Welcoming Change

  As I write this I’m flying home to Alaska. I had a fun weekend with our middle child. She happily committed to her future college, a life changing event. This weekend I connected with two people experiencing unplanned health issues, also a life changing event. My mind keeps returning to life altering events. We all have them. Some are happy, a birth of a child, marriage and job success. Some are not so happy, health scares, loss of loved ones and divorce. What they all have in common, good or bad, is the potential for positive life changes. It got me thinking. Why is it that we allow ourselves to struggle? This is in reference to the events that aren’t so happy. Often we don’t see any other choices in our life, until the Universe gives us reason to pause. What if we decided to pause where it feels really good? We could do that. We could design our life around feel good moments. Think about all the times that you feel wonderful. Maybe you’re on vacation and you feel free and healthy. You are practicing wellness habits, eating healthy, meditating, enjoying your family and friends. It is so easy to think these habits are related to time allowance. Living a happy life has nothing to do with time, or lack of time. A happy life requires each individual to look at how they want to fill up each moment. Who and what are you inviting into your happy life? A happy life is not dependent on the amount of money in your life. There is a young man that I have been lucky to spend time with. He delivers groceries for a living. Each time he delivers our groceries, I am happy to see him. When we hug good bye, his energy fills me up. He has that special gift, so many people are seeking. He is genuinely happy.  What would your life look like if you designed it for your optimal health and happiness? What might your mantra be?I AM HEALED I AM LOVED I AM HAPPYI personally have experienced life changes so sudden, I had no time to think. It is in those sudden changes that God speaks loudly. The first time this happened was when I came across a violent crime scene. I feared for my life, as well as others’ lives. It was the first time I channeled a message of love and healing. I didn’t recognize what was occurring. I have had life changes that are essentially a slow unraveling of life as I knew it. God still spoke to me, but I needed to stop and listen. This was when I experienced my health scare. I was offered the opportunity to recognize my connection to source. I was given the opportunity to create a life that allowed me to share peace with my family and others. This required letting go of some habits and even people that didn’t fit into the life I was building. I am still learning how I best receive the messages of God, and how I best share them. I feel blessed to have these experiences that helped me discover peace, awareness, love and happiness. When the Universe slows me down I answer with an open, happy heart. CHANNELING We come thru you and to you in all directions, all colors and all sounds. Yet just a small few will recognize the shift inside that creates a place for inspiration to land and bloom.. At all times you are surrounded by energy so pure and true, you only need to remember your true essence to allow it to take you away.. Is the fear of losing what you believe is truth; larger than the memory of eternal peace? It is inevitable that you also, (the essence that is enjoying the human form) you too, will fall into awareness.. You will experience the blending and churning of the beautiful energies that are always part of your story, always waiting to guide you back to Love.. Always waiting to remind you of your eternal wellness and connection to all.. There is an expanded version of you that rests with in your heart, mind and soul. This version of you will eventually want for more, want to experience the total of all that is. Returning to a state of only love and expressions of love.. there is no hate, fear or pain.. we reside in total harmony.. There is a part of you that rests with us.. You are dancing between the two worlds.. softly you will return to us as we have returned to you.. As you make your way home the sounds and colors don’t match your frequencies.. but soon the blending will take pace and you will experience all as one.. you will experience your human self, with a slight shift of awareness, you will experience the pure essence of your- self with an awareness of energetic exchange.. we will guide you to many planes and many frequencies.. We will always be with you, We will always carry you gently with us. You are experiencing all this now.. End of Channel In this channel there is reference to two worlds. I have written about this before. What it means is we have a world that has limitations and we have a world free of limitations; the choice is ours to make. I also want to clarify my statement on happiness not being dependent on money. The variable that connects happiness to money, is our relationship to money. I have been happy poor and I have been happy financially stable. I have also been unhappy and struggling financially and even unhappy financially stable. Living a happy abundant life is not always reflected by dollar amounts.God Bless You and may you experience peace and happiness, Polly  

Too much of anything is good for nothing

Some of us are overly sensitive. Mostly people will talk about themselves by saying, ‘I’m a very sensitive person’. But it is always in context to their own feelings.  They like to ignore the fact that they could be inflicting pain on every other person around, yet they carry this ‘injured’ air around them.

