your happiness depends on it

This is the beginning of an amazing post .

Your happiness depends on it…  by Dr Andrea Dinardo

Most people fight against what brings them despair instead of openly receiving what brings them joy.

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Shift your focus. Change your life.

Consciously receive (accept) the good that already exists in your life.

Your health. Your freedom. Your Vision. Your voice.

Accepting what is does not lower the bar.

Quite the opposite.

Acceptance opens your eyes to all the favour that exists in your life. 

Your relationships. Your home. Your creativity. This moment.

And it’s that good feeling that motivates you to strive for more of what’s right for you.

Instead of fighting against what’s wrong for you.

Begin by accepting what is.

Moment by moment.

Your happiness depends on it.

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Click here to read how to… Apply this Post in Everyday Life

 

 

Thanks Andrea, you’re amazing!!

10 Things to do in 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

And blessings to you and yours. I sincerely wish you the best year of your life yet! ❤

Below is a list of the 10 things I’m going to do this year…I hope you consider them as well 🙂

The angel drawing below is one I’m currently working on. I hope to not only finish it, but also get it on canvas, and painted too! My niece said I should name it sun portal, and a  friend named him Aaron, but since he’s an angel I had to add the -iel at the end, so he’s been named Aaroniel Guardian of the Sun Portal!

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Ten things to do in 2017:

1. Take it a day at a time.

You don’t have to know what you’re doing the next day or even the next hour. I’ve learned that the more you think in the future, the shorter the day seems and the months fly past you and you’re left feeling discontent and unsatisfied. It’s almost like everything has been in a blur, and you find yourself saying, “the year went by so fast”, even though you haven’t accomplished much. So do everything in the moment of ‘now’, and cherish each minute like it’s the last minute you have.

2. Let it go.

You know nothing is going to change, because you can’t change people unless they truly want to and you can’t change the past either, and the sooner you realize this, you will spend more time being happy than in a constant battle with your mind and your heart. They need to rest too.

3. Take risks.

If you never take any, the moment that turned out for the worst could have turned out for the best. This works vice-versa as well, but either way, you will learn from these experiences. You won’t forget how rapidly your heart was beating in these moments and how electric you felt. It will be worth it in the end, trust me.

4. Call up that person that you didn’t spend enough time getting to know, simply because you were too distracted with somebody else or just didn’t feel like you’d become something more than acquaintances. Greet strangers and embrace the idea of diversity. Ask questions about different cultures, morals, ideas, beliefs; educate yourself as much as you can.

5. Go ahead and wear that outfit you keep telling yourself that it doesn’t look good on you.

You bought it because you liked it, yes? So, show it to the whole damn world. If you do it with a smile and confidently squared shoulders—even better. You are beautiful.

6. Instead of procrastinating and wallowing in self-pity, get up and do something.

Sitting around is not going to do much but make you feel horrible, and you’ll create scenarios that may not even exist or be as big in your head that will cause matters to become worse. You want this to be your year of explosive progress? Set goals and strive to achieve them. You want to look back at the end of the year and say, “I did good”.

7. Spend more time with your family or friends.

Build a support system so strong, that you will never feel lonely. In fact, this support system will lead you to feeling content even when you are alone, because you won’t feel the constant need to either be with someone or have somebody who loves you, because you know you’ll have people who love you and the more love you surround yourself with, the easier it becomes to love yourself too.

8. Be kind always and be angry when you need to be.

Stand up for the ideas that you believe in and don’t back down from them just because you have a different opinion. Learn to love the sound of your voice when it bounces off the walls of a classroom full of people, because your voice has the power to change a million minds. Remember, you are allowed to feel whatever it is you feel.

9. Go on more road trips or just take a few minutes to be outside by yourself.

Inhale and exhale the air around you. Watch the stars, the sunset, the sunrise, the birds flying in the sky, the cars passing by. Walk in the rain sometimes without an umbrella, instead of running. Let the sunlight soak your skin more often. God, isn’t the world itself beautiful?

10. Be faithful.

This is the year you hoped to be better. Don’t let anything stop you from achieving that, because you are limitless as long as you believe yourself to be.

