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Essential Oil Diffusers

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Which diffuser is right for you?

Essential Oils in the Home

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Mindful Listening

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There is nothing more wonderful than someone really listening to you.  Really listening means having your heart 100% present. It’s an empathic connection to the person who is speaking. It’s a lot different than simply hearing words.
There are a trillion distractions that prevent us from actively listening.  Here are some common ones:
Thinking of the next thing you’re going to say while someone is talking. Using a person’s words to do a word-association exercise in your head about yourself.

Orange infused chocolate, yummy!

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Do You Need to Drink More Water?

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If you’re like me, drinking water can be a challenge.There are so many more appealing beverages, but none of them do what plain old water does!Here are some prompts to help motivate us: Obviously, if you have dry skin, eyes and your mouth feels like a small desert, these are no-brainers.If you aren’t properly watered, your body will hold on to moisture and won’t sweat out toxins.You may not even be able to cry! If you’re congratulating yourself on not needing many bathroom breaks, don’t be so quick to celebrate.This could be a sign of dehydration. When you finally to go, if your urine is dark in color, this can be a sign that you need to dilute toxins and drink good ol’ H2O. Cartilage is composed of 80% water, so think of the aches and pains that can be avoided when our cartilage is fully saturated.We will be far more “cushioned” and might avoid injury in the long run. Water is an oxygenating element to the body.The more oxygen that gets to our cells, the more energy we will have.We could…

Deliver us from...

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I for one am over this horrific election.  The last straw was the “Weiner Leak.”  Anthony Weiner’s image having anything to do with the Presidential Election is the absolute rock bottom.
The hurling of hand grenades in this election has been magnified via the media and now the holiday season will be no exception. There will be a commercial deluge starting with Black Friday (named “Black” because it puts retailer’s bank accounts in the “black” while your credit card will be worn thin and red.)
We are just surfacing from our international embarrassment at the hands of Trump and Clinton, only now to deal with a commercialized grab-fest for dollars.
It’s all about egos: top dog, top dollar… top something.  Here we are, poor humans with finite Earth-lives, grappling over imagined power. No one owns the truth, it just is.  In humility, if we can hear through the din of “me-me-me,” maybe we’ll hear a loving whisper that recognizes that we don’t have to malign nor step on someone to be loved…

Understanding Your Owners Manual

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Can Gluten Cause Depression?
Are you suffering from depression? There are many theories on the causes
of depression, but one that should be taken into consideration is how the
foods we eat can affect our mental state, especially gluten. Studies indicate
that gluten can affect the amount of tryptophan and serotonin in the body,
which give feelings of happiness.  - The Health and Wellness Networking Group
In countless articles like the one above, we are seeing conventional views
expanding.  In the past, it was logical to believe that mood was dictated by
the brain and the brain alone.  Now research is exploring the role of the gut
and its effect on mood. 
What scientists have now discovered is that many of the neurotransmitters
that establish a sense of calm and well-being are produced in the digestive
system.  It stands to reason that eating habits and their effect on the health
of the digestive tract may be responsible for changes in mood as well as
affecting our general health.
In o…

Looking in the Mirror

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As horrifying as this election season has been, even worse is the sense that we are looking into a mirror and seeing the grotesque caricature of our culture; selfish, ill-informed, superficial and cunning… lacking impulse control and living by the motto, “The end justifies the means.”
Most spiritual practices emphasize that the method, the means by which we live, justifies the outcome.  In other words, if you live a crappy and corrupt life, whatever you achieve is the fruit of the poisonous tree.
Mr. Trump… I can see his inflamed red face, his pursed lips and his diatribes about Bill Clinton (his mirror image).  I can hear his snorting, importuning us to “believe me,” and his creepy, adolescent bragging on that bus about bullying women.  Worse than those disqualifiers is his complete ignorance of world affairs and his smug and pitiful diatribes about things he knows not of.  I feel for his wife…how embarrassing.
Secretary Clinton… She has laid down with dogs for so long, she has come…

Surrender Isn’t Losing

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Surrendering to what is Will gain you the trust Of the divinely penetrated world, The world that has no separation Between divinity and physical.
-Barbara Brennan from “Trust” – Seeds of the Spirit
Poor humans we are, trying to dominate Nature with our intellect.  As I write this, Hurricane Matthew is boiling up a powerful punch in the Caribbean.  Having seen the effects of Hurricane Charley in Florida (snapped giant oaks like twigs and took the roof off my house using solar panels as wind sails), I deeply respect these exhalations of Mother Nature.  Mother is angry in the Caribbean.
In every happening, even wicked storms, is a rebalancing of forces, corrections that must occur as the Earth rights itself.  The San Andreas Fault in California WILL make a correction at some point.  Why not surrender now and call those areas “No Build Zones?”