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10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon

The truth does not cease to exist when it is ignored.

You know how you can hear something a hundred times in a hundred different ways before it finally gets through to you?  The ten truths listed below fall firmly into that category – life lessons that many of us likely learned years ago, and have been reminded of ever since, but for whatever reason, haven’t fully grasped.

This, my friends, is my attempt at helping all of us, myself included, “get it” and “remember it” once and for all…

1.  The average human life is relatively short.

We know deep down that life is short, and that death will happen to all of us eventually, and yet we are infinitely surprised when it happens to someone we know.  It’s like walking up a flight of stairs with a distracted mind, and misjudging the final step.  You expected there to be one more stair than there is, and so you find yourself off balance for a moment, before your mind shifts back to the present moment and how the world really is.

LIVE your life TODAY!  Don’t ignore death, but don’t be afraid of it either.  Be afraid of a life you never lived because you were too afraid to take action.  Death is not the greatest loss in life.  The greatest loss is what dies inside you while you’re still alive.  Be bold.  Be courageous.  Be scared to death, and then take the next step anyway.

2.  You will only ever live the life you create for yourself.

Your life is yours alone.  Others can try to persuade you, but they can’t decide for you.  They can walk with you, but not in your shoes.  So make sure the path you decide to walk aligns with your own intuition and desires, and don’t be scared to switch paths or pave a new one when it makes sense.

Remember, it’s always better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than the top of the one you don’t.  Be productive and patient.  And realize that patience is not about waiting, but the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard for what you believe in.  This is your life, and it is made up entirely of your choices.  May your actions speak louder than your words.  May your life preach louder than your lips.  May your success be your noise in the end.

And if life only teaches you one thing, let it be that taking a passionate leap is always worth it.  Even if you have no idea where you’re going to land, be brave enough to step up to the edge of the unknown, and listen to your heart.

3.  Being busy does NOT mean being productive.

Busyness isn’t a virtue, nor is it something to respect.  Though we all have seasons of crazy schedules, very few of us have a legitimate need to be busy ALL the time.  We simply don’t know how to live within our means, prioritize properly, and say no when we should.

Being busy rarely equates to productivity these days.  Just take a quick look around.  Busy people outnumber productive people by a wide margin.  Busy people are rushing all over the place, and running late half of the time.  They’re heading to work, conferences, meetings, social engagements, etc.  They barely have enough free time for family get-togethers and they rarely get enough sleep.  Yet, emails are shooting out of their smart phones like machine gun bullets, and their day planners are jammed to the brim with obligations.  Their busy schedule gives them an elevated sense of importance.  But it’s all an illusion.  They’re like hamsters running on a wheel.

Though being busy can make us feel more alive than anything else for a moment, the sensation is not sustainable long term.  We will inevitably, whether tomorrow or on our deathbed, come to wish that we spent less time in the buzz of busyness and more time actually living a purposeful life.

4.  Some kind of failure always occurs before success.

Most mistakes are unavoidable.  Learn to forgive yourself.  It’s not a problem to make them.  It’s only a problem if you never learn from them.

If you’re too afraid of failure, you can’t possibly do what needs to be done to be successful.  The solution to this problem is making friends with failure.  You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner?  The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.  Behind every great piece of art is a thousand failed attempts to make it, but these attempts are simply never shown to us.

Bottom line:  Just because it’s not happening now, doesn’t mean it never will.  Sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can be right.

5.  Thinking and doing are two very different things.

Success never comes to look for you while you wait around thinking about it.

You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.  Knowledge is basically useless without action.  Good things don’t come to those who wait; they come to those who work on meaningful goals.  Ask yourself what’s really important and then have the courage to build your life around your answer.

And remember, if you wait until you feel 100% ready to begin, you’ll likely be waiting the rest of your life.

6.  You don’t have to wait for an apology to forgive.

Life gets much easier when you learn to accept all the apologies you never got.  The key is to be thankful for every experience – positive or negative.  It’s taking a step back and saying, “Thank you for the lesson.”  It’s realizing that grudges from the past are a perfect waste of today’s happiness, and that holding one is like letting unwanted company live rent free in your head.

Forgiveness is a promise – one you want to keep.  When you forgive someone you are making a promise not to hold the unchangeable past against your present self.  It has nothing to do with freeing a criminal of his or her crime, and everything to do with freeing yourself of the burden of being an eternal victim.

7.  Some people are simply the wrong match for you.

You will only ever be as great as the people you surround yourself with, so be brave enough to let go of those who keep bringing you down.  You shouldn’t force connections with people who constantly make you feel less than amazing.

If someone makes you feel uncomfortable and insecure every time you’re with them, for whatever reason, they’re probably not close friend material.  If they make you feel like you can’t be yourself, or if they make you “less than” in any way, don’t pursue a connection with them.  If you feel emotionally drained after hanging out with them or get a small hit of anxiety when you are reminded of them, listen to your intuition.  There are so many “right people” for you, who energize you and inspire you to be your best self.  It makes no sense to force it with people who are the wrong match for you.

