Upping the quarantine Routine, by the Silver Sage

Greetings, my ASF! 😉 (ARISING SOUL FAMILY)

How are you doing? It’s important that you’re not allowing ‘the quarantine’ to pull you down.

It’s my hope that you’re using this time wisely and lifting yourself (and others), up.

Here are a some tips from me as to a few of the things I do to help lift my soul during this time.

1. Meditation

2. Spiritual cleansing baths

3. Communing with Mother Nature by way of taking care of my plant-babys, going for walks, and being outdoors with my face to the sky.

4. Journaling

5. Getting extra sleep

6. Cooking DELICIOUS, lowfat, low calorie Vegetarian & Vegan meals

I’ll share more of my list in another article, but for now, I’ll share with you a few photos of the meal and (lowfat,low calorie), dessert that we made today.

We feed our fur-baby the same things we eat, except for desserts, of course! 😁👍🏽

Stay safe and healthy and look after one another.

Peace🕉☮,

the Silver Sage of NewFound-Life.com

I GOT MYSELF OFF ANTIDEPRESSANTS THE NATURAL WAY—AND I’M NEVER LOOKING BACK By Rachel Lapidos

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It was a few months ago when I was taking my antidepressant—just as I did every night for the past five years—and realized I didn’t really want to be on it anymore.The shrink who’d prescribed it to me had never said I’d need to take it forever (though no one had said I wouldn’t). But that night, surveying my new thinking about all of this in the moment I swallowed it down, I wondered: had it become a habit, or even a crutch in my life, rather than a necessity for a serious depression? (Answer: In my case, probably.) So how would I safely get off it?

This is my brain on drugs

I think I should say that while some people might need a mood-regulator or a SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) for super-solid chemical reasons, I think I needed an antidepressant for environmental ones. One reason? My situation has become entirely different than it was when I was first prescribed Lexapro, a common SSRI variant. And it’s made a big difference. Boxes have been checked, and I’m essentially where I want to be—I have a great job, a great boyfriend, great friends. My mood matches my pretty decent reality. And my reality, even when sucky things happen now, doesn’t totally steamroll my mood (or total sense of self).

I was curious: could my pretty healthy exercise and eating habits (along with my sporadic attempts at meditation) provide enough mood-boosting wind in my sails?

That’s not to say I’m not still depressed, of course. High-functioning depression is a very real thing, after all. I just feel like I’m in a better place, and more capable of not having to rely on pills to be truly happy. And more importantly, I wanted to test if this was true.

Intellectually, I’d gotten some confidence for going off the Lexapro from things I was learning on the wellness beat at work. My theory: I probably produce a really steady stream of happiness-boosting endorphins, since I’d become an avid attendee of HIIT workouts, and I also avoid enough inflammatory foods to naturally level me out—so why not reduce the number of chemicals I’m ingesting?

And after learning more about the connection between the gut and depression, I was curious as to whether my pretty healthy exercise and eating habits (along with my sporadic attempts at meditation) could provide enough mood-boosting wind in my sails.

So I set out to stop using the medication that had leveled me out for years—which honestly felt like going into battle without any armor.

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The problem with discontinuing antidepressants

But you can’t just stop taking the pills. I’ve had occasions in which I had missed a couple of doses, and felt significant changes in my brain chemistry (some Googling produced the term “brain zaps,” which quite accurately described the weird and uncomfortable sensation you can feel after skipped doses).

So I had no illusions that the process of getting off antidepressants is complex, and not something that should be done without a doctor’s supervision. I went to see Meredith Bergman, M.D., a holistic psychiatrist, to see what I should do.

Dr. Bergman is really approachable and communicative for a shrink; not at all like the MD who gave me Lexapro, four minutes of his time, and a good-luck pat on the back. But she didn’t sugar coat this info: “Drug companies do not conduct research into how to taper off these medications, leading some physicians unprepared and without specific protocols for doing so,” she told me in her cozy New York City office. “This can lead to

READ MORE HERE:  https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/getting-off-antidepressants-the-natural-way/slide/3/

Angel Messages & Advice for the week of 23 March 2020 Plus something extra!

Greetings to all! I hope everyone is doing well, especially considering the circumstances.

PLEASE take just a moment to support me by SUBSCRIBING to my YouTube channel… having a look at my video and also by commenting and giving me (hopefully), a thumbs up.

This would help me greatly, and you’d be doing a good deed, as well as gaining some pretty interesting information.

I would also be grateful to you if you would FOLLOW my blog:

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It’s my goal to help as many people as I can, and also to help myself as well, so if you’d like to order an Angel card reading, and, or a Tarot card reading, you can contact me at the following email address:

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Please stay safe and healthy. You are loved and appreciated!

Thanking you once again,

the Silver Sage of NewFound-Life.com

Cacao Ceremonies By Martina Reinbold, Yoga teacher & Wellness Coach at Udara

Udara is becoming a hub for conscious events in Canggu and we are proud to say that our twice monthly cacao ceremonies have become very popular in just a short time in Bali. You might ask yourself why people create such hype around cacao these days and what you can expect when you participate in a ceremony. Let’s shed some light on the magic of cacao!

