Wellness Wednesday: Get Your Water In!

Peace Soulstars,

I don’t know what the summer temps are like in your area but the dmv is blazing! Temps in the 90’s with what I call “that Carolina heat”!  Water intake needs to be up to par…No exceptions.  I know that many people don’t like to drink water because of the “taste”.  Whether you like the taste or not you have to get it in somehow.  You can simply add lemon or fruit to it which takes it to another level!

Personally, I’ve found that when I add lemon to my water I can drink it down in no time.  Not saying that the point of making water more palatable is so you can guzzle it down in record timing.  Adding lemon, lime or fruit to your water makes it taste better. It can also add nutrients to the water which improve digestion.

This is precisely why I drink lemon water first thing in the morning and throughout the day.  I’ve noticed many benefits including clearer skin.  I’m sharing these tips from guthealthproject.com which I found to be helpful for adding variety to water not only for taste but for increased health benefits!

Love and light,

 

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Inspire Me Mondays: Everything is a process


Peace Soulstars,

So, I’ve been quite the yogi that I didn’t realize that I would become recently after participating in a yoga challenge.  It’s still in progress and I’m learning a lot along the way.  I noticed the other day when some old habits started to creep up on me.  I had to shut them down.  That’s progress in itself because I didn’t always shit it down.  I let it take over…

I was practicing sugar cane pose; a challenge for me right now.  It’s a process.  Everything is. While practicing, I got frustrated at one point and plopped down on the couch feeling slightly defeated.

I immediately acknowledged my reaction and chose not to let this temporary situation keep me from pushing forward.  Besides, I’m not a quitter. Quitting doesn’t resonate with me.  So, I got back up and tried it again.

I realized that this is the same way I reacted to challenges in the past. I’d get so focused on where I want to be that I forget to embrace where I am at the time.  I forget to acknowledge that this is life.  This is a part of the process of growth and evolution.  I was also reminded that yoga is beyond physical fitness.

Yoga was not created to become the fitness craze it has morphed into in western society.  It’s a lifestyle that requires more mental effort than physical.  Actually, it begins and ends on the spiritual level.  That takes time to develop and is not something you can just jump into.  It defeats the purpose and a total disrespect to the culture.

The takeaway?  Don’t take yourself or life too seriously.  Embrace the stages of life and try not to force things to happen.  Forcing things pushes you out of alignment and sets you back.  If it doesn’t happen naturally, it’s not meant to be.

You will get there when it’s your time to get there. Until then, take your time and embrace the stages.  Acknowledge the frustration but don’t let it keep you from moving forward.

Love and light,

 

Friday “Feels”

Peace Soulstars,

Happy Friday!  I may be a little late but I’m lovin’ the summertime vibe of “Feels”.  I’ve always had a multidimensional style of music.  I love anything that has a beat that moves me. Speaking of frequencies and high vibrations, this song is no exception. Oh yeah, and I’ll be sharing more feel good music more often.  Music is my therapy.  So, it’s only natural that I spread the love.  Catch the video below!

Love and Light,

Monday Inspiration: To find peace, let the ego go…

“When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening.  That’s where your power is.”

Peace Soulstars,

The key word here is “Challenge”.  Today, challenge yourself  to respond differently to situations so they don’t become your stress.  Stress is subjective.  The key to dealing with “stress” is to gain control of it by not letting it control you.   Circumstances are just that.  We cannot control everything but we can control ourselves.  Remember that especially when dealing with others.  Holding grudges isn’t safe for your peace of mind.   If someone tries to pull you into their chaos, instead make a conscious effort to choose peace.  Set the intention for the week that this is exactly what you will do.

There’s a saying that if someone tries to pull you into their storm, chaos (whatever the case), pull them into your peace.  Remain vigilant of the ego though…Ego is our worst enemy.  In order to find peace, you must detach from the ego.

Love and Light,

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Don’t forget the window sills…

CleansingSpirit

Peace Soulstars,

I have not been blogging as much lately due to some major life changes ahead for myself and my family. Good things though!   We also were away for a week on a mini vacay in which we took care of business as well.  Many positive manifestations happening right now including a major move.  As I’ve been taking time to purge physical things prior to moving out of our apartment I have also been continuing the process of purging emotional and mental handicaps including people, the past, problems, situations and the like.

This morning I opened the curtains to raise the blinds and decided to check out the window sills.  I have noticed build up over time but neglected to clean them.  After noticing the filth, I proceeded to grab a cleaner and paper towels and wiped those bad boys down!  I also thought about how breathing that stuff is in is terrible for your body.  As I proceeded to clean the build up of dirt, pollen, and other debris, I felt so much better.  I remember when we first moved in I made sure I wiped the window sills whenever I dusted because it looked so much better to me.  It was also easier to clean because I did it regularly.  Over time I had forgotten about them so it took a little more effort to clean this time but it got done.

As you know, the window sills are the surface at the bottom of a window on the interior side.  I place emphasis on “interior” for a reason.  Stay with me.  Underneath the grime was a clean, fresh surface which was so much more pleasing to my senses including my soul.  This brings me to my point.  We tend to forget those little crevices that are an important part of our environment/living space and often get overlooked as time progresses.  We concentrate mostly on the larger, outer surfaces while neglecting those small spaces and corners that need cleaning too.  It happens so easily because those small areas aren’t usually seen by the naked eye.  You have to look closer.  Usually, this doesn’t happen until we are sneezing, coughing, or just get tired of looking at it because sometimes we notice but put it off ;-).

