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#Embrace the Pause: What is Nature trying to tell Us about What’s Essential?

This is a guestpost from BurningMind.co

Coronavirus has been a challenge. The challenges in life are meant to be teachers. They are opportunities to let go of what’s no longer serving us. They wake us up to what’s not working. And they can be devastating to the ego that’s trying so hard to keep it all together. An ego that while in charge has tried to create balance by becoming an expert juggler 🤹‍♂️ with all the balls in the air, bragging about how adept he is at his juggling act. And then something happens like what’s happening now with the virus. And all those balls come crashing down. And the ego doesn’t know what to do. He’s scared. He’s in pain. He’s mad. And his first instinct is to try to find all his balls and do the same juggling act he’s been doing, because that’s all he knows. 

But it’s a new audience. And a new cast. A new world. And the same juggling act won’t work. What to do?

“A wounded deer leaps the highest” – Emily Dickinson

The lights go on and the curtain goes up and you see all of the balls scattered, all the messiness in your own life and the world at large. It seems like disruption and chaos. But maybe there is an order and a kind of logic to these times of severe distruption… It makes us realize that what we did before — the rushing, the busyness, the serial multi-tasking, the working ourselves to exhaustion —  isn’t serving us anymore. It isn’t even permissible any more. We have to stay home. We have to slow down.  We have to be with ourselves and our spouses and children. We are forced to check-in with these relationships. And that’s not easy either at first, but then it becomes the new normal. 

We start to realize how important these relationships are and that they need work and attention. And that it feels good to give our time, effort and love to these relationships. We see our children blossoming from the attention. Soon enough we feel ourselves knowing that we can’t go back to the old ways. We don’t want to. And we’re confused, but we can’t un-know this fact. That’s it’s a new world. We can’t keep the balls in the air in the same way we did before. And we know we’re not meant to. 
So how do we create a new way foreword?

  1. ACCEPT – We have to accept the situation. Don’t resist it. Let it be and surrender to what we can’t control. We can’t control others, we can’t control our loved ones, our governments, even where we can physically go. We certainly can’t control this virus. But we can control how we relate to ourselves. We have control of our minds and inner life. And what information and influences we let in. 
  1. NOTICE & TAKE STOCK – Now is the chance to notice. To be hyper vigilant and aware. we can notice, check in with our inner self instead of the outer world. The outer world has slowed, almost been silenced by this virus (if you allow it). So now is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to stop doing, and take stock of ourselves. For once we aren’t being called on to be our most productive selves. 

So take the time to become more aware and more loving to ourselves in self-care. Not in judgement but in awareness of what we need. What’s absolutely necessary for us right now, we need to ask. What is essential and what is excess that can be trimmed down?

And we can take stock of all the “feels”, and we can let the feelings associated with these things be felt. Fear. Anger. Isolation. Overwhelm. Feel them, notice them And let them pass through us. Surrender to them instead of denying them. Feel the pain of it. And then in their wake they may just leave a gift. 

For example for me, I am feeling stir crazy and isolated and I am craving a connection to nature. To be outside. And this gift of a connection to nature is emerging for me right now. I am Craving sunlight. Craving to absorb the smell of Spring when I walk my dog and go out with the kids, the pines and the sweet fragrance of flowers I don’t know the names of. I want to escape to a cabin in the woods and be embraced by the green woods. I am yearning to be in rhythm with nature. To be soothed by Mother Earth. 

I realized that regardless of how we are feeling right now, this time, Spring, is in the air around us (even though some of us, especially if we live in urban locales, can’t “see” it).  But let me tell you that The trees and there birds aren’t noticing that there’s a virus. For them it’s Spring, the time for rebirth. I have been hearing the birds whistling in the morning. Seen them search for feathers from our outdoor sofa pillow that ripped leaving fodder for an opportunistic bird to peck out and carry to his nest. The natural world around us is still in its harmony, in it’s natural rhythm.

They are still building nests for their future families. They are following their natural rhythms and reminding me that I must follow my own too. (We all have our own circadian rhythms and when we have wakeful times and creative times and more productive times of day. This is a great time to feel out your own natural rhythm.)

So my discomfort with being cooped up and isolated has made me realize how connected to nature I am and how I too want to sing out in song and collect important materials to build a nest right now. I want to fly and pick up sticks and feathers to build my nest bringing only the most beautiful and useful artifacts back home. I feel like I am in a nesting, planning phase of sorts, determining what is essential for my health and well-being.

