As I look out at the paddocks and rolling hills around our property, I am reminded of the vulnerability of the bush, especially now with temperatures around 35 degrees outside, Camphor laurel trees swaying wildly with the increasing wind and desperately thirsty grass now crispy and brown as far as the eye can see. It’s a tinder box, waiting to happen!
I had a conversation today with one of my friends who was forced to evacuate her home in the Tewantin area. She borders the national park, which is thick and dense bushland. (more…)
You probably have something that you really love to do, something that ignites your spirit, yet somehow the day, week or month gets away from you and before you know it, precious time passes and you haven’t lived your bliss!
Finding more bliss in your day is about ‘MAKING TIME’ to do the little things that make you feel awesome. All those ‘little things’ add up and pretty soon they become ‘BIG POSITIVE THINGS’!
If you would like to spend some quality time focusing on you, and getting clear about what it is that helps your spirit, then take a stroll through this website - read the blogs. There is a lot of insightful information to share. Annie Clark’s Retreats.
You may not be able to control the unexpected challenges that come your way, however, you can put these 7 tips and suggestions in place to deal with the bad news, the blahs, the loss of enthusiasm we all experience from time to time — and get your bliss and high spirits back.
***Here are my top 7***
1. Schedule 1 hour a day minimum for ‘You’ for FUN, your design!
2. Spend time in nature (that may be your fun).
3. Embrace a new experience!
4. Be selective about your interactions - friend audit!
5. Make a list of everything that’s working in your life - celebrate that with gratitude!
6. Watch a little comedy - actively seek out laughter every day!
7. Gain Energy by Expending Energy - Exercise!
The 7th hint is vital, you are going to need ‘energy’ to live your bliss. Evaluate everything that makes you tired. This could be some relationships, different types of food or ingredients like Gluten, as an example. Avoid too many re-heated meals. These type of meals re-heated generally lack life force, so if you are going to eat something that you have warmed up, always serve fresh greens on the side. This will help the digestion and transition of the meal.
When it comes to interactions with other people, spend more time with people who are kind, loving and peaceful, than the opposite. Sounds so simple, but time is precious, so if you are hanging around with people who drain your batteries, you are hanging around with the WRONG PEOPLE!
Living your bliss is about being in harmony and alignment with what you love to do, and making sure there is more time set aside for that. No one lies on their death bed and says, ‘I wish I worked more!’ unless of course they loved their work.
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When I was growing up, I had a very simple menu and very simple food choices. My first meal of the day was cereal and If it wasn’t cereal it would be peanut butter on toast.
My dear mum meant well, but the cereal wasn’t the best choice and certainly is not what I would suggest today.
Our bodies are up against a lot of stress and a lot of ‘free radical’ attack, so if I can get some insurance and protection against the ravages of life, I’m going to chose green food every time. You will see there are many ways of incorporating green food into your day.
One of the priorities of ‘My lifestyle choices now’ is eating and juicing and including green leafy vegetables into the family everyday menu. It’s about getting the green on your plate!
While most of us know that lean protein and healthy carbs (like whole grains) give us energy, many are unaware of a group of superfoods that help our bodies process and unlock the energy from the foods we eat. These nutrition-packed veggies are easy to find, delicious, and have one thing in common—they’re all green!
Leafy greens and green veggies are filled with nutrients and power our health. Dark leafy greens, for example, are rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K as well as the B-vitamins essential to converting food into usable energy. With fibre, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium, in addition to other beneficial antioxidants, these greens are true superfoods that can help you unlock the energy you need to tackle your to-do list.
Here are eight easy ways to add more green food on to your plate and into your life!
- Start your day with green by including veggies in your breakfast, like with a broccoli and cheese scramble on whole-wheat English muffin or by adding green vegetables to your omelettes.
- Place a bed of sautéed greens underneath your main dish, Veggie bake or quiche.
- Add natural sweetness to green veggies by combining them with fruit, like in broccoli salad with dried cranberries, or by roasting veggies to bring out their natural sugars.
- Amp up your side dish game by experimenting with new sauces or fresh herbs for green vegetables, like with asparagus salad with lemon-garlic dressing or crunchy cucumber-dill salad.
