Do what you love

Sometimes happiness and well being is simply doing what you love. Yet just because it’s simple doesn’t always make it easy. In today’s world, as much as we hear and even think we understand that we should do what feels good for us and love what we do, why are so many of us not in alignment with that simple idea? With family to care for, bills to pay, “priorities”, and life situations, that simple idea is only that, an idea. For some it’s not just about not having the time or ability to put it into action, it comes down to actually not knowing what we really love to do.

I recently spoke with two very close friends that worked in the same company at one point. Both are no longer with that company, but for two totally different reasons. Our conversations churned up a lot of thought in my mind. My thoughts in turn propelled me to write this post today.

I believe that happiness sits within us. Each individual has the power to come to an internal understanding to shine out into the external world. However, to become to know ourselves inside, an awareness must be developed. This awareness should exist as we go about our day with friends, family, work, and play.  The way we become aware of what and how things affect us, both physically and mentally, plays a large role in the actions we take.

My friend Ed is in his 30’s. I have a lot of respect for Ed, and he is a big inspiration to me. Why? Because he took a chance to do what he loved, and is currently very successful at it. He left a high paying corporate job to open Haus of Wraps, a vinyl wrap and auto customization shop in San Diego. Ed is a car enthusiast. Cars have always been his passion and he totally geeks out on them, in many forms. I must say the guy is amazing though. He knows how to create auto beauties. Ed is that guy that all our friends go to for adding details to their car, getting advice, etc.

He received his degree and set off on the 9-5 role (really like 7-6 role). In the beginning he loved it. He was young, making great money, and able to travel on his weekends and vacation time. After a few years though, he soon began to dislike his daily routine and job. It was point blank unfulfilling. His love for cars had to go on the back burner with work, and everyday became monotonous. It really began to weigh on him. He made a major life decision and quite his job. He took what everyone always told him, and opened shop in San Diego. As with any business start up, it takes time, energy and work. Being that he truly loved what he opened shop to do, he dedicated all his time and energy into Haus of Wraps. Not only has it paid off, but he is truly happy everyday. Long hours don’t matter, because he loves what he does. It shines in the quality of his work, and he is very successful because of that.

Ed took a risk because of how unhappy he was. The money didn’t matter. Of course he understood he needed to make it somehow, but if he could make ends meet and actually be excited to wake up everyday, then life was good. It took him becoming aware of the flip side of a “good life”, to make the move to change something. That takes a lot of strength in yourself and a desire to live according to your path. I cheers Ed everyday.

Now Tim also worked with Ed. Tim had been with the company for 30+ years, and didn’t leave to open a business, but took an early retirement. He and his wife were more than burnt out from years of working long hours with this company, but planned to stick with it to the end. Until Tim got bit by a rattlesnake in New Mexico (true story). That moment changed how he saw things. Life could easily be taken and if that happened, was he doing the things that mattered most. Obviously not, because early retirement to do more than be stressed out and overworked took precedence over sticking it out.

The interesting part is now that he and his wife have the time to do whatever they want, and wherever they want, they have no clue.  They became so disconnected with what they were once really inspired by and passionate about, that they truly do not know what they want to do with their time. It’s making many decisions hard for them. I know they will figure it out – they just need time to reconnect with their inner selves and passions. Yet this next phase of life that most people excitedly wait for and look forward to, retirement, is supposedly when you get to do what you want, yet they have no idea what that is!?! A bit ironic isn’t it.

The point of this post is to do what you love. It doesn’t have to mean quote your job and start a business, like Ed. It means become aware of what is not contributing to your overall well being. Make small changes and choices to keep a happiness inside of you. It is so easy to work long, treacherous hours and then know you deserve a break, to do nothing to propel you in the direction of your passions. So many people take to filling the time with meaningless actions, just to get ways from the typical, monotonous week. Dig deep within, begin to explore what you love, and do a little more of it.

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A Spoonful of Laughter….

I’ve always heard that laughter is life’s best medicine and until recently I thought it was just a saying.  Kind of like it’s raining cats and dogs.  We all know that means it is raining hard and not actually cats and dogs…haha not even possible!!! However laughter really is life’s best medicine.  It has actually been proven that laughing regularly can extend your life!! So why isn’t everyone laughing??? Well as children it was easier to laugh at numerous things.  We all had that carefree attitude of a child enamored with life’s treats and fun to be found.  As adults we have so many more stress enhancers and responsibilities that help keep a majority of us serious.  As grown ups we need it the most though! A study that was done in Norway found that those that  laughed regularly and had a good sense of humor and lived longer than those who didn’t.  They found this true especially in those battling diseases such as cancer.

