It's not news to anyone that we live in a society obsessed with mass consumption.
Every time I turn on the TV, there's a show on about people hoarding to the point that their homes are bursting at the seams, or people with stockpiles of products they got for free thanks to coupons.
I'm amazed at how the hoarders are shown in a downtrodden light, as broken, weak and helpless people, and yet the couponers are sensationalized! In my opinion, it doesn't matter how free it was, how nicely it's stacked and ordered, a compulsion to have 'things' to the point of excess is an unhealthy one.
"Create: To Cause something to come into being"
Last week my neighbor stopped by for a visit on her way home from yoga. In the middle of our chit chat, she asked me something that totally caught me off gaurd.
"What have you been creating lately?"
What an unusual question to be asked! I didn't even know what to say! It wasn't even a yes or no question, she assumed that YES, I was creating, and wanted to know WHAT it was.
Despite the fact that I have always been a "creator" this was not something I'd never been asked before.
I found this in the Mind Body Green website (www.mindbodygreen.com) and thought it was worth sharing.
We need to become more consciencous about what we put through our bodies, and how it effects us.
Your body is your temple, and all disease can be healed and prevented with a proper fresh, healthy diet.
Ghandi is famously quoted as saying“Be the Change you want
to see in the world”. While many of us strive to embody the goodness we’d like
to see in others and the world around us, it is easy to think that no one is
affected by our efforts except those we come into contact with in our home and
work place, and maybe the checkout girl at the grocery store.
This thinking has undoubtedly proven to be FALSE.
In 1972, 24 American cities with a population of over 10 000
people experienced an increase in order and harmony when as little as one per
cent of the population participated in transcendal meditation focusing on
gratitude for peace.
I've heard it been said that there are two types of people in this world, Dog People, and the rest of Humankind. I always count one of my greatest blessings the fact that I've always had a dog. The companionship of a good pet can be as valuable to our support system as family.
Today, while working with our Kodhi (a year and a half year old Mutt resembling Wylie Coyote), I realized that no matter how many tricks I teach him, the lessons dogs teach their owners are far more life altering than the "sit" or "speak"
These are Perfect for after a workout, as a snack, or as part of speedy balanced brekky
1/2 C. Brown Sugar (No artrificial sweeteners or substitutes. Better Calories than Cancer)
4 oz. Applesauce
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. Ginger
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
4 Large Egg whites
15 oz. Raw Pumpkin (from a can, or fresh... just not the pie filling!)
2C. Whole Wheat Flour
2 Scoops vegan organic Vanilla Protein powder or Hemp Hearts
1/2 C. Almond, Rice or Coconut Milk
Well, although this post is a little late, `tis ALWAYS the season for
LOVE ~ JOY~ PEACE
While usually, these words are the de facto tinsel of well wishers and marketing campaigns, this year, I've given PEACE in particular a lot of thought. What do wishes for Peace REALLY mean? For years, I have always taken PEACE to simply mean "Peace on Earth". No more wars! I've always written PEACE off as someone else's problem, assuming there's nothing I can do to bring change to the middle east, Syria or the South Sudan.
This is SO simple, cheap, and safe.
I've found it works better than a lot of the all natural liquids for about five cents per load, and smells clean clean clean. If you want an actual scent, you can add your favorite essential oils. Lavender and Tea Tree Oils work really nice. I have even washed my husbands greasy coveralls with this, and was thrilled with the results.
2 bars of soap (i used sunlight from the laundry aisle, you can use ivory, or dove or your fave all natural)
Many carcinogenic toxins are present in our homes no matter how clean it is, or how much of an effort we put into avoiding bringing them in. The paint on our walls, glues used to lay flooring, varnishes on hardwood, and chemicals used in processing fabrics used in upholstery, curtains and even clothing IS present in the air we breathe. Even in trace amounts these chemicals are bad for us, but especially so for babies, animals and the elderly. Newer homes and homes that have been recently renovated are especially bad for poor air quality.
We all know to avoid toxic chemicals when cleaning our homes and to avoid ingesting them through our diet, but we easily forget that what we put ON our bodies matters too.
Skin is the largest organ in your body, and while it is designed to protect us, it is estimated 8-10000 toxins areabsorbed through the skin from cosmetics. 60% of all lotions and makeup applied to the body will be absorbed to the blood stream, and then taken to organs to process, namely the kidney and the liver.
I finally completed my training in HAND, EAR and FACIAL reflexology. Try they sepearately or as a medley all together!
Our bodies are very holographic in nature.
What this means
is that the small parts are reflected in the whole, and the whole is reflected
in the small. Each part of our bodies is intimately connected, and they truly
do mirror each other.
A Reflexologist is trained in reading these ‘holographs’
to be able to gather the bigger picture.
When a client first comes for Reflexology, the session is
kicked off by asking loads of questions. Not only is it important for the overall
quality of the treatment, but it helps me put the pieces together to see the
(This summer, I was honored to give a presentation to Julia Kazikov's Healthy feet class. This is an adaptation of my presentation.)
Most people are surprised to
find out that our feet mirror and map our bodies perfectly.
Nerves from each of
our systems and organs ground out through the feet.Our feet are little
miniature versions of ourselves.Take a look, you can see…
~ Your toes are connected to your
head, and everything on your head. Your ears, nose, sinuses, eyes, jaw all have
reflex points on the balls of your toes.
One day at a time, it's the best anyone can do :)
The Five Reiki Principles
BY DR.MIKAO USUI
I - Just for today, I will not be angry.
Anger at others or oneself or at the whole world, creates serious blockages in one's energy. It is the most complex inner enemy.Reiki is an excellent tool to remove anger blockages which have accumulated in the body over years, but it cannot remove the residue of current anger which occurs daily.Letting go of anger. brings Piece into the Mind.
II - Just for today, I will not worry.
Yesterday was one of those days. I had
a million things on the go, and not one of them was going right. I had a
yummy pot of split pea soup simmering all day for supper, got distracted, and
burned it. When I went to see if the whole pot tasted scorched the soup I burned,
in turn, burned me back.
In times like this, I get agitated and
overwhelmed; I feel it physically in my chest. As a Pitta Dosha, I tend towards
anger. My heart rate increases, my face becomes flush, and I can become