Desire and Destiny Day 18: Creative Me

i play. i create. i succeed.

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”  —Vincent Van Gogh

How often have you had the experience of struggling to remember a person’s name only to have the name effortlessly revealed to you when you were engaged in something entirely different? The same thing happens when we wrestle with our minds for ideas or solutions. Once we let the challenge go and engage in something that frees our minds, the lightning bolt strikes!

This is the value of play. Play opens the pathways for creativity to flow freely. When we are engaged in play, we connect with the heart, rather than leading with our minds. As we access the essence of pure potentiality, transformative ideas and solutions come to us spontaneously, and we are boundlessly creative.

Our centering thought for today is:

I play. I create. I succeed.

Our Sanskrit mantra for today is:

“Om Bhavam Namah.” I am absolute existence. I am a field of all possibilities.

MINDFUL MOMENT

Take some time today to engage in a playful activity that you really enjoy. Challenge some colleagues to a pickup basketball game at lunch or after work. Walk with your friends, or dip your feet into the office-park fountain. Whatever you choose to do, allow yourself to enjoy the freedom of playfulness and notice what unfolds.

My last playful moment was yesterday, throwing sticks on the frozen lake.

It was a GIANT drum begging to be played. The water spirits were happy as their echos bounced back several times in melodious music. I cannot take credit for this idea however, there was a cute Scottish couple who were doing it for quite some time. At first, I thought they were just being mischievous deviants…but then…

My mind stopped thinking in such a left-brained rules and regulations mindset.

Once I saw what was really happening: the music making, the fun, the play. I smiled and I laughed.

Today we studied the effects of relaxation and play has on inspiration.

Sometimes, play is the greatest form of healing.

Playing allows us to free ourselves of the challenges of paperwork and into challenges of discovering and exploring a new sport or dream. Playing allows u to connect with our friends and relatives and even our partners. Play gives us the greatest gift of all: laughter.

And laughter is the ultimate soul medicine. 

How will you play? Create? Succeed?

How can you incorporate this medicine into your daily life?

Ever more in health and abundance
We are all one.
Namaste

Natural Holiday Aromatherapy

3 natural holiday room scents

Aromatherapy can be about essential oils already distilled or it can be fresh from the garden/market!

In essence, all fruits, flowers, trees, herbs, etc. all organic matter has oil. And by adding heat to these things it forces the oils to evaporate and create soothing and aromatic effects.

So this goes for drying herbs and flowers as well. It just reduces the amount of aromas and increases the evaporation time.

The following ingredients have tremendous healing properties.

Orange Peel: (Source for the essential oil): Antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, sedative, stomachic, tonic. Orange is known as the “smiley oil” and is familiar, joyful, and warming. Psychologically, orange is cheering, and uplifting, helping you to find laughter and joy in life. It reduces fear of the unknown and relieves self-doubt, helping you to find an inner radiance and optimism. Orange also helps to stimulate stagnant subtle energies.

Cranberries: Cranberries are a symbol of earth’s abundance. Also, in the language of flowers, the cranberry blossom signifies that the receiver extend kindness to the giver.

Cloves: Clove bud is the first choice for tooth ache in an emergency. Psychologically, clove is a mental, emotional, and subtle energy tonic, and is both restorative and stimulating.

Clove Essential Oil: Analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, stimulant, stomachic.

Cinnamon: Wards off colds, flu, and all other airborne infections and contagious diseases. Psychologically, cinnamon is fortifying and revivinig. It is indicated for general nervous debility, and for older people during winter to warm both mind and body. It is life-affirming and can help alleviate melancholia and depression characterized by lethargy and lack of vitality. Cinnamon restores zest for life and inspires courage.

Cinnamon Essential Oil: Antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, digestive, stimulant, stomachic.

Apple peel: Apples are a symbol of wisdom and unconditional love. In the language of flowers, apples symbolize temptation, and apple blossoms symbolize preference.

Vanilla Bean: Vanilla is a symbol of Love, Luxury and Beauty.

Vanilla Essential Oil: antioxidant, aphrodisiac, anti carcinogenic, febrifuge, anti depressant, sedative, tranquilizing and relaxing.

Here are three great ways to incorporate the scents of the season with a few simple kitchen ingredients from Primally Inspired. Now if you don’t have a crockpot, these recipes are still usable on the stove. Just keep the heat low-medium and be sure to check the water level periodically unless you want to fry your ingredients.

Happy Holidays!
We are all one.

Fall and winter are the perfect time of year to make your own natural holiday room scents!

