Monthly Archives: June 2011

Sea Salts and Baths…

Salts and Baths


Sea Salts

If you have a history of “toxic habits” such as heavy meat eating, smoking or alcohol consumption, taking a salt and soda bath several times a week is a wonderful idea. Fill the tub with warm water and add 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of sea salt and/or Epsom Salt. Stay in the bath for 20-30 minutes to mobilize toxins out of the body through the skin.

 

Mustard Foot Soaks

This soak can help eliminate toxic headaches (congested feeling), generalized toxic symptoms, muscle aches and pains, water retention in the ankles and other parts of the body. Add 1 tablespoon of mustard seeds and 1 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper to basin of warm water. Sit in a comfy chair and soak your feet for 20-30 minutes in the bath. Repeat 2-3 times daily especially during periods of intense toxicity.
Please note that Essential Energy Healing carries:

  • 100% Dead Sea Salts and Natural Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

The Importance of Water

Cast Thyself Into The Enfolding Arms Of The Angel Of Water For She Shall Cast Out From Thee All That Is Unclean And Evil.
– The Dead Sea Scrolls- 3rd century BCE to 640 AD.

Drink Plenty Of Water
Most detox regimes recommend flooding the body with purified or filtered water, rather than the bottled kind. Infusing the body with water will immediately stimulate your kidneys, liver and digestive system functions. It will boost your metabolism, which in turn accelerates toxin and fat elimination.
Water, The Ultimate Detox Tool – It constitutes an intrinsic part of our daily life and we couldn’t survive without it. Amongst its countless benefits to our health and our planet, WATER is the ultimate natural detox tool. The recent Detox Craze has reached phenomenal proportions, with manufacturers frantically marketing products that promise instant cleansing and purification, in an attempt to fulfil -and obviously profit from- such an overwhelming market demand. By highly publicizing their successful detox experiences, stars like Beyonce -amongst others- have contributed in making detox the health buzzword of the 21st century. It is now considered a necessary factor in the quest for optimal health, weight loss and well being. Unfortunately, such proliferation, variety and availability of detox aids makes identifying the ideal personal detox program a daunting task. Many cases and articles of detox gone wrong are published on the web, reminding the gullible and the unseasoned of the dangers of extreme detox, which clearly could be health-hazardous. The quest for the ideal detox tool or program is on, with a mind-boggling array of products to choose from: Detox supplements, colon cleansing aids, detox foot baths and detox patches ; The list is endless! In our frantic search for the ultimate detox, we’ve overlooked the ideal and most obvious detox aid. A free, natural resource we are in physical contact with every single day of our life: Water.

NOTHING supports the body’s cleansing and elimination capacity like Water; the most ancient and potent natural detox aid ever known to mankind. Whether by drinking it, sweating or bathing in it, water has been used to expel toxins, and restore health since the dawn of humanity.

Drink Plenty of Water!

We are all familiar with the dangers of even minor- dehydration. If the body is not sufficiently hydrated, the cells will draw water from the bloodstream, thus pressurizing and burdening the heart. Even mild dehydration prevents the kidneys from effectively purifying the blood. When this happens, some of the kidney’s workload is passed on to the liver and other organs, and may cause them to be severely stressed.

Minor health conditions such as constipation, dry and itchy skin, acne, nosebleeds, urinary tract infections, coughs, sneezing, sinus problems and headache may develop as a consequence. It is no secret that drinking 2 litres of water a day can dramatically improve your health, and the signs will be obvious: Glowing complexion and clear skin, better immunity, better digestion, less aches and pains, weight loss, less cellulite, better concentration and renewed vitality and energy. Infusing the body with water will immediately stimulate

Ahh…Morning Rituals!

Ahh…Morning Rituals


Every morning, we see renewal and rebirth. This is the perfect time of day to connect and centre yourself, set intentions, express gratitude for all we have and step fully into your feminine divine self.
Each morning what we did or didn’t do and say the day before can all be left behind us. It is a brand new day! A Morning Ritual is a wonderful way to face the new day ahead of us and go forth relaxed and feeling great!
You can build your Morning Ritual with whatever purpose you feel that is most empowering in your life. Here are some exercises and ideas that may assist you to be in charge of your day.
Decide how you want to feel and what you want to accomplish. You can do this with your daily health, your daily work productivity, shopping—practically anything you want to come out as a success. Set your intent to have your day filled with love, joy and happiness. Trust your intuition, find the good in things. Be grateful. What will your intention be today?
I found this definition on setting intentions from About.com: ―A working definition for intention is: “to have in mind a purpose or plan, to direct the mind, to aim.” Lacking intention, we sometimes stray without meaning or direction. But with it, all the forces of the universe can align to make even the most impossible, possible. My intention is to transform the conversation around dreams from fear and doubt, to hope and possibility, followed by action and results.”

