Earth Day originated out of a growing global ecological awareness back on April 22,1970. Now more than 1 billion people in 192 countries take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.
It is a day of planting trees, or cleaning up neighbourhoods, or nature walks.
It’s a reminder that everyday is earth day.
This year the Earth Day Network announced that Earth Day 2018 will focus on mobilizing the world to End Plastic Pollution. The exponential growth of plastics is threatening our planet’s survival. The goals include ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behavior concerning plastics. EDN will educate millions of people about the health and other risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics. This includes the pollution of our oceans, water, and wildlife.
Everything is interconnected. So, our environment is really an extension of us. What we do to the planet, we do to ourselves.
As the Native Americans say, “We have not inherited the earth from our fathers. We are BORROWING it from our children.”
What you can do:
Don’t buy individually wrapped items.
Choose to reject, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics.
Buy products with less packaging.
Use your own reusable bags for every shopping trip.
Spring is here and it’s a time of birth, growth and renewal. What is happening in nature is symbolic of what is happening in your own body. When your body is following the natural rhythm of the seasons. it wants to purge and cleanse itself of all the fat buildup and toxins it accumulated throughout the winter, so that you will you have more energy. When you look at health from an Oriental Medicine Five Element perspective you will see liver energy is dominant in spring. When you are in touch with the seasonal changes, spring is a great time to do a spring body cleanse.
Your liver is your main organ for detoxification. The largest and one of the most important internal organs, the liver must function for us to live. It is responsible for over 500 jobs, and it is the main organ associated with stress. Signs that your liver energy is congested include: unexplainable fatigue, depression, irritability or anger, mood swings, feeling overwhelmed by stress, PMS or hormonal imbalance, headaches, allergies, skin breakouts, nausea or vomiting, bloating, gas and sluggish digestion.
If your liver becomes overly congested with toxins, as often happens with our modern lifestyle, then it is important to do a spring body cleanse.
I invite you to join me in a spring body cleanse. It is quite easy to do while still working and only takes 7 days. You do have to prepare for it, but once you have all the produce and supplements, then it is quite straightforward. These are some of the benefits: It helps your body detoxify naturally, supports healthy digestion, helps jump-start weight loss, helps increase focus and energy, helps with hunger management, and helps improve sleep quality.
During the cleanse, in addition to taking my regular supplements, I will be including products that specifically support cleansing the body. These are: OptiFlora® probiotic which provides support for digestive health by delivering live healthy bacteria to the lower intestine; DTX® Complex which contains milk thistle and helps increase your liver’s ability to clean and detoxify your blood; Alfalfa Complex which acts as a blood cleanser; and Herb-Lax® which helps provide gentle relief for occasional periods of irregularity and cleanses the colon.
Here’s an overview of what the spring body cleanse looks like: For seven days, be prepared to eat raw veggies and fruit all day. Pack veggies and fruit for convenience when you are out. You can eat every 2 hours. Drink at least 6 to 10 glasses of water each day. In the evening, eat a salad with half an avocado and full-fat dressing.
During the week you get unlimited fresh veggies – raw, lightly steamed, or sautéed in 1–2 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil. You can also eat some low-sugar fruit and 1-2 servings of specified protein. It is all laid out in a program which I can send to you. Everything you can eat and what to avoid.
So, if you are feeling stressed, feeling low in energy, or having digestive challenges, this is an excellent time for a cleanse.
It is with a heavy heart I write this blog to honor a friend. This last week I learned that my friend Chris O’Connor had taken his life. Chris’s focus had always been on improving the quality of life for his clients. He gave wholeheartedly and everyone loved him, so learning of his death has been quite a shock for everyone. Chris and I had attended the same massage college years before and became friends at the Matrixx put on by Bob Proctor and Sandy Gallagher. We worked together for a few years and shared many of the same interests. During that time he shared this fable which he gave me permission to share in my latest book, The 30 Laws of Flow.
“In case you are not familiar with Fruit Loops, they are a cereal in North America. So, the story begins inside a cereal box. There are Fruit Loops residing inside the cereal box but because they are inside the box they don’t even know that they are Fruit Loops. It’s dark, they are all crowded in and they can’t even conceive of a world existing outside because all they see is the inside of the box.
One day one of the Fruit Loops escapes and leaves the inside of the box. The Fruit Loop discovers this magical outside world. The escapee realizes that he has been living inside this box that is beautifully decorated on the outside. The writing on the outside of the box tells the Fruit Loop “what” he is…a Fruit Loop. The Fruit Loop then discovers his “worth” through the nutritional information on the side of the box! It turns out that if you add this thing called M-I-L-K, the Fruit Loops become even MORE nutritious when mixed together!
Upon further exploration the Fruit Loop discovers on the back of this container there are wonderful puzzles and games to be solved. And beyond this small box lies an incredibly huge and infinite space that those inside could never comprehend.
It would be impossible for the Fruit Loop to try and explain what he is experiencing to the others still inside but he decides to return and try. But this lone Fruit Loop discovers to his amazement, the others who are still trapped inside the box don’t even want to hear about this fantastical world. They don’t even want to know or even care! They just want the lid closed and to get back to life inside the box as usual.
