ALWAYS TIRED? 5 WAYS TO FIGHT THE FATIGUED 40’s By Mara Reinstein

The good news: It’s not just you.

Raise your hand if this sounds familiar: You drag yourself out of bed in the morning and stagger around until that first cup of coffee. By 3 p.m., you stop fantasizing about that luxurious trip to a remote Tahitian island and realize you would just settle for a couch. Bedtime can’t come fast enough. But this feeling isn’t the requisite side effect of being crazed with work and family. You’re tired. Like, all the time.

The good news is that it’s not just you. There’s an actual name for it — “The Fatigued 40s.” Blame everything from stress to hormonal fluctuations during perimenopause to the changing seasons. (Fun fact: Tiredness among women peaks in the autumn.) Women also have built up decades of sleep debt from managing a career and/or raising children. Going into a time machine and reverting to your all-nighter teen years isn’t an option, so here are five surefire wake-up calls.

Curb the sugar — and wine

Yeah, this one is no fun. But there’s no sugarcoating the fact that the sugar rush from a comforting donut and chai latte spikes your blood sugar, which leads to the inevitable I-need-a-nap-ASAP crash. Meanwhile, the fermented sugar from wine can deplete energy levels. Try a gentle diet comprised of whole foods and good fats such as avocados, seeds and nuts. Protein from salmon, yogurt and eggs deliver the goods as well. (Ahem, sugar-enhanced protein bars don’t count.) You can swap wine for clear spirits, including gin or vodka.

Calm mind chatter 

Did I remember to pack my daughter’s lunch? Should I respond to my client’s email now or in the morning? How much money should I have in my pension? Those are just three of the 4,032 daily worries and to-dos that clog your mental inbox. Churning the wheels in your head 24/7 is flat-out exhausting, and doing it right until bedtime can impede your sleep. There’s truth to the cliché of breathing and staying in the moment. And in the evening, channel your zen — a warm bath, good book, yoga, etc. — to clear your thoughts. Another obvious-but-effective tip: Ixnay the late-night Netflix binge until the next lazy Sunday afternoon.

Try supplements

Vitamins can support hormonal balance, according to London-based doctor and author Nigma Talib. A simple probiotic pill, which adds good bacteria to your gut, is a solid place to start, because poor gastrointestinal health is linked to tiredness. (Think about it: Pain and pushing on the toilet can be a strenuous ordeal.) Vitamin D, vitamin C, vitamin B12 and magnesium supplements can also aid with fatigue issues. To wit: Cells require magnesium for energy production, and symptoms of magnesium deficiency include brain fog, insomnia and stress. (As always, consult a doctor before taking any medication.)

Break a sweat

You’ve got to keep on moving. A University of Georgia study found that sedentary but otherwise healthy adults who began exercising moderately three times a week felt 65 percent less fatigue after six weeks. That’s because working out increases the blood flow to your brain and sharpens your awareness. Your regimen doesn’t have to entail a double SoulCycle class, either. A brisk, midday 30-minute walk around the block three times a week can reduce tiredness by 11 percent, per Harvard University. You can handle that, no?

Prioritize sleep

Truth is, the simplest and cheapest solution is right there waiting for you every night. Sticking to a bedtime and getting a proper night’s sleep will make you feel better on all counts … and brighten your skin to boot. Sleep needs are individual, so zzz for the number of hours that feels right to you. How do you know when you’re physically ready to take on the day? Wait until 11 a.m., when you’re on the rising phase of your circadian rhythm — i.e., your 24-hour internal clock that cycles between sleepiness and alertness during intervals. If you’re getting enough sleep, you’ll feel wide awake. A sweet dream, indeed.

How is your 2019 been so far?

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How is your 2019 going so far? Mine, has had a slow start. I journalized the first 12 days of January and did dry January successfully, I am not eating after 6 pm. And my Yoga has restarted. Slowly getting the year started and wondering if this is enough? Am I settling again?

I don’t think it is enough! I need to be more proactive in my own life. Even though I am pushing myself past my comfort zones, I am slowly falling back into habits that don’t serve me.

