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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ Oil-Pulling, You Ask? – Love, Love, LOVE MonicaB and her straight forward, sassy, fun, knowledgeable approach.  She covers and explains oil-pulling and the basics that I haven’t seen before.  Love learning new things.  Ayurveda rocks!

♥ Spring Yoga Poses for Your Summer Bikini Body – Awesome poses for getting into shape utilizing strengthening yoga poses.  Give it a try.  I’ll be adding some of these poses to my daily yoga practice.

♥ What’s Missing in Your “Healthy” Diet? Part I - Awesome article from John Douillard!

♥ What’s Missing in Your “Healthy” Diet? Part II: Why More Fats – Continuation of part 1 from above.

♥ I Stopped Being Vegan & The World Kept Spinning – Yes, it’s OK.  I’ve been there. I’ve shifted my eating to include some organic eggs, organic chicken on occasion and ghee (along with plant-based wholefoods) in my diet and I am thriving .  I got caught up in my mind and didn’t listen to my body for awhile.  Listen to your body, your cravings – your body is talking to you.  You are still a wonderful, amazing person regardless of how and  what you eat. It is loving and nurturing yourself that is key.

♥ Ayurvedic Secrets for Daily Well-Being – More great information on oil pulling and some other practices utilizing sesame oil for over-all health and well-being Ayurveda style.

♥ Liberation Awaits – Wonderful astrological insight from Sarah Varcas.

♥ 10 Tips for Finding Balance in Your Yoga Practice – Love this!

♥ A Few Things You Don’t Want To Hear About Self-Help – Great insight about self-help books from Katie. 

♥ 5 Reasons This Quick Workout Will Get You In Better Shape Than Cardio – Less really is more.

♥ What Should I Eat? A Guide to Intuitive Eating – Great article!

 

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ Preparing For What You Want – Wow!  Just WOW!  Take the 19 minutes and watch this – REALLY LISTEN TO THE WORDS deeply. This is the core of Law of Attraction compliments of Abraham-Hicks.  This segment helped me understand even deeper the importance of “the grid filling-in”.   A section of the video:  ”We’re talking about preparing yourself vibrationally — which means you’ve got to get off the specifics and stay general, because as long as you’re talking about specifics, you’re going to activate things that don’t allow things to unfold smoothly.”  Apply the feelings to anything in your life and watch it unfold. Enjoy and feel your energy vibration soar while watching it. I will be taking this into every day living.

♥ Ground Yourself and Improve Wellness with Earthing – This practice has been around and used for thousands of years.  It just now has a name associated with it.  Grounding or Earthing.  Learn more about this simple application that does wonders for the body.  We are energetic beings and Nature is energetic too.  We can balance one another with this interaction and connection.  Enjoy!

♥ Lessons from Hiking: 5 Ways to Live with Less Stress and More Joy – Nature is the grandest teacher.   How we choose to learn is up to us.  Walking and hiking are some of my favorite ways to move my body and soul.  During these times I tap into more awareness with myself, my surroundings and life.  Listen to the whispers of the wind, she just might be telling you something important.

♥ Why the Importance of Meditation Isn’t What You Gain, but What You… – Great insight on the benefits of meditation.  Just sit down, close your eyes, relax however is best for you (sitting up, reclined, laying down – inside your home or outside in nature) and let it flow.  It’s not hard.  Just stop for at least 15 minutes a day and go within.  It has become a cherished part of my day to ZEN.

♥ How to Transform Negative Thoughts with Mindfulness Meditation – Here’s another meditation article that is even BETTER. Again, this is where getting out of our heads, our minds, away from distractions that we can see, feel, hear, sense these poopy thoughts rolling around in our heads.  Once you start noticing them, catching on to their gig and dance, you can  stop them in their tracks and re-direct the thoughts into more positive ones.  I’ve been working on YEARS of negative thoughts about myself and have come a long way.  Still more to go, but that’s part of the beauty of our individual journey – growth and self-worth. 

♥ What’s this Pink in the Sink? – This is an eye opening post from Nearly Natural Momma about the pink residue in the sink or bath tub.  I have well water and had no idea.  I clean with DIY natural essential oil based cleaners and will be tackling this little pink monster more often knowing what it is now.  YIKES!

♥ GOT A CASE OF THE NOT ENOUGH’S?: HOW TO CREATE AN ABUNDANCE MINDSET – I think we all can use a reminder on this issue.  Love yourself just as you are right now. Be grateful for your life, just as it is now.

♥ 5 Addictive Types Of Stress + How To Kick The Habit – I totally agree with this article.  LET IT GO! When you do, there is such freedom and peace in ones life.

♥ One Minute Meditation – I’ve started doing this nasal breathing meditation and WOW! it does wonders at calming the mind, the central nervous system and bringing peace and clarity into awareness.  Give it a go!

♥ HAPPY Kapha Season! – It’s here!  Kapha season is in full bloom and I highly recommend you go on over to my girl, Monica B’s website to DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE KAPHA SEASONAL BLOOM HERE and learn more about how to transition gracefully into Spring with ease.  Monica put a seriously cool music playlist together to get your groove thing on and shake that booty.  Enjoy!

