How to Nourish A High Vibrational Body and The Dogma of Belief Around Food

The truth is that everyone is different. No two bodies are the same, just like no two souls are the same. If you want to attain truth, you must find it “within yourself” and that means silencing all the egoic, dogmatic beliefs that have been projected onto you from others, which creates great confusion within your being to tune into your own body to see what is healthy and appropriate for You.

The body speaks. We just don’t listen until we get sick and have to start paying attention to what our bodies need. By that time illness has manifested so strongly within us it will take extreme dedication and perseverance to heal ourselves – and that will require major lifestyle changes. The biggest issue many of us will face is releasing our beliefs about food and self denial. Ignorance and denial about our unhealthy lifestyles and refusing to create change leads to a slow suicide and it is also a reflection of our own lack of self love.

Maximum sustenance through listening to your own body

I am having a direct experience – through my own attention to healing my own body – of all the absolute untruths surrounding beliefs about what is actually healthy for the human body. People like to lump everyone in one category, one belief system, one way of being and then they judge, belittle and even shame those who don’t eat exactly the way they do.

In the spiritual circuits if you eat animal protein you are labeled “not highly evolved” or “low vibration”. Then if you go vegetarian – that’s not good enough for the Vegans. Vegans feel we should not eat any animal products which means nodairy, no eggs, no honey, no sea vegetables (because they are full of tiny animal life forms such as plankton and tiny crustaceans). Then if you go vegan that’s not good enough for the “Raw Foodies” because everything must be raw, uncooked, unpasteurized. Then if you are “super special” you can work really hard to go against the design of the human body and become a “breatharian” where you eat no food and oftentimes no water solely living on prana or life force – this is an extreme lifestyle indeed.

The truth is that everyone is different. No two bodies are the same, just like no two souls are the same. If you want to attain truth, you must find it “within yourself” and that means silencing all the egoic, dogmatic beliefs that have been projected onto you from others, which creates great confusion within your being to tune into your own body to see what is healthy and appropriate for You.

The body speaks. We just don’t listen until we get sick and have to start paying attention to what our bodies need. By that time illness has manifested so strongly within us it will take extreme dedication and perseverance to heal ourselves – and that will require major lifestyle changes. The biggest issue many of us will face is releasing our beliefs about food and self denial. Ignorance and denial about our unhealthy lifestyles and refusing to create change leads to a slow suicide and it is also a reflection of our own lack of self love.

A high vibrational body is a body that is thriving. But lets not forget that we also have an emotional body, a mental body, a soul body and a spiritual body and it is the cumulation of these bodies that are a direct reflection of our vibrational frequencies. Our vibrational frequencies will be extremely low if we are eating an all raw food diet but we are allergic and unable to properly digest the raw foods we are eating – not to mention we are absolutely miserable with our new way of eating. In addition, if you are a raw foodie or vegan and you elevate yourself above others, pass judgment, belittle and project angry outburst towards others because they are eating foods you do not approve of – you are fully in your egoic consciousness. Your ego is trying to control others and you are not honoring other people’s free will to listen to “their” body to decide for themselves which foods are nourishing and life affirming for their souls journey while in a physical body.

These kind of egoic, controlling behaviors – forced upon others – will clog up our chakras and send us into a deep emotional and mental energetic tornado that will keep us from being able to access the love and wisdom from our souls and spiritual bodies. In addition, all the negativity we have created within ourselves will attract negative thought form energies to us that will feed off of our negative energies circulating in our energy fields. We live in a very parasitic, energetic, multidimensional environment – so it would behoove us to be very cautious of the kind of emotional and mental energies we are releasing and “feeding” to those energy forms externally of ourselves who love to stir up drama, chaos and arguments between humans so they can get fed. A very important question to ask ourselves is not “what are other people eating” but “What Am I Feeding In The Astral Realms Of My Being?”

Unless we are a doctor, teacher, nutritionist, health coach, healer or naturopath – who has clients coming to us asking for guidance – we should not be interfering in other people’s food choices outside of our own homes. Food and all the toxic things we ingest are wonderful learning tools and they provide very profound experiences for us to discover what supports our bodies or destroys them. What another person chooses to ingest and experience is none of our business!

As the planet increases in vibrational frequency, our bodies are becoming highly sensitive. We are being asked to really connect with our bodies and ground ourselves fully into the physical dimension so we can heal ourselves. If we are ungrounded, our root chakras will be unbalanced and we will have health problems. The root chakra is our foundational chakra and it needs our support. Ingesting healthy foods, connecting with our bodies and being fully present in the NOW moment of what is going on within our bodies will help us nurture our root chakras. If we are out of body all the time – not grounded  into the present moment – we will be unconscious and completely unaware of the core sensations our bodies are sending us and we will also be unconscious of the foods and substances we ingest that are making us sick.