Being an introvert makes it difficult for me to be around people, having to be “present” and socialize for any length of time. I prefer to be alone and indoors most of the time.

Don’t get me wrong, I love being a “social butterfly”, but only between the hours of …. Just kidding, but really, I can only take so much, then I need to retreat and re energize, recharge.

I would love the company of Madison (My future fur baby) or my Partner, but for now I do it alone.

A work in progress!

♓️Thankful, Grateful & Blessed! 

Seattle slips and slides through unusually heavy snowfall CNN, Mon February 4, 2019

 

Headline from yesterday:

“One of the biggest snowstorms in years walloped Seattle on Monday, shutting down schools and businesses, delaying airline fights, and tying up traffic on major highways.”

This was my first snow in Seattle, I absolutely loved it, I watched it from the comfort of my sofa, as I watched TV. I was lucky not to be one of the people affected by outages.

More than 12,000 people were without power in Washington state due to snow-related outages.
Puget Sound Energy, the state’s largest utility company, said Monday that 167 outages remained in its service area, affecting 6,696 customers. Meanwhile, Seattle’s utility company, Seattle Light, said its crews had restored power to more than 4,000 people.
The company warned about outages continuing, because there were 33 in its service area, impacting about 6,000 people.

 

I did enjoy a day off from work, as they kept my office closed and had limited working hours on Tuesday and late arrival times on Wednesday as well.

We are expecting another snow storm coming on Friday and Saturday. we shall see how this one goes.

I am a  happy camper for now. I will keep you posted for updates.

Thankful, Grateful & Blessed! 

2019 Year of the earth PIG

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Pig

This is a Year of Earth Pig, starting from Feb. 5, 2019 (Chinese New Year) and lasting to Jan. 24, 2020. Pig is the twelfth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. The Years of the Pig include 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043… Pig is not thought to be a smart animal in China.
Good to keep in mind as we go through the year, make it count and the best yet!

♓️Thankful, Grateful & Blessed! 

6 Ways To ACTUALLY Bring Out Your Divine Feminine By Jennifer Aurelia

The Divine Feminine is on the rise. But what does this actually mean and how can each one of us help play a part in this rebalancing act? The world as a whole over the past few thousand years has greatly led from a masculine based thought form. Action, conquering, logical thinking, rationality, competition, survival, and strength are defining masculine qualities. As human beings, we carry both the aspects of the Divine masculine and feminine energies. But as we can observe by the state of the world the mass populous is severely out of balance. We have learned to lead with the masculine while suppressing the feminine aspects we inherently possess.

The greatest growth and potential regarding the evolution of humans is created by internally balancing the Divine Masculine and Feminine energies. In our lives are our thoughts forms, patterns, behaviors, and tendencies which dictate the balance of the complementing energies which then reflects collectively. Even the astrological signs, elements and numerology that are in our birth chart contains influential energy.

The Divine Feminine is the manifestation of the purest form of feminine expression and qualities. However, due to the patriarchal system that has developed throughout time, the Feminine energy has been sadly suppressed, devalued, demeaned and looked down upon. But as we start to wake up from our deep slumber there has been a resurgence in the need for the devotion and commitment to the Feminine and what it really represents for us as a whole.

A balance of both inherent energies will be necessary to continue our evolutionary process. And now, all men and women alike are called to empower the Divine Feminine. We each carry a complex emotional and psychological makeup of past experiences learned behavior and external conditioning that contributes to one’s internal well-being and external reality. This can cause one or both energies to be out of balance, stagnant, suppressed, confused, or disrespected in some manner.

Rebalancing the Energy

How can we rebalance the energy in our own reality? We take an honest look at our lives and unique creative process and observe the places that are out of balance and realign with the truth of our being.

Feminine qualities and attributes are intuition, flexibility, healing, nurturing, wisdom, expression, emotion, patience and the ability to receive. If we are always giving and doing and then feeling depleted then we are leading in masculine energy. If we are assertive in business and career, pushing through with will and strength we are leading with masculine qualities. There are seasons for everything and we are being called to connect deep within to the wisdom of the feminine.

