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!
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.
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 that volunteering in your community can have a positive impact on your mental health? Volunteering increases your confidence and sense of pride, helps create a positive identity, and generates a sense of accomplishment.
Volunteer in your community today. Help out at a local animal shelter. Volunteer at a soup kitchen this weekend. Donate old clothes or non-perishable food items. Giving back to your community will make you feel happier and more confident. Do your part. It’s a win-win. The positive effects on your mental state will make it entirely worth it.
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!
Did you know that the popular Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, is gaining speed in western society for its mental and physical health benefits? Research suggests that spending an hour or so in nature, particularly forests, every day can positively impact your mental and physical health. Studies have shown that doing so can decrease stress hormones and blood pressure in the body and lower blood glucose levels.
Take a walk amongst nature to reduce your stress. Spend 30 minutes to an hour in the morning or evening walking in a natural setting. Refresh, reset, and rejuvenate. Give your mental health a much-needed boost!
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Vitamins, just like minerals, are indeed major elements for vision; eating a lot of these components helps to keep our vision system in good condition, and to prevent macular degeneration, or any kind of disorder of the eye. This is why it’s necessary to prioritize a diet that contain vitamin A, vitamin E or C, or else foods that contain minerals such as zinc and lutein, all of which have been tied to healthy vision.
We find a high level of vitamin A in carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach; vitamin E in nuts, avocado and sunflower seeds and vitamin C in fruits and vegetables such as papaya, strawberries and guava.
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 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.
Taking the time to eat is advice that may seem simple, but doing so will make all the difference. This will allow you to be more attentive to your hunger and feelings of satiation which, may take longer to manifest.
When we eat in front of the computer or the television, our attention is diverted from our body's signals, making it difficult to detect them. We often eat faster and it’s easy to consume all the contents of our plate without even appreciating it. Intentionally slowing down and taking the time to notice when you are actually full and don't need to keep eating is a great way to practice intuitive eating.
We bet you have a routine for your workouts, your job, and your morning habits on the way there (coffee anyone?), but do you have a solid practice when it comes to preparing yourself to drift off to dreamland?
Most of us are so busy, we're lucky if we remember to brush our teeth and lotion up before we collapse into our beds. But establishing healthy habits to get us ready for snoozing can have a dramatic effect on our overall quality of sleep.
Simple tricks like taking a bath, reading a book, even meditating or deep breathing all create the calming effect your body needs to send signals to your brain that we are ready to get some shut-eye.
Turning off the screens (TV, computer, tablet and phone) at least an hour before we expect to go to bed gives our brains time to properly wind down, as having any lights on makes our bodies think it's still daytime and we should try and stay awake and alert. It may not seem like a big deal to be playing games on your little screen right before you slip off to dreamland, but even small amounts of light can keep our brains in go mode, forcing us to stay awake longer than we should.
If you absolutely have to finish up your Candy Crush game, at least switch to the dimmest setting and don't hold it right up against your face.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Known for: Inner Power, Intuition, Communication
Primary Chakra: Throat Chakra
Affirmation: I speak with confidence and with purpose
Lapis Lazuli can help with emotional issues such as Anxiety, Despair, Emotional Healing, Hope, Panic Attacks. It can also help with physical issues such as Aches and Pains, Detoxifying the Body, Immune System, Insomnia, Vertigo
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: "I am in the present moment and raise the vibes to shift my entire reality."
Today's Mantra: "I am strong, I help people see the strength in themselves. I am a humble and find my self worth in my values and virtues and not external appearances."
Today's Mantra: "I confidently step into my soul's purpose. Every breath I take fills me with courage as I align with my calling."
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.