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Intent of the Day: Healing Naturally

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Do you know there is evidence of sunlight and whole foods being able to send breast cancer into remission? That is crazy amount of healing! As we explore eating and aligning our bodies, we naturally find ourselves learning more and more about what this earth has to offer in the way of remedies and preventative care. Whether it’s sunlight, essential oils, food, stretching, and everything in between, there is so much to learn about restoring and repairing the human body and much of it can be done naturally! So our intent is to do just that- to heal naturally.

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Alternatives to Antibiotics – Start with Nature

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By Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby

When it comes to killing germs, healing the body, and preventing future illness, you have two powerful “natural antibiotics” available to you without a prescription, no doctor’s appointment necessary, no cost, and no risk of dangerous pharmaceutical side effects. 

Can you guess what they are?  Plenty of sunshine and fresh air.  Does it sound too good to be true? 

These two alternatives to antibiotics are some of the oldest concepts in health and prevention of disease.  Florence Nightingale actively promoted them as an effective way to save her patients.  Her well documented measures of airing out sick wards, exposing patient rooms to sunlight, and many other changes in hygiene drastically improved how many of her patients lived! Continue reading

We Have a Problem: 7 Year Old Girl Sent Home by Racist School Policy

Two months ago 7 year old Tiana Parker was sent home from school because her hair cut was considered “distracting.” What was her haircut? Thin dreadlocks tied back in a bow. The Oklahoma public school that sent her home has a policy that says “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros and other faddish styles are unacceptable.” Really? Could they be any more blatantly racist? Afros are the natural style of many black women’s hair and you want to imply it’s distracting?

MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry decided to take up the cause on her show, especially after derogatory comments about black hair were made by “The Talk” co-host Sheryl Underwood (a black female herself) earlier in the week. Melissa addresses her segment to young Tiana, affirming that the little girl has nothing to be ashamed of – that her hair is not distracting but an homage to black heritage. Melissa names off several influential black artists and musicians who have also rocked dreadlocks – from Bob Marley to Whoopi Goldberg and more recently Willow Smith. She applauds Tiana’s parents for withdrawing her from that school and placing her somewhere where her natural beauty – her black beauty – is embraced. We applaud them as well.

This issue hits particularly close to home. As a child of interracial marriage (my dad is black, my mom white) my hair was often an issue of contention. I was born with a full head of it. My mother’s family has thick hair, especially for Anglicans, which combined with the kinky curls of my dad’s DNA lead to this:

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That’s me on the left, age 4. Diana Ross ain’t got nothing on this, y’all.

It only got thicker and more out of control from there. I was 15 before we decided to try relaxing my hair. I grew up in the south so having my white mom take me to a black hair salon to get a perm was always a level of complicated that would take a text book to explain. It cost $150 and took three and a half hours (did I mention my hair is really thick?) of me sitting in a chair with my scalp feeling like it was literally on fire. That painful tingle was the feeling of some magical concoction burning the ethnicity out of my hair. That went on once every 3-6 months for 7 years.

Why? Because I never felt pretty with my hair natural. I often make the comparison that my hair without a straightener looks like someone shoved my fingers into an electrical socket. All of the popular girls at school at stick straight shiny hair that they could wear down any time they liked. All the lead characters on my favorite tv shows were the same way – even the black characters had their hair shiny and straight instead of natural. All the weather has to do is think about drizzling and my hair becomes a seeing hazard for anyone walking behind me. Like Tiana’s school is trying to preach – I felt like I was a distraction.  Even now I prefer my hair straight over curly (though to be honest, that also has a lot to do with the fact it’s cooler temperature wise if it’s not all bunched up on my head).

It’s because the message given to Tiana, and all other little girls attending that school, isn’t a new one. For generations little black girls, and minorities all over, have been under pressure to “white-ify” themselves to fit the beauty ideals we are bombarded with on a daily basis. From simple hair treatments like relaxers and extensions to the extreme of skin bleaching treatments. It’s often insidious – the fact we see so few black females rocking natural hairstyles in mainstream media. It’s a subliminal campaign. But this – Tiana’s case? There’s nothing undercover about it. We are telling girls in primary school that their natural beauty isn’t good enough, that it’s a distraction, that it’s ugly. And that’s a problem.

