How Invested Are You?

Even though one of my businesses has been struggling financially more than ever recently I still trudge on hoping things will change, things will get better, the money will start coming in.  It got me thinking, is this a sign that I should let it go, move on, do something else? Well the minute I had this thought my physical body reacted with an uncomfortable tightness in my stomach. My mind started to speak up too … “how could I? I’ve spend years at it, dedicated 1000s of hours of my time and energy building it. I can’t quit!”

Holy shit, I realized I am invested! You might be thinking, how can investing in something be a bad thing. Well ask yourself, what happens when we keep investing in things that are not good for us, like an unhealthy relationship, business, job and even a physical issue. Does one of these situations sound familiar? Even though, there is a side of you that knows things are no longer working but you still stay in place. Maybe for some reason unknown or perhaps known to you, you find it hard to let go, leave, quit, or do something to change things. You feel stuck, right! You struggle with indecision.

So why don’t we change are our situations? Well there can be many factors but one of the big reasons I believe is because we are too invested! When you thought about changing things did you hear that  inner voice say “How can I leave we’ve been together all these years, we’ve got children to consider, I’ve spent years working towards my career and I finally made it, I’ve put all I have towards this business, my job’s not great but I make good money, etc.”

So ya you’ve put in the time, I get that. We all can hope that things will change, get better but be honest are they? Are you staying in your situation because it’s easier, because it’s comfortable, because you feel like you don’t deserve better? Are you afraid of hurting and disappointing others, to look like a failure, a quitter, or if you let it go you wonder who will you be without it?

But I want you to ask yourself this, who are you if you stay, what will happen to you if you keep investing your time and energy into dead ends, unhealthy relationships, unsatisfying jobs, physical draining issues?

Investing in issues, things and people who do not serve us, support us, accept and love us are part of our belief & value system. But what if our beliefs and values have been molded around a wound caused by abandonment, rejection, betrayal and low self-worth? If they weren’t healed back then it is these wound patterns that are still controlling our lives. These patterns may keep us in a safe place avoid of getting hurt again but we are living a half life.

When we explore the underlying root cause of these wounds, discover our patterns we can heal them for good. No longer carrying that heavy baggage of our past we can move forward, get unstuck. 

Investing can equal happiness. We just need to switch our focus.  How about if we started to invest in healthier people and things, dropped our stories, or perhaps sticking with what we have but invest our time and energy in them differently.

Are you ready to make the steps towards healing the root cause, finding new solutions to your unhealthy investing?  It would be an honour for me to work with you on this healing at Fearless Soul HealingBook your session today!

 

Note: Jasvinder Yoga and Jennifer Malisauskas do not provide diagnoses, medical or psychological services. Please contact your healthcare provider for those services.

 

Methods and Benefits of Inhaling Essential Oils

Different methods of inhalation

Why inhale Essential Oils?

Direct inhalation refers to the technique of sniffing or inhaling an essential oil directly from a bottle, a handkerchief, a cotton-ball or a Inhaler tube. The direct inhalation method is commonly done to relieve emotional distress and as a supportive therapy to relieve of respiratory congestion or other respiratory symptoms. Direct inhalations are also used for their effect on the nervous system.

For all the methods you can use a single oil or create a synergy, a blend of undiluted essential oils. A synergy can be blend of 3-5 different essential oils.

Direct from bottle

  • Combine your oil or synergy in a small bottle.
  • Waft the bottle under your nose while taking a few deep inhalations.
  • This can be done 3-4x a day or as needed.

Smelling salts

  • Place a total of 20-30 drops in a 10ml (1/3 ounce) bottle (your synergy or single oils)
  • Once the synergy/oil is in the bottle, fill the remainder of the bottle with either fine or coarse sea salts.
  • Waft bottle under nose while taking deep inhalations.
  • This can be done 3-4x a day or as needed.

Handkerchief/Cotton-ball

  • Place 2-4 drops of essential oil or synergy on the tissue or cloth.
  • Hold the cloth in your hands and take 2-3 deep inhalations through the nose.
  • If using a cotton ball, gently waft the cotton ball under your nose.
  • This technique can be used 2-3x a day or as needed.

