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Why You Can’t Experience Progress Without a Struggle

Are you contented with your life? How about a little struggle? Why? Read on to find out.

Struggles in your life help you to measure milestones of progress. Without struggles, there is no progress in life. How is that?

With every struggle, you get to rise up to a challenge and hopefully overcome it. There’s beauty in it. You get to reap the fruits of your struggle. With almost every struggle, there is a blessing – something to look forward to – some hidden treasure or gift, which says yes, you have done a good job and you deserve it. This is that milestone of progress.

Say, you want to earn good grades in school. There are competitors around. But that’s not the point. You put in your efforts and struggle through your courses to come out on top. There’s beauty in it – yes there is. You have the blessing of a good GPA in school which will always work to open up opportunities for good job purposes through your resumes. It is earned only once but work for you in benign ways a lifetime. In fact, it is a milestone of your life’s progress.

Now suppose, you have a good job reputation, but you suddenly need to change areas and work in a different zone because of someone’s demise, accident, or simply to be near your old parents. Your good job reputation is a milestone of your life’s progress which will help you to progress another milestone if you do need to change areas or zones.

Take for instance, you have a challenging health problem. You want to overcome it and live your best life. With the will of your determination, you can rise up to the challenge and beat it – yes, you obviously can. A positive attitude and positive thoughts all along will help you further to cover the milestone of progress. You beat your health problem and give yourself an optimal life to live the rest of your life. How good is that?

How about earning the gold medal for swimming in the Olympics? You have to rehearse a lot. After practices and practices with your coach and fellow mates, you have to prove you are worthy and finally get selected to participate. All along it’s been a struggle of struggles. But finally when the grand day comes, you are able to make it and win the desired medal triumphantly. So, on top of everything, it’s a milestone of progress.

One milestone leads to another milestone of progress through struggles and winning battles. You pat yourself on the back along the way but not for long. You go on struggling and making milestones of progress until you are lying on your deathbed happy with the minimum regrets. Yes, you have lived a worthy life. You don’t regret. You are smug and happy.

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How Do You Use Essential Oils to Make "Aromatherapy" Candles?

The term “aromatherapy” is a branch of alternative medicine which claims that the specific “aromas” carried by the essential oils have curative effects. The healing art “aromatherapy” traces back to 4,000 B.C. where the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Persians use to burn herbs and flowers for curative and cosmetic purposes. In ancient Egypt, plant oils were widely used for spiritual relaxation, cosmetics and for embalming and mummification of the dead.

The term “aromatherapy candles” is used loosely in Western societies, because, unlike other cultures, we mainly use “aromatherapy candles” for “aesthetic” qualities vs. healing qualities. We want the calming, soothing aromas to aid in meditation, bathing and relaxing activities.

Natural candles are becoming more popular with the development of natural waxes such as soy wax and palm waxes. There is a greater desire by consumers to go “green” with all natural ingredients in candle making. Using all natural soy wax that is a renewable resource, grown right here in the U.S.A. has gained popularity in the few years, since the development of soy wax in 1998. Soy wax is hydrogenated soybean oil that is non-toxic, biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Combining all natural ingredients, including natural scents, to make an “aromatherapy” candle is highly desirable.

A lot of so called “aromatherapy” candles out on the market today contain paraffin wax (which is a byproduct of the crude oil process) and fragrance oils that are chemically derived. Some major manufacturers have paraffin wax, combined with natural scents. Some have natural waxes combined with chemical derived synthetic scents. My idea of a natural “aromatherapy candle” is one that is all natural. So, what are natural scents? They are essential oils.

Essential oils are volatile parts of plants, trees, fruits and roots that are extracted by various methods: steam distillation, cold-press extraction, chemical solvent extraction and the effleurage method. Essential oils that are “pure” will mostly have their botanical name on the jar, and come in dark colored bottles for protection from sunlight. They should be stored in cool, dark places, and out of reach of children and pets. Other essential oils are blended with carrier oils such as jojoba and are considered “diluted”. Some candle manufacturers sell “essential oils”, but they come in clear plastic containers, and are synthetically derived, or are blended with alcohol or other solvents.