- Add kale or spinach to your soup or smoothie.
- Add lettuce and wild greens to your juices.
- Make sure you grow some fresh greens and make it easy for cultivating and harvesting.
- Use a powdered green of choice for when you are travelling or away from your usual routine. We use Jade Green Zymes and/or Barley Life and several other brands. Whatever your choice, just be consistent with it.
No matter what I always start the day with something green. This simple habit has kept me well and happy for years! Enjoy!
Don’t wait for the diagnosis!
Some people need a diagnosis to ‘motivate’ them into action to be proactive with their health; others are completely in the zone to live their life in complete alignment with health and wellbeing. You know every day is an opportunity to create a mini health retreat experience, however, some people need the diagnosis to jolt them into action!
One of my clients came to me with a folder full of X-ray’s, Doctors reports, Medication details and appointments for the proposed surgery date. They were now faced with the prospect of their mortality and realized that everything they had been doing up until the present day, had been creating their disease, and they were abruptly brought into the zone, where the focus was now on some new lifestyle habits and choices, new emphasis on living, but now with URGENCY!
This person was in some mental turmoil, to say the least, but now completely motivated to make some changes. My job was to help my client understand the ingredients they were using for their ‘lifestyle disease cake’ and what brought the condition to them in the first place, so they could make some positive changes and not repeat the pattern.
I ask this question, ‘What is the recipe for disease?’ You see, it’s one thing to remove the cyst or lump; it’s common to have the surgery, have the offending ‘end result’ removed, but who’s looking at what created the problem in the first place.
My client can now see that there was a very detailed ‘recipe’ for the condition they created, and although it may appear that the ‘disease cake’ is cooking away in the oven on high temp, there is now an awareness.
The recipe for any ‘disease cake’ usually has one dominating ingredient! Before I nail that one dominating ingredient I’d like you to consider if you were baking a real cake, you are probably going to add an egg or two, with the disease cake I look for the traumatic time in your history or ‘herstory’, the stressful situation that manifested perhaps months or years back. Your recipe for your disease cake is always going to be unique because you are unique, but the binding ingredient for your ‘disease cake’ will always be stress, or should I say your perception of what is going on around you.
Your real cake recipe would have flour and liquid of some sort, in the disease cake liquid part is the ‘meaning, the emphasis’ you place on things that happen to you be going through. I see people connect the dots when I ask them about a traumatic situation or a stressful time that they went through and I find out how they handled it. After all that evaluation, I’m happy to say there is some good news. One can always lay new foundations for a whole new healthy ‘you’.
‘The good news’, I reminded my client, ‘is one can lay the foundations for Model and Make ‘YOU’ 12 months from the existing date – therefore stripping back the diseased tissue with good nutrition, juices and other lifestyle alterations that will not only bring one into alignment with vitality but empower one to take charge of their own health.
You have the power to create ‘magnificent health’, and turn your disease into ‘liv-ease’ – living with ease and grace. Observing nature in all her forms, following natural hygiene principals, cleaning out the colon, eating more life-giving foods, and really thinking about what you are thinking about!
In the book The Four Agreements, the author Miguel Ruiz offers a code for living a life of peace and happiness. The first principle Miguel offers in this code of conduct for your life is Be Impeccable with your Word. It is much more difficult than it seems. When I first heard this I was thinking deeply about how I use the ‘word’ on myself and others.
What does it mean to be impeccable with your word?
Here’s what we need to consider words. Words are powerful and can be painful to someone else and even more destructive to ourselves. Walking around being silent while filled with hate or self-rejection doesn’t meet the meaning of impeccability. Our Word is the force that we create with, our word includes everything we express. It includes our emotions, physical actions, thoughts, and attitude. (more…)
I have two funny stories to share, and both of them have a common theme - it’s about complaining! Most times complaining doesn’t get you anywhere. But there are creative ways to make a point. I trust you will enjoy this little bit of light relief with a laugh. I found this in my old ‘poo in you blog site’, www.thepooinyou.com.au. It’s still there, and even though some of the articles go right back to 2011, I found one worth revamping, and probably timely as I’m hearing a lot of complaining lately, so a laugh is really the best medicine for shifting state. Hope you enjoy. (more…)