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Angel drawing below by Candice

8 Hand Signs Yoga Masters Use To Get Rid Of Migraines, Anxiety, And Depression

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Many people practice yoga without knowing about Mudras.

If you’re looking for other ways to alleviate anxiety, depression and migraines…read on!

It’s time  to start using these hand gestures that stimulate different areas of your brain to promote health! Share these 8 poses with your fellow yoga lovers today.

This amazing article was written by Dr. Halland Chen, an MD who currently practices in New York at the Vein Institute and Pain Centers of America. —From The Hearty Soul

Eight Yoga Mudras for Better Health

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1. Gyan Mudra – Mudra of Knowledge

 

As the name suggests, this mudra increases our knowledge and improves memory and concentration. It stimulates the pituitary and endocrine glands and also helps with insomnia.

Description: You will often see this mudra used during meditation. Touch the tip of your thumb against the tip of the index finger. The other three fingers are stretched out, but can also remain slightly bend if that feels more free for you.

Other Instructions:  You can do this mudra any time of the day, but morning might be the most beneficial. It can be practiced in standing, sitting or even lying down.

2. Vayu Mudra – Mudra of Air

This mudra releases excess air from the stomach and can be beneficial for people suffering from chronic rheumatic conditions, arthritis, gout, Parkinson’s disease, paralysis and cervical spondylitis.

Description: There are three bones in each of the fingers called the phalanges (thumb only has two). Fold your index finger and place the base of your thumb against its distal phalanx (the bone close to the tip of the finger). The thumb comes over the index finger, and you should feel slight pressure. The other three fingers remain as stretched as possible.

Other Instructions: This mudra can be practiced any time of the day, on a full or empty stomach. To relieve the pain, hold it for 45 minutes and do it regularly. Once you achieve the desired benefits, you should stop with it as prolonged use can cause an imbalance in the body.

3. Prithvi Mudra – Mudra of Earth

This mudra is particularly beneficial when you are feeling exhausted and stressed out. It improves blood circulation naturally and reduces weakness as well as helps with the digestion system.

Description: In this mudrathe tip of the ring finger and the tip of your thumb touch. Press the tips together while the other three fingers remain as extended as possible.

Other Instructions: Preferably, perform this mudra in the morning, but other times of the day work, too.

4. Agni Mudra – Mudra of Fire

Agni mudra can also be called Surya Mudra (Mudra of the Sun). It stimulates the thyroid gland and deals with digestion, weight problems, and anxiety.

Directions: Bend your ring finger and press the base of your thumb against its second phalanx. The other fingers remain stretched out.

Other Instructions: This mudra should be practiced only in the mornings, on an empty stomach and in a sitting position. You should hold it for 5 to 15 minutes, twice daily. If you are feeling very weak, avoid this posture. Also, don’t overdo it in hot weather.

5. Varun Mudra – Mudra of Water

This simple mudra helps to regulate fluids in the body and is known for its beneficial effects on the skin. It moistens the skin as well as makes you glow.

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Poetry and life advice by Rumi : The Guesthouse

Good morning and  happy spring!neroliflowers

We all know spring is a time for new beginnings, sprucing up, new growth, and renewal. But, not everyone is jumping with boundless joy everyday.

Sometimes we just don’t feel we have the energy to do that.

It could be that we are depressed, or hurting inside. Maybe it’s a darkness that won’t seem to leave, or a painful memory that won’t go away.  Whatever it is that is bringing us down; we may just need a helping hand.

Sometimes we all need a bit of a boost to help get us going, or someone to tell us everything is going to be OK.

Sometimes spiritual guidance can get us through really tough times.

And sometimes we just need a really big hug.

One of the best poems I’ve ever read does just that;

Rumi embraces our souls,

gives us wings to fly,

and gives us the courage to try.

Know that you are truly loved…<3…<3…<3

The Guesthouse by Rumi

Here’s a little wisdom from the great Persian poet Rumi.

The Guesthouse

This being human is a guesthouse
Every morning a new arrival
A joy, a depression, a meanness
Some momentary awareness
Comes as an unexpected visitor

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows
Who violently sweep your house
Empty of its furniture
Still treat each guest honorably
He may be cleaning you out
For some new delight!