Below are some ways to connect to your Divine Feminine:

  1. Meditation – Incorporate practices of meditations that focus on silence, compassion, and opening of the heart.
  2. Listen More – Spend time listening more instead of talking. This is challenging in our social-media-driven world where everyone just wants to be heard and seen, but well worth it.
  3. Connect to the Arts – Find time daily to create musicart or dance. Sing in the shower or listen to some classical or conscious music. Create Art! Find something you enjoy and create daily! Cook, garden, paint, sculpt, write, express etc…Get into your body- dance, fluid martial arts, yoga movements that allow you to “feel”. Cross-fit and weight lifting are masculine!
  4. Get into nature on a regular basis – Nature is non-resistant which means the energy in the woods or on a beach is fluid and in flow. It naturally contains the Divine wisdom and healing energy of our earth mother. Learn to connect to the trees, the birds and wildlife and see what messages they have for you. Big cities are full of resistant energy bombarding us with toxicity and lower vibrational forms. Nature is the divine purifier and can also assist in supporting psychic awareness.
  5. Lean into Receiving –Practice waiting, practice patience and practice just being thus allowing your cup to become empty so that it may be filled up again by Spirit. Learn to surrender to your higher self and receive.
  6. “Feel” your feelings and don’t be afraid of them – Feelings are ‘E-Motions’ which translate into energy in motion. They are powerful and if used properly with intuition and an open heart they can create magical new worlds. Each one has a flavor, a color a individual expression and can help us be okay with our own uniqueness. We are human beings not robots. Feelings are part of the grand experience and have a great purpose and vibrational resonance. They are also a part of our intuitive guiding system.

Feminine consciousness is innately more attuned to the life of the body. It symbolizes creation in all its forms and so knows the rhythms that belong to the cycles of life, instead of the dominate systems imposed by will that are presently strangling our world. The feminine is vital in this work of awakening and evolution. And each of us is being called to access this beautiful compassionate healing energy from within.

When I catch myself doubting my worthiness

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It brings tears to my eyes, to realize at times, how much I doubt my worthiness, yet I am sure I am not the only one who experiences this feeling.

As soon as these thoughts or feelings creep into my mind, I make the effort to recognize them, and address them by stopping myself from self pity and reassuring myself that I am worthy with positive thoughts to derail the negative.

The other thing I try to remember is to forgive myself for having the thought in the first place. I am only human after all!

Thankful, Grateful & Blessed! 

 

Watch what happens L!ve…

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Going through my DVR, I got to the last episode of “Watch what happens live” with Andy Cohen, and his guest were Cynthia Bailey from the “The Real housewives of Atlanta” on Bravo and Ru Paul.

Never in my wildest dreams, did I think this episode would bring me to tears, but it did. Ru Paul, was asked by Andy, what advice he would give him on his son who is about to be born. Ru Paul said “Your son already knows you, he knows everything about you, and he chose YOU!”

WOW! I cried because it touched my heart, to realize how evolved he is, and that he as I believe the same things, at least when it comes to this kind of thing. I did stop myself to gather my thoughts and process his words. As I thought about it, I realized the message for me. I chose my parents, my siblings, my life.

As I remind myself  again, I am thankful for every single person in my life, especially my parents and siblings, since they have had the most significant roles in my life, knowing I chose this, for a reason, to learn, forgive and move forward. I am so thankful, grateful and see how blessed I truly am. I am a work in progress to learn to be thankful for all the experiences, that at the time, I believed were terrible and horrible, instead I am grateful and pray to god I have learned what I intended to learn.

Also, I have been told a few times from different “mediums” that my mother took her role as my mother to teach me, she suffers and is in chronic pain, to teach me and others around her. Instead of thinking she is this cruel person, I am thanking her, for “taking one for the team” because of her I am who I am, because of her, I am a better person overall.

There are no coincidences or mistakes. Life is all part of a bigger plan, one we chose.

