Power in stillness

A small extract from this little powerful book.

Complaining and reactivity are favourite mind patterns through which the ego strengthens itself. For many people, a large part of their mental-emotional activity consists of complaining and reacting against this or that. By doing this, you make others or a situation “wrong” and yourself “right.” Through being “right,” you feel superior and through feeling superior, you strength your sense of self. In reality, of course, you are only strengthening the illusion of the ego.

Eckhart’s words resonates a simplicity which is our true essence, from which we can sometimes become unconnected. This book helps to guide us back onto the path.

Sending love and blessings xxx

Why less is more…

Sharing an interesting article by Lynne McTaggart

Let less food be your medicine

ON NOVEMBER 9TH, 2018

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Lynne Mctaggart Blog

When it comes to diet, it’s now clear that one size doesn’t fit all. Different people have different metabolic types, so meat that is life-saving to some and sheer poison to others.

We also have very different levels of the fat hormones leptin and ghrelin, which regulate appetite and fat levels, and appear to play an essential role in regaining lost pounds after a severe weight-loss regime.

Even the state of your microbiome, and the particular bugs that inhabit it, can play a big part in whether or not you can easily reverse illness or lose weight.

Then there are individual reactions and intolerances, even to healthy foods.

Several years ago, two scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel carried out a unique study of 800 people, attempting to identify which foods caused blood sugar spikes after meals. They’d hoped to determine the foods and dietary factors responsible for the worldwide epidemics of obesity and diabetes.

The problem was, they found no single uniform response to any food, even sugar.

Virtually everyone in the study had highly individual reactions to plates of food put in front of them. One prediabetic woman cut out all offending foods, but still couldn’t control her blood sugar until she discovered that the true culprits causing her own spikes were tomatoes.

Certainly more and more forward-thinking doctors and naturopaths are turning to the paleo diet to heal chronic conditions.

Less is more

But if I had to choose a single diet that is essentially good for almost everyone it would be the not-eating diet—at least for a spell.

New evidence shows that the ultimate one-size-fits-all diet for restoring full health is either a short-term fast on water or liquids or intermittent fasting—controlling not simply what you eat, but when you eat.

Giving your body a short break from food affords it a chance to do a major clear-out, breaking down old and possibly defective cells and consuming them.

Monitored water or juice fasts have been shown to reduce aging and to prevent or heal cancer, dementia, arthritis, high blood pressure, and other conditions that lead to heart disease. It even helps to target chemotherapy more successfully, suggesting that the standard medical advice to cancer patients, to consume lots sugar-laden food to keep their weight up, is completely counterproductive.

But water- or juice-only fasts need to be monitored and short term. And they aren’t a successful means of losing weight. Usually, any weight loss is short term, and the body, which goes into starvation mode, slows down its metabolic processes.

Timed intervals

The latest tweak on fasting is intermittent fasting. Researchers are discovering that leaving a larger span of time between your last meal of the day and the first one the following day also has an extraordinary number of health benefits, including weight loss, without the difficulty of depriving yourself of food.

Pushing breakfast to noontime, cutting out dinner or eating your meals during an eight-hour window has been shown to decrease not only blood glucose levels but also evidence of inflammation in the body.

In many animal and human studies, periodic fasting has shown exciting evidence of protection against a vast array of degenerative diseases and even brain seizures. And perhaps most exciting of all, it appears to help cells regenerate themselves, including in the brain.

Diets where you focus on restricting both the amount and types of foods during certain periods are showing extraordinary benefits, not only for weight loss, aging and a host of diseases, but even bone renewal.

Of course, there are certain people who should never fast. Pregnant women, type 1 diabetics, those with liver disease and others come to mind. You need to work with a qualified professional, and you need to know how to prepare your body for a fast and then how to start re-introducing food.