The dark thought, the shame, the malice
Meet them at the door laughing
And invite them in
Be grateful for whoever comes
Because each has been sent
As a guide from the beyond

Translated by Coleman Barks

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Rumi (Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi) was a 13th century Persian muslim poet, jurist, and theologian. His name literally means “Majesty of Religion”. He was born in Balkh (now part of Afghanistan) and died in present-day Turkey. His works are widely read in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and are in translation in Turkey, Azerbaijan, the U.S., and South Asia. He lived most of his life in, and produced his works under, the Seljuk Empire. Rumi’s importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders.

Sometimes things break – irreparably. And it takes your breath away …

Good Morning beautiful!

After reading this potent blog post, I just had to share it, today….immediately.

Stunning. Powerful. Moving.

Sometimes, often really, things break – irreparably. And it takes your breath away … straight away.

Sometimes things break. Sometimes we break them. It’s not the breaking that matters, the how or why. What matters is how we choose to respond to the broken-ness. Does it kill us? Does it throw us into a downward spiral of blame and punishment?

Do yourself a favor, whether you’re a parent or not, and read this blog post.

You won’t regret it.

I promise.

Broken Things
#lifeadvice #loveness

~Thank you, Kathleen Fleming at majestic unicorn for your unabashed honesty, and love.

Beautiful words to live by, “Anyway” poem

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Happy day to you!!

Though it is sometimes cold and lonely walking the path of our life,

let these words become a part of you inside and out,

and that once disheartening pilgrimage

becomes a joyous journey and

a voluminous voyage full of warmth, community and love.

Anyway

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true friends; succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world your best anyway.
You see, in the end, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway. 

 

These words to live by/ poem/ life advice was thought to be written by Mother Teresa, but in fact was from a book called,
The Paradoxical Commandments written by Kent M. Keith when he was 19, a sophomore at Harvard College.
He wrote them as part of a book for student leaders entitled The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council, published by Harvard Student Agencies in 1968. The Paradoxical Commandments subsequently spread all over the world, and have been used by millions of people.
 

According to Lucinda Vardey, in Mother Teresa: A Simple Path (New York: Ballantine Books, 1995), page 185, there was “a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children’s home in Calcutta.” This is what the sign said:

ANYWAY
People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered,
LOVE THEM ANYWAY
If you do good, people will accuse you of
selfish, ulterior motives,
DO GOOD ANYWAY
If you are successful,
you win false friends and true enemies,
SUCCEED ANYWAY
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow,
DO GOOD ANYWAY
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable,
BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY
What you spent years building may be
destroyed overnight,
BUILD ANYWAY
People really need help
but may attack you if you help them,
HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY
Give the world the best you have
And you’ll get kicked in the teeth,
GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU’VE GOT ANYWAY.

This version includes eight of the original ten Paradoxical Commandments. The two that are missing are the sixth (Think big anyway) and the seventh (Fight for a few underdogs anyway). The wording of the other eight commandments is very close to Kent Keith’s original, written in 1968.

–read more about this from the source: http://www.kentmkeith.com/mother_teresa.html

No matter where it originated, and in any case, these words are a marvelous way to give our lives meaning, and by giving, doing, and living for others, we indeed make our own lives worth living at all.

Feel Great, Lose Weight and Boost Metabolism

Hi there! Thanks for checking this out. This article, too is one of the many homeless orphans from my Yahoo repertoire and this seemed like the best place for it. Please be patient with me as I’m still updating links and adding new places for them. There are tons to weed through, so if a link doesn’t work, please know I am working on it :)Your patience is much appreciated!

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The beginning of a new year gives us all sorts of inspiration to start things off right.What better time to give your body the care it deserves? Start off with a regiment that will help you feel great inside and out.

Possibly the best way to feel great, lose weight and boost metabolism is to get moving. Even a walking regimen to get things going is better than sitting at your computer.
Walking will not only make you feel great inside and out, but will melt the pounds off, give a boost to your metabolism as well as your immune system, bring you closer to nature, and have long lasting benefits on your physical and spiritual health.
Just by adding a movement regimen to your daily routine, you can burn fat and build muscle which speeds up your metabolism and helps you to continue to burn fat even when you’re sleeping.

That should grab your attention, ….yes…while you’re sleeping your body can still be burning fat!

