Gateways to the Soul

inner strength cardThe eyes are sometimes referred to as the “gateways to the soul;” the windows that reveal the depth and wisdom in another human being.

eyesIn many cultures, people are taught to avoid making deliberate eye contact with other people. Some cultures, like indigenous natives, believe that to look directly into another’s eyes is equivalent to stealing the soul. As a result of conditioning and beliefs, our eyes are constantly moving taking in our surroundings yet not focusing on another’s eyes for very long. This custom can be different at home, with those we love like our child.

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Your child’s eyes reflect innocent, yet deep wisdom; their clarity and openness accentuating and highlighting their beauty. That sense of wonder you witness in your child also exists in you. Let the gaze between you be a reflection of your own innate strength and splendor.

sfsc logoTODAY stand in front of a mirror (or better yet, sit and hold a hand mirror) and make eye contact with yourself for one minute. Deliberately look into your own eyes. If your focus moves to noticing the bags under your eyes, the pimples on your face or that you need a haircut, redirect your focus back to your eyes. Your breath will help you stay connected to your own gaze. Keep breathing and looking.

mirrorCould it be you are the very one you’ve been looking for?  I’d love to know what you see!

~Taken from Bless You Mom E-Book~

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Many health professionals are now recommending wireless bras since more attention is being paid to the health hazards of having metal on your chest, day in and day out. The wire sits on what are called Neurolymphatic Reflex points. These points are right under both breasts and both energy and lymph fluid naturally move through these tissues but may get blocked due to continual exposure to the wire in your bra.

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In a class with Donna Eden, author of Energy Medicine and Energy Medicine for Women, she educated us that both metal and plastic underwires have the same challenge. They clog energies which need to flow freely and can cause all kinds of health problems.

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If all of your bras have underwires in them, it’s time to go shopping for new bras that do NOT have wires in them!  More and more bras are becoming available that are wire-less and comfortable. Switching to wearing wireless bras is a strong step to take for optimal health!

Whether your bra has wires or not, do you need to wear a bra every single minute of the time you are home? That doesn’t mean going bra-less out in public, if you aren’t comfortable, but what if after dinner, you took this over-the-shoulder boulder-holder off and let your energy flow more freely in that area of your body?

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Whenever you take any bra off, take 30-60 seconds and massage under your breasts. Put your fingers into a cluster and massage in small circles on the neurolymphatic reflex areas under each breast. Massage under each breast every time you take your bra off. If this area feels tender, don’t stop. The tenderness means that you will benefit from this simple nurturing massage.

~Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches. Alice Roosevelt Longsworth~

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Listen with an Open Heart

green cardWe all are born with one mouth and two ears; could that be that it serves us more to listen than to talk? Listening is not a passive activity; it is an active state of engagement. It is a loving way to share energy and pay attention to the spaces between the words. Active listening is seeking to understand rather than first needing to be understood. Deep listening is like a mirror’s reflection; I truly see you for who you are and what you need. I honor that reflection.

sfsc logoTODAY at least once, experiment with active listening. For example, your child asks you to read a story. Instead of explaining that first you need to cook dinner…stop! Hear that he wants you to read a book.

Get on your child’s level and make eye contact. Smile and feel your heart open. Lovingly, share your truth: “You want me to read to you right now.” Stay right there for a few beats before you add, “I am cooking dinner. Bring your book in the kitchen and look at it while I cook. As soon as dinner is over, I will read to you. Thanks for understanding.”

~Taken from Bless You Mom E-Book~

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Conscious, Slow, Deep Breaths

red cardWho doesn’t need soothing? We live in such a fast-paced, overstimulating world. How many times a day do you find yourself feeling out of your body, out of your mind, out of the present moment?

Everyone can benefit by developing healthy methods of self-soothing to use when under stress.Your breath is the most useful tool you own; it’s free and readily available, though usually taken for granted. Deep breaths carry lifegiving oxygen to your brain so you can think more clearly, relieve stress and vent feelings. Consciously choose to use this source of immense power and strength. It only takes a few moments to breathe intentionally and feel centered again.

sfsc logoTODAY when you feel anxious or agitated, take a few slow, deep breaths. Consciously focus your awareness on the air going in your nose and out your mouth. See if you can get your breath all the way down into your belly. Hold it a moment before exhaling. You may want to give a little audible sigh on the exhale to release tension. If you teach your child to take slow, deep breaths, you will both have life-long access to an easy, useful self-soothing tool.

~Of all the things that exist, we breathe and wake and turn it into song.  Author Unknown~GetGrounded

Blessed Word of the Day

aaaAs I write now, I am listening to the album, “Feeling Good Today. Satnam Kaur and her children’s choir are delightfully singing a song named “I am Blessed. I sing along and welcome the magical and peaceful tone these lyrics call into my day…

energyToday, the sun has risen and with it, the start of a new day. Today, you are able to savor its warmth. Today, you are here.  With this new day comes a clean slate, if you choose to think of it that way. Yesterday has passed. Today is new. Tomorrow is yours to create.