We are being called forth to purify, cleanse and only interact with those things that support our ascension journeys. We are being called to release old addictions, toxic foods, negative behavioral patterns and all things that do not enhance our Light. Go within and really connect with your body. Start talking to it. Let your body know you are ready to support its ascension process and ask your body to send messages to you when you have ingested something it does not agree with. Every one of us – due to the modernization of our diets – have food/substance intolerances and sensitivities that need to be addressed. Begin the process of gaining food wisdom – not food dogma. The way is within – you are the key. Healer heal thyself.

 Suggestions:

  1. Eat as many living, raw, organic life force filled foods as you can. Educate yourself about GMO’s and the benefits of eating organic. Organic is the best choice because it is not a GMO food, nor does it have chemicals sprayed on them. GMO free labeled foods would be the next best option- but they most likely have been sprayed with excessive chemicals. Consider growing your own garden for the freshest safest foods.
  2. Purchase a water filter that you can afford. Put loving words on your water bottles to infuse the water with positive vibrations. Bless it and drink lots of water. Water is the best detoxifier.
  3. Have blood work done to check for parasites, candida overgrowth, hormone imbalances, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, liver and kidney function, cholesterol levels, inflammation levels etc… Also see what your blood type is and eat right for your blood type. Not everyone is meant to be a vegetarian and some people should not eat animal proteins. Eat right for your blood type – this IS a genetic factor. People who are born into a Hindu family have the genetics of a Hindu and therefore do best on a vegan diet.
  4. Work with someone who can assist you with an herbal total body cleanse. This is a journey and could take many months to complete. Recommended cleanses: Liver, Kidney, Colon, Heavy Metal, Parasite (trust me you have parasites!), candida etc…
  5. Get educated about juicing. The pasteurized juice we purchase in the store is not healthy for anyone. Purchase a juicer and make your own juice that is full of life force energy, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. All natural juice – consumed immediately after it has been prepared – is very healing and regenerative when you juice what is appropriate for your body. Juicing foods that your body has a reaction to is UNHEALTHY as it will create inflammation in your body.
  6. Learn about food allergies and histamine levels in food. Currently, many people are having problems with their thyroid, fibromyalgia, autoimmune diseases, anxiety, depression, inability to sleep, histamine intolerance etc. These problems stem from naturally occurring chemicals in foods being released into our bodies that our bodies do not have appropriate enzyme production to break down – most likely from leaky gut syndrome due to a build up of toxic foods/GMO’s/toxic chemicals etc. A lot of the foods people are having reactions to are “healthy vegetarian foods” such as beans, soy, nuts, strawberries, pineapple, spinach, avocado, grains, eggplant, tomatoes, fermented foods including alcohol etc… Just because a food is healthy does not mean it is healthy for you.
  7. Check with your doctor first and periodically engage in fasting. If you have major health problems perhaps a 7-day all raw food cleanse, a soup cleanse or a 3- day all natural juice cleanse would benefit you. If you are healthy, a 3 – day water fast or more is incredibly healing. Tune into yourself and do some research to see what would work best for you.
  8. Chew your food. Chew until it becomes liquid, your body will spend less time trying to digest food and will have more energy to heal and repair other things in the body instead of spending all of its time digesting unchewed food. This is much harder than you think. Try it and see how often you have to force your throat to not swallow unchewed food. This is a very common, unhealthy behavioral pattern most people are unaware of that will require great effort and self awareness to correct.
  9. Consider practicing “12 hour fasting” or “intermittent fasting.” When you wake up in the morning, count how many hours you slept and were without food. Perhaps 8? Then add 4 more hours onto that time period to make a 12 hour period where you have fasted and have only had water to drink. Then for the remaining 12 hours eat a healthy diet that is appropriate for you. 12 hours of fasting and 12 hours of healthy eating. This gives your body 12 hours everyday to spend its time healing, regenerating and repairing itself instead of digesting food.
  10. Become aware of everything you put on and in your body. Eliminate as many toxic items as you can. Consider soaps, shampoos, lotions, sunscreen, toothpaste, makeup, deodorant, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, cleaning materials, pharmaceuticals, recreational drugs, sugars, salts, spices, caffeine, alcohol. Obviously, some things are easier to release than others. Sometimes a good cleaner is better than the natural ones but eliminate as many toxic items from your being as possible and use them in moderation if at all.
  11. Become conscious of radiation from cell phones, computers, t.v.’s, microwaves, etc….we can’t escape these electromagnetic waves but we can reduce them. Baking Soda baths periodically are helpful at removing excess radiation from our bodies. Add 1 Cup of baking soda to your bath water.
  12. Dry Brushing: Get a soft body brush and brush your skin towards your heart. This will remove dead cells from the body that clog our pores and block us from releasing toxins in our skin. Also, sit in a sauna several times a week to purge the skin of excessive histamine, toxins and fluid.
  13. Don’t forget about your other bodies!