This lone Fruit Loop was so enthralled with this outer world of new possibilities he decides to go back out and see if he can find other Fruit Loops who have escaped the old ways/paradigm of “inside the box mentality”. He knew that he would need support to not get sucked back into the old “inside the box thinking”.
The moral of the story is…….sometimes it is hard to break from the “inside the box” mindset, and it is even more difficult to convince those still trapped that things can be so much better. The best thing to do is find the other Fruit Loops who get it…. who have had the experience of greater possibility……who can share in the enthusiasm of this new way of thinking and are ready to explore new worlds.”
Chris gave so much to many people over the years and he will be greatly missed. We never know what is really going inside another person’s mind, we only see the outer actions and outer personality traits. I think I had the same feeling when comedian Robin Williams took his life. We see these wonderful people giving so much to the world but inside there is another conversation going on that we can’t see.
So, the message today is to love everyone unconditionally as you never know what battle they are facing internally. Also, encourage people who give so much to the world to take some inner time for themselves.
In Chris’s words, here’s to “life’s mysterious unfolding.”
I went on a personal development program last week called Own Your Greatness. It was a life-changing and heart touching event. I made many shifts and learned it is never too late to unpeel more layers of beliefs, thoughts, filters or subconscious patterns that no longer serve.
During the three days we explored being self-aware and self-observant, our purpose, our sacred gifts, our next mission, our personal core values, giving without conditions and receiving.
We went through a process to discover our sacred gifts. My top three were Facilitation, Teaching, and Knowledge. The Sacred Gift of Facilitation means that I lead groups effectively making sure everyone is heard. The Sacred Gift of Teaching means that I can take complex info and make it easy and enjoyable for the learner. The Sacred Gift of Knowledge means that I love learning new things and can assimilate large amounts of information and love sharing the knowledge.
We worked on uncovering our life mission through various processes. Here is my first draft. I declare my primary purpose is to light a spark in women entrepreneurs through being a master facilitator, teacher, and spiritual guide. I do this through my writing, teaching and empowering women to nurture their soul and find their purpose so as a collective we can make a profound difference in the world. In return, I have the joy of feeling on purpose, living a life of meaning and depth. I am connected to my Beingness and am grateful for the prosperity and love that comes to me. I can travel and take my family with me and earn a residual income. I am sure this will change as I work on it more.
The purpose of all this workshop was to really embrace who we are and truly own our greatness. So, I challenge you, the reader, to look inside and see if you can get clear on your path through looking at your values and your mission. I would be happy to assist if you need any coaching.
Urine is a waste that is produced by the kidneys. The kidneys filter about 200 quarts of blood to produce about 1 to 2 quarts of urine. Not only do the kidneys filter the waste, they reabsorb the important elements and get rid of the wastes and extra fluid. The colour of the urine can be an indicator of your lifestyle and well-being,
The colour of the urine can depend on many things, like what you have eaten, the medication you might be on and how dehydrated you are.
What is usually said is that the urine of an individual who is well hydrated and healthy should be clear. I beg to differ. What I say is that the urine of an individual who is well hydrated and healthy should be clear and bright fluorescent yellow.
It needs to be clear because that indicates that you are hydrated. Once it gets dark yellow or orange, that indicates you are dehydrated. When you are dehydrated, urine becomes more concentrated as the body tries to hold onto as much water as it can.
The bright fluorescent yellow color would partly come from the pigment called urochrome or urobilin and partly from riboflavin. Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, is one of the B vitamins. B vitamins are water-soluble vitamins, which means that what your body doesn’t use is excreted in your urine. It also means that you need to ingest B vitamins daily as they are not stored in your body.
B Complex is vital for proper bodily function, as it helps maintain the body’s ability to metabolize nutrients. There are eight essential B vitamins, and they work best when they work together. The typical North American diet doesn’t provide enough whole grains, leafy green vegetables, or fish needed to provide adequate B vitamin intakes, so it is important to supplement.
B vitamins are nicknamed “happy vitamins” or “stress vitamins” and are used daily to feed the central nervous system, manufacture hormones and regulate homocysteine levels in the blood.
B Complex helps convert our food into fuel, allowing us to stay energized throughout the day. B complex vitamins can help with a variety of conditions, including anxiety, depression, heart disease and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). In addition, some people take B Complex to increase energy, enhance mood, improve memory, boost skin and hair health and stimulate the immune system.
As for myself, I use my urine as an indication of whether I have enough B Complex in me. When my urine pales out, I take more B Complex. I want clear and bright fluorescent yellow urine all day.
I often hear this question. If I see this clear and bright fluorescent yellow, am I not just peeing it out and wasting my money? The answer is that only the excess is peed out. The B2 is nature’s way of letting you know if you have adequate amounts of B Complex. Your need for this water-soluble vitamin differs each day, so the urine is a great indicator of whether you have enough that day. You want evidence 24 hours a day that your level of B Complex is 100% to maintain proper balance in all the above functions. Even a slight deficiency will create problems.
