Taking a Little Break

I can’t believe it’s been eight months since I wrote a post. I needed a break from a few things and gave myself permission to do so, without guilt or pressure. It’s freeing to do that once in a while.

I felt compelled to write today because I discovered something recently that has been life-changing for me. It’s a very small thing with a big impact.

My work is busy (who can’t related to that??) and life sometimes gets crazy as well. I have found a technique that has helped me to reduce stress and feel less overwhelmed by responsibilities.

I take mini muscle relaxing breaks. I focus on a muscle (often my jaw muscle which seems to be tense a lot) and purposely let it relax. I wiggle it a bit, take a breath and consciously let the muscle go limp. It’s something easy to do any time because it literally takes a second or two.

I do this throughout my day. Over time I have found that my jaw and shoulders muscles (which I also focus on) have become more relaxed.

In fact, my whole body has become more relaxed. These mini muscle relaxing moments have extended beyond my physical and triggered a mental relaxation as well. I’m calmer and more relaxed in the busyness of life.

I love how simple things can make a difference.

Namaste

Daily Heart Practice on the Road

Our lives are often so busy that we run through our days without a care about what is going on inside our bodies… until there is a need to feed it or take care of it in some way. What would our lives be like if we took just a moment each day to do something that benefited one of our most important organs, our heart.

I’m talking quick and easy here.

Most of us travel every day either for work, recreation or to fulfill home tasks. When we are in a hurry, the most stressful parts of traveling  is the wait time. We can use that time to our benefit.

Next time you are sitting at a traffic lights waiting for the light to turn or moving slowly through rush hour traffic or on a long ride in public transportation, notice the anxiety in your body. Really pay attention to it. Then breathe.

Purposely take three long deep breathes in and out. As you do this, relax your body and send love to your heart. Then smile.

That’s it. Simply, quick and easy to do even in traffic. Your body will appreciate the mini break from stress and your heart will thank you.

Understanding the Gut

I’ve recently read a book that was both entertaining and informative, covering a topic that most people don’t talk about – specifically our gut. More specifically, poop.

Ok, before you get all grossed out and leave, think about it.

Do you actually know how it all works? I didn’t. Not really. But I have a much better idea now and all I can say is… it made a difference. 😉

This book covers more than the physical side of the gut. It also covers emotions and gut feelings. It also shows how important it is for us to not be squeaky clean about everything. It is truly remarkable how important our gut is to our overall health.

The book is GUT, The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders, a student of medicine in Germany.

Giulia had been working on her Ph.D in Gastroenterology when her presentation on the gut won her the Science Slam prize in her native Germany. The video of her presentation went viral and the result is her best-selling book.

Here is that original video, which pretty much gives you a sneak peek into the book. The illustrations, by the way, were created by Giulia’s sister Jill Enders.

Yes, it’s in German but the English subtitles work very well.

Giulia’s book is well worth reading. Not only will you be entertained, it will open your eyes to a whole other world that exists… in our guts.

Now what is your gut saying?

Meditation of the Week: Stop!

OSHO’s words are a source of inspiration for so many people, myself included. I found his latest meditation a simple and effective way to become fully aware in the midst of a busy day.

Stop! Meditation technique to do in a moment, any time, any place to enhance your everyday life at work, at home, and at play.

Just as you have the impulse to do something, stop.

You can try it anywhere. You are taking your bath – suddenly order yourself to ‘Stop!’ and stop. Even if it is only for a single moment, you will feel a different phenomenon happening within you. You are thrown to the center and suddenly everything stops – not only the body. When the body stops totally, your mind stops also.

When you say, ‘Stop!’ do not breathe then. Let everything stop…no breathing, no body movement. For a single moment remain in this stop, and you will feel you have penetrated suddenly, at rocket speed, to the center. And even a glimpse is miraculous, revolutionary. It changes you, and by and by you can have more clear glimpses of the center. That is why inactivity is not to be practiced. Use it suddenly, when you are unaware.

For example, you were going to drink a glass of water. You have touched the water, the glass – suddenly stop. Let the hand be there, let the desire to drink, the thirst be there inside, but you stop completely. The glass is outside, the thirst is inside; the hand is on the glass, the eyes are on the glass – stop suddenly. No breathing, no movement, as if you have become dead. The very impulse, the thirst, will release energy, and that energy is used for going to the center. You will be thrown to the center. Why? Because any impulse is a movement outward. Energy is always in movement – either going out or coming in. Energy can never be static.

Remember three things…. One, try it only when a real impulse is there. Secondly, do not think about stopping, just stop. And thirdly, wait! When you have stopped, no breathing, no movement – wait and see what happens.

