Wellness Wednesday: Sometimes you gotta make it work…

Peace Soulstars,

Let’s admit that we can all do better when it comes to diet.  This list of alkaline superfoods is just a helpful reminder that there are options when it comes to health!  By now,  most of us should know that healthy doesn’t mean boring and bland.   It’s mind over matter.  If you think it than it shall be.  It starts with changing your perception of food.

I get side eyes from time to time whenever I share some of my new discoveries like bee pollen for instance.  It looks odd to some and like nothing they want to put in their mouths but it is known for being one of the best superfoods out here.  Alone bee pollen does not taste good at all to me but when I add it to a bowl of coconut yogurt, fruit and granola topped with cacao nibs, it’s the bomb!

I make it work for me.  Mix those not-so-good-by-themselves foods with what you do like.  Make it work!  Don’t overwhelm yourself either. Pace yourself. At the end of the day,  you have to ask yourself:  Is this food feeding or fighting dis-ease?

Remember dis-ease cannot thrive in an alkaline body.  Don’t stress though.  Healthy doesn’t have to be stressful either.  If it’s stressful you just may need to take a different approach to find what works for you.  It’s that simple.

Love and light,

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Updates

Peace Soulstars,

Hello to all of you beautiful people.  Unfortunately, once again I’ve managed to let time pass without blogging regularly.  Thanks to computer issues (damn Mac chargers are the worst!) and of course…life, I was unable to blog like I wanted to.  I could’ve done so from my phone which isn’t a bad idea. I may start doing that sometimes but it’s not the same.  Although, I have to be honest in saying that I think I bit off a little more than I could chew.  I went from more of free flow blogging to daily blogging which was good information but ultimately became too much for me to keep up with.  It wasn’t my style to just blog for the sake of blogging.  When that happens it becomes less authentic and more contrived.  The latter doesn’t resonate with me at all. Needless to say, from now on I’ll be blogging more regularly.

I  have so much to share from all things spirituality to some great recipes using foods that increase your vibration and of course mental health.  I’ve discovered some meditation techniques that work for pain reduction and anxiety especially a good one for menstrual pain.  Oh, and I haven’t updated you on how I was able to heal myself from an ovarian cyst that I was diagnosed with late last year.  Yoga, meditation, diet and just overall lifestyle changes work wonders!

The more I read, open my mind to new ways of thinking and appreciate different perspectives the more I learn.  I cannot wait to share what I’ve learned with you.  You can also check me out on instagram (check the side bar for that link).  I check in with random thoughts and thought provoking info regularly on the gram.

Be on the look out for new posts this week!

Love&Light,

 

Self Care Fridays: Set Goals and Crush ‘Em!

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Peace Soulstars,

One of my favorite forms of meditation involves movement.  Anything dance, barre (pure barre to be exact), yoga which involves moving the body resonates with my spirit.  Sitting still is cool but I much more prefer to move.  It’s just as effective but adds variety to my meditation practice and variety is a must for me because I bore easily.  Insert amazing yogi Adriene from “yoga with Adriene” whose yoga videos I’ve been using for my home yoga practice for years now.  I’ve just finished day 2 of the “31 days of yoga” series with Adriene of “Yoga with Adriene” on youtube. I started the 2016 yoga series but fell off.  Well, this year I plan to keep it up throughout the 31 day stint.  I’m all about goal setting because it’s motivating to have done 2 days back to back.  It actually goes by fast because I enjoy it so much.  I make sure I do yoga first thing in the am or after a light breakfast.  So, I’ve made it a part of my morning routine which helps tremendously.

I’ve been off and on with my home yoga practice due to a two year stint with pure barre which took over for a while starting in 2014.  Back to my yoga now and I am truly loving this series.  Adriene takes it easy, doesn’t rush you, and encourages you to go at your own pace.  I love her clarity in describing each transition from pose to pose and her overall vibe.  Her style resonates with me so much that I’m thinking of doing yoga morning and night (right before bed) just because.  The list of health benefits of doing so is endless.  Check out yogarevolution with Adriene here.  I’ll check in from time to time throughout the month to follow up.  Nama-Slay!

Love and Light,

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Self-Care Fridays: Set your rhythm with morning rituals…

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Peace Soulstars,

Yesterday, I mentioned moon rituals but those aren’t the only rituals that I do.  I have quite a few which change from time to time but they keep me grounded.  I’m not sure about you but my body loves routine and I can go so far as to say that it needs routine.  It’s also ideal for a routine to stimulate each of your senses.  It’s important to take the time to jumpstart your senses before using them.  If not, your body may not function properly and your  body can be thrown off balance.  Alignment is key to overall health.

I am a music person so I like to use analogies that reference music.  So, I like to refer to “getting in alignment” as “setting the rhythm”.  For the past few years I’ve tried different ways to “set the rhythm” for the day upon opening my eyes.  The “rhythm” can be different each day but as long as it’s in tune with your spirit that’s all that matters.  Here are some of my morning rituals which  stimulate my five senses.

