According to Wikipedia.org : “Stewardship is an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources. The concepts of stewardship can be applied to the environment and nature, economics, health, property, information, theology, etc.”
A steward is someone who looks after, has responsibility, accountability, and care for the property of others. A steward is you. We are each stewards of our planet, our community, or finances, health, the information we pass along, our walk with God, in our workplaces and more. I do not mean to get into an argument over “rights” just to bring attention to the fact that what we do impacts others.
In America Stewardship is in direct conflict with our culture, but still a concept people value leading to a struggle in our hearts and minds. We are all about “I” and “me” and “my”, yet we develop committees to save the environment, take care of land and animals, create a sound economy…. Somewhere we understand that we have a responsibility towards people and things outside of ourselves, we are stewards.
My challenge to you is to up your game as a steward! Here are some ways we could be better stewards. I challenge you to work on these areas for 30 days and see how you feel physically and emotionally at the end. As we treat others well, look outside of ourselves, and remember kindness we begin to feel better too! Try writing down how you feel today and then again in 30 days.
- reduce,recycle, reuse – Pay attention to your packaging, try composting, remember your grandparents who saved everything and reused them; try it. You can go to Pinterest for ideas or try having a neighborhood reuse and create day.
- Walk more, share a ride
- Try Meatless Monday
- Use reusable bags
- Turn off those lights when you leave a room and turn off your electrical strips at night.
- Health – You may think “It is my body and it doesn’t matter” it does, just ask your friends and families whose hearts are connected to yours.
- Exercise – this can be any from of movement that you do on a regular basis and makes you happy. Try frisbee, running, nature walks, yoga, gardening, play outside with your kids. Just keep moving.
- Eat well – Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes and try using meats as more of a side dish, reverse your plate! Use moderation, portion control. Don’t vilify foods and remember treats are occasional items, but should be part of your life.
- Care for your mental well being
- Take time to refresh
- Try meditation and or prayer
- Don’t overdo life
- Property – This should not need to be addressed, but I find people are careless in this regard.
- If you use it put it back
- Don’t vandalize – write on desks, etc.
- If it breaks let someone know, replace it.
- Pick up your trash and throw it away in the proper receptacles
- Leave it better than you found it
- Information – Surrounded by accounts of “fake news”, over embellished news etc. this is a key point for today.
- Tell the truth
- Don’t repeat something unless you have researched it yourself to know if it is true
- Ask yourself “Why am I sharing this information, does it help anyone, encourage anyone?” If it is for the purpose of starting an argument, inciting anger or creating conflict. Let it go! If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!
- 3 minutes of negative news can impact your day negatively for up to 6 hours!
- Pay it forward
- Be kind, courteous, and helpful
- Let others go first
- Mind your manners
- Say “Please”
- Say “Thank you”
- Don’t interupt
- Say “excuse me”
- Ask permission
- Don’t steal or lie
- Don’t use other people’s things without asking
- Just be nice
- Relationship with God – for me this is a central part of my life and helps me with all of the above.
- Pray, read your bible, study and be careful to not follow everything that comes across the internet. Use wisdom.
- Be part of a church
- Remember that no one is perfect
To simplify, I’m suggesting that we treat each other, ourselves and the things we interact with, with respect and dignity and as if they are valuable, because they are. I think we all just needed a reminder, myself included.
We are each stewards, we are responsible for our words and deeds, we are accountable to others and we should responsibly manage our resources, of all kinds, and plan wisely. Why does it matter? It isn’t all about you! But in some ways it is; your kindness and actions have the ability to change the world around you and we live in an environment of incredible unhappiness, you and I can make a difference.
Lisa received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others. To learn more visit http://yieldingaction.com
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the fourth leading cause of death is physical inactivity! They define physical activity as : “Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure.” Plus, studies from the Annals of Internal Medicine have determined that “Prolonged sedentary time was independently associated with deleterious health outcomes regardless of physical activity.” Meaning that our current sedentary lives increase our risk for diseases including Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancers even if you do exercise. In other words, get moving and keep moving!
No worries, it is easier to fix than you think.
What do we do about it?
- Be mindful of how much you sit, for starters.
- At the top of the hour stand up and stretch and walk around the room
- Park farther away from your destination
- Ditch the car and walk or bike to nearby locations
- Add fun activities to your daily life such as kayaking, hiking, biking, volleyball etc. Don’t count these as exercise just play!
- Try using a desk designed for standing
- During commercials try stretching, squats, or walking around the room
- Walk to work
- Use a tracking device or app to help you see how you are doing
- Get a buddy involved. Accountability and partnership help
- Exercise is cumulative. Try taking 3 10 minute walks. When I’m short on time I set my phone alarm for 5 minutes, then turn around and head back.
