Overcoming a Negative Mind-Set

Reblogged because this is wonderful and more people need to hear this.

Life Rediscovered

Here’s a common problem; NEGATIVITY.

We wake up in the morning and our minds hardly embrace the new day. Our minds racing of thoughts from yesterday, the day before or even further back. We desperately try to figure out what went wrong so we can hopefully fix it and move on with our day; however, we get so stuck trying to figure it out we miss out on what’s in front of our faces. It’s easy to look in the mirror and still see the mistakes we made years ago. Our ability to think and imagine is so powerful yet we use to it focus on mistakes. Instead of seeing the health we have in front of us we only see the poor health choices we made in the past. Instead of seeing the beautiful opportunities to create happiness and harmony in our relationships today we can only see the…

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LOOKING FOR THE GOOD

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We took a road trip this afternoon when we decided to pull off the highway to snap some shots of the lovely desert landscape. While gazing upon the beauty I noticed some broken pieces of glass. My first thought was. “I can’t believe that anyone would break bottles in this beautiful place.”
Then I looked a little closer. I noticed that someone had taken careful time to
build a rock circle placing the broken glass inside the ring of rocks.
All of a sudden my perspective changed persuading me to see a beautiful art exhibit instead of the eyesore of broken glass.
Another lesson on staying positive.
Look for good and you’ll find it.
Look for the bad you’ll find that also.

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{Recipe ReDux} Vegan Shamrock Shake

This looks so yummy and like something I need to try. Oh, how I want to obtain a high powered blender to be able to make stuff like this. I wonder if you could get away with throwing some kale up in that…?

Energy We Bring

I don’t remember the last time I stepped foot into a fast food establishment, but this time of year always tempts me with the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake sightings on social media. So imagine my delight when I heard This month’s Recipe ReDux prompt:

Beverages Are Hot – That which is served in a mug, glass, or stein is becoming just as interesting as what’s on the plate. New cocktail-only blogs are emerging. Pinners are cooking with their Keurig K-cups. Hot beverages have gone way beyond hot cocoa. Beverages are in! Whether you’re serving something hot or cool, kid-friendly or happy hour worthy, show us your healthier drink.”

Vegan Shamrock Shake

Ingredients:

6 oz. Vanilla Coconut Yogurt

1 c. Spinach

1 Medium, Frozen, Banana

8 oz. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

1/4 tsp. Pure peppermint extract

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Yoga?

So, there was a suggestion from someone that I might look into trying Yoga to help manage my stress and anxiety and that it would be good for my mental as well as physical health. This is something I might actually be interested in looking into. Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions on Yoga since I really am not very knowledgeable on this subject other than your very basic general idea.

Finding my Heart Space

I’ve had a lot of things to ponder lately. Like how I’ve been so quick to allow myself to start slipping back into this negative place that I used to reside in and how I don’t like it and want to take immediate action to try and turn that around and find my positive space again. It seems to have happened due to a mix of events, problems with my domestic situations, relationship/friendship issues and also lots of stress related to work and school. But then I stop and wonder is that really where the root of the problem began or is it something deeper, did I lose focus and start to find my way back into this negative space all on my own and it is the CAUSE of all these other problems?

I’m having a difficult time managing stress and emotions. I feel like I’m slipping back into this place of negativity that I used to reside in and I don’t like it at all. I don’t want to be defensive and angry. I don’t want to be selfish or to shut people out. I don’t want to get stressed out and have a meltdown. I just want to be happy and I want to discontinue to bring any negativity and stress to those in my life that care about me because they deserve so much better.

I feel like those people that are in my life that love me and take care of me. I take them for granted. Like that Matchbox 20 song and he says, “I’m sorry bout the attitude I need to get when I’m with you But no one else would take this shit from me.” But I give those people my bad attitude on the regular. I see myself failing to appreciate things they bring into my life because in my way of placing them in the safe zone I inadvertently seem to feel like they will always be there and I let myself stop listening to the valuable things they are trying to bring me, stop appreciating them and allow myself to just bring them my problems, anger, stress and bringing them my burdens. I’m feeling overwhelmed with time management and personal issues and I just feel like it’s all compounding to end up with me feeling like I’m in a funky spot.

I started to have a meltdown earlier today and decided to reach out on facebook. I got a lot more responses than I expected which was very helpful and made me feel a lot better about myself. One of the responses was a suggestion to make an appointment at student health at the University for counseling which is free to me as it is already included in my tuition. My painting instructor was awesome enough to help me get the ball rolling on that and use the phone in his office to call them and make an appointment. It’s not until march though so I have to wade through a little bit longer on my own. That may be a good thing for me.