  1. SOUND:  I wake up to music or play it in the morning while getting ready.  If I have time, I listen to a motivational podcast or other audio which is in tune with my rhythm.  I have also set my alarm to play a song with soothing vibes and/or a positive message.  Great way to wake up.  Typically, I don’t need an alarm but when I do I prefer music as opposed to some annoying, loud basic alarm.
  2. TOUCH:   To prep my physical body, I stretch for a few minutes to warm up my muscles and wake up my body before getting up and moving.  Nothing major.  It can be as simple as taking a few deep breaths and stretching your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and legs.  It helps you to notice any physical sensations (comfortable and uncomfortable) and increase body awareness.
  3. TASTE: Hydration is key.   Before or after showering and brushing my teeth, I drink a tall glass of water with a squeeze of lemon or have a cup of matcha green tea.  Sometimes I steam water and add lemon.  Either way I have something to stimulate my internal organs at some point in the morning before eating anything.  Why?  I just spent from six, seven, eight or more hours without eating or drinking anything.  The body needs fuel.  Your body needs to replenish and regenerate itself.  Water helps to give it that push.
  4. SMELL:  There are many ways to do this but here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate sense of smell to my morning ritual.  I burn incense or inhale some of my favorite essential oils like tea tree, peppermint, or lemongrass.  Sometimes I also use lavender oil because it’s calming.  I also apply topically by mixing one to two drops of an essential oil into about 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil.  Then I massage my neck and shoulders (sometimes my back).  There are different essential oils that can be used for different parts of your body i.e. pressure points to relieve certain ailments or for prevention purposes.  I also use a diffuser that uses a tea light to generate heat which disperses the fragrance in the air.  You can also use your favorite all natural scented body wash or salt scrub if you prefer.
  5. SIGHT:  Lastly, I meditate for at least 10 minutes using a lit candle or a himalayan salt lamp as a focal point while I take deep breaths.  Eventually, I may close my eyes while envisioning the light from either source as my inner light.  Both are reminiscent of that ball of light within myself where inner peace lies.  The light can also represent my higher being and the fact that my higher being is always within to keep me centered.  Crystal stones have healing energy, are beautiful to look at and embody the light energy that helps me maintain a connection to nature i.e. vibrating higher.  Crystals can also be used during meditation.

These are just some of the practices that have worked like a charm to help me set my rhythm for the day.   Anytime I get thrown off I remind myself of that inner light.  This may seem like a lot for some.  Do what you can and follow your intuition.  We really need to learn how to connect to our higher selves more.  It doesn’t take an hour or even several minutes.  If you only have five minutes it’s better than nothing.  If you don’t have five minutes, that’s a whole other problem to address.  What do you do to set your rhythm for the day?  Do you practice morning rituals?

Love and Light,

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Self-Care Fridays: When in doubt, write it out…

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“Pick up the pen of hope and write on the tablet of faith.  Write with grace.  Write with flourish.  Write with passion.  Write with freedom.”

Peace Soulstars,

Journaling has become an intricate part of my spiritual work.  I have journals for different purposes.  I have one journal that I consecrated to be used solely for my New Moon ritual.  I don’t use it for anything else but my new intentions that I set for the ritual as each new moon occurs.  I have journals full of quotes, notes from books I’ve been reading,  one I use to record my dreams, and another solely for prayers.  It’s interesting how I went from hardly journaling to having a journal for different purposes…lol…I still have some of my journals/diaries from years ago which I’ve gone back to read.  Honestly, some of my questions about the past have been answered after I’ve referred to my old diaries.  That’s why it’s important to journal.  It may be helpful to look back at where you’ve been and how much you’ve grown.  My have I grown.

Anyway,  I find journaling to be very helpful in the process of healing, reflecting, and moving forward as I set new intentions.  I’m ridding myself of the old to make room for the new.  It’s actually harder than I thought it would be but it’s do-able.  Good thing about journaling is there are no rules.  I’m not a fan of rules.  I like freedom.  Journaling allows you to express yourself freely.  You don’t even have to use complete sentences if you don’t want to.   Write words or phrases, quotes, or whatever moves you.  If you want to write a page full of cuss words to express how you are feeling or what you’re thinking,  have at it!  The point of journaling is different depending on the person.  For me, journaling serves many purposes but one that I find very helpful is that journaling is a great release.

If any of you have kids I strongly encourage you to get them a journal and/or diary that they can use for releasing as well.  Kids are so often treated as if their thoughts and feelings don’t matter.  You know the old notion “Kids should be seen and not heard.”  I’ve never liked it.  It conditions them to think that what they think and feel doesn’t matter. They end up bottling up their thoughts and feelings which does more harm than good.  Journaling will allow them the freedom to express whatever they need to at least get it out and not hold onto what needs to be released.  Whether you’re a kid or not we all can benefit from release.

Love and light,

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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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Epsom Salt Detox Baths!

