The Golden Age of Atlantis

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“Is Atlantis rising? Yes, but it’s not as a physical land mass that’s going to rise. It’s a state of consciousness. Your existence is only because you have a point of consciousness right here, right now. Atlantis is a point of consciousness. You could relive Atlantis today if you chose because time is an illusion. What we think you’re going to do is to reconstruct the Golden Age of Atlantis but do it better. Maybe you will come to a clearer understanding of the greatness and the beauty of who you are. Every time you meditate, every time you send light, every time you pray, every time you love without condition you are bringing back that point of consciousness you knew in the Golden Age of Atlantis into your mass consciousness.”

~ Salem The Great Light, channeled Through Diandra

Today’s Video: Atlantis – by Donovan Leitch

Authenticity brings out the Best in You

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“Be an example through your actions. The strongest example for a great relationship is displayed by people who are utterly genuine – people who are authentic. Authentic people are refreshing. We want to get to know these people, because we feel safe around authentic people, as if we could reveal to them our deepest, darkest secrets, as if we could trust them with anything. Be authentic. Doing so brings out the best in you, which, in turn, brings out the best in your relationships.”

~ Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus (The Minimalists)

Love is the Key to Abundance

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When you are tuned into love, you are vibrating with the frequency of the Universe. That’s where all of your money is waiting for you. Love is the key to abundance. Love destroys the fear of not having enough. Love is the end of struggle and agony. Where there is Love, there is no resistance. It’s focusing on the solution, not the problem. And this doesn’t mean, you only need love, not money. It means, when you love, you have money.

Infuse your life with wealth. Infuse your life with love. Love money. Love your body. Love your morning coffee. Love the birds singing in the trees. Love the fresh air coming in through the window. Love your self, love your life.

6 Steps to Manifesting More Money

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6 Steps to Manifesting More Money

  1. Self-Care! Find ways to feel good. Pamper yourself. Be kind to yourself. Practice extreme self-care. It’s absolutely important if you want to create anything that you desire. When you feel good, you attract more things that make you feel good, like financial abundance, good health and wonderful relationships. It all starts with self-care and self-love.
  1. Get friendly with money. Appreciate it, love it for all the wonderful things it can be traded in for. Write a list of happy things that money can buy for you: like a latte on your afternoon break from work, an umbrella when it’s raining, flowers to brighten up your home, delicious food, your electricity, write a list of money love! :-)
  1. Visualize what it’s like to have all the money you need and want. Close your eyes, and think about what your life would be like if you had all the money you really want. What would be different? Would you still work in your current job? Would you travel? Donate to charities? Invite your friends to celebrate life? What would you wear? What kind of car would you drive? Visualize it in detail and feel what it would be like to live a life of complete abundance.
  1. Use affirmations. Write down your top 5-10 worries in your life right now. Then reverse them into affirmations. For example: I really hate my job and wish I could quit. Change to the affirmation: I earn a great income doing what I love. Change: I worry that I will never lose weight. To: I love my body and enjoy having my ideal weight. One of my favourite affirmations is this one by Chellie Campbell: ‘I am rich and wonderful’. Write it on your bathroom mirror with a dry erase pen. Have fun with this!
  1. Set a deadline for your money goals. Or any goals for that matter. If you want to increase your income, write down the exact amount and add a date to it by which you want to accomplish it. This really strengthens your intent. The Universe will rush to complete your order. Use a date that is believable to you, so your mind doesn’t come up with too many resistant thoughts.
  1. Let go and let God. Ask God and the Universe for what you want and then let it go. Let the Universe figure out all the details. Trust. Have Faith! And let it go. Walk through your day in a state of joyful expectancy.

Today’s Mantra: I am in a state of joyful expectancy.

How to Make your Life more Fun!

