It’s December with all the holidays and family get togethers, joyful times and stressful times; sometimes too much for people to handle. The year is also rapidly coming to a close and the Winter Solstice will soon be upon us as well as New Year’s Eve and all the “triggers” that event brings to us.
The Winter Solstice is actually the time of year when the light returns as the sun shifts and starts to move northward again (at least in the Northern Hemisphere). I’ve always thought of it as being in the “dead” of winter, but actually, this is the very beginning of new life, a time when the days get longer again and the sun brings more and more light again into our Northern Hemisphere. You guys down south are rapidly approaching the zenith of your Summer and have Autumn to look forward to, (Another favorite time of the year for me. I love the way the world looks in Autumn and my daughter was born in Autumn.).
Last month I promised you all some help with your New Year Resolutions and help just generally moving forward and making changes (if change is what you are seeking). This does seem to be one of those universal periods of time when we all experience the same event and when we think about the past year (sometimes our past life) and “resolve” to make changes.
Too frequently as part of our “resolution” process, we focus on what is missing from our life or what we want to get rid of; when, in actuality what we need to be focusing on is what we want to grow more of in our life. I talked last month about Gratitude, Prosperity and Abundance; but Prosperity and Abundance isn’t just about monetary gain (although who wouldn’t enjoy having more than enough money for all your bills, for fun and pleasure, to help others and to ensure security for your future and the future of your family?). Bringing abundance and prosperity into our lives means and includes growing more love, joy, fun, pleasure, happiness, fulfillment, confidence, energy, a myriad of life affirming emotions, thoughts and ideas, and of course, money.
So, how do I focus on growing these things in my life you might ask? I’m so glad you did ask that question, because I’ve got a few answers for you:
Considering and thinking about the ideas and principals behind prosperity and abundance would be something that you might want to grow more of during this next year.
Another thought for this New Year might be something I read recently: “To create with joy, to accomplish with ease, and to let Universal Energy carry you”, who could ask for more?
How about growing and bringing with you into the New Year and the rest of your life, the ability to promote healing (within yourself and those you love), or motivation, or the focus and clarity needed to actually see and recognize the direction you want to go in; to recognize your path when it is presented to you (and it is always presented to you). Wouldn’t that be amazing?
So, how do you start? First, understand that your subconscious is attempting to communicate with you all the time. However, most of us have become pretty expert at ignoring and blocking that communication and instead replacing it with habitual and self-defeating conscious thought patterns or emotions. You can drown out your subconscious with negative thoughts that we repeatedly hash out over and over again, rather like a particularly nasty or depressing film loop.
Studies have shown that people who frequently experience negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, pessimism, anger, resentment or hostility have a higher risk of illness and disease compared to their peers who possess a more positive outlook and practice relaxation techniques (think hypnosis my friends).
No matter what changes you are trying to create within yourself or your life, hypnosis can help you accomplish these changes faster, easier and feeling good in the process. And a big part of hypnosis is imagery.
Here’s something you can play with yourself. Using a bit of self-guided imagery, try this exercise. It is simple and yet very powerful. The idea is to “anchor” the feeling of love, joy, health or whatever you want to grow more of in you life, your heart and your mind.
First; take three deep and cleansing breaths -- in and out, allowing your mind and body to slow down and relax just a bit.
Second; with your eyes closed, concentrate on an image that for you represents what you want to grow more of in your life right now. The image can be a person, a place, a pet, anything. Remember that this image is just a symbol; it doesn’t have to be what you actually want to bring to you. It is a symbol that represents what you want to grow in your heart and mind and it is a symbol that elicits the emotional response you are seeking to grow. As an example, for wealth it could be a brand new sports car or a beautiful large house. For joy, fun or pleasure it could be an image that represents a vacation, a cruise, swimming or lying in the sun. Personally, I like to bring up the image of my children when they were small running, laughing and playing. For love sometimes I like to bring up the image of a kitten, curled in my arms and purring. Sometimes I prefer to bring up rather more graphic images and those I won’t share here. The image I choose to think about depends a great deal on specifically what I am looking to grow at that moment.
