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Uncovering Our Innate Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Running, Spiritual Teachings, Spirituality, Thought | Posted on 26-08-2015

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I’ve been using the phrase “Uncovering Our Innate Mental Health and Wellbeing” a lot lately. I’m leading a local MeetUp Group using that name as well as a Facebook Group. The idea is to build a local community who are interested in uncovering their innate mental health. So far we’ve had a couple of in-person discussions, and have another one scheduled for September.

While we already have over 80 members, it occurred to me that some may not quite understand what “uncovering our innate mental health” means. I’m pretty sure those words wouldn’t have meant much to me a couple of years ago. The premise is that everyone–you, me, your neighbor, your spouse, your kids, murderers, cops, starving children in Africa–everyone, was born with a healthy mind. It’s our natural state. (That’s what the innate part means.) Nobody is born angry, depressed or anxious. In other words, we are all born happy. Read the rest of this entry »

Inspired Living on a Daily Basis

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Hiking, Running, Spiritual Teachings, Thought, Yoga | Posted on 05-09-2014

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To run or not to run...that is the question!

To run or not to run…that is the question!

One morning not too long ago, I woke up and wasn’t sure if I was going to run the mile to my yoga class because I had hiked the day before. Rather than making a rational decision in the moment through my intellect, I decided to just let happen whatever happened. A few hours later when my calendar reminder popped up telling me that my class was coming up, I simply got up and got ready just as I usually do, and did the run. In fact, it turned out that rather than feeling tired from the hike, I felt stronger and faster than usual.

The thing is, I didn’t waste my time thinking about it. I just let happen whatever was going to happen without being attached to the outcome. Read the rest of this entry »

Following Your Intuition as You Navigate Through Life

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Hiking, Running, Spiritual Teachings, Spirituality, Thought | Posted on 13-08-2014

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Plugged Into Intuition!

Plugged Into Intuition!

We’ve all had “gut feelings” about people or things at some point in our lives. I’m sure you can think of times where you had positive experiences when you listened to your gut, and negative ones when you didn’t.

How many times have you thought something like “I knew shouldn’t have had that extra cookie!” or “If only I had taken my umbrella like I had been thinking of doing!” or “There was just something that wasn’t quite right about him,” etc.?

Yet most days we go through life without paying much attention to that little voice inside us even though it’s always accessible. Read the rest of this entry »

17 Things I Never Would Have Done a Year Ago

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Healthy Eating, Running, Things I've Learned, Thought, Yoga | Posted on 15-07-2014

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As I was running home from my yoga class today (a hot and humid day) I was marveling at the fact that not only did I not mind the run, I was rather enjoying myself. It’s times like that where even I wonder “What did you do with Jill?”

During my run, I started thinking about the many other ways in which the current me is unrecognizable from the me that I was just one year ago. I came up with the following 17 things that you would not have seen me do last summer: Read the rest of this entry »

Savory Mug Muffins, A Course in Miracles, Drop Dead Diva

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Running, Spiritual Teachings, Spirituality, Things I've Learned | Posted on 07-04-2014

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Hey everyone! Here’s what I learned last week:

Monday, Mar. 31, 2014

  • Healthy Mug Muffin

    Healthy, Savory Muffin Made in a Mug!

    How to make the mug muffins I learned about last week into savory ones: I first sauteed some mushroom, onion, spinach, and uncured turkey bacon (which appeared to basically be ham).  Then added them into a coffee mug, along with some feta cheese to 2 tblsp. ground flax seed, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 egg (beaten), 1/4 tsp. salt. Then I microwaved on high for 2 minutes (I have an old microwave which needs more time than newer, more powerful ones). Waited a minute or so to cool and the whole thing dumps right out onto a plate. I found that sticking the whole thing in the toaster oven for a few minutes helps dry it out a bit when it’s done as well. Yummy, healthy breakfast that keeps me full for many hours!

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In Defense of Food, Snowy Hikes, Diet and Health Myths

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Hiking, Running, Things I've Learned | Posted on 05-01-2014

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What I Learned This Week – (Dec. 30, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014)

Monday, Dec. 30, 2013

  • That I can go a whole week without any alcohol. (Although this may be the first time I have in many, many years.)

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013

  • Being downwind from a Chinese Food restaurant’s fried food smell when you’re running can cause you to almost barf at the side of the road.

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