I once had a coach who appeared to me like an angel in my life. He taught me so many things about myself and the power of perception. One of the most critical (and life-changing) concepts he presented to me was the idea of competition versus creation.
Creation vs Competition
In a world where we see a massive disparity between rich and poor, where millions of people go to bed hungry every night and where there is constant fear of the depletion of natural resources, it is no wonder that we have a mindset of competition.
As we welcome in these long, warm days of summer, we simultaneously invite the elements of nature that will help keep us cool and balanced. One of the most obvious examples of this is MINT.
Did you know that there are over 600 varieties of mint? This prolific herb has an astounding spectrum of aromatic and flavor characteristics; ranging from chocolate to pineapple to orange.
Brewed as a hot or cold tea, used to flavor ice cream or chopped into salads, mint always adds a refreshing note. Read More
I am often accused of having too sensitive of a nose. Like many people who have studied natural perfumery, or who have removed as many synthetically-produced scents from their life as possible, my sense of smell has been heightened by my interest and experiential education in aromatic botanicals.
The accusations against my sensitivity come from a lack of understanding; from people whose noses are not as sensitive as mine. Every time this happens, I feel a small amount of sadness for these individuals, knowing they are not able to enjoy the world from this special perspective.
Rosemary. For many, the word is unspectacular; it simply calls to mind the common herb found in many a garden and at almost any market, even the most poorly stocked.
Yet I invite you to see and experience this herb with new perspective.
Rosemary stems from a warm, Mediterranean climate, yet it has adapted beautifully to the colder regions of the world. It has been utilized medicinally for hundreds of years to remove impurities and evil thoughts, to encourage remembrance, as a defense against plague and as a protection against physical harm.
The Covering Made of Food
I would like to begin this conversation by referencing a concept by the Eight Century Vedic scientist and philosopher, Adi Shankara. Shankara described the physical body as a temporary state; something that appears solid, but that in reality, is continuously transforming. He accentuated the interrelationship between the physical body and the food we ingest, positing that the majority of our cells are derived from what we eat. He actually referred to the physical body as annamaya kosha, meaning “the covering made of food”.
Normally we smell something long before we see it. In fact, our noses often direct our eyes where to look and our feet where to walk; either toward a desirable smell or away from an undesirable one. Yet I feel we often take our sense of smell for granted.
I was just reading an amazing article on the learning capabilities of deaf-blind children. These extraordinary human beings, who are not able to rely on the typically dominant senses of sight and hearing, become quite reliant on their sense of smell.
These children use the chemical signals that come in through their noses as information for identifying the various people in their lives and for anticipating activities that they are about to experience.
This month I have been teaching a lot about the potential for healing on multiple levels. When it comes to the process of emotional healing, there are so many essential oils that can be called upon to act as a tremendous support team.
For that reason, instead of choosing a single oil to highlight, I wanted to write about 2 specific groups: Flowers & Resins.
When it comes to cleaning up old, emotional wounds, opening the heart, releasing anger and finding forgiveness, essential oils distilled from flowers and tree resins are there to love and support you on your journey. These oils not only help us to be more compassionate, empathetic and receptive to others, but they also help us to be more loving and accepting of ourselves.
I head underground. I choose the cleanest seat available; one slightly removed from the other people. I sit.
I feel an incredible warmth surge up the back of my thighs. It follows a path all the way up to the level of my shoulder blades. It is pleasant. I push into it.
I feel both feet firmly planted into the ground, even through the thick layer of rubber that makes up the bottoms of my boots. I can choose to which foot I put more of my weight. And I can choose to which part of each foot I put my weight. This is apparent in the amount of resistance the floor gives back to me. It feels good to have choices. It feels good to find an unexpected playmate in the ground beneath me.
The research on meditation has grown staggeringly and the health benefits that come from this daily practice have become indisputable. While meditation comes easily to some of us, I feel many others struggle to get into a meditation groove, and others still do not even understand what all the excitement is about.
If you are already meditating, that’s great for you. If you are questioning why you should even begin or are confused about how to do so, this blog is for you. There are countless health benefits that come with a daily meditation, but the short of the long is that meditation greatly reduces your stress response, creating an internal terrain that supports healing on all levels.
On the whole, it seems that modern society has a generally negative viewpoint of sleep. Similar to healthy eating and physical activity, sleep often gets clumped into the category of “I know I need to do it, but who has the time?”
Nowhere is that sentiment more apparent than in New York City, “the city that never sleeps”. New Yorkers classically wear 4 hours of sleep like a badge of honor, patting themselves on the back for their productivity, in spite of barely sleeping the night before. But imagine how much more productive they might be on 7 or 8 hours of sleep, with less reliance on nutrient-lacking stimulants that perpetuate a stress response in their bodies and wreak havoc on their health and well-being.
So many of us go through life never thinking about our breath. And why should we? Doesn’t breathing happen involuntarily?
While our brains will luckily inform our breathing whether we are consciously thinking about it or not, breathing is one instrument that we can train and utilize on a conscious level, in order to control other subconscious/involuntary functions that greatly impact our health. Read More
As we exit the hecticness and over-indulgence of the holiday season and enter this new and wonderful year (2018!), my mind, like many, wanders toward resolutions and resets. This is such a great time to set 6-month and 1-year goals and to write down concrete action steps for accomplishing them.
The first calendar month of a new year is so filled with hope and grand expectations, particularly around the areas of health and wellness. Our bodies instinctively crave a healthier, more relaxing and more nourishing way of being; a return to equilibrium after the festivities of the previous weeks.