Read on to find out how you can benefit your mind, body and spirit while losing weight and feel great again.

Things You’ll Need:

  • walking shoes
  • 30-60 min. / day

Step 1 : TAKE STOCK OF YOUR HEALTH

If you are just starting a walking regimen it’s always wise to check with your doctor first to make sure you are physically able to accomplish your mission. Most times and most people are able to start a walking regimen with no problems, but if there is any doubt; check with a physician.

Step 2 : START BY STRETCHING AND BREATHING

Always begin any routine with some kind of deep breathing and stretching, don’t laugh about the breathing. Breathing is a very important part in helping to get the body ready for anything. Not only will this benefit muscles and surrounding tissue,but will get your heart going and primed for action. Make sure to take at least three deep breaths (in through the nose, out through the mouth, counting to five on the in and out). Then stretch out every muscle from top to bottom, breathing with each repetition.

Step 3 : START WALKING

Whether it’s around your block, at a beautiful park close by, at a gym, or anywhere you feel comfortable, it doesn’t matter, just start walking! Not only is walking fantastic for your heart (it cuts your risk of heart disease) it’s great for lessening your chances of cancer (all types), even diabetes and strokes. All that by just walking! Walking at a moderate pace for 30-60 minutes is great. But if you’re just starting, even slow walking will burn approximately 100 calories per mile for a 180 pound person. Once you get a routine going you’ll notice that your weight will plateau and after a time the body has adjusted to that movement; it’s because you can only get so far with your weight loss by walking. Increase your walking time and distance as time progresses as walking is a perfect starting place, but once your body has become accustomed to the activity, it will adapt and to lose anymore weight you’ll have to kick it up a notch. But by this time your body will be craving more than just walking and you’ll be loving how your new body feels and how you feel because of it.

Step 4 ADD RESISTANCE TRAINING

KAI Moves (www.Kaimoves.com), NIA (Neuromuscular Integrative Action, Yoga and Pilates are perfect candidates for this when you don’t want to have the highly muscled body of a weightlifter or Miss Universe. What is Kai? (rhymes with “sky”). In Hawaiian it means”Ocean”. In Japanese it means “Opening”. In Swahili it means “Loveable”. Simply put Kai is a creative dance fitness class that offers non-traditional benefits. That is just one way to add and extra burst to your health, body-mind-and-soul.

Resistance training doesn’t have to include dumbbells and weight lifting machines. Both Pilates and Yoga offer “core strengthening” by using your own body weight as resistance, and both Kai moves and NIA offer fun, dancing and aerobic activity to the meditational workouts. There are so many added benefits of resistance training like; better posture, mood, increased metabolic rate, bone density all while toning and defining the muscles. Yoga, Pilates, Kai Moves, and NIA also offer wonderful side effects of mental, emotional and spiritual connections to your inner self adding personal growth to the long list of benefits. If you are just not into NIA, Kai, Yoga or Pilates, you can always try other types of exercise that will use a lot of oxygen (which burns fat) like swimming, rowing, running, biking, cross-country skiing, tennis, or whatever you enjoy that keeps you moving. Check Resources at the bottom of this article for more information.

Step 5 :TREAT YOUR BODY AS A TEMPLE

Your body is the temple for your soul. It is beautiful with all of it’s imperfections and perfections alike. Make sure to treat yourself in a loving way. Eat beautiful, healthy foods and give yourself time everyday to appreciate the wonders of your human body, mind and spirit. Thank your body for all the wonderful things it does for you. Treat it with respect and compassion.

Step 6 : HAVE FUN!

Don’t forget to HAVE FUN! If you get in a rut or start losing interest in a certain exercise or routine, change it up! Try dancing while making dinner, that will heat things up! The ingredients you need to make a meal are located all over your kitchen, so why not boogie over to the pantry and do a shimmy-shake with your rice, then try some squats to retrieve your pots and pans. Or how about a slide on over to the fridge to grab your gallon of water and lift it above your head and whoo hoo, switch hands! Now you’re getting into it!
Or instead of boring same-old, same-old cleaning your house, try lunges and dancing through housework. (I love waltzing, and dancing to classical music when vacuuming, and sometimes I’ll put on a funky groove, or whatever I’m in the mood for to get moving while doing chores). Get creative and have a ball and get your kids, friends and family involved, they’ll love it.
Or if your girlfriend calls, instead of standing or sitting there gabbing, walk around while chatting. Get in some steps while talking and you’ll be surprised at how much movement you can get into a regular conversation. Just try making it fun for yourself and enjoy moving every chance you get.