  1. ASK QUESTIONS – What Is it for you that you are yearning for or missing the most right now? If this nesting metaphor isn’t resonating for you, then what other natural instinct is coming up for you? What are you being called to pay attention to in your own inner life? What are you craving? I only give this as an example from my life and what I’m noticing for me right now. 
  1. EMBRACE THE PAUSE – Maybe this mandatory “pause” is an opening to something new for everyone – a time to reflect which we sorely miss in our busy lives. A time to Attend to our inner selves. In meditation I’ve been taught to focus on the pause between breaths. And sometimes in this meditation I have found that by focusing on this small opening In time it gets larger, wider and deeper and soon my consciousness opens up to a new opening, the gap almost becomes a portal to a sense of something expansive and eternal, an essence that when one senses it one knows that is always there and it is immense. Without limits. In a way The gap was just an illusion or a portal to something else. 

I have come to understand that the pauses, the small gaps between things, the rest in music, serve to make us notice the absence so we see what is there in a different light. Like for music the harmony becomes more beautiful if there are bits of silence in between. The rest between one part of a song and the next transitions us and provides a new direction for the song and where it’s leading us. 

“The music is not in the notes, but the silence in between.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

We are feeling the absences of our loved ones. Our friends. Our normal routines. But Maybe these absences have a beautiful way of showing us what we value.What are we filling up our lives with? And do we want to continue filling them up with the same?

  1. SEE THE MAGIC OF GRACE – Maybe these absences have a magical way of leading us to our inner source. Our inner hunger. What is necessary for us to be sustained and be healthy? What are we really hungry for? What are our inner cravings telling us that we are really missing? What is the natural cadence to our ideal day? Not what anyone tells us is necessary, but what we know in our core to be important / right for us? Try and answer these questions for yourself. 

For fun, Flip this Virus situation on its head and see the grace that may be trying to come through this experience. The centering force of grace, makes its way like smoke through the gaps, through the pauses between breaths, between phases in our lives. And if we surrender to this beautiful grace, we know that everything will be ok. 

  1. WRITE A NEW FUTURE – If we do this, over time we will realize that maybe now is the perfect time for new futures to be written… to build our nests for our new individual and collective future. Because if we’ve learned one important thing from this virus, it’s that we are all inter- connected and our collective future depends on the choices that we as individuals make. I invite you to ponder what you would build into your metaphorical nest? What are those essential things that you want to bring into your life to sustain yourself and your family now and in the future?

And imagine making them happen in the coming months and over the course of the year. Dreaming and believing is free!

Xoxo burningmamasBurn, burn burn so brightly that all can see and feel your light within. Namaste. 

What Is The Best Time To Drink Water?


There are three specific times where you must drink water to improve your health, your fitness and longevity so you can prove how you’ll look…such as your skin but also so you can improve how you feel, your energy levels, your blood sugar and blood pressure levels, and also reduce pain and inflammation simply so you can perform better all day long.

Drink Water First Thing In The Morning

All right, so let’s get started. The very best time to drink water is first thing in the morning. Listen, when you wake up, your body’s dehydrated and just fairly acidic. Now we want to quickly reverse that so you’ll have more energy. Your skin is hydrated and we can alkalize your Bonnie because being acidic is one of the primary causes of illness.

Now, sadly, most people screw this up by actually waking up and drinking coffee in the morning or some energy drink and basically send them. It has caffeine in it, which actually makes the situation worse by drinking anything with caffeine, you’re making your body more dehydrated, more acidic, and you’re actually increasing your cortisol levels and other stress hormones.

So you want to dramatically increase your energy levels. If you want to improve your memory cognition, there’s actually a specific supplement that you can take that I personally use which is:

Now you can wake up and just simply drink two or three cups of water to start your day. However, I make my own little drink and it has a lot of health benefits and actually tastes pretty good. I call it dr Sam’s lemonade (based on the recipe started by Dr. Sam Robbins).  It stimulates your metabolism, it detoxes, and also helps increase fat loss. So basically you get up and you put together two or three cups of water, right? Preferably purified, healthy water, add in a little bit of Himalayan or Celtic salt so your body will absorb the water and it doesn’t just go right through you. Now these salts have a lot of minerals, which is exactly what your body needs, especially first thing in the morning. And adding a little bit of salt, less than a quarter of a teaspoon is not going to raise your blood pressure. In fact, it’ll actually help lower it and also reduce any kind of anxiety where you wake up and also help reduce stress hormones. Then we add in some organic lemon juice to help out gullies your body and actually make things taste better.

Now you can just buy premade juice, which is what I do cause this is simpler. And if you want, you can add it, a tiny bit of vinegar to also help with the acidity and reduce that and to also help normalize your blood sugar levels. Add in a little bit of organic Stevia to sweeten it and it makes it all taste much better. And it doesn’t really do anything negative or even raise your blood sugar. So that’s another benefit and there you have it actually drink this two or three times daily at least and you can make basically a big picture of it like maybe a gallon and then do the same, just drink it throughout the day.