So take a second before you put on your make-up today. Look in the mirror, just look, before you style your hair. Tiana Parker isn’t a distraction. She’s beautiful. So are you, right now – naked and natural and flawless. Own that. You have to because there are a generation of girls growing up who are being told differently and we have to show them the truth. That job starts with us. Let’s do better than this.

What to Do When Nature Calls

Surprised businesswoman with CoffeeMy last blog was about finding purpose, “5 Essential Questions to Lead You to Your Calling.” In this blog I want to address another calling — nature’s calling. And there is only one answer to that calling: When nature calls, we must honor it.

I was recently at a meeting with a young girlfriend. She’s a passionate entrepreneur, and I was introducing her to some investors for her new venture. The meeting lasted about an hour and a half, and it went very well. As we were leaving and going down the elevator to exit, my friend grabbed my arm, crossed her legs and in a panic said, “We have to find a bathroom right away because I am dying to pee.” I looked at her in amazement and asked her, “Why didn’t you go to the bathroom while we were in the meeting?” She responded, “Oh no, I wouldn’t do that. I didn’t want to interrupt the meeting.” We ran to find her a restroom at a restaurant next door and when she came out I said to her, “Here’s a piece of advice. Honor your bladder first, and if you do, you are going to be much more present in everything you do. It doesn’t matter where you are, what you are doing, how important the meeting is, who you are with. First and foremost you must honor nature’s calling.”

After speaking at an event recently, I had a similar experience. I was signing books and kept wanting to go to the bathroom, but there was a long line. So I kept going, and an hour later I turned to a girl who was helping me and said, “I MUST go to the bathroom,” and she said, “just go,” as if I needed permission for somebody to tell me it was okay to go. I ran to the bathroom, came back and everyone was of course still in line waiting for me. Since then I have spoken to many friends and they have all shared with me that they often too delay going to the bathroom not to interrupt whatever they are involved in. So it got me thinking: What is the issue?

If we do not listen to our basic needs, eat when we are hungry, sleep when we are tired, stretch when our body is tense, or drink water when we are thirsty, what other signals are we ignoring? What else in ourselves are we neglecting? Why do you think we do that? Could it be that we don’t want to appear normal, vulnerable, or human or that it may cause the wrong impression? Or do we think our meetings are more important than our physical well-being?

Our basic needs to go to the bathroom, to eat and to sleep are completely natural urges, and if we suppress them for the sake of what we consider social correctness, we are paying a price.

It is interesting that Michael Bloomberg, during his radio show this week, stated as one of the keys to success, “Take the fewest vacations and the least time away from the desk to go to the bathroom or have lunch.” I say the opposite. Take as many bathroom breaks as you need, recharge in every way you can and return to work renewed and full of energy instead of dragging yourself, and I promise you you are going to be way more productive and, yes, even more successful. Dear Mr. Mayor: When it comes to the question to pee or not to pee, there is no question. Make the time. Interrupt the meeting. Excuse yourself. Visit the closest bathroom.

Do women do this more often than men and why? You must all have a story or two. Would you share it with us?

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Do We Have a Living Relationship to the Universe?

Is there a living connection between us and the Universe? In this episode of “Ask Deepak” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra discusses this question from both an ancient and a contemporary perspective. The rhythms and movement of the planets is mirrored in the rhythms of nature, as well as those within our own bodies. We are, indeed, the totality of the Universe, in motion.

Because our own existence on Earth mirrors the larger nature of the Universe, we not only have a relationship with our cosmic home, but we are an essential part of it. Just as the planets move through space and energy recycles throughout the Universe, our own lives follow cyclic patterns and exhibit creative impulses. In a sense, we are the Universe, and the Universe is in us.

