Rush ELM

October 2015

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Welcome and Welcome Back

HI Elmers,

This is my first attempt at a newsletter so please be patient with me. Mostly, I just attached a bunch of links and videos that I liked. You can just click on the little world icons and they will open. Please send Connie or myself anything you find interesting that you want to share on these monthly newsletters. The greater input we have from you all, the better the newsletter will be. Thanks. Nora

Eat Well

Love Better

Did you know Rush Prevention Center offers Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction?

The Harvard study below is one more reason to sign up for mindfulness with Patricia Normand, MD at Rush University Preventive Center, (312) 942-3133


If you want to explore mindfulness and learn more about what it is, click below for a great opportunity. The speakers are noteworthy, it's free and I have learned a lot so far. There is a presentation per day and you can go back to talks given on previous days.

Move More

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Here are some other ways to move:

Relaxing Stretching Workout for Stiff Muscles & Stress Relief - Easy Stretches to Do at Work
Easy ZUMBA Class
Ok, so I can't do this yet, but I can still do what I can, in the privacy of my own home.

As I Began to Love Myself - Poem by Charlie ChaplIn

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time
was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this
person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it “MATURITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens
at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.
Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.

As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time,
and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do
and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in
my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for
my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew
me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude
a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since
I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry
about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING
is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my
mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this
connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems
with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing
new worlds are born.Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”!

Most sources say that Charlie ChaplIn wrote this poem at 70 years of age. Some say he didn't write it. Nonetheless, it seems in his autumn years, he focused on what is important, not urgent. Well, this is it for now. Don't forget to send Connie or me stuff you would like to share in this monthly news. Happy Halloween! Nora