Settle Into Summer

Settle Into Summer

It’s time to settle into summer, now that is in full swing with its hot, sunny long days filling us with energy and enthusiasm.

This summer is out of the ordinary from summer pasts, that’s for sure.  I know for me, I am feeling the difference this summer from past summers during this historical time of the pandemic. I am reminded through pictures on Facebook memories over the years as well as volunteering as the Plymouth 400 Ambassador Team Leader to help update the calendar of events just how different this year is. Normally, I would be traveling, teaching in-person workshops, and volunteering for the Plymouth 400 events but then the unexpected happened to change our world and how we live.

Instead of traveling, teaching in-person workshops, and volunteering this summer, I am continuing to follow COVID-19  safety precautions and restrictions that are in place and adapt to the more virtual world we are now living in. There are no group gatherings this year and there are still many travel restrictions in place.  I am continuing to move my business online and instead of volunteering at in-person events for Plymouth 400 as many of them have been canceled due to COVID-19, I am volunteering my time helping them adjust and adapt to the many changes the pandemic brought to the organization as well. But these changing times don’t have to stop us from enjoying the dog days of summer and soaking up all that natural vitamin D from the sun.

Below I share with you four tips to help you settle into and enjoy the long, hot summer days ahead no matter what you are doing:

  1. Eat alfresco. Stick to your usual dinnertime routine, but take your plate outside and enjoy the sun’s last rays. If you are still working from home, why not do the same for lunch?
  2. Be kind to your skin. Avoid heavy make-up as much as you can and let your skin breathe in the warmer weather but please don’t forget to apply sunscreen before going out into the sun.
  3. After a hot, busy day, massage your legs before bed to boost circulation.
  4. Make “nice ” cream by blending frozen bananas and fresh local summer berries for a low sugar, dairy-free treat or try this recipe for Fruit Sorbet by Dr. Elson Haas M.D. 

Fruit Sorbet

 

4 cups fresh orange juice

3 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons grated orange rind 

2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, chopped, or local fresh berries, whole

fresh mint sprigs for garnish

orange slices for garnish

Blend the first four ingredients together in a food processor or blender. Transfer to a bowl and freeze for 2-3 hours, until solid. Break large chunks and blend again until creamy and smooth.  Return to the bowl and freeze again for about 30 minutes.  Serve in individual bowls or parfait glasses with a sprig of mint and a slice of orange.

 How are you going to settle into summer this year? Please share in the comments below. 

 

Work Cited:

A Cook Book for All Seasons: A Healthy Eating Plan for Life, Elson Hass, M.D. (Berkley, CA: Celestial Arts, 1995,2000).

 

Cover photo: Pink Lemonade by Jill Wellington, Pixabay

Building Your Relationship With Element Fire

Connecting with the Elemental Forces of Creation: Earth, Air, Water, Fire, and Spirit is easy to do. I have gotten to know the five Elemental Forces of Creation intimately over the past few years and have been working with them closely on many levels to bring my goals, dreams and heart’s desires into manifestation in the physical realm. I work with them on a daily basis asking for their guidance and wisdom, as well as, insight on specific questions. In my blog post, Building Your Relationship with Element Earth, I shared with some of the magick and wisdom of the element Earth (the Physical Realm) and tips on you can work with element Earth and develop a deeper relationship with her. Today, I will share with you, how to build and deepen your relationship with the element Fire.

Fire is the action realm. It is the source of heat, our passions, sensuality, sexuality, and creativity. Fire’s powerful dynamic teaches us how to transform our passions, claim our personal power, shine our light brightly into the world, and to live the life we desire. Fire teaches us the mysteries of transformation, changing forms allowing the old parts of ourselves to die and rebirth into the new. Similar to the Phoenix, the old parts of ourselves die and we rise up from the ashes into a newer, brighter version of ourselves.

