|Posted by Desiree on December 4, 2015 at 6:00 AM||comments (0)|
A great article by Gabby Reece found on Mind Body Green on some very simple ways to get back to basics! Here it is below, enjoy!
We are such an advanced and civilized nation that we are actually going backwards. Our lifestyles are so complicated and filled with so many to-dos that we have left the basic parts of survival behind us. So, here are a few daily tips to simplify, tune out, and perhaps live a little more like our natural selves.
1. Turn off the TV. People now have 500 channels available to them at the touch of a button, don’t veg out in front of the television. I am amazed at how quickly time flies by when I get lost in the TV vortex. What about going outside and taking a walk? Or better yet talking to your partner or reading to one of your children?
2. Limit the time you spend online. This is another time sucker. You can sit down to answer email, and hit a gossip site. Before you know it, an hour has just flown by. Computers are a great tool, but we need to keep how much of a role they play in our lives in check.
3. Don’t nuke your food. We don’t need to go and light a fire to cook a meal, but how about avoiding the microwave? Do you ever ask yourself what’s in the food I’m eating? We are so civilized that we can’t even pronounce the stuff we are putting in our bodies. Simplify: veggies, fruit, protein, and a non-white starch.
4. Did cavemen drink soda and frozen juices? I know they taste great, and hit the spot, but when did we stop drinking water? Entire cities were established around a good water source. Why don’t we still think it’s important? All I’m suggesting is stop making the sugary drinks the means in which we hydrate (including diet, they fatten you up too). How about having them as a treat and drink water the rest of the time? By the way, your kids are picking up their habits from you.
5. Stop and take a deep breath. We are all in such a hurry: The traffic is jammed, little junior has nine after school activities he’s involved with, your cell is connected to your ear and we are on the go, go, go. Is it all necessary? Is there a way to simplify? If you can steal 5 to 30 minutes a day to just stop and meditate, or pray, do it. Think about what you are grateful for. What you dream of and want to achieve for yourself and your family, and take a few deep breathes. By the way, you are not a bad person if you say no once in a while.
6. Move. Part of being able to handle the intense pace of life is to be strong enough physically to deal with it. Forget thinking about exercise as a luxury that you don’t have time to get to. Start viewing physical wellness as a must, and a right that we all have in order to enjoy this life. In the old days you had to move to survive. Now we just hop in our car and make our way to the drive thru. I don’t believe that’s the way it was intended to work best for us. You ever see how beautifully liquid your kids are and how well they sleep after a day of playing outside at the park or beach? Now that is the way life was designed.
I know it’s impossible to simplify our modern day lives to the point of living in a log cabin, but we could learn something about ourselves from our primal roots. Do you ever just stop and wonder what it’s all about? What are we really rushing around like lunatics for? How come we are not making our health a priority and taking better care of ourselves?
|Posted by Desiree on December 2, 2015 at 11:05 PM||comments (0)|
Something short & sweet for the day!!
|Posted by Desiree on June 20, 2013 at 7:55 PM||comments (0)|
I just love love this & had to share...
A LOT OF US...
A lot of us spend our time stuck in regret, wishing our lives had turned out differently, and beating ourselves up for the decisions that have led us to this place. We feel cheated out of a life that could have been something better. We feel angry and sad and disappointed. And most of all, we feel stuck.
In these moments, it’s easy to focus on all of the things that have gone wrong. It’s easy to focus on the loss and the heartbreak and the pain, but it’s also important to remember all of the things that have gone right. It’s important to remember all of the positive experiences and friendships and growth and laughter you’ve gained — things you would have never taken part in, lessons you would have never learned, and people you would have never met had you not veered off the desired path.
The truth is that every time you thought you were missing out on something important, you were given the opportunity to experience something valuable in its own right. Every time life’s obstacles rejected you from something good, you were being redirected to something, or someone, equally wonderful. You may not have ended up where you intended to go, but trust, for once, that you have ended up where you need to be. Trust that you are in the right place at the right time. Trust that every experience has something to offer you. Trust that something that feels like a curse in the moment can blossom into a blessing. Trust that your life is enough. Trust that you are enough.
|Posted by Desiree on May 30, 2013 at 10:40 PM||comments (0)|
Hi all, I know it's been quite a while and it has certainly been quite a journey during that time!
Just a little something short & sweet....
|Posted by Desiree on April 14, 2013 at 11:10 PM||comments (0)|
Deep within the life source of each and every woman (and man), there's a limitless spring of wisdom, power, and magnificence. This inner space is connected to the one energy source that we call God or Universal Intelligence. When we are in tune with our inherent goddesses, our lives are transformed into a limitless, joyful, and abundant experience. But childhood conditioning, socio-cultural influences, and the impressionable nature of our life experiences all mute the connection between our inner all-knowing Goddess source and our physical selves. Awakening to the goddess within us is therefore a magical journey, and affirmations can play a very valuable role in this miraculous transformation.
Each of these seven profound affirmations reflects what we already know but we have somewhere somehow unlearnt them. As you begin using these affirmations the power of the words will uplift you to your true Goddess self by gradually dissolving unconstructive thought patterns and beliefs that don’t serve you. You can imbibe the profound knowledge and power of these affirmations by introducing them in your meditation rituals, writing them down for daily guidance or reciting them loudly or in your mind whenever you need clarity in any life situation.
1. I am what I am.
The path to a life of love,
joy and meaning begins with full and unconditional love for one’s self.
If there's anything you would like to change in yourself or your life,
begin by accepting and loving yourself completely.
2. I take full responsibility for my life.
When you start to accept that you and you alone are the creator of your life experiences, you feel empowered by this universal truth. So take responsibility for your life and move on with the knowledge that you can use your unique talents to live a life of your choosing in your own unique way.