♥ Oil Cleansing for Balancing Skin - Great article on oil cleansing by Jenni Raincloud.  I’ve been using the oil cleansing method for over a year now and LOVE it.  My skin looks and feels great. It is economical and better than anything out on the market.  I add lavender, lemon, and frankincense essential oils to my mix.

♥ Try This Black Oil for Natural Teeth Whitening (It Really Works!) – This looks GREAT!  I can’t wait to try it. 

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

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♥ March Forecast 2014 – Astrological theme for March is COMMITMENT.  Where are you committed to letting things go?  Where are you committed to being open and receptive in life?  What are you willing to manifest and go after? A powerful month, indeed!

♥ When You Feel Down or Stuck: How to Effectively Be What You’re Not – This can be an effective tool when stuck in a rut, feeling funky or depressed.  I’ve done something similar at times and it does work.  It shifts the mindset and one can become more proactive in life and situations. 

♥ A CALL TO ACTION: IT’S TIME TO LOVE YOUR BODY – Amen, sister Claire!  I totally agree!  I’ve been upping my self-care practice on several levels and this is one area that I have finally been “getting” with myself. I have been shifting my mindset around my body image and sending it more love, compassion and appreciation.   It has been freeing on many levels and I still have to catch those ugly thoughts that pop in, but I am LOVING myself more (bumps, scars, cellulite, the good bits, strengths, etc.) It’s ME and I love it!  Enjoy this read and be inspired to YOUR own amazing body.

♥ Pre-Order The Blender Girl Cookbook – Tess Masters AKA The Blender Girl is having her biggest giveaway event ever! From March 1st to April 11th Tess is offering 42 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS to celebrate the April 8th release of her new cookbook The Blender Girl. Every day there will be a winner!  I was fortunate to be one of Tess’ recipe tasters for the book and believe me, THIS IS ONE BOOK YOU WANT!  If you’re looking for easy healthy foods to include in your lifestyle (no matter how you eat) there is something for everyone.  

♥ 10 Simple DIY Serums For Every Skin Type! – This is a great basic tutorial from Jenni Raincloud on how to create your own essential oil serum.  I’ve been using one for several months that I created using rose hip oil as a base along with frankincense, lavendar, lemon and carrot seed oil.  It is GREAT!  Have fun concocting your own blend for your skin.

♥ 6 Best Vegetables for Green Smoothies -  Great suggestions. I like mixing it up with beet greens, organic spinach, kale, swiss chard, herbs such as mint, cilantro, basil and weeds such as dandelion greens, chickweed and purslane.  Check out my Purslane – Superfood Weed and Smoothie Recipe.

♥ Countless Uses for Coconut Oil – The Simple, the Strange, and the Downright Odd – Fantastic article on the many beneficial ways to incorporate coconut oil into your beauty regimen, household cleaning, cooking and so much more.  I learned some new tricks and tips.  I ADORE coconut oil.

♥ The Power of Silence: 8 Ways It Will Improve Your Life – By practicing times of silence, it has been immensely helpful, healing, inspiring and brought clarity into my life on a deeper level.  I try to practice silence at least once a day – it is my self nurturing time and I find it so delicious and special.

♥ Raw Kale Ceasar Salad with Almond Crusted Paleo Chicken – This looks heavenly!  I think I’ll try it this weekend.  Thank you Linda Wagner for another beautiful recipe.

 
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Kibby

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

via Full Spectrum Healing

♥ Canola oil: The #1 Hidden Health Danger at the Prepared Food Bar -  Whenever I eat out (not often) and it happens to be at a Whole Foods bar, I always read the ingredient list of the prepared items and if I see “canola oil”, I sigh and keep moving on reading the next ingredient card till I find something that works for me.

♥ NEW MOON in Pisces March 1, 2014 – Astral insights from Mystic Mamma.  I’ve been feeling a lot of the shifts already.  Several lessons and gifts imparted.  Be patient, compassionate and gentle with yourselves (especially others).  Go with the flow and hang out with your Spirti/Soul for guidance along the way.

♥ How to Start a (Mostly) Raw Diet Without Shocking Your Taste Buds – A great article from Kimberly Snyder about how to transition and incorporate more raw foods into your diet without shocking your body or taste buds. 

♥ How To Use Grounding To Deepen Your Connection To Earth, Yourself, and Others  – I couldn’t agree with this article MORE!  I have been wanting to write a post on this very subject – and I may just still yet. Enjoy!

♥ The Power of DIY Self-Care: A Directory of Recipes & Treatments – Some great DIY self-care recipes!  I am going to start a new notebook with sections that cater to hair, body, face, and shower/bath.  I’ve got a nice compilation of recipes that I make and use and always open to trying new ones.  The “tried and true” are kept in the notebook.  I do this with kitchen recipes.  I will try many, but the “winners” make it into the notebook for return visits on the menu plan. 

♥ Homemade Coconut Flour – I do this all the time and this post shows you how to do it simply.  So easy to make and nothing goes to waste.  I love making my own coconut milk (and Scott loves it in his morning coffee). It is great to use in smoothies, tonics, desserts, soups and more.  The leftover flour is great for many recipes and I will sometimes add the leftover pulp from milk to the dog’s food bowls.  So good and healthy for them. 

♥ New Moon Update 3-1-14 – The New Moon is always the time to reset our intentions and begin anew.