Drink Water Before You Before Exercise

The second best time is before, during and after exercise and you better be exercising all rights and no excuses. If all you do is go for a 20 to 30 minute walk, which is fantastic, then you should still drink two or three cups of water and then go for your walk. The water plus the walk helps detox and flush out toxins. Also, if you exercise, you know, at the gym or you do anything outside and you basically sweat and so forth, then you better get hydrated. And for guys, listen, if you’re going to the gym to get a big pump, right? Dr. Sam’s lemonade recipe will actually help you get bigger pumps and improve contraction as well as with stamina, allowing you to lift more weights and for more repetitions. 

Drink Water Before Bed

Finally, make sure you have at least one cup of water. About one cup of water, about an hour or two before bed time. Now you may be thinking, Oh geez, right, that’s going to just make me get up all night and pee while my using my, you know, dr Sam’s lemonade with the salt, you’ll absorb the water, right?

It won’t go right through you. You’ll also alkalize and improve your blood sugar levels and decrease blood sugar again and blood pressure, all benefits while you’re sleeping. However, most people don’t realize that by staying hydrated throughout the night and when you wake up, you’re less likely to actually get up in the middle of the night. You’re definitely less likely to snore or wake up tired or have headaches or wake up with pain and stiffness in the morning. So one last thing, make sure you’re also drinking water throughout the day, but do it in between your meals, not before, during, or after, as I described in that first original video. So in summary, make sure you’re drinking water first thing in the morning when you wake up. Also before, during, and after, after exercise, even if it’s just for a 20-30 minute walk.  And also about an hour or two before bed. Again, I suggest you do not start your day with a coffee, even if it’s Bulletproof 🙂

Make sure you’re hydrated first with the water, and if you want to increase your energy levels all day long and improve your memory and cognition, taking natural anti aging nootropic smart pill supplement such as body, brain energy. Don’t start the day with caffeine and as body brain energy is a perfect substitute or alternative to any caffeinated beverage such as coffee or energy drinks, and it’s actually good for your health.

Healthy Eating Habits to Detoxify and Heal From Vaccinations

While there are many different opinions on vaccines, the reality is that many of these vaccines; effective or not, contain many harmful materials in them. Even vaccines such as your run-of-the-mill flu shot can contain heavy metals that then hang out in the body. To remove these heavy metals and prevent buildup of toxins in the body, it is important to follow a healthy eating plan in addition to a natural detox.

Continue reading to learn which healthy foods are the best for detoxifying your body of these harmful materials. You will also find a recipe for a quick and easy all-natural whole-body detox that will protect your body from these harmful components of vaccines.

Detox Veggies – Vegetables that are most effective in detoxing and healing the body of vaccinations include artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, brussels sprouts, kale, and wheatgrass. These vegetables contain a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help cleanse the body and eliminate waste and toxins.

Herbs and Spices– Many herbs and spices contain antioxidant properties that will cleanse your body of harmful toxins, whether as a by-product of vaccines or other sources. Some of the most effective herbs and spices to incorporate into your diet include garlic, parsley,  turmeric, ginger, cilantro, oregano, and cinnamon. Cilantro and Parsley are especially easy to incorporate into many dishes and are found to be extremely effective in removing heavy metals and toxins from the bloodstream.

Fruits for Detox – Effective fruits for detoxing include grapefruit and lemons.

Eliminate These Foods –There are some foods that inhibit the body’s ability to fight toxins and potentially increase the number of toxins and heavy metals in the body. Some of these items to be avoided include alcohol, caffeine, and excessive sugar.

Daily Detox

The best way to eliminate these harmful materials from your body for good is to incorporate detox into your daily routine. Below is a recipe for an effective detox recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 gallon of distilled water
  • 1 cup of organic cranberry juice
  • 3 organic lemons
  • For flavor, liquid Stevia and/or a liquid cayenne

The Process:

Juice the three lemons and combine the juice with all other ingredients in a gallon-sized glass jar. Try to drink the whole gallon every day for 10 or more days in a row. These ingredients work together to cleanse the liver, kidneys, and circulatory system.

There are some vaccines that are difficult to avoid. However, no matter how you feel about vaccines, it is extremely important to include a detox in your diet any time you are vaccinated, and if possible, stay away from vaccines. This detox here is cheap, easy, safe, and extremely effective in removing harmful toxins and heavy metals from the body.

Diuretic Foods to Help the Body Expel Unnecessary Fluids

When your body is retaining too much fluid, it can be uncomfortable, to say the least. It is important to expel this excess fluid as soon as possible to prevent further complications or issues, such as high blood pressure. While this might sound easier said than done, all you need is a little bit of help from some diuretics.

Below is a list of some of the most effective diuretic foods that will help flush out your system and get you back to a healthy amount of fluid.