Daily exercise is still an important part of our lives, but use it to change your thinking and make you into a mover all day long. Your exercise regime should only be a portion of the movement you do throughout the day. You can do it and so can I, really it is about changing our minds first; our bodies will follow!
What do you do to keep moving? Respond in the comments to share your ideas.
Reposted from October 22, 2015
I was recently asked to share with my local Shaklee group about my passion for Shaklee. As I gave this some thought I realized I am passionate for Shaklee for many reasons, but some of those reasons are not the things everyone one may expect.
You may expect that I am passionate about Shaklee because of things like purity, potency, and performance; The fact that every Shaklee product is green, safe, and works. Or that our purity standards are some of the toughest in the nutrition industry. Maybe because:
• We run 350 tests on every new botanical ingredient for harmful contaminants, pesticides, and other residues
• We run over 1000 quality tests a year to ensure purity and potency
• Our tests surpasses even the pharmaceutical standards of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)
• Shaklee scientists have published 125 scientific papers and presentations, including 7 presentations in the last year.
• Third party Peer reviewed studies, so that no one has to just take our word for it
• Shaklee powered athletes have won 121 gold, silver, and bronze Olympic medals, so far!
• We have one of the very first Earth Day products ever! – Basic H
• We were the first Climate Neutral Certified company in the world!
• And, and, and…
I could be passionate for Shaklee because of those things alone, but allow me to present a little more data; data of a different kind.
When we were in Cleveland for Shaklee Live 2015 we heard Shawn Achor the author of The Happiness Advantage talk about genuine happiness, he gave 5 steps that make us happier, more content, and more productive people. These are the 5 main points.
1. “Bring gratitude to mind: Write down three NEW things that you are grateful for each day
2. Journal: About a positive experience you’ve had recently for two minutes once a day
3. Exercise: Engage in 15 minutes of mindful cardio activity
4. Meditate: Watch your breath go in and out for two minutes a day
5. Engage in a random, conscious act of kindness: Write a two-minute positive email thanking a friend or colleague, or compliment someone you admire on social media
Do these steps for 21 days, and you will begin to see a lasting shift in your mindset towards more positivity.” – From http://www.goodthinkinc.com.
Shawn Achor also told us that when one individual becomes obese, the chance that his or her friend will become obese increases by 57 percent—even if their friend lives far away. If that friend is of the same sex the chance increase to 71 percent. Other members of people’s “social network” were also affected: their siblings’ risk increased by 40 percent and their spouses’ by 37 percent. In contrast, a neighbor, if not a part of their social network, experienced no increase in risk.
Just wait, this really will tie in with my passion for Shaklee, I promise.
Another speaker at our convention in Cleveland was Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones When we heard about the Blue Zones and people groups with exceptional longevity we learned that they all had these things in common, (minus one group who did not drink wine.)
1. Move naturally
2. Have purpose
3. Stress less
4. Eat less
5. Plant Based Diet
6. Drink wine
7. Have a sens of Belonging
8. Put their loved ones first
9. Belong to the right tribe : were born into–social circles that supported healthy behaviors,
What does this data have to do about my passion for Shaklee?
These studies present what helps one be happy, fulfilled, productive, successful, live longer, and be healther. I bet you see where I am going now! Each of you, my dear Shaklee family cause me to be these things by:
- Bring gratitude to mind: I have reasons for gratitude daily as a result of my improved health, wonderful new friends, and taking joy in your improved health too
- I am taught and experience random acts of kindness, often daily, because of each of you
- I am given the example of keeping active and moving naturally and developing good exercise habits
- I am taught by every one of you that I do in deed have purpose, that my purpose matters and I can find my “why”. I am also taught that when I forget this you will remind me and help point the way.
- Less Stress: Every single one you help me stress less. The entire community supports one another in business and personal lives. I find you are there for a good laugh, cry, or talk. We mentor each other, help each other, are friends, and sometimes we just exist with each other- all of this reduces stress
- I am have learned to eat better
- I enjoy having a glass of wine with many of you
- I most certainly belong!!
- I find every time I meet a Shaklee person that I am loved and that they put their loved one first. Sometimes that loved one is me.
- I know I belong to the right tribe that supports my wellbeing inside and out
- My social network is not one of obesity but of growth, caring, kindness, wellness, environmental awareness, and looking beyond my self. My social network increases the chances of me being the best I can be.
