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6 Tips for Simplifying Your Life

Posted by Desiree on December 4, 2015 at 6:00 AM Comments 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?



 



Enjoy The Journey

Posted by Desiree on December 2, 2015 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Something short & sweet for the day!!




Trust

Posted by Desiree on June 20, 2013 at 7:55 PM Comments 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.



Why complicate life..

Posted by Desiree on May 30, 2013 at 10:40 PM Comments 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....




7 Mantras For Awakening The Goddess Within

Posted by Desiree on April 14, 2013 at 11:10 PM Comments 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!

(Source-MindBodyGreen)



How To Figure Out What You Want Out Of Life

Posted by Desiree on April 13, 2013 at 10:55 PM Comments 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. 



But what do you do when you aren’t even sure what it is that you want out of life? 


Read on to discover some simple but powerful exercises to fire your imagination and engage your heart and soul as co-creators in your future. 


Although these exercises can be broken apart and done in individual sessions, if you do break it up, be sure to begin each session with a 20-minute meditation


If you are unaccustomed to meditation, you don’t have to make this too difficult. Simply sit on the floor in a basic cross-legged position with your hips raised by sitting on a blanket or cushion. 


If that posture is too intense for your knees, then you can relocate to a straight-back chair, grounding your feet solidly on the floor. In either case, place your hands on your knees, lengthen your spine, roll your shoulders down your back, and close your eyes. 


After this, simply observe your breath for the duration of the 20-minute period. When you notice your mind has wandered off, as it will, simply return your attention to your breath. This simple but effective practice will help prepare your mind and open your heart for the exercises ahead.


After your meditation, open a spiral bound notebook or word processing program on your computer. If you have an active journal, you can also place your writing in your existing journal. 


Begin by answering the question, where do I want to end up? 


Answer this question three times, building out an answer for all of the following time frames:
  • Six months from today
  • One year from today
  • Five years from today

If you find that you have difficulty with this question, you may find it helpful to draw a picture of where you want to end up at the five year point. This picture can be as abstract as needed and you can utilize symbols only known to you. Feel free to use color or simply use the pen you have in your hand. This picture is for your eyes only and no drawing skills are needed.  


Drawing has a way of freeing our mind and moving us from the analytical, critical brain into the more intuitive, creative brain. Once you’ve finished your drawing, move back to the questions, perhaps even beginning with the “five-year-out” period. 


Whenever our action is required further down the road, we may feel freer to commit. And, in any event, you are not really committing to action at this point. You are simply allowing yourself to dream; dream big.


The second step is to list five concrete, specific steps you can take that move you to the “where” you provided in the earlier exercise. 


List five separate steps for all three time frames if possible. If you are a more visual person, you may prefer to create a detailed timeline to making a list, still including specific actions to take along your timeline.


Once you have this all committed to paper, you may begin to feel the fear of failure already rising within you. It is fear that keeps us from moving forward towards the fulfillment of dreams and goals. To counter this fear, write down some life experiences that you’ve already come through, which took inner grit and hard work to accomplish. You can certainly write about as many past experiences as you want—but try for at least three. At this point, it is also helpful to write down five qualities that you already possess that will help you carry through on the steps and actions necessary towards achieving both your short-term and long-term goals.


Finally, you can now create a vision board, to help you in realizing the manifestation of your dreams.


Vision boards are simply a collection of words, drawings, and pictures from magazines or books that are drawn or pasted onto a piece of paper or even a canvas, easily purchased from an art store. I have even started to create virtual vision boards on Pinterest, by creating a private board and “pinning” images from the web that represent my goals onto the board.


Once completed, keep your writing exercises accessible. 


Review them at least once a month to make sure you are taking the steps and actions needed towards achieving your goals. Finally, note that our life visions tend to change with time and so it's helpful to engage in this practice at least once a year. I like to use my birthday to reevaluate my goals but the New Year works well, too.

(Source-MindBodyGreen)


7 Things To Stop Doing For The Sake Of Self-Love

Posted by Desiree on April 13, 2013 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

7 Things To Stop Doing For The Sake Of Self-Love

by Jess Ainscough


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.


(Source-TheWellnessWarrior)



3 Must-Have Herbs for Skincare

Posted by Desiree on April 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM Comments 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?


Not surprisingly, these cosmetics led to madness, infertility, scarring of the skin, illness and, eventually, death. According to journalist Diane Mapes, “Some beauty products of yesteryear contained high concentrations of lead, mercury, arsenic, even radiation, thanks to ignorance, indifference and narcissism.”

Well. Thank goodness we don’t suffer from ignorance, indifference, and narcissism anymore.

Um…right.

