Meditative Words

Some words to focus on when practicing mindfulness and developing skills to de-stress. I am going to make a word jar (with these words in it) to pull out some meditation when I need some ZEN. 🙂

Baking Soda; the miracle.

Baking soda or Sodium Bicarbonate is derived from the natural mineral called Natron.

Humans produce acid with almost all bodily functions. Acid helps in many of the processes our bodies under go to keep us alive and healthy. The thing we often do not realize is the over abundance of Acid that is detrimental to our over all well being.

This over abundance of acid can cause many different problems from heart burn to longer term negative health effects such as osteoporosis. Also, feelings of inflammation and gas are irritated by acid and actually cause a lot of the fatigue and headaches we as humans tend to experience on a day to day basis.

That is where the alkaline chemistry and all of its divinity come into relieve our pain caused by an extreme imbalance in our pH levels.

The opposite end of this acid-alkaline spectrum can be found in baking soda, a cheap, inexpensive, easily accessible mineral derivative. A small amount mixed in with water can reduce the un-ease and rawness of high acidic levels.

There are other benefits of ingesting a small amount of baking soda from reducing and eliminating acne, to calming an upset stomach. Also, of course the use of baking soda as a cleaning ingredient. Eliminating stains from teeth and also as a gentle exfoliant for the skin. Because of its anti-septic properties baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate is a miracle that we often overlook.

Being more aware of our pH levels on the acid-alkaline scale is a huge asset to further our health and overall life. Of course to much of this mineral derivative can also have poor effects as with any other induction to our living bodies. The key here is balance, how every scale should be placed.

Herbal Face Mask for Redness and Aging

Create an at home mask, quickly and organically. Fight redness, inflammation with the use of lavender and chamomile. Help sagging, wrinkled and/or lifeless skin with hydrating coconut oil and Vitamin E. A simple way to calm and hydrate skin with pure organic ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • Teaspoon Dried Lavender
  • Teaspoon Dried Chamomile
  • 3 drops Vitamin E Oil

Make

  • Crush the dried chamomile and lavender in a bowl, then mix in coconut oil and Vitamin E oil.
  • Spread onto face
  • Leave on for 10min
  • Wipe off with semi-moist cloth
  • Repeat nightly, as desired!

Herbs and Plants: Chamomile

Chamomile is a very popular and good choice for those suffering from ailments. The amount of benefits one can receive from Chamomile is tremendous.

Benefits:

  • Promotes Sleep, Treats Insomnia
  • Helps Immune System
  • Reduces Stress
  • Reduces Stomach and Menstrual Pain
  • Induces Relaxation
  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Relieves Skin Irritation
  • Minimizes Wrinkles and Breakouts
  • Treats Diabetes and Symptoms

A cup of Chamomile tea before bed, puts the mind and body at rest. This can help with people who suffer from insomnia. Lack of sleep can have so many worsening effects on the mind and body, so improving sleep patterns is a great benefit of Chamomile.

Stress is a killer, chamomile helps reduce stress making aspects of life much more enjoyable. When we stress to much we can be left irritated, frustrated and annoyed. Chamomile will help relieve those symptoms and prevent them from happening to you in the first place!

The anti-inflammatories and antioxidants work wonders for the skin. Wrinkles and blemishes are deminished with the help of Chamomile and these benefits prevent further worsening of the skin, leaving your skins texture smooth and supple.

The boost Chamomile gives to the immune system is great for colds and flu like symptoms. Helping your body fight off sicknesses faster and with less work on your body.

Strawberries with Chamomile Cream Recipe[1]

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chilled heavy cream, divided
  • 2 best-quality chamomile tea bags or 2 teaspoons dried chamomile flowers
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled, quartered
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Make

  1. Heat 1/2 cup cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until bubbles form around edges of pan. Remove pan from heat; add chamomile. Let steep 20 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Cover; chill until cold, about 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, toss strawberries with 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl to coat. Set aside to allow juices to form.
  3. Strain chamomile cream through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl. Add remaining 1/2 cup cream and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Using an electric mixer, beat chamomile cream until soft peaks form.
  4. Divide berries among bowls. Spoon chamomile whipped cream over berries.

[1]https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/strawberries-with-chamomile-cream-395452

The Power of Sobriety

Looking at life through a filtered lense is sometimes the easiest way to navigate.

What if I told you there is a filter you are missing that not only minimizes hard lights and blemishes but completely restores and heals all it touches?

This is the power of sobriety.

When we face hard times in life, finding our guiding light is very difficult. Seeking solace through drugs, alcohol and bad relationships and environments can become second nature.

Putting up a wall of intoxication and poisons is a learned mechanism we have created to block out negative feelings and hold on to any happiness we do have.

In doing this we not only create worse feelings, we destroy the happiness we tried to hold on to.

Picture the glass of alcohol or wine or the line of drugs as the last stitch of happiness that you have. That happiness can be a 2 min high a 2 hour buzz or it can be the light that turns you away from the negative wall you have placed in front of you.

