Thursday, January 21, 2010

The ABC's of Luminous Living

Always love yourself
-Love yourself unconditionally before you can truly love others.
-It's all about the diaphragm people! Be sure to breathe deeply everyday!
-It's as simple as sharing a smile with a stranger; but as essential as the air we breathe. As the Dalai Lama once said, "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
"D" (The Vitamin)
-Most of us are Vitamin D deficient...all it takes is 15 minutes a day in the sun (before noon or after 2 p.m.) with no sunscreen, to get your daily dose.
-We are made up of energy. It is the essence of our beings and an important role in our health and well being.
-It's actually good for you. Depending on the type of fat, there are some that are "essential" to our diets.
-IT IS A GLUE!!! Get it out of your diet! (We won't's can be tricky, did you know there is gluten in many french fries?)
-Do we really need to explain this one? I mean, who doesn't want to be happy?
Inner Balance
-If our bodies/minds/spirits are a little wobbly it can make our lives a little off kilter as well
Juice and Tea
-Homemade juices (the kind without added sugar and preservatives) and a variety of green, white and herbal teas do wonderful things for your body, taste great and are a whole lot healthier than soda!
-"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." ~Leo Buscaglia
-Love is the universal force that binds us together (not the mushy romantic soppy movie kind; the universal "love they fellow man" kind). It is essential to love, in order to practice kindness, compassion and caring in order to be happy.
-You should have one every day! (just kidding...) Seriously though...get out there and MOVE!!! Walking, stretching, yoga, running, jumping, dancing; whatever you fancy, just be sure and move a little everyday!
-If it's created in a might not be the best thing for you. Try using the gifts mother nature has already given us.
-Would you like a little apple with your fly spray? What goes on your food can end up in your tummy...steer clear of the chemicals.
-The Breath of Life...the art of Yoga Breathing.
Quiet time and Meditation
-With all the chaos in modern day life; it's important to even take just 15 minutes a day to recenter and recharge.
-Respect for yourself and others.
Sugar (and it's alternatives)
-Stay away from the refined stuff (give evaporated cane juice a go)...and for a sweet kick without going the traditional sugar route, try looking into Agave, Stevia, and Xylitol.
-Trust is one of the pillars of healthy relationships. Relationships that can add value and beauty to our lives.
Underlying Causes
-Dig deeper!!! When it comes to your health, finding the causes behind symptoms can be more beneficial than just treating the symptoms.
-You know those things your mom insisted you eat before leaving the table. They actually are pretty yummy and there's all kinds to choose from. Try roasting them, making a fresh salad, or even eating them raw. Veggies are your friend!
Whole Foods
-The less processing, packaging, and preservatives the better! Try making things from scratch...your body will be much happier!
-Get out there and live life!!! That's what it's all about!
-Exercise for the body, mind, and spirit!
-Let's all get enlightened!

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