Category: Wellness

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Using Malas for Power and Presence

I like malas. There’s something powerful about wearing them- like they give off energy that encapsulates you, empowers you, and protects you. When I did yoga teacher training, we practiced abhyanga, the practice of self-massage with warm oils. I remember our instructor telling us that she felt like she was “putting on her armour against the world.” This is how I feel with malas. When I wear a mala, I feel like there is something more to me- that I am somehow connected and separate from everything around me.

The other day at work I was interviewed for a book. I was really nervous. I wanted to represent myself, my students, and my profession well. This is my “Year of Gratitude” and I wanted to embody my gratefulness for the opportunity to present myself and my students and not let my nerves overpower me. I chose to wear a mala that morning that had the intention of finding peace. During the interview, when I was talking, I held the stone in my hand. I think it’s become a nervous habit, but one I’m really proud to own (let’s not talk about nail biting!). As I held it, and thought of their deep questions about race and belonging, my mind settled. I was able to clearly and, with pause, find the right words to express my ideas. It was so surreal.

As I move through my “Year of Gratitude,” I want to be more mindful of setting intentions for my days and with my malas. I found that in those moments, when I’m nervous or have a big “thing” to do, touching the mala is almost a mini-meditation. That just by setting and verbalizing my intention or hope for that experience, I can reset myself to be clear and calm. How cool is that?

I wanted to share some of my favorite intentions that I’m hoping to channel in my “Year of Gratitude”

  • Do good and good will come to you.
  • You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
  • Important encounters are planned by souls long before the bodies see each other.
  • I am building myself.
  • Live the life you dreamt.
  • Be grateful. Every day. For every thing.

So when I want to be powerful, and present, and remember my intention, I will come back to that nervous touch of my mala. I will try to remember not to be nervous, and instead to channel my gratitude for this moment.

 

2016-06-09 17.28.03Kaitlin is a high school Government and English Language teacher in Boston, MA. She first found yoga in college and is now a registered yoga teacher. A huge foodie, Kaitlin and her husband are always exploring new restaurants or cooking (and drinking wine!) at home with their cat, Three. Read more on her website: www.kaitlinteaches.com

 

 

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Conscious Living Techniques to Overcome Fear

Recently we touched base with Jennifer Butler, a Transformation Coach who is dedicated to helping others create the life of their dreams. She combines life coaching, health coaching, personal training and conscious living techniques to work intensively with her clients to get clear on their goals, break through their fears, and create the life they desire.

Jenn is amazing at her work, and we were lucky enough to have her share some of her methods and rituals with us!  Keep reading to see what Jenns approach is to life, overcoming obstacles, and the importance of self care.

TD – What are your core values, and what do they mean to you?

JB – My core value is to live to my highest potential and be all that I have been created to be. Living by this value is extremely important to me and influences how I choose to show up in my own life on a daily basis. There will always be challenges to face, things will go wrong, I will get hurt, I will make mistakes, etc. etc., AND I can choose to show up with a heart that is open and leading with love. Every situation that comes my way is an opportunity for me to practice this, and in doing so I am able to grow to reach my potential and be all that I have been created to be.

TD – What are your top 3 conscious living techniques to overcome heartbreak?

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  1. Meditation
  2. Exercise/Movement
  3. Dedicated personal growth work

TD – How do you overcome fear in your life, and how do you help your clients overcome their fears?

JB – The way I overcome fear and teach others to do so as well is by making fear your friend. And this is another area where mindful living and practices such as meditation become essential. Over time, I have come to build a relationship with my fear where I acknowledge its presence and am willing to hear what it has to say. We spend some much time either avoiding fear or jumping straight through it, though what I feel is really necessary is taking the time to understand it. Fear is nothing more than a communication from our inner selves that we need to take notice of something. If I am feeling fearful, there is something within me that I must attend to. So, my process is that when I feel fear, I stop and take notice. I ask my fear what it intends for me to know or understand. I wait for the feedback it has to offer me and then I move toward that fear, using it as a guidance system to help me break through barriers or walls I have created within myself to stay small. It is sort of like a dance, working together to achieve something beautiful.

TD – What are your core intentions right now?

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  1. To surrender into the flow of life, going with the current instead of against it.
  2. To be open to opportunities as they present themselves in my life.
  3. To come from a space of love, rather than fear.
  4. To act with courage in my actions and relationships with people in my life.
  5. To always allow my intuition to be my guiding force, trusting it no matter where it takes me.

TD – What is your self-care routine?

JB – Self-care is at the top of my list! For me, self-care is about mindful living.

I wake up every morning to do a daily practice of meditation, prayer, conscious breathing, and stretching. To me, this is my very first act of self-love every morning. I connect to the deepest part of my soul and awaken my spirit.

Throughout the day I remind myself to take conscious breaths to connect with that deep part of my soul. I literally will take moments to tune inward and say hello to myself, to say mantras, or to breath so that I am aligned and connected.

I end my day with gratitude and prayer.

Self-care goes beyond my daily practices though. I make sleep a priority, making sure that I get the amount that my body needs to function at its best. I exercise daily and I eat in a conscious way, tuned into my body and its needs. I smile and laugh throughout my days and I make sure to give and receive lots of hugs!!

 

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Jennifer Butler is a writer and transformation coach, currently working as a community leader for DivorceForce. Beyond an extensive education, Jennifer also went through a life transformation as a result of her own divorce and has dedicated her work to supporting others. You can connect with Jennifer at JennJoyCoaching and on Instagram.

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How I got off the hamster wheel of endlessly busy

Being a mum is hard work, any mother will tell you that. There are always errands to run and things to organize. Making time for yourself can feel like the last thing you have time for.  The thing is, if we continually put off our own needs we can become stressed and burnt out. We can become stuck on a hamster wheel of striving and doing and lose touch with our own needs and desires.

When I say that making time for yourself is important, I talk from experience. I used to live my life from the neck up. I was so out of touch with myself. My focus was on everyone and everything external. My mind jumped from task to task. Life centred around my overflowing to-do list and responsibilities. I was so focused on what everyone needed and what I had to accomplish.

I ignored the nagging voice from within telling me to slow down and to make a change. I put off self-care in favour of the more “productive and sensible” daily tasks. I was being a selfless and exhausted martyr, which understandably lead to depression.

Looking back, it feels like my body was forcing me to stop and listen by mentally shutting down. I had no choice but to stop and realise that I wasn’t happy. I was behaving like superwoman yet felt like I never measured up.

I worked with a life coach and a counsellor as part of my recovery. Both encouraged me to acknowledge how I felt and accept it. I had been denying my inner voice and ignoring my feelings for so long that it took considerable effort on my part to start listening to myself again. This process of relearning has been transformative. Today, I try to ensure my inner voice and intuition a have chance to be heard.

Learning how to listen to your body and intuition can be difficult if you are in the practice of ignoring them. We often ignore our needs in favour of what is expected of us, or seems like the “right” thing to do. Re-learning how to listen to yourself is a process. As part of this process, you need to find ways to slow down your noisy and cluttered mind. By quietening and grounding myself, I could hear what my intuition and body was telling me.

I tried yoga and meditation and found that the movement of yoga really drew my focus inward. Quiet moments with a cup of tea and also proved to be a mindful and meditative activity for me. I struggle with traditional meditation and often find it hard to maintain my focus. I read about mala beads on a yoga blog and gave them a try. I really liked having the focus of the beads and mantra as they really help draw my focus inwards and slow the pace of my thoughts.

These days I like to consult that voice from within. Self-care, yoga and meditation are all ways that keep me in tune with my intuition and body. They keep the internal clutter in check so I can listen to when my body wants me to relax, or when my intuition is telling me to be brave and take a wild step into the unknown.

As a busy mum, this process allows me to take care of myself. I do not ignore my time off repeatedly anymore. I listen to when my body is telling me that I need something.

Ignoring how I felt did not help me get more done, it did not make amazing things happen. That total disconnection from my mind and body actually made me ill. I am able to maintain a much better mental health now because I focus on having a good mind-body connection now.

My mind also feels calmer and clearer. There are not as many to do’s and responsibilities rushing through my mind. If stress builds up, I can notice it and take the time to slow things down. This means that I usually approach life in a calmly and rationally rather than being rushed and frazzled. I can see when I am behaving like I am superhuman and remind myself that I am just one person and I can only do so much.

I also notice from this practice that I am aware of when I need to drop tasks from the to-do list. I have a bad habit to try and do everything all at once. By taking time to slow my thoughts and to really listen to my own inner guidance I can look at the things that aren’t really that important, the things I do for expectation’s sake or the tasks that aren’t that urgent. I can prioritize from a calm and clear headspace.

Learning to listen to my own inner guidance has been something I have had to learn. It takes practice and a lot of trial and error. Yoga and mala meditation has been such an integral part of this process. They have helped me draw my attention inward and slow my mind down. This slowing down has given me space to really work out what matters to me. It helps me work out how I want to show up in the world. The type of mum I want to be and importantly what I want and need from my life.

 

HeadshotLynne is a Scottish-born life coach and writer currently living in Southwest Norway with her husband and two children. She coaches torn, stressed, and overwhelmed women to work out what is really worthy of their time and energy so that they can live a life that feels free, relaxed and joyful.

 

Website: http://www.lynnemcleanbrown.com

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6 Tips for Opening your Third Eye

For centuries seers have been connecting to their divine intuition and wisdom by opening their Third Eye. It allows us to experience the subtle nuances between our world and the world of spirits, by helping us channel our intelligence and psychic powers.

The Third Eye is your 6th Chakra, the home of your intuition, and the window to your enlightenment. It is located in centre of the brain, and some argue there is a correlation between this, and the Great pyramids being in the centre of the physical planet, and because it is directly behind the eyes, it is activated by light. Due to its close proximity to the hypothalamus gland, it can also have an impact on your most basic primal needs of thirst, hunger, and sexual desire.

The Third Eye is really the core of all our spiritual work. For most of us, the reason we choose to meditate is to deepen our connection to our inner divine, connect with our soul, and tune into our intuition so we can make more informed choices. We must have a clear and open Third Eye in order to truly see the path laid out before us.

Here are our favorite ways to work on opening the Third Eye, so we can truly transform into the best versions of ourselves

  1. MEDITATE. We can’t stress this enough. Your meditation practice is the most integral connection to your Third Eye you have. Make sure you are fostering that growth with regular sessions.
  2. Step out of your comfort zone every single day.. Open your mind by being curious, and exploring new ideas and beliefs. A closed eye thrives on narrow minded beliefs.
  3. Eat whole, nutrient dense foods. Get all the antioxidants you can through superfoods like acai, blueberries, quinoa and coconut. Your body thrives off the energy provided by proper nourishment. The better you take care of the physical body, the more energy reserves there are for the spiritual body
  4. Use ginkgo biloba, rosemary, and passionflower. Plant these in your garden so you can make delicious herbal teas, and dry them to hang around your home.
  5. Use those crystals! Wear them in your mala, tuck them in your pockets, purse, car, pillow case… wherever you spend the most time. We recommend Lapis Lazuli and Labradorite.
  6. Don’t forget your mantra! “I am open”, “I trust myself” and “My intuition knows the way” are our favorites.

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Bad Yogi’s Secret to Ushering in the New Year

 Can I be honest with you about something? With 2018 right around the corner, I’m trying not to fall back on old habits. I’m pretty easily swept up in the obsession over making grand and mostly unattainable New Years Resolutions, but I’m not gonna do that this time. And honestly, I think anyone interested in improving themselves is bound to feel obliged to use the end of the year to evaluate where they’ve been and where they want to go, even before the official New Year.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make positive changes to your life, but usually the anxiety over finding just the “right” thing to change comes from a place of guilt rather than a place of empowerment.

So instead of vowing to make massively life changing resolutions this year, what if we all took a moment to give ourselves a high five for a job ALREADY well done?

In fact, I’m going to let you in a little secret ritual I implemented for myself last year that I plan on carrying over to every single year for the rest of my life. Before I make a list of goals or things I want to achieve in the coming months, I make a list of everything I’m proud of accomplishing in the year before.

I set a timer for 10 minutes and write down every single point of pride I can think of. Some things are small, others are huge, but writing each thing down brings my accomplishments to life. It drags them out of the closet and forces me to say, “WOW! LOOK WHAT I DID!” I know, I know— congratulating ourselves is hard to do, but we have to do it once in a while!

We don’t take enough time to truly reflect on growth we’ve made unless someone external points it out to us. It’s time for that to stop. Practicing true self love can mean pursuing growth and self development, but it also has to include praise and appreciation for your “wins” along the way, no matter how small. 

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The bottom line is no matter where we are in our journey, we’re already completely whole, worthy, beautiful, and badass versions of ourselves. So the next time you sit down to evaluate where you are and where you’re headed, take a moment to appreciate everything you’ve already done and give yourself some love.

 

Over to you! How are you going to show yourself some love as we get ready to close out this year? Did you accomplish anything big (or small!) in 2017 that you’re proud of?

badyogibioErin is the co-Founder of Bad Yogi and a voice of real yogis everywhere. She is also the creator of the Perfect Body Yoga Program, which is centered around the belief that the “perfect” body is simply the healthiest version of the body you already have. In her spare time she’s a wine drinker, cheese eater, and not-your-average yoga teacher. She may be a Bad Yogi, but if she’s being totally honest, teaching yoga has been one of her greatest pleasures. She practices to feed her teaching, but she teaches to feed her life.

website: http://www.badyogi.com

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The Holiday 2017 Guide to Gifting with Intention

 

It’s the time of year where party time tends to trump time spent on your mat! So…..  we came up with this holiday guide to help inspire your gift giving for the yoga lovers, wellness enthusiasts and meditators in your life. Here’s our favourite products to keep you and your loved ones focussed on your physical and spiritual health into the new year!

  1. Inner Fire

2G2A1838_2000xInner Fire creates beautiful, high quality, suuuuuper comfy lifestyle clothing that fosters connection and honours Mother Earth.  We basically live in these Flower of Life leggings and everyone we know has these on their Holiday wish list!

 

 

2. Tiny Devotions

We obviously looove our mala beads and Tiny Devotions  is the original creator of gemstone malas. They have stepped up their mala game this year with their Limitless Collection. The Limitless mala is the first interchangeable mala in the universe. We love that you can change up your intentions with your fave guru stones. There are hundreds of combos and Tiny Devotions is always adding new amplifiers to this growing collection.

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3. ToeSox

We love that the ToeSox intention is to create products that enhance and support natural movement! We rock our Sox during Barre and pilates classes, so this is perfect gift for your ballerina bestie or fit mama who is all about working her core on those reformers we love to hate.

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4. La Vie Boheme Yoga

Who doesn’t need (or want) a mat that’s both beautiful AND extra comfy.  La Vie Boheme Yoga has chosen every single piece of their collection to represent their love of beautiful prints, and colors as well as functionality and comfort for daily practice.  We are in hearts with the starry vibes of the Celestial Hot Towel Mat. One for a gift and one for me?

 

 

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5. Christine Russell of 889 and doTERRA

Christine Russell, founder of 889 Yoga Studio and a doTERRA Wellness Advocate can’t say enough good things about the doTERRA  Balance essential oil, and we are right there with her!
This warm and woodsy blend is perfect for grounding, calm and an overall sense of well being. It’s ideal for the oil junkies in your life who’ve always got their diffuser on! We will be slipping these into a bunch of stockings this year.

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6. Philosophie

Eating clean can be one of life’s biggest struggles (especially during the Holidays), but Philosophie by yoga superstar Sophie Jaffe  is providing us with food that makes life better!! Her Coconut Butters and Superfood Honeys make your avocado toast ooooh so much better. And don’t get us started on her Philosophie Powders …  your morning smoothie will never be the same! We are upping our dose of these healthy treats to balance out all those Holiday cookies. (Read: wine)Philosophie 3

 

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BONUS: For the Stocking
It’s high time yoKrisCarr-Collageu gave yourself (or your bestie!) a healthy dose of self-love with Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Love Notes.

This 52-card deck features gorgeous illustrations by artist Lori Portka that serve as gentle yet powerful reminders to help you care for and appreciate yourself at the deepest level.

 

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All about the Chakras

I’m having a chakra moment right now  I’ve always been interested in the Chakras, but never dedicated the time to reallllly dig deep and learn about them… About 6 months ago that changed when I hit a low point in my life that I just COULD NOT bounce back from. I was overwhelmed, broke, exhausted, anxious and lost, I could feel my grip on everything slipping. I called one of my closest friends, a true Lightworker, and over lots of tea (and maybe a little wine) she helped me face the darkness in my life, and opened my eyes to how integral the chakras are to our health.   Continue reading

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Is Gratitude a Habit, a Practice or a Value?

Do you think of gratitude as a habit, a practice or a value? I often speak about all three, each one having a place in our everyday lives. When we are focusing on how to be more grateful every day, it’s important to look at each one separately and figure out how to fit all of them together in the end. As you read this post, I invite you to take a look at your own habits, practices, and values. Then you can decide whether or not you are living in alignment with these on a daily basis.

Let’s start with habits.

Habits are the things we repeat every day, such as writing in a gratitude journal or choosing to wake up with gratitude. I share my favorite morning routines in this post which will be helpful when you’re looking to create new gratitude habits. My favorite morning gratitude habit is to simply say, ‘Thank you for this gift of another day and the opportunity to be of service to others and make a difference in the world.’ Which of your morning habits is currently serving you well? And which ones are not?