Inhaler tubes
Inhaler tubes are designed using 100% essential oil/s saturated on a cotton pad.

  • Choose 2-3 essential oils to work with based upon a specific purpose.
  • Decide how many drops of each essential oil so it adds up to 15 to 25 drops.
  • Place drops of each essential oil in a small glass bowl/cup then place pad from inhaler into the bowl to absorb the essential oils.
  • Use tweezers to move pad around a bit and then remove pad with tweezers and place in inhaler tube.
  • Close inhaler tub and it is ready for use.

**NOTE: Depending on how health conscious you are you might consider replace the cotton pad that comes in these tubes with a certified organic cotton pads. You can purchase these at a local health food store and cut the desired size to fit tube. Unfortunately cotton is considered a ‘dirty’ crop, meaning it is heavily sprayed with pesticides.

Best Essential Oils to use for your blends and mixtures ~ Synergy

Essential Oils that uplift, inspire and promote wakefulness.

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Bergamot
  • Grapefruit
  • Sweet Orange
  • Ginger
  • Cardamom
  • Cypress
  • Palma rosa

Essential Oils that calm, soothe and relax.

  • Chamomile
  • Clove
  • Lavender
  • Geranium
  • Peppermint
  • Coriander
  • Rosemary
  • Clary-sage

Thank you for taking the time to read my article and I hope you will give any or all of my sharings a try.

Blessing and Gratitude
Jennifer <3

My Daily Routines

I find mornings hard. All my life I’ve found getting up early difficult. But when I implement these yogic and Ayurvedic practices into my daily routine they’ve helped me feel more awake and energized for the day.

The Ayurveda system says that a daily routine helps to establish balance in one’s constitution. It also regularizes a person’s biological clock, aids digestion, absorption and assimilation, and generates self-esteem, discipline, peace, happiness, and longevity. (1)

Here’s my MORNING routine.

Gentle Stretching
Can’t jump out of bed, no problem. I’m not even sure that’s even a good idea. I surely don’t. I prefer to do some gentle stretching before I get out of bed. Just like when we come out of Savasana, I start by wiggling my fingers and toes, I then rotate my wrists and ankles. Then I give myself a big stretch. Add in some Cat Stretches can be good too. I follow this with a few deep long breaths.

Intention
Next is I set an intention for my day. A create a positive affirmation on how I want my day to be. Sounds crazy? You can be the master creator of your life. I get real creative here, I believe skies the limit. I think of the expression God is in the detail, which means that attention paid to small things has big rewards. So details, details, details!

Bathroom Routine

  1. I first splash my face with cold water and rinse out my mouth. As I am splashing my face I wash my eyes water and massage my eyelids by gently rubbing them.
  2. I then gently scrape my tongue 7-14 times from the back forward with a stainless steel tongue scraper, I use the Dr. Tung’S Products: Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner. This stimulates the internal organs, helps digestion, and removes dead bacteria.
  3. To further remove the bacteria that has built up over night I brush my teeth. I don’t use toothpaste since I just want to remove stuff.
  4. I then gargling some water for a few seconds.

My mouth now is refreshed and ready to eat.

Nasal Wash

Days when I feel a tad more congested I turn to my Neti Pot™. A neti pot is a container designed to rinse debris or mucus from your nasal cavity. This can treat symptoms of nasal allergies, sinus problems or colds. If you choose to make your own saltwater solution, it’s important to use bottled water that has been distilled or sterilized. I have this kind Himalayan Chandra Ceramic Neti Pot. Before using one I recommend you learn how to use it properly. To find out follow this link to learn more about Neti Pot and how to use it.

Cold Shower

When I have time in the morning I take a cold shower. I try to do this a few times a week or month. I learned about this through the Kundalini yogic tradition. It’s called Ishnaan, The Science of Hydrotherapy. There’s a science to it. When we run cold water over certain areas of your body it effects certain organs in our body creating a miraculous healing experience.

Water
Before I eat anything I like to drink a glass of room temperature water. This is good because it washes the GI track, flushes the kidneys, and stimulates peristalsis.

