Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The New Universal Blood Type

While having a bit of quiet time, several thoughts were swimming about in my head. I don't beat myself up if I can't focus on a single lit candle while meditating. Some days I can get super clear and quiet, others I just float from one random thought to another. It's like spiritual surfing. I was casually thinking about my mindset at this time in my life. I wandered onto thoughts about the physical composition of positive people and DNA.

Then, "B+" popped in.

"B plus." >"Be positive." >"Be P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E."

Passionate
Open Minded
Sensitive
Inquisitive
Temperate
Imaginative
Vocal
Enlightened


Passion- A strong and barely controllable emotion... For some reason, passion has become the antithesis of spirituality. Acts of passion can be brutal. As a self diagnosed passionista, I cannot imagine a life void of deep feeling. Passion is fuel. It can power love or hate. Guess which one I choose?
Open Minded- A key for learning.
Sensitive- Emotionally, Spiritually and Physically.
Inquisitive- Another ESSENTIAL key to learning. Ask. Ask. Ask.
Temperate- A perfect compliment to passion.
Vocal- We think therefore we are... we say therefore it is...
Enlightened- Because sitting in the dark is boring!

Of course if you can't be positive... Just be.
Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment
One Day University Presents: Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness (Harvard's Most Popular Course)

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

East Meets West: Alternative Medicine recommended by Traditional Doctors

Brilliant study reveals benefits of complimentary alternative practices for overall health. FINALLY. Recognition of body, mind and spirit as one.
Basic Results: keep it simple, change your life.
Watch the awesome video.




For a list of 31 institutions using healing modalities like reiki, yoga, tai chi, dance art and music, visit abcnews.go.com

Hospitals, Medical Centers Offering Meditation and More

Health care providers are increasingly suggesting that their patients look to meditation and other integrative techniques to improve their health, according to a report released Monday by Harvard Medical School and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine
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Monday, June 27, 2011

The Genius of Stretching

Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica), Aalb...Image via WikipediaUntil recently, I didn't realize how important flexibility was to overall health. I thank my mother everyday for putting me in dance class and I thank my stars that I loved it. I danced daily throughout my teens and regularly through my twenties. My thirties presented a few challenges for me as I struggled to find the time to workout and care for my newly expanding  >:-/ childbearing body... I'm happy to report, I found ways and will gladly share some in other posts.

Now in my 40's, I exercise regularly, though not fanatically as I did in my 20's.  I'm still extremely flexible. I take yoga classes or at least incorporate some sort of stretching almost daily. On the recommendation of a friend advanced in his spiritual practice, I usually try to stretch at least 5 minutes before bed.

In its most basic form, stretching is a natural and instinctive activity; it is performed by humans and many animals. Stretching often occurs instinctively after waking from sleep, after long periods of inactivity, or after exiting confined spaces or areas. Increasing flexibility through stretching is one of the basic tenets of physical fitness. It is common for athletes to stretch before and after exercise in order to reduce injury and increase performance.

Yoga involves the stretching of major muscle groups, some of which require a high level of flexibility to perform, for example the lotus position. It's good to stretch the wrists, forearms, hands and feet as well. I see a chiropractor as often as possible so I can even have my joints/bones stretched and put back in order!

Stretching can strengthen muscles, and in turn strong muscles are important to stretching safely and effectively. Stretching must be performed correctly. There are many techniques for stretching in general, but depending on which muscle group is being stretched, some techniques may be ineffective or dangerous.

If you are not physically fit or used to stretching I HIGHLY recommend you take a class or try some of the great resources available on and offline.
The Genius of Flexibility: The Smart Way to Stretch and Strengthen Your Body
Ultimate Stretch Yoga Workout - ALL LEVELS - (NOW WITH THE MATRIX!) Ana Brett, Ravi Singh
Yoga For Inflexible People
The Genius of Flexibility Video 1.0
We only have one physical body, so I'm off to treat it to a gentle morning stretch...

