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3 Simple Steps To Release Fear of Rejection

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omcities  April 11
Filed under: Yoga


I am a singer, songwriter, and performer. I have loved to perform since I was a child but when I decided to record in an actual recording studio; all my fears came up. I thought, “Will people like me” and I felt paralyzed. I could not understand why this was happening but decided to do some research in what might be holding me back. I learned about a process calledEmotional Freedom Technique. EFT, otherwise known as Emotional FreedomTechniques, is a type of Meridian Tapping that combines ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology with startling results. From pain relief, to healing childhood traumas, to clearing limiting financial beliefs, to weight loss, body image and food cravings, to fears and phobias, Tapping is proving to be a powerful, well-researched and easy to learn and apply technique. Tapping utilizes the body’s energy meridian points by stimulating them with your fingertips – literally tapping into your body’s own energy and healing power. Your body is more powerful than you can imagine… filled with life, energy, and a compelling ability for self-healing. With Tapping, you can take control of that power. To find out more I suggest you visit www.thetappingsolution.com This technique helped me so much and when I added it to my yoga practice I had no more fear of rejection. Here is a link to a video I made to help you if you struggle with this too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OboXWZmzgMo
I am a kundalini yoga instructor and I chose to find out if there were any exercises that could help me. I learned we all have energy centers in our bodies called chakras. 
Chakras  are energy points or nodes in the subtle body. Chakras are part of the subtle body, not the physical body, and as such are the meeting points of the subtle (non-physical) energy channels called nadiis. Nadiis are channels in the subtle body through which the life force (prana) (non-physical) or vital energy (non-physical) moves.Various scriptural texts and teachings present a different number of chakras.There are many chakras in the subtle human body according to the tantric texts,but there are seven chakras that are considered to be the most important ones.
Their name derives from the Sanskrit word for "wheel" or "turning", but in the yogic context a better translation of the word is 'vortex or whirlpool'. You can use this diagram with the video I created that goes with this blog. I created a FREE GIFT for you to do simple yoga exercises you can do at your desk so you have more energy, focus, and clarity. Clearing all your blocks easily and effortlessly as a practice http://itsalldivine.org/fmwj 
We spend a lot of time working on our energy using visualization, and energy healing techniques...
But what most people don't consider, is that not only does the mind influence the body, but the body also influences the mind...
Yogis have known this for thousands of years... that practicing Yoga can influence your energy systems and help it flow through your body.
Indeed the ancient art of Yoga is one of the most powerful tools for:
  • increasing your vitality and energy levels
  • boosting your fitness
  • relieving stress
  • helping you feel calm during the day
  • improving your relationships
But so many of us never get to experience the transformation that Yoga has on our lives.
I have created a program that helps busy people have inner peace and outer success click the link above to get the FREEMini-series you can do in a few minutes a day to jump start your day and set yourself up for an awesome day.



Karen Palmer is a master at manifesting and teaches simplestrategies so anyone can live their dream life. She shares how to apply theLaws of the Universe as a Success/Mindful Coach. She brings Ancient Wisdom tomodern times as a Kundalini Yoga Instructor and helps people discover the magicwithin. She has combined all her spiritual gifts to be a Conscious Dog Trainer,and a Non-Profit Business Leader.She is a Singer and songwriter who loves towork with children. She is working to bring environmental education, animaladvocacy,yoga, music,  and kindness topublic schools. You can reach her at www.itsalldivine.org   www.positivelypetsandkids.com  www.facebook.com/puppyloverevolution    www.livingonpurposetv.org

 



Passion's Promise

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omcities  April 11
Filed under: Health and Wellness




 
Do you feel like you're not good enough? Are the voices of indecision running around in your head? Do you find that you can't take that final step to complete projects or begin new ones? Then, my Dears, your HEART CHAKRA is blocked!
 
A closed off heart can manifest in the body temple in the following ways: Asthma, Lung Disease, Shortness of Breath, High Blood Pressure...
An OPEN HEART CHAKRA allows us to give and receive love and abundance;unconditionally. An OPEN HEART CHAKRA allows us to forgive!!!
 
 Whether it's passion for your partner, your career or your artistic or creative projects; having passion in our lives is our soul's elixir. It keeps us on our purposeful path! When we have not embraced passion, we are depleted and we may feel separate from ourselves. We may feel depression, exhaustion, confusion and a constant sense of sacrifice and guilt.
 
Essential oils are soothing to our souls and work their physical, emotional and psychological wonders by interacting with the olfactory nerves, or entering through the skin; thus, affecting the limbic system in the brain.
 
"Passion'sPromise" massage and body elixir ($40) isa seductive, proprietary blend of Sandalwood, Jasmine Absolute, and Ylang-Ylang with a hint of citrus!  These ancient and rare essential oils will awaken your passion fire through the healing science of aromatherapy.
 
"Passion'sPromise” massage and body elixir ($40) is blended to stimulate the hypothalamus; the area of the brain that regulates our energy levels and sex drive. And, it awakens our Heart Chakra; creating a sense of well-being and self-confidence.
 
