• Energy of a Home

    Everything and everybody that enters your home creates an energy and leaves a footprint.

    Our homes are filled with energy that we create, generate and allow to flourish. Many times our relationship with the pulse of our homes is rather passive - not paying particular attention to the energy that’s been established.

    It’s only when we regard our homes as unique entities that we begin to understand why it is necessary to take charge of the energy that fills our homes.

    Stagnant, inharmonious energy can find its way into our dwellings through previous occupants, builders, visitors, handymen, caretakers, delivery drivers and more. When we’re aware of all that can influence the energy of our spaces, we’re empowered to create harmonious homes that go far beyond meeting the need for shelter.

    Exercising care with regard to who and what we invite into our homes is one of the easiest ways to ensure the energy within remains loving and supportive. It’s not always possible to do so, but we can keep certain spaces off limits. Guests don’t need to enter private spaces like bedrooms, home offices or meditation areas. Rooms and property can be purified through cleansing or smudging.

    We offer a natural smudge spray that’s been charged with positive Reiki energy and blessings. It’s convenient to use, smoke free and truly elevates the feel of your space making it feel light, bright and peaceful.

    A home can appear beautiful and comfortable while still serving as a dwelling for lower vibrations. During remodeling or construction, Reiki or religious symbols and other positive imagery can be drawn or painted on surfaces that will later be covered by paint, wallpaper or flooring. Though hidden, the imagery can continue to attract good vibes and cleanse stagnant, old energy. Blessings can also be drawn in plain sight, where they remind us of how potently our home's energy can affect our own.
  • Steer Clear of these Common Beauty Product Additives!

    When it comes to skincare and personal products, list of ingredients to avoid seems to grow longer by the minute. But that’s only because experts and consumers are becoming educated to the impact of some ingredients listed on our beauty product labels.

    *Consider this a cheat sheet of common ingredients to avoid*

    Formaldehyde. Decades of research classifies formaldehyde as a known carcinogen.... and its unfortuantely still a fairly common ingredient in hair straightening products, nail polish, etc.

    Thankfully, some retailers (including Whole Foods, CVS, and Target) are starting to ban products that contain formaldehyde from their shelves. But there’s a catch!

    While formaldehyde has become a well-known toxic ingredient to avoid, many don’t know about the lesser known ingredients that release formaldehyde formulated into some cosmetics.

    It’s unlikely you’ll actually see the word “formaldehyde” on an ingredient label, but it may sneak onto on your product label under a totally different name.

    Formaldehyde "releasers". Bronopol, DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, and quaternium-15 are cosmetic preservatives that slowly form formaldehyde. Steer clear of these!

    Synthetic fragrances. Heads-up! When an ingredient label simply says “fragrance” or "parfum" it’s usually an umbrella term for hundreds of chemicals brands aren’t required by law to disclose. Crazy! This makes it a lot harder for consumers to discern what’s hazardous and what isn't.

    Phtalates. One such sneaky compound hiding under the “fragrance” umbrella - phtalates. They're used to help perfume stick to skin, as well as eyelash adhesive and nail polish. That’s bad news, because phtalates ar pretty significant endocrine disruptors. In some cases they facilitate early puberty in girls and boys, and reduced sperm count in men.
  • Age Gracefully Through Each Season

    As we cultivate our life, our beauty becomes as much about what we are creating and doing as it is about our appearance.

    We tend to associate youth with beauty, but the truth is that beauty transcends every age. Just as a deciduous tree is stunning in all its stages--from its full leafy green in the summer to its naked skeleton during winter and everything in between--human beings are beautiful throughout their life spans.

    The early years of our lives tend to be about learning and experiencing as much as we possibly can. We move through the world like sponges, absorbing the ideas of other people and the world. Like a tree in spring, we are waking up to the world. In this youthful phase of life, our physical strength, youth, and beauty help open doors and attract attention.

    Gradually, we begin to use the information we have gathered to form ideas and opinions of our own. As we cultivate our philosophy about life, our beauty becomes as much about what we are saying, doing, and creating as it is about our appearance. Like a tree in summer, we become full, expressive, beautiful, and productive.

    When the time comes for us to let go of the creations of our middle lives, we are like a tree in autumn dropping leaves, as we release our past attachments and preparing for a new phase of growth. Children move on, and careers shift or end. The lines on our faces, the stretch marks, and the grey hairs are beautiful testaments to the fullness of our experience.
  • Presence

    How to stay present to life
  • Nature in Your Neighborhood

    There is a plethora of nature in every neighborhood, one only needs to become still to see.

    Because both cities and tightly packed suburbs offer wildlife bountiful nooks and crannies in which to hide, it can be difficult to spot the animals that live in our midst. Many thrive among paved streets, sidewalks, buildings, parking lots, and high-rises. There are animals in abundance burrowing in the soil of center medians and tiny backyard gardens, making nests in the trees that line broad and busy avenues, and buzzing round the flowers that beautify our parks.

    To find these creatures, we only need to stop, look, and listen. Nature's drama is continually playing out on the window ledges where weary birds stop to roost, in the shadowy places where cautious nocturnal mammals wait for night's mantel to fall, and the fountains where playful waterfowl splash and frolic. In observing the animals that share our habitat, we become a part of their beautiful, complex, and exciting world.

    Season by season, cities offer diverse ecosystems for you to explore. If your search for urban and suburban wildlife is challenging, try to look at your community with an animal's eyes. Where there are shrubs and flowers, insects such as butterflies, ladybugs, beetles, and spiders can usually be found. The insects, in turn, attract the birds who feast upon them.

