Food Friday: Kale wrap in a raw collard green leaf

"What's on your plate?"

Ingredients:
1. Big collard green leaf
2. Sun dried tomatoes
3. Avocado
4. Plum tomatoes
5. Red onion
6. Cucumbers
7. Oregano
8. Sweet basil
9. Cayenne pepper
10. Sea salt
11. Agave
12. Paprika
13. Mushrooms

Instructions:
Cut up ingredients and wrap in collars green leafs

"We are organic, so eat only organic"

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Wellness Wednesday: Ways to impact the world

“How are you impacting the world?”

To impact means to make a change. What’s your impact? Is it for a greater good? Who’s life are you changing? Impact brings fulfillment. This change brings you a joy like no other. What you do will also affect you. Why not make a impact that will better you and the world as a whole? Join in.

Ways to impact the world:

  1. Reduce energy usage and slow down the fires of industrialism
    • Using energy that isn’t needed is wasteful
  2. Protect and restore the environment so that it’s climate-stabalizing mechanisms are perserved. 
    • We have one earth that we need to live. Keep it liveable.
  3. Increase individual participation in governmental and economic decisions.
    • We control the government in numbers. Let’s ban together.
  4. Facilitate a deep personal commitment to caring for the earth.
    • Caring for the earth is caring for yourself.

“A life that impacts, is a life lived”

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Transformation Tuesday: 8 ways to heal the world

“How have you healed the the world today?”

As we realize that we are all one, we see that we all need healing. It’s time to create a beautiful world where we can all heal, live and think. It’s going to take all of us to work together.

15 ways to heal the world

  1. Redefine​ prosperity
    • Prosperity comes in all forms not just as money. Prosperity can come in a random gift. A close call or even finding a new friend. We can be prosperous in quality time, talents, relationships, creativity, freedom, health and emotional well-being. Prosperity is what we already have; see these things and have gratitude.
  2. Nurture the child within
    • As a past kindergarten teacher, I would love to see the children play. They would play with everyone and enjoy life as if they had no worries. If they had a problem or confrontation, it would be momentarily. They had so much joy and love in their heart. So carefree. Find your inner child and keep it near.
  3. Make friends with your shadow self
    • According to Carl Jung everyone has a shadow self-the unconscious part within all of us that is made up of base drives and undesirable qualities which we are unwilling to accept at a conscious level. The only way to know and become our true self is to recognize, acknowledge and embrace our shadow side. Embrace your darkness so you can find the light.
  4. Find acceptance in the here and now
    • Some people live their lives in the pursuit of goals and ambitions which may create anxiety and fear. Accept that you are who you are. You are where you are and appreciate the moment. See your blessings. Stop and enjoy the now. Adore the freedom, laugh, run, love and play. Acceptance is love.
  5. Free the physical body
    • Free the mind and body alike. Walk, run, dance and play as if you only have your life to live. Find live for the human​ form.
  6. Spend precious moments with precious others
    • We all crave human attention. We are not meant to be alone. Go out and find people of like minds and interact.
  7. Forgive an old hurt
    • We have all been hurt by a person’s words or actions which cause resentment but we can instead think of forgiveness and this will bring release. Neither can change the past but forgiveness can change the future. In choicing freeness we choice to grow and build positive situations.
  8. Discover beauty on the doorstep
    • Be mindful and notice the beauties of the world around you.

“Heal the world, heal yourself”

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Motivation Monday: How to get rid of Illness

“What’s your dis-ease?”

For people suffering from physical illness or mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety, interacting with nature can help people control their symptoms or even recover, alongside medication. We are from the earth so don’t you think the best thing for us is to allow it to heal us. 

Affects of nature on our bodies:

  • Stress relief
    • Being in or looking at nature is associated with lower stress and higher job satisfaction.
  • Improves short term memory loss
    • Taking a walk in nature boosts working memory.
  • Reduced inflammation
    • Nature keeps you calm so your body can be peaceful. It removes your fight or flight instinct.
  • Better vision
    • Lowers developing nersightedness in children. “Opthalmology, 2008, 2012, 2013”
  • Improved concentration
    • Nature is restorative. Once you take a break and come back to working, your flow is improved. It also helps children with ADHD. “Environment and behavior, 1991; Journal of Environmental Psychology, 1995(2); Journal of Attention disorders, 2008”
  • Sharper thinking and creativity
    • When in nature for four days it boosts your performance. “Psychological Science, 2008”
  • Possible anti-cancer effects
    • The boosted levels of proteins may last up to seven days after a relaxing trip into the woods. “International Journal of immunopathology and Pharmacology 2007, 2008”
  • Immune system boost
    • Fresh air, less distractions. “Environmental health and preventive medicine, 2010”
  • Improved mental health
    • The presence of water, air, and plants have shown effects on people who are depressed, anxious and with mood swings. “Environmental science and technology, 2010; Evidence-listen complementary and associative medicine, 2012; Journal of effective disorders, 2013”
  • Reduced risk of early death
    • Once air, water, less distractions, plants and space are introduced the body is at ease. It can perform it’s natural functions. When s person can function properly, the body can last longer. Less chaos, more health. “Journal of epidemiology and community health, 2006, 2009; Biomedical and Environmental sciences, 2012; Environmental health perspectives, 2016”

“Nature cures”

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See-nic Sunday: How can working bring you peace

“Are you doing your dream job?”