♥ Indulge your Chocolate Fantasies with Raw Cacao Powder – Jenny Travens from SuperFoodLiving.com has a great article on my beloved raw cacao.  You can read my article devoted to this friendly superfood The Difference Between CACAO and COCOA Powder.  Jenny has some great and FREE information about superfoods that I suggest you check out. I love learning more about the benefits of superfoods

♥ Ginger Detox Shot – Linda Wagner brings us another goodie! Oh, this is for the brave of heart!  It is intense, but OH SO WORTH IT!  The ingredients pack a powerful punch and act as an anti-inflammatory, anti-infective, antioxidant, lymph system cleanser and more.  I love doing these shots! 

♥ I Was A Raw Vegan For More Than 3 Years Because I Was Insane – This is an interesting article.  I have to agree with the writer, Sami G, that we are all biochemically different and what works for me might not work for you and vice versa.  What works for us will be different at different stages in our life, our activity level, our emotional level, the seasons, etc. It varies day to day.  Appreciate, love, and enjoy every bite of your food.  The point is to have a healthy relationship with food.  Make the best choices for yourself and family and don’t fall into guilt, shame or unworthiness based on what others are doing.  Learn to be open, compassionate and non-judgmental of others – but especially with yourself.  Check out this article by Sami G : Speak Your Truth,  Forgive and Move On.

♥ The Helpfulness of Structure: An Un-Diet Update – Great article by Marlena Torres from Health Through Indulgence.  Enjoy!

♥ The Miracle of Lymph – Fantastic post by Dr. John Douillard regarding the lymphatic system, how it works, signs of a sluggish or stagnant lymph system and more.  I learned even more about this system in this article.  Check out my posts on ways to get your lymph system flowing again: Rebounding 101 and The correct way to skin brush.  Also, another reminder to reduce and  find healthy ways to manage stress in one’s life. 

♥ You’ve ditched the pill…now you’re losing your hair?! - Fantastic article regarding hormone imbalance.  It could be due to coming off the Pill or stress, which affects our hormones and thyroid immensely.  I love the suggestions.  I include many of them in my own diet. I have experienced hormone imbalance and you can check out my post How I Have Been Balancing My Hormones – NATURALLY and my herbal Happy Hormone Tonic.

 
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Kibby

 

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

via Mentor’s Channel

♥ Chocolate Mint Love Butter: Homemade Personal Lubricant Recipe – This is great!

♥ Health Benefits of Dates – I ADORE dates (especially medjool dates)!  Learn all the amazing health benefits of these sweet little gems.  Remember to eat in moderation though.  I eat 1 – 3 a day (mostly in smoothies and tonics).

♥ The Best and Worse: Protein and Nutrition Bars – Awesome article on what protein/energy bars are out on the market and what people might think are considered “good”, “healthy”,”clean”, etc.  You would be surprised once reading the ingredients.  Most are junk!!  If interested, check out my Raw Chocolate Protein Energy Bars.  It is what I make for my family and friends.  Scott and I eat them weekly.  

Ghee in my Coffee?-   MonicaB has a great video showing why and how to add ghee to your coffee – HELLO Vata’s and Pitta’s.  I love adding ghee to my herbal tonics.  Learn more about ghee here.  Ghee ROCKS!!!  I think I prefer it over coconut oil.  Oh, I just said that out loud. I utilize both in my house and on my body.

♥ Great ExpectationsA topic that many of us can relate to.  Thank you Kimberley for sharing your thoughts and honesty.  By saying NO to things that don’t resonate with you, stretch you beyond measure, out of habit, etc. is the most self nurturing act of love.

via Mentor’s Channel

♥ The Covert Coffee Enema – I know I have talked about enemas here on the blog before and I especially like coffee enemas.  They are quite amazing.  Lauren at The Holy Kale did a smashing post on this “sshhh” topic.  This subject really needs more exposure to the masses who would benefit highly by it.  I know I have and still do when needed. 

♥ Coconut Vanilla Chia Superfood Pudding + How to Get Started With Superfoods – Fantastic superfood article AND recipe by my girl, Linda Wagner!  I am a huge superfood fan too. I don’t go a day without using at least one in a meal.  Morning smoothies always have cacao nibs and fresh local bee pollen on top.   My daily herbal tonics always have hemp seeds in it.  Superfoods are nutrient dense and a little goes a long way on the full spectrum of health.  Check out my Energizing Strawberry Cream Chia Pudding.  Thanks for this informative post, Linda!

♥ Create Good Feng Shui in Your Kitchen – I apply fen shui in my house but especially in the kitchen. It really does make a difference!

♥ The Number One Ingredient to Avoid – Do you know what it is?  I thought I did and I was wrong.  The answer is one that I have dealt with in the past.  Don’t let it sabotage your healthy lifestyle.  It is supposed to be fun, intriguing, joyous and personal.

♥ Spirulina Sunflower Seed Pate/Spread – This simple pate/spread from The Wellness Warrior site is AMAZING!  I just made it and I am hooked.  I could sit and eat the whole thing – but I wouldn’t. Healthy ingredients packed with some superfoods – my kind of recipe.  Give it a go – you will be very pleased.

 

 

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

Be aware from your heart.

♥ HOW TO MANAGE YOUR MOODS – Great article!  Can you relate to any of these?