Years ago, I read the book If Not Now, When? by Reverend Wayne Muller. In his book, he suggests that today might be your last day on the planet, so why not live as though it is?  I have brought that idea into many of my days, and the influence has been profound.  When I live a day as though it could be my last, I find I am more present, loving, and kind.

If you are reading this, you are blessed. You likely have plenty to eat, clothes on your back with many more in the closet, and a nice warm bed in a nice warm house.  Not everyone is so blessed.  It could do us all some good to remember that.

 

HRW_SFSC_orangeChoose a word that reflects your gratitude for yet another day, your gratitude for your blessings, and your gratitude for your life. Choose a word that will inspire you and guide you to live your day with purpose, like it’s your last day on earth. Let this word become your blessed word of the day: blessed, peace, ease, friendship, love, caring, generosity… you get the idea.  If it helps you to remember, write it down; write it on your calendar, leave a note on your bathroom mirror, set it as the background on your phone, do whatever you need to remind yourself.  Having a Blessed Word of the Day is a sweet act of celebration.  

~What can I do to always remember who I am ? Juan Ramon Jiminez~

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Chicken Soup for the Body and Soul

It’s the day after Christmas, a winter wonderland outside and I am still in my jammies…pleased that today I will cook some delicious, deeply-warming chicken soup. There’s nothing better than smelling soup cooking in the kitchen.

A whole chicken with lots of root veggies was yesterday’s holiday dinner. While my hubby and I were cleaning up the kitchen, I placed the whole chicken carcass into a large pot of water, added a splash of vinegar, a piece of kombu seaweed and some seasalt. Once the broth began to boil, I lowered it and it simmered overnight. It’s cool enough now for me to take the meat off the carcass, freeze some of the broth and make chicken soup with the rest.

According to Hanna Kroeger in Ageless Remedies from Mother’s Kitchen, chicken soup has a natural ingredient which feeds, repairs and calms the mucous lining in the small intestine. This lining is easily pulled away from the intestine through too many laxatives, too many food additives and parasites. Chicken soup heals the nerves, improves digestion and reduces allergies.

Meat stocks are extremely nutritious, containing the minerals of bone, cartilage and marrow that are very easy to assimilate. Adding vinegar during cooking helps to draw minerals out of the bones. When my friend, Lynne, was really ill, she drank my bone broth throughout the day and reported that it gave her great strength.

In folk wisdom, chicken soup is a valued remedy for colds and flu. Moses Maimonides, a 12th century physician, prescribed chicken broth as a treatment for colds and asthma. Gelatin-rich broth does indeed strengthen the immune system.

Dr. Francis Pottenger believed the stockpot was the most important piece of equipment to have in one’s kitchen. I must say that I love my big stainless pot and all the medicinal food I cook in it.

There’s nothing instant about chicken soup. It needs to simmer to become medicinal. It is so worth taking time and putting effort into making chicken stocks. What an intentional way to take care of yourself and your family’s health and well-being.

Chicken soup…grandmother’s medicine for whatever ails you!

Cordyceps-Medicinal Mushroom Extraordinaire

CORDYCEPS gained fame when Chinese Olympic athletes in 1993 credited their successes to taking this mushroom. After winning 3 Gold medals and breaking 5 world records for woman’s running as well as other track records the team was tested for steroids. The results were negative but the coach admitted to giving the entire team Cordyceps mushrooms. Yeah, baby, these mushrooms rock!

This mushroom is not symbiotic with a tree, like most other medicinal mushrooms. This fungus lives on certain caterpillars in the high mountain regions of China and Tibet. Since we don’t want to wipe this caterpillar out of existence, we should be pleased that Cordyceps reproduces in the laboratory, grown on organic cultivated grains. (so they are vegetarian friendly)

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Cordyceps fungus is touted as an effective herb for improving circulation, the respiratory system, immune system and sexual function. Because of its ability to improve energy, stamina, appetite, endurance and sleeping patterns, Cordyceps has also been classified as a general health tonic.

This medicinal mushroom is recommended for people who feel short of breath, achy, or depressed from overwork, pollution and bad dietary habits. Cordyceps may improve immunity by stimulating cells in the immune system. This mushroom may also be beneficial against cancer cells and may shrink tumor size, particularly with lung or skin cancers.

How wonderful that Cordyceps has displayed a capacity to lower a person’s bad LDL cholesterol as they raise the good stuff, the HDL cholesterol level. This mushroom seems to stop the bad LDL cholesterol from oxidation as it thins out the blood to thwart plaque formation or clotting, both of which can clog blood vessels. Since Cordyceps is a potent antioxidant, it assists the body of ridding itself of free radical activity that can lead to early aging and degenerative illnesses.