Once you find your dream job, your purpose/gift can help you find true peace. You will enjoy the working and time you get off equally. It is a constant vacation for you. You wake up with enthusiasm and take in every challenge with joy and exzilleration. You don’t mind putting in the extra hours or late nights. 

14 Benefits of working your dream job

  1. Less stress
  2. Increased peace
  3. High enthusiasm
  4. High drive
  5. Better health
  6. Longer life
  7. Get to be yourself
  8. Always have time
  9. Get to live out your values
  10. Allowed to do talents
  11. Increased energy
  12. Get to do want you love
  13. Get to make a difference
  14. Your wants and needs met

“Make a life you don’t have to take a vacation from.”

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Soul-try Saturday: How you stay motivated when doing what you love

“What’s keeping you going?”

After finding or purpose we still need to be motivated. We have to dig deep, keep in mind why you are doing this mission. Keep in mind why you started and what outcomes will come out of your efforts. Visualize the big picture and what fulfillment you will receive.

When our drive has dwindled and now we’re stuck. These exercises, each designed around a specific Deflated Door feeling, help relocate missing motivation. Try the one that matches your main emotion.

Feeling discouraged:

  • When we try really hard, we can miss a clue or two about the best approach. Let’s step back and see how to adjust our efforts.
    • Ask yourself and jot down
      • What five words charaterize the people involved?
      • What does the group value most?
      • What are the goals of the group?
    • What’s out of sync?
      • Based on your answers, in what ways might your approach rub the wrong way?- List 3 things.
    • Pick one of your out-of-office sync items and find a small way to lessen the burn.

Feeling defensive: Image possiblity

  • We’re so intent on keeping the bad things at bay that we can’t make room for any good stuff. Time to start dreaming about what if, and how it can come true.
    • What if I looked for a new way of doing it?
    • What if I let someone help?
    • What if I expected the best?
    • What if I expected something different?

Feeling detached: Empathize with the “enemy.”

  • Weve distanced ourselves, and now it feels like we’re on opposite sides. “It’s a belief issue”. “When one person actively does not believe in how and what the team is doing, it’s quite toxic.” And that goes for personal relationships, too. Here’s the antidote.
    • When you’re feeling wronged or misunderstood, tell the story of what happened from the oher person’s perspective. Think about who they are, their past experience, what they know about you, what your behavior looks like to them. This exercise in emapthy should reveal ways you can better collaborate. 

Feeling deluged: Get off the wheel 

  • Whether we saw it coming or not, were chasing a growing list of responsibilities. Here’s how to get a sense of control. 
    • First reconsider:
      • What is my expectation?
      • What do I keep telling myself that keeps me overwhelmed?
      • What would be realistic?
      • What can I get rid of or put off?
      • What’s missing?
    • Then, readjust
      • Let people know the situation. They may help out to sympathize.
      • Take time out to organize. Categorize tasks, break them down, create a game plan.
      • Do one thing at a time.
      • Focus on what you’re doing, not what isn’t done. Track your accomplishments and let others know.

“Keep going, this is your true calling”

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Food Friday: Creamy Raw, Brazil Nut Milk

“What’s on your plate?”

Brazil nuts are commonly eaten raw or blanched and are high in protein, fiber, selenium, thiamine, copper and magnesium — and in addition to being the best selenium food source in the world, they provide numerous benefits for our health. Brazil nuts improve your sexual performance, protect against cancer, and boost your metabolism.

Brazil nuts are the densest food source of bioavailable selenium. Selenium is an antioxidant that plays many important roles in our body. It helps with thyroid, vitamin E and C function. Selenium boosts testosterone levels and improves sperm production and motility in men and protects woman from breat cancer. It also fortifies the immune system to protect against bacterial and viral infections.

Ingredients:

1 cup Brazil nuts (over night soaked)

4 cups water

4 pittes dates

1 pinch pink Himalayan sea salt

1 tsp vanilla abstract (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend them till totally smooth.
  2. Lay a double layer of cheesecloth or a nut milk bag over the mouth it a large Mason jar or another large container into which you can start the liquid. Hold the cheesecloth or nut milk bag in place with a rubber band by slipping the rubber band over the cloth, and around the mouth of the container.
  3. Pour the nut milk through the cheesecloth or nut milk bag, and into the container. You may need to work in batches. Allow it to strain for 1-2 hours. You can compost or save the Brazil Nut pulp, or discard it. Transfer the nut milk to an airtight container. It will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days. 

And that’s it.

“Health is wealth”

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