When I say stop, it means stop totally, fully. Nothing is moving, as if the whole time has stopped. There is no movement – simply you are! In that simple existence, suddenly the center explodes.

Osho,The Book of Secrets, Talk #17

Source: Meditation of the Week: Stop!

Bless the Water

Today is World Water Day and many are getting together all over the world to bless the water on our planet and take steps towards cleaning and restoring the water supply throughout our world.

ALL Water is Sacred.

Take a moment to watch this short video by Dr. Bruce Lipton and see for yourself the energetic connection between water and us. It is vital for our existence. Our blessings and positive thoughts truly make a difference.

On the Equinox, Saturday March 19th at 5pm Pacific, there is a Synchronized Meditation and Water Blessing all around the world. If this speaks to you, please join the meditation.

To learn more about the connection of our thoughts and matter, I highly recommend reading Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton.

Namaste

Which Door Would You Pick?

A fresh look at clean energy by Arnold Schwarzenegger…


I don’t give a **** if we agree about climate change

I see your questions.

Each and every time I post on my Facebook page or tweet about my crusade for a clean energy future, I see them.

There are always a few of you, asking why we should care about the temperature rising, or questioning the science of climate change.

I want you to know that I hear you. Even those of you who say renewable energy is a conspiracy. Even those who say climate change is a hoax. Even those of you who use four letter words.

I’ve heard all of your questions, and now I have three questions for you.
Let’s put climate change aside for a minute. In fact, let’s assume you’re right.

First – do you believe it is acceptable that 7 million people die every year from pollution? That’s more than murders, suicides, and car accidents – combined.

Every day, 19,000 people die from pollution from fossil fuels. Do you accept those deaths? Do you accept that children all over the world have to grow up breathing with inhalers?

Now, my second question: do you believe coal and oil will be the fuels of the future?

Besides the fact that fossil fuels destroy our lungs, everyone agrees that eventually they will run out. What’s your plan then?

I, personally, want a plan. I don’t want to be like the last horse and buggy salesman who was holding out as cars took over the roads. I don’t want to be the last investor in Blockbuster as Netflix emerged. That’s exactly what is going to happen to fossil fuels.

A clean energy future is a wise investment, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either wrong, or lying. Either way, I wouldn’t take their investment advice.

Renewable energy is great for the economy, and you don’t have to take my word for it. California has some of the most revolutionary environmental laws in the United States, we get 40% of our power from renewables, and we are 40% more energy efficient than the rest of the country. We were an early-adopter of a clean energy future.

Our economy has not suffered. In fact, our economy in California is growing faster than the U.S. economy. We lead the nation in manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, entertainment, high tech, biotech, and, of course, green tech.

I have a final question, and it will take some imagination.

There are two doors. Behind Door Number One is a completely sealed room, with a regular, gasoline-fueled car. Behind Door Number Two is an identical, completely sealed room, with an electric car. Both engines are running full blast.

I want you to pick a door to open, and enter the room and shut the door behind you. You have to stay in the room you choose for one hour. You cannot turn off the engine. You do not get a gas mask.

I’m guessing you chose the Door Number Two, with the electric car, right? Door number one is a fatal choice – who would ever want to breathe those fumes?

This is the choice the world is making right now.

To use one of the four-letter words all of you commenters love, I don’t give a damn if you believe in climate change. I couldn’t care less if you’re concerned about temperatures rising or melting glaciers. It doesn’t matter to me which of us is right about the science.

I just hope that you’ll join me in opening Door Number Two, to a smarter, cleaner, healthier, more profitable energy future.

Source: Arnold Schwarzenegger Post On FB

10 Tips for a Peaceful Day

A few reminders for all of us:

  1. When you wake up in the morning, thank the Universe for giving you the day ahead. Expect that your day will be wonderful.
  2. Sit in silence before getting out of bed – even 5 to 10 minutes will make a difference. Quiet your mind and simply observe the sounds of your room without judgement.
  3. Walk in nature, even if it’s simply in your neighborhood. Listen to the sounds of nature – the birds chirping, the wind in the trees.
  4. Eat foods that grow from plants and trees; slowly eliminate manufactured food.
  5. Drink plenty of water.
  6. Smile and speak positively to everyone you meet.
  7. Help someone in need.
  8. Get in touch with a friend or loved one.
  9. Forgive someone who hurt you. Make peace with your past so you can move on in peace.
  10. Before you go to sleep, thank the Universe for all the blessings of the day; send love and blessings to everyone.

Namaste

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