My late friend nutritional pioneer Annemarie Colbin once told me of a woman who, convinced that a fast would cure her long-standing health problems, embarked on her own strict liquid-only fast, trudging through the freezing New York weather without sustenance for months, only to find that she was more ill than she had been before she began

But given the longevity research showing that many people living in the Blue Zones, those areas like Okinawa in Japan and Sardinia in Italy with the longest-living people on earth, eat 10–40 percent fewer calories than the Western average, we might all do well to adopt the Okinawan blessing at dinner time as our New Year’s resolution: Hara hachi bu.

“May you eat until you are eight-tenths full.”

Sending love and blessings xxx

Ps feel the gratitude for the food we have and that we can choose to fast rather than it being forced onto us due to famine or war.

Moving on and getting over

Sharing part one of wonderful article written by my superhero Dr Joe Dispenza.

Part I. Moving On

It’s inevitable that at some point in our lives we will all experience traumas, defeats, and the loss of important relationships. The harsh awakening of these experiences causes the very foundation upon which we believed we were building our future to crumble beneath our feet. One day you think you’re living in your dream, the next you discover it’s the wrong dream—and yet you keep forcing or trying to make it work. When you are in pain and suffering as such, you have one of two choices:

1 Succumb to the difficult emotions that cause you so much imbalance and discomfort that you go unconscious, forget everything you learned, and/or automatically shift into all the old programs that you thought you’d overcome, or;

2 Get up, brush yourself off, take inventory of the things you learned, decide what you want different in your next creation, reset, apply the lessons to your life, and see what happens.

In the first option, which happens to many people, we become stuck in a thought loop equal to the emotions that we are living by. In doing so, we continue to suffer from old, familiar, emotional states—states which are perpetuated by us talking about our pain, our problems, our loss, and the people or things that have caused us suffering in the past. When someone is stuck in this state and can’t get beyond their past emotions, they seek out anything external to take away their pain and suffering,

Because it’s the internal that needs to be healed—the internal being old patterns of memorized thoughts, behaviors, and feelings—this is where you have to stand up and say, OK, that wasn’t it. I just had an experience, and that’s what life is all about. Now I have to create a new self, and in doing so I have to overcome the emotions of the past, because if I don’t, I’m going to keep creating the same experiences. Many people do this their whole life—live in the emotional pain of their traumas—because this allows them to point the blame at someone or something, rather than accept the responsibility of their creation.

Everybody has hard knocks in their life—no one gets a free pass. With regard to our human selves, if you’re paying attention it’s the hard knocks that build character, understanding, and compassion. When you are able to remove the emotional branding of certain circumstances and events, however, like the lotus flower that awakens in the face of sunlight, the soul awakens and moves closer to Source.

When things like this happen in your life, my suggestion is you take a moment to get intentional and write down what you want. If it’s a relationship, you might write down something such as, I want a loving, trusting relationship where I feel safe and supported, where I’m physically attracted to the other person, and connected to them on an intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual level. You might also want a partner who is fun, funny, spontaneous, adventurous, lighthearted, and emotionally and chemically balanced. You’ll probably also want them to feel love, joy, not be overly analytical, can let go of their problems, forgive you when you fall down, and trust they will still be there for you when you’re not your best. Thus, if you want all of those qualities in a person—a person who is a reflection of you in your life—then become that person you want to attract into your life.

Next write down the emotions you want to feel within that relationship, emotions that correspond to the vibrational alignment of all those qualities you’ve listed, such as, I feel lighthearted, respected, passionate, inspired, abundant and excited every time I see my partner, they feel like home, my heart swells with love when I see them, and so on. Once you know the emotions you want to feel, then think about how and who you are going to be in that relationship; then mentally rehearse those behaviors over and over until you become it. Finally, you need to trade the emptiness, pain, and lack for wholeness. That means you’re going to have to get into your heart and stay there, while you practice transmuting those limited emotions from your past into elevated emotions of your future. Love attracts love.

If you take the time to try it out, you just might be the very person that you want to meet. Now that’s a great relationship—with your new self.

Thank you Joe for all your wonderful research and allowing individuals to open of their minds to new possibilities. Understanding that we can reprogram the internal coding.