Because of their concentrated nature, pure essential oils can be more expensive than fragrance oils and come in small bottles – drams (1/8 oz), 1/6 oz., etc. They either have a closed lid or a dropper to distribute the essential oils. Price can range from anywhere from $5 to $75 for a fraction of an ounce of pure essential oils.

So, how do you use essential oils in candle making? Good question – and there are many answers to that question, depending on who you talk to. When I originally tried to research this topic a year ago, there was very little information out on the Internet, with candle supply companies, or any e-books I purchased. One year later, there is a wide variety of answers published in articles, candle supply websites, and so-called “candle gurus”. Some experts claim that usage per pound of wax is 1 oz – which is similar to using fragrance oils. Now, 1 oz of pure essential oils can be either incredibly strong or incredibly expensive. Others claim that using as little 3-20 drops/pound of wax.

I personally believe that the aromatherapy candles should use much less essential oils than fragrance oils for two reasons:

1 Style & Taste. When using essential oils in aromatherapy candles, I want a milder, less dominant, natural scent aroma from the essential oils. I don’t want an over-powering Cinnamon Spice fragrance oil aroma that’s going to fill my entire house for days. I want a “natural” candle, because I want a soothing, relaxing, mild, fresh, natural aroma that gives just enough scent to soothe my senses for a beautiful bubble bath, meditation, yoga or Pilates exercises. I don’t want the aroma competing with what I’m trying to achieve – relaxation.

2. Cost. Essential oils are expensive, and cost should be considered when buying and using “pure” essential oils in candle making. First of all one dram (1/8 oz) of 100% pure Peppermint oil (made right here in the U.S.A.) on sale was $5/dram plus shipping. Honestly, do you think you it’s cost effective to use $5 of Peppermint oil in one 8-12 oz. soy candle? I don’t think so, besides, it may be too strong. Fragrance oils (mainly synthetics) can be 10 times less expensive when purchased in bulk. I’ve used blends of essential oils with 1/6 oz. and made three 12 oz. soy candles, and they were perfectly scented. So, it’s the cost/benefit rule you have to apply in determining how much you’re willing to pay to achieve your desired outcome.

Another important consideration in how much essential oils to use in candle making, is using the wax manufacturers guide in how much fragrance/essential oils that the wax will absorb in order to make a safe candle. I primarily use 100% soy waxes for my candle making, and the manufacturers recommendation is to use 3-9% of fragrance oil per pound of soy wax. There are additives which can increase those percentages, but I mainly use 1 oz. of fragrance oil/pound of soy wax, which is approximately 6%. When using essential oils, I use much less than 1%/pound of wax. It all depends on how strong or pure the natural oil is and my taste, of course!

So, with those facts explained, using essential oils is a matter of style, taste and cost. If you are selling your candles, you pass along your costs to the consumer, but hopefully, you can market and price your candles effectively to sell them at a profit. If you are making candles for your own enjoyment, then it’s a matter of what you’re happy with – milder/stronger, and whether cost is a factor for you.

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How I Beat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 2 Weeks

I was a competitive tri-athlete in 1989. Fortunately, I had a job that allowed me time to train pretty seriously. Serious training for triathalons means practicing the three principles involved. Running, swimming, and bicycling.

One day during a training ride I had a cycling accident which threw me about 20 feet in the air and landed on my left arm. At that time I didn’t realize I had fractured my forearm.

During this time I was still teaching martial arts. Whenever my left arm got hit and it would go dead. That’s when I found out I had bone chips in my elbow. I had surgery to remove 3 chips about ¼ size of a dime.

This is how I contacted my CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). Apparently my immune system was beaten up from all the training and the anesthesia/antibiotics during surgery triggered the CFS.