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  1. Add little joys and pleasures to your everyday routines.
    • Listen to your favourite radio station while you cook.
    • Have your morning coffee on the balcony.
    • Listen to something inspiring or funny in your car.
    • Cuddle with your pet (or child or honey) while you watch fun movies.
  1. Pick up a hobby.
    What do you really enjoy doing, but has absolutely nothing to do with your work? Find out what that is and make time for it. Or take a course and learn to do something you always wanted to learn, like playing the ukulele or speaking and writing Chinese. Get out a jigsaw puzzle and let your mind enjoy some much-needed break from internet surfing or watching TV.
  1. Simplify your chores.
    • Clean your home only once a month, set aside 2 or 3 hours and get it all done at once, so you don’t have to worry about it for another 4 weeks. Or hire a cleaning service! Done and done.
    • Go grocery shopping only once a week, after you wrote down items on your shopping list on the fridge. Go get only the things on the list. Done and done.
    • Delegate some chores like mowing the lawn or taking out the garbage. Get your kids or spouse to take over some responsibilities. Declare them ‘Director of Waste Removal’. Make them a name tag, maybe, too! 
  1. Make time to play.
    Now, what you considered fun when you were 4 or 8 is obviously something entirely different from what you consider to be fun now. Pushing toy cars around or baking cupcakes in your EasyBake oven might have lost its luster by now. So, think about what kind of games you like to play now that you’re older. Then make time for that or maybe get your friends together for an evening of Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble or Jenga or whatever else gets you excited. I find certain online games fun, then after a while I lose interest and need to find something new. Find out what is really fun for you. Playing games is something very personal and different for everyone.
  1. Remember to keep your sense of Humour. Always.
    Forward funny emails to your friends or share them on Facebook (http://cuteoverload.com/). Subscribe to funny websites. Follow the New Yorker Cartoon on twitter or RSS. http://www.newyorker.com/cartoons/daily-cartoon . Follow Dilbert on twitter for daily cartoons: http://dilbert.com/ . Be witty, not sarcastic. Sarcasm is almost always hurtful or offensive for someone, it’s not really funny at all and leaves you with a bad feeling. Witty humour is delightful and sees negative situations in new light. For example: It could be worse, ……. then insert something really outrageous that could never happen.The other day I was sitting in the pizzeria waiting for my take out order, being bored. So I texted my son: I’m bored waiting for pizza, send me something entertaining. And he sent me this video. It made me laugh out loud… and made my day. http://imgur.com/rBevVBy
  1. Plan a vacation or a staycation
    Dedicate a new savings account or even a mason jar as your vacation fund. Then do some research online and decide where to travel to next. If you’re opting for the staycation, make a real plan. Pretend you’re a tourist in your own town and your home is a hotel. No cleaning allowed! Visit places like museums and art galleries, get ice-cream in a cone. Make sure you wear sunglasses and shorts at all times! Take pictures of everything that is vaguely interesting. See your neighbourhood with new eyes!

Pamper Yourself: 12 Natural Home Cosmetic Recipes

Set the mood: easy listening music, something relaxing whatever that may be for you. Light candles. Light your essential oil diffuser. Dim the lights everywhere. Get all the ingredients of the recipes you want to try the day before. Get containers, small bowls, utensils, food processors, whisks etc. from the kitchen and towels from the bathroom. Invite your BFFs over or simply enjoy a quiet evening at home pampering yourself.

12 Natural Home Cosmetics & Spa Treatments

1. Honey Oat Sugar Scrub

  • 2-3 tablespoons organic, raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon organic cane or brown sugar
  • Wedge of lemon

Mix ingredients together until the scrub becomes thick. Squeeze in lemon juice. Add more sugar as needed to thicken the mixture. Apply a small amount to wet skin and massage gently in a circular motion. Avoid eye area. Let the scrub sit for 3-5 minutes. Rinse face well and pat dry.

2. Face and Body Cleansing Scrub

This invigorating ubtan (cleansing paste) scrub improves circulation and helps tone muscles. In a large bowl, combine

1 cup oat or chickpea (garbanzo) flour
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 tablespoons each ground mustard and crushed fresh coriander leaves
3 tablespoons rose water
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup water

Stir to blend. Work the scrub all over your face and body. Rinse with warm water.

3. Coffee Body Scrub

A skin-softening body scrub made from coffee grounds and aromatic plant essences is a traditional treatment that’s used in Thai and Balinese spas, and it’s a luxurious way to start the day. This recipe couples a rich, smoky coffee aroma with the sweet scent of peppermint – known in aromatherapy for its mentally stimulating, energizing properties. Thanks to raw sugar crystals and olive oil, which exfoliate and moisturize, your body gets a pick-me-up, too. It makes enough for two to three applications.