 

Special traits

Highly sensitive people emote on a very different level.  They have some special traits which are very different from the average person. It could also be considered as a positive thing but it has its drawbacks.

 

Highly sensitive

This is actually a trait which brings both strengths and challenges. Sometimes one is just easily offended by people who mean no harm or they could even be trying to be nice to you. Sometimes the reaction to everyday stressors is also extreme. You may be more affected by negative stressors than most people are.

 

Wild imagination

You like to believe that you are being bullied by people who mean no harm and then tend to become over emotionally aggressive. You are more deeply affected by others.  Try to manage your reactions, make it your strength rather than a challenge. 
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10 Simple Self Care Tips To Manage This Mercury Retrograde

(SPECIAL FOR EMPATHS AND HIGHLY SENSITIVE PEOPLE)

This week we are in the first week of the first Mercury retrograde cycle of 2018 which is a perfect time to retrace your steps and have a look at some of the ways in which you need to reaffirm your self-care. It’s also a great time to focus on ways to manage your experience especially if you identify as a highly sensitive person or empath. This particular retrograde in Aries is highly charged and can be quite combustible and combative. That said it’s also perfect for rigorous self-honesty, and really determining what you are enthusiastic about!

So, if you’re sensing the edge in the air and it starts to feel overwhelming you need to find a way to manage your experience. You don’t want to end up feeling like the energy of the world is assaulting you (and it really can feel like that sometimes.)

I’m going to include a video from Nick Ortner at the end of the blog to support you too since he has a great way to dial down anxiety. Bottom line is that intuitive people can suffer if they don’t have tools to manage their boundaries and feelings. (and they can also find it hard to release excess body weight, manage fatigue too etc. but that’s a whole other story)

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4 Things To Do When Feeling Emotionally Off

We all feel bad, or off, or out of alignment at times. Most times we ignore it and keep doing what we have to. But there is a process you can go through that is immensely helpful in resolving the energy – not just ignoring it.



Stop:
Give yourself a minute to become aware, to live consciously in that moment – Stop and create the time and space to experience.  If you ignore the feeling or distract yourself from it, that energy will remain stuck within you.



Look:
Have the courage to look at what you are feeling. It’s telling you something. Bring real insight to the situation: What’s the real cause? Non-alignment with your Divinity, resistance to what is, egoic personalization in a circumstance? What’s the false and true story?

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Stress Buster: Harp On

Music can come in handy in dealing with life from a positive perspective.
 
Whenever we listen to good music, it changes our zone. Music is one of the healthiest stress relief measures as it transports us into a different state of emotions according to its nuances. Music affects our minds and bodies in so many different ways and we need to realise and understand that it can be used as an effective stress management vehicle. 

 

Physical relaxation

Music actually promotes relaxation of tense muscles enabling you to release tension from a stressful day or week. Relaxing your body while listening to music helps release tension in a fun way and puts one in a stress-free zone. Harp on 

Music & meditation

For those who feel meditation is tough to get into, listening to music is an excellent way to relax and slowly get lured into the meditative state. 

 

Music promotes positivity

Upbeat lives are happy lives. Even if you are not in a good mood you feel obliged to switch mental channels and feel better.

 

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8 Morning Rituals to Bring About Energy and Peace

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.    

~Marcus Aurelius

 

I’m a morning person, always have been. I wake up around 5 am and bounce out of bed joy-filled, enthusiastic and ready to consume the day. My energy is at its peak and I feel as though nothing can stop me. However, up until five years ago, I didn’t realize how my morning routine was undermining my ability to be the very best I could be. In truth, it was creating blocks to my most authentic life.

 

You see, I’ve learned that what you do when you first wake up in the morning is a solid gage of not only the quality of your day but by extension the quality of your life.

 

The cure for this is to create a realistic morning routine - a set of rituals that works for you and you alone. There are myriad ways to accomplish this, but I’m going to share the eight that have made the biggest difference for me. I’m not just talking about starting the day off on the right foot – but truly changing your life in just about every way imaginable.

 

#1 - Hydrate First

As soon as you get out of bed down a full 8-to-16-ounces of clear water. Before your morning coffee or tea, before you take a shower, before you do anything else, drink your water.

