Creating Harmony

How you gonna win when you ain’t right within?

– Lauryn Hill

By the time most I meet me a lot of people, they are asking me to fix something. Like my infamous friend and client Gayl who literally asked to “fix it” when she wanted to lose weight after her son was born. Little did she know how much I was going to dig into when she became my client. Like most people, she hadn’t learned to make her internal life and well-being a big enough priority. One day in a conversation with my father, he was sharing about his friend who is very successful. He has a great job, makes great money, and is great with his kids. This same friend is also unhealthy, has unresolved trauma, and is stuck in a rut mentally. I countered by saying without inner peace there is no such thing as success. They haven’t learn to live in peace and make healing the priority. Money can’t buy self-worth, self-esteem and joy. But it can mask it with a bunch of material things. It is much easier to mask what is going on in the inside when you are distracted and validated by what is going on outside.

Anyone who has been on a trip with someone they didn’t like. Whether it’s a sibling on a long road trip or an annoying person sitting beside you on a long plane ride. It is a pretty simple concept to understand that if you are going to spend time with someone you might want to enjoy that person otherwise it’s gonna be rough. Well, the same is true with you and how you deal with yourself. You are going to spend more time with yourself than anyone else in this lifetime. The sooner you get right with you, the easier it is to deal with life. 

You might be asking yourself what does it look like when you are “right within.” If you are unfamiliar you should listen to Doo Wop by Lauryn Hill. For the sake of time I will drop these couple bars for you from her song: 

Girlfriend, let me break it down for you again

You know I only say it cause I’m truly genuine

Don’t be a hard rock when you really are a gem

Baby girl, respect is just a minimum”

Do you treat yourself like a hard rock or a gem? Do you expect everything to be difficult? Do you act like you can handle a beating? Maybe you can, I’m not saying you can’t. Is that want you deserve? Now, let me delineate, I’m not opposing being strong nor am I demeaning a hard workout neither am I debating whether one should box. I am talking about how you treat yourself within. What are your internal conversations like? How do you care for yourself?

How do we treat gems? With the respect and reverence. We take our time when looking at them; we inspect them. If you are anything like me you might have crystals that you clear, charge, and research. In the same way, our insides are worthy of being cleared, charged, and reflected upon to know what is going on within.

The unexamined life is not worth living?

– Socrates

I believe you should examine and get real with who you are this very minute. Take a quick self-check. This can take 5 minutes or 50 minutes, how ever long you can stand. Sit in quiet, without distractions, and check in with yourself. Start by paying attention to your heartbeat. Next, listen to the rhythm of your breathing. Next, move into to examining what’s on your mind. What are you thinking about? Is it worth your time? Engage your imagination: Try to visualize each thought rise up to the sky and float away with the clouds. After you have thought all of the thoughts and have sat with yourself as long as you can stand, give yourself a big hug. Tell yourself this short affirmation:

I am loved

I am seen

I matter 

I am safe

In every aspect of my career I am required to focus first on what is going on inside of someone else. I am always trying to find out the root of the issue. In fitness I am looking first at how your body works. I’m looking for any structural compensations your body has made as well as your stability and balance. As a life coach, I dig into what someone wants most and what is holding them back. As a Reiki Practitioner, I see where someone’s energy is low or out of balance. This practice of sitting with yourself is the beginning to any kind of change and growth. Take it easier on yourself. You are a  precious gem worthy of care.

Healthy Habits Make for a Happy Existence

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Healthy Habits Make for a Happy Existence

As a full time entrepreneur one of my first investments was personal health insurance. There are a few ways you can go about doing this, I found a good broker who has been keeping me on temporary plans that are under $100 a month.health-insurance

They only last about 3-6 months and once you get a temporary plan once with any particular company you have to move on to a new one. I have enjoyed looking at the different companies in efforts to find which works best for me.

In addition to having personal health insurance I found a few every day practices that have helped me to stay in the best health. Your health is not something to take lightly, especially when you are going to work more than you ever have before IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Today we are going to expand on two practices you can do to Rinse and Spit toxins right out of your body.

