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Elephants, Chakras and Silence

 

I love this picture! That’s probably because I love elephants, studying about the Chakras, essential oils and LOTS of color.

Lately I’ve been feeling like I have more that I need to share. There are people out there that are searching for “something” and sometimes they don’t even know what that “something” is. Maybe they are just feeling a little out of sync. Not quite connected with who they are and their purpose. Do you ever have days, weeks, or months like that? Maybe it’s even years of feeling like “something” is just missing in your life. I’m suggesting that you honor that and move in a direction that will help you feel joy, inspiration and fulfillment. There are people out there that may need to hear from you. If we stay in our shell, then how can we share the light and gifts that we’ve been given? I believe we all have a sacred duty to fulfill our purpose on this earth and first of all we need to find out what that purpose it. That may take time and maybe we just need to settle in and be still. Listen to that inner voice. Overtime you will be directed to what it is you are supposed to do.

When you think about the word Meditation, does that sound to you like “What??? I need to sit still for 5, 10, or even 20 minutes? Life is just too busy for that! Too many places to be, too many people to see, just too much to do!” Or is more of a peaceful presence that resonates with you. If the later is not the case, I would suggest searching online for a simple meditation practice that might fit into your life. What have you got to loose? Some people prefer a guided meditation. Others prefer silence or the repetition of a sound or mantra.

Do you trust that you will provided what you need? Think about taking a few moments to just sit and be still. Breathe. Inhale, pause, exhale. Repeat. Trust that with silence your mind may be open to hear what it is that you need today. Maybe you need to serve someone else. Could even be a family member. But how will you know if you don’t stop and take the time to listen? Once this becomes a routine, your mind, body and soul will thank you.

Let me close by suggesting a few essential oils that you may want to include in your meditation, or stillness, practice. Place a drop or two over the corresponding area or putting a few drops in the palm of your hand, rubbing together and breathe in.

Namaste.

Root chakra – I am –  Vetiver, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Cedarwood

Sacral chakra – I feel – Wild Orange, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage

Solar Plexus chakra – I do – Lemon, Juniper Berry, Grapefruit, Cedarwood

Heart chakra – Melissa, Geranium, Bergamot, Jasmine, Rose

Throat chakra – I speak – Bergamot, Peppermint, Basil, Chamomile

Brow/Third Eye chakra – I see –  Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Rose, Frankincense

Crown chakra – I understand – Lavender, Jasmine,  Sandalwood, Frankincense

Morning Rituals – what are they really about?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a morning ritual?  I read a great article today titled  “7 Morning Rituals to Make your Day 8 Times More Productive.”  

Right off the bat I liked the article because it quoted one of my favorite authors. The quote was “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. ” — John C. Maxwell. 

This article had some great ideas – some of which I’ve incorporated and some of which I’m still working on. For instance, I’m getting better at meditation and listening to affirmations.  Someone recently told me about an app called “ThinkUp.” It allows you to record affirmations in your own voice with background music.  It’s supposed to be more effective when we hear our own voice. They even suggest affirmations and then you can just choose the ones you like (or make up your own) and read them while you are recording. Simple and easy. I like that.

I’m also getting better at meditating. I understand now it doesn’t have to be a long process. It doesn’t even have to be at the same place and at the same time each day. But since we are talking about “Morning Rituals” here, meditating is a terrific way to begin your day.  There are so many benefits. If you are one that needs the science behind what makes it work, plenty can be found. The point is ~ just do it!

Exercise. We all know it’s good for us. We just need to do it. Even 10 minutes will benefit you. Walk, run, swim, go to the gym, dance in your living room. It doesn’t matter ~ just do something to get yourself moving. If you can incorporate it into your morning ritual, that much better!

Gratitude. I loved the idea in the above article that suggests we take a few moments to acknowledge some positive things that have happened to us. This doesn’t have to be a long list. Just two or three will do. However, if you are like me, once I begin, the list just seems to grow. Sometimes at night if I have a hard time falling asleep, instead of counting sheep, I will count my many blessings! There’s never a right or wrong time to be grateful.

