Rise and Shine!

“Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭112:4 NIV

Being yourself can be an outright irritation to some people! There you are minding your own business, at your job or in your yard and someone saw you and caught an attitude!
Then the complaints come:
“She was humming a song in the lunchroom and it upset me”.
“I saw him planting in his yard and I think he is growing poisonous plants that might hurt the squirrels”!

Instead of feeling angry or picked on, rejoice!
What?
No, really. Give a belly laugh and smile from the inside out. You are shining. The world has become so caught up in reality shows and social media that promotes through negative propaganda, it appears to have turned proper perspective upside down.
What your “haters” are really saying is, they like how you are generally a happy person and wish that they could keep their spirits high like you do! Your complaining neighbors think you are lucky to have a green thumb because your garden is one of the loveliest in the neighborhood!

Yet the negative energy behind the complaints has a plan. If you take offense, and stop your humming or get angry and stop your gardening, well, your joy will weaken. You will become susceptible to the onslaught of fear and oppression that you have avoided.  Then, you will end up like so many down and depressed folks who do not realize that they have been lured into the darkness that seeks to overtake the Light.

Continue to be the light.

Cherish the day!

Love your life! It’s the only one you’ve got.

So many of us wish we had more or lived better or made other choices for our lives. Yet I am finding that life builds on itself by our awareness of the life we are living!
By taking an account of what we have experienced or done thus far and reviewing periodically, we will discover a pattern. Just as the spider spins her web, we too are creating within the matrix of the world in which we currently reside.

By this review, we see where we may be repeating steps-is this for our good or have we failed to assess the reoccurrence? Why? I have been surprised at times to find I did not remember until reviewing,” Girl, you have been Here before!
This day, make an assessment of where you are now. Not to judge but to see. Write down what you notice about it, how you feel about what you see.
Then take a moment to commune with your Higher Self.

Be encouraged!

Everything comes out in blues music: joy , pain , struggle . Blues is affirmation with absolute elegance. – Wynton Marsalis

Have you ever had a morning where you woke up feeling pretty good, no aches or pains, took a shower, had a cup of coffee and then remembered it was MONDAY!

Essential Oils to the rescue!
I have become quite proficient in my apothecary skills. That is because I test everything on myself(and family members) before I share it with you. Today was an excellent test. I am sure you will give me an A for my latest curation(I think that’s a real word).

So, I find myself in a blue funk, as I mentioned earlier but I had to work today. With people. Yes, smiling and communicating with words would be required so I had to figure something out. Or call in sick.
Nah, I like to save my sick time for real emergencies(like long weekend trips or something)!

Working with essential oils is always interesting because these plant chemicals have brains! It is in their nature to help and to heal. This is what The Creator intended.
I have named this blend:

The Blue Monday Special
6 drops Pettigrain-Calming, Stress Reducer, energizing
4 drops Roman Chamomile-Anti-anxiety, soothes feelings of anger, anti depressant
3 drops Ylang Ylang- Anti depressant, balances emotions, good for hypertension-also said to be an aphrodisiac, hmmm?

This diffuser blend had immediate effects. I forgot I was feeling “blue” in less than 5 minutes.
Ylang Ylang is powerful so if you are not familiar with its effects, run your diffuser no more than 20 minutes with this blend. I did 2 treatments for 20 minutes early morning and later this afternoon because I liked how it made me feel!
Ylang Ylang can be heady for sensitive types, although the blend itself is mild. It was sooo lovely and yummy feeling!

*Side note*
Interestingly enough,  2 of the 3 essential oils in this blend have linalool. This is called blending by chemical constituents. You will achieve the most effects from that particular chemical property. Linalool is known for its sedative effects.
It is a plant chemical(phytochemical) found in cannabis.

See I told you that you would give me an A!

It’s going to be a bright, bright sunshiney day!

What a great day to start anew!
What day is it? Any day that you can open your eyes, breathe and manage to make a cup of coffee or tea successfully!
After that step you should have everything in hand! Just kidding, of course there is more to your day than that. However, I have found if I awake early enough that I have time to take my warm cup to the beach for a walk, I have an even better week!

Starting your work week with a morning of quiet meditation or writing in your journal and staring out at the ocean or the sky or the trees or skyline with sun on your skin is good medicine.

Most people are not able to take this time every morning as we are all so busy. However, making a plan for your week like this is like setting your sails for a good journey. The quiet, the sun, it will do you good.

Can’t get out of the house?
1st-Find a window with the sun peeking in.
2nd- Place a few drops of Grapefruit or Wild Orange essential oils in your hands, cup over your nose and mouth and inhale deeply. Exhale through your mouth. Do this 3 times and then…
3rd- Sit there and think about how you would like your day, your week to go and seal it with thanksgiving and gratitude.
Physiologically, you have communicated to your body and brain that all is well.

