Category Archives: Uncategorized

Who rescued Who?

The other day as I was hiking with my dogs through Springbank Park I met a man who was also walking along the same path with his dog.

As we walked along we started chatting. He shared with me that his dog was a rescue and was a little shy because of his rough beginnings in life. I told him that my dogs were both also ‘rescues’. His response surprised me and didn’t sit right with me. He said, “Wow! Two rescue dogs, that was really NICE of you!!”

That got me thinking. What didn’t feel ‘right’ about what he said? Why was it that it caught me off guard?

I suppose it is because I never considered myself the one who was being ‘nice’ at all. I have always loved dogs and wanted a furry companion in my life. That was why I sought out my girls.

My two ‘rescue’ girls are constant companions for me and are always at my side. They ask little of me, yet their crazy antics provide me with a laugh each and every day. When I come home after being away they both are so happy to see me that they look like they are trying to wiggle right out of their skins to greet me. The second I lift my head off the pillow each morning, they start pounding their tails on the floor in applause.

Who rescued who?

If you are an animal lover who has the time and lifestyle that would allow you to have a pet, and are considering adopting one from a rescue then what is stopping you? I have never regretted adopting my girls for a moment!

In my experience, the love that you give to your dog is returned 100 fold back to you!

Here are some links to local animal rescues:

http://www.paws-united.com/
Paws-United is entirely volunteer run and has many wonderful foster homes that are willing to care for these dogs until adoption. We supply all necessities to these families including food, crates, bedding, toys and treats. In addition we take responsibility for all vet bills and medical expenses. All of our foster homes are located in the London and Strathroy areas.

ARF Ontario is based in London, Ontario, formed by long-time ARF Alberta volunteers. The Animal Rescue Foundation of Ontario works with local First Nations areas and Rural communities to help find permanent loving homes for unwanted strays.
ARFONTARIO.COM

Reuniting with old friends – one of lifes greatest gifts

Today I met with a friend of mine while she was getting her hair done.

That in itself does not sound too special or unusual. Although we have been friends for too many years to count, our lives had taken separate directions years ago and we had fallen out of touch. We had not really connected or even seen each other for quite some time. Seeing her again today was like reuniting with a beloved sister, someone who understands me inside and out. It was like not a day had passed.

Isn’t it such a blessing when we have someone enter our life with who we have such a strong connection that neither space nor time can weaken our bond? Thank-you JS, you mean the world to me! Hugs!

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints on your heart.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Email Apnea?!?!?! Argh!

Email Apnea?!?! Do you do this too?

Over the years, as my yoga practice has become a more deeply rooted part of my life, I have found myself becoming aware of things that I do unconsciously throughout the day. Of particular concern to me were things that I noticed, during my workday while sitting at my desk in front of my computer.

An easy ‘first catch’ was my obvious ‘computer posture’. Even though most of my spine was being held mostly straight, I still was hunching my shoulders forward and internally rotating them.My neck was craning so far forward that at times I needed to prop it up on my hand because it got so tired. Enter sore wrists… Through months of conscious corrections and also working on proper strength and alignment through yoga practice, I find that this now happens less and less often. When it does happen, I seem to become aware of it more quickly and am able to correct it on the spot. It is a constant effort, kind of like playing ‘whack-a-mole’ on some days.

So, just when I think I have that under control, I realize that there is another, very harmful thing I am doing for probably up to 75% of my workday – I am holding my breath for long periods of time!

I HOLD MY BREATH WHILE EMAILING!!!!

Holding my breath causes me to feel anxious and stressed! Why have I never noticed this before? Why do I do this? Is it just me?! So…I did some research and found out that (to my relief!)it is not just me. Apparently 80% of us do this! There is even a name for it – EMAIL APNEA.

Here is what I found out:

Email apnea is defined as extremely shallow breathing and breath holding while reading and responding to emails and texts. This is bad for you because it not only causes feelings on stress and anxiety, but it contributes to stress related diseases, increased acidity in the body, and disturbs our balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide.

Ideas on how to nip this habit in the bud:

– becoming aware of holding your breath and anxious feeling related to this is the first step
– if possible step away from your computer for 5 minutes every hour to reconnect with your breath before returning to what you were doing

Here is what I’m going to try:

– a huge cheerful sticky note on the wall behind and to the right of my screen to remind me to breath whenever I look at it.
– try to practice conscious breathing at my desk as much as possible and set alarm reminders to buzz me back to it whenever I stop breathing again

Do you do this too? What would work to help you to remember to breath while emailing and texting?