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5 Ways to Win the Battle Against Allergies Naturally

April 30, 2011 By: Janna Chin Category: Mind Body Spirit


Allergy season is upon us again. 35 million American’s suffer from seasonal allergies, also known as “hay fever” and “seasonal allergic rhinitis.” These allergies occur when we inhale pollens and mold spores from flowers, trees, grass, and even weeds.

Some of us also suffer allergies indoors from dust mites and dander from our beloved four-legged friends.

No matter what the source, we all know what allergies feel like: itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, scratchy throat, headaches. The symptoms of allergies are to say the least, unpleasant. So we pop antihistamines for any relief we can get, even though we know that antihistamines and allergy medicines, although fast-acting, can have harmful side-effects and can do more damage than good in the long run.

As a long time allergy sufferer myself, I wanted to know more about what I could do to alleviate my allergy symptoms without drugs.

I believe in Ayurveda and natural remedies to strengthen the immune system so the body can fight allergies. I’ve written this article to share with you the natural ways you can feel better, without having to suffer from the unpleasant side-effects of taking drugs!

5 Ways to Win the Battle Against Allergies Naturally!

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Riding the Wave of Transformation

April 22, 2011 By: Mary Lane Category: Mind Body Spirit

Surfing Wahine

Imagine yourself riding a wave. If you don’t stay balanced and ride out the wave completely, you could easily drown. Riding this wave of transformation requires becoming one with it, feeling every motion, twist and turn it takes. You have to position yourself perfectly in the sweet spot to hang on for the ride of your life. The wave gives you a memorable experience that will change you forever. You feel the thrill of merging with an awesome power.

When we merge with this wave we are given the opportunity to experience an outrageous ride that integrates life, death and transformation; cycle after cycle supporting us to live by nature’s law.

What on earth does this have to do with food? Seasonal local food grounds us and supports the balancing on this wave, which keeps us healthy. Nature nourishes us in a way that supports us to feel the sweet spot on this wave and have an incredible, transformational ride through life. We become and embody this wave of energy.

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Learn the 4 Secrets to Unleash the Power of Your Creative Thought – Part 3

April 17, 2011 By: admin Category: Feminine Wisdom, Mind Body Spirit


Part 3 of 3 part series: Living Creative Results

Part 1 of this series helped get you started – discovering that you do have a creative side and how to access it. Part 2 focused on dealing with the gremlins. You know – the self-limiting beliefs that invade your mind.

Now, it’s time to focus on what’s ahead. What are your creative goals? What do you dream about? How will you share your creative genius? You’ve accessed your creative energy, beat the challenges and now what do you do?

Bask in the creative genius you have uncovered, engaged and is fruitful.

Here are the remaining 4 secrets designed to support you in living your creative results.

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Making My First Fairy House

April 14, 2011 By: Samantha Category: Grandparenting, Mind Body Spirit

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One of my favorite memories as a 9 and a half-year-old was making my first fairy house. It was so much fun to do this with my brother, Jake. We did an easy house, but decorated it to be fit for a queen, or a king. We combined our ideas, as well as a couple of my grandmas, and pretty soon we had a memorable, beautiful fairy house! Jake himself told me he wanted me to share with you what we did so that you can have a good time just like we did while you make your house.

Here is how.

  1. Find 15-20 sticks that are around a foot tall and are around the same size.
  2. Find a spot in your garden where it is natural, and where you think is perfect.
  3. Form your sticks in a tepee shape. You may also lean HALF the sticks against a tree.
  4. Make a roof! (Optional.) Find some pretty leaves and cover up what you feel should be covered.
  5. Decorate! Dig a hole and put in a bowl to make a pool! Find a flat rock to make a table and stick some tacks into the ground to make chairs. Hang jewels from a near by bush or tree. Any other idea? Add it!
  6. To make the fairies welcome, add some small pieces of fruit to harvest on and maybe the next day, you’ll get a letter! You’ll know they came by the sparkles!

I hope you have as much fun as we did!

A surprise from Lyeda

April 11, 2011 By: Samantha Category: Grandparenting, Mind Body Spirit


I woke up that morning staring into the eyes of my grandma Lala. Immediately, the flood of images from the night before came to me. I met Lyeda, my guardian angel,and drifted off to sleep with her green eyes watching over me. “Good morning!” I said to Lala. “Good morning sweetie! You slept in late today!” Lala announced.

Suddenly, I was back on the beach with Lyeda. “Go to the fairy garden”, she told me. “I have a surprise for you!” I sat up quickly, followed by Lala. “I think we should go to the fairy garden Lala. Lyeda wants me to go there. “I would love to do that, Sami!” she replied. I excitedly jumped up, and put on Lala’s comfy purple silk robe

.“I dreamt about Lyeda all night, Lala!” I exclaimed. “I dreamt about my guardian angel too!” Lala admitted. We walked into the corner of our garden marked off with rocks. The ground was covered in different kinds of green plants. Also, behind the plants were flowers and fairy dust surrounded by a giant tree stump. But there was something new. On the mossy stump was a shiny silver box, which looked about the size of a shoebox. “Open it Sami!” “Ya! Okay!” I whooped. I was stricken. Lyeda was real, sweet and all mine!