Step 7 : HEALTHY CHOICES

Try drinking a cup of green tea everyday while practicing positive affirmations. Green Tea has been studied for it’s weight loss and fat burning benefits and even raising metabolism naturally along with many other pluses.
Choose colorful foods and healthy snacks to get you through your day. And make sure to get plenty of sleep. Proper rest can help with stress, weight loss and overall well being. Also make sure to drink plenty of water!!! Water is key for a healthy mind/body/spirit. (Take your body weight, cut it in half, and drink that many ounces per day…eg.100 pound person should drink 50 ounces of water per day.)

Now smile and take a deep breath. Give thanks for your health.
You’re on your way to a better, happier you, and it will show.

Resources

NIA information

KAI moves information

YOGA information

Pilates Information

Calorie Burning Calculator

Types of exercise info

Exercise FAQ

Photo Credit

http://sierra.mmic.net/walking.jpg,

New Year recipes; Essential Oil Recipes for New Beginnings

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photo by Candice L Collins

 

Happy New Year!!! Can you believe it’s almost 2017 already????happy new year

2016 is now come and gone, and we find ourselves at the beginning of a brand new year.

I love new beginnings. It’s like a fresh start; a way to press the re-start button on a whole new life.

We have the chance to put those things behind us that no longer work for us, or are unhealthy, or cause us negativity in our lives.

Whoo hoo! Out with the old, in with the new. I am ready.

Are you?

Are you ready for new beginnings,  a brand new start, letting go of the past and living for the now, for today?

Here’s a few essential oil blends that can help you get started from my recipe articles:

I originally had this linking back to my article at Yahoo Contributor, but since they have closed, I’ve decided to just post the whole thing here since I’m still looking for permanent homes for my articles. 🙂

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The first essential oil recipe for new beginnings has to do with an over-all fresh blend to give us that ‘breath of fresh air’ so to speak, clearing out the old negative stuff and inhaling a clean, new start. I started with citrus oils of course, as they are so great for an uplifting, and happy feeling. And perfect for winter to aid in easing winter doldrums. Then added a bit of lavender for a super clean and lovely balance. Next is spearmint for a minty freshness and followed up with juniper, Atlas cedarwood, thyme ct. linalool and cypress.

Try this blend for your new year-New Beginnings blend:

 

  • 7 drops grapefruit
  • 4 drops lemon
  • 4 drops tangerine
  • 4 drops lavender
  • 2 drops spearmint or peppermint
  • 3 drops juniper
  • 4 drops Atlas cedarwood
  • 3 drops thyme ct. linalool
  • 3 drops cypress

This blend can be added to many different things depending on how you want to use it.

For a body re-fresher or spritzer add 20 drops of this blend to 4 ounces of water with a splash of vodka, shake and use anytime.

For an anointing oil or perfume type, use 12 drops of this blend mixed with 1 ounce of sweet almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil or similar.

For a bath salt or body salt scrub, add 20 drops of the blend to 4 ounces of dead sea salts and 1-2 oz. of jojoba, sweet almond, olive, grapeseed or similar oil, mix and use as an exfoliating body scrub or soaking bath salts.

For a take-with-you-to-go style inhaler for freshness on the go, put about 25 drops or so of this blend in a small dark glass bottle, or you can make your own aromatherapy inhaler. You can find inhalers for pretty inexpensive all over the internet. Here’s a couple places:

Aromatherapy Inhaler – Plastic, Pack of 4 (w/caps & wicks)-These plastic inhalers are convenient and portable. Place a few drops of your favorite Essential Oil or Aromatherapy Blend on the wick, slip it into the base and cover. To use, simply remove the top and inhale.

