of Mind

Yesterday morning I woke up hearing k.d. Lang sing "Constant Craving" as my Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ). I just Love that song because it always reminds me of my insatiable desire for something new and wonderful with a hefty dose of color and silliness. If there is nothing exciting, new or wonderful happening, then I'll make it happen myself. (winky wink) Hey, I'm out to enjoy my Life and that enjoyment starts with me! The best part of this song is that it needs no explanation or introduction because it speaks for itself. When I went to Youtube to grab a video to embed, I was struck by k.d's introduction of the song. (See her quote below and enjoy the tune)

If you should leave here tonight feeling not quite sated . . .
feeling unfilled, please remember, that this is a human condition.
k.d. Lang

CONSTANT CRAVING
by k.d. Lang
[Lyrics below the video]

Even through the darkest phase
Be it thick or thin
Always someone marches brave
Here beneath my skin

Constant craving
Has always been

Maybe a great magnet pulls
All souls towards truth
Or maybe it is life itself
That feeds wisdom
To its youth

Constant craving
Has always been

Craving
Ah ha
Constant craving
Has always been

Constant craving
Has always been
Constant craving
Has always been

Craving
Ah ha
Constant craving
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 11:00 AM EDT - Tuesday morning, 04/21/2009]

ALL I WANT IS 'MY' PEACE OF MIND

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, A Sign of Gratitude

This morning's Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) took me back to high school and driving around in my kickin' cool Maverick. I had a 1972 Maverick Sprint that was first my mom's car brand spankin' new . . then it became my brother Tom's car . . and then it became my car. It was white on top, royal blue on the bottom, a nice little red pin stripe down the side and two blue thick panels of royal blue on the hood. Oh yeah, I was cool. And the best part was my 8-track tape player with mind blowing speakers crankin' out tunes from Boston, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Kansas, Edgar Winter, Badfinger, Deep Purple, Uriah Heap, Rush, Nazareth, Black Oak Arkansas and more.

My brother Jerry (Sagittarius) at that time was only a few months old. Wow, has it been that long ago? I was a Senior in high school at the time, which makes sense because this year is my 30 year high school reunion. Wow, so I'm sitting right in that month 30 years ago before I graduated. I would strap Jerry in the backseat and off we'd go riding around listening to rock tunes. I'm convinced that's the reason why Jerry is my rockin' air guitar playin' concert brother because he and I rode around everywhere listening to rock music. He would be wide awake and quiet as a mouse listening to the singing guitars and outrageous drum rounds. I would look in the rear view mirror and sing to him in a rocker voice and he would just smile, laugh and show all of his gums.

When I woke up this morning hearing "Peace of Mind" by Boston as my Musical DLG ™  I thought about the peace of mind I felt with Jerry in the backseat. I wasn't just out to entertain him on one of his bad days or occupy him on one of his Good days. I was doing a deliberate thing that made both of us happy people. I happen to have a healthy selfish side of me that always reminds me that I am present and important too. I had to be happy as well, otherwise driving around with my baby brother could have been a chore instead of something enjoyable and memorable. So often is the case that we do things in Life to make one person happy but not ourselves. It's not like I haven't been there and done that too because I have, plenty of times, but the healthy selfish side of me always seems to sprout up and snap me back to reality. I suppose this morning's Musical DLG ™  is just a little reminder that my own peace of mind is still what's most important.

PEACE OF MIND
by Boston
[Lyrics are below the video]

Now if you're feelin' kinda low 'bout the dues you've been payin'
Future's comin' much too slow
And you wanna run but somehow you just keep on stayin'
Can't decide on which way to go
Yeah, yeah, yeah

I understand about indecision
But I don't care if I get behind
People livin' in competition
All I want is to have my peace of mind

Now you're climbin' to the top of the company ladder
Hope it doesn't take too long
Cant'cha you see there'll come a day when it won't matter
Come a day when you'll be gone

I understand about indecision
But I don't care if I get behind
People livin' in competition
All I want is to have my peace of mind

Take a look ahead, take a look ahead,
yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah . . .

Now everybody's got advice they just keep on givin'
Doesn't mean too much to me
Lots of people out to make-believe they're livin'
Can't decide who they should be

I understand about indecision
But I don't care if I get behind
People livin' in competition
All I want is to have my peace of mind

Take a look ahead, take a look ahead, look ahead

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 11:00 AM EDT - Monday morning, 04/20/2009]

A SIGN OF GRATITUDE

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, When Do Excuses Work?