Fire can also be a volatile realm in which many people express their fear of a fire getting out of control and may fear their life getting consumed by the fire and growing out of control or fearing their emotions will erupt like a volcano if they express them. Learning to work with fire takes skill, and one that requires focus, determination, and conscious training, similar to that of the archetypal Warrior energy. Balance is key to working with fire; learning when to take action by fueling the fire and when to rest and recharge.
Fire teaches us to live a dynamic powerful and passionate life. Working effectively with the element Fire requires you to honor the sacred teaching, wisdom, and tools of Fire and find ways to merge these gifts, messages, and wisdom from the other realms with your everyday awareness. Like the light from a lighthouse, Fire illuminates and guides us on our path. It encourages us to take action, and shine bright.

 

Ways to connect to Fire:

  • Light a candle, sit by fire observing its flame(s) or feel the warmth of the sunshine on your body
  • Drink a hot/warm beverage or eat spicy food
  • Display your goals or create & display an action board

Crystals:

Using crystals and stones of the Fire element is great for increasing your energy, increasing your vital power, awakening enthusiasm, protecting your aura, strengthening your will, and for purification.
Crystals and stones associated with the element fire are those with red hues such as red, violet, and orange: Amber, Carnelian, Citrine, Fire Agate, Fire Opal, Red Tourmaline, Sunstone, and Red Jasper.

Essential Oils: Cinnamon, Cedarwood, Clove. (Please refer to Disclaimer and Essential Oils Precautions at the bottom of the page).

Affirmations:

  • I let go of what I can’t change.
  • I am powerful. It is safe for me to stand in my power.
  • I have all I need and find creative ways to take action on my ideas.
  • I enjoy my sensuality and sexuality and am free to be who I am.
  • Creative energy surges through me and leads me to new and brilliant ideas.

 

Disclaimer:
All information is merely for educational and informational purposes. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace any professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have any questions, concerns about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional. Do not disregard, delay, or avoid obtaining medical or health-related advice because of something you may have read on this site. Should you decide to act upon any information in this blog, you do so at your own risk.

Essential Oil SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:
~ Keep out of reach of children and pets
~Avoid contact with sensitive areas such as the eyes, mucous membranes, and genitals.
~Some essential oils and essential oil brands cannot be consumed internally. Please check the package labeling before consuming it internally.
~If discomfort or irritation occurs, stop using the essential oil right away and contact your doctor.
~If pregnant consult your doctor prior to use.
~Consult pediatrician before use with children.
~ Never apply essential oils directly to the skin. Dilute in a base ingredient such as a carrier oil (like olive, coconut, grapeseed, jojoba, apricot kernel, sunflower and other oils), bath salts, honey, aloe vera gel, plant butters such as shea butter or cocoa butter, etc.
~ Use essential oils sparingly and follow proper dilutions when using them. If they are applied undiluted, you may end up with mild to severe chemical burns. Remember, when it comes to essential oils, less is more.
~ Some essential oils are phototoxic. (sun sensitivity). These essential oils are mainly citrus oils such as bergamot, sweet orange, wild orange, grapefruit, mandarin orange, lime, and other citrus oils. If using an essential oil that causes sun sensitivity, avoid sun exposure, use it in the night time or use it in essential oil products that won’t stay on your skin.
~ Keep away from flame, heat, and ignition sources including candles, gas cooker stovetops, matches, and open fires.