– EMOTIONAL BODY: Take care of your emotional body – process through your old pain and stop interacting with anything that generates an “unnecessary” negative emotional response in you. That might mean you need to limit or release Facebook, Twitter, T.V., News, Horror movies, people and places that don’t support you and your growth. Human egos and human shadows are everywhere and these aspects of ourselves have energies attached to them that need to get fed. These external energies that are attached to our egos will purposefully stir up drama….they are hungry and need food. If you do not have control over your emotional body it is best to stay away from these “carefully designed triggers” that will create vulnerability in you. Work on your own ego/shadow consciousness – allow others to be themselves so you can set yourself and them free. Stay focused on your own healing and release the need to get involved in human drama that is very prevalent in social media/tv etc.

– MENTAL BODY: Remain in control of your thoughts. Keep them focused on what you want. Don’t get absorbed about thinking about others and their problems – they are divine beings who are learning through their own soul lessons. Your point of power is in the here and now focused on your ability to do good in the world. Focus on your own shadows, growth, healing and transformation that you need to work on – the ego will try to distract you and get you to focus on others. This is a waste of your precious life force energy and will greatly distort your mental body – because in reality you can not change others. You can only change your self.

SOUL BODY: Meditate. Spend time with your soul. Strengthen your relationship with your inner being. Call back your soul fragments. A high vibrational being is one who is in their power. If you have soul fragments that have broken off due to trauma or because you have been misbehaving and living in your ego – your soul has not wanted to experience that so portions of your soul will break away or fragment from your being. You need to retrieve your soul fragments so you can be whole and happy. Soul loss = lost power and lost energy. It also leaves holes in the aura where other energies can come in and take up residence. Soul retrieval is very important. You can go to a healer who can retrieve your soul parts and bring them back to you or you can start living a life in alignment with your soul and your soul fragments will slowly return to you when they feel safe. Everyday you can state: ” Creator, I ask for any soul fragments that I may have left somewhere else to please be removed from where they are – returned to your light for purification – and returned to me. I also ask for any soul fragments that are not mine that are in my energy fields to please be removed from me – returned to your light to be purified – and returned to who they belong to. Thank you, it is done.” This request must come from your heart and you also need to be doing your best to live from your soul and not from your ego.

SPIRITUAL BODY: The only thing your spiritual body needs from you is for you to allow it to merge with your lower bodies – physical, emotional and mental – so these bodies can be purified and raise in vibrational frequency. This will require you to get real with yourself – to face the self and to have the desire to truly know the self. That means you must pull yourself out of denial. As we face God, we face the self. The ego will do everything it can to keep you from facing the self – so much so – it will have you completely consumed with other people’s lives and what they are doing. This is a distraction and it will keep you from focusing on the the things within your self that need to be healed because you are too busy focusing your attention externally of your self.

So as you can see – what we eat is just a portion of what creates good health and a high vibration. I don’t focus on what people should eat because that is a highly cultural, genetic and free will choice that is up to each soul to decide what is appropriate for their unique body and their unique living environments. Some of the most grounded, spiritually connected,  animal loving, profoundly healing people in the world are the Reindeer people in Siberia. They are way beyond us in vibrational frequency and live totally aligned with nature and the spiritual dimensions. They raise, herd, live with and eat reindeers…they use all of the animal with great respect and appreciation in order to sustain themselves in the blistering cold climates they live in. They would most likely laugh at the ridiculous dogmatic beliefs us “modern people” have created such as “you must be a vegetarian or a vegan in order to be a high vibrational spiritual being” or “you don’t love animals if you eat them” (I guess that means people who eat plants don’t love trees, plants, the Earth or flowers either?) If we are open, we can learn a lot from the reindeer shamans. They deeply respect all life including their own needs for survival and they do not go against the laws of creation – they work with them. They listen to their own intuition and that of Spirit to guide them and they eat what they need in order to sustain their lives. -Sabrina

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10 Smart Ways to Neutralize Toxic Behaviors

One of the greatest learned skills of successful people is the ability to neutralize toxic behaviors in others. Here are some suggestions to becoming a master neutralizer:

If you look at all of the personality profiles that can be considered as “toxic people”, in essence there are 2 general types of toxic profiles:
1) A person that is blissfully unaware of the negative impact they project on the people that surround them.
2) A person who purposefully extracts a twisted satisfaction from creating mayhem, pushing other people’s buttons and/or testing how far they can get away with extreme negative behaviors before they skillfully charm your pants off.

Both types are difficult to handle, because having them around leads to the accumulation of worthless complexities, discord and worst of all – stress. Stress has a dreadful effect on your success – personal life or career life. Exposure to even a few days of stress can impact the performance of neurons in the hippocampus – an essential brain area responsible for memory, learning skills and reasoning ability. Weeks of stress can result in a temporary loss of neuronal dendrites, the connectors that brain cells use to communicate with each other, and months of stress can permanently destroy neurons. The theory that brain cells do not regrow is a myth, but no person who purposely causes you stress is worthy of your piece of mind – literally.

