Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Feel like you're not making the best decisions for yourself or having trouble making decisions? You're not alone. Meditation is sweeping the nation because it connects us to our inner wisdom that knows what's best for you.
Meditation is free and you can do it literally anywhere. Feel yourself as a part of everything, connected to the pulse of the universe and feeling the energy of the planet. The decisions that feel right in your heart align with your own protection and joy as well as those that create a more peaceful existence for everyone.
What makes you feel relaxed and light is the path of the heart and may not be what people in your life are telling you to do. Sit with your soul and listen. Write does the feelings and ideas that come to you without thinking.
Feel like you're getting in a lot of arguments or having problems communicating? This happens when we need to slow down and get clear with our intention.
When we rush our communication, we get defensive and reactive. Conscious communication has been called the highest yoga. Sending out loving vibrations and uplifting intentions with our words shifts the dynamics in our conversations.
Next time you're around someone, practice holding the intention of 'I want you to feel loved.' See how practicing this intention heals your communication and charges up your life positively.
Imagine your stress as a balloon. The more air (stress) you pump into the balloon, the closer it gets to popping. Instead of putting off self-care until you just about to pop, consider different ways to release some of that air.
If you're coming to the end of your rope, book 15 minutes in your schedule for screaming. Yes, screaming.
Screaming can help us release some of that built-up stress and can provide immediate (but not necessarily long-term) feelings of relief. Consider your environment, of course, you don't want your neighbors to think you're being robbed or hurt, but simply taking a pillow into a quiet space in your house and screaming into it until you feel calmer can provide enough release to function if you are really stressed out.
Did you know that meditation can improve your ability to focus? A lot of our stress comes from our mind being scattered in many different places.
Meditation trains our mind to focus fully on our task so that even our communication becomes more clear and your words will become more effective. Having the ability to focus makes us work more efficiently because we are able to compartmentalize tasks.
Social media throws many different subject matters at us and it's overwhelming to our nervous system. Give yourself the gift of reclaiming your ability to focus and you'll find you can retain information better, get clear on your goals easier and get rid of excess mental chatter that may be keeping you from feeling confident and excelling at what you love to do the most.
Are you fully leaning on your support network when you have reached the end of your rope?
It might sound obvious, but many of us don't share our worries or concerns with the ones we love most. Maybe we don't want to burden them, or perhaps we want to always appear to be in control, which might actually be contributing to more stress.
You don't have to run sobbing to your best friend every week, but opening up about what you've been struggling with, even just to review what's happening in your life, is a necessary release, and sharing can provide you with important new perspectives.
Did you know that smiling alone activates feel-good chemicals in the brain? Smiling and laughing boost serotonin and endorphins in our brains, and surprisingly, also reduces the stress hormone, cortisol.
Share a laugh with a friend. Check out a comedy show. Watch a funny movie. Even, fake it till you make it. Turn that frown upside down! Improve your mental health, appearance, and relationships by smiling a little more. You will feel happier, less stressed, and lead a much more fulfilling life.
Daily Inspiration for the Body
In addition to their protein content, edamame beans are an excellent source of phosphorus, a mineral that plays an important role in maintaining good bone health. They are also rich in plant-derived iron, making them an excellent choice for vegetarian food enthusiasts. Above all, it's their phytoestrogen content that makes it a superfood.
Of all soy products (Think tofu, miso or tamari.), it’s the fresh edamame bean that contains the most. Phytoestrogens are some of the most interesting components for overall health, especially for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer.
The protein in meat (Especially red meat) is rich in iron, collagen and has all the essential amino acids. On the other hand, if we abuse it we will increase our rate of acidity, which is not desirable. Did you know that good sources of protein are found in whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds?
Vegetable proteins are a nice alternative to animal proteins, as they promote a lower level of acidity and this is necessary for the body to optimize its repair, as well as muscle and tissue reconstruction. Proteins are extremely important to rebuild and build our muscles, our tissues and to restructure the cells that form our organs.
It’s important to prioritize a healthy and regular schedule of your meals and snacks.
Many people skip their breakfast or lunch and then eat a huge meal at dinner time, or even worse, they snack all day. This type of meal schedule can only bring you health problems.
The ideal is to eat every 3-4 hours, this way blood sugar is stabilized and the production of insulin is regulated.
Here is an example of a food schedule based on eating every 3-4 hours:
1. Breakfast at 9-10am
2. Snack (optional) at 11am
3. Lunch at 12-1pm
4. Snack (optional) at 2-3pm
3. Dinner at 4-5pm
4. Snack (optional) at 7-8pm
If you've been having some trouble drifting off to sleep, there are a few little things that can help you prepare for bed - and they don't come in a bottle! Sometimes, the best solution is the simplest! Limiting the amount of food you eat close to bed time, finishing your exercise regime a few hours before you wind down and turning your alarm clock away from you so you can't nervously check it throughout the night are all little tricks that can actually help you catch a few more zzz's.
Sleep is often something we just assume will happen and we take for granted that we'll snooze as soon as our head hits the pillow. If you are having trouble drifitng off though, start eliminating the distractions that are keeping you from getting rest, and you might see some surprising results!
Having nightmares? Depending on what they contain, nightmares can actually be a healthy way for you to deal with a worry or problem in your life, if you take the time to consider their meaning and genesis. While they can be brought on by anxiety and stress, Harvard University psychologist Deirdre Barrett theorizes that nightmares serve as our brain's way of drawing our focus toward issues we should really spend time pondering.
Once you capture what it is your subconscious is trying to show you, you may be able to deal with it in the day time, or go back into sleep to figure out how to solve it when it revisits.
Can you encourage dreams? There are many theories on this, one of the more interesting ones being MILD or Mneumonic Induction of Lucid Dreams. This is a technique involving things like increasing self awareness and programming our next dream. A lucid dream is one where we are aware that we are dreaming and believed to be a point where our conscious brain is awoken while we sleep.
While in a state of lucid dreaming, we may be able to control to a degree what happens in our environment, the people in it and even what we say. The MILD technique involves things like keeping a dream journal, doing affirmations as you lie in bed preparing for sleep and intentionally waking yourself in the middle of the night to increase your chances of lucid dreaming.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Today's Mantra: "I am the source of my own happiness. The love I give is the fuel to my fire. I percieve all experiences with acceptance and grace."
Today's Mantra: "I love those who challenge me and I am grateful to learn how to stretch my love to surround new perspectives."
Today's Mantra: "I co-create my reality with the universe. I can change my life because the universe supports me in aligning with my soul purpose. I trust that I am supported and capable."
Today's Mantra: "I love those who aren't always kind to me because I do not take it personal and want them to be happy."
Do you feel broken-hearted? Here's how to heal your Heart chakra.
The nerves respond to emotional trauma just as our body responds to physical trauma and needs to be healed. Getting healthy, high-vibe energy to flow through your heart can be done by using heart-opening mantras or doing yoga poses that stimulate the muscles in the surrounding area, like upward-facing dog, wheel pose, and forward bends.
Focus on self-love affirmations like, "I release the pain from past relationships and forgive the people in my past. I am open to healthy relationships."
Bring more of the color green into your life through decorations, clothes, and accessories to solidify your intention and increase the strength of the Heart chakra's energy.
Today's Mantra: "I let go of the stories I tell myself about my life that no longer serve me. I choose to see possibilities in every moment. Amazing things are happening as we speak. The universe conspires to support me."