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Swing Into Sunny Days

 Now with summer officially here, it is the perfect time to start swinging into sunnier days. This past Saturday ( June 21st) Summer Solstice,  the longest day of the year, marked the first day of summer here in the Northern Hemisphere.  The long sunny days and hot weather are here. It’s time to get outside and enjoy it!
There are countless ways to get outside and enjoy the sunshiny summer days ahead. You can enjoy nature right at home or venture out a little, now that many states are slowly re-opening. Even with restrictions and social distancing and other precautions in place, you can still harness the power of nature wherever you are to help you unwind and enjoy every lovely moment of warmth that summer has to offer us. Below I share with you four ways to do just that:
  1. Walk barefoot on the ground. Feel the grass and underneath your feet and reconnect with the natural world around you. Draw up the loving and nurturing energy Mother Earth has to offer you through your feet and feel it fill your whole body.
  2. Slow down at sunset. Sit in silence and take in the moment and beauty as the day melts away into the vibrant colors of pink, yellow, and orange.
  3. Get up and get out! Enjoy the best of the day on bright sunny mornings. Go for a walk or morning jog, do some gardening, practice some morning yoga or Qi Gong outside, read a book or if you are working remotely, why not bring your office outside for the day?
  4. Jump in the water. Go swimming if you can. Swimming is a great exercise and promotes good blood circulation.

What is your favorite summertime activity? How are you going to swing into sunnier days?  Please share in the comments below. 

Remember to spread your own personal kind of sunshine! The world needs your unique, warm, loving sunshine and acts of kindness, now more than ever!

Accessing the Power of Gratitude

Accessing the Power of Gratitude

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery. 

But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone, or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.

There are many things to be grateful for: sunshiny days, colorful autumn leaves, friends who listen, chocolate, birds chirping, electricity, warm water, wi-fi, our health, family, butterflies. What’s on your list?

Some Ways to Practice Gratitude

  • Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.
  • Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures on cardboard or piece of paper.
  •  Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine. 
  • Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.
  • When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.
  • Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for your gratitude.

 

Building Your Relationship with Element Earth

Building Your Relationship With Element Earth 

Earth is one of the fundamental elements in the Magickal Forces of Creation. Earth represents all physical matter in our lives. This includes your body, home, working environment, finances, and land. It is your responsibility to mindfully and respectfully create, take care and manage these things in your life. It is where we find the tools, resources and building blocks to build a solid foundation for our dreams, goals and heart’s desires and turn them into structure and form. Building your relationship with element Earth is easy to do. 

Ways to build your relationship with Element Earth:

  • Spend time outdoors in nature

Spending time outdoors is a great way to connect with Mother Earth and build a relationship with her. Go for a walk, sit outside in a chair or on the ground or at the base of a tree, by the ocean or other body of water. Even a hug a tree if you would like. BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. What do you see? Hear? Smell? Feel? Can you taste anything? ENJOY BEING PRESENT IN THE MOMENT!

  • Bring the outdoors inside

Bringing the outdoors inside to your home or office space helps you stay connected to earth and create sacred space for you during your daily activities especially on the days that make it difficult to go outside. Open the windows, let fresh air in, this also helps circulate stagnant energy and provides a natural source of ventilation. Liven up the room by placing an indoor plant in the room. This also helps with air quality. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and keep oxygen flowing, help purify the air by removing toxins, help prevent illness, ease tension and lower stress and help to create a relaxed and happy ambiance.

Brighten the ambiance of a room by placing flowers on your desk or table. Flowers can help boost your mood, reduce stress, help make you feel better faster and even help boost your memory and concentration. Fill a glass bowl with rocks, seashells, pine cones or other treasures you may find while out in nature. Get creative and make other decorations you can hang up or place around your home with favorite items found out in nature.

  • Give Thanks

Gratitude is an amazing and simple concept yet often times gets overlooked. There are many benefits to having a “gratitude” attitude. Gratitude makes us feel happier, improves and opens more doors to relationships (and also shows good manners), improves physical and emotional health and helps lifts our spirits even in the toughest times by reminding us of the positive things we have to be grateful for. Below are several ways you can incorporate gratitude into your daily routine. 

  • Say a simple “thank you” each morning when you wake up
  •  Give thanks throughout the day for the things you receive.
  •  Tell or show someone you are thankful for & appreciate them 
  • Keep a Gratitude journal and write at least 3 things you are grateful for each evening before going to sleep.

 

  • Create a vision board.

