Daily Inspiration for the Mind
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.
Feeling all over the place? Here's a quick meditation to clear your mind. Keeping our mind uncluttered improves our health and happiness.
Sit with your eyes closed and take a deep breath. As you exhale watch all your thoughts leaving your body. Do this two more times. Now sit in a blank space where there are no thoughts. When you see a thought start to come into your blank space tell it gently, not now.
You can now choose one thought and let's make it a positive one. How about this, 'today is the best day of my life.' This will put you in a high frequency and help train your mind to keep it simple and keep it positive. True independence and happiness comes from training our mind.
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.
What you put in your body is what you get out of it. If you are eating low-nutrient, high-calorie foods, your body is not getting what it needs. Our physical state transfers over into our mental state. You won't feel well, and your mood may plummet.
Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Research what nutrients you require on a daily basis and try your best to reach the recommended amounts. Try mood-boosting foods, such as avocado, mushrooms, and nuts. Eat better and feel better!
Want to attract opportunities and positive experiences? Here's a quick meditation trick to magnetize yourself! Breathe in as deeply as you can and forcefully push the air out through your teeth three times to prepare.
Now it's time to shift your perspective so you will attract high vibrations. Close your eyes and see yourself glowing a bright yellow like a human powerplant. See the space around your full of energetic light that creates happiness. Now push that light out easily for thousands and thousands of miles so it can touch everyone in it's path. Now say to yourself, 'I share happiness and love with everyone I meet.' Open your eyes and feel that glow still around you.
When we shift our perspective to giving instead of getting we open the flow of the energy to a much greater extent. We have unlimited love to give and can give it to everyone instead of waiting for it to come to us. This keeps our vibration high and keeps us in a flow of high vibrational living. If you were to focus on what thing that would change your life, this could absolutely be it!
Studies show that crying produces feelings of calm, relieves your emotions, and improves your mood. But how? Tears release stress hormones, detoxifying the body. Crying also causes the body to produce endorphins, making you feel better!
Bonus: Science indicates that crying, also, clears out our eyes and acts as a natural lubrication and cleaning mechanism.
So, go ahead. Cry it out. Don't bottle up your emotions. Don't be afraid to shed a tear or two. Let it all out. You'll improve your mental state and feel less stressed!
Daily Inspiration for the Body
While catching a quick nap can be a restful bonus, it can actually make matters worse if you snooze a little too long or too close to bedtime. Unless you're making up a sleep debt, try to keep naps under 30 minutes and closer to lunch than dinner.
If you find yourself having a hard time drifting off, your nap might have been unnecessary, or just too long.
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."
Sleep is critical to the way we learn and maintain information and memories. When it comes to these areas, it can be broken into 3 functions or stages - Acquisition, Consolidation and Recall. When we recieve new knowledge from studying, taking courses, reading, etc. that's called Acquisition. Recall is our ability to access that knowledge after our brains have stored it away.
In between Acquisition and Recalling our knowledge is the stage where our brains turn new information into a stable memory - Consolidation. Researchers at Harvard say that the all important Consolidation process happens when we sleep - which is yet another reason to make sure we're catching enough zzzs!
Did you know that asparagus contains beta-carotene and lutein? These are in the family of carotenoids with antioxidant power.
White asparagus gets its colour because it has not developed its chlorophyll since it has grown out of the light. Choose asparagus with straight and smooth stems, without spots, and tight tip scales. Keep them for a maximum of 48 hours in a damp cloth in the drawer of the refrigerator. If you wish to freeze them, blanch for 3-4 minutes in boiling water, drain, and let cool before freezing.
Daily StretchIT Band Stretch
Type of Pose: Post-Workout
Hold for 1 minute total.
Stretch Benefits: Reduces knee pain, stretches hamstrings, and reduces compression in the lower back. Improves circulation to the brain for healthy brain function and reduces high blood pressure and cholesterol because your heart is above your head.
Begin standing. Cross your right foot over you left foot so your feet line up. Bend forward and relax your neck so you head can hang. Breathe deeply as your torso comes closer to your legs. Hold the position for 30 seconds, then come up to standing again slowly.
Cross your left foot over your right, and again bend forward as far as possible without holding your head up. Breathe deeply here for 30 seconds and slowly come up.
Next time you fall into bed after a night of drinking and are amazed at how easy it is to head off to dreamland, consider these interesting notes on how alcohol affects your sleep. On the plus side, alcohol has a sedative affect on us, which is why in the old days, you'd hear people talking about a 'nightcap,' or a small dose of booze to mellow you out before you head off to bed. This effect can help you fall asleep faster, but it actually disrupts the tail end of your sleep pattern, where we get the most benefit from snoozing.
REM (Rapid Eye Movement) is considered to be the most restorative kind of sleep and turns out - alcohol blocks REM. With less of that restorative sleep, we tend to wake up unfocused and a bit out of it. When it comes to your nightcap - less is more in the way of zzzs.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Known for: Hope, Love, Compassion
Primary Chakra: Heart Chakra
Affirmation: I make decisions based on my heart
Chrysoprase can help with emotional issues such as Anxiety, Happiness, Honesty, Positive Energy, Self Confidence. It can also help with physical issues such as Detox, Digestive System, Heart
Today's Mantra: "The entire universe is within me. The feelings I experience are a reflection of the universal mind. I tune into my intuition by listening to my body. I care for the world by treating my body like a temple."
Do you know where your solar plexus chakra is located? It's at the soft point at the top of your stomach where the ribs meet. It's linked to the color yellow as well as our will power and confidence.
Sings of an block in this energy center could include the emotional qualities of feeling low self esteem or lack of self motivation as well as the health conditions of ulcers, blood sugar issues, nervousness, diabetes, stimulant addictions, digestive issues or liver problems.
You can balance this chakra by eating a healthy diet, lowering stress and caffeine intake as well as working on healing your self esteem and self determination with will power and regular exercise that will strengthen the muscles in that area allowing the energy to flow easier.
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.
Do you know how to see into the future with your third eye chakra? Practice focussing on the point between your eyebrows and seeing as far forward, backward and to the sides as you can from this place.
Clear your mind and ask to be shown something coming up. Write down what you see even if it seems simple or silly. You'll often see the exact thing or someone will say it.
This is a fun way to exercise your intuition and strengthen your connection to your inner compass that will guide you in your most important decisions and help you heal your perspectives so you can experience the highest possible amount of joy and happiness as you live your daily life.
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."