All good things

Today, as class was winding down and we were all about to head out for our adventurous Iowa weekends, my teacher made a request that I think should be more frequented among all of us. He said to us, “Have a good weekend! Be kind, be considerate. Welcome strangers and friends.” Wise, wise words from Bob Mesle.

It’s true what they say, that a teacher can change your life. Bob’s wife, Barbara, has been a kind, caring, honest friend to me throughout my college experience, and Bob has been that guidance for a dear friend of mine. The compassion and kindness that the Mesles have for all things truly inspires me to live in love.

And I don’t mean to be in love, romantically, although I believe they would agree that is one beautiful experience that cannot be explained truthfully enough through words. What I mean by living in love is to do all things with love in your heart and at the core of how you treat the world. Notice I didn’t say “of how you treat other people”, because life is so much bigger than just the human experience.

As I mentioned in my first post, my thoughts and philosophies have been making great changes since I have been in college, and Barbara is one of my major positive influences. In each of her classes she requires her students to journal throughout the week, and through many classes, journals, e-mails, and discussions, she has been a reflection of the importance of being a good person.

Maybe I’m one of those millennials who think my generation has some issues, but I can’t rag on us too hard be I think we’re doing alright with what we’ve been given. We’re trying. But if I could give one suggestion to make a better humanity it would be this: be kind, be considerate, be grateful. All good things. Good things come from good things. So if we live our lives waking up every morning and making the decision to be kind and considerate to our surroundings, we would be happier individuals and we would be a happier world.

You’ve had road rage before, right? Especially as a young driver I would yell at the cars that weren’t driving as fast as I wanted them to or curse the traffic-light gods after hitting my twelfth red light in a row. Anger produces anger. Have you ever noticed that if you’re angry enough, you just want to stay angry for a while? It’s like a disease, once you start your day pissed of at the world, bad things will happen. It’s the law of attraction.

So let’s start small by making today better right now. Focus on good thoughts. Energy is real. What you put into the world makes a bigger difference than you think. That guy behind the counter at GeekSquad who is working his ass off to help every customer quickly and with a smile, he is doing everything he can to provide a good experience for you. You may become angry and inconsiderate. Instead of getting impatient, complaining to him about your wait, being rude and throwing your stuff around, try bringing yourself back to reality.The reality is that he is doing what he can. The reality is that you are going to wait whether it takes five minutes or thirty minutes. The reality is that getting angry and impatient does not, contrary to popular belief, speed up the GeekSquad guy. You do not get out of the store any quicker by being angry– in fact it makes the whole process seem a lot more tedious and painful than it really should be.

Go ahead and be kind, considerate, and grateful for all good things. The simple fact that you even have a device to take to GeekSquad, or a car to hit all the red lights in, is something to be grateful for. Appreciate your life, because it’s all you’ve got. It could be worse.

Peace, and all good things.
Have a good weekend, be kind, be considerate, welcome strangers and friends.


Which comes first, the blog or the post?

The post before the blog.

Here we have it, my first official post on my first official blog! I’m surprisingly excited about this new experience considering how much I fear my own creativity. Be Here Be Well is my personal and academic project that I hope encourages people to enjoy and explore their own wellness and spiritual selves. I believe it’s so important to be mindful in all things, to be “rooted in the now”, because the details of each moment deserve appreciation. What’s life without enjoying the little things and staying healthy and happy?

If you’re interested in my basics:

I’m a senior undergrad student in the middle-of-nowhere Iowa (I’m from the midwest so I’m used to the brutal weather but I’m not planning on keeping myself here much longer, although the sky at night makes the small town dazzling). I’m studying English, playing soccer, partying a little, and thinking about what life will bring me next. Since being in college I have visually set myself in the midst of focus on this accidental wellness & spiritual process that is really SO COOL to see happening.

*HEY THERE: I’d like to point out that to be spiritual does not mean to be religious, it means to relate to the human spirit. We’re all humans here so I suppose it’s safe to say we are all spiritual beings having a human experience.  (thanks, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)


I uploaded this picture on my Instagram the other day. I think its vibrant colors and peaceful, natural scenery are a great representation of how clarifying meditation is!

I’m currently working toward becoming a teacher, and as an introduction to one of my classes this semester my teacher (Dennis McElroy- he’s great) asked each of us to talk about our passion. Struggling with coming up with one final answer, I decided the solution was to explain that I am passionate about being passionate. A large part of my wellness and spiritual knowledge came from starting my research with Buddhism, which introduced me to meditation and mindfulness. To be mindful means to be fully aware of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. It makes for a lot of clarity, joy, creativity and ENERGY! We should be fully engaged in every moment, for then we are fully engaged in life.

[Check out these 3 things mindful people are doing right on my favorite wellness blog, MindBodyGreen.]

My first step to living a mindful life came in balancing my chakras and appreciating my moments. I’m sure you’ve mostly heard about ‘mindful eating’, but as my uncle told me this summer, we should be mindful always. Meditation doesn’t only occur on a pillow on the floor, in monasteries, during yoga class, or on the beach. We should be mindful and aware of ourselves in each activity, including washing the dishes, driving a car, or having a conversation. BE KIND to people and communicate attentively and peacefully.

My goal is to provide you with updated information and current news on the subjects of health and wellness, and at times spirituality. I hope that you are introduced to new ideas and talk about both old and new ideas. I will offer, whoever is willing to listen, my not-professional opinions on the mind, spirit, and body. I hope to be a useful resource for finding new information on health, wellness and spirituality.

Be a person of passion. Be mindful. Be happy. Be healthy, be thoughtful, be kind, be here, be well. I wish that by visiting my blog, or by using the resources I provide, you will be encouraged to THINK, EXPLORE, and TALK peacefully.

Reflect on your own ideas, opinions, health, spirituality, attitude, and actions more consciously while you explore those which are different from your own.

And perhaps: also be a little patient with me 😉