Thankful, Grateful & Blessed! 

10 Spiritual Symbols You MUST Know

Spiritual symbols are everywhere in our world! In fact, they’re so pervasive, it’s almost hard to distinguish- and know- about them all. Luckily, we’ve done the work for you.


1) Hamsa

Hamsa is the Hebrew word meaning “five”, and is represented with a palm-shaped amulet and an eye in the middle of the palm. Used by many societies throughout history, its purpose is to ward off negative energy and the “evil eye”, a malicious stare that’s said to cause unluckiness, illness, or even death. Many religions have used this symbol for their own purposes, including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Popular indeed!

2) The Flower of Life

This spiritual symbol could be considered king in sacred geometry! Said to contain all the patterns of creation in it, the Flower of Life is possibly the most ancient symbol on this list, used since the time of the Sumerians (the first civilization in the world). Composed of seven overlapping, evenly spaced circles, the figure forms a flower-like pattern that’s structured like a hexagon. The Egyptians, Romans, Celtic Christians, and even Leonardo da Vinci all believed there was something very special about this symbol.

3) Yin Yang

Used extensively in Chinese teachings, this symbol represents the harmony of the universe. All duality- no matter how dark or light, masculine or feminine- provides needed balance. It’s said that balance between these two opposing forces brings the most harmony to an individual’s life.

4) Pentagram

Often misunderstood and sometimes labelled as “satanic”, the pentagram symbolizes the qualities of man. The top point represents spirit, while the other points represent the four elements. Wiccans heavily use this symbol in sacred ceremonies to remind themselves of the nature of humankind.

5) Dharma Wheel

The Wheel of Dharma, or the “Wheel of Law”, is the Buddhist spiritual symbol for teachings of the path of Nirvana. Each spoke represents a step in Buddha’s Eightfold Path. Interestingly, it’s older than Buddhism itself, dating back to 2500 B.C.

CHECK IT OUT: Tibetan Book of the Dead

6) Star of David

It’s almost impossible to be alive today and not have seen The Star of David! Most people believe it symbolizes the shield King David used in battle. However, there is another theory about this popular hexagon: the representation of 6 directions in space. Up, down, east, west, north, south, and most importantly, center (as in mankind’s spiritual center). There are many other interpretations of the symbol, with some claiming it represents sacred geometry.

7) Om

Om is the mother of all mantras, and the primordial sound by which the universe was created. Used in Hinduism since its inception, Om could be considered the primary spiritual symbol of that great religion. It’s said that deep meditation naturally brings this sound to the forefront, enveloping the practitioner in a universal glow.

8) Christian Fish

The fish of Christianity was used in the early days of the religion as a secret way to tell others they followed the teachings of Christ. So why the fish? Several prominent stories of the apostles were off fishing, with Jesus telling them “I will make you fishers of men”. Interestingly, it originally came from the Pagan religion and represented fertility, birth, and the natural force of women.

9) Eye of Horus

Used in ancient Egypt, the Eye of Horus was often used as an amulet to give safety, health, and wisdom to the wearer. The story goes that the god Horus (the god of the sun and the moon) lost his eye during battle, at which point it was restored by the god Thoth. This eye was the moon, which seemingly disappears during its cycle.

10) Lotus Flower

Used in various eastern religions, the lotus is widely regarded as a representation of enlightenment. This beautiful flower rises from the sludge of muddy waters, which reinforces the concept of resurrection. This is the ultimate trajectory of humanity and shows that any trial can be overcome through perseverance.

Give the Best of You

Give the Best of You

The fastest way to receive is to give, because giving starts the reciprocal action of receiving. We all receive according to how much we give. Give the best of you everywhere you go. Give a smile. Give thanks. Give kindness. Give love.

Your giving should be a giving without expectation of return – a giving for the sheer joy of it.