♥ Plasticity and the Power of Affirmations – Interesting perspective.

♥ How to Respond to Negative People Without Being Negative – I know we’ve all been there (and some still are).  I used to let other people and their negativity “wire me up”.  Then I learned to turn within and work on myself.  To come from a place of compassion.  To protect myself from their energies and let it go.  It makes experiencing anyone in life much more pleasurable and peaceful.   And, as always, you can say “Excuse me.”  and walk away from it. 

♥ How to Gently Cleanse Your Pet’s Body of Toxins – I love this article from Dr. Karen Becker, holistic vet.  I have been reading and watching her videos for years.  I have learned so much how to take care of my furry loved ones safely.  I think you will find some real nuggets of wisdom and good advice here.   By using herbs, homeopathy and natural approaches, I have been able to turn around the blood work of my dogs (that had some high levels), forgo pain meds (homeopathy works wonders with no side effects), detox safely, avoid using toxic flea meds., improve their quality of health and more.  Just as we integrate these practices with ourselves, it can be applied to our pets. 

♥ Yoga for Busy People: 5 Poses to Help You Work - Love this article!  Applies to anyone – anytime!  A good reminder for self-care: body, mind and spirit.

♥ Cabin Fever – Spunky MonicaB does it again!  Dishing out some great Ayurdvedic advice for the winter months. Cabin fever, anyone!?  I know I’ve got it.  I’ve been doing some of these tips from Monica, but just found a few more to throw in.  Thanks, Gorgeous!

♥ JUXTAPOSED BELIEFS – WHEN SOMEONE SEES THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY TO YOU - Yep! We all experience this on some level.  Great insight from Claire Obeid.

♥ Create More Joy in Your Life by Prioritizing Things You Enjoy Doing -  This is great advice!  I have found that by putting what is most important to me and DOING them daily or weekly has brought much joy.  Take care of yourself first.

♥ Zucchini and Watercress Soup from Dr Hyman’s 10-Day Detox DietTess Masters posted this recipe last week on her website Healthy Blender Recipes (one of my FAVS!).  It is FANTASTIC!  The soup and her website.   I couldn’t find any watercress at my store, so I used organic spinach.  So simple to make and blend.  A real winner that will now become a staple in my soup rotation list.   Check it out and make.  I had plenty of leftovers for a few days.

♥ Hormonal Imbalance 101: How to Heal Yourself Naturally – Great article!  Learn more.  Also, check out my article How I Have Been Balancing My Hormones – NATURALLY and my Happy Hormone Tonic recipe.

♥ Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life – This post by Jackie at The Paleo Mama is just INSPIRING!  For several years I have been simplifying things in my life and these tips/links help even more.  I got some great tips and will be putting several into practice and doing some more research for my area.  Thank you Jackie for putting this all together.

 

♥ 102 Soup Recipes – Here is a great link to some wonderful healthy soups catering to all dietary lifestyles.  You are sure to find something that will light your fire.  Yours truly has a soup highlighted Healthy Raw Tortilla Soup.  I made it just the other day.  So satisfying, easy to make and full of nutrition = my kind of recipe.  I found some new recipes in this link to try and looking forward to it.  Hope you do too.

Smoothie Class with Kibby – If you live nearby, I will be doing a superfood smoothie class on February 22nd at Blue Moon Elise in Murphy, NC.  Check out the details!  Last Saturday, I had the honor of making raw chocolate superfood smoothies at Rachel’s shop after her yoga class (which is AMAZING!!) for most of the day.   Rocking the Vitamix with raw Cacao powder, Maca powder, other superfoods and sharing it with other people = my kind of Saturday afternoon FUN!  Met some wonderful new people in the community.  

♥ Full Moon Update 2-14-14 – Inspiring astrological forecast for the full moon on St. Valentines Day. 

Powerful information.

 

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Kibby

Reclaiming My Power

Reclaiming My Power

Reclaiming My Power

 

Many of us truly don’t know what is going on with another person on a deep level most of the time.  Heck! Many of us don’t even pay attention to what is going on with ourselves.  Sometimes that is by personal choice and sometimes it is Universal choice for our own learning and self-growth.  I have done a lot of work on myself over the years (a healing journey that I began to reclaim missing aspects of my lost soul and indeed my personal power) and have changed MUCH for the better.  I feel that the Universe puts “blinders” on us sometimes and makes us stupid (even though we generally know better).   This is usually done for our highest good to learn a lesson, for self-growth and awareness.   

I think it was time to put some things/old beliefs and thoughts/concepts and more to the test for me last year.  Yes, it all started back in early Spring of last year.  My blinders were fitted nicely on me at that time and continued to stay on up to the end of 2013.   They weren’t always on.  Actually, at times, I had some of the most insightful, inspiring, intuitive awareness during this time frame.  But when they were on, I could not see TRUTH, feel it or live it at times.  I could not hear WISDOM (from myself or others).   I would have that “something just isn’t quite right and I can’t put my finger on it” feeling.  This was a “feeling” I experienced with people I came into contact with, life encounters I had, situations that presented themselves to me.   Something was speaking to me, but I was brushing it to the side and ignoring it. 

Our souls speak to us all the time.  Yet, are we connected with them and listening?  Are we paying attention to signs and patterns they are offering us?   The longer you ignore your soul’s guidance and assistance, the louder she/he will get.