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The Glory of Vinegar! 13 Innovative Ways To Use Vinegar In Your Home

When we’re good to our environment, we’re good to ourselves. We don’t need all those chemicals in the cleaning products we buy, at often a mighty high price, and the environment doesn’t need them either. Because of its acidity, white distilled vinegar is super-effective at killing most mold, bacteria and germs, and it’s eco-friendly. Here are some suggestions how to use vinegar to clean your home:

-Shine chrome and remove lime buildup by making a paste of 2 Tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar.

-For a natural scouring cleanser, mix ¼ cup baking soda with 1 Tablespoon liquid detergent and just enough white vinegar to give it a thick and creamy texture.

-Make your own window cleaner with ½ cup ammonia, 2 cup white vinegar and 2 Tablespoons cornstarch in a gallon of water.

-Deodorize a garbage disposal by pouring in ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup hot white vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes, then run hot water down the disposal.

-Mix ½ cup white vinegar with ½ cup water in a microwave safe bowl, put in the microwave and let it boil to clean baked-on foods and remove odors. Wipe clean.

-Mix equal parts water and white vinegar into a solution to clean the refrigerator inside and out.

-Mix equal parts of salt or baking soda with white vinegar to scrub away stains from coffee and teacups, then rinse clean.

-Polish brass and copper with a mix of 2 Tablespoons ketchup and 1 Tablespoon white vinegar. Rub it on with a clean cloth until dry and shiny.

-Soak a sponge in white vinegar to wipe grease off of exhaust fans.

-Clean grout with full strength white vinegar and a toothbrush.

-Kill germs by spraying full-strength white vinegar on doorknobs and then wipe dry.

-Clean your BBQ grill by spraying white vinegar on it and then scrubbing with wadded up aluminum foil.

-Clean off stickers, decals, or sticky stuff with a cloth dipped in white vinegar.

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The Glory of Vinegar!

When we’re good to our environment, we’re good to ourselves. We don’t need all those chemicals in the cleaning products we buy, at often a mighty high price, and the environment doesn’t need them either. Because of its acidity, white distilled vinegar is super-effective at killing most mold, bacteria and germs, and it’s eco-friendly. Here are some suggestions how to use vinegar to clean your home:


-Shine chrome and remove lime buildup by making a paste of 2 Tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar.

-For a natural scouring cleanser, mix ¼ cup baking soda with 1 Tablespoon liquid detergent and just enough white vinegar to give it a thick and creamy texture.

-Make your own window cleaner with ½ cup ammonia, 2 cup white vinegar and 2 Tablespoons cornstarch in a gallon of water.

-Deodorize a garbage disposal by pouring in ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup hot white vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes, then run hot water down the disposal.

-Mix ½ cup white vinegar with ½ cup water in a microwave safe bowl, put in the microwave and let it boil to clean baked-on foods and remove odors. Wipe clean.

-Mix equal parts water and white vinegar into a solution to clean the refrigerator inside and out.

-Mix equal parts of salt or baking soda with white vinegar to scrub away stains from coffee and teacups, then rinse clean.

-Polish brass and copper with a mix of 2 Tablespoons ketchup and 1 Tablespoon white vinegar. Rub it on with a clean cloth until dry and shiny.

-Soak a sponge in white vinegar to wipe grease off of exhaust fans.

-Clean grout with full strength white vinegar and a toothbrush.

-Kill germs by spraying full-strength white vinegar on doorknobs and then wipe dry.

-Clean your BBQ grill by spraying white vinegar on it and then scrubbing with wadded up aluminum foil.

-Clean off stickers, decals, or sticky stuff with a cloth dipped in white vinegar.

Valentines Day Vacation Spots

One can never outgrow the charm of Valentine’s Day. No matter what people say, it is a occasion to celebrate love. Add to it the fact that this year, it happens to fall on a long weekend with Friday, February 12 being Shivratri and a holiday for many. So pack your bags this Valentine’s Day and take a weekend break to one of these magical places in India, perfect for a romantic getaway.Valentine’s Day (February 14) is a great excuse to take a break from the daily grind and spend some quality time with that special someone. And with V-Day falling on a Sunday this year, it’s the perfect opportunity to skip town and head out. So we asked readers to send in their most romantic vacation spots that would make great V-Day getaways.

