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Loving, Kindness Meditation

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I hope this message finds you feeling well, happy, and peaceful. I would like to share with you an interesting experience that I had last week. I appreciate you allowing me to share some of my Self and I invite you on a journey to find more peace and happiness. 
Sunday evening started with listening to this podcast interview with Congressman John Lewis, who has been my representative as long as I’ve lived in Atlanta. He was often beaten during the Civil Rights movement and has been jailed many times throughout his life for civil protest, but always remains peaceful and with love in his heart – even for those who were treating him as less than human. This podcast is less about his life details and more about how he views and lives in loveIn faith. With the knowing that we are all One Family. I urge you to find an hour – even if you’re doing something else like cooking – to listen to this conversation. I promise you will hear at least one thing that inspires you to be a better neighbor, a better human, and to have more compassion.
After listening to this inspiring talk, I opened social media for one of the first times in the previous few days. Probably needless to say – but it’s part of the story – I saw lots of things that discouraged me, made me straight up mad as hell, and saddened me so, so deeply. I read some things that encouraged me as well, but mostly I closed that page feeling hopeless, depleted, and overwhelmed. I wasn’t sure what to do. Then I remembered a goal I had set for myself recently.
I realized this would be the perfect time to practice a Loving Kindness meditation. A Loving Kindness meditation starts with simply closing your eyes and breathing. You then find love and kindness for yourself, followed by someone you know, and then others, and on and on. The goal I set for myself is to practice this every night before bed for the next few weeks so that I may find more peace in my heart, and so that I may share it with others. I am inviting you to join me on this journey of practicing just once each day or night. 
Here is the one I listened to that night which inspired this post. Please trust me that you need no experience, no meditation cushion or any other thing to facilitate this. All that is required is the willingness to be open and to take ten to fifteen minutes out of your day to breath and think good thoughts. If you are in a partnership or family setting, listen to it with others and watch the love blossom. Share your experience, or journal about it. I beg you to try it at least once. The first video is 13 minutes. 
I will be leading a group Loving Kindness meditation at Powerlady Fitness each Tuesday in February at 8 PM, starting 2/7/17. Please contact us if you would like to join. 
I look forward to hearing from you if you would like to cultivate loving kindness with me. 
Always know that you have my gratitude and my love just for being you. I send you peace, wellbeing, and joy in each of your days.
Much Love,

Testimonial- Sarah F.

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“As a person who had never even been to a gym, getting started was extremely intimidating.
From the moment that i walked through the door, the experience at Powerlady has been extremely supportive.

The environment is judgment free, non-competitive and suitable for all fitness levels. Their personal interest in you and your needs makes Powerlady such a special place!”

-Sarah F., Member since 2014

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Testimonial- Laura R.

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I have been a member of PLF for almost two years and I love it. This gym is a special community- supportive, encouraging, and not competitive. There are members of all shapes, sizes, and ages so it is easy to be comfortable here. The owner knows her clients and checks up frequently. You can tell she really cares about helping people get healthy. She notices when you come to a new class, change up your routine, or loose weight/inches.
There is a great variety of class- over the summer I actually tried all of them. My favorites are Thursday morning spin and Wednesday morning Cardio and Condition, but there are a lot of really great classes. Powerball is a great workout and a lot of fun. Zumba is so fun it barely feels like a work out class. The strength classes really work you but the instructors are always careful about form to make sure you do not injure yourself.
Bottom Line- I’d choose this gym with a personal touch over a fancy boutique gym or chain any day!
-Laura R., Member since 2011

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