Cooler weather means spending more time indoors and holiday entertaining with friends and family. Your home will smell cozy, comforting, festive and absolutely delicious with these all natural holiday room scents made in the crockpot.

I’ll pass on the artificially scented candles and room sprays. While many of these do smell nice, they are filled with synthetic fragrances and toxic chemicals associated with hormone disruptions, allergic reactions, migraines, sinus pain, mental vagueness, dizziness, eye and skin irritations and more. What’s especially troubling is that these chemical toxins accumulate in human tissue. No, thank you. I’ll stick to my natural room scents that smell just as nice.

And these natural room scents couldn’t be more easy to make because they’re made in the crockpot! Oh how I love crockpots and this is just one more reason to love them. Just put your room scent ingredients in a mini crockpot (I love THIS one), fill it with water, turn it to low and you’ll have such a lovely holiday scent all day long.

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Holiday Spice
Warm Apple Pie
  • Apple peels from 2 apples
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
Orange Cinnamon Vanilla
  • Orange peels from one orange
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or 4 drops of vanilla essential oil (Find HERE)
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Instructions
  1. Choose a scent and place the ingredients in a mini crockpot.
  2. Fill the crockpot with water.
  3. Turn to low and leave uncovered.
  4. Enjoy!
Notes

If the water levels gets too low, just add more water!
You can reuse the room scents a few times – just keep the mixture stored in the fridge up to 4 days while not in use.

Top 12 Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

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The season is here. If you are one out of the thousands who have started to wake up with a sore or irritated throat here is a list of 12 tried and true remedies that will knock you and your sore throat out of the water.

Here are 12 Remedies for Coughs and here is a recipe for The Master Tonic to fight and keep the flu at bay.

The following article is from Herbs-Info.

Good luck and Stay Healthy!

When a sore throat strikes, one suffers from a burning or scratching sensation at the back of the throat and pain such that it can become very hard to swallow or even talk. Tenderness in the neck occurs too. Sore throats are usually not medically serious, often last only for three days, and clear up on their own, even
without treatment. [1] Sore throats however can be painful, distressing, and troublesome and should be treated swiftly.

There are several possible causes of sore throat – virus, bacteria, smoking, and gastroesophageal reflux disease, to name a few. Treatment is geared toward the control or elimination of these causes. While most people swiftly rush for over-the-counter medications for relief, a variety of home remedies that are equally effective but inexpensive and simple to use can be employed. Medications come with side effects, but the following natural remedies do not:

1. Saltwater gargles – One of the most recommended means to help get rid of sore throat is saltwater gargling. Not only is a gargle with saltwater convenient and simple to make, but also it is effective and produces a rather quick effect. A warm cup of water with half a teaspoon of salt eases the swelling associated with sore throat. [2] It does this by drawing the water out of mucous membranes in the throat. This in turn loosens and washes away the mucus that might accompany it. Since pain is related to the swelling, relieving the inflammation in sore throat also lessens the discomfort. Note that the water for gargling is intended for “gargling only” and should not be swallowed. Also, too much salt is a no-no since this would only lead to the dehydration of mucous membranes.

2. Tabasco gargle – A spicy alternative to saltwater gargle is a solution of 10-20 drops of Tabasco sauce in a glass of water. Tabasco sauce comprises mainly peppers, vinegar, and salt, and Tabasco gargle hence uses the antiviral and antibacterial properties of the three to eliminate the pathogen causing the sore throat. Similar with saltwater gargle, do not swallow Tabasco gargle since it can irritate the stomach. [2]

3. Baking soda solution – Baking soda possesses antibacterial activity, specifically against Streptococcus mutans[3] A baking soda gargle can help reduce the number of bacteria causing sore throat. Mix half teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of warm water and use the solution as a gargle.

4. Honey – Honey has long been appreciated for its antibacterial properties. Such feat can be used in the treatment of sore throat. It can eliminate the bacteria responsible for sore throat and hasten the healing process. Honey can also draw water out of inflamed tissue; this ability helps in reducing the swelling. Mix two or three teaspoons of honey in a cup of warm water or even tea. [2]

5. Lemon – Lemons contain a wide range of beneficial phenolic compounds and vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, essential oils, and carotenoids – just what you need to boost your immune system to combat any infection! [4] According to the USDA Nutrient Database, an average-sized raw lemon (100 g) boasts 53 mg of vitamin C, 2.8 g of dietary fiber, 8 mg of magnesium, and 0.06 mg of zinc. Add some lemon juice to a glass of hot water, plus two teaspoons of honey. Alternatively, consume the fruit directly, with some salt on the lemon if desired.

