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Tips and Essential Oil Uses for a Balanced Life

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Treat yourself.
All work and no play is a surefire way to throw off a balanced life. Wherever you’re logging your hours—at home, the office, the gym, or anywhere else—be sure to treat yourself when the work is done! Making time for yourself ensures that you feel cared for, so you can keep sharing your time, energy, and talents with others. Pursue a new hobby just for fun, spend a night binge-watching a show, or take an extra-long, steamy shower! It can be anything, big or small, that helps you refocus and recharge.

YL Tip: Grab a Stress Away™ Roll-On and check out our Treat Yourself—3 Steps to Make Time for Me Time blog post to get started!



Take stock of your life.
When was the last time you thought about what you want and what it takes to get there? Knowing yourself and what makes you feel happy and fulfilled can help balance your life. Unfortunately, the hustle and bustle of daily life makes it almost impossible to passively discover yourself, and you can easily end up somewhere you did…

The Soul of Vibrational Sweetness

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Those of us who treasure animal companions know this; they embody the soul of vibrational sweetness.This is true if living with humans hasn’t made them crazy!

Since our pets are pure at the outset, the complexities and neurotic confusion of human lives invades their brains like a tsunami.If we watch them, treasure their energy and allow them to be our teachers, they open up like flowers in the rain.

The horrific videos depicting animal cruelty make me dive for the remote.Prisoners of human unconsciousness and worse, they abide confused and forlorn, mirrors of our own desolation. Starving babies are another remote diver for me.Innocence with nowhere to go is a projection of anything about ourselves we’ve buried to protect.There it is, exposed as a ragged animal or an abject little human.

From years in the therapist’s chair, I’ve honed a sense of understanding that there is no you, and no me. There is Life living itself as you, me and everything else.There is only Life, its energy burs…

Self-Concept

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If you want to predict how successful a person will be in life, unscrew the top of their head and pull out their self-concept.What we think about ourselves can be the platform that launches us, or the ceiling that limits us.

Some of us have been taught that self-criticism is the way to eliminate our flaws.We cherry pick those traits that are deemed negative and focus on them.If we do this without compassion and forgiveness, we create a biased view that becomes a limitation.Overly focusing on the need for improvement can tip the scales of self-concept and create negative self-talk, the basis of anxiety and depression.

This doesn’t mean we are in La-La Land not noticing those areas that need nurturing and growth, but we see them with equanimity, meaning from a peaceful center.We can also balance our need for growth with appreciation for that which is glorious and whole about us.

What’s going on in your thought process?Are you overly self-critical?Are you overly critical of others? (By …

When no one is watching...

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Our values show themselves when the audience isn’t around. 
I’m teaching a course (Human Relations) in which a central theme is what motivates us.  Kids are taught (if they’re lucky) by parents who hold values and reward or punish their kids accordingly.  If we mature, we learn to internalize our values, and we don’t need external responses to validate them.
Are we performing for an audience over a lifetime?  With empathy, we are concerned about our effects on others, but being a people pleaser places our fate in the hands of others.  If you haven’t noticed, most people are operating on their own agendas, so pleasing people without consciousness can get us lost.

Patchouli - A Young Living Essential Oil

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The earthy, complex nature of Patchouli essential oil makes it easy to rave about. Whether we’re using it on its own or in some of our favorite blends such as DiGize™ and Peace & Calming®, Patchouli oil is versatile in its uses and benefits. Its musky scent makes it popular for use in soaps and perfumes, either used as a distinctive aroma on its own or to blend with other complementary scents.

Free spirits have been drawn to Patchouli oil’s unique aroma for a long time. If you know anyone from the Woodstock era, see if the scent brings back any fond memories, or if you know anyone from the Napoleonic era, see if they recall it fondly from their favorite perfumes. (Just kidding. If you know anyone from the Napoleonic era, they’re probably ghosts.)


There’s plenty more to know about Patchouli essential oil and its uses. These fun facts will give you all the Patchouli prowess you need!
1. Patchouli is part of the mint family, but it has a powerful, musky scent—meaning you probably won’t…

Spicy Potato Salad

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This great mayo free recipe is from Young Living.

Ingredients:

6 medium-sized gold potatoes, peeled
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 drops of Coriander Vitality™ Essential Oil
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp ground turmeric
4 drops of Lime Vitality™ Essential Oil
1 drop Black Pepper Vitality™ Essential Oil
1 cup dried Wolfberries
1 packed cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 packed cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 packed cup chopped fresh dill
Salt and pepper

Instructions:

1.Peel the potatoes and place them in a large pot of boiling water. Cook for about 10 minutes until soft, but not mushy.
2.Drain the potatoes, dry them, and cube them.
3.Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a cast-iron skillet on medium. Stir in the garlic, red pepper flakes, and dried wolfberries. Cook for 2-3 minutes then add the turmeric.
4.Toss in the potatoes, and mix well to coat. Add the fresh cilantro, parsley and dill. Cook for 4 more minutes.
5.Remove from heat. Mix 2 tablespoon of o…

E Pluribus Unum

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The literal interpretation of “E Pluribus Unum” is one out of many.Politically and personally we need to understand that the concept of oneness outweighs diversity.Not accidentally, this is a driving concept in Nature and spiritual life as well. The higher we evolve, the more oneness we experience with each other, with Nature and with the natural order of Life unfolding.A sense of separation from each other and from Nature mirrors our separation from an overriding Truth: that the degree of our separation from oneness causes suffering. “Us versus them” is alive and well in America.“Me first” at a cost to others fuels violence generation after generation.There are Syrian immigrants in the deserts of the Middle East one hundred hears after my Armenian relatives suffered the same fate in the same region. All the colors of the rainbow originate in white light.When that light hits a crystal, it fragments into a diverse rainbow.Focusing on the differences in hue is interesting, but the orig…