Enjoy the Sensual Side of This Ancient Elixir:
 
  • Sandalwood: Sandalwood is found in India and is highly prized for spiritual ceremonies and meditation. It supports immune function and is valued for skin moisturizing.
  • Ylang-Ylang: Ylang-Ylang elevates sexual energy in both men and women. It releases feelings of anger, tension and nervous irritability.
  • Jasmine Absolute: Jasmine has a long history of allure through the laws of attraction! This seductive scent has been used, across time, to lure and allure.
To Order,click HERE: www.holisticunited.com/profile/vegasholistichealthemporium
 
“LivingWell…one healthy step at a time”


Monica Bickerstaff Riley, MSJ, ChP is YOUR Aromatherapist!  As the host/creator of “Ask TheAromatherapist,” BlogTalk Radio’s #1 aromatherapy program, Monica is aCertified Holistic Practitioner with expertise as a CertifiedAromatherapist/Master Herbalist and anAward-winning Journalist& documentary producer. She began her scientific study and received her certification of practice from New York’s The Flynn School of Herbology in 1999. Monica then furthered her scholarship at The New YorkOpen Center where she graduated with distinction and was awarded an internship with OB/GYN and Traditional Chinese Medicine Naturopath Dr. Jonathan Lu in 2000.Her love of everything essential oils began at the age of 4 under the"apron straps" of her 98-year old Nana; who still preaches "vim,vigor and vitality" as the elixir to a long and happy life. Monica has a passion and intuitive gift for blending healing essential oil remedies with love. "There are not enough beautiful words in the universe to describeMonica, so people do yourself a favor and tune in to 'Ask The Aromatherapist' on BlogTalk Radio. You will be so glad you did"
  To learn more about Monica and her belief in mind-body-spirit synergy; and to explore her proprietary essential oil blends for your healthy lifestyle contact her at:SisterSage888@aol.com and visit with her at:www.holisticunited.com/profile/vegasholistichealthemporium
Tune In  To “Ask The Aromatherapist” :
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thespiritwithinu/2014/12/30/ask-the-aromatherapist-healthy-bodies-healthy-spirits-for-2015
As a graduate of Vassar College and The Medill School of Journalism, Monica’s 20-year broadcast career includes network reporter; programming and production executive with PBS and award-winning producer of multi-cultural documentary programming for PBS. Always creating innovative ways to breathe life into the written word, Monica is currently an English professor at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN).
 

The Whisper of A Rose

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omcities  March 22
Filed under: Health and Wellness




Timeless beauty, hue of crimson laced with ebony, crushed velvet soft and delicate...a rose can symbolize a little bit of your heart, given to another, for the purpose of greater evolvement.
 
The symbolism, connected with the rose, is probably the richest and most complicated associated with any plant. Traditionally associated with Venus, the rose possesses narcotic properties and has the reputation for being an aphrodisiac. The power of a single, red rose is mesmerizing, intoxicating and stimulating.
 
Dating back to the Middle Ages and before, the essence of the rose has played an essential part in healing a wide range of disorders; including nervous tension, digestive problems, low libido, postpartum depression and skin complaints.
 
Today, rose absolute oil is used in many skin care blends to promote balance to the skin and offset aging.There are many qualities of rose essential oil that make it beneficial for skin. The antimicrobial and aromatherapy benefits I discussed above alone are good reason to put a few drops in your DIY lotions and creams.
 
In 2010, Chinese researchers published a study uncovering that rose oil exhibited one of the strongest bactericidal activities compared to 10 other oils. They also discovered that just after 5 minutes of a 0.25% dilution, Propionibacteriumacnes (the bacteria responsible for acne) was completely destroyed!
 
 To add a touch of an ancient beauty ritual, to your skincare practice, try the following:
 
Monica’s Sensual Fountain of Youth Elixir: Add to 4oz. Jojoba oil* 4 drops of rose absolute oil, 10 drops of geranium oil and 15 drops of lavender oil.
*Jojoba oil is great for all skin types and can be used as a daily moisturizer for maximum benefits.
 
A Rose Of A Love Story:  It is whispered that Cleopatra had the floor of her banquet hall carpeted with roses, two feet deep; to welcome her lover, Marc Anthony. Tonight, with the petals of a single rose, trace the words of love on your partner's arm.
 
***For more information about the wellness benefits of aromatherapy and herbology,
contact Monica at www.holisticunited.com/profile/vegasholistichealthemporium
 
“LivingWell…one healthy step at a time”


Monica Bickerstaff Riley, MSJ, ChP is YOUR Aromatherapist!  As the host/creator of “Ask The Aromatherapist,” BlogTalk Radio’s #1 aromatherapy program, Monica is a Certified Holistic Practitioner with expertise as a Certified Aromatherapist/Master Herbalist and an Award-winning Journalist & documentary producer. She began her scientific study and received her certification of practice from New York’s The Flynn School of Herbology in 1999. Monica then furthered her scholarship at The New York Open Center where she graduated with distinction and was awarded an internship with OB/GYN and Traditional Chinese Medicine Naturopath Dr. Jonathan Lu in 2000.Her love of everything essential oils began at the age of 4 under the"apron straps" of her 98-year old Nana; who still preaches "vim,vigor and vitality" as the elixir to a long and happy life. Monica has a passion and intuitive gift for blending healing essential oil remedies with love. "There are not enough beautiful words in the universe to describeMonica, so people do yourself a favor and tune in to 'Ask The Aromatherapist' on BlogTalk Radio. You will be so glad you did"
  To learn more about Monica and her belief in mind-body-spirit synergy; and to explore her proprietary essential oil blends for your healthy lifestyle contact her at:SisterSage888@aol.com and visit with her at:www.holisticunited.com/profile/vegasholistichealthemporium
Tune In  To “Ask The Aromatherapist” :
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thespiritwithinu/2014/12/30/ask-the-aromatherapist-healthy-bodies-healthy-spirits-for-2015

As a graduate of Vassar College and The Medill School of Journalism, Monica’s20-year broadcast career includes network reporter; programming and production executive with PBS and award-winning producer of multi-cultural documentary programming for PBS.Always creating innovative ways to breathe life into the written word, Monica is currently an English professor at the College ofSouthern Nevada (CSN).

The REAL Fountain Of Youth

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omcities  March 14
Filed under: Health and Wellness



Could the "fountain of youth," literally, be growing at your feet? Is carrot seed essential oil our answer to the REAL "fountain of youth?" YES!!! Carrot seed essential oil can help you retain your youth and look refreshingly young even as your friends start balding and showing wrinkles on their faces.
 
Carrot seed essential oil is widely used in aromatherapy, due to its mild and soothing earthy aroma, which is very effective in relieving stress and anxiety and giving a refreshing feeling. It is good for the skin and protects it from developing wrinkles.
 