Essential Oils
I like using natural scents like essential oils to cultivate a certain mood for my day. Depending on my needs I will use different essential oils to bring about more calmness, focus, relaxation, joy to my mind, body and spirit. I do this every morning by inhaling a particular essential oil or a personal blend I created. Check out my article Methods and Benefits of Inhaling Essential Oils

I’m now ready to start my day!

 

Here’s my NIGHT routine

We all know that if we don’t get a good night’s sleep then morning will be even be tougher to face. When I take the time at night to add in a relaxation routine I experience a better sleep and I feel more alive in the morning.

Devices
I try my best to get off any electronics at least 30 minutes before going to bed. There’s more and more proof coming out lately that the light from our devices are effecting how we sleep. As well TV can create overstimulated minds making it hard to fall asleep. Here a good article on the Scientific America website about the effects of Blue Light on our sleep.

Relaxation

When I do some slow gentle yoga, long deep breathing and meditation before bed my mind and body become more relaxed. These release my mental activity, stiffness from sitting all day, plus they help me let go of my day so I don’t end up bringing any it with me into my sleep.

I have personal proof it works. I’m not super disciplined by nature. I have many times gone straight from the TV, computer or device to bed resulting in a terrible night sleep. But when I take even 5 minutes do some of some of my relaxation routine I notice the difference in my sleep quality. Here’s a great short kundalini yoga set that I often do before sleep.

When I have had one of those super hectic, stressful days where I end up having a really hard time falling asleep, mind full of worry, anxiety, and even when I’ve done the relaxation routine, I then turn to these two techniques. 

  1. Breath awareness. This is a mindfulness exercise that focus on bringing awareness to the process of breathing. Following my breathing can be super relaxing.
  2. Body scan relaxation. This is when you systematically move your focus of attention around the body inviting relaxation to that body part while observing sensation. Here’s the basic instructions to help get you started.

Power of my Subconscious Mind
This is a recent addition to my night routine. It started when I began reading the book The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy. I now recite a short positive affirmation/prayer before I fall asleep, which sends set instructions to my subconscious mind. While reading the book I became aware of my daily dialogue about my sleeping patterns. I noticed how often I found myself saying things like “I don’t sleep well anymore”, “I haven’t slept through the night in a long time”, “I never feel refreshed when I wake up any longer”.  Realizing that every time I said these statements it was my conscious mind reaffirming and conditioning my subconscious mind to play out these commands.

So I decided to try out one of Mr. Murphy’s techniques. So I created a prayer, which is just like mantra that would reprogram my subconscious mind with the intention to work on my sleeping patterns. So I came up with this prayer which I say at night in bed 10 times just before I fall asleep. ‘I’ll have a great sleep. I will sleep through the night undisturbed. I will wake up feeling fully refreshed and energized for the day”. Well I’ve become a strong believer in Mr. Joseph’s work because I’ve experience great results, My sleep has improved.

Thank you for taking the time to read my article and I hope you will give any or all of  my sharings a try. Here’s to better sleep and awake time.

Blessing and Gratitude
Jennifer <3

 

Using Hand Reflexology to Heal

Relieve any pain pressing these points

Hand Reflexology is a natural form of massage therapy that can target your key body zones from the palm of your hands. Hand Reflexology is a fantastic choice for self-massage and holistic medicine.

By pressing a particular point with your thumb for 5 seconds, releasing the pressure for 3 seconds, pressing it again, and repeating the whole thing for a few minutes you will sure get the results you expect.  For optimal results you should repeat the procedure several times a day.

Our hands are a convenient way to massage/work on yourselves and others. It is very calming and relaxing.

 

hand

Shabad Kriya for better sleep and to my surprise much more

I’ve been wiped out lately due to waking up during the night never having a full nights rest. Last time I can remember sleep through the night when I was a teenager, remember those days? I slept like rock!

What disturbs my sleep you ask? Well, intense dreams, an overly chatty mind that won’t relax or suddenly waking up feeling stressed, worried or anxious for no particular reason.  Even though I don’t feel any symptoms of stress during my waking hours, my body must be experiencing it because it all comes out during my sleep time.