If anyone reading this still has CFS from that time, you’d probably remember it was first called Epstein-Barr Disease (the Yuppie disease).

It was also suggested that CFS was a yeast infection of the blood system.

It didn’t matter to me what was the cause, I only wanted a cure. Anyone familiar with CFS will know about the mood swings, depression, suicidal thoughts, anger, weight bloating, etc. I had bloated up to 174 lbs. My in shape weight is 154 lbs. and always ripped. I was pudgy despite eating only salads. CFS throws your whole body into chaos!

Fortunately, my chiropractor was familiar with CFS at that time and turned me onto an acupuncturist who treated CFS patients. The acupuncture treatment was similar to allergy testing, I would be injected with herbs and needles. This was only one part of my treatment.

The treatment that worked for me was coffee enemas. In those days they were not as familiar as today. I don’t know where the coffee enema originated, but I know coffee is an herb.

We now utilize herbs in various ways for healing and health.

At first I thought it was crazy and I mentally resisted. I started my coffee enemas and 2 weeks later had my CFS under total control, and almost gone.

My CFS regiment consisted of the coffee enema, and low carbohydrate diet.

I dropped 20 lbs in 10 days and was ripped again. I cut back my workout routine to yoga everyday, and a 3 mile jog.

If you have CFS and haven’t been able to beat it, you should consider the coffee enema and diet regiment.

For me the coffee enema proved the most effective detoxification. I still do a coffee enema every 2 months to keep my liver, kidneys, and intestines putrid free.

I feel any detoxification program will help you overcome CFS. Try it!

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Pilates Can Help PMS Symptoms

If you suffer from PMS (pre-Menstrual syndrome) then please be aware that you can find relief through the regular practice of Pilates. There are also other ways that you can reduce the systems such as introducing lifestyle changes, eating a healthy diet and practising regular exercise. In this article I’m going to share with you some of the ways that you can use Pilates to reduce symptoms.

PMS is estimated to affect between 75% and 80% of all menstruating women. Symptoms are varied but can include back pain, mood swings, headaches and breast tenderness. It is thought that fluctuating hormones cause the symptoms. Let’s look at each symptom and how Pilates can help.

Back pain. Practising some form of exercise for 30 to 40 minutes on 3 to 5 days a week can not only keep our bodies fit, but it can keep muscles stretched and strengthened. One of the benefits of Pilates is that the spine is mobilised during the exercises and this can give relief to tight back muscles and the nerves that get affected by uterine contractions.

Discomfort in the stomach area and menstrual cramps can be eased by laying on your back with the knees lifted and bent. Breathe in and as you breath out, then lift the hips from the floor. Be sure to curl through your spine, breathe in again at the peak of the movement and then breath out as you come back down, with one vertebrae at a time.

The cat stretch is another move that will help to ease the back. Go on all fours then curl up the back into an arch, just like a cat. Inhale and exhale with each movement. Each breath will massage your internal organs and the back stretch will release tension around the spine.

End with the child pose. Sit with your hips on your heels and stretch your arms out forward as you go forward bending your back. Do this for as long as you like.

Menstrual cramps. Any exercise that works the abs can help with menstrual cramps. Exercising with deep breathing can produce endorphins that will not only help to ease the pain, but it will leave you with a sense of well-being.

The side hip extension can be of great benefit. To do this you need to lie on your right side. Put your right hand beneath your head with the weight of your head on your arm. Now position your legs straight and to the front of you at 30 degrees. Now lift your left leg, bring it forward and point your toe, then push it back for a count of two. Keep your torso and hips in the same position as you repeat this for up to ten times. Then work on the other side.

Pilates can do a lot for the PMS sufferer. Remember that keeping to a healthy diet can do a lot of good too. Avoid white flour, refined sugar and keep dairy product intake low. Fill your meals with fresh vegetables, salads and fresh fruit to keep your immune system and your hormones at their peak. Pilates is a powerful medicine and by practising it regularly and consistently, you can alleviate some of the symptoms of PMS if not all.