The old adage that it takes 21 days to create a habit is not always accurate. I’ve found that a new habit can be created in a matter of days, once you’ve made the decision to change. And it’s often much easier to create a new habit, rather than trying to get rid of an old one. For example, let’s say you have a habit of pressing snooze a few too many times and are often late for work. Create a new habit by choosing to wake up with gratitude, which could include changing the name of your alarm to ‘I am grateful’. That way when you see your alarm, it reminds you to be grateful. This will often make you smile and start to wake up, as you think of what you are grateful for this morning.

What about a gratitude practice?

Practices are when we use gratitude to help us in different situations. For example, we can practice gratitude while waiting in line, instead of being frustrated. Keep a list of simple things that you’re grateful for in your phone, such as clean drinking water and electricity. Instead of scrolling through your social media feeds, review your list of things you’re grateful for. That will quickly shift your mood!

We can also practice gratitude with others when we acknowledge and give thanks for those that make a difference in our lives. Sending out gratitude cards or Thank-You cards is a great way to do this. We live in a time where a physical piece of mail is very special. Taking a few moments, each week, to send out one or two cards of thanks is a very valuable and inexpensive gratitude practice.

For many of our Tiny Devotions tribe members, both yoga and meditation are also daily practices. You can incorporate gratitude into both of these easily. This post from the Chopra Center shares some excellent poses that inspire gratitude. I am also a fan of guided gratitude meditation and use my Insight Timer app daily. Which app do you use for meditation (if you do use one)? If you’d like to download a guided gratitude meditation, I’ve recorded a 10 minute one for you that you use to start your day.

How does gratitude fit into our values?

And lastly, as a value, it’s when we choose to live a life that is built on a foundation of gratitude. It’s when we choose gratitude first and often, as a way of relating to others and understanding our differences. As we learn how to be more grateful, we start to think of gratitude as one of our values. It may not be a core value for you, as it is for me; however I highly encourage you to include it in your top five core values. Our core values help us to make decisions and are expressed in how we show up in the world. We can choose to find a way to be grateful in any given situation, whether it’s full of joy or great sadness.

Which one of these is right for you?

In summary, there are many ways in which we can easily include gratitude in our everyday lives. What’s most important is that we choose to include gratitude from the moment we wake up in the morning, til we lay our heads down at the end of the day.  It doesn’t matter where you start. Make a decision to live a more grateful life and you’ll find that your habits, practices and values will evolve over time. When we live in alignment with our values we tend to have a better outlook on the world and find our groove much more easily.

Julie-128Julie Boyer’s mission in life is to inspire people to build their lives on a foundation of gratitude through her brand, Wake Up With Gratitude™. Julie’s first book, 30 Days of Gratitude, The Gratitude Program That Will Change Your Life, became an Amazon bestseller when it was released in May 2013. She is also the founder of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Program, a healthy, whole food detox that nourishes your body at the cellular level. Julie also loves to mentor and develop leaders through her mentorship program as well. A former triathlete, Julie has completed 3 full Ironman Distance triathlons. Julie lives in Ontario, Canada with her 6 year old daughter and husband Dan. She can be reached on her blogInstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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Using the Breath to Uplift Your Energy

The breath is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal for altering negative thought patterns and staying centered in the present moment. Simply taking a moment during the day to close your eyes and breathe deeply makes such a difference in terms of your mood, mindset and even your productivity levels.

There are endless yogic breathing techniques you can try to engage your parasympathetic nervous system and feel more peaceful within minutes. Breathing truly is one of the most effective methods for calming the mind and uplifting your mood, and the best part is that you can seamlessly incorporate these exercises into your day without disrupting your schedule.

To get you started, here are five tips for using the breath to uplift your energy and stay focused:

1. Add a mala to the mix. Using your mala beads during your breathing or meditation practice image3can add a grounding, calming method as it gives you a tangible object to hold onto as you find your zen. All the Tiny Devotions malas make for lovely meditation tools, but the Amethyst Om Mala is especially useful for opening and clearing the mind during your practice.

2. Keep the spine long and erect. While you can choose to lie down during your breathing practice, this often leads to accidental nap time! Instead, try sitting cross legged, propped up on a block or a pillow, with your spine erect, shoulders down and the crown of th
e head leading up towards the sky. This will ensure the energy is flowing freely throughout your body and lead to a more effective practice.

3. Set the mood. While you may be at the office or in a public washroom during your breathing practice, do your best to find or create a space that feels peaceful to you. If you’re at home, light candles and keep elements of nature nearby like crystals, plants or water fixtures. This will help to amplify the healing powers of the breath and really set the tone for your meditation practice.

4. Inhale slowly through the nose for four counts, hold the breath for four counts and exhale for four counts, then try counting each inhale and exhale up to ten. As you focus on counting your inhales and exhales, you’ll find your mind beginning to slow down and the relaxation response kicking in. If you give the mind an occupation other than worrying, fretting or making endless to-do lists, you’ll find yourself feeling more zen in no time.

5. Meditate on the breath. Think about the coolness of the air coming in through your nostrils and the warm air coming out to stay centred during your breathing practice. Or, imagine the breath coming in through the bottom of your feet and leaving through the top of your head as you exhale. You could also imagine the breath as bright, white light travelling through your entire system, cleansing the organs and tissues in your body and bringing peace to your entire being. Get creative and think of a few visualization techniques that work for you to support your practice.

How do you use the breath to uplift your energy? Let us know in the comments below!

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 10.59.47 AMBorn and raised in Toronto, Kenzie is a writer, blogger and yoga teacher. She loves all things beautiful, magical and free-spirited, and she’s passionate about seeking inspiration everywhere.

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Discovering Your Mantra

In ancient times, mantras were handed down by teachers or gurus. Nowadays many people can easily feel overwhelmed by trying to discover their personal mantra. We’re here to let you know that you have the ability to discover and create your own! You just have to know what you’re looking for.

The term “mantra” comes from two ancient Sanskrit words:

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Mantra directly translates to “instrument of thought” and is a powerful sound and/or set of vibrations. It is formed with a single word, sentence or phrase that you repeat to yourself during meditations to keep focused. We use them to keep the mind connected, our souls energized and our spirit aligned with our manifesting intentions. By regularly meditating with your mantra your mind connects positive intentions with actions, leaving no room for negativity.

Here are some tips on how to discover the perfect mantra for you right now:

    • Start by asking yourself the following important questions
    • What do I need from the universe?
    • What am I looking to create in my life?
    • Do any of the ancient sanskrit mantras have personal meaning or relevance to me, or am I more of a modern girl?

If you’re new to mantras, don’t pick something too complicated. It should be easy to repeat and remember.

You’re never limited to only one, not in a single day or ever! Discover what’s right for you as you experience life and grow in your unique way. 

To get started here are some of our fav mantras here on Team TD

Modern Day Mantras

  1. “I am loved
  2. “I am open to the abundance of the universe.”
  3. “Where I am right now is exactly where I need to be.”
  4. I am worthy
  5. “I am open to change

Traditional Sanskrit Mantras

Sanskrit is an ancient and sacred language that some linguists have described as the “perfect language”. The pronunciation evokes a unique vibration in the Universe, putting in motion whatever you’re looking to manifest.

  1. “OM”: The sound of the universe.

Pronounced ( Awe – oo – mmmm) when chanted it vibrates at 432 Hz which is the same frequencies found everywhere throughout nature! So by chanting “ommmmmm” we’re acknowledging and connecting with all living beings, nature and the universe itself!

   2.“Om Namah Shivaya”: “I honor the divinity within myself”

This is one of the most powerful ancient mantras, and it has been said, that regular practice of it will bring you closer to the divine nature within yourself

   3. “Lokah Samastah Sukinoh Bhavantu”:  “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”

Kindness is so gangster, why not wish happiness and love for all people? You may be surprised by how much wishing wellness and prosperity on others can bring back to you in turn.

So now that you have done your research, and discovered which mantra works for you, give it a try! Grab your mala or sacred jewelry, your favorite candle and get comfy. When you first begin to meditate with your mantra notice how you feel. Does it create positive physical sensations, emotions or a state of being? Do you feel empowered? Every soul vibrates at different frequencies so not every mantra will work for everyone. Be patient in finding what is right for you.

Meditating with mantras is a spiritual practice, and just like anything, time and dedication are key you your success. Whether you create your own unique mantra or feel inspired to use a traditional sanskrit one, make sure you take the time to sit, be still, travel within and confirm with the universe the intention you are looking to manifest

Do you meditate with a mantra? Where did you get yours?

Feel free to share your mantra experiences in the comments below.

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National Chocolate Day

One of the best days of the year has FINALLY rolled back around… National Chocolate Day is here!  My first instinct was to celebrate this glorious day with a mocha  and chocolate donut for breakfast, chocolate cake for lunch, chocolate ice cream for dinner and my body weight in Milk Chocolate Lindts for dessert.  However, for obvious reasons , I don’t think that’s really the best idea.

Still, determined to celebrate, I meandered my way into my kitchen this morning to see what goodies I could whip up using one of my all time favourite ingredients. I found my 24%, Dutch process cocoa powder, some brown sugar and my trusty coconut oil.  These three simple ingredients make the most perfect lip scrub you could ever need.  The brown sugar exfoliates, the coconut oil moisturizes, and the cocoa powder makes it smell (and taste) amazing. My lips are so silky soft now, and prepped for all the beautiful fall lipstick shades I’ve been itching to use ever since the first leaf fell off my tree last week.

LipScrubJust mix ½ cup of coconut oil with 2 cups of brown sugar and 3 tbsp of cocoa powder. If you’re feeling adventurous add a little peppermint essential oil or even some high quality vanilla extract!  That’s really all there is too it, and you can keep it in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Thoroughly satisfied with myself for finding the perfect way to celebrate International Chocolate Day without having to do endless burpies the next day, I went rummaging through my fridge for a snack.  Inspiration hit the second my eyes landed on the greek yogurt.  I often plaster it all over my face to help reduce fine lines, dissolve dead skin and tighten my pores. It also works great as a deep conditioner in my hair!  In my world, greek yogurt can do no wrong.    

I spooned some into a bowl, added a tbsp of honey, and a heaping tablespoon of cocoa powder, and proceeded to paint the delicious mixture all over my face.  Honey is amazingly moisturizing, and really amps up that glow we are always searching for. It also has a ton of antioxidants, which help slow the aging process. Cocoa powder is also packed with antioxidants, which help repair skin cells.I let my mask sit for 20 minutes, and gently wiped it off with a warm, damp cloth.  Followed up with my favorite moisturizer, and my face has never felt so refreshed!

All it took was six simple ingredients and 40 minutes (including a 15 minute yoga flow while my mask worked it’s magic) to a bright, tight and smooth face.  If you ask me, that is the best way to celebrate a day like today without overindulging!  Don’t get me wrong though, I still had a chocolate bar.

Chocolate Lip Scrub
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
2 Cups Brown Sugar
3 TBSP Cocoa Powder

Mix all ingredients together to form a paste.
Can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months

Chocolate Face Mask
1/4 cup Full Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
1 TBSP Honey
1 TBSP Cocoa Powder

Mix all ingredients together.
Paint on your face, and let sit for 15-20 minutes
Gently wipe off with a warm damp washcloth

 

 

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How Gratitude Helps Us Deal With Change

Back to school is a time of change for many families. Whether it’s our children going to school for the first time or becoming empty nesters, change is always a part of this time of the year. For many of us, it can also be a difficult time as we adjust from a carefree summer to the organization and scheduling that tends to rule our lives when our kids are in school. How could we use gratitude to help us deal with all of these changes?

Personally, I am super excited for the beginning of school. As a work from home parent, it’s not always easy to get much work done in the summer, so I find gratitude in the return to a regular routine. It’s not the same for everyone however and for many parents, the return to school can be a very emotional time.

How does gratitude help?

Let’s say you’re finding it difficult to say goodbye to summer. It feels like it’s gone by far too quickly and there wasn’t enough time to check off everything on your summer to-do list. A great place to start would be to review your summer in detail. Take a look at the camera roll on your phone and choose some of the highlights. Make a list of all of the fun things you did together! You can even take it one step further and print out a few photos to make a small album. Each photo provides an opportunity to give thanks for a new memory that was created. Keep your album in your purse or on your desk and when you’re feeling sad about the end of the summer, flip through the photos with gratitude.

Dealing with little ones going to school for the first time

Four years ago, I put my 3 year old daughter on the school bus for the first time. She insisted that she wanted to take the bus on her first day. I wasn’t so sure about it; however I wanted to allow her to be independent. It was a tough day for me, and I know there were tears. Using gratitude can help turn these difficult moments around for us.

Here are some of the things we can be grateful for on the first day of school:

  • A public education system. For most of us, our children can attend school at no extra cost to the parents as our public school systems are paid for by our taxes. In many developing countries, families have to find a way to pay tuition for school in order for their children to attend school at all.
  • School bus transportation. This is easy to take for granted since in most communities, there is busing available for students who live outside of walking distance to school. School buses are one of the safest ways for our children to arrive at school (16 times safer than travelling by car).
  • Teachers who are willing to teach our children. It’s true that not every teacher loves their job and that some teachers aren’t passionate about their work. However I would say that in my experience, the majority of teachers that I know are very passionate about their work and take their job very seriously. Even if you’re not happy with the teacher that your child has this year, thankfully they will be exposed to many other teachers and staff throughout their day. And sometimes that other teacher may make all of the difference in the world.
  • School supplies. This is a hot topic on social media. Should parents be buying school supplies or not? Let’s choose to avoid the controversy and be thankful that we have access to everything our kids could possibly ever need for school, at super low prices. Years ago I visited the Dominican Republic and on our trip we had the chance to pack backpacks full of school supplies for the kids from a nearby village. Giving those kids about $20 worth of school supplies was an incredible feeling because most of them would not have any if it wasn’t for the generosity of others.
  • A full lunch box. If you were able to fill your child’s lunch box this morning, give thanks. Again, we hear a lot of grumbling on social media about making school lunches. This summer I volunteered at the Food4Kids program to pack summer food packs. During the school year, there are 400 kids in my own community that don’t have enough food to eat on the weekends and also rely on school food programs for food all week.
  • New shoes and clothing. Back to school shopping can be expensive, especially for those with larger families or that have uniforms to buy. For most of, we can figure out how to pay for these items and send our kids to school well-dressed with shoes that fit. I just finished reading An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff. It’s the story of the relationship between Laura, a 35 year old sales executive, and Maurice, an 11 year old panhandler. When she shares his struggles about going to school in smelly, dirty clothes that don’t fit … it’s a great reminder of how blessed we are.

What are some things that you can be grateful for this month? How can you use these simple gratitude reminders to help you get through these times of change?

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Julie Boyer’s mission in life is to inspire people to build their lives on a foundation of gratitude through her brand, Wake Up With Gratitude™. Julie’s first book, 30 Days of Gratitude, The Gratitude Program That Will Change Your Life, became an Amazon bestseller when it was released in May 2013. She is also the founder of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Program, a healthy, whole food detox that nourishes your body at the cellular level. Julie also loves to mentor and develop leaders through her mentorship program as well. A former triathlete, Julie has completed 3 full Ironman Distance triathlons. Julie lives in Ontario, Canada with her 6 year old daughter and husband Dan. She can be reached on her blogInstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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Think Abundantly, Live Abundantly

When we think of abundance, we tend to see dollar signs dancing before our eyes. But holding an attitude of abundance means so much more than having money in the bank: we can be abundant in all areas of our lives from time, to love, to health.

How can we cultivate an attitude of abundance in our daily lives? Using your thoughts to gravitate towards feeling more abundant every day is one way to bring more good into your life. Although it’s not always easy to control your mind, the more you focus on it, the more it will begin to feel like second nature.

To get you started, here are three steps towards thinking and living abundantly:

Be conscious of your beliefs

What are your true, core beliefs about life? This may take some time to figure out, but we all have deep-seated thoughts and feelings about the way the world works and what is truly possible for us. Maybe your parents instilled in you a fear of being destitute, and you’ve carried this belief into adulthood. Whether you have negative beliefs about work, money, or relationships, take a moment to jot them down honestly in a journal without judgment. You may be surprised to find out what you really think about the world and yourself.

Affirm the positive

Once you have your beliefs out on the table, flip each belief on its head by pairing it up with a positive affirmation. Maybe you’ve always believed your dream of being a famous singer is impossible, or that you’ll never find your soul mate. Whatever it is, jot down a more positive, good-feeling belief next to it. Even if you don’t believe the positive affirmation yet, write it down anyway and commit it to memory.

Focus on feeling abundant

Now that you’ve established a better feeling thought for each of your negative beliefs, all you have to do is focus on the positive thought. Every time you feel a negative feeling creeping up, take a deep inhale and exhale it out completely through the mouth. Remember your positive affirmations, and try to bring a more abundant feeling into your awareness. Every time you feel small, shrunken, depleted or yucky, that’s your body telling you that you’re focusing on a negative belief and straying from the path of abundance. Use the way you feel as a compass, and your breath as a tool for ridding yourself of stuck emotions. Keep the inhales and exhales flowing freely and deeply, and you’re one step closer to bringing abundance into every area of your life.

How do you live abundantly each day? What tools, rituals and practices do you like to use to cultivate abundance in your life?

