I have to say that this time of year has been quite challenging for me the past few years. I have experienced the loss of a lot of my loved ones in these months of March, April, and May. My mother, my father, two of my grandmothers, grandfather, my godmother, my dear aunt, and some good friends all passed away in separate years yet in these particular months. When our loved ones transcend in such a short time, it becomes extra hard to process it all. We go through the grieving process, yet it is such a personal journey. Some of us grieve in a normal time frame… whatever that means? Some of us grieve for the rest of our lives. Some of us repress the grieving for so long, that we are in denial of it. Anyone that has experienced the death of a loved one knows what I am talking about. And those of you that have not experienced this cannot imagine what it feels like. You can try. You can have sympathy and compassion toward others feelings. Yet it is just one of those things that only when it happens to us personally, is when I beleive we can truly empathize with another. And please, allow me to tell you that when you lose the ones that brought you in to this world, or raised you, it can feel like someone is ripping your heart out of your chest. Of course that all depends on when, and how you lose your loves ones as well. It is all perception, and as I said earlier, a very personal journey.
I recently went to see a film called, ” Heaven is For Real”. It is the amazing true story of a little 4 year boy who goes to heaven and comes back. He emerges from a life threatening surgery, and when he wakes up, he begins to share things with his parents that are completely astounding. I won’t say anything more about the film except that it is also a book, and I highly recommend either seeing this film or reading the book. or both! “Heaven is for Real” left me with a feeling of great comfort. It reminded me of what I have known all along. And that is that even though there is physical death, we go on. Like a caterpillar that turns into a butterfly we transcend. I for one am on the constant look out for signs to connect with my loved ones that have passed on. Ask and you shall receive is proven to me on a daily basis. There is a trick however, to connecting to our loves ones after they leave this earth plane. We have to let go. We have to let go of the pain of our loss of them, allow them to come to us in their new form of pure energy, and their new choice of matter. If you do this, I promise you that you will see signs that they are still with you, it is just different now.
One of the most powerful actions I took to release the pain of the loss of my loved ones is that I had a ceremony. My most recent ceremony was for my beloved Grandmother Zelda Pearl. Whenever I would see a hummingbird, I feel her. Instead of moping around the property where she once lived and I live now, I went and bought 2 new hummingbird feeders and hung them on my back porch. And yes, the hummingbirds did come. One day there were two, yet they left as swiftly as they came. Nevertheless, my heart lit up like sunshine when I saw them.
Then I walked over to Grams favorite Bottle Brush tree, picked two of the flowers, and intertwined them. One for her and, one for gramps. Together we sat in the beautiful fairy tree. I told them how grateful I am that her and grandpa planted that tree so many years ago so I can now make wishes and dream of all the wonder in life.
Together we made our way over to the little bayou where she and my grandfather would fill up buckets of water to feed the gardens and plants they planted when they first moved here some forty and more years ago. And now it was up to me and Jared to carry on and restore what they laid as a foundation. Can you see the little white heart that randomly appeared in the water?
Then… it was time to let go. To let go of the pain and suffering I felt from the loss of these 2 very significantly beloved people that will remain precious in my heart forevermore. In that moment, the light shined extra bright on the symbolic bottle brush flowers. It was so beautiful, just like the hearts of my grandparents. Together they both live in complete peace now. And I trust that they want me to feel the same. They are both young and free again. Gram is dancing around happy while gramp admires her beautiful legs. He’s charming her with his lightening sharp wit, and he can’t look away from her beautiful turquoise eyes. Of course I will always miss the feeling of when they were here on earth. Yet it doesn’t hurt anymore like it did. Something in my heart mended that day. I found a new outlook on what I had felt previously as a traumatic loss. I knew in that moment they were right here with me all along, and they will remain with me, as all I have to do is ask. Sometimes I have moments where I almost feel invincible. After all, when you have as many guardian angels as I do watching over you, how else would you feel? 🙂 Yes, it is all perception. Am I focused on the loss? Or am I focused on the love. And after all is said and done, it truly is, All. About. The. Love. ♥
Spring is a time for renewal. It’s time to de-clutter. This includes your body, which is suffering from the excess waste and toxic materials rotting inside the digestive tract. Ready, Set, time to Reboot? Are you ready for a refreshing detox? First thing you will want to do Read More
This occurs in individuals that exhibit frequent poor posture or work from a position where everything you do is in front of you like hairdressers, massage therapists, chiropractors, office and computer workers, or pretty much a good majority of people in general.