Stop by my online store to view Pilates DVDs that can help with PMS symptoms.

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Master Cleanse Weight Loss Solution For Teens

The alarming percentage of overweight and obesity in teens has caused nations around the world to take a serious look at what we are eating and the effect on our lives. For most teens, diets are not recommended as young people need a certain amount of a nutritional balanced diet to grow and develop their body and their brains. Yet with the growing concern there is a solution to safe and healthy weight loss for teens. Master cleanse detox diet can offer your teen a quick and easy way to not only lose weight but to cleanse the body of harmful toxins and chemicals found in fast foods, junk foods and processed meals that teens can be eating all day.

Master cleanse is a formula that requires drinking a large glass of a special fusion of lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and pure filtered water taken at least 10 to 12 times each day over a very short period of time. This is a detox plan that a teen can afford to take for 3 days or less and see result fast. Most adults will have problems taking the master cleanse formula to cleanse their organs and restore their health for that long so a teen could take this regime for one day and every other day.

It is essential that an overweight teen be committed to stay away from their regular dietary choice of foods and start to incorporate freshly squeezed fruit juices, raw vegetables, and fresh fruit during the master cleanse diet plan. Under close supervision of their parent or guardian, an unhappy overweight teen can see their self esteem begin to increase, substantial weight loss of up to 2 pounds a day and restore their body to a natural balance of health and wellness. Another benefit that teens will experience is the all too common problem of acne will disappear as their body will hydrate and flush away the fat deposits and toxins that can cause acne, skin inflammations and irritations. Master cleanse detox diet for teens with weight challenges will also experience increased levels of energy and eliminate fatigue and sluggishness. By gaining more energy, teens will want to be more engage in all they need to do to be their best.

It is also recommended that light exercise such as walking, yoga, or swimming be used to keep active and ensure their success. With your help and guidance as a parent or guardian, you can encourage your teen to take control of their life by taking action in dealing with their problems in losing weight.

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Improve Your Concentration Level With the Help of Meditation

Concentration is very important in whatever tasks you do. Whether you are sitting in a classroom, movie theater or labor room, concentration is needed everywhere and for everyone. Concentration is the key to success in any work or field. It is important that we do a job with full concentration to enjoy success in it.

Poor concentration might lead to failure of whatever we do. Concentration is said to have an effect with the help of meditation. Studies have proven that meditation can increase the concentration power and helps in concentrating better.

Loving what you do

Concentration is said to be high on what you love to do. Without loving something we cannot concentrate more on it. Doing meditation might increase the level of the concentration you have. While meditating you should focus on something which needs concentration by focusing on something like that you will channel an energy between your mind and the thing which you are focusing on. Enhanced focusing might lead to falling in love with it which will lead to better concentration.

Practicing yoga daily

Practicing yoga daily will help you relax and helps your muscle ease tension. When you are stressed about something you cannot concentrate on anything. Doing yoga regularly might help in concentrating better.

Breathing techniques for betterment

Breathing techniques help in a huge way. When you inhale and exhale you should start concentrating on it deeply. Once you get the art of concentration with your breath, it will become very easy for you to apply the same technique for concentration on anything you need.

Eating healthy

Eating habits are said to affect your concentration. Studies have proofs that eating unhealthy food might lead to a lack of concentration. So it is very important to choose the food you eat very carefully. You should not eat anything which is not healthy just for the sake of taste.

Sleeping well

Sleeping is the most important thing which is necessary for a human body to function well. If a person doesn’t get the quality sleep he needs it will lead to stress and anxiety. So people should sleep well daily and should have the same sleeping pattern to avoid stress.

Peaceful thoughts

Having something in mind will lead to poor concentration. While you want to do some work it is important to focus only on that. You should be able to filter the unwanted thoughts out for better concentration and this is possible with meditation.

