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Pg 6 • JUNE 2020 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC. UPBEAT LIVING Sonoma


by Marcia Singer ~ www.lovearts.info County, CA.


~ And the beat goes on. With all the changes in our lives, being healthy is still center stage. May we meet our challenges by sharing daily practices that sustain our good (ge- zunte) heit (health). Our lives are so intertwined, we really are “in this to- gether.” I’m nearly


75 years young, but expected to be more sus- ceptible to respiratory ills. I find aging offers mu- cho experience in stay- ing well. Rather than just knock on wood that I’ve been lucky for decades, I practice good health rou- tines, religiously. Up un-


til mid March layoffs, I’d been a professional singer for five decades. This re- quires healthy lungs and clear sinuses. Yes, I get occasional throat, sinus and bronchial irritations: but my tricks have kept them mild and manageable. May I share with you some year- round, vi- rus and pollen amelioration practices I be- lieve help me so much?


♥ COMMIT to being hearty. Set an Intention towards resiliency and good self- care. Dedicate to follow- ing through with support- ive actions, to thriving.


♥ BE MINDFUL (and stop,


Submit your good news here: upbeat.news@upbeattimes.com


Gezunteheit! Bless you!


kind) about choices. For instance, when I notice myself having worried thoughts, I


breathe, breathe, breathe, then pivot to appreciating –anything. I indulge optimizing self-talk that touches my heart back open. This basic mind- fulness practice s upport s optimism. And our bodies love up- beat states! As well as nu- tritious food. Eat with grat- itude or enthusiasm. The cells of our bodies are sen- tient and intelligent; they


We have Positive Solutions to


Unforeseen Interruptions! From time to time mini fender benders and accidents occur when you least expect them. And they do happen. We are a positive solution to these annoying interruptions. We hope you don’t have to call us. But if you do... We’ll be ready!


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respond to our moods. If you feel down, worried, troubled, hug yourself. What would lift your spir- its? Fol- low your inspired impulse t owards self-nurture.


♥ PIVOT. Again and again! Fo- cus your energy and atten- tion away from what you DON’T want to


occur or be repeated, to- wards what you Do want. Away from a problem fo- cus, towards a solution. Find something to appreci- ate, to ease you into a less resistant, more allowing of the good-in-life space. Your sense of humor! You can, at any mindful mo- ment, turn towards a more vibrantly healthful direc- tion. Gezunteheit!


♥ EXERCISE: Do! Move- ment is medicine. Be gentle, conscious, don’t force. Breathe naturally, while moving all the mus- cles, tendons, joints you can locate with a curious, non-judgmental, friendly attitude towards your body. Relax your eyes often, re- duce strain. This also re- laxes the whole body.


♥ BASIC HYGEINE. Wear disposable gloves (which can be washed with soap and warm water, BTW, reused) when you go out shopping. Wear face cov- erings/masks where of- ficially mandated, and anywhere else if you feel


continued on page 14 JOKES & Humor # 2


While surfing off the Florida coast, a tourist snapped his board. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the broken board. Spotting and old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted, “Are there any gators around here?!” “Naw,” the man hol- lered back, “they ain’t been around for years!” Feeling safe, the tour- ist started swimming leisurely toward the shore. About halfway there he asked the guy, “How’d you get rid of the gators?” “We didn’t do nothin’,” the beach- comber said. “Wow”, said the tourist. The beachcomber added, “The sharks got ‘em.


upbeat@upbeattimes.com “Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart.” ~ Charles Dickens


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