So, what are morning rituals really about? And why do they matter? It’s about what works for you. I’ve given you some suggestions but you get to choose. Do what makes you happy. Once you begin you will see that they’ll make a difference in your day. When you begin to practice a regular morning ritual, you will then not only make a difference in one day, but you’ll begin to make a difference in your week, then your month, and before you know it your year! You deserve  it. Here’s to having the best year ever!

 

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If I can do it, so can you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know I need to meditate. I know it’s good for you. I just don’t do it as often as I know I should. If you are like me, I get up, get going for the day and sometimes the stuff that I really should be doing  (meditation, exercise, personal development) gets pushed to the side. I tell myself that “I’ll get to it in a few minutes” and, well,  that never happens! A few friends have told me about this free app that they like. It’s called “Calm.”  The other day I thought about it again and decided to download it right then. I listened to the first meditation and then I actually set a reminder on my phone so that each morning I get a little message that says “Time to mediate.” It’s that simple reminder that really gets me to do it.

The above picture showed up on my phone when my meditation was complete. I like it. I agree with it. Sometimes we really do just need to leap. What are you wanting to do that your indecision is just stopping you from? I say “Go for it!” What have you got to loose? Think of all that you can accomplish. You can do it! It’ll be worth it and you may even change some lives, including your own.

 

Benefits of Himalayan Salt and Salt Lamps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you seen one of these lamps in your local “hippie” store and wondered what they are? Maybe you’ve seen them in a store that sells gemstones or even in your local bath and bed store. You may want to consider purchasing a Himalayan salt lamp as the newest addition to your home or office. Many people, including myself, have more that one. I keep one in my office near my desk and one in our living room. The next one I purchase will be going in our bedroom. So, why would you want one? Do they really have any benefits? Let me tell you what I’ve found when I did a simple “Google” search.

Himalayan salt and Himalayan salt lamps have many benefits. First lets talk Himalayan salt that you cook with and/or use on your food. When looking at a bottle of Himalayan salt, you will notice that it has different hues of pink, white and orange. This actually indicates a high concentration of minerals.  This salt is unlike that awful table salt that most of us have used for generations. Typically white table salt has been stripped of its minerals, chemically cleaned and bleached. Yuck! Try replacing your regular table salt with Himalayan pink salt. Your body will thank you and your food will taste so much better! You will never go back to that boring white, bleached stuff. Remember it didn’t come out of the earth that white. Your body is worth the couple of extra dollars to buy something that will actually give you some health benefits. Think of the good minerals and trace elements you’ll be taking in.

On to Himalayan salt lamps…these lamps have become a mainstay in our home. As mentioned above, we currently have two of them. I love the warm glow that they radiate. It’s peaceful and I like knowing that my family is actually benefiting from something so beautiful. The lamps don’t actually work properly without a light/heat source. But you ask, why does that matter?  How can that pinkish lamp actually be giving you any health benefits? The heat combined with the Himalayan salt lamp actually attracts the ever present water vapors that are in the air around us and these vapors then adhere to the lamp. Within these water vapors are things like allergens, pollutants, dander, and pollen. Eventually the water vapors will be re-released back into the air but the contaminates will dry with the heat from the lamp and they are not released back into the air. Wow! How about that for helping to keep the air in our homes a bit cleaner? Not only are these lamps beautiful, but they are also easy to care for. Every couple of weeks simply unplug, let the lamp cool down and then dust with a damp cloth. Easy peasy!!!

