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The Mind, Body, Spirit Connection and Healing – My Last Post

The Mind, Body, Spirit Connection and Healing – My Last Post

The Mind/Body/Spirit Connection and Healing – My Last Post

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“Every patient carries her or his own doctor inside.”
~Albert Schweitzer

 

Hi Beautifuls!  

This will be my last post here at Kibby’s Blended Life.  I have decided to call it quits with this space. Everything here will be available till the end of May 2016.  Life is great and I am doing well.  I have grown so much through this blog and with you all over the years.   My heart is elsewhere and I am honoring that.    I didn’t want to leave or disappear without a farewell. Thank you for being a part of this journey.  

I wrote this post last year (added to it over the past few days) and felt it a perfect gift from my soul to yours.  Enjoy!

 

Health issues are much thicker than the skin.  Therefore, mental and emotional aspects cannot be ignored for long term, balanced health to be achieved.  Our emotional, mental and physical selves are intertwined and interlinked.  There is ample evidence to prove that psychological health affects physical health and vice versa.  Thinking holistically means viewing yourself as a whole being, not a collection of parts. Mind, body and spirit are inseparable, and illness in one of these areas often produces illness in the others.  Think holistically and your overall health will improve.

Listen to yourself.  Listen to your body. If you listen to what your body is telling you, you will know what is wrong.  Trust your intuition, even if  it means overriding tradition.  When you have a physical problem, the root of the problem may not be what the symptom is. Your higher self may direct you to what is going on to be able to get the root of the problem. It all gets back to: Listen to that little voice inside.  This approach to health care is often dismissed as irresponsible, because it has not been flooded in “scientific proof.”  Now, however, proof emerges from medical journals in a steady stream.  Recent research has revealed how the immune system and the nervous system communicate with each other.  So when something upsets you, your immune system feels it, too.  

You may have already thought about the relationship between the mind and the body, and you  may have some beliefs about it, especially if you  have ever become physically ill over the problems of life.  Have you ever experienced a frightful dream that was so real that you woke up with a pounding heart or a cold sweat over your body?  This and other everyday experiences are proof that your thoughts and emotions that you experience triggers countless chemical reactions throughout your body via your nervous and endocrine system.  

There are numerous reasons why people get sick.  Sometimes that can be because of poor nutrition, smoking, excessive alcohol, environmental toxins, genetic predispositions, age, inappropriate medications, stress, past traumas, or unexpressed emotions.  All of these can contribute to disease and illness.

My own interest in how thinking and emotions affects health began years ago.  My health issues that plagued me as a teen had re-emerged in my late 30’s.   I was “doing all the right things” according to what I had learned, yet with no relief.  I knew there had to be something deeper on a level that I never gone to before.

From an Ayurvedic perspective, emotional ill-health is caused by lack of coordination between an individual’s senses, emotions and thoughts.  In the Ayurvedic view, the heart and mind are intimately connected.  When that connection is weakened, problems arise.   The lack of ability to process emotions in a timely way is the main cause of emotional imbalances.    Some people are able to process an emotion quickly, which means they are able to let go and move on with their lives.  For others, the processing or “cooking” of thoughts is slower, so the negative impression remains with them for a very long time and impacts their current thoughts and emotions, resulting in negative mood, disease and illness.  

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This is where I found a healing platform for several childhood traumas that had never been dealt with.    I looked at my life and realized that I was not happy with certain aspects of it.  I decided to change, work on my issues, forgive others and myself, change my thoughts and reactions to situations and learned how to LIVE. This is not something you do once and you’re healed.  It is an on-going journey of the soul.  I learn something everyday.  I go through rough times just like everyone else, but the key is to stay present and see it for what it is in a larger picture.  Don’t be afraid to delve deep.  Freedom and peace await you there.  I avoided it for many years but one day I decided to open the door and go in fully.  No looking back.  It was the BEST decision of my life.  Healing began that moment I said YES to LIFE.  Whatever it took.  

Deepak Chopra, a medical doctor and widely-known author, who has conducted  research in this field, contends that body cells store everything that we have ever experienced in life, and that everything the mind is unable to express is stored in the body.  Part of his theory is that in the gap between body and mind is the spirit, and we need to heal the spirit because it programs the mind.  We need to listen to our bodies to figure out just how to heal the spirit.  This is something that I have witnessed in my own personal journey.  Our bodies talk to us in numerous ways, and if we get sick, it is not necessarily a punishment, but rather, a message.  Instead of thinking of illness as a punishment for not doing something, it might be more productive to ask, “What is my body saying to me?  What do I need to address?  What do I need to look at?  What thoughts, beliefs and behaviors could be contributing to this?  What do I need to change in my life?”

If we listen to our bodies, we can then try to understand what our bodies are telling us.  When we can use pain as a warning, we ask ourselves,  “What is going on here?  What do I really need to see here?”  Illness is an opportunity to grow and change, to heal with the past, to learn to live, and to embrace what we really want.   Be sure that you have healed any sadness in your heart as this often blocks us from moving forward and seeing results.  Self-love may be one of the most integral components of overall health.   To be truly honest and vulnerable with yourself so that you can break the vicious cycle (conscious or unconscious) of thoughts, emotions and routine to empower yourself that you CAN DO IT. 

I invite you  to listen to your inner voice.  The one that is smart and wants the best for you and that you sometimes ignore.  If we learn to listen to the whispers of our body, it won’t give us “screams.”  

Stress: The Important Link to Illness

 Your body is hard-wired to react to stress in ways meant to protect you against threats from predators and other aggressors. Such threats are rare today, but that doesn’t mean that life is free of stress.  The immune system is a collection of billions of cells that travel through the bloodstream.  They move in and out of tissues and organs, defending the body against foreign bodies (antigens), such as bacteria, viruses and cancerous cells.  

