The Surprising Quick Fix to Mental and Spiritual Clarity

CHAKRAS and

AURAS and

PRANAS

Oh My!!!!

My intention this month is to cleanse my chakras and connect my physical body to my energy body to reach a balance between spirit, body, earth and health, universality and grounding.  I know, I KNOW this sounds like witch craft and not at all a Western world type of situation. I get that- trust me. I know how this sounds, but if it is good enough for the Hindu culture- It is worth a try.

If you have been following me, you all know that this is my year of Intentions toward a healthier lifestyle.  My rollercoaster ride through anxiety has taken me to gynecologists, general practitioners, therapists and a psychiatrist. So, why not try some natural healing on the side?

 Chakra Facts

  • There are 7 chakras (or wheels) that run through the center of your body from your spinal cord
  • These are the portals to which energy moves in and out of our physical body
  • The heart chakra can clean negative energy. THE universal love frequency, a washing machine for all our dark energy or the negative energy of others.
  • The root chakra is the deep stuff: past lives, ancestral karma, present life childhood trauma.
  • The sacral chakra is known as the pleasure zone, the short term fix, the creative center.
  • The solar plexus is the power house of our mind-body-soul system, our core strength.
  • The throat chakra channels our communication, our ability to be our authentic selves
  • Our third eye and crown chakras relate to connecting to the universe, seeing with our soul and expanding our consciousness.
  • Chakras can get blocked, energy can get stuck. They should be open and free allowing energy to move as when required for a balanced system.

Determine Where to Begin and allow the energy to move from the south of your spine to the North.

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Let the Healing Begin…

  1. Food  

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    A great Heart Chakra Smoothie

Begin to eat for your chakra. Focus your food consumption on yellow vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

Root Chakra: strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes
Sacral Chakra: oranges, bell peppers
Solar Plexus Chakra: chamomile, banana, lemons
Heart Chakra: lemon balm, green apples
Throat Chakra: sage and blueberries
third Eye Chakra: indigo veggies, lavender
Crown Chakra: red grapes, eggplant

2.  Oils or Incense

Again, be aware of the smell that your chakra identifies with. Place these oils in your bathtub, add to your oil diffuser, make your own Epsom salt, wear lava rock around your wrist and add a drop of oil there, or simply burn your incense.IMG_5151

Root Chakra: St. Johnís Wort, Angelica, Patchouli and Frankincense
Sacral Chakra: Orange, Neroli, Clove, Juniper and Rosemary
Solar Plexus Chakra: Lemon, Rosemary, Peppermint, Yarrow and Marjoram
Heart Chakra: Melissa, Rosewood, Basil and Rose
Throat Chakra: Lemongrass, Sage and Blue chamomile
third Eye Chakra: Clary sage, Elemi, Spruce and Lavender
Crown Chakra: Geranium, Myrrh, Gotu Kola and Sandalwood.

3. Yoga

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Sacral and Solar Plexus Flow

Yoga has been known to release the energy that is being blocked or stuck in your particular chakra.  The prana, or energy, can become released through movements, postures, and salutations. The connection between breathing and movement is exactly what your chakras ordered.

The attached photo is a great flow for your sacral and solar plexus.

4. Meditation

Yes, the scary and intimidating word ‘Meditation’.  Sit in a comfortable position, quiet your mind, shallow breaths in and out through your nose, imagine the color of your blocked chakra expanding as you inhale.  Take your time and allow your mind’s eye to see the color wrapping you up like a big hug.   (challenge yourself to sit for 5 minutes and work up to 20) It is completely worth it. IMG_5152

5. Water

Like always, Quench your Thirst.  Staying hydrated is the key to a clear and balanced life.

 

Follow me on Instagram @aubreysteinbrink throughout the month for some specific chakra yoga flows, recipes specific for your chakra, and affirmations. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Summer Book Club- The Ultimate Guide

A well-read woman is a dangerous creature- Lisa Kleypas (but it is also a form of meditation, a get-away, a way to connect with others and understand perspectives)

My June intention was to read more and, boy, did I. I read so much that I forgot to stop and write about it. The culmination of this month was to also start a book club with my girlfriends and they did NOT disappoint.

Recommended Books

5 STARS Thriller/Mystery (from the first chapter to the last sentence)

A Stranger in The House by Shari Lapena was my first experience with this author, but it only took me one chapter to realize how much I enjoyed her writing. I was at the beach with a friend while reading this book, and my gasps, comments and eagerness to finish this book made her desperate to read it as well. I read this twisty mystery in just 4 days and passed it along to 3 other friends who also couldn’t put it down.

Knowing I really enjoyed Shari Lapena’s writing style, I searched for more of her books. I downloaded “The Couple Next Door” on audible and have enjoyed the discoveries, confessions, and suspense of this book just as much.

4 Stars ( probably would have been 5 Stars if I were still on the beach reading)
5 STARS (I didn’t see any of it coming)

Delia Owens’, Where the Crawdads Sing, is such a wonderful read about a young girl who fights through abandonment, heartbreak, forgiveness, and abuse. All the while, an investigation of a high school star athlete hovers over the small North Carolina town. This book has been passed to two of my colleagues that have highly recommended it as well.