One of the greatest learned skills of successful people is the ability to neutralize toxic behaviors in others. Here are some suggestions to becoming a master neutralizer:

1) Eliminate or Evaluate
Understand that people who prey off the energy of others are often very charismatic! It’s a skill they have learned so they can discreetly bleed their chaos into your life, and when they are caught, they know exactly what to do and say to recover. They thrive on this up and down mess they create, and it leaves you feeling confused. When you find yourself constantly making excuses for their actions or finding some sort of reasoning in their behavior, then it is likely possible they have too much over control you. This is when you need to ask yourself, can I eliminate this person from my life? If you suspect the person in question is a sociopath (roughly 4% of people are) or an extreme narcissist, then dismiss them! You might care about them, but believe that your presence in their life is to only suit their own needs. To them, you are easily replaceable. If this person must remain in your life, then evaluate the role they play. Can you limit exposure? Are there better times to see them versus not seeing them? Can you avoid giving them any emotional ammo to manipulate and use against you?

2) Do Not Ignore Bad Behavior
Its common to ignore the behavior of a difficult person to avoid the crossfire. People who are blissfully unaware of the problems they cause are often met with avoidance. It can be hard to use reasoning as a tool to help them understand…because they do not understand their impact. It is important to speak up for yourself and others who also choose to avoid this person, but also for the person who is unaware and needs a good shake. Offer them the opportunity to grow and raise some personal awareness. Be blunt, kind and effective with your words. “Do you know you are causing me to stress?” “Do you know your actions are causing pain to others?”

3) Seek Counsel or Vent to Friends
It’s enticing to undertake everything on your own, but it’s altogether ineffective. The trusted people of your support system have the ability to see the chinks in your armor and the weaknesses in your approach. They can help you see alternate perspectives in your situation because they aren’t as emotionally invested. Being said, seek insights from people you trust as being wise and who are looking out for your best interests. Some people love you so much and want to protect you, they might be angrier than you are! It’s possible their perspectives might not be as insightful or helpful as you need.

4) Set Limits and Establish Boundaries
This is important to do especially for people you live or work with. I commonly see people put up with constant negative behaviors because they feel they have no control over the chaos or that this person will never change. Maybe they cannot change, you cannot control the personal growth of another, but you can change the way they treat you. For constant complainers, ask them what they plan to do to fix the problem. For constant passive aggressors, ask them questions to delve out their true aggression then talk about it. One piece of advice I would like to add, please understand that venting is healthy. Do not mistake a trusted friend’s healthy attempt of consulting you with their feelings with a person looking for attention.

5) Value Self-Awareness
People who make intelligent choices when dealing with toxic people know their limits. They know when to take a time out. They understand their emotions and realize they need to calm down before responding. They know when to seek help. Even highly successful people, who deal with toxic people regularly and are master neutralizers, are un-rooted now and then.

6) Become Thick Skinned
This is a something that could easily be argued. There are benefits to having a thin skinned personality type since they tend to be more aware of the feelings of others. Being thin skinned is a sensitive person with an antenna picking up on everything around them, but they are also targets for toxic people to play with. Growing a thicker skin is learning to be calm in the face of adversity. Thick skinned people know what criticism should be considered and what criticism needs to be discarded. They learn to not take things personally, especially cruelty from toxic people. It’s important to realize there is such a thing as being too thick skinned to the point of not being aware of what is going on around you. A healthy balance is the goal! Being able to become thick or thin when needed is ideal.

7) Ask Questions, Listen and Wait
This suggestion is an art form and the hardest to accomplish, but it’s a skill that will help you achieve master neutralizer status! If ever there is a gentle way to reverse the situation, it is strategically asking questions, so they bury themselves with their own words. Being in the spotlight is a toxic person’s weakness. Here you put truth and reason on the pedestal where you can call them out on their indiscretions. Remember, that feelings are often subjective and are easier to manipulate. Reason and truth are solid and not easy to bend to their advantage. Here is an example: You look bored, are you not interested in what is being said? Earlier you said you cared about the future of the company, are you saying it is not important to you? Actually, I said we need to cooperate on this subject matter, but I am open to your ideas. From what I understand, you selectively heard “I am open to your ideas”. Do you not value other people’s opinion or the benefits of cooperation? Do you find making decisions without consulting your team an honorable or wise action? ………..See the pattern? Instead of telling the behaviors you see, ask them! Their only options are: 1)learn they cannot get away with that type of behavior on your clock 2) make bad excuses for bad choices. Either way, you win. Just remember that just because a person does wrong by you it does not give you free reign to do wrong to them. Respect yourself and earn respect from others with honorable actions.

8) Fight Only When it is Right
Most situations are not worthy of your time when it comes dealing with a toxic person, but there are some situations where a person needs to be put in their place before they hurt others by spreading their chaos! Be aware of your primal brain fight response and do not dig in your heels for the sake of making your point. This puts you in the position to fight on their turf and you are likely to lose. Collect yourself. Read and respond to your emotions, then you can wisely choose the optimal course of action. As I said above, truth and reason are your greatest tools.

