Time for the Art of BEING

Time for the Art of BEING

 Time for the Art of BEING

 

 Hi everyone!  I’m still here.  I’ve had some of you contact me and see if everything was alright – THANK YOU for that!  You don’t know how much your thoughtfulness means to me.  Yep, everything is fine!   Let me share with you what has been going on and why I have been MIA for a few months. 

The surest and most reliable way to know whether you are following your intuition is that whenever you do so, you feel more alive.    I have been increasing my communication mindfulness lately by listening deeply to what is being said.  Externally and internally.  My intuition had been speaking loudly to me and I started listening. Remember,  your instincts will never fail you. The logical mind can be duped. The eyes and ears can be bamboozled.   They see what they want to see. They hear what they want to hear.  However, your Inner Being cannot be confused. 

A few months ago I was feeling something was OFF with me.  I felt burned out from writing on the blog, things I was once passionate about lost its glitter, feeling stressed and confused about what to eat (my mind was saying one thing and my body another), I was being harsh with myself in thoughts/attitudes.  What used to work, didn’t any longer.  I felt like I was a piece of a puzzle yet the overall picture had changed, but my “piece” had not – it didn’t fit anymore.  I had been asking the Universe to “go deeper” with the cleansing of old patterns/ old behaviors/ old mindsets and to bring about healing where I could experience living from a place of peace and freedom.   So, I decided to go within and really listen.  The words I kept seeing and hearing were BEING.  My intuition was nudging me so I decided to embrace this new concept and go with it.  I have found that one of the most difficult challenges for me is when my intuition is telling me NOT to do something.  I had an idea about something I thought I should be doing and I found that I simply had no energy in it when I kept going back to it time and time again. I was trying to make myself do it, but it just wasn’t working.  I thought something was wrong with me but it took me some time to recognize that life/ my intuition was trying to give me a message that this is not the right course of action at the moment.  When I realized all of this, it opened up a whole new opportunity for me to look at EVERYTHING in my life.  The concept of DOING and BEINGAt first, it was a little unnerving because it was new and uncharted, but at the same time, I knew in my heart and soul, it was RIGHT!  It lights me up to think about it – THAT is a positive sign to me.

Our culture conditions us to believe that we must always being doing something outwardly productive.  Many of us are extremely driven and feel that we must be accomplishing something at every moment.  If we are not doing something, we feel we are wasting our time.  That others (and ourselves) will criticize us for being lazy and unmotivated.    We have lost the value of Being - taking time to rest, relax, contemplate, explore the inner realm and generally replenish and nurture ourselves.  We are terribly out of balance in this respect.   I feel this is why so many people develop chronic fatigue syndrome and other related illnesses because our bodies have to force us to stop driving ourselves and hopefully that we will LISTEN to what is being said and shown.

Doing is a state of focused, directed, goal-oriented activity.  It allows us to handle all the things we need and want to accomplish.  Being is a state where we can fully experience the present moment, without thought of the past or future.  It allows us to reach a deeper place, where we can connect with our spiritual nature.  It allows us to be in the NOW and flow with life as it comes our way.  It is important to realize and understand that spending time Being is how we replenish and revitalize ourselves.  The Being state allows us to refill ourselves with the Life Force that we have spent doing.  It literally brings us fulfillment.  They are both equally important in their own state.  It is finding the balance between the two that brings peace and freedom to our lives.

For me, my intuition was showing me how to develop the ability to relax and flow with Life, be present in the moment.   At first, with my paying attention to the inner guidance aspect so carefully, that I went through a period of feeling like I didn’t want to do much for awhile.  It was like I had gone back to school to UNLEARN what I had learned (most of my life as doer).   I was too structured, planned, organized and  I controlled too much (a hell of a lot better than I used to be, but it was time to really clear it – you remember, I was asking for it).  Taking old patterns and behaviors, mindsets, attitudes and more – swiping them from my hard drive, so to speak. These parts were not servicing me any longer and I knew it.  I was ready to face this head on – no more half ass stuff.   Then downloading some new programs, learning  new concepts, mindsets,  and awareness and then putting it all into application.  Kind of like reading a manual on how to ride a bike, but then once you actually get on the bike and ride it will you understand the overall experience.   It has and will continue to take some time to work out the kinks and bugs along the way.  But that is the fun part, right?!  It’s part of the growth process and journey for our individual selves and soul.  It never ends and I don’t want it to.  It’s not like “I’ve cleaned out my house and will never have to do it again.”  Oh, yes you will.  Unless you want to live in filth and grime.  I don’t think you do.   It may not be easy or fun at times (I’ve had some rough days of processing), but to me it is worth it on so many levels.  I have changed my mindset about it and see it as fun and exciting now.  “What new can I learn about myself today?”  It is a deeper level of making changes within myself.   I watch my thoughts that go through  my head as if I were an observer of a movie.  I have caught ALL KINDS of things that I have reviewed and changed. 

