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Mindful Abundance

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Last week in Virginia, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of female solo entrepreneurs about mindful abundance. To some, mindful abundance may seem like an oxymoron; however, if you are self- employed chances are thoughts of abundance often cross your radar. And as an independent contractor, there is a strong likelihood that you’ve made some significant financial sacrifices along your journey. And I understand that kindness underlies all that you do. However, financial pressure is very real, and the body tends to swarm with stress at the mere mention of scarcity. And not addressing issues of wealth means you continue to live in fear, so, in order to be in on the flow of abundance, I suggest that you strengthen your prosperity portal.

I believe often the problem is not that you lack the ability to generate a particular income, but the struggle comes in how you support your portal to abundance. To embrace wealth means that you not only care about money, but you attend to its energy. Money is not a dirty word. Let me repeat: money is not a dirty word. Look at how you greet the word “money”: Do you blush? Does your heart skip a beat? Do you sigh? My point here is that if you pay attention to how you engage with money, you will begin to recognize why you may be signing over abundance to others. When you avoid the language and energy of finances, this blocks you from prosperity because you are engaging with fear. Continue reading

How to Find Happiness, Even When You’re Broke

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How do you define rich?

People often equate more money with more happiness, higher status, or increased security. Losing a job or not getting an expected promotion leaves many in a state of despair and weighed down by a feeling of lack.

A recent study found that how we define wealth is often dependent on our age, income, and occupation. Where we live in the world and our socioeconomic status can play a large part in how we define wealth and happiness.

Here in America we live in a society that perpetuates the more-is-better mentality. When we lose what we have or can’t maintain a certain standard of living, we tend to feel inadequate.

Analyzing our personal motives for the job we’re in, the path we’re pursuing, the things we buy, and the things we want can prove very revealing.

Are we trying to present a certain image, live up to a certain societal standard, or accumulate as much financial security as possible? How much money would it take to make us happy, secure, or content?

The bigger question is less why we put so much importance on having money and more What would we do if we lost it all?

It may be a hypothetical question to many of us, but for a large portion of the population it’s become a reality.

Homelessness and unemployment are realities affecting many. Losing a job is one of the major causes of depression and increases the risk for suicide.

Unemployment is a major challenge. It often requires changes in lifestyle, expectations, and rips off a label we’ve identified with for years.

This breaking down of what we have or what we know is an opportunity to break through.

There is now an empty space or void where there once was a job or a title. How we choose to fill that space mentally, physically, and energetically can make the difference between a happy or discontent state of being.

Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist Victor Frankl revealed the importance of finding meaning in life in his book Man’s Search for Meaning. His experience as an inmate in a concentration camp proved to be more than just an exercise in finding meaning in loss. His experience was one of finding meaning in an unimaginably horrific situation.

There is sobering truth in his famous quote:

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

The freedom he offers is dependent on responsibility. Taking responsibility for one’s own attitude and outlook.

To that end, when we look at our losses or life changes as beginnings, as opportunities, and find nuggets of meaning in the smallest details of life, we find the search becomes less external and more internal.

As Frankl says, “When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”

Contentment is an internal state. It is not dependent on what we have or don’t have. While what we have can affect our superficial level of happiness, true contentment stems from a deeper state of acceptance, gratitude, and acknowledgement of our true value.

When I start to feel discontent or dissatisfied with what I have or superior or inferior to another human being, I bring myself back to reality by what I call the Emergency Room Equalizer.

When someone is taken to an emergency room in a life-or-death situation, no one asks for their job title or pay stub. Their clothes don’t matter, their money doesn’t matter, their education doesn’t matter.

The only thing that matters is their life. Keeping them alive.

We are all in an emergency room of sorts. We’ve got 80 or 90 years to live, and that’s not long. There is nothing more valuable than our lives and nothing more equalizing.

True prosperity comes from appreciating the quality of our life more than striving for quantity in our life. Most of us have our health, our families, and many years ahead of us. All of us have the breath in our lungs and the clothes on our back.