The antioxidants, in this oil, repair a lot of the damages done to your tissues by free radicals. What's magical, about carrot seed essential oil, is its ability to rejuvenate skin. Scientists believe that the carotol, the primary ingredient in carrot seed oil, is the answer to our "fountain of youth." This oil also has moisturizing vitamin E and protective vitamin C, which work together to help encourage healing and bring new life to skin. Apart from its components like Alpha Pinene, Beta Pinene, Gamma Terpinene, Limonene, Camphene, Carotol and Geranyl Acetate, carrot seed oil is rich in Carotene and Vitamin-A, both of which are very beneficial for the skin and are effective antioxidants.
 
If you have dry or oily skin, you don't have to worry. Carrot seed oil is an adaptogen and has the ability to balance both. It gives skin just enough moisture without clogging pores; making it perfect for all skin types. In fact, anyone with dull, lifeless skin should definitely look for carrot seed oil in your skin care products.
 
Monica’s Healthy Skin Elixir: In a 1 oz. dark glass bottle, mix 20 drops Frankincense essential oil; 20 drops Ylang-Ylang essential oil; 10 drops Carrot seed oil; 10 drops Lavender essential oil; 1 oz.Jojoba Oil
 
***For more information about the wellness benefits of aromatherapy and herbology,
contact Monica at www.holisticunited.com/profile/vegasholistichealthemporium
 
“LivingWell…one healthy step at a time”
 
Monica Bickerstaff Riley, MSJ, ChP is YOUR Aromatherapist!  As the host/creator of “Ask The Aromatherapist,” BlogTalk Radio’s #1 aromatherapy program, Monica is a Certified Holistic Practitioner with expertise as a Certified Aromatherapist/Master Herbalist and an Award-winning Journalist & documentary producer. She began her scientific study and received her certification of practice from New York’s The Flynn School of Herbology in 1999. Monica then furthered her scholarship at The New York Open Center where she graduated with distinction and was awarded an internship with OB/GYN and Traditional Chinese Medicine Naturopath Dr. Jonathan Lu in 2000.Her love of everything essential oils began at the age of 4 under the"apron straps" of her 98-year old Nana; who still preaches "vim,vigor and vitality" as the elixir to a long and happy life. Monica has a passion and intuitive gift for blending healing essential oil remedies with love. "There are not enough beautiful words in the universe to describe Monica, so people do yourself a favor and tune in to 'Ask The Aromatherapist' on BlogTalk Radio. You will be so glad you did"
  To learn more about Monica and her belief in mind-body-spirit synergy; and to explore her proprietary essential oil blends for your healthy lifestyle contact her at:SisterSage888@aol.com and visit with her at:www.holisticunited.com/profile/vegasholistichealthemporium
TuneIn  To “Ask The Aromatherapist” : 
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thespiritwithinu/2014/12/30/ask-the-aromatherapist-healthy-bodies-healthy-spirits-for-2015
As a graduate of Vassar College and The Medill School of Journalism, Monica’s 20-year broadcast career includes network reporter; programming and production executive with PBS and award-winning producer of multi-cultural documentary programming for PBS.Always creating innovative ways to breathe life into the written word, Monica is currently an English professor at the College ofSouthern Nevada(CSN).

Turn off Your Phone, Be Present Now in the Moment and Listen

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omcities  March 14
Filed under: Health and Wellness




Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment, on purpose, without judgment. When we are mindful, we are fully engaged with the life around us and within us, with focus, awareness and acceptance.
How can you possibly engage and communicate with real people including yourself if your neck is bent toward the ground and your eyes are focused on your phone? How can you connect with nature and her magnificence if she goes unnoticed? 
Drop the phone and Live in the Moment.  The amazing benefits include reduced anxiety and depression, improved attention, increased happiness, greater self-awareness and self-compassion, improved health and immune functioning, and many more.  Doesn’t that sound fabulous?
You are waiting to be heard.  Your thoughts, your body, your intuitions,and your dreams want to be heard.  They have a lot to tell you but you need to take the time each day to listen.
You eliminate any chance of hearing the needs and wants of your body and soul when you keep your human sensors riveted to your phone.
While you’re on the phone, your posture is not open to listening.  You're scrunching the base of your neck where it connects to your brain.  You’re creating a blocked line of communication,which negatively affects your emotional, mental and physical wellbeing.
When you put your phone down you open up communication between your body and brain. You open all our senses to let in all the goodness. You become fully mindful.
See - Look around.  Stretch your neck and look up, way up.  What do you see? Focus on the sights, the colours, the changes and the movement that is happening right now.
Listen - When your phone is silent, you can clearly hear the natural hum and rhythms of your body and mind. You can hear the sounds that inhabit your life in the current moment.
Feel - Take a deep breath and feel the air in your lungs.  Feel the expansion of your lungs.  Feel the oxygen bringing clarity of mind.  Feel the outside air touch your skin.
Focus on the moment.  Create and nourish a fabulous, healing connection with yourself.
There was a time not so long ago that your phone was connected to the wall in your house. If you went out with your friends, family or just for a walk, your phone stayed at home!
When the phone was attached to the wall,you survived, business carried on, family crises happened, your kids arrived at their destination, and anyone and everyone was free to leave a message. You would get back to them at your leisure.
You were free to simply enjoy the moment, the activity, and the people.
Disconnect and Kick the Phone Habit - you will be a new person in a very short time and you will look forward to your"no-phone time".
Designated no-phone time is one of the keys to living a Baggage-Free Life.
Action Steps to Live Phone Free
Leave your phone at home, in the car, or the office for 15 minutes each day.
No cheating – putting your phone on vibrate or turning the ringer off, does not count.
Make a date with “phone-free” time in your calendar.
When you meet up with family, friends or take a walk in the park, leave your phone at home.
While you’re phone-free, focus on the moment, what's happening right now. Breathe and relax. Be present in your life.
After 7 days, increase the amount of time you leave your phone behind.
Take Time Every Day to Turn Off Your Phone and Be Mindful


AboutSusan Ball:  Susan Ball inspires her beloved clients to live the life they have always wanted with passion, positivity, joy, and love. By drawing from her own experiences of letting go and following her dreams, Susan strives to help others live a baggage free lifestyle and recognize their true potential. Since Susan finally made the leap into a life of happiness and passion, nothing has been able to stop her from helping her clients do the same. Each and every day Susan Ball aims to inspire and enlighten her clients so that they can discover and live the lives that they were truly meant to!
 