Aromaticsinternational.com Here are a few more blends to help with new beginnings:

Blessings blend

  • 3 drops juniper
  • 3 drops basil
  • 6 drops jasmine
  • 5 drops sandalwood
  • 3 drops frankincense
  • 3 drops rose

This blend helps when you want to bless someone, or set a protective blessing around yourself. Mix this blend of oils with a carrier like grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba, olive, or coconut oil…one to two ounces of carrier should do it, if you want to use it on your body. If it’s just for a diffuser for the air you don’t need a carrier.

 

Business Success

  • 3 drops Bergamot
  • 1 drop Basil
  • 1 drop Patchouli
  • 1 drop Cinnamon
  • 1 drop Frankincense

This recipe can be doubled, tripled, whatever, or however much you’d like to make. By all intents and purposes the properties of the oils in this blend should help bring you success in your business. I’ve yet to try this one, but hey, I’ll take anything that can help cash flow! Plus, isn’t belief in something half the battle?

Just mix the oils & add them to a base or carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, coconut, or jojoba. Anoint your hands, business cards, cash register, or the front door of the place of business to increase cash flow. Here’s to making a success in your business!

 

Citrus Purification

  • 7 drops Tangerine
  • 5 drops Peppermint
  • 10 drops Grapefruit
  • 5 drops Lemon
  • 3 drops Lavender

This is a beautiful purifying home scent too. Just add this blend to a 4 ounce bottle of water (with a splash of vodka to help dissipate the scent), shake and use anywhere. Also great for your car.

 

Liquid Courage

  • 3 drops Ginger
  • 1 drop Black Pepper
  • 1 drop Clove
  • 1 drop Sandalwood
  • 2 drops cypress

This is the blend to wear when you need liquid courage (no not a shot of vodka!). Wear this blend anytime you want to increase your fortitude, especially before being introduced to new people, or right before you have to do public speaking, or any nerve-wracking situations that cause you distress.

 

Uplifting energy

  • 4 drops orange
  • 2 drops mandarin
  • 1 drop Cardamom
  • 2 drops coriander
  • 3 drops bergamot
  • 1 drop spearmint

This blend is perfect to cheer you up and give you an uplifting feeling, whenever you are feeling depleted, worn out or just ill. This blend is also great when your energy reserves just seem empty and is especially useful after heavy work to ” recharge your batteries.”

 

Interview blend

  • 4 drops Ylang-Ylang
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 1 drop Rose
  • 2 drops Bergamot or Mandarin

This is a perfect blend to start the new year off when going to an interview. Wear to any interview and not only will it help to calm you, but make a lasting impression after you leave.

 

Peace

  • 3 drops Ylang-ylang
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Chamomile
  • 1 drop Rose Absolute
  • 3 drops mandarin

This blend imbibes the whole aura of peace. Perfect to wear when you feel nervous or upset. This blend will help calm you down.

 

To ease winter depression:

  • 5 drops orange
  • 5 drops mandarin
  • 7 drops bergamot

This blend works great for lifting depression; very uplifting and stress reducing. Just brings a smile whenever inhaled.Also read my article: https://yellowstaressentials.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/can-essential-oils-help-with-depression-using-aromatherapy-as-a-mood-regulator/

I hope these essential oil recipes help make your new year better than the last.

Best to you!

Spring Meditation

After completing  Oprah and Depok Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge, a certain quote stood out in my mind’s eye and has stayed with me ever since.

“It’s been said in many healing traditions that the perfect medicine is often blooming right outside our front door. Everyday nature offers us its healing bounty, creating balance and cultivating greater harmony in our world. ” -Oprah & Depok Chopra

That snippet of their quote reverberated inside me, and echoes of the message still ring true. It even inspired a bit of poetry.

click here to read my poetry: Spring Meditation -on Yahoo! 

Happy Spring!!! words of wisdom and good life advice

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Sometimes we all need a little reminder to be more positive in our lives…how else can we expect to have light in our lives if we are always looking at the darkness?

 

 Here are Some Bits & Pieces of Good Advice I’ve found:

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Always think positive!

If you want to get somewhere, you have to know where you want to go. Then never, never, never give up.

The secret of life isn’t what happens to you, but what you do with what happens to you.

Self-trust is the first secret of success. So believe and trust yourself.

Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.

Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it for yourself. In giving it, you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible.

