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The Sacred Art of Journaling

Journal writing is a powerful and sacred self-improvement tool. When one picks up a pen to do journal writing, what is written on the page comes straight from the mind and heart without being tampered with. There is nothing like seeing your words come to life on a page. When you do journaling, you get a realistic view of what really lies within you, what your thoughts are and how you feel.

I believe everyone should have a safe place to express themselves without judgement or ridicule and journaling is the perfect way to do so. Within a private journal, you have a trusted confidante. It is up to you to keep the journal in a safe place.

Journaling can be fun and you can express your creativity and individuality by selecting the perfect journal for you. It does not have to fancy or expensive, just one that feels good for you. The right journal should speak out to you and you will know it when you see it. The design and texture of the journal should not only reflect who you are but also should give you immense pleasure when holding it and in return writing in it. This makes a big difference in how often you will use it. For it to be effective, you do have to use it regularly.

The act of writing your thoughts down on paper, gives them legitimacy. It is a great time to really get to know yourself and take your hopes, dreams, and wants seriously. Journaling has been known to heal broken hearts, help with bereavements, achieve goals, and has been a great source of strength for people undergoing certain changes. You do not have to feel obligated to write every day, but it is a good idea to try even if it is just a short paragraph or two.

Why not get started on your journaling journey today by starting a journal of your own. Do you journal already? If so how often and how has journaling helped you thus far? I would love to hear your journey.

Holistic Mind

What We Can Learn From Super Happy People

Do you know a person who always seems happy and positive about life and everything in general? They never seem to have a problem and seem to be able to deal with things in life with composure and grace. Do you wish you were more like them? Do you find them annoying? Or do you wish you were able to deal with your life circumstances like they do?

Even if things are going wrong, these people have a way of seeing life as being “glass half full” and find something positive to focus on. This way of viewing life is natural for some people, but for the majority of people who use this approach to life, it is a learned response. It results from making an intention to look at the positive and not to dwell on the negative and then practising doing this.

Sounds easy when it’s on paper, but in the reality of life, it’s usually not. So, how do people learn to focus on the glass-half-full and not the half-empty and remain positive? It’s not easy to be thankful when faced with difficult circumstances. However, practising gratitude can help us deal with all but the most difficult experiences we may face in our lives. It is the key to the optimism that we see in the positive person we admire so much.

I am a strong believer in balance. It’s not all roses all the time and we have to take the rough with the smooth. Experience the good and the bad, that’s what makes us who we are, but what can we learn from these super happy people?
When we complain all the time, we can quickly lose our perspective.
Half-full glass thinking seeks to clarify a situation before complaining about it. It asks whether a complaint will make the situation better or worse and if it will help to resolve the issue. In most cases, the answer to both these questions is no! On those occasions where it is justified, then we should do something about it. A clear perspective on the situation can help us to resolve an otherwise irresolvable problem. Maintaining an attitude of gratitude helps us maintain a positive perspective on most things that happen in our life. It helps to keep the glass half-full even in the most difficult of circumstances.

Things we can learn from positive people.

Take a deep breath, all is not lost.
Get a clear understanding of the situation before complaining or making a judgement.
Practice gratitude and give thanks for what you have
SMILE!

Holistic Living, Holistic Mind

Essential Oils to Clear Negative Vibes

Now as you all know, I am kind of obsessed with essential oils as of recently. How amazing they are, the great benefits they have, and all of that great stuff in-betweenEach day I am uncovering even more mixtures & blends that complement each other to aid me for different purposes. Yesterday was a pretty heavy and emotional day and when I awoke this morning, I wanted to start a fresh day, with a clean state of mind and fresh vibes. I thought to myself, I wonder what mix of essential oils would be great in my diffuser for clearing negative vibes? The first thing that popped into my head was Frankincense. I knew frankincense would be great, I remember as a child my grandmother would burn frankincense around the house anytime she wanted to clear any bad vibes. Then I thought Peppermint! Yep peppermint for its mental clarity and potent pick me up. I considered Rosemary for its cleansing and calming purposes but was unsure. I did some research on all three essential oils and discovered that all three were in-fact the perfect combination for the task at hand. See below for this simple essential oils diffuser blend.

Essential oils blend to clear negative vibes

Fill your essential oils diffuser with water to its suggested fill level & place the following essential oils within your diffuser.

  • 4 drops of Frankincense
  • 4 drops of Peppermint
  • 2 drops of Rosemary

*please note I use a 300ml essential oils diffuser. If you use a lower capacity diffuser, or you are new to essential oils, I would suggest using fewer drops of essential oils however, try to keep the ratio.*

 

Benefits of Frankincense essential oil:

Stress reliever, as well as it being great for the immune system, oral health, scars & anti-aging.

Benefits of Peppermint essential oil:

Improves mental focus, boosts energy, great for colds, sinuses,natural energiser,  provides support for many allergies, cleansing, menstrual pains as well as hair growth, improving indigestion, and many more.

Benefits of Rosemary essential oil:

Excellent brain & nerve tonic that can boost mental clarity, stimulates mental activity, stress relief, improves memory, anxiety relief. As well as many beauty benefits.

