SOULPATH

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We would love your help in spreading the word SoulPath! We are asking bloggers, readers, friends and family to help promote our new book.
This is the first printing of this book.
SoulPath is a yearlong journal offering monthly practices as a guide for Self discovery and personal growth. This is a yearlong invitation bringing transformation through monthly practice to help unearth and create. You will explore relationships, money, gratitude, communication, dreams, forgiveness and much more. Each month is a new mission to be the architect of your own destiny. This is your invitation to peek inside.

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$29.95 Journal + $2.70 sales tax + $3.95 shipping total $36.60


January
Mindfulness and Awareness
“See if you can approach your own practice with a healthy combination of mindfulness, playfulness, precision and curiosity”
Cyndi Lee
“Be Curious not Judgmental”
Walt Whitman

We are all told from a young age to be mindful of what we are doing, where we are going and whom we are around. But what exactly does it mean to be mindful?

We live in a world that glorifies “busy”. Our ‘Go-culture’ makes us forget the importance of slowing down so as to become aware in the present moment. We eat our meals in front of a television, computer or phone, never tasting our food. So often we rush from one moment to the next never stopping to acknowledge how an interaction or event made us feel or how our actions affect the people around us.
Mindfulness is the practice of observing the present moment, without judgment, and without trying to change it.

The practice of mindfulness will allow you to gain insight into your thoughts, feeling and reactions. Awareness of these new insights will create the ability to respond and choose your path, instead of reacting impulsively. Juliet Adams, Director and founder of Mindfulnet.org has developed the simple ABC’s of a mindfulness practice:

A is for awareness – Becoming more aware of what you are thinking and doing- what’s going on in your mind and body.
B is for “just Being” with your experience. Avoiding the tendency to respond on auto-pilot and feed problems by creating your own story.
C is for seeing things and responding more wisely. By creating a gap between the experience and our reaction to it, we can make wiser choices.

This month is about building your inner self as an observer through the practices of curious mindfulness. Pay attention to your world from a nonjudgmental perspective and see what you notice.
Mindfulness requires focus. Meditation is one way to build your ability to witness as you learn to focus your attention. In meditation the mind will wander. The task of meditation is to observe when your mind begins to wander and to bring it back to focus.

Practice Now: Bring your body into a comfortable seated posture. Close your eyes and focus your attention on observing your breath as it moves in and out through your nasal passages. Inhale. Exhale. Breathe In. Breathe Out. Repeat. Simply observe the flow of your breath as it comes in filling the body. Notice how your body expands and contracts as air moves in and out? Notice the pace of your respiration? Notice when you become distracted? Is there mind chatter?

Recorded Meditations by Karen Harris

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Try this practice for as little as 3 minutes.

As you become more comfortable and at ease with your quiet mind increase the length of your breathing meditation each day.
Meditation is a practice. When you notice your mind wandering, you have experienced the first step of awareness. As Sri K. Pattabhi Jois said, “Do your practice and all is coming.”
If mediation is not your thing, there are fun ways of building awareness by simply observing. Remember mindfulness is merely the practice of acknowledging what you are doing as you are doing it!

WEEKLY PRACTICES
Week one: This first week is a start to understanding how to use your daily life as a point of self-awareness and mindfulness. Every day this week observe your daily self care habits. Log how many hours you sleep, how much water you drink, and daily showering and grooming habits. Note any observation. The questions below are to help you observe.
Are you well-rested when you wake? What does it feel like as you drink water? What do you think about during your morning routine? Are they positive or negative thoughts? How does it feel to shower or run a brush through your hair? Do you take your time or are you rushed?
Take time to journal your observations. There is space provided at the end of the month in the section, Journaling Pages.
Week Two: Challenge yourself to taste every bite of your meal. How many times have you eaten only to look down at your plate and realize there is only one bite left? Notice every detail of the flavors in your food. When do you quit noticing? Do you like what you are eating? The texture? Would you eat it again? List emotions that are attached to the food.
Week Three: Take a walk each day, even a short one, and notice what you hear, what you smell and what you feel. Do you like where you are? Are you comfortable? Can you feel your clothes against your skin? A breeze on your face? The sun soaking into your skin? Are you hot or cold? Write down your observations. Be detailed.
Week Four: For our final week of mindfulness, when in a discussion with the various people in your life, observe yourself and your actions. Do you listen? Or are you waiting for your turn to speak? Do you like talking to them? How does your body respond? Tightness, ease? (Turning away or leaning in?) Do you speak kindly? Do you talk fast or slow? How do you feel once the conversation has ended?
This practice is used to focus the attention with the purpose of observing in a nonjudgmental way. Stay open and kind to yourself in the spirit of exploration and compassion. This may be the first time you have ever had an opportunity to learn about your Self. Your brain will observe and evaluate, notice these observations and evaluations as they happen. Live through and feel your emotional discoveries by inviting curiosity and opening your heart and mind. This is when you are most likely to learn about your internal world.