1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup pure turbinado sugar
15 drops peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita)
1/2 cup used coffee grounds from a freshly brewed pot

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; using a fork, thoroughly blend. Transfer the scrub to a wide mouthed jar, and store in a cool place until ready to use. The scrub will keep for one to two weeks, longer if refrigerated.
  2. While showering, apply handfuls of the coffee scrub to wet skin in circular motions, starting at the feet and working up. The scrub contains oil, so it’s best to do this over a rubber mat to avoid slipping. Pay particular attention to rough spots such as heels, ankles, knees, and elbows.
  3. After scrubbing, cleanse skin as usual using a mild natural soap or body wash. Pat skin dry with a fluffy towel, and follow with lotion to seal in the moisture.

4. Natural Lip Balm

1 tablespoon beeswax pearls (also called pellets or pastilles)
1 tablespoon pure shea butter
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
10-15 drops essential oils

Melt beeswax, shea butter, and almond oil together in the top of a double boiler or in a heat-safe bowl set over a pot of simmering water; stir continuously with a whisk. Once the ingredients are liquified, remove them from heat. Whisk in essential oils. Working quickly, transfer the liquid to a measuring cup or a container with a pour spout and then divide it among four 1/2-ounce lip balm tins. Let balms cool completely until solid, about 20 minutes. Store in a cool, dry place.

Variation: Vanilla-Rose Lip Balm
Use 10 drops of rose oil, also called rose otto, and 5 drops of vanilla oil, also known as vanilla absolute.

5. Teabags for your Eyes

Chamomile, Green, or Black Tea Bags

Chamomile tea, a natural anti-inflammatory, helps ease redness and puffiness around the eyes. Green and black teas contain compounds called tannins, plus caffeine. Tannins have an astringent effect on the skin and shrink swollen tissue, while caffeine constricts blood vessels to reduce swelling.

Steep two chamomile, green, or black tea bags in just-boiled water for three minutes. Remove them from the water and place in the refrigerator until cooled. Place one bag over each eye and relax for 15 minutes.

6. Cucumber Slices

A classic remedy for puffy, irritated eyes, cucumbers contain ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid, both of which help reduce swelling.

Rest two 1/2-inch-thick cucumber slices on a bed of ice to chill. Once cool, place one slice over each eye, lean your head back, and relax for 10 to15 minutes. Remove the slices and rinse your face with cool water.

7. Natural Manicure

  1. Trim Hangnails.
    Using small nail scissors, clean up any ragged skin around the nail. Do not cut cuticles (the delicate area where the skin meets the nail), as they help protect the nail bed from infection.
  2. Soften Rough Skin.
    Soak hands in a basin of warm whole milk for several minutes. The lactic acid in milk helps remove dead cells and soften cuticles; the natural fats help replenish dry skin.
  3. Push Back Cuticles.
    Using an angle-tipped nail stick, gently push the cuticles back toward the base of the nail, clearing the nail surface for buffing.
  4. Shape Nails.
    Using a nail file, shape nails into squares with rounded corners, which makes them more resistant to cracks and tears. To avoid misshapen or split nails, file in one direction only — no sawing back and forth.
  5. Buff Nails To A Shine.
    Using a smooth-surfaced buffing block or buffing disk (not a filing block, which will scuff nails), buff the entire surface of nails using a side-to-side motion.
  6. Moisturize And Massage.
    As a final step, rub hands with warm almond oil, avocado oil, or light olive oil, or apply an oil-rich hand and nail cream. Pay particular attention to the nail and cuticle areas.

8. Orange Spice Foot Mask

1/2 cup whole oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 tablespoons warm water
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
4 drops sweet orange essential oil

  1. Using a food processor, grind the oats to a fine powder. Transfer to a medium-size bowl, add the remaining ingredients, and stir until blended into a thick paste.
  2. Prepare two warm, wet washcloths or hand towels, either by wetting them and placing them in the microwave for one to two minutes or by soaking them in hot (not boiling) water. Wring out excess water and set aside.
  3. Sitting with your feet in the tub or a large basin, use your hands to spread a thick layer of the mask over each foot, covering them completely up to the ankles. After wiping hands clean, wrap each foot in one of the washcloths to seal in the moisture from the mask. Sit back and relax for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. When you’re ready to remove the mask, carefully lift off the washcloths. Rinse your feet thoroughly using warm water. Pat dry with a towel.

9. Mood Mists

These mists are the simplest way to experience aromatherapy for yourself. Spray the air around you, mist your hair and skin, or spritz them on linens to leave a light scent. (They won’t stain.) Whether you’re stressed or sluggish, one of these mists will suit your mood.