 How does laughter aid both your physical and mental health?  A case of the giggles helps trigger the release of endorphins.  These feel good chemicals are naturally released in your brain to sooth and and create a general state of well being.  Next laughter helps release stress, ease anxiety and depression as well as help to release anger allowing us to become more forgiving.  But there is more!  Laughing on a daily basis helps to strengthen your immune system and diminish pain.  It improves blood vessel function and increases your blood flow.  Not only that it can actually help strengthen core muscles…did someone say abs??…. and can burn up to 40 calories every 10 minutes.

Without all the scientific data to absorb we all know one thing in general, and that is laughing simply feels good!  It is fun to be around those we know that are humorous and can lighten the mood in any situation.  It is also a very attractive quality in the opposite sex. The majority of people out in the world will tell you it is one of the top 5 sought after traits in a partner.    Laughter provides a light hearted mellowness to life that can often be tense.  It does so by relieving physical tension (let’s thank those endorphins) which in turn relaxes the body for up to 45 minutes afterward.

The low down on laughing is that it’s a great thing any way you look at it.  Even if it wasn’t so beneficial to our health we would still want to do it anyway!  Laughing so hard your abs hurt and you have tears pouring down your cheeks is one of life’s most simple pleasures.  So if you feel a little to serious or you want to relieve some stress my advice is a spoonful of laughter!!!  Go see a comedy show, hang out with your funniest friend, let someone tickle you, or watch a funny movie anyway you do it add some regular doses of laughter to your life! Your health will thank you later!!!

 

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Turmeric..Amazing Health Benefits

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Turmeric which is part of the ginger family, is an ancient spice native to South Asia.  It is used in both Asian and Indian Fare in abundance and is what gives curry its divine yellow color.   Because of this staining color it has also been used to dye cloth.  However don’t let this magnificent spice fool you into only thinking it’s for food or a natural way to dye something.  Turmeric has also been used in both Indian and Chinese medicine for quite sometime.  Known for its anti- inflammatory effects it has been used for various ailments such as toothaches,  jaundice, menstrual pain and difficulties to name a few.

Over the past few years there have been over 9,000 studies done on this fine spice to better understand and put to use it’s many benefits.  But first let’s take a look at what it is about Turmeric that aides in our wellness.  The comprising pytochemicals found in Turmeric are  curcuminiods.  Curcuminiods are made up of three diffrent phytochemicals  including curcumin, demethoxycurcumin, and bisdemethoxycurcumin.  Together these form curcuminiods which have been proven in many studies to have a wide variety of health benefits.  Thus being said many scientists are beginning to believe that Turmeric may be able to help with more than just acting as an anti-inflammatory.  Recent studies have found that Turmeric has an incredible amount of antioxidant capabilities that will also promote cellular health!

Those curcuminiods have been found to help balance your mood.  In studies done they found that it helps to ease anxiety and depression, and is linked closely to Vitamin B12!  We all know that B complex is a great mood stabilizer and a natural way to help treat depression and anxiety.  But let’s not stop there, it has been shown to also help wounds heal faster by strengthening the surrounding tissue as well as reducing swelling and redness.   It helps to balance your blood sugar, relieve stiff joints, control cholesterol, and treat ulcers.  The benefits seem to go on and on.   If you can cure a multitude of symptoms from something as natural as a spice why not give it a try?  Turmeric can be added to a number of different foods to give them a delicious flavor.

A few of the things I like to add it to are:

  • Soups
  • Smoothies
  • Salads
  • Roasted Veggies
  • Rice/Grains
  • Poultry/Beef Rub
  • Make a Tea 

If any of you out there have an original recipe or idea involving Turmeric please feel free to leave them in the comments.  I always look forward to trying a new recipe with this great spice.  However if some of you out there don’t seem to have an acquired taste for it you may also find liquid forms as well.  Check your local Farmer’s Market or health food store and I’m sure you will uncover a vast variety of supplement alternatives!

 

 

 

 

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Wake Up To Lemon Water…..

Lemon Water and Alkalinity

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 Why should I drink a glass of lemon water when I wake up each day? What about coffee….I need coffee!???  It is all about alkalizing your body to maintain proper health and optimize the way your body functions my friends.