For example, a situation may arise and I can choose to react/ respond from an old place or I can see it in a different light and respond from a place of Love.  Another example, I used to look at myself in the mirror and mentally think/ say hateful things to myself.  “Look at those thighs – who is going to like you with cellulite?  You’re putting on weight – you’re no good.  You’re not as skinny as you were 2 years ago, blah, blah, blah.”  I catch those fleeting thoughts now and say “Hey!  You are wonderful. You have strong thighs that allow you lift heavy things, take long walks/ hikes, ride that fun bike.  I love you, thighs!”  I may have put on some extra weight but it looks good on me.  I look healthier, I feel better.  I don’t have to try to BE a number on a pair of jeans.  I am learning to love my body, my personality, my Life.    I am not allowing my past traumas to hold me back any longer.  I am healing them and experiencing a part of life I never allowed myself to.   It’s OK.  I wasn’t ready then, but I am now. 

Once I began to surrender into the time of Being, even if only for a short while, I felt replenished, alive and at peace.  My energy has begun to move in a new direction and way – a different vibration it seems.  I’m learning to listen to my intuitive feelings and act on them.  When it is asking to move and when it desires rest.   One of the cool things I have noticed with integrating Being energy into my life with the doing energy – the issue of time begins to dissolve. I was always trying to fit everything into a time frame and feeling scattered and stressed by it.  Not so much anymore.  By feeding and nourishing myself with Being, I have let go the frantic pursuit of external success, accomplishments or exciting experiences.  I don’t NEED them to feel worthy or fulfilled.  I am fulfilled in a totally different way now – from within. Simple things bring me such joy where I am right now.  When things need to get done, I feel the energy to do them and I accomplish them with little to no effort or it may turn out that they didn’t need to be done after all.  Life has become a flow, in which I am seeing as it opens up to me exactly as it needs to.  Things, situations, experiences, miracles and more come my way when it is supposed to.  My daily mantra:  “I relax into the flow of living.”  I will sometimes change it up and say playing, receiving, giving, loving, etc. in place of living.  Whatever comes to mind or heart.   I also like to say “I experience everyday miracles.  Thank you!”

Another cool thing I have gotten from this experience is to PLAY more and have fun in whatever I am doing.  For a few days in a row, I kept hearing BIKE and PLAY.  So, I went out, bought an inexpensive bike and have thoroughly been loving it.  It has brought back a freedom and joy I experienced as a kid when I had a bike.  I am listening and paying attention to little things like this that I would have normally not allowed myself or even thought about.  I am learning to simply feel relaxed, peaceful and content to be right where I am supposed to be, with no particular need or desire to do anything else.  I feel it mostly with quiet times alone, with Scott and the dogs, and especially in nature.  I apply it when I am doing the dishes, laundry, cooking, driving, working, exercising, playing in the garden.  It’s amazing – the difference.  I feel more compassionate, understanding, nurturing, loving, at peace, non-judgmental of myself or others (accepting), and more.  The more I see/ feel it within myself, the more it reflects outside of me to others.   I’m not in this state of balance all the time.  The more I practice and apply it, the more natural it feels and is a part of me.  It is gradually unfolding and is an ongoing experience/ journey for me. I find more pleasure with limited time online (less that is), more time outdoors connecting with nature, reading, and finding new interests. There is a joy and contentment in my life now that I haven’t experienced before.  I am allowing my Life Force to guide and move me in a new and playful dance.  There are no set rules and guidelines.  Just an openness to take new steps and have fun along the way.  Life is so much better now.   Allow yourself to go deeper and release that stuff that no longer serves you.  Ask your Source for guidance and pay attention.  It’s there for you – always.

So, that’s what I have been up to.  Living, playing, experiencing life and learning new ways of Being.   I’ll be posting when the energy moves me to do so.   I’ve got a guest writer for you all next week and a SWEET giveaway right around the bend. 

As always, thank you for visiting and reading my posts.


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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ Why Do I Wake Up at the Same Time Every Night? - Fascinating article.  Do you see a pattern for yourself?  Say the affirmations, work on the unresolved issues and get some good night ZZZZ’s.

♥ The Metrics of Your Soul’s Calls (How to Live on Purpose) – This an inspiring post from Vienda Maria.  Truly spoke to me. How about you?

The Metrics Of Your Soul’s Calls {How To Live On-Purpose}

- See more at: http://www.viendamaria.com/2014/06/the-metrics-of-your-souls-calls-how-to-live-on-purpose/#sthash.m3xRxgu2.dpuf

♥ I Hate Exercise, but It Loves Me (Dr. Sara’s 5 Tips for Biohacking Exercise When You’d Rather Do Anything Else) – I feel this way sometimes.    A great reminder to reframe the thoughts about exercise and then away you go. 

♥  “Clean and Green” Colon Cleanser – What a simple juice from my friend, Tess Masters.  Plugged up?  Drink this concoction and be FREE.  Haha!  It really works.

♥ Be Courageous. Listen To Your Intuition.  Learn to Trust Yourself – Another fantastic one from Vienda Maria. 

Yoga For Your Butt and Thighs – What a great sequence for lower body strength with a focus on the butt and thighs.

Be Courageous. Listen To Your Intuition. Learn To Trust Yourself. – See more at: http://www.viendamaria.com/2014/06/be-courageous-listen-to-your-intuition-learn-to-trust-yourself/#comment-572825

♥ Chill For Summer -  Enjoy MonicaB’s CHILL summer playlist to keep your pitta minds at peace and remember to enjoy the simple things, even during the daily grind. It’s aaaaalll good.

