The Journey Continues… Jesse James Float-1

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Hey guys by now I sure hope you have pampered yourself with a float, if not come on it’s about time that you treat yourself to some, “You-Time”. I have been floating at Jesse James Body Wellness center & I want to share with you that Jesse sure knows how to make you feel Welcome, safe & relaxed… Jesse & his team have set up a beautiful cozy little spa. The spa is complete with a Float Tank, a Naturalpathic Doctor, a massage therapists, a smoothie bar & essential oils.The Wellness Center is Centrally located in Phoenix Az on Bethany Home Rd & 16th St, right across the street from Lucy’s. Here is a link to the map.

Upon arriving at The Spa Jesse has a little sign right out front that Welcomes the “Scheduled floater”, seeing this sign sure brightened up my day…Reserved for Rose

As usual before any float I like to find some time to sit, write & reflect on my intentions for the float that day… As a re-cap my float-time is a Special time & I dedicate to myself to unwind, focus, meditate, cleanse & Just Be… Here is a short video on my thoughts & Intentions before the float this day…

For many addicts we find ourselves Quick to React to situations, questions, defending ourselves or engaging in activities that may not be good for us in the long run. This has a lot to do with our Cognitive thought process and processing the entire situation before we “React”. I find that addicts share a similar trait, we want things “Now”, we want things when we want them & there is no holding back. When at times this maybe a good trait to have it can & does get us into trouble plenty of times.

During the float I was not able to find any magic answers to my Intention that was set for the day, but what i did find was that I was able to get more intimate with myself on a Spiritual level (simply by mediating for a longer period of time) than I have in a while. In everyday life we all like to tell ourselves, I will make myself a better or more “enlightened” person by mediating on a daily basis. I will do Yoga & learn a new position today. I will not eat junk foods or sweets today. Whatever we tell ourselves may not be what actually happens even if we have true intentions to see it through. For instance I like to meditate several times a week but I do not make the time on a regular basis or for the amount of time I like to meditate (a minimum of 45 minutes). So my float time allows the time for my meditation. And Never have I regretted floating as with each float I gain something out of the experience. Here are my thoughts from right after the float…

We should never set our expectations too high, for expectations are not healthy. What will happen will happen one way or another no matter how much we may wish for a desired result or affect. The tough part is allowing ourselves to be okay with whatever the out come… For me I find it easier to accept the outcome if I can find something in the situation that is either serving me for the highest good (that way I can acknowledge it) or realizing something is not serving me in one way or another. As for the later that is not always easy to accept but when we can accept it than it is ou duty to correct the issue & do what serves us best even if it kills us emotionally, in the end letting things go that are not lifting your spirits is better than hanging onto those things that bring us down… in the end the choice is ours…

“Lower you expectation of Earth. This is not heaven, so don’t expect it to be.”

=Max Lucada=

Until Next time… Peace be with You

Recipe-Organic Peanut stir fry with Garden Fresh Veggies

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“Let Food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

=Hippocrates

As a single mother of a toddler I have to come up with quick vegetarian meals on the fly for the starving little ones. This recipe turned out pretty well for tossing a few ingredients together from the fridge & garden not to mention utilizing left overs :) My son is a picky eater & it worries me that he is not getting enough nutrition at home but he had no problems scarfing this meal down. Maybe it was the creamy, sweet peanut butter sauce, the fresh green tomatoes from his garden or the Love that was put into it… either way whatever it was that got him to eat every bite was definitely a home run for Mom!

Organic Peanut stir fry with Garden Fresh Veggies

Organic Peanut stir fry with Garden Fresh Veggies

Organic Peanut stir fry with Garden Fresh Veggies:

Ingredients: All Organic NO GMO’s

Stir fry:

Organic rice- Left-overs

Green tomatoes sliced (Garden fresh about 2 handfuls)

¼ Red cabbage sliced-left-overs

½ medium onion

3 Garlic cloves

Corn-2 handfuls

1 ½ c. chopped mixed Kale-Garden fresh winter & Tuscan

Toasted Chic Peas:

16oz Chic peas-marinated & baked at 400degrees for 40 minutes

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp turmeric

Season with salt & pepper

Sauce:

2 tbsp peanut butter

Splash Coconut aminos

Dash red pepper

2-3tbsp coconut oil

Splash lemon vinegar

1tbsp coconut sugar

1-1½ c. almond milk-If you have coconut milk use it, but this is what I hand on hand

Method:

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Mix chi pea marinate together, bake in over for 40 minutes at 375-400degrees. Warm rice on stove. Add salt to taste during cooking process. Cook cabbage & onion for 3-4 minutes over medium heat. Add rest of veggies. Add sauce ingredients and stir gently until thickens. Top w/toasted chic peas (that melt in your mouth), serve & enjoy!