Connect with Susan at www.susanballnlp.com


Ask The Aromatherapist: Power of Peppermint

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omcities  March 08
Filed under: Health and Wellness



Peppermint sticks, peppermint cafe mocha, peppermint leaf, peppermint bark, crème de menthe…you get the gist!We are living in a Peppermint Paradise!

Peppermint essential oil has so many uses and it is a soothing staple in many households.  The peppermint plant contains menthol, an organic compound with local anesthetic properties, which provides a natural cooling sensation while alleviating discomfort. You should never apply peppermint essential oil directly to the skin without a carrier oil.

The Power of Peppermint (POP!) is intoxicating! Check out these health benefits of peppermint essential oil.

I.              Indigestion:Peppermint oil is very helpful with digestion because of its carminative property of expelling gas from the stomach or intestines.  Tummy Tamer: Massage 3-5 drops of peppermint essential oil (in a carrier oil like jojoba or grapeseed) into your abdomen. Add 1-2 drops of therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil to your favorite mint tea!

II.            Migraines/Headaches:  The use of peppermint oil may relieve the symptoms of nausea, sensitivity to noise and sensitivity to light. 

III.          MigraineMist:  In a carrier oil like grapeseed;blend a few drops of peppermint oil and rub your temples, front of neck and upper shoulders.  Inhale/Exhale with deep breathing as you are massaging.

IV.          HealthyHair Elixir:  This tried and true“recipe” from my 98- year old Nana, blends peppermint, lavender, rosemary andylang-ylang to nourish and stimulate scalp circulation for healthy hairGROWTH.  This proprietary blend is healthful for ALL hair types and textures. 

Click HERE to ORDER:  www.holisticunited.com/profile/vegasholistichealthemporium

***For more information about the wellness benefits of aromatherapy and herbology,

contact Monica at www.holisticunited.com/profile/vegasholistichealthemporium

 

“LivingWell…one healthy step at a time”


Monica Bickerstaff Riley, MSJ, ChP is YOUR Aromatherapist!  As the host/creator of “Ask TheAromatherapist,” BlogTalk Radio’s #1 aromatherapy program, Monica is aCertified Holistic Practitioner with expertise as a CertifiedAromatherapist/Master Herbalist and anAward-winning Journalist& documentary producer. She began her scientific study and received her certification of practice from New York’s The Flynn School of Herbology in 1999. Monica then furthered her scholarship at The New YorkOpen Center where she graduated with distinction and was awarded an internship with OB/GYN and Traditional Chinese Medicine Naturopath Dr. Jonathan Lu in 2000.Her love of everything essential oils began at the age of 4 under the"apron straps" of her 98-year old Nana; who still preaches "vim,vigor and vitality" as the elixir to a long and happy life. Monica has a passion and intuitive gift for blending healing essential oil remedies with love. "There are not enough beautiful words in the universe to describeMonica, so people do yourself a favor and tune in to 'Ask The Aromatherapist' on BlogTalk Radio. You will be so glad you did"

  To learn more about Monica and her belief in mind-body-spirit synergy; and to explore her proprietary essential oil blends for your healthy lifestyle contact her at:SisterSage888@aol.com and visit with her at:www.holisticunited.com/profile/vegasholistichealthemporium

Tune In  To “Ask The Aromatherapist” :

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thespiritwithinu/2014/12/30/ask-the-aromatherapist-healthy-bodies-healthy-spirits-for-2015

As a graduate of Vassar College and The Medill School of Journalism, Monica’s20-year broadcast career includes network reporter; programming and production executive with PBS and award-winning producer of multi-cultural documentary programming for PBS.Always creating innovative ways to breathe life into the written word, Monica is currently an English professor at the College ofSouthern Nevada(CSN).



Do you want to Manifest More Money, Confidence, and Success!

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omcities  February 28
Filed under: Spirtuality



Do you want to Manifest More Money, Confidence, and Success!


I feel everyone is interested in manifesting these days. I have witnessed incredible manifestations using these simple Ancient Teachings. I am a Kundalini Yoga Instructor and have been practicing yoga for 18 years. It has taught me to believe in infinite possibilities.  I want to teach you the simple steps that changed my life. My intention is to help people live a happy, healthy, more peaceful life. These daily practices have helped me and many of my students.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZFrG0zNGS8
MUDRAS THE MAGIC INOUR HANDS

Mudras redirect the energy flow to the upper Chakras, and gradually establish a link between all the Koshas (layers) of the body. Let’s look at 7 mudras, its benefits and duration for improving our mental, spiritual and physical health.
 Gyan mudra is the mudra of knowledge 1) Gyan(Knowledge) or Jnana Mudra: The gesture of knowledge or gesture of wisdom,activates the pineal gland, relaxes the mind and improves concentration.
 Benefits: Gyan mudra increases concentration,memory, reduces sleep disorders, helps to release stress and anger, eases depression and headache.