♥ Why Slow Yoga? -  How interesting!  Maybe this is why I prefer Hatha  yoga – longer holds over the fast-paced flows.  When I started doing my at-home yoga regularly, I hold poses for as long as I feel them.  When I feel it is time to shift into the next one, I do so.  Utilizing this flow of relaxing into it has allowed me to get in touch with my body like never before.  I still enjoy a class out at a studio once and awhile,  but the ability to tune in to a deeper level has been wonderful, empowering, inspiring and fun.  There are some great videos on Youtube and Gaiam.tv is another great source for quality information and guidance. 

♥ Earthing: The Benefits of Connecting with Earth’s Energy – Nature never ceases to amaze  me with her simplicity of healing.  Walking barefoot in grass, on sand, any source of Earth does wonders for you on many levels.  It’s one of my healing protocols I utilize daily during the warmer months.  Give it a try if you haven’t already or get back to doing it again if you forgot about it.  Mother Nature is there waiting for you – go have fun with her.

♥ 10 Steps to Eat Better at Work – Being prepared is HUGE!   I do this a few times a week.  I plan a big prep/prepare day and have food for days ahead.  Also, when making dinner, I’ll make extra and have for leftovers throughout the week.  Be like the boyscout and always be prepared.  If you have to make other choices it’s OK.  Just make better choices most of the time and it’s no biggie when you can’t or don’t feel like it. No pressure.  Take the stress off yourself and do the best that you can.

♥ Homemade Flea Powder -  I use something very similar but thought this was a great recipe. I use wintergreen essential oil in my formula.  I have yarrow growing in the yard (I’ll harvest, dry and grind into powder) and use it in this recipe.  I use Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth on the dogs, in my smoothies sometime for internal parasites or candida flare ups for Scott and I, in the house for ants, spiders, etc. It is natural and effective.  Have to take care of our furry kids in the most natural way possible. 

♥ 10 Surprising Things That Benefit Our Brain That You Can Do Everyday – This is pretty cool!

♥ NEW MOON in Cancer June 27th 2014 – Beautiful!

 

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ 10 critical upgrades for a healthier body – 10 sure-fire upgrades to make your body, emotions and spirit rise above.  I would include stress reduction, allowing happiness in your life and loving oneself. 

♥ 8 Ways To Make Your Life Extraordinary, No Matter How Ordinary It Seems – I love all of these!  I hope you do too.

♥ Relax into the dust storm~ This is beautiful and poignant.

♥ 5 Life-Changing Ways To Start Your Day -  Love these!  I always take time for ME in the a.m.. I start within and greet my thoughts, feelings, spirit and space with gratitude, love, compassion and support.   It has made such a difference in how I am with myself and with others. 

♥ 18 Fantastic Ways to Let Go – Oh yes!  Just let go!  I’ve been implementing this concept into many aspects of my life, thoughts, patterns, etc.  It isn’t always easy but so rewarding.  Inspiring info. here.

Help! I Just Can’t Get Out Of My Head!!! The Gypset Guide To Get Out Of Your Head {+ Back Into Your Heart} Part 2/3 – See more at: http://www.viendamaria.com/2014/06/help-i-just-cant-get-out-of-my-head-the-gypset-guide-to-get-out-of-your-head-back-into-your-heart-part-23/#sthash.yPfKiXIh.dpuf
Help! I Just Can’t Get Out Of My Head!!! The Gypset Guide To Get Out Of Your Head {+ Back Into Your Heart} Part 2/3 – See more at: http://www.viendamaria.com/2014/06/help-i-just-cant-get-out-of-my-head-the-gypset-guide-to-get-out-of-your-head-back-into-your-heart-part-23/#sthash.yPfKiXIh.dpuf

♥ The Ultimate Guide To Superfoods (Infographic) -  This is cute! 

♥ The Letting Go Ebook, Free – Awesome free ebook!  Check it out.  We all could use a bit of assistance in this area.

♥ Why your purpose in life is just to LIVE! -  This is powerful!  I used to think that I had to have a BIG purpose in life, to help others in a profound way, stretch myself and give, give, give.  I have learned over the years that I am enough being ME, growing, healing and LIVING. Nothing loud, spectacular or bold.  Just being within, experiencing, embracing, learning, loving and Living life in quiet and sacredness.  What beauty there is. 

♥ The Truth About Mercury Retrograde -  It’s all in our perception and how we allow to see, feel and live.  I see mercury retrogrades as a time to slow down, listen and take the lessons to heart.  They are grand lessons if we only take the time to let the wisdom and teaching IN.  Sarah Varcas explains this transition so well and in a positive light that it deems credit for.  Read all the way to the end.  Enjoy!

♥ The 21 Day Meditation Project - Have you been trying to commit to a regular meditation practice but are struggling to find the resources? Sign up here for stillness, clarity and connection.  You will receive 3 weeks of daily, guided meditations, ABSOLUTELY FREE.  Each track is about 10-15 minutes long, the perfect way to ease your way into a regular meditation practice.