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The Tree of Happiness Book Giveaway on Goodreads

Enter to win one of five signed copies of my book The Tree of Happiness. These are times of struggle in our nation. I want to give back to my community.

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Enter for a chance to win The Tree of Happiness.

This book giveaway is open to members in the following countries: US.

Entry period begins on Sep 11, 2016 and ends on Dec 07, 2016

The author or publisher listing the giveaway is the sponsor, and if you win, they will receive your shipping address and they are responsible for shipping you the book. Goodreads is not a sponsor of the giveaway.

This book offers personal stories. I hope it inspires others to find their purpose and expand their potential. This book highlights the fundamental strategies for a successful recovery. There are tools for the reader. Mental illness can strike anyone. It knows no age limits, economic status, race, creed, or color. The Tree of Happiness unites human spirit and the mental health crisis in our country today. It uncovers the secret that mental disorders can be treated, managed and recovery is possible. The book examines the stigma and discrimination faced by many Americans today. 

These stages are identified in The Tree of Happiness.

  • Part 1: The Suffering

Find comfort that they are not alone. We all experienced setbacks, failures, and hardships. Take time to share your story. Statistics show one in five Americans struggle with some kind of mental health issues. The best news is ninety percent are treatable. Mental illness can strike anyone. It knows no age limit, economic status, race, creed, or color.

  • Part 2: The Recovery Plan

I am happy to tell you there are ways to manage and maintain a healthier lifestyle. There are several reasons for beginning a life change. This is the time for preparation. You are supporting someone to make healthy choices. Improves understanding of different struggles, and inspires to do better and be accountable. It builds relationships and trust. Unearth the freedom from stigma and prejudice. Introduce the plan of Sleep, Nutrition, Activity and People (S.N.AP.)

  • Part 3: The Healing

When we are living our lives with mental illness the road may not be easy however we can find a way to thrive by planning ahead. Mental illness can’t be cured however it can be managed. Make a Wellness plan. Put your plan into action. It is that simple.  Every day is a different opportunity for choices. Life presents us with new challenges every day. Now that you are a beautiful butterfly, begin to see your reflection. Begin to see your transformation. Begin a gratitude journal. You might find you are part of something bigger than yourself. Count your achievements and repeat them to friends and family.

  • Part 4: The Impact

People don’t often look sick. Some individuals hide behind closed doors and use alcohol and drugs to medicate the disorder. This is why it’s often called the invisible disease. We can impact others by sharing our stories.  Every day is an opportunity to share. You see everyone has a story. If you just take the time to listen, share, and be supportive.

 

If you can’t wait and you would like to purchase a book now. There are three ways: Kindle, Paperback or Hardback. Click here for amazon. You can also read inside for the first chapter.

 

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The Tree of Happiness by Cynthia Stevison

The Tree of Happiness

by Cynthia Stevison

Giveaway ends December 07, 2016.

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Mercury Retrograde August 30 to September 22

Mercury Retrograde

We are all influenced when Mercury is in retrograde.

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What DOES this mean? Sometimes the other planets appear to be traveling backward through the zodiac; this is an illusion. We call this illusion retrograde motion.

Several times a year, it appears as if Mercury is going backwards. This time was traditionally associated with confusions, delay, and frustration.

Perhaps Mercury’s retrograde periods can cause our plans to go awry. However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. Intuition is high during these periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary.

What to Do When Mercury is Retrograde

The planet Mercury rules communication, travel, contracts, automobiles, and such. So,when Mercury is retrograde, remain flexible, allow time for extra travel, and avoid signing contracts. Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury is direct again to make any final decisions.

About a week or two before Mercury retrogrades, finish any tasks or projects at hand. You can’t stop your life, but plan ahead, have back-up plans, and be prepared for angrier people and miscommunication.

Some people blame Mercury retrograde for “bad” things that happen in their lives. Instead, take this time to sit back and review where you put your energy in your life. For example, if family and faith are important to you, are you putting your energies there or just overextended in other areas? Take a moment to reflect.

2016 Mercury Retrograde Dates

  • August 30 to September 22
  • December 19 to 31

Mercury and You

The type of influence depends on which of the 12 zodiac signs the planet is in when Mercury goes retrograde. Find your sign in the chart below.

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7  Keys to a smooth Mercury Retrograde.

  1. Avoid signing major contracts, leases, marriage certificates.
  2. Avoid making major purchases.
  3. Avoid getting haircuts.
  4. Avoid heated debates
  5. Do buy travel insurance extended warranties
  6. Do start a diet or exercise
  7. Do clear out your closets.

Here is a link to the Framer’s Almanac.

 

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Mental illness can strike anyone.