Your body has been in a state of fasting all night, and this liquid miracle will rehydrate you, make your brain feel more alert, and jumpstart your metabolism. It may also help to fill up your tummy so you don’t overeat at breakfast. 

#2 - Stretch

Roll right onto the floor (or if it’s too hard for you, lay back down on your bed) taking five minutes to stretch your body. Lay on your back, clasping your knees to chest. Roll from side to side. Remember to breathe deeply throughout your stretching. You’ll most likely hear your spine and joints gently popping as you elongate.  Stand and stretch your arms overhead as you gently stretch from side to side. Kneel on the floor and then place your forehead on the ground. Stretch your arms over your head and gently elongate your spine. Be gentle. Think and move like a cat. 

 

Stretching in the morning improves circulation and helps to increase the blood flow to your muscles. More blood in your muscles translates into more energy in the morning. It also increases blood flow to your brain and sharpens your concentration.  

#3 - Tea Meditation

 I gave up morning coffee consumption five years ago when out of habit I would lurch from my bed to the kitchen to kidnap an entire pot of bullet-strong Joe and plop down at my desk for the next five hours slamming cup after cup as I  bulldozed through work. Hours later when Panache would make it to my desk I was a barking, short-tempered, over-caffeinated hot mess. My gut was ruined and I suffered terrible diarrhea most days.  I don’t need to tell you that I was so toxic by noon that nobody wanted to be around me. 

 

Now, my morning tea prep is a grace bestowing meditation ritual. I walk slowly, barefoot to the kitchen feeling my feet from heel to toe on the ground. Each step bringing me fully into the present moment.  I take down my favorite over-sized Asian blue ceramic cup and put the water on to boil. I turn  on music that speaks to my soul as I await the whistling of the tea kettle (absolutely no electric tea kettles for me. I love the old-fashioned sound of a kettle’s whistle.) And then I pour the water over the tea and watch it steep.

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Return to the Joyful Living of Childhood

Now that we are stepping into the second month of the year,I feel all of us are more relaxed about our performance through the year. The initial euphoria of the new year year and it's newer resolutions is sort of settled into a routine. And yet at the back of our minds lurks this constant need to perform in a manner that leads us to a stress free life.


Happiness is the motivational goal which remains a constant obsession as it should.  Our main purpose on this planet is joy and inching towards it everyday is our essential need and desire.
 

Over the years as we allow stress to take a toll on our lives, we seem to have stopped living in our natural state which is joy. As children while we were growing up, joyful living was a natural part of our lives and we didn't have to consciously think about it. So now perhaps we should just switch on our childhood mode to reach that sense of emotional level of comfort and joy.
 

Go into your childhood and connect to the child within you. Think about how relaxed you were and how your thought patterns worked when you were living in those blissful times. Connect backwards in time and live those days .
 

Adult stress relief strategies seem so much simpler and more effective when we link them to our past happy experiences.
 
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The Best Strategy to Combat Aging

When people think about growing old, they blame the passage of time—the years roll by, and the body stops looking younger year by year. But the latest science disputes this view. A person ages because the cells in their body age, and cells live only in the present. This is one reason memory remains such a mystery. Brain cells function through electrochemical activity that occurs the instant a chemical reaction or electrical impulse is able to occur. There are no pauses to think about reacting; if the potential is there, the action must follow.

 

Whatever a brain cell does, it can’t go back to the past. So how do we seem to go back into the past when we remember a childhood birthday party or our first kiss? No one knows, but when the answer is found, it won’t involve time travel, either forward or backward. If you expand this to every cell in the body, they too must function instantly in the present moment when any two molecules interact. So the problem of aging can be stated as the gap between how a cell lives and how a person lives. As people, we repeat the past, get stuck in old habits, cling to stubborn beliefs, fear the future, and in general occupy mental states that are not in the now.


If you can return to the now, you close the gap between your life and the life of your cells, and by doing this, you can prevent aging or even reverse it. Aging isn’t one thing but a complex of possibilities. Which possibilities get triggered is infinitely complicated, but no one has ever shown that any symptoms of aging must occur.