If you are thinking that maybe the only real benefit to getting one of these lamps is to help clean the air in your home or office, think again. Many studies have been done on the potential benefits that are derived from Himalayan salts. Some are listed below:

  1. Helps with relaxation and achieving a good nights rest
  2. Supports ones well being
  3. Promotes a positive mood
  4. Produces beneficial negative ions
  5. Helps to reduce stress
  6. Helps with dry skin problems
  7. Improves concentration
  8. Supports the respiratory system by reducing allergens and other particles in the surrounding air

I’m sure most of us can use some help in many of these areas. Next time you are out and about, and you see one of these beautiful lamps, think about purchasing one (or two, or three!) I don’t think you’ll have any regrets, and who knows, maybe you’ll breathe a little easier and sleep a little sounder!

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Balance in Life

 

I was on a walk today with my dog, Lucky. It’s nice the weather is warmer and I get to do this again. As I was walking I got to thinking…how much balance do I have in my life? Some time ago I realized that I hadn’t allowed myself to be balanced. Our tagline for Blogging Barefoot is BALANCE ~ WELLNESS ~ ESSENTIAL OILS. Balance is a key part of that and I was singing to the choir yet not practicing what I preached! I love what I do for my “work.” I love sharing about essential oils. I also love teaching and training people on how to grow a successful business with these wonderful products. Yet, somehow, I had let my work get ahold of me and take all my time.

I think part of it comes from the accessibility of social media and how easy it is to get caught up on our computers, tablets, cell phones or whatever. My life had become all about my work and I didn’t take time for anything else. I realized I needed some more “me” time. So then I found a new hobby ~ photography. I really enjoy taking photos and love the instant gratification I get when I take what I think is a great photo.  I can see it right before my eyes and get instant gratification. Isn’t that what our society is all about now? Hate to say it, but I think so.

I loved getting away with my camera and then that’s all I wanted to do! I wanted to play, have fun, not be behind my computer or on the phone all day. Where was the balance in that? Over time it became clear to me that there wasn’t any. I’d found something I loved to do but yet I still needed and wanted to support those I was working with. How do we make this all happen?

Enter Balance! Yes, the oil helps. I love to diffuse it. I love to put a couple of drops in the palms of my hand, rub them together and inhale. I love to rub the oil on the bottoms of my feet. Really rub it in. It works better that way! But there’s more to it than just using an essential oil.

Make a conscious decision to have balance in your life. You don’t want to become overwhelmed, stressed or unhappy. Take time for the things you love and enjoy. If you don’t take some time now, you may miss out. Your body will let you know you need some balance if you don’t listen.  I choose to take some needed time to play and have fun. Had I done this earlier, I would’ve had a lot more enjoyable days and a lot less stress. You are worth it! Now go out, have some fun and remember to have Balance! You deserve it.

Switch up your mood by diffusing essential oils!

Diffusing essential oils can be very beneficial in our homes, work spaces and other areas where we spend a good deal of time. They are known to clean our air, effect our emotions and can even boost our immune system. Depending on the mood you are looking for can help you decide what essential oil to diffuse. I work from home and sometimes I need a pick me up so I will grab a citrus oil like Grapefruit, Lemon, Tangerine or even a mixture of several oils. Some of my favorite blends to diffuse are dōTERRA’s Citrus Bliss or Motivate.

At night I choose something more calming like dōTERRA’s Serenity. My husband loves to diffuse Cedarwood and Lavender together.  He will put a couple of drops of each on the bottoms of his feet, get the diffuser going and he’s down for the count! It’s so wonderful that on those nights when it seems our minds just won’t shut off that we have a natural solution. No running to the store for us to get something to help.

Make sure that you choose quality essential oils so that you are not releasing toxins into your environment. For years people have used scented candles, aerosols and now plug-in air fresheners to make their homes smell better. The trouble with these lies in the fragrances and materials used.  To find out more about the possible hazards of using synthetic air freshners in our homes, check out this article published in 2014:  https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/could-using-air-fresheners-during-pregnancy-boost-childhood-asthma-risk/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know not everyone will admit to their love for food especially during tough times, but I’m just going to put these essential oil techniques in the social media-sphere so you have it when you need to avoid emotionally eating… (just save this post!)