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 10.59.47 AMBorn and raised in Toronto, Kenzie is a writer, blogger and yoga teacher. She loves all things beautiful, magical and free-spirited, and she’s passionate about seeking inspiration everywhere. Kenzie also writes young adult novels, which you can find on Wattpad (http://my.w.tt/UiNb/lQr2X68ODF)

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The Power of the Full Moon: Four Essential Oils to help you Let Go

Every full moon we have the beautiful opportunity to release what no longer serves us! This can be in the form of releasing energy, limiting beliefs, fears, old habits and even relationships. When we engage in this process of letting go we can make room for new blessings and abundance in all forms.  Essential oils can both assist and enhance this practice when we choose an oil that has specific healing properties. All four oils can be used topically or aromatically depending on your preference.  Topically you may put a drop wherever you feel called to; Ideal places are the wrists, heart chakra and third eye chakra (forehead). Aromatically you can place a drop of oil on your diffuser mala or bracelet (so the scent is carried with you throughout the day) or in a diffuser.

Lemongrass:  Known as the oil of “cleansing” lemongrass is a powerful and effective cleanser of any energies that no longer aids in our expansion. When we use lemongrass on the full moon it helps us let go of old belief systems and any negative energy we may have accumulated from others or situations. We can also use lemongrass oil to cleanse the energy of any physical space such as a house or office. This can be done on its own through a diffuser or diffuser necklace and/or in combinaimage1tion with the burning of sage. Lemongrass is an uplifting and joyous citrus oil making it an ideal oil to help you tune in to what energies no longer match this vibration.  

Cypress: As the oil of “flow”, cypress is the perfect oil to release any stagnant energy or relationships on the full moon. Cypress helps to create energetic flow and emotional purification. When we use cypress during a full moon either a drop on our heart chakra or a drop on our diffuser mala we begin to let go of the past and move forward with the flow of life. A flow of joy and wellbeing always exists within the universe- it is up to us to decide if we want to flow with it or go against it. Cypress has a very invigorating and fresh aroma which leaves us feeling refreshed and reenergized after the full moon.

Frankincense: Widely known as the oil of “spiritual truth” Frankincense assists us in removing any low vibe or false components in our lives. This can mean letting go of toxic relationships, negative situations or an uninspiring job. This oil creates a spiritual opening within us to create new perspectives based on truth and light. You can anoint yourself with a drop of frankincense on your third eye chakra (forehead) or a diffuser bracelet. Frankincense is both grounding and protective, with an earthy aroma, making it a beautiful oil to include in your full moon ritual and beyond.

Thyme: Revered as the oil of “releasing and forgiving,” Thyme is a significant cleanser of the emotional body making it ideal for the full moon. This oil can help us to deal with feelings that have been stuck for some time as it goes deep within our soul to cleanse any unresolved issues. When we use thyme in our full moon ritual we begin to open our heart and experience forgiveness and love towards others and from this we are able to find peace. With its spicy and warm smell, it’s a comforting oil that is a great addition to any full moon ritual.

What are you ready to release this full moon to make space for ? Which oil do you resonate the most with? Start with that one!

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Jessica is a Canadian therapist, children’s yoga teacher, essential oil educator and mother of two. Her mission is to empower women to become the healers of their homes and take control of their healing with essential oils! Jessica leads an international team of over 700 women who share this mission. She and her oil girl gang teach classes around the world to teach people how to use essential oils to heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. Join her on Instagram (@lightandlotus) for daily inspiration!
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What Mindfulness Helps You Prevent

Losing Your Sense of Purpose

The more mindful you are, the more adept you will be at maintaining awareness of what’s most important to you. Keeping your attention and focus on the present moment helps prevent fear, doubt and worry from creeping into your psyche. Becoming consumed with periods of time that are not happening now (past + future) can be a destructive way of thinking because those thoughts are often worrisome, regretful or fearful in nature.

While It is instinctive and healthy to be inspired and motivated by the past or future, it’s helpful long-term to actively cultivate your capacity to redirect your attention to right now.

Living in each and every present moment encourages your connection with the fulfilling feeling of living a purposeful life. It allows you to tap into your full potential and all that you have to contribute, versus robbing your potential by having your attention elsewhere.

Depression (Including postpartum)

Similar in nature to losing your sense of purpose is experiencing depression. A quick route to depression is to constantly wish your life would have gone differently or that there’s no hope for the future.

Staying mindful will help you engineer habits that serve your overall positive self-feeling. Participating in activities (daily) that make you feel alive and empowered will serve as a motor away from depression and negative thoughts.

For instance, if you love running and you know it leaves you feeling good, then make it a point to run every day. The same idea could apply to anything that makes to feel alive; whether it’s painting, making time for family and friends or practicing photography.

Dysfunctional Relationships

Many dysfunctional relationships stem from an underlying sense of unfulfillment with one or both individuals involved. Going through traumatic events leads some individuals to “take out” their frustrations or trust issues on their significant other; when a more restorative route is to work on healing yourself before you look to someone else for that fulfillment.

If you have experienced a string of dysfunctional relationships in your life, it’s worth entertaining the idea that you need to invest more time looking inside for that fulfillment that you’re seeking, instead of searching for it outside of you.

Emotional Eating

There are a multitude of ways that people choose to mask pain, hurt or disappointment that they have experienced in their life. Some choose substances like drugs or alcohol, while others simply look to food. The problem is not eating in itself, rather it’s when eating is happening and the purpose is not to fuel the body properly.

Many emotional eating habits are brought on by a focus on negative thoughts. Staying present and mindful of the good in each second can prevent you from going down that path of thinking, which can alter or eliminate those destructive eating patterns.

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Life on Purpose

Do you ever have those days where you wake up in the morning, blink, and then all of the sudden it’s night time and you’re back in bed, tucked in and ready to turn out the light? Yeah, me too. In fact, I’ve had weeks—sometimes I swear even months—where autopilot takes over and I have a hard time remembering what I did the previous week, let alone what I ate for breakfast earlier that day. It’s hard to distinguish one period of time from another, and everything starts to blend together into one mediocre blob. Autopilot happens when we let habit take the wheel. Instead of actively participating in our lives, we let old ways of thinking and doing auto fill our days.

The best way to combat autopilot, or existing out-of-habit, is with intent. When we are mindful about who we want to attract, what we want to manifest and create, and we infuse purpose into even the smallest acts, we begin to live on purpose. And living on purpose feels so damn good. Don’t you agree?

When we are intentional about how we show up in our day-to-day lives, we can’t help but be present. Intention and presence invite big belly laughs, real connection, joy, a sense of purpose, bliss, creativity, mischief (in only the best way, of course), innovation, adventure, and so much more into our worlds. And living in the moment is where the magic happens, baby. There is nothing more precious than fully showing up—mind, body and spirit—for others. Our attention is the most precious gift with can give others, and for that matter, ourselves.

So, how do we set intentions to begin living on purpose? I always start by asking questions and getting curious about where I’ve been, where I am now, and where I want to go. Here is a list of questions I ask myself when I need to ground myself and refocus on living intentionally (try journaling!):

What am I grateful for? (Name 3 things…or more!)

Gratitude changes everything and helps to crush our feelings of scarcity, allowing us to appreciate what we already have and the incredible humans that we surround ourselves with.

What are my core values? (What I really believe in.)

Think of core values as your compass that keeps you moving in the direction of your own true north. Not sure how to figure out your CVs? Check out Rock Your Bliss’s 7 Weeks to Bliss Program to help you create your compass and get intentional about living.

In what areas of my life can I shift habit into ritual?

In the book Yoga Wisdom, a ritual is defined as: an action that we consciously choose to repeat with awareness and intentionality. Rituals create and hold meaning – they help us to appreciate and focus on the richest, most beautiful things in our lives.

What is working for me right now? What isn’t?

When we identify the things in our lives that aren’t adding value or bringing joy into our lives, it can give us insight that will help us to clear our space to make way for things that truly make us happy.

What are my goals? What is the vision for my life in X number of years?

Vision and goals are tools we can use to quantify what we are working towards in our lives. Helpful reminder: As we learn, grow, and evolve, allowing our vision and goals to do the same keeps them fun and exciting rather than restricting and feeling like ‘shoulds’.

What are my three intentions for the month? If looking at an entire month is a little overwhelming, try setting an intention for a week or even a day.

This is a little exercise I picked up on from the badass goal boss, Jacki Carr. If three intentions for the month seems daunting, break it down into smaller periods of time or focus on one or two intentions you would like to focus on.

Cheers to living more mindful, intentional, purposeful lives.

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Jenna is a yoga teacher, writer, and brand builder on a mission to fuel her life with purpose and to explore the world. She was raised in Minnesota but considers Colorado her home away from home. Currently, you can find her in Minneapolis, where she is creating the life she has always dreamed of.

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Focus On the Little Things and You’ll Accomplish the Big Things

Often we get caught up in big ideas and grand gestures to make an impact on someone or something, when in reality it’s the little things that make a difference. Whether we are talking about our daily habits, being of service, contributing to a larger task or trying to solve a global crisis, our smallest actions will always be the most meaningful.

We all know that our lives are built on our habits; the small, repeated actions that we do on a daily basis. We often forget that in order to accomplish most things in our lives, it’s always the little things that make the biggest difference.

Gratitude habits are built on small, seemingly insignificant actions. Compounded over time, these small habits eventually change our way of thinking and in fact do change our lives.
What are some of the ways that we can make a difference today by focusing on the little things?

1. Look for opportunities to be of service to others. There are times when helping someone else would only take a few moments of our time, yet we are so caught in being busy that we’ll brush them off and tell them we’ll help later. Later never actually comes, and often they are left doing the task alone.

2. Do it now. If you’ve got a small task in front of you, one that would take less than 5 minutes, do it now. For example, you’ve just seen an email come through and you know that replying would only take a moment, do it now and get it over with instead of letting your inbox fill up. Another great way to manage email is to only open it a few times per day and deal with all of it once. Still a small task, as long as you do it on a regular basis.

3. Take a few extra moments to hug your family and tell them you love them. Make a point to look them in the eye for a bit longer than you normally would. Spend just a little more time showing your affection. Every day we read about those who have lost loved ones unexpectedly. Don’t miss the moment to say I love you daily.

4. Make a small donation to your favorite charity or maybe support a different charity than you have before. Every little bit helps! You may think that your $5 isn’t going to make any difference but for a family in need, that could mean a day’s worth of meals.

5. Add one new gratitude habit today. My favorite is to wake up with gratitude. Or something as simple as giving thanks before a meal. You could also practice saying thank you when you walk up and down stairs.

6. Pray. Never underestimate the power of prayer. Prayer doesn’t take much time and it has a lot of power when done regularly throughout your day. I pray to give thanks to God as a part of my day, several times a day.

7. Pick it up. Often when we look at the mess or clutter around our homes, it seems overwhelming and too big of a task to handle. One little thing we can do it is to simply pick up things off the floor as we walk by them (just one thing at a time) and put it away in its proper place. If it doesn’t have a place, that’s a whole other task that may not fall into the category of little things. Choose to take a moment to schedule time for a proper clean up and sort, if needed.

8. Give it away. There are so many things we can give away for free: our smile, kind words, gratitude, love, friendship and praise. We can also give away one item that no longer serves us. Do this daily and it could be really beneficial to someone else. Again, it’s a little thing that over time would make a big difference in reducing clutter and helping others.

9. Make one extra call. If you’re in business, you likely have a list of clients or prospects to connect with daily or weekly. Today, make one extra call. That one extra call could be the one that makes a difference both for you and the client.

10. Remember to breathe. Stop for a moment, at least once or twice a day to breathe deeply and be present. It doesn’t take long and it will shift your energy immediately. Take a few extra moments for a short meditation or yoga session. Five minutes per day will make a difference, compounded over time.

Keep it simple and do only one of these today. If you can do more, great! Remember that in order to create the big things in our lives, we’ve got to focus on the small things every day.

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Julie Boyer’s mission in life is to inspire people to build their lives on a foundation of gratitude through her brand, Wake Up With Gratitude™. Julie’s first book, 30 Days of Gratitude, The Gratitude Program That Will Change Your Life, became an Amazon bestseller when it was released in May 2013. She is also the founder of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Program, a healthy, whole food detox that nourishes your body at the cellular level. Julie also loves to mentor and develop leaders through her mentorship program as well. A former triathlete, Julie has completed 3 full Ironman Distance triathlons. Julie lives in Ontario, Canada with her 6 year old daughter and husband Dan. She can be reached on her blogInstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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How you do one thing is how you do everything

This sentiment particularly holds true to how you speak to yourself. Our thoughts become our reality through the web of our feelings, emotions, and beliefs. It’s the same foundation for the saying “your vibe attracts your tribe.” If you’re constantly spouting hurtful comments about yourself to yourself, the rest of your life will not look much different; your confidence, relationships, career, bank account, etc.

So, how do you navigate life while not losing sight of the glorious perfection that is your spirit; who you truly are.

The answer is to stop criticizing yourself and shift the tone of your internal dialogue.

Before we dive in, I want to make it clear that when I say criticizing, I am not referring to making positive changes in your life i.e., swearing off soda, cigarettes, contact with your narcissistic ex-boyfriend, etc. I am talking about making those positive changes while speaking positively to yourself.

Pat yourself on the back, not on the back of the head.

Society teaches us that we must control ourselves in all capacities; our emotions, our bodies, our creations, our needs. We are critical of the things that we feel, the way we look, the expectations we don’t fulfill, the way our body functions, and the so-called mistakes we make. We categorize every aspect of our lives as good or bad, right or wrong. We pose, edit, and screenshot snippets of ourselves for social media to uphold an image of what we’ve been told is perfection. All the while, resisting and dismissing the inherent beauty of our imperfection; our bumps, bruises, and boldness.

We desperately need to stop criticizing your humanness and start believing in and existing in our other-worldliness.

Negative thoughts are habitual and addictive. They don’t feel good or nourish our soul, but somehow they’re easier than admitting we’re fabulous. They gain the most momentum in the morning, when we take the first post-sleep look at ourselves. You can set the stage for a day of manifestation, connection, and empowerment by simply saying, “You’re beautiful, capable, and alive.” Repeat the phrase three times while looking in the mirror. Feel anything that comes up – mistrust, disapproval, unworthiness, shame, discomfort. These originate from a state of fear and lack. They are normal and okay and a product of our human conditioning, but you’re choosing to alchemize a different reality (Can I get a Hell yeah!?!). The decision to exist in a state of yes, a state of I-am-worthy-of-greatness can begin immediately.

Instead of rolling in the muck of non-doing, pressing snooze three times, tiredness, or the pimple that decided to occupy your face the day of your big job interview, know that none of those “things” are who you are. They are just details in our stories — the ones we like to react to, dramatize and exist in, rather than feel the experience, see it with total clarity (its intentions and causes), and accept it with unconditional compassion.

Compassion comes in many different forms, but the one we tend to forget is compassion for ourselves. Practice speaking kindly to yourself – the same way you would speak to a child, offering love, encouragement, and affection. Incorporate a self-care ritual into your daily routine: exfoliate with a homemade coffee scrub in the morning, put a few pinches of maca in your morning brew, place a few drops of eucalyptus or lavender oil on your shower floor during your evening shower (I call this the lazy diffuser – works like a charm!). Compliment yourself and mean it. Tell yourself that you are gorgeous and necessary and that your light is an essential contribution to the brilliance of Universal Intelligence; our oneness and sameness with all other human beings. Say it out loud. Believe it, like you believe in the warm coffee between your hands.

The constant influx of thoughts is like a buffet. If you pass by a thought that serves you, that looks delicious and nourishing, throw that baby on your plate. When you come to the red jello with whipped topping … you know, the thoughts that poison you and the life you deserve to live, keep walking without a second glance. As with anything, the more you practice, the more efficient you become at effortlessly stepping over the heavy, toxic thoughts like a pebble in the road.

You can bask in the magic of your aliveness in every single moment.
You are worthy of unconditional love, abundance, and adoration.

Each moment and each thought has the capacity to be a tiny devotion to ourselves; our strength, beauty, and divine purpose, so that we may become the best possible version of ourselves … the person we are truly meant to be.

BIoimageShawn Rae is a mother, nonfiction word-weaver, poet, life coach, yoga guide, nontoxic living advocate, and compassionate earthling. She’s inspired by truth and believes wholeheartedly that all humans are worthy of love and wine. Connect with Shawn on her website, Instagram, or Facebo
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Blueberry Beauty Smoothie Bowl

Think about the amount of time and energy many of us devote to keeping our skin looking young and wrinkle-free. Could that time be better spent? Do we really need to spend $100 on the latest age-defying, wrinkle-reducing skin cream?

We sometimes forget that the food we eat, the ingredients that come from mother earth, has a tremendous impact on how we look from the outside. Nature is full of ingredients that can support our skin, hair and nails, and keep us looking young, naturally!

Today I’m showing you to make a magical smoothie bowl that is packed with beautifying ingredients. This smoothie bowl not only tastes incredible, but it will fill your body with nutrients, nourish your cells and make your skin glow.

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Here’s a quick look at our beautifying ingredients:

Spinach. We all know that dark leafy greens are an integral part of a healthy diet, but do we know why? Spinach, and dark leafy greens in general, are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and antioxidants. Spinach also contains high levels of lutein which helps keep your eyes healthy and give them that little sparkle!

Blueberries. Blueberries are one of the highest sources of antioxidants on the planet, which helps protect against premature aging. They’re also high in fiber which helps to keep you fuller for longer.

Mesquite Powder. You might recognize this from labels on dressing and marinades, but this superfood powder not only has a sweet, nutty flavor, but it’s also high in protein, fiber and B vitamins which helps support our metabolism and skin.

Ashwagandha Powder: While not directly helping your beauty routine, ashwagandha powder has been shown to help regulate hormones and stress levels. So for all those times where you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed? You’re probably doing a lot frowning, rubbing your forehead and not eating properly, which all contribute to those fine lines and wrinkles we so desperately try to avoid.

