How to Get in Touch with Your Soul

 Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all we are grateful for in our lives. Gratitude shifts the focus away from all the things we want to all the things we have. It changes our mindset. We all spend so much time and thought striving towards the next goal and acquired thing. Gratitude makes us feel lucky to have so much  and shifts us away from a feeling of lack. As Thanksgiving is on Thursday, I thought it the perfect time to share with you the following article from Deepak Chopra. He says that gratitude gets you in touch with your soul…

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“Experiencing gratitude is one of the most effective ways of getting in touch with your soul. When you’re in touch with your soul, you eavesdrop on the thoughts of the universe. You feel connected to everything in creation. You embrace the wisdom of uncertainty and you sense yourself as a field of infinite possibilities.
Gratitude is a fullness of heart that moves you from limitation and fear to expansion and love. When you’re appreciating something, your ego moves out of the way. You can’t have your attention on ego and gratitude at the same time.
Just for a few moments, consider the things you have in your life that you could be grateful for: all the nurturing relationships, the material comforts, your body, and the mind that allows you to really understand yourself and everything around you. Just breathe and be grateful for the air that is filling your lungs and making your life possible. Simply feel your body and your aliveness, and acknowledge what a miracle it is just to be alive right now. Allow your awareness to appreciate what you are seeing, smelling, and touching just at this moment and you will find yourself in the middle of the stream of life without trying at all.
Feel the love, compassion, and understanding that gratitude brings into your heart. Notice how gratitude brings your attention into the present time, which is the moment in which miracles can unfold. The deeper your appreciation, the more you see with the eyes of the soul and the more your life flows in harmony with the creative power of the universe.” -Deepak Chopra

Also, dear readers, a deep thank you to you, for reading my blog, sharing it, and even just visiting my page. I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!

-Nothing Short of Thankful

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Holiday Shopping for Health Nuts!

 Whether you are one or not, you at least know one…

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The health nut craze is growing and ranges from the newly health conscious to the fully committed tree hugging raw vegan. Hanukkah is next week and with just a little over a month until Christmas many of us have already started thinking about gifts for this holiday season. It can be a little daunting to figure out what to buy our newly healthy friends and family. If you are a health nut yourself you might be hoping to give healthier gifts this year. We want to get our friends and family gifts inline with our or their new healthy aspirations!

When shopping for the health nut…

Avoid synthetic fibers, anything with the word artificial in the ingredients section, non-stick cookware, scented candles, and most bath and body products. These things harbor toxic chemicals and are health nut kryptonite.

Gift Ideas: organic herbal tea, organic spice sampler, solar-powered products, a yoga mat, BPA free water bottles, beeswax candles, plants, a tree, reusable bags, bamboo cutting boards, a yearly pass to their nearby national park, membership for their local CSA (farm share), or organic food basket. Gift certificates to a health food store, organic or farm to table restaurant, for a yoga or spin class, green house cleaning, a night at a green hotel, for an acupuncture treatment, massage, or other healing therapy, or an active experience.

Brand’s for health nuts:  Synergy’s organic clothing, Eminence Organics skin care, Green and Black’s Organic Chocolate (even a health nut loves the occasional treat), The Green Polka Dot Box for organic foods and household items, and Bee Organic for beautiful nontoxic candles.

And here is a final thought…too often, our holiday celebrations are filled with such tremendous effort, chaos, and stress that they cease to be happy. As you shop and prepare this year keep it simple. Keep your focus on the love you have for the friends and family you will spend your time with at this time of year and the memories in love you are bound to create.   

Your Playing Small Does Not Serve the World

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“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine. We were born to manifest the glory that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Self-doubt can cause us to shrink into ourselves. We do not fully express ourselves out of some deep fear that we won’t fit in, be accepted, or because it might bring about some other kind of failure. Maybe we should be focusing on fitting out…standing out. On being completely in-line with who we really are.

You were meant to shine.

 Who do you truly want to be? A world-traveler? Best-selling author? A yogi? Loving mother and wife? James Beard Award Winner? The next Tiger Woods? A millionaire?

So today is the day, you are going to have to go for it. Put yourself out there. Send out a resume, write a book proposal, sign up for that dance class, write up your business plan, take your first golf lesson, enroll in your teacher training, call up that person you’d love to hang out with!

because like I said…

YOU ARE MEANT TO SHINE.

START GLOWING.

The Best Orange Thing You Could Eat Right Now

“It was time to take the pumpkin out of the pot and eat it. In the final analysis, that was what solved these big problems of life. You could think and think and get nowhere, but you still had to eat your pumpkin. That brought you down to earth. That gave you a reason for going on. Pumpkin.”― Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies Detective

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Full of fiber, beta-carotene, Vitamin C and with more potassium than bananas, pumpkins are a great food to include in your diet to keep you going through the winter. Add puree to your oatmeal, try it in a smoothie, or roast it.

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Try this Pumpkin Shake: Blend 1 banana, 1/2 c. apple sauce, 1/2 c. almond milk, 1 c. pumpkin puree, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 2 c. ice and honey to taste. Top with a little granola and enjoy!

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Want more benefits? Eat the seeds which are rich in magnesium, zinc, omega-3s, and tryptophan.

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