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Getting Over a One Night Stand – Letting Go of the Guilt and Rejection

This time of year we are all looking for love. I can’t tell you how may times I have let a man into my bed with the thought “this is the one” I would bet many of us are guilty of this. I would guess both men and women have probably thought this at one time or another, but I will speak here from a woman’s perspective. Most of us don’t like the feeling of a one-night stand especially if we are the one invested in the outcome.

There is always one person more invested than the other and someone always goes home feeling rejected. We sit and wait for that call that never comes, we go around and around in our mind about “Why? What did I do wrong?” We beat ourselves up over and over for days, as we go through stages of grief. If you are the one that is more invested, it usually goes something like this:

Day 1: Euphoric. We are feeling high on the other person. We play out the night before over and over in our head and can’t seem to think of much else. We probably sit and daydream most of the day like a teenager. We fantasize about our next encounter. We wonder when he will call or email or text. Then we wonder if we should be the one to do it first. Who wants to play games, after all? But for most women, we usually wait.

Day 2: Beginning stages of fear and self-doubt. No call, no email, no text. We decide, “Maybe I will send an email or a text message. What’s the harm in that?” No response. We wait, we think, we start to beat ourselves up. Once again we play it over and over in our heads. But this time, we are looking for that fatal flaw. “What did I do wrong?”

Day 3: Panic. Still no response from your message. We go through several different scenarios in our heads as to why he might not be responding. Maybe his phone died, or maybe he’s out of town and there is no service, or maybe he’s just too busy and he’ll call later. Maybe he’s testing me! We make up all kinds of crazy excuses.

Day 4: Anger. “I can’t believe he hasn’t returned my message. It’s his loss anyway.” We try and stay busy to keep our mind off of him, but it’s hard to resist checking our phone or email every 10 minutes. We rationalize and sometimes even send another message or try calling. This only adds to the despair if there is once again no response!

Day 5-7 Acceptance – Self-Doubt – Acceptance. We continue to vacillate from accepting that there is nothing we can do to change the situation, to wondering “What exactly did I do wrong.” We over analyzing everything we did or said and how we looked, or whatever the insecurity might be. We have all done it! I know I have, and several times. I beat myself up and say I will never allow that to happen again. But I can’t tell you how many times I DID let it happen. And every time I did, it made me sick to my stomach, literally. I felt like I was drowning in a sea of self-loathing and self-pity and guilt.

I dragged myself so far into the ground that it was hard to get up in the morning. But get up, we must and get on with our lives. We must learn not only to be more discerning, but more importantly, we must lean to love ourselves. Once you know and truly feel love for yourself, then you can never fall prey to these negative emotions again. The most important thing we can do for ourselves is to HONOR ourselves. Honor is the key to life. If you live with honor, you can never be dragged into that dark abyss of self-hatred and diffidence. Eventually the hurt, pain, embarrassment and guilt will all begin to fade. It becomes a bad memory. But hopefully we learn from that memory.

5 Tips To Dispelling Despair

AFFIRMATIONS: The key to learning to let go of self-hatred and fear is through constant affirmations. We have heard this over and over, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to say it out loud and in the mirror everyday several times a day. I go so far as to write it out on paper when those old feelings of fear and desperation come up. I write and I write until at last that dark cloud goes away. If you keep telling yourself “I love and approve of myself” over and over, eventually you begin to believe it. Honor yourself and honor your body and you will attract to you honorable people that want more than just a one-night stand.

PHYSICAL STRESS RELIEVERS: I like to run. It is so cleansing to go out and clear my head. Try running with no music so that you are present in your head. I can’t tell you how therapeutic it is. It is what got me through my divorce. Some people think of it as exercising the body, I think of it as exercising the soul. Do whatever is a good release for you. It might be playing the piano, or gardening, or singing to the top of your lungs in your car. Go and do it and release some of that negative energy. You might even try getting a squeeze ball. You can go so far as to write out what you want to release, close your eyes and squeeze that ball with all your might sending all your negative energy into it and when you are done, send the ball flying across the room or outside in the yard. The physical aspect of releasing the ball will help you to release your anger or tension. There are many mind games you can play with yourself. Do what works for you.