Maqui Powder: These rich, dark purple berries have been found to contain more antioxidants than any discovered food on earth, which means they’re superstars at protecting our cells from oxidative stress, and supporting healthy aging and immune function. They’ve also been shown to support healthy cardiovascular function and regulate blood sugar levels.

And the natural beauty of smoothie bowls? They make an ultra filling, super hydrating meal that will keep you fueled all day long!

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Blueberry Beauty Smoothie Bowl
Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 cup spinach
1 cup frozen cauliflower
½ cup frozen blueberries
1 scoop vegan protein powder (optional)
½ teaspoon mesquite powder
½ teaspoon ashwagandha powder
½ teaspoon maqui powder (or acai)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ – ½ cup non-dairy milk (or coconut water)
Toppings: kiwi, blueberries, sliced almonds and bee pollen

Instructions:

  1. Add everything into a blender in the order listed. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, smooth with a back of a spoon and add your toppings.
  3. Enjoy!

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Auspicious Encounters

I am in love with people I have not yet encountered and cities I have yet to explore. I am a wanderlust-er down to the bone. And as much as I’m drawn to the other-worldly beauty of mountain ranges, jagged cliffs that tower over the oceans, or cities bursting with art and architecture spanning back centuries, it’s the people that fuel my travels all around the world.

I do not believe in coincidences; I believe that we do not mean anyone by accident. We are meant to cross paths with exactly everyone that we do—no ifs ands or buts. And with my entire being, I believe that everyone we encounter can teach of something if we are open and willing to listen. I can honestly say that every person I have met – that I have gotten to know beyond a simple hello – has contributed to who I am in this very moment in some way, shape, or form.

Reflecting on all the people I’ve gotten to know over the past several years of travels, and throughout my entire life, I can pick out something very specific each person has taught me—whether they were aware of it or not. Some of these things are simple and seemingly small, like how to be a good roommate, how to plunge a toilet, or to smile at strangers when I walk down the street. Other things have been more significant like how to unconditionally love someone else—or myself, for that matter.

There have been people who inspired me to be a better person, and there are people who have shed light on how I don’t want to be. There are individuals who have made small (yet impactful) marks on my life, and there are people who have shaken my shit up. These movers and shakers have forever altered the future I’ve always envisioned for myself and they have transformed the way I fit into this world. A quote by one of my favorite writers perfectly sums all of this up:

“You are going to come across people in your life who will inspire you, love you and change you, and that is a rare thing, but every once in awhile you will come across someone who will completely rob you from your sleep and those are the people who are just too beautiful to put into words.” – R.M. Drake

So, here’s to all the people who have inspired us, loved us and changed us; here’s to being fortunate enough to have had a few of those rare humans who have robbed us of our sleep. And here’s to all those extraordinary humans that have yet to cross our paths. Cheers.

Never stop exploring, TD tribe. Stay curious.

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Jenna is a yoga teacher, writer, and brand builder on a mission to fuel her life with purpose and to explore the world. She was raised in Minnesota but considers Colorado her home away from home. Currently, you can find her in Minneapolis, where she is creating the life she has always dreamed of.

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5 Questions We Asked for #InternationalYogaDay

At Tiny Devotions we’re all about mind, body and soul. We know that yoga plays a huge role for us in maintaining our wellbeing and health. We’re so excited to celebrate #internationalyogaday with you by opening the discussion with some of favourite yogis.

What yoga pose do you do daily? And why?

[Koya Webb] I do pigeon pose daily when I wake up or before bed because it releases emotions, opens my hips and stretches my hamstrings.

[Sophie Jaffe] Every single day I go upside down. It may just be one handstand in the middle of a chaotic afternoon, it may be shoulderstand before bed or it may be a series of headstands and inversions. Going upside down refreshes my perspective, gives me a burst of energy and allows me to get out of my head and into the moment.

[Alexzandra Peters] I have 5 wonderful go-to yoga poses that I do every day and those poses are standing backbend, standing side bend (both sides), forward fold, frog pose, and upward facing dog holding all for 7 breaths or more. I usually do them all first thing in the morning right when I wake up because I love to begin morning with a refreshing start by energizing my spine and entire body.  These five pose not only energize you but they help you release old energy from the day prior and bring new space, openness, happiness and lightness into your entire being.

How do you meditate? (Sitting, app, mala beads, other, etc.)

[Koya Webb] I sit on a meditation cushion and light a candle.

[Sophie Jaffe] I use yogawakeup app (where I have some yoga wakeups recorded!), I use other meditation apps and I also meditate lying down by focusing on my breath.

[Alexzandra Peters] My favorite way to meditate is in a low-lit room, postured on my meditation bench using my Tiny Devotion mala necklace or mala rings.

What has been your most profound moment on the mat?

[Koya Webb] Healing my back and knee injury with yoga and meditation

[Sophie Jaffe] I’ve had many profound moments. Yoga has been my stability throughout the past 15 years. It’s been there for me through some incredibly trying times and has helped me to work inward to fix outward problems. Being pregnant on my yoga mat and facing my new body, a human life inside, experiencing yoga in a whole new way, was probably one of the most profound moments of my life.

[Alexzandra Peters] My most profound moment on my mat was the first time that I felt what letting go feels like. Letting go emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

What is the greatest life challenge yoga has helped you overcome?

[Koya Webb] Yoga helped me realize that I don’t need a gold metal to make a difference in the world

[Sophie Jaffe] Yoga helped me get through a very abusive and toxic relationship with my first boyfriend of 5 years. I found yoga right around when we were ending our relationship. I sobbed tears of fear, tears of enlightenment, tears of strength and epiphany in that time. Yoga was my friend and my mirror during that time, and always.

[Alexzandra Peters] Yoga has helped me overcome the challenge of self-acceptance and fully loving Myself just the way I am, just as I am – flaws and all.

What is the most important wisdom your mentor, teacher or Guru has passed on to you?

[Koya Webb] Chase your wildest dreams

[Alexzandra Peters] A wise teacher of mine was speaking to me about personal growth and this one sentence has been written on my heart even since. “You have to let go, so you can grow.”

 

 

 

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Why Is Gratitude So Important in Personal Growth?

There are so many ways for us to invest in our personal growth these days. Why is gratitude important in personal growth? As someone who has invested tens of thousands of dollars in the past decade in personal growth, I’d love to share my personal perspective with you.

Why Personal Growth?

Let’s start here. What are the benefits of investing in our personal growth? One of my favorite mentors is Jim Rohn, and he explains it with this quote, ‘The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become.’ We all have goals and dreams and without an investment in our personal growth, these goals and dreams will always remain just out of our reach. In order to achieve success, we have to become a successful person. Personal growth is the best path to get us there.

How Do We Invest in Our Personal Growth?

The options are truly unlimited when it comes to investing in personal growth. This can be a challenge if we don’t know where to start. Here are few ideas that are free or cost almost nothing (except your time):

  1. Start at your local library. You can borrow books, audiobooks, eBooks for free and begin your journey. I recommend starting with some of the classics, such as Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill or The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell.
  2. Podcasts. Another amazing free option that has thousands and thousands of choices. We are very blessed to live in a time when successful people are open and willing to share their journey with us (for free!). One of my favorites right now is the Tim Ferriss Show, since Ferriss ‘deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas’. There is so much to learn from these interviews!
  3. Reach out to a local mentor. For example, you want to have a successful yoga studio? Connect with the owner of your local studio and offer to take them out for lunch. Ask them your questions and then listen carefully to their answers. Take good notes and use them to start your own plan. Create a relationship focused on collaboration, rather than competition.
  4. YouTube videos. There is a lot of great content on YouTube and it can be difficult know where to start. I recommend starting with Marie Forleo, whether you are an entrepreneur or not, she has amazing interviews and Q&A Tuesday.

Where Does Gratitude Fit In?

First, I’d start with gratitude that we live in an age where we can take the time to invest in personal development. Not too long ago in our human history, this kind of behavior would not be possible. There wasn’t the time or the disposable income to invest in this way.

Next, focus on gratitude for the abundance of options to choose from, many that are free or cost very little. It may seem overwhelming to have so many choices however this also means that we can be more specific in the kind of learning we’d like to do.

And finally, let’s express gratitude for all of the mentors and successful people that have come before us. More specifically, we are grateful for those who are willing to share their knowledge with us so that we can all learn. We have grown and evolved as a society partly because there is more and more free sharing of information. Instead of the old adage every woman for herself, there’s a global shift going on. Together, we are more powerful than the sum each part.

What are you going to do today to invest in your personal development? And how will you express your gratitude at the same time?

JJulie-128ulie Boyer’s mission in life is to inspire people to build their lives on a foundation of gratitude throug
h her brand, Wake Up With Gratitude™. Julie’s first book, 30 Days of Gratitude, The Gratitude Program That Will Change Your Life, became an Amazon bestseller when it was released in May 2013. She is also the founder of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Program, a healthy, whole
food detox that nourishes your body at the cellular level. Julie also loves to mentor and develop leaders through her mentorship program as well. A former triathlete, Julie has completed 3 full Ironman Distance triathlons. Julie lives in Ontario, Canada with her 6 year old daughter and husband Dan. She can be reached on her blogInstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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FULL MOON IN SAGITTARIUS

A remarkable full moon is coming up on June 9th, exactly at 9:10 am EDT.

It occurs on the same day, within the same hour, of the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter, turning stationary direct.

We can expect a significant energetic shift activated by this full moon in truth-seeking and adventurous Sagittarius.

The key themes are truth, expansion, and collaboration.

Here’s how we can work in alignment with the energies of this full moon:

    1. Connect with your purpose and big “why”. Once your highest vision is made crystal clear in your mind during this full moon, make sure that what you feel in your body feels good in your heart as you envision it. If there is no emotion or no connection sensed, seek a new image in your inner eye until you receive the aligned vision AND the sensation of what you are here to create and experience. It will feel exciting, expansive, delicious or light (e.g. like a relief) in your body. Then, tune into this expansive feeling for a few moments, breathe it all in, and allow all levels of your being to experience this as a new reality.
    2. Increase your reach. It’s a fantastic week to reach 3 times further and to connect with like-hearted communities and exciting collaborators. For example, share your blog or video in 3 new groups, or engage with 3 influencers that you appreciate. The energy of this full moon and stationary Jupiter can help you amplify your inspiring message many times.
    3. Spruce up your sacred space or your 2017 vision board (we are exactly halfway through the year now – yay!) or look for one new inspired visual that holds the vibration or intention of what you are looking to create this year in a bigger way. It can also be a new crystal or a sacred item that carries high-vibrational energy for you. Let it help you connect with the energy of expansion and self-belief on this highly-activating full moon.
    4. Embrace a new community. This full moon has the power of bringing communities, destined partners, and allies who share a common purpose together, even if they come from diverse paths. With Venus and Mars in a harmonious aspect, and Jupiter stationary in social and partner-oriented Libra, we are invited to expand our beliefs around the meaning and value of teamwork, contribution, and commitment in partnerships. To choose to work together even when we are not ready to fully trust or surrender to the unknown. There is a mystical quality to trusting our team, partner, and universe during this time, becoming acutely aware of that one excuse that can divert us from the path and still take a big leap forward (Jupiter quincunx Neptune).
    5. Release, release to feel lighter on this full moon. Remember to do some releasing work. The full moon is exact at 9:10 am EDT (Eastern Time Zone) on June 9th, however, there will also be a very helpful alignment in the evening hours to help you tune in to the energy of emotional freedom and release what’s holding you back (the Moon aligns with the highly-potent Galactic Centre and Saturn as it approaches a trine with liberating Uranus exactly 12 hours later). The “when” and the “how” of the releasing ritual are not as critical. It is your intention to release that is most important (i.e. all energies, thoughts, emotions that no longer support your joyous expansion).

JOIN US LIVE ON OUR TINY DEVOTIONS FACEBOOK PAGE, FRIDAY, JUNE 9TH AT 12 PM EDT WITH MILADA SAKIC WITH MORE ASTRO INSIGHTS ON THIS FULL MOON’S ENERGIES.

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Milada is teaching Astrology for Business, Holistic Wellness with Essential Oils, as well as the soul-level healing modality, Akashic Records – The Soul Journeys® Akashic Records Certification Program. Her Karmic Astrology 101 online group course is coming up on June 20th. www.miladasakic.com

 

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How to Cultivate Meaningful Friendships

True friendship takes a lot of work, despite the effort and dedication, your relationships with your best friends are some of the most important connections you’ll ever have. June 8th is National Best Friends Day and what better way to mark the occasion that ensuring you and your besties continue to connect on a deep and meaningful level! Here are 8 lessons to cultivating meaningful friendships.

          1. Pencil them in: In Bronnie Ware’s best selling book “The Top 5 regrets of the Dying”, she states that the fourth biggest regret that people have on their deathbeds is “I wish I would have spent more time with my friends.” Spending quality time with your best friends, no matter how busy you get is important to ensure a life of deep meaning and happiness. Even if you can only see your friends once a month make sure to carve out in person time for them and make it a top priority. That means no last minute bailing, rescheduling or postponing if you can.
        1. Stay in touch: This might seem like an easy one, but simply “liking” a friend’s status or commenting on Instagram is not the same thing as checking in on your friends and what’s happening in their lives. Get in touch the old fashioned way – by talking. Call them on the phone or send a letter every once and awhile to stay connected.
        1. Be grateful: True friends are hard to come by and having someone spend their time on you, especially as responsibilities start to add up is a blessing. Make sure you acknowledge that. Practice gratitude for your friends and express it! It can be as big as helping with a move, a gift, or as simple as a “hey friend, you mean the world to me” text message.
        1. Be an Active Listener: Think back to the last time you were upset, wouldn’t it have been nice to have someone just listen- advice free? When your friends are upset listen to everything they have to say before speaking, ask questions, and if you really want to offer some advice, ask first if they’re open to receiving it and if they’re not- drop it and listen advice free.
        1. Forgive and be kind: Practise forgiveness when your friends falter, give forgiveness to yourself when you do the same and be mindful about your friend’s intentions when they let you down. Remember that no person is perfect and we all have bad days and try our best. Let go of grudges and treat your friends with the kindness you’d wish to receive from them.
        1. Set loving boundaries and own up to your stuff: In order to have a healthy relationships with your pals it’s important that you set loving, honest boundaries. If your friends hurt your feelings or treat you in a way that bothers you, you need to gently tell them how they’ve made you feel and request they not do it again. Remember boundaries are there to ensure everyone feels understood and respected. A good friend will respect your boundaries once you express them. That being said, be respectful of your friends’ boundaries as well when they lay them out.
        1. Your vibe attracts your tribe: Making sure that you practice healthy habits mind body and soul will attract like minded individuals and inspire your friends to take care of themselves too. Take care of yourself and you’ll inspire others to do the same.
      1. Celebrate your friends: Host a girls only night, buy each other flowers, make a big deal of Birthdays and Anniversaries, take a class together, go on a trip, and encourage each other to share victories and wins. Make time to laugh, and celebrate this miraculous thing we call life together!

Lauren Schell is a writer, producer and believer in miracles and magic. Dedicated to cultivating deep meaning & purpose, she hopes to inspire others to tune into their inner guidance and practice self-care in all areas of live. Her passions include yoga, meditation, paddleboarding, painting and spending time with her Love.

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Creativity Without Fear

Ever since I can remember, I’ve enjoyed the act—the art—of making things. I’ve always considered creativity as a way of incorporating myself into everything that I do or create. From chalk murals on the driveway, to charcoal masterpieces in 5th grade art, to scrapbooking, drawing, and writing. Even before I could put into words what being able to express my creativity does for me, I knew that when I grew older that it would play an important role in my life.

Now, creativity and the art of making things show up in every area of my life. They have become a part of who I am. From my big girl job, to my side hustle of teaching yoga, to writing—everything I do, every conversation I have, I’m being creative.

My life-long dance with creativity hasn’t always been a smooth one, though; I’ve hit a lot of speed bumps and come face-to-face with countless roadblocks along the way. It took me years to even consider the idea of calling myself creative, rather than just someone who creates, and I still struggle with owning it some days. I don’t get paid to write, take photos, or draw, so who am I to call myself a writer, photographer, or artist? And if I don’t get paid, surely that means I’m not talented enough, right? I always think, how dare I? But that, of course, is just my fear trying to keep me small and inside my comfort zone where I know I won’t get hurt. When someone doesn’t recognize the value in my offering, it cuts deep because I’ve put some of myself into what I create. It feels personal, like they’re rejecting a part of who I am.

My creative offerings, they’re not for everyone. That’s something that I’ve realized after years of creating, often after tears or anxiety levels that shot straight through the ceiling. But just because someone doesn’t find meaning in or a connection to what I say or what I’ve created, that doesn’t take away from its intrinsic value. It’s still art. It’s still a beautiful act of creativity.

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Creativity Mala by Tiny Devotions

For anyone who is struggling with owning and fully stepping into his or her creativity, this is what I have to say to you:

Putting your heart and soul out into the world whether it’s a podcast, a book, a caption on an Instagram photo or a blog post, it can be just plain scary. When you hit publish or put the final brush stroke on your masterpiece you’re saying, Hey, world. See me. Hear me. It’s an act of vulnerability, of sharing yourself with others in hopes of making connections in some way, shape, or form. But when you practice vulnerability, you are inherently being brave. So. Damn. Brave. Without courage, there is no creativity. Your fear will try to trick you into thinking it’s not good enough, that you’re not good enough. Don’t listen to that voice—it’s wrong. There will be people who hate what you say, who don’t consider your work art, or who will try to tell you that you are not who you think you are—but they’re wrong too. If you write, you’re a writer. If you draw or paint, you’re an artist. If you take photos, you’re a photographer. Being good or getting paid are not prerequisites to being creative, all you need to do is create. That’s it.