When we choose to find the meaning and see the value in our lives, we find that even when we are poor, we are rich. We can live full and fulfilling lives with very little.

Even if we haven’t lost our jobs, when we make efforts to simplify our lives we often find more contentment, less distraction, and a deeper sense of well-being.

Practices that bring us back to the home of our bodies and the true essence of who we are, such as yoga and meditation, are powerful tools for stepping into our present circumstances with an open mind. Below I share a link to author Shakti Gawain’s discussion on Creating True Prosperity, hosted on the conscious media platform of Gaiam TV, where she highlights the distinction between inner and outer prosperity.

A sense of contentment with what we have often opens the door to finding joy in the simplest aspects of life, regardless of how much or how little we have.

When we’re faced with limited resources, difficult circumstances, or the loss of a job, may we echo the words of American artist Henry Miller:

“I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.”

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418_CreatingTrueProsperityClick here to watch Creating True Prosperity

If money is the key to prosperity then material possession is the currency. Many people see prosperity as the acquisition of security, status, and wealth, which seem to equal admiration, freedom, and leisure. But money doesn’t always work the way that we think.

We sometimes forget that having a lot more doesn’t necessarily mean we struggle less. True prosperity comes from realizing and engaging what matters in life, not from accumulating things or building walls or images around us. Join Shakti Gawain in this fascinating and enlightening weigh-in between inner prosperity and material prosperity.

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How do you find happiness, even in the wake of financial hardship? Please share your comments below.

 

Prosperity Meditation

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Sat Nam my friends! I am so proud to share that yesterday I graduated from level one Golden Bridge Kundalini teacher training. Yogi Bhajan said, “If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it.” So it is with great pleasure that I share these tools with you!

Today’s vlog is one of many Kundalini meditation videos that I’ll be sharing. In this video I teach the meditation for prosperity. This meditation is said to expand your electromagnetic field which enhances your attracting power. In addition, in Kundalini Yoga this meditation is believed to stimulate the mind, the moon center and Jupiter. When Jupiter and the moon come together there is no way you cannot create wealth! When you practice the meditation in this video chant along with the Har Tantric found below. If you have questions or thoughts about the meditation I welcome you to leave a comment below.

If you’d like to learn more Kundalini yoga and meditation from me join me for my May Group workshop entitled Bust Through the Blocks or join me June 28 – 30 for my annual Kripalu retreat.

Enjoy today’s vlog! Cheers to your abundance.

Practice this meditation to the Har Tantric mantra found here.

The Cosmic Trinity of Chinese Metaphysics

Cosmic Trinity of Chinese Metaphysics

There is something really important I want to share with you, because I believe it explains what controls our lives and how we can make better “life choices” for a smoother smarter path.

It’s called the Cosmic Trinity of Chinese Metaphysics and it is divided into three parts; EARTH LUCK, MAN LUCK, and HEAVEN LUCK.

Earth Luck is our Feng Shui and it controls one-third of the equation. This means that the physical place we live and work is important. Either it supports us or it depletes us. Have you ever been to someone’s home or office and it doesn’t feel right? You can’t wait to leave? On the other hand, there are places you love and want to stay forever.

Man Luck is your freewill. These are the choices you make. It is also the magical candles, mystical objects and superstitions you believe in. It’s those coins tied with red strings or the hanging crystal. It is also your education and everything that requires you to take action. Man Luck is powerful because it controls one-third of our lives. Finally, there is

Heaven Luck or your astrology. It can be Western Astrology, or Chinese BaZi Astrology, or Vedic Astrology. All roads lead to Rome. This represents your parents and your destiny. It explains why you have certain talents and traits. Why your parents and siblings constantly get on your case about something you do that bugs them. It’s about your potential.

I want you to see how all three work together. If you live in a place that supports you and you’re proactive in making smart choices because you know your potential, you will be more successful because you have 99 percent of the equation. This insures that you have a greater chance of being happy, healthy, loved, and prosperous.