The Misty Hills of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
How much ever people try to dissuade you, do not listen. Shimla, about 370 km from Delhi, is the eternal favourite honeymoon spot in North India and for good reason too. The nip in the air, the misty skies, the breathtaking views and evening walks on the Mall road make it the perfect romantic location.Must-do: Walk hand in hand with your beloved while devouring a softy ice cream from the famous stall near the church. The toy train from Kalka to Shimla is also a must do.

Where to stay: Unless you want to go the luxury way and stay at the Oberoi, be adventurous and walk down the mall towards a campsite called Potters Hill. The Swiss Tents are comfortable and the location in the middle of the pine forest perfect.

 
Marvelous Matheran, Maharashtra
Leave the hustle bustle of city life behind and lose yourself in this tiny hillock called Matheran, about 108 km away from Mumbai.The only hill station where there is no vehicular traffic allowed, spend leisurely afternoons taking pony rides or treks along the unused railway track.Matheran is delightfully accessible from Mumbai and Pune by local trains that don’t need prior booking.

Must-do: Take a walk along the lanes that wind their way through the forests, buy a guava from the stall on the way and hear the birds twitter.

Where to stay: Maharashtra Tourism has excellent cottages at throwaway prices.

Gopalpur-on-Sea, Orissa
It may sound like a description but Gopalpur-on-Sea is actually the name of this sleepy town located about 180 km from Bhubaneshwar in Orissa.Once a busy sea port, it is now a quaint and quiet beach side town. There is a lighthouse for some sightseeing but besides that, there is just the sand, the sea and you. Perfect for a quiet romantic weekend vacation packages .The waters of the sea here are a pleasurable deep blue which is rare to find in the ever crowded Goa.

Must-do: Walk barefoot in the sand and watch the sun go down on the sea.

Where to stay: Swosti Palm Resort is a nice and clean but affordable stay option here.

The Spice Route through Kerala
One would never think of Kerala as a weekend vacation. But if you happen to be in that part of the country, this is the perfect answer to your Valentine’s Day plans.What could be more romantic than a cruise in a houseboat down the backwaters at Alleppey and fresh prawns for dinner!Plan a 2-day trip to Cochin and go down to Alleppey (2 hours away) for a day’s cruise.Must-do: Visit the Mattancherry Antique market in Cochin and pick up a 200 year old souvenir to remember your trip.

Where to stay: Book the houseboat for the night and return to Cochin the next day.

The epitome of Love – Taj Mahal, Agra
It would be sacrilege to talk of romance and not mention the monument of Eternal Love, the Taj Mahal in Agra, about 203 km away from Delhi.As hyped that the monument may be, a visit to the Taj will convince you that it still remains magical in its power to amaze.Club a visit to the Taj with a tour of the magnificent Agra fort and you are in for a treat. Immerse yourself in the romance of years gone by and rediscover each other.

Must-do: When you visit the monuments, do make sure you hire a guide. They may charge an extra Rs.50 but they will help you appreciate the beauty much more than you otherwise would.

Where to stay: There are plenty of 5 star options in Agra, the best of which is the Jaypee Palace.

Seeped in history – Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
This may not be an obvious choice but it is merely a lack of marketing and not of potential. Madhya Pradesh remains one of our most unexplored jewels and Orchha may just be the crowning gem.A town seeped in history and culture, Orchha, about 170 km away from Khajuraho, is a historian’s dream.You don’t necessarily need to appreciate architecture to pay this town a visit though. The quiet little town on the banks of the Betwa river is as romantic as it gets. Orchha is best reached by taking a train to Jhansi (16 km away).

Must-do: Watch the sunset over the river.

Where to stay: Book the Orchha Resort and stay in the Swiss Tents instead of the rooms. You will have your morning tea literally in the lap of the ruins.