8.  It’s not other people’s job to love you; it’s yours.

It’s important to be nice to others, but it’s even more important to be nice to yourself.  You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.  So make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you.  Know your worth, even if they don’t.

Today, let someone love you just the way you are – as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as incomplete as you think you are.  Yes, let someone love you despite all of this, and let that someone be YOU.  (Read Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It.)

9.  What you own is not who YOU are.

Stuff really is just stuff, and it has absolutely no bearing on who you are as a person.  Most of us can make do with much less than we think we need.  That’s a valuable reminder, especially in a hugely consumer-driven culture that focuses more on material things than meaningful connections and experiences.

You have to create your own culture.  Don’t watch TV, don’t read every fashion magazine, and don’t consume too much of the evening news.  Find the strength to fill your time with meaningful experiences.  The space and time you are occupying at this very moment is LIFE, and if you’re worrying about Kim Kardashian or Lebron James or some other famous face, then you are disempowered.  You’re giving your life away to marketing and media trickery, which is created by big companies to ultimately motivate you to want to dress a certain way, look a certain way, and be a certain way.  This is tragic, this kind of thinking.  It’s all just Hollywood brainwashing.  What is real is YOU and your friends and your family, your loves, your highs, your hopes, your plans, your fears, etc.

Too often we’re told that we’re not important, we’re just peripheral to what is.  “Get a degree, get a job, get a car, get a house, and keep on getting.”  And it’s sad, because someday you’ll wake up and realize you’ve been tricked.  And all you’ll want then is to reclaim your mind by getting it out of the hands of the brainwashers who want to turn you into a drone that buys everything that isn’t needed to impress everyone that isn’t important.

10.  Everything changes, every second.

Embrace change and realize it happens for a reason.  It won’t always be obvious at first, but in the end it will be worth it.

What you have today may become what you had by tomorrow.  You never know.  Things change, often spontaneously.  People and circumstances come and go.  Life doesn’t stop for anybody.  It moves rapidly and rushes from calm to chaos in a matter of seconds, and happens like this to people every day.  It’s likely happening to someone nearby right now.

Sometimes the shortest split second in time changes the direction of our lives.  A seemingly innocuous decision rattles our whole world like a meteorite striking Earth.  Entire lives have been swiveled and flipped upside down, for better or worse, on the strength of an unpredictable event.  And these events are always happening.

However good or bad a situation is now, it will change.  That’s the one thing you can count on.  So when life is good, enjoy it.  Don’t go looking for something better every second.  Happiness never comes to those who don’t appreciate what they have while they have it.

Your turn…

What else would you add to this list?  What important life lessons do you often forget?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

source: http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/01/29/10-painfully-obvious-truths-everyone-forgets-too-soon


How to Use the Law of Attraction

The law of attraction states that every positive or negative event that happened with you was attracted by you. Say that a special friend loaned you money when you didn’t have any. You attracted that, even without your awareness of using the law. Say that teacher, classmate, client, or co-worker gave you a hard time during the day. You attracted that, too. Again, we are using the law every second of every day. You’ve even attracted reading this article! There are really only three basic steps: ask, believe, and receive. However, the point of this article is to break those three steps down into actions that you can do.


Relax your mind. Meditate for 5 to 10 minutes. Doing this will increase brain power and have your mind at that relaxed state. This step is optional but recommended.
Be sure about what you want and when you do decide don’t doubt yourself.Remember that you’re sending a request to the Universe which is created by thoughts and therefore responds to thoughts. Know exactly what it is that you want. If you’re not clear/sure, the Universe will get an unclear frequency and will send you unwanted results. So be sure it is something you have strong enthusiasm for.
Ask the Universe for it. Make your request. Send a picture of what you want to the Universe. The Universe will answer. See this thing as already yours. The more detailed your vision, the better. If you’re wanting that Nintendo Wii, see yourself sitting down playing a game on it. See yourself feeling the controller, playing your favorite game(s), touching the console. If there’s that person you have a crush on, see yourself walking with them, touching or caressing the person, or even kissing the person. You get the idea.
Write your wish down. Start with “I am so happy and grateful now that…” and finish the sentence (or paragraph) telling the Universe what it is that you want. Write it in the present tense as if you have it right now. Avoid negation terms (see Warnings for more on this). Every day until your wish comes true, close your eyes and imagine your desire as if it’s happening right now.
Feel it. Feel the way you will now after receiving your wish. You must act, speak, and think as if you are receiving it now. This is actually the most important, powerful step in using the Law of Attraction because this is where it starts working, and sometimes if you do this you don’t feel like you need it anymore because you feel like you already have it!  Therefore, the universe will manifest this thought and feeling and you will receive it.
Show gratitude. Write down all the things the Universe has given you. Be thankful for what you already have and be thankful for all the things the Universe has given you. The Universe has done a lot of things for us. Paying the Universe back with some gratitude will motivate the Universe to do even more things and will draw more things into your life. If you were once bullied and that person stopped, that’s one thing to be thankful for. If the person you’re crushing on likes you back, or doesn’t but they didn’t send their lover out to hurt you, that’s another thing to thank the Universe for. You should also thank the Universe for this process too. Showing gratitude will turbo boost the Universe to manifest your request faster.
Trust the Universe. Imagine an alternate dimension that is almost exactly like the real world but whatever you truly desire comes true in an instant. See yourself in that dimension, where whatever you ask the Universe for comes to you in an instant. Don’t look for what you asked for; this is where people tend to mess up. If you have to keep an eye out for an event that manifests your wish, it’s only telling the Universe you don’t have it and you will attract…not having it. Be patient. Don’t get upset if these things don’t happen immediately. Don’t stress the “how” of things. Let the Universe do it for you. When you take the Universe’s job of worrying about the “how”, this says you’re lacking faith and that you’re telling the Universe what to do when the Universe has far greater knowledge and power than human mankind.
source: http://www.wikihow.com/Use-the-Law-of-Attraction


