How to Move from Difficult World to Easy World

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“Stressed to the max? Easy World is waiting. In a pickle? The door to Easy World is open. Disheartened? Confused? Exhausted? Just plain tired of Difficult World? The welcome mat is out. You can get to Easy World immediately from wherever you are whenever you realize you need to be there.

Once you become aware that you want to move into Easy World, you reinforce your choice by making a specific statement. Just like Ali Baba opened the cave of treasures using the words “Open, Sesame,” when you’re ready to enter Easy World, you say the magic words that are what I call the Easy World invocation. … and it goes like this: “I choose to live in Easy World, where everything is easy.” Just say that, either aloud or silently, and that’s it. The door is open!

Now, to go through that door and enter Easy World, there are a few very simple but extremely important actions to take. You just breathe, relax, allow, and enjoy. Very, very easy.”

- Goddess Julia Rogers Hamrick, ‘Choosing Easy World’

Today’s Mantra:
I choose to live in Easy World where everything is easy.
Breathe, relax, allow, enjoy.

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How to Live a Joyous and Spectacular Life

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by Luzia Light

“If all you did was just look for things to appreciate, you would live a joyous, spectacular life.” ~ Abraham-Hicks 

First thing every morning, I start looking around for something to appreciate and always find something. This morning it was the view out of my window. Never fails to send me shivers of divine bliss. Even when it’s raining. It’s the trees, I think. I really love trees. Then I thought, okay what else? I remembered that I just got fired from a crappy part-time job last week. This can go two ways: paralyzing fear and panic that I’m not finding enough work to pay the bills, or the other one which I chose: Indulging in the pleasure of knowing that the whole day lay before me, unstructured, and I could do pretty much whatever I wanted. This sent shivers of joy down my spine. The feeling of freedom of time is just happiness beyond measure. I promised myself: Next week you can panic as much as you want, you can have plenty of anxiety attacks and feel guilty and worried and lose sleep and all that stuff. Put just for today, I will let myself enjoy the freedom of time and not working in a crappy job I never liked to begin with. Then as I drove down the country road into town to pick up some breakfast, I noticed that it began to rain. I don’t really like rain, but I felt deeply grateful for sitting in a dry, warm car while the windshield wipers swished away the downpour of water.

This kind of thinking is like an avalanche, you keep thinking of more things to appreciate, and keep looking for more. It’s like a game. And every time you find something else, you smile – at least inside your soul – and get washed over by feelings of bliss. In the end, this is really all the happiness you ever get. You can only experience happiness in the moment. You never know how long happiness lasts. And no matter how wonderful your life may be with the perfect house, the perfect spouse, the sports car convertible and the swimming pool, if you don’t stop and think about how much you appreciate these things, they won’t bring you happiness. But if you do stop and set an intention to become aware of wonderful things, then not just your Italian leather shoes, but little things, like enjoying a nice cup of coffee, can bring you precious moments of happiness. And as you practice feeling appreciation and happiness, more and more will come. It really is like Abraham says: “The better it gets, the better it gets.”

By the way, as I was obsessively looking for things and experiences to appreciate last week, not one day went by without me getting a phone call or email for really great work opportunities and exciting design projects to work on. I think I’m on to something….  So, when worry and fear start to try getting your attention (Hello! Remember me?), just say “No way, Jose!” And then look for things to appreciate. It’s a choice. Choose happiness.

Today’s Mantra: Now, what do I appreciate right now?

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22 Recipes for Homemade Natural Cleaning Products

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Happy Earth Day ! Step lightly on the earth and save the environment, your health and some money by making your own all natural cleaning products. Have fun!

22 Recipes for Homemade Natural Cleaning Products

1. All-Purpose Anti-Bacterial Spray
- 2 cups of water
- 1/4 cup of castile soap
- 10 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray on any surface, wait 5 minutes and wipe with a clean cloth. Remember to shake it before you clean. 

2. Mirror, Glass and Window Spray
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- 1/2 cup of 70% isopropyl alcohol
Combine the water and alcohol in a bottle and spray any glass surface. Wipe off with either a squeegee or some newspaper.

3. Toilet Cleaning Spray
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- 1/4 cup of castile soap
- 15 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 15 drops of lavender essential oil
- 15 drops of orange essential oil
- Baking soda to sprinkle
Fill up an empty spice jar with baking soda. Combine the remaining ingredients in a spray bottle. Flush the toilet and sprinkle the baking soda inside the bowl. Shake the spray bottle and spray the solution over the baking soda. Wait a few minutes and scrub away.