Have you experienced an imbalance in these three aspects of yourself? Have you focused on only one of these areas and seen success bloom because of it? Please share your experience in the comments.

The Invisible Dimension of Wealth

There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.”~ Douglas H. Everett

I was listening to a fabulous audio program called “The World’s Greatest Teachers” by Bill Harris today and was reminded of a powerful nugget of wisdom I want to share with you.

 

Bill was interviewing Mr Bob Sheinfeld a man who’s made and helped many entrepreneurs make millions.

He said our higher expanded selves are what is doing the dirty work, taking care of the “how’s”. This was the big secret to this one man’s amazing fortune. He attributed his success to the ability to “ask” his expanded self or the invisible field for what was needed whether it be for money, people, opportunities, etc instead of trying to do everything in the physical realm.

This is a very controversial topic, of course I am all ears, Bob learnt from his grandfather who was responisble for creating Men inc. a fortune 500 company that generates 11 billion per year in revenue…think you could learn a thing or two about wealth from this man? Can you say ca ching!

He said we all come in here with a great mission. And to the extent that we veer off path, is the same extent of pressure life puts us through to get back on track. We can make the journey easy and less painful if we are open to asking for help from the invisible realm because that is where the real effort comes from, not from us. We are but actors in a movie, we play a part but we aren’t the directors.

So I guess what I did in the woods today? You betcha, I surrendered and had a little chat with the Universe. I laid it all out there, what I was looking for, whom I wanted to meet and declared my willingness to receive it all.

Do you ever talk to that invisible realm?

Full Power to Your Success!

Vanessa Simpkins

 

 

 

Vanessa is the author of "From Bankrupt to $900 a Day Selling Mops. Rising Entrepreneurs: How to Mop up on Cash in Any Economy!" and teaches entrepreneurs how to develop an M.O.P a Mindset on Prosperity to mop up on cash with:)

Visit http://www.AmericasSalesAttractionCoach.com and receive and learn how to eliminate self sabotage once and for all with a free audio interview with Dr. Joe Vitale from "The Secret".

Get in the Flow! Clear the Clutter from your life to maifest all that you are wanting!

Clearing the clutter from our lives allows spiritual law to work for us in a faster and more efficient way! There are ways to open up the Flow in your life so that you can allow all that you desire to manifest for you.

My husband Pat and I were recently feeling some stagnation in our lives and we knew that we needed to make some changes. We had recently committed to understanding the laws of prosperity and really living them once and for all. We had played around in this, thought we knew it all, and then had the realization that we needed to really “get it” on a deep cellular level. We knew that true prosperity and abundance meant that we were not just prospered with money, but that it meant abundance in many areas such as health, relationships, and even fun. We also knew that we wanted to commit to our Spiritual lives in a much deeper way than we ever had before. Once and for all, we were truly dedicating our lives to sharing the wonder of living life knowing that we are of and surrounded by God-consciousness.

After making this commitment, we felt the strong urge to do some clearing. I am sharing this because I believe that it will greatly benefit you in bringing more of the good into your life as well. Here are the steps that we took to open up to our greater good.

1-We went through every object in our house, from everything stored in our basement to every nook and cranny in all of the closets. We let go of anything that we had not used in several years, anything that we did not need or want or that did not serve us. We sold a few things and gave a lot away. It felt wonderful to release these objects. We sent them off into the flow to be used by someone who could benefit from them. The result was so freeing! We felt our physical space open up, but the benefit was psychological as well. To release objects that you do not need is to open up the channels to allow in more of the new for you. It is a reminder to keep things in the flow, and to not wait for things to pile up and be stagnant before you take this clearing action.

2-We got our financial house in order. The most important part of this was our commitment to tithing 10% of our income to places where we receive our spiritual nourishment and that uplift humanity. We keep track of all the money that comes in and we make sure that 10% goes to Spirit, with gratitude and the acknowledgement that Spirit is the Source from which all prosperity originates. We also made sure that our books were in order and that we knew exactly where we were spending our money. It is very empowering to have an exact accounting of your financial status.