— Rhonda Byrne​​​​​​​

9 Signs Of A Reincarnated Soul By Dr. Carmen Harra

Often we find ourselves willing to give anything for one more meeting with a dear departed one: we long to hug our late parents again or kiss the partner who left our side too soon. Often our wish comes true when the spirit reincarnates into a new body. Energy never dies. It’s transferred back and forth endlessly, taking many shapes and different dwellings. Once energy escapes an expired body, it seeks a new one to inhabit. The soul that adored you can’t wait to come back into your life, many times with a similar purpose. He or she might look different, but the same, unmistakable spirit will radiate forth.

Do you wonder if the soul of your loved one has taken on a new form? Find out through these telltale signs:

SEE ALSO: What’s The Spiritual Purpose Of Marriage?

1) They Left before Their Time

If your loved one died suddenly or tragically, if they left unfinished business, or if you believe they passed before their proper time, their spirit will reincarnate as soon as possible. They will be reborn into the circle where they felt most loved, but also into situations that allow them to resolve what was left open.

2) Language

My cousin’s grandmother was named Anna. A photo of her stood on a mantle in the living room. When my cousin’s baby girl was starting to say her first words, she pointed to the photo, mumbled the name “Anna,” then pointed to herself. The baby seemed to know who was in that photo without ever having been told.

I’ve heard of many cases in which parents are astonished when their child suddenly says certain words or sings in a foreign language, without any indication of where the child might’ve learned such skills. The reincarnated soul may have the same figures of speech or vocabulary as the person who’s passed on.

3) Mannerisms

An easy way to detect a reincarnated soul is the presence of similar gestures such as body language, laugh, physical expressions, etc. Personality traits may carry also over, like stubbornness, boldness, curiosity, or other distinct qualities of the late person. The new person will appear to behave like the person who’s passed on, even if they’re a different age or gender.

4) Physical Characteristics

It’s given that children will look like their parents and grandparents, but a giveaway of a reincarnated soul is being born with a unique physical feature that only the person who passed on possessed, such as a birthmark or mole.

My good friend Debby was deeply affected when her stepfather died. She remarked that he had a birthmark on his leg. When Debbie had a child years later, her boy was born with a birthmark identical to her stepdad’s! This defied logic, as her stepfather was not biologically related to her or her son. Debbie believed her stepfather’s spirit was making it known that he had chosen to return through the reappearance of this birthmark.

5) Their Eyes

They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and for good reason! When someone can’t speak or speaks a different language, we absorb their emotions and understand want to say just by looking into their eyes. If you look at someone and swell up with a familiar feeling, you may be looking into the eyes of a reincarnated soul.

6) Synchronicity of Time

Take note of to divine timing, as it’s never a coincidence. The day, month, and year of every birth are picked carefully and hold tremendous meaning. For example, a baby may be born in your family on the same day of the year that a loved one passed on, signaling that the old soul chose the day of its passing to become new again.

7) Others Sense it Too

A big clue that your loved one has come back is that other people around you also feel the warmth, comfort, and recollection of a soul they’ve known before. They may point out uncanny resemblances to the person who’s passed.

8) Prone to the same Situations

I had a client who was devastated when her mother suddenly passed away in a car accident. “Not to worry,” I told her, “she’ll come back as your daughter.” Several years later, my client was overjoyed when she gave birth to a girl. The child was definitely the new embodiment of her mom’s spirit—she was even involved in a car accident early in her life! The girl survived unharmed, overcoming the karma her soul had carried from its past life.

A reincarnated soul may be born into similar circumstances or have to live through events that are parallel with its previous life. This serves as an opportunity to change the results and to close out old karma.

9) They Finally Fill the Void

You may feel a heavy void since your loved one left. Nothing has been able to fill it, not even the endless love of others. That’s because it can only be replenished by the unique presence of the one who’s gone. Perhaps the greatest indication that you’ve been reunited with your loved one is that the painful gap has finally closed. Instead of lingering emptiness, you feel a profound sense of fulfillment that mends all wounds. This satisfying sentiment means the soul has rejoined your life.

The people who love us don’t want to leave us but when they have to, their spirits make it a point to return. Pay attention to the signs above to recognize and welcome home a reincarnated soul.