On the contrary, you undoubtedly face multiple demands each day, such as shouldering a huge workload, making ends meet and taking care of your family. Your body treats these so-called minor hassles as threats. As a result you may feel as if you’re constantly under assault. However, you can fight back. You don’t have to let stress control your life. When you encounter a perceived threat — a large dog barks at you during your morning walk, for instance — your hypothalamus, a tiny region at the base of your brain, sets off an alarm system in your body. Through a combination of nerve and hormonal signals, this system prompts your adrenal glands, located atop your kidneys, to release a surge of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol.

Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain’s use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues.  

We all have stress; it is a part of life that is not going to go away. However, it is not the amount or severity of stress that matters, but rather the “way we handle our stress” that affects our immune system.  When stress erupts, the body suddenly jumps into the “sympathetic nervous response” – SNR, also known as the stress response, or the “fight or flight” response.   When SNR is produced, other body functions are halted until the stressful situation has passed. Glucose flows abnormally, digestion is inhibited, reproductive growth is decreased, tissue growth and repair are lessened, and all of this depresses the immune system.  This is the body’s way of taking care of an immediate emergency.

The immune system also receives signals to slow down while cortisol does its job. But with chronic stress, however, the immune system stays in low gear, leaving the body vulnerable to infection and disease. Common illnesses brought on or worsened by stress are cardiovascular disease, digestive problems, skin conditions and poor memory function.  The body’s stress-response system is usually self-limiting. Once a perceived threat has passed, hormone levels return to normal. As adrenaline and cortisol levels drop, your heart rate and blood pressure return to baseline levels, and other systems resume their regular activities.

Yet when stressors are always present and you constantly feel under attack, that fight-or-flight reaction stays turned on.   The long-term activation of the stress-response system — and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones — can disrupt almost all your body’s processes. This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems.

As cortisol levels drop, the immune system cells begin to resume their role of protecting the body.  While you cannot avoid all of the stresses that come your way, you can learn how to control your reaction. Learning to deal with stress in a healthy manner will minimize the negative affects it has on the immune system.  

 
Handling Stress Effectively

We have the mechanisms and the support systems we need to deal with stress intelligently, but often, we think we don’t.  We think that we are all alone.  We become overwhelmed by our troubles and no longer believe we know what to do, yet we have the tools we can use to deal with stress, elevate the immune system response, and thereby improve our overall level of wellness.  It’s kind of like we have the equipment but are hesitant to take it out of the toolbox.  We have an opportunity to take advantage of the resources within and around us. I like to visualize my toolbox when stress arises. I can go to it and see what tool is required for the situation and environment at the moment.

Bodywork can be an effective stress reduction technique. Massage is an ancient form of healing that actually releases peptides into the blood and muscles and thereby elevates the immune response.  Touch is very healing.  

Reiki or energy healing is another modality that I find to be very helpful (I do self practice).   Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.    Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use.

Meditation is very effective because it reduces the stress response.  Sitting quietly and breathing slowly can shift the body away from “fight or flight” to the normal state of our nervous system. By meditating regularly, you can fairly often keep your body in a state of quiet and rest with all systems operating at normal speed.

Deep breathing is an excellent tool for stress.  When you get so anxious about your pain or a situation that you can’t seem to think straight, it helps to slow down and take deep breaths.   This is the first tool in my toolbox to pull out.  The act of focusing on my breath centers me and expands the energy around me. In this space, I can think and act more clearly.  Slow breathing is a bridge between the mind and the body.  With consistent practice of this technique, one can be conditioned to be in this state of calm when a situation arises.  Check out my article “Just BREATHE – How Important It Is“. (videos included).

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Another way to help our immune system is by getting honest with ourselves about our emotions and “feel our feelings”. If you are angry or sad or happy, you cannot fool your body of the fact. Whatever is going on in the mind needs to be expressed.   If it does not find expression through the mouth, then it will surely emerge as an ulcer, rash, or some other symptom.  It is important to pull whatever is in the depth of your soul that has not been addressed. 

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We cannot relax in our current life, no matter how much meditation, slow breathing and yoga we do, if we are secretly fuming about something that hurt us twenty years ago.  We all have had traumas, we all have had issues, and it is “healthful” to try to see what needs to be healed, no matter how uncomfortable it is to think about.  I feel THIS AREA is KEY!

As important as facing our psychological issues is to our health, we must also remember that it is equally important to get on with our lives and have fun.  Every time you laugh, endorphins are released, and this has a positive impact on health. Some ways to elevate your immune system now can be as fun as kissing, hugging, exercise, walking, hanging out with a friend, singing, creative work and hobbies, capacity for joyful living and healthy relationships.

Taking Responsibility for Our Health

Illness results when we don’t take care of ourselves, while “wellness” is all about responsibility. That responsibility is for our health and well-being.  Wellness refers to a lifestyle designed to prevent illness.  Components of wellness include exercise, nutrition, avoidance of known environmental toxins, regular check-ups, a spiritual process and awareness that these variables either promote or detract from wellness.

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To be able to live a lifestyle designed to regain or maintain wellness, we must be honest with ourselves that illness is multifactorial (involving a variety of elements).  Illness is caused by many things, and never the result of one single factor.  At the same token, wellness is mutifactorial.  A holistic approach to health care means consideration of the Whole person, and not just  “some of her parts”.  Owning up to what we ourselves must do means looking at our whole lifestyle, not just some of our habits.  The whole kit and kaboodle. For example, getting adequate exercise but continuing to smoke won’t necessarily result in wellness.  Eating nutritionally but getting no exercise, again, does not take into account all of the many factors of wellness. 

Exercise

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Exercise is a major part of the mind/body connection.  When we exercise, chemicals called “endorphins” are released from the brain, from the adrenal glands, the hypothalamus, the pituitary and thyroid glands. When I am really agitated, or have something that I need to work out, if I can go outside for a walk in nature, jump on my rebounder, step onto my yoga mat or do something physical, I feel better.  The action of exercising somehow alters the stress level. Part of this is due to the release of endorphins and the other part is that the perception of myself improves when I exercise.