Sources for benefits of oils:

https://draxe.com

 

Holistic Body, Holistic Mind

Could I really do yoga?

I hear this question all the time. “Could I really do yoga?” “I’m not flexible enough.” “I have a bad back.” “I don’t think I have the patience.” And the answer is yes, yes and yes.

For beginners who are just starting to learn yoga, what really matters is perseverance and patience. It is the person’s attitude towards learning a new subject and the determination to see it through. Everything else will come naturally.

For yoga, there is no need to run out and get anything new to practice. Just some loose fitting clothes, a yoga mat, and a quiet practice place is enough to start with.

There is no right or wrong way to practice yoga, however yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach or about one or two hours after a full meal. It is important to use the bathroom, clean your nose and drink a glass of warm water 15 minutes before your start. (I mean nothing worse than finding a great yoga position and then realising you have to sneeze or go to the bathroom to pee right?) However, to avoid getting hungry during practice, grab something light such as fruit, or an energy bar and consume it one hour before you start.

Yoga is an exercise that does not require sports equipment or anything extravagant. It’s about you, your mind & the mat. It can be practiced virtually anywhere by people of all ages, shapes & sizes. It is advisable to practice in a quiet, clean and well ventilated place. A mat, blanket, or towel could be used to provide support or give comfort when doing lying or seated positions. Loose or stretchy clothing is important to give freedom to your body and not restrict any movement.

Similar to regular exercise, start with simple, easy poses to familiarize your body and prepare it for much difficult exercises later. Do not strain yourself. If there is any pain or fatigue, give yourself a break. Yoga is all about you, your pace, your practice. Try relaxing in between difficult exercises to give your body a rest. Yoga sessions can be done first thing in the morning to rejuvenate the mind and body. It is best done daily. Even as little as 15 minutes of practice and 15 minutes of breathing can contribute benefits.

Yoga session can be broken down to warm up exercises, standing poses, sitting poses, twists, spine and prone poses, inverted and balance poses, backbends and finishing poses.

More information can be obtained online or by joining a yoga studio. However it is important to keep in mind that the most important thing is the desire to expand self awareness and the attitude of persevering.

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Creating Positive Affirmations To Shape The Life You Desire

Positive affirmations have been used for many years as a great tool to rewire our subconscious mind from a state of negative thinking to positive. Developing a positive mindset is one of the most powerful strategies to turn your life around. Positive affirmations can help develop a powerful and positive attitude to life, which are essential elements in living a successful and healthy life.

Positive affirmations are essentially positive thoughts or statements about some outcome that you wish to see manifest in your life. The correct use of positive affirmations can help you to create a life that you desire. The daily repetition of these affirmations have the power to impress the subconscious mind and trigger it into positive action, thereby transforming your habits, behaviour, mental attitudes and reactions.

The very first thing you need to look at before creating your own personalised affirmations is to visualise your goal. Be specific and be sure to put in all the details – the outcome, the behaviours, attitudes and traits you would like to see yourself develop in order to get there. Visualisation is key – if you want a new car, put a picture of the car you want in a place you’ll see frequently during the day.

Make sure to only use positive words and phrases when creating your personal affirmations , for example if trying to lose weight, don’t use the phrases “I need to lose weight” or “I look fat”; instead say “I am slim”. Also, use the present tense because by doing so, you say things as if they are already true, and not as if you would like them to be true.

The sceptic in you could ask: can affirmations really make a difference in my life? Listen to what your inner voice is telling yourself day after day. Is it the voice of Mr. Negative or Mr. Positive? Few people are as optimistic or positive as they should be. If Mr. Negative is more dominant than Mr. Positive, positive affirmations could be the way to re-program your thinking and vanquish the negative patterns that have been holding you back from the success you hope to achieve.
Below are five simple ways to help you create your very own positive affirmations, to create the life you desire:

1.Visualise your intentions:
List down all that you are trying to create in your life – the outcome, the behaviours, attitudes, and traits you would like to see yourself develop to get there.
2. Create your statements:
Once you can visualise what you are aiming for, try to put that idea into simple statements that reflect the reality that you want to create. Use the present tense to create statements such that they seem already true, and not as if you would like them to be true.
3. Always use the positive:
When creating positive affirmations, make sure that they state things you would want to see and experience. Affirmations are powerful so ensure you are creating the results that you would like to see. Use positive words and phrases, for example, instead of saying “I don’t want to feel stress”, say “I’m feeling peace”. Using the negative words “don’t” or even “stress” could cause your brain to register the negative, rather than the positive intentions behind your affirmations.
Once you’ve created your own personal positive affirmations, find ways to introduce them into your daily life.
4. Repetition. Repetition. Repetition.
Set aside a special quiet time of the day to repeat your affirmations to yourself. Do this with clear intent, faith, and belief.
5. Write them down.
A good way to remind you of your personal affirmations is to write them on post-its that you place around the house in places where you’re likely to see them (fridge, bathroom mirror, etc.) Surround yourself with your affirmations and repeat them daily.

There you have it five simple steps to help you start creating positive affirmations for the life you desire. Happy manifesting!