Super simple recipe, you could use whatever veggies you have on hand, substitute with coconut milk and add more spices if desired. Whole cooking time 40 minutes; actual prep/cooking time 15 minutes!

Virtue-Courage…

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“With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of Integrity.” =Mark Twain=

Courage can define who you are on many different levels, as your courage can be seen in every thing you do, every action & reaction whether directly or indirectly… Courage incorporates all the Virtues in so many levels, courage will always show through… so let it, go with it, be not afraid, be true to who you are & let your light shine on through…

Courage is:

  • Being/Standing up (alone)
  • Loving whole heartedly
  • Engaging Intimately with another
  • Giving/Receiving Love
  • Acts of Devotion
  • Speaking your voice
  • Sharing your thoughts
  • Respecting those you may not believe in
  • Trusting/putting faith into the words/actions of others
  • Unveiling yourself to the world
  • Being yourself
  • Fighting for your rights
  • Finding the good in all things
  • Confronting your fears

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Until Next time… Peace be with you…

A new appreciation for the Desert…

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Value for all… Hidden in the Desert…

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On Friday on my way up to Sedona to help a Andrew Ecker with Drumming Sounds facilitate a drum circle for The Sedona Yoga Festival I stopped at Montezuma’s Well for a brisk walk, a sip of ancient waters & the beautiful view… I was intrigued by all the knowledge in the signs of the native plants in the area. I have a lot of appreciation for how our Native relatives utilized all every tree, flower, shrub & plant in some form or fashion. Here I took a few pictures of the plants & signs that were displayed…

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montezumas well red barberrymontezumas well desert hollyYou know what the Universe works in mysterious ways; just as I was driving up to Montezuma’s Well I had an epic brainstorm about plant identification, then at the well I saw all the signs identifying plants. Then after my hike at the Well what I find most interesting is that when in Sedona a dear friend & I went for a hike at the Stupa we ran into the beautiful minded Illup the Master behind Kejiwa Creations (the best Kombucha I have ever had in my entire life!) & were invited to join a on one of the most exciting moments of my life…a plant identification walk in the red rocks… If I were reading the signs correctly I’d say the Universe was blatantly showing me that it has something in store for me in regards to plant identification… now it’s my turn to take the reins and figure out just what the Universe is trying to show me..

Kejiwa Creations Illup

Illup from Kejiwa Creations facilitating an herbal plant identification walk in the Red Rocks of Sedona

Never in my life, in the 22 years that I have resided in Arizona have I ever had such an appreciation for the Sonoran desert… as I walked on this 2 hour hike with a group of Yogis, I felt like a kid in a candy store… I learned so much about the every day plants we usually take for granted… As I left the tour and drove back down to the Valley of the Sun I was on a complete high, ecstatic & enthusiastic about what the desert holds in its greatness. Now every where I look hidden in cactus, dried up shrubs and intoxicating aromas cures, tinctures, food and tools are hidden every where… 

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So now I admit to the world & to myself that finally after 22 years I can honestly & whole heartedly admit that I have a Great appreciation, a new love & an open mind to what this land offers to the people who reside in it… What have you allowed yourself to appreciate hidden in your local area lately? Have you been able to find beauty, mysticism or peace within your surroundings? If not why & I ask you to open yourself up to what Mother Nature has to show you because hidden beneath every tree, every flower and every rock a magical world awaits you… Now put a smile on your face & embrace all that surrounds you with loving open arms… The Universe is amazing in all that it has in store for us…

Until next time… Peace be with you…

Obama Forgiveness Actually Works!

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I can honestly I have never appreciated Obama until this very moment! I applied for Obama forgiveness for my 20+ thousand school loans & guess what… I qualified and now I will pay a very small portion only .06% of my entire school loans! And as i start new semesters for the next 25 years these loans will go towards Obama Forgiveness… So boo-ya!

Happiness

And if you have any negative comments to make about people taking out school loans I really don’t care to hear about it. Until you are a single parent trying to make it all on your own, with no help from family or a mate you have no clue how hard life can be & sometimes those loans help you SURVIVE so eventually we can THRIVE

Helping Hands...