3-We reviewed any emotions and beliefs that were not serving us and let go of those too! We practically took a magnifying glass to our inner thoughts. Out with the old here too. We replaced our old thoughts and beliefs with new ones that were in alignment with what we want. It takes discipline to control your thoughts, and it is an ongoing process, but it is certainly something that is very possible.

If you take the time and make the effort to clear out that which does not serve you, you will open up to the possibilities that Source will give you. You will feel lighter and freer! Remember that you live and breathe God-consciousness and in that there is only abundance!

Contentment

“Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
Lao Tzu

Today, give yourself one of the greatest gifts that you can: be aware of what you already have and be content with it.

Lao Tzu says this better than I ever could. But before you spend the day stressing yourself out over finding the best deals, take a moment and reflect on the wisdom of contentedness.  This moment never pass again. Realize all that it offers you.

If you’re reading this, you have a computer, power, and a roof over your head. Already, you have more than millions of others around the world. What more do you really need?

 

Originally posted as a Daily Groove at Modern Hippie Mag

 

Why You Need To Start Eating Kale (And One Fabulous Kale Salad Recipe)

In the color spectrum, green is at the center of the rainbow, representing balance, healing, emotional stability, love, peace and rejuvenation.  Green foods are power packed with nutrients, energizing, detoxifying, rebuilding and immune strengthening. As greens grow, they provide oxygen for people and the planet. Green foods are rich in chlorophyll, a potent collector of solar energy.

 One supergreen is kale (Brassica oleracea), a member of the Brassicaceae (Cruciferous) Family, making it a relative of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. Native to Asia Minor, it is considered the closest relative to wild cabbage. The species name, oleracea means "a garden herb used in cooking."

Kale and collards are very similar, but kale often has curly leaves, and where collards thrive in a warmer climates, kale survives in a cooler one. Flowering kale is edible, but not as tender as other varieties (There are no poisonous members of the Brassicaceae Family!).

Kale benefits the stomach and helps relieve lung congestion. It has been used to treat constipation, obesity, dental problems, pyorrhea, arthritis, gout, skin disorders, ulcers and to rejuvenate the liver. All members of this family contain antioxidant indoles, which protect against colon, breast and lung cancer. Kale also has antiseptic properties.

Kale is considered warming, sweet with a slightly bitter-pungent flavor, similar to cabbage. Kale is rich in calcium, iron, potassium, sulfur, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and folic acid. One cup of kale has more calcium than one cup of milk. Many greens are high in oxalic acid, a chemical that can bind with calcium, forming calcium oxalate, which if consumed excessively can inhibit calcium absorption. However, kale is low in oxalic acid.

Select tender, dark green, or even bluish-green leaves, avoiding those that are yellowed.  You can cut off the bottoms and large middle ribs, as they are quite fibrous. Kale can be added to vegetable juices, chopped fine and added to salads as well as steamed, stir fried or made into soup. Some may find that kale is cleansing. The addition of a bit of ginger, cumin or caraway can ease it’s digestability.

Kale is easy to grow, tolerates cold weather and is quick to harvest. They are best when young and tender. According to traditional folklore, eating greens promotes prosperity. Now will you eat your greens?

 Kale Salad

(Ready in a minute!)

  • 1 bunch kale, washed and chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celtic salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)

Toss everything. Then “massage” the seasonings into the kale.  (Serves 2-4)

For a complete meal, add an avocado, tomato or a few nuts or olives. You’ve got lunch!

Brigitte Mars, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, is a nutritional consultant who has been working with Natural Medicine for over forty years. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, Omega, Boulder College of Massage, and Bauman Holistic College of Nutrition and has a private practice. Brigitte is the author of twelve books, including The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine, Beauty by Nature, Addiction Free Naturally, Healing Herbal Teas, and Rawsome!. Click here for more healthy living articles, raw food recipes, videos, workshops, books, and more at brigittemars.com.

Check out her international model yogini daughter, Rainbeau at www.rainbeaumars.com

PHOTO: Flickr / Laurel Fan

 

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