6. Blackcurrant – Like lemon, blackcurrants are rich in vitamin C and minerals. According to the USDA Nutrient Database, a 100 g blackcurrant provides 181 mg of vitamin C and 1 mg of vitamin E, 24 mg of magnesium, 59 mg of phosphorus, and 0.27 mg of zinc. [5] In a Nigerian study, blackcurrant was determined to have high antioxidant content and free radical scavenging abilities. [6] All these make blackcurrant an excellent counter to the infection related to sore throat. Make a blackcurrant gargle by diluting blackcurrant concentrate in some hot water.

7. Vitamins – If the cause of your sore throat appears to be a viral or bacterial infection, there’s nothing better to do than helping your body fight off what is causing the infection. Bolster and strengthen your immune system by consuming a diet packed with vitamins C and E and minerals such as zinc and magnesium.

8. Water – It goes without saying that an adequate consumption of water works wonders during infection. Drink plenty of water. Water in general will keep one’s mucous membranes moist and hydrated. Furthermore, water helps thin the secretions in the throat and can soothe the irritation.

We Would Be Wise To Listen

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“The Earth is singing, crying, moaning, wailing, shrieking, crooning to us: to be awake, to commit ourselves to life, to be a lover in the world and of the world, to join our voices in the single song of constant change and creation. For Her law is love unto all beings, and She is the cup of the drink of life. May life thrive, now and always! The circle is ever open, ever unbroken. May the Earth awaken in each of our hearts.” -The Spiral Dance, Starhawk.

Will you listen?

Sun Salutations In a Nutshell

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Yoga Inspiration from Yoga Poses

I rarely, if ever, post about physical fitness and exercise. Usually, I only focus on hiking and walks, however, today I was inspired to share this very easy and visual guide to a sun salutation.

Will you incorporate these yoga movements in your daily routine?

In harmony of mind, body, and spirit.
We can heal ourselves.
Namaste. We are one.

“Like” to Join a FREE New Moon Reiki Tarot Meditation!

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Monday night, we will be meditating for inner and outer harmony in our minds, bodies, and souls.

If you would like to participate, simply, “LIKE,” this post prior to 11pm EST on Monday 2nd December and I will add you to the pot. We will be using synchronized meditation as well as a Reiki box for those far and wide.

With this cycle I wanted to add a bit of imagery as well. And what better instrument of imagery than the tarot?

I will also again be sending much needed energy to our brothers and sisters around the world who have suffered and continue to suffer at great length. If you have any special requests for any loved ones, please also feel free to comment, but you can do this yourself by focusing on them while you participate. Regardless if you can or can’t, I will be sending to who ever asks for the gift of blessings. No one will be turned away.

I would also entertain any prayers or blessings for the Earth and her healing at this time as well. 

We are walking our Winter journeys as we look towards a new year.

As we prepare to meditate Monday night under a sky filled with stars, let us set the intention to gently acknowledge and release to spirit all thoughts and feelings about our perceived challenges and adversities that do not serve us.

And let’s fill our Selves with infinite love, light, and joy.

As we step into this acceptance and find our resilience, we open to prosperity and our infinite potential.

And isn’t that the truest truth my friends? Thoughts are incredible powerful things. By shifting our thoughts and perceptions, we can open ourselves up to what is really happening. To new possibilities, projects, and the next phase along our spiritual path.

New possibilities are just around the corner.

every day is a new beginning

The New Moon is all about planting new seeds, even in the dead of winter. Eventually the Spring will come, and with it glorious and beautiful blooms. This will be an excellent time for you to meditate and answer some questions. You may wish to pick a tarot card for added insight.

Some of the following questions are from Joanna Powell Colbert’s New Moon Spread

  1. How can I best seed the energy of this new moon to bring me into deeper personal wisdom?
  2. How can I best seed the energy of this new moon in communication, thought, information, intention, meditation?
  3. How can I best seed the energy of this new moon in passion, creativity, energy, sexuality, personal power?
  4. How can I best seed the energy of this new moon in emotions, intuition, dreams, sensuality, compassion?
  5. How can I best seed the energy of this new moon in stability, security, health, finances, manifestation?
  6. How can I best seed the energy of this new moon in my connection to Source, to the Universe, to the All that is?
  7. How can I best seed the energy of this new moon in my mind?
  8. How can I best seed the energy of this new moon in my body?
  9. How can I best seed the energy of this new moon in my spirit?
  10. How can I best seed the energy of this new moon to find balance and health?
  11. How can I best tend my inner heart’s garden?

