Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Want to create more joy in your life? It's time to stop looking outside of yourself and get into the time tested practice of meditation.
Many of us seek joy through thrills that create adrenaline whether they are a beautiful sunset shared with a special person, a wave caught just at the right moment or a celebration of a long term goal that we reach. However, the adrenaline that these highs and lows provide us are few and far between and can often lead us waiting for joyful moments and chasing joy as if it were something in the future.
Meditation allows us to reshape our perspective of the source of joy to something more constant and easy to attain. In meditation we become aware of our eternal spirit, beyond the mind. We see that the love we bring to each day, each person, each moment in interaction with ourself or another human or animal has the potential to lift us up just by being kind and loving.
The joy that comes from meditation is that we will be able to hear the inner voice of the soul that can redirect us to the truth that joy can be experienced no matter where we are in our lives, no matter what we have and no matter who we are with, even if it's just ourselves.
Did you know that a healthy body equals a healthy mind? Regular exercise increases endorphins and decreases the stress hormone, cortisol. Eating a healthy and balanced diet provides your body with the proper nutrients so you function at your best. Getting enough sleep every night gives us the energy and clarity we need to tackle the day ahead.
Exercise, adopt a healthy diet and get enough sleep to improve your mental health. Your body and mind will thank you for it.
Did you know your happiness levels reflect those of the top 5 people you spend the most time with? Surround yourself with positive individuals. Choose people who inspire you and bring out your best. Get rid of toxic relationships. They aren’t serving you or the other person. Sometimes it's best to cut ties and move on.
Join a club or take part in activities where you can find people with similar interests and positive attitudes. Find your people and find your happiness.
Every single person can access their intuition and life purpose through the practice of meditaiton. Meditation opens the mystical third eye which is known as the gateway to the soul and knowledge beyond the five senses.
A daily practice of meditation exercises different parts of the brain that become active when we meditate and strenghten our connection to our own intuition. We can develop a stronger communication line with our soul to hear what it is we came here to do through a regular practice of meditation.
This allows us to find what will truly make us excited to wake up in the morning. Meditation helps us shed the identity created by our environment and the ego that covers up our true loving purpose or it validates that what we always felt is indeed our purpose. Intuition increases our ability to know what is best for us to pursue and what is best for us to let go because the old saying is true 'all that glitter's isn't gold.'
If you aren't managing your own stress levels, your body has some weird ways of showing you it's time to slow down. If you've noticed your hair falling out, that may be a sign you need to start looking at stress management. Stress can cause many conditions that lead to hair loss. There are two different areas to this.
Alopecia Areata is a sudden loss of large clumps of hair in various areas of your scalp, due to white blood cells attacking your hair follicles. Telogen Effluvium is where more hairs than normal prepare to fall out and your hair actually stops growing. If you are noticing more hair than usual coming out when you shower or brush, it might be time to talk to your doctor.
Don't feel like having sex as much as usual? One of the side effects of high stress levels is a diminished libido. This is a common issue heard from people who are working long hours or have very stressful jobs. The irony of this is that the feelings brought about when you are having sex can actually relieve stress.
Intimacy can make us feel calmer and both the physical activity and release when we orgasm can provide a sense of relief, closeness and security. You may not feel like it, but even if you don't want to go all the way, simply snuggling on the couch with your partner for 15 minutes can lower stress levels.
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Daily StretchChest Stretch
Type of Pose: Morning, Post-Workout, Evening
Hold for 30 seconds
Stretch Benefits: Reduces hunched posture that can drain your energy. Improves health of lungs and heart by improving circulation and sending fresh oxygen to the organs. Reduces shoulder stiffness that can cause pain.
Start in a standing position. Interlace your hands at your lower back as you pull your shoulder blades together on your back. You can bring your fists away from you to increase the stretch across your chest. Hold the position for 30 seconds as you breath deeply.
We bet you have a routine for your workouts, your job and especially the morning habits on your way there (Coffee anyone?), but do you have a solid practice when it comes to preparing yourself to drift off to dreamland? Most of us are so busy, we're lucky if we remember to brush our teeth and lotion up before we collapse into our beds, but establishing healthy habits to get us ready for snoozing can have dramatic effect on our overall quality of sleep.
Picking up simple tricks like taking a bath, reading a book or even meditating or deep breathing all have the kind of calming effect your body needs to send signals to your brain that we are shutting down.
Did you know that watermelon contributes to good body hydration and promotes weight loss?
Watermelon is among the most moisturizing fruits because it’s composed of over 92% water. Water plays a vital role in the elimination of toxins, the regulation of the body, the temperature, the nutrient supply and the oxygenation of cells.
Watermelon should be part of your menu, especially if you want to lose weight. With its great wealth of water, fiber and antioxidants, it will help keep your stomach full for a long time and at the same time contribute to the detoxification of your body.
One of the most beneficial virtues of ginger is certainly the improvement and speed of digestion. This tasty little root can also help those of us with the discomfort of nausea, whether caused by seasickness or morning sickness an can also help to fight the comon cold and flu.
According to some studies, the root also has properties that help speed up our metabolism and ginger extract can help those who suffer from the pain and stiffness that comes from osteoarthritis. Ginger is high in gingerol, which has been connected to anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
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.
If you're having trouble sleeping, you may need to develop a better night time routine. Start by commiting to the same bedtime every night for a week. Notice when you actually feel sleepy, rather than forcing yourself to lie there thinking about what you're missing on Law & Order. Make a habit of being in bed at the same time for the week and track how you feel in the a.m. If you're still struggling, push bedtime back a bit and try again. There could be a winning formula in there, but you'll have to pay more attention to your night habits at first!
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Today's Mantra: "I use positive words and know my words become things. I guard my words and use them to heal and uplift. Words create new opportunities and I use my voice powerfully to help others."
Known for: Expression, Inspiration, Balance
Primary Chakra: Heart Chakra
Affirmation: I am intune with my senses and surroundings
Amazonite can help with emotional issues such as Aggravation, Anger, Balance, Communication, Compasion. It can also help with physical issues such as Liver, Heart, Nervous System, Gout
Today's Mantra: "I use my time to help the planetary consciousness elavate. My lifestyle is shaped around creating a safe and peaceful world for everyone."
Today's Mantra: "I lead an example of being a peaceful, nonjudgemental loving person. I do not get caught up in pety drama and I don't take things personal."
Known for: Enhancing, Amplification, Healing
Primary Chakra: All Chakras
Affirmation: I am radient and filled with light
Clear Quartz can help with emotional issues such as Acceptance, Emotional Balance, Harmony, Reducing Stress. It can also help with physical issues such as Healing, Immune System, Memory, Pain, Sleep, Thyroid, Vertigo
Today's Mantra: "I create healthy boundaries for myself in my work, my relationships, my diet and my thoughts."