Create a vision board of the things you wish to manifest and bring into the physical realm. Thumb through magazines and/or catalogs and without thinking tear out pictures, words and phrases, anything that draws your attention and catches your eye. After you have done that glue the pictures and phrases on a piece of paper, poster board, card stock or anything you have on hand and if you feel like being more creative you can draw, paint, add embellishments, ribbons, and whatever else your creative muse is drawn to. When you are finished, display it in place where you can see it every day.

  • Crystals

Using crystals and stones of the Earth element is great for grounding your energy, centering and stabilizing your energy, protecting your energy field, attracting money and success, improve fertility, and grow plants. Crystals that correspond to the Earth element are: Agate, Moss Agate, Calcite, Diamond, Emerald, Jasper, Jet, Malachite, Onyx, and Black Tourmaline. Specific stones for protection & grounding (being centered, balanced & connected with the Earth’s energy) are: dark crystals such as smoky quartz, hematite and obsidian.

  • Essential Oils

Patchouli, Sandalwood, Sage. 

  • Affirmations:

~ I see the beauty in myself and others.

~ Abundance and prosperity flow easily to me in all areas of my life

~ I have time for sacred self-care.

~ I am healthy & follow my body’s inner guidance and wisdom.

~ I am open to receive and be nurtured by the powerful energy of the Earth.

~ I am a physical being and value my physical presence.

~ I love and accept my body.

~ I value my body as a sacred temple.

 

5 Tips to Refresh and Re-energize This Spring

5 Tips to Refresh and Re-energize This Spring

Spring has sprung and the natural world is re-awakening all around us. I have been hearing the melodious songs of the birds each da , the vibrant colors of yellow daffodils and purple crocuses blooming in the garden and on my walks around the block and I even saw a mother swan nestled on her nest of eggs.

Spring is a time of renewal, hope, planting and new beginnings.  Many of us, have been feeling a bit sluggish, bored, sad, and for some even restlessness from not only the winter doldrums but also the  from the changes and effects the covid-19 pandemic has had on us. We are learning new ways of living and are needing re-evaluate our lives and come up with a new plan for ourselves. 

What do you want to clear out in your physical environment and within yourself?  How do you want to feel? What do you want to do? How can you refresh and re-energize and feel renewed?  Now is the time to plant those seeds of new beginnings and watch these spring dreams as they come to fruition throughout the year.

  Here are five tips to refresh and re-energize this Spring to get you started.

  1. Go outdoors. Listen to the bird songs around you. Celebrate the arrival of spring simply by sitting outside and listening to our feathered friends. If you are unable to go outside, sit by a window and listen to the beautiful birdsong  flitting in. 
  2. Now is a great time to take advantage of being at home and clear out the clutter. Embrace the feeling of letting go and release when you free up space in your physical environment – and your mind.
  3. Bathe in the blossoms. Enjoy the beauty of the wonderful flowers and trees in bloom while out for a walk, sitting in the yard or bring a bouquet of freshly picked flowers indoors and place them on your table, desk or nightstand to enjoy.
  4.  Spend time gardening. Clear out the weeds and dead leaves making way for  new growth, plant some new seeds and bulbs, feel and smell the fresh soil of the Earth underneath your hands, breathe in the fresh air, and feel the warmth of the sunshine on your skin and clothes; soaking in the natural source of Vitamin D. If you live in the city or a small apartment, start a window garden indoors or on your patio or balcony.
  5. Eat mindfully. Spring is a great time to start eating lighter,  adding more greens and  colorful vegetables.   Be mindful of what you put in your body.  Cut down or eliminate sugar, processed foods, caffeine, alcohol and nicotine from your diet.  This is overall good for your health and wellness and will also strengthen and protect your immune system which is very important at this time. 

Planting a Field of Loving Kindness

 Spring is the time of new beginnings,  renewal, hope, and planting.   We are undergoing great change and healing right now on our planet. With all the fear, negativity, panic, uncertainty in the daily news, and even more so now with the COVID-19 pandemic drastically changing our lives and the way we live,  it’s easy to be discouraged and forget about the kind, caring, loving world we live in. Now more than ever we need to remember and plant-loving acts of kindness and compassion for ourselves and others and cultivate the world we want to live in.  