So, here’s to your urine being clear and bright fluorescent yellow. Drink your water and take B Complex.
IA Wrinkle in Time” on opening day. “A Wrinkle in Time” is an adaptation of the 1962 book of the same name written by Madeleine L’Engle. It is a blend of science fiction, quantum physics, fantasy, and a young adult coming-of-age narrative. It is the story of Meg, an awkward and brilliant teenage girl, who adventures across space and time to rescue her scientist father.
went to see the movie “
The movie had some of my favorite actresses, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah Winfrey who played the three cosmic godmothers and I was introduced to a newcomer Storm Reid who played, Meg Murry.
What I loved about the movie was the essence of the movie, reminding us that love is the answer. It also encouraged my imagination to think outside the box. Because there were so many times that the actors uttered great wisdom, it is a movie I will see again. I will take my daughter, when she gets back to town for her birthday since the movie came out on her birthday.
In the story, Meg’s character represents a common human struggle in the difficulties involved in growing up and trying to find one’s identity. She must find courage by challenging her weaknesses. Her desire to find her beloved father is her incentive. So even though she felt freakish at school due to her love of math and science, in her journey they became tools for her transformation. Her journey allows her to defeat the darkness when she learns to embrace the person she is, and realize that she is beautiful, extraordinary and deserving of love. She comes into her own power and claims her gifts and abilities she did not know she had. So, she becomes a carrier of the light.
So, what do I mean by carrier of the light? I believe it is a calling for each of us. We all face darkness. The movie called the darkness “the It” or Camazotz. Darkness takes on many forms in our world. At one point there was a great scene showing conformity as one of the forms of darkness. So, the question is, what are you doing to fight the darkness? What are you willing to stand up for? What really matters to you? What is worth putting yourself on the line for? When we take the time to examine these questions, we get more clarity and possibly more self-awareness.
I believe we are all struggling to define ourselves in a world that doesn’t always accept us for who we are. So, asking ourselves, what do I really want, and if what shows up is not what you really want, asking it again and again until there are clarity and growth. It is time to awaken our consciousness and move in the direction of the light to accomplish what you say you want.
Meg’s brother Charles Wallace, portrays a child who seems to have a direct line to the essences of things. He was the “role model” for being open to the unknown. He was the one who saw the three wise guardians Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which first. So, we use the analogy that he was more in touch with the divine. Ask yourself, how in touch with the divine are you? The divine is the light (love). When we are in touch with the light, we can be the light.
In the movie, the father asks in one of his lectures before his disappearance, what if we are here for a reason? What if we are part of something truly divine? Something to contemplate, how are you going to use your light? You have a limited time on this earth to use your light, how are you going to use it? How are you going to impact your life and the lives of others?
So, I leave you to ponder these questions and if you need any assistance or coaching, please feel free to reach out.
We live in such a go, go society. We are constantly on the move. As a result, we get tired from all this running around. Here are some quick tips to get your energy back on track.
Take a breath
Just take a moment and notice your breathing. Once you do this you will probably, just through the notice, take a deeper breath. Continue to breathe deeply. The focus on your breath will temporarily quiet your mind as well. This can be done throughout the day as a quick refocusing and re-energizing.
When we are constantly on the go, stress builds up in our muscles. Doing gentle stretches can re-energize and can bring the blood flow back into the muscles. Maybe make this a new habit to do every few hours, especially if you are working in front of a computer all day.
Take time out and lie down. Set the timer for five or ten minutes and give yourself a timeout. You can meditate if you want or just experience the silence. You will feel so much better after you give your mind a rest. Be careful not to lie down for more than an hour during the day as when you get up, you will feel groggy instead of energized.
Exercise or take a walk
Find little exercises you can do for a few minutes here and there throughout the day. Or go for a five-minute walk to re-energize yourself.
Sometimes our blood sugar needs a pick-me-up. Instead, the usual coffee and donuts, head towards a whole food natural energy supplement. It will give a more natural energy boost, not the temporary one that the caffeine and sugar gives you.
Drinking water is so important, as when we feel tired, it can be a sign of dehydration. So, a real quick energy booster is drink some purified water.
Smile or even laugh out loud
Even if you must fake it at the beginning, give this a go. Even if you feel silly for a bit. This will affect your mood and your mindset and give you more energy.
Listen to your favorite music
This is a quick energy booster. You can even dance around to the music. Music is good for your brain health as well.
Recite some positive affirmations or get in touch with your vision
This can change your energy quickly as we are what we think. When we say these affirmations out loud they can be even more powerful in changing our energy. When we align with our vision, it is totally energizing.
Think of something that you are grateful for and feel it and hold that image for a few minutes. You will feel your energy change for sure with this one.
There are many more energy tips that you can add to this list. Just remember to actually do some of them and you will feel so much better for it.
Now I have a quiz for you. Take a guess as to my favorite energy booster and then email me your answer. I will send you a gift for taking a guess even if it is not the right one. Have fun and get energized!