Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Meditation can improve your health and energy when we ask what our body what it needs. Try this!
Sit in a quiet and comfortable place. Notice what feelins you are aware of in your body. Focus on one place at a time. Ask your body what food would balance this area or which food is imbalancing this area.
Write down what comes to mind. Then ask your body what foods it wants and which foods it doesn't want anymore to cover any other things that are linked to your emotions and overall energy. Food can help us with manifesting energy, spirtitual communication, stability, mental clarity and so much more!
Having a pet can provide helpful and healing health benefits. While it seems like a no-brainer that coming home after a hard day to a loving creature who thinks the sun rises and sets based on your command is incredibly heart warming, there are a surprising amount of studies that show the scientific reason for this. The unconditional love Whiskers and Fido provide us can help those of us with self-esteem issues, and logging tummy-rubs and cuddle time can lower our blood pressure and reduce stress.
When we spend time with our pets, our body releases the calming hormone oxytocin, which can counteract stress hormone cortisol. It's no wonder we feel calmer when we see those furry faces! We knew they were good for our hearts, who knew they were so good for our health?
An interesting new finding tied to anxiety, stress and sleep deprivation is called 'FOMO,' or, the Fear of Missing Out. This type of anxiety is seen in people who feel so uncomfortable without their smartphones and electronic devices, they start to stress out about missing what's going on. While we all like to keep in touch, this is seen more in those who are tied 24/7/365 to their communication devices, desperate to be in the know and included as much as possible.
While keeping that blue light going right before bed can contribute to trouble falling asleep, it has obvious other risks attributed to it. If you identify with this and feel genuinely concerned about your addiction to your devices, have a chat with your doctor. If you've just been a little more obsessed than usual, and are noticing your attachment taking you away from normal activities you enjoy, practice shutting down for a few hours a day, and especially before bed!
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.'
Did you know visualization practices can help improve your mood and in turn, your mental health? Visualization is the mental focus on an image or goal. It can aid in combating negative thoughts and feelings, setting you up for a successful day. Psychologists have even used visualization as a strategy to treat depression.
Every morning, take a few moments for yourself. Visualize what you want to accomplish that day. Think about your goals. Imagine achieving them. Believe it. Feel it. How does it make you feel? Excited? Happy? Determined? Remain positive. Let it motivate you. Let it drive you. Overcome the challenges and obstacles in your life. If you start visualization practices on a regular basis, you will become more productive and feel happier. Take care of your mental health. Only you can!
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.
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.
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.
Daily StretchThoracic Spine Stretch
Type of Pose: Morning, Pre-workout
Hold for 1 minute
Stretch Benefits: Increases energy by stimulating the nervous system. Improves posture while reducing stiffness in the mid-back.
Lay on your stomach and lift your chest so your elbows are on the ground under your shoulders. Keep your forearms in line with your elbows and your palms facing down. Relax your neck and allow your head to hang so you can feel a stretch on the back of your neck. Allow the muscles that line your spine to relax. Breathe slowly and deeply through your nose in this position for one minute, and then slowly lower down to your stomach.
Daily StretchHamstring Stretch
Type of Pose: Pre-workout, post-workout
Hold for 1 minute
Stretch Benefits: Improves heart health and reduces risk of injury in legs. Improves ankle strength and flexibility. Reduces lower back pain and lumbar spine compression. Improves flexibility, lowers bad cholesterol and high blood pressure. Improves hair growth, facial complexion and mental clarity.
Stand in a wide straddle and reach to your hands to the ground. Relax the back of your neck so your head can hang without tension in your neck. If your hands reach the ground walk them closer to your feet and maybe grab your ankles. Breathe deeply through your nose here for one minute.
Daily StretchPsoas Stretch
Type of Pose: Pre-workout, post-workout
Hold for 1 minute
Stretch Benefits: Improves hip joint health, circulation to reproductive organs and balances the pelvis. Can release tension in the back caused by a tight psoas. Releases pent up emotions and improves range of motion in hips.
Lay on your stomach and lift yourself up to your elbows. With your toes tucked under so they are on the floor, create a 'V' shape with your legs. Bend your right knee, bringing it towards your right elbow, and create a 90-degree bend in the leg with the inside of the knee on the ground and the inside of the flexed foot on the ground. Relax your hips and breathe in this position for 30 seconds before switching sides. Keep the foot on your bent leg flexed to protect your knee joint.
Turning off the screens (TV, computer, tablet and phone) at least an hour before we expect to go to bed gives our brains time to properly wind down, as having any lights on makes our bodies think it's still daytime and we should try and stay awake and alert. It may not seem like a big deal to be playing games on your little screen right before you slip off to dreamland, but even small amounts of light can keep our brains in go mode, forcing us to stay awake longer than we should.
If you absolutely have to finish up your Candy Crush game, at least switch to the dimmest setting and don't hold it right up against your face.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Did you know these health issues could be caused by a blocked root chakra? Some health conditions linked to the root chakra include chronic fatigue, sciatica, constipation, luekemia, obesity, bladder infections, colds and anemia.
Our emotions are linked to our health through our chakra system and healing our emotions can help our health just as improving our health can affect our emotions. It's a two way street.
You can help heal your root chakra by focussing on stability, security, survival, grounding and getting the support you need.
Today's Mantra: "Opportunities are always showing up and I'm extremely supportive of other people's success."
Do you know how to open your heart to love? There are many people that have found love by opening their heart chakra which is the largest energy center out of all of our chakras. Sometimes we have an energy blockage that can be cleared through a daily movement practice such as yoga, jogging and swimming or we can look at improving and cleaning up our diet to aid in the health of the lungs, heart, chest and glands in that area.
Repeating an affirmation like, "I am open to love and very loving," can help energy flow to this area and heal it. Doing things that are self loving like getting a massage, taking a bubble bath and choosing to relax instead of overwork can help you heal your heart so people can vibrate with your own self loving juju.
Here's a quick exercise to bring more stability into your life by balancing your root chakra. This can help with a stable home, stable income as well as a secure job. This essentially helps create stability in you so the universe can reflect that stability back to you. Other standing poses which improve your balance and strengthen your legs will help your root chakra.
Stand with your feet slightly wider than your hips with your toes turned slightly out. Interlace your hands on top of your head and squat with your spine straight bringing your hips below your kneeds. How low can you go?
Really want to make this effective? Challenge yourself and do 100 everyday! You can do it and you'll see how magical balancing your chakras is in your life.
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."