The same goes for us as spiritual beings inhabiting physical bodies.  We often forget to cleanse our souls of build up from  years of toxic people, situations, problems, etc.  Purging and cleansing are an important part of starting anew.  For example, when moving try purging your space of anything unnecessary before packing.  While going through items, ask yourself “Does this serve me?” “Do I have a need for this or am I holding onto it just because?”  That is when you know you need to let it go.

This is a great way to get into the mindset of cleansing yourself of anything that does not serve you.  Removing layers of build up will do wonders for your life in all areas.  In order to grow, change, and improve yourself from the inside out it’s imperative to check in to those areas regularly.  It’s preventative and helps improve overall health.  Once you purge and cleanse you can start fresh which will allow you to move forward mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.   When you have those three down the physical will have no choice but to follow suit.

Remember to set time aside daily or weekly (whatever fits your lifestyle best) to check in.  If you need to write it down, write it down or put a reminder in your phone until it becomes second nature.  Do what works for you and feel better! If you need to set the reminder as “Don’t forget the window sills!”.

Love and Light,

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Meditation…My Most Important Lessons

“Meditation is emptying your mind completely of all belief, ideology, concept, thought.  Only in an empty mind when there is no dust left on the mirror truth reflects.” ~Osho

Peace Soulstars,

The above quote is from “The Book of Wisdom” by Osho which I have yet to finish because it’s filled with so much wisdom that I have to pace myself.  I take notes in the margins and everything.  I highly recommend it.  Many may find this “mindless” concept of meditation questionable.  It has even become quite controversial but just like with any other information you take it as just that.  It is information.  Use it how you see fit.  What is truth to one is not truth to the other.

Meditation is all in what you make it out to be.  It does not always have to consist of you sitting “mindlessly” in lotus position while deep breathing.  For example, this past weekend my meditation consisted of creating my vision board (finally).  Most of the time I  do sit in lotus position while deep breathing as I let the thoughts that enter my mind pass like clouds in the sky.  My understanding is that it is okay to have thoughts while meditating.  It is what the mind does.  The key is not letting the thoughts control your feelings and/or distract you from your peace of mind.  Also, have fun!  Meditating should not be stressful.  It defeats the purpose if it is.

I’ve meditated off and on in the past but my most successful experience with meditating began when I used the app Headspace.  I did the free 10 minute daily sessions which helped me understand what I was doing, why, and how to begin.  From there, I began meditating on my own and found that I was able to meditate for 10 minutes without a timer or other guidance.  This intrigued me as I found that the mind truly is more powerful than we give it credit.  It was nonstop from then on which led me to learn how to meditate in other ways besides sitting still.  Though I do enjoy sitting still and find it very effective.

In the months that I have been practicing daily meditation for at least 15- 20 minutes (sometimes longer) here are a few lessons I’ve learned:

  • There are many creative, effective ways to meditate.  Do not just stick to one method
  • You can meditate anywhere when you really get the hang of it
  • Learning to let my thoughts come and go without reacting to them helped me resist feeling (letting thoughts control you)
  • I was able to tune out the physical state (sounds, distractions, tension/pains in the body) by focusing on the breath and breathing  causing me to relax
  • It is okay to lose focus at times as thoughts take you off track but what’s important is that you bring your awareness back to the breath

I’ll be sharing some of my experiences with meditation.  I think many of you will find it interesting how I learned to take life to a whole other level by learning how to connect with my spiritual self.  I hope you find this helpful in establishing a meditation practice of your own.  Remember, everyone is different with different needs and starting from different points in their journey.  When you understand that, you’ll be able to reap the full benefits of meditation.

Love and Light,

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Have you had your tea today?

GreenTea

Peace Soulstars,

Do you ever think about what you put into your body first thing in the morning before eating breakfast (assuming that you do eat breakfast)?  Breakfast is that meal in the morning which you consume to break the “fast” so to speak.  Typically, at night we go to bed for at least 6-8 hours without eating or drinking anything.  This is considered a fast.  So, you break the fast when you eat in the morning.   Hence the reason why breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day.   It is imperative to not only eat breakfast but you must also hydrate yourself.  Dehydration leads to all sorts of problems and your organs need hydration in order to work properly.  So, before we even start thinking about what to eat we need to remind ourselves of the importance of getting those organs to function.  Then, we can move onto feeding ourselves after our body’s are ready to digest properly.

Question:  Who drinks coffee early in the am before doing anything else? Who does not drink anything but goes straight for that donut, bagel or whatever your breakfast of choice? Who just skips it altogether because they just “ain’t  got  time for all of that”?  Well, you are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t start your day off at least with a glass of water but my drink of choice is tea.  I love tea!  I sometimes make my own with steamed water, raw honey, and a sprinkle of ginger and cinnamon depending on my needs.  Simple yet satisfying and healthy to boot.  Green tea is my jam though!!  The Republic of Tea makes double matcha green tea and matcha green tea powder which are high in antioxidants and in price (depends on your perception of “high”)  but it is worth it in the end.  You’re paying for the quality but do your research to find what works best for you.  Consider it an investment in your health so you won’t have to shuck out loads of money later in life on doctor’s visits 😉  So, tell me….Do you drink green tea?  How do you get your hydration on in the am?

Love and Light,

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