Top 3 Ways to Love Yourself This Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day!!

On Valentine’s Day, it’s so easy to get caught up in fear-based thinking. If you are single, you can get down on yourself for not being in a relationship and you start thinking that you aren’t good enough. No good! And if you are in a relationship, it’s easy to focus on the things that are wrong in the relationship because you put way too much pressure on your love to give you everything you need. Also no good!

Well, this year, I want you to think about how you can love yourself up. When you love yourself first, you are able to love that much more in your relationship, connect with others on a deeper level, and be more open to attract the love that you desire. The more you love yourself, the more love

Here are our top 3 ways to bring more self-love into your life:
• Treat Yourself To Something Nice. Buy yourself a dozen roses, cook yourself a beautiful meal, get a massage, draw a bath and simmer in some rose-scented bubbles for a few.
• Create a Love Yo’Self List. Make a list of everything you love about yourself. Include it all. You love your butt? Awesome. You love how great a listener you are? Amazing.
• Spend QT (Quality Time) With You. In order to love yourself more, you need to get to know yourself better. Spend some time with just you- journal, meditate, take yourself for a walk, go window shopping. Whatever it is, make a conscious connection with yourself and have fun!

I have seen the miracles that have occurred in my life once I truly started loving myself- my career blossomed, my relationships deepened, and health and happiness became a priority. Because I know the importance of self-love, I am so excited to share with you a webTV series where you will actually be able to see and discover fun ways to show yourself love. My friends Ali Leipzig and Natalie Berthold created The Self-Love Tour at http://www.selflovetour.tv http://www.selflovetour.tv and I know you will just love it because they are showing us how this journey of learning to love yourself can be FUN!

 

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Juice Up Your Health!

Getting proper nourishment is essential to having a healthy mind, body and spirit. The best way to get your greens and nutrients is by getting your juice on. Juicing is a quick and easy means to vitality. It takes less than 15 minutes to fill yourself up with what you need to be your best! Check out this green juice I made:

6 Leaves of Kale

4 Stalks of Celery

4 Green Apples

1 Cucumber

1/2 Lime

1/2 Inch of Ginger

 

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Spice Up Your Life With Tumeric

The Sanskrit word Ayurveda literally translates to mean “the knowledge for long life”. “Life” includes everything we experience: our physical state, relationships, social interactions, financial well-being, etc. As a philosophy, Ayurveda follows the principle that every aspect of our lives affects our well-being; health is wholeness, and wholeness is health.

It makes perfect sense! When we care for our bodies properly, we’re reminded to focus on wellness in every aspect of our lives – psychologically, spiritually, and professionally.

But in this high-speed world of ours, it’s easy to let our health fall by the wayside. Microwave dinners, fast food, and overloads of caffeine can clog up our systems and drain us of valuable energy. But I’ve recently discovered a handy little spice that can kickstart your natural detoxification systems, flush out all the gunk, and enhance your body’s natural wellness!

This bright yellow spice, Turmeric, is used in Chinese and Indian systems of medicine for its antioxidants and health-promoting properties.

Turmeric is packed full of curcumins, which are nifty anti-inflammatory agents that support your immune system, metabolism, skin health, digestion, circulation, natural detox systems & can even  lengthen your life.

I absolutely love the stuff. Here are a few of the benefits of Turmeric:

– It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, and can be used on cuts and burns.

– It has been known to reduce the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and melanoma.

– It is a natural liver detoxifier.

– In Chinese medicine, it has been used to treat depression.

– It’s an effective metabolism booster!

Drink it: I’ve tried Tumeric-Elixir, a vegan turmeric-based formula drink with anti-inflammatory properties. It’s absolutely delicious!

Cook with it: On the World’s Healthiest Foods page for turmeric, you’ll find plenty of scrumptious turmeric-based cooking tips and recipes.

Infusing your meals with turmeric won’t just increase your metabolism and aid your digestion – it opens the door to a higher state of wellness throughout your entire life!

So add a little spice to your life with turmeric!

 

Time is Precious

ImageI’ve had many days where I was sad, anxious and depressed. Sometimes my mind would be racing so much, it would be hard for me to sleep at night – and get out of bed in the morning.

There are countless things to worry about, figure out, and wonder about. And, my mind seemed to drift to those places quite easily.

For the past three months I have increased my meditation practice (I also practice yoga a few times a week). Both of these practices have the goal to still the fluctuations of the mind. And, it’s a lifelong practice. The mind will fluctuate, sometimes more than others. Through awareness we are able to see that this is a habit and learn to be more present to each experience.

Recently, I have a new found love, appreciation and reverence for life. I believe this is something I have always had and remember this type of gratitude as a kid. But as an adult, it was quite blocked by my anxious mind – the loud voices in my head. However, I have reconnected with this respect for my life.

I’ve decided, I don’t want to waste a day or even a moment being unhappy. I know my time is limited on this earth plane, and I want to live it to the fullest.

My meditation teacher often talks about “precious human life” and how lucky we are to simply be alive.

It is so easy to make life complicated, get distracted, compare ourselves to others and get lost in our minds. The simple practice of reminding myself of how precious my life is, allows me to let go of emotions that bring me down and begin to cultivate more love, joy and contentment into my day to day experience.

I don’t want to waste my time over thinking about what “could have,” “should have,” “didn’t,” “what if.., ” “might” or wishing this moment was different. I want to embrace all that I have and all that I am right now and experience it fully.

I got tired of letting my mind control me.

I find myself sleeping better, having more energy in the morning and throughout the day and eating healthier. My relationships are improving and overall I feel happiness.

It’s the best when someone says to me “you look smiley today.”

I don’t ignore my emotions, I feel them, acknowledge them and look at them. When obstacles or challenges arise, I allow myself to feel what I’m feeling and then I move on. I choose happiness by directing my attention to what really matters – and that is, we all have the same wish to be free from suffering and to be happy.

Time is not to be spent feeling anxious, scared or fearful. It is to be appreciated, valued and respected.

My time is precious and so is yours.

How to Change Your Negative Emotions

Trick or Treat

It’s Halloween. Put on a costume.  Wear a mask.

Pretend to be what you’re really not.  Make believe you are who you wish you could be.

But the real question to ponder is, what disguise do you secretly wear in your daily life?

Psychologist, Robin Reznick, Ph.D., says:  “We sometimes wear masks as our shield-to protect (and conceal) ourselves. Hiding behind our masks gets us through our day, however deceptively, because we conceal what we truly think, feel and want.”

Masks we wear don’t necessarily represent who we are, they just “mask” who we really are.

Our masks help us play different roles in life so that others will view us in more desirable ways – the responsible worker, the confident adult, the great lover, a trusting friend.

Halloween is the night where it’s acceptable to present yourself as someone else. It’s fun (and okay) to wear a mask.

But on an ordinary day, do people see you when they look at you?  Or is your mask perpetually on?

Let’s face it-everyone wears masks. But, cautions Dr. Reznick; “Don’t get too attached to yours.  Reveal who you really are.”

BOO!  It’s Spooky.

But, don’t be scared.  Let others know who you really are. The true you has nothing to fear.

In your everyday life, enjoy being you.

But, on Halloween, enjoy the fun of dressing up and being someone else.

Trick or Treat.