– Add 2 drops of Ginger oil to a glass of water
– Massage the Serenity blend on your belly
– Massage Dill oil on the top of your feet
– Apply Frankincense oil over your heart
– Apply Grapefruit oil on your belly
– Apply Lavender oil on your throat
– Massage the Balance Blend on your feet
– Eat a handful of raw dates and almonds

 

Frankincense

We love Frankincense in our home! I keep a bottle of it in my bathroom and every morning I put a couple of drops in my mouth. At first I didn’t like the taste and then after a few days it was like my body was saying “I love this!”  I usually will also take the roller ball I have of Frankincense and swipe some on the back of my neck. It’s like my mind is clearer during the day when I do this!

Frankincense is also great to diffuse as it can help to balance our moods. Try this favorite recipe:

Spicy and Sweet Holiday Season Diffuser Blend

-5 drops Frankincense essential oil
-5 drops Myrrh essential oil
-5 drops Cedarwood essential oil
-5-10 drops Wild Orange essential oil

Frankincense supports healthy cellular function* and when applied to the bottom of the feet it can promote feelings of relaxation. During the month of December you can get a FREE 15 ml. bottle of dōTERRA Frankincense with a qualified (200 PV) purchase! Contact us for more info.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

How to Brand Yourself for Life

How to Brand Yourself for Life

Recently I attended a class where we talked about “Branding Ourselves”.  For most of us this was about  finding  a way to let people know how they could benefit by working with us.  I work with a lot of people and I feel it’s important for a person on my team to know what they can count on from me.  But I’ve been thinking about this more and more.  I think it’s also important for people to know how they can count on you to show up in life. 

I think most of us “Brand” ourselves whether we realize it or not.  Who do we want to show up as?   We may have many different roles and they often come together to make us who we are.  Mother, father, employee, spouse, child, educator, lover, etc.  Maybe we like some roles better than others. But our roles are only part of the equation.

How do you want people to know you?  Take a moment to write down some of your strengths.  It may help to think about how people would describe you or what you are passionate about.  How do these strengths help those around you? If you are compassionate, how does that help those you come in contact with?  What if you are a peacemaker or a musician? Take some time.  Contemplate.  Be gentle with yourself and know that you can do what no one else can.  You are a combination of wonderful attributes that come together to form a unique you.  Treasure and love who you are ~ then go share with the world!

 

 

5 Reasons to Take a Walk

5 Reasons to Take a Walk

Where do you like to walk? Sometimes I just take a walk around my neighborhood, but when I’m traveling I like to find new places to walk.  This picture was taken last year as I was visiting my sister in South Pasadena.  The South Pasadena Children’s Memorial & Healing Garden is a place that people can come and reflect.  It’s peaceful.  Even though I’d visited South Pasadena many times over the years, I would’ve never known about this garden unless I went on a walk.  I love the trees, the colored benches, and the quiet.  There is a special spirit there.

So, what are 5 reasons we should take a walk?  How about the following:

1.  You can experience new places and/or people.

2.  You get moving, if even for a few moments.

3.  It gives us time to clear our heads.

4.  It can get us out in nature.

5.  You are doing something good for you.

If you haven’t taken a walk lately, try it.  Where I live it’s getting a bit warmer, but I know for a lot of you it’s still cold. That’s OK – find somewhere inside to walk.  There’s always the mall, but how about a Museum or a community center?

To me there is no “right” or “wrong” way to walk. Sometimes I like to walk alone and sometimes I like to have a walking buddy.   There are days that I will walk for just a few moments and other days that I’ll go on more of an adventure. The times in my life when I’ve been consistent in walking have been so beneficial.  I feel so much better physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Walking has been associated with improved mental health, increased energy, lower stress levels, and even better sleep.  Those are things I believe we can all use!

Enjoy the days when you can walk. On the days that you can’t, be grateful for your ability to do so.