 

  • Create inner peace with a meditation from your IPod or a CD.
  • Add a Spiritual slow-moving exercise to your Morning Ritual.
  • Uplift and open your soul, set the mood to enhance your Morning Ritual.

As we go about our daily lives, events are created both consciously and subconsciously, the trick here is to create our circumstances consciously.

The way to do this is to consistently Ground yourself.
Start by concentrating on your breath. Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth, slowly and deeply three times.
Now, imagine yourself an ancient spreading tree and feel roots emerge from the bottoms of your feet, growing into the ground. The roots move deeper into the Earth until they reach the core of our mother earth, where your roots will wrap around a beautiful earth crystal. Sit with this beautiful earth energy for a few nice deep breaths and thank Mother Earth for all she does for us, from the water we drink to the air we breathe, give thanks. Then draw in this beautiful Earth energy up through your roots like a straw and into your feet, up through your legs, as the trunk of this tall and wise tree, and bring the energy through every part of your body. Continue to draw the beautiful Earth energy ever upward through your neck and head, out your crown, and beyond your physical body.
Then feel branches begin, spreading like arms up and outward from your trunk, dividing into smaller and smaller branches and twigs. The twigs unfurl green leaves and golden, soft petaled flowers. Feel the flowers first as buds, then opening wider and fuller until the over full petals fall from the branches to the ground. Follow the rain of golden petals back to the Earth, where their essence sinks through the surface to the planet’s core. They become one again with the center of our Mother Earth – do this three times.
(Always end the meditation back at the center of the Earth. Return to the present slowly, stretch and move a bit, be fully present before getting up.)
This method is simply the method of shielding that I use in conjunction with centering and grounding. There are, as with everything else, other methods or visualizations that different people use.
Take that energy that is flowing up through your body and out of the top of your head, and feel it coming down around your body surrounding you. Imagine this bubble as an impenetrable shield, which deflects and carries away energies coming from outside it. And remember, that this indestructible, protective energy is also flowing through you and filling you, and carrying away any unwanted influences, while empowering the influence within yourself that you desire.

 

  • Some people prefer to think of the energy as flowing closely around their body like a second skin.
  • Others like to visualize it as forming something like a suit of armour, or a symbol that is meaningful to them.
  • Some people like to imagine the bubble as having a mirror-like surface that reflects things away. Others might see or feel it as transparent, or hard like steel or stone.
  • Others might feel it as being like a raging torrent that washes unwanted incursions away like a waterfall, or burns away what it touches.

The point, again, is not to make what you do match what everyone else does, unless that’s the way that works best for you. The important thing is to become used to calling up and directing the feeling of being shielded and protected. Any of these visualizations are simply your way of symbolizing to yourself the nature of your shield, and the act of forming one, to give yourself the necessary kind of connection to make it real for you.
Once the shield is in place, some people like to imagine the energy that is flowing out the top of their heads returning to flow back up through their feet, and “pinching off” from the earth, so that it is like a closed system.
Again, with all of this, once you have practiced, you are likely to find that you can draw up the feeling of being shielded at will.
Leaving yourself with the idea of a constant energy flow moving through you can set your mind and will to feel like they are being abraded or washed out, or burnt up. Leaving up a shield, constantly, can leave you mentally closed off from the world around you. I don’t believe there’s any major harm in remaining centered, but sometimes it is the things which throw us off balance which propel us forward in life.
Cynthia Sebry owns and operates in Lacombe, Alberta.
www.essentialenergyhealing.ca
cynthia@essentialenergyhealing.ca or call 403-391-4117 for further information.
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10 Benefits of Early Rising

10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” – Ben Franklin, famously

“Put no trust in the benefits to accrue from early rising, as set forth by the infatuated Franklin …” – Mark Twain

Post written by Leo Babauta.