This is a great start for any day, don’t you think?
Let me know how it goes!

“One cannot resist the lure of Africa.” Rudyard Kipling

Beautiful skin!

Some of us have gorgeous skin because of genetics and some have beautiful skin naturally, as in Natural beauty products!
I am so in love with African Black Soap! I carry a couple of brands but my favorite is imported in a huge block from a village apothecary in West Africa. Shea Butter, herbs, berries, clay, all the fabulous ingredients that have been used for beauty over thousands of years.

I always experience products for myself prior to sharing with you because I want to honestly rave about it. Otherwise, if its no good, it goes straight to the trash! African Black Soaps are known for their moisturizer but also for their anti-aging properties. I have to say I am really excited about the brightening effect.

I live in the sun -I love beaches! Sun worshiping can be detrimental to your health and your glow. The African Black Soap ingredients have properties that brighten dark or sun damaged skin. It even helps to fade and diminish eczema and psoriasis!

Hemp Seed Oil
High in essential fatty acids, Omega 6 and omega 3, hemp oil is my new “Holy Grail” item -you must have this oil in your body care regimen. It can be used to increase immunity, counteract aging skin and improve cardiovascular health. It has been proven to slow down the aging process and fight psoriasis because of the linoleic acid present in Hemp oil

Often referred as CBD oil, Hemp oil can be made from the seeds of any plant in the cannabis family, but is primarily derived from hemp. According to Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutic Potential, the oil has also been used to effectively treat arthritis inflammation, neurodermatitis and PMS, among other conditions.

Not to worry, Hemp oil only contain trace amounts of THC, making them useless for anyone looking to get high.

Discover Beauty from the inside out!

“ If you start the week with a positive attitude on Monday, it’ll be a lot easier to fight off negativity the rest of the week.


Happiness Within

High to low them ups and downs,
Like my world, from smiles to frowns.
Happiness is a place that seems in reach,
One for oneself, we look to find it each.
But is this a mission or are we all blinded to see?
That’s it’s within ourselves, but we scorn to agree?
The simplest things in life, are hard to be grateful for,
Which is why happiness is dug deep into our core .
Open your eyes and see its within,
And once you see it, life will take you for a spin 🙂

Author: Anymonous

I found this cute poem to be sweet but wise also. Enjoy the day!

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” Buddha

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Rules for Living and Spirituality

What other similarities can we attribute to the longer life expectancy of French and Japanese women?

In Japan, there is Shinto and Buddhism, which are a part of the nation’s fabric. Most of the religious ritual in Japanese culture is national ceremony. It is ingrained and not seen as separate religion. Spirituality is living normally. A way of life.

The case of spirituality for the French or shall I say the lack of it, is difficult to describe in the breadth of this post.
However, French longevity may also be due in part to their way of life. “Joie de vivre” is an integral part of the French social structure. This theme, to enjoy life and savor it exuberantly, can be seen as French spirituality. For example, a French pastime is sitting hours on end at a café, sipping and people watching. In the U.S., typically we do coffee via drive thru but if we do sit down it is still rushed as we are thinking or worrying about what is next on the agenda!

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Another tidbit that may play a role, French and Japanese dine with their families. They commune with each other regularly which is community, rather than sitting at the same table but watching television or on the cellphone.
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Japanese and French women work, have children, husbands, etc., typical responsibilities like the rest of us.
It is the “style” in which they do it that provides a center.
Not God specifically but ritual that allows for mindfulness which leads to a balanced life.

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Sippin’ my tea……

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Rules for Living

The Japanese previously held the #1 spot on the World Health Statistics for life expectancy until giving way to the French in 2015.
Just from casual observation, one would regard the Japanese woman as typically slender and healthy. What’s their secret?

Tea has been a mainstay in Japanese society since ancient times. According to history, Japan was introduced to Tea by the Buddhist monks returning from China around the 9th century. Tea became a drink of the priestly classes.
A few centuries later, Tea had become a religion itself, especially in terms of the Tea ceremony, a ritual which remains to this day. It is now the preferred beverage in Japan.

So what is my point?

Green Tea appears to be the miracle beverage of health and longevity.
Traditional Medicine and alternative health professionals rave about it. Most see Green Tea consumption as the answer to many modern illnesses and a key to prevention. It is full of antioxidants-cancer killing substances that protect the cells from damage and-Wait For It— Aging!

In terms of weight loss, Green Tea has properties that impact metabolism and fat loss via the nervous system.

France was a pioneer in the coffee trade and considered a coffee culture. However over the years, the French have become more health conscious along with their “joie de vivre” which has translated into an affinity for the life giving properties of tea.
Hmmm, drinking water and drinking Green Tea. Pretty simple.

We shall see…

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https://authoritynutrition.com/green-tea-and-weight-loss/

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26962095