4. Degreasing Paste
For ovens, or that stainless steel pan you accidentally burnt oil on
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 1/4 cup of castile soap
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice
Mix until you’ve made a paste. Spread it on whatever you feel like degreasing and let it sit for a few hours. Scrub and wipe clean.

5. All Purpose Cleaner
- 2 cups White Vinegar
- 2 cups Distilled Water
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 Teaspoon Liquid Castile Soap
- 5-10 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil (Optional)
Mix baking soda, water, & liquid Castile soap together with essential oil (if using) into a large bowl.  Add vinegar slowly. Mix.  Pour into a spray bottle.

6. Kitchen/Bathroom Spray
Just fill a quart jar with orange peels, and when you fill it, pour white vinegar to the top.  Let sit for 10 days or so…strain out the liquid and use as a great degreaser, & soap scum fighter!  Easy, cheap, natural, smells good!

7. Creamy Soft Scrub
- 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
- Liquid Castile Soap
- 1 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
- 5 Drops of Essential Oil of Choice
Pour baking soda in a bowl.  Add liquid Castile soap a little at a time to make a frosting like texture.  Add in your essential oils and glycerin. Store in a sealed glass jar.

8. Floor Cleaner
- 1 Gallon of Hot water
- 2 Tablespoons of Liquid Castile Soap
- 15 Drops of Wild Orange Oil
- 8 Drops of Lemon Oil
Combine ingredients in a large bucket.  Use a mop to clean the floor.  Rinsing is optional.

9. Wood Polish (Floors & Furniture)
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
- 10 Drops of Wild Orange or Lemon Oil
Mix & Apply to wood.  Buff out with clean, soft cloth.

10. Scouring Powder
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup kosher salt in a jar.
Sprinkle on area to be cleaned, wipe with a wet sponge and rinse.

11. Floor Sanitizer
- 1/2 cup borax
- 2 gallons hot water
Apply with a mop or sponge. (Rinsing is not necessary)

12. Carpet Stain Cleaner
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1/4 cup borax
- 1/4 cup vinegar
Apply this paste to deep stains and allow to sit for several hours until it dries completely, then vacuum it away.

13. Homemade Air Freshener
In a spray bottle combine
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/8 to 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 10 to 12 drops of the essential oil of your choice.
Turn your spray nozzle to the finest setting and shake before spraying the room.

14. Laundry Detergent
- 1 bar of shredded natural soap
- 1 cup borax,
- 1 cup Arm and Hammer washing soda (NOT baking soda)
Combine. Add 1 tablespoon per load.

15. Fabric Softener
- 20-30 drops of essential oils (prefer lavender)
- with a gallon of white vinegar
How to Use: Add to the rinse cycle.

16. Grease Stain Remover
1 piece of white chalk
How to Use: Rub onto stain and the chalk will absorb the grease in the wash.

17. Oven Cleaner
Spray water in bottom of oven and cover with baking soda. Spray with more water. Let sit overnight and wipe up in the morning!

18. Homemade Bathroom Cleaner
Mix one part water and one part white vinegar in a spray bottle and add a few squirts of Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap. Shake well and spray on and around the bathroom counter, sink, toilet, shower and tub. Wipe off as you would any spray cleaner.   

19. Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tabs( Borax Free)

http://pinsandprocrastination.com/homemade-dishwasher-detergent-tabs-borax-free/

20. Homemade Liquid Hand Soap 1
- Liquid castile soap
- Distilled or filtered water
1. Fill soap dispenser with a small amount of liquid castile soap… roughly 1 Tbs (give or take depending on the size of dispenser and the “thickness” you enjoy).
2. Fill the remaining space with your water. Shake gently.
(Use a foaming dispenser to make this soap even more amazing!)

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap 2
- Two 5 oz. bars of pure castile soap
- 1 gallon of filtered or distilled water
- Essential Oils or Vanilla Extract (optional)
Note: When using pure castile soap there’s no need for the glycerin that so many other recipes call for as castile soap has natural glycerin in it.