Acts of loving-kindness such as reaching out to others via phone, text message or video during this time to check-in on them see how they are doing,  sending a card in the mail, singing from the balconies like those in Italy, making face masks for those in need and the essential workers working on the front lines, practicing social distancing and only purchasing what you need are some acts of kindness you practice now.

I am so grateful for the countless people in my life that subtly and boldly help me plant and nourish my field of dreams on a daily basis from my family, friends, teachers, to complete strangers with their loving kindness. In my piece, ” Planting the Fields of Dreams”, published in Goodness Abounds, I share the generosity of a friend of mine nourishing my decision to go back to school. 

Planting the Field of Dreams

by Isabella Rose

My passion for living an all-natural lifestyle began in my early 20s, when I saw a nutritionist, began reading books by Elson Haas, and participated in a weekly yoga class. Several years later, I started reading books on aromatherapy and was introduced to Reiki. In my mid-30s, I wanted to become more involved in the alternative-health field and, although I still had many doubts, I started to consider a career in it. I became Reiki-I certified and began attending occasional meditation classes. As I started learning more about myself and connecting to my soul, the Angelic realm, and my spirituality, I decided I wanted to go back to school.

I shared with a close friend of mine that I was taking aromatherapy classes at an online career school. Michael was happy to hear this and said, “It sounds like it is up and coming in the health and wellness field.” He also offered to pay for my classes. I was stunned! I thanked him but declined. I was already enrolled in a payment plan, and I felt uncomfortable accepting such a generous offer. No one had ever invested in me or my future like this before. I wondered how I would ever repay him or show my gratitude and appreciation? With further conversation, however, I graciously accepted the offer and agreed to complete the program and get good grades (which I did).

I took Angel-meditation and aromatherapy classes while continuing to study other holistic-health modalities independently. Again, Michael offered to help with my education, this time paying for half of one of my Angel Messenger courses. As I progressed further in my studies, we started talking about my plans for the future and what I wanted to do with my certification once I completed it. He shared with me his vision and hopes to one day see me with my own storefront and product line. This vision is already coming true, as I’m just starting to make my aromatherapy products available to others, am in the process of earning my Doctorate of Natural Medicine degree, and plan on opening a healing center in the future.

I see now that all these were seeds planting my field of dreams…and nurtured by a special, generous friend who always believed in me.

“Planting the Field of Dreams” was first published in the bestselling collaborative book, Goodness Abounds: 365 True Stories of Loving Kindness [DandiLove, 2017). 

 

I have been and continue to be blessed with an abundance of nourishment to turn these seeds and the seeds of some of my childhood dreams such as becoming a published author,  artist, holistic health practitioner, and guide so that I may be of service and help others heal and turn into blossoming flowers also.  I am often touched and inspired by the many people who are willing to help me succeed whether it be words of encouragement, giving feedback, or a helping hand. These loving acts of kindness I receive on a daily basis gives me hope and faith that there are caring, kind, and compassionate people in this world like me who want to have a positive impact and make a difference in people’s lives. Let’s continue planting a field of loving-kindness.

What seeds are planted in your field of dreams? What is one small action step that you can take today to nurture and nourish these seedlings into buds? What is one small act of kindness that you can do today to help someone else? 

 

If you would like more inspiration and evidence that loving acts of kindness do abound, you can order your copy of Goodness Abounds  here.

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My Grammie

April is national poetry month! Time to get your pens (or your favorite writing instrument) and paper out and start penning some poems!