I'm a gal that just Loves signs and symbols. Any kind of sign, symbology, mark or glyph will get my attention. I also Love ritual, ceremony, sacraments and observances. That's probably why I'm so drawn to astrology, religion, spirituality and the many other interests that you'll find on this website. I just want to know what it means, how it originated and does it work for me in a positive way. Many signs and symbols I don't believe in or even like but I still like to know about them.

My Gemini curiosity has led me down some surprising and amazing paths searching for the sign or symbological connect that would resonate with my spirit and tie all of me together. What sign or symbol is that? I could really dive into a deep conversation of spirituality, religion, astronomy, astrology and physics with this writing but that really isn't my point today and will have to be saved for another time.

This morning my Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) was "Signs" by Five Man Electical Band. As I danced around, sang outloud and played the air drums to "Signs," I was struck by the thought of how easily we humans place limits, boundaries and restrictions on ourselves even though this song is clearly about discrimination. On the other side of discrimination in this song was indeed self-limitation and restriction. When I heard, "Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?" I chuckled at the singer's defiance against the 'exclusionists' and the desire to live comfortably in his own skin. Interestingly enough, the one place that some people feel excluded is the one place the singer felt included regardless of his lifestyle, social status or financial position. Even though everywhere the singer turned everyone was against him, He knew God wasn't against him and for that he was grateful. I just find that pretty dang cool and THAT'S why I Love this song. Often times it's the other way around. When things go bad for a person and mankind turns cruel, God usually gets the blame instead of a "thank you" for being there when no one else was. It is man that turns away and does rotten things with his free will, not God.

That reminds me of my friend Susie Lee author of, "Daughter of Mercy" (may Susie rest in peace). Susie talked about the devastation of war in South Korea and what she and her family were doing at the exact moment they saw the U.S. Marines coming over the hill carrying the U.S. flag. They saw the Marines, the U.S. flag and then they saw the ships in the distance and knew they were all going to be okay. Moments earlier her family had just been praying over their dinner. They had absolutely nothing left to eat except a bowl of water that sat in the middle of the table and her father had just finished saying Grace for that water. During that prayer her father didn't blame God for what was happening to them, he thanked Him.

SIGNS
by Five Man Electrical Band
[The lyrics are below the video]

And the sign said
long haired freaky people need not apply
So I tucked my hair up under my hat
and I went in to ask him why
He said you look like a fine upstanding young man,
I think you'll do
So I took off my hat I said imagine that,
HUH, me working for you, woah!

Sign Sign everywhere a sign
Blocking out the scenery breaking my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?

And the sign said anybody caught trespassing
would be shot on sight
So I jumped on the fence
and yelled at the house,
Hey! what gives you the right
To put up a fence to keep me out
or to keep mother nature in
If God was here, He'd tell you to your face,
man you're some kinda sinner

Sign Sign everywhere a sign
Blocking out the scenery breaking my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?

Now, hey you Mister! can't you read?
you got to have a shirt and tie to get a seat
You can't even watch, no you can't eat,
you ain't suppose to be here
The sign said you got to have a membership card
to get inside, Uh!

And the sign said everybody welcome,
come in, kneel down and pray
But when they passed around the plate
at the end of it all,
I didn't have a penny to pay,
so I got me a pen and a paper
and I made up my own little sign
I said thank you Lord for thinking about me,
I'm alive and doing fine

Sign Sign everywhere a sign
Blocking out the scenery breaking my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?

Sign Sign everywhere a sign

Sign Sign

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 7:00 AM EDT - Thursday morning, 04/16/2009]

WHEN DO EXCUSES WORK?

AudioOsda Sunalei [Good Morning in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, In My Life

Recently I've received a lot of requests to write about how I'm doing with my new workout, the P90X program. It's an absolutely outrageous workout for those who are serious about physical transformation inside and out. When I say 'physical transformation inside and out' I am referring to your physical form and structure including your body chemistry (cholesterol, glucose, etc.) P90X is a workout program that gets you ripped in 90 days IF you put in the work. After sitting at this desk and building this website for nearly eight years my physical health took a major beating. Folks, I'm not at all proud of that fact but I am willing to stand up for myself and say, "Enough damn it!" One day I looked in the mirror and said, "Dang girl! You used to look really great. What the hell happened to you?" All I did was honestly answer my own question and then I took the challenge that my brother Sam presented to me and decided to do the P90X program. Sam is on his 3rd round of P90X. He's a maniac and his ripped lean muscular body is living proof!