Don’t be afraid to make things and share them with others. The world needs more of you and your creative expression in it, I mean it.

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Jenna is a yoga teacher, writer, and brand builder on a mission to fuel her life withurpose and to explore the world. She was raised in Minnesota but considers Colorado her home away from home. Currently, you can find her in Minneapolis, where she is creating the life she has always dreamed of.

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Chocolate Glazed Almond Donut Holes

There are sweet pleasures in life that we must hold onto, enjoy, and never waste. Donuts, for many, are one of those pleasures and while I love the occasional doughy treat, creating healthier alternatives is what I am all about. These “donut holes” are my spin on the traditional donut. Soft in the center with a chocolate glaze, they mimic the shape and flavor of that donut hole you love so dearly. Imagine these with a cinnamon sugar coating, or even with a jelly filling! There are endless ways to jazz these up so I invite you to get creative in your kitchen. You may even be able to trick your husbands into reaching for these instead of their traditional sweet treats, I know I did!

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Chocolate Glazed Almond Donut Holes

Almost Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free
Recipe by Humble Wild Flower

Dough

½ cup Dates – soaked for 2-3 hours in warm water
2 tbsp. Date Water
½ cup Almond Flour
½ cup Almonds – soaked for 2-3 hours in warm water

 Chocolate Glaze

4 tbsp. Coconut Oil
3 tbsp. Cocao or Cocoa Powder
½ tbsp. Maple Syrup (or Honey if not vegan)

 In 2 medium bowls, I like to use glass, soak dates and almonds separately with warm water. Tap water is perfect! Soak for a minimum of 2 hours. If soaking overnight is easier, go for it, but you may need to adjust the amount of date water you use.

Once soaked, strain dates, keeping the date water.
Strain the almonds, discarding the water and give them a quick rinse.

In a food processor or good quality blender, add the soaked almonds and blend until they are broken down thoroughly.

Once the almonds are broken down, add the dates and 1 tbsp. of date water.

Mix until well combined. The texture should be sticky but not watery.

If you are having troubles getting everything well combined, add the second tbsp. of date water. See above photos for an example of the texture.

Add the almond flour into a medium bowl and add the date/almond mixture into the almond pulp.

Mix until well combined and a soft ball has formed.

Roll into small balls, the size you would like your donut holes to be and place in the fridge for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, in a pot, melt coconut oil and add in your cocao powder and maple syrup and stir until smooth.

After 20 minutes, roll the balls in the chocolate glaze, set on a piece of parchment paper and cool for 30 minutes.

Remove from fridge and enjoy!

SERVICESJasmine is a holistic nutritionist, wellness advocate, and lover of nature residing in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is passionate about developing recipes that nourish the body and the soul but that never sacrifice flavour.

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How to Use Affirmations to Raise Your Vibration

One of the fastest ways to breathe new and miraculous energy into your life is to use the power of affirmations. They truly work wonders and can radically lift you up from having issues with worthiness, fear or limitation to shining your inner light a whole lot brighter.

Affirmations are positive statements that you repeat over and over again in order to imprint your subconscious mind. They are usually words that trigger an emotional reaction or response within you that brings up the healing that needs to take place. There will almost always be resistance that will appear in order to challenge you. This is a natural and perfectly normal part of the process. Your job is to see beyond the “monkey mind’ and keep moving forward regardless.

Keep in mind that using the power of affirmations are not magic beans, band-aid solutions or a clever way to trick the Universe into thinking that you have everything figured out. Affirmations will not work unless you are willing to dive into the emotional work that needs to be done and be truly HONEST about where you’re at.

The resistance we feel rise within us is an excellent opportunity to do some powerful inner spiritual work.
How affirmations work is that words that inspire, empower and excite you have the power to override the current programming you have in your mind and help to form new beliefs which in turn will help to shift the landscape of your current reality. You’re essentially raising your vibration and increasing the positive energy of your soul’s frequency.

Affirmations are a method to bring about newfound change in your life through the process of repetition. The idea is that you find an empowering affirmation that you resonate with within your heart and either write it out or place a printed copy somewhere in your constant awareness. It could be on the bathroom mirror, the corner of your computer screen or in a little pocket in your purse. Every time you see the affirmation you, repeat (or imprint) the affirmation over and over again until it sticks to your soul. You also need to feel the feeling the affirmation will give you.

Let’s try a little exercise together…

I want you to use the affirmation I AM WORTHY.
Say it now, (silently). Say it again. Notice how you feel and round up the negative feelings or itty bitty feelings of resistance and imagine yourself throwing them out because they no longer serve you. I AM WORTHY.

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Once you start to use affirmations, you will notice that the better you get at decluttering the icky feelings as they arise the stronger your resolve will be.

The secret to truly mastering affirmations:
The Universe cannot differentiate between what is happening in the physical realm, or what is happening and being imprinted in the spiritual realm. When you use your affirmation as if it has already happened, then you strengthen your manifesting power. So if you truly want to change and heal your life then make sure you are showing gratitude to the Universe as if it has already happened and you are already living it.

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Sarah Prout is a bestselling author, award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, devoted wife, mother of four beautiful children and creator of The Manifesting Academy.  She has been teaching the art of metaphysics and manifesting for over a decade. Sarah now inspires millions of people around the world to tune into their infinite potential and manifest a life they love.

 

3 thoughts on “How to Use Affirmations to Raise Your Vibration

  1. Ivana knezevic

    A good text, to the point, easy to understand . The laws of Universe are straight and simple. It is us who complicate our lives and get lost along the way. Sarah has a gift and has made it her mission to help us understand the power we can have to take control and improve the quality of our lives. It is then up to each of us to apply her knowledge and wisdom and find meaningful alignement with the Universe . We are given a wonderful gift of life and we should treat it with respect and gratitude.

  2. Zenaida R.Garbo

    Thank you my Dear Sarah for all the inspiration and learnings which you imprint on my mind.It really help me and change my attitude.I think positively everyday and believe the power of affirmation and manifestation.Thank you so much!!!!

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New Moon Gemini: Let it Go, and Grow!

The World is a beautiful playground where you get to Play and Create as you wish to! Though, on the odd occasion Life may usher in a serving of lemons! So what is the best thing to do when life serves you lemons? My suggestion is to make a tantalizing Lemon Spritzer, and then sink into Surrender while sipping your spritzer!

Life is here for us to Grow! Grow in ways that we may not know! And each of the Lemons served to us, is perfectly aligned with learning how to embrace Life at its absolute best.

So in those times when Life serves you ups, down, parallels and reverses, with all kinds of movements that take you round and round, know, that the Universe is lovingly trying to teach you. When you are in the midst of a teaching, it is then where you need to dig deeply into your heart, so that you may continue to move forward and upwards.

The real question here is, how do you do this?

Well… I may not know all the answers, but I can share some light, and some interesting tips to support you through the excursion of Life!

Let’s take a step back and examine Life, and the Rhythms and Cycles of living on this planet. With this vantage point of stepping back and looking at Life, you shall notice that there is a definite Rhythm to the Universe.

And, then you may notice that you have your own personal Rhythm too. And, like every other human you may feel that your Rhythm is perfect. And, yes it is! You are perfect in every way!

However, imagine that you could align your Rhythm with the Universal Rhythm. That you could literally attune yourself to this Universal Rhythm; so that you can walk step-in-step with the Universe, versus feeling yourself being dragged along by some tether, which seems to have no rhythm or rhyme at all.

So, how do you gather your wits about yourself and tune into this Universal Rhythm? Well, first you need to realize that the Universe is working with you, and not against you. That the Universe, in fact, is attempting to guide you. When you realize this fact, and pay attention to the cycles presented to you, you will see that you can step onto the cosmic ebb and flow.

Your next question may be, “Well, how do I see, feel, or attune to this Rhythm?” I will share with you my experience in attuning to the Universal Cycles, so that you too may be able to step onto the Wave that is coaxing you into your own personal and unique realization.

Firstly, if you simply recognize that the Universe has a Rhythm, it awakens you consciously to this phenomena.

Secondly, acknowledging for yourself that you are ready to attune to the Universal Rhythms, will then already begin the attunement process.

Thirdly, now this is where you have to truly look at yourself in the mirror, and say out aloud, “I choose to surrender to the flow of the Universe!” Seeing yourself vocalize your surrender, you begin to reinforce the process of letting go of your attachments, and also to what you feel life should be like. In a way you are allowing your ego to surrender.

Fourthly, make this is a daily practice of finding time to listen to the Universe. Be prepared to spend a few minutes a day either in meditation, or simply being still (yes, without your phone or any other distractions). This allows you to “feel into the Universal Rhythm”.

Fifthly, re-instate your intention daily that you are surrendering to the Universal Rhythm, and that you are happy to do so.

Sixthly, every evening let go of your day! Take time before bed to honor yourself and let go of the day. So that no matter what occurred, you can allow yourself to rest well.

Seventhly, start each day with a smile! Consciously look for the beauty in the World. This will help keep you pepped up.

Eighthly, repeat all these steps often, and frequently!

Know in your heart that the Universe is here to support you, and that you are truly being shown the way to step into your fullest potential. When you align your heart and mind with this mindset, the World around you will begin to shift into a World of new possibilities.

I fully believe that when you choose to work with the Universe, the Universe 100% chooses to work with you! I also, and fully, believe that having a daily practice of tuning into the Universe will help pave the Way forward and upwards!

Each of you are powerful in your own personal and unique way! Start seeing yourself as that, and let go into the Flow of the Universal Rhythm. It is a dance of being in Rhythm daily. It will allow you to forge forward on creating the outcomes and potentials you are so dedicated to bringing towards yourself.

Honour yourself daily, as you step forward into the Flow and Rhythm of the Universe!

With Infinite Love Always,
Belinda Pearl

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She Believed… so she did!

When you awaken to the All Mighty presence within you, you realize that YOU are not just a human being, but a Spiritual Being. And being a Spiritual Being, we can tap into an infinite resource of Source energies that will fuel us upon an evolutionary cycle of living life Attuned to All possibilities.

Our greatest strength is not just our Will Power, rather it is when our Will Power taps into the Infinite Source that energy is created to fuel us in our everyday life!

So, how do we tap into this Infinite Source power? Well, there are many tales passed down by the great Seers that share light on how to purposely utilize the Universal energies that surround us everyday.

In my honest opinion, tapping in and fueling the Self is fairly easy. One, it requires a necessary desire to want to tap in, and two, a deep desire to continue to be connected to this infinite supply.

Today, I will share with you a few of the theories or methods that I have have learned along the way. Allow me share with you a quick story of how I have utilized and embodied source energy.

What seems like many eons ago, the Universe pointed me to a task that was seemingly greater than my worldly resources. Since the idea was presented to me by the Universe, I decided that there was a greater reason for me to follow through. However, the journey required financial and mental resources that seemed beyond my capabilities.

Each day, through this journey I simply asked to be guided, and I promised the Universe that I would follow through on anything that was given to me that would help me accomplish the entire journey.

As I set forth, little did I know that the Universe did endeavour to help me out. Each time a major step presented itself to me, amazingly, the Universe provided the right person or resource to help me take action. And, at times when my own energy or motivation waned; the Universe provided a little, or sometimes a large nudge to put me back on track!

In the end, all that seemed so much greater than myself or my resources was accomplished “quite easily”.

I acknowledge that I was supported throughout my entire journey of being a very lucky recipient of a very sort after gift. I basically won my green card in the green card lottery. I give all the credit to the Universe, and also to me absolutely believing in myself, and the process, by continuing to have faith and in following through on each piece of the puzzle. Because of my faith, the Universe ensured my success; even when others were naysayers to this journey.

Now, back to this present moment. The question I present to you is; what is it that you are creating for yourself or wish to create?

First take a moment to reflect. Then, be very clear about your intention, as the Universe listens to every word, and even to how you send out your intention.

Once you are clear on what you wish to create, follow the steps below.

  1. Step one, believe YOU can do it.
  2. Step two, ask for assistance. Not just from the Universe but, also from the World.
  3. Step three, give yourself the time to create. Have patience! All good things come at the right time. Divine timing is truth!
  4. Step four, ensure that everyday while on your path, that you give energy towards creating your desire.
  5. Step five, meditate! Meditation helps you open up to receive guidance.
  6. Step six, have unwavering faith! Believe in the process, if it is meant to be, it will be. If it is not, that means there is something else that is more important!
  7. Step seven, be detached from the outcome. How your desire may manifest, may look different to what you expect.
  8. Step eight, repeat steps one through seven daily!

Ok! In my mind and heart I believe that when something is meant to be ours, it will. Do not compare yourself to others. Hold your unique essence as a valuable commodity. And know that the Universe is your friend – ready, willing, and able to assist you always!

All things come to us if we hold faith and believe in ourselves!

Believing in yourself gives you the space to truly co-create with this great Universe.

From my heart to yours.
Go forth and create!

Belinda Pearl

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Grounding with Soul Values

Lately, I have been ungrounded and lacking clarity in almost every area of my life. Maybe it was the latest full moon or because we’re stuck in the awkward limbo between seasons. It also might be that I’m turning 25 this summer and I’m due for my quarter-life crisis, or that I haven’t had my vision and goals top-of-mind these past few months. Most likely, it’s a mix of all the above.

Some days, I know exactly what I want—others, not so much. For me, it’s all too easy to go with the “out of sight, out of mind” adage when I’m not holding myself accountable to the vision I have so lovingly crafted – and continue to grow and nurture – for my life. In this space, I say yes to things I’d truly like to say no to. I procrastinate. I take short cuts and the easy route whenever possible. I complain and I compare. I take a passive stance on my life when I should be in the driver’s seat.

Through years of vision and goals work at lululemon and coaching sessions with Jacki Carr and Mary Beth LaRue (co-founders of Rock Your Bliss), I’ve picked up a clarity ritual to help me when I’m feeling lost, confused, un-grounded, unsure…you get the point.

I flip to a brand-spankin’-new page in my journal, grab my go-to purple PaperMate FLAIR pen, and I write down my soul values at the top: passion, creativity, curiosity, connection, and nature. These values are my compass, if you will, that will keep me heading toward my true north—always.

Then, I draw a big circle in the middle of the page. On the outside of the circle, I write all the things I don’t want in my life at that exact moment—i.e. hustling, busyness, saying yes to things I should say no to, etc.

Next, it’s time for the fun stuff. On the inside of the circle, I cultivate a thoughtful, loving list of things that I want to fill my life with—the HELL yes’s, like spending time unplugged outdoors, keeping up a daily yoga practice, and exploring way more.

Once I’m finished, I take a few minutes to reread my sparkly, fresh roadmap and let it all marinate. And just like that, BAM, clarity and grounding. It’s really that simple.

And the best apart about this ritual is that it is as fluid as I allow it to be. As I evolve, it will evolve with me as I, my circumstances, and my wants and needs change. Every time I feel like there’s a shift happening in my life, I carve out time for this exercise. Heck, when I want to create change I do it. Rather than letting it feel rigid and like I have to stick to whatever I’ve jotted down on paper, I look at is an exciting opportunity to create and live in possibility. Knowing exactly what I want and what I don’t want in my life allows me to stay focused, be creative, passionate, and authentic in all areas of my life, and to live my life on purpose.

I’d love to know – what are your soul values? And if you’ve taken the time to do this exercise, what the things you don’t want in your life right now and the things that you want to say hell yes to?

jenna-28Jenna is a yoga teacher, writer, and brand builder on a mission to fuel her life withurpose and to explore the world. She was raised in Minnesota but considers Colorado her home away from home. Currently, you can find her in Minneapolis, where she is creating the life she has always dreamed of.

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6 Easy Things You Can Do For Earth Day!

Earth Day has been celebrated annually since 1970. For 47 years, communities from around the world bring awareness of the degrading quality of our environment and home, Mother Earth.

There are many ways Mother Earth can use our help today and everyday to counteract the effects of environmental mass destruction. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and believe that our individual actions can truly have an impact and a difference, but it really does. Trust that your acts of kindness have a ripple effect on the universe.

We’ve compiled a list to help get us started. You can pick one or multiple of these environmental actions to help Mother Earth for Earth Day and/or to implement into your everyday lifestyle.

Mother Earth’s Breeze  

An average car ride of 16 km omits 8.6 km pounds of carbon dioxide into the air nearly twice as much as an central air conditioner. Consider making it both ways to work without driving your car. You can carpool with several co-workers, use public transit or better yet, ride your bike and get healthy alongside mother nature; The Zen Guide to Bike Commuting

Deforestation is a primary contribution to global warming. We can help counteract those effects by planting trees, shurbs, bushes or any plants to help absorb CO2 in the air; Here’s How to Plant Trees from Twigs

Mother Earth’s Grounds
The average American throws away almost 4.4lbs of garbage a day, that is 1606 lbs of garbage a year!  There is a growing trend in the eco friendly community to move towards zero waste grocery shopping.  Mason jars, reusable shopping bags, cloth produce bags are all affordable, and easily accessible alternatives. Here is an example of how easy it is to be plastic free!   Zero Waste Grocery Shopping Kit

The honey bees are disappearing. This is a fact, and it is something we should all be worried about.  90% of the world’s plants, including many we use for food, depend on pollinators like the honey bee. If the bees disappear, the plants won’t be far behind.  So this spring, be sure to leave those dandelions where they are, they are the first food of the season for our honey making friends.  And be sure to plant a  bee friendly garden!