How you think about a problem is more important than the problem itself – so always think positively.

 One of my fave quotes:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant,

gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking

so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us;

it is in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously

give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,

our presence automatically liberates others.

A Return to Love” – Marianne Williamson

Other great quotes:

That as we travel from the old to the new, perhaps we should worry less about choosing what is right and focus on choosing what we cherish.

– Susan Saltrick –

Success is the Journey, Not the Destination.

– author unknown –

On a Positive Note

On a positive note I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life

I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.”

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.  People love that human touch – holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I’ve learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about. I just did. Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile.

Note: people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel…..:)

I’ve learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing “Silent Night.”  Age 6

I’ve learned that our dog doesn’t want to eat my broccoli either.  Age 7

I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back.  Age 9

I’ve learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom tells me to clean it.  Age 12

I’ve learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up.  Age 14

I’ve learned that although it’s hard to admit it, I’m secretly glad my parents are strict with me.  Age 15

I’ve learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice.  Age 24

I’ve learned that brushing my child’s hair is one of life’s great pleasures.  Age 26

I’ve learned that wherever I go, the world’s worst drivers have followed me there.  Age 29

I’ve learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it.  Age 30

I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don’t know how to show it.  Age 42

I’ve learned that you can make some one’s day by simply sending them a little note.  Age 44

I’ve learned that the greater a person’s sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others.  Age 46

I’ve learned that children and grandparents are natural allies.  Age 47

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.  Age 48

I’ve learned that singing “Amazing Grace” can lift my spirits for hours.  Age 49

I’ve learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone.  Age 50

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.  Age 52

I’ve learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills.  Age 53

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die.  Age 55

I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.  Age 58

I’ve learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage.  Age 61

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.  Age 62

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back.  Age 64

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you.  But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.  Age 65

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision.  Age 66

I’ve learned that everyone can use a prayer.  Age 72

I’ve learned that it pays to believe in miracles And to tell the truth, I’ve seen several.  Age 75

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.  Age 82

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.  People love that human touch, holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.  Age 85

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.  Age 92

I’ve learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about.  Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile.

23 Things I Wish I Had Learned Earlier

1.  Any and all compliments can be handled by simply saying “Thank you,” though it helps if you say it with a Southern accent.

2.  Some people are working backstage, some are playing in the orchestra, some are onstage singing, some are in the audience as critics and some are there to applaud.  Know who and where you are.

3.  Never give yourself a haircut after three margaritas.

4.  When baking, follow directions.  When cooking, go by your own taste.

5.  Never continue dating anyone who is rude to the waiter.

6.  Good sex should involve laughter.  Because it’s, you know, funny.

7.  You need only two tools.  WD-40 and duct tape.  If it doesn’t move and it should, use WD-40.  If it moves and shouldn’t, use the tape.

8.  If you tell a lie, don’t believe it deceives only the other person.

9.  The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship: “I apologize,” and “You are right”.

10.  Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

11.  When you make a mistake, make amends immediately.  It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm.

12.  The only really good advice that I remember my mother ever gave me was “Go! You might meet somebody!”

13.  If he says that you are too good for him–believe him.

14.  I’ve learned to pick my battles; I ask myself, Will this matter one-year from now? How about one month?  One week? One day?

15.  At hard times I ask myself, “How do I feel?  What do I want?” I use it whenever I’m at loss for words or thoughts.

16.  Never pass up an opportunity to pee.

17.  If you woke up breathing, congratulations!  You have another chance!

18.  If you move far from your family when you’re young, consider choosing a career with an airline.  Your need to see your family will last a lifetime, as will your travel benefits.

19.  Living well really is the best revenge.  Being miserable because of a bad or former relationship just proves that the other person was right about you.

20.  Be really nice to your friends because you never know when you are going to need them to empty your bed urinal and hold your hand.

21.  Work is good but it’s not that important.

22.  Never underestimate the kindness of your fellow man.

23.  And finally…Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect, it just means you’ve decided to see beyond the—imperfections.

Remember, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY, GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL.

 

Nepalese Good Luck Mantra

INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs:

Respect for self

Respect for others, and

Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation.  Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like you do when nobody’s watching.