Practice One: Oil Pulling Therapy

According to Dr. Karach, Oil Pulling Therapy heals:oil-pulling

  • Headaches
  • Bronchitis
  • Tooth pain
  • Thrombosis
  • Eczema
  • Ulcers
  • Stomach and Intestinal Diseases
  • Heart Disease
  • Blood Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Lung Diseases
  • Women’s Diseases
  • Nerve Disorders
  • Paralysis
  • Encephalitis
  • Retards the growth of and heal malignant tumors
  • Cures chronic sleeplessness
  • Intensifies the body’s metabolism which can lead to weight loss and improved health
  • Can fasten (secure) loose teeth, heal bleeding gums, and whiten teeth

BE CAUTIONED: Oil pulling is a very simple process.

Preparation: Go to the health food store and buy sunflower seed oil. It was $3.99 at Trader Joes. I also use Coconut oil but it is a little more expensive.

sunflower seed oilStep One Insert Oil: At the start of your day before breakfast and on an empty stomach, take one tablespoon inside of your mouth. Do not to swallow.

Step Two Swish: Move oil slowly around inside of your mouth (rinsing or swishing and pull through the teeth). Do so for for fifteen to twenty minutes as recommended by Dr. Karach puts it. This process makes oil thoroughly mixed with saliva. Swishing activates the enzymes and the enzymes draw toxins out of the blood.

The oil must not be swallowed, for it has become toxic.

As the process continues, the oil gets thinner and white. If the oil is still yellow, it has not been pulled long enough.

Step Three Spit: Spit from the mouth and clean your mouth out really well. Some suggest using normal tap water and good old fingers to clean, I spit it in the toilet then brush my teeth. Then I wash my toothbrush off with boiling hot water. I drink a lot of teas, so, so, I just pour hot water from the tea pot over my toothbrush.

Step Four Clean the sink: You can use some antibacterial soap to clean the sink.

I personally use bleach and use Clorox wipes because the spit contains harmful bacteria and toxic bodily waste.

Practice Two: Gargling with peroxide

The FDA has approved 3% solutions of hydrogen peroxide for use as a mouthwash. Most sources said to use it only for a short time, however, such as part of a treatment of a mouth infection. Although. I had a personal friend who was a dental hygienist for 20 years. She brushed and gargled with it daily to avoid costly dental cleaning procedures.

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Gargling with hydrogen peroxide will you kill bacteria in your mouth and help to whiten your teeth. But you have to be careful. Hydrogen peroxide is an acid, and it can damage the tissues in your mouth if you are not careful.

Here is a suggested process to gargle hydrogen peroxide safely

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. Put one cap-full of hydrogen peroxide into a cup.

2. 
Dilute the hydrogen peroxide with 1.5 oz. warm water (shot glass).shotglass

3. 
Pour the mixture into your mouth, but do not swallow.

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. Swish the liquid around so that it is moved between your teeth to kill bacteria on the gums.

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. Gargle the liquid by tilting your head back, opening your mouth and exhaling out of your throat. This will help to kill the bacteria that cause sore throats.

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. Prevent swallowing by closing your mouth and continuing to exhale out of your throat as you lower your head over a sink.

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. Spit all of the hydrogen peroxide mixture into the sink.

I challenge you to try these two practices at least every other day for the whole month of February. It is the shortest month of the year. Test drive these healthy habits.

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Fight this Flu with FIRE!!!

Three years ago I came down with a nasty flu. Many of you and your family are dealing with it right now. I didn’t take care of it right and ended up with pneumonia. After fighting off pneumonia with all antibiotics, steroids, and breathing treatments, I was healed. Two weeks later, I caught the flu again. I tried everything over the counter and nothing worked. I prayed hard and decided to take it old school. One of the older ladies in my aqua aerobics class told me about the home remedy below. It may sound nasty but it works every time.

I boiled half an onion and removed the onion. Next, mix into the liquid one tablespoon of cinnamon, the juice of 2 lemons, 2 tablespoons of honey, and one teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Surprisingly enough it tastes really good!

The next day I was feeling much better!

If you’re anything like me, you’re thinking, “Yuck onion tea!”

Let’s examine these ingredients one by one.

