Daily Inspiration for the Mind
The power of positive thinking can help us overcome stress. It sounds easy, and it can definitely take time to get into that mindset if you've been down in the dumps or feeling like you've been pushing a stone up an endless hill. If we can switch our brains from focusing only on what we are worried about or take a pause from letting the spinning thoughts take over, we can fill that space with more cheerful thoughts.
The next time you're feeling particularly overwhelmed, give yourself five minutes to think about a few things you are proud of or grateful for having. Sometimes a simple reminder of all that we have achieved can be enough to put the worries about what we haven't into perspective and calm us down or help us deal with what's in front of us.
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.
Are you (or is someone you know) healing from a breakup? Meditation can ease the pain we feel after concluding a relationship.
The term "conscious uncoupling" is a great reframing of an event we often think of as negative. When we sit and find gratitude for what we learned and send the other person genuine love, we expedite the healing process. This helps you overcome the feeling of lack that comes from inverted thinking, where our thoughts are turned inward at ourselves. Think about how you can lift others, not how others can lift you, and you're going to heal much quicker.
Lacking motivation? Feeling kind of ‘blah’? The Law of Attraction states that what you put into the universe is what you get back. If you are putting negative vibes out into the air, then you are likely only going to receive the same energy back.
Manifest your unlimited potential. Be what you want to be. Make a choice and decide to make a change. Wake up today and decide to put positivity out into the world around you. Smile. Be kind to others. It may take time, but you will notice a change. Maybe things will bother you less. Maybe people will be kinder to you. The power of positive thinking goes a long way. Your mental health will improve, and you’ll feel happier, more motivated, and ready to tackle anything that comes your way.
Here's a quick meditation tip to reduce anxiety that really works. Take a deep slow breath visualizing soothing light blue light with specks of gold coming into your body with your breath.
Slowly breathe out and visualize greys and dark colors that represent your negative energy leaving your body as you exhale. Watch the soothing energy go into each part of your body to relax it and you continue to breathe slowly and deeply.
Now visualize white light around your body with golden fractals of light. This is your soul that always has your back and connects you to the universal field of energy that you can call on for emotional support at anytime. See the white light shining from your body and connecting to the entire universe. In your mind see great things coming to you and people smiling at you.
Take one more inhale, smile and open your eyes. You have just changed your emotional state, activated the law of attraction in your favor and all in just a few moments of meditation. Meditation is your super power.
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.
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Vitamins, just like minerals, are indeed major elements for vision; eating a lot of these components helps to keep our vision system in good condition, and to prevent macular degeneration, or any kind of disorder of the eye. This is why it’s necessary to prioritize a diet that contain vitamin A, vitamin E or C, or else foods that contain minerals such as zinc and lutein, all of which have been tied to healthy vision.
We find a high level of vitamin A in carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach; vitamin E in nuts, avocado and sunflower seeds and vitamin C in fruits and vegetables such as papaya, strawberries and guava.
Did you know that almonds contain 15 essential nutrients including calcium, magnesium and vitamin E? About 30 grams of almonds bring us almost 65% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects our cells against stress.
Daily StretchWrist Stretch
Type of Pose: Stretch Break
Hold for 2 minutes total.
Stretch Benefits: Helps reduce carpel tunnel and brings mobility and circulation to your wrists to reduce stiffness.
Begin either sitting or standing. Reach your arms out in front of you so they are parallel with the ground. Stretch your fingertips up and back towards your face and then down and back towards your face. Alternate between these two positions for 30 seconds. Then make outward circles with your hands for 30 seconds and follow that by making inward circles with your hands for 30 seconds.
Lentils, chickpeas and kidney beans are an excellent type of food to add to your salads, soups and spreads. There are even recipes that find creative ways to incorporate lentils into muffins and desserts! These foods are rich in vegetable protein and minerals, and are very high in fiber.
Their complex carbohydrates will keep you feeling full for several hours. High fiber foods have been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease and can increase our energy.
Spirulina is a superfood that contains a large number of nutrients, from a small volume. It is especially famous for providing excellent quality proteins, iron, vitamins and minerals. This is why we call it "The richest food on the planet."
Did you know you can self-impose a sleeping disorder? Psychophysiologic insomnia is one of the most common and difficult types of sleep disorder to treat. When you worry about not getting enough sleep, lying there thinking about it can start a cycle of sleeplessness and anxiety that can cause weight gain, stress and insomnia.
The next time you've had no rest, try not to stress about it when you get back under the covers the following night. Reading a book, having a warm bath and listening to music can help you stop thinking about sleeping, and actually give you some shuteye before you work yourself up into a larger issue!
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Do you know what color your throat chakra is? It's blue just like the flowing color of water. You can accentuate this chakra by wearing blue, eating blue and visualizing a calm vibrant blue spiraling around your throat.
This will help you speak your truth, communicate openly and even enhance your communication with your soul and spirit. If you've found you're always drawn to blue it's an indicator that you're intuitively wanting to speak from your heart more.
Today's Mantra: "I love those who challenge me and I am grateful to learn how to stretch my love to surround new perspectives."
You can activate your Third-Eye chakra to increase your connection to your intuition!
Eating purple foods like purple grapes, plums, eggplants and chia seeds can help you open your Third-Eye. Wearing or meditating with certain crystals will also activate this chakra. Amethyst, labradorite, and lemurian quartz can help you access your intuition as well.
Any exercise where your head is below your heart (an inversion) allows blood to flow to this energy center to help stimulate and activate it.
Did you know you can open your spiritual connection by doing inversions? Your Crown chakra (which is at the top of your head) is your satellite to the spiritual world.
Bringing circulation to your head through inversions energizes the Crown chakra. Inversions don't have to be difficult; they can be as simple as a standing forward fold or bridge pose.
Spend more time upside down - it could help you turn your life right side up!
Today's Mantra: "I am strong, I help people see the strength in themselves. I am a humble and find my self worth in my values and virtues and not external appearances."
Do you feel disconnected from the world or depressed? You may have a blocked crown chakra but luckily there are some easy ways to open it and feel a sense of purpose and support from the spiritual realms.
You can eat foods that stimulate your crown chakra such as maca root, coconut, garlic and mushrooms or even wear white crystals like skolecite, quartz crystal and phenacite.
Finally, placing your head on the ground in a headstand or doing breathing exercises like deep breathing or breath of fire can help raise your energy up to the crown chakra located at the top of your head. Even wearing white and gold clothing can get you into the higher frequency of this chakra or listening to music in a higher octave can as well.