Sending love and blessings xxx

Open your minds with books

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

Dr Seuss

I will be updating my book list this week so plenty of titles to open hearts and minds.

Sending love and blessings into the web of consciousness xxx

Food for thought!

Modern day opposites that should no longer be a reality.

Some people go to sleep hungry everyday and others over indulge and vow to eat less the next day.

In developed countries large volumes of food ends up being thrown away. Better planning and shopping in smaller amounts could significantly reduce this wastage.

So much of us take it for granted that we will always have food without really appreciating the abundance of food choices we have. Take time to feel the gratitude for the food on your plate. Waste less, share more.

If we shared more rather than over purchase and throw away food could we reduce this disparity in the future.

The planet gives us such cornucopia of nutritional delights but we have to act responsibly with this gift.

Sending love and blessing xxx

Look who’s talking

Increase Your Happiness: 6 Tips To Mastering Your Inner Dialogue 

You know that voice you hear when you first wake up? The one chatting to in your head when you’re brushing your teeth, or walking to the store, or driving to work … sound familiar? Now THAT voice is the one we need to protect, that voice is your inner dialogue.

What is internal dialogue?”  

Put simply, internal dialogue is the conversation your ego is having with itself. It’s the voice that applies logic, reasoning, and beliefs to situations, people, and events. It also serves as a filter for those experiences and carves the way in which you see the world.

Take a moment to stop and think about the tone of your inner dialogue. Is it a tone that builds you up? Or is it a tone that breaks you down? Tells you that you didn’t accomplish enough today, your body isn’t perfect, you don’t make enough money.

Internal dialogue plays a vital role in deriving meaning from our life and reality. When our internal dialogue is dark and negative, we see a world filtered through those qualities. On the contrast, when we have positive, uplifting, and optimistic internal dialogue, we perceive those states as being a reflection of our lives!

Below are 6 top tips on how to learn to control and master your inner dialogue:

1. Spend Time In Silence

We typically have between 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts per day! One of the most fundamental steps in mastering our inner dialogue …. Meditation.

Allow yourself a moment to see what is occurring inside your own mind, without getting involved in it’s contents, without engaging in the dialogue, just looking, this is Meditation. Learn to empty your mental environment and create a peaceful space. Not only will it provide you insight into the negative messages you tell yourself, messages which are not true, it will also help you to find a place of peace amidst the chaos.

2. Be Grateful

You’ve heard it before, start a gratitude journal. A couple of lines each day to express something you are grateful for in your life. Gratitude changes your inner dialogue by re-focusing your perspective.

3. Avoid Negativity

There’s no doubt that negativity is widespread in our modern world. Wherever we look, there seems to be no end to it. This, in part, is due to our brain’s negativity bias—an actual tendency to notice negative situations and events more easily than positive ones. Commit yourself to turning away from negativity wherever you can, it’s ok to cut people & environments from your life that simply don’t serve you anymore.

4. Harness The Power of Affirmations

“’I AM’ are two of the most powerful words, for what you put after them shapes your reality.” – Unknown

Affirmations help us replace our old, stale commentaries with new and more inspiring ideas. Focus on what you do want, rather than what you don’t.

5. Practice Kindness

Kindness is a great way to spread the love around, but it can also remind you that you’re a worthwhile person. You’re a positive force in the world, saying and doing positive things for others. By practicing kindness, your gratitude will grow. Your connections to others will be fortified and the sun will most certainly shine on your inner dialogue.

6. Be True To Your Nature

Beneath your inner dialogue, there is only your essential nature.  It’s under the layers of ego, negativity, hostility and failure that we perceive as reality, but which is not the truth about who we are.

When we identify with our true selves, pure awareness, or pure consciousness, we have the instant recognition that we are free from limitations, that we have spontaneous knowing, and that we exist in a state of complete fulfilment.

Love yourself, there is no one else like you in the world, that is what makes you so special. It is SO SO easy to compare yourself to others.

Above article shared from Om & Ah London

Sending love and blessings xxx