Onions

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Onions contain chemical compounds with potential anti-inflammatory, anti-cholesterol, anti-cancer, and antioxidant properties, such as quercetin.

The World Health Organization recognizes the onion’s ability to help relieve symptoms of the flu such as coughing, congestion, respiratory infections, and bronchitis. Some folks recommend placing sliced onions beside the bed at night, or even just around the house, to help prevent yourself from getting the flu. I am not so sure about that! But after boiling the onion to make a tea I can confirm it works!

Lemons

lemonsMost of us have always been told to drink tea or a hot toddy with lemon and honey when we are not feeling well. Have you ever wandered why? Lemons are not only tasty but they help boost your immune system which helps to fight off a cold or the flu.

Lemons are high in Vitamin C, a natural antioxidant that enhances the immune system. They have antiviral and antibacterial properties. Lemons are also high in potassium which an important mineral that helps the kidneys function to their fullest potential. Proper kidney function also regulates of blood pressure. Kidneys are essential in helping to flush waste from the bloodstream. Lemons also help alkalize the blood and urine by creating an alkaline-forming environment in the body.

“Lemon helps cut mucous,” states the Mayo Clinic, which describes drinking hot water with lemon and honey as a “time-tested recipe.”

Honey

HoneyHoney is known to bolster the immune system. A daily dose of honey can help you to feel energetic and stay healthy. It also has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help fight infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Warning: Don’t give honey to children under 1 years old. Their immune systems aren’t developed enough to ward off infantile botulism, carried in honey spores.

Cinnamon

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I know you are thinking of sugar, spice, and everything nice but everything nice really means that cinnamon is a potent health hero. Cinnamon is an herb traditionally used by many ancient cultures. It is indicated for a variety of ailments including gastrointestinal problems, urinary tract infections, relieving symptoms of colds, and flu. It has remarkable anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Some studies have shown that Cinnamon helps people with diabetes metabolize sugar better.

Cayenne Pepper

cayenne_pepperCayenne stimulates digestion and muscle movement within the intestines which helps restore deficient digestive secretions and aids absorption of food nutrients. Cayenne also stimulates circulation and blood flow to the peripheral areas of the body. Any of you who love spicy food know this will warm your tummy and clear your sinuses make you sweat. Cayenne warms the body and stimulates the release of mucus from the respiratory passages. An herb such as cayenne or ginger that promotes sweating is considered to have a diaphoretic (sweat-inducing) action. This action can help reduce fevers and relieve such the congestion of colds and sinusitis. 

Bonus: Ginger

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Again, most of us have heard when our stomach hurts we should drink ginger ale. But the 99 cent store and other grocery markets sell the root. You can peel it, slice it, and boil it. Ginger has been in use since ancient times for its anti-inflammatory, carminative, anti-flatulent, and anti-microbial properties. The root helps improve the intestinal motility and has anti-inflammatory, pain killer, nerve soothing, anti-pyretic as well as anti-bacterial properties. Studies have shown that it may reduce nausea induced by motion sickness or pregnancy and may help relieve migraine headache.

This herb root only has 80 calories per 100 g and contains no cholesterol. Nonetheless, it composes many essential nutrients and vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5) that are required for optimum health.

Furthermore, the herb also contains a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

Prayer References

  • Psalms 30:2  Lord my God, I called to you for help,
    and you healed me.
  • Psalm 103:3 The Lord who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases
  • 1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
  • 3 John 1:2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
  • James 5:14-15  14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

Prosperity Steps

1) Take care of yourself

2) Take care of your friends and family

3) Don’t buy into the hype-> Treat the problem not the symptoms. Most over the counter drugs help numb the pain but dont treat the problem. Ask yourself, how would you feel if you were one of the people that found out the hard way that the TheraFlu needed to be recalled?

I knew I had to change

salad-374173_1280In 2014 I read a lot about nutrition. I became acutely aware of the horrible relationship I had developed with food. If I’m honest, I did not understand a lot about food. Like many troubled relationships, I found that it all boiled down to a three key elements; understanding, communication, and expectation.