This medicinal mushroom, touted for its effectiveness as an aphrodisiac, is highly sought after as a sexual tonic. Word on the street is that Cordyceps works like herbal Viagra, improving libido in both women and men. In a double-blind placebo-controlled study, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 21 women who were experiencing sexual frustration were given Cordyceps and 90% reported improvements in libido and sexual health compared with none in the control group. Wow. Yeah Cordyceps!

I’ve eaten dried Cordyceps mushrooms and they taste like cardboard, expensive cardboard. An easier way to ingest them is to drink tea.
Cordyceps is a robust ingredient in MycoMama’s Medicinal Mushroom Medley Tea. Blending this Medley with honey, coconut oil, boiling water and (nut or dairy) milk, is a great way to get a good energy fix and get your sexual mojo churning at the same time!

MycoMama also makes a very-affordable, easy-to-use, libido-raising double-extracted Cordyceps tincture.

Pull Your Ears!

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Did you know the Chinese have used ear reflexology via acupressure and acupuncture for thousands of years to address all kinds of health issues? Ayurvedic medicine has known for centuries that the marma or energy points in your ears connect to your organs and whole body.

Rubbing, pulling, gently twisting, unrolling, and massaging your ears stimulates these energy points. Touching your own ears feels pleasurable since it triggers the release of brain endorphins that help you feel nurtured.

Take a few moments and give your ears a good workout. This is awesome to do before sitting at the computer. Use your fingers to rub and massage every inch of your outer ears. Move towards the center of your ear, massaging all the tricky hard to get at places.

Gently roll and unroll your ear flaps slightly, then massage deeply behind your ears into the ridge that connects your ear to your skull. If you notice some areas of your ears are sore or sensitive to touch, spend a bit more time lightly massaging those places.

Take your earlobes between your thumb and forefinger and lightly pull downwards. Your earlobes are energetically linked to your brain. As you massage the right ear lobe, it allows the left brain and pituitary gland to become stimulated. When you massage the left ear lobe, it allows the right brain and pineal gland to become stimulated, which gives you a whole brain experience.

‘When we talk about settling the world’s problems, we’re barking up the wrong tree. The world is perfect. It’s a mess. It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it. Our job is to straighten out our own lives.’ Joseph Campbell

Spontaneous Celebration!

Free from adult responsibilities, children are naturally joyful much of the time.  Maybe you’ve forgotten that as a child you were freer and perhaps more joyful.  I can almost hear you say, I’d be joyful now too if I didn’t have all these responsibilities!” 

Unlike us, children don’t lug around the past or contemplate the future.  Children are present-tense critters; they occupy the present; right here, right now. Left to themselves, they are quite content with the present moment.  In our perpetual state of busyness, we can often overlook this natural state of contentment.   Children have a lot to teach us!

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Today!  Have a spontaneous celebration of life!  Pull out a birthday candle and put it smack dab in the middle of your pancake, cornbread, or whatever else you are eating.  If you are a parent, look into your child’s surprised face as you light the candle.  Decide that even if this seems silly, life is to be celebrated. and you are celebrating, right here, right now!  Feel the power of deciding to celebrate the present moment.  Remember that this day is a gift.  That’s why they call it the present!

How are you celebrating this day?

~There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground.  Rumi~

 

Dance with the Birds!

My adorable two-year-old granddaughter, Lyla Rain, and I had bath time while we toddler-talked about noses, ears, and little toes.  Afterwards, we took pails full of tub water out to water the garden. As I conservatively watered, Lyla was splashing the water everywhere.  Suddenly a flock of Pinyon jays flew right over our heads. As it passed, Lyla spontaneously began cooing and cawing and screeching. Whether she was imitating their song or calling to them, I’m not sure.

Her sounds were loud and uninhibited.  As her wide-eyed cherubic face lit up like the rays of the sun, she danced around — celebrating her experience of the flight of the flock. Unselfconsciously and exuberantly she sang her elation. Energetically, I could feel her become one with the birds, and I swear I wouldn’t have been surprised if she sprouted wings, spread them out, and took flight.

I was moved to tears by her presence and by her immediate declaration of delight of that which was happening in the here and now.  Even her water play took second place. As she looked to me, still flapping her little arms, I could hear her wonder, “Why aren’t you singing and dancing, Nana?”  Right then and there, I became aware of how adult I am.  Did I ever have that exuberation?  I’m not sure, but I sure want it now, don’t you?

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Find some music that you enjoy, put it on loud, even louder!… and dance. Dance like there is nothing to do, nowhere to go.  Dance like this is the last and only opportunity you will ever have to dance. Dance with freedom and joy. Make some noise, if you feel so inclined.  Now, Lyla Rain wants to know…don’t you feel better? 

What music do you love to dance to?

~Now there’s nothing left but to keep dancing.  Author Unknown~