But your solitude will be a support and a home for you, even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances, and from it you will find all your paths. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Only make decisions that support your self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth. ~Oprah Winfrey
Health Tip: When trying to implement healthier habits, like participating in more physical activity or kicking a sugary-soda addiction, most people take a tough-love approach-an uncompromising attitude that results in guilt and self-flagellation at the first slip-up. Sound effective? Definitely not, says professor and researcher Kristin Neff, who proposes a gentler alternative: treating yourself with the kindness you would show others. ~ University of Minnesota
Integrate your mind, body, and spirit! Your body is the only vehicle you have been given for this ride called "Life." Taking good care of your body will ensure a longer, happier ride. The following tips integrate your Body, Mind, and Spirit, which are all required to maintain a healthy, happy body! Healthy diet and nutrition. Health care practitioners will tell you that you have to provide your physical body with high quality fuel if you want it to run properly. Eat a healthy, chemical-free diet high in vital nutrients. Take the herbal and vitamin supplements that will support you in your good health. Get adequate rest. Get the appropriate amount of uninterrupted sleep you need to engage your REM patterns. REM sleep is your nervous system’s way of healing and refueling your body. Also, if you’re feeling overly sluggish, take a short nap or sit and rest. Chronic sleep and sluggishness problems should be reported to your health care provider. Stay focused in the present moment. Feelings of regret or worry about a past event, or worry and anxiety about an upcoming future event are not only a waste of your precious life time. They also add stress to the body, which makes you more susceptible to disease. Stay present and focused on the beauty and gifts this moment is offering you! Just do it! Exercise. Exercise is known to help you live a longer and healthier life. The body needs to stay in action and movement. Move it, or lose it! Mental exercise and stimulation. A healthy physical body includes a sound and sharp mind. Keep challenging your mind to expand, grow, learn, experience, decipher, and explore. Use it, or lose it! Meditate. Not only is meditation simple and fun, it also has been known to reduce your heart rate, reduce your stress level, help you become present in this moment, increase your feelings of peace, serenity, joy, and spiritual faith. This all does the body good! Surround yourself with a great support system (family, friends). Keep yourself surrounded from every side with positive-minded, healthy people who are on YOUR team - People who will care for, support, love, respect, and appreciate you. Laugh often. Recent studies are showing the significance of how laughter, fun, and mirth help keep people healthy, as well as heal sick bodies. Everyone really is a unique, hilarious person. Look for the hilarity in every situation and keep laughing. Keep your thoughts positive. What you put out does come back. So if you want to feel and look great, monitor your thoughts closely to ensure that you are thinking only positive, forwarding thoughts. If you catch yourself thinking a negative thought, simply turn it around into a positive thought. Deal with your emotions. Do not stifle them. If you are avoiding dealing with any emotions that have cropped up in your life, what do you think you are doing to your poor body? It has to store this emotional energy somewhere. Face your feelings, express them healthfully, and whatever you do, stop stuffing them down in to an oozing, black hole of ill health!
Take hold of your own life. See that the whole existence is celebrating. These trees are not serious, these birds are not serious. The rivers and the oceans are wild, and everywhere there is fun, everywhere there is joy and delight. Watch existence, listen to the existence and become part of it. ~ Osho None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Health Tip: Your body and mind are meant to be a whole, and to ensure that they are, your whole existence is based on feedback loops. Body listens to mind; mind listens to body. Awareness is the link. Make no mistake: Every cell knows when you are unhappy, anxious or stressed. A cell's awareness is expressed in chemical reactions instead of words. No matter. The message comes through loud and clear. ~ Deepak Chopra
Every cell in your body has a direct relationship with Creative Life Force, and each cell is independently responding. When you feel joy, all the circuits are open and the Life Force or God Force can be fully received. When you feel guilt or blame or fear or anger, the circuits are hindered and the Life Force cannot flow as effectively. Physical experience is about monitoring those circuits and keeping them as open as possible. The cells know what to do. They are summoning the Energy.
Student says, "I am discouraged. What should I do?" Master says, "Encourage others." ~ Zen Proverb "All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant." ~ Henry David Thoreau "If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes." ~ Andrew Carnegie
And you can try from now until the end of time to change the outside, but only when you change your way of thinking can you change your world. ~ Neville Goddard If you sit and get really quiet, fully expecting your answer, it has to come. Expectation unlocks all doors, and lights all paths. ~ Mike Dooley
Health Tip: Way to pack a punch! The apple, a good source of soluble fiber, controls blood sugar and insulin release, sweeps clean the intestinal tract, helps prevent cancer, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, is capable of removing heavy metals, radioactive particles … and tastes absolutely amazing! http://articles.herballegacy.com/this-organic-fruit-tops-the-charts/
People who don't cherish their elderly have forgotten whence they came and whither they go. ~ Ramsey Clark The young, free to act on their initiative, can lead their elders in the direction of the unknown... The children, the young, must ask the questions that we would never think to ask, but enough trust must be re-established so that the elders will be permitted to work with them on the answers.” ~ Margaret Mead
Health Tip: Addendum to the frozen bananas into soft serve ice-cream tip: the bananas should be very ripe :) We made them with bananas that were yellow and it did not come out creamy.