Mother Earth’s Waterflow

Now that you have planted your trees, and bee friendly garden, it is important to make sure you can nourish it! Whether you live in a climate that experiences droughts and water restrictions or not, it is always important to limit your water consumption. This simple rain collecting system means you can have lush lawns and gardens, and a bountiful harvest, with minimal water usage! DIY Rain Barrel

Lastly, consider going through your product drawers to check for beauty products that may contain micro beads. Essentially they’re plastic pellets that can be found in products like: Toothpaste, shower gels, facial scrubs and shaving foam to name a few. According to the Marine Conservation Society, Emma Cunningham explains “When you wash them off with water, the water goes down the plug hole but it carries the tiny bits of plastic with it and they end up in the sea. They’re less than a mm wide so water filters miss them…The evidence is there to suggest animals right at the bottom of the food chain are ingesting it and we worry what impact that will have higher up the food chain.” What can you use instead? Simply look for products that do not contain micro beads or try making your own. Natural Products All Natural Body Scrubs- Ban the Microbead!

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5 Ways to Quicken your Manifestations

So we’ve all heard about the Law of Attraction, right? Where your intention goes, energy flows. I truly believe this. The number of things I manifest each day is extraordinary. Sometimes within seconds. My friends and family know me as a bit of a Manifestation Guru. And you can do it too!

First, it is vital to begin by clarifying that in order to manifest something, you have to know what it is that you want to manifest. So the number one step to manifesting is asking yourself: What do I want? The beautiful thing about manifesting is that it can be for anything! Your love life, attracting your Soulmate, your dream job or a job promotion, your health and fitness, re-connecting with someone after years, traveling to a certain destination, or just getting to your meeting on time… the choices are endless. The intention can be obvious, like an inner sense of knowing. Sometimes it requires sitting in meditation, and listening, to receive the information or obtain further clarity on what it is you desire in order to happily move forward in your journey. Once you know what that intention is you wish to manifest, then you’re ready to create it.

Here are 5 ways to solidify your manifestations and ensure they come true for you.

1. Be clear. Be happy.

The more details, the better. Why? Because the more specific you are, the more the object or experience you desire will spark that excitement in you, since it is EXACTLY catered to you, your dreams, your unique personality and interests. Consequently, you’ll feel all that more thrilled and elated about achieving this manifestation. Once your body is in that state, your vibration rises and you are existing at a higher frequency. The higher your energetic frequency, the more comparable you are to the frequencies of Love, Happiness, Joy, Bliss, Peace, and so on. These are absolutely emitting from you (like Karma, what you put out, you get back). If you want a sure way to have your manifestation come to life rapidly and effortlessly, call it into being from a mood of Love and Acceptance.

Tip: SMILE when you think of your manifestation outcome!

2. Present Tense.

Think of your manifestation like you already have it. We often think, “I will be happier if I have this, when I accomplish this, if I reach this goal, when I land this gig…

But actually, whether you are consciously aware of it or not, this mindset puts you in an energy of lack, the opposite of abundance. If you want something and you’re reaching or searching outward for it, this automatically means that you presently don’t have it. It can also create desperation around the situation, when what we want is as effortless an acquisition as possible.

Affirm. Use words like “I am” or “I have”. Own it.

3. Visualize with all your Senses.

So once you realize what is it you know you must do to feel your best and move forward with an aliveness, with energy and purpose, close your eyes and visualize it. Incorporate all your senses into your visualization. Sometimes the easiest thing to do is to just see it coming true (of course, this is a visualization after all!), but please don’t forget your other senses that you have been gifted with. In your vision, are you touching someone? If so, what does the touch of their skin feel like? How does it make you feel (tingling, excited, etc.). Does this person or environment in your vision have a certain smell? Are you outside or inside? If you’re outside, feel the air on your skin, smell the trees and flowers around you. Is there a sound present in this vision? Maybe the sound is even you jumping up and down! By the way, feel free to let out a little squeal of joy if that’s what comes up! If you are deeply visualizing and imagining your manifestation in the present, then it’ll surely produce an emotional response in you, in this moment. You have the freedom, allow yourself to express and celebrate. It may feel like a pre-celebration to you, but just remember, if you are without a doubt creating this manifestation as your reality, why not celebrate now? It’s a done deal!

4. Speak it into Being.

I notice that my manifestations that happen within 24 hours, sometimes even in a matter of moments, are the ideas that I communicate to others. Share your plans, dreams and intentions with a friend! It reaffirms to the Universe/Source/God your intention. It is often in these circumstances whereby speaking out loud to others we consequentially make discoveries about ourselves, our desires…what it is our heart really wants and needs. (Ever leave a conversation with a friend having significantly more understanding and insight on what you need to do to take your next steps, than prior to that exchange?). Human connection is a blessing, and reflecting with another always sparks any missing pieces I have in my vision. Therefore, work that throat chakra! Our voice is an extremely powerful tool. The vibration of sound is in and of itself enough to create reality. Be mindful of your words and choose them wisely.

5. BELIEVE it.

Last but not least, the manifestation will not work without this final step. If you don’t believe it, you can’t achieve it (or at least, not as quickly). When setting the intention, believe it with every cell in your body. Have confidence in yourself, and believe in your own magic. Do what it takes to remind your Self of the God or Goddess within you that carries this ability for manifestation. Personally, for me, that means connecting with my Elvish and Fairy friends (watching Lord of the Rings, using my Fairy Oracle card deck by Doreen Virtue) and surrounding myself with a community of people that view me, and value me, in this way. When you believe with all your heart, and are clear with your intention – so much so that you may realize you don’t even care how it happens, you just know it will! – you’re well on your way to being a Manifesting Queen or King. Trust, allow, and be open to observing the world beautifully unveiling itself with your Highest interest.

I’ll leave you with one thought. This world needs our help. I just watched a video with the destruction that is happening in Syria. Evidently, we seek fulfillment in our own lives, and yes, I send you blessings to manifest your personal dreams. I’ll also plant a little seed with this proven fact: we feel our best when we are being in service to others. So please, spend some time manifesting for peace, for the light in us all to override ignorance, for good to prevail, and for love to be alive and present in everyone and everything. If we can manifest anything, then collectively, let us come together and do this.

With love, and happy manifesting,

Melinda

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Melinda is an active pursuer of discovering the root of knowledge and the best methods that lead us on paths of discovering eternal happiness, rather than temporary. It has really been a calling of hers throughout her life to seek the oldest sources on any topic matter; spirituality, language, culture and history being of keen interest. While fulfilling her career as an Actress, Melinda actively has spent the past 5 years specifically searching and engaging herself in an abundant number of techniques from around the world for meditation, wellness and healing. She has come to find a beautiful harmony between music and Mantra Meditation, and her favourite activity is to play her harmonium instrument while singing in community Kirtans. Followed closely by her enjoyment for delicious love-infused Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free cuisine! Melinda’s mind set is one of determination and resilience for overcoming obstacles, especially out of the throttles of anxiety and depression and chronic digestive disorders. She hopes to share her story and the information she has accumulated over the years from her own, personal journey toward serving others to attain a happy and health mind, body and Spirit.

Melinda is a certified Reiki practitioner and is available for in-person or long distance healing sessions. If anyone is curious about any healing practices, feel free to reach out and Melinda is happy to guide you as best as she can.

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Eight Essential Success Habits

What does it take to be successful? Running two successful businesses for over 11 years has taught me a lot of lessons about what it takes to succeed. Here are my top eight essential success habits.

  1. Sleep

This has been in the news a lot lately, no longer is it a badge of honour to give up sleep. Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, shares how sleep is the key to success in this Ted Talk. Aim to get to bed by 11 pm and wake up at 6 am for a minimum of 7 hours of sleep. It’s also super important to turn off your devices at least 30 minutes before bed. When we are lacking good sleep, not only are we tired, but it’s more difficult to be creative and productive, which are both key factors in success.

  1. Gratitude

Your first thoughts in the morning set the tone for your day. Start your day with gratitude and a vision of your perfect day, before you even get out of bed. Give thanks for another day to be alive and to provide value to those around you. And to help you with number 1, write down 3 things you are grateful for every night before you go to sleep. This helps your subconscious mind to focus on what’s good in your life, rather than what’s wrong.

  1. Movement

Successful people keep moving. They make sure that they are not stuck sitting in front of a laptop all day long. Getting the blood flowing helps you generate more ideas and keeps you alert. A few simple things you can do: Stand when you’re talking on the phone, go for a walk & talk meeting (outside if possible), drink lots of water (more frequent bathroom breaks) or hand-write Thank-You cards and walk to the mailbox to post them. Yoga is an amazing form of movement that has benefits on a mental and spiritual level as well. I do a simple ten minute yoga routine every morning to stay limber and focused for the day ahead.

  1. Affirmations

In order to overcome all of the negative self-talk we have been programmed with, affirmations are essential for everyone. Successful people make saying daily affirmations a twice a day habit. Louise Hay has endless affirmations in her many Hay House Books and on her website. Write or type out a list of affirmations that resonate with you, the more personal they are, the more effective they will be. I shared my favorite gratitude affirmations in this blog post. The Tiny Devotions Intention Deck would also be a perfect way to inspire your daily affirmation practice!

  1. Self-Care

This is just as important as sleep. Making time to take care of yourself first is critical. In order for us to be successful business owners, parents, employees and human beings, we must take care of ourselves first. No exceptions. It is impossible to serve others if you are not in an optimal state of well-being. Self-care includes taking care of your body, your mind and your spirit. Suggestions include massage, energy work (reiki), day at the spa, attending church or other spiritual services, regular exercise, meditation and yoga, stretching, reading or other hobbies. Make sure you do at least one of these daily.

  1. Meditation

It’s really easy not to meditate. It takes time and effort to do so on a regular basis. However, more and more very successful people are choosing to find time to be still and quiet every day. Making a commitment to meditate daily can truly change your life and help you to deal more easily with unexpected challenges and difficulties that will come your way. Over the past several weeks, I have made a commitment to meditate for ten minutes a day (right before my ten minutes of yoga) each morning – including weekends. I enjoy guided meditation and have been using the Insight Timer app, which has thousands of free guided meditations and a timer if you’d prefer to meditate in silence. I’m also working on a different kind of meditation, using the Tiny Devotions Mala beads. This is a new practice for me, and I’ll share my results in a future post.

  1. Eat Whole Foods

What you put into your body is your fuel for the day. Does what you eat give you more or less energy? Are you dehydrating yourself with coffee, tea or alcohol? Do you feel good after a meal? Do you take time to eat regularly? Successful people know that creating healthy eating habits leads to more success, because when you’re properly fueled throughout your day, you are more productive. And there’s nothing better than starting your day with a fresh green juice!

  1. Have Faith

This has become the cornerstone for my personal success and the success of many of my team members. Personally, I have faith in God, and this is where I have grounded my faith. Your faith journey doesn’t have to look like mine, as long as you can find something greater than yourself to fuel your faith. This is a non-negotiable. Looking back, I can see how much easier it has been to succeed now that God is an integral part of my life. However you choose to name your source of faith is not important – what important is to find your faith, build it, solidify it and watch how quickly your success grows.

Which one of these are you ignoring right now? Which ones needs your attention? Choose one to start with and as you create a new habit, then add another one. The recipe for failure is trying to implement all of these at once! Not sure where to start? My suggestion is to always begin with Gratitude.

julie-128Julie Boyer’s mission in life is to inspire people to build their lives on a foundation of gratitude through her brand, Wake Up With Gratitude™. Julie’s first book, 30 Days of Gratitude, The Gratitude Program That Will Change Your Life, became an Amazon bestseller when it was released in May 2013. She is also the founder of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Program, a healthy, whole food detox that nourishes your body at the cellular level. Julie also loves to mentor and develop leaders through her mentorship program as well. A former triathlete, Julie has completed 3 full Ironman Distance triathlons. Julie lives in Ontario, Canada with her 6 year old daughter and husband Dan. She can be reached on her blogInstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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What is Your Spirit Animal Saying to You?

It is a widely known school of thought that we can have ‘Guides’, Conscious Energies or Subtle Beings around us, that lovingly come to us to serve as mediaries through various periods of time in our life, or even over the course of our entire life time.

Guides have different purposes. For example, Guides can be Protectors or Guardians, Healers, Teachers, Messengers, and so on. They come to our aid with the purpose of steering us through a situation, assisting us with an obstacle or emotion that seems just too difficult to overcome on our own. It is perfectly normal to become overwhelmed; we have innumerable decisions that we must make on a daily basis, and countless responsibilities and expectations that we must meet, in all facets of our life: home, work, health, wealth, you name it. Sometimes, we just need an extra bit of involvement from an outside source, whether it be a friend, a colleague, or as I find the most immediate to intervene with help, the Divine and our Guides.

Guides are beings of Light, meaning they work in the mode of goodness. They can be in the form of Angels, Ancestors and past loved ones, Ascended Masters, Gods and Goddesses, and Elemental Guides, like fairies! We don’t always need to see them physically to know they are there. I used to become terribly frustrated when I would call out to a Guide and not ‘see’ any around me. I would use Angel card decks, or go out in nature and talk to nothing, hoping to receive a response. Then I learned that Seeing doesn’t necessarily mean they appear before us in the physical realm, in the form in which we expect. Have you ever noticed repeated patterns of numbers or objects, or heard a song come on at a precisely relevant moment, or experienced wonderful, timely synchronicities? These are ways your Guides are also communicating to you. That’s where strengthening your intuition, or your mind’s eye, comes into play. To be able to perceive these modes of communication as they happen, while awake or in dream state. Meditation certainly helps with this, and having an open ear and heart to trust that you are supported, that everything is unfolding exactly as it should, in this moment, for your Highest purpose.

I had a bizarre experience happen to me once where I was riding my bicycle (while simultaneously singing sacred chants, of course… typical Melinda style) down a sidewalk of a main city street, and two DEER appeared! There was a ravine below this street where they must have come from, but still, to be that close to cars and traffic without being afraid? They were literally trotting right beside me, as I rode and sang, keeping pace with me for quite some time. Like my companions. It was since that night that my curiosity peaked for another type of Guide: Spirit Animals.

So just as I mentioned before that Guides are present and communicate in alternate ways, the same can be said about the reoccurrence of a certain animal in our life, or in the reality of our dreams.

Yesterday I was discussing with a dear friend of mine how we came to know his Spirit Animal. His answer: he doesn’t have one, he has four. I really admire how attune he is to the behaviours and characteristics of animals. These beings really have so much to teach us. And bonus, they are surrounding us; therefore, they are tangible. Observing and interacting with animals has many benefits: it brings out our qualities of compassion and equality, for the deeper we look, we notice that Souls are within other forms of life outside our own. They remind us to play (our inner child needs to!) or be strong or forgiving, and they show us the capacity of unconditional love. Discovering your Spirit Animal is an excellent way to learn to respect nature more too.

Be open to your Spirit Animal’s appearance in your life. If not in nature, it could even be in poems, pictures, etc. A Spirit Animal will empower you. Be aware of the type of occurrences in which your Spirit Animal manifests itself, as that indicates what it is trying to tell you. Each Spirit Animal has strengths and weakness that are important for you to learn about, as they directly apply to your life. The more you know, the better you will come to understand yourself, and maybe even recognize something you need to improve or change in your life. Remember, our Guides are leading us in the right direction, which includes being the best versions of ourselves we can be.

There are many resources available to help you determine your Spirit Animal(s). Once you know which animal you strongly associate with, it is a beautiful practice to take time to show gratitude towards its presence and teachings in your life. Tiny Devotions offers 20 Spirit Animal bracelets to help you connect with your Spirit Animal, and its symbolic wisdom, on a daily basis.

I hope this blog leaves you feeling receptive to the supportive relationships surrounding you, and receiving help from all your Guides!

Feel free to share your Spirit Animal and any stories of how you connected with it below!

Blessings,
Melinda

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Melinda is an active pursuer of discovering the root of knowledge and the best methods that lead us on paths of discovering eternal happiness, rather than temporary. It has really been a calling of hers throughout her life to seek the oldest sources on any topic matter; spirituality, language, culture and history being of keen interest. While fulfilling her career as an Actress, Melinda actively has spent the past 5 years specifically searching and engaging herself in an abundant number of techniques from around the world for meditation, wellness and healing. She has come to find a beautiful harmony between music and Mantra Meditation, and her favourite activity is to play her harmonium instrument while singing in community Kirtans. Followed closely by her enjoyment for delicious love-infused Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free cuisine! Melinda’s mind set is one of determination and resilience for overcoming obstacles, especially out of the throttles of anxiety and depression and chronic digestive disorders. She hopes to share her story and the information she has accumulated over the years from her own, personal journey toward serving others to attain a happy and health mind, body and Spirit.

Melinda is a certified Reiki practitioner and is available for in-person or long distance healing sessions. If anyone is curious about any healing practices, feel free to reach out and Melinda is happy to guide you as best as she can.

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Gratitude is My Prayer

Prayer is an important tool in all of our lives. And it’s not used nearly as much as it could be. Do you have rituals in your day where you are giving thanks?

Expressing gratitude and giving thanks is a form of prayer. When we say thank you for what we already have, we are asking God or The Universe or a power that is greater than ourselves to give us even more to be thankful for. Writing in your gratitude journal is a form of prayer. Giving thanks before a meal is a prayer. Saying ‘thank you for this gift of another day’ when you wake up is a prayer. When we widen our scope about what prayer looks like, we may find many opportunities in our day when we are praying.