   
Find a kind of movement or exercise that serves you.  Whatever you enjoy doing, do it MORE! It might be running, dancing, skiing, yoga (gentle or sweaty), going to the gym, hula hooping or even just walking.  Be sure you are not pressured into it (by others or yourself), but do WHAT YOUR HEART DESIRES. This is key to a consistent, long term motivation in daily movement.  Exercise and movement are big components of wellness, but slaving away at an activity you dread is hardly an expression of healthy intention.

Spirituality and Your Health

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Each individual must find his or her own path to wellness, one that supports his or her belief system.  Just because we adopt a few externally visible wellness techniques, such as publicly eating kale or going to yoga class, we are not assured of optimal health, because internal, spiritual factors are also involved. When I think about healing, I think of the mind, body and spirit as a trilogy.  All three must be addressed to achieve health and well-being. Use whatever works for you personally. Be it meditating, playing or listening to music, prayer, being at one with nature, creating art (even in the kitchen), writing, exercising or whatever means you have for tapping into your energy for wellness.

Personally, I have found I need a spiritual process to help me achieve optimal wellness, because it helps to break down the barriers between the mind and the body.  Our bodies will always tell us how they feel in relation to exercise, food and stress.  So listen to yourself. If you need to step away from a relationship that is unhealthy, please do so. If your exercise regimen is too strenuous and causing you and your body more stress, cut back to something such as walking, yoga, tai chi, etc.  It will vary from person to person.  AND from moment to moment.  One day I need to lift weights and the next day I just want to take a quiet walk in nature.  Go with what your body and spirit NEED.  Listen and pay attention.  The individual sense must emerge from your inner voice.

 

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By turning to a source within ourselves, one that we know works for us and brings us personal peace, we can deal with stress more effectively, stay in the parasymphathetic (calming) nervous response and elevate the immune system. 

Ask for guidance through your spiritual practice, then listen and watch for the signs to emerge.  

Wisdom: Being Your Higher Self

As you become aware of the energy around you, wisdom helps you understand it.  You begin seeing that everything that happens to you is meant to assist you in going even higher.  As you begin to believe that all things are being created for your highest good, it becomes so.  Your positive perspective creates a supportive and nurturing environment around you; it allows energy to flow with you, rather than against you. 

Wisdom is the ability to be conscious of what is happening around you, to see the higher truth, and express yourself with compassion.  As you open to energy, you will begin to get more input and information from the Universe.   Wisdom helps you to soften that information, to reinterpret the messages. 

Wisdom comes from the heart.  The wise heart embraces others with a feeling of compassion for whatever stage they are at in their souls’ evolution; it approaches them with a feeling of love and oneness rather than judgment. 

Wisdom is the ability to know what is important in your life and what is not, what things are distractions and what things are the call of your soul.  It is the ability to sort through all the data that is coming in and select only those things that contribute to your sense of well-being.

Wisdom is the ability to know which activities are truly serving your higher purpose and which are merely distractions from your path.   As you identify with your deeper being, your soul, you will achieve feelings of inner contentment and peace.  The power to heal and to be whole is within YOU. Each and every one of you.

YOUR journey and path is unique to YOU. Don’t look to others for what they do and try to imitate.  Believe me on this one.  I’ve been there. Done that.  Go with your own authenticity.   Become friends with your body, your spirit and emotions.  They are your biggest teachers and healers.  Embrace them with forgiveness, compassion and love.  Once I did this, major shifts happened and continue to do so.  It is a wonderful and beautiful journey.  Enjoy the ride.

 

Thank you ALL!  You have touched my heart deeply in the time that I have had this space to share with you.  Your connection and friendship has meant so much to me.  I know many of you by first names and think of you often – I really do!  I wish you THE BEST in this life. 

 You have the Power! 

Harness it and Shine Bright with Health & Wellness!

 

My love always,

Kibby

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

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♥ Self-Love: Part 1, The Body –  This post by Raechel from .rebel grrrl living is amazing.  I could relate to a lot of it.  Very refreshing and inspiring. 

♥ How to Tuck Non-Skinny Jeans into Boots – Easy.

♥ Double The Layers, Half The Frump – This is GREAT!

♥ DIY Boot Warmer Cuffs – Brilliant!  You can also take an old pair of socks and cut out the toes to make your own boot sock cuffs. 

♥ The Ultimate Gluten-Free Pumpkin Recipe Round-Up – These are wonderful!  So many winners.

♥ A Vata-Pacifying Routine for Fall – Oh yeah!  Take note.

♥ Heroine’s Journey – Holy Wow!  This is amazing and I can so relate.  I know that many of you can too. 

♥ Inside Out Change – Beautiful, intuitive astrological insight for November from Sarah Varcas.

Easy 5 Min Quinoa Breakfast Bowl + Taking the Pressure Off A “Perfect Diet” – Go easy on yourself!  I made this for breakfast this morning (with scrambled eggs) and topped with fresh chopped green onions – oh how DELICIOUS!  Thanks Linda!

♥ The Power of Nature: Ecotherapy and Awakening – I agree.  Nature is incredibly healing and a source of true soul connecting. So “Go get your NATURE ON.” 

♥  Blender Girl Smoothies app – The Blender Girl (Aka Tess Masters) AWESOME smoothies app launched a couple of weeks ago in the app store. It is available for iPhone and iPad for $4.99.  Her Smoothies App rocks!  It has 100 healthy smoothie recipes and a full smoothie-making glossary. I had the honor of being a tester and I assure you – it is a must for any smoothie aficionado or even a beginner. 

♥ What Is Ashwagandha? – One of my favorite tonic herbs. Check out my tonic drink recipes HERE.