MEDITATION: This is a great one! Be sure you are alone and in a quiet space indoors or outdoors. I love to go to the ocean and listen to the waves crashing. To me, the ocean is the most enriching and vitalizing energy. The sound of the wind and the waves and the smell of the sea air help me to go deep into my head and quiet the chatter. But again, do what works for you. There are many guided meditations you can find on-line that are great for helping to quiet your mind. Try practicing this everyday if you can. If only for 10 or 15 minutes a day. I can’t tell you how wonderful and energized you will feel when you’re done.

JOURNALING: I love to write down my thoughts. It somehow gets it out of me so that it doesn’t continue to fester in my head. If you are afraid of someone reading it then burn it or shred it when you’re done. I might also encourage you to write a letter to the person you are focusing on. It is important to release your anger. Write a letter and rant away. Say all the things you want and need to say. When you are done, burn it! Really. It is very freeing to do this and it helps with some closure of the situation. DON’T SEND IT. If you do, you will most likely regret it the next day!

PROFESSIONAL THERAPY: Go talk to someone that is unbiased. Your best friend might be a good shoulder to cry on, but 9 times out of 10 they are going to tell you what you want to hear. If this doesn’t resonate with you then try a seminar. There are so many organizations out there to help you reach your goals. From Financial Freedom and Wealth to Health and Self-Awareness.

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The Definition, Perspective and Principles of Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy is hard to define within a few sentences, because of the range and depth of tradition itself, just like yoga, the benefits of yoga therapy can be approached in various ways. It is important to have a rational and fair-minded definition to those people who are not accustomed to yoga, yet still justifiable to those people steeped in this practice as well as philosophy.

Yoga therapy is a special type of therapy that includes different yoga poses, breathing practices, meditation as well as guided imagery to enhance the physical and mental well-being. The main focus of this therapy inspires the unification of body, mind and spirit. This special therapy is the use of yoga where there is a particular health need.

What Are The Applications of Yoga Therapy?

The main application of yoga therapy is from one or more than one standpoints:

(1) The practice of yoga to develop the power of senses, the power of muscles, the power of concentration, gain the power of difficult poses and the ability to work over extended period of time. This is sometimes called the application of Shakti Karma.

(2) The use of yoga and yoga therapy to heal the particular problems, such as reducing impurities from the organs called Dosha or energy centers called Chakras or Channels of the body. This is called Chikitsa Karma.

  • If illness is present, it should be cured, called Chikitsa.
  • If illness is not present, prevention is necessary, called Rakshana.
  • If illness is not present and an individual learnt how to protect himself, then practice is necessary with the help of a trainer, called Shikshana.

(3) The use of yoga postures to go beyond the physical and mental to know or understand what are beyond the limited senses of self, to understand one’s real self untransformed witnessing existence – called Purusha of all which is transforming – called Prakriti. This is sometimes known as the application of Adhyatmik Karma in Sanskrit, and in English called liberation from Maya and Karma, recognizing and worshiping the Lord.

The main ideas of yoga therapy are:

  • Teach the exact things to the person.
  • Variations in various people should be respected.
  • Teaching should consider the place from which pupils come.
  • Each pupil should be taught in accordance with his or her principles, age etc.
  • The way of teaching depends on the time.
  • Depending on the occupation of the pupils, he or she should be taught various things. For instance, a sportsman should be taught in a different way than a scholar.
  • One needs to know the capability of the pupil, how much ability, memory and time to practice.
  • The teaching should conform to the direction of mind.