Having grown up without any formal prayers or spiritual practice, it wasn’t until my daughter was born that I started looking at my faith and spirituality. At first, my focus was only on gratitude as my prayer, which on its own can be very powerful! I manifested many wonderful things in my life using gratitude intentions. A gratitude intention is when you write something that you are grateful for, in the present tense, that you have yet to manifest in real life. You write the same intention in your journal, every day, until it becomes your reality.

My practice continues to grow today and currently includes a morning prayer ritual, meditation, gratitude before I eat and giving thanks in my gratitude journal every night.

You don’t have to be religious to benefit from the power of prayer. A prayer of gratitude can change your life. When you give thanks, do it from a place deep inside of you, right from your cells and create a beautiful vibration at the highest energetic frequency possible. Send out your message of thanks into the world and watch carefully what comes back to you. You will be amazed and surprised at the gifts that will show up.

What are you prayer practices? How can you use the incredible power of gratitude to fuel your prayers and connect you to a higher power?

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MINDFULNESS + SOCIAL MEDIA

Last month, I gave an introduction to living a mindful life in a material world– how we can enjoy everything that out physical world has to offer while maintaining a deep connection to our inner selves.

Today I want to get more specific and look at how we can bring mindfulness into our social media usage. This has been a huge conversation for me personally as I’ve struggled to balance the positives and the negatives of an online life. I’ve learned that I have to be very mindful of how I use social media, or I seriously suffer the consequences.

For me, it all starts with this one question:

Am I picking up my phone to get inspired and connected or to zone and numb out?

This is a really important thing to recognize– why exactly are you scrolling through social media?

When I’m bored, stressed, indecisive, or anxious I can pretty much guarantee that I’ll immediately reach for my phone. When being alone with my thoughts or worries feels like too much, a quick scroll through Instagram seems like the quickest way to distract myself and not deal with what’s really going on.

The thing is, I am not necessarily saying this is a bad thing. Sometimes diversions and distractions are good coping mechanisms, but being mindful of what’s going on behind your scrolling is key. It takes you out of autopilot and puts you back in control of your actions.

Another question to consider is why do you post what you post? Is it for “likes” or validation, or is it to share a piece of yourself with others and connect with a community?

Again, I don’t actually think there’s a right or wrong reason- personally, I am happy to grow my online platforms- it opens up a lot of doors! What’s really important is that you’re aware of your intention.

The hashtags you use, the filters, the editing, the comments you leave- they can all be applied mindfully or not. This might make the whole thing seem way too complicated, but it’s as simple as bringing awareness to how you’re feeling when you do these things.

Recently, I’ve really begun evaluating my social media use and looking at what works for me and what doesn’t. I’ve finally accepted that too much scrolling makes me feel overwhelmed, cloudy, and less satisfied with my life. And this is coming from someone whose feed is comprised of really inspirational, wellness focused content.

It’s not the posts itself that throws me off; it’s the sheer volume of information. Having constant access to so many differing opinions, quotes, beliefs, and experiences, just leaves me confused and disconnected from myself.

I am able to get so much clearer when I’m not overloaded with social media content. I feel so much more content and present when I’m offline more of the time.

It’s not always easy to put down my phone though. There’s this feeling when you’ve checked all of your accounts and you’re just kind of sitting there with your phone not sure what to check next. We look for connection through our phones when we’re not finding it within ourselves or in the physical world around us.

I also recognize that there is SO much good that can come from social media. I’ve met new friends, clients, and collaborators through my Instagram and Facebook accounts, and I’ve learned so much from the inspiring people I follow and connect with! I’ve discovered new places, new recipes, new books, new ways of thinking, all through the community I am able to connect with online. And that is extremely powerful.

I also love the creative aspect of social media. Taking photos of my travels, my kitten, and my smoothies is so much fun. Filtering, editing, and writing captions is a creative experience for me.

When I use social media now, in addition to limiting my time spent scrolling or posting, I’m mindful of how I’m feeling. When I’m feeling inspired and connected to others, I stay online. Once I start feeling overwhelmed, less-than, or judgmental, I know it’s time to switch off.

Learning how to navigate this online world takes practice. The majority of us didn’t grow up with smartphones, so we’re still learning how to adapt to this new way of life- to find balance and not lose ourselves online. Using social media gives us an amazing opportunity to set boundaries and become mindful of what works for us and what doesn’t.

Taking selfies, seeking followers, scrolling through your feeds, perfecting your filters and edits- these are all neutral actions. The power is in bringing mindfulness to these actions and becoming aware of why you’re doing them.

How do you find balance online? What are your tips for staying mindful and present in this age of information overload? We would love to hear from you!

p.s. Social media and the effect that it has on our lives is such a huge conversation, one that I can’t even begin to properly cover in one short article. If this is something you’re interested in, there are two TedTalks that I highly recommend.

Quit Social Media, by Dr. Cal Newport

Social Media Makes us Unsocial, Allison Graham

I don’t necessarily agree with everything they say, but they offer a really powerful perspective on the importance of understanding the effect that social media can have on us. I think educating ourselves in this way can help us to stay more mindful and make informed online choices.

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Kate is a lifestyle and travel writer based in Halifax.  You can find her online at her site, and on Instagram

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To the girl who wants to have it all

The answer is yes. You can abso-friggen-lutely have everything that your soul desires. The people who tell you otherwise, those afraid of the big life you want to live and who want to keep you small, they’re wrong. The success, the love, the magic you seek? You’re worthy of it.

Your passion, your determination, your never-ending days and sleepless nights will all get you to exactly where you want and need to be, but not without patience. You’re your own toughest critic, but only because it keeps you on track, motivated, and accountable. You’ll be met with plenty of closed doors and nos, and some of them might shake you so hard you’ll want to give up, but don’t. Please don’t forget that you will never miss anything that was meant for you along your journey.

Between work, working out, maintaining a social life and everything in between, you pack your schedule full to the brim and often find yourself running on fumes (coffee fumes, that is). You pride yourself on your productivity, and you think you’ve figured out a sustainable way to cheat exhaustion without actually taking time to rest, but don’t fool yourself – you haven’t. You check goals off of your list like you’re grocery shopping, and you often put your heart’s desires before your personal needs.

Pause. Take a step back. Breathe. Slow it way, waaay down. Admire all the good things and humans you’ve filled your life with thus far. Give yourself permission to prioritize pleasure, play, and rest once in a blue moon; it won’t kill you or tack on any extra miles to your trip toward your vision of your best life. You lovingly hold space for others, so why don’t you try holding space for yourself? Most importantly, remember this: you don’t have to do it all, all the time.

You are doing the best that you can. Take pride in that idea. Cultivate a joy-filled life around that idea. You can have it all as long as you remember to take care of yourself along the way.

Get it, girl. Slay.

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Jenna is a yoga teacher, writer, and brand builder on a mission to fuel her life withurpose and to explore the world. She was raised in Minnesota but considers Colorado her home away from home. Currently, you can find her in Minneapolis, where she is creating the life she has always dreamed of.

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Why Appreciate the Body?

In yoga, the self-reflective question “Who am I?” is often posed as an invocation of personal meditation, or deep contemplation, on the critical query of discovering one’s true Self. It is an invitation for each of us to reflect, in detail, the meaning behind the “I” that we so strongly identify and associate with. Or rather, have mistakenly been conditioned to believe is who we are.

How difficult can it be to answer this 3-worded question?

I am… my name. Am I not?
I am… my nationality; a patriotic representation of my country. Am I not?

I am… this human being that you see and that I, too, see reflected in photographs and the mirror; I am the unique composition of my physical features. I am this body. Am I not?

I am… the voice behind my thoughts; a combination of my intellect, opinions, beliefs, and personality. I, therefore, am my mind. Am I not?

One must not be fooled with the simple sounding nature of this question by responding so simply when recognizing and acknowledging our Self. Then how to begin answering this undoubtedly vital and personally intricate topic?


It is important for one to first differentiate and shed light on this pivotal misconception: You are not this body, you are not the mind. I myself, was not told this differentiation so plainly and clearly until I was sitting in a Vedic philosophy class in Toronto, in 2013 – and how I wish I knew this sooner! Well, I believe as I child I knew, but then as we age we often forget our inherent disposition. But if we are neither the body or mind, who are we? Who am I within the body? And here begins the journey of discovering ourselves as a Spirit Soul.

A Yogic Perspective

Yoga values the science of self-realization. Literally, to bring awareness to one’s Self. In the West, physical yoga is very popular… you may even do it yourself. Did you know that this physical (or Hatha) Yoga is meant to prepare us for long periods of meditation? To use our bodies as a tool to engage in transcendental meditative practice, for self-realization. There are many beautiful ways in which the body can aid us in discovering who we really are. This leads me to what I wished to share today, as it is something I have had a hard time understanding over the course of my own life time: how to view the body as an instrument in facilitating Spiritual growth. But how do we acknowledge we are not the body, yet not consequentially be frustrated with it for ‘containing’ us, this Spirit Soul? I, myself, for many years felt trapped inside my body, angry for feeling limited within it. I quite literally picked my skin as a form of expressing this negative view of my skin encasing me. Of course, only furthering hyper body awareness, which many people experience.

Changing Pain to Appreciation

How to switch my perspective, while remaining respectful to the truth and science of yogic wisdom? That we are Spirit that is not born nor doesn’t die with our bodies. This is what I concluded. The body houses the Soul, gives it opportunity to experience this life and LIVE. Our one of a kind, beautiful body is the physical, material manifestation of our unique Soul. Therefore, our bodies truly are a temple of God (whoever God/Source may be to you).

Appreciating the body, yet not identifying with it, takes practice and patience. It is interesting to observe and feel how we are so closely bound to our attachments, especially regarding the body. As a young girl who was taught from others’ comments to hate her body, I can personally state from experience that revering my body as a ‘temple of God’ was not my idea of fun. Though the perspective of this ancient knowledge has undoubtedly been a source of liberation from the chains I once felt were comprised of this skin.

Celebrating the Body

Let’s talk about meditation-specific ways to appreciate the body. There are countless customs in a myriad of various cultures for how we can adorn and celebrate who we are, where we came from, through using our bodies to glorify our true and authentic selves within. For example, a devotee of Lord Krishna decorates the body with tilaka (sandalwood paste), as a reminder of Krishna, as well as to receive protection from the Lord. For us in the West who are inundated with societal pressures and expectations: instead of causing harm and destruction to the body (guilty), sabotaging it – even if that’s simply by comparing it to others or the initially innocent habit of emotional eating, etc. (again, guilty), or despising it for it not working properly for us as a result of injury or the inescapable course of aging… here is what we CAN do. We can respect and care for it as a residence of God. The Soul lives within the body, as well as the Paramatma, what is translated from Sanskrit to be called the ‘Supersoul’.

The 5 Senses

In addition, we can also employ the different senses our body already has for spiritual advancement. The tongue, for instance, can be used to chant or do mantra meditation, performed on mala beads. Tiny Devotions carries a beautiful variety of mala beads with semi-precious gemstones, created with the highest intentions of healing and peace. Wearing mala beads on your body is a useful and positively helpful method because, of course, you regularly see the mala on yourself, thus it cues you to stop and take time throughout your day to meditate and quiet the mind. They act as a great self-reminder and guide in this way, so that no matter what stress may be accumulating in your day, you can quickly and easily access the mala that is adorning your body – engage the sense of touch, connect with its strength and intrinsic potency – and dive inward. Expanding further with the senses: the nose can smell beautiful incense or candles or essential oils; we can hear scriptures or classes from learned, enlightened beings/Gurus/monks, and so on. I hope these ideas expand your current concepts and make room for new, simple and highly effective techniques you can try out and adopt into your daily life. After all, we are creatures of habit!

We All Seek Connection

To conclude, let us not forget that the word “yoga” means ‘union’, or to ‘connect’. I encourage you to remember as often as you consciously can, that in order to connect our Spirit Souls to that which created us, we must be in union with the manifestations of our Spirit Soul, including our beloved bodies. Our bodies are unique and sacred. Let us set some goals to implement into our personal practice as well as mindfully throughout our days as best as we can from here on, toward treating our bodies as our own best friend and have them assist us, versus deter us, from our inherent disposition of being happy, kind, and free Spirits. I wish this helps you view your body in a mode of goodness, with love and self-respect. You deserve it!

Namaste, With love and light,

MM0602Melinda Michael is an active pursuer of discovering the root of knowledge and the best methods that lead us on paths of discovering eternal happiness (not temporary). It has really been a calling of hers throughout her life to seek the oldest sources on any topic matter, though spirituality, religion, language, culture and history have been of keen interest. She has spent the past 5 years specifically searching and engaging herself in an abundant number of techniques from around the world for meditation (listed below). She has come to find a beautiful harmony between music and meditation, and her favourite activity is playing her harmonium while singing in group Kirtans. Melinda’s mindset is one of determination and resilience for overcoming obstacles, especially out of the throttles of anxiety and depression and chronic digestive disorders. She hopes to share her story and the information she has accumulated over the years from her own, personal journey toward serving others to attain a happy and health mind, body and Spirit.

If anyone is curious about any of the following practices, feel free to reach out. Melinda is happy to guide you as best as she can.

  • Reiki – Melinda is a certified Reiki practitioner and is available for in-person or long distance healing sessions.
  • Mantra Meditation or Chanting
  • Musical Meditation (Kirtan)
  • Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free Nutrition
  • Manifestation
  • Brainwave Optimization
  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy, or “Tapping”)
  • NDT (New Decision Therapy)
  • TMS (Trans Magnetic Stimulation)
  • CBT (Cognitive Beahvior Therapy)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • NES Health
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodrama
  • Bach flower remedies
  • Osteopathy
  • Acupuncture
  • Cranial Sacral Therapy
  • Ozone Therapy
  • Colon Hydrotherapy
  • More Meditation Methods, like: The Lester Levenson Love Technique, theHeadless Way by Richard Lang, Direct Inquiry, Noting Meditation, and Group Awareness

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Day 14/14 of Self Love :: Buy Yourself Flowers

Flowers are a symbol of love and appreciation. You may have been gifted a beautiful bouquet when you graduated, or had a baby, or moved into a new house. They might have been anniversary flowers, apology flowers, or it-was-nice-to-meet-you flowers.

The key to the power of flowers is what they celebrate and how they make you feel. You know you were beaming when your hubby had flowers delivered to your desk at work, and you know the joy you feel when you smell peonies. Flowers are associated with being loved, cherished and celebrated.

The biggest misconception about flowers is thinking they have to come from someone else. Thinking that you need a boyfriend on Valentine’s Day to buy you two dozen long-stem roses, or you that need your friends to bring flowers to celebrate your housewarming or new addition to the family.

If you’re looking for permission, here it is: buy flowers just to celebrate you. Praise yourself, reward yourself, and give yourself a damn break, girl.

Allow your appreciation to bloom – because you are loved. By others, and, most importantly, by yourself. It’s okay, no, it’s necessary to treat yourself sometimes. If you need a reminder that you are awesome, that you are loved, and you are worth celebrating, buy yourself some flowers, put them somewhere you’ll see them every day, and remember that those good vibes were sent to you from you xx

 

Day 13/14 of Self Love :: A Rebellious Act of Self-Love

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Comparison can be corrosive. It can eat away at your self-confidence and self-love. There will always be someone smarter, prettier, thinner, richer, more successful, more flexible, more loved, less bossy, less afraid. Compared to them, how can you measure up? The prevalence of social media in our daily lives makes the comparison game even harder to escape.

Consider a radical act of rebellious self-love: stop comparing. Yes, she has a six pack and a Lamborghini. Yes, he has 400,000,000 instagram followers and a published book. This information does not change you, shape you, or need to have an effect on how you feel.

There are two sides to this way of thinking: you don’t need to let other people’s accomplishments dim the light of yours, and also, that while a six pack and publishing deal may be nice, you are only seeing this person’s highlight reel. You never know the difficulties that these perfect people are dealing with. They might even be similar to challenges you are facing.

What books would you write, artworks would you paint, songs would you sing if you don’t compare yourself to the talents of history? What beautiful parts of life are you missing out on when you hold yourself back?

A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.

 

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Day 12/14 of Self Love :: Forgiveness

“Forgiveness is not about letting someone off the hook for their actions, but freeing ourselves of the negative energies that bind us to them.” – Satsuki Shibuya

Every one of us is owed some form of apology that we will never get. Many times, the people who have hurt us or failed us have no idea the pain they caused. Other times, the pain and hurt were intentional and the wounds are raw.

The greatest gift you can give yourself is to realize that forgiveness does not depend on the person that hurt you – forgiveness depends on you. One of the most important self-loving acts that you can do is to forgive those who have hurt you – and forgive yourself.

When you make the choice to forgive, you can release pent-up bitterness, stress, anger and sadness. You decide to make peace with what has happened, and you move forward in the knowledge that you deserve peace. You deserve loving energy to fill the space of past hurts.

Think kind thoughts, and show yourself some compassion. When you go over scenarios and conversations in your mind that, change your inner dialogue. Instead of thinking, “why did you say that?! He’ll never love you now, look what you’ve done.” Think about what you would tell your best friend, if she was the one telling the story. “You were really hurt and angry. You didn’t know a healthy way to approach the conversation, so you did the best you could. You’re human; everyone makes mistakes.”

Be gentle with others and with yourself – we are all on our own journey.