♥ I’ve Found My Path, But Wait! Where Did Everyone Go? – Yep!  Been there!  Still there.  It is ever evolving and changing as you do.  I say it is a cool experience and opportunity during your journey and evolution of growth and healing. 

 

 

“Transitions are a part of life, allowing for perpetual renewal. When you experience the end of one chapter, allow yourself to feel the emotions of loss and rebirth. A bud gives way to a new flower, which surrenders to the fruit, which gives rise to a seed, which yields a new sprout. Even as you ride the roller coaster, embrace the centered internal reference of the ever-present witness.”
~David Simon

  If you’re looking for more inspirational reading you can flip through all my Thoughtful Thursday articles here! Be Inspired!

For more healthy living and organic gardening tips, quick recipes, what I’m eating and inspirational quotes, LOVE me on Facebook and Subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Lots of fun stuff!

May the GREENS be with You! and Be Inspired!

Kibby

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

 

♥ 10 Incredible Uses for Epsom Salt in the Garden – Fantastic tips!  I learned some new ways for epsom salts in my garden.  I love taking hot baths with these salts for detoxing and cleansing.

♥ East vs West –  LOVE this information from Monica Bloom. 

♥ Access Inner Peace in a Noisy World –  This is a place with BEING – finding that inner peace, freedom and joy.

Access Inner Peace in a Noisy World
Access Inner Peace in a Noisy World

Access Inner Peace in a Noisy World

Access Inner Peace in a Noisy World
Access Inner Peace in a Noisy World

♥ Hair Health (and Hair Loss) Explained – AWESOME post by Kimberly Snyder. 

♥ The Practice of ListeningConscious listening conveys respect for the source of information (person) by being fully present ,alert and creating a welcome space for interaction as opposed to closed listening where one is rehearsing answers or imposing one’s opinion already while the sounds are coming in.  We’ve all been guilty of it.  It just takes awareness and learning to step back and be there for the person (ourselves included).

♥ 6 Ways to Create a Sacred Space at Home – Fantastic article.  

6 Ways to Create a Sacred Space at Home

♥ 10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome – I’ve looked into these before, but this one is AMAZING!  This will be our next future home.  We’ve always wanted to do one,   Growing your own food is a perk with this house.  Better start saving, huh!  

♥ Learn Stomach Pulling for Superior Digestion in 4 Minutes a Day – More great information from Dr. John Douillard.

♥ The Metabolic Power of Pleasure – Interesting!

The Metabolic Power of Pleasure
The Metabolic Power of Pleasure

♥  Do You Know What Element You Are? – My gorgeous, sweet friend, Rhiannon Griffiths, has debuted her BRAND NEW FREE Ebook that tells you what Element or CF you might be, as well as recipes and “how to help” sheets that make Chinese Medicine wisdom so accessible & applicable to your modern life.   This is a wonderful book, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I hope you do too!

BRAND NEW free ebook that tells you what Element or CF you might be, as well as recipes and “how to help” sheets that make Chinese Medicine wisdom so accessible & applicable to your modern life. – See more at: http://www.rhiannongriffiths.com/free-stuff/#sthash.4xW2xAaN.dpuf
BRAND NEW free ebook that tells you what Element or CF you might be, as well as recipes and “how to help” sheets that make Chinese Medicine wisdom so accessible & applicable to your modern life. – See more at: http://www.rhiannongriffiths.com/free-stuff/#sthash.4xW2xAaN.dpuf

 


  If you’re looking for more inspirational reading you can flip through all my Thoughtful Thursday articles here! Be Inspired!

For more healthy living and organic gardening tips, quick recipes, what I’m eating and inspirational quotes, LOVE me on Facebook and Subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Lots of fun stuff!

May the GREENS be with You! and Be Inspired!
Kibby

 

Time for the Art of BEING

Time for the Art of BEING

 Time for the Art of BEING

 

 Hi everyone!  I’m still here.  I’ve had some of you contact me and see if everything was alright – THANK YOU for that!  You don’t know how much your thoughtfulness means to me.  Yep, everything is fine!   Let me share with you what has been going on and why I have been MIA for a few months. 

The surest and most reliable way to know whether you are following your intuition is that whenever you do so, you feel more alive.    I have been increasing my communication mindfulness lately by listening deeply to what is being said.  Externally and internally.  My intuition had been speaking loudly to me and I started listening. Remember,  your instincts will never fail you. The logical mind can be duped. The eyes and ears can be bamboozled.   They see what they want to see. They hear what they want to hear.  However, your Inner Being cannot be confused. 

A few months ago I was feeling something was OFF with me.  I felt burned out from writing on the blog, things I was once passionate about lost its glitter, feeling stressed and confused about what to eat (my mind was saying one thing and my body another), I was being harsh with myself in thoughts/attitudes.  What used to work, didn’t any longer.  I felt like I was a piece of a puzzle yet the overall picture had changed, but my “piece” had not – it didn’t fit anymore.  I had been asking the Universe to “go deeper” with the cleansing of old patterns/ old behaviors/ old mindsets and to bring about healing where I could experience living from a place of peace and freedom.   So, I decided to go within and really listen.  The words I kept seeing and hearing were BEING.  My intuition was nudging me so I decided to embrace this new concept and go with it.  I have found that one of the most difficult challenges for me is when my intuition is telling me NOT to do something.  I had an idea about something I thought I should be doing and I found that I simply had no energy in it when I kept going back to it time and time again. I was trying to make myself do it, but it just wasn’t working.  I thought something was wrong with me but it took me some time to recognize that life/ my intuition was trying to give me a message that this is not the right course of action at the moment.  When I realized all of this, it opened up a whole new opportunity for me to look at EVERYTHING in my life.  The concept of DOING and BEINGAt first, it was a little unnerving because it was new and uncharted, but at the same time, I knew in my heart and soul, it was RIGHT!  It lights me up to think about it – THAT is a positive sign to me.