This pattern of poor body mechanics can over tighten the muscles of the chest (pecs) and traps while weakening the shoulder retractors and deep neck flexors as shown. This can be fixed by stretching the tight and overworked muscles and strengthening the weak and inhibited muscles.
Tight muscles to stretch: Pecs, Upper traps, Levator scapula, and thoracic extension.
Muscles to strengthen: Deep neck flexors and shoulder retractors
And like always, ” Be good to your body and your body will be good to you”~ Jared
Would you like to Heal your body while simultaneously helping to replenish Mother Earth?When Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, he was referring to the bodies amazing ability to regenerate when given the nutrients and minerals that food provides. With all the sickness in our society one might ask the question ” what is causing people to become ill?” Well I’m glad you asked because I am going to tell you. It is because the food most people consume is void of nutrition and choked full of harmful substances. There are too many chemicals and toxins in our food chain; from preservatives and synthetic sweeteners in the food to the chemicals and hazardous waste that is depleting our soils and polluting the earth. We need to collectively join forces to heal ourselves and the planet as it takes the brunt of this abuse. One solution to this problem is to start growing your own food in a sustainable way and support local organic food producers by purchasing locally instead of from the corporate chain store. This serves several purposes,for one it supports the local economy, second it builds community, 3rd it is more efficient and less wasteful, and finally it is more nutritious and better tasting. When you grow food sustainably, you are actually building the soil instead of depleting it and the foods that come forth are delicious and full of life. So do yourself and the planet a favor and start being more mindful of the quality of food you consume and where it comes from and how it is grown, “You are what you eat”. So “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” as Hippocrates so generously noted!
Today is the first of 2014! Now is the time to start thinking about the new things you would like to bring into your life for 2014. An excellent and profound practice to start this year is to embrace the power of “Choice.” Every decision you make on a second to second basis will either benefit your goals or distract you from them. You can use this method for every aspect of your life. You make the decision, you respond to the situation, if your action is alignment with the good of all then you have choosen most efficiently. The more often you make the choice to stand up for what is right for you instead of appeasing others at your own expense than the brighter your inner flame will shine and the more capable you will be to pursue higher goals. Sometimes you will have to say “no” in order to say yes for yourself. So if you are trying to become a healthy person and have decided you will pursue a natural diet consisting of whole foods and you go to a gathering where the others have decided they will continue to eat the SAD (standard american diet), so there are no foods available for you to eat that will keep you true to your desire. What do you do? Choice 1- eat small portions and pretend to enjoy or Choice 2- when in Rome? Follow the crowd and chow down. or choice 3- Say no and either fast for the party or snack on the veggies. You will have to decide. This also goes for conversations or even self talk. Your words you use can create magic or they can can be used to make you a victim. You choose. Choose Wisely in every decision you make throughout the day and you will surely have a blessed 2014. Take the time to choose what you want to create in your life and then take action towards it by consciously making the small choices from moment to moment that are in agreement with the overall goal. Cheers!!! to “CHOICES”!
The music of the plants has been studied in Damanhur since 1976. A group of researchers began creating equipment capable of capturing electromagnetic changes on the surface of leaves and roots, turning them into sounds. Like humans and animals, plants have their own intelligence and sensitivity. All of nature projects a vibration of sounds. Plants, much like humans just happen to be able to sing tones of music. Perhaps that is a large part of the reason why we love spending time within the presence of this great source of power. And even though most of us cannot hear these soothing and nurturing sounds with our naked ears, and without the aid of this equipment, I for one, trust that it is through our feelings that we benefit most in our interaction with nature. After all, as the truth of this quote expressed, “Music is what feelings sound like.”. And is there a stronger natural source to calm us?
To learn more of the magic of nature enjoy this video below.
Thank you Jvtlandt for sharing this video.
