Happy Earth Day!

What better way to celebrate Earth Day 2015 by honoring the gift that is you! In order to be a good steward to the planet, we must first bring ourselves into balance — physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. To find balance, you must find your center, the center that moves and guides you, that brings into alignment with your soul’s journey and your path.

Today Wednesday, April 22nd, marks the first day of the Centered In Summit. Get ready to tap into the dynamic conversations that touch and transform your soul. The 10-day Centered In Summit was inspired by Dr. Kelly Turner’s book Radical Remissions. In her book, Dr. Turner share 9 key factors that patients with radical remissions from cancer employed to participate actively in their healing journey. The summit’s holistic visionaries believe these 9-Key Factors go beyond just healing illness. These 9 Key factors, when integrated into your life, will provide you with the tools you need to participate in life’s grander adventure of truly living your life to the fullest!

If you haven’t done so already, register for FREE at www.centeredin.com

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The Centered In Summit’s holistic visionaries’ powerful messages are brought forth by Vibrant Living radio and television experiential journalist Glenn Brooks and WTAE reporter and health practitioner Sheldon Ingram. Each day during this amazing Summit, the speakers will be giving away a free gift just for tuning in.

Here are a few of the incredible things you will discover listening to the Centered In Summit speakers:

  • How personal empowerment is key to helping you build healthy habits
  • Why taking control of your diet and lifestyle choices leads to a more integrated life
  • How taking a holistic approach to your health will bring better overall physical and emotional balance to your life
  • How fostering a positive attitude can help you to create a new reality
  • How to tap into a deep universal love, which is abundantly available to us in every situation
  • How embracing social support can help to boost your immune system, as well as help you enjoy a more connected and fulfilled life

Best of all, the Centered In Summit is FREE —and you can register just by clicking this link www.centeredin.com

22 Days to Discovery and counting . . .

CIS reg banner_blogWhat better way to celebrate Earth Day 2015 by honoring the gift that is you! In order to be a good steward to the planet, we must first bring ourselves into balance — physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. To find balance, you must find your center, the center that moves and guides you, that brings into alignment with your soul’s journey and your path. Gift yourself the time to be a part of this life-changing summit! You’ll discover how simple each of the 9 Keys to Living a Fulfilling Life truly are, each of the visionary speakers are here to share their wisdom and simple tools to transform your life!

Join us for the Centered In Summit April 22-May 1, 2015.

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Cultivating Happiness

Ever since I was a child, I have been blessed. I was given a pair of rose colored glasses with which to view the world and chose the perfect mother to help cultivate my childhood. My mom, LaVerne, was an amazing woman who never lost her sense of child-like wonder and amazement in the world. She took great joy in even the smallest things, was always positive, optimistic and always naturally found ways to brighten someone’s day. Growing up in such a nurturing positive environment made happiness abundant. It became the natural pattern of my being and I found that everything seemed to flow better when I and others around me came from a place of happiness.

Over the years happiness has never not been a part of my life. I often think I never really grew up and I guess I never really want to because it seems to me that too many grown-ups have lost sight of the delights that brought them happiness as a child. Don’t get me wrong, being serious has its place, but rather than experiencing happiness or seriousness I invite you to experience a serious happiness instead. I guess what it really boils down to is that you find happiness, contentment and blessings in all the experiences life offers. My mantra is “Everything Unfolds Perfectly”, even though we may not see the wisdom or find the happiness in the challenges that come our way, when we look back many years later you will truly see that indeed everything unfolded perfectly to bring you to where you are now.

Studies led by inspiration therapist Sonja Lyubomirsky point to 12 things joyful individuals do another way to expand their levels of joy. These are things that we can begin doing today to feel the impacts of more satisfaction in our lives. (Explore her book The How of Happiness.)

Each of these 12 focuses can help you cultivate happiness in your life, regardless of any challenges presently going on in your life, these ‘keys to bliss’ will help guide you to where you want to be.