9) Focus on The End Goal
Think about the many times you have had an argument or disagreement with someone and in the moment your feelings of anger, frustration or maybe sadness felt all consuming. After a period of time, you can look back and laugh at those moments and realize they weren’t as big a deal as you thought at the time. When in a similar situation with a toxic person, remember this feeling because it will save you! A toxic person can take you on a long journey of emotional instability and when you finally come out of it, if you come out of it, you’re often left in shock thinking– how did I get here? Instead, take some time for yourself, even waiting 10 seconds to react can help your fight or flight response simmer into your conscious-reasoning mind. React knowing that these emotions are fleeting and you will not allow this toxic person to manipulate them. Give them nothing to manipulate.

10) Forgive but Do NOT Forget
Why not forgive and forget? You cannot learn from a situation if you forget it. Emotionally intelligent people understand that forgiveness is for your own benefit. Forgiveness does not excuse, deny or justify the act, but it does release you from the negativity in the aftermath that often leads to feelings of revenge and hate. These types of negative feelings change you and sometimes mutate you into a toxic person. Release yourself by letting go of the emotions attached to the bad situation you were in, but remember smart victims of toxic people understand that they need to take an assertive approach to protecting themselves in the future.

Other Things to Consider:
If you try a few of these suggestions below and they do not work as well as you had hoped the first time, offer yourself some understanding and stay with it. The brain is always evolving. You CAN teach yourself by re-wiring your brain to respond differently to people who used to get under your skin and stay there. As a highly sensitive person and former conflict avoider, learning to respond to toxic behavior with ease was no easy feat. The payoff, realizing your potential to create your own surroundings, is an immense gift.

9 Ways to Increase Your IQ by Growing Grey Matter in the BRAIN

Whether you are looking to increase your brain functioning or preserve your cognitive abilities, here are some activities to consider adding to your weekly routine to increase grey matter:

Change-Your-Brain

The Grey Matter of the Hippocampus part of the brain is best known for its association with learning skills and memory capabilities, but it is also known for its connection to self-awareness, compassion and introspection. Basic activities done regularly in only a few weeks of time can increase your IQ and help you to feel more psychologically and physically at peace.

The discovery of neuroplasticity, the brain can change and reorganize itself, is revolutionizing the treatment of stroke patients, chronic pain sufferers, those with neurological disorders and by helping to ward off cognitive decline due to age-related issues.

Whether you are looking to increase your brain functioning or preserve your cognitive abilities, here are some activities to consider adding to your weekly routine to increase grey matter:

1) Embrace the Idea that the Brain Can Grow – This might seem like a silly suggestion, but it needs to be said. Children and young adults have the ability to learn skills faster and this often keeps adults from attempting more difficult feats. You are capable of learning a new language or learning to play an instrument in your older age. You are capable of evolving your behavioral habits. It begins with changing your mindset.

2) Meditation – Studies have shown mediation, particularly compassion mediation, increases neural activity and grey matter thickness. Meditation also puts you in beneficial brainwave patterns – alpha, theta, delta – a myriad of benefits manifest including super creativity, idea generation, enhanced cognitive abilities and overall intellectual capacity for growth.

3) Play Brain Games – Puzzles and Memory Games like Sudoku or other brain games will activate the mind by forcing us in a focused conscious state. This is the best way to increase grey matter via games.

4) Play Video Games – A recent study at University of Rochester, U.S., confirmed a link between 1st person video games and expanded visual awareness in the real world – a building block for the IQ. The ability to take in visual cues with speed and accuracy is invaluable.

5) Cardiovascular Exercise – Cardiovascular fitness is associated with increased cognitive scores and increased verbal intelligence by 50% according to a study done in Sweden. In contrast, muscle exercise was only weakly associated with intelligence.

6) Proper Nutrition – Food feeds the brain and a lack of the right food & nutrition will lead to lower energy levels which in turn lowers brain activity and eventually mental disorders. Vitamins B12, B6 and folic acid is needed for cognitive development. DHA/EPA is required for normal brain health and a lack of can lead to depression. Vitamin C increases mental agility. Vitamin K increases cognitive functioning. Berries containing anthocyanins increase short term memory. Zinc plays an important role in spatial learning and memory.

7) Learn a New Skill – Learning a new skill strengthens connections within the brain and it has the ability to get your mind out of a long time rut. The difficulty of the task is in close to relation to how much the brain will activate.

8) Use Your Imagination – Using your imagination is the same as using your visionary skills. Manifesting something positive into your life requires a lot of brain activity. Constantly using your visionary skills contributes to increased creativity, increased problem solving and idea generation.

9) Relinquish a Bad Habit – Forcing yourself to change a habit, whether it is smoking cigarettes or holding on too tightly to grudges, will help the brain to break down strong negative neural connections while making room for healthy new connections that benefit your brain growth. Weakening unhealthy brain connections is just as important as forming new healthy ones.

The 3 Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself

To get what we want out of life, we need a high GPA, a college degree, a high level executive job, good reviews from our bosses, we need to marry a particular type of person and we need a whole lot of money. Right?!?!?