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Free Writing

WritingImage by jjpacres via Flickr
"It is written... therefore it is."
Thomas Aquinas

Most of us have either had or heard about someone who has had a diary or journal, right? Stores are jammed with items to market to little girls. Cute, pink diaries with locks on them so they can keep their "secrets." I’ve known girls that had several diaries as kids but got rid of them when they got more “serious” about life. What’s up with that? Did you know that journaling is one of the most widely recommended tools by therapists and counselors to supplement therapy? People who consistently journal report, better understanding of themselves, being more in touch with feelings, and being better able to deal with the past.

Interesting!

I highly recommend journaling. Whether real life rantings, class note taking, doodling or dream recording, I have gotten great relief from keeping a journal. Much of this blog is the result of my own journaling process. I'm inspired by the tremendous feedback I get regarding the daily contributions I make.

In future posts, I will share a few other writing for life applications, I've discovered.

Writersblok Bamboo Small Notebook, Ruled, Pack of 4, 3.25 x 5-Inches (WBB701)
Eco Snoopers / Creative Journal with Accessories, Pink
Handmade Buddha Mandala Journal Black

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Optimist Creed

From The Thoughts of an Angel Awakened
Having just been accused of being an "Optimist," I thought it only appropriate I post a significant piece of work on the subject. The Optimist Creed was written in 1912 by Chistian D. Larson. I think it's still a valuable source of inspiration today.



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The Power of Positive Thinking.
Music To Inspire Positive Thinking


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Friday, June 24, 2011

The Power of Words


I love words.

I think you can tell from this blog that I have quite a bit to say but I really love words because I believe they are tools of power. Over the course of my lifetime, I've heard words that have hurt more than childbirth as well as ones that felt better than a massage.

I've read that words are manifesting commands to the subconscious mind. So, when we speak words out loud, we are actually telling our mind to make it happen. How EXACTLY this occurs is probably a course of study in brain science as well as philosophy and may never fully be understood. Humankind has had a fascination with this form of communication and here are some provocative thoughts and quotes to consider:

Life and death are in the power of the tongue... 
~ Proverbs 18:21 
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
~ Buddha  
When you have spoken the word, it reigns over you. When it is unspoken you reign over it. 
~ Arabian Proverb


Every letter in the Hebrew alphabet has a design, a number and a meaning. The sum of the letters have special significance.
It's believed that in Sanskrit, the significance of each syllable and the vibrations each syllable have an effect both inside and outside the body.
In Hawaiian Shamanism there is a source of power behind the words of the language. The mindset of the ancient Hawaiians was based on acknowledging the spiritual, divine meaning behind the sounds and tones that make up the words.

Regardless of belief system, most will agree that words are powerful. I composed a short list of my favorite words. Whether the positive feeling I get from hearing these words comes from the actual word or from the meaning I've assigned is not important to me. What matters is that I use these words in affirmations about myself and others.


* Love * Joy * Peace * Creativity * Humility * Passion* Family* Life*

How awesome it is that I can write and share the words on my mind freely! There are people all over the world that can't. Words can motivate, inspire and change. I try to speak my favorite words, or variations of them in some form, EVERYDAY. Good words feel good.

Do you speak words of power over yourself and your loved ones? What words make the top of your list?

Here's a growing selection of videos I'm collecting on the subject...


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Today's Happy Plan:

make an animation
Watching my son play yesterday, inspired this post.

I try to meditate daily but, here's my confession: I tend  to over think things. During meditation, I will often have a BRILLIANT idea and then, the voice inside my head, not the Big One (also available to me but often not as easy to access) but the little one. Some might say the little one is my ego or the devil or fear or... you get the idea. Whatever I choose to call it, that little voice is not out to have me do great things and being happy and in love is a great thing.

I admire how my kids are so, quick to forgive, easy to amuse and entertain, and especially how loving they are.  I learn from the three teachers that call me mom, on a daily basis. When I saw my son contemplate his play, dip his foot in the pool and jump in, I was amazed. He realized that the water, though chilly at first, was going to yield some fun that would far outweigh his discomfort.

Think it, Test It,  Jump In!

This is a process I hope to always set as an example with for my kids. As they grow up and out into the world, those little voices will get louder and it will be more work to access the Big One. I want them to look at mom and know that self love is, without a doubt, worth any price they may pay to get there.