Okay. To give ourselves some credit, there has been a big push for natural health, natural cosmetics, and education about such dangers as parabens and phthalates. But, how safe are our so-called natural products? I mean, I work with a community of pretty hip and healthy cats, and almost daily I’m approached by someone who has some sort of issue with infertility, cysts, and any number of reproductive and hormonal complaints.

The truth of the matter is, our skin is one big absorptive organ and everything we spray, apply, slather, or walk on  makes its way through our hormonal system (especially the thyroid–hypothyroidism is on the rise, as is infertility and other reproductive and hormonal problems). Are these issues connected? I’m going to go out on a limb here and say, yes.

We’ve been hearing about BPA (bisphenol-A, or the material in plastic bottles and can linings) and its dangers: depression, irritibility, sleeplessness, weight gain, excess estrogen, and maybe (in animals, anyway) insulin resistance. And what about the anti-bacterial craze? Triclosan, the chemical found in most anti-bacterials, can interfere with testosterone and the thyroid.

So, what the heck can you do? A few things, actually. First: grab every skin-care, cosmetic, and hair care product you have. Dial up the Skin Deep Cosmetic Database and start typing in your products, searching for their level of safety; they rate on a 1-10 scale. I threw out everything that was above a 4 (btw many of my ‘natural’ products were coming up with scores of 6 and 8). And make some tea. You’ll be here a while.

Then, head to the kitchen. You probably have plenty of stuff in there already (or that can be purchased easily and cheaply) to make your own skincare apothecary.

1. Rose Petals

Most of us are probably familiar with how often roses are used in personal care products—as rose water, rose scented lotions and, of course, perfume. Indeed, rose petals are a wonderful tonic for the skin. A cooled infusion (tea) of rose petals can be used as an eye or mouthwash, due to the antiseptic characteristics of the rose. Add in the anti-inflammatory qualities and you’ve got a wonderful toner for skin troubled by rashes, irritation, or acne. Just spritz it on the skin after cleansing. For acne-prone skin, mix a toner of one part rose infusion and one part aloe juice. Use this after cleansing in the morning and evening. Keep it in the fridge for the longest shelf-life.

Rose is also a wonderful tonic for mature and aging skin, due to its vitamin C content and ability to rehydrate and soothe the skin. You can add a few drops of rose essential oil to the moisturizers you already use, or blend an ounce of jojoba oil (which is readily absorbed by the skin, as it so closely mimics the skin’s own sebum, or natural oil; it does not need to be refrigerated and has a long shelf life) with 8 drops of rose essential oil. Smooth this on your face at night, or anytime the skin feels tight and dry.

To cleanse dry skin, try the following: find rosewater or brew some rose petal tea (1tsp of herb per 6oz of water). Combine two tablespoons of rosewater or rose tea with two tablespoons of raw honey and 1/2 cup of almond oil. Massage a small amount into skin. Rinse well and pat dry. This cleanser can be stored in your medicine cabinet, no need for refrigeration. If your skin still feels dry after cleansing, massage in a little more almond oil.

The antiseptic nature of rose also makes it a wonderful treatment for wounds, bruises, rashes, and incisions. To use, take a clean washcloth, dip into the warm or chilled tea (1tbs per cup of water, steeped 10 minutes), depending on the nature of the injury, and place on the wound. For sore muscles, try rubbing the area with a rose-infused oil. Try two parts oil to one part herb. Grind the dry petals and infuse them in the oil. Let this sit at least two weeks in a dark spot, strain, and use, warming the oil as you wish.

2. Chamomile

The health of our liver is reflected in the health of our skin. Chamomile is an herb you can use internally to help tone the digestive system, liver, and kidneys. When these organs are working and healthy, wastes will be processed the way they were meant to be—through elimination—and not through the skin.

Chamomile is also a wonderful external addition to your skincare regime, especially if your skin is sensitive, mature, or irritated and chapped by the elements. Apply cool chamomile tea as a toner to the skin. Search out a chamomile hydrosol and spritz this on the skin. For helping the skin heal from sun or windburn, try adding a few drops of chamomile essential oil to an ounce of jojoba oil. Apply sparingly as needed. This herb’s ability to ease inflammation as well as its ability to soothe the senses will calm the body and the mind.

To cleanse the skin (especially good for combination skin), try brewing a strong cup of chamomile tea (two tsp of loose herb or two teabags per 6oz of water, letting it steep 10 minutes). Blend this with one half cup of ground, whole grain oatmeal (rolled Scottish oats is what I use, then grind in a clean coffee grinder) and one tablespoon of raw (not pasteurized) honey (honey is a demulcent, which means it pulls moisture to the skin; it also fights acne and protects against damaging rays from the sun and regenerates skin, protecting against free radicals). Place a small amount of this in your palms and massage into skin. Rinse with warm water. Store the rest in the fridge–without preservatives, this cleanser won’t last long on the shelf. If parts of your skin feel tight after washing, try a little almond or jojoba oil massaged into dry areas.