 Last year, I found myself coming from a place of fear, of lack, not being good enough, not worthy, questioning many things that I was doing or thought to do, feeling weak, small and without purpose.  Along the way,  I had signs, insightful dreams, coincidences, synchronicities and LOTS of feelings all last year, but didn’t notice what was really going on.  Yes, it went on for 9 months.   I didn’t realize it till mid December last year (2013) and it hit me like a load of bricks.  That smack was a break through!  I had been giving my power away.   It opened me up in such an immense way that I will always be grateful for the whole experience and build up of the transformation.  Knowing what I know now, I would do it over again.  That kind of life changing insight and awareness!

 I lost touch with my soul’s guidance and wound up feeling lost, confused, disconnected, stressed out,  lonely, and out of touch with the purpose and meaning of my life. I got so wrapped up in my head.    I listened to others “suggestions and advice” too much and not myself/my soul.  My own inner GPS was turned off.
“If you do not value who or what you are, you will seek to fill your emptiness from the outside world. All that you need is inside you. No one can know more about your path and purpose than you do, and the power you ascribe to external authorities eventually explodes in your face, leaving you even more defenceless and vulnerable,” writes Alan Cohen in his book, Taking Your Power Back.

We give away our power when we make an external agency – a person, situation, or event, more important than us.    There’s nothing wrong in asking for opinions and gaining insight from others, but take it in, process it and see how it feels for YOU and your life.    I thought that I had to be doing something.  Making a difference.  Creating a business.  Putting myself out there.   I was looking outside of myself.   Now, don’t think that I went to the “dark side” or anything like that.  It is not in me or who I am.  I was existing, putting more worth into what other people said and trying to mimic it in my life and it just didn’t seem right to me.  It didn’t flow.  I lost passion in several things that usually brought me joy.  I stopped taking care of myself in ways that were important to me.  I stopped exercising consistently.

I called out to my Soul and the Universe for guidance many times, but it felt shadowed, murky and, at times, not even there, because I was calling out from fear.  I know I was protected – I FELT it – but it didn’t seem like it.  In hindsight, I know she (my soul) was there the whole time guiding me lovingly, allowing me my free will to experience what I needed for this growth and awareness.

“Whenever we feel lost, or insane, or afraid, all we have to do is ask for soul/ Divine help. The help might not come in the form we expected, or even thought we desired, but it will come, and we will recognize it by how we feel. In spite of everything, we will feel at peace.”
― Marianne Williamson

Our souls are on our side.  On our team.  Have our backs and always working for our highest good.  This guidance shows itself in many different ways.  My soul speaks to me through dreams, physical symptoms, gut instincts, synchronicity and several other ways as needed.  It used to freak me out, but now I love it.  I embrace it.   A grand friendship.

Our souls love us and want to support us.  To have freedom, peace, love, self-growth, joy, awareness and more about ourselves .   They desire us to integrate and connect with our True Selves.   Once those “blinders” were gone, I saw everything like a movie running through my head.  It took me some time to process everything.  I  have been reclaiming and owning my power again.  Reconnecting with my soul’s guidance was medicine for my soul and heart.  She’s back loud and clear and I’m listening.  It’s not something that is done once.  We have to do again and again.  It’s a lifetime practice.  Start opening to your own innate, unadulterated, and “tailored-to-you” wisdom that is already within you.  Make choices that are loving for YOURSELF and YOUR life—with your diet, your relationships, Your priorities, your desires and in speaking your loving truth from your heart.  That all of it is in alignment for YOUR highest good.  Not someone else’s.  YOU know best!

via Anna Taylor

My experience last year was a journey of descent.  A journey and experience of “death of the ego”.  A journey of soul renewal.   Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT a victim here.  My soul/self chose this on some level.  It was kind of like having my memory stripped for awhile.  In doing so, it was a great life lesson in awareness.  I now make conscious decisions that are self-nurturing for ME, for my highest good, in alignment with Divine energy and Love.  We all have the ability to choose, to change and grow. 

For the process of reclaiming ones lost soul and power requires a complete change of mindset. It is a process where our beliefs and attitudes must be challenged and “called out”  for the aspects that really are not our TRUE SELVES.  A process which redefines and rewrites all our realities and expectations.  I’ll be honest!  Anyone who’s committed to this process knows full well just how hard that path is to walk and follow through with at times. For it is a path that breaks down, strips away all delusions (which are NEEDED) before it can be rebuilt and reconfigured for our energetic profile. The promising news is that once you’ve embarked upon this journey, truly great things unfold.  Things that change us and our vibration forever.   Even though something or someone can inspire you or teach you, in the end, the only way you will sustain a higher energy is to create it for yourself.

I don’t see ANY of these experiences last year as bad.  Quite the contrary.  They were blessings in disguise.  I say THANK YOU to all the people that I encountered during this journey, all the experiences, all the situations.  It helped me grow immensely.   I have learned to be ME.  Not what I think I should be.  Not what others think I should be or expect of me.  The freedom of releasing that thought/belief has been HUGE.  It allows me to flow with life as it comes my way.   I choose to live in the present – the NOW.   I am more grounded and more centered.  I know what is important to me, my life, my lifestyle and family.