- And more
Why am I passionate about shaklee? Because I can’t find any reason not to be! It has been proven to me over and over again that I can believe that Shaklee is who they say they are and that they will do what they say they will do and so will each of you. We are there for one another and we cause positive change charged by genuine caring. That is why it is called the “Shaklee Family”. Our relationships are far beyond business builders and networking. We are family, we are friends, and we are for each other every day. That is why I am passionate for Shaklee. It is what we call the Shaklee Difference!
With love and gratitude,
Meditation, the Oxford Dictionaries defines meditation as “Think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.”
For many of us the idea of focusing our mind seems impossible, but I want you to think of it like any other exercise; with practice you get stronger and better. In the words of Dr. Hedy Kober, a neuroscientis. “It did to my mind what going to the gym did to my body — it made it both stronger and more flexible,”.
Before we look at why we meditate, let’s look at how.
How to meditate:
- In the beginning I recommend finding a quiet place to meditate. As you get better at it you will find the ability to meditate in the midst of chaos and be able to use it as a tool to center yourself, but for now pick a quiet place and avoid distractions.
- Close your eyes; this helps with distractions
- Breathe naturally. Breathing exercises are another component of meditation, but to start off with focus on just learning to still your mind. As you breathe normally observe your breathe. Observe the sound and the feel and feel yourself relax. As you become more experienced you can add in deep breathing practice.
- Once you are settled in you have options of how you want to meditate.
- I often meditate prayerfully and may think of a scripture verse as I ask God to show me his heart regarding it and me. Sometimes I simply ask God to show me what to focus on; do I need to adjust an attitude, talk to someone later etc. As I relax more I begin to let my mind calm down and feel my body release tension.
- You can focus on your body, recognizing areas of tension.
- You can focus on your breathe paying attention to how it feels and sounds. When your mind wanders this is a great way to bring your mind back into focus and off of the world around you.
- You can focus on your emotions
These are just a few ways to get you started. I encourage you to do some research and find a method that works for you. Keep in mind even 1 minute of meditation has benefits.
Why should we meditate?
The body of evidence on the importance of meditation is growing rapidly within the medical community and mental health communities and we are all starting to pay attention and you, the every day average Joe or Jane can do it! Here is some of what science is finding:
- lower blood pressure
- improved blood circulation
- lower heart rate
- less perspiration
- slower respiratory rate
- less anxiety
- lower blood cortisol levels
- more feelings of well-being
- less stress
- deeper relaxation
- decreased heart rate and strength of contraction of the heart muscle
- less oxygen demand, lessening workload on the heart
- decreased rate of breathing
- increased lung capacity
- better digestion
- increased hemoglobin (ability of blood to carry oxygen)
- feelings of calm and tranquility
- healthy immune system
- May help with addiction, eating disorders, cognitive function and more!
These seem like excellent reasons to meditate! Remember health is not just what you eat and how you move, but how you think and act or react as well.
Here is a great scientific look at meditation from Huffington Post.
A note to the Christian Community: Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!
Many Christians avoid practices such as meditation for fear that they are guilty of participating in other religions. But let’s take a look at what the bible says about meditation:
- Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
- Psalm 119:15 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.
- Psalm 49:3 My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
- Psalm 119:148 My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.
- Psalm 143:5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.
- Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
These are just a few of the verses on meditation. You may want to look up the word “meditation” in your bible, to give you some things to start meditating on!
In other words, meditation is not a new concept. You may be hesitant to meditate because it has become a New Age practice and known through Transcendental Meditation, which is steeped in Hindu philosophy, but before it was attached to Hinduism meditation was steeped in Judaeo/Christian philosophy. To read more about Christians and Meditation I recommend this article by allaboutgod.com, giving some great insight. Holistic health professionals are advocating meditation/prayer for your overall health. If you uncomfortable with the word “meditation” than re-frame it as “mindful prayer time”, where you are learning to listen as well as speak.
Have you ever heard of naming your year? It is a new concept to me, but a great one! Think of motto’s fond on flags, these statements are things people believe in and are proud of. They stir within people’s hearts. Or think of those countries past and present who name their children based on the meaning of the name. Every time it is spoken a declaration is made. My son’s name is Micah and it means He who is like Jehovah, now that is a declaration!!
Recently I was watching a webinar from Shaklee (with whom I am an Independent Distributor) giving encouragement as the year came to an end and guidance and direction for 2016. The webinar had many great parts to it, but what stood out to me was something that Jennifer Glacken, Senior Master Coordinator in Shaklee, said. She mentioned that years ago a colleague had told her to “name” her year and it is something she has done and continues to do.