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Mental illness can strike anyone. Special Reading from The Tree of Happiness

 

It knows no age limits,
economic status, race, creed, or color.

We all suffer pain in different
ways.

Losing control of one’s mind can be incredibly scary.

Imagine being locked in a cell, restrained, and stripped of all humanity.
Imagine no access to food or water, no human contact and being left
to urinate and defecate where you sleep.

This abuse is shocking but often true.

Many Americans face these conditions each day believing
it could be their last. There is a mental health crisis in our country
and we must find liberation.

Mental health issues are complicated!
There are many people with mental health issues that enrich our lives.
History: Abraham Lincoln, Virginia Woolf, Earnest Hemmingway
Popular: Carrie Fisher, Patty Duke, Ben Stiller, Alanis Morissette, Ally Sheedy, Barbra Streisand, Angelina Jolie. The list goes on and on…

Wellness plan equals healthier lifestyle.
For people living with mental health issues the road is not easy. Treatment is up to the individual. This person is not broken and everyone’s success looks different. We can find a way to thrive and move forward.

Mental Illness can’t be cured, however it can be managed.

My wellness plan involves medication, relaxation, yoga, supportive people, meditation, volunteering, journaling and creative writing.
I want everyone to know things did not change overnight for me.

It was a slow and steady pace. I have known my share of hardships and loss but here I stand continuously moving forward. I remember the days that made me strong.

I asked for help and I never gave up on myself.
My advice to caregivers is smile, sit and listen. Don’t pity the individual. Realize the person is trying on good days and bad days. I advise those that struggle with mental health to learn to ask for help. Remember, ninety percent of mental disorders are treatable.

 

Author, speaker, and entrepreneur Cynthia Stevison gives readers hope and healing. She earned he Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Cynthia lives in Oklahoma where she enjoys writing and being with family.

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Enter Goodreads Book Giveaway Starting September 11, 2016

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The Tree of Happiness by Cynthia Stevison

The Tree of Happiness

by Cynthia Stevison

Giveaway ends December 07, 2016.

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Be YOURSELF!

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We all have reasons for doing what we do. I have been developing my voice for years. Daily it continues to uncover.

I stuttered in my early childhood. I’m in the middle of the introvert scale. I’ve always liked solitude. People told me that I was an “old soul”. My mother excused my behavior as “shy” when I was young. My mind wandered aimlessly until I started writing.

I searched for decades for my voice. When I started to journal I heard my voice for the first time. My voice was loud but only to me. For awhile it worked. Then it didn’t. My voice needed an audience to influence. Next I wrote a book and published it.

Why is our voice so important?

Our voice can effect change. Think of a time when your parents shouted at you. The power of the voice is meaningful. Our voice is our essence.

Where is our voice found? I believe it our our body, heart, spirit, and our minds. Part of finding our voice is the art of observing you. Developing our strengths and acknowledging our weakness is part of discovering our truth.

We have to sort through our minds to find our true self. To often we accept others truth. We must be willing to unearth our voice. Often in this busy world there are many distractions. We have lost touch of our own inner being. Observing our lives can bring us back to the present moment.

What do we do when we find our voice? When we finally find our voice we can make a difference. We can connect with others and develop our human experience. We can help mentor others seeking their voice by sharing our knowledge. We can impact and inspire.

Don’t let society shape who we are.  Don’t let stereotypes define us. 

Learn to live outside labels. Be yourself.

We must learn to let go of the judgements we have placed upon ourselves. We must learn to live outside of the collection of lifetime thoughts and beliefs and find our truth. We are more than what we have been taught.

To become a better thinker and a better writer I had to unearth my authentic self. I had to find my purpose and pursue it. I had to let go of the past and trust in the here and now. I had to align with my happiness. When I started my path I had fear of the unknown. I traded fear for courage. One step at a time always moving forward. These steps allowed my true self to shine.

Find what you love and pursue it.

Be unique. Be honest. Be yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

10 Tips on being a happier person.

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Often in this busy world we have many distractions. We can loose focus on ourselves. We can loose our inner happiness. Nearly 20% of Americans experience some form of depression in there lifetime. Many people spend their lives waiting for happiness. Happiness is not something that just happens, it needs to be pursued. Improving your quality of life is great way to start. Remember to love yourself, forgive yourself, and treasure yourself.

  1. Nature is a great way to connect. Being outdoors can relieve depression and negativity.Nature has a way of boosting our serotonin levels which is a part of the brain that is responsible for empathy, emotional wellness, and love. Get outdoors.
  2.  Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.  No matter your age or disability.
  3. Writing things down can do wonders for your health. It can get you thinking. Think about journaling 15 to 20 minutes a day.
  4. Make a list of thing that make you happy and set a goal to do them.
  5. Drink more water.
  6. Reading can help reduce stress. Expanding your knowledge by learning improves your memory.
  7. Acknowledge we are all human and make mistakes. It takes a lot of energy to hate someone. Holding a grudge has power over you.
  8. We learn to interact and connect with people. Expand the circle of your world. Socialize more.
  9.  Be thankful. Be ready to show appreciation in your life.
  10. What you feed your body matters.