Hammered into our minds is the idea that “mean goals” are more important than our “end goals”. Most of us have been taught a roundabout way of achieving our goals. A means to an end. To get what we want out of life, we need a high GPA, a college degree, a high level executive job, good reviews from our bosses, we need to marry a particular type of person and we need a whole lot of money. Life goals have been planned for most of us since before we could legally have an alcoholic drink.

The sad truth of living life with means goals is very few people experience their end goals in their later years as planned. Many people live their lives working to live until the next paycheck. The 3 most important questions to ask yourself are to help you recognize your end goals so you can live them today or in the near future.

These questions do not require deep thought. Actually, you should answer these questions for yourself quickly, 90 seconds for each question, so your logical mind shuts down and your true self can speak. Use a timer if you need to, but write what comes to mind without thinking about time and money restrictions. Most all of your goals are achievable if you take this seriously. Blowing fire through your nostrils probably won’t happen, but I am not one to limit anyone’s end goals. To each their own.

The 3 most important questions to ask yourself are:

1) What Do You Want to Experience? – Where would you like to travel? What do you want to see? Do you want children? Do you want to be married? Do you want to be self-employed? What are the experiences you see other people doing that causes envy in you? What experiences in life always seem to come back around as if you were meant to do it?

2) How Do You Want to Grow? – Would you like to be a better leader to others or improve your self-leadership? Would you like to improve your listening skills? Would you like to learn to be more assertive or proactive? Would you like to get over your fear of speaking your true feelings? Would you like to focus on your spiritual growth?

3) What Do You Want to Contribute? – What would you like to contribute to humanity? Would you like to be an inventor? Would you like to be a musician or a vocalist who brings a personalized touch of beauty into the world? Would you like to pay for your sibling’s college loans? Would you like to grow a community garden? Would you like to be a philanthropist? Would you like to be writer who shares knowledge or poetic words? Would you like to be a light hearted comedian or a comedian who uses comedy to touch on serious issues otherwise not spoken of in serious conversations? Would you like to be a teacher? This list could go on forever.

I am not suggesting you quit your job tomorrow and live doing exactly how you want ASAP. Obviously, life does not work that way for most people. The majority of us are working to put food on the table for our children or provide a place to lay our heads at night. However, you can make time to do some of the things on your list. With some creative thinking, planning and support, hopefully you can achieve all your goals.

You might be telling yourself, “Ok lady, this was a fun activity and all, but how do I make these end goals happen?” Well, I have another exercise for you. It’s called a dreamline.

The Dreamline: 

– Look at your experiences, growth and contributions chart. Separate them into short term and long term goals. You are going to make at least 2 different charts. Here you will write down all your steps to achieve your goals. Write down what you will accomplish in a short term time frame such as 1 week, then continually keep up with your weekly to-do list.

– Make your long term goal list between 6 months to 1 year so that you understand your direction, but also close enough to reach. In my experience, goals that are long term such as 5-10 years down the line can often become a cause of frustration as our goal appears out of reach.

 

If you are like me, free time is somewhat scarce. Caring for a 3 year old and a 6 year old child, as a single mom, is hard work. Something that helped me to make time for my end goals is eliminating the things I do not need in my life.

Yes, it’s another exercise, but this one is equally as important as the others! I do this maybe 2x a year since I tend to accumulate busy work instead of efficient work, as we all do.

 

The Elimination Exercise: 

1) On a sheet a paper, separate it into two columns.

2) On one side, write down which 20% of sources are causing 80% of my problems and unhappiness?

3) On the other side, write down which 20% of sources are resulting in 80% of my desired outcomes and happiness?

4) After looking over your two columns, can you eliminate or simplify the items in your negative column? When looking at your positive column, do you see trends you can use to help you make time for your goals or help you to achieve your goals in any way?

Good luck on your personal journey and please leave a comment if you would like to share your goals! Actually, please share your end goals! You most likely will inspire someone else!

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt-

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” 

-Ralph Waldo Emerson-

“One does not accumulate but eliminate. It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.”

-Bruce Lee-

12 Natural Tips for Optimal Body and Mind (9 Require NO MONEY)

The health market is a BIG business and some companies prioritize money over your health. Why spend money on your health when you can achieve better results for free?

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The health market is a BIG business and some companies prioritize money over your health. Nutritional supplements, over-prescribed pharmaceutical drugs, fad diet groups, high-end personal trainers, books based on a small amount of information, multiple doctor visits – I could go on, but I think you get the point. I am not dismissing the benefits of spending SOME money to achieve greater health. Our health is important, but choosing between being healthy and paying your bills doesn’t have to be the case.

Below is a list of 12 ideas to optimize your health, and only 3 of them actually require spending any money (roughly $5 dollars).

