High Vibration/Low Vibration (article from TheMasterShift.com)

Before I considered myself “aware,” I classified my moods to be either good or bad.  There were days when I would roll out of bed with a smile and others when I just wanted to remain there.  I had no insight as to how I was feeling.  It was either a good day or it wasn’t.  Age and experience has increased my awareness.  What I now look to maintain is a high vibration; a feeling of happiness from within.

You recognize when you are operating from a higher vibration because you are in the Universal flow; you feel invincible like there’s nothing you cannot do.  When you are operating from a place of love and peace, everything and everybody in your life looks beautiful.  Almost like magic, the people, situations and circumstances you desire manifest from thin air.  You relish and have appreciation for the process as you move in sync with the Universe.  Then, out of nowhere, life throws you a curve ball…

You know what I mean, an upsetting situation that seems to appear out of nowhere.  It covers you like a blanket and makes you feel sad.  Before long, you realize you have fallen out of the Universal flow as your thoughts now are lower on the vibrational scale – such as anger, anxiety or fear.  Your mind becomes engrossed as it replays the upsetting situation repeatedly, not only to yourself, but to friends and family members.  Because of your awareness, you realize that by reaching out in your negative state to others, you are bringing them down too.  The difference between being in a good mood/bad mood and high vibration/low vibration is that you “know yourself” and the Laws of the Universe.  The work must begin to bring back your higher self.  How do you climb back up the frequency ladder?

First, find your center.  Spend some quiet time with yourself by doing some meditation.  Ask that your mind be shut off in order to listen to the message in your heart.  What is your heart telling you to do?  How is it telling you to heal?  Second, express gratitude for the many blessings in your life; even it means writing them down several times a day.  Being grateful will allow your mind to refocus on the things that truly matter.  Third, PERSEVERE.  Perseverance means to persist in achieving a purpose despite obstacles and interference.  Working through your low vibration by focusing on your goals will uplift you.  Realize that it is only temporary and that a better day is on the horizon.  Lastly, stay present.  Let go of the past and the things you cannot change.  Release your worries by giving yourself permission to move forward.

Ultimately, we strive to be able to handle life’s little curve balls.  However, we are human and it is okay.  We are all on the journey…

 

About the Author:  Christine Segal, M.Ed., is a Certified Holistic Health
Coach having studied at Integrative Nutrition.  She has her own business called Inner Beauty Workshops where she teaches clients how to generate beauty from the inside out.  Christine is currently studying to become a Doctor of Spiritual Studies at Emerson Theological Institute.  She hosts a weekly radio show on Freedomizer Radio
called WakeUP & Live.   Website (www.innerbeautyworkshops.com)  Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Segal-Inner-Beauty-Workshops/159861324045704?ref=hl

Yoga…

“The Mastery of Yoga must not be measured simply by the ability to master the techniques of Yoga like Asana and Pranayama, but how it influences our day-to-day living, how it enhances our relationship and how it promotes clarity and peace of mind.”

-TKV Desikachar

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Black Bean Tortilla Soup

Ingredients: 

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3-4 tablespoons olive oil, 1/3 yellow onion, 1 red bell pepper, 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, salt + pepper, 1 1/2 cups veggie stock, 1 can black beans, homemade tortilla strips, avocado and cilantro to serve.

Directions:

In a pot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Finely chop the onion and bell pepper, saute in the oil. Season with cumin, salt + pepper. Once the onions have softened add in the chopped chipotle peppers. If you like a lot of spice, add a teaspoon or two of the adobo sauce too. Now add in the stock and rinsed beans and continue to cook until warmed through.

To make homemade tortilla strips all you need are corn tortillas and oil! Thinly slice your corn tortillas and then pan fry in 1/4 inch oil until crispy. Serve with soup along with a few slices of avocado and some chopped cilantro.

Recipe from www.ABeautifulMess.com

Mindfulness

Our present moment awareness is constantly being hijacked by our autopilot choices and our knee jerk reactions. We constantly react to stressful situations and become way too ridged and inflexible in our choice making ability. Mindfulness can help us drop-down into the actual feelings that are there, so we can reflect and get a sense of what’s really going on. Using the breath as our anchor, we breathe ourselves back to the moment. This helps us disconnect from that reactive panic button that we all have, and frees up a little space – allowing more thoughtful and creative choices to bring us back online.

By Andy Kelley, Writer at Peaceful Daily

The Meaning of “Namaste”

The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. Nama means bow,as means I, and te means you. Therefore, namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”

To perform Namaste, we place the hands together at the heart charka, close the eyes, and bow the head. It can also be done by placing the hands together in front of the third eye, bowing the head, and then bringing the hands down to the heart. This is an especially deep form of respect. Although in the West the word “namaste” is usually spoken in conjunction with the gesture, in India, it is understood that the gesture itself signifies Namaste, and therefore, it is unnecessary to say the word while bowing.

We bring the hands together at the heart chakra to increase the flow of Divine love. Bowing the head and closing the eyes helps the mind surrender to the Divine in the heart. One can do Namaste to oneself as a meditation technique to go deeper inside the heart chakra; when done with someone else, it is also a beautiful, albeit quick, meditation.

For a teacher and student, Namaste allows two individuals to come together energetically to a place of connection and timelessness, free from the bonds of ego-connection. If it is done with deep feeling in the heart and with the mind surrendered, a deep union of spirits can blossom.

Ideally, Namaste should be done both at the beginning and at the end of class. Usually, it is done at the end of class because the mind is less active and the energy in the room is more peaceful. The teacher initiates Namaste as a symbol of gratitude and respect toward her students and her own teachers and in return invites the students to connect with their lineage, thereby allowing the truth to flow—the truth that we are all one when we live from the heart.

Written by Aadil Palkhivala from www.yogajournal.com

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Delicious Vegan Blueberry Oat Pancakes

Ingredients:blueberrypancakes

  • 1 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (use gluten-free if you wish)
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Couple pinches of Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened Almond Milk (Or Rice, Hemp, Soy…)
  • 2 Ripe Bananas
  • 1- 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil (for skillet)

 

Directions:

1. Blend the rolled oats, whole wheat flour, baking powder, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, almond milk and bananas in a food processor / blender until smooth. I transferred the mixture to a bowl and hand mixed for a minute since some of the dry ingredients didn’t get fully combined. Stir in the blueberries.

2. Heat a non-stick skillet with a small amount of coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil to around medium heat. Get out a 1/4 cup or large spoon and use it to measure out the batter and pour into the heated skillet. (you can make them as large or small as you want, of course. I just made mine using a 1/4 cup of batter each). Heat for about 2-3 minutes on each side. They should be easy to flip over. The other side will probably need less cooking time, so make sure they don’t burn. The other side of my pancakes took only about 30 seconds.

3. When your pancakes are done, top with some fresh blueberries (optional), maple syrup, vegan butter, honey, jam or even some apple slices

This delicious recipe was originally found at http://calmmindbusybody.com/