Well I'm now on Day 44 and I can tell you that the biggest challenge that I am experiencing in this program is eating enough food. I know, I know . . oh you poor thing! Right? Seriously folks, during a P90X workout its easy to burn off 600 or more calories and if you don't eat enough food, then you could end up 'bonking'. Bonking is the term used when you 'hit the wall'. The first four weeks your protein intake is higher than carbs because you are shedding a lot of fat. Then at Week 5 you have to start taking in more carbs to store energy so you can get through the workouts. So bonking basically means you have run out of energy due to a lack of carbohydrate intake. Carbohydrates are 'stored glycogen' in the liver and if you don't eat enough . . . then botta boom botta bing bang POPCORN . . . you run out of energy. Well last night, I bonked! I went down like a big dog! I was at absolute zero energy. In fact, I was so far out of gas that I laid on the floor, went to sleep and didn't wake up until this morning. And I have hardwood floors! I hadn't taken in nearly enough calories and didn't have enough energy to yawn. This morning I made certain that I ate within minutes of waking up. You have to when doing P90X. You have to eat and you have to eat a lot, meaning about 6 small meals a day plus snacks because your metabolism speeds up and you burn off everything you look at and also burn off anything you are even thinking about eating. Exercise is and always will be the fastest and guaranteed way to lose weight.

Needless to say, my physical transformation is taking on some serious form. My arms are becoming more defined and my abdomen has flattened and is taking on some cool definition of its own. My endurance (other than last night's bonking episode) is better than it's ever been. That's saying a lot because the majority of my Life I've been a physically active and athletic type of gal. I'm now at about a 16 lb. weight loss and I can pull my jeans down without unbuttoning them. My goal is to lose a total of 30 lbs. and get back to the Size 6 that I was on the day I closed my clinic and started building this website. It's interesting how the energy of 3,000 pages of website also turned into 30 lbs of body fat. Right now, after already shedding 16 lbs., shedding the other 14 lbs. looks pretty dang do-able at this point, provided I eat enough food and stay away from 'the wall' (bonking).

I'm not blaming my work (the website) for what I've done to myself. It's my fault. I take the blame and responsibility for allowing anything to become more important than myself, which includes my health. With the exception of having sore muscles every single day from working out, I feel absolutely great, although my knees could feel a bit better. As a healthcare professional I know that the stronger my thigh and leg muscles become, the less stress my knees will feel. The knees take a beating when the knee joint has to carry too much weight due to weak and flaccid muscles. The knees get a break when the muscles surrounding the joint are stronger.

This summer I will be spending a lot of time on the road and I've planned ahead and made arrangements so it doesn't disrupt my workouts. With P90X, instead of using free weights, you can also use resistance bands, which make them easy travel companions and there is ALWAYS one person in the video using the resistance bands. So you see folks, excuses didn't work for me before and they certainly aren't going to start working for me now. (winky wink)

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 2:00 PM EDT - Thursday afternoon, 04/09/2009]

IN MY LIFE

AudioOsda Sunalei [Good Morning in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, Can You Pull Your Own Weight?

This morning my Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) was Bette Midler singing, "In My Life." I enjoy hearing Bette Midler sing so much that I would probably go the distance and camp out just to buy tickets to one of her concerts. This song is an original Beatles tune but for some reason the way Bette sings this song, it has more of a spiritual edge to it. But that's just me. The video below is of Bette singing this song to the troops in the movie, "For The Boys."

I consider this song one of my musical totems for so many emotionally and spiritually charged moments 'in my life'. It's one of those songs that expresses my belief that my Life is truly between me and God. As I laid in bed listening to this song play out, I saw many different people and friends flash through my Life, including those with whom I now have no friendship, relationship or current association. It's all Good because I can see the gift in the experience, even if it didn't feel very Good at the time. The bonus in all those connections is I ended up with a closer relationship with God. The pleasure was indeed and still is (in my life) all mine. Enjoy!

IN MY LIFE
Remake by Bette Midler~
Original Song by The Beatles
[Lyrics are below the video]

There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some are gone and some remain

All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've Loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of Love as something new

Though I know I'll never ever lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I Love you more

Though I know I'll never ever lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I Loved you more

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 2:30 PM EDT - Wednesday afternoon, 04/08/2009]

CAN YOU PULL YOUR OWN WEIGHT?

AudioOsda Sunalei [Good Morning in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, Would You Brake For Oranges?

As many of you may know, I've been doing the P90X workout for the last 37 days. It's a serious workout that is not for the faint hearted or weak spirited. Hey, I'm just being honest folks because it will kick your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and make you want to lay down on the floor in the fetal position, cry like a baby and suck your thumb. (winky wink) As Tony Horton (the trainer in the video) always says, "I hate it, but I Love it!" It's a daily fitness regimen that is supposed to turn you into a ripped lean machine in 90 days. So I've been doing this workout for the past 37 days and there has been one thing on my mind that keeps resonating with my spirit as I struggle to pull my own weight up and over the chin-up bar. "Can I pull my own weight?" The metaphor is a super-dooper-enlightening thought that runs through my brain on a daily basis. This isn't so much can I pull my own weight up off the floor and do chin-ups, but yet IT IS! "Can I pull my own weight in Life?"