Now, let me first say that if you are a night owl, and that works for you, I think that’s great. There’s no reason to change, especially if you’re happy with it. But for me, switching from being a night owl to an early riser (and yes, it is possible) has been a godsend. It has helped me in so many ways that I’d never go back. Here are just a few:

  1. Greet the day. I love being able to get up, and greet a wonderful new day. I suggest creating a morning ritual that includes saying thanks for your blessings. I’m inspired by the Dalai Lama, who said, ” Everyday, think as you wake up, ‘today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.’ “
  2. Amazing start. I used to start my day by jumping out of bed, late as usual, and rushing to get myself and the kids ready, and rushing to drop them to school and come in to work late. I would walk into work, looking rumpled and barely awake, grumpy and behind everyone else. Not a great start to your day. Now, I have a renewing morning ritual, I’ve gotten so much done before 8 a.m., my kids are early and so am I, and by the time everyone else gets in to work, I’ve already gotten a head start. There is no better way to start off your day than to wake early, in my experience.
  3. Quietude. No kids yelling, no babies crying, no soccer balls, no cars, no television noise. The early morning hours are so peaceful, so quiet. It’s my favorite time of day. I truly enjoy that time of peace, that time to myself, when I can think, when I can read, when I can breathe.
  4. Sunrise. People who wake late miss one of the greatest feats of nature, repeated in full stereovision each and every day — the rise of the sun. I love how the day slowly gets brighter, when the midnight blue turns to lighter blue, when the brilliant colors start to seep into the sky, when nature is painted in incredible colors. I like doing my early morning run during this time, and I look up at the sky as I run and say to the world, “What a glorious day!” Really. I really do that. Corny, I know.
  5. Breakfast. Rise early and you actually have time for breakfast. I’m told it’s one of the most important meals of the day. Without breakfast, your body is running on fumes until you are so hungry at lunchtime that you eat whatever unhealthy thing you can find. The fattier and sugarier, the betterier. But eat breakfast, and you are sated until later. Plus, eating breakfast while reading my book and drinking my coffee in the quiet of the morning is eminently more enjoyable than scarfing something down on the way to work, or at your desk.
  6. Exercise. There are other times to exercise besides the early morning, of course, but I’ve found that while exercising right after work is also very enjoyable, it’s also liable to be canceled because of other things that come up. Morning exercise is virtually never canceled.
  7. Productivity. Mornings, for me at least, are the most productive time of day. I like to do some writing in the morning, when there are no distractions, before I check my email or blog stats. I get so much more done by starting on my work in the morning. Then, when evening rolls around, I have no work that I need to do, and I can spend it with family.
  8. Goal time. Got goals? Well, you should. And there’s no better time to review them and plan for them and do your goal tasks than first thing. You should have one goal that you want to accomplish this week. And every morning, you should decide what one thing you can do today to move yourself further towards that goal. And then, if possible, do that first thing in the morning.
  9. Commute. No one likes rush-hour traffic.  Commute early, and the traffic is much lighter, and you get to work faster, and thus save yourself more time.
  10. Appointments. It’s much easier to make those early appointments on time if you get up early. Showing up late for those appointments is a bad signal to the person you’re meeting. Showing up early will impress them. Plus, you get time to prepare.

How to Become an Early Riser

  • Don’t make drastic changes. Start slowly, by waking just 15-30 minutes earlier than usual. Get used to this for a few days. Then cut back another 15 minutes. Do this gradually until you get to your goal time.
  • Allow yourself to sleep earlier. You might be used to staying up late, perhaps watching TV or surfing the Internet. But if you continue this habit, while trying to get up earlier, sooner or later one is going to give. And if it is the early rising that gives, then you will crash and sleep late and have to start over. I suggest going to bed earlier, even if you don’t think you’ll sleep, and read while in bed. If you’re really tired, you just might fall asleep much sooner than you think.
  • Put your alarm clock far from you bed. If it’s right next to your bed, you’ll shut it off or hit snooze. Never hit snooze. If it’s far from your bed, you have to get up out of bed to shut it off. By then, you’re up. Now you just have to stay up.
  • Go out of the bedroom as soon as you shut off the alarm. Don’t allow yourself to rationalize going back to bed. Just force yourself to go out of the room. My habit is to stumble into the bathroom and go pee. By the time I’ve done that, and flushed the toilet and washed my hands and looked at my ugly mug in the mirror, I’m awake enough to face the day.
  • Do not rationalize. If you allow your brain to talk you out of getting up early, you’ll never do it. Don’t make getting back in bed an option.
  • Have a good reason. Set something to do early in the morning that’s important. This reason will motivate you to get up. I like to write in the morning, so that’s my reason. Also, when I’m done with that, I like to read all of your comments!
  • Make waking up early a reward. Yes, it might seem at first that you’re forcing yourself to do something hard, but if you make it pleasurable, soon you will look forward to waking up early. A good reward is to make a hot cup of coffee or tea and read a book. Other rewards might be a tasty treat for breakfast (smoothies! yum!) or watching the sunrise, or meditating. Find something that’s pleasurable for you, and allow yourself to do it as part of your morning routine.
  • Take advantage of all that extra time. Don’t wake up an hour or two early just to read your blogs, unless that’s a major goal of yours. Don’t wake up early and waste that extra time. Get a jump start on your day! I like to use that time to get a head start on preparing my kids’ lunches, on planning for the rest of the day (when I set my MITs), on exercising or meditating, and on reading. By the time 6:30 rolls around, I’ve done more than many people do the entire day.

