Daily Inspiration for the Mind
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 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.
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.
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!
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?
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!
Daily Inspiration for the Body
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The protein in meat (Especially red meat) is rich in iron, collagen and has all the essential amino acids. On the other hand, if we abuse it we will increase our rate of acidity, which is not desirable. Did you know that good sources of protein are found in whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds?
Vegetable proteins are a nice alternative to animal proteins, as they promote a lower level of acidity and this is necessary for the body to optimize its repair, as well as muscle and tissue reconstruction. Proteins are extremely important to rebuild and build our muscles, our tissues and to restructure the cells that form our organs.
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."
Did you know you can have more creativity by stimulating your navel chakra? That's right, everyone can be more creative! This chakra holds our fire power and we can stimulate it with spicey foods like ginger, jalapenos and cayenne.
Strengthening your lower abdomen muscles and twisting your torso can help stimulate this chakra as well. Water and orange foods like mangos, cantaloupes, pumpkins and oranges can help increase your inspiration and help you find creative solutions to problems in our lives.
Similarly orange crystals such as citrine, orange calcite and amber will help stimulate your creativity too!
Today's Mantra: "It is easy to move through fear. I am healing from my past experiences right now. I am ready to open my heart and patiently get to know new people because I do not need anyone to be happy."
Did you know these health issues could be caused by a blocked root chakra? Some health conditions linked to the root chakra include chronic fatigue, sciatica, constipation, luekemia, obesity, bladder infections, colds and anemia.
Our emotions are linked to our health through our chakra system and healing our emotions can help our health just as improving our health can affect our emotions. It's a two way street.
You can help heal your root chakra by focussing on stability, security, survival, grounding and getting the support you need.
Today's Mantra: "The entire universe is within me. The feelings I experience are a reflection of the universal mind. I tune into my intuition by listening to my body. I care for the world by treating my body like a temple."
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."