4 STARS

This month’s Book Club Book was chosen with the help of Reese Witherspoon’s book club “hello sunshine– she hasn’t let me down, yet. Thank you Reese.

This story hit a cord for every One of us in our book club in a different way. The themes in this book include motherhood (all the different kinds), girls growing up/coming of age, family dynamics, race, class and love/heartbreak. It follows four different families with contrasting lives and circumstances. The different turning points are brought to a crescendo. We were all disappointed in the ending because so much was left to our own assumptions. It didn’t close up in a nice little bow, but the overlapping storylines made for a intriguing read.

A memoir for the FAN

I have been a fan of the podcast “My Favorite Murder” for over a year. when I found out that Karen and Georgia were writing a book- and Paul Giamatti was reading sections of their audio book- I HAD to read it. It was a quick read, and the audiobook made me feel even closer to my friends from the podcast. This book gives fans an even deeper insight, making you feel even closer to them. They are advocates for true #selfcare and make their journey with therapy a very ‘normal’ and much needed part of a healthy lifestyle.

Self Help

Brene Brown has become a true idol for me- and a personal therapist. Her words of wisdom, storytelling, and ‘real’ reactions to life have helped me with my anxiety and perfectionism. This book was recommended to me by my actual therapist, and it has allowed me to embrace the ‘wholehearted’ idea. It has also helped me connect more with my children, open up even more with friends, have compassion for myself, and courage to be imperfect. It is a journey, and her words help.

Book club the Right Way

This book club was a first for three of us, and I wanted to make it fit our style. So. ..Each member of the club drew the name of 2 characters from the book. With that, each person had to come with a DRINK and a FOOD/Appetizer that represented that character from the book.

I was the host for this first meeting, so I created the questions (thank you http://arlenesbookclub.com.

My friends went above and beyond to make this a club never to forget; Julia dressed in the century of the book – (while I dressed in Pajamas). Deanna researched and created a REAL lemon pie from the town in Cleveland along with a Moody Blues shot that rocked my world. Courtney was the only other member of the group that has participated in an adult book club, and she said “this was the first time she was in a book club that actually talked about the book.”

So, all in all, it was a great night, AMAZING book and we enjoyed it so much we chose July’s book and the meeting date.

Join us for the July book – It’s Always the Husband by Michelle Campbell


Small Changes, IMPORTANT Impact #5Rs

Facts that will BLOW your MIND!!!!! – from ecowatch

  • Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.
  • 50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.
  • Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.
  • The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year.
  • Americans throw away 35 billion plastic water bottles every year (source: Brita)
  • Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used every minute.
  • It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade.
  • There is a place called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch  and it is located off the coast of California – the size of Texas
  • 100,000 Birds, marine mammals, sea turtles are killed from plastic in our oceans or have been seen with plastic growing around their bodies.
  • Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form (with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated).
  • Plastic chemicals can be absorbed by the body—93 percent of Americans age six or older test positive for BPA
  • Some of these compounds found in plastic have been found to alter hormones or have other potential human health effects

This month, I am focused on the 5 R’s by Bea Johnson.

Refuse

  • Stop the use of produce plastic wrap or any kind of 1 time use plastics- instead use reusable bags, mason jars, steel containers when shopping.
  • Stop asking for straws and refuse the straw if you can – steel or paper are best.
  • Start a garden and refuse to purchase items that you can grow yourself.

Reduce

This is where I have focused a lot of my intention on, and I think I am really starting to get the hang of it. I have included some links to items that I have purchased this year to help reduce my plastic consumption.

  • be a minimalist – reduce the STUFF and those impulse buys
  • Pare down and give items a 2nd life through donations, Goodwill or selling
  • Start using a French Press or Loose Tea to reduce the amount of plastic single serve pods, paper filters, or tea bags entering landfills
  • The paper towel use and paper napkins by purchasing cloth
  • Order your toilet paper from eco-friendly companies like Give a Crap– not only do they send you bulk, 100% recycled or bamboo toilet paper by mail, but they also do great things with the $.
  • STOP buying bottles of water and look for water that comes in cardboard like Flow hydration or Boxed Water
  • Stop using your dryer so much and put your items out on a line – let them dry by the sun – PLUS it always makes clothes smell better. (reduce energy use, dryer sheet use)
  • Or use wool balls instead of the dryer sheets
  • purchase your toothpaste without the plastic at BITE
  • Find a local Farmers Market
  • purchase bamboo toothbrushes instead of the plastic ones at zero waste cartel

Reuse

If you have embraced Reducing, then this will go hand-in-hand pretty easily.

  • The cloth rags, napkins, and shopping bags can be reused over and over again- wash and line dry when needed.
  • reuse those glass jars from jelly, salsa, apple butter etc… to place leftovers in
  • buy in bulk by using your mason jars at the store – Whole Foods allow you to Tare (weight) your mason jar before adding in the almond butter or other bulk items. When you check-out the cashier will subtract that weight from the item before pricing it.
  • reuse the coffee grounds from your French press in your compost piles or garden – worms LOVE coffee grounds
  • Reuse food scraps and eggshells to add to your compost pile

Recycle

I have always believed in recycling but, to be completely honest, I thought everything could be recycled. Just toss and stop thinking about it. Unfortunately, you have to do some sorting and cleaning before just tossing items into that green or blue bin. BUT, good news, If you have embraced the Refusals, Reducing and Reusing steps- you shouldn’t have that much to actually Recycle.