“Usually, when we think of power, we think of external power. And we think of powerful people as those who have made it in the world.  We think of their ability to manifest abundance, usually money, in the world.  If power is seen as an internal matter, then the situation changes drastically. Internal power has less to do with money and worldly position, and more to do than with emotional expansiveness, spirituality and conscious living”…- Marianne Williamson

I have come to realize that the pain/sadness/loneliness that I felt at certain times was more about my own pain Within.  The sufferings have been gifts for me to search for happiness and freedom WITHIN myself.  Looking back in hindsight over the many years, some of my darkest times were the times that I was able to have the greatest connections with the LIGHT in my heart.  Through painful life experiences, I have discovered what is most important to me and have found all the answers from WITHIN. 

Difficult experiences, situations and challenges in life don’t equate to necessarily being “bad”.  It’s how we perceive it.  The experience of overcoming challenges – that includes the failures, disappointments and walls we come up against.  These are the experiences that make us who we are.  It makes our lives meaningful.  So what if you messed up.  You fell off the wagon with something.  Don’t let it stop you from going forward again.  Get up, brush yourself off and get back up on the horse.  Now, you know better.  You know which way to go next time that situation presents itself to you in life – and it will.   For each time, we learn more, we grow more, we open our hearts more, and prioritize importance in our life.  Our priorities are ever changing.  Being open and flowing allows us to change with grace and ease.  I’m not perfect at this, but I am learning and willing to do so.  It is a beautiful and worthwhile journey.  One I am proud and blessed to be able to delve into during this lifetime.

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 When I embrace an emotion, an experience or perceiving a past/current situation, I ask myself these two questions:  “How is this supporting me?   What is this situation teaching me?”    By asking these questions with an open heart (not from fear), I am able to reach out for acceptance within and neutralize my own judgments and self judgment.  The answers come in varying lessons and degrees from surrendering, letting go, having more compassion for myself and others,  what direction to take, what is lacking, love myself more and to realize that some things “just don’t matter in the overall scheme of life”.  To have more fun, to play more, forgive myself (and others), etc.  It will vary for each person. I see these challenges, these “blinders” as blessings.  For I never would have gone on those journeys to connect with myself/ my Soul/ my heart at such a deep level otherwise. 

“It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.”
― Marianne Williamson

So, “blinders”, “hiccups in life”, “challenges”, etc. are not BAD as we perceive them on some level in the mind.  By seeing with different eyes and re-shifting the mind set, these situations/experiences are supportive methods/ measures to experience love and be more authentic who you TRULY are.  By accepting this “support team” in your life, you can transform your “bad” experience/ situation/ moment/ feeling – into guidance, insight, blessings, awareness so that life becomes less stressful, less chaotic, less painful, less fearful and more fun, more peaceful, more fulfilling and you see your path more easily.  I find myself more grounded and centered while living from my heart and connected to my Soul.  Things, situations, and people don’t affect me so much when living from the heart.  It takes practice. BELIEVE ME!  It’s an ongoing stimulation of that muscle but gets easier and becomes more of YOU once integrated.

Via Linda Wagner

 I love the line from the Rolling Stones song, You Can’t Always Get What You Want

“You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find
You get what you need”

 

Life supports you and gives you what you need and is perfect for your growth.  “Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we’re frantic, life will be frantic. If we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful. And so our goal in any situation becomes inner peace.” ― Marianne Williamson.    It is how you choose to respond to it that is KEY to this equation.  You can face situations with more grace for yourself.  Freedom and happiness are not outside of you and are not your circumstances.  It has to do with your level of connection with the TRUTH within your heart and with your Soul.   Coming from your heart in a space of loving yourself, ANYTHING is possible. 

One of the biggest things that came out of this experience for me was learning to HONOR MYSELF.  Taking full and complete responsibility for ME.  I have learned TO BE.  To live in the NOW (not past or future).  To simplify.  To LIVE.  Such freedom and peace have enveloped me.  I have a lighter heart and mind set.   I am able to take pleasure in things again.   I am FREE to be ME.  And you are free to be YOU. 

I am back to exercising and enjoying it.   My favorite form is walking.  Especially out in nature amongst the trees where I feel grounded, centered and connected to Divine Source.  I now feel connected to myself and my soul even in the simple things of life as washing dishes, folding laundry, walking the dogs, preparing food, driving the car (in traffic), and able to experience peace, contentment, and happiness.   I CHOOSE how I want to respond to my life.  All that it has to offer me.  

 

Remember:

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A prayer or affirmation that I like to say sometimes to rekindle the connection or spark it in the first place: 

I am increasingly aware of my Soul in my life.  As I sleep, I will be attuned to her/his presence and responsive to her/his messages.  I will be energized mentally and physically by her/his influence.   My Soul connects me to the highest dimensions of inner or outer power for my highest good.  I welcome and value the presence of my Soul in my life.  Thank  you!

Reclaiming our power is all about reconnecting with our inner self.   The journey to reclaiming our power is about unconditional acceptance, both of the self and others.  The process is a journey, not a destination….  

Enjoy the ride, my friends! 

May the POWER be within you!

 

Can you relate to this?  Would love to hear from you and your insight.

Thank you all for your support, love, inspiration and patience reading this long post.