Radiant Inspiring Interview – Cynthia Taylor from Flourish Wellness – Check out this wonderful interview about one of my delightful friends, Cynthia Taylor.  This woman is going places and is very inspiring.  A woman after my own heart.  I shared one of her amazing recipes on my newsletter about a month ago.  She shares fantastic recipes on her Facebook page – get over there and LIKE.  

♥ Mercury goes Retrograde June 7th 2014 – Wonderful insight from Mystic Mamma.  In the grand flow of life, these inward moving energies are conducive for fine tuning and helping to bring greater clarity, awareness, and focus.

 

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ Benefits of Breathing: The Scientific Benefits of Breathing INFOGRAPHIC – A great reminder WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT to bring this simple healing tool into your daily life.  It’s so easy, free, can be done anywhere and always at your disposal (while driving, washing dishes, standing in line at store, walking, out in nature, with loved ones (or not so loved), etc.  Focus on your breath.

♥ Blissful Nari Smoothie – Ayurveda and Hormones – A wonderful smoothie that makes life easier for us ladies ( and guys)  that time of the month.  You can substitute Schizandra powder for the Amalaki.  I agree with Jeeva in that she also likes to add herbs to her meals – smoothies, tonics, soups, hot teas for easier assimilation and it’s more fun and tasty than popping capsules. 

♥ How Stress Can Dissolve Your Bones…Plus 3 Steps to Fix It Fast – Yet another aspect stress does to our bodies that no one wants. 

♥ What Causes 90% of All Disease? – Monica Bloom does it again!  I totally agree with this and teach this concept in my classes and just with talking to people.  Your emotions and stress affect EVERYTHING. 

♥ Ayurvedic beauty tips for great skin – GREAT information and tips here!

♥ Vaginal Steams: Forgotten Ancient Wisdom for Women’s Healing – My friend, Vienda shared this post on her FB page.  It is amazing!  I have many of the fresh herbs around our property and will be doing this come next cycle.  Whether you have issues or not, it is a smart thing to do to cleanse the uterus of build up.  Thanks, Vienda!

♥ Green tea weight loss secrets proven by science – It really does work.  My favorite green tea of choice = adaptogen tonic  Gynostemma green tea.   I slowly sip on a small hot cup of Schizandra tea with my lunch and dinner meal.  It stimulates digestion (without dampening the agni (digestive fire)), stimulates lymphatics and I’m getting lots of nutrients and tonic Chi at the same time.  Bingo!

♥ Nine Ways to Be Like a Shaman at Work – I loved this! So inspiring.  Attitude has a lot to do with it.

E-Motion FREE Preview -  www.e-motionthemovie.com – AMAZING!  Can’t wait to see this.  A topic that is near and dear to my heart. 

♥ A Strong Hold: Muscle Testing 101 with A Kinesiology Pro – Fantastic article!  I truly believe in muscle testing and it has been a wonderful healing and diagnostic tool along my journey.

♥ Top 5 sources of plant protein – My go-to sources also.  Great list!

♥ My UPDATED “Recommended Products/ Resources” Page - Find out what kitchen equipment, cooking ingredients (tonic herbs, superfoods, gluten-free items, nuts, etc.) and beauty/skincare I use. 

♥ NEW MOON in Gemini May 28th 2014 – Great insight.   I’ve been feeling the shifts.  Have you?

 

 

Let us all inspire one another!

 


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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ The Bharani Effect – Check out my beautiful friend, Fehreen Ali – Tea Coup Tea’s, and find out more about this amazing woman and her holistic lifestyle.  Love you, Fehreen!!

♥ Why Everyone Should Give The Intuitarian Diet A Try – I’ve tried MANY diets out over my lifetime.  I now follow and listen to what my body needs and craves during the seasons.  Be it high raw food during the warmer months, more cooked, grounding meals during the colder months, organic eggs, bitter greens during the Spring, etc.  Listen to YOUR body, not so much your mind or what others are doing.  Each person’s body and chemical composition is different.  Your stress level, exercise regimen, work load will vary day to day, week to week and month to month.  Go with the flow.  It’s a great way to live all around.

♥ How To Love & Accept Your Body Unconditionally – If you have issues with your body – you’ll enjoy this read.  I sure did! 

♥ 4 major screw ups with your sun exposure and how to correct them – Amen!  The sun is not evil like we were lead to believe for so many years – of course, moderation, people! 

♥ Vegan protein powders with low heavy metals: Health Ranger reveals the cleanest products tested so -  Rice protein has been on the fire line recently with testing levels HIGH in contaminants. Great review of vegan protein powders to check out that are safe and clean.  I use Sunwarriors Blend Protein powder, but will be looking into several of these other options to play around with. 

♥ How Gratitude Can Calm Your Nerves and Make You More Effective – Gratitude is healing in so many ways.  Tap into it daily and watch the changes unfold within you.

♥ The Earth Beneath Your Feet (Part 2, The Science): Why Going Barefoot May Boost Your Health and Beauty - Fascinating. I try to get outside every day and walk around bare foot in the grass – whether it be playing with the dogs, walking around the property admiring the flowers, drinking my morning smoothie while sliding feet through the grass.  Just get outside and take in the natural electrical energy.  It is grounding and healing. 

♥ Glee Over Ghee – This is one of the reasons I love ghee!

