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“Do not fear to make changes. When it is making headway, a boat may rock.” Chinese proverb
At today’s yoga class, my instructor’s words focused on breaking through our fears. Yes, we fear that we may topple over in a pose (or in life), but break through this fear, just try it. Fears created and sustained by our minds seek to disempower us, while yoga seeks to free our minds of fear, anxiety, worry, and breathe into the present moment of life free from self-imposed limitations. Her heartfelt spoken word music coupled with her own words inspired me to let go just a little bit more, to trust in the moment.
Do you make changes with ease and joy? Do you love change? Or do you fear it? Do you hear the word “change” and think “Hmmm… Now what? Just when I was getting used to the status quo, looking forward to the ease of running on automatic pilot, I’m supposed to C-H-A-N-G-E? Do you and David Schwimmer’s character on Friends, Ross Geller, share a similar “No one likes change” philosophy?
Let’s face it, everything is in a constant state of flux. Life is all about change, expansion, growth and learning. Stagnation and constriction aren’t very pretty. So how do we leap forward with a rational mind, faith and a happy heart?
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Everyday we have the opportunity to celebrate the true gifts of family and friends. This holiday season, while expressing our heartfelt gratitude to our loved ones seated around our table, let’s remember to extend our genuine gratitude and love to the family of all living beings who occupy our planet, and to nature herself to whom we are inextricably connected. → Read more
written by Raulla S. Mitchell
Autumn is a wonderful time to talk long walks in the woods (with a pumpkin latte in hand?). I get so excited about pumpkin lattes coming around again. It’s a little thing that’s part of the seasonal transition.
Nature is changing and you can see and feel it all around you. It feels good when you have to grab your jacket for the first time before heading out the door. The leaves changing to yellows, burnt orange, dark red before they turn crispy brown on the grass is a sight to behold in my older neighborhood with mature trees and canopies painted by Mother Nature.
But when your skin takes a turn for the drier, it can feel a little scary. Autumn DIY skincare to the rescue. We have the perfect, non-scary, totally fun, simple, vitamin and antioxidant rich pumpkin face masque with 4 ingredients you’ll find in your kitchen:
written by Raulla S. Mitchell
As you know, when seasons change, it’s the perfect time for a gentle detox. Dandelion detox (internal cleanse), sugar exfoliation detox (externally removing old dead skin cells for softer smoother skin), and now 3 more detox tips to cleanse mind, body and spirit and maintain a healthier you:Hydrotherapy Yoga Sleep
written by Raulla S. MitchellWhen August temperatures soar, break out the juicy citrus scents and celebrate with a citrus fest.
We asked, and you told us. Your favorite summer fragrances – CITRUS!
Instantly revive and uplift your mind, body and spirit! Three of our most succulent, refreshing CITRUS fragrances to help beat the summer heat. Tried them yet?
Earth Day is next week. How do YOU celebrate Earth Day?
I don’t mean how should you celebrate it, because you can celebrate it anyway you want (no normative framework around this) but I’m interested, because there seem to be infinite ways to celebrate a day all about the planet on which we live, and conversely, without which, we couldn’t live, at least not yet, and certainly not in the same manner.
I saw part of the film “The Martian” while my daughter was watching it on Netflix, and I have to say, Mars is not for me.
The verdant landscapes, trees with abundant leaves, and flowers in bloom this spring hold the potential to transform our spirits. In the midwest, we know this all too well, especially these last few years, in light of, dare I say it, global warming. I think I can dare. It’s pretty clear that it’s arrived, and now we’re in the rush to figure out what to do to prevent more drastic consequences of our collective actions over generations.
In Minnesota, we deal daily with temperature and climate pendulum swings. Is it spring, is it winter, is it spring, is it winter…? Mushy snow that melts nearly on contact with the pavement mid-April leaves us asking and waiting to change our closets and unveil our charming (let’s hope so) personalities to our neighbors.
We’re left with empirical knowledge and faith, knowing and believing that spring will come, as it always does. We can leap from freezing winter temps, wind chills that threaten to push down my heavy Volvo trunk on top of my head while reaching for my purse inside (yeah, that’s right it did just that, and it was as frightening and painful as you might imagine when it happened at Costco), and a slippery mess of a rain-snow mix to 70 degrees the next day.
It can also feel a little like “En attendant Godot”, waiting for Godot or Mother Nature to brighten our yards and our spirits. Come on Mother Nature, please hurry on over to Minnesota with your powerful feminine charms, we want to see our tulips and irises popping up! I’d even be immensely grateful for a hosta or two along the boulder wall and by the mailbox. I’ve been staring at colorful silk flowers in pots outside my front door all winter, because I can’t bear life without color. Still, I don’t for a sec believe they’re real, and I’m sooooo….ready for flowers that grow in the earth! → Read more
written by Raulla S. Mitchell
Celebrate Mask Day with yummy fruit DIY masks fresh from your kitchen, a delish smoothie for your beautiful face! Two super fab choices – perfect to apply while soaking in the bath, sipping a cup of hot herbal tea, relaxing with your own thoughts in dreamland → Read more