My love for poetry began in my ninth grade English class. One of my favorite poets was Emily Dickinson.  I loved reading poetry but even more so I loved to write it. I often used poetry as means to express myself especially in my teenage years when I felt  I had no other way to express my deepest thoughts and emotions without being judged or some type of negative reaction by those closest to me.  My first poetry book containing poems from this time period was just sent off to my editor for the first round of editing! It will be released later this year. You can read more about my published works here

In celebration of National Poetry Month, I would like to share a poem I wrote about my Grammie in 2005. My Grammie was always my best friend, and my protector and nurturer growing up. She was brave, courageous, funny, fun to be around, kind, compassionate, caring and just an overall amazing woman.  I have so many fond memories of Grammie that I keep close in my heart.  She inspired me and still inspires me to be the woman I am today. She will always be a part of me and for her I am very grateful and blessed. 

My Grandmother, Alice is a very special woman.

She perseveres through any travesty.

She never gives up.

She just keeps going with all that she’s got.

 

She’s so caring. So kind.

Someone you can confide in and know your secrets are safe.

She soothes with her words,

the warm embrace of her arms,

the softness of her voice.

 

She is a strong woman that never gives up hope,

that survives anything that comes her way.

My Grammie a woman made of steel.

Copyright Isabella Rose

My Grammie and Me 1999

My Grammie and Me circa 1999

Who is your favorite poet? A special person you would like to pen homage  too? What is your favorite type of poetry? Please leave a comment in the comment section down below.  I would love to hear from you.

5 Simple Tips to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

We are living in some very unsettling and changing times right now.  We are all learning a new way of living, adjusting to the changes and fears brought on by the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 causing high anxiety and stress for many. 

Anxiety is a very unsettling emotion. Sometimes it can feel like a constant low level stress that never seems to go away and other times it can be more acute, overcoming you and  leaving you feeling debilitated, scared and maybe even frustrated. When we find relief it is so welcoming!

Here are 5 simple tips to reduce stress and anxiety and help you feel more balanced, empowered and reconnected to your heart-center.

Deep Breathing

One of the deep breathing techniques that I find very relaxing and calming is the 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise by Dr. Andrew Weil, passed onto to me by Dr. Elson Haas  several years ago in his Spring Cleanse Detox course.  This technique is very simple and can be done absolutely anywhere,any time you feel anxious or stressed.   

Inhale through your nose for a mental count of four.

Hold your breath for a count of seven.

Exhale slowly and completely  through your mouth, making a whooshing sound as you breathe out to the mental count of eight. 

Inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.

4-7-8 Deep Breathing

4-7-8 Deep Breathing Photo by Engin Akyurt.

 

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy can bring tranquil feelings of calm and relaxation as though it was speaking directly to your heart. If you have ever experienced, smelling a scent that brought back a memory then you know how quickly and naturally the effects of scent can have. 

There is a lot of research done on essential oils and aromatherapy and a wealth of studies have shown how some essential oils can calm the nervous system and help one to feel relaxed.

Essential oils with higher percentages of the natural components linalol (also spelled linalool) or linalyl acetate have been found to be very effective in bringing about a calm and relaxed state in acute situations of anxiety such as an anxiety attack as well as in providing continual  ongoing support to your nervous system even when you are not feeling anxious when you use them more often.

Some of my favorite essential oils high in linalol and linalyl acetate are lavender, bergamot mint, and neroli-petitgrain. 

A common way to use essential oils is placing a few drops of essential oils in a diffuser (always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper use)  and letting it diffuse throughout your whole room. 

Other common ways to use essential oils is using an essential oil blend such as a roll on, placing a few drops in your bath water or shower, and placing a few drops on a cotton ball and breathing in the aroma. 

Placing a few drops of lavender on a cotton ball and putting it by your bed before sleep will not only help you relax so you can fall asleep easier, it can also help to boost your immune system. 

Aromatherapy Photo credit to Elly Fairytale

Meditation

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Hundreds of research studies   from around the globe have shown the profound benefits of meditation.  

Meditation is simple, easy to do and can be practiced anywhere, at any time. It can wipe away stress whenever you need it the most bringing you a sense of inner peace and calm, help you gain a new perspective on things, and connect you closer to your heart, soul, spirit, and Divinity to name just a few. 