The goal is to bring this image into your mind and then, even more importantly, to allow the feelings associated with that image to fill your heart and your mind. Imagine the energy of those feelings whether they are of love or joy or strength expanding, filling your heart and with it the sensation of those feelings circulating throughout your body.
Now, imagine a spark. A spark or energy, of life in the center of your heart. All life starts with a spark. Think of this spark as your “heart fire”. Visualize or imagine throwing open the doors to your heart. I use the image of throwing open shutters in a dark room and allowing the sun and light and air to flow in. Imagine that the air flowing in fuels this flame in your heart, like oxygen fuels any fire. See and feel it growing larger and large with each breath that you take.
And finally, imagine or visualize that your heart fire continues to grow until you are encircled in a cocoon of loving, light-filled energy and strength supporting you, nourishing you, and growing whatever you envision in your life now.
I have created a downloadable mini-session entitled Anger, and it is this imagery that I’ve used to help guide you through this process. It incorporates this imagery of Hridaya Yoga (Heart Fire Yoga). I know that “Anger” may seem an odd choice for the name of this downloadable session, but the imagery of Heart Fire Yoga is one of the most effective tools available for burning away any negative emotion. In addition to being able to quickly burn away anger, this imagery can also burn away resentment, anxiety and fear and fuel your body and mind instead with positive, nourishing, life affirming images.
When your mind and body relax, your subconsciouses is allowed to more effectively and powerfully receive positive and specific suggestions that help you to release negative thoughts, feelings and emotions and to nurture, grow and create the changes you desire. Suggestions that help crystallize desire into action, energizing your body and mind.
Simply knowing something on an intellectual/conscious level gives you very little power. However, when you can take a truth, an idea or a desire and internalize it so that it becomes who you are on a cellular level, you will find that you radiate that truth and that desire outward and your entire experience of life is changed. Hypnosis is the most powerful tool you can have in your self-improvement toolbox. It is hypnosis that allows this process of internalization to occur faster, easier and more effectively. And it feels great too!
Linda Simmon, C.Ht.
Past Life Regressionist, Certified Hypnotherapist and Life Coach
Relax Your Way to Wealth
As you all know, I make suggestions or offer you information about tools, theories or books that I think you might find helpful or wish to add to your arsenal. Relax Your Way to Wealth is one of these offers:
If you've had it up to here with everyone preaching the Law of Attraction ...
But can't seem to attract enough Abundance into your own life to even afford a date with the Golden Arches ...
And you just can't imagine trying any harder to squeeze a little success out of the Universe ...
Then let me tell you about something you are sure to love.
Peggy McColl - a friend of mine, and an amazing success coach for the past 30 years – says you DON'T need to work harder ...
You need to RELAX! (I’ve been telling you all that for years)
Peg says most people who struggle with Law of Attraction are simply too uptight about making more money, enjoying better health, finding that 'one-and-only' true love ...
And this 'up-tightness' actually creates a wall of negative energy between you and the Universe, effectively cutting off your lines of communication.
Her advice to turn things around, and begin manifesting all the amazing things you'd REALLY like to see in your life:
Of course, she knows that's one of those classic 'easier-said-than-done' bits of advice for most people. And that's precisely why Peggy created her "Relax Your Way Wealth" audio program.
I’m told it's oh-so-simple to use ... priced VERY attractively (in fact you can use the link below to snap it up right now at almost HALF-OFF) ... and it is GUARANTEED to work for you!
I must warn you though....
This special pricing is a limited-time introductory offer ... because although the technique is proven-effective (Peggy's used it for a long, L-O-N-G time herself!) this program is right-up-to-the-minute, brand-spanking-new.
So I wouldn't expect this deal to last long.
And I won't try to explain here what Peggy does a much better job of doing on her website ... so if you are even the least bit serious about those dreams and goals you hold so dear ...
