Protect your mind, body and spirit this fall
The cold winds of change are upon us and so is cold-and-flu season.
The cold winds of change are upon us and so is cold-and-flu season.
What we put into our bodies, what we think in our heads and what we carry in our hearts can make us healthy or sick.
The good news? Western medicine is (finally!) beginning to acknowledge what Chinese Medicine has known for thousands of years: our emotions affect our physical energy or Qi (pronounced chi).
If you want more positive life energy this summer, go green by following these three simple steps.
Release: Let go. Whether you rant wildly or seethe silently, undigested emotions are like poison to your mind, body and spirit. Emotional toxicity festers in the liver and gallbladder, congesting your blood and Qi, and causing tension in the head (and heart!). Something as simple as saying, “I feel angry about this” can release the knots in your stomach and skull. When we reveal how we feel, we allow ourselves to heal.
Renew: Eat green. One of the easiest, simplest and most powerful ways to boost your energy and your mood is to eat vegetables. Yes, your mama was right!
Below are three green tricks to pump you up and slim you down.
♥ Add lime juice to your daily dose of filtered water. The juice helps you burn fat and decrease bloating.
♥ Add fresh kiwi to your morning routine. Kiwi increases energy and vitality and helps your skin to glow.
♥ Add a hangover tool to your beach picnic basket. Mix the juice of half a lemon with one teaspoon of coconut oil in two cups of warm water. Or click here to try Infinichi’s Over Hang Over herbs. Your liver will thank you.
Rejuvenate: Count your blessings. Whether you’re an early bird or a nighthawk, writing down 10 things you’re grateful for (e.g., my health, this house, my dog) at the beginning or end of the day is a powerful practice that opens your heart and calms your mind. Cultivating gratitude is like planting seeds that blossom into nourishing and beautiful blessings. The “dog days of summer” are the perfect time to bask in the sun, howl at the moon and be grateful for our lives and the people we love. [end]
You’re likely someone who cares about improving themselves and their world. You’ve got a big heart – and the world loves generous, kind people like you. The whole wide world thrives when we open our hearts and fix our eyes on what we want to change.
What do all loving and compassionate leaders believe? Our most beloved leaders always look to the future with hope and faith. Do you? (Yes, the media circus can make a happy clown cry.)
Here are five practical tips for strengthening your precious heart so you can go out there and be the change you want to see in the world.
Practice self-awareness. Mindfulness begins with just one conscious breath. Connect with your conscious observer by watching your thoughts without judgment. Relax and release negative thoughts. Savor thoughts that feel positive and life-affirming. The lowest, slowest emotion is fear. Fear closes your heart. Love opens your heart and your life to others.
Discover your “why”. When you know why you’re doing something (e.g., going to work, parenting your child, quitting sugar) your likelihood for success goes up BIG. Life is supposed to be joyful. Change your mindset, change your life. Find a positive, big-picture, meaningful reason that fuels your daily – sometimes tedious – actions so you feel inspired to keep going.
Create healthy relationships. You know who they are. Crabs in the barrel try to bring you down, down, down. Negative people are toxic, especially if they’re related to you! Surround yourself with people who believe in you and your dreams. On those tough days when you feel without company, support or friends, honor the realization you are never alone. You’re an integral, never-to-be-seen again piece of the puzzle. The universe is benevolent. Einstein said so!
Cultivate positive habits. Yet again, Gandhi says it best: “Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.” ‘Nuf said. Be the change. Be the Light. You’re a lighthouse. Shine!
Show self-love and self-care. You teach people how to treat you. If you don’t know how to forgive yourself, how to celebrate your successes, how to show yourself respect and love, you’ll attract people who reflect that self-loathing. (That’s not blame. That’s Law of Attraction.) Find activities, fascinations or hobbies that fill you with wonder and joy. When you’re enthusiastic and inspired, you are one with spirit. Have fun, spread joy, rest and rejuvenate. Repeat.
Imagine. One by one, we become “everyone”. Yes, if everyone practiced such loving tips, the world would be a different place. For now? Be the catalyst. Commit to watching your mind, honor your lovely heart and always try your best to be kind. You’re a leader. Believe!
Today and always we pray for peace and harmony for you and the entire world.
How you ever felt disappointed? Discouraged? Frustrated? If you imaged your life as a garden, would your patch of paradise be vibrant and bursting with color? Or parched and overrun with weeds?
As the season transitions from winter to spring so does our body, mind and spirit. Think of a fresh delicate bud on a sturdy tree. That tiny sprig is soft, flexible and ready to grow, grow, grow. Nature can teach us so much about what we need to nourish our dreams so they blossom and bloom.
This season dare greatly and ask, “What do I feel growing inside of me?”
Here are some fast and easy tips for nourishing your creativity so you can cultivate the sweet blessings of your dreams and hopes.
Cleanse your liver, soften your mind, uplift your spirit. Our liver is located in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen just below the diaphragm. The liver is related to the Wood Element, which helps us cleanse our mind, body and spirit of negative emotions such as anger, frustration and impatience. Click here to learn how to cleanse your liver using simple and gentle Qigong movements.
Follow up intense sessions of creativity and/or movement with rest and relaxation. When you decide you’re going to do something, go for it. Focus your attention, intention and energy on why you’re doing something and what you’re doing. But when you’re done with the activity or growing tired, stop! Take the time to recover and replenish. Step away from your Work. Renew your intention by relaxing and refocusing.
Meditate not medicate. Rather than drinking that extra glass of wine (love your liver!), texting while driving (dangerous!) or watching television for hours (fattening!), check in with your breath. Stop, sit and breathe. Mediation is proven to boost creatively and feed precious brain cells that make you smarter, sharper and sexier. Put down the wine, put down the phone and turn off the television. Now say it with me: OMMMMM.
We hope you feel and receive the bright, loving sunshine that heralds the arrival of spring. Nourish your creativity, honor your liver and watch compassion, creativity and growth plant deep roots in your life and your world.
OM, Peace, Amen.