Practicing meditation on a regular basis for even a few minutes a day offers you continual support in maintaining your overall wellbeing as it affects all aspects of your being; brain, mood, mental performance, body, health, spirit, relationships, and aging and can even help generate peace in society. 

There are many types of meditation. Two of my favorites are guided meditations and yoga. Guided meditations are a form of mental visualization guiding you through a journey of relaxing imagery with or without soothing music. Yoga uses a series of postures and controlled breathing to promote a flexible body and a calm mind.  Other forms of meditation include silent meditation, mantra meditation (repeating a calming word silently in your mind), mindfulness or consciousness meditation , Qi gong and Tai chi. 

YouTube has many guided meditations to choose from or you can visit Project Noosphere, a global meditation community founded by Dr. Paul Drouin (also the founder and President of Quantum University) to set your intention of healing and practice your daily meditation connecting to the Noosphere and others from around the globe sharing and holding that intent of healing with you. 

For an acute bout of anxiety,  this simple mediation practice can be calming and relaxing and easily remembered.

Start by taking 3 nice deep breaths in through your nose and letting them out through your mouth with a nice big sigh, “ahhhhhh.”

As you inhale, imagine yourself breathing in calm and tranquility and breathing out stress and anxiety on the exhale. 

Then imagine a big beautiful beam of white iridescent light (or color of your choice) shining down on you, washing over you like rain, starting at the crown of your head and flowing in and all-around your body and out through feet, washing away all your anxiety and stress.  And as it does you notice, roots growing out of the soles of you, that stretch and grow all the way down to the center of the Earth. You see a big ball of warm, glowing iridescent light shining up through the Earth’s center. You draw this light up through your roots, up through the soles of your feet, through your body (and chakras) and out through the crown of your head, washing back down around you and anchoring you into a sense of peace and tranquility. 

Meditation Photo credit: Leninscape

 

Writing 

Writing is another great way to relieve stress and anxiety. It clears and releases your worries, fears, stress, anxiety, and other negative thoughts and emotions from the emotional and mental realms and gives them physical form freeing up precious space in your head. Getting your thoughts and ideas down onto paper also alleviates the stress of losing your thoughts in an overcrowded mind.

Studies have shown that expressive writing is not only therapeutic  but is also linked to happiness. Writing by hand also helps you feel more connected to the present moment. 

Dedicate a  special journal for your writing, creating a sacred space for yourself to record your thoughts, feelings, and emotions.  Start by dating the page and then write down what you are feeling.  This is also a  great way to track cycles, patterns, and trends. 

Another expressive form of writing, is free flow writing. Just start writing and keep writing without thinking, allowing whatever needs to be expressed flow right onto the paper.  You may want to add a section somewhere in your journal or create another journal to write down at least 3 things you are grateful for each day.  

Journaling helps relieve stress and anxiety.

Art

Art  has been existence since the beginning of time and if you think back to Ancient times art was used in the form of hieroglyphics as a way of writing and communicating.  You don’t have to consider yourself to be an artist to create art as long as you are creating you are an artist.  Art is simply using line, shape, color, value, texture, form, and space to express and communicate oneself. 

Art is often used as therapy in a variety of settings such as private and group counseling, hospitals, wellness centers, correctional institutions, senior centers, and other community organizations and has proven to have many therapeutic and healing benefits including relieving stress and anxiety. 

Creating art is not only healing for the mind and spirit but also for the body since all are interconnected. It works on multiple levels to not only relax and calm the mind but also to restore and rejuvenate, bringing joy and increasing your energy and enthusiasm for life. 

A page from my Cosmic Smash Book using art to express and process emotions of my grieving process.

 

I hope these 5 simple tips to reduce stress and anxiety offer you support when you need it and bring you a sense of balance, leaving you truly connected to your heart-center and your own inner peace and strength.