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.
Feeling unmotivated? Sit and meditate for a moment and get motivated by telling yourself today is going to be easy and fun.
Often we are unmotivated because we are telling ourselves that the future is dull and hard but why should we do that? We can shift that thought pattern and decide that today is awesome!
Instead of using negative language about something, shift it in your mind and think of words to tell yourself it's unbelievably awesome and magical! When we use the power of words in our mind and then outloud, it motivates us so much!
We know the long term effects of stress can wreak havoc on our bodies, but do you know why? When we're stressed over long periods of time, our body releases cortisol, a hormone which can have some pretty crazy influences on our bodies. It can inhibit our immune system, impair our ability to make and keep memories and even lengthen the time it takes to heal!
Don't freak out though, adding a few little rituals in your daily life can reduce your cortisol levels significantly. Having a chuckle, getting a massage and even dancing has shown to lower cortisol, so while you're trying to fit in yoga class, work, driving the kids to class and making dinner, stop for 5 minutes to look at dog shaming pictures or practice your moves while you're showering. More proof that having fun is healthy!
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.
Feeling mediocre? Take a quick moment to sit with your soul and remind yourself that you have the choice to be super excited about life right now.
Think about what a miracle it is that you're here. Let your soul come into your heart and lift your spirits with its soothing frequency.
Feel love all around you and your connection to everything. Feel supported by the energy that connects us all. You are beaming, sharing smiles, and ready to meet blessings around every corner. The sides of your mouth turn up because you know the secret!
If you've been stretched to your breaking point and feel like you're coming apart at the seams, it might be time to try some form of meditation to bring your stress down a few levels.
According to Harvard Business School, practicing a meditation technique can counter stress by bringing on a response that causes us to relax, lowering everything from our breathing rate, blood pressure, cortisol levels, and heart rate. Look into a yoga or tai chi class, or even look up some deep breathing for beginners articles. Meditation can be done alone or as part of a guided class with a seasoned instructor.
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Our bodies need sleep to repair tissue and rejuvenate our brains, so when we short change that process, we really mess up the whole system. Just like our bank accounts, we can accumulate a debt of sleep, which can have harsher results than not paying down your Visa card!
The good news is you can catch up, but spreading it out over a week, instead of ducking work to catch 10 hours over one day will net better results.
Lowering the brightness in your home as the evening goes on sends a message to your brain to start getting tired, simply because there's less light.
Keeping a single light on for evening kitchen visits instead of slamming on the full overheads, using night lights in hallways and for your bedroom, replacing your bright, blue-white bulb to a softer, orange-y option can all contribute to a relaxing place for sleep.
Hailing from India and the eastern Mediterannean, miracle spice cumin has been used for more than five thousand years.
Why? In addition to its taste qualities, cumin is also known in herbal medicine for its antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory qualities. Its consumption is particularly recommended in case of difficult digestion, flatulence, vomiting and abdominal pain. It has even been used for insomnia, viral infection, treating hemorrhoids and weakened immune systems.
Cumin is an excellent source of dietary fiber and antioxidant, as well as calcium and iron. Just 1 tablespoon of cumin contains 22% of our daily iron! Look for some recipes that use cumin and start incorporating it into your cooking.
Need some motivation to get more sleep? Research has found a connection between sleep deprivation and weight gain! Getting enough sleep increases our energy, and when we don't get enough, our brain is going to tell us to look elsewhere, namely - to food. Two lesser known hormones that sound like characters from a Star Trek movie, ghrelin and leptin play a role too. Ghrelin, the 'hunger hormone' stimulates our appetite and causes us to store more fat while leptin, the 'satiety hormone' controls our appetite, telling us when we are full.
When we log less sleep, our bodies can increase the production of both, leading us to crave fatty and sugary foods and lessening our ability to just say no to junk food, causing us to pack on the pounds. All the more reason to get to bed early tonight!
Did you know that sweet potato is not part of the potato family? With its bell-shaped flowers, this food has a sweet, sweet taste and orange flesh. Highly appreciated by children, sweet potato has an interesting nutritional value as it contains vitamins A, B, C and B6, potassium and folic acid.
With a slightly higher starch content than potato, sweet potato is considered a starch and provides about 130 calories per half cup. It adds variety to our menus and can be used to make pies, cakes, puddings, mashed or au gratin.
It seems we'd give anything for a decent night's rest these days, but we might not be aware of how we sabotage ourselves when it comes to getting enough zzz's!
Do you wait to head to bed until you can't keep your eyes open anymore? Do you slap the snooze button more and more before pulling yourself out of your cozy nest? If this sounds familiar, you might be throwing off your internal body clock. While there is a childlike delight in staying up late, by not keeping a positive P.M. routine, you could be creating a cycle that can make you more tired in the long run.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Do you know your crown chakra connects you to your spirit guides? If you ask people, they usually have at least one family member that has stories of a spirit guide helping them. Your crown chakra is at the top of your head and you can feel it tingle when it's really active.
Your spirit guides are high vibration consciousness that exist in realms unpercievable to the naked eye but are still very real. Many healers work with their guides to get practical information to help others and themselves.
You can use certain crystals to tune into their frequency with requires a loving and calm emotional state to reach. The more you set your intention to contact them and develop a relationship, the strong the bond gets. Everyone has guides in higher vibrational realms waiting to be helpful and share their wisdom.
Today's Mantra: "I bring loving kindness everywhere I go and I am grateful for the experiences that allow me to grow. I am a spirit here to learn how to be a better person and uplift people wherever I go. I smile because it's contagious and makes people feel better."
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.
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: "My relationships are enriching, deep, and meaningful. I choose to be around people who help me connect to my soul. I support my friends with love and inspiration."
Do you want more confidence in your relationships and at work? Well activate your solar plexus chakra and you will feel like you can take on the world. Even if you're new to the chakra system you can use these simple ways to get this bundle of nerves active.
First, you can eat yellow foods such as lemons, corn, pineapple and garbanzo beans.
Secondly, strengthen the muscles of your upper abdomen and core.
Finally use yellow crystals like tiger's eye and wear it to balance that energy and regain will power and self esteem. An added bonus would be wearing yellow colored clothing to get the frequency active.