Helping Hands…

If you want the info here it is call them and see if you qualify the worst thing they can say is you don’t & then nothing changes…Alex Champaign-ID#60037 tel 855-997-8833 ext0037 or click here to go to the website.
#obamaforgiveness #studentloans #purehappiness #finanacialfreedom #seethechange #bethechange #helpyourself #positivechanges #helpinghands

The Journey Continues… Float 8… Addiction

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The Journey Continues… Float 8… Addiction

The term addiction is described as, “A condition that results when a person ingests a substance or engages in an activity that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health.” I am not sure about you, but for me I have battled with many forms of addiction over the span of my life. Addictions come in all forms and for me I have been addicted to drugs, adrenaline rushes, shopping, cigarettes, Greys Anatomy; you know all those deeply seeded, pleasure seeking habits that we just can’t stop even if we try our best at times. Everyone of these and more(that were not named) have disabled me from performing regular daily living activities. My life and wellbeing have been compromised time & time again.

Addiction... A Downside to humanity!

Addiction… A Downside to humanity!

The main reason I wanted to start floating at True Rest and engage in the float pods, was to try and remedy some of my addictions. In the research I have done, I have learned that sensory deprivation tanks have been proven to reset the brain(via our brain waves) and the way the brain thinks all together. I consider this type of process as the cognitive thought process. In case you are unaware or simply need a refresher, “The Cognitive Approach in psychology is a relatively modern approach to human behaviour that focuses on how we think, with the belief that such thought processes affect the way in which we behave (other approaches take other factors into account, such as the biological approach, which acknowledges the influences of genetics and chemical imbalances on our behaviour).”  For me, I believe addiction was built into my physiology & biology, as I come form a long line of addicts. In addiction to biology, I was given drugs by my birth parents from birth until I was removed my home(tent) at age 4. I believe this reinforced addiction, as well as formed addiction into my personality. Then as the years moved on, I sought out drugs as a way to “unfeel” the world, the pains, the trauma and the abuse that had been imposed upon me. So yes, I too am taking accountability for my career in addiction. Over time I learned drugs did not help me “unfeel”, they only numbed me, stunted my personal growth and disabled me from evolving.

However after after 11 floats at True Rest I can honestly say that I have seen the affects of the floats on my addictions. My cognitive thought process has slowed tremendously. Since Thanks Giving, I have not had the desire to smoke cigarettes. I typically like to enjoy a glass of wine 3-4 times a week, as of lately the thought of enjoying a glass of wine has only been a few times a month(and typically in a social situation). As you can see these are hard facts that my addictions are becoming a part of the past. And I relate the diminish in addiction to the float tanks at True Rest!

My advice to you and anyone you may know that is suffering with addition, is to go to at least 4 floats & see if you notice any differences. I have no doubts in my mind that if you partake in floating, honestly do the work while you are in the floats(practice mediation, manifest your desires, shed your addictions) that floating can aid in just about any addiction in any person! This is real stuff. This is real life. And for me I choose a better, healthy quality of life for myself, for my personal evolution and for my future…

Until next time… Peace be with you…

Namaste

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The Journey Continues… Float 7

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The Journey Continues… Float 7 

Well let’s just say that every time I get into the pod I am not able to slow my mind down to enjoy the full benefits. Especially today! I went into the spa knowing that I have a head cold. I kept thinking oh crap, am I gonna be able to make it through the entire float without having to blow my nose. Needless to say, the float was not as relaxing as it usually is… but I did not let that stop me from finding my happy place.

Over & over again I found myself drifting off thinking about many things other than floating; I just can not shut off my mind. At times like these I have to remind myself to enjoy the time I have right now. As when I step into the pods I only have one hour to get the most out of them. As Eckhart Tolle says, “let go of the need to understand anything…” Time and time again, I find myself struggling with exactly this. And when this happens I have to remind myself that I do not need to understand everything; that it is okay to just enjoy this moment, this time in space… I would think after telling myself something enough I would not have to tell myself that again. Nope that’s not the case and that is okay, as it is human nature to second guess ourselves.

So with this, I want to remind you whether it is in the pods, at home or in traffic … you do not have to know everything, think about tomorrow, just enjoy this moment… because if you really think about it, you will only be just as you are in this very moment, because after this moment we are forever changing, forever evolving and forever not the same…

Until next time… Peace be with you…

The Journey Continues… Float 6

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The Journey Continues… Float 6

Confidence & self-esteem go hand in hand. They both play a role in our self-talk. Self-talk affects our self-worth & our view on our self-worth affects our confidence. For addicts, I have found that one of the most important things a newly recovering addict must focus on is improving their self-worth.