Coorg (Kodagu), Karnataka
Referred to as the Scotland of India, nestled between teakwood and sandalwood forests, Coorg is beauty that must be experienced.A popular destination yet so abundant in natural beauty that it seems untouched. The region is known for its stunning scenic beauty and undulating coffee plantations.A comfortable drive from Bangalore (252 km)/ Mangalore (135 km), Coorg is the perfect Valentine’s Day weekend if you live in these cities.

Must-do: The Abbey Falls, near the main town of Madikeri can be reached by hiking through the cardamom and coffee plantations.

Where to stay: The best part about Coorg is to stay in the midst of the plantations. For a luxury option, the best recommended is Orange County. But if you want to save the dough, experience Coorg by staying in one of the homestays like Ashraya Homestay or the Palace Estate Homestay.

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Though Udaipur is rumoured to be the romantic capital of India, take a cue, bypass the city and plan a trip to Jaisalmer instead.There are few things more romantic than endless sand dunes till the eye can see, villagers dressed in the colours of the rainbow and a camel ride watching the sun go down.All this and more, only at Jaisalmer the desert capital of India Tours.

Must-do: Take a guided tour through the ancient fort of Jaisalmer, once an important stop on the trade route between India and Persia and Egypt.

Where to stay: Fort Pokaran has fabulous location and completes the Rajasthani experience. For a more budget option, stay at the lovely Hotl Fifu. Despite the strange sounding name, the hotel is well located and has tasteful rooms.

Getaway: Lansdowne, Uttarakhand
If there is heaven on Earth, it is here. Lansdowne offers majestic beauty, serene surroundings and lovely atmosphere, perfect for a couple to share their best moments with each other. It truly is one of the most romantic getaways for special occasions.

Sights: St Mary’s Church and Tip-n-Top are two of the most reknowned tourist attractions. Though Lansdowne also boasts of a quiet lake where you can find swans and ducks swimming around.

Eats: There isn’t much to offer as regards Lansdowne in terms of eateries. Almost all the hotels provide good food included in the package of your stay there. Though the ultimate fun is cooking your own food on a fireplace.

Shopping: Lansdowne has shops operated by the Garhwal Rifles from where you can buy cheap leather goods and other winter accessories like bags and boots.

How to get there: Lansdowne is about 250 km from Delhi. It is roughly a six-hour drive. The highway till Kotdwar is good. After that, for the last 40 km, the hilly terrain is really enjoyable with pines and cedars on both sides of the road.

 

Amid mountain mists
Getaway: Amboli, Maharastra

A great weekend destination worth visting.

Sights: If you like silence, if you like nature, Amboli is for you. The best thing about this place is that unlike other hill stations, this one is not yet commercialised, hence Amboli offers you natural beauty. Amboli is highly recommended if you like to spend some time in peace and would like to relax in nature. Amboli has not much to offer in terms of entertainment, but it’s a real paradise for nature lovers. Some facts about Amboli: receives the highest rainfall in Maharastra; has the largest green cover; is home to around 30 species of animals, around 129 species of birds and over 350 species of medicinal plants; is a great location for adventure tourism; has cool and pleasant pollutuion-free climate round the year.

Eats: Vegetarian food at Vithal Kamat. We were there for lunch and the only option available was Veg Thali. We asked for some other options but they had none so we had to go for the thali. They charge around Rs 35 per thali. The food was simple and good with great dessert. It is on the main road, near Sunset Point.

Green Valley Resort: This resort has an in-house restaurant. The menu offers a wide choice of veg and non-veg food(including Chinese). This restaurant has no bar. Though I tried only the veg food here, I am sure they serve good non-veg food also. Prices seemed to be on the higher side. Service was good.

Shopping: The small Amboli market has nothing much to offer except for some local masalas at Narvekar (opposite Sailee Hotel).

