LightHearts UK is offering a free online course that is a wonderful resource for relaxation of body, mind and spirit. If you want to reduce stress, I highly recommend it.
Week 6 features breathing as a relaxation technique and talks about Bear Heart, which is why I’m sharing it with you. Bear Heart was a big believer in the benefits of daily breathing exercises for stress reduction.
You can access Week 6 under the Mental Wellbeing menu, but I recommend the entire free course.
You can check out their FREE course here: https://www.lighthearts-uk.com/mental-wellbeing-course/
On Monday March 20, at 6:20 a.m. EST, the northern and southern hemispheres of planet earth are equally illuminated. This marks the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and the autumn equinox in the southern hemisphere.
It’s a day of equal balance of the hours of light and dark before the sun continues its journey towards longer daylight hours and warming temperatures in the northern hemisphere.
The equinox energy is strong for four days before and after March 20th, giving us time to bask in the opportunities and lessons it brings.
Where I live, in Michigan, it’s still gray and dreary, and it’s snowing as I write this. But a few days ago I saw a red-winged blackbird, and local lore says they come back when spring is just around the corner. So I took heart!
WHAT THE SPRING EQUINOX MEANS
Ancient cultures throughout history have celebrated this time of rebirth of Mother Earth. But what does it mean for us?
As a teacher of meditation, I’m always perplexed when I find people who don’t want to try meditation, because the benefits are so enormous. I finally realized that it may be that some meditation myths are holding them back.
So I’d like to address them here:
The 9 most common Meditation Myths
- It’s hard
- I can’t stop my mind entirely
- It takes too long
- I have to sit on a pillow in the lotus position
- I have no time
- I’m not calm enough to meditate
- I’m not spiritual enough to meditate
- It will take years to reap benefits
- It’s a religious practice
None of the above is true, but let’s address them one at a time:
This is a guest post on vegan bone broth by Niketha Thomas
There are many diets out there that are tailored to multiple ways of eating: low carb, low fat, high fat, high protein, no protein, high carb…the list goes on and on. However, articles are just now starting to come out of the woodwork and inform people on the advantages of a no-animal cruelty whatsoever diet called a vegan diet. And a vegan bone broth diet has many, many positive impacts on the body.
Gelatin as Healing
Boiling animal bones does not get you a vegan-friendly meal of any sort. So, a vegan “bone” broth is made up of boiling mushrooms, vegetables, and sea vegetables (like seaweed) to obtain its liquid broth. The gelatin in all of these resources does everything from help promote the collagen in your body to aid in skin elasticity, fight off wrinkles, and give you more energy. Even if you just wanted to add it to a meal instead of making the broth your meal, it will still give you all of the nutritional properties and healing powers of what you have boiled.
I’m an imperfect practitioner of decluttering. I try, but it’s hard. Which today raised these questions in my mind: Are we our things? Do our possessions define us?
For some, the answer may be yes. I think that was true of me for many years.
But perhaps the “things” evoke memories and teachings that go far beyond the physical representations.
I’m much less attached to stuff than I used to be, but I still struggle with my annual decluttering extravaganza.
What does our stuff mean to us?
When people walk into my home, they can see indigenous art from all over the world. It’s clear what I love, what speaks to me.
And what would happen if I lost them all? I’d be sad, but not devastated because it’s the spiritual practices behind these things that give them their beauty in my eyes. And that is something that can stay with me.