When you're tired of drifting rudderless on the seas of success ...
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Simply use the link below:
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- Get Great Winter Skin with 3 Essentials
Does your winter face look a little different than your summer face? Don't worry. Dry, dull skin doesn't have to be inevitable this season.
To keep your skin looking healthy and radiant no matter the weather, start with three winter essentials: a moisturizer, a lip balm, and an exfoliant. But, say the experts at RealBeauty.com, you've gotta choose the right ones.
Guide to Winter Skin Care Essentials
Moisturizer musts: Clouds can't be counted on to filter out the sun's harmful UVA rays. So to prevent dry skin and wrinkles, use a double-duty moisturizer that contains a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30. Yep, even in winter.
Lip lessons: Don't assume that any old lip balm will do. Some actually contain ingredients that can have a drying effect. One thing to avoid: mineral oil. It creates a film on your lips that fools your skin into thinking it can stop producing its own oils. Products with added colors, flavors, and fragrances also can cause drying and irritation.
Exfoliant extras: Sloughing off dry, dead surface skin cells helps reveal fresh, new, more moisture-rich cells -- so it becomes even more essential in winter. But you want a gentle exfoliant that won't irritate and dry out skin even more. So choose an enzyme-based one, and be sure to moisturize afterward.
- Slim Down with Green Snacks
Here's a simple way you can start living greener, and get slimmer in the process. Reach for low-carbon-footprint snacks, suggests nutrition expert Kate Geagan, MS, RD, author of Go Green Get Lean. Eco-friendly snacks with short ingredients lists and minimal processing tend to be not only more earth-friendly but also more waist-friendly, she writes. Geagan says the ideal snack should have about 100 to 175 calories. They should also have just a few ingredients, have little packaging, and take minimal amounts of resources to produce (that tends to mean less processing). Here are a few of her favorites:
- * 3/4 cup of edamame pods with a pinch of sea salt;
- 1 tablespoon cashew butter spread on 1 cup of apple slices;
- 3 cups of air-popped popcorn;
- 6-inch whole-wheat tortilla with 1/4 cup of black beans and 2 tablespoons of fresh salsa;
- 1 cup of organic, local fat-free milk (or soymilk), steamed, with one teaspoon of almond extract and one tablespoon of dark cocoa powder, and
- 10 dark chocolate chips and 10 walnut halves.
Eating snacks made as close to home as possible helps the earth, too, writes Geagan. And the problem with oh-so-popular snack favorites -- those perfectly portioned 100-calorie snack packs? They tend to contain long lists of non-nourishing filler ingredients, and they often come from far away, where lots of human and environmental resources were used to produce them.
- Surprising Habits That Make You Old
Are you accidentally making yourself older? Check out what these choices are doing to your body:
Choosing organic. We don't have a problem with choosing organic when it comes to fruit and vegetables. The trouble is when you think "organic" is synonymous with "healthy." Sorry -- organic potato chips are still potato chips and contain aging fat and extra calories.
Just dealing with it. If you tend to treat pain with a stiff upper lip rather than a pill or a doctor visit, it's like playing catcher without a mitt: It feels lousy. About 75% of pain sufferers do not receive adequate treatment, and if you're one of them, you're at risk for depression, irritability, fatigue, and an overall diminished quality of life. Treating pain early -- we like to start with RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation of injuries) coupled with an NSAID in pill or patch form -- is an important step in regaining your quality of life. Call your doctor right away if it doesn't get better quickly.
Eating in your car. If you're dashboard dining, chances are high that you're having a burger -- that's the most common car food. And that means you're getting aging saturated fats in your bloodstream.