♥ 10 Hidden Benefits Of Having Food Sensitivities -  Yep!  I feel the same way.  It is a blessing. 

♥ Triphala, Honey, and Castor Oil for Healthy Eyes – I’m going to try this.

♥ Get Grounded and Go Barefoot -  Ok, so another grounding link.  Maybe this is speaking to you.  This is an important part of my day!

Get Grounded And Go Barefoot!
Get Grounded And Go Barefoot!

♥ Clear or Partly Cloudy? – Another great article from the fabulous Monica Bloom!  Right on!

 
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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse” -  Fantastic article. I wholeheartedly agree!

♥ 25 of the Best and Most Common Edible Flowers – Spring has sprung and Mother Nature has a bounty of edible greens and flowers for us.

♥ All About Poop - That’s my girl, Monica talking about poop.  We all do it and it tells us so much about ourselves – what’s going on inside. 

♥ 7 Delicious Ways to Bring Ayurveda into Our Kitchens – Yes!  It’s that easy to incorporate. 

♥ 4 Steps To Stop Worrying About What Other People Think Of You – Only YOU is what matters.

♥ Head-to-Toe Health with Turmeric – I adore turmeric and take it daily.  I take Organic India Turmeric formula after meals.  I got into this habit when I was on the Colorado Cleanse back in March.  This root is powerful and healing.  Learn more and incorporate it into your life and see/feel the results as I have.

♥ 10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Yoga – Great list!

♥ FULL MOON in Scorpio May 14th 2014 – Inspiring!

♥ Eating with the Seasons – A time for all seasons.  Enjoy the post and smoothie recipe I had published with SunWarrior.com.

♥ Amazing Yoga Poses That Help You De-Stress – Great poses!

♥ Full Moon in Scorpio – May 2014 – To Be or Not to Be – Great insight from Leah Whitehorse! 

 ♥ Hormone Imbalance? -  An integrative, holistic approach to balancing those hormones. Great information here.  A MUST WATCH for anyone (men and women) alike!

♥ Make Exercise Your Meditation Too! – My favorite form of exercise and getting my inner connection going on.

♥ Full Moon Schizandra Sale – My favorite source for Organic Schizandra is running a FULL MOON sale – Use promo code fullmoon to save 20% off your entire order.  Promo code is valid from now until 5/18/14.   Go HERE to place order now.  I am!

♥ Living from the Inside Out – This is so important for all of us to remember OR to start doing.   

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25 of the Best and Most Common Edible Flowers
Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse” detoxify-mind-emotional-cleanse

Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse”

Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse”
Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse”
Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse”

Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse”

Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse”

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DIY Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin AND Tonic Herb Toothpaste

DIY Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin AND Tonic Herb Toothpaste

DIY Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin AND Tonic Herb Toothpaste

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I don’t know about you, but I love making my own body care products. 
Ever since I changed my dietary lifestyle to a plant based, Eco-friendly one, 
I learned that what you put ON your skin (the outside) is just as important as what you eat (the inside).   To me, it was a real eye-opener! I look at everything I put on my skin and decide if it is something I would be willing to eat.  Why you ask?

Our skin is the LARGEST organ of the body.  What you put on it or come into contact with, the skin absorbs, assimilates and processes right into the bloodstream going full circle throughout the body.  Did you know that the commercial body care industry is one of the leading toxic industries in the WORLD? The very products that we shop our grocery stores and malls for consisting from hygiene, shampoo, soap, makeup, skin and body care are actually extremely toxic to our bodies in the way of carcinogens!  Synthetic chemicals, found in conventional body care products, are harmful to the human body and our planet.

There are over 10,000 chemicals used in personal care products including: carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, heavy metals and formaldehydes. Parabens, used as preservatives in almost all products, are designed to kill cells and prevent growth of bacteria and fungi. Manufacturers may use almost anything as an ingredient and market products without the FDA’s approval. Some chemicals are allowed only at certain levels, but these levels accumulate from using many products containing chemicals. (source)  

Many deodorants (even those that claim to be “all-natural”) contain aluminum and/or aluminum derivatives. Aluminum serves as an antiperspirant…which we do NOT want. We want to sweat!  It is a natural process that helps rid our body of toxins and very important for our lymphatic system – which a large part of it is in our armpits.  Don’t stop the sweating – it clogs the pores, staunches the lymph circulation and causes many imbalances in the body.  These chemicals have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and a  host of other horrific health concerns. Parabens are in many deodorants which are also downright despicable.

Before attempting to make my own deodorant, I went out and bought natural deodorants but not ONE would help keep the “funk” away.  We all have our own body chemistry and mine can be strong at times when working up a sweat and working hard.  I don’t mind sweating, but I do mind smelling. Stress is also known to amp up the “funk” smell in ones body (FYI).

I know there are tons of DIY deodorant recipes out there and believe me, I’ve tried several of them.  Many formulas out there use a lot of baking soda which I found out the “fun” way (sarcasm) causes an itchy rash in my pits – it happened to Scott also.  Not pleasant and doesn’t look good when you’re out in public and scratching your pits.  So, I got to researching and found several recipes that I played around with and came up with one that works for Scott and I. 