Express gratitude – One of the tools that was truly a great gift is a simple exercise from Abraham Hicks entitled “Rampages of Appreciation”. Whenever you are experiencing a challenge, take out a piece of paper and start listing the things you are grateful for. Event though you may start off on a sour note, you will quickly find the opposite-of-positive thoughts quickly leave when you acknowledge gratitude for what you have. Oh so cool how positive energy flows, right? Being appreciative for all the things your life will present to you a deeper feeling of happiness.

Cultivate optimism – One of my favorite Joel Osteen sayings is “You are just one No away from a YES!” It is so true that positive optimism will open more doors. Disappointment is just as a chance to develop, grow and take in another lesson from life. Individuals who view the world from a place of optimism know that unlimited open doors await them, if the door before them is locked, they look inside and find the key.

Avoid over-thinking and social comparison – Be happy with who you are, where you are and be grateful for the opportunity to become who you want to be. When we compare ourselves to another person, we overlook all the work that we’ve done to grow and dismiss all the advancement that we’ve made. The illusion is that someone has more stuff, is smarter, is more outgoing . . . look inside and truly see how amazing you are, just as you are.

Practice acts of kindness – Science has proven that a demonstration of generosity discharges serotonin in your brain. (Serotonin is a substance that has AMAZING well-being benefits, including making us feel more happy.) Selflessly helping somebody always makes us feel better about ourselves. Generosity can be as simple as reaching down to pick up something someone else dropped and returning it to them. You are guaranteed to receive a warm smile in return.

Nurture social relationships – The happiest individuals on the planet are the ones who have profound sense of community. Knowing you have someone to lean on in times of need, or someone to laugh with makes us happy. We connect with others in a network to share the gift of happiness and spread the joy.

Develop strategies for coping – How you react to the speed bumps in life is the thing that shapes your character. You are going to have bad times along with the good times but it is how we navigate through that defines who we are. It truly is all about duality – you cannot appreciate light with out dark, hot without cold, good without bad. See the gift in every experience and it will make the challenging times less so.

Learn to forgive – Harboring emotions of hurt is a hindrance to your happiness. Your brain is an electrical network, it transmits and receives signals. When you are sending out negative feeling signals that are consume your thoughts you will find that you are actually attracting opposite of positive experiences. You become a magnet for what you are sending out and it will stay with you as the day or weeks progress. LET IT GO!

Increase flow experiences – To be in the flow is a state where it feels like time stands still. Try letting go of the energetic steering wheel and allow all that you need to flow to and from you. You will find a place where mindfulness and action are fused. When you are not trying to control what you think is best for you, you will discover a place where amazing happenings unfold in your life to bring you great happiness.

Savor life’s joys – Deep satisfaction can’t exist without easing off to revel in the delight. It’s just that simple. Our place in the universe a wonderful and exciting ride is you look to the little things that make your life great. See the enchantment in your life and I promise you will discover a world unlike no-other place.

Commit to your goals – Being wholeheartedly committed to doing something brings with it inexpressible power. Mysterious things begin happening when we envision ourselves to doing whatever it takes to get some place. Seeing yourself already where you want to be and fully embracing the feeling of being there in your heart brings amazing results. I dare you to try it!

Practice spirituality – When we honor otherworldly existence, mother earth or religion, we perceive a sense that life is greater than us. Surrender the senseless thought that we are the mightiest thing ever and you will open the doors to the wellspring of all creation and grasp a connectedness with everything that exists. Absolutely the most fulfilled individuals I know trust that they’re on the right path and are here doing work they’re “called to do.”

Take care of your body – Your body is the temple in which your spirit and soul live so taking care of your body is imperative to being the happiest individual you might be. Without physical vitality, your mental vitality (your center), your passionate vitality (your emotions), and your otherworldly vitality (your motivation) will all be challenged. Develop a few simple practices such as good