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Dealing With Overwhelm, When There’s Too Much To Do

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No wonder you’re tired.

You’re juggling work, relationship, kids, making time for food, and personal development.

 

Sometimes, by the time eleven o’clock at night rolls around, you feel too tired even to go to sleep. Your day is filled with a checklist of things, all of which need to be accomplished yesterday. And you know that tomorrow, you will add several more items.

 

If you don’t take control of your day, it will run all over you. You will feel overwhelmed.

 

So what is one of the easiest ways to take charge?

 

Start the day off right 

Waking up, try to set the day’s pace. Take a few minutes to reestablish your center and to get focused. Get calm and relaxed. Breathe consciously for about five minutes. Then, redefine your priorities for that day.

 

A Turning Point

 

For me, I began to view my schedule differently when I heard this story. I became more conscious of my day.

 

Its a lesson I learned from a story about John F Kennedy. In all fairness, I am not sure if this is a true story, but the lesson is good.

 

The story goes. Kennedy was asked how he was able to handle the pressures of the White House. His response, was that when he first walked into the Oval Office, there was a stack of papers he had to accomplish, and the stack was considerably high.

 

What he said he did, was to take this gigantic stack, which was some days a foot or more high, and set the stack on the floor, out of sight from his chair. He grabbed only the top packet, set it on his desk, and dealt with only that one thing, until it was completed. When it was done, he placed it in the outgoing pile, and grabbed the next packet. This way his mind was free from all the things he had to do and he could focus on the task at hand.

 

Hermetic Teaching

 

This falls directly in line with a Hermetic principle. To focus on one thing at a time, and only one thing. Not allowing yourself to be distracted, to create the greatest results. And only then can you create miracles.

 

How I implement this in my life, is that every morning, I make myself a cup of tea. And as I relax and enjoy my organic genmaicha, I reflect on what I will create that day. Assigning the highest priorities. Then, I go to my to do list, and I assign the priorities to my to do list.

 

 It is important to note that this is a meditative process, where at first I am receiving guidance from my inner voice on what I need to do and visualizing my actions and results. And then, I follow through with with the planning process, where I write down the priorities.

 

My morning tea takes about 30 minutes.

I’ll walk you through it in this video, so you can get a feel for the tone of this exercise. Its important to be comfortable. So go ahead and get in a comfortable chair, with a piece of paper and pen. And maybe grab a cup of tea. Then press play.

Remember not to be in a hurry to write things down, but to complete the meditative process. To give yourself the 30 minutes or so to clearly define your day. It may seem, at first, like this is a waste of time, but you will find that the mental clarity you gain from this process will make you far more efficient and productive in your day.

 

So, if you are feeling overwhelmed, and overburdened. Make a commitment to give yourself 30 minutes, first, every day.

 

What is your morning routine? Do you do anything to establish a peaceful tone? What do you still struggle with in your busy life? Share with us in the comments below.

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Introduction to Chakras and How to Cleanse Your Chakras

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cleanse-the-chakras-title.jpgWe’ve all felt the pain of a life out of balance, or even a body out of balance. Any time you have pain, or emotional distress, you have stepped out of balance in some area of life. It’s a symptom of imbalance.

 

The chakras are the main energy centers within the body, that allow your body to take life force energy from God (universe) and turn it into something physical. To maintain health, it is important to keep your chakras cleansed and healthy.

This video will guide you through the steps to cleansing your chakras. 

 

 

Location of The Chakras

cleanse the chakrasCrown- Top of head

Third Eye- Middle of forehead

Throat- Center of throat

Heart- Between ribcage, heart level

Solar Plexus- Sternum

Sacral- Navel (belly button)

Root- Groin

 

The Steps

  • Sit straight, comfortably. Palms in lap, facing up. Or stand, hands at side. 
  • Imagine a white light coming from above, down into the top of your head. This white light passes through all of your chakras, cleansing each of them. It cleanses and purifies each one, from top to bottom.
  • Then imagine red light coming from the Earth. It restores balance to each chakra, one at a time from bottom to top.

 

The spiritual energy from above cleanses and purifies. It is spiritual connection. The energy from the Earth, keeps you grounded and energizes you for physical life.

Try this now. And do it daily if you can, for optimum results. Enjoy the benefits of a clearer and more focused life. 

 

For a more advanced chakra cleansing, fully guided, use the first meditation in our free meditation series

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Holiday Fun

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Here are some videos and pics to give you the warm and fuzzies for the holiday season.

 

If you keep up with viral videos, you’ve most likely seen all of these, but how fun to watch them all at once! 


These amazing artists provide song in a creative way and it sounds beautiful!