Directions:
1. Grate your little soap bars until you have a nice giant pile of shredded soap.
2. Heat up your water in a very large pot. (I’d get it to a boil if you’re not using distilled water to kill any bad guys. Then turn the heat down until it’s no longer boiling… just hot).
3. Stir in the soap. Keep stirring until all the little flakes are dissolved. Depending on the size of the grater, this can take a few minutes or go pretty quickly.
4. Remove mixture off heat and let it sit for 12 – 24 hours. This mixture will thicken during this time. (Stir occasionally throughout the day, but don’t stress about it.)
5. Stir in your essential oils or vanilla extract, if using. Start small and put in enough until you get the right amount of “smell” for you.
6. Pour mixture into containers. This will make quite a bit. It will fill three soap dispenser and five other fairly large storage containers.

22. Homemade Liquid Dish Soap Recipe
- 1 ½ cup of hot water
- ½ cup liquid castile soap
- 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
1 tablespoon of Arm & Hammer’s Super Washing Soda (used to thicken the soap)
1/8 teaspoon of tea tree oil (optional)
1 tablespoon of shredded bar soap

Directions:
 1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and then pour in 1 1/2 cup of very hot water. Be sure to whisk/stir this mixture until all ingredients are thoroughly blended (and the bar soap is melted).
2. Allow mixture to cool completely on the counter. Stirring occasionally.
3. Store in any dish soap dispensing bottle and use as you would the commercial brands.
Note: You may choose to naturally increase the anti-bacterial qualities of the soap by adding 1/4 tsp. of lavender or eucalyptus essential oils.

EssentialOils

About Essential Oils

Many essential oils are antibacterial, antifungal, antibiotic and/or antiviral. Favourites for cleaning are lemon, eucalyptus, lavender and melaleuca. When using essential oils in cleaning sprays, it’s best to use glass containers, which are impervious to essential oils.

  • Lemon: A natural degreaser, lemon essential oil is great for getting sticky stuff off anything. It’s also great for deodorizing.
  • Eucalyptus: Antibacterial and antiviral, eucalyptus essential oil is good to add to cleaning solutions for mopping floors and cleaning bathrooms.
  • Lavender: A delightful smell and antimicrobial properties make lavender essential oil a good additive to cleaning recipes. I combine lavender and lemon essential oils in my laundry detergent for yummy smelling laundry.
  • Melaleuca: Known for its powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, melaleuca essential oil is perfect for adding to household cleaners.

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sources:

http://shalommama.com/ingredients-for-diy-cleaners

http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2013/03/13/green-thrifty-cleaning-products/

Homemade Natural Cleaning Recipes – A Complete Guide
http://luxor.hubpages.com/hub/Natural-Cleaning

http://frugallysustainable.com/2011/09/homemade-liquid-dish-soap-that-really/

http://www.thankyourbody.com/homemade-liquid-hand-soap-2-easy-ways/

http://www.inspirationformoms.com/2014/03/12-diy-natural-cleaning-recipes.html#sthash.pnLUbrcq.dpuf

 

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25 Things you can do to Bring More Peace into the World

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“What can you do to promote world peace?
Go home and love your family.”

~ Mother Teresa

25 Acts of Peace

1. Add your voice to important issues facing the world.

2. Buy fair-trade, local or organic.

3. Talk with children about the many ways they can contribute to peace.

4. Give a donation to support an international cause.

5. Stay informed about community issues.

6. Learn about other cultures through films or books.

7. Help an elderly neighbour.

8. Share your commitment to peace with others.

9. Start a blog on peace issues.

10. Assist newcomers in adapting to your community.

11. Meditate or do yoga.

12. Conserve water and energy.

13. Organize a peace themed event at your school.

14. Listen deeply to others.

15. Collect donations for local food banks.

16. Join a neighbourhood community group.

17. Resolve conflict through peaceful discussion.

18. Post a video about your message of peace online.

19. Hold a peace march in your community.

20. Volunteer with the YMCA or another peace focused organization.

21. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

22. Visit diverse areas of worship in your community.

23. Keep an open mind.

24. Ask questions rather than make assumptions.

25. Be the change you want to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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source: http://www.ymcacalgary.org/blog/25-acts-of-peace-2/

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How to Create more Peace in the World

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“Every time we breathe in, go home to ourselves and bring the element of harmony and peace into ourselves, that is an act of peace. Every time we know how to look at another living being and recognize the suffering in him that has made him speak or act like that, we are able to see that he is the victim of his own suffering. When that understanding is in us, we can look at this other person with the eyes of understanding and compassion. When we can look with the eyes of compassion, we don’t suffer and we don’t make the other person suffer. These are the actions of peace that can be shared with other people.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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Do What is Healing to Your Spirit

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“Do what is healing to your spirit,
and without effort
you will bring the world
healing in return.”