One of the other suggestions I received and had already been told time and again by my boyfriend as well as my inner self is to really work on meditation some more. I feel resistant to this for reasons unknown to me. Maybe I’m afraid I won’t be good at it or I don’t know what I’m doing or embarrassed. I don’t know what my deal is with it. I decided to get over it at my boyfriends insistence. I gave myself about 10-15 minutes of very informal meditation using an om chanting youtube selection and lighting a candle and holding a stone that I felt was special. I didn’t get to hard on myself on sitting utterly still or fidgeting. I just rolled with it. Tried to focus on the flame and my breathing and just make sure I didn’t get distracted or give up too quickly. After about 8 minutes I found I was struggling to stay awake so it was obvious that at least some level of relaxation had happened here since I’d prior to this had a meltdown talking to my boyfriend and crying and feeling like a fuck up.

I went in the other room and told him this and that I was going to eat and head to campus to be productive. He suggested that perhaps I ought to give myself enough time for a sleep cycle or so of nap time since I had felt so sleepy and that he said the point of meditation is for your body to communicate with you what it truly needs and in my case he said that must be sleep since I’d felt so sleepy afterwards. I allowed myself a nap before running errands and heading to campus and at this point I feel much better.

I am wondering perhaps, I’m not giving myself enough time to shut down and it’s taking it’s toll. I’m constantly in worry mode and go mode and I need to restart my system every once in awhile. Meditation and a nap can work wonders. I’m telling myself that really for how much difference it made…perhaps taking ten minutes out of my busy day for a bit of meditation may yield much more productivity than telling myself I don’t have time and burning myself out into meltdown mode.

 

Trying to seek true health in an unhealthy society

My mind has been continually blown by all the things I keep discovering as I poke around and do my own research about how commonly accepted norms in regards to health, especially food, are often either completely untrue or at the very least not true in the way that we think they are.

I am very new to the pursuit of natural health and food. I have been trying to eat more organically and naturally and phase out a great deal of the pre-packaged and over processed foods that are, when you really stop and decipher all the nonsense in the ingredients, often not even what one could classify as “real food.”

I find it very overwhelming right now. Overwhelming to know where to look to find good information, what is reliable and what isn’t and also my minds natural urge to want to argue and be like, well this is what I’ve always been told, and this is what the doctor said and this is what I learned in school and this is… you get the point. And it can be difficult not to mention expensive to try to change more than a little bit at a time.

That doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. I believe in the end it will be. I try to make one change at a time. If I can use a lip balm made of natural ingredients that is still relatively inexpensive over one filled with chemicals that is one small step, but still a step in the right direction. If I can learn things like how tea tree oil placed on a blemish can be much better and much more effective than a chemical filled acne cream that may end up doing more harm than good ultimately, then that is another step in the right direction.

Just yesterday I bought a jar of coconut oil for barely over 5 bucks, this is great for my hair, it works as a conditioner and also tames fly-aways and frizz. This is also great for my very dry skin and hands, double duty and it came in a glass jar that I will be able to reuse for something and it only takes a very small bit at a time to reap the benefits so I anticipate that this bottle will last me a long time. Also, no chemicals going into or on my body and should a child or animal get into it…no harm done. Also safe for the environment as well. Good for everyone all the way around!

Sometimes I feel like I’m not doing enough. I still eat prepackaged and/or processed foods sometimes, but I try to eat more real food and phase out a lot of the “fake food.” I hope to be able to shift the ratio into a higher favor of real food as know how and finances allow.

Often, I find myself skeptical of accepting the idea that commonly held health concepts are misleading and/or false. For instance, I’ve spent years thinking that diet soda and skim milk were awesome choices. Recently, I’ve taken the time to re-evaluate these ideas considering that diet soda is full of aspartame. I used to think that this was perfectly acceptable and that the people who wanted to dog on it were paranoid and weird. Then I kept reading more information and decided maybe I wasn’t being paranoid enough. After all, just because you’re paranoid don’t mean they’re not after you. Right? Lol. Seriously though, let me back these couple thoughts up with some outside information.

Skim Milk linked with Obesity

This article really got me to thinking. One important point is the fact that all companies, even those that are supposed to care about your health usually have a central goal of making money. Many companies (though not all, there are exceptions to pretty much every rule) care more about making their profits than really making sure that they are providing the most accurate information and healthiest products.