Our culture conditions us to believe that we must always being doing something outwardly productive.  Many of us are extremely driven and feel that we must be accomplishing something at every moment.  If we are not doing something, we feel we are wasting our time.  That others (and ourselves) will criticize us for being lazy and unmotivated.    We have lost the value of Being – taking time to rest, relax, contemplate, explore the inner realm and generally replenish and nurture ourselves.  We are terribly out of balance in this respect.   I feel this is why so many people develop chronic fatigue syndrome and other related illnesses because our bodies have to force us to stop driving ourselves and hopefully that we will LISTEN to what is being said and shown.

Doing is a state of focused, directed, goal-oriented activity.  It allows us to handle all the things we need and want to accomplish.  Being is a state where we can fully experience the present moment, without thought of the past or future.  It allows us to reach a deeper place, where we can connect with our spiritual nature.  It allows us to be in the NOW and flow with life as it comes our way.  It is important to realize and understand that spending time Being is how we replenish and revitalize ourselves.  The Being state allows us to refill ourselves with the Life Force that we have spent doing.  It literally brings us fulfillment.  They are both equally important in their own state.  It is finding the balance between the two that brings peace and freedom to our lives.

For me, my intuition was showing me how to develop the ability to relax and flow with Life, be present in the moment.   At first, with my paying attention to the inner guidance aspect so carefully, that I went through a period of feeling like I didn’t want to do much for awhile.  It was like I had gone back to school to UNLEARN what I had learned (most of my life as doer).   I was too structured, planned, organized and  I controlled too much (a hell of a lot better than I used to be, but it was time to really clear it – you remember, I was asking for it).  Taking old patterns and behaviors, mindsets, attitudes and more – swiping them from my hard drive, so to speak. These parts were not servicing me any longer and I knew it.  I was ready to face this head on – no more half ass stuff.   Then downloading some new programs, learning  new concepts, mindsets,  and awareness and then putting it all into application.  Kind of like reading a manual on how to ride a bike, but then once you actually get on the bike and ride it will you understand the overall experience.   It has and will continue to take some time to work out the kinks and bugs along the way.  But that is the fun part, right?!  It’s part of the growth process and journey for our individual selves and soul.  It never ends and I don’t want it to.  It’s not like “I’ve cleaned out my house and will never have to do it again.”  Oh, yes you will.  Unless you want to live in filth and grime.  I don’t think you do.   It may not be easy or fun at times (I’ve had some rough days of processing), but to me it is worth it on so many levels.  I have changed my mindset about it and see it as fun and exciting now.  “What new can I learn about myself today?”  It is a deeper level of making changes within myself.   I watch my thoughts that go through  my head as if I were an observer of a movie.  I have caught ALL KINDS of things that I have reviewed and changed. 

For example, a situation may arise and I can choose to react/ respond from an old place or I can see it in a different light and respond from a place of Love.  Another example, I used to look at myself in the mirror and mentally think/ say hateful things to myself.  “Look at those thighs – who is going to like you with cellulite?  You’re putting on weight – you’re no good.  You’re not as skinny as you were 2 years ago, blah, blah, blah.”  I catch those fleeting thoughts now and say “Hey!  You are wonderful. You have strong thighs that allow you lift heavy things, take long walks/ hikes, ride that fun bike.  I love you, thighs!”  I may have put on some extra weight but it looks good on me.  I look healthier, I feel better.  I don’t have to try to BE a number on a pair of jeans.  I am learning to love my body, my personality, my Life.    I am not allowing my past traumas to hold me back any longer.  I am healing them and experiencing a part of life I never allowed myself to.   It’s OK.  I wasn’t ready then, but I am now. 

Once I began to surrender into the time of Being, even if only for a short while, I felt replenished, alive and at peace.  My energy has begun to move in a new direction and way – a different vibration it seems.  I’m learning to listen to my intuitive feelings and act on them.  When it is asking to move and when it desires rest.   One of the cool things I have noticed with integrating Being energy into my life with the doing energy – the issue of time begins to dissolve. I was always trying to fit everything into a time frame and feeling scattered and stressed by it.  Not so much anymore.  By feeding and nourishing myself with Being, I have let go the frantic pursuit of external success, accomplishments or exciting experiences.  I don’t NEED them to feel worthy or fulfilled.  I am fulfilled in a totally different way now – from within. Simple things bring me such joy where I am right now.  When things need to get done, I feel the energy to do them and I accomplish them with little to no effort or it may turn out that they didn’t need to be done after all.  Life has become a flow, in which I am seeing as it opens up to me exactly as it needs to.  Things, situations, experiences, miracles and more come my way when it is supposed to.  My daily mantra:  “I relax into the flow of living.”  I will sometimes change it up and say playing, receiving, giving, loving, etc. in place of living.  Whatever comes to mind or heart.   I also like to say “I experience everyday miracles.  Thank you!”

Another cool thing I have gotten from this experience is to PLAY more and have fun in whatever I am doing.  For a few days in a row, I kept hearing BIKE and PLAY.  So, I went out, bought an inexpensive bike and have thoroughly been loving it.  It has brought back a freedom and joy I experienced as a kid when I had a bike.  I am listening and paying attention to little things like this that I would have normally not allowed myself or even thought about.  I am learning to simply feel relaxed, peaceful and content to be right where I am supposed to be, with no particular need or desire to do anything else.  I feel it mostly with quiet times alone, with Scott and the dogs, and especially in nature.  I apply it when I am doing the dishes, laundry, cooking, driving, working, exercising, playing in the garden.  It’s amazing – the difference.  I feel more compassionate, understanding, nurturing, loving, at peace, non-judgmental of myself or others (accepting), and more.  The more I see/ feel it within myself, the more it reflects outside of me to others.   I’m not in this state of balance all the time.  The more I practice and apply it, the more natural it feels and is a part of me.  It is gradually unfolding and is an ongoing experience/ journey for me. I find more pleasure with limited time online (less that is), more time outdoors connecting with nature, reading, and finding new interests. There is a joy and contentment in my life now that I haven’t experienced before.  I am allowing my Life Force to guide and move me in a new and playful dance.  There are no set rules and guidelines.  Just an openness to take new steps and have fun along the way.  Life is so much better now.   Allow yourself to go deeper and release that stuff that no longer serves you.  Ask your Source for guidance and pay attention.  It’s there for you – always.

