Tag Archive | Healing

Massive Animal Deaths

Updated timeline of mysterious animal deaths | The Vigilant Citizen.

I’m not really a “2012=end of world” person , but the massive animal deaths have me a little on edge. The most interesting thing is that in most cases the “causes” are either unknown or totally ridiculous (drunken birds?) and no one seems to be really actually questioning it.

Also, here a Google map that charts all the reported deaths….

Just makes me wonder what are animal brothers and sisters are trying to tell us – we’ve grown so far from them, we can even figure it out.

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A Cop Out

Okay, so yesterday’s post was a bit of a cop out – but I have a good reason! I’ve been busy being sick, though I’m getting over it now.

I’ve been hanging out, drinking juice and watching Dexter on Netflix – that’s one way to handle getting sick. I have, however, missed a day in my year and a day. But seeing as I’ve been doped up on cold medicine, it doesn’t surprise me.

I’ll be back in fighting form soon, promise.

Winter Pick-me-ups

Winter can be a pretty terrible time – it’s cold, wet, and you end up getting a cold at some point. I have some remedies for that winter cold – or at least some delicious things that will have you feeling a little better.

One of my favorite bagged teas

Generally, I use a teaspoon to measure out my ingredients – but that’s up to you really depending on your taste.

Red Tea

1 part Hibiscus
1 part Rose (petals or buds)
1/2 part Lavender

Use dried versions of the herbs listed in a strainer, tea ball, or cheesecloth tea bag and steep for about 3 minutes. This makes a beautiful burgundy colored tea with a warm floral sent. Sweeten with honey or sugar, and add a little lemon juice to brighten it up if you like. It’s a wonderful drink to snuggle up with when it’s cold out and is also great to drink during your moontime as these flowers give off a calming fragrance and each have useful health benefits.

Sore Throat Soother

1 part ground/powered Slippery Elm
1 part honey (local is best)

Add these two to the bottom of your mug; poor hot water over and stir to dissolve the honey and to disperse the slippery elm. ┬áNo matter how finely ground your slippery elm is, it’s going to be a little gritty/grainy but it’s okay. Slippery elm sooths inflammation and mucus membranes – helping to calm a cough and heal a sore throat. Honey also has soothing properties – and local honey can actually prep your immune system for specific strains of bacteria in your area.

Spiced Milk

6-8 ounces of milk (or if you prefer, almond or soy milk can be used)
3-5 cloves
1 small cinnamon stick
1 inch of fresh ginger, sliced into disks

Combine everything in a small saucepan and heat gently just until it begins to steam. Pour into a cup though a strainer to separate the herbs (the cloves and cinnamon can be used one more time if you let them dry completely; the ginger, however, is done) and enjoy! If you’d like, add a little honey. This is a great drink to really warm you up in the winter – clove, cinnamon, and ginger contain chemicals that stimulate your body to heat up just a little bit.

Hope you enjoy, and stay warm!

Affirmations

Something I’ve been getting into using recently are affirmations – which are simply phrases said over and over again. It’s a kind of magic, really, if you ask me. Saying something (like “I am successful in everything I do”) over and over again, day in and day out, actually creates changes in how you think, act, and live. Generally, affirmations are stated in the positive (“My body craves healthy food”) instead of the negative (“My body does not crave junk food”) and I’ve heard three different reasons behind this. The first is that the universe doesn’t understand “not” or other negatives and basically these are ignored (so the above example becomes “My body does crave junk food”). This one seems a little weird to me – how does the universe not “understand” something? Hell if I know.

The second is that when the affirmations are said over and over again the negatives get lost in the repetition and the affirmation “morphs” into something else whereas a positive affirmation stays the same. ┬áThis makes a little more sense but it’s not nearly as logical as the third. Let’s take the example I’ve been using about junk food – if you were to repeat the phrase “my body does not crave junk food” over and over, day in and day out, what will you be thinking about? Junk food! The thing you’re trying to stay away from. Now, if you use “my body craves healthy foods” you’ll be thinking about healthy foods – makes a lot more sense, doesn’t it?

At the moment, I’m using affirmations to help be integrate my spiritual life

The mini wrist mala I use with my affirmations

back into my day to day life – something I’ve been having a lot of trouble with. Let me share my little ritual: At every meal, before I start eating, I recite my affirmations (often internally) using a handmade mini-wrist mala. The first is “my spiritual life is an integral part of my daily life”. I say this nine times, then go on to the second affirmation that I use: “my daily life is an integral part of my spiritual life”.

Do you use affirmations?

Bells for Haiti

One year ago, a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Caribbean country of Haiti. It is estimated that between 230,000 to 250,000 people lost their lives that day in Haiti, and over a million were left homeless. Like many other energy workers, I spent a lot of time in the days following the destruction sending energy to those who needed. I also donated to charity and would have, if given the opportunity, gone over there myself to help.

So where is Haiti now? Only 2%-4% of the rubble has been cleared, efforts have ground to a halt due to indecision, and according to Amnesty International, girls and women in the displacement camps are being preyed on.

I have an altar bell like this that I will be ringing today

Bells for Haiti is an awareness campaign, being promoted through the American Refugee Committee. At 4:53 pm EST today, January 12, bells will be rung across America in remembrance and awareness. This is a chance to remember the lives lost and disrupted, and remember that these people are still in need!

Bells for Haiti flyer

Healing 2011

I’m not sure where this idea came from, but I hear that 2011 is the year for healing – the self, others, and the world. I’m all for that idea. Short post today, but I think I just want to reflect on this idea for a while. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with the “healing frequency” – this is, according to some, the frequency that prompts healing and peace.

No Words

Now, I know it’s silly to name a blog post “no words” but that’s how I’m feeling at the moment. I just returned from a winter solstice circle and we spoke of what changes we were looking forward to in the coming year. Our circle leader read this statement made by Joe Solmonese, Executive of the Human Rights Campaign:

“Today, America lived up to its highest ideals of freedom and equality. Congress recognized that all men and women have the right to openly serve their country. Plenty of people had already planned the funeral for this legislation. Today, we pulled out a victory from what was almost certain defeat just a few days ago.”

I have no words to express how happy I am that this repeal has finally passed.