Benefits of ingredients:

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Shea ButterUnrefined shea butter is high in vitamins A and E and is incredibly soothing for your skin.

Coconut OilRaw, unrefined coconut oil has wonderful antibacterial properties which is a perfect place for those pits. Coconut oil will liquify at 76 degrees; below that and it’s in a semi-solid state.   If you want, you can substitute almond oil.

Food Grade Diatomaceous EarthDiatomaceous earth is almost entirely silica, which is a crucial trace element needed by our bodies, and one in which many are deficient. By adding DE into your homemade deodorant, you are giving your sensitive skin a nice dose of DE (essentially, silica) which helps with sensitive areas of skin that might become rashy and it also helps to draw out toxins.

Bentonite clayBentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining.  A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect.

Arrowroot powderArrowroot not only helps to serve as a thickener in this deodorant, but it also has the power to help draw out toxins. 

Essential oilsI like to use lavender, sweet orange, ylang ylang, geranium, grapefruit, lemongrass and just experiment with different combinations. Play around and see what oils work for you.

 

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Ingredients:

2 TB. shea butter

3 TB. coconut oil

6 TB. Arrowroot powder

1 TB. Bentonite Clay

1 TB. Diatomaceous Earth

1 tsp. baking soda (optional) this small amount does not cause irritation with me

20 – 25 drops essential oil/s of choice ( I used a combination of lavender, sweet orange and honeysuckle in this one)

Directions:

  1. Soften the coconut oil and shea butter in a double-boiler on the stove top on LOW for a minute or so.  Turn off heat and let cool a moment.  Then add remaining ingredients and mix everything together until smooth.  I have a mini food processor and will whip it up in that sometimes.
  2. Store in a jar to set up and label it.  I keep all of these homemade goods in used and washed jelly jars or random mason jars I have sitting around.  You can find some great sizes at local thrift stores for pennies. 
  3. The consistency of this deodorant is extremely spreadable. It will firm up in cooler temperatures/houses.  My house is warm right now so it is more soft paste-like.  I use my finger to dip out a SMALL amount (seriously…you really do not need much) and just rub it into my armpits.  Use too  much and you will probably mess up a shirt.

    The key to this application is to apply lightly and rub it in or let it soak in.  Use too much and you’ll  be wasting product and will likely mess your shirt. – See more at: http://www.sustaincreateandflow.com/how-to-make-your-own-deodorant/#sthash.tqnQBcJl.dpuf

     Keep it somewhere cool, or else it will melt. Apply as needed.

    The key to this application is to apply lightly and rub it in or let it soak in.  Use too much and you’ll  be wasting product and will likely mess your shirt.  – See more at: http://www.sustaincreateandflow.com/how-to-make-your-own-deodorant/#sthash.tqnQBcJl.dpufUse too much and you will be wasting product and likely mess up your shirt.
    The key to this application is to apply lightly and rub it in or let it soak in.  Use too much and you’ll  be wasting product and will likely mess your shirt. – See more at: http://www.sustaincreateandflow.com/how-to-make-your-own-deodorant/#sthash.tqnQBcJl.dpuf

 

Do you make your own deodorant?

 

Mineralizing Tonic Herb Toothpaste

Pearl PowderPrimarily, the nutritional value of pearl is amino acids and calcium, and the percentage of calcium can range from 30 to 80% of a pearl’s composition.  Brushing teeth with pearl powder provides some great preventative benefits. First, calcium coats and is absorbed into the teeth through its pores which can minimize pain from cold or hot sensitivities, plus the pearl provides a white sheen that can give the teeth a whiter appearance and a smoother luster; essentially, making the teeth look healthier and younger. Second, pearl powder heals the gums and makes them resistant to bacteria that can cause gingivitis; it can also help texturize the gums so they are not thin as well as prolong, and possibly prevent, receding gum lines.

Camu Camuis one of the best super foods for preventing gum disease. This amazing super food provides our bodies with endless benefits. It is the food with the highest amount of vitamin C in the world, and it also contains bioflavonoids. Studies show that a low immune system is one of the main reasons for unhealthy gums…and camu camu boosts the immune system like no other food.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup Bentonite clay or Diatomaceous Earth (or half and half of each)

2 TB. hot water

1 TB. coconut oil

pinch of pink himalayan salt or quality sea salt

7 capsules Pearl Powder – broken open

1 tsp. Camu Camu

1 TB. or so Baking soda

10 drops of peppermint oil (wintergreen is nice too)

5 drops liquid stevia – I use NuNaturals (or use 1 TB. raw honey)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients and mix into a paste.  Add more water as needed for desired consistency.  Tweak flavor to your liking.
  2. Store in small container – remember those re-usable glass jars and label.

 

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ What causes 90% of all disease? – Great information from HeyMonicaB!  I find that when I eat in a stressful or emotional state, my food does not digest and I feel like crap.  Eating with good emotions in a peaceful atmosphere does wonders.

♥ A Video With One Powerful Message For Us All! So True! – Please take a few minutes and watch this – especially the ending.  Disconnect to CONNECT.

♥ {A 4 Step Guide To} Releasing + Reframing Old Habits, Blockages + Patterns – Thank you Vienda for sharing this.

