Do you realize we live our lives much differently than people did 20 or 30 years ago? Yep, life has changed and with it our stress levels. Even though we are constantly developing new technological to make life simpler, we are also carrying the burden of being alert and accessible 24/7.
So while we have everything at our fingertips now, from ‘track my friends’ to weather apps, we have very little down time. You open your laptop or smartphone and the whole world is at your disposal. Unfortunately, it is a 2-way street which means that just as you can get in touch with anyone at anytime, they can also find you wherever you are and whenever they please. This keeps us constantly “on”. We are constantly engaged and have very little time to destress or relax. As a result, we become overworked and stress-related tension builds.
This is why nearly 80% of all doctor visits are stress-related.
While some stress response is good for you, having it all the time leads to major physical, psychological and emotional problems.
Medical experts are calling it “Chronic Stress Syndrome” with the following symptoms:
Honestly we all suffer from one, or a combination, of these symptoms or know someone that does. And since stress does not look like its going to end anytime soon, its up to us to learn healthy ways to manage and lower stress levels. Here are 5 natural ways to alleviate tension and stress you can put into motion today:
1. Eat right.
What you eat is more important than you think! Foods high in magnesium, calcium, vitamin B-12, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids all help uplift the mood, protect the heart and boost brain power. Avoid foods rich in processed sugars and fats, all carbonated sodas and baked goods. Also too much caffeine and alcohol will increase anxiety, fatigue and inflammations.
Meditation has been used for centuries as a way to calm the nerves and become in tune with your inner self. And the best part is that it can be done anywhere and at any time. Pick a quiet corner in your home, sit in a comfortable chair and focus your attention on your breathing for 5 - 10 minutes. To enhance your meditation, you can use essential oils, burn incense or listen to nature sounds. I have guided mediations free on Youtube and my site to also assist you as well as online and live meditation classes.
Getting regular exercise is a natural stress-buster because your body releases endorphins; feel-good hormones in the brain which lift your mood as well as act as natural pain killers. Your blood sugar levels and metabolism are boosted, helping you eat less and burn more calories at the same time. Exercise also regulates your sleep cycle, what experts refer to as your circadian rhythm, so you get quality sleep and wake up early, energized and ready to start the day.
Want to double the benefits? Exercise outdoors, preferably where you are surrounded by nature. Studies have proven that getting direct sunshine stimulates the release of endorphins, the feel-good chemicals. Add to that the soothing effect nature has on you, and your mood is sure to soar, decreasing levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
4. Practice Mindfulness
To effectively manage stress and anxiety, you need to calm down your fear and panic responses and mindfulness practices can be key. Mindfulness means being present in the moment. Too often we are stressed because we are thinking about past events or stressing over the future. With mindfulness practice for stress and anxiety, you learn how to sit peacefully with your thoughts and feelings in the present moment, creating an inner calm. This will help contain and reduce stress and anxiety as you refocus on this very moment.
Make time to do something you enjoy. When you do, you are disconnecting from social media, slowing down and using your senses to take in everything in the present moment. This is also a great confidence booster, whether you like playing games or reading, or engaging in a hobby like painting, knitting, coloring or race-car driving. Play and have fun, just for the shear fun of it. Don’t try to create something to sell or give away, but create and play just for the experience.
Stress is unfortunately an integral part of our lives now. If it is left unmanaged it can lead to serious health problems. Luckily, with some patience and a few simple lifestyle changes, you can move from stressed and frazzled to a happy, well-balanced life.
If you want to learn more natural ways to alleviate tension and stress why not take a meditation class or book a relaxing energy session today. Let's discuss!
What Can We Learn From Fire?
The often misunderstood element of fire is an energy that rules the soul, or spiritual plane. Fire is considered to be a positive, masculine, and projecting energy. Fire energy gets projects off the ground and ideas into motion. There can be no creation without fire to spark ideas into existence.
The zodiac signs of Aries, Leo, Sagittarius are very projecting, masculine fire energies. These signs need a lot of stimulation and therefore are constantly on the search for something new and exciting to "fuel" them.
Enthusiastic fire signs are often unaware of their powerful energy, so don’t blame them for rolling into a room and taking over. They help teach us to construct personal boundaries. Normally when fire people reach a clearly defined boundary, put up by another sign, they rarely take offense, and readily move in another direction.
Fire signs are very intuitive and rely on luck more often than they realize. Fire teaches us to be brave, take chances and go on those adventures.
I tend to sum up Fire Energy like this:
Aries: I’m bored let’s do something!