Sights: If you are not travelling by your own vehicle, you can hire an auto (Rs 400) or a taxi (Rs 700). It takes around 4- 41/2 hours to cover the 5-6 spots. The siteseeing locations are Hiranyakeshi Temple (a small temple where the river Hiranyakeshi originates, a beautiful location but the approach road to the location is pathetic, it is around 4 km from the Green Valley Resort); Kavalesaad Point (beautiful location with awesome views; if fogs allow, you can see the beauty of the Sahyadri range from this location; it is around 9 km form the Green Valley Resort on the highway towards Belgaum; here too the approach road is quite bad); other locations to be covered are Madhav Ghad, Raghaweshwar (Maruti Mandir) and Nagarthas Falls. The last one is the waterfall ahead of Sunset Point. Make sure you are ready to get yourself totally drenched in this beautiful waterfall. It is located 3 km away, at the Sawantwadi-Belgaum road. Thirty minutes in this fall will make you feel awesome. Have a cutting chai with some hot pakoras while you are wet, I bet you will love it.From Belgaum, Amboli is about 68 km which is covered in two hours. You can either take the NWKRTC or the MSRTC bus heading towards Sawantwadi at the main bus station. Fare is about Rs 45.Please make sure to make advance reservations if going on a weekend.

Tucked away in peaceful hills

Getaway: Writers Hill, Himachal Pradesh

Description: Romantic and peaceful

Sights: Renuka lake, zoo, campfire

Shopping: Local antiques, small carvings

Activities: Visit to Renuka Lake and Zoo, picnic by the river, fishing, trek to Churdhar.

How to get there: Writers Hill is 220 km from Delhi. Take a right turn from Ambala flyover and go upto Nahan. Writers Hill is 20 km drive from Nahan.

Accommodation:

There are three cottages with a central kitchen. Two of the cottages have a study attached and each of the cottage looks into the Jalal river valley. The mountain in front gives you a breathtaking view. With all the cottages having bay windows, it’s an unrestricted view.The cottages are large, airy and offer a simple yet very comfortable stay.Each study has a collection of books both fiction and non-fiction and in the days to come the collection will only increase and improve.

Korres Night Cream – Do Your Skin a Favor at Night with Oak and Quercetin!

The most obvious choice for my recent sojourn to the Nevada Desert was of course the Korres Night Cream with Quercetin and Oak Age Reversing Night Cream.  Though my experimentation went beyond a night treatment.  I used it at night after a long day of riding to refresh my parched skin and again in the morning to protect against the ravages of the day.  It really had its work cut out for it as these are pretty harsh conditions and moisturizing potential was at its zenith.  Every day I tapped into my little pot of Quercetin, Oak Extract, Mourera Fluviatilis, Myrtle Active Extract, Amaranth Lipids, Jojoba, Grape and Pomegranate oil infused moisturizer and set out to see what it would do. 
 
First off I must say this is an intensely moisturizing cream and really puts the moisture back in your skin.  You can feel it instantly quenching dry skin and plumping your dermis.  It’s a nice feeling and one I look forward to at night!  During the morning hours I noticed a softening of the fine lines I have around my eyes and the deeper one’s that appear next to my nose.  The best part is I didn’t wake up with a morning oil slick.  I know this is a face cream but I figured why stop there and I made sure to always hit my neck and decollette’.  There wasn’t a marked change in the rings I have in my neck (which I hate!) but I didn’t expect it to because I think it will take an act of God, Congress AND Oprah to remove those buggers.  But it is incredibly softening on my chest and does smooth the skin in that area.  All in all I liked it a lot and would recommend this to ladies 30 and up for extra moisturizing, anti-age and anti-wrinkle properties. 
 
Korres is no slouch in the skincare department.  Direct from their website they were established in 1996, out of Greece’s oldest homeopathic pharmacy, KORRES today offers advanced natural formulations that deliver maximum results. The active natural extracts used in the formulas ensure enhanced product performance, bringing you clinically proven, advanced skincare benefits, while also avoiding harmful synthetic compounds, to ensure maximum skin compatibility and environmentally- conscious products.  I’m often drawn to their products in Sephora and the best part is, if you ask, they ALWAYS give you a generous sample to try.  There is LOTS in this line to try, and I know that my friends all LOVE their pomegranate products so I’m confident to say that the Korres Night Cream with Quercetin and Oak Age Reversing Night Cream stacks up well with those beloved products. 
 