{A 4 Step Guide To} Releasing + Reframing Old Habits, Blockages + Patterns – See more at: http://www.viendamaria.com/2014/05/a-4-step-guide-to-releasing-reframing-old-habits-blockages-beliefs-patterns/#sthash.8h4lw8yY.dpuf
{A 4 Step Guide To} Releasing + Reframing Old Habits, Blockages + Patterns – See more at: http://www.viendamaria.com/2014/05/a-4-step-guide-to-releasing-reframing-old-habits-blockages-beliefs-patterns/#sthash.8h4lw8yY.dpuf

♥ 3 Ways to Stop Negative Thoughts from Sabotaging Our Lives – Great advice!

♥ Ancient Brain Tonic Also Flushes Lymph – Fascinating!

♥ Lemon poppyseed truffles – Make these NOW!  ‘Nuff said.  Amazing!  Thank you, Gabby!

♥ East vs. West -  I love Monica’s chart showing us the difference between conventional and Ayurvedic medicine.  Amen!!

♥ Methyl Iodine and Strawberries -  This is why it is best to purchase organic berries.  YIKES!!

♥ Strawberry Lemon Chia Curd [no-cook!] - Be still my beating heart! I just purchased some fresh organic strawberries from a local farm and am making this NOW.  YUM!

♥ 10 Reasons Spirulina is Your Body’s Awesome Secret Weapon – I am going to start adding spirulina to my smoothies again.

♥ Detox for Regaining Balance – Sound advice!

♥ If You Only Do 10 Yoga Poses, Do These - Great poses! 

 I’ve got a special post tomorrow sharing my DIY Homemade Deodorant for sensitive skin AND Mineralizing Tonic Herb Toothpaste. Lots of other great DIY beauty and skincare links attached in it.

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Almond Lucuma Maca Tonic Milk + Maca Product Review

Almond Lucuma Maca Tonic Milk + Maca Product Review

Maca Product Review

 photo Maca_zpsd5c53896.jpg I have to admit, I have a superfood crush.  Well actually, I have several, but this little cutie is a part of my daily dietary intake for many good reasons. I have tried many Maca’s over the years.  The Maca that I have been purchasing and using recently just wasn’t cutting it anymore. I normally use the gelatinized version of Maca because it is easier to digest.   The potency, taste and texture had changed.  I wasn’t getting the same results that I used to.  So, that sent me on a search for a new Maca product.  I was looking for QUALITY, reasonaby priced, organic, sustainably farmed and 100% GMO free.  I found THE MACA TEAM.  I contacted the company with some extra questions and I was fortunate to receive some samples of Maca from them.  I got a box containing the organic raw red maca and raw black maca.  I was excited and a little hesitant.  Why was I hesitant? Well, I have a sensitive digestive system and my experience with most raw Maca left me gassy and bloated.  Not pretty, right!?

I have tested these two items honestly and proficiently with many recipes to make sure.  Guess what?  It’s THE ONE!  My crush is back for The Maca Team – Maca!  They have far surpassed any of the other Maca’s I have used in the past.  The smell is not overwhelming.  It is quite pleasant and aromatic.  The taste is fresh and smooth. The Maca Team – Maca is harvested one time per year – between June and August.  They only sell Maca from the current year’s harvest.  Because they order in smaller lots, their Maca powder is continually made fresh.  The proof is there.  OK, so my #1 win for this Maca was the raw version DID NOT upset my stomach.  You read it!  I tried it so many different ways just to be sure and no discomfort, bloating, gas, pains or the like.   Just positive results. Therefore, I just HAD to share this great find with you.  Woo Hoo!  They have an amazing array of raw and gelatinized products – red, black, and blend in powder and capsules.  I am super happy with the red and black raw versions.  I will try out the gelatinized version once these are gone. 

If you sign up for their email notifications (Exclusive News, Updates, Deals, & More!), you will receive a 10% off coupon for your first order. 

Just a few good reasons why you should choose The Maca Team… they were mine:

  • Fairtrade
  • 100% Non-GMO
  • 100% Organic
  • Premium quality
  • Excellent customer service and support
  • Great price

So what’s all the hype about this ancient Peruvian root?  It has been hailed as a superfood for numerous reasons.  Well, look at some of the facts:

  • Increased energy
  • Athletic endurance
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fertility
  • Regulating hormones
  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Improves circulation
  • Mental clarity and focus
  • Clear skin
  • Stronger teeth and bones
  • Muscle gain
  • Over 20 fatty acids
  • 20 essential amino acids
  • Numerous minerals and vitamins
  • Helps with hormonal balance…the list of benefits goes on!