  • separate your trash – most plastic lids can’t be recycled
  • Wash out all containers – if there is grease or food particles DONT recycle
  • If it has been microwaved – DONT even try
  • pull out the plastic liner from the cereal box (that is trash, and can’t be recycled)
  • Plastics numbered 1-7 Can be recycled
  • Most curbside pick ups won’t take plastic sacks, but most grocery stores will
  • Recycle your aluminum cans and glass jars after cleaning out
  • Buy Recycled

Rot

COMPOST!!!! – I am hoping to start this new project next week as I have asked for a composting tumbler bin, aluminum indoor bin, and compost starter for Mother’s Day. (I know… not your typical Mother’s Day gift).

  • shredded papers
  • grass clippings
  • food waste

The combo of nitrogen from the grass and the carbon from the food waste is a composting heaven- your garden will thank you.


The 5 R’s Challenge – May Intention

Happy May Day!!!!! In honor of the ‘official’ spring holiday my children and I have bought flowers, seeds and candy to deliver throughout our neighborhood. This has been a tradition of mine since I was little. My husband and I wanted to make sure that this was something we did with our own children. They look forward to it, and they are getting better at the traditional ‘door dash’.

Since this is the first day of May, I wanted to write briefly about my May intention- Going Green. I feel this is something I need to make a priority, an intention, because what I put into my body is very important, and I want to make sure more of the items in my home are also good for my body. I also know that the current status quo is very linear: we take from the Earth and dump it right back in – this time with toxins that are destroying said Earth. I don’t want to be apart of that system. I want my children to know that I did what I could. “I want to aim to send nothing to the landfills, reduce what I need, reuse as much as I can, send little to be recycled, and compost what I cannot.”

I have purchased two books to guide me on my path this month…

you can follow the author @zerowastehome
I hope to gain knowledge on how to detox the body of the toxins that we use daily.
  • I plan on finding a few tricks to reduce my carbon footprint that does not add to my consumption.
  • I will be experimenting with natural, holistic cleaners and other that will decrease the toxins in my home
  • I will be following a few tricks from the authors to help me be more conscious and aware of the waste we are creating in our home.
  • I will challenge myself to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot throughout this month to create a better lifestyle for my family and our environment.
  • Take on the 48 hour No Single-Use plastic challenge
  • Create a composting system at my home

No Single-Use Plastic Challenge

This weekend, I will be challenging myself to with the “No Single-Use Plastic Challenge”. Can you go plastic free for 48 hours? Take the challenge with me!

  • Grocery store- tote bags
  • Farmers market shopping – to reduce the plastic wrapping
  • Bulk purchases into mason jars
  • No plastic water bottles
  • Say “NO” to plastic straws
  • no food packaging

I will be taking pictures along the way and of the Plastic that I do use 😦 to hold myself accountable. @omnivore2herbivore


Key to Happiness: Hygge Manifesto

“Danes are the happiest people in Europe according to the European Social Survey” (The Little Book of Hygge). Denmark is also known as one of the happiest countries in the world.  Why?  Hygge (pronounced   hoo-ga)

This month, I am on the journey of hyggestund – A moment of hygge- ‘well-being’ and happiness.  I plan on incorporating the 10 ideas of hygge in my life this month as I pursue a month of gratitude and savoring the simple pleasures in life.  In short, I plan on finding the happy. First, I must get my environment and mindset ready for a month of COZY!

1. Atmosphere

turn down the lights

use natural lighting (fireplace, windows, let the natural light in)

Use dim lighting (candles, lamps)

2. Presence

meditation of mindfulness

turning off my phone alarms

3. Be kind to yourself- give yourself a treat and give yourself a break

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4. ‘We’ over ‘me’

Sharing tasks – cooking, laundry, cleaning

5. Gratitude 

show it to your tribe, co-workers, challengers, and self

say ‘Thank you’

Smile

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6. Harmony 

finding balance in your physical and mental health

find your Sparkle

Do everything with Passion

7. comfort

cozy blanket

warm bath

music

yoga pants

8. truce

End the fighting within yourself

leave the negative, the drama, and the hostility

9. Togetherness

Focus on your village, your tribe

Find time to build relationships, connect, and be together

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 reading nook

10. Nook- hyggekrog 

comfy space

So, my plan is to spend time outdoors gardening, hanging-out with my village, evenings with my family, Sundays working together on chores, and reading in my nook. I plan to Continue my yoga practice.

I am also going to start a macramé wall art project and prepare for an evening with my friends- outdoor fire, BBQ, TREATS, and being together.

All of this in the hopes to bring together all of my favorite things into 1 month of gratitude, well being, and HYGGE!

I hope you follow me on my journey this month. Please send me pictures of your HYGGE on Instagram. 

@omnivore2herbivore #hyggelife