Daily Inspiration for the Mind
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.
Another way to describe the difference between anxiety and stress is when it comes to stress, we can usually put a finger on what is causing it - we have too much on our plates, we have money problems, etc. We can also usually choose to control the situation which is making us stressed as well.
With anxiety, it can be harder to pinpoint where it comes from, and people who suffer from it have to deal with a physical reaction they often can't control and which makes it harder to pinpoint where it's coming from in the first place.
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 there is a link between our physical health and our mental health? Our physical health outwardly reflects our mental health and vice versa. Physical activity can boost your mood and increase your self-confidence.
To reap the benefits, exercise 20-30 minutes every day. It can be as simple as a walk on your lunch break or biking to and from work. You will feel better after your sweat session and be ready to tackle any problem that comes your way!
Did you know that simply drinking more water can have a positive effect on reducing stress levels? Dehydration can certainly add to our stress, and every organ in our body needs fluids to function properly. Being well hydrated helps to lower the levels of stress hormone cortisol, thus decreasing stress's overall effects on our system. Your heart rate increases when you're really worked up about something as well, so you're more likely to lose fluids in this state.
Topping up your water intake might not solve all of the problems leading to your stressed state, but it can help your body and mind to feel more regulated as you work past them. It can also help reduce headaches caused by stress, further easing your mind from more troubles!
Do stress balls work? While these squishy little numbers aren't going to simply absorb all your worries in one go, there are quick benefits that could at least help you in the moment, or in small doses. The hormones released when we feel threatened course through our bodies in a hurry, triggering our fight or flight reaction.
When it turns out we aren't actually busting our butts to escape woolly mammoths, all that energy has nowhere to go and gets stored as tension. That's taking long way around to say that yes, stress balls allow us to release a bit of that stress, but they can't solve all of it!
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Big surprise! Turns out not getting enough sleep leads to...sleepiness and fatigue! We all know what it's like to lurch out of bed after a night of tossing and turning, or just after staying up into the wee hours to finish that page turner. Once in awhile, it's not likely to do much damage if you turn off the lights an hour earlier the next night, you're feeling back to normal by mid week, right?
Keep an eye on this habit if you start to notice more long term effects like headaches or general fatigue. We're talking fatigue like you can't even bear to walk up the stairs when the elevator's out because your energy's so low. You might be advancing into real sleep deprivation and that's much harder to bounce back from.
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.
Did you know that adding a little fat with your veggies helps the absorption of vitamins and minerals, such as beta-carotene in carrots? Not to mention unsaturated fats - olive oil, nuts, avocados and fish - which have positive effects on cholesterol and cardiovascular health.
Fruit in the form of your choice – raw or juice - is welcome in the morning, as it helps to hydrate you and to fill up with antioxidant vitamins. Start the day by eating a fruit with highly protective virtues such as apples, grapes or citrus.
Kiwis, melons, mangos and papayas are great options as well. Grab one to go, or blend in a smoothie or juicer and get a head start on your nutritional needs for the day!
Taking the time to eat is advice that may seem simple, but doing so will make all the difference. This will allow you to be more attentive to your hunger and feelings of satiation which, may take longer to manifest.
When we eat in front of the computer or the television, our attention is diverted from our body's signals, making it difficult to detect them. We often eat faster and it’s easy to consume all the contents of our plate without even appreciating it. Intentionally slowing down and taking the time to notice when you are actually full and don't need to keep eating is a great way to practice intuitive eating.
Unlike coffee, matcha releases caffeine over a period of hours - that's why it gives us energy for the whole day.
Matcha is a finely ground powder, made from specially grown and processed green tea leaves. Matcha is also packed with nutrients such as vitamin C, magnesium, and selenium, and also contains tons of antioxidants. It's known to boost your metabolism and is rich in fibre and chlorophyll. Sprinkle some into your water, a smoothie, or even your ice cream!
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Today's Mantra: "I respect other perspectives and frequently take inventory of viewpoints I hold that do not serve me. I am a student of life; everyone and everything is my teacher."
Today's Mantra: "I use my time and energy to elevate the planetary consciousness. My lifestyle creates a safe and peaceful world for everyone."
Today's Mantra: "I need nothing. I am everything. I know nothing."
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.
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.
Today's Mantra: "My purpose is to share positive thoughts wherever I go. Gratitude is a force that brings me to a higher dimension."