MANTRAS THE MAGIC IN OUR VOICE

There is a vibratory frequency that corresponds to everything in the Universe. Happiness or sorrow,joy or regret are vibratory frequencies in the mind. When we chant a mantra we are choosing to invoke the positive power contained in those particular syllables. Whether it’s for prosperity, peace of mind, increasing intuition, or any other possible benefits inherent in mantras, simply by chanting them we are setting vibrations into motion that shall have an effect. It doesn’t actually matter if we understand the meaning of the sounds or not.
Chanting mantra produces specific vibratory frequency within the body. The sounds and thoughts produced by the body and mind radiate out from you. The vibratory frequency of a mantra draws to you whatever you are vibrating. You are like a magnet attracting vibrations to you by what you send out. As a vibration, a mood, a state of being that results from chanting, mantra is compatible with all belief systems.

1.  ONG NAMO GURU DEV NAMO means I call on my inner wisdom to help me do my best.
2.  Shreem Brzee : Helps attract more wealth. Here is a You Tube Video with 108 times.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CJDJPIbhfg
3.  OmGum Ganapaytaye Namaha  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsNpEyu9TfE
4.  SaTa Na Ma : Speaking your Truth.
If you are interested in learning about your inner magic and the chakras I have a free mini-series “Ancient Secret Teachings for Modern Times” click here  http://itsalldivine.org/fmwj

Karen Palmer is a master at manifesting and teaches simple strategies so anyone can live their dream life.She shares how to apply the Laws of the Universe as a Success/Mindful Coach.She brings Ancient Wisdom to modern times as a Kundalini Yoga Instructor and helps people discover the magic within. She has combined all her spiritual gifts to be a Conscious Dog Trainer, and a Non-Profit Business Leader. She is working to bring environmental education, animal advocacy, and kindness to public schools. You can reach her at www.itsalldivine.org  www.positivelypetsandkids.com  www.facebook.com/puppyloverevolution  www.livingonpurposetv.org




Ask The Aromatherapist: The Nose Knows

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omcities  February 28
Filed under: Health and Wellness



The nose knows and all it takes is one scent to evoke memories! Whether good or bad, in our minds, smells can take us back toan event in time.
 
Aromatherapy is both an art and a science. It is rooted in the healing practices of ancient civilizations, with documented origins in Egypt.  Essential oils were used more than 4,000 years ago in China, Egypt, India and the Middle East.Inspired by the traditional medicines of these cultures, the healing science of aromatherapy employs fragrant plant/flower extracts for treatments. Essential oils work their physical, emotional and psychological wonders by interacting with the olfactory nerves, or entering through the skin; thus, affecting the limbic system in the brain.
 
Once the oils are absorbed, they enter the lymphatic and blood capillary systems; benefitting circulation as well as the sinuses and lungs.
 
Benefits of Essential Oils: Essential oils have diverse uses. Some are used as topical analgesics and decrease sensations of pain. Lavender, Roman or German chamomile and sweet marjoram sedate the body and decrease stress,because they stimulate an area of the brain which causes the release of serotonin.
 
  • Peppermint oil: This oil is a classic for relieving digestive issues. But, peppermint oil, when applied lightly to the temples, is useful to ease tension headaches.
  • Cinnamon Bark oil: This oil may be beneficial for circulation, infection and exhaustion. Cinnamon Bark also fights viral and infectious diseases.
  • Scotch Pine: Scotch pine helps to clear the air passages, when used as an inhalation. It is also good for relieving fatigue.
  • Bergamot(citrus): In general, citrus oils are refreshing and stimulating. Bergamot is the most effective antidepressant oil of all.
  • Frankincense & Myrrh: These ancient oils promote spiritual awareness and meditation. When combined, they are also beneficial to ease wrinkles and help other skin conditions like eczema.
 
Recipes for Relaxation: To experience the benefits of aromatherapy, on your own, consider these suggestions.
 
Digestive Soother: Use a bowl of hot water and add 2 drops orange and 3 drops peppermint oils. Soak a washcloth in the oils, place the compress over the abdomen and relax.

Travel Calmer: The simplest way to use essential oils, when traveling, is to apply a couple of drops to a tissue or handkerchief and sniff them frequently. Helpful oils are peppermint,mandarin and neroli.
 
 
Migraine Easer: Migraines and tension headaches are the worst. At the earliest stage of a migraine, try using a blend of 2 drops rosemary, 1-drop marjoram and 1-drop clary sage, diluted in a carrier oil like jojoba, and gently massage at your temples.
 
Aromatherapy can help you restore your inner peace. For more information about the wellness benefits of aromatherapy and herbology,contact Monica at:  www.holisticunited.com/profile/vegasholistichealthemporium
 
“Living Well…one healthy step at a time”


Monica Bickerstaff Riley, MSJ, ChP is YOUR Aromatherapist!  As the host/creator of “Ask TheAromatherapist,” BlogTalk Radio’s #1 aromatherapy program, Monica is aCertified Holistic Practitioner with expertise as a CertifiedAromatherapist/Master Herbalist and anAward-winning Journalist& documentary producer. She began her scientific study and received her certification of practice from New York’s The Flynn School of Herbology in 1999. Monica then furthered her scholarship at The New YorkOpen Center where she graduated with distinction and was awarded an internship with OB/GYN and Traditional Chinese Medicine Naturopath Dr. Jonathan Lu in 2000.Her love of everything essential oils began at the age of 4 under the"apron straps" of her 98-year old Nana; who still preaches "vim,vigor and vitality" as the elixir to a long and happy life. Monica has a passion and intuitive gift for blending healing essential oil remedies with love. "There are not enough beautiful words in the universe to describeMonica, so people do yourself a favor and tune in to 'Ask The Aromatherapist' on BlogTalk Radio. You will be so glad you did"
  To learn more about Monica and her belief in mind-body-spirit synergy; and to explore her proprietary essential oil blends for your healthy lifestyle contact her at:SisterSage888@aol.com and visit with her at:www.holisticunited.com/profile/vegasholistichealthemporium
Tune In  To “Ask The Aromatherapist” :
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thespiritwithinu/2014/12/30/ask-the-aromatherapist-healthy-bodies-healthy-spirits-for-2015
As a graduate of Vassar College and The Medill School of Journalism, Monica’s20-year broadcast career includes network reporter; programming and production executive with PBS and award-winning producer of multi-cultural documentary programming for PBS. Always creating innovative ways to breathe life into the written word, Monica is currently an English professor at the College ofSouthern Nevada(CSN).