If you have a job that requires you to spend long periods of time sitting then it is very important to learn proper posture while sitting. The first step is to purchase a chair that is able to adjust. You will want to sit so that your feet are flat on the floor with you knees being slightly lower than your hips to keep your hip flexors from shortening. You will want your arms to be at a 90 degree angle with your shoulders relaxed and the keyboard at the same level. The center of the monitor should be level with your eyes. If you need extra support for your lower back use a lumbar support.As far as your torso is concerned you will want to keep your ribs level with your abdomen. The next step is too imagine your “butt” bone known as the SITS bones as a tree’s roots being sent downward while at the same time lengthening , growing, and expanding upwardly with you torso while keeping your ribs level with your stomach. The object is to push away from the points of pressure. If you learn to sit this way, your posture will improve and your back PAIN will disappear. Try it out and let me know how it works for you. And as always ” Be good to your Body, and your Body will be good to you”.
Check out this link for more info. on workplace ergonomics https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/computerworkstations/positions.html
As an evolving human, I seek freedom. There are many paths to freedom, but I also wish to achieve it without disregarding Mother Nature. The good news is that it is really easy to Live more and work less. All you have to do is shift your thinking from “what do I want?”to “what do I need?”. Essentially what you are doing is simplifying your life by choosing to not be a consumer. Instead you will choose to contribute to life and make Earth a place that is beautiful and livable. When you choose to consume less, you have more money left over, when you have more money left over, you can pay your bills easier, when you pay your bills easier, you have less stress, since you have less stress you are happier, since yours bills have been reduced, you don’t have to work as hard, which in turn gives you more time to LIVE and enjoy being human, and after all, we are humanBEINGS! Start today by examining your life and see if you can break the cycle of consumption. Look at your skills and talents or “things you already have and use them as bargaining chips for “stuff” you want, instead of racking up more credit card debt. This doesn’t cost anything. Well actually it costs your labor, but if it is something you enjoy than it is just a labor of love, not a “job”! Eventually you will start to desire freedom more than “stuff” and when you get a little taste of freedom, you will want more, when you desire more, you will become more focused, present, and in the moment and this my friend, is LIVING!
So what is Wealthness? Generally speaking it is the balance of the mind, body, and spirt resulting in overall health and freedom from disease. Dis-ease is a body that is not at ease. To achieve Wealthness you need to understand the different aspects of being healthy. In its simplest form, to be healthy you MUST eat real food, breath, drink clean water, sleep well, and move. So how do you do this? You make a plan. You design your life and choose a strategy that works for you. To eat real food, you must stop purchasing processed/chemically laced foods and conventional meats, which are filled with antibiotics and steroids not to mention the animals are abused and the land is degraded. You will want to eat as fresh and local as possible, organic produce and grass fed animal products, as well as some fermented foods for gut health. For more info. on awesome quality of fermented and grass fed foods check out : Realandnourishing.com or http://www.marksdailyapple.com/fermented-foods-health/#axzz2iGs4uzT7.
Breathing is vital and thus the importance of natural breathing. When you are relaxed, you breath naturally using your diaphragm and when you are stressed out you breath using your accesory muscles of the neck and chest to forcefully pull the oxygen up. This is why it is important to develop strategies of dealing with stress. A regular practice of meditation, deep breathing, yoga, or Qi gong is very beneficial for stress management. Drink plenty of clean water. Learn more about water at http://www.danielvitalis.com/2013/07/the-four-noble-elements-part-2-water/. Getting a good night sleep is very important for body regeneration. This is the time your body cleans itself and reboots. For more on Sleep go to http://www.apa.org/topics/sleep/why.aspx?item=1. Lastly, you will want to be active and move your body. The old adage, “Use it or lose it” is a true depiction of what happens when you live a sedintary life. You need energy and vitality to be healthy. You get this through physical activity. Start at you current level and get moving. If you need energy try working in by doing energy building forms of exercise such as Tai chi or Qi gong and if you have energy go workout your body. These are the foundations to health. Study and master them and you will reap the rewards of being a healthy human. Remember to “Be good to your Body and Your Body will be good to You”!