 

 

Have you seen this viral video yet? It’s bound to give you the chills and warm your heart. Reminding you of the goodness of humanity.
(In Russia, you are required to have a camera recording as you drive. Due to accidents. This is some of the footage they have recorded) Simple acts of kindness.

 

 

Just a hilarious and fun gig from the group Improv Everywhere, spreading some cheer in public transit.

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You can see the video of the elevator excitement here.

Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 1.54.46 PMHere are about 13 short examples of people who made a difference in someone’s life with acts of kindness. They had me crying a little.
Click to see them.

 

 

 

And just a quick reminder that your life is awesome, and that YOU are awesome!!

 

 

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The Most Stress Relieving Song Ever Recorded

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Last Sunday, our friend shared the link to a song that is said to relieve stress. And listening to it in the morning set the tone for one of the most relaxing days we’ve had in awhile.

 

The song is called “Weightless,” by Marconi Union. Scientists tested this song by playing it for 40 women in an experiment. They not only found the song to be more relaxing than Enya or Motzart, but also more relaxing than a massage, walk or tea.

 

After completing a stressful task, the women in the study experienced a 65% reduction in overall anxiety from listening to the music, and a level 35% lower than their resting rates.

 

 

 

 

 

More Tips for Reducing Stress

 

We wrote an article previously, sharing our favorite tried and true stress reducing remedies. 10 tips for reducing stress  

 

shrineHerbs and Vitamins…

Here are some of our favorite things to take for reducing stress:

Magnesium (or mixed with chamomile to create what Dana Claudat calls “natural ambien” ), chamomile tea, lavender (tea, essential oil, etc), Bach’s Rescue Remedy. We even give Rescue Remedy to our cats. Angel perks up when she see’s the bottle. 

 

Pets and Plants

Something you probably know, but its good to see the evidence. Both having pets and having plants in your home, can be greatly stress relieving. Studies have found that pets can reduce stress hormones, risk of cardiovascular disease, and help with many other health and social benefits. 

In fact, pets can even help you achieve your goals, just thinking about them.

 

Having plants in the room can reduce stress and increase productivity. Plants purify the air and increase the amount of oxygen in the room. Here are 10 common plants that are great for the home. Dr Bill Wolverton suggests about 2 plants per 100 square feet in the rooms you spend the most time.

 

I hope you have a stress free day. Remember to give the Weightless song a try, and maybe even add it to your bookmark to start each day with it for awhile.

Namaste

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How to Solve Any Problem, Using the Elements

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The elements make up everything on the planet, including us. Our emotions and state of being are also of an element.

Shamanically speaking, all illness, discomfort, pain and suffering comes from an imbalance in the four elements. 


Therefore, every single problem there is can be addressed if you understand the energetic nature, or element of the problem. And similarly, any state you wish to experience can be enhanced with an element. 

 

Here is a simple list of the elements and how they can enhance your emotions. 

 

Fire

Bring in fire for more joy, spontaneity, inspiration, and passion

To get fire: 

  • Go play in the sun; you can even get a fake tan. 
  • Eat spicy foods; not to excess. 
  • Avoid watery foods, such as salads and white vegetables. 
  • Wear red or orange clothes
  • Light candles

 

Symptom of too much fire energy: anxiety

If you have too much fire, counter it with water.

 

 

Air

Bring in air for more creativity, visualization, greater depth of understanding and knowledge

To get air:

  • Stand in the wind or turn on a fan (anything that moves air) 
  • Open the windows, 
  • Call a friend and have a good conversation
  • Burn incense
  • Take the question you are blocked on. Write the question on a piece of paper and then relax and talk to a friend about other things. Go back to the paper afterwards 
  • Do breathing exercises
  • Eat fruit
  • Avoid heavy proteins, such as red meat. 
  • Wear yellow or white clothes 

 

Symptoms of too much air: confusion, spaciness

If you have too much air, counter it with earth.

 

 

Water

Bring in more water for emotional stability, greater flow, order and structure to your life. And to feel nurtured, accepted and worthy

 

To get water:

  • Go swimming or take a bath or long shower
  • Drink lots of water
  • Eat sea food, sea vegetables, or white vegetables like cucumbers or melons. 
  • Share with a loved one your deep feelings about subjects you would not normally discuss. About trust. -If the air is dry, use a humidifier
  • Wear green and blue clothing

 

Symptoms of excessive water: emotional sensitivity, depression

If you have too much water, counter it with fire.