Take good care of your skin with a good night cream that will replenish the ravages of the day. Your skin will thank you!  Thank you to www.megsmakeup.com for sending me such a great product to try out and give an HONEST review!

 

Is it Bliss or Blast from the Past? Influencing Endorphin Response

You know that feeling of when you are first falling in love, those feelings of being so alive, of bliss and pleasure? We all have a memory or two of these experiences.You can thank your endorphins for bonding you to those memories because they have an important role to play in how that experience was stored and recalled. 

   Endorphins also get stimulated in traumatic and painful experiences because they play an equally important role in creating relief from pain, stress, anxiety and depression. As your body’s natural pain killer, they are a hundred times more powerful than morphine!

   Where there’s repeated stress or violence experiences, endorphin production can become a way to re-experience a pain-relief “high.” For example, children who have seen or experienced violence over time, may become addicted to reactivating violence and pain as a way to get their needs met for pain relief with endorphin’s powerful effect as a pain killer!

  This can manifest as a repetitive cycle in later stages of life showing up in chaotic, overdependent, or abusive relationships, addiction, gambling, violence, overspending and even eating diso rders. The power of these biochemicals impact how you perceive your environment, navigate through change and this in turn, affects which endorphins get activated. It’s important to take a look at the ways memories are being activated through self-talk, coping mechanisms, and relationship.  Is it bliss or the blast from the past of painful or traumatic experience? Being on the gerbil wheel of overwork, activity, chaotic relationships,or need for exposure to danger or challenge can be a telling indication that you are bonded to stress endorphin experiences. Depression, low self esteem or the feeling of pessimism can also be an indication of being excessively bonded to pain relief endorphins. The quality of life energy available to meet challenges, handle change and to be able to face and see what is necessary to take action in the present is dependent on how much you are able to access positive endorphin response.

   Activate the bliss experience endorphins and you positively impact the function of your body’s nervous and immune systems in a way that promotes a sense of well-being.  Continually activate the stress endorphins and you begin to deplete your body’s nervous and immune systems resulting in a loss of life energy or illness. Unresolved earlier conflict can be resolved through conscious awareness and positive action. The good news is that there are  many natural and easy ways to empower positive endorphin response besides love at first sight!

The following activities can empower your positive endorphin bonding in the present:

  1) Natural Calming endorphin responses can be experienced by spending time in nature, creating beauty, or reading beautiful passages. Nurturing touch such as massage or snuggling creates natural endorphin response, as well as smiling, cooking or eating nourishing whole food, a hot bath with aromatherapy like lavender, rose, sandalwood or Ylang Ylang, relaxation, sleep, gentle music, or finding something that makes you laugh. Give yourself some downtime when you feel you are over your head. A few minutes of inner care and  appreciation can make a world of difference in your day.

 2) Natural energizing endorphin response can be experienced by running, skiing, surfing, bicycling,fast walking, dancing, deep and relaxed breathing, swimming,spending time with friends, spending quality time with your significant other, volunteering for a cause of your choice, and resonating with a sense of achievement and accomplishment. You can impact how you see the world and how you feel in each moment. When you’re feeling stressed, exhausted, or facing a new challenging situation, take a moment to check in with yourself. Integrate some of the above activities into your schedule daily or weekly. Make them a priority to add to your positive memory bank.

3) You can also use an empowering/happy memory when you need support in the moment. The Empowering Memory Modality from Resonance Repatterning® is a wonderful way to  create an anchor you can use in times of new challenges or stress. Use the following  recorded energetic healing modality to create a positive endorphin bonding memory: http://twaud.io/lW    Please leave comments or retweet!

 

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Kimberly Rex, MS is a Certified Resonance Repatterning and Person-Centered Expressive Therapist who works with people of all ages to release issues  and update your memory bank from the past to create new possibilities for the present and future. Empower your life!  Like this article? Sign up for monthly newsletter to continue the journey here: http://www.windowstotheheart.net/news_signup_form.php

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