Folks, I want you to contemplate the three questions below and ask yourself if you can pull your own weight. If you can't, then it stands to reason that someone else will have to do it for you. At absolutely no time in your Life should you be satisfied with anyone pulling your weight other than you. Granted, stuff happens in Life and we need someone to help us carry our cross. Heck, even Jesus needed help carrying His cross by Simon of Cyrene who actually had to be pressed into service to help Him. I get the metaphor. God knows I've been there!

1) Can you pull your weight financially? - If you cannot pull your own weight financially then that puts someone else in control of your financial livelihood. This can show up as bank fees, foreclosures, late fees, debt, audits and denials of credit.

2) Can you pull your weight physically? - How does your body feel when you move against gravity up a flight of stairs pulling your own weight? Can you squat down and pull yourself back up? Is anyone more responsible for your health and fitness than you? As for the state of your health right now, how did it get to that point?

3) Can you pull your weight emotionally? - We all have emotional situations going on in our Life every single day and we all handle it differently. How capable are you at handling your own emotions? Are you in touch with your own emotions and can you control how and where you channel them? If you cannot handle your emotions, should someone else have to handle them for you?

All I'm asking you to do is look at your Life and make certain that you are doing everything you can do to pull your own weight. If you can't pull your own weight, then just remember someone will step in and do it for you, which may not turn out the way you had hoped or expected.

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 8:30 AM EDT - Tuesday morning, 04/07/2009]

WOULD YOU BRAKE FOR ORANGES?

AudioOsda Sunalei [Good Morning in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, We Shall Remain

So there I was bicycling down the sidewalk with my basket full of groceries. There wasn't enough room in the basket for my bag of oranges so I had to pedal along with the bag dangling from my left hand as I held tight to the handlebars. Suddenly, the bottom of the bag snapped and all of the oranges fell out of the bottom and bounced all over the sidewalk and into the grass. Two lone oranges bounced left and darted out into a four-lane boulevard of oncoming traffic. I thought nothing of the two runaway oranges until I heard the squealing tires.

Several cars braked hard at the sight of the two orange escapee's and swirved to avoid them. All I could do was stand there in amazement thinking, "Are you kidding me! They're oranges!" I'll tell you what, if that were me driving, I would have flattened those oranges without batting an eyelash. I wouldn't have even looked back out of morbid curiosity. SPLAT! Instant orange juice!

I stood there dumbfounded watching the cars brake for the fugitive oranges, when the first car came to a dead stop. A man was driving who had his window rolled down. He didn't say anything but looked at me as if to say, "Go ahead and get your oranges." I yelled out to him over the noise of traffic, "It's okay! They're oranges! " Heck, I wasn't walking out there to save the Life of an orange. Folks, this was four lanes of traffic. Talk about over-reaction! Several drivers over-reacted to the oranges and swirved to avoid them thereby putting not only themselves in danger but their passengers as well.

Gathering the rest of my oranges I thought about a former friend who would brake for a leaf blowing in front of her. Finally one day I had enough of her over-reactions after she swirved to avoid a squirrel in the road and we ended up in a ditch. I had a knot on my head the size of Texas. She was an over-emotional and dramatic gal anyway and this was the final straw. I never rode with her again. Maybe it took a HUGE KNOT on my head to get me to see the impact of my own over-reactions. We could have both been seriously injured as a result. Not to mention, her over-reaction could have caused those who Love us pain and suffering. Hmmmmmm . . let's see, take out a squirrel or a human life? That's not a tough problem to solve in my world.

As I pedaled off down the sidewalk, I thought about the metaphor and how some things in Life are so easily blown out of proportion.

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 10:30 AM EDT - Friday morning, 04/03/2009]

WE SHALL REMAIN

AudioOsda Sunalei [Good Morning in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, How Committed Are You?

Previews of "We Shall Remain" have now started airing on PBS all across the country, which is a 5-part series that tells the 'true' story of the native peoples in America.

My Mom (Mary) is in this movie along with my cousin Butter (aka Geraldine). Both Mom and Butter are in Episode 3 - "The Trail of Tears". My mom is playing the part of a grandmother giving actor "Wes Studi" water in the garden and has a very small speaking part where she asks him if he would like some water. You may remember Wes Studi from "Dances With Wolves" and "Last of the Mohicans".