Happy 2010Image by teapotqueen via Flickr


What will our children do in the morning
if they do not see us
fly?
~ Rumi ~



Selected Poems. Rumi (Penguin Classics)
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Eat Pray Love

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Miracle of Water

Miracle of waterCivilizations have been built around it, God's have reigned over it and poets have been inspired by it. Skeptics can argue the legitimacy of claims of certain belief systems or science but little can be refuted when it comes to the importance of water to the human race.

We need water to live. Plain an simple.

I am one of the lucky people who likes water. I drink tons of it. I will sometimes flavor it with cucumber or fruit. I will drink it ice cold or hot with a slice of lemon. Mostly though, I just drink it plain. I carry a bottle in my bag as well as in car. When people ask me about my skin and how I keep it so "young looking," I say, genetics (thanks mom ;), WATER and mindset!

Mindset? Yep. I call it conscious consumption.

When I think about these simple stats I can get grateful, QUICK:
  • Up to 70% Human body is water.
  • 1 in 6 people don't have access to clean water.

For me and everyone I know personally, water consumption is basic. Man I am blessed!

When I choose gratitude, I am replenished mentally and spiritually. I want to encourage others by sharing my perfectly imperfect journey, my resources, my insight. So today, when you drink that glass of water, I hope you are able to thank your God, your lucky stars, your city, your plumber and/or yourself. I hope you are connected to all the possibilities that abound because in drinking that water, you have chosen to live. LIFE is a miracle.

I hope you choose to believe that today.

Here's a little "What if..." video. Enjoy.



Found these BPA free containers:
Fit & Fresh CleanTek Vortex Hydrator
Stainless Steel Water Bottle - 12 oz,(Born Free Baby Products)

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Seeing is Believing or Believing is Seeing...

Photo by Neal Fowler from his Flickr Album "
GARAGE OF THE IMMACULATE SOUL"
Seeing is a complicated event. I did a simple search for the definition of "sight" and came up with tons of meanings.

Sight: 
1a: something that is seen with the eye
2a : a thing regarded as worth seeing —usually used in plural <the sights of the city> b : something ludicrous or disorderly in appearance <you look a sight>
3a
: the process, power, or function of seeing; specifically : the physical sense by which light stimuli received by the eye are interpreted by the brain and constructed into a representation of the position, shape, brightness, and usually color of objects in space b : mental or spiritual perception c : mental view; specifically : judgment
4a : the act of looking at or beholding b : inspection, perusal c : view, glimpse d : an observation to determine direction or position (as by a navigator)
5a : a perception of an object by or as if by the eye <never lost sight of the objective> b : the range of vision <was nowhere in sight>
7: an aspiration


To see, light touches the eyes and the brain interprets the data into electrical signals which in turn are converted into information. The fact of the matter is that how your eye's scientifically process light may have little to do with how you "see" things in the end. Some people have 20/20 vision yet they don't really "see" what's going on. Some people, on the other hand "see" the world in ways that are inspiring, poetic, prophetic...

You ever notice how some people, many of them photographers, catch these INCREDIBLE moments? These are moments that most would miss but these people, these "special" people seem to see differently. For the picture above, photographer Neal Fowler writes "North from my garage is a bush that catches the nicest raindrops and shows them off when the sun comes out, a broken watery bush of loveliness. :) Best viewed holding a glass of something chilled."

THANK YOU Neal. Thanks for seeing and sharing about the bushes behind your garage. I was inspired to look at the spider infested foliage behind MY garage in a new light and I found a miracle...

When I first started on my journey out of anxiety, I determined that in order to live a beautiful life, I must seek and absorb beauty everyday. Daily, I ask myself "what beauty exists around your home or even in the MIRROR that you are not seeing?" People can praise us for our beauty everyday but unless we see and BELIEVE it, we will never know what it feels like to be beautiful. What a shame because we are ALL beautiful.

To conclude my observation on this subject today, I leave you with a favorite song by the legendary Stevie Wonder...

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Bathing Beauty

From The Thoughts of an Angel Awakened

Some of the simplest pleasures are things we often take for granted or that we just don't make time for.

A bath for me, can be a sublime spiritual experience. Hot water, a few indulgent additives and the right intention, are all it takes to get me into a great space. Have a listen to my bathtub broadcast...