    Even the smallest green spaces are hosts to squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, and moles. Decorative awnings offer falcons a place to raise their young. At night, a different community of animals wakens to the world. Raccoons, skunks, and possums emerge to examine our human leftovers for edibles. Even pets feel the call of the wild--it's not uncommon for well-fed cats in colorful collars to stalk the streets in search of prey. Signs of habitation, like nests or hives, and audible evidence, like chirps, will help you find them.
  • You Are The One You're Waiting For

    You Are The One You Are Waiting For

    We spend a lot of our lives looking for role models, mentors, teachers, and gurus to guide us on our path. There is nothing wrong with this and, in fact, finding the right person at the right time can really help. However, it is important to realize that in the absence of such a figure, we can very safely rely upon ourselves.

    We carry within us everything we need to know to make progress on our paths to self-realization. The outer world serves as a mirror. Or to use another metaphor, our inner world has a magnetic force that draws to us what we need to evolve to the next level. All we need to do to see that we already have everything we need is to let go of our belief that we need to seek in order to find.

    The path of the spirit is often defined as a journey with a goal such as the fabled pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In this metaphor, a person begins a search for something they want but do not have and then they find it, and there is a happy ending. However, most of us know that getting what we want only makes us happy for a moment, and then the happiness passes until a new object of desire presents itself.
  • 6 Ways to Build Resilience

    Resilience is the process of effectively coping with adversity—it’s about bouncing back from difficulties. The great thing about resilience is that it’s not a personality trait; it involves a way of paying attention, thinking, and behaving that anyone can learn.

    World-renowned neuroscientist Richard Davidson has found evidence that mindfullness increases resilience, and the more mindfulness you practice, the more resilient your brain becomes.

    The emotional soup that follows a stressful event can whip up negative stories about yourself or others that goes on and on, beyond being useful. For example, if you have an argument with your partner before leaving for work, you can end up replaying that conversation all day, which continues to proliferate anxiety or low mood far more than is necessary.

    Mindfulness reduces this rumination and, if practiced regularly, changes your brain so that you’re more resilient to future stressful events.
    Several key aspects of resilience:
    Positive personal relationships— the MOST important factor.
    The ability to make plans and take action to solve problems.
    The capacity to manage difficult emotions—mindfulness is an important aspect here.
    Effective communication skills.

    5 ways to build resilience:

    Nurture relationships. Have a range of positive, supportive connections within and outside your family. If you don’t, take steps to improve the situation. Join a club, local group, volunteer group, or an evening class.

    Find meaning in difficulties. When faced with adversity, see if you can discover some positive way in which you’ve dealt with the challenge. People often report improved relationships, greater consciousness, or appreciation of life in the face of great difficulties.
  • Becoming Our Own Role Models

    There was a time where women stood together in a bond of sisterhood, women supporting women.

    As women embrace the fullness of who they are as individuals, they may find themselves supporting other women, helping others to reach the level of inner comfort and outer freedom that they themselves have found. Among those who are less sure of themselves and their place in the world, it may be more common to criticize other women than to seek their help.

    We all recognize that we have much to learn from each other regardless of gender, but sometimes we could use a supportive role model that gives us a more precise example of what and who we can become.

    There was a time where women stood together in a bond of sisterhood, women supporting women. It is only natural that the pendulum swings out of balance for a while so that we may have the experience of what we do not want. It is up to women to bring the pendulum back into balance and bring back the sacred sisterhood we yearn for at our core.

    If we envision a world where women support each other and help each other find their place in an ever-changing world, then we can become the change we want to see. Jealousy, envy, criticism, and judgment are refuges for the insecure.

    As we help others to become self-assured, we create a world in which all people help each other, regardless of gender. Only women can make the change in how women are seen and understood, not just by other women but by the world at large.
    The way we speak about each other to other women and to the men in our lives informs everyone to treat us with the respect that all women, and all people, deserve.
  • 6 Strategies to Boost Your Immune System

    Help yourself stay healthy with these six immune-boosting strategies!

    Choose Immune-Boosting Herbs
    A variety of herbs can help your immune system fight off illness. Try using these as tea, as a tasty addition to your meals, or in tincture or supplement form.

    Garlic doubles as an antibacterial and immune booster.
    Ginger promotes healthy lung function and may help reduce cholesterol.
    Turmeric helps protect the liver and adrenal glands from toxins and inflammation.
    Sage helps cleanse mucus from the respiratory tract and alleviates nasty coughs.
    Panax ginseng* contains powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
    Echinacea tea* helps fight off upper respiratory tract infections, including cold and flu viruses.
    *always check with your physician first if you are undergoing treatment with immuno-modulating prescriptions or infusions.

    Do Your Best to Reduce Stress
    Stress weakens your body’s ability to fight off infections. Psychological stress in particular has been shown to compromise immune function.

    You can reduce your stress levels through exercises such as walking, jogging, yoga and pilates.

    Incorporate meditation and deep-breathing exercises into your day to flush out stress. Music can also be a powerful stress-relieving tool. Learn to let the little things go, and treat yourself to a nice meal or relaxing bath to help unwind.

    Aim for 7-8 Hours of Sleep
    Sleep allows the body to repair itself, heal wounds, regulate hormones and refresh the mind. Inadequate or poor-quality sleep weakens the immune system and invites colds, flu and infections.

    To promote healthy sleep, avoid eating or exercising too close to bedtime. Keep your bedroom well-ventilated, and go to bed around the same time every day.

    Other pre-sleep rituals that may help include reading a book, misting a calming essential oil on your pillow, such as this French Lavender Room & Linen Spray or try playing ambient noise – especially if you live in a noisy area.
  • Trees for Bees!