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WOO-SAH: Meditation Day 4

WOO-SAH: Meditation Day 4

Today, I practiced a variation of a technique known as focused attention meditation (aka concentration meditation).  While one's focus can be target toward an external object or body part, I like to focus my attention on a short quote or mantra.  I like this form of meditation because my needs change daily--all of ours do.  On a Monday, we might need a little extra motivation; on a day with a high-stakes meeting, we might need an added boost of confidence; and on a day during which we have a big presentation, a reminder to remain calm might be needed.  Today (and most days), I needed compassion. 

The Little Lie

The Little Lie

“ There’s this little lie we tell ourselves:  that looks don’t matter.  But what happens when the way you look forces you to confront that every day?  Even if you can get past it, what about the rest of us?”

Miss America vs. Miss USA-What's the difference?

Miss America vs. Miss USA-What's the difference?

One of the questions I am most commonly asked is to explain the difference between the Miss Universe/USA Organization and the Miss America Organization. Many outside of the world of pageants have never paid close enough attention to realize that the two televised pageants were not one in the same. Admittedly, until around six years ago, I’m not sure I could have articulated the difference, so I usually try to keep my explanation simple, as I will do here.