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Peace Soulstars,

As promised, I wanted to come in and talk about the amazingness of epsom salts!  I personally have had success taking baths with epsom salts on a weekly basis and as needed.  Typically, it’s suggested that you soak in a bath of epsom salts to soothe aches and pains which is generally very effective.  There are many reasons to take epsom salt baths including for detoxing, to relieve cold/flu symptoms, and healing the body in general.   There are claims that they’re good for reducing and eliminating cellulite and losing weight which makes sense because one of the main causes of cellulite is toxins.  So, the purpose of the detox bath is to eliminate toxins and fluid retention which can lead to reduction in cellulite and help you lose weight.  I believe that it has reduced my cellulite in the thigh area but I haven’t taken any before/after pictures.  I’m just going by my naked eye noticing what seems like an improvement in my muscle tone.   You also have to consider your lifestyle (diet, exercise etc.).   Detox baths alone will not help you lose weight and reduce cellulite if you feed your body clean foods.

You can do your research but be mindful that there is misinformation floating around especially on the internet regarding the effectiveness of epsom salts.  People can be skeptical.  If you have any concerns you can check with your doctor.   The generally healthy individual should not have any adverse reactions to epsom salts unless you have allergies or other health conditions which cause sensitivity to magnesium sulfate.  They’re made up of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen.   If you’re an individual that is on medication for whatever reason it would be wise to consult with your doctor first as well.    Just know that everything affects everyone differently.  If you have kids, be sure to reduce the amounts of the ingredients for a general recipe which tends to cater to adults.  Kids do not require the same amounts of certain ingredients as adults for obvious reasons.  Effectiveness depends on each individual including your weight and other factors but generally speaking just know as with anything else less is more.  You can always adjust amounts later.

I thought it would be helpful to share a recipe that I’ve tried for myself and my family which has been successful.  You can tweak this recipe as needed depending on the use.  The following recipe is for a detox bath I used for my daughter when she had a fever and cold/flu symptoms.  She had a temperature of 102 degrees and we needed to get it down without the use of medicine (tylenol).   If treating a fever then add the ingredients to a cool bath and use a wash cloth or bath sponge to gently massage the skin.  The cool water helps in reducing the body temperature.   I emphasize COOL because cold water is too much of a shock to the system when one has a fever.  If using this recipe for kids depending on the age cut each amount in half or more depending on the age.

General detox bath recipe (adults):

1 cup Epsom Salt

1 cup baking soda

1 tablespoon ground ginger

4 drops of lavender essential oil

*Note*

Epsom salts are natural but still check with your child’s pediatrician if they are under the age of 10.  I would suggest omitting epsom salts for baby.  A baby’s skin and  little systems can be sensitive to certain ingredients so ALWAYS check with a pediatrician and use your instincts.  If you’re unsure, then don’t use it.  Better safe than sorry.

Baby under two:  baking soda- 1/4 cup, lavender oil- 2 drops

Two to seven years:  baking soda- 1/2 cup, lavender oil – 2 drops

Eight to Ten years:  baking soda- 1/2 cup, lavender oil- 3 drops

Ten years to adult:  baking soda 1 cup, lavender oil- 4 drops

I used this bath for my daughter who was either 9 or 10 at the time.  She took the bath at nighttime.  This recipe brought her temperature down from 102 to 100 then before the night was over she ended up back at 98 degrees.   She also had relief from congestion.

Another way that I have used epsom salt baths was to relieve pain and discomfort.  The detoxing process is a form of healing for sore muscles, aches and pains but also benefits some skin conditions such as eczema and acne.  So, the great thing about these baths is there are multiple benefits because either way it heals.   Whenever I feel the need to give myself some much needed relaxation (usually once or twice a week) and don’t want to spend money on an expensive spa, I opt for my epsom salt baths. Recently,  I’ve used this bath (as described above) to soothe back pain, to reduce inflammation from my epidermoid cyst, and post surgery to heal the surgical wound.  I simply omit the ginger.  Although, it wouldn’t hurt.

Sometimes I just use epsom salts and lavender oil to keep it simple.  Also, if taken at night the lavender oil helps with inducing sleep.  So, you may not have aches and pains but just may be tense from a stressful day or week.  Try taking a bath with epsom salts and lavender essential oil.  Put some soft music on, light candles and zone out but try not to fall asleep because that may not end well.  lol… If you want to get fancy, you can add herbs, flowers and essential oils to your liking.  Just enjoy playing around with different recipes, find what works for you, and relax.  Detox baths can be done once or twice a week not every day.  It’s a process and needs time to do it’s thing so to speak.

So,  maybe begin or end your week with a detox bath.  If treating a condition such as a fever or aches and pains you may want to use the baths more often until symptoms go away but space out the time in between by a few hours depending on the urgency.   Just don’t over do it because healing takes time.  Natural remedies can work fast but sometimes they take time.  Always remember with natural remedies they can only do so much.  If there are other symptoms present or the natural remedy is just not cutting it call a doctor because you may have a more serious condition.

Wooo, this was long!  I was long overdue for a few post anyway so this makes up for lost time! lol!  Enjoy the rest of your day!  Next post I’ll be talking about sea salt baths which have a whole other purpose 😉

Love and Light,

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