What does alkalizing mean anyway?  To break it down simply, our body maintains a ph balance from 7.35 to 7.45.  These ph levels are the basic guide to maintaining the alkaline and acid levels in our bodily fluids. Our bodily fluids then in turn regulate how our central nervous system is working and if cells and tissues are getting enough nutrients to adequately perform their part in ensuring proper bodily functions.

 There are two main parts that make up the fluid in our body.  The first is a fluid known as Cytosol.  Cytosol is an intercellular fluid making up about 2/3 of the fluid found throughout our body.  The second part contains our plasma and a fluid known as Interstitial fluid.  Plasma is basically the key ingredient in the makeup of our blood.  Interstitial fluid is the fluid that sits between the protective layer of membranes surrounding our cardiovascular, respiratory, and abdominal areas.  It also encompasses the space around our tissues, lymphatic system, eyes, nervous system and joints.  The plasma in our body needs to stay in the given range of ph balance because of the numerous proteins that work throughout our body.  These proteins have a three dimensional structure and the slightest shift out of the healthy ph range can mutate these proteins and thus cause them to not function properly.

What is the ph scale and how is it determined whether a certain food or liquid we consume is alkaline or acidic?  Let’s start with water..agua…h20!  Water has a perfect score of 7 on the ph chart  making it perfectly balanced, which means it’s smack dab in the middle of the ph chart ranging from 0-14.  Now that we are talking numbers and water being 7 is neutral, it means that anything with a score below 7 is more acidic, such as coffee.  Anything with levels above 7 such as human blood are more alkaline. So what should happen if you go over or under the specific range on the ph scale?  Anything below 7.0 is considered a condition known as Acidosis.  Acidosis causes extreme depression on the nervous system and it’s functions, and can lead to a coma or in severe cases death. It has also been proven that over acidic people have a higher chance of developing kidney stones, osteoporosis, and even cancer.   However if your ph levels are above 7.45 it is a condition known as Alkalosis.  With this condition your nerves are extremely sensitive, you may experience muscle spasms, nervousness, and in extreme cases convulsions.  Convulsions when severe  enough may also cause death!

  So what does lemon water actually have to to with any of this?  Well although lemons are very acidic, even earning a 2.0 on the ph scale, once a lemon or it’s juice is digested and metabolized in the human body and its minerals have been distributed into the bloodstream it raises our ph levels to that of 7 making it as alkaline as pure water!  Because of this effect it is thought that if you drink a glass of water with the juice of one whole squeezed lemon in it upon waking up in the morning you are helping to neutralize your body back into a alkaline state!  In turn your body thus maintains a healthier state for all organs, and systems that we need on a day to day basis to function.  It is also thought that it is harder for diseases to grow and spread in an alkaline environment!  So maybe skip the morning cup of joe (ph level of 3!) and head straight for the lemon water! The more optimally your body can function the more energy and alertness you will have in the end not really needing any coffee! Ok, maybe not needing coffee is a big stretch, so if you can’t give up your morning coffee at least drink lemon water at some point in your day to benefit from it’s known alkalizing effects!

Remember all things are best when in a state of balance…….

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Rock Balancing

Rock Balancing With Artist Michael Grab

 Rock Balancing is considered by some as a form of meditation and an activity similar to that of yoga.  In yoga you have to breathe through the uncomfortable feeling of wanting to stop stretching and that of your practice in order to ease the discomfort you may feel. You use your breath and focusing on your breathes alone to ease you into your desired yoga position, thus silencing the mind and allowing the body to proceed.  Rock Balancing is quite similar.  You must find the natural positions a rock may rest using its grooves and lines to help position it, creating a sculpture as simple as a tall line or as dynamic as a sculpture with arches and the like.

If you have never seen a rock balancing sculpture please check out rock artist Michael Grab in this amazing video…

As you can see it’s a tedious job, and as Michael says can be “physically and mentally challenging”.  However it’s about finding balance and keeping your mind calm so your body can take over and feel the rocks.

Art rock balancing comes with different techniques and styles. These are the 4 styles listed as follows:

  • Counter Balance:  This is where the lower rocks of the sculpture use the weight of the upper rocks to keep the balance of the sculpture
  • Free Style:  Known as the combination style because it uses both the Counter Balance as well as another type known as Balance Stacking.  In free style you may create arches and different types of positions for the rocks….you’re free to do what you wish
  • Balance Stacking:  Part of the free style way, rocks in this technique depend upon laying rocks flat and stacking them on each other.
  • Pure Balance: Each rock is balanced almost all  by point contact

For some rock balancing is simply a hobby, while for others it’s a source of img_4199-1relaxation for the mind and body.  This is the case for a friend of mine Dan, who owns www.garagedoorrepairaz.org .   He knows that balance is crucial especially when it comes to garage doors.  You have to evenly distribute the weight to allow optimal performance.  After being out on a call in a mountain terrain area he saw different rock sculptures lined up and stopped to take a look.  It fascinated him that such a technique could occur!  He did some research on it and found that it was actually a hobby he would like to take up!