Visit our Udara Bali Facebook page for event details or contact us by email or phone for more information.

Bringing cacao ceremonies to Canggu, Bali

When I lived in Ubud – the current mekka for Yoga, healing and self-development – I joined many Cacao ceremonies as private events and as big gatherings e.g. during the Bali Spirit Festival. After moving to the Canggu area I started missing these ceremonies and the connection to a crowd of like-minded people, so I proposed to guide cacao ceremonies at Udara. Why not creating our own ceremonies, experiencing magical evenings and create uplifting community? Luckily the whole team was very open and supportive.

Within a short time, we were able to gather an enthusiastic band with vocals, harmonium (Martina), guitars (Adi and Gus Wira) and Djembe (Gusti), all members of the Udara family. In the background there is a dedicated team taking care of the logistics of preparing the Cacao, setting up the space with opulent decoration and magnificent mandalas, so we could instantly manifest magical evenings. I was amazed how the energy becomes so strong during these events and how the participants, my fellow musicians and I feel so uplifted, touched and opened afterwards.

The magic formula of Udara’s cacao ceremonies

In our ceremonies we blend chanting spiritual English songs with traditional Sanskrit Mantras, we drink the Cacao as a sacred ritual, pray, meditate and share about our experiences and feelings in a conscious way. It is a beautiful coming together in a sacred space that allows for true connection to each other and to something much vaster than our individual selves. I feel honored to guide people through these experiences and help them set powerful intentions, open their hearts and find their joy and authenticity through singing and sharing.

Cacao and its benefits

Cacao has been used in ceremonies since thousands of years, especially in Central and Southern America for spiritual, medicinal and ceremonial purposes. Nowadays Cacao Ceremonies are becoming more and more popular in Yoga communities all over the world. Theobroma Cacao, the botanical name for the plant, is translated as the food for the Gods and is attributed with promoting inner awakening, creative guidance,

READ MORE HERE:  https://www.udara-bali.com/cacaokirtanceremony/

5 ways to survive being quarantined with your partner, according to a couple’s therapist by Amy Morin

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  • Amy Morin is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, mental strength coach, and international bestselling author.
  • As a therapist, Morin has counseled many couples through challenging experiences in their relationships.
  • With the spread of the coronavirus, there’s a growing chance that you and your partner may be required to work from home.
  • This increase of close quarters may be welcoming for some couples, and stressful for others — here’s 5 ways to handle the situation.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Being confined to a small space together can be quite stressful for any couple. But add in the stress of the outbreak of a potentially life-threatening illness, and you might find even further trouble tolerating one another.

Fortunately, there are some ways to help one another get through quarantine. Here’s what you can do to ensure that your relationship survives being confined in a small room together:

Help each other deal with the emotional rollercoaster

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From anger to fear, the quarantine will likely stir up a lot of emotion. And you might experience these emotions coming in waves.

You may find yourselves laughing one minute and crying just a short time later. And of course, you’re likely to be bored and frustrated in between. This is all normal when faced with such a highly stressful and unfamiliar situation as quarantine. There’s little known about what to expect, what might happen, or when you will be able to leave.

Help one another ride this emotional rollercoaster. Rather than minimize your partner’s feelings by saying, “Oh there’s nothing to be scared about,” say things like, “I know this is a scary situation.” Just knowing that you’re listening can provide a big sense of relief for your partner.

Focus on being kind and respectful

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Any stressful situation can cause you to grow a bit irritable and snarky with one another. But under normal circumstances, you can walk away and take a break. Obviously, you can’t do that when you’re quarantined in the same room.

Make it a goal to treat your partner with kindness — even when you don’t feel like it. Apologize when you are unkind, and forgive your partner for being rude at times as well.

Keep in mind that even though there aren’t a lot of things you can control when you’re quarantined, one thing you can control is how you treat one another. So make it a goal to remain kind and respectful despite feeling stressed out.

Practice healthy coping skills

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When you’re quarantined, you won’t have access to many of the coping skills you’ve likely grown accustomed to in managing distress — like walking around the neighborhood or going for a drive to listen to music. Consequently, you might find yourself feeling a bit helpless when it comes to managing your mood.

Fortunately, there are some simple coping strategies you can turn to even when you’re quarantined. Meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, drawing, listening to music, reading a book, or just pacing around the room might decrease your stress and help you feel better.

Work on managing your emotions so you can be the best partner you are able to under the circumstances. Talk about the skills that are working for you, and offer to assist your partner

READ MORE HERE:  https://www.businessinsider.com/5-ways-to-survive-if-you-are-quarantined-with-partner-2020-3?r=DE&IR=T#help-each-other-deal-with-the-emotional-rollercoaster-1

The Benefits of Burning Sage

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Are you curious about burning sage in order to improve air quality in your home, improve your health, or reduce your depression or anxiety?

Sage (Salvia) has been used in traditional medicine as a spice and also as a way to improve health. It has a long history of use in Egypt, Rome, and Greek medicine, as well as within Native American healing traditions. As far as burning sage is concerned, dried sage is burned as a possible way to heal, protect, increase wisdom, and boost defense

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https://www.verywellmind.com/the-benefits-of-burning-sage-4685244

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