Go to the PBS website to learn more about this award winning PBS series that reveals Native history as an important part of American history.

PBS started airing the trailer (see video below) a couple of days ago and the trailer (preview) comes on again sometime after midnight tonight (Friday). Check your local listings or the guide on your satellite or cable channel. I believe the full series begins on April 13, 2009.

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 10:30 AM EDT - Thursday morning, 04/02/2009]

HOW COMMITTED ARE YOU?

AudioOsda Sunalei [Good Morning in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, Let's Go Crazy Folks!

As you may know from a previous Daily Message, I started a new workout routine last month during the Aries Moon that you may have seen advertised on satellite or cable. It's the P90X infomercial that says, "Get ripped in 90 days!" I'll be honest with you folks, after I closed my women's health clinic several years ago and headed down this leg of my spiritual progression path, I really ignored my health for a long time and spent many sleepless nights on my computer. Then I'd get up and do it all again the next day. Needless to say, as a result, my metabolism started running slower than molasses; actually it was slower than a sloth. I couldn't even metabolize caffeine fast.

For seven years I have been sitting behind this website (full-time) typing like a banchee. Many days I sat here and typed continually for 18 to 20 hours on end and there were also many times when I typed 30 hours straight creating page after page after page. That's not even close to a joke. I really did do that. It takes that kind of committment and dedication (possibly even a hefty dose of craziness) to put in hours like that and then do it all again the next day. And for many of those years I was typing without creating one single dime for months on end, but I kept going.

About three years ago I was answering e-mails when a woman wrote in and asked how many steps she should take in one day. I wrote back that at least 10,000 steps should be achieved. Then I wondered, after sitting at this desk typing and talking for hours on end, "How many steps did I take in a single day?" I jumped on my bicycle and rode to the store and bought a pedometer. The next morning I put it on right away and at the end of the day the number read 76. I was horrified! I took only 76 steps that day?!?!?! I hadn't gone out on my bicycle or walked to the store and that was the number! Seventy-six steps!!! That's when I started thinking more seriously about my health and that's when I started circling the park twice a day to ride 16 miles every day. Still, it wasn't enough. Then I made certain that I did my Yoga Sun Salutes every morning. Still, it wasn't enough. Plunking down on my butt every day was not giving much to the rest of my muscles, nor was it giving the most important muscle in my body (the heart) what it needed. I've been riding 16 miles a day for three years but I need more. There's no doubt that I'm active, energetic and I go, go, go but I wasn't giving my body what it needed most from me . . . and that was ME and my undivided attention.

What my body needed from me was quality of time, appreciation, committment, attention, respect and most importantly, Love. Heck, if I can't give myself those things, do I really think someone else can? Quite honestly folks, I did not Love my body. I mean Love in the sense of respecting it. Riding the park and doing yoga did not repair all the softness that occurred over the most challenging years of my Life. So my brother Sam (Gemini) told me about this P90X workout, then he brought me over a pull up bar and now I'm on day 33 of the 90 days. "Get ripped in 90 days!" I'm so committed to the health of my body now that I've actually dropped 15 pounds since February 28, 2009. No kidding, I have dropped 15 pounds and the softness is finally tightening up. As I've always told my patients, the only way the weight will come off is through proper nutrition and exercise. There is no other 'easier' way. Contrary to popular belief there is no pill that will do it either. It dawned on me that I should be a picture of health. After all, I do have this alternative health care website that is ranked this week at 114,035 out of 215 million websites in the world with the number one slot being the best. Geez, I should be a picture of health and right now I can't say that is a true statement. My gosh, I have a North Node Virgo for Goodness sake and Virgo rules health, exercise, fitness, food and daily regimen!

When I drove to Nashville with Leslie last week, I had my dumb-bell weights, my mat and P90X CDs with me. When I arrived at my brother Tom's in Champaign, Illinois on Friday I had everything with me and before we went out for sushi, I did my workout in his front room. Saturday when Tom (Capricorn) left to go workout, I put the CD in my computer and did my next workout from the 12 CDs in the program. I did the same thing on Sunday and the same thing on Monday before I drove home.

I am more committed to giving myself quality of time, appreciation, committment, attention, respect and most importantly, Love than I ever have in my Life. I don't just 'make' the time to workout . . I 'take' the time to work out. On the first day my brother Sam took my starting pictures. On the 30th day my brother Tom took my pictures while I was visiting. I told Tom that I wasn't going to show anyone my before pictures but I'd be happy to show them the after pictures. He said, "WHY? If you are going to inspire people, then show them what you went through. SHOW 'EM!" So I guess that's what you'll be seeing folks when I hit the 90 day mark just before my 48th birthday.

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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