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!
Don't you wish someone could just take your worries away? In Guatemala, tiny worry dolls are made of wood or wire and dressed in traditional Mayan style using woven fabric and yarn. According to Mayan legend, these are given or lent to someone who has so many worries, they have a hard time sleeping.
The thought was revealing your problems to your worry dolls, then placing them under your pillow at night will let them do your worrying for you. You get a good night's rest and your sorrows have been carried away by your tiny little helpers.
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!
Ever feel like everyone around you is grumpy or negative? This often means we ourselves are not being that kind because the world mirrors our own energy back to us. Meditation can helps us look in that mirror to get down to the real cause of our own energy.
Sit with a journal and set your intention to know how to be more kind. This will help you see where you may be hypercrical and where you can open your heart.
Healing our perspectives can increase our joy and attract much happier, kinder people!
Here's a quick tip to help you expand your thinking so you don't limit yourself. Words create thought patterns and quite literally program our life. When we recognize this power, we can use it to take the lid off of our mind.
Sit quietly and close your eyes. Ask to see where you are limiting yourself in your mind. Wait for the answer to show up. Write down what comes. Now ask yourself, where did this limiting viewpoint come from? Write down what comes.
The answers that come to us can be simple yet profound. Our mind is very powerful and when we use it to our benefit we can overcome many obstacles that we allow in our lives that make us work harder than we need to.
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.
Daily Inspiration for the Body
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.
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.
Daily StretchLower Back Stretch
Type of Pose: Midday, Stretch Break
Hold for 1.5 minutes total
Stretch Benefits: Improves mental clarity by bringing fresh blood to your head. Reduces lower back compression and lengthens entire spine. Stretches hamstrings to reduce injuries when playing sports.
Start standing with your feet as wide as your shoulders. Lean forward so your hands touch the ground bending your knees if necessary. Relax your neck and let your head hang heavily. Breathe deeply and slowly through your nose for 30 seconds and think about lengthening your spine. Slowly come back up to standing. Repeat this three times.
Downing extra highballs before bed can certainly make you sleepy, but the effects of alcohol on your sleeping patterns is not so beneficial. Drinking too much of anything before you sign out for the night is going to make it more likely you'll have to wake up to relieve yourself before your alarm goes off, but alcohol is the biggest offender.
Alcohol supresses the release of ADH (Antidiuretic Hormone), whose job is to tell our kidneys to keep more fluid in than out - keeping us properly hydrated and taking more regular bathroom breaks. When we consume alcohol, it prevents the ADH from storing the extra fluid and - here's where 'break the seal' comes into play - we start a cycle of drinking and peeing for the rest of the night. Until that alcohol is out of your system and you are sufficiently rehydrated, expect to get up a few more times throughout the night!
Daily StretchNeck Tension Stretch
Type of Pose: Morning, Stretch Break, Evening
Hold for 1 minute
Stretch Benefits: Reduces tension in your neck and shoulders and can help reduce sharp chest pain.
Sit in a cross legged position with your hands on your knees. Inhale through your nose and squeeze your shoulders up towards your ears. Exhale through your nose and let them drop. Continue this action for one minute breathing with as much intensity as you can.
The chia seed is native to the Central Valley of Mexico and has been known and consumed for over 5000 years. It was used as a survival food by the Aztecs: it was said that a tablespoon of chia could keep a warrior fit for 24 hours. It also served as an offering to the gods.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Today's Mantra: "I let go of the stories I tell myself about my life that no longer serve me. I choose to see possibilities in every moment. Amazing things are happening as we speak. The universe conspires to support me."
Today's Mantra: "When I want to change my life, I see the reality I am creating in my mind and take action to make magic happen."
Do you know which chakra activates will power? In the center of your body is your solar plexus chakra that is linked to our determination and courage. Linked to the vibration of the color yellow, it can make us feel energetic and bold like the sun when it's in balance.
Simple ways to balance this chakra are situps, plank pose, breath of fire and bringing more yellow clothing or decorations into your life.
The muscles in your solar plexus are exercised when you laugh so getting a good dose of humor regularly can increase your optimism and brighten your outlook.
Today's Mantra: "I am excited about today. I can feel the energy shifting. Yes my life is absolutely amazing and every moment is remarkably surprising and fun."
Known for: Communication, Calming, Stabilizing
Primary Chakra: Throat Chakra
Affirmation: I communicate effectively, with ease
Blue Lace Agate can help with emotional issues such as Anger, Anxiety, Conflicts, Frustrations. It can also help with physical issues such as Abdominal, Aches, Arthritis, Asthma, Infection
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.