So, that’s what I have been up to.  Living, playing, experiencing life and learning new ways of Being.   I’ll be posting when the energy moves me to do so.   I’ve got a guest writer for you all next week and a SWEET giveaway right around the bend. 

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ Why Do I Wake Up at the Same Time Every Night? – Fascinating article.  Do you see a pattern for yourself?  Say the affirmations, work on the unresolved issues and get some good night ZZZZ’s.

♥ The Metrics of Your Soul’s Calls (How to Live on Purpose) – This an inspiring post from Vienda Maria.  Truly spoke to me. How about you?

The Metrics Of Your Soul’s Calls {How To Live On-Purpose}

– See more at: http://www.viendamaria.com/2014/06/the-metrics-of-your-souls-calls-how-to-live-on-purpose/#sthash.m3xRxgu2.dpuf

♥ I Hate Exercise, but It Loves Me (Dr. Sara’s 5 Tips for Biohacking Exercise When You’d Rather Do Anything Else) – I feel this way sometimes.    A great reminder to reframe the thoughts about exercise and then away you go. 

♥  “Clean and Green” Colon Cleanser – What a simple juice from my friend, Tess Masters.  Plugged up?  Drink this concoction and be FREE.  Haha!  It really works.

♥ Be Courageous. Listen To Your Intuition.  Learn to Trust Yourself – Another fantastic one from Vienda Maria. 

Yoga For Your Butt and Thighs – What a great sequence for lower body strength with a focus on the butt and thighs.

Be Courageous. Listen To Your Intuition. Learn To Trust Yourself. – See more at: http://www.viendamaria.com/2014/06/be-courageous-listen-to-your-intuition-learn-to-trust-yourself/#comment-572825

♥ Chill For Summer –  Enjoy MonicaB’s CHILL summer playlist to keep your pitta minds at peace and remember to enjoy the simple things, even during the daily grind. It’s aaaaalll good.

♥ Why Slow Yoga? –  How interesting!  Maybe this is why I prefer Hatha  yoga – longer holds over the fast-paced flows.  When I started doing my at-home yoga regularly, I hold poses for as long as I feel them.  When I feel it is time to shift into the next one, I do so.  Utilizing this flow of relaxing into it has allowed me to get in touch with my body like never before.  I still enjoy a class out at a studio once and awhile,  but the ability to tune in to a deeper level has been wonderful, empowering, inspiring and fun.  There are some great videos on Youtube and Gaiam.tv is another great source for quality information and guidance. 

♥ Earthing: The Benefits of Connecting with Earth’s Energy – Nature never ceases to amaze  me with her simplicity of healing.  Walking barefoot in grass, on sand, any source of Earth does wonders for you on many levels.  It’s one of my healing protocols I utilize daily during the warmer months.  Give it a try if you haven’t already or get back to doing it again if you forgot about it.  Mother Nature is there waiting for you – go have fun with her.

♥ 10 Steps to Eat Better at Work – Being prepared is HUGE!   I do this a few times a week.  I plan a big prep/prepare day and have food for days ahead.  Also, when making dinner, I’ll make extra and have for leftovers throughout the week.  Be like the boyscout and always be prepared.  If you have to make other choices it’s OK.  Just make better choices most of the time and it’s no biggie when you can’t or don’t feel like it. No pressure.  Take the stress off yourself and do the best that you can.

♥ Homemade Flea Powder –  I use something very similar but thought this was a great recipe. I use wintergreen essential oil in my formula.  I have yarrow growing in the yard (I’ll harvest, dry and grind into powder) and use it in this recipe.  I use Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth on the dogs, in my smoothies sometime for internal parasites or candida flare ups for Scott and I, in the house for ants, spiders, etc. It is natural and effective.  Have to take care of our furry kids in the most natural way possible. 

♥ 10 Surprising Things That Benefit Our Brain That You Can Do Everyday – This is pretty cool!

♥ NEW MOON in Cancer June 27th 2014 – Beautiful!

 

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ 10 critical upgrades for a healthier body – 10 sure-fire upgrades to make your body, emotions and spirit rise above.  I would include stress reduction, allowing happiness in your life and loving oneself. 

♥ 8 Ways To Make Your Life Extraordinary, No Matter How Ordinary It Seems – I love all of these!  I hope you do too.

♥ Relax into the dust storm~ This is beautiful and poignant.

♥ 5 Life-Changing Ways To Start Your Day –  Love these!  I always take time for ME in the a.m.. I start within and greet my thoughts, feelings, spirit and space with gratitude, love, compassion and support.   It has made such a difference in how I am with myself and with others. 

♥ 18 Fantastic Ways to Let Go – Oh yes!  Just let go!  I’ve been implementing this concept into many aspects of my life, thoughts, patterns, etc.  It isn’t always easy but so rewarding.  Inspiring info. here.

Help! I Just Can’t Get Out Of My Head!!! The Gypset Guide To Get Out Of Your Head {+ Back Into Your Heart} Part 2/3 – See more at: http://www.viendamaria.com/2014/06/help-i-just-cant-get-out-of-my-head-the-gypset-guide-to-get-out-of-your-head-back-into-your-heart-part-23/#sthash.yPfKiXIh.dpuf
Help! I Just Can’t Get Out Of My Head!!! The Gypset Guide To Get Out Of Your Head {+ Back Into Your Heart} Part 2/3 – See more at: http://www.viendamaria.com/2014/06/help-i-just-cant-get-out-of-my-head-the-gypset-guide-to-get-out-of-your-head-back-into-your-heart-part-23/#sthash.yPfKiXIh.dpuf

♥ The Ultimate Guide To Superfoods (Infographic) –  This is cute! 