The Law of Attraction: 30 Ways You Can Attract What You Dream Of

The law of attraction is a very insightful law by which to live. In other words, your ability to become intuitive will skyrocket if you attract what you want in life, especially what you dream of.

Do you dream of traveling the world? Do you dream of writing a book? Do you dream of opening up your very own coffee shop?

Everyone has unique dreams that differ from one another, but whatever that dream may be, it’s completely possible.

Spread your wings. Search for your purpose and freedom in this life. Most importantly, be as real as they come.

Demonstrate to others that life isn’t all that tough if we come to understand how lucky we are to be alive in this beautiful world, where miracles take place every day.

All it takes is grasping on to our fullest potential to do what we love, holding it closely and never letting it go.

Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they’re gonna tell you that you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period. – Will Smith, “Pursuit of Happiness”

Here are 30 tips to help you attract what you truly dream of in life:

1. Be positive.

Walk around with the most positive attitude possible, so positive people don’t know what to think. When you speak, do it with good intentions.

Attract positive thoughts no matter what you’re going through. The more positivity you have in your life, the less negativity exists.

2. Be grateful; appreciate everything.

There’s nothing in this world we shouldn’t be grateful for.

Be grateful for your family. Be grateful for your friends. Be grateful for a home. Be grateful for food to eat. Be grateful for adventure.

Some people aren’t fortunate enough to have any of these things. Some of us start with absolutely nothing. Don’t take anything for granted.

3. Believe in your own dreams.

Attract what you dream of because once your dreams come true, life turns into an endless miracle.

Anything and everything you need or want is out there. Just believe you, without question, have what it takes.

4. Follow your intuition.

You are the only one who has control over what goes on in your mind.

If something feels so right, it’s probably something you should do. If you have urges, listen to them carefully. In a sense, be willing to let your intuition guide you.

5. Follow your heart with courage.

The law of attraction has everything to do with following your heart. Even if following your heart leads to heartache, meet heartache with courage. Courage gives you strength.

Don’t let the influence of others bring you down. Surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed and don’t forget to support them during their journeys, as well.

6. Listen to your gut instinct.

We’ve always been told our gut instinct is usually right. Whether it’s right or wrong, our gut can usually sense something is a little wobbly.

Pay attention to this feeling and be mindful of it. There are very greedy people in this world, which is why it’s important to always be on our toes.

7. Give to others and help others.

Treat others the way you would like to be treated. We’ve all heard this statement, haven’t we?

Attract to yourself the way you want to be treated by equally treating others with kindness. It creates a world filled with virtuous karma.

8. Travel to be inspired on a whole new level.

Traveling is hands-down one of my top and most important priorities in life. Every time I travel, I am immensely exposed to a whole different part of the world I previously knew nothing about.

When we see new places, we gain new perspectives and new perspectives are always a wonderful addition to the way we live our lives.

9. Make time to do what YOU enjoy.

The law of attraction suggests we attract what we want.

Do you want more time to do what you enjoy most? If so, make that time because there’s plenty of it. Don’t make excuses. Time is just an idea with numbers and a clock ticking.

10. No buts. No what ifs. No can’ts. No won’ts.

Nothing is “too hard” to accomplish.

11. Be real with everyone.

Let’s be real: Nobody likes fake personalities. If you can’t be real, it will be extremely difficult to attract real.

To be real is to be honest; to be real is to be kind, and to be real is to admit to your failures.

12. Practice what you preach; don’t be a hypocrite.

Show others that if you can do something, anyone can. If you want to practice putting good into the world, then you must preach about putting good into the world.

13. Realize your imagination is very powerful.

Imagine your dreams coming true. The law of attraction is all about imagining what you want and turning it into a reality.

If you’re always thinking about your dreams or imagining them, you will work that much harder for them.

14. Be passionate about what interests you.

Be enthusiastic to learn about what you’ve always been interested in. If you’re truly passionate about something, you will take the time to learn about it.

15. Conquer your failures.

If you fail, rinse, wash, repeat. Always attract success and happiness.

16. Realize worry, stress and fear don’t matter.

None of us like to worry, to be stressed out or to be terribly afraid of something.

If we focus on eliminating worry, stress and fear, our lives will begin to grow happier. Embrace the unknown with wide-open arms and a heart waiting to be filled with adventure.