1) Sleep

Catching ZZZ’s is first on the list, not because it is the most obvious, but it’s what most people take for granted. Sleep rejuvenates the body by assisting with energy supplies, coordination, muscle repair, skin health, immune system functioning and the balancing of hormones. We know the average person requires 7-9 hours of sleep a night and if you sleep 6 hours a night the average person will function with only 50% of their mental capabilities. With current statistics stating only 60% of people sleep over 7 hours at night on a regular basis, it’s amusing to imagine almost half the population moseying around half-awake. Well, I suppose this would make sense if you are a people watcher like me.

2) Breathing Exercises 

By exercising your lungs with the 4-7-8 breathing technique, you are teaching yourself to breathe in a quality way. The theory is by forcing certain breathing techniques on the voluntary nervous system, you can positively boost the involuntary nervous system. With shallow breathing, air can remain in the tissues of the lungs and become stale, keeping fresh oxygen from finding its way into the bloodstream affecting sleep, stress levels, anxiety, food cravings, mental alertness, energy levels and mood.

3) Drink Enough Water – When & How Counts 

Drinking enough water lowers your risk for certain types of cancers, helps to fight infections, helps get rid of bodily toxins by flushing them out, aids in skin health, helps to lose weight, prevents joint pain and arthritis and boost energy. How much water should you drink? Divide your weight by 2 – this is how many ounces of water you need to drink a day. For example, a 150lb. person requires 75 ounces a day at the very least for optimal body functioning. How and when you drink water make can further optimize your health. Drink 2-3 glasses of water before eating your first meal of the day for better digestion for the entire day. Drink 1 glass of water before each meal. Never drink cold water after having a meal – this will solidify the oils and slow digestion. Japanese and Chinese people drink hot tea with their food for good reason.

4) Neck Gravity Traction Exercise

The multiple times my mother told me to sit up straight or you will get a hump neck was for more reasons than just the physical change. The nerves in our neck, collarbones, between the ribs and through our core can become impinged, lessening their ability to relay signals between the brain and body. This can affect our energy levels, reaction times, speech, breathing capacity and circulation – which can lead to numerous health concerns over time. Inversion tables have become popular for alignment and decompressing the spine, but not everyone has the spare cash to buy one. There is a free equivalent that will help decompress the spine and correct the posture. All you need it a bed or table. The towel in the picture is optional. Lay down on your back with your head hanging off the end. You will need to adjust to your comfort levels, but try to hang off just enough where you feel the pull coming from the lower end of your spine. Do this every day for at least 5 minutes at a time.

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5) Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV is popular amongst the natural health community for weight loss assistance, killing bad bacteria in the body, lowering blood sugar for diabetics, assisting in heart health and helping to prevent cancer. Many of the claims made about ACV are not yet supported by science, but from personal experience this is an item everyone needs in their kitchen. Apple Cider Vinegar was one of the 2 ingredients used to heal my gallbladder naturally to avoid surgery to remove it after I was told by 3 doctors I will never be pain free until I remove my gallbladder. It’s been almost a year of being pain free, but that is not my only personal story with ACV. I randomly read on the internet that ACV can help with food poisoning. Of course, a few weeks later I went to dinner with some friends and we were fed some chicken completely pink in the middle. I guzzled some ACV as soon as I got home and I was the only one of us not sick for days or throwing up. Maybe I was lucky or maybe I have a super power in the form of anti-food poisoning ability, but I put my money on the ACV.

6) High Intensity Interval Training

HIIT is the #1 fitness trend in world according to American College of Sports worldwide survey. The reason for its popularity is due to its alternating high and low intervals that boost the metabolism for 48 hours after each workout. For a person looking to maintain their health, you only need to work out 2x a week in 15 minute intervals if you do High Intensity Interval Training.

7) Turn OFF Wi-Fi and Cellphone While Sleeping

The radiofrequency (RF) from wireless tablets, laptops and phones interrupt all 5 of our brain waves and it disrupts DNA repair. Three of our brain waves –alpha, theta, and delta – involve sleep and dreams. To add to the multiple benefits of good sleep listed in #1, some experts believe that dreaming is actually some kind of clearing-out process. More sleep researchers think that dreams serve the function of helping to reorganize and store psychological information taken in during the day. Want to learn why Radiofrequency (RF) radiation is currently classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as a Group 2B carcinogen? Read this: Can Wi-Fi and Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

8) Chia Seeds 

Chia seeds deliver a massive amount of nutrients in small servings. I suppose this is why the Mayans named this seed “Chia” which translates as “Strength”. They are high in antioxidants, fiber, protein, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and Omega 3(EPA/ALA). This inexpensive superfood is known to help with heart health, blood sugar levels and weight loss.

9) 24-hour Fasting

According to the website the Lean Look, occasional 24-hour fasts are remarkably beneficial because after you’ve fasted for about 18 hours your body releases human growth hormone, which allows the body to burn fat and maintain muscle. This means you have six hours of accelerated fat-burning. To add, the cleansing of the internal organs slows aging, regulates blood sugar, regulates digestion, eliminates waste, trains the body to burn fat and assists with food cravings. For those looking to make the most out of a fast, by eliminating a normal part of your routine for a day like eating, your brain could be forced into a more conscious state. I personally do my best problem solving and creative thinking while fasting. Tip: Add Apple Cider Vinegar to all the water you drink. Not only will it help your body by further cleansing the organs, the sour taste somehow helps with the hunger pains you will have in the first few fasts.

