Motivating Mondays

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Monday again! Wow does time fly. This week is all about Love. Valentines day is this Thursday and what better way to celebrate then supporting a worthy cause, baking your sweetie/friend a treat and forgiving. Enjoy!

+ Empowering Women

This is an important topic. And 1 Billion Rising is raising the bar on spreading this message on V-Day. A global message to strike, demonstrate compassion and stand up against rape and domestic violence for women.  Miss Representation is a film that “Explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence”. Girl Rising is a powerful movie and movement about educating girls all around the world. Let these causes inspire and motivate you this week to make a difference whether it’s in your community or on a larger scale.

+Valentine Treat

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I’ll be making these. Magic ingredient? Black Beans! This is happening. And I can’t wait.

+Forgiveness

I read Shantaram 5 years ago and loved it. It inspired me to go to India and kept me searching for more beautifully written literature. My intention this week is set on Forgiveness and after watching Elena Brower on “Mindful Smack” I too found this quote fitting.

“It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while i was chained to a wall and being tortured. I realized somehow through the screaming in my mind that even in that shackled, bloody helplessness I was still free, free to hate the men who were torturing me, or to forgive them. It doesn’t sound like much, I know, but in the flinch and bite of the chain, when it’s all you’ve got, that freedom is a universe of possibility. And the choice you make, between hating and forgiving, can become the story of your life.” -Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram

So why not start this week off with forgiving. Forgive everything and everyone. You have a choice, it’s healing, and it can change the way you perceive your thoughts.

+ Monday Mantra:  “Forgive”

How will you be celebrating this Monday? What is motivating you this week?