17. Recognize everything happens for a reason.

Attract your ability to succeed, no matter what happens. Life is very mysterious, in a beautiful way.

18. Be honest; lies are worthless.

If you attract the truth by always telling the truth, you will never have anything to hide. If you’re ashamed of something, admit to it.

Never throw anyone under the bus, and more importantly, don’t ever blame someone else for your wrong doings. Right your wrongs and own your mistakes.

19. Live as if every day is a miracle.

Live like your dreams are coming true every single day. Live as if there won’t be a tomorrow. Miracles will begin to unfold all around you.

There are two ways you can live: as if nothing is a miracle or as if everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein

20. Be open-minded.

In order to attract what you want, you have to possess an open mind. Having an open mind gives you the ability to obtain multiple perspectives.

21. Don’t let school get in the way of your education.

One of my favorite professors used to say this all the time.

In other words, school isn’t the only place you receive education; you also learn from experiences.

22. Learn from EVERYONE.

Not only do we learn from our experiences, it’s also important to realize we can learn something from everyone. We all have something to learn or teach one another. This is pure evidence for why we are ALL capable of anything.

23. See the best in people.

If we see the best in others, they will most likely see the best in us, hence the law of attraction. Start out by giving someone the benefit of the doubt. If he or she ends up disappointing you, cross that bridge when you get to it.

24. Believe in abundance and freedom.

Along with freedom comes abundance. By achieving freedom, I don’t mean having all the money in the world to do whatever you please.

Set yourself free and help others to be set free by simply appreciating life and the abundance it brings.

25. Focus on your needs vs. wants.

Attract what you need and your wants will begin to prosper. If we don’t dial in on our needs first, we won’t be able to understand the importance of them. Our needs are needs.

The wants will come along when they’re meant to.

26. Don’t get caught up in the idea that money buys happiness.

Money buys material things.

Money can’t buy passion or love. Money can’t buy ambition or success. Money can’t buy dreams or purpose or meaning to life.

If all I had was a penny left in my pocket and someone needed it, I would give it up in a heartbeat.

27. Remember, there’s always room to improve.

Nobody is perfect in this world. You may not be born as a prodigy or born with the talent you wish you could have, but if you practice, you learn.

Why not gain the knowledge about everything that interests you and then improve on what matters most?

28. Don’t give up.

Ever. Never. Period.

29. Be patient.

Patience is a virtue. I always dream about achieving my goals in the fast lane, but sometimes, it doesn’t work out that way.

We just have to go with the flow.

30. Inspire others; motivate them.

Aspire to inspire. With your ambition and enthusiasm, motivate others.

Show others that life is all about the adventure and the journey. Through our imagination is how our dreams spiral out of control and into control. Once they’re in control, seize each and every day as if it were your last.

Captivate what you dream of and don’t ever settle for less.

source: http://elitedaily.com/life/motivation/law-attraction-30-ways-can-attract-dream/929761/


This Comic About Love Will Touch Your Heart

This is one of the most heart-touching comics I’ve ever seen. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller


source: http://theunboundedspirit.com/this-comic-about-love-will-touch-your-heart


Fall Asleep Faster (in 1-2 Min) | Meditation Breathing Technique

This simple breathing remedy to fall asleep really fast is a mindful meditation technique. It is about 5,000 years old since it is from the ancient Sanskrit text The Vigyan Bhairav Tantra. Most people report falling asleep in about 1-3 minutes with this natural home remedy. Over 150 Soviet and Russian medical doctors applied this technique on thousands of patients, with striking success. With this breathing exercise, virtually all patients reported that they could fall asleep really faster than usual (about 5-10 times faster), even though many patients had problems with cold feet and hands, chronic coughing, or a blocked nose.

These Soviet and Russian MDs found the following relationship between automatic (or unconscious) breathing patterns (how you breathe during sleep) and the morning results for the body-oxygen test, in regards to the quality and natural duration of sleep.

Body oxygen
test result
of sleep
of sleep
>26 breaths/min<10 sOften >10 hoursOften very poor
15-26 breaths/min10-20 sOften >9 hoursOften poor
12-20 breaths/min20-40 s6-8 hoursInsomnia possible
7-12 breaths/min40-80 s4 hoursExcellent
5 breaths/min2 min3 hoursExcellent
3 breaths/min3 min2 hoursExcellent

The exercise is based on the physiological law that slower and lighter breathing at rest provides more oxygen and CO2 for the brain cells, producing a positive effect on going to sleep faster.

Instructions for going to sleep faster technique

– Go to bed when you are really sleepy and with no food in the stomach.
– Before and during sleep, breathe only through your nose (if you cannot, learn the “Breathing exercise to unblock the nose”).
– Do not sleep on your back (avoid supine sleep) at all. If this is a problem for you, learn the therapy and method “How to prevent sleeping on the back”.

Steps to follow: falling asleep quickly

Here are some mindful meditation instructions. Relax all your muscles while you are lying in bed on your stomach or left side. Focus on your breathing pattern. Next, instead of taking your usual inhalation, take a slightly smaller inhalation (only about 5-10% less) using the diaphragm and then immediately relax all body muscles, especially the upper chest and all other respiratory muscles. Take another (smaller) inhalation and again completely relax.








