Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Introducing something new into your life can re-energize and rejuvenate your mental state. It can lead to self-discovery and new ideas. For those dealing with depression or anxiety issues, diving into a new hobby or new adventure can pave the road toward recovery.
Challenge yourself to try something new. Find adventure. Flip your perspective upside down. Constantly push your limits. That trip you've been thinking about? Book it. That hobby you've wanted to start? Try it. Fill your life with the things you enjoy. Look inward and constantly strive for self-improvement. Find your happy.
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.
Do you find yourself dragging from one part of your day to the next not really enjoying any of it? Let's take a quick moment to shfit that so you can enjoy all of your activities, big or small!
Close your eyes. This will only take a moment, go ahead, close them. Think of the tasks you drag yourself through. Now watch yourself dancing and smiling as you do them, grooving like you just recieved the most awesome news ever! Now you see yourself laughing as you go from one thing to the next in your mind and playing fun music, wearing bright colors, giving hugs and engaging with people excitedly. This is your new theme, it's fun and it's exciting! You are now going to bring enthusiasm which the Greeks called, 'the power of the Gods,' to every moment of your day even if it's just getting in and out of your car.
There is a popular statement that says, but first, be happy. Meaning that we often wait for happiness to find us but we have it backwards. We need to be happy for things we want to come into our lives! Be happy for now reason besides that it will make others happy!
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.'
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!
Aromatherapy is an easy way to relieve stress, appealing to your sense of smell and easing you into feeling more relaxed. Stress candles, incense, tea, oils or creams are all products that can help to bring soothing scent into your world, and each can be used in different ways.
Ylang ylang, rose, lavendar, vetiver and chamomile are all aromas thought to relieve stress. Using these scents as essential oils in your bath, during a massage therapy session or in a diffuser can have dramatic effect. Inhaling deeply while using these oils can enhance the effect and can even be a benefit when you're drinking chamomile tea, rubbing in cream or indulging in a foot bath, which has relaxing effects of its own!
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Did you know that it's not just people in a hurry who can benefit from smoothies? These smooth beverages, made from fresh, natural ingredients, can help meet our needs in all circumstances. Preparing a delicious smoothie is easy, fast, and nourishing while bringing a new twist to your daily menus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In addition to their protein content, edamame beans are an excellent source of phosphorus, a mineral that plays an important role in maintaining good bone health. They are also rich in plant-derived iron, making them an excellent choice for vegetarian food enthusiasts. Above all, it's their phytoestrogen content that makes it a superfood.
Of all soy products (Think tofu, miso or tamari.), it’s the fresh edamame bean that contains the most. Phytoestrogens are some of the most interesting components for overall health, especially for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
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."
Today's Mantra: "When I focus on something, I know I can learn anything. I am able to change my life because I am fearless. The path of my soul is fulfilled through the power of my heart."
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 am in love with my soul and make all my decisions from the voice of my soul. I meditate daily to keep that connection strong. I help guide others to their own truth."
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
Did you have a low or overactive sex drive? It could be because of an imbalanced sacral chakra. In order to bring it into balance you can work on balancing all of your chakras through sun salations, chakra clearing meditations, eating a plant based diet with lots of colors and drinking lots of water.
Set your intention to let go of intimacy wounds once and for all, find a healthy creative outlet and strengthen and stretch your whole body to bring this area into balance.
This energy center needs a healthy outlet for our creativity so painting, singing, writing or inventing things that will help the world can help balance your sacral chakra.