Beets

Try adding some raw, grated beets to your salad or incorporate cooked beets into more of your dishes. Beets do contain a decent amount of sugar, so be sure not to overdo it.

Cranberry Juice

Not only does cranberry juice help to eliminate excess fluid, but it also helps flush out bacteria from your system. Do be sure that you get the natural, unsweetened cranberry juice to avoid excess sugar. Because it does have a unique flavor, feel free to mix it in with a different type of juice.

Lemon Juice

You can combine some lemon juice in with your cranberry juice, or even add a few slices of lemon to your water to gain the diuretic benefits of the citrus fruit.

Pears

This fruit helps promote regular bowel movements in addition to being an effective natural diuretic. Try munching on a pear every day for a nice healthy snack and to eliminate excess water.

Asparagus

Although asparagus does indeed make your urine smell a bit odd, it is also an effective diuretic. It is also effective in assisting the kidneys in their role of waste removal; this prevents kidney stones and buildup of toxins in the body.

Carrots

The carotene in carrots helps put a little pep in the step of your metabolism, which in turn jump-starts other functions of the body, such as removing excess water.

Celery

Because it is mostly made up of water, celery helps to cleanse the entire body and eliminate excess fluid through urination. Try to munch on some raw celery sticks for a healthy snack.

Cucumber

Another veggie that is very high in its water content, cucumber is an effective natural diuretic. In addition, it contains many antioxidants that help support the overall health of the body.

Spinach

Spinach and other leafy green vegetables are not only rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, but also promote frequent urination, and thus the expulsion of excess fluid.

Brussel Sprouts

While difficult to swallow for some, Brussel sprouts truly are an effective natural diuretic, in addition to being rich in vitamins and nutrients. Try tossing them in some olive oil and garlic pepper to improve the flavor.

Tea

There are many teas that are especially effective diuretics. Some of these teas include green, nettle, dandelion, and lemon teas.

Herbs

Some of the most effective diuretic herbs include garlic, onions, cilantro, leeks, parsley, and fennel. Most of these herbs can easily be incorporated into many dishes.

All of these items will help to eliminate excess fluid from the body. Try a combination of various items from this list to reduce excess fluid retention and bloating.

Why Soy is NOT a Smart Move for Your Health

When individuals become more conscious of their health and work to improve their eating habits, they turn to replacing meat and eggs with tofu. The manufacturers of these soy products would lead you to believe that this is a good move to improve overall health, but the reality is that processed soy (including tofu) is by no means a health food. A better choice would be to switch to grass-fed meats, organic eggs, and organic raw dairy products.

How Does Soy Become Dangerous?

The technology used today to process soy fail to remove the anti-nutrients and toxins that occur naturally in soybeans, and leave poisonous residue created by high temperatures, high pressure, acid and alkali baths, and petroleum solvents. Soy products that are fractionated, like soy protein isolate and hydrolyzed plant protein, contain phytates that block minerals from being absorbed, and trypsin inhibitors that disallow proper digestion. Tofu is a step up from these products, but it still has the anti-nutrients as previously mentioned.

Problems Linked to Soy

High soy diets have been linked to a number of health problems. Among those linked are: cancer, brain damage, soy allergies, reproductive disorders, premature puberty, and thyroid problems which has a host of problems all of its own.

Studies regarding soy have found that it does not lower cholesterol on a reliable level, raises homocysteine levels in many individuals, which has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and birth defects.

Those particularly affected by soy’s negative effects are children and babies, still developing. The hormone-mimicking of soy has shown estrogen-imitating chemicals are more than 6 times higher in infants that consume soy formulas than in adults that consume foods rich in soy.

What Else?

Most soybeans are genetically modified, containing the highest levels of pesticides found on foods. They also contain hemagglutinins, these cause red blood cells to clump together. Though these are reduced during the processing, they are not completely eliminated.

Better Alternatives

If cutting soy completely out of a diet isn’t in the stars, there are ways to eat healthier versions of it. These versions are fermented and the anti-nutrients levels are reduced, while the beneficial properties are highlighted and become available. Tempeh is a fermented soybean cake that has a firm texture with a mushroom or nutty flavor. Miso is a fermented paste that is a bit salty with a buttery texture.

Soy sauce is traditionally made from fermented soybeans with salt and other enzymes but some manufacturers make theirs with a chemical process. Natto is fermented soybeans that have a sticky texture with a strong flavor that is similar to cheese. This has the highest source of the k2 vitamin of any food on the planet along with a powerful but beneficial bacteria.

Conclusion

It is important to remember that not all processed soy products are healthy foods, and it would be wise to avoid all types of soy that are considered damaging. The basics of healthy eating apply to soy as well. Stick with unprocessed, fermented, and fresh.

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