A Letter to my Shaklee Family – Passion

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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,

Lisa

Why Should We Meditate?

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. Close your eyes; this helps with distractions
  3. 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.
  4. Once you are settled in you have options of how you want to meditate.
    1.  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.
    2. You can focus on your body, recognizing areas of tension.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.