In order to understand the growth that took place, let me tell you how it started. I grew up in a healthy household where I enjoyed home-cooked meals that were well balanced with fruits and vegetables. My mother was a full-on veggie lover who loved to exercise and always told me she was a “fat kid”. I did not understand how that was possible when I was a pretty skinny kid/teenager. Like most young people I did not really like the wide variety of vegetables that she did so I stayed very close to broccoli, green beans and salads but I could eat a whole pepperoni pizza and never gained weight. My friends called me “Ribs” in junior high school because you could see my ribs when I wore a bathing suit.

A major shift happened while I was in high school; my mom fell ill, and our roles reversed. I regret_harmonybecame the bread winner, household shopper, and chef. I wasn’t old enough to understand the value of the substance and make up of our bodies. So, I made the unknowingly made the mistake of choosing quick and easy routes to meals and food. The majority of the time that meant frozen and microwaveable. A while later I started to notice that I was gaining weight and feeling sluggish. I decided I was eating too much so I started taking diet pills to suppress my appetite. Since I didn’t like coffee I would drink 2-3 energy drinks a day. My body was communicating that it needed fuel and expected nutrient rich food, but I did not understand. I was communicating that I wanted to look like the girls in the videos and magazines and and was still expecting to slim down.

As a requirement for college I took a health class and I learned great information on what I needed to have a healthy well balanced diet. It did help that I had at least started eating less food. I alternated between salads, frozen microwavable dishes, and over-cooked vegetables. I still took diet pills and drank energy drinks. I had developed a sugar addiction and was often stressed out. I was dealing with my mother’s multiple sclerosis, attending college, and working full-time and the weight just piled on. I visited my Uncle Dwayne before he was going into gastric bypass surgery and after not seeing me for ten years he had much wisdom to share on the unhealthy pathologies that our family shared with food. I spilled all the beans on what I was doing to myself. He made me promise to stop with the diet pills and energy drinks. He never made it out of that surgery so I could not go back on that promise. Our conversation also took the blinders off to the world of weight problems that I had only just begun to understand. Years of unhealthy eating and stress had helped me to get up to 230 lbs. At only 5 feet 4 inches tall, something had to change and it did!

on-my-way_harmonyTwo of the best friends anyone could ever have taught me about food. This sounds funny and simple, but it was true. They helped me learn how to buy, cook, and eat healthy fresh and flavorful food. I learned optimal food combinations, portion control, and healthy sweet tooth alternatives. With the assistance of this wonderful support team, I started 2014 as a vegetarian who ate the rainbow of foods. I juiced fruits and vegetables as well as prepared my meals in advance to accommodate my busy schedule. I soon started feeling different, vibrant, healthy and alive. Mid-year I started eating fish and some small portions of meat, but I did not abuse my body the same way I previously had. I also kicked the habit of running to food when I felt stress. Moreover, through prayer, meditation and clear communication I have learned how to remove, avoid, and limit unhealthy stress. I have seen the needle on the scale go down which is nice but what is even more fulfilling is I know that I am well on my way to being healthier. I am being loving to my body, and it feels great!

The most important lessons I learned were very simple and could be applied to many different areas of life. The first and most valuable lesson I learned was: what you put in impacts what you get back. Like the adage “You are what you eat!” If you are loading yourself up with crap, you are going to feel like it. I started eating more foods that are grown on plants not manufactured in plants. The fresh fruits and vegetables that now occupy the majority of my dietary intake give me life, not a bunch of chemicals that I cannot pronounce and my body does not know how to break down.

The second most valuable lesson that I learned was support and accountability is key. I didn’t feel alone with friends to talk to when I was going to fall off the bandwagon. We started sharing holidays together when we thought we were not strong enough to resist the heavy food our families prepared. Last but certainly not least I learned that I had to keep my diet flavorful and exciting, which took preparation and time. I had to learn to try different things and step outside my comfort zone. Subsequently, I realized that it was a great thing to invest time and energy in preparing my food. I remember when I was always rushing to get some food so I can do this or that but this revelation hit me like a ton of bricks, “If you keep running on fumes you are going to run out of fuel!”