- Prevent Weight Gain with This Sweet Treat
As the first rounds of holiday cookies start arriving on the scene, you can arm yourself against extra pounds by munching on pears. Yep, these fresh and juicy in-season treats contain two important types of antioxidants that are associated with less weight gain over time. In a study, middle-aged women who consumed the highest amounts of three different types of flavonoid antioxidants -- flavones, flavonols, and catechins -- saw the smallest increase in body mass index (BMI) over a period of 14 years. Pears just happen to contain two of these choice phytonutrients, catechins and flavonols. They're also high in filling fiber and low in calories, making them a win-win sweet solution for your waistline and appetite. Researchers aren't really sure why flavonoids seem to inhibit weight gain. But other studies have revealed that the catechins in green tea may help boost weight loss and diminish body fat. It's possible they also have some kind of beneficial effect on the body's breakdown of fatty acids.
Fresh pears are always fabulous, but most people don't realize what a versatile cooking fruit they are. Discover a few delicious new ways to use them with these recipes:
Pear Butter -- From EatingWell.com
Simmering pears in pear nectar (available in the natural-foods section of supermarkets) and then reducing the puree until thickened produces an exceptionally rich-tasting spread that contains no added fat or sugar. It is a great item to have on hand; spread it on toast or layer it with vanilla yogurt and top with nuts for a quick dessert or snack. If you have a good supply of pears, feel free to double the recipe, using a large saucepan.
- 4 ripe but firm Bartlett pears (1-1 1/4 pounds), peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 3/4 cup(s) pear nectar
- Place pears and pear nectar in a heavy medium saucepan; bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the pears are very tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Cooking time will vary depending on the ripeness of the pears.
- Mash the pears with a potato masher. Cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat, stirring often, until the puree has cooked down to a thick mass (somewhat thicker than applesauce), 20 to 30 minutes. Stir almost constantly toward the end of cooking. Scrape the pear butter into a bowl or storage container and let cool.
Roasted Pear-Butternut Soup with Crumbled Stilton
— From EatingWell.com
- 2 ripe pears, peeled, quartered and cored
- 2 pound(s) butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 2-inch chunks
- 2 medium tomatoes, cored and quartered
- 1 large leek, pale green and white parts only, halved lengthwise
- 2 clove(s) garlic, crushed
- 2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt, divided
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 4 cup(s) vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
- 2/3 cup(s) crumbled Stilton or other blue-veined cheese
- 1 tablespoon(s) thinly sliced fresh chives or scallion greens
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Combine pears, squash, tomatoes, leek, garlic, oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a large bowl; toss to coat. Spread evenly on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 40 to 55 minutes. Let cool slightly.
- Place half the vegetables and 2 cups broth in a blender; puree until smooth. Transfer to a large saucepan. Puree the remaining vegetables and 2 cups broth. Add to the pan and stir in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
- Cook the soup over medium-low heat, stirring, until hot, about 10 minutes. Divide among 6 bowls and garnish with cheese and chives (or scallion greens).
Pork Chops with Pear and Ginger Sauce
— From EatingWell.com
In this quick sauté, vinegar and sugar are caramelized in the skillet, forming a deep, richly flavored base for the sauce. Ginger adds a spicy note that plays against the mild pork and pear.
- 4 4-ounce boneless pork chops
- Salt & freshly ground pepper
- 2 teaspoon(s) canola oil
- 3 tablespoon(s) cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoon(s) sugar
- 2/3 cup(s) dry white wine
- 1 cup(s) reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1 firm, ripe pear
- 1 teaspoon(s) fresh ginger
- 6 scallions
- 2 teaspoon(s) cornstarch mixed with 2 teaspoons water
- Season pork with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook until browned and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and keep warm. Pour off fat from the pan.
- Add vinegar and sugar to the pan; stir to dissolve the sugar. Cook over medium-high heat until the syrup turns dark amber, 10 to 20 seconds. Pour in wine (stand back, as the caramel may sputter) and bring to a simmer, stirring. Add broth, pears and ginger; bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, turning the pears occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add scallions and cook until the pears are tender, about 2 minutes more. Add the cornstarch mixture and cook, stirring, until lightly thickened. Reduce heat to low and return the pork and any accumulated juices to the pan; turn to coat with the sauce. Serve immediately.
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