10) Make Healthy Meals in Bulk

One of the more common reasons people will choose an unhealthy meal is due to time constrictions. Our lives are busy! Dedicate one day a week to make healthy meals in large amounts, separate them into single portions or family sizes and then freeze them. This way you will have a quick, easy meal to make during the week when you know it’s hard to cook.

11) Dandelion Root Tea 

There is a long list of benefits associated with Dandelion Root Tea including reducing inflammation and lower high blood pressure, but it is mostly known as being a healthier replacement for coffee. Dandelion Root does not have the same instant affect as coffee, but this incredible liver cleanser assists with increasing natural energy production by clearing out the junk the body accumulates that makes us feel sluggish.

12) Review Your Top 5 

The previous suggestions are directly related to your bodily health. This suggestion is about your psychological health and how it can manifest into your bodily health through stress. A stressful lifestyle plays a large role in failing health. Reviewing your top 5 is crucial to achieving all your goals including your desire to achieve better health. Your top 5 are the people in your life you spend the most time with. Maybe you spend most your time with the same 3 people or the same 8 people. The amount is not the point, it is the message. For visual illustration, imagine you are a fish swimming in a stream with your family of other fish. When you are swimming with the current, all is pleasant with your family. Occasionally, you run across a little waterfall or current where you all collectively bite into a branch to sail the stream together making sure your fellow fishy family is safe and not pulled away by the obstacle. These little moments of team work and genuine care for one another makes it possible to continue to stay together when you float into the larger waterfalls quickly with little warning. In fact, sometimes you look back and wonder how you all made it out unscathed. Maybe it’s the love or maybe it’s the teamwork. Now, what if our fellow fishies were not this genuinely caring or supportive. Sometimes, the little currents might seem like large waterfalls if you all keep swimming over and into each other. After a few obstacles, you will learn that most currents you will ride alone and the waterfalls you will dread, but when you all are smooth sailing at least you will have someone to talk to again even if you secretly want to tear their fins off. In summary, keeping good company helps us to tackle all of life’s diversity with greater ease as well as propelling us forward to achieve greater feats than we could otherwise do alone.

“I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.” 

― Jon Katz

How To Find and Choose a Good Naturopathic Doctor

Not every doctor can be trusted with our well-being. With big pharma on the loose creating bodily mayhem, natural methods are slowly converting to the preferred method of wellness treatment. This is the reason for the naturopathic doctor’s rise in demand.

“Choosing a physician is like choosing a car, you need someone you can trust who will take you where you need to go.” 
(Judith Boice, N.D.)
Not every doctor can be trusted with our well-being. With big pharma on the loose creating bodily mayhem, natural methods are slowly converting to the preferred method of wellness treatment. This is the reason for the naturopathic doctor’s rise in demand.

In North American States without naturopathic licensing board, anyone may call herself or himself a “naturopathic doctor,” or use the initials “N.D.” after his or her name, because the term is not legally defined or regulated by the state.

Before making an appointment with an N.D., ask where he or she went to school. 

In North America, there are only 5 accredited naturopathic colleges.  There is also one college in Canada and one in British Columbia.  Physicians who have graduated from one of these schools have completed rigorous medical training, equivalent to that offered at conventional medical schools, with the addition of natural therapeutic modalities absent from most medical curricula.

Check with American Association of Naturopathic Physicians to find a trained naturopathic physician in an unlicensed state. 

To check if any schools have been added you can visit the AANMC website to check for any updates.

In licensed states, naturopathic physicians must pass a national board exam before they are licensed.  most naturopathic physician who have graduated from an accredited school pass national board exams and retain a license in a licensed state, even if they are practicing in a state that does not recognize naturopathic physicians.

Keep in mind that each licensed naturopathic physician is likely to empathize particular therapeutic approaches to his or her practice.   Always ask what therapeutic methods a particular practitioner uses (e.g. nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, physical medicine, hydrotherapy, etc.).

I know of one patient who went to a naturopathic physician for several months, always expecting  that the physician who prescribe some sort of homeopathic remedy.  Finally, this extremely patient patient asked the physician when he was going to prescribe a remedy.  “Oh,” said the physician, arching his eyebrow in surprise, “I don’t work with homeopathic remedies.  I suggest you contact Dr. So-n-so!”

General Guidelines of Choosing a Physician (Of Any Kind):

~ the physician listens well and encourages questions

~ the physician asked what you think is happening to your health

~ the physician takes time to explain things

~ the treatment plan includes lifestyle changes, not just pills

~ the physician outlines options and helps you make educated health-care choices

~ the physician educates patients during office visits and provides more information when its requested

~ the physician conducts physical exams

~ the physician orders appropriate lab tests in licensed states

~ the physician refers patients to other physicians for lab testing in unlicensed states