Not Milk

This site is a bit more hardcore in their campaign against cow/dairy milk products. I try to read ALL things with my own judgement and a grain of salt so to speak. But this site certainly brought up some interesting information and things to think about.

Personal note on milk: Currently, I do still drink dairy milk but not nearly as much as I once did. I try to use almond milk more often than anything else and organic milk is also a choice I’ve been exploring as well, especially since it comes in glass jugs that are very eco-friendly.

Aspartame has been a very vicious controversy in regards to whether or not it is safe, whether or not it is good or bad for you and whether or not you should be using it. I’m going to provide some information that I found very interesting, but that being said I’ll be honest, I don’t have a clear idea on what to think here. The way I see it is that there is not enough concrete evidence for me to make a clear and decisive choice here. Because of this though, I have opted to steer clear from it or at least cut down on products that contain it because of the conflicting evidence on it’s safety or lack thereof I don’t want to be using it and then find out that it has been causing me undue harm that I was unaware of. I think it’s generally a safe bet to go the most natural route as possible.

Fitday has an article that outlines some possible negative consequences of aspartame. You can read that here and then make your own decisions about the information presented there.

Conversely, this article, attempts to debunk claims that aspartame is cause for concern in regards to health. In the efforts of trying to provide information for you to make your own decisions about I am posting a link to this as well and again you are free to read over it and make your own conclusions about this information as well.

Collective-Evolution claims that aspartame is unsafe in any doses, even small ones. They outline their reasoning for this claim here if you’d like to look it over as well.

As I said, I currently use Stevia in my coffee but that is really all I use it for and I try to keep it at a limit. I feel that it is probably a better bet than using aspartame, but I’ve also been doing some digging and realizing that it may not be all it is cracked up to be either. I found this article outlining possible downfalls of Stevia to be very informative.

I’ve really only recently started to question my use of Stevia, but I’m really starting to wonder if I should consider phasing it out as well.

Honestly, I’ve been on a major kick of natural, locally produced honey. For SO MANY REASONS. It is delicious for one. Also, I use it in so many things, cereal, yogurt, tea and the list goes on and on. There are also many wonderful health benefits to using real honey. But please, do not be tricked into believing that those plastic bears filled with golden liquid classify as real honey. That is a major big lie, those bears are filled with fake stuff, mostly sugar.

Modern Alternative Mama offers a well-outlined article on the benefits of real local honey and the miraculous uses for it. Also, it is just plain tasty. I love honey. My honey comes from Gibbons Bee Farm which is local here to Missouri.

In case you don’t click on that link I’ve provided above a brief rundown of some of the amazing and miraculous benefits of local honey are:

  • Relief from seasonal allergies
  • Sunburn relief
  • Acne relief
  • Antiseptic properties
  • Vitamin/Mineral benefits

As you can see just from that brief list, not only is honey amazingly tasty, but it’s also an amazing superfood!

I have so much to say but more will have to wait until later because this post is much longer than I’d planned but it was good to get my thoughts out. Also, if you buy any food locally you are supporting your community as well as likely to avoid many of the nastiness of GMO products and pesticide sprayed products that you will find in your chain grocery store.

Please feel free to share your thoughts! Do you have any amazing uses for honey? Do you have any ideas/solutions for a natural, healthy sweetener that won’t break the bank? Do you have an amazing resource about healthy/natural foods that you think I might like? Hit me up!!

Most importantly…have a good day!!

Love and Light xxx

Sarah

Misplaced affection and nightfall

The night has fallen and my thoughts are heavy. My heart is on fire and my brain is buzzing. Time to lay down and clear my head, soothe my soul and let the regenerative properties of sleep restore me. Time to let the ghosts in my head and in my heart fade out into a soft glow in the background. There’s a little room with a view inside my heart, the best place I have to offer…that’s where you live inside of me, don’t you know that?

Ch-Ch-Chaaaain, Ch-Ch-Chain…(UPDATED!)

This seriously is so funny, cute, and weird. This hillbilly dude and his coon buddy jammin out to some soul on the porch, how could I NOT share this shit?? BAHAHA!

Cute Overload

Watch Jed Clampett ZZ Top Dude boogie with his buddy! Somehow I don’t think this is what the Queen Of Soul was thinking about when she recorded this song.

Spotted on Cindy Spicer’s 99.1 WQIK page, and also submitted by several Cuteporters including Anna C. More deets can be found on Rolling Stone.

UPDATE!!!

There’s more, People! WHAT IN THE WORLD.

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