Finally, you can also apply chamomile externally as a paste to help heal burns, skin ulcers, eczema. To use, grind dried flowers with a (clean!) coffee grinder or a mortar and pestle, add some water  and a bit of whole grain oatmeal (also soothing for the skin; you don’t need to grind it for this recipe) until you’ve reached a desirable consistency. Keep the paste moist by covering the area with a warm, damp towel. Allow the affected area to rest for fifteen minutes or so, then bathe in cool water until the paste is dissolved. Repeat as often as necessary—until comfort is achieved and the area has healed.

3. Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

Calendula is kind of the go-to herb for skin care. It can help dry skin, acne-prone skin, aging skin, as well as help to heal wounds, bruising and other injuries. For an all-around skin care and healing product, soak one part dried blossoms to two parts olive or almond oil. Store in a warm, dark place for two weeks, shaking the jar occasionally. Strain and add a bit of vitamin E as a preservative (you can just puncture two vitamin E capsules and squeeze these into the oil; as an added bonus: for some reason, squeezing these little capsules is highly satisfying…).

This oil can be used on anyone for anything; use it on a baby’s skin to heal diaper rash and dry skin (test a small patch first for sensitivity, of course), use on yourself to heal acne, scars, wounds, rashes, eczema, and dry skin. Have sensitive skin? Calendula is soothing and cooling for any skin type.

For oily, acne-prone skin, try this cleanser: combine 3/4 cup strong calendula tea (follow guidelines for chamomile tea, above), 1/4 cup lemon juice (fresh, if possible), 2tbs baking soda, 1tbs aloe vera gel (check the ingredients–NO alcohol). Blend ingredients together and apply with a clean, wet washcloth, gently massaging into face and neck. Leftover cleanser should be refrigerated. Aloe vera gel can be massaged into the skin if it feels tight or can be placed directly on breakouts to treat them. If you are very acne prone, try drinking a cup or two of calendula and chamomile tea daily to help rid the body of toxins and aid elimination (this will be a slightly bitter tea, though not unpleasant).

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Feel free to dive right in and start using these natural skincare recipes. However, just as with any drug (and all the chemicals currently found in your skincare line can be considered drugs, as your skin gets ‘hooked’ on them), there may be a withdrawal period. You may find you are breaking out a bit more. No worries! This is the body ridding itself of toxins. Allow a few weeks for the skin to adjust and it will settle into balance. In the meantime, relish in the idea that you are feeding your skin the food it needs. Go outside. Feel the wind, sun and rain on your chemical-free, toxin-released, beautiful, fresh face.

(Source-MindBodyGreen)


How To Untangle Your Mental Knots And Truly Love Yourself

Posted by Desiree on April 12, 2013 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

How To Untangle Your Mental Knots And Truly Love Yourself



By Caroline Zwick


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. 



On this particular morning it was Louise Hay’s words that whispered some truth into my heart. In You Can Heal Your Life she writes:


“Be gentle and patient with yourself as you untangle your own mental knots. Get help if you need it. Above all, love yourself in the process. The willingness to let go of the old is the key. That is the secret.”


Think of what you're currently tackling in your life. What has been on your mind that you're seeking an answer for? Perhaps you're unsure if your current relationship is right for you? Maybe you're unsatisfied at your job and don’t see a way out? Perhaps you're in disharmony with your body? You feel too fat, too skinny, too tired, too unattractive, too soft? Maybe you're hung up on painful moments from your past that are keeping you a prisoner in your present life? True joy just doesn’t quite seem to enter your realm of emotions. 


Did you ever consider that the missing piece might be how you are approaching your struggles? Are you providing loving support for yourself as you are problem solving?


When people struggle with their weight, for example, they tend to put their lives on hold, convincing themselves that absolutely nothing good can happen to them until they lost at least 10 pounds. 


They self-hate their way through weight loss expecting this self-hate to turn into self-love once they achieved their goal. 


The same is true for career struggles and tumultuous relationship battles. We tell ourselves that once this project or this disagreement is over all our negative feelings will reformulate into inspiration, motivation, adoration, kindness, and flow. We push and rush through our struggles holding our breaths and aching for the end in which everything will be beautiful, yummy, and cozy. 


However, we are not untangling our true mental knots. We are not letting go of the old. We don’t even know what “the old” is, because we choose to stay blind to it. 