The Pick-Me-Up
1 drop eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
2 drops geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
3 drops peppermint (Mentha piperita)

The Calm-Me-Down
2 drops bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
1 drop frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
3 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

  • Fill a clean, dry mini spray bottle with 4 ounces of pure distilled water.
  • Using a dropper, carefully put the selected blend of essential oils directly into the spray bottle.
  • Tightly close the bottle and shake vigorously to combine. Be sure to shake it before each use, as the water and essential oils tend to separate.

10. Facial Steaming

Facial steaming can be as simple as heating up water in a large bowl in the microwave or on the stove, draping a towel over your head and letting your skin absorb the steam for 5 minutes. For a rejuvenating steam add green tea and some herbs such as rosemary, thyme, or mint to the water. Facial steamers will open up the pores providing a deep cleansing by steaming out embedded dirt, as well as hydrates the skin.

11. Natural Face Mask

Oatmeal contains beta-glucans, which are very skin-soothing, and it also has a tightening effect when you apply it as a mask. Mix 1 tablespoon oatmeal (preferably not the instant kind, which is more finely ground) with 3 Tbsp plain yogurt—which helps exfoliate and moisturize the skin thanks to its lactic acid—and 1 Tbsp soothing honey. Apply this blend to your face and leave on for about 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Your skin will feel soft, smooth and refreshed.

12. Natural Loose Face Powder Foundation

2 tbsp of cornstarch
1½ tsp cinnamon, nutmeg or cocoa powder, add more as necessary
5 drops of an essential oil for your skin type or a carrier oil like jojoba or sweet almond, more if you want pressed powder

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined. Add more tint (cinnamon, nutmeg or cocoa powder) until you reach your desired color.

Oils Good for Oily Skin and Acne:
Cedarwood, Chamomile, Lemon, Tea Tree, Lavender, Patchouli, Palmarosa, Rosemary

Oils Good For Aging Skin, Fine Lines and Wrinkles:
Frankincense, Neroli, Lemon, Myrrh, Patchouli, Palmarosa (very hydrating)

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Today’s Video: Queen Latifah in ‘Last Holiday’ (2006) – Spa Scene
This is one of my favourite movies ever. If you haven’t seen it, please do! It’s profoundly existential and funny. :-)

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sources:
Sara – My Merry Messy Life
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-18225/a-3-step-diy-facial-for-radiant-skin.html
http://www.wholeliving.com/136432/home-spa-guide#134461
http://www.wholeliving.com/134880/wake-scrub?center=0&gallery=136432&slide=134880
http://www.wholeliving.com/134994/diy-eye-soothers?center=0&gallery=136432&slide=134994
http://www.wikihow.com/Create-Your-Own-Spa-Treatment
http://www.womansday.com/style/beauty/a1454/10-kitchen-pantry-beauty-ingredients-105485/

Give your Closet a Makeover

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Give your Closet a Makeover

  1. Take EVERYTHING out of your closet and spread it out on your bed.
  2. Make three piles:
    – It fits, I love it and it looks great on me.
    – Toss or donate.
    – Not sure/Maybe pile. Put those in a cardboard box or bag for 1-3 months. If you haven’t missed it after 3 months, donate the items.
  1. Go shopping for anything that is missing from your wardrobe. Before you go shopping, get clear on what your ideal style actually looks like. You could create a mood board of clothes you love on Pinterest or cut out pictures from old magazines and collect them on a pin board. Know your style, then go shopping for only that. Remember: Never buy clothes just because they are on sale. If something is 50% off, it’s still 50% on! It’s better to spend a bit more, but own something that you absolutely love and wear often, than to buy something cheap that you’ll never wear. Ask yourself: on a scale of 1-10 how much do I love this? If it’s not a 10, don’t get it!

Today’s Mantra: Edit! Then edit again!

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I See this Day as a Positive New Beginning

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“Today and tomorrow can be very different from yesterday if you can let yesterday go and focus on today. Today and tomorrow are about your now vibration, and you have complete control over that. Look for things to feel good about, and watch how everything in your life will unfold to reflect that good-feeling vibration.”

~ Abraham-Hicks

Today’s Mantra: I see this day as a positive new beginning. It’s never too late to have a new beginning.