Benefits of Yoga Therapy

It is amazing to see millions of people these days include yoga in their day-to-day lives. Yoga therapy too is getting favour in the mainstream of emotional well-being, as it focuses on healing the whole body, mind and spirit. It strengthens heart as well as cardiovascular system, body muscles, lungs and nervous system. It improves digestive issues; helps the digestive system function properly and improves oxygen delivery to the body’s tissues.

Additionally, an important thing of this therapy is that it can easily adjust about to any form and style, or the level of individual, for instance old people may find more benefits of yoga therapy practicing Chair Yoga. Despite the fact that yoga therapy is a new form of treatment, it hails from an ancient practice. Because of its clinically proven benefits, these days, most of the physicians are eager to suggest this therapy to their patients. It helps treat a large number of health issues, like anxiety, headache, back pain, depression, insomnia or sleeplessness and much, much more.

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The Dark Night of the Soul – 7 Things to Keep in Mind When Going Through a Transformation

While transformation is what we are all here doing as we continue to express, expand and live our lives on purpose and out loud, it’s not the most comfortable ride most of us thought it would be.

A matter of fact, sometimes it is just downright rocky!

Michael Beckwith of Agape International Spiritual Center, goes as far as to say “Sometimes transformation feels like annihilation”, so powerful are the forces of change.

Have you ever felt that way? Like you didn’t know who you were anymore, the identifiers that made your world safe, were no longer, you woke up one morning and said “WHAT?” I didn’t sign up for THIS! But then you can’t go, back? Any of that sound familiar?

Are we in good company here?

Good, because, here’s the deal: That IS how it goes down.

Something has to be released in order for the new thing to take form. That is the nature of transformation. It’s deep. And it takes time. It’s nothing short of bursting at our own seams of human limitations and discovering who we are, outside of the edges, and hanging out there until it becomes the new comfortable platform (until the next transformation).

But all of it leads to this, quoting Michelangelo: “As the marble wastes, the statue grows”.

In other words, we must release that which no longer serves us or that which we have out grown, if we are to reach our spiritual stature. There is no other way.

Now, when we are in this phase, it does feels dark. That’s why spiritual communities refer to it as “The dark night of the soul.” It does, in fact, feel like the moon is eclipsing the sun, because we cannot feel the warmth or see the light. We are navigating a path we have not chartered before, essentially, in the “dark”.

We are uncomfortably out of our game and not so willing to be there.

But if we look to nature and how the caterpillar makes it’s transformation in a chrysalis before being released as a butterfly, or how a fetus grows its way into becoming for nine months in a womb, we can recognize that this is the natural evolution of the forces of change.

Or, think about this: The oak tree – tall, beautiful, expressive – existed in the acorn before it became an Oak Tree. Thus are the seeds of our potential. Transformation is what breaks that seed open for us.

So, in terms of transformation. If you are in the middle of a “dark night” of your own, or you are asking yourself the question, “What the bleep?”, here are some things to consider:

1) This too shall pass. What goes up, must come down. If we look at everything nature has to teach us in the four seasons, spring comes around again. Always.

2) Give up the NEED to understand. While you are in transition, you may very well NOT know what you’re doing. So don’t expect yourself to know what it all means. Just take the next logical step and move forward as best you can. Check in with yourself more often and trust where you are being led. Sometimes in times of change, taking up some creative activity is helpful because it gives you an outlet to make the “intangible” tangible, give form, to the formless and satisfy the rational mind that wants to take control.

3) Get extra rest. Just like the caterpillar in it’s cocoon, hibernation mode is common in times of transition. Not wanting to engage much with people or even having the energy to be as social as normal is perfectly logical. Just know that it’s not forever, it’s just for now. And now is transitory.

4) Stay out of judgment and try not to set huge goals for yourself. When you’re going through transformation, it’s an opportunity to go inside and re-evaluate. Sometimes huge strides are made during times of transformation, but surprisingly they come as a result of “surrender” and not as a result of taking massive “action”. This is time for release.