We don’t like to see the truth, which is that painful memories don’t simply go away because we pretend like they never happened. We have to look the truth in the eye and be willing to treat ourselves with gentleness and patience, even — especially — in those moments we dislike ourselves at first sight. This is the only way we can truly untangle our own mental knots and release our past pains. 


If your relationship is difficult, resist the distractions and the petty talk and allow yourself to feel your own emotions. Only if you stay close to your own authentic experience, holding the tension between a challenging situation and self-love, can you make judgments that will eventually lead you to a happy place. If you don’t actually feel the pain of your relationship battles when they happen, how can you make a conscious choice about whether your relationship is truly nurturing and sustainable in the long run? 


Only if you love yourself throughout the untangling of the knot can you remain a close supporting witness of your own experiences and arrive at a place where you're a conscious part of the creation of YOUR life. Only if you treat yourself lovingly can you maintain your new weight, continue to grow in your relationships, and evolve into a career direction that you truly enjoy. 


Before you can start this process, you have to become aware of what is currently happening in your life. You have got to see yourself fully. 


The daunting question remains: HOW do you approach this untangling process?


As Louise Hay suggests in the above quote: Share your struggles with someone you trust. Your troubles can enter a new realm of reality when they are acknowledged in the real world. You don’t have to carry everything on your own shoulders. The world is full of love and kindness, so find a trusted source to share your pain.


Observe and track how your emotions change from one day to the next. Feelings are rarely ever constant and static. They change. This is part of what it means to be alive. Be curious about yourself. That is one form of showing up for yourself.


As you become an ever-closer witness of your authentic experience, your mental knots can begin to unravel, and past pains can begin to be released. Goodness and positive decisions can grow out of this new space of self-love.

(Source-MindBodyGreen)


I believe I've already mentioned in a previous post about Louise Hay's book "You Can Heal Your Life", but it is certainly worth another mention, you can check it out here.


7 Ways to Turn Your Home Into a Health Retreat

Posted by Desiree on April 12, 2013 at 10:25 PM Comments 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. 



Here are some ways you can do the same: 


1. Create a meditation room 


A sacred space where you can retreat to spend time in stillness, silence, and solitude is the best way to invite some of that “health retreat” peacefulness into your home. It will also make it easier for you to stick to your promises of cultivating a beneficial meditation practice. Clear out a room (or corner of the house if you don’t have extra rooms), add meditation cushions or stools, throw in some blankets, create an alter adorned with candles, crystals and angel cards, and you’ve got yourself one sweet space to get your OM on. 


2. Zen out your bedroom 


Clear all of the clutter to promote peace and calming. Bring in some lamps so that you can dim the lights at night and prepare your mind for sleep. Remove all electrical items from the room so that EMFs and dirty electricity aren’t interfering with your sleep. Your body is doing the majority of its healing while you slumber – honour that by making your bedroom the healthiest room in the house. 


3. Invest in a juicer and a blender 


Whether you’re doing an official “cleanse”  or you just want to inject some healthy into your day, juices and smoothies are a must. To make these you will, of course, need the appropriate equipment. Go here for a free e-book containing 80 green smoothie recipes to get you started. 


4. Keep your fridge stocked with fresh fruits and veggies 


Following on from the step above, if you’re going to make delicious and healthy juices and smoothies you will need to have a substantial supply of fresh fruits and vegetables. Going beyond drinks though, eating fresh living food every day is the best thing you can do for your body. Swap anything packaged and processed for amazing live foods to create beautiful big salads, healing soups, and tasty veggie dishes.  



5. Clear out the chemicals 

Go through your kitchen and bathroom cupboards and take inventory of how many toxic chemicals you have lurking in them. Use certified organic products in your beauty and cleaning regime, and research natural alternatives to chemical-laden products. Go here for more tips of detoxifying your home


6. Display candles...and actually light them 


This is the quickest, easiest, and cheapest way to instantly transform the ambiance of any living space. Just make sure you buy candles made from natural wax (like soy or beeswax), and don’t be one of those people who uses their candles for dust-collecting purposes only. Candles are designed to be lit! Place them in the bedroom, lounge room, kitchen, dining room, and especially the bathroom. 


7. Invite nature into your space 


Not only will they improve the air quality of your space by emitting oxygen and mopping up any positive ions, living plants will bring the healing properties of nature into your home. The peace lily mops up ammonia, acetone, ethyl acetate, benzene and formaldehyde from the atmosphere. Other good indoor plants include succulents, aloe vera, bamboo palm, spider plant and weeping fig.


(Source-MindBodyGreen, Author-Jess Ainscough)



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