Nutrition Profile

  • Maca is rich in quality carbs, which, combined with its alkaloids and other nutrients make it a great choice for sustained energy
  • Maca is loaded with bio-available plant protein that is easy for the body to assimilate
  • Maca contains relatively high levels of cellulose and lignan, both of which stimulate intestinal function.  Fiber is a key component to a healthy digestive and elimination system.
  • Maca contains 17 amino acids. These drive many cellular functions in the body including sexual and fertility functions.
  • 20 different free fatty acids have been found in Maca.  They work to support cellular function. The most abundant fatty acids adding to Maca’s nutritional value are linolenic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid and steric acid.
  • Maca has vitamins: B1 (helps the body convert carbohydrates into energy.  Essential for good heart, muscle and nervous system function.) B2 (important for body grown and red blood cell production), C (supports anit-oxidant activity), Niacin (supports healthy circulation)
  • Maca has minerals:
    • Calcium—maca contains higher levels of calcium than milk.  Calcium is crucial in bone development as well as for nerve and circulatory system health.
    • Phosphorus—important for the hemostasis of calcium as well as for transmitting electrical stimuli for brain and muscle action.
    • Magnesium—essential for the synthesis of protein and for muscle and nerve activity.   Crucial for heart health.
    • Potassium—works within the cells to help maintain healthy osmosis.
    • Sodium—along with potassium can support positive circulation
    • Copper—supports enzyme health.
    • Zinc—helps in clarity of thought and mental function
    • Manganese—supports healthy growth
    • Iron—vital component of hemoglobin.  Supports health muscle growth.
    • Selenium—protects cells against free radicals.
    • Boron—supports proper metabolism.

Maca has been a blessing in my diet for several years now.  It has been a boon to increasing energy, replenishing my body with nutrients when needed, balancing hormones (it’s an adaptogen that works for men and women alike), helped physical endurance with outdoor work and more.  I can tell a difference when I don’t take it.  It is therefore my daily comrade. 

Disclaimer:  I tried samples of this product, provided by the company at no cost to me.  Opinions found in this post are mine and were not influenced by The Maca Team. They are honest and true.  I was so impressed with the product that I became an affiliate seller. Should you choose to click on a link connecting to The Maca Team site and make a purchase, I would get a referral fee for the sale. Thank you!

How do you incorporate Maca powder into your diet!? I add it to my morning smoothies, oatmeal, soups, dips, homemade dressings, etc.  Check out my Happy Hormone Tonic, Vegan Chocolate Superfood Protein Smoothie, and Tonic Superfood Smoothie.

Try out this creamy, healthy tonic milk below.  This milk is made with organic raw Red Maca and Lucuma powder – both of which are potent Peruvian foods that are full of nutrients and fuel the body on a cellular level.

Lucuma Powder is made from whole Peruvian lucuma fruit that has been dried at low temperatures and milled into a fine powder. This low-glycemic sweetener contains many nutrients including beta-carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium and protein. Yellow lucuma powder has a unique, maple-like taste that’s a delight in a variety of recipes.  The lucuma fruit is naturally sweet, but low on the Glycemic Index, making it a healthy choice for individuals seeking to decrease their sugar consumption.

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 Almond Lucuma Maca Tonic Milk

 Ingredients:

3 cups homemade almond milk (quick version – 3 cups water + 3 TB. raw almond butter – blend)

2 TB. raw lucuma powder

1 TB. raw Red Maca (or any of THE MACA TEAM products)

2 medjool dates – pitted (soaked if using a standard blender) or sweetener of choice – raw honey, liquid stevia are also nice

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth and creamy – 30 seconds or so.  Tweak flavors to liking. Pour into a large mason jar or glass bottle with flip top lid.  Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

 

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ Why Exercise and Burning Calories Won’t Help You Lose Weight – Great article!  Have fun and enjoy your activity.  Don’t stress, push it or strain – that will cause weight gain.

♥ Sneezy, Drippy? Don’t Be Dopey! – By following seasonal eating (Spring right now), you can eliminate a lot of seasonal allergies.  Learn more.

♥ Burn it Off: The Ayurvedic Spring Detox – This is what my cleanse last month was all about.  Fantastic information here.  Enjoy!

♥ Renewable Energy -  This informative post covers most of what I experienced in the Colorado Cleanse last month.  The daily yoga practice and poses were an intrical and important part of the cleanse.  I felt and saw huge results and shifts in my body and mind.  I continue the daily practice because I love it so much for what it does for me.  The poses here are some that I practice daily.

♥ 30 Things To Start Doing For Yourself. – Print this out as a reminder.  Read it once a week and see where you need it most.

I am thankful for YOU!!

♥ Why Fat Is Awesome – I totally agree!   Fat is our friend, not our foe.  Healthy fats are required and needed by the body in so many ways.  Once I started increasing healthy fats in my diet (coconut oil, ghee, avocados, raw nuts/seeds) my hormones balanced out, my skin and hair became smoother and softer, my weight is stabilizing and more.  It is an important part of our chemistry.  Don’t shun it, invite it in. 

Yoga and the Art of Letting Go - By letting go of our beliefs, our expectations, our need to control the outcomes of life or other people, we find happiness. 

♥ May 2014 Monthly Forecast – The theme for May is INTEGRATION.  Integration helps you to accept and assimilate great change.  A great month ahead.  Go with the flow and allow it happen.

♥ Longevity Exercise: Less is More -  This breathing technique through the nose during exercise is a tool that can alter the body’s perception of an activity it normally perceives as stressful, to one of calm and repair.  I’ve been practicing this technique for several months now and it works wonders. 

♥ Happy Hormone Tonic Drink – I shared my Hormone Balancing tonic drink on Young and Raw.com.  Come get the recipe and learn about all the beneficial ingredients. 

 

 

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