With each breath, take a smaller or reduced inhalation (in comparison with your usual breathing) and then completely relax. You will soon experience a light shortage of air or an air hunger. Your goal is to preserve a mild, but comfortable, level of air hunger which helps deal with not being able to fall asleep. Here are the changes from your previous (black line) to your new breathing pattern (blue line) during this mindfulness meditation technique:



If you are in poor health, your breathing can be frequent during this meditation breathing and this is ok. This exercise will still help you with how to get to sleep fast. If you do this exercise correctly, you will notice the following signs:
– Your arms and feet will get warmer quickly (in about 1-2 minutes) after starting the reduced breathing (this is the main sign)
– Your nasal passages will become moister and the nose colder in about 1 min.


How to fall sleep instantly (in 1-2 min) each night

Therefore, if you want to learn falling asleep very fast, you should improve your body-O2 content by slowing down your breathing. There are many lifestyle changes that increase body-O2 content and improve your sleep quality. A short summary of these factors is in the Table below.

Warning signWarning. Calcium deficiency can make the quality of your sleep much worse and prevent your progress in meditation and health improvement.

Video instructions by Dr. Artour Rakhimov: Falling asleep faster



How to Take The Most Amazing And Relaxing Detox Bath!

A detox bath can have a lot of  positive effects on your body. Everyone knows that sweating is our body’s natural way of detoxifying.   Soaking in hot water pulls harmful toxins from your skin and body. A detox bath is even more powerful and beside eliminating toxins it helps the body absorb beneficial minerals and nutrients.  If  you have problems with your skin, or you just want to feel better and full of energy. then pleasure yourself ( or your partner)  with a detox bath in the comfort of your home!

Part 1 of 3: Preparing Your Body


1.  Prepare your body. The minerals in a detox bath will help pull toxins from your skin in a process that can be quite dehydrating, so be sure you are well hydrated going into your detox bath. It is recommended that you drink one full glass of water at room temperature before your detox bath.

2. Gather your ingredients. Everything you will need for this detox can be purchased at a grocery store. You will need:

  • Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate)
  • Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate/bicarbonate of soda)
  • Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
  • Unfiltered and unprocessed Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Favorite essential oil if desired
  • Ground ginger (optional)
  • Skin brush


3. Dry brush your skin. Your skin is your largest organ and the first line of defense from chemicals and bacteria. By helping your body shed dead layers of skin, you are also removing these harmful agents. Dry brushing also speeds up your lymphatic system’s ability to eliminate waste.

  • Use a dry brush with a long handle so you can reach all areas of your body.
  • When choosing a brush, pick one that feels nice on your skin. Dry brushing should not be painful.
  • Start with your skin dry and begin brushing your skin at your feet and work up your legs one at a time.
  • Move in sweeping motions toward your heart and make your way up your mid-section (front and back) and across your chest.
  • Finish by moving the brush up your arms toward your armpits.
  • Your skin should feel smoother after just one session.


4. Give yourself a lymphatic massage. The lymph vessels, lymph nodes, and organs make up the lymphatic system, which is a part of your body’s defense system. Your lymph nodes are responsible for removing microorganisms and filtering bacteria from the bloodstream. With just five minutes, you can stimulate your lymphatic system to help your body detox more effectively.[5]

  • Place your fingers under your ears on either side of your neck.
  • With relaxed hands, gently pull your skin downward toward the back of your neck.
  • Repeat 10 times by gradually starting your movement lower down from your ear, eventually ending with fingers placed on top of your shoulders on either side of your neck.
  • Gently massage your skin toward your collarbone.
  • Repeat 5 times or as much as you like.


5. Know what to expect. Any detox process can subject your body to flu-like symptoms like headache and nausea. These symptoms may result from the toxins leaving your body. Bring a liter of water to the bath with you and drink it slowly during your bath.

  • You can add lemon to your water to help settle nausea.

Part 2 of 3: Preparing Your Detox Bath


1. Pick the right time for your bath. Prepare your bath on a day when you have at least 40 minutes available. Pick a time when you can relax and focus on your detox bath without feeling rushed.
2. Create a relaxing atmosphere. Dim the lights and light candles if you desire. You can also play some music you enjoy. Take smooth deep breaths to help your mind enter a relaxed state.

Fill your bath. Use a chlorine filter if possible to fill your tub with comfortably hot water. Add Epsom Salt (magnesium sulphate). Soaking in Epsom Salt helps replenish your body’s magnesium level, combating hypertension.The sulfate flushes toxins and helps form proteins in brain tissue and joints.

  • For children under 60 lbs, add 1/2 cup to a standard bath.
  • For children 60 lbs to 100 lbs, add 1 cup to a standard bath.
  • For people 100 lbs and up, add 2 cups or more to a standard bath.


4. Add 1 to 2 cups baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). Baking soda is known for its cleansing ability and anti-fungal properties. It also leaves skin very soft.