Check in on your answers each week to see how this new moon energy will manifest during the month. Do a little journal-writing, even if it’s just notes, once a week. See how it blossoms at he full moon and releases its seeds for the next cycle during the waning moon, turning into compost at the dark.

If you don’t wish to pick tarot cards for each question, you may wish to use the imagery of the card at the beginning of this post.

The Eight of Fire is all about taking action and a challenge of transmuting vision into reality.

“Meteors with trails like sparkling diamonds streak swiftly towards the earth. Meteor showers are spectacular sights that fill our hearts with awe and wonder. The ancients believed they were portents of great change, for good or ill. Stay open to inspiration, because it could be flying past us without us even realizing it. When inspiration strikes, act quickly before it fades away! Let the meteor showers inspire you to burn brightly and move swiftly, as you take action towards making your visions a reality. You may be set in your ways and resist change, and may even panic in the face of too much change. Perhaps you are rushing others, and may have forgotten to look and listen for inspiration.” -Joanna Powell Colbert

If this resonates with you, then perhaps connecting with the energies of the new moon is just what you need!

There is nothing wrong with fearing change. With fear comes strength, and if transmuted becomes great courage. With every new beginning, with every new cycle of the sun, moon, or fiscal year, there are things that ultimately must be let go and discarded and hopefully composted for future growth. Just because something may be done and over with, does not mean that life ceases to exist. We carry on. We live on. We breathe on. Our hearts continue to beat even if they seem broken. Our bodies still move even if they are stiff. Our spirits still soar in our dreams.

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The new moon offers us a great gift: transformation.

What will transform in your life this new moon? Take the time. Visualize your future the way you want it to be, and take the necessary steps towards greater health of mind, body, and spirit.

And with that, let us share with you our next intention, blessing, prayer (whatever you want to call it).

Feel free to print it out or write it down and repeat it to yourself before bed on Monday night.
All pronouns will be changed from a personal “I” to a collective “we” when I say it for all of you aloud Monday:

“Thank-you for sending Reiki energy for the greatest good of everyone gathered for this healing.
Thank-you for sending Reiki energy for the greatest good of the Earth for this healing.

May I receive the necessary healing I need for a harmonious mind, body, and spirit.
May I continue to tend hope in my heart.
May I continue to see the beautiful potential for happiness all around me.
May I seed this new moon energy for … (fill in the blank with your personal request)
May the seeds that I plant tonight be tended by the Universe.
May I overflow with love, with light, and with peace.
May I set my vision upon the stars.
As the moon waxes, may my body’s health improve as the moon brightens and brightens.
As the moon waxes, may my mind draw upon the peaceful sanctuary of this season, as the moon brightens and brightens.
As the moon waxes, may my soul be nurtured with self-love and self-acceptance, as the moon brightens and brightens.
As I travel through the land of Winter’s beginning, may I relate my journey to the wisdom of this season.
Namaste. We are all one. By healing myself I can help to heal others.”

Just allow the energy to flow for a few minutes until it seems like you have met your mark. Bathe yourself in sweet moon beams as you drift away to sleep.

If you wish, get comfortable, light some candles/incense, put your choice of music on, and meditate with me.Or, if you wil already be in bed asleep, which is a great state of mind to be in when receiving healing, print out and say the intention above. Or you could even say one of your own making.

I am really very excited about this, and I welcome who ever is interested!

Let’s take some time for ourselves, and meditate together. (Just be sure to correlate with your time zone.)

If you run late by accident, don’t feel guilty. You can enter at any time and leave at any time.

The key is to allow yourself the time to heal. You may even wish to stay longer than the 30 minutes.

I will be gifting the Reiki for approximately 1 hour.

A new beginning begins with the changes we make for our greater health.
What will you plant with the moon?
Happy holidays.
Happy New Moon.
We are all one.

Photos courtesy of Joanna Powell Colbert, Visual Sayings, and Tumblr

Elder’s Meditation of the Day

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“Life, the circle, a measurement with no beginning and no end.”
— Phillip Deere, MUSKOGEE-CREEK

The circle teaches us how the Creator made things and how to live. It teaches us how we should look at creation. Life travels in a circle. In the East is the baby, to the South is the youth, in the West is the adult and in the North is the Elder. Then we return to the Earth Mother to start the cycle again. We observe what is `around us’ from the center of the circle. This develops our point of view. We must be careful not to become self-centered.

Great Spirit, let me observe life from the circle’s point of view.

By: Don Coyhis from the Native Spirits Tribal Community