♥ The Letting Go Ebook, Free – Awesome free ebook!  Check it out.  We all could use a bit of assistance in this area.

♥ Why your purpose in life is just to LIVE! –  This is powerful!  I used to think that I had to have a BIG purpose in life, to help others in a profound way, stretch myself and give, give, give.  I have learned over the years that I am enough being ME, growing, healing and LIVING. Nothing loud, spectacular or bold.  Just being within, experiencing, embracing, learning, loving and Living life in quiet and sacredness.  What beauty there is. 

♥ The Truth About Mercury Retrograde –  It’s all in our perception and how we allow to see, feel and live.  I see mercury retrogrades as a time to slow down, listen and take the lessons to heart.  They are grand lessons if we only take the time to let the wisdom and teaching IN.  Sarah Varcas explains this transition so well and in a positive light that it deems credit for.  Read all the way to the end.  Enjoy!

♥ The 21 Day Meditation Project – Have you been trying to commit to a regular meditation practice but are struggling to find the resources? Sign up here for stillness, clarity and connection.  You will receive 3 weeks of daily, guided meditations, ABSOLUTELY FREE.  Each track is about 10-15 minutes long, the perfect way to ease your way into a regular meditation practice.

Radiant Inspiring Interview – Cynthia Taylor from Flourish Wellness – Check out this wonderful interview about one of my delightful friends, Cynthia Taylor.  This woman is going places and is very inspiring.  A woman after my own heart.  I shared one of her amazing recipes on my newsletter about a month ago.  She shares fantastic recipes on her Facebook page – get over there and LIKE.  

♥ Mercury goes Retrograde June 7th 2014 – Wonderful insight from Mystic Mamma.  In the grand flow of life, these inward moving energies are conducive for fine tuning and helping to bring greater clarity, awareness, and focus.

 

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ Benefits of Breathing: The Scientific Benefits of Breathing INFOGRAPHIC – A great reminder WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT to bring this simple healing tool into your daily life.  It’s so easy, free, can be done anywhere and always at your disposal (while driving, washing dishes, standing in line at store, walking, out in nature, with loved ones (or not so loved), etc.  Focus on your breath.

♥ Blissful Nari Smoothie – Ayurveda and Hormones – A wonderful smoothie that makes life easier for us ladies ( and guys)  that time of the month.  You can substitute Schizandra powder for the Amalaki.  I agree with Jeeva in that she also likes to add herbs to her meals – smoothies, tonics, soups, hot teas for easier assimilation and it’s more fun and tasty than popping capsules. 

♥ How Stress Can Dissolve Your Bones…Plus 3 Steps to Fix It Fast – Yet another aspect stress does to our bodies that no one wants. 

♥ What Causes 90% of All Disease? – Monica Bloom does it again!  I totally agree with this and teach this concept in my classes and just with talking to people.  Your emotions and stress affect EVERYTHING. 

♥ Ayurvedic beauty tips for great skin – GREAT information and tips here!

♥ Vaginal Steams: Forgotten Ancient Wisdom for Women’s Healing – My friend, Vienda shared this post on her FB page.  It is amazing!  I have many of the fresh herbs around our property and will be doing this come next cycle.  Whether you have issues or not, it is a smart thing to do to cleanse the uterus of build up.  Thanks, Vienda!

♥ Green tea weight loss secrets proven by science – It really does work.  My favorite green tea of choice = adaptogen tonic  Gynostemma green tea.   I slowly sip on a small hot cup of Schizandra tea with my lunch and dinner meal.  It stimulates digestion (without dampening the agni (digestive fire)), stimulates lymphatics and I’m getting lots of nutrients and tonic Chi at the same time.  Bingo!

♥ Nine Ways to Be Like a Shaman at Work – I loved this! So inspiring.  Attitude has a lot to do with it.

E-Motion FREE Preview –  www.e-motionthemovie.com – AMAZING!  Can’t wait to see this.  A topic that is near and dear to my heart. 

♥ A Strong Hold: Muscle Testing 101 with A Kinesiology Pro – Fantastic article!  I truly believe in muscle testing and it has been a wonderful healing and diagnostic tool along my journey.

♥ Top 5 sources of plant protein – My go-to sources also.  Great list!

♥ My UPDATED “Recommended Products/ Resources” Page – Find out what kitchen equipment, cooking ingredients (tonic herbs, superfoods, gluten-free items, nuts, etc.) and beauty/skincare I use. 

♥ NEW MOON in Gemini May 28th 2014 – Great insight.   I’ve been feeling the shifts.  Have you?

 

 

Let us all inspire one another!

 


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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ The Bharani Effect – Check out my beautiful friend, Fehreen Ali – Tea Coup Tea’s, and find out more about this amazing woman and her holistic lifestyle.  Love you, Fehreen!!

♥ Why Everyone Should Give The Intuitarian Diet A Try – I’ve tried MANY diets out over my lifetime.  I now follow and listen to what my body needs and craves during the seasons.  Be it high raw food during the warmer months, more cooked, grounding meals during the colder months, organic eggs, bitter greens during the Spring, etc.  Listen to YOUR body, not so much your mind or what others are doing.  Each person’s body and chemical composition is different.  Your stress level, exercise regimen, work load will vary day to day, week to week and month to month.  Go with the flow.  It’s a great way to live all around.

♥ How To Love & Accept Your Body Unconditionally – If you have issues with your body – you’ll enjoy this read.  I sure did! 

♥ 4 major screw ups with your sun exposure and how to correct them – Amen!  The sun is not evil like we were lead to believe for so many years – of course, moderation, people! 