My hope for you in this next year is that this somehow encourages you invest in yourself from the inside out.winking_harmony
If you are looking for other ways to continue to revolutionize your diet or life in general take some time to check out our other blogs and/or contact us for your first coaching session. We dedicate every day of our lives to make a LifeonSprings Easy, Effective, Sustainable, and Enjoyable. Let’s thrive together in 2015!

Your Strength 

I’ve learned it takes a certain strength to get up early in the morning for work or school. It’s take a different kind of strength to stay up late to get done what is due. And yet a different kind of strength when the baby is up at 3 am and you have to be up in two hours. While it takes a whole other kind of strength to put yourself before others.

It takes a different kind a strength to say no when I want to say yes. A different kind of strength to know I’m worth more, not less. Nothing less than the Queen he called me to be. And I still reign in His kingdom humbly while He’s teaching and guiding me.

img_0487Alone I may be but lonely I am not. I know He is there when the blue skies turn grey. When the sky is dark and the sun is tucked away. In the still of the night. Even when I’m weeping He is my joy in the dark times. Greater joy comes in the morning when the clouds roll away. I grow even stronger after the rain has passed away because my faith was watered and roots hold down my faith.

 

Got Harmony?

 

dreamstimemaximum_97943401. WHO needs Harmony? Everyone! Yes, especially anyone who has has a goal or dream, know what you need to do but just don’t know what is slowing them down or holding them back. Self-help books make up the largest and fastest growing market. People are realizing that they need help and to receive help is ok. We were created to live in a community.  Just like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to help us to continually grow into healthy well rounded harmonious people.

2. WHAT is Harmony? 

Harmony- Agreement; accord; harmonious relations, a consistent, orderly or pleasing arrangement of parts; congruity. -Dictionary.com

3. WHAT disturbs Harmony? There are few things that disturb Harmony but  3 areas that hurt our harmony most Procrastination, Negative outlooks and Competing Intensions.

Procrastination kills!

ahh-procrastinationEveryone procrastinates sometimes, but 20 percent of people chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions—which, unfortunately, are increasingly available. Procrastination in large part reflects our struggle with self-control as well as our inability to accurately predict how we’ll feel tomorrow, or the next day. Procrastinators may say they perform better under pressure, but more often than not that’s their way of justifying putting things off. – Psychology Today The bright side? It’s possible to overcome procrastination with help!

 

4. How can I have more Harmony in my life?

I am here to help you Pushing through Procrastination & Awaken Your Life On Springs! A life where you thrive instead of just survive. It is my life’s work to help people bring more Harmony to their lives through coaching, teaching, writing and speaking engagements. Every one of us receives and retains information differently, so I have something for just about everyone here.

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Drop it like it’s Hot!

fall-foliage-567901_1280As I was walking along my path I realized that I started to get lonely. I looked around to see others on their path and thought maybe if I leave my path I won’t feel this emptiness. I crossed over to another path, there were many people on it so I started to mingle. All of them were carrying heavy luggage so I decided to help. I started carrying, one back then it got to heavy so I started to help another person with their bag. The second bag like the first started to get very heavy, so I handed itpublic-676019_1920 back to the person and helped a third with their bag. My arms grew weary and I was tired. I stopped by someone I recognized and started to help with their bag as well. Finally, I looked up and realized I was far from my path. I was tired, run down and worse for wear. Suddenly, I saw God walking down the side of this path. I asked God “Why is no one was asking You to carry their bag.” He replied, “They are not ready to let go of their baggage. When they tell me they want me to take it, I will. My yoke is easy is burden is light.” I asked God why this path was so full and mine so empty. He Jesus carriesreplied, “You wanted to do things my way. They chose the other path. When they are ready they can come to my path also.” I asked, “where are my bags, I remember I had so many.” He said “When you walk my path, I carry the load. As you give each issue to me, I perfect it and the bag turns into a light to your feet and a new enterance sign to My path for others to see. I asked God, “Is it too late for me to come back?” He said, “No but you have to give back everyone else’s bags. Tell them I love them, I am love. Tell them I am here, I know who they are. I created them for a life beyond their wildest dreams.”