 

 

Earth

Bring in earth for appropriate action, inner peace and contentment, confidence, feeling grounded

 

To get earth: 

  • Walk with bare feet in the sand or ground
  • Garden
  • Sit on earth and meditate, slow down. 
  • Eat heavy proteins as well as root vegetables. 
  • Stand and imagine roots going from your feet into the earth
  • Hold a rock
  • Wear brown or black earthy clothes 

 

Symptoms of too much earth: stagnation 

If you have too much earth, counter it with air.

 

 

For all, avoid alcohol and drugs. Try to eat healthy meals and get sleep. Take care of yourself.  

To help balance your environment, you can also use these energy cleansing techniques.

 

Have you ever tried any of these techniques? Share with us in the comments below how it went. Which ones do you think you will try?

 

 

 

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The Hidden Depths to the Martial Art: A Journey into Spiritual Connection

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We are aware of the mind-body connection, the idea that the thoughts of the mind influence the body and that the actions of the body influence the mind.  This manifests itself in the mental alertness we feel after a great workout, or the calm wakefulness we may experience during and after meditation.

 

I came to martial arts seeking the adrenaline high and physical conditioning that comes from hard physical effort.  As a teenager, it was a fantastic way to release pent-up energy and stay in shape.  I loved it and would walk away from a session full of enthusiasm and excitement.  As the years of training passed, the physical workouts began to fill me with a feeling of calm power; there was the same physical intensity, but there was an additional dimension I became aware of that really began to shift the way I experienced and perceived martial arts and the manner in which it affected me.

 

I believe that martial arts offer a unique combination of mind/body training that seeks to bring these two elements into balance.  Once this equilibrium is achieved, tranquillity begins to emerge that allows us to become aware of a connection to Self, a spiritual quality that is beyond the mental and the physical.  It manifests itself in calmness and power, in directness, agility and stillness, that is both physical and mental at the same time.  A connection to Self emerges that brings us into connection to all things.

 

True Purpose of Martial Arts

The Masters of Japan, India and China spoke about this dimension of martial arts at length as if it is the true purpose of the training.  They believed that the body housed the spiritual energy of the person and that the body had to be in good condition to be able to allow that energy the freedom it required to express and manifest itself in the world.

 

Martial arts do not simply excite the body and the mind.  They also stimulate the spiritual energy of the person.  As a student’s technical ability increases, his body follows the natural energy lines that promote greater relaxation, power and accuracy.  Projection of spiritual energy begins to become greater and more focussed as his awareness becomes more honed.  He becomes more connected to the environment and people around him and his health benefits not just from physical excerption but also from the healthy flow of energy. 

 

Martial arts can simply be a vehicle for greater spiritual connection (by which I mean to feel and understand the energy that flows within and around us all and connects us to everyone and everything).  Martial arts are unique because of the training format and the surface level benefits such as physical fitness, ability to defend oneself and others, and the resultant confidence that comes from that.  Hidden behind that veil lies the true power of the life arts of a warrior.

 

Power to Harness Spiritual Energy

Please do not be put off by this image as life is full of joy and hardship.  Only through this spiritual connection can we hope to remain centered and whole.  Martial arts teach us that we have the power to harness spiritual energy and direct it to do good in the world.  It also teaches us how to protect ourselves and others and to be able to live lives of peace and compassion.  Connection comes through awareness of the energy that links us to all, which means we have the strength to walk through life with peaceful steps.  Compassion has many faces: to be tough when we need to or to be soft when required, but always with a sense of compassion and love.  

 

Our actions emerge from spiritual energy that we hone and cultivate from the minute we begin our martial arts training.  Whether we realize it or not, we are, after all is said and done, spiritual beings.

 

Guest Authors David Brown and Lynette Avis


David Brown and Lynette Avis are coauthors of the internationally acclaimed “Nourish the Flame Within,” a guide to connecting to the human soul for Reiki, Martial Arts and Life. David is a life coach, working with energy to nurture his clients’ mental, physical and spiritual potential.  Lynette is an artist, Reiki Master, and medium.

 

To find out more about the book and their work go to Nourish the Flame Within. You can also join them on Twitter and on Facebook.

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5 Must Haves on Your Esoteric Bookshelf

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When you hear the word esoteric, you may think it sounds like weird stuff you can’t comprehend. And a powerful cure for insomnia. However, the true nature of esoteric teachings, is that when you are ready for the information, it inspires you with a greater depth of understanding, that you can readily use to change your perspective of life. It will essentially provide you with an epiphany every time you read it. If you are ready for it. This is not a challenge to speed read through the books, because then you won’t get the transformation. 

 

Esoteric reading is not just brain food, but also soul food.  