That light can guide you into a place where the beauty isn’t found through material things like drugs and alchohol but instead you will find your new highs and laughter through following your light into unknown territory.

This unknown territory is all the places you are afraid to visit.

These territories are full of hurdles. Boundaries, frustrastions. The exact feelings you are running from, and avoiding. These are the places you (believe it or not) miss.

These places are crying out to you, saying PLEASE! Heal me. I need your help.

Our innocence lies in waiting asking for our pain, hoping it gets the chance to teach us all it has learned.

Simple stress and little battles feel like mountains when you are consstantly looking for an escape. Traffic feels like a nightmare, commercials on the radio sound like hell, and all you can do is plan your next drink or pill.

Imagine a world where traffic makes you laugh, the commercials are interesting and you find happiness in every aspect of your life.

That is found through the miracle lens of recovery. Because it is not a lens, it is healing.

If we picture the child we were when we first started using and see that child lifting their hand up to us trying to pull themselves out of where they were left, that child is still inside you needing your help.

They know how hard it is for you, because they are right there with you.

They want to fight the hard times with you and have figured out bigger and better ways to deal with the problems of life.

You are here to teach each other the new way of life, for you both.

This will take work, tears and pain.

The other side of it will quickly catch up to you. Faster then you know, but there will still be days you want to escape.

Just remember the best escape is on the other side of the negative feeling, it is not by chasing that feeling into another bad night, another sick morning.

It is by going THROUGH that pain. Finding yourself on the other side of that pain is the highest feeling you will get. The longer you go the higher you will get.

The stronger you will be.

Sobriety is waiting for YOU!

Join in.

How to Stay Sober

Astral.BarHow to Stay SoberSober Living September 24, 2019

Staying sober is the best path you can choose in life. Mental clarity and health become abundant when we forfeit dark pleasures for abundance of true happiness. The simple act of staying sober is not always so simple.

Below is a list of activities to do when you get the urge to drink or use:

  • Go for a Walk
  • Listen to Music
  • Exercise
  • Clean Your Space
  • Make a Goal List
  • Call Friends or Family
  • Find New Hobbies
  • Cook a Wholesome Meal
  • Journal
  • Paint, Draw or Create
  • Hike
  • Watch an Interesting Film or Show

When we have urges to use they can sometimes feel like the only thing that matters. Getting the next fix is the only way we have figured out how to deal with our issues. We can be functioning or at rock bottom and still have the deepest need to look else where for happiness rather than in a dark place.

Other Activities:

  • Scrapbook
  • Re-Vamp Space
  • Create Chore Chart
  • Create Budget Plan
  • Crafts
  • Read a Book
  • Work Towards BIG Goals
  • Take a Bath
  • Buy Yourself Something Nice
  • Write a Letter to Someone You Care About
  • Meditation

Try these the next time you want to use and see how these simple activities can impact your life in a positive way, creating better brain function, healthier thoughts, and instant joy.

Sometimes staying sober can take more than simple fixes, seeing a Chemical Dependency Professional and/or joining an AA or NA program can do wonders, while also introducing you to new people.

Working through harder aspects of your life will free you from so many tortures.. you may wonder why you ever used in the first place.

This is a great wonder to obtain in your possession.

Moon in Aquarius

Witty and funny these Lune in Aquarius signs are airy. Finding light hearted activities and subjects to be interesting. When emotions get tricky Moon here will find an interesting way to take care of them. Using their knowledge and unique wisdom to feel and help others feel air and light.

Moon

Deeper feelings and necessity is present from the Moon. The Moon attains unconcious thoughts and emotions. Reflections of ourselves are found in this enlightened planet. Conception of immortality are found through the Moon.

colour: white

metal: silver

crystal: moonstone

Aquarius

Inventive and far-sighted, Aquarius is scientifique. Original Aquarius takes something old and makes it new. Reminding us there is always ways of new actuality. Reduce, reuse, recycle of the new age. Aquarius stands out and away from the crowd, offering unique points of view. The air quality gives them many ways of conversation.

element: air

planet: uranus

quality: fixed

Moon in Libra

Lune in Libra requires a sense of equality over all things. This energy finds peace and calm by making things fair. War, stress, or messy emotion can pain this lunar energy. Benevolence and love creator. Happiness and emotional freedom is the way to this Moons heart. Ruled by Venus, this moon sign gets along well through art and beauty.

The Moon

Deeper feelings and necessity is present from the Moon. The Moon attains unconcious thoughts and emotions. Reflections of ourselves are found in this enlightened planet. Conception of immortality are found through the Moon.

colour: white

metal: silver

crystal: moonstone

Libra

Harmony and balance, Libra is the Princess of the Zodiac. She has enduring love for beauty and fair. Injustice for her is painful, she does not stand by idol and suffer. Movement through art and communication avant-garde is Libra. Ruled by Venus, Goddess of love.

element: air

planet: venus

quality: cardinal