Confidence!
Confidence!

Many addicts suffer with poor confidence & low self-esteem. I believe this comes from years of the uncertainty of who we are. Trying to figure out our roots, paths and where we should be heading. For me it was very easy to lose my path since I did not grow up in a stable home. Without this foundation and stability I found it very difficult to focus on whom I was, what I wanted and where I wanted to go. Uncertain on how to deal with all the issues that were in front of me (the insecurities of who I was, who I should be & where I belonged), that when I was introduced to drugs, it made it easy to decide to “not make any decisions” while under the influence. And for me at the time seemed like the quickest fix. Now I realize that quick fixes are not what I desire, but long-term solutions and corrections to character defects. For me I define character defects by all the things, little quarks and beliefs that I either find fault in, want to correct or need to remedy by finding another way to look, deal or cope with things.

There are reasons an addict develops an addiction. Some causes are evident like abuse, gender issues etc. While some reasons are not evident, and have deeper roots. I believe the later is one a large factor for how an addiction develops in the first place. I’m not sure about you, but for me not knowing, is always the hardest!

Many addicts internalize insecurities, such as feelings of unworthiness, not fitting in, identity issues and the like. Once these are internalized and the person is not sure how to deal with such issues, it is easy to forget about them with the aid of an outside source, like drugs. Many people are very lucky in that they have no desire or simply do not like the affects of drug induced states, while others, those who are susceptible into becoming addicts are absolutely enthralled by the affects produced with outside influences.

Today I will focus on my self-worth, self-esteem and confidence. I do not need anyone to acknowledge me, to accept me or to judge me. What I need more than anything is to believe I am worthy, to have the confidence to make the right choices for my life.

I will do this by meditating while in the pods. I have chosen a cave system for this exercise, as caves symbolize the unconscious mind, hidden internal feelings & desires. The cave also symbolizes a place where the self and ego unite. I will enter the cave and have to word confidence etched on the ceiling of the cave. That way I have to look up to see the word confidence which to me is a symbolisms’ to how people with good self-esteem look up and how people with poor self-esteem look to the ground, as they unconsciously feel unworthy to meet others gazes. I will consciously look up to the etching throughout the meditation & embody the word confidence. I will do this by using affirmations & reminding myself of all the amazing things I have accomplished and or am good at.

This was a really good exercise & I came out feeling refreshed, feeling strong & feeling on top of the world. I became lost in my cave system, wandering around focusing on the trickle of water flowing form the hidden cracks & crevasses. I felt very connected to this cave. This was a very good grounding meditation. I would recommend for all women to do this mediation, as it really lifted my spirits.

Until next time…Peace be with you…

 

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12 Cool Hacks to Get the Most from Your Veggies

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12 Cool Hacks to Get the Most from Your Veggies

We’ve bred plants to taste better, be more productive, and be easier to harvest, store, and ship, but not to be more nutritious. Here’s are some ways you can fix that.

Since man first figured out how to domesticate plants we’ve been trying to make them more palatable. Most edible wild plants are too bitter, sour, astringent, tough, full of seeds, or dry to be enjoyable.

Over the course of the last 12,000 years we’ve bred plants to taste better, be more productive, and easy to harvest, store, and transport. But the real reason we eat –  for nutrition – has not been a consideration. So the food we now eat may be tastier and we can get it all year round, but its nutritional value has been left in the dust.

Native plants contain more protein, fiber, than crop plants and a lot less sugar. The original ancestor of corn, teosinte, contains a mere 2% sugar while sweet corn contains 40% sugar!

Wild plants also contain a lot more antioxidants, which neutralize free radical damage, and phytonutrients – chemicals we need for health like beta carotene and lycopene

Wild tomatoes, for example, contain 15 times more lycopene than supermarket tomatoes. Wild apples in Nepal contains 100 times more phytonutrients than apple varieties we normally eat. Of course, these wild versions would not receive any rave reviews from a modern palate, either.

We can’t go back to foraging, but there are tips and tricks you can use to get the most nutrition of out the vegetables you do eat.

By properly using, storing, and preparing vegetables, you can up their nutritional content and enhance bioavailability tremendously! Here are 12 of my favorite “veggie hacks”.