3. I speak my own truth.
Trust your inner wisdom and stand up for what you believe in. By speaking your inner truth, you tap into the infinite intelligence of the universe, which will transform your world in the most beautiful ways.
4. I rejoice in my uniqueness.
Know with full consciousness that you are a gift to this world. Rejoice in the beauty and power of the truth that you are a being of limitless possibilities and cannot be matched or compared to anyone else.
5. I honor my energy levels and emotions.
Every aspect of life has a cycle and breathes with its own rhythm of ebb and flow. Know that it's completely ok to experience varied energy levels and emotions as you move through your days. Learn to be sensitive enough to say no to other people’s demands on your time and energy when it is essential.
6. I am the joy I have been seeking.
Become your own best friend and open yourself to receiving only good from life. When you start seeing your own self as a source of joy you connect with your inner Goddess and every aspect of your life becomes uncomplicated and a source of joy as well.
7. I complete me.
You are complete in all ways and are just perfect even with all your perceived imperfections and flaws. Heal yourself from any over-dependence on other people’s opinions and actions, and give yourself the permission to be the center of your YOU-niverse!
As you start absorbing the essence of these affirmations and reconnecting with your inner Goddess, life becomes more enriching and miraculous. And as you grow into a happier and self-actualized being, your world and the people in it become harmonized and joyful as well!
|Posted by Desiree on April 13, 2013 at 10:55 PM||comments (0)|
How To Figure Out What You Want Out Of Life
You may have heard friends talk about creating vision boards or attending manifestation workshops, both which aim to help people achieve their goals or life dreams.
|Posted by Desiree on April 13, 2013 at 10:50 PM||comments (0)|
1. Comparing yourself to others.
This is a tough one. Really tough. Even with all of the wisdom I’ve picked up on this topic, I still find myself wishing I had Jennifer Aniston’s arms and Rosie-Huntington-Whitely’s pout. While in the past the brief comparison would have quickly spiralled into full-blown self-loathing, these days it quickly transforms into admiration and inspiration. I can now sit through a whole Victoria’s Secret show – with my boyfriend right next to me – and genuinely send kudos to the stunning creatures walking down the runway. It makes me proud to be female, and inspires me to treat my body like the goddess vehicle that it is.
2. Saying nasty things to yourself.
If we had someone transcribing all of the horrible things we say to ourselves on a daily basis we’d think we had our worst enemy residing in our minds. Stop it, stop it now. Speak to yourself nicely, please. Speak to yourself the way a loving mother would speak to their child. Be supportive, be nurturing, and replace the negative with positive talk. As soon as you hear yourself speaking unkindly of yourself, repeat this mantra: “I love and accept myself completely.”
3. Judging yourself
We tend to judge ourselves when we act in a way that doesn’t fit in with what we perceive to be a perfect person. If we eat something we shouldn’t eat, we judge ourselves. If we say something we shouldn’t say, we judge ourselves. If we act in a way that isn’t perfect and polished, we judge ourselves. Perfection is boring and bland. We’re not supposed to be perfect. We slip up, and that’s okay. Just roll with it.
4. Thinking self-love is conceited
There’s a big difference between being “up yourself” and loving yourself. Being conceited is driven by fear, and ironically it’s usually a fear of not being good enough and having your ego kick into overdrive. Loving yourself is your pure, natural form.
5. Thinking self-love is selfish (in the negative sense of the word)
Many of us believe that it’s selfish to put ourselves first – especially when children are in the picture. However, you can’t be your best self if you don’t regard yourself as number one. It’s only when you truly love yourself and put yourself first that you can live up to your potential as a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter and a friend.
6. Contributing to self-hate bitch fests
Self-loathing is much more socially acceptable than self-love. When a group of friends get together (women in particular) it’s very easy to feed off of each other’s insecurities. “Ugh I look like crap today, I’ve put on so much weight,” says one lass. “No you haven’t, I have! Look at my thighs,” says another. Enough! Lead by example and exorcise the self-hate chat by saying something nice about yourself out loud in front of your friends.
7. Thinking you’re not good enough!
Believing that we’re not good enough is the root of all of our problems. It holds us back from fulfilling our potential in this world. It keeps us small. Imagine this belief lives in a box in your mind, then set fire to the box and watch as the ashes turn into glitter forming the shape of a love heart. You are good enough.
|Posted by Desiree on April 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM||comments (0)|
3 Must-Have Herbs for Skincare
By Amy Jirsa
My grandmother always taught me, if you can’t eat it, don’t put it
on your skin. Good advice. After all, we’re probably all at least
vaguely familiar with the strange and dangerous cosmetic habits of our
ancestors: arsenic in face powder, copper or lead to color the eyes, not
to mention lead-based face masks used by the Greeks to ‘improve’ skin
condition. Yikes, right?
|Posted by Desiree on April 12, 2013 at 10:35 PM||comments (0)|
How To Untangle Your Mental Knots And Truly Love Yourself
Last Sunday morning, between my morning cup of coffee and heading
out to brunch with friends, I was skimming through some of my favorite
books looking for nothing in particular and everything in general. I
have a deep trust that sentences, inspiration, pieces of music, or
literature will come and find you if you provide an open-hearted
opportunity for them to pop up.
|Posted by Desiree on April 12, 2013 at 10:25 PM||comments (0)|
7 Ways to Turn Your Home Into a Health Retreat
When people ask me how I have managed to last so long on Gerson Therapy -- a strict regime of juicing, coffee enemas, and eating only food we have prepared ourselves -- I say that I think of it kind of like an extended stay at a health retreat. I may have been pretty much house bound for the past two years while healing myself from cancer, but at least I’ve done it in style. For both functional and pleasurable reasons, we have quite literally turned our home into a health retreat.