So I decided to do something about it! My random web browsing I can across this Kriya, Shabad Kriya that says it cures insomnia. Well it I got to it that night!

I’ve been practicing it for a few weeks now every night before bed and it has definitely improved my sleep. AND to my pleasant surprise it has relieve my sinus congestion, relaxed the tension in my jaw, eye and ears, giving my whole head a feeling of relief.

This Kriya is a keeper! Something you should keep in your daily practice, especially if you suffer from similar symptoms as me.

Here’s how it’s done

The best time to practice this kriya is every night before bed, but it can be practiced any time of the day. It is said that if it is practiced regularly, sleep will be deep and relaxed, and the nerves will regenerate. After a few months, the rhythm of your breath as you sleep will be subconsciously regulated in the rhythm of the mantra. You will think better, work better, share better, love better, and fight better. This rhythmic mantra will eventually progress so that even in daily activities you will automatically hear the mantra and take on the breath rhythm.

The breath is regulated into 22 beats. In Numerology, the number 11 is the number of Infinity. The number 22 is the mastery of the mental realm. This 22 beat breath gives the mind the power to stretch to the Infinite.

There cannot be enough praise of this meditation and its growth-promoting effect on the personality. It gives radiance, and the radiance gives patience, which is the first condition of real love. In love you give without attention to all the mistakes of another as the sun gives light and warmth to all people.

Here What To Do

Posture: Sit in any comfortable posture with the spine straight. Place the hands in the lap, palms up with the right hand over the left. The thumbs are together and point forward.

Eyes: Focus the eyes on the tip of the nose, the eyelids 9/10 closed.

Breath and Mantra: Inhale in 4 equal parts, mentally vibrating the mantra Sa-Ta-Na-Ma. Hold the breath, silently chanting the mantra 4 times for a total of 16 beats. Exhale in 2 equal strokes mentally saying Wahe Guru.

Time: Now traditionally the length is given as 15 to 62 minutes. BUT If you are totally new to this kind of thing, start slow, begin doing it for 3 minutes and slowly build up from there.


COMMENTS & FEEDBACK

I suggest trying this kundalini Breathing exercise for a few days. Positive physical and mental effects of a yoga practice are cumulative. So, the more you practice, the more you will benefit.

From a Shamanic healing perceptive insomnia and disrupted sleep are just symptoms and there’s always an underlying root cause for your issue. Are you ready to make the steps towards healing and heal the root cause of your sleep issues?  It would be an honour for me to work with you on this healing at Fearless Soul HealingBook your session today!

May Clove Water to Prevent Illness

During the month of May, take a handful of cloves and soak them in one half cup of room temperature water overnight—no need to boil.

First thing in the morning, when you brush your teeth, take 3-4 tablespoons of the clove water (not more than 5—don’t overdo it), swish it around in your mouth and then swallow.

For convenience, you can make enough for three or four days and keep it in the refrigerator.  For best results, take some everyday throughout the month of May.

Cloves are an herb that are known for reducing parasite activity in the body and are available at the ECM. Yogi sources say, viruses breed in the springtime and drinking this easy tea every morning for the month of May will strengthen your immune system. Your nose, ears and throat will absorb the protective capacity of the clove and help you avoid getting sick as these tissues are your first line of defense.

Besides having antiviral qualities, cloves also contain antifungal and antibacterial agents. It is a strong spice that carries much heat, so it is generally diluted before ingesting or applying to the body. Keeping whole cloves and a bottle of clove essential oil are good staples for most any home remedy stash. Clove can make a good addition to homemade toothpastes or deodorants, and can also help eliminate some fungal infections of the skin and nails. Taking clove internally either in a chai tea mixture or by making clove water can be a great way to give the body an extra line of defense during common flu season in your region. Because of its strength, clove is generally contraindicated for people who have kidney or liver disorders and those with a history of seizures. Some people with allergies to balsam also are allergic to clove.

This recipe is to help us stay healthy in the springtime. This recipe is to be used during the month of May only.

 

Sat Nam & Happy May!