Clean Eating for Rookies

Blog Post View Count: 2276
omcities  February 28
Filed under: Nutrition


 
Today I had quite an interesting conversation with an old and dear friend, whom I have not seen in quite a few years. I do not really recall how but the conversation inadvertently turned to the way I eat. I often find myself in these kinds of conversations, with people who knew me “back in the day”. She wanted to know what kinds of food I ate and where I shopped and things like that.
I explained to her that I am a vegetarian, who happens to be married to a vegan. The difference being that I eat eggs and he does not utilize anything that comes from an animal at all. I told her that my diet consists of whole foods. I do not eat meat, highly processed or refined foods, or sugar. This led to an inquiry into what I ate today. I gave her a list of items I had for breakfast,the following is that list.

·  Steel-Cut Oatmeal w/ Honey andCinnamon and a pat of Earth Balance
·  Tofu Scramble w/onion and garlic
·  Whole Grain (oatmeal and flaxseed )Toast
·  Veggie Bacon
·  Pineapple juice w/ a health addition of wheatgrass power.

In my mind this is a pretty standard breakfast and nothing to write home about to be sure.Her response to this was, “I don’t think I could do it!!!” 
“Do what?” I asked.
“Eat that way.” She replied.
I found this funny, not because she felt that I was being deprived of some sort of “junk food holy grail” as much as, the fact that I never really give it a thought. I was thinking how silly it is to me that most people give more consideration to the type of gas they allow in their cars, than the quality of the food that fuels their bodies.  It made me feel as if I needed to defend the virtue of all the world’s clean eaters. 
In my own comical, but very serious way I explained to her the benefit of clean eating. I explained to her that I am a forty year old woman who has looks like a twenty year old. I often feel like I am 17. This got her attention, but what really got her interested was when I told her that my husband is forty-seven, and has the body and stamina of a 17year old (that gets ‘em every time).
These things are true. My husband and I both look and feel great. We are both healthy and happy. We enjoy each other immensely because of the physical health we both enjoy. We do not have pains in our bodies, or constantly bicker, because we both feel great and we think clearly. Yes, Yes, Yes the sex is mind-blowing.
If you are going to explore eating right, I suggest you begin with an evaluation of your attitude and relationship with food. Do you eat to live or do you live to eat? Do you eat because it is comforting or to fuel your body? Do you eat to not be hungry? Do you eat for optimum nutrition? These are questions that can help you put your mind in the right frame to explore food options.
The key to sustaining a healthy diet is to make small lifestyle changes. This is why fad diets fail; they are contingent upon deprivation and huge impossible changes.Here’s what I mean, when I started to change my diet, one of the things I needed to do was start drinking more water. I was a huge lover of soft drinks,at the time. Instead of telling myself I could not have soft drinks, I drank more water. What happened was, I essentially crowded out the soft drinks with water. I was not thirsty so I did not go for the soft drinks. Eventually I found that my desire for them was gone. Try it, it really works.
Honestly, I recommend clean eating to anyone. The benefits are endless. Stay tuned to The Talibah N’tru Experience for more ways to design your reality around holistic wellness.
 
As Always I will you
Peace, Love,and Prosperity

  Talibah N'tru is a mother and a wife. she is also a Tantra Holistic Wellness Coach, Sexologist, Spirituality Teacher, Motivational Speaker, Gifted Tarot/Rune Reader and Author. She owns The Sexuality Sage: Tantra Holistic Wellness Coaching and Designed Reality Event Productions. She is the author of Designed Reality: Holistically Living Your Vision. She is a great lover of nature and the outdoors, advocate of sisterhood and solidarity among women, and youth empowerment. When she is not encouraging others to birth their best you can find her curled up next to her husband with a good book. 


 

Ask The Aromatherapist: Lavender Love

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omcities  February 21
Filed under: Health and Wellness

Ask The Aromatherapist: Lavender Love
 
 
If there is one essential oil that you must have in your wellness kit, it's LAVENDER! Lavender has a fresh, floral aroma that is soothing and yet, invigorating!
 
Essential oils work their physical, emotional and psychological wonders by interacting with the
olfactory nerves or entering through the skin; thus, affecting the limbic system in the brain. Lavender is an adaptogen and can assist the body when adapting to stressor imbalances. It's great for relaxation, but also has balancing properties to boost stamina and energy. Lavender also helps heal emotional issues and trauma.
 
Therapeutic grade lavender has infinite uses and benefits:
 
-- Eliminates nervous tension
-- Relieves pain in muscles & joints
-- Disinfects the scalp & skin
-- Enhances blood circulation
-- Eases respiratory symptoms
--Induces restful sleep

"True aromatherapy is only gained by essential oils derived from nature," says Mindy Green, coauthor of "Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art."
 
Create your own sacred and relaxing experience, using lavender, with these two yummy"recipes":
 
Lavender Spa Bath: 2 cups Epsom Salts; 20 drops lavender essential
oil...soak in warm bath for at least 15minutes. This relaxing bath will extract toxins from the
body and reduce inflammation and bloat.
 
Lavender Lemonade: Using fresh, organic lemons (wash well), add Agave Nectar to
sweeten your favorite lemonade concoction. Add 7 drops of therapeutic grade lavender
essential oil per 32 oz. Sip and Savor!
 
***For more information about the wellness benefits of aromatherapy and herbology,
contact Monica at www.holisticunited.com/profile/vegasholistichealthemporium

Monica Bickerstaff Riley, MSJ, ChP is YOUR Aromatherapist!  As the host/creator of “Ask TheAromatherapist,” BlogTalk Radio’s #1 aromatherapy program, Monica is a Certified Holistic Practitioner with expertise as a Certified Aromatherapist/Master Herbalist and anAward-winning Journalist& documentary producer. She began her scientific study and received her certification of practice from New York’s The Flynn School of Herbology in 1999. Monica then furthered her scholarship at The New YorkOpen Center where she graduated with distinction and was awarded an internship with OB/GYN and Traditional Chinese Medicine Naturopath Dr. Jonathan Lu in 2000.Her love of everything essential oils began at the age of 4 under the"apron straps" of her 98-year old Nana; who still preaches "vim,vigor and vitality" as the elixir to a long and happy life. Monica has a passion and intuitive gift for blending healing essential oil remedies with love. "There are not enough beautiful words in the universe to describe Monica, so people do yourself a favor and tune in to 'Ask The Aromatherapist' on BlogTalk Radio. You will be so glad you did"
  To learn more about Monica and her belief in mind-body-spirit synergy; and to explore her proprietary essential oil blends for your healthy lifestyle contact her at:SisterSage888@aol.com and visit with her at:www.holisticunited.com/profile/vegasholistichealthemporium
Tune In  To “Ask The Aromatherapist” :
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thespiritwithinu/2014/12/30/ask-the-aromatherapist-healthy-bodies-healthy-spirits-for-2015
As a graduate of Vassar College and The Medill School of Journalism, Monica’s20-year broadcast career includes network reporter; programming and production executive with PBS and award-winning producer of multi-cultural documentary programming for PBS.Always creating innovative ways to breathe life into the written word, Monica is currently an English professor at the College ofSouthern Nevada(CSN).


You Might Be A Yogi/Yogini If...

Blog Post View Count: 2195
omcities  February 14
Filed under: Yoga



You schedule plans with friends around your favorite yoga class. This isn’t a problem if your friends are also yoga enthusiasts, but there is a good chance that your socializing friends are different than your yoga friends.

So, what’s a yogi to do? You have the awkward conversation that go something like this, “Oh, yeah, I’ll meet you after my 11 o’clock class. Do I have to change first?” You can almost hear the eyes rolling on the other end of the call. 

Yes, there is also the issue of yoga attire. Camps are divided on whether yoga pants are actually acceptable outside of class. Of course, retailers are always helpful. There are now yoga “dress” pants, for those times when you have to go straight to work after your early morning class.

What's the most "yogi" behavior you have? Tell us in the comments.

Ask The Aromatherapist: Make Time To E-X-H-A-L-E

Blog Post View Count: 3126
omcities  February 14
Filed under: Health and Wellness


In a world where everything has been so chaotic of late, it's important to take a time out, EXHALE and give thanks for the resiliency of the human spirit!

During times of stress, we can restore our spirits and rejuvenate our faith, with the healing practice of aromatherapy, and by BREATHING!

Aromatherapy is both an art and a science. It is rooted in the healing practices of ancient civilizations. Essential oils were used more than 4,000 years ago in China, Egypt, India and the Middle East. Inspired by the traditional medicines of these cultures, the healing science of aromatherapy employs fragrant plant/flower extracts for treatments. Essential oils work their physical, emotional and psychological wonders by interacting with the olfactory nerves, or entering through the skin; thus, affecting the limbic system in the brain. In these ways, they reach the bloodstream directly. Once they are absorbed, the oils enter the lymphatic and blood capillary systems, benefiting circulation as well as the sinuses and lungs.

So, when the kids are stressing you out, when your in-laws are driving you crazy and when you can't remember what's on your "to do" list, or even where you left it last, be sure to remember the spirit of giving. Aromatherapy can help you restore your inner peace. By combining this practice with faith, when life totally spins out of control, you can remember to stop, INHALE and literally smell the roses...your senses will thank you!

Lavender Bath Soak (calming, relaxing and mood-enhancing)
Add to your bath: 2 cups EPSOM salts, 20 drops Lavender Essential, 10 drops Patchouli and 10 drops Grapefruit essential oils...light a candle, soak for 15 minutes and let your music soothe you.

***For more information about the wellness benefits of aromatherapy and herbology, contact Monica at www.holisticunited.com/profile/vegasholistichealthemporium

Monica Bickerstaff Riley, MSJ, ChP is YOUR Aromatherapist! As the host/creator of “Ask The Aromatherapist,” BlogTalk Radio’s #1 aromatherapy program, Monica is a Certified Holistic Practitioner with expertise as a Certified Aromatherapist/Master Herbalist and an Award-winning Journalist& documentary producer. She began her scientific study and received her certification of practice from New York’s The Flynn School of Herbology in 1999. Monica then furthered her scholarship at The New York Open Center where she graduated with distinction and was awarded an internship with OB/GYN and Traditional Chinese Medicine Naturopath Dr. Jonathan Lu in 2000. Her love of everything essential oils began at the age of 4 under the "apron straps" of her 98-year old Nana; who still preaches "vim, vigor and vitality" as the elixir to a long and happy life. Monica has a passion and intuitive gift for blending healing essential oil remedies with love. "There are not enough beautiful words in the universe to describe Monica, so people do yourself a favor and tune in to 'Ask The Aromatherapist' on BlogTalk Radio. You will be so glad you did."

To learn more about Monica and her belief in mind-body-spirit synergy; and to explore her proprietary essential oil blends for your healthy lifestyle contact her at:SisterSage888@aol.com and visit with her at:www.holisticunited.com/profile/vegasholistichealthemporium

Tune In To “Ask The Aromatherapist”:http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thespiritwithinu/2014/12/30/ask-the-aromatherapist-healthy-bodies-healthy-spirits-for-2015

As a graduate of Vassar College and The Medill School of Journalism, Monica’s 20-year broadcast career includes network reporter; programming and production executive with PBS and award-winning producer of multi-cultural documentary programming for PBS. Always creating innovative ways to breathe life into the written word, Monica is currently an English professor at the College of Southern Nevada(CSN).


Meditation in Schools?

Blog Post View Count: 383
omcities  January 31
Filed under: Meditation



Imagine you have a school-aged child. How would you feel if that child came home with a note announcing the exciting new initiative, each day before class begins, your child will be led through five minutes of mindfulness. What is your initial reaction?


If your reaction is one of happiness, would your reaction change if you were told they would learn how to meditate? Is the act of switching out the word mindfulness with meditation significant? If you learned that there were some parents who objected to the initiative, how would you try to convince them to the contrary? 


Multitudes of articles have been written explaining the benefits of meditation. So, why shouldn’t something that has been shown to improve concentration, lower aggression and bring calm and increased cooperation be taught or practiced in schools? 


Is it the specter of the connection to prayer and meditation that may cause some parents to object to the practice of mindfulness being introduced into the school curriculum? If so, how do you counter such criticism and should it be countered?


Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Have You Had Your Bulletproof Coffee Today?

Blog Post View Count: 436
omcities  January 31
Filed under: Nutrition




Have you heard of the latest trend in dieting? It’s called Bulletproof Coffee and it’s a little unusual.


In an effort to shed pounds and increase energy, proponents of this diet have a checklist of toxic, or, you know, bad foods and bulletproof, or good, foods. The toxic list which includes:
soy milk
corn
canned vegetables
all cheese
wheat
raisins
commercial salad dressing
microwaved food


The Bulletproof list includes the following:
Raw food
stevia
apple cider vinegar
coffee
coconut
sweet potato
grass-fed beed and lamb
grass-fed butter


It is the grass-fed butter and coffee that come together to make Bulletproof Coffee, the drink that Bulletproof dieters swear by. It is said to increase a feeling of fullness and to raise the basal metabolic rate so that you burn more calories. 


Do you expect to see Bulletproof Coffee on the menu at your favorite cafe any time soon? Would you try it?


Tell us in the comments. 


Using Tech to Track Wellness Resolutions

Blog Post View Count: 269
omcities  January 17
Filed under: Health and Wellness


In the pursuit of wellness, which tech are you planning to incorporate into your plans? Health trackers are so ubiquitous nowadays as to seem quaint. Now we have bands and bracelets, trackers and iEverything to keep record and reward us for our fitness efforts. Even our mattresses can stalk our sleep fitness. Our phones give us meditation and relaxation on-demand. So, it would seem that we have everything we need in order to achieve and maintain fitness. But how many of us utilize the technology available to us? Is it necessary or do you prefer the low-tech way of achieving health and wellness?


What do you use to track your wellness goals? Do you use technology or go down the no-tech, low-tech route? 


Tell us what and why in the comments.

Human Hibernation?

Blog Post View Count: 269
omcities  January 17
Filed under: Health and Wellness


If you find yourself sleeping more in winter than during warmer months, it is not your imagination. While humans may not hibernate like other mammals, they may suffer from increased sleep in winter. When your sleep becomes disturbed to excess and you experience other symptoms like excessive daytime tiredness, you may need to see your doctor to rule out a diagnosis of hypersomnia. 

The dark days of winter can exacerbate a type of sleep disturbance that you may not be familiar with, hypersomnia, or excessive sleepiness. There are many causes such as genetics, sleep apnea, being overweight and other medical causes, so, if you suffer from any of these symptoms, it’s best to see your doctor.

Bright-light therapy may be just the trick to cure the need for a long winter’s nap.

"Studies Prove That Several Minutes of Meditation A Day Can Greatly Alleviate Depression"

Blog Post View Count: 378
omcities  January 15
Filed under: Meditation

Read more at -http://www.inquisitr.com/1752998/studies-show-that-several-minutes-of-meditation-a-day-can-greatly-alleviate-depression/

Have You Seen the Atheist Ten Commandments?

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omcities  January 03
Filed under: Philosophy


Have You Seen The Atheist Ten Commandments?

There was a crowdsourcing project to come up with the Atheist Ten Commandments. Here are the results as picked from a panel of 13 judges:


  • Be open-minded and be willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence.
  • Strive to understand what is most likely to be true, not to believe what you wish to be true.
  • The scientific method is the most reliable way of understanding the natural world.
  • Every person has the right to control over their body.
  • God is not necessary to be a good person or to live a full and meaningful life.
  • Be mindful of the consequences of all your actions and recognize that you must take responsibility for them.
  • Treat others as you would want them to treat you, and can reasonably expect them to want to be treated. Think about their perspective.
  • We have the responsibility to consider others, including future generations.
  • There is no one right way to live.
  • Leave the world a better place than you found it.


Thoughts? Where did the Commandments go too far? Not far enough? What would you change? 


Tell us below.

Is It Even Yoga

Blog Post View Count: 392
omcities  January 03
Filed under: Yoga


Is it Even Yoga?


Have you heard of some of the different types of yoga classes being offered recently? 

Yoga and Chocolate - enjoy an hour of gentle yoga followed by a chocolate tasting. What, do you ask is the connection between chocolate and yoga? 

420 Yoga - students smoke before class in an effort to break through to another dimension and increase awareness of the body. 

Kickboxing Yoga - a combination that is said to increase flexibility and strength (the yoga) while raising your heart rate through kickboxing.

Naked Yoga - while most people practice naked yoga in the comfort of their own homes, there are growing numbers of studios offering classes sans clothing.

Dance Yoga - some classes combine sacred movement with traditional asana classes in order to fully express and unite with the Divine.

Rave Yoga - these classes begin with yoga, move onto a meditation and then turn up the music for the purpose of achieving enlightenment through depletion of energy.

Happy Hour Yoga - some classes hold wine tastings after the yoga class, others beer tastings. Either way the yoga class ends with the ingestion of intoxicants.

AcroYoga - integration of yoga and acrobatics, this style requires two to three people for safety reasons in order to get into the various poses.

So, are these classes worthy of the “yoga” designation or do they stray too far from tradition?




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