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From the time you were a small child you had a connection with the natural world. Mother Nature has always been there for you providing whatever you needed. Reconnect to restore your body’s innate intelligence for natural healing.
“The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.” ~ Paracelsus
As a child you probably enjoyed playing outdoors on the grass and in the dirt. It turns out that this is how you develop a strong immune system. You need the friendly bacteria that's in the soil to have a healthy microbiome in your gut. Make a habit of standing or sitting with your bare skin touching the earth as much as possible, and breathe deeply.
Plant a garden in your backyard, grow herbs in pots on a windowsill or become part of a community garden. Be sure to connect with local organic farmers and support them at your local farmer's markets. Nature...
When you were very young you already knew the meaning of life. You were born with this knowledge and over time you may have forgotten. One way to help you remember who you really are and why you're here, is contemplation.
“Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.”
~ Viktor E. Frankl
Contemplation is not the same as overthinking. Contemplative thinking has a meditative quality with a purpose. It usually begins with a deep question i.e.: What is the meaning of life? As you listen for the answer and observe your thoughts, simply allow your awareness to rise above your ego's mental chatter so that you can hear the calming voice of your soul.
Contemplation combined with journaling will help you capture your soul's guidance through the written word. You can write your question and simply allow whatever comes through to be transferred to the page. This will help you get clear, and you may be...
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Synchronicities are a sure sign that you're on the right path. If you ask for a clear sign and then just happen to see something like a pathway in the sky highlighted by a colorful ice cloud, that's considered a wink from the universe.
"Older and wiser voices can help you find the right path, if you are only willing to listen."
~ Jimmy Buffett
Sometimes you need to be shown the way out from where you are to where your soul wants to go. Rather than looking outward for direction, turn inward for guidance. Act on divine guidance and you'll receive confirmation through synchronicities.
When the outer world appears to be in chaos, the right path is the one that brings order to your life. It could be as simple as decluttering your home or as complex as starting a new job, business, or project. Find the path that takes you in the direction of inner peace.
Feeling excited about your path is a sign that you're headed in the...
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A significant part of the human experience is to find joy through movement. Your body needs to move to be healthy; your mind must be moved to create; your heart feels emotions that need to move through you to feel good; and your spirit moves you with divine inspiration.
"Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states." ~ Carol Welch
One way I have found joy is through playing tennis. Even spraining my ankle and falling on the court during a match led me to create a more balanced way of living. The joy of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual movement has fueled both my personal and professional life for over thirty years. Discover the kind of movement that brings you joy and see where it leads you.
From the time you learned to crawl your body loved to move. At different stages of your life you may have been very active and at other times more sedentary. Find joy through...
Like clouds that adapt to wind currents by changing their formation, we must also adapt to the winds of change. When you allow divine light to shine through your physical form you become the positive change the world needs.
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” ~ Stephen Hawking
Change is the only constant in life. Without change there is no growth. Without growth there is no life. Without life there is no point. The point of life is to change, grow, and evolve. When you embrace change you embrace life.
By adapting to change during challenging times you get to press the reset button on your life and move forward with an upgrade to your operating system. Just like a computer, sometimes you need to unplug for a while and then reboot to fix what wasn't working.
Your body is always adapting to change. If it's dealing with chronic stress, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, too little sunlight, toxins, not enough sleep, an injury, illness...
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During these unprecedented times it's helpful to have faith in the wisdom of uncertainty. The future is unknown, and yet we still believe that the sun will set this evening and will rise again tomorrow morning.
“None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.” ~ Paulo Coelho
Even though you cannot see the sunrise at night you know that it will be back in the morning to light up the whole sky. This kind of faith will help you remain calm and hopeful during challenging times.
Create a morning and evening ritual of connecting with the sunrise and sunset. Appreciate the rising and setting sun and it will strengthen your faith in the universe. This connection will activate your parasympathetic nervous system and help you feel centered and peaceful.
The future holds infinite possibilities. When you know that you're a co-creator with the universe...
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Everything you need to thrive comes from the earth. In fact, your body is made up of the same elements that are found in nature. Like a flower that blooms among so many others, you're here to grow and flourish by staying connected to Mother Earth.
"Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favorable comparison with the products of nature, the living cell of a plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.” ~ Thomas Edison
Mother Earth provides exactly what you need to heal, lower stress, reduce inflammation, boost your immune system, and stay healthy. Like Hippocrates said: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be they food." That means organic whole foods, herbs, and spices from the earth are the best natural medicine.
One way to connect is by standing or walking barefoot on the earth. When your skin...
Use this FEAR formula to become a mental alchemist: Flip it, Energize it, Activate it, Reclaim it. Flip fearful thinking, energize conscious thoughts, activate empowering mantras, and reclaim the power to turn fear into fuel.
“Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy.” ~ Brian Tracy
To flip your fear start by observing the fearful thoughts swirling around in your head. Are these thoughts helpful or harmful? Use your conscious awareness to flip your fear-based thinking to a higher perspective. For example, if you're having stressful thoughts about an uncertain future you can flip your thinking by focusing on the present moment or imagining the best possible future.
Create a mantra for your new perspective i.e. I am safe and secure. Center this thought in your heart chakra. Energize your mantra by taking several deep breaths as you declare it to yourself. Next, breathe in and fill your heart center with...
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You have seven energy centers, known as chakras, that form the energetic architecture of your soul. Activate your chakra system to heal what needs healing by using the vibration of color and the power of natural elements.
“Each of the seven chakras are governed by spiritual laws, principles of consciousness that we can use to cultivate greater harmony, happiness, and wellbeing in our lives and in the world.” ~ Deepak Chopra
Activate your root chakra, located at the base of your spine, by standing barefoot on the earth to get grounded and discharge the energy of stress. Imagine your legs are like two prongs of an electrical plug that are being connected to its power source. Your first chakra resonates with the color red so eating red fruits and veggies will energize it.
Your sacral chakra is located two inches below your naval and is activated by water. Feel the pleasure of being immersed in water,...
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Think of your immune system as an energy field that either gets charged or drained by its environment. You can become more immune to disease, stress, worry, fear, and doubt by pausing to reset your biological systems.
“As you begin to heal the inner you, you alter your immune system.” ~ Wayne Dyer
Reset your immune system to protect you from disease with the best possible nutrition, supplements, herbs, hydration, exercise, sleep, rest and relaxation. You can also supercharge your immune system by tapping on your upper chest to stimulate your thymus gland. Do this for twenty seconds three times a day to generate more T cells.
Your cardiovascular and respiratory systems can be reset from from fear to love by tuning into your heart while breathing deeply. It helps to place your hands over the center of your chest and focus on the mantra: I am love. Feel deep appreciation for your strong beating heart and clear breathing lungs...
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