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

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♥ February Forecast 2014 – The Power Path astrological forecast for February is RELEASE with a sub-theme of PRIORITIES.  What a beautiful month ahead!   I’ve been working on some of these themes already.   What about you? 

♥ Aging -  What a lovely post by the lovely Cara of Maskcara.  I find beauty to be so much more also.  

♥ Pushing Vs. Allowing – A beautiful, heart felt post from the lovely Kimberley at Dream. Delight. Inspire.  I can totally relate to this post.  Can you?

♥ The Power of Kindness: Life-Changing Advice About Creating Happiness – I love this!  Kindness is such a simple act from the heart.  Sometimes it’s for us, sometimes it’s for others.  Sharing kindness can be life changing and by implementing it daily into your life and heart, see what beauty manifests in your life.  Mostly within you.  

♥ How to Not Suck at Life… 8 Mindset Patterns that Give you More Options in Life Every Day – Well said Hayley Carr!  I can relate to a lot of this.  Great advice and many of which I have been implementing for some time and continue to work with on a daily basis.   Thanks Hayley! 

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♥ Garden of Life RAW Protein products found to contain heavy metals tungsten, lead and cadmiumI’ve had several people contact me when this article hit the news – “Yikes! I’ve been drinking this every morning/day and NOW what do I use to replace it!?”  I personally use Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Protein Powder and love it.  They use a proprietary blend of Raw Organic Pea Protein, Raw Cranberry Protein, Raw Organic Hemp Seed Protein.  

♥ Mercury Retrograde February 2014 – No Half Measures – Great astrological insight from one of my favorite astrologers, Leah Whitehorse.  Don’t fear Mercury retrograde just be aware.

♥ Hold Your Horses – Mercury Stations Retrograde – More Mercury retrograde insight that is full of awareness and guidance from Emily Trinkaus at Virgo Magic.  Retrogrades hold much learning and growth if we allow it.  By slowing down and being more aware from our hearts, much can be glimpsed that we wouldn’t have seen before.  

♥ 7 Men’s Beauty Tips Guys Need to Know But Are Too Embarrassed to Ask For – Fantastic tips for those special men in our lives.  I like to “suggest” to Scott sometimes to let me rub coconut oil on his hands, feet, arms, etc. for a nice massage AND he’s getting some natural healing oils to heal his skin at the same time.  Also, TLC never hurts to heal too.  :)  I love the shaving cream recipe and will be making it for Scott.  I make our own toothpaste and most everything else – even deodorant.  These tips show your man just how much you care. 

♥ Is Your Soul Trying To Guide You But You’re Just Not Listening? – What a fantastic article by Lissa Rankin!  I just wrote a post very similar that I will be sharing with you all next week.  This one is very dear to my heart. 

♥ 20 Ways Sitting In Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life – This is WONDERFUL!  I so enjoy silence.  It didn’t used to be this way.  Once I embraced, no turning back. It is soul healing and has helped me in so many ways. I’ve gotten to know myself and like HER.  It has made me aware of so many things that I didn’t like and had the opportunity to change them for the better.  Simplicity has been one of the great lessons.  I don’t owe anything to anyone except myself.  I am FREE to make my own choices for ME.

♥ Mercury goes Retrograde February 6th-28th – Sorry, couldn’t help it!  One more.  Each one has such great insight though.  Wonderful insight from Mystic Mamma.  With more understanding of Mercury retrogrades now, I embrace them and enjoy the turning within and slowing down aspects.   Just go with the flow. 

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I’ll have my personal story regarding “Reclaiming My Power” for you all next week. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

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Kibby

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

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 ♥ Ayurvedic Fitness – I love John Douillard’s informative advice regarding holistic health through Ayurveda.  I love learning tips to enhance my body, performance and now exercise.  I am practicing nasal breathing ( I use it in yoga practice) currently with my walking/hiking regimen and it is going great.  Not getting as winded.  I am more focused, intune with my body/breathing/etc. Still getting a great cardio on the hills – have to stop once or twice (BIG hills) for a few seconds then I am back at it.  I’m enjoying the workouts more.  Totally fascinating.  Check out this post too:  Enjoy exercise every time.

♥ Suffering and Weight Loss – I can totally relate to Linda Wagner’s story here.  It is the reason I do what I do and the passion that is within me to share and help others also. Linda is an amazing coach and person.  Reach out to her for assistance and you will be guided beautifully.

♥ To thine own self be true – I love this excerpt from Carolyn Myss via Mystic Mamma.  So powerful and true! 

♥ Trifecta!  All Three Dosha Menus – I ADORE Monica Bloom from HeyMonicaB.  This woman has spunk, sass, creativity and at the same time is compassionate, caring, loving and friendly.  My kind of girl!  She is my “go-to” for anything Ayurveda.  She keeps it simple, easy to understand and allows you to research, study and learn without being overwhelmed with the strictness of it all.  Her approach is flexible but with great results.  Get to know her and sign up for her newsletter.  Have an Ayurveda question?  Drop her a line.  She’s awesome.  

♥ 4 money beliefs that limit your wealth — inside and out – Great Marie Forleo video featuring Kate Northrup!  I think we all have some type of misguided money beliefs that may be holding us back and this video and information can assist you in how to change them.

