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October 2020 Weekly Wellness Recap

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"Shall I destroy them?" "Then they would learn nothing." "...but, what if they never learn?" "Is this a test also?" "In life, one is always tested." - Portal (Darryl Henriques) and Riker (Jonathan Franks), Star Trek TNG

Life is a series of tests. Tests we expected. And those we didn't. Topics we

studied for. And those brand new. What they teach us. The way we learn. What we do when no one is looking. Areas of strength. Areas of weakness. The way we fail them. Either the excuses or confessions we make. How we plan next time. How we get better. Or how we don't. How we measure up. Prove our worth. To ourselves. And others. * * *

"Thought is the basis of all reality. The energy of thought, to put in your terms, is very powerful."

The Traveler (Eric Menyuk) Star Trek TNG

I've been thinking a lot about thoughts this week.

My inherited thoughts.

Learned thoughts.

My divisive thoughts.

Collaborative thoughts.

My flexible thoughts.

Cemented thoughts.

How I got them.

How I earned them.

How I can retrain them.

Thoughts create ideas. The ideas I'm exposed to, that I select, grow. and act on, shape my reality. Past, present and future.

Thoughts about myself.

Thoughts about others.

Thoughts that assume.

Thoughts that judge.

Thoughts that limit.

Thoughts that challenge.

Thoughts that inspire.

Following that thought's breadcrumbs backward or forward. Where did it come from? Where does it lead me? Thoughts are powerful.

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"A mystery is only a mystery as long as it remains uninvestigated, sir." Data (Brent Spiner)

Star Trek TNG

Last week I talked about how I've been thinking a lot of about thoughts.

And the power they have in shaping our actions.

That's naturally lead to some mystery.

How have some of my thoughts on certain subjects been formed?

Where did I pick that up?

Who told me that?

There's a personal responsibility in investigating mysteries of the self.

Challenge assumptions. Collect more data. Ask questions. Peer inward. Reflect.

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"When has justice ever been as simple as a rulebook?"

Riker (Jonathan Frakes)

Star Trek: The Next Generation

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"Perhaps someday we will discover that space and time are simpler than the human equation." Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) Star Trek: The Next Generation Being human is complex. Humanity is complex. Space-time seems almost simple compared to the human equation. Ups, downs. Left, right, and center. History, present, future. Plans and dreams. All things considered, all things not considered. It's tough. This reality we're in, this rock we're on. This week I saw a guy publicly totally flip out because he had to wait a few minutes for a take out order. My mind declared: JERK; WRITTEN OFF. His behavior was def jerky, but as I was venting to a friend, they casually reminded me: Wow, he must have a lot going on. Yah. He probably does. That was a bad moment, a bad choice. We've all been there, in his shoes, and in mine. The human equation just isn't that simple. The reduction is not accurate of the whole. Especially because of all things 2020, and especially in the next few weeks, I'm putting extra priority on giving fellow Spaceship Earth crew members some grace. There's always more to the human equation.

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4min delight Bet you can't not move. Taylor Swift's Shake It Off has been stuck in my head for a solid five days. Might as well go all in and dance to it along with this jewel of 1988 aerobics. You're so welcome. watch video: https://buff.ly/3m57YWZ

5min read Winter is coming. This article outlines eight super practical strategies in fending off seasonal depression. Especially with the holiday gatherings being adjusted, postponed, or canceled, this motivated me to make a plan now. read article: https://buff.ly/3khnNcN

8hr read Wellness redefined. I'm reading Emily & Amelia Nagoski's book Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle and I'm dog-earring like every page. "Wellness is the freedom to move fluidly through the cycles of being human. [It's] not a state of being; it is a state of action." find on amazon: https://buff.ly/34cOUjE

30hr binge All the laughs; all the tears. The final season of Schitt's Creek is out. It's not a matter of if, but just how much you'll love this show. Plentiful quirky wit sprinkled with countless unexpected "aww, I'm all misty-eyed" moments. Makes my heart feel full. watch on netflix: https://buff.ly/2G3VpKr

6min sweat

It's a thriiiiiller, thriller night.

I smiled the entire way through this short dance workout to Michael Jackson's Thriller. Whole body and soul workout. Happy Halloween, ya'll!

watch video: https://buff.ly/3mjG5L0

30min dig; possible lifttime of love

It's Bat Week! Bats are pollinators, seed spreaders, and pest control. They're a critical part of our environment and food production. And super cool. Browse through the educational info, bat house instructions, videos, fun coloring sheets and more at batweek.org

15min errand

Reduce, recuse, recycle. And Twinkle.

I've talked to several folks already thinking about holiday. 100% okay: 2020 needs all the love and sparkle we can muster. Extra credit if you recycle old strings and get two free LED strings at on Nov 7 at the Civic Center (event is drive thru style).

more info: https://buff.ly/35w2iyO

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Hey there! My name's Raechel. I'm the author of The Bodies We Live In blog. I'm also a licensed massage therapist and owner of Massage Sci in Holland, Michigan.


In my free time, I enjoy writing about wellness; researching pain science; trying to grow things in my garden; being far too fond of semi-colons; and avid sci-fi nerding.