Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.
Continuing the SERIES ON BELIEVING
It’s a new week and a new beginning. Life is all about balance and when you constantly put others before you, you become imbalanced and that is bound to lead to deep unhappiness in the long run.
Therefore, take time to become conscious of this imbalance in your life. And bring your life into balance by learning to put yourself first. Start with some self-reflection. Spend time with yourself, listen to yourself, understand yourself, find out what truly makes you happy and what makes you sad, what lifts your vibration and what makes you feel drained, what motivates you and what depresses you, what your true passions are and where you want to go in life. Once you identify these, make it a point to respect what you believe in, your needs, dreams and desires and start giving them your utmost priority.
Your health depends on it. Seriously! Have you ever noticed that after a crazy, stressful week of pulling long hours at work and feeling overwhelmed, you finally get to the weekend and you wake up sick and don’t leave the bed? If you don’t put yourself first, your body will certainly kick in and force you to! Stress and lack of sleep weaken your body’s immune system and leave you more vulnerable for all sorts of nasty illnesses. Don’t even risk it! Love yourself first, remember you were created from up above and you are a masterpiece, one of a kind.
“If you want to have enough to give to others, you will need to take care of yourself first. A tree that refuses water and sunlight for itself can’t bear fruit for others.”– Emily Maroutian
SHARE YOUR DREAMS WITH OTHERS
Surround yourself with those who believe in you and who will help you achieve your goals. By Lisa Marie Yost
Allow yourself to reach for the unattainable. Dream big. Act nobly. Attempt to master new things, knowing well that you may fail. Its okay to make mistakes as you stretch and grow. That is what makes us human and that is how we become wiser. In reaching for our dreams, we often have to admit our vulnerability and ask for others help. And the help is always close at hand. We are forever surrounded by teachers, from friends and family to a sage letter carrier, waitress, or carpool mom, who will share their life’s wisdoms. Understand that seeking guidance and knowledge from your colleagues, elders, family, even acquaintances along the way, is the timeless mark of a truly wise person. We can only reach the summit, individually and collectively, if we are uplifted by one another. By Susan Skog
20 Minute Guided Meditation for Reducing Anxiety and Stress--Clear the Clutter to Calm Down
This is a guided meditation to take you on a journey of relaxation. You will clear the clutter of your mind to calm you. It will reduce your stress level, as well as improve your overall health and well-being when practiced regularly.
“Find yourself first, like yourself first, love yourself FIRST, & friendship & love will naturally find YOU.”– Mandy Hale
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR FEELINGS
It’s easy to dismiss our emotions as being over the top or unnecessary, but pay attention to them.
They are very clear messages from your inner self and it’s important to spend some time listening to them. Recognize your reactions and emotions surrounding experiences and ask yourself what they’re trying to tell you. If you tune in to your feelings, you’ll learn how to react to them and turn what could be a negative into a positive.
When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life. By Jean Shinoda Bolen
Qigong MOOD LIFTER
Are you having a bad mood emergency? Negative thoughts? Low energy? It only takes a few minutes of qigong to turn your energy around, feel refreshed and revitalized!
“If you don’t workout, sleep, meditate, relax, or do whatever special things you need to do for you, you won’t be the best version of yourself. When you’re not your best version of yourself, you can’t do things for others. In a way, it’s actually selfless to take great care of yourself because it allows you to be more present for your family and friends.”– Heather Monahan
Walk at Home: Walk 15 | 1 Mile Walking Exercise
INTRODUCING our BRAND-NEW Video Series: Walk 15! This series of Mile’s celebrates our Certified Walk 15 Leaders all over the world! Women and Men LEAD our popular Walking Workout in Church Halls, Schools, at Work...everywhere people gather! Have FUN Walking this Walk everybody! -Leslie
“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”– M. Scott Peck
Ready for foods and remedies that heal; alchemy of herbs. Get ready for some Fire Cider, this is a spicy vinegar that was first created by herbalist Rosemary Goldstar. Since she created this recipe decades ago, thousands of herbalists have made countless versions.
The vinegar has a bold taste with an interesting combination of spice, sourness and sweetness. If you are taking it as a preventive remedy, it is recommended to have by the tablespoon; one to three times per day. If you are using it to ward something off, it is recommended to have by the tablespoon every hour. It can be diluted with a little bit of water.
1 cup of minced yellow or brown onions
½ cup grated horseradish
½ cup minced garlic
¼ cup grated fresh ginger
¼ inch piece of fresh cayenne or ½ teaspoon dried, or to taste
2 tablespoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
½ lemon, thinly into rounds
¼ cup of honey, or more to taste
2 2/3 cups raw, unfiltered apple-cider vinegar
1. Place the onions, horseradish, garlic, herbs, spices and lemon into a 1-quart jar.
2. Add the honey.
3. Fill the jar with vinegar and be sure to cover all the ingredients.
4. Stir well to make sure there aren’t any air bubbles.
5. Cover, preferably with a glass or plastic lid. If using a metal lid, place parchment or wax paper between the lid and the jar.
6. Let the jar sit for 2 to 3 weeks.
7. For the first few days, shake the jar well once per day.
8. Strain the vinegar into a clean jar.
9. Refrigerate and use within a year.
The other day, I blogged that I was re-reading my book that I wrote. The book is a personal journey of my everyday experience with treatments that I received in Mexico. In relations to the current series of BELIEVING, I wrote an entry on 3-2-11: PASSION.
Good morning, it’s Wednesday and the week is half done. If you’ve been following my blog, you can see how passionate I am about good health. It’s not just about me, it’s about you too. We need to join together and make better choices about what we eat and how we exercise to beat diseases. In researching my condition, I found out that your own body will heal sickness. It’s about your digestive system and the immune system! When those are balanced, they can fight all infections and since we were tiny tots they have been working.
FOOD ~ IS THERE A WAR ON FOOD?
There are several articles on food and what it can do to our bodies. As we feed ourselves, we need to know the effects on how it relates to disease.
Much like a tree, it is fed water and given nourishment through the soil, along with the sunlight. This is what makes even the richest vegetables and fruits as well as our grains. When we add another product, then sometimes it alters the way it grows and it can have a great effect on us.
What are they doing by modifying the DNA in our foods and creating processed foods? Is this good for us!! I wonder, and how often does it create diseases? These questions are asked by Functional Medicine doctors. With the research, there are signs that go back to how important it is, what we put in our mouth. The saying, “you are what you eat” is maybe a warning to all of us. This is how our cells grow and function and we need to be more aware of this problem.
Here are six ways food is being used to wage war against the population:
1. Food inflation:
3. Chemical Additives:
5. Genetic Modification:
6. The Weather:
This would certainly be the ultimate endgame for anyone wishing to use food as a weapon of control and profit. This possibility should not be easily dismissed, but rather it warrants open-minded investigation and research.
As we can see, food control is full spectrum, with wars being declared on the individual, states, and sovereign nations simultaneously. Food controllers utilize health, politics, and economics to integrate their agenda. Only full spectrum solutions can be employed as protection. There is much hope to be offered through alternative markets, barter systems, and local co-ops.
"WHAT LIES BEFORE US AND WHAT LIES BEHIND US ARE SMALL MATTERS COMPARED TO WHAT LIES WITHIN US. AND WHEN WE BRING WHAT IS WITHIN OUT INTO THE WORLD, MIRACLES HAPPEN."
Until Tuesday, remember self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel. Don’t wait for a crisis to realize what matters most. Put yourself first right now. Because right now is all we have.