Playing and Meditating with Mandalas

Playing and Meditating with Mandalas

Mandala with starsDo you think that coloring in is only for children?
Think again!

It can be very meditative and relaxing when we spend time to color in Mandalas.
Doing this is just for our own benefit and the outcome doesn’t matter. Nobody has to see it.
You don’t even have to keep the end result, the positive effects are in the process. Like with a lot of things in life.

Mandala – sanskrit for Circle – has been used since ancient times for self reflection, centering and relaxtion.

Looking at mandalas and coloring them in can be very therapeutic!
Be sure to take a break with the Mandala Medition in the You Tube video below.

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Empowering Questions help getting more Results we want

Internal KnowingTurning Affirmations into Empowering Questions

A way to engage our own powerful internal search engine we can ask ourselves questions.

The purpose of these questions is to focus on what we want and allow the answers and or evidence to present themselves.
This may happen immediatly or it may take more time.

Focusing on what we want is powerful in itself. Continue reading Empowering Questions help getting more Results we want

Feeling of Success when we keep a Promise to ourselves

Generating a Feeling of Success

Why do I keep a promise to myselfHave you made goals in the past and found that you got disillusioned because you just could not keep them?
Yes, I know, some people say ‘dream big’ or ‘reach for the stars’. This may work for some people.

We are all different and for those who may not fit into the above category it may work better to start with easy and small achievable adjustments.
When we experience success, no matter how small, we can build on it.
Keeping a promise to ourselves results in feeling that we ‘can do it’ and makes us want to do more.
We then feel more successful because of the sense of achievement!

Areas of Adjustments could be:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Exercising
  • Writing x-amount of posts a week
  • Weeding the garden
  • Answering emails
  • etc.

Start with an easy and small promise for just Seven Days. 

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Self Compassion A healthy way to deal with our feelings

Self Compassion

Self CompassionFeeling compassion for ourselves when we are experiencing difficult emotion may not be easy for everyone.

A lot of people attempt to avoid and deny their feelings of anxiety, anger or shame especially since these feelings seem ‘irrational’ at the time.

In the bookSelf-Compassion’ by Kristin Neff, PH.D. is a chapter called ‘Emotional Resilience’.
Wouldn’t it be nice if our parents and other caregivers would have been able to model and teach us how to be emotionally resilient?

The suggestion in this chapter is ‘to mindfully relate to our negative emotions by becoming aware how they feel in our body’ .

If we try to bury or avoid the feelings we don’t like they will continue.

K. Neff shares a research in which people were told not to think of white bear and then ring a bell if they did. The result was that “Bells pealed forth like it was Christmas time.”  Continue reading Self Compassion A healthy way to deal with our feelings

Unlimited Possibilities and Imagination

Unlimited Possibilities and Imagination

Sculpture by Janet EchelmanHow much do we allow ourselves to dream, to imagine?

What were the messages we received about art, crafts and other creative ventures?

Watch the video and see how Janet Echelman took her dreams and made them possible – big time!

Taking imagination seriously – Janet Echelman

What else is possible?

Tuning in and aligning with who we really are may help us to connect with our creativity.
The free downloadable meditation below may help with that.

Opening to Your True Identity Audio Meditation by Orin/Sanaya Roman

Photo Credit: Sculpture by Janet Echelman on Wikipedia

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What if Stress was good for us?

Love StressWe can see stress in a positive way.

Kelly McGonigal a health psychologist who used to alert people to the detriments of stress has re-assest the research around this.
What she has found out is that people who viewed stress in a positive way have not been negatively affected!

In the video below Kelly talks about a study that involve 30 000 adult over 8 years.

Some of the effect of stress, when we think positively about it are:

  • relax blood vessels
  • more oxygen
  • release oxytocin

Oxytocin is called the ‘love hormone’ or ‘cuddle hormone’.
It is a natural anti-inflammatory.
Shaking hands with someone for 6 seconds releases oxytocin. Continue reading What if Stress was good for us?

It is All done for Us

It's all done for meIt is all done ‘for us’!

What do you mean?

Have you ever heard people say ‘Why did you do this ‘to me’?’

Recently I learned from Panache Desai (link below) that instead of thinking that they have ‘done it to me’ I could look at it from a different perspective as in that ‘they have ‘done it for me’.

When we move from a victim consciousness where we believe that things are ‘done to us’ to a creator consciousness, our awareness changes to that it is ‘done for us’.

Everything that happens can be used as a spring-board for greater awareness. Continue reading It is All done for Us

Health Benefits of Coconut flour

Coconut flour has many Health Benefits

Coconut FlourCoconut flour can be used instead of any other flour.
It is very absorbent. If the recipe seems to dry add coconut oil.
The binding effect gluten has is substituted through eggs.

The book ‘Cooking with Coconut Flour’ by Bruce Fife, N.D. eleborates on why coconut flour is good for you and it has lots of recipes. Continue reading Health Benefits of Coconut flour

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