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Vitamin B12

Many things can affect our mood and general feeling of well being, often causing anxiety and depression.  What if I told you there is a vitamin that helps reverse anxiety and depression as well as play a role in overall brain and nervous system function?  Well guess what….there is!  Introducing vitamin B12.  B12 is a vitamin that promotes a variety of healthful effects on many parts of your body such as…

  • Helps with energy
  • Aids in the formation of red blood cells
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Promotes strong hair & nail growth
  • Aids in healthy brain function
  • Mood stabilizer
  • Promotes heart health
  • Aids in clear skin
  • Supports proper healthy circulation
  • Responsible for numerous roles in nervous system and brain function
  • Helps with concentration & memory function
  • Supports adrenal gland function

There are so many things B12 can help to regulate in the brain and body, but how exactly does it work?  Studies have found that B12 helps with the production of neurotransmitters.  These little transmitters are responsible for emotional information that is communicated throughout the body and brain.  In turn B12 works as a buffering agent with S-adenonsylmethioine.  Together these two control the breakdown of the mood regulating chemicals melatonin, serotonin, and dopamine.  If there is a lack of B12 in your body, it cannot do it’s part of the job therefore not properly releasing the neurotransmitters that help stabilize your mood and mental health.  The recommended daily allowance or RDA of this vitamin is 2.4mcg daily.  Scientists have also found that B12 has higher efficiency levels when combined with the other B vitamins such as, B1, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, and Niacin.  All the B vitamins create a powerhouse known as B Complex.  Where do we find our B vitamins especially that of B12?  While there are vitamin supplements available you can find it organically in animal based proteins including fish and shellfish. Also in poultry, dairy products and eggs. The most prominent foods out of these categories include, wild caught fish, grass fed beef, beef liver and other organ meats, pasteurized eggs, and shellfish like crab.  All in all B12 especially when taken in part of the B complex is beyond beneficial to your mental and emotional health.  It helps promote a healthy nervous system and can aid in combatting anxiety and depression. It is all natural and part of the vitamin system the body needs to function at it’s best.

B12 for the win! Make sure you are not deficient in your B vitamins, your mood and emotions will thank you!

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The Seeker

Nebula– A cloud formed of gas or dust particles found in space that may be seen either as a bright light against the dark sky,  or as a dark shadow amongst radiant particles of matter.

Like a nebula we can all as human beings be seen either as a bright light or a dark energy casting shadow on  the light around us.  Whichever reference you may be partial to depends on the state you are in starting from within yourself. You, are The Seeker. In a perfect world we would all be able to say outright what makes us happy, fulfilled, and content. However in the real world there are lots of outside things, people, and circumstances that can all have a huge effect on our state of well being on a day to day basis.  Different emotions, sensations, and the chemical make up of  your brain play a key role in what is going on within.  Even if we project a happy persona from the outside we can be locked in our minds fighting anxiety, depression, unhappiness, defeat etc. This is your time to take back your well being and seek out what you want and grab it! We can not be confined to the dark spaces that make us unhappy.  Life is too delicate to put energy into the things that anchor us down.  I know it is easier said than done, but if we as the seekers stand up and make the decision to re claim our well being we can also empower others.  In your journal, on a  blank piece of paper or in a notebook of some kind, heck even make a note in your phone answer these next 3 questions to the best of your ability.

  1. What Motivates you?
  2. What discourages you?
  3. What enables you to achieve balance and well being?

Write the answers solely for yourself and keep them somewhere you can read them when you feel the need.  The first step in achieving any type of goal is to be aware.  Awareness is like laying everything out on a big table in front of us so that we may see the whole picture thus allowing us to see everything for what it is all together.  Afterall different parts make up a whole picture.  In this case our mind, body, and spirit all are contributing factors to our overall quality of life.  However our mind is the strongest asset we have.  Like in running a marathon our body tires long before the race is over it’s our mind that pushes us to keep our bodies moving to cross that finish line. So let’s start with the mind……

 

 

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