Even though we can all tick off the disagreeable signs of growing old—creaky joints, wrinkled skin, loss of energy, erratic sleep, declining memory, and so on—there is someone who has actually improved as they aged in each of these areas, except perhaps for wrinkles. However unusual, there are individuals who retain limberness, energy, good sleep, mobility, and memory.
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A Plan for Managing Stress

People have a tendency to overlook their stress. Every few days I like to write about the benefits of an overall plan for managing stress as I do realise the importance of it from my personal counselling sessions with my clients. 

From time to time we need to address the concept of stress management within us. It is not a one time strategy you apply, its an ongoing process you need to keep track of. It is important that you should have an overall plan for managing your stress and not allow your stress levels to rise high before you start handling them.

I feel the need to talk about the avaliable recourses for handling most of the stressful situation's . The smart thing is to combat our own stressful personal scenarios with the recourses available to us.

Most of the time we remain abreast our stressful situation when we keep ourselves on a higher level of awareness and conciousness. It is only when you deal with stress in less than healthy ways that you compound the negative impacts of stress on your health.

It can be that your responses to stress make the challenges you feel, more challenging .
 

Maintaining Balance 
 
This is the most important aspect of stress management.  We need to create a lifestyle in sync with our values, a schedule to create health promoting habits. We need to understand how to deal with the negatives life metes us on the platter and move our perspective according to our challenges.

Yet many a time we realise that despite all our efforts stress is throwing us off balance. 

We need to realise that life does not always turn the way we plan and "true balance " is not a continuous state. There could be many factors that throw things off the scheduled path.
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Self-Care Interview Series: Beth Kirby

Beth Kirby is a photographer, cookbook writer, entrepreneur, and the creator of Local Milk, her food, travel, and lifestyle blog. We are endlessly amazed by Beth’s ability to present her work with both authenticity and style, and we were completely blown away by each one of her thoughtful and inspiring answers in this interview. It’s a true gem.

In this dialogue, Beth tells us about self-care as the foundation for happiness, having a schedule as a way to avoid stress, why she doesn’t believe in the idea of work-life balance, and how her routine has changed since becoming a mother, as well as her newfound love for weight training, the adaptogens and herbs she incorporates into her everyday potions, beauty, motivation, sustenance, and much more. There’s some amazing business advice here, too!


Routine


— Is routine important to you or do you like things to be more open and free?

Routine is so very important to me. Routines ensure that time is carved out for the important things in my days & life. I’m super flexible with my routines so there’s no such thing as “failing”, but the closer I adhere to the routine, the more impact I tend to make in my day.


— What do your mornings look like? If they differ from day to day, describe your ideal morning.

I actually just wrote a little guide to a slow morning routine that details mine! I usually wake up when my baby wakes up, between 6:30-7:30 AM. The first thing I do every morning is make the bed because I feel this sets the tone for the rest of my day. My husband takes the baby to give me 10 minutes to meditate (I love the Headspace app) and do a few sun salutations to wake my body + mind connection up. After that I brew my morning elixir, a simple lemon, ginger, and turmeric tea, and then I do some journaling while I drink it. After that comes breakfast & a matcha potion, a shower & getting dressed for the day, a quick tidy of my space if I need it, and then I’m down to work! I don’t always do every single thing, but the more of them I hit, the better my morning!


— Do you have any bedtime rituals that help you sleep well?

I’m so exhausted at the end of the day, I don’t usually need much help sleeping! I love making moon mylks with sleep promoting herbs as a little night time luxury. We keep the bedroom a “sleep only” zone with no television or computers, so it’s quite easy to pass out once I’m in my own bed (or whatever bed I happen to be in!)


— How has your routine changed since you had your daughter?

It’s gotten a lot more flexible! If she’s having a bad morning, things like preparing breakfast can take a lot longer or maybe I skip the shower (truth time!), but in a lot of ways, it’s made me more routine because if I don’t have a plan and stick to it, the day can slip away a lot more easily when you have kids. I kinda floated through my days doing whatever I wanted whenever I wanted before she was born because I had all the time in the world. Now it’s make hay while the sun shines or forget having any hay! Haha.

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New Year, New You? How About A REVIVAL Instead?

That time of year is almost here. In a few short weeks, the world will be joining a gym, starting a diet, and setting mind-boggling self-improvement goals.

“This year I’m gonna lose 30 pounds and get in shape.” Or maybe something like, “This is the year I’m going to fit into those old jeans.”