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The Story of my Protector

April 09, 2011 By: Samantha Category: Grandparenting, Mind Body Spirit


“Lay down” says the familiar, angel voice belonging to my grandmother. I obeyed, not knowing what for, but simply because I trusted her. I got into the bed that we had so many memories in and she told me to lie on my stomach. Then she put her warm hands on my back and asked me in a soft tone “Would you like to meet your guardian angel?” I excitedly answered, “Yes!” “Alright. Close your eyes,” Grandma Lala said. Again, I obeyed, but with this new excitement in me, it was an impossible task. “I want you to picture yourself in a happy place,” Lala said.

“Where are you?” she asked. “I am on the beach with mommy, daddy and Jakey. I don’t know where, but it seems familiar, and it’s very warm,” I informed her. This was one of my favorite illusions, being on the beach with my family. I can always see the water rushing up towards me, giving up and then sending more waves again to attack me. I pick up shells, running to Jake and mommy to show them off. “Good” said Lala, bringing me back to life. “I want you to look for your Guardian angel,” she announced.

I closed my eyes again, stepping into the other dimension. “This is like Alice in Wonderland,” I murmured. All of the sudden, I saw something I hadn’t noticed before. “I see it! I see it Lala!!” ”What is it? Who is it? Is it a girl or boy?” Lala asked excitedly.

I walked up to a cave on the beach. Inside, I could easily see the outline of a cat. A CAT! Its eyes were amazing. A green so bright it seemed like it would glow in the dark. It stepped out into the light. I lost my breath from its beauty. It had orange fur with an occasional white spot. Who are you? I somehow asked the cat. My name is Lyeda, and I am your protector. We’re gonna be best friends in no time! Said the sweet girley voice. I instantly felt relief. I have to go now. See ya later! I opened my eyes.

“Her name is Lyeda! She is a beautiful cat with big green eyes and fluffy orange fur.” “Congratulations!” replaid Lala! “Now you must go to sleep,” she whispered. I closed my eyes, and Lyeda appeared behind my eyelids. She sang me a lullaby and in a matter of seconds, I was asleep.

To be continued…

Getting Sick, Getting Clear and Coming Clean

April 05, 2011 By: celedra Category: Mind Body Spirit


Has anyone had this yucky chest bug? I rarely get sick so, instead of doing anything to take care of either it or myself, I just ignored it, took some ibuprofen and kept on going, convinced that this once confused Bug would soon realize that it didn’t want to live in my green smoothie superfood body and voila! be gone.

But no.

Alas, Bug does not discriminate according to food choices. So, after pushing myself for 4 days or so, I collapsed on my sofa with hot tea, a large carton of coconut water, 2 episodes of Mildred Pierce, one “I am Love” with Tilton Swinton, a bar of very dark chocolate and my knitting. Around midnight of night two – deliciously alone and hacking – I decided to clean out my book shelves.

It was revealing. Besides the three bags that are on their way to Powells Books, I noticed a pattern. My favorite and most common subects, and therefore pastimes, are gardening, creating sacred space, poetry and spirituality. But then, not a surprise, right? I even have a website called Touchstones of the Sacred, right?

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Daily Wisdom

April 04, 2011 By: admin Category: Daily Wisdom

When facing a single tree, if you look at a single one of its red leaves, you will not see all the others.  When the eye is not set on one leaf, and you face the tree with nothing at all in mind, any number of leaves are visible to the eye without limit.  But if a single leaf holds the eye, it will be as if the remaining leaves were not there.  Takuam Soto

Daily Wisdom

April 02, 2011 By: admin Category: Daily Wisdom

Remain silent, and you sink into a realm of shadows; speak, and you fall into a deep pit. Try, and you’re as far away as sky from earth; give up, and you’ll never attain. Enormous waves go on and on, foaming breakers flood the skies. Who’s got the bright pearl that calms the oceans? Lao Tzu

Essential Oils and Pets

April 01, 2011 By: Allison Stillman Category: Mind Body Spirit


My dog Sophie asked me to write a column about essential oils and the impending flea and tick season. She is particularly fond of oils, not all pets are, but she certainly is.

Springtime means the onset of a new battle for our pets with those dreaded pests called fleas and ticks, and this season promises to be an especially powerful one with all the rain we have seen. The adult female flea is known to lay up to 30 eggs each time she lays, and over 400 in her life cycle. The fleas feed on the blood of the host, namely our dog or cat, which not only cause our pets extreme discomfort, but can also spread diseases and other parasites. The flea does not limit its habitation to the pet it has fed upon, and can last for up to two months from a single feeding on our pets. They can exist for the remainder of the life cycle in our backyard on the grass, or on our pet’s bedding, or even our own bedding, (a ghastly thought)!

Wherever our dog and cat roam, there too, go the fleas. So it is important to wash the bedding on a regular basis, theirs, and ours. If our pet has fleas, chances are our home environment has them as well.

There are many treatments on the market for pets and the home, but unfortunately, most of them are full of harmful toxins. Not only are essential oils a wonderful alternative, in addition, our homes smell delightful when we use essential oils instead of, or in addition to, the toxic solutions available today.

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