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Day 11/14 of Self Love :: 5 Tips for Deeper Sleep

While carving out an extra few hours for sleep each night might seem like a daunting task – if you feel that getting more sleep will help you be the best version of yourself, check out these 5 tips below. We can’t always have 12 hours a night to rest – but we can maximize the time we have by sinking into a deeper, more restful sleep each night.

1. Set – and follow – a bedtime routine

Train your body and mind to unwind with a relaxing wind-down routine. Whether this is a 2 hour total body relaxation experience, or a 20 minutes you take, the importance of making rest a priority will permeate into the rest of your life.

Bedtime routine ideas:

    1. Steep a cup of chamomile tea
    2. Write it down – jot a list of pressing to-dos for the next day (so your mind doesn’t have to keep racing over them all night)
    3. Take 10 minutes for a restorative yoga flow
    4. Connect to and honour your body for getting you through a day with self-massage

2. Turn the Lights Down Low

The blue light from your laptop + smartphone has been known to mess with your sleep! Staring at this type of light for prolonged periods suppresses your body’s ability to make melatonin – which helps you sleep. Make your bedroom a tech-free zone for at least two hours before you need to be sleeping.

3. Sleep + Wake up at the same time each day

Consistency is key! This may be the hardest change to make. If you live for long slow sleep-ins on the weekend, or if bursts of creative energy keep you up all night – you are not prepping for deep sleep. The best way to teach your body to fall into a deep sleep each night is to train it when to fall asleep, and when to wake up.

4. Meditate

Studies show that people who meditate for an average of 20 minutes a day experience greater improvements in sleep quality, less insomnia and less fatigue than those who don’t.

5. Turn down the thermostat

Science says that sleeping in a cooler room can help you sleep! Our body temperatures rise and fall naturally throughout the day – but tend to be lowest when are bodies are in a state of deep sleep. Recreating this environment by ensuring your bedroom is cool can help your body get to that lower temperature faster, helping you sleep deeper!

 

 

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The Inspiration of Change

Did you know that in life, we are offered a new beginning in every moment? In order, to live in this realization we need to review our perception of life. Let me take you on a journey into the intriguing inspiration of seeing every opportunity as a new beginning that will forever set you free.

The minute you look up from what you are doing, time has changed. In the blink of the eye! Time has changed! Can you imagine every new moment as a new beginning?

In every new moment we start a new beginning where we are presented with a whole new moment into which we can intentionally choose the direction of our actions, thoughts, words and intentions.

If you choose the mindset of seeing every moment as a fresh new beginning, an opportunity arises to move from what was to what is now. In every moment, you have the precise opportunity to renew your outlook on life, opting in for a brand new perspective filled with joyful opportunities.

How we see life is based on our perceptions. So if we can choose to see the newness in every moment – we give our Self the gift of beginning afresh in that instance. This leads the way for us to choose new actions, thoughts, words, and intentions; in an instance. When life brings us lemons we have that moment to choose how we wish to proceed. We can see the lemons as an opportunity to refine our skills, and squeeze our self a fresh glass of perception.

Let us now, take this moment to take in a deep breath – from this moment we choose to still time into the moment of the breath. Space is created within the mind, allowing us to clear the mind just for that moment, and to be in that moment to clearly perceive the unfolding new beginning.

Now, I ask you today: if you could choose to see each moment of the day as an opportunity let go of what was, and stand at the door of new beginnings; would it not excite you to see each new day with a refreshing outlook. Each brand new day stands before you with 86,400 seconds of opportunities to start anew.

Everyday we are presented with opportunities to begin afresh and literally set the clock back. Our perceptions of time and space sometimes stand in the way of how we can let go of the past. Instead step forth into the moment, seek the chance to free our self from the boundaries of our conditioning.

So, give yourself this gift of seeing the World afresh offering you many opportunities to move forward into the moment with powerful intentions. Every moment provides you that chance to clearly redefine your future.

Now, let us take a moment to anchor in the energies of new beginnings in every moment so, that you may emerge into a brand new self with a fresh new perspective and perception on life:

  1. Take a moment to pause, breathe and step back so, you can get a clear picture of where you are, and where you wish to go.
  2. We are truly powerful beings, give yourself this moment to see yourself as a bright beautiful being of Light completely connected and supported by the Universe.  
  3. Visualization is a powerful tool to help us step more gracefully forward into the World. Let us create for a moment to visualize: See yourself as that Infinite Light Being, literally glowing brilliant wherever you are sitting. Now see the World as your playground, a playground where you are the author to create any story you wish. So, now I invite you to create a story where you see the World around you responding to your every wish.

Let us celebrate in all our new beginnings.

Light, Love + New Beginnings,

Belinda Pearl

Step forward into change by booking a Soul Session with Belinda Pearl today!

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Day 10/14 of Self Love :: Make Time for “Me-Time”

When I think about “me-time,” I tend to think about face masks, bathrobes and fluffy slippers. I also tend to think, I’ll do that on the weekend, I don’t have time, I need to make dinner, I need to walk the dog…

Do you see what got lost there? ME. Activities that make me feel good and recharge my batteries, seem to slip to the bottom of the priorities list.

Time for a mindset shift: me-time can come in different forms and doses. Reality check: you are not doing as good a job of taking care of others as think – if you are always at the bottom of your own to-do list.

You can’t pour from an empty cup. To truly give the best version of yourself to others, you have to come from a place of health, of nourishment, and of care – for yourself.

The key to making “me-time” count, and making sure that you are feeling the benefits of self-care, is intention. The way you look at things can make all the difference.

Me time can be the extra 2 minutes you spend in your morning shower, when you are intentionally taking that time to relax, to feel the heat of the water, to mentally prepare for your day.

Me time can be your drive home from work, when you pop in an audio book that really challenges and engages you towards your highest self.

Me time can be anywhere and everywhere, as long as you are putting yourself first. Check in with yourself, with your body, with your mind. What do you need? And what are you going to do today that will serve your needs? Self-care isn’t optional, it’s necessary.

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Day 9/14 of Self Love :: Giving Back

When we are really struggling to accept and love ourselves as we are, it may seem counter-intuitive to think about giving back to others.

In fact, when we are most depleted, giving to others can be a great way to reinvigorate ourselves, put things in our life into perspective, and start to feel good about the good that we can bring to the world.

Volunteering can be a form of Self-Love:

  • It gives a sense of purpose – you are helping a community and making a difference for someone other than yourself. You can become part of a bigger cause and do something that really matters.
  • It takes the focus away from yourself – keeping busy serving others can distract your mind from the cycle of negative thoughts

It makes you feel good – volunteering your time or donating to a good cause can be very rewarding. While we aren’t in it for the accolades, there is something to be said for the boost of joy you get when you know that you are helping, and making a difference for the better.

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Day 8/14 of Self Love :: Declutter Your Space

Imagine yourself waking up to your most ideal morning routine. In this fantasy, you wake well-rested and have all the time in the world. You decide to put off answering emails and checking your social media accounts. Instead, you choose to dive into a deep, slow meditation for 10 minutes. When you rise, you reach for a glass of water with fresh lemon, and step into a long, hot shower. As you step out of the steam, grabbing a fresh, fluffy towel, you look at yourself in the mirror and know that today is going to be awesome.

Now take a moment to reflect on what your mornings really look like. When you wake to your alarm blaring you are instantly aware of the sleep you didn’t get, and the time you don’t have, and so the feelings of stress and rush come flooding back in. You lay in bed scrolling instagram for a few too many minutes. You peer over the edge of your bed to the pile of laundry you left on your chair last night and wonder what you’ll be able to find that’s clean and wearable.

You take a quick, lukewarm shower and step out of tub. You reach for your towel, and notice that it’s still where you left it yesterday, in a damp puddle in the corner of your bathroom. You brave the freezing cold to rush to the linen closet – you didn’t get your laundry done but a face cloth will have to do. As you re-enter the bathroom, you look in your mirror and get ready to face the day. Only, your toothpaste cap is missing, your makeup is in a bottomless bag and you can’t find your hairbrush.

We all know how wonderful it feels to come back from a weekend away, or to wake up after a night out and feel the energy of a spotless and clutter free home. We know that cleaning and tidying makes us feel good, and we know how it can affect our mood to be in a serene and contemplative space. What you may not have thought about are the negative consequences when you haven’t made time to tidy, clean and organize.

Waking up and coming home to a messy space can become a metaphor for brain fog and overwhelm that we carry with us throughout our lives.

Prioritize your mental space – take some time to declutter today, and imagine how good you will feel tomorrow morning. xx

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Day 7/14 of Self Love :: Indulge in Your Favorite Creative Pursuits

One of our favourite ways to get out of a rut and to re-energize our self-care practice is to make time to do something creative. Creativity means lots of different things to different people and can be quick and simple, deep and meditative, or really messy.

When you set aside time to free yourself from thoughts of stresses, pressures, deadlines, shoulds, and can’ts, you can tap into a freeing space, without limitations and without expectations.

Taking the time to indulge your creative side, whether you consciously realize it or not, has a great impact on your mental state, your confidence, and your ability to react to chaos and challenge in your life.

Learning to be creative without judging the quality of the output is a powerful way to flex your self-acceptance muscles. Learning to view the art you make, the words you write or the cookies you bake as a process of release, instead of a destination, can make all the difference. It’s about the journey – and you can always start over.

Creativity has many lessons to teach you, whenever you’re ready. Give your subconscious mind the chance to reach the surface – you never know what will come from it. Even if nothing does, you will learn something about yourself in the process of opening up, and letting it all out. xx

 

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Day 6/14 of Self Love :: Reading List: 4 Books for Self Love

Growth and development are so crucial to living life fully engaged. So often we can get into a “rut” and feel like we are just going through the motions of daily life. It is so important to try to incorporate personal development and self discovery into your downtime. Reading is investing in yourself! We love inspiring reads and learning from people with different perspectives. Schedule some “me-time,” grab a steaming mug of green tea, and cozy up with our self-love reading list:

Gifts of ImperfectionThe Gifts of Imperfection  by Brene Brown

A powerful + inspiring book that leads you down a path of self-exploration. The goal: for you to cultivate the courage and compassion to embrace your imperfections + realize that you are enough.

 

 

 

Big Magic

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

If you feel a longing to be more creative, Big Magic will inspire + reassure you that there are many ways to live a creative life. Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert teaches that being open to creativity + divine inspiration is a mindset shift that everyone is capable of making.

 

 

 

The Happiness EquationThe Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything by Neil Pasricha

Neil Pasricha is someone who you probably think has it all figured out – Harvard MBA, Walmart executive, NY Times-bestselling author, husband and dad. In the Happiness Equation, Neil shares his tips for living well. Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything

 

 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying UpThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
If you want to spend your downtime learning practical skills + techniques that will help you declutter your closets (and your life) – read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up. Once you do, you will realize tidying can be an art – and a way of life.

 

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Day 4/14 of Self Love :: Self Care Through Bathing

Taking a bath isn’t just about getting clean. Many of us know the sensation of sliding into a warm, bubbly tub at the end of a long day, and feeling the cares of the day melt and float away. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to bathing, and spending some time soaking can be just what we need to show ourselves some love.

The History of Bathing

A very long time ago, before the theory of germs, and even before widespread disease was a worry, bathing was popular amongst those who had the time and money to do it. Cultures from thousands of years ago weren’t just bathing for hygiene reasons, they also took a dip largely for religious, therapeutic, and even social reasons, as a way to cultivate community and all-important human connection. Those who bathed more often and who were therefore a little cleaner than everyone else, were seen to be more powerful, more beautiful and even more spiritually advanced.

It was the ancient Greeks who first invented intricate systems of pipes for showers, and this was later developed by the Romans, who created large baths to conveniently allow lots of people at once to bathe in the water. Often these bathhouses also provided massage, exercise facilities and entertainment, making having a bath probably a lot more sociable and lively than it is today!

Time For You

Fast forward to the 21st Century, and most people in the Western world have their own private bath in their house; a luxury for both hygiene and privacy! At a time in which being ‘busy’ is viewed as a status symbol, we don’t often make the time to slow down and enjoy a comforting, warm bath – at least not without feeling partly guilty for it!

The thing is though, whatever it is that is keeping us all so ‘busy’, is much more likely to get done if we feel good whilst we’re doing it, and feeling good comes from taking good care of yourself. Being ‘connected’ and online 24/7 can often take its toll on the nervous system, making us stressed, exhausted, and more susceptible to illness. One of the best things about having a bath is that you can choose to leave your phone out of the room, and whilst you’re relaxing in the water, no one can get at you! This is the perfect time to practice deep breathing and meditation, and even make the most of the huge benefits of essential oils you might add to the water.

6 Essential oils to boost your bath

Sage oil: can help sharpen the mind and memory, and enhance mood levels.

Rosemary: Brilliant for jogging your memory, and reminding you of things you’ve got coming up in the future. Also fantastic for sore, aching muscles.

Black Pepper: Relaxing for muscles and a great way to boost circulation due to its warming properties.

Lavender: A great stress reliever, and very helpful for pre-bedtime baths

Eucalyptus: Has the power to both de-stress and de-congest. Add to a bath when you need to both relax and relieve your head cold.

Frankincense: Said to help aid meditation and often used in spiritual ceremonies, this essential oil is a great addition for your bath time meditation, and can help reduce inflammation.

Disclaimer:  Use essential oils safely – always consult an expert if you are unsure how to use them, especially if pregnant or with existing health conditions.

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Emma Newlyn

Emma is a 500hr qualified Yoga teacher, musician, massage therapist, cook, and writer. Having grown up surrounded by Yoga and meditation, Emma began her practice at a young age and has continued to study and develop her understanding of Yoga on a daily basis. Training internationally with inspirational teachers, Emma’s passions now lie primarily in philosophy and Yoga off the mat. Emma currently teaches regularly in Sussex, co-leading teacher trainings, retreats, workshops and kirtans, and also manages the Brighton Yoga Festival. When she’s not teaching, writing or cooking, Emma loves spending time in nature, and travelling to new places.

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Day 3/14 of Self Love :: Why it’s time to start your gratitude journal habit – for life

You’ve heard it many times before, how a gratitude journal can change your life, yet you haven’t been able to stick to it. You know that if you could just find the time to do it, it would have a massive impact on every single aspect of your life, yet it remains a habit that you haven’t been able to create. Why is that? What could be holding you back from something that seems so simple to do?

There are many reasons why we put off starting or sticking to our daily gratitude journal. In this post, I’ll share with you many different ways that you can express your daily gratitude that are simple and easy to implement, for you and your family. Find one that resonates with you and make a commitment for the next 30 days. Too long? Start with a 7 day commitment and see how you feel after that! Then renew your commitment one week at a time. Soon enough you’ll have created a new habit and you won’t want to stop ever again.

Evening Gratitude Journaling

JulieJournalThis is my personal favourite and one that I have been able to stick to for the past 5 and half years. And with only a few small exceptions, I haven’t missed a night. The easiest way to start is to find a journal that you LOVE. This is my current journal and I smile every time I pick it up. A nice pen also helps, however as long as you have one that works, you’re in business. Place the journal beside your bed (with the pen of course).  After you have done your bedtime routine (i.e. brush teeth, take out contacts), open your journal and simply write down three things that you are grateful for, specific to that day. I like to start my sentences with ‘I am truly grateful that….’ and keep it short and sweet.

Advanced tip: If you already have a gratitude journaling habit, add one gratitude intention to your list. What is a gratitude intention? It’s being grateful for something, in the present tense, that hasn’t yet manifested in your life. For example, I am truly grateful to be living in our home on the water. The gratitude intention can remain the same every night until you have manifested it or you decide that’s no longer what you want.

Gratitude Jar

gratitude jarLast year, we started a gratitude habit with my daughter. She was 5 years old at the time and was just learning how to write. We wanted to create a simple daily gratitude habit for her, so we started a gratitude jar. We used small notepad paper and she would write one sentence about what she was grateful for that day. Then we would fold it up and put it in the jar. It ended up being a huge success and she did it almost every night for a full year. We ended up with 3 full jars! This is a simple exercise that can be done at any time of the day. At bedtime might be easier to remember, however it would also work after meals or perhaps when you first get home from work every day.

Morning Blessings

Another simple way to create a daily gratitude habit is to start your day with gratitude. My personal vision is of a world where everyone wakes up with gratitude and that we all give thanks for the gift of another day. You could choose to start your day by writing three things that you are grateful for in your journal, as your morning blessings. Point form works well here, for example: the sunrise, my bed and warm blankets.  This sets the tone for your entire day and helps you start the day with a smile on your face, no matter what difficulties or challenges might lay ahead.

Which one of these three ideas most resonated with you? The most important thing is not which one you choose, but that you take action today. Make today the day you begin your daily gratitude habit for life. Wouldn’t it be amazing to look back, one year from now, at everything you have to be grateful for? The bonus gift we get from writing down our gratitude every day is that we create a journal of our lives, focusing on the most positive things we encountered, rather than the difficulties. And for those more difficult moments, often it is our daily gratitude habit that will help us to find the smallest thing to be grateful for even during the darkest of times.

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Julie Boyer’s mission in life is to inspire people to build their lives on a foundation of gratitude through her brand, Wake Up & Give Thanks™. Julie’s first book, 30 Days of Gratitude, The Gratitude Program That Will Change Your Life, became an Amazon bestseller when it was released in May 2013. She is also the founder of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Program, a healthy, whole food detox that nourishes your body at the cellular level. Julie also loves to mentor and develop leaders through her mentorship program as well. A former triathlete, Julie has completed 3 full Ironman Distance triathlons. Julie lives in Ontario, Canada with her 6 year old daughter and husband Dan. She can be reached on her blog, www.julieboyer.com
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