"I'm restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.” ~Anaïs Nin
Lately, I’ve been meditating for eight minutes five mornings a week. EIGHT minutes.
That’s all I’ve had in me the past couple of months.
And my mind wanders so much & I have to remind myself about a million times to refocus on my breath even though it’s only eight fucking minutes.
So, yeah. I am a terrible meditator.
Maybe you are, too.
But if you’re showing up, you’re doing the work.
I see you. Fist bump & prayer hands. Or something.
P.s. Here’s a tip one of my teachers taught me several years back that changed my conception of meditation (and also my life): You are never going to stop your brain from thinking thoughts because ITS JOB IS TO THINK THOUGHTS.
The point of meditation is not to stop thinking. It is to build awareness around that thinking. It is to allow that thinking to happen without trying to control it, without following it down some rabbit hole of trying to problem-solve or plan your day, without attaching meaning to any of the myriad thoughts that might arise while you’re there.
The point of meditation (like most things)is the doing it, not the doing it perfectly.
It’s showing up. And then continuing to show up. Over & over & over again.
Even if it’s only for eight (highly distracted) minutes.
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Have you heard of the method called, Cupping Therapy🍵? What is it, and how does it work? According to #VeryWellHealth , "Cupping therapy is a practice that involves briefly attaching rounded inverted cups to certain parts of the body using a vacuum effect. Some proponents suggest that the drawing of the skin inside the cups increases blood flow to the area. Long used in traditional Chinese medicine and other ancient healing systems, cupping has gained considerable popularity in recent years among athletes." Many people use this technique to help relieve pain and soreness in muscles, even migraines. One of the side effects of cupping therapy, is the massive deep-rooted bruising it can cause after the therapy sessions. Since our formulation boosts oxygen and circulation back into the capillaries...applying Topricin afterwards (consistently over the next few days), will help reduce the swelling and appearance.⠀
Today is a healing day. Grateful for some Chinese medicine in my life - I had forgotten how well my body responds to it. Grateful for my team of healers to without I would be lost 🙏🏻 .
I forget what my back looks like sometimes, what my moon looks like. 🌚 My back pain changes every day, it moves and spasms differently. Good to see you old friend. 🌚 Sometimes we forget how beautiful we are when all we feel is hurt. And now I’ve got some temporary mini moons. I appreciate the process. 🔥
Did a little stretching and #cuppingtherapy on @mosoul77 and @qianamonae today. They know as important it is to stay fit, it’s equally important to spend time on your recovery so you can keep going💪🏽 ♻️ Such a pleasure to work with you both‼️•
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One of our items is being featured in the Local Box, a collection of local goodies.These pre-curated boxes feature a variety of local products, gift certificates and discounts. Each item is hand-picked from a local independent business in Sarnia-Lambton. This holiday season, give the gift of local.
Each box is being sold for $100 and is valued at over $200.
100% of the profit from the sale of the boxes is being donated to the local not-for-profit organizations that are featured in the latest Year of Local book.
The boxes are being sold at:
The Book Keeper
500 Exmouth Street (Open seven days a week)
Paulina's Flower Shoppe
1018 Murphy Road (Open Monday through Saturday)
River Bank & Co.
172 Front Street North (Open Wednesday through Saturday)
This holiday season, give the gift of local.
Our story appeared in a Year of Local book. Both editions of the book are currently available for $25 at The Book Keeper.
100% of the proceeds are being donated back to the not-for-profit organizations that are featured in the latest book. This was made possible because of the generous support from Christine Feige of ActivEars Hearing Centres as well as Dr. Vanessa Curran and Dr. Jessica Bourassa – Family Dental Care. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Recovery is Important!
I did a session of Cupping Therapy to relieve some tension and speed up my recovery after a brutal back/shoulders workout.
Cupping therapy works by placing silicon/glass cups and creating a vacuum seal over a specific area on your body.
The suction cups provide a negative pressure on the skin, muscles, and fascia. This is in contrast to the positive pressure of the deep tissue massage.
This Promotes blood circulation speeds up muscle recovery. The negative pressure from the suction allows new blood to flow into that area of tissue with several benefits -
1. Provides a feeling of relief from physical and emotional tensions
2. Begins the healing and regeneration process - the exchange of blood allows the removal of toxins and dead cells
3. Enhances circulation
4. Warms the skin, and softens tissues to regain elasticity
5. Reduces inflammation
Although there have not been many studies that show the exact benefit of cupping it is seen as a tool for massage and I definitely feel the difference
For my big 4-0 I decided to have Jade with, @jadechennaulttopknotsalon , do my makeup.. and oh my she did not disappoint! I took all of my all-natural Beauty Counter Make-up and this was the final look 😍
Özellikle mevsim geçişlerinde tavsiye edilen hacamat, bölgesel etki etmek ile beraber genel kan akışını da düzenlemektedir de. Dünyanın birçok yerinde uygulanan hacamat günümüz yaşantımızda maruz kaldığımız toksinler dolayısı ile daha gerekli hale geldi...
😂 Not much has changed in a year ... okay that’s a lie, there have been LOTS of changes taking place this year for me. And still more big changes on the horizon. ☺️
This year has taught me a lot about myself - the universe has sent me on quite a journey this past year - sorry if I sound too woo-woo-y for you 😉
This time last year I was heading into my darkest of places emotionally. I was in a stressful living environment with seemingly no way out or no sign of relief... it was ugly. 😬😣
Even after moving into the new house I just still couldn’t find my groove. I finally started going to counseling on a regular basis which has been a tremendous help in helping me find my way this year but ultimately I did all the hard work. The physical therapy. The at home workouts. The mindfulness practice. All of it. And every day I make the conscious choices to stay positive and optimistic about what the future holds. .
After years and years of emotional and physical trauma and falling into my darkest of places.. I have begun to rise from the ashes - so to speak 😉 I’ve regained my confidence and soon will regain my independence. It’s been a hard year with an unthinkable loss - but I still choose to be thankful for all of it, because without all of my traumas and experiences, I would never be able to be the woman I am today and the woman I continue to grow into. 💖
I never want to stop growing. I never want to stop learning about myself and all the universe has to offer me! 💖💪🏼 #cuppingtherapy#cuppingmarks#physicaltherapy#ptlink#manifestationmindset#mindfulness#mindfulnesspractice#mindfulnessmatters#bethankful#nomatterwhat
Berries are a nutritional powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.
The strong antioxidant capacity of berries is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer and other inflammatory conditions .
Berries may also be effective in treating various digestive and immune-related disorders when used alongside traditional medical therapies (6). Some of the most common berries include:
Whether you enjoy them as part of your breakfast, as a dessert, on a salad or in a smoothie, the health benefits of berries are as versatile as their culinary applications. (source: healthline.com)