Leo: I have $50 and a Full Tank of gas, lets drive across the country!
Sagittarius: I’m already in the car! Let’s GO!
Too much fire can, of course cause problems. Most fire signs attract well grounded earth people to stabilize and center them and water signs help to keep fire balanced and under control. While air has a tendency to tire out fire.
If you need to put an extra “spark” into your life, working with the third chakra will help you engage your fire energy.
If you have wondered what the monthly full moon meditations were like, this month we are sharing one on Youtube. Every month Ms. Sarah teaches a Mini Master Class on Astrology. This includes a forecast, a suggested crystal/stone list for the month and a guided meditation based on the distinctive energies. She has been teaching these classes monthly for over 5 years! Read more about them here, But you can trust she knows whats the most important lesson each month and how we can use these energies to the fullest!
The featured meditation is under 8 minutes and easy to follow. You can listen as often as you like, but it has the most power during a full moon. GIve it a "thumbs up" or comment if you would like to see more meditations on the clinic Youtube channel.
Also you can sign up for next months class here and be sure and follow the Reiki clinic on Youtube so you don't miss anything!
On June 18, 2018, NEPTUNE RETROGRADES IN PISCES (until November 24th) and we can expect some surprise.
When Neptune is Direct it produces the urge to daydream, fires up our creativity, and gets us thinking about spiritual matters. But when Neptune goes retrograde it can cause distorted reality, uncontrolled imagination and "odd events" around us and in the world at large. Sometimes we breeze through, other times we are not so lucky.
The good news is this Neptune Retrograde will be an ideal time for spiritual self-development! So if you have been wanting to take a spiritual class, now is your ideal time!
The bad news is, if you are an Empath, this could be a very trying time for you. (Find out more here)
Did you know About 40% of people have Neptune retrograde in their birth chart? Yep, so it is less feared and potentially less harmful than having a retrograde inner planet. But that being said, Neptune Retrograde still influences your souls growth due to the spiritual nature of the planet. Thats why I’m doing a mini class on it this Sunday, June 10, 2018. There was too much to cover to include this in the monthly Full Moon Classes. Astrology is in constant flux and this class will help you make the most of each, unique cycle.
Find out more here. This informative class cost $28USD (until June 16, 2018 then it goes up to $37) and also includes “what to avoid” during this time and best stones to help you make the most of this retrograde.
The class will be in video form and you can watch any time or as many times as you like.
I’m excited to announce we are about to start the next MEGA chakra class. YIPPEE!
This 4 week, online class will be on the 6th Chakra, also known as the brow or 3rd eye chakra. Over the course of this month we will go in-depth on how this chakra supports your decision making process, spiritual connections and overall view of the world. You will learn how this energy center affects your subtle body as well as your emotions. We will also look at clean foods, best crystals, psychic exercise to empower your 3rd eye and so much more!
The course features a self-paced flow, so don’t worry that you have to do something every day. There will be a new video and mediation emailed weekly, straight to your inbox and four live calls that include Q & A plus a full lesson on this higher chakra. There are day-to-day prompts, factoids, homework assignments and more. Plus a 33 page workbook is included. We are going past the four lines you read about on all those websites and really explore ways you can support this energy center.
If you are ready to open up this chakra and move back into balance this course is for you. You can read more about the course here.
We’d love you to join us!
Yesterday I tweeted about Medicinal Smoke and research showing it removed harmful bacteria.
Here is the link to the study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17913417
"This study represents a comprehensive analysis and scientific validation of our ancient knowledge about the effect of ethnopharmacological aspects of natural products' smoke for therapy and health care on airborne bacterial composition and dynamics, using the Biolog microplate panels and Microlog database. We have observed that 1h treatment of medicinal smoke emanated by burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs (havan sámagri=material used in oblation to fire all over India), on aerial bacterial population caused over 94% reduction of bacterial counts by 60 min and the ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24h in the closed room. Absence of pathogenic bacteria Corynebacterium urealyticum, Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens, Enterobacter aerogenes (Klebsiella mobilis), Kocuria rosea, Pseudomonas syringae pv. persicae, Staphylococcus lentus, and Xanthomonas campestris pv. tardicrescens in the open room even after 30 days is indicative of the bactericidal potential of the medicinal smoke treatment. We have demonstrated that using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space."
The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.
Reiki Master Teacher,
"Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity."
“To teach is to learn twice.”
“Because you are alive, everything is possible.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh
"The purpose of a spiritual teacher is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon."
- Sarah Mercer
“Instructions for living a life.
Tell about it.”