♥ Happy YEAR OF THE HORSE 2014: Astral Insights! -  Here’s to the Year of the Horse!  May you all run free and connect with your true selves. 

 

♥ IS IT TIME FOR AN INNER CLEAN UP? – Well said Connie Chapman!  I just got off the phone with a long distance friend having this very conversation with her.  It always starts WITHIN us.  Connie has created a free 3 part Inner Transformation Video Training Series to support you with some of the key foundations in creating inner shifts.  Sign up now.  

♥ How to Instantly Make Over $1,000 Gypset Style – Thank  you for sharing this wonderful insight Vienda Maria.  I’ve done this before and it really works.  I need to start doing it again. 

♥ Too Wiped Out to Work Out? – Another great article by Dr. John Douillard regarding working out.  I’ve been applying this simple 12 minute routine to my walks (throwing in some sprints or fast paced walking) and on my Urban Rebounder trampoline routine (check out the video).  I will also do this with planks, kettle bell snatches, dancing to some funky music.  Whatever is fun for you.  I’ll even run around the back yard with the dogs (oops, watch the poop!) :)  You get the jist.  Take 12 minutes of your day, go have fun and get into shape.  

♥ How to Combine Foods for Optimal Health – Great article by The Paleo Mama regarding food combining. I’ve practiced food combining for several years and it has made such a difference in my overall health, digestion and assimilation of nutrients.  It can be quite overwhelming with some of the information out there regarding it.  I just stick to the basics (outlined in article) and I do fine.  NO need for stress during our health journey. 

♥ Letting It Go – This post from In Spaces Between came into my radar at a perfect time. I think it will for all of you.  Thank you divine Rachel for sharing this information.  Spot on!!  Letting go is difficult at first, but once you do it and see/feel the results WITHIN – it’s magical.  Keep doing it!  It clears out the old garbage so that your light can shine brighter, Soul sing louder, peace step into your life and so much more.  It’s an ongoing process that is so rewarding and worth it. Let it go, baby! Let it go!

♥ NEW MOON in AQUARIUS SuperMoon January 30th 2014 – Great insight from Mystic Mamma! Are you ready to move forward? 

♥ 2014 – The Year of the Yang Wood Horse -  Now I understand some of the things I was going through and experiencing in 2013.  Let’s ride that great horse!

 

 I’ll be back next week with an inspiring personal article and update on Tonic ebook. Till then my dears, have a great weekend!

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Kibby

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

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 ♥ BE YOUR OWN GURU – Great words of wisdom.  We all have one inside.  Let it out to shine.

 ♥ DIY Eco-Friendly Dryer Sheets – I love this!  I was just thinking the other day that I wanted to be able to make my own dryer sheets and then I came across this.  Bingo!  Thought y’all would enjoy it too.  I used some geranium and lavender essential oil in my blend.  Yummy!

 ♥ It’s More Than What We Eat: 12 Ayurvedic Tips for Healthy Eating -  Amen! I highly recommend these simple practices.

 ♥ chocolate ganache brownies – I’ve got another one of Gabby’s @ the veggie nook recipes to share this week.  It’s a winner! 

 ♥ Make Your Own Fabric Softener Crystals – Here’s another DIY solution for fabric softener.  Just like we love to add epsom salt and essential oils to our baths. 

 

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 ♥ Full Moon Update 1-15-14 -  Clean out the old and let the sunshine in!

 ♥ FULL MOON in Cancer January 15, 2014 - More juicy astrological insight from the lovely MysticMamma. 

 ♥ Rosemary Hot White Chocolate, Milkshake - Now THIS looks lovely.  I’m going to substitute gynostemma tea leaves (or tea bag) (aids in weight loss, adaptogenic, caffeine free) for the green tea leaves. 

 ♥ Diatomaceous Earth for your Family, Home, and Homestead – This is a fantastic article about Diatomaceous Earth.  I’ve been  using it in my home and garden for over 10 years.  I eat it (mixed in water or smoothies is easiest) and sprinkle on dogs food and on their fur (they look funny right afterwards).  Check out the many ways to use it and believe me – it is safe as long as you use FOOD GRADE.  I purchase mine at local co-op garden center.

 ♥ The Invisible Benefits of Grounding – I adore grounding. It’s actually very natural.  Many in society rarely touch the earth with their feet or go outside in nature.   The body is meant to connect with this energy and suffers when it is deprived.  Great read.

 ♥ How to Embrace Your True Beauty (Not the Media’s Ideal) – I LOVE THIS!   What if true beauty were defined by who we are rather than how we look?  This is a subject that I have actually been working on myself with.  Screw the media – I know what is important according to ME.  How do you feel?

 ♥ 3 Steps to Stop Judging and Being Hard on Yourself – OH, I can not agree on this one more!  I am sure you do too.  I have found that LOVING myself unconditionally and fully has been a blessing on putting the Judge in the corner.  If she pipes up, I’m aware and reverse the wording that is running through my head till the TRUTH comes back to center.  It’s OK.  Nothing to get upset over.  It’s part of our growth and journey. 

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 The tonic ebook writing is going well.  I am putting more into it than I originally intended.  I think you all will be thrilled with it!  I am so far.  Enjoy the reads for the week and BE INSPIRED!  I’ll be in touch soon.   Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or just want to say “HI!”. 

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Kibby