5. Add 1/4 cup Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt. Composed of magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride, and bromides, Sea Salt helps to replenish minerals critical to our skin’s metabolism.

  • Magnesium is important for combating stress, fluid retention, slowing skin aging, and calming the nervous system.
  • Calcium is effective at preventing water retention, increasing circulation, and strengthening bones and nails.
  • Potassium energizes the body and helps to balance skin moisture.
  • Bromides act to ease muscle stiffness and relax muscles.
  • Sodium is important for the lymphatic fluid balance (this in turn is important for immune system function).


6. Add 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar. Packed full of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the best ways to cleanse your body of bacteria and boost your immune system.

7. Add aromatherapy oils if desired. Some oils, like lavender and ylang ylang, have therapeutic properties. Tea tree and eucalyptus oils can assist in the detoxification process.  Around 20 drops is sufficient for a standard bath.

  • If you prefer, you can use fresh herbs. Add mint leaves, lavender flowers, chamomile, or anything else that suits your mood.
  • Adding ginger can help you to sweat out the toxins. Ginger is heating, so be careful with the amount you add. Depending on your sensitivity, anywhere from 1 tablespoon to 1/3 cup can be added.


8. Swish all of the ingredients around. You can use your foot to swirl the water in the tub. When the baking soda and vinegar mix, a bubbling reaction will occur.

  • You don’t need to mix until all the salt crystals dissolve before beginning your bath.

Part 3 of 3: Taking Your Detox Bath


1. Soak for 20 to 40 minutes. Hydrate during your soak and take care not to overheat.

  • Drink water during the first 20 minutes of your soak.
  • You will notice yourself start sweating after just a few minutes in your detox bath. This is your body expelling toxins.
  • If you start to feel too hot during your soak, add cool water to the tub until you are comfortable.


2. Relax. Meditation is a great way to calm your body during a detox bath. Breathing through the nose, loosen your neck, face, hands, and stomach area. Relax and soften each part of your body. Consciously releasing body tension will help you relax in your detox bath.

  • Once you close the bathroom door, leave all unwanted thoughts outside. Let go of worries and stress.
  • Visualize the toxins exiting your body and the vitamins and nutrients entering in their place.


3. Get out of the tub slowly. Your body has been working hard and you may get lightheaded or feel weak and drained. Oils and salts can also make your tub slippery, so stand with care.

  • Wrap your body in a soft blanket or towel immediately after getting out of the tub, you can continue to detoxify through perspiration for another couple of hours.


4. Rehydrate. Any time your body detoxes you need to replace fluids. It is recommended that you drink an additional liter of water following your detox.

After the bath, brush your skin down again. You can use your hands, a loofah, or a vegetable bristle brush. This can further aid with the release of toxins. Use long, gentle sweeping strokes aimed toward the heart.

  • Relax for the rest of the day and allow your body to continue to detoxify.

source: http://www.wikihow.com/Take-a-Detox-Bath



12 Things You Should Know for Sure

Just a few things you should know.  Because when you know better, you do better.

  1. The beginning is always the hardest. – Remember, being completely terrible at something is the first step to being pretty darn good at it.  It just takes time and practice.  In the end, it is the courage to continue that matters most.


  1. What’s right for you may be wrong for others, and vice versa.– It’s unreasonable to expect others to accept or consider your perspective if you’re not willing to do the same for them.  So think for yourself, and allow others the privilege of doing so too.  The truth is that the world isn’t really as it is, but as WE see it.  And we all see it differently.
  2. When you try to change people, they usually remain the same.– But when you don’t try to change people – when you allow them the space to be as they are – they gradually change in the most beautiful way.  Because what really changes is the way you see them.
  3. You have to decide for yourself.– Most of the time something is only awkward because of society’s preconceived idea that it is; don’t mindlessly follow that shallow perception of awkward.  Make up your own mind.  When it comes to choices and change, always do a gut check.  What do YOU want to do?  What would make YOU feel joy, passion, healthy, or on the right path?  Do that.  No other opinions are needed.
  4. Most good things don’t come easy.– Easy is to think about improving.  Difficult is to put these thoughts into action.  Easy is to stumble and fall.  Difficult is to get back up.  Easy is to judge the mistakes of others.  Difficult is to recognize your own mistakes.  Easy is to receive.  Difficult is to give.  Easy is to promise something.  Difficult is to fulfill that promise.  Easy is to say “I love you.”  Difficult is to show it every day.  As you can see, most of the things we need in life are simple, but not easy.  The difficult, however, is often an indication that it’s worthwhile.
  5. Love is a state of being.– It’s not how much you do, but how much love you put into everything you do that counts.  And love isn’t something that happens between people; it’s something you are either open to in the present, or something you are not.  It’s not a transaction; it’s a state of being.
  6. It’s not other people’s job to love you; it’s yours.– It’s important to be nice to others, but it’s even more important to be nice to yourself.  You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.  So make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you.  Know your worth even if they don’t.
  7. Someone out there is capable of loving your flaws.– Let someone love you just the way you are – as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you think you are.  To believe that you must hide all the parts of you that are broken, out of fear that someone else is incapable of loving what is less than perfect, is to believe that sunlight is incapable of entering a broken window and illuminating a dark room.
  8. Friendship isn’t about being there when it’s convenient, it’s about being there when it’s not.– Even if you cannot seem to walk that mile in your friend’s shoes, you are still capable of standing beside them to be a supporter until the day they learn to smile again.
  9. Unfortunately, some small minds will try to hold you back.– It may be difficult, but don’t let the negative voices around you bring you down.  Don’t ever let anyone turn your sky into a ceiling.  Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.  Small hearts and minds always do that.  The greatest hearts and minds make you feel that you, too, can become great.
  10. Seeking revenge is always wasteful.– The energy you would spend trying to get revenge can be better spent creating an amazing future for yourself.  Forget about them.  Remember you.  Working on a better you is more fulfilling than hanging on to contempt of others.  Let it all go and hold on to your growth and kindness instead.
  11. The most important thing you can control is your mind.– Your greatest need is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters your mind.  You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day.  This is a power you can cultivate.  If you want to control things in your life, work on controlling your mind.  In most cases, that’s the only thing you should be trying to control.

