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Mindful Eating: The Power of Coconut

October 21, 2009 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Mind Body Spirit


You’ve probably heard the term superfood by now. If you aren’t sure exactly what it means, a superfood is a natural food regarded as especially beneficial because of its nutrient profile or its health-protecting qualities.

One superfood that has gained a lot of attention lately is coconut. Regardless of the specific diet you may observe (omnivorous, vegan or raw), the coconut is a delicious, nutritious and some say beautifying food anyone can incorporate into their diet. Consuming enough healthy fats is essential for optimum health of all body systems including brain, skin, metabolism and hormones. Healthy fats are generally more stable – which means they do not break down and release cell damaging free radicals – at high temperatures. Coconut oil (which is semi-solid to solid below 78 degrees) is one of the best, remaining stable at up to 170 degrees fahrenheit. In addition to being a delicious tropical treat, coconut is a great source of fiber, zinc, medium-chain-fatty acids and antioxidants. Read more »

Weight Loss through Mindfulness – Practicing the Sacred Art of Eating

October 19, 2009 By: Rachelle Goering Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit

Maple leaves in Autumn.

I apologize for taking so long to post this blog. I have been in the Midwest visiting my family, including my daughter and grandchildren and my parents. It was a very busy time taking care of the young and the old and a great opportunity to practice mindfulness so I wouldn?t get too depleted and exhausted.

Mindless Eating: If you have ever continued to eat even when you were full or ignored your body?s signals that it was time to eat, obsessed over your weight, or felt guilt or shame around your body, then you have engaged in mindless eating. These behaviors inhibit your ability to listen and understand the messages your body is sending you. Chronic dieting encourages the split between your body and mind. It is like taking a knife and cutting off your head thus severing the lines of communication between your mind and your body. Read more »

The Source of All Generosity

October 14, 2009 By: celedra Category: Mind Body Spirit


Meditation, Eating (mindfully) and Exercise

I don’t know about you, but I live with the daily challange of doing these three things.  And what is so crazy to me is that, of course, the quality of my life in hugely enhanced when I do.  My, we are funny creatures.


OK,  45 minutes is really spacious.  My goal is 20 mins.  Once I can just light the candle and incense at my alter, I’m good to go and oh, what peace awaits me.  Except when I get those intense spontaneous urges to get up and make a phone call that I forgot about – or some other trivial spontaneous arising of the mind.  So, I just sit and notice the urge and breathe. Ahhh. Read more »

Values, Principles, and Living with Intention

October 09, 2009 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my values and principles, and how consciousness of them is essential to living with intention. Several things have sparked and sustained this extended meditation and I know all originate with now being the right time for me to explore this. I’m reveling in the synchronicity of thoughts and experiences coming into my life, which give me regular opportunities to explore this theme. One sparking event was a comment from one of our blog readers. Writing about her participation in the ME2 Challenge, she says “it is an opportunity for me to see my principles in action“. I absolutely love how she put that!

As we grow and change throughout our lifetimes, our values may shift yet our principles tend to be more fixed, as they are fundamental truths that serve as the foundation for our beliefs, behavior and chain of reasoning. You might even say they are the fundamental qualities of our true selves or manifestations of our very essence. This then brings me back to our readers? comment and the idea that our principles are a direct connection to the sacred. And this connection is the ultimate aim of the ME2 Challenge: by taking care of your body, mind and spirit, you affirm the sacredness of your being, which is the source of generosity, love and compassion. Read more »

I am vibrantly healthy and joyfully successful

October 09, 2009 By: celedra Category: Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit


Garnet is a stone of health and energy.  It is a stone for business success and it is said that if you put it under your pillow, it will cure depression.  It increases self-esteem and is a protection stone for journeys.

Clear quartz helps a person become clear about their dreams and desires and assists with spiritual development.

It is so rewarding to wear your mala and recite your mantra for 21 days, morning and night.  ‘They’ say we create our own reality with our thoughts and how true that experience is when we change our patterns of thinking.  Try it out – we would love to hear your experience!

Count Your Blessings: Cultivating a Practice of Gratitude

October 06, 2009 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit


With each sunrise comes an opportunity to start afresh; whether it is renewing our commitment to daily practice or another chance to leave behind an old habit. Adding a daily gratitude practice to your morning ritual is a wonderful way to acknowledge the blessings in your life.

Many recent studies suggest that people who are more grateful experience higher levels of well-being and are happier, less depressed, less stressed, and more satisfied with their lives and social relationships. Studies also indicate that people characterized as grateful are more in control of their environments, personal growth, purpose in life, and have greater self acceptance. Sounds like living with intention to me! Gratitude seems to be an overall tonic for body, mind and spirit and grateful people are known to sleep better, perhaps because they tend to have pleasant thoughts before sleeping, rather than ruminating on the days’ disappointments. Read more »

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