This idea really struck me as something important to help me be motivated this year. I carefully considered it and looked deep inside myself. What would make a difference in my life if I faced it? I also researched the idea, because… it is what I do – geek!. This is what I discovered:
- Naming your year goes beyond “New Year’s Resolutions” it provides guidance and focus.
- According to author, Victor Ehikhamenor it is normal in Nigeria to name your year and it is part of a large “Crossing Over” ceremony.
- There are no wrong names. The decision is personal, deeply personal
- You should write it out and place it someplace you will see frequently as a reminder and encouragement
- You will not see your word come to fruition overnight, it will take purpose, drive, and desire.
- These very things are what make your word real
- It can be a word or sentence, as long as it is what speaks to you
- Someone spoke to me the difference between our activities and our dreams. Our activities are often our New Year’s resolutions while naming our year is our dream. We may do our resolutions in the process of making our dream happen, but it is not the big picture.
- Celebrate the wins in regard to your goal! Try journaling your wins, the process helps cement it in our minds and hearts and will bring good feelings to the memory which will be encouraging later.
- Once you have named your year brainstorm ways you will make it happen, your plan.
- Let someone know your year’s name and ask them to be part of the process. This will help you follow through.
- Get excited about your year’s name. You should be excited for the prize at the end of the year.
As I carefully considered what the name for my year would be I decided to face things I had kept deep inside. For me my faith is key to something like this and in the end (yea, I know.. why always the end, stubborn?) I prayed and asked God what my year should be named. I saw some of my weakness and understood that fear is my biggest obstacle and that I allow my fear of failure, falling short, being under informed etc. to keep me from stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things and growing. As a matter of fact it clearly holds me back if not causing me to fall backwards.
I used to have a boss who would ask me to do things I was certain I couldn’t do, but I could. He knew this, I just had to know it. I would do the same with my children, I always tell them “I will never ask you to do something I don’t believe you can do.” “If I ask you to do it, I truly believe you can, I believe in you.”. Often I would ask them to stretch themselves, and they always came trough and felt proud of themselves. I find that I am not very good at doing this for myself because I lacked the courage to do it. hmmm Courage. Got, it! That is my name for this year! So, at the beginning of this year I declare I will face my fears and walk in courage. It will be a great year! 2016, I name you “Courage”.
I encourage you to name your year. Give it deep consideration, prayer, meditation etc. Look deep inside of you, what do you want? What do you want to see change? When you do, I’d love to hear your name. Post the name of your year to this blog or on twitter and use #theshakleelife so that I can find it! I am at @lisaburbach if you would like to follow me or post to me personally. Here are some of the names I found on the internet to help you get some ideas:
- Year of the Green Card
- Year of revaluation
- Remembering this place
- Year of the heart
- Become what you believe
Whatever you choose, I wish you success and joy in the process!
I like things done the right way. I am a rule follower. I like order. I like excellence. These are not bad traits to have and we need all kinds of people to make great teams and to accomplish great things. But, what about when we are not part of a team? What about when it is just me?
My confession on this Saturday? My desire for perfection often makes me live in fear of failure and therefore accomplish nothing because I do not even attempt the thing I fear! I think to myself “I don’t know how to do that properly.” , “What if I make a mistake?”, “maybe I will screw it up.” “Well, never mind…I just won’t do it”.
This means I have assured my failure. I will not accomplish my goal. For me this is a frequent struggle, one in which I am usually able to self talk myself out of it and remind myself that I just might succeed and I will most certainly learn something new, always a plus! But, sometimes I don’t convince me and there I am.
People often comment that I can do “anything”, that I am brilliant! No, not true!! I simply only do the things I am assured I will do well. Thus assuring my own success, or perceived success. To never try to stretch beyond our own limitations is not truly success.
Here are a few ways I find I can help myself and maybe they will help you too:
- Accountability – find someone I trust and ask them to partner with me in my goal. They can ask me questions, follow-up, give encouragement etc.
- Remind myself who I am trying to please. If I am afraid of failure because of what others will think than I am already on the wrong track. What do I think?
- Ask myself “What is the worse thing that can happen? Can I handle that”. Usually the answer is yes. I may not like it, but I can handle it and in reality my worse case scenario is unlikely to occur.
- Make large goals and small goals and work on what I can at the time and work towards the bigger goals.
- Look back over what I have accomplished so far.
- Keep a positive attitude. Studies show that if I think I will fail I often will.
- Decide what I will do if my plan does fail? Will I try again? Will I try another tactic? Think of Thomas Edison in regards to the light bulb “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” It is all in my perspective.
- Failure is simply the process of elimination.
In the words of FDR “The Only thing we have to fear, is fear itself!”
Confession is good for the soul!