source: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/10/26/12-things-you-should-know-for-sure


Watch The Heartwarming Moment This Baby Sees Her Parents Clearly For The First Time

A delighted mother has captured the moment that her baby daughter could see clearly for the first time after being given a pair of glasses.

The footage shows Piper Verdusco as her parents struggle to put on her new spectacles and then the obvious difference they make to the youngster’s vision.

Mother-of-two Jessica Sinclair, 26, from Cincinnati, Ohio, posted the video of her daughter, who has weak eyesight, on Facebook along with the caption: ‘Picked up her glasses. Went out to eat and put them on her. Her reaction melts my heart.’

source: http://educateinspirechange.org/inspirational/watch-heartwarming-moment-baby-sees-parents-clearly-first-time/


Why We Don’t Mature With Age, We Mature Through Hardship

I want to be wise. And you know how you get wise? By screwing up.
— Myra McEntire

My mother always told me, “With age comes wisdom.” While she had a point, she should have also said, “With hardship comes even more wisdom.”


Maybe the two are intertwined. Maybe hardship happens because of age, and wisdom follows. Either way, it’s important to note that no one matures without a hefty amount of psychological scarring.

Whether it’s a breakup that almost killed you, an experience that almost broke you or a lifelong struggle that threw you over and over again, all of those hardships carried meaning.

The things that almost destroyed you made you into who you are today. If you’ve been through hell, you’ve also seen the light at the end of the tunnel.

When people say that “you’ll understand when you’re older,” don’t they mean that “you’ll understand when the same thing has happened to you”? You need a variety of life lessons before you can become the wise, respectable adult you’ve been told you’ll become.

According to an article in Psychology Today by Tim Elmore, there are seven signs that indicate when a child has reached maturity. This is his list, but I’m adding exactly why they evolve from hardship — not age.

Mature people “can keep long-term commitments”… because they’ve been stood up.

Being flaked on isn’t as damaging as other things. But it’s annoying enough to teach you not to flake on people in return.

Adults are better than teenagers about following through with plans because they’ve been flaked on enough to know that’s not how you get through life. To pass on the good karma, stop canceling on your friends, and suck it up.

Mature people “are unshaken by flattery or criticism” … because they’ve been deceived.

When you’ve experienced the moves of a player, you know what to look for next time you’re getting played. When you’ve seen flattery used for evil, you understand how shallow it is.

It takes only that one time — that one awful heartbreak — to teach us not every relationship is safe and not every person is honest. It doesn’t stop us from dating, but it keeps us away from insincere compliments.

Mature people “possess a spirit of humility”… because they’ve been knocked down.

Humility comes from having life beat the bullshit out of you. When you’ve experienced your darkest days, your humility shines through on your brightest days.

The most humble people are often the ones with the most horrible pasts. They’re the ones who are the most giving because they’ve received the least. You can guide someone through the dark only when you’ve stumbled around in it yourself.

Mature people’s “decisions are based on character, not feelings”… because they’ve built up virtue.

Character comes from developing values, and your values form after you’ve faced obstacles. Every sh*tty experience you’ve ever had has been another brick added to the foundation of your character.

It may not seem like it, but when you’re forced to do things you don’t want to do, you’re building character. You become stronger and more capable than you were yesterday.

Mature people “express gratitude consistently”… because they know why they’re thankful.

People develop gratitude when they’ve had to ask for help in the past. You can’t learn to be gracious until you’ve been forced to ask for a hand.

When you’ve experienced tough times, you know what it’s like to need others. Therefore, you appreciate anything you’re given. If you’ve never had to ask for help, you’ve never understood the value of a “thank you.”

Mature people “know how to prioritize others before themselves”… because they’ve been put second.

Empathy comes from hardship. People who have been kicked around or considered to be afterthoughts know the pain and the harm that comes from this.

Through these experiences, they’ve learned how not to treat people. If you can put yourself in other people’s shoes, you’re less likely to step on them. The people who have endured the most are almost always the most willing to understand.