 

Benefits of Meditation

Meditation is the new buzz word of the day and for good reason.  I works.  Today it is more than spiritual teachers who encourage the practice of meditation for the full range of benefits it can bring.  Meditation has become a mainstream recommendation for numerous physical health issues, especially those dealing with stress.  Stress is known to contribute to over 80% of the dis-eases plaguing the 21st century, and meditation can give our bodies and our minds a chance to slow down, unwind and rejuvenate.

In the hustle and bustle of our ever busier lives, meditation can be a calm refuge from the chaos of the outer world and more importantly the inner world.  With the growing science and understanding of the body-mind connection we are now aware that stress is mind made.  Yes, mind made!  Think about it.  What stresses out one person may not stress out another.  What makes the difference is how each person thinks and feels about it.  The good news is this, if we create stress in our over busy minds, then all we need do is slow down our mind, and we slow down or release our stress.

Teachers like Eckart Tolle remind us there are many different ways to practice a meditative state of mind, sitting, walking, drinking and eating to name a few.  Anyone can learn how to meditate.  The challenge is to be in the practice for what is not some spiritually unobtainable nirvana or non-thought.  All meditation is a form of awareness practice which, simply put, means being aware of and choosing where you are directing your attention.  Focusing on all the obligations, deadlines, chaos and problems of your day creates stress mentally, emotionally and physically.   A simple meditation practice of tens minutes once or twice a day can beneficially lower blood pressure, reduce muscle tension and headaches, increase seratonin and uplift mood and behaviour, reduce acidic and arthritic conditions, improve memory and concentration, reduce anxiety attacks and more.  Is it worth it?  You bet.  Practise and discover the answers for yourself as millions of other supporters have.

If we could all learn to quiet our minds and pay better attention to the messages the body sends we may avoid a lot of health crisis or complications.  Just to take the time to sit quietly within yourself, with nothing to do bus be aware, to witness your thoughts, follow your breath, drift into the silence behind the sounds, ride on the wave of the wind or absorb the scent of a flower, is what it’s all about.  Once you get into a consistent practice, positive results will be present in all areas of your life but most importantly, the relationship you embrace with yourself.  The feelings of calm, pride and confidence that come from the disciplined practice (which is keeping your word to yourself), cannot be understated or understood until you experience it yourself.  Imagine the rewards being calm, open, centred alert, focused and peaceful could bring to your life personally and professionally.  Meditation practice is a breath of fresh air amidst the congestion of our stressful lives and the simplest way to meditate is to be with your breath.

Take a moment now, even as you read this and do what I call a stress check.  Be aware of your brow.  Now relax it.  Relax your jaw and let your teeth part, swallow, drop your shoulders, relax your belly, let your hips and buttocks settle into the chair.  Be aware of a slight sensation of energy or tingling inside your feet.  You are feeling, sensing, if you will, the life force within your feet.  Now gently become aware of your breathing.  No need to control it, just be aware.  Notice the gentle rhythm of your lungs as they expand and contract.  Just witnessing, you will notice your breathing is nice and calm.  If your mind wanders or thoughts get your attention, simple notice them and come back to following your breath.  Come back again and follow your breath.  You may want to count every exhale just to keep you focused.  That is it.  Just breathe.

There is nothing more important in this moment that you simply being.  Can you do it?  Can you give yourself the gift and opportunity to simply be?  In time this simple practice can bring you closer to your Self and that will gift your life.  Take the challenge.  Find a style that suits you best.  Commit to the practice and reap the rewards.