LightHearts UK is offering a free online course that is a wonderful resource for relaxation of body, mind and spirit. If you want to reduce stress, I highly recommend it.
Week 6 features breathing as a relaxation technique and talks about Bear Heart, which is why I’m sharing it with you. Bear Heart was a big believer in the benefits of daily breathing exercises for stress reduction.
You can access Week 6 under the Mental Wellbeing menu, but I recommend the entire free course.
You can check out their FREE course here: https://www.lighthearts-uk.com/mental-wellbeing-course/
This is a guest post on vegan bone broth by Niketha Thomas
There are many diets out there that are tailored to multiple ways of eating: low carb, low fat, high fat, high protein, no protein, high carb…the list goes on and on. However, articles are just now starting to come out of the woodwork and inform people on the advantages of a no-animal cruelty whatsoever diet called a vegan diet. And a vegan bone broth diet has many, many positive impacts on the body.
Gelatin as Healing
Boiling animal bones does not get you a vegan-friendly meal of any sort. So, a vegan “bone” broth is made up of boiling mushrooms, vegetables, and sea vegetables (like seaweed) to obtain its liquid broth. The gelatin in all of these resources does everything from help promote the collagen in your body to aid in skin elasticity, fight off wrinkles, and give you more energy. Even if you just wanted to add it to a meal instead of making the broth your meal, it will still give you all of the nutritional properties and healing powers of what you have boiled.
In a world where many have too much “stuff”, gift ideas at the holidays are often a perplexing problem.
I love to gift experiences, often in the form of books, and you might consider doing the same.
An inspirational gift idea:
The Wind Is My Mother; the Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman is beloved throughout the world. There’s a reason it’s been in continuous print since 1996 and translated into a dozen languages:
“An extremely inspirational book filled with wisdom that has been passed down for centuries. It is a combination of Universal Truths and every-day living. Grandfather Bear Heart sits right up there with Fools Crow as one of the True Holy Men of our time.” – Amazon reader
“What an incredible book! It was warm, witty, insightful but mostly a “Keeper”! I leave it by my bed, and open it when I wish to be surrounded by the warmth of Bear Heart.” – Amazon reader
“Bear Heart has a wisdom in his words that I use daily to further my spiritual growth. My copy lives right there on my nightstand and gets referred to on a regular basis. I have bought about three dozen copies of this book to share with friends and family trying to get their spiritual lives in balance.” – Amazon reader
Many people have heard of “smudging,” and may even practice it, but there’s great value in knowing its history, and understanding the true sacredness of it.
There are three primary herbs used in the Native American tradition for smudging: sage, cedar and sweetgrass.
- Sage is used to dispel negative energy.
- Cedar is used for an overall blessing or to cleanse where there has been illness.
- Sweetgrass draws in positive energy.
I have been taught the importance of burning only one herb at a time for smudging, otherwise you are giving mixed messages.
Sage is the most commonly used for cleansing the energy field of a person, place or thing, so I will focus on it for this post.
Water. The original peoples teach that it is sacred and we cannot live without it.
It is the first thing we use every morning, and the last thing we use every night.
It allows us to thrive, and plants, trees and our food to grow. It is essential to all life.
And yet we poison it at every turn:
- It’s reported that at the Rio Olympics, swimmers need to ingest only three teaspoons of water to contract a virus. Rio de Janeiro waterways are contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria.
- 14 billion pounds of garbage, mostly plastic, is dumped into the ocean each year, killing sea life. In January, 2016, thirteen sperm whales washed up dead in Germany, their stomachs full of plastic and auto parts.