5) Look for the answered prayer. Sometimes transformations come as answered prayer. When you pray for strength, you get opportunities that will make you stronger. When you pray for love, you get opportunities to love more deeply (even if it means yourself). When you are unhappy in a relationship, you naturally, in your living of it, are asking for something better. If you are making a living in a way inconsistent with your passion, you are asking for something more. You may not be praying consciously. Simply in the living of life, you are putting out your desires for something greater. So, when you hit bottom in an area, ask yourself, How is this answered prayer? What am I being called to let go of or re-evaluate or re-cognize? Where am I being called to grow? And surrender to these answers and know that the works of change are present. Remember: Caterpillar. Chrysalis. Metamorphous. Butterfly.

5) Work with a coach or therapist to help you navigate through the change. There are exercises you can do that will help with clarity and direction. If you work with someone, interview them. Make sure they’ve done their own work so that they are assisting from a place of knowing.

6) Increase your spiritual awareness and practice. Step it up a notch. Maybe now is the time to keep a steady meditation practice or take more time to commune with nature. Do yoga. Breathe. Your connection to yourself IS your connection to God and staying close to that will help you tap into the bigger picture.

7) Remember that even though your hand might be covering your eyes blocking you from the sun, temporarily shielding you from its light, does not mean the sun doesn’t exist.

In other words, cats think that if they can’t see you, you can’t see them. Don’t think for a minute that because you don’t feel connected to the Universe (God, Source, Divine Being) during this time, that the Universe is not connected to you.

Source energy IS who you are. Source Energy IS what you are made of. Source energy IS your natural inheritance.

You’re just going through transformation so that you can claim more of IT. And more of it you will claim. In time.

Remember, the pot of gold is always at the END of the rainbow. And despite a dark night, the sun always comes to shine again.

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Natural Healthcare – Are You Open To Natural Forms of Healthcare?

Are you open to natural forms of healthcare?

If you care about supporting and improving your health, and the health of your loved ones, using essential oils is a safe, effective, and natural solution that can enhance your entire life.

You Can Use Essential Oils:

  • For your overall physical, mental, and emotional welfare
  • In food preparation and cooking
  • As part of your cleaning routine
  • In the laundry
  • As part of your exercise routine
  • As part of your meditation and yoga practices
  • As part of your weight loss program
  • To eliminate odors
  • In your beauty routine – skin care, and make-your-own cosmetics
  • And much, much, more!

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils were mankind’s first medicine, and there are 188 references to them in the Bible.

They carry active volatile compounds in a highly concentrated form that can provide therapeutic benefits using very small amounts. These naturally occurring compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They provide plants with protection against predators, as well as play a role in pollination.

They are beautifully fragrant, lipid soluble (can pass right through the cell membrane), and have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatments, natural cleaning products, fragrances, and healthcare practices.

They support emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual success, and have a bio-electrical frequency that is several times greater than the frequency of herbs, food, and even the human body.

How Do I Choose The Right Oils?

When choosing essential oils, be sure they are gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers for ideal extract composition and efficacy, as well as carefully and thoroughly tested using strict quality protocol to ensure they are certified, pure, and therapeutic grade.

How Do I Use Them?

Essential oils can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods:

  1. Aromatic – certain oils, when diffused, can be very stimulating, calming or soothing, as well as purify the air of unwanted odors and airborne pathogens.
  2. Topical – essential oils are easily absorbed into the skin and can be safely applied topically alone or with a carrier oil, like jojoba or coconut oil.
  3. Internal – most oils can be ingested as dietary supplements supporting a wide variety of healthy conditions.

If you’re new to this whole natural healthcare thing, you’re not alone. There’s so much to learn and it can be overwhelming, but the benefits are worth it.

Being open to natural forms of healthcare is the first step in taking control of your health and well-being, and using essential oils is your next step.

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