Have a Great Day!

 

Cynthia Happy Smile

Written by Author, Speaker

Cynthia Stevison

Click here for a http://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Stevison/e/B01BK1HWC6

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Guest Blogger Janet K. Brown on weight loss

Emotional Healing in Christ

 

If you have a fever, you contact a doctor to determine the cause.

If you’re addicted to drugs, you know you need counseling, healing, and help to get to the root of your problem.

If you overeat, you need to buckle down and exert more will power.

Gluttony is the accepted sin of the church. We tease each other at pot lucks, we excuse our overeating, and we treat our troubles as no interference in our Christian walk. A survey done at Baylor University shows that the growth of obesity in America is greater in evangelical churches than it is in the general population.

Compulsive overeating is a symptom with an underlying problem that needs healing like any other addiction. For years, my life was ruled by emotional outbursts, compulsive overeating, and low self worth. Like Lacey in Worth Her Weight, I came close to suicide. My marriage strained at the seams. My life loomed empty and joyless. I believed my husband and daughters would be better off without me. After God healed me emotionally, I lost a hundred pounds, quit biting my nails, and my entire personality changed.

 

Though different, Lacey reflects some of my same struggles. I pray it will touch the compulsive overeater out there and heal the wound that festers. My message is—with God, there is hope.

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Worth Her Weight is the first in the Wharton Rock series of women’s fiction.

Click here for book link.

http://www.amazon.com/Janet-K.-Brown/e/B008Z4CMJU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1467821009&sr=1-2-ent

 

How can a woman who gives to everyone but herself accept God’s love and healing when she believes she’s fat, unworthy, and unfixable?

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 Janet K. Brown Author, Speaker

Author Janet K. Brown lives in Wichita Falls, Texas with her husband, Charles. Writing became her second career after retirement from medical coding.

Click here for Janet Website

Thank you Janet for sharing your story with all of us.

 

 

I am Orlando!

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Live Reading of the Enid, Oklahoma Enid Stands Together Orlando!

Greetings Friends, Family and Community,

The LGBT Community sees June as a month of Pride celebrations.

As we gather in #prayer vigils across our country. We are gathered here not in celebration but mourning our family and friends. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow and the months to come, we stand together as one human family. This is not only a day of sadness for the #LGBT community but a sad day for #Humanity.

Yesterday was a heartbreaking horror as we all watched the news coming from #Orlando.

Today we acknowledge our anger, fear, shock and our love. These feelings are normal. It is okay to ask for help.

We have choices.

We can choose to connect, empower and heal; or we can choose to HIDE in the shadows of darkness.

Connection means knowing the people in your community and taking care of each other. It’s simple. Look around you tonight. This is our neighborhood. This is our community. This is our world.

We can not lose faith in humanity. Today we are one heart beating for change.

We shall not let Sundays heinous crime define us.

I encourage you to ask for help. Ask your friends, family, neighbors, and your community.

This is a reminder to be more compassionate and caring towards others. Remember all life is precious.

Today WE STAND FOR LOVE!

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I have decided to offer my #ebook for #FREE starting tomorrow for those who are struggling with mental illness. If you know anyone; family, friends, neighbors, co workers, communities. Download the book. It’s for anyone suffering.

It will be available for 5 days for FREE. Today We Stand for Love.

The Tree of Happiness free ebook starting 6/14/16 – 6/19/16 click here to download your copy today. https://www.amazon.com/Tree-Happiness-Practical-Empowering-Encouraging-ebook/dp/B01CZ0KA70/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1465844146&sr=1-1&keywords=cynthia+stevison

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The Tree of Happiness reading by author Cynthia Stevison

“The Tree of Happiness” reading by author Cynthia Stevison

Cynthia Stevison Speaker with Shelley

 

Read along if you want too.

Bonus material just for you.

Speak your souls truth even if it hurts sometime.

Much gratitude to all my readers.

Please take time to review my book on Amazon and Goodreads. Thank you.

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Tree of Happiness Book Three

Mental illness can strike anyone. It knows no age limits,
economic status, race, creed, or color. We all suffer pain in different
ways. Losing control of one’s mind can be incredibly scary. Imagine
being locked in a cell, restrained, and stripped of all humanity.
Imagine no access to food or water, no human contact and being left
to urinate and defecate where you sleep. This abuse is shocking but
often true. Many Americans face these conditions each day believing
it could be their last. There is a mental health crisis in our country
and we must find liberation.

Read more…