Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Did you know meditation can help heal your relationship? We often lose sight of our intention and become defensive if we don't take time to slow down and direct our mind to be loving, compassionate and have the intention to care for the person we are in a relationship with.
Meditation helps us overcome the insecurities that can ruin our relationships because we try to impress the other person or become unloving because our ego is trying to prove we are worthy of love.
Instead of thinking about ourselves and what we can get from another person, meditation allows us to see the soul of the other person by opening our intuitive knowing. This allows us to move above the insecure identity we project onto our partner so we can love both ourself and them unconditionally as well as put our mind in a place of kindness and being caring instead of greediness.
Did you know meditation also helps your health? Check this out.
Meditation can reduce high blood pressure and the acidic stress hormones that cause painful inflammation.
It also allows your immune system to stay strong because it won't have to fight off the free radicals caused by the toxic stress hormones of adrenaline and cortisol. That means you get less colds and flus because your body's defenses are stronger. Not to mention it reduces hypertension in the nervous system which can cause constipation, insomnia and food cravings due to emotions created in the fight or flight response state.
You were meant to read this today. Here's how to feel confident right now.
Close your eyes and feel your inner love and kindness. Feel your energy radiating from your heart. Feel how others enjoy your company because of your love.
Wherever you go, no matter what task is at hand, your confidence comes from your intention to be loving, kind and positive. You are ready! You are smiling and ready to charge up some people with your exuberant vibes. That is your true value beyond anything else.
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?
Do you want to have more energy? Here's a quickie meditation to get some!
Close your eyes and see the things requiring your energy around you. Look at each one and see if you actually need to be giving it energy. Let go of the things draining your energy. Are you worrying about the future? Going over something in the past? Trying to control something?
Now you're relaxed and you can see the huge endless expansive universe full of grids of ligtht that connect to your body. See light moving towards you steadily from all directions reviving your soul and energizing your spirit. Now you're ready and full of energy! Come back to this meditation anytime to recharge.
A daily meditation practice can relieve stress and reset your mental state.
Those who practice regular meditation had higher brain activity in the areas that deal with stress and concentration. Healthy ways to manage stress can help ease depression and anxiety. Making meditation more accessible has even been suggested as part of Canada's mental health strategy.
Meditate for 5 minutes each morning to calm your mind. Be kind to yourself. Make your mental health a priority!
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Did you know that asparagus contains beta-carotene and lutein? These are in the family of carotenoids with antioxidant power.
White asparagus gets its colour because it has not developed its chlorophyll since it has grown out of the light. Choose asparagus with straight and smooth stems, without spots, and tight tip scales. Keep them for a maximum of 48 hours in a damp cloth in the drawer of the refrigerator. If you wish to freeze them, blanch for 3-4 minutes in boiling water, drain, and let cool before freezing.
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.
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.
If you're having trouble sleeping, you may need to develop a better nighttime routine.
Start by committing to the same bedtime every night for a week. Notice when you actually feel sleepy rather than forcing yourself to lie there thinking about what you're missing on Law & Order. Make a habit of being in bed at the same time for the week and track how you feel in the a.m.
If you're still struggling, push bedtime back a bit and try again. There could be a winning formula in there, but you'll have to pay more attention to your current nighttime habits first!
The next time you're dead set on staying up past your bedtime to marathon watch Netflix, consider that losing a few winks can have huge impact on your body. Sleep deprivation has been known to cause side effects like confusion, aching muscles and memory lapses. You're more likely to bump into things at work and be generally more clumsy when you haven't caught enough shuteye.
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 Inspiration for the Soul
Today's Mantra: "I use positive words and know my words become things. I guard my words and use them to heal and uplift. Words create new opportunities and I use my voice powerfully to help others."
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 lead by example as a peaceful, nonjudgemental, loving person. I do not get caught up in petty drama and I don't take things personally."
Did you know an unbalanced root chakra can create instability in your finances? Not to worry though because there are easy ways you can balance your root chakra with some simple exercises and foods.
Squats stimulate your root chakra and foods like beets, cherries and tomatoes and potatoes do as well. Wearing certain crystals such as black tourmaline and bloodstone can also help you balance your root chakra which is an energy center.
Finally, focusing on improving digestion and ellimination so the organs of this area are healthy can help clear energetic blocks in this area.
Today's Mantra: "My happiness comes from the love I give. The people in my life are extremely loving just like me. The love I give is a force that heals me and others."
Today's Mantra: "I create healthy boundaries for myself in my work, my relationships, my diet and my thoughts."