♥ Vegan protein powders with low heavy metals: Health Ranger reveals the cleanest products tested so –  Rice protein has been on the fire line recently with testing levels HIGH in contaminants. Great review of vegan protein powders to check out that are safe and clean.  I use Sunwarriors Blend Protein powder, but will be looking into several of these other options to play around with. 

♥ How Gratitude Can Calm Your Nerves and Make You More Effective – Gratitude is healing in so many ways.  Tap into it daily and watch the changes unfold within you.

♥ The Earth Beneath Your Feet (Part 2, The Science): Why Going Barefoot May Boost Your Health and Beauty – Fascinating. I try to get outside every day and walk around bare foot in the grass – whether it be playing with the dogs, walking around the property admiring the flowers, drinking my morning smoothie while sliding feet through the grass.  Just get outside and take in the natural electrical energy.  It is grounding and healing. 

♥ Glee Over Ghee – This is one of the reasons I love ghee!

♥ 10 Hidden Benefits Of Having Food Sensitivities –  Yep!  I feel the same way.  It is a blessing. 

♥ Triphala, Honey, and Castor Oil for Healthy Eyes – I’m going to try this.

♥ Get Grounded and Go Barefoot –  Ok, so another grounding link.  Maybe this is speaking to you.  This is an important part of my day!

Get Grounded And Go Barefoot!
Get Grounded And Go Barefoot!

♥ Clear or Partly Cloudy? – Another great article from the fabulous Monica Bloom!  Right on!

 
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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse” –  Fantastic article. I wholeheartedly agree!

♥ 25 of the Best and Most Common Edible Flowers – Spring has sprung and Mother Nature has a bounty of edible greens and flowers for us.

♥ All About Poop – That’s my girl, Monica talking about poop.  We all do it and it tells us so much about ourselves – what’s going on inside. 

♥ 7 Delicious Ways to Bring Ayurveda into Our Kitchens – Yes!  It’s that easy to incorporate. 

♥ 4 Steps To Stop Worrying About What Other People Think Of You – Only YOU is what matters.

♥ Head-to-Toe Health with Turmeric – I adore turmeric and take it daily.  I take Organic India Turmeric formula after meals.  I got into this habit when I was on the Colorado Cleanse back in March.  This root is powerful and healing.  Learn more and incorporate it into your life and see/feel the results as I have.

♥ 10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Yoga – Great list!

♥ FULL MOON in Scorpio May 14th 2014 – Inspiring!

♥ Eating with the Seasons – A time for all seasons.  Enjoy the post and smoothie recipe I had published with SunWarrior.com.

♥ Amazing Yoga Poses That Help You De-Stress – Great poses!

♥ Full Moon in Scorpio – May 2014 – To Be or Not to Be – Great insight from Leah Whitehorse! 

 ♥ Hormone Imbalance? –  An integrative, holistic approach to balancing those hormones. Great information here.  A MUST WATCH for anyone (men and women) alike!

♥ Make Exercise Your Meditation Too! – My favorite form of exercise and getting my inner connection going on.

♥ Full Moon Schizandra Sale – My favorite source for Organic Schizandra is running a FULL MOON sale – Use promo code fullmoon to save 20% off your entire order.  Promo code is valid from now until 5/18/14.   Go HERE to place order now.  I am!

♥ Living from the Inside Out – This is so important for all of us to remember OR to start doing.   

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25 of the Best and Most Common Edible Flowers
Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse” detoxify-mind-emotional-cleanse

Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse”

Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse”
Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse”
Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse”

Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse”

Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse”

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

via The Nourished Life

♥ An Ayurvedic Cleanse – HeyMonicaB breaks it all down for us in her easy-peasy style.  This really works!  It does for me.

♥ The most powerful way to protect your time . . . and your sanity. – Wow!  How poignant!

♥ Channelled message: You are the pattern breakers and also the pattern makers – This is so beautiful and inspiring to read.

♥ Grounding the Cardinal Cross – Love this!

♥ 5 Yoga Poses To Help You Live With Ease & Grace – They really can!

♥ Millet: A Forgotten Superfood – I LOVE millet!  It is similar to quinoa and is so easy to cook and digest.  It is one of the grains of choice for Spring according to Seasonal eating.  Here is one of my favorite recipes:  Lemon Asparagus Millet Risotto.  (It is also real good with peas instead of asparagus.)

♥ Rawkstar Chocolate Cashew Cookies – Fantastic raw chocolate cookies from my friend, Tess Masters.  You can cook on a low temperature in the oven if you don’t have a dehydrator.  Make them – you, your family and friends will think you are a Rawkstar!

♥ Stevia: Too Good to be True? – Nope!  It’s not TOO GOOD – it’s perfect.  This is the reason why I have been using stevia in my diet for several years.  I grow the plant in my garden and harvest from it. I also use NuNaturals and SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia in many of my dishes.  Ditch the processed sugar and incorporate this sweet little herb into your recipes – you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  Moderation, of course!

♥ The Truth About the 80-10-10 Diet – Great in depth article by Kimberly Snyder on the pros and cons of the 80-10-10 diet.  I have been the full spectrum of eating all raw to currently eating seasonally for my body type (raw and cooked alike- but mostly cooked now days) – I’m a Vata.  This is what works for me and I’m learning all the time. Listen to YOUR body and let it tell you what feels best.  Not what a book tells you or the popular trend.

♥ Fan Your Digestive Fire: Just Add Water – Brilliant!

♥ Vitamin D: How To Choose The Best One – Vitamin D deficiency is prominent in modern day society.  Get yours checked and use the right kind – D3.  I had my Vitamin D tested last week and mine was 65. Good!  Even though I work outside a lot, I still take mine daily just to be sure.  This is the kind I use: Premier Research Labs Liquid Vitamin D3.

♥ What story are you listening to? – My friend, Cynthia from Flourish Wellness shared this on her Facebook page yesterday.  Oh, how we all need awareness in this area.  It’s easy to get caught up in the mind chatter and forget where it is truly coming from. 

 

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