Mature people “seek wisdom before acting”… because they know what will happen if they don’t.

Many people with damaged histories are wise enough to know they played a role in their pain. Because of their naïveté, youth and plain bad judgment, they’ve seen what harm they can cause themselves.

Once you’ve screwed yourself over often enough, you develop habits to keep yourself from doing it again. Many of those habits have to do with thinking before you act.

If you’ve been damaged, you’ve probably developed a lot of common sense. You’ve protected yourself against future pain.

source: http://elitedaily.com/life/dont-mature-age-mature-hardship/1230560/



How Negative Energy Affects Your Life and How to Clear It

You know that like attracts like, right? So here’s the deal: Positive people are drawn to positive energy; negative people are drawn to negative energy.

We tend to perceive negative energy as something other people have. Sure, sometimes we feel negative – as in, “go away and leave me alone, world!” but did you know that negativity can be so ingrained in you that it goes unnoticed?

That’s because negativity sometimes wears a disguise called ‘reality’. It’s easy to rationalize that you’re ‘just being realistic’ in not daring to act on a dream – and believe it!

You may assume that positive people are not being realistic – that they’re being naive, that they are in denial with their heads stuck in the sand, that they put on fake smiles in the face of difficulty and so forth. But are they really happy idiots or is there something to their positivity?

Consider this: since when does ‘being realistic’ necessarily mean that things will go wrong and that you have to accept that as the truth?

That doesn’t mean that being realistic is automatically negative. When you view the world from a ‘realistic’ standpoint, you can’t help but be negative IF your version of reality is negative.

If your version of reality is negative, you are conditioned to believe that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong and whatever can go right, will probably go wrong too. Your unconsciously held beliefs make you into a negative person without your being aware of it!

So – if this negativity is so ingrained in you that you don’t notice it, how do you determine whether you’re stuck in a cloud of negative energy that is attracting the wrong people, wrong situations and wrong feelings? And how can you be sure you’re not perpetuating that negativity?

Here’s a quick quiz to gauge the level of negative energy within you:

  • Do you complain? All the time or just sometimes?
  • Do you often discuss what’s wrong in the world more than what’s right? This includes the ‘terrible’ weather, ‘horrible’ traffic, ‘idiotic’ government, ‘lousy’ economy, ‘stupid’ in-laws, etc.
  • Do you criticize? All the time or just certain people?
  • Are you attracted to drama and disaster (can you unglue yourself from the TV when there’s a news story of a disaster and can you avoid getting involved in the lives of dysfunctional celebrities?)
  • Do you blame? All the time or just certain situations?
  • Do you believe that you have no control over most of your results?
  • Do you feel like a victim? Do you talk about people doing things to you?
  • Are you grateful for what is or will you be grateful when things finally start going right for you?
  • Do you feel like things are happening to you? Or do you feel that they are happening through you?

This last two points are important:

If you’re not grateful except when things go right, you are negative. Gratitude is positive. If you are grateful for what is (including the unpleasant school of life lessons, then you can invite more and more positive energy into your life.

Believing that things happen to you puts you in the role of victim; then it’s easy to be negative because it’s convenient to give up that power. So consider this alternative: who or what is to blame when GOOD things happen to you? Do you acknowledge that you are responsible for the good things – as in, you worked hard, you earned it, etc… but blame external events or other people for your failures? So how come, when good things happen, they are a result of what you do, but when bad things happen, they are not your fault?

Nobody likes to hear that. It takes courage to accept that you create your life experience!

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are holding on to negative energy to some degree! To clear your negative energy and raise your vibration, you will need to retrain yourself tochoose a positive attitude.

Here’s another interesting idea to consider: have you noticed that positive people seem to get what they want out of life, and even if things don’t go their way, they still enjoy their lives… while negative people whine and moan about their misfortunes and even the good things in their lives?

To clear negative energy, try this 3 -step process:

1. Take ownership: “When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” – the Dalai Lama

2. Cancel negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts. This takes practice, dedication and making a decision to see the world through the eyes of “what can go right” instead of “what can go wrong.” You’ll have to catch yourself anytime you are acting out or speaking out your negativity, and immediately change your tune.

3. Use the Love or Above Spiritual Toolkit to clear your energy and bring more light and love into your life; visualize the positive instead of getting sucked into negativity; overcome past conditioning; think intuitively from the soul instead from ‘reality’; create a new, desired reality in your imagination and manifest it in the outer world. Nobody wants negative energy to permeate their lives, yet many of us allow it. But we allow it unconsciously, based on past conditioning that suggests an inevitable outcome to certain situations. When you overcome that conditioning and realize that the future is NOT cast in stone but that you have more control over your circumstances than you believe – then you can begin to consciously design your life.

What’s going to happen then? Your positive energy will magnetically attract what you consider to be good and right for you: people, situations, things… and you’ll notice a huge, huge increase in your happiness and inner peace.

Why not choose positive energy? Make some changes within, and you’ll quickly see positive changes in your life. Enjoy the good feelings and abundance!

Source: loveorabove