1. Eat broccoli first.

Broccoli is one of the most perishable vegetables yet the average time from harvest to plate is a long 7 weeks. By the time you get it home it’s lost 80% of its nutrition. For this reason try to buy broccoli at a farmer’s market and buy whole heads not cut up florets. Store in a perforated plastic bag in the fridge and eat within a day or two of purchase. Eat raw or cook minimally – steam for 4 minutes or sauté lightly.

2. Tear up lettuce before you store it.

Most lettuce eaten in the US is iceburg. This is the least nutritious kind. The more colorful and the looser the leaf, the more nutritious it will be. One of the weirdest tips is to tear your lettuce into bite size pieces before storing. This activates it to produce more phytonutrients to protect itself from predators!

Better yet, skip lettuce and make salads with spinach, wild arugula, or radicchio, which generally more nutrition rich than lettuce.

3. Scallions trump onions.

Sweet onions the least nutritious type of onion and scallions by far are the most nutrition dense. They contain an unbelievable 140 times more phytonutrients than white onions!

4. Buy new potatoes, organic if possible.

Potato skins contain half of a potato’s antioxidants, but it also contain most of the pesticides. For this reason, you should consider getting organic.

New potatoes cause a lower rise in blood sugar and colored potatoes that are blue, purple or almost black are the most like wild potatoes and contain the most nutrition.

5. Cook your beets.

In the US we eat very few beets, and that’s too bad! Beets are extremely nutritious and have a low glycemic index in spite of their sweetness. This is one of several vegetables that is actually healthier when eaten steamed (not boiled) or roasted instead of raw.

6. Say bye-bye to baby carrots.

Carrots are hard to breakdown so cooked carrots provide more beta carotene than raw! Buying carrots with the tops left on assures they are reasonably fresh. Carrots that come in a bag can be months old.

If you rely on baby carrots for a healthy snack, you’ll be disheartened to learn that they are only misshapen big carrots that have been whittled down to baby carrot shape and are nothing special. I felt very ripped off when I learned of this, how about you?

7. Tomatoes – when bigger is not better.

Most people look forward to a big juicy tomato, but when choosing tomatoes, the smaller and the darker red, the better.

Tomatoes on the vine are more expensive but unless you find they taste better, you can give them a pass. Nutritionally they are not a big improvement.

Tomatoes are more nutritious when cooked. Cooking slightly changes the lycopene to a more bioavailable form.

Counterintuitively, processed tomatoes of any kind – paste, sauce, or diced – are often the most nutritious form! These tomatoes are usually cooked and processed within a few hours of harvest, retaining all their phytonutrients.

Look for tomato products that come in glass jars, BPA-free cans, or tetra packs or make your own.

(For the purists out there, tomato is actually a fruit.)

8. Choose cabbage and cauliflower’s colorful cousins.

These two veggies are the pale members of the cruciferous family and are not the most nutrient dense. Try their colorful antioxidant rich cousins instead. Red cabbage costs more than green but contains 6 times more antioxidants.

Cauliflower comes in bright green, purple and even orange. You might think these are some weird mutants, but actually it’s the other way around. The colorful versions are closer to wild forms. The white cauliflower we’re used to is a mutant albino.

9. Cook your kale.

Kale and collards come close to being as healthy as wild greens. But it’s best not to add raw greens to smoothies or salads.

Raw kale is high in oxalic acid which can lead to muscle weakness, kidney stones, gout and low thyroid function. Lightly steaming first destroys oxalic acid.

10. Eat asparagus – it’ a walk on the wild side.

The asparagus we eat today has barely changed from its wild ancestors and thus is one of the most nutritious vegetables. There was no need to improve on perfection! It is one more veggie best to eat steamed rather than raw. Steaming increases antioxidant availability by 30%.

11. Use an onion to keep avocados fresh.

Wild avocados (another fruit) are ½ the size of an egg and mostly pit with little flesh. It doesn’t seem possible that something so smooth and creamy could be fibrous but an avocado contains as much fiber as 2 bowls of oatmeal!

If you are left with ½ an avocado, keeping the pit in place then applying lemon juice is the old standby to keep it from turning brown. But what I find works even better is to put a thin slice of onion on top. Remove the center rings to leave room for the pit.

12. Grow your own and shop local.

Using these tips can give your more nutrition and more value for your dollar. But of course the best “veggie hack” of all is to grow your own or shop from your local farmer’s market! Source