Himalayan Salt Bath (mp3)

Simple Bath Infusions:
NATURAL and ESSENTIAL OILS:
I love aromatherapy. Aromatic baths can provide relief from stress and anxiety, assist with muscle pains. You can use scents wake up or scents to relax. Essential oils can get costly and complicated. I started with ready made blends but have moved on to custom blending my own. I will also sometimes add a couple of drops of avocado, jojoba or vitamin E oil for a moisturizing boost.

HERB and FLOWER TEAS:
My mom first introduced me to this concept in bathing. She would pick fresh herbs and flowers from the garden (potted containers when we lived in NYC and yard when we moved to LA), tie a string around them and steep the bundle in her hot tub. I will sometimes take the bundle and stick it in a container of bath salts or oil.

SALTS
Epsom salt—made of the mineral magnesium sulfate when absorbed through the skin, such as in a bath, draws toxins from the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, is a natural emollient, exfoliator, and much more.

Dead Sea  Salt - Various cultures and groups of people have visited the Dead Sea for therapy, dating back to the time of the ancient Egyptians. I've read that Cleopatra, considered the most beautiful woman in the world, went to great expense to obtain exclusive rights over the Dead Sea area. At her command, pharmaceutical and cosmetic factories were built near the Dead Sea and their remains can still be seen today. Need I say more?

Himalayan Salt - contains 84 essential minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, bromide, and calcium and is readily absorbed into the skin. Harvested from pollution free ocean waters that dried and crystallized 250 million years ago, they are a beautiful variety of pink color crystal that I just love.

I recently bought 4.5oz of Pink Himalayan Salt at Trader Joes for $1.99 and it comes in a grinder with a top that screws off (perfect for kitchen or bath). If you cant find it locally, you can always buy it online
Himalayan Crystal Salt 5.29 oz (150 grams) Salt
Himalayan Organic Natural Unprocessed Cooking Coarse Grain Salt, 16 Oz BagArtisan Salt Co. Himalayan Pink Salt-fine, 9.5 Ounce Jars (Pack of 3)

I mix and match the above combos as I see fit. Bathing is a luxury I indulge in as often as possible and one that keeps me sane...

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Just for laughs...

LaughImage via WikipediaI come from a family of funny people. Not just people with a sense of humor but people who have made a living making other people laugh. As a matter of fact, for my brother's funeral, (Rick Aviles was a comedian but best known for his menacing role in Ghost) we had a memorial at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. People left in tears... of LAUGHTER.

When I feel less than perfect, I like to call a friend who makes me cry out loud with laughter. This friend has the kind of laugh that is infectious. When she laughs, I don't even need to find what she said funny, I just start laughing too. Inevitably when I get off the phone, I feel better!

Of course, I did some research to find out why...

Laughing releases "happy chemicals" into the body. By letting laughter into every part of our body and our mind, we're chemically altering our physical state and immediately into the here and now mentally.

Today, if you're feeling less than 100%, take the adage of "laughter being the best medicine" literally. Try a little laugh therapy (also called laughing meditation or laughter yoga) The techniques simply involves inhaling deeply, then exhaling while laughing. Really want to go out on a limb? Try to experience the freedom of spontaneous laughter. Just laugh. No jokes, just laugh out of nowhere, like children do! One study on the subject, stated children laugh about 400 to 500 times a day, while an adult may laugh 15 times a day. Why do kids get to laugh, "just cause," but adults determine that it's not ok?

Need some help? Check out the laughing room at http://doasone.com

Mondo New York (NY)
Ghost
I'd Rather Laugh: How to be Happy Even When Life Has Other Plans forYou
Laugh Yourself Healthy: Keep the doctor away ---with a giggle a day!

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Follow Your Nose... My Olfactory Adventure!

Olfactory Adventure

Woke up this morning and the freshness of the air inspired me, so I collected "specimens" for an olfactory adventure. Beauty can be absorbed and acquired through all our senses, even our nose!

Rosemary
Sage
Lavender
Rose
Eucalyptus
Alyssum

These scents were my companions this morning and my urban hike was DIVINE!


Olfactory Adventure (mp3)

Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils
500 Formulas For Aromatherapy: Mixing Essential Oils for Every Use
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health - Beauty - a Safe Home Environment


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