Pretty soon we’ll be bombarded with advertisements to join everything from Gold’s Gym to Jenny Craig. And all those New Year’s Resolutions? The same old, same old plans to make this year THE year that you finally get the body you’ve always wanted?

Kind of exhausting, isn’t it?

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4 Ways to Make the Holidays Blessed Instead of Stressed

The Holidays are a time to gather with friends and family and give thanks for the many blessings in your life. However, this can also be a stressful time. Family knows exactly how to push your buttons, which doesn’t always bring out your best self. There are a million and one ways that this time of year can be challenging; however, there are just as many ways that it can be a magical time, filled with fun and laughter.

 

Here are my top four tips for getting the most out of this season. These simple exercises will help you remain cheery and upbeat, no matter what chaos there is around you.

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Savor Your Food, Savor Your Life

Eat Slowly, Connect to Your Soul Purpose

It may seem surprising, but you really can eat your way to a deliciously enlightened life! When we think of a spiritual path, we often envision meditation, yoga, fasting, chanting, or prayer. We don’t usually consider our everyday meals as a potential gateway to mystical transformation. Yet, the food you eat and your approach to it can be one of the most powerful pathways to spiritual renewal.

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Each step counts

From time to time we need to address the concept of stress management within us. It is an ongoing process you need to keep track of. It is important that you should have an overall plan for managing your stress and not allow your stress levels to rise high before you start handling them. I feel the need to talk about the available resources for handling most of the stressful situations. 
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Self-Care Interview Series: Amy Chaplin

Amy Chaplin is an author and chef, whose approach to whole foods and cooking is endlessly inspiring. Her cookbook is nothing short of a kitchen bible to us. We had the pleasure of meeting up with Amy in NYC a few years ago and had the best time chatting about our favorite subjects like sprouted flours, cookbook publishing, and acupuncture. Needless to say, we were excited to get a peak at her self-care routine.


In this interview, Amy tells us about the valuable self-care tips she learned from her mother, her favorite meals made with pantry staples, the skincare brand she’s been using since she was a teenager, her approach to exercise, stress, and so much more.

 

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Food Restriction

I just got off the phone with one of our Bright Lifers, Carolyn Stallberg. She was once 285 pounds…and after she lost that weight, she got down to 104 pounds. She was planning to continue losing weight well below 100 pounds. But she and I had a fateful conversation this past June that changed all that. Watch this week’s vlog to hear the story.

Chakra Healing: 9 Amazing Ways To Clean And Heal Your Chakras

Even though there are 100s of Chakras there are seven main ones that are typically dealt with when it comes to healing. The Chakras begin at the bottom area of your spinal cord at the point of the coccyx bone and then travel along up the spinal cord to the very top part of your head.


These are the Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra, Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra, and Crown Chakra. 


The goal behind all spiritual practices is to reach a place of balance between spirit, body, earth and health, universality and grounding. Below are a few fantastic techniques used to clean and heal the Chakras.

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Why Our Inner ‘Demons’ are Not Moving Out Just Yet

By this stage of the game, you may have spent years either learning healing modalities or hiring practitioners to help lift the pain body masses of energy lying  under the surface. You did this in hopes of avoiding the burning sensation and the hours and maybe even days of deep emotional pain and sorrow.

 

When it is feeding time, they come up and project a web of lies onto your current reality and warp your perception in an attempt to inflict pain. When you buy into the deception, you feed them and they continue to thrive.

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You Probably Drink Chlorine in Your Water Every Day — But Is It Harmful?

Every day, millions of people drink chlorinated tap water.

Chlorine is used to keep our water clean by disinfecting it and killing germs. And it does a marvelous job at eliminating most pathogens from the water we drink.


But the use of this powerful chemical has a downside. According to a report from the U.S. Council of Environmental Quality, the cancer risk for people who drink chlorinated water is 93% higher than those whose water does not contain chlorine.

 

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Are you a Night Owl or a Lark? – How & Why I Changed from One to the Other

Do you know someone that simply hates mornings… prefers late late evenings? I know, hate is a strong word… one I don’t usually use. In this case though, I know several people that truly do hate mornings. Maybe you too despise those mornings when the alarm goes off, or the dogs get you up early or the kids wake up way before you have to get up. Maybe you hit the snooze 5 times wishing for just 10 more minutes of sleep.

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