 

Esoteric Authors

 

 In this vast sea of information, by so many authors, its hard to determine which books can give you the most useful information to maximize the use of your time. I have found in my thirty plus years of study, that there are a group of authors that tend to be more effective in conveying, not only knowledge, but light as well. In their ability to convey both knowledge and light in their writing, they provide a service that truly stands out in supporting your personal transformation. 

 

I’m speaking of initiates, whether it is an initiate of the Golden Dawn tradition, Shamanic tradition, Toltec, Buddhist, etc. there are too many initiatory paths to mention. Most initiatory traditions have been around for centuries and involve some of the greatest secrets of spiritual training. These lineages have the ability to convey power and authority for the purpose of your transformation. This is why their writing is so effective. 

 

In writing, they provide esoteric teachings as part of their service to light.

 

 

Books

 

Here is a short list of esoteric books, broken down into general levels of complexity. The purpose of all esoteric writing is to help you understand your own true nature, and to help you overcome your attachments and misconceptions about yourself, to understand a more universal perspective. 

 

 

Introduction

 

1. Think and Grow Rich
       by Napolean Hill   

This timeless classic is read by businessmen throughout the world, because they understand that it is by their very thoughts that they create the kind of life they want to live.

 

2. Autobiography of a Yogi
       by Paramahansa Yogananda  

This is probably one of the more advanced introductory books. For most people, it is just the life of Yogananda, but what he teaches in this book explains how to Master the 7 key areas of life.

 

3. The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho

Helps you tap into your core abilities to do the miraculous. It introduces the concept of the philosopher’s stone.

 

4. The Four Agreements
      by Don Miguel Ruiz

Toltec wisdom. Perhaps the most simplified way to live a good life. If we honor the four agreements, we honor all things.

5. Simplified Qabala Magic*
       by Ted Andrews   

An introduction to one of the most complex, foundational spiritual systems for transformation, Qabalah. This book is to Qabalah, as addition and subtraction are to mathematics.

 

Bonus

Jonathan Livingston Seagull
       by Richard Bach  

This story helps us rise up above our believed limitations and go beyond the expectations of those around us. To soar and become as great as we desire to be.

Intermediate


1. The Book of Five Rings

by Miyamoto Musashi

This book explains the basic nature of the five elements of creation. The five elements are in all things, including all human behavior. This is known as the Japanese businessmen’s bible. 

or 

The Art of War: Sun Tzu
       by Sun Tzu

Arguably the greatest general to ever live, Sun Tzu; this book is about how to overcome challenging             obstacles, take responsibility, and think outside the box.

 

2. The Training and Work of an Initiate
by Dion Fortune

An essential book for initiates, regardless of what path they pursue. 

 

3. The Power of Myth
by Joseph Campbell  

This book explains the nature of archetypes, which are fundamental in all higher Shamanic and Celestial work. 

 

4. The Complete Guide to the Kabblah*
by Will Parfett  

This is perhaps the most advanced of the intermediate books, as Will Parfett is excellent at explaining the nature of Kabbalah, but does it in a way that is easier to understand. This is the trigonometry of Kabbalah. 

 

5. The Essential Golden Dawn: An Introduction to High Magic
by  Chic Cicero  

An excellent guide for the Western Esoteric tradition. It continues the work of Israel Regardie (founder of Sedona, Arizona and wrote the Complete Golden Dawn). 


Advanced

 

1. Hermetica
edited by Brian Copenhaver 

Easily my favorite book! Brian Copenhaver does an excellent job in compiling the Corpus Hermeticus in such a way that it follows one book/letter to the next, making it easier to understand the teachings of Hermes Trismegustus. The Corpus Hermeticus (body of work of Hermes), is some of the oldest teachings available and is the foundation of all spiritual traditions.

 

2. The Key of the Mysteries
by Eliphas Levi 

This French Qabalist, Rabi from the 19th century, compiled some of the deepest esoteric writing available. Without the keys, his writings are difficult to decipher. 

 

3. Initiation Human and Solar
by Alice Bailey  

Alice Bailey’s work with Dewal Cole helps us in the West to understand the nature of Eastern esoteric tradition.

 

4. Mystical Qabalah*
by Dion Fortune  

Dion Fortune’s gift of understanding Qabalah is indeed profound, and she shares some of the most abstract teachings of Qabalah in this book. Compares to the intro to quantum physics of Qabalah. 

 

5.Kabbalah: An Introduction and Illumination for the World Todayby Charles Ponce   

This is also a very deep understanding of Qabalah. It is a more linear (rather than abstract) approach to Qabalah. This is one of my favorite books on the subject of Qabalah.

  

*Qabalah refers to the universal, mystical Qabalah. Considered to be the highest level of Qabalah training. Not referring to Jewish or Christian Kabbalah, but refers to a universal system.

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