~ Alan Cohen

If your Spirit had words, what would it say? What do you need to heal, to feel 100% healthy and whole and comfortable? What do you need to feel alive and alert and excited to experience life, ready to find adventure and happiness? Your Spirit is your true authentic self and doesn’t really need any healing because it’s your divine spark, but it knows exactly what you need to heal your body, mind and soul. Take a piece of paper or a notebook or journal and write a dialogue between you and your Spirit. It could be something like this:

You: Dear Spirit, what do I need to heal?

Your Spirit: Well, I’m glad you asked ….

Or close your eyes for 5 or 10 minutes and talk to your Spirit in your head. Ask yourself: If my Spirit had words, what would it say? Then listen for answers.

Have fun exploring!

Today’s Video: Archangel Raphael Healing Meditation (19:07min)

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8 Ideas for a Relaxing Weekend Retreat at Home

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by Luzia Light

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” ~ Seth Godin

On the day before your weekend retreat:
Make sure all the cleaning and the laundry is done for the week. Have enough food in your fridge and cupboards to last you through the weekend. Make your home into an oasis. You know that feeling you get when you walk into a room, hotel, event, spa, bookstore and you think: wow, it’s so comfortable here, I want to live here. Make your home into a place that gives you this wonderful nurturing peaceful feeling as soon as you walk into the front door. If you can’t dedicate your entire home to peace and relaxation, pick one room or even a corner of a room. Consider:

- lighting (candles, low-wattage table lamps etc.)
- music (instrumental, low-key)
- scents (aromatherapy candles, oil diffusers, incense)
- sheepskin rugs
- lots of blankets and pillows for extra comfort

Dedicate Friday Evening to Sunday Evening for your Weekend Retreat – or any part thereof, whatever works for your schedule.

8 Ideas for a Relaxing Weekend Retreat at Home

1. Spend time with your Spirit. Meditate and ask questions. Write a long list of everything that your soul is yearning for. Make a vision board about everything you want and desire. Get in touch with what you’re passionate about. If you don’t have a home altar, consider creating one. This doesn’t have to be a religious endeavour, it simply could be a place where you can center yourself and become aware again of your divine connection and who-you-really-are.

2. Receive. Nurturing yourself is all about stopping – at least temporarily – to give, to extend yourself, to bend over backwards pleasing others. It’s about opening up to receive. Allow good things to happen to you. Open up. Surrender. Get out of your own way. Let go of the resistance. Open up your soul to receive the abundance the universe has to offer.

3. Sleep. Sleep in, take naps. Take another nap. When we sleep our body repairs and heals itself. When we sleep our brain does all the sorting of our thoughts and experiences. It’s really important to get enough sleep.

4. Drink Tea. Coffee is great (especially in the morning) , but consider having tea in the afternoon or evening. Its energy so much more gentle. It gives you an energy boost, but rather than the kick in the butt that coffee often provides, tea much more politely gives you an encouraging hug and sits with you in silent support and understanding. Have a little snack, something yummy, read a magazine or a book or a blog. Take a deep breath and enjoy.

5. Relax. Watch a yoga youtube video or a guided meditation. Take a long bath or a long hot shower. Give yourself a manicure or a pedicure. Stay in bed all morning and have a leisurely breakfast in bed.

6. Comfort. Think of things that bring you comfort. An old photograph album, your grandma’s cookie recipe. Baggy warm sweaters. A campfire. Music from your teenage or childhood years. Hot chocolate with marshmallows. Whatever it is that envelopes your soul in comfort, spend time doing that.

7. Spend time in Nature. Go for a walk in the park. Sit by a beach and listen to the waves. Take photographs on a nature walk. Go bird watching. The spiritual renewal offered by nature is always free! And available 24/7.

8. Have fun! Think about what fun things you like doing at home. This is very personal. Only you know what you enjoy doing. Some suggestions could be:

- watching movie or tv-show marathon
- knitting
- making friendship bracelets
- baking cookies
- cooking soup
- playing music
- listening to music
- eating ice cream
- making a vision board
- writing a summer bucket list (things to do this summer)
- journaling
- writing poetry or a short story
- reading a good book
- redecorating your home, rearranging furniture

Today’s Video: Physical Well-Being Meditation by Abraham-Hicks

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