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MARY E. VANDENACK

“MULBERRY LANE”

RENEW YOUR VITALITY

CELEBRATING

celebrating spring

the little things

AFTER A LONG COLD WINTER, SPRING WILL FINALLY ARRIVE. “May youISalways be pleasedAwith both inside and outside of SPRING HISTORICALLY TIMEfreedom, OF RENEWAL. RENEWAL ENCOMPASSES THE BODY, THE MIND, AND THE SPIRIT. yourself!”

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should listen to your own body. Develop awareness of how your body Barbara Holstein Gatewaysavoid to Happiness” responds to what ~you put in. Becker Unless you have afrom food“Four intolerance, excluding any food entirely. Also avoid eating anything all the time. Take the time and develop strategies to develop awareness about the best foods for you. I compiled several recommended spring cleanses and looked for the commonalities among them. All of those that I reviewed included lightening up on what is going into the body and making some different choices about what we consume. Suggested foods for cleanses include alkaline foods, green tea, lemon, apples and lots of waters. Foods to avoid include anything processed, sugar, foods that contain more than five ingredients, and foods containing ingredients that you have to google. Most cleanses suggest avoiding meat and dairy but that should really be a matter of whether that is the right choice for your health. If you struggle with anemia, you should talk to a professional before dropping red meat.

MAYBE IT’S THE WAVE AT THE NEIGHBOR WALKING HIS DOG. MAYBE IT’S THE THUMBS UP TO YOUR KINDERGARTNER AS SHE WALKS INTO SCHOOL, OR MAYBE IT’S LETTING THE CAR CUT IN FRONT OF YOU AT THE DRIVE-THRU, JUST TO BE NICE.

These are the little things in life, the small insignificant gestures you don’t even remember at the end of the day. Mostly because you’re busy concentrating on the big things like paying your bills, where the kids go to college, your next career move. You’re programmed to concentrate on the big things, expect the big things, celebrate the big things. But when it comes right down to it, when you remember your loved ones who’ve passed on, you don’t say, “He became the head of the company.” You say, “He always remembered my birthday,” or, “I’ll never forget our talks over coffee.” Little things and little decisions are the building blocks of life – the character of life, the spirit of life. As Robert Brault believed, “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” But for some reason, as a society, we don’t tend to celebrate those who excel in the little. Chemist Humphrey Davy said, “Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort.” And certainly that’s not little stuff.

Spring Cleanses for the Mind While changing dietary habits cleanses the body, at the end of winter, it is also helpful to release mental baggage. Mindfulness, in the form of yoga, meditation or hikes can help create balance and provide opportunities to clear the mind. Massage, hot baths, exercise, time off, adding a new activity, or eliminating commitments can also help. If you are experiencing serious mental challenges resulting from traumas or significant life stressors, consider professional help and support groups. There are a variety of specific and effective techniques that can help get life back on track when trauma or chronic stress has derailed you.

Spring Cleanses For The Soul When the fresh air of spring arrives, take the time to breathe some of it in. Breathe in the fresh air as often as possible. There is a better way to live than being breathlessly controlled by electronic devices, anxiety, and a schedule too packed to notice that the robins have reappeared in your back yard. Our culture is not supportive of slowing down, connecting, and breathing deeply. You have to decide that it matters to you. Choose to reconnect to your inner self, your spirit, your breath BEFORE life gives you a wake-up call. Set your iphone alarm for twice a day for the purpose of stopping you to take a breath and simply notice something in the moment. Make the time to read one of the books sitting unfinished because you don’t have the time to read. Make the time to engage in an activity that is meaningful to you. Live in a way that at the end of the day, you will have lived, laughed, and loved.

Hollywood culture tends to celebrate the opposite. In movies – it’s the guy with the romantic gestures and the million dollar job – or the girl with the perfect bikini body and million dollar face – who we’re supposed to end up married to or become. More often than not, we end up with the guy who forgets the anniversary ‘til we remind him. But, the light bulbs get changed, there’s always toilet paper in the bathroom, and the lawn gets mowed. Why can’t that be romantic? Why can’t we celebrate the littleness? Instead of wishing we were that girl who got a million dollar fitness deal from posting selfies of her incredible body, we celebrate becoming the wife who makes killer Ziti and brownies and actually eats it – and so do the hubby and kids. It’s often said we choose our own happiness. Maybe happiness is choosing to see these invisible building blocks of life. So, let’s shake things up a bit this month. Turn the Hollywood faux perfection into a little more Nebraska, the good life. Let’s value ourselves for the things we do for others and celebrate the people who do things for us. While we’re at it, let’s embrace the mundane things of every-day life – the laundry, the dishes, the to-do list, the carpool – things we normally complain about, and do them with a renewed appreciation for the power they contain. And the funny thing is, when we change our focus to the little things, we unlock the closest thing to magic there is. The big things somehow take care of themselves. Basketball great John Wooden said, “It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” And the best “big thing” that could happen is the world becomes a nicer, brighter, and happier place.

Sisters Rachel, Bo, and Allie are singer/songwriters who host a syndicated music, arts, and lifestyle talk radio show. The Mulberry Lane Show airs in Omaha on Saturdays, The Mighty 1290 KOIL, 10am – noon. The show is sponsored by Elisa Ilana Jewelry. For more information visit www.mulberrylane.com.

Mary Vandenack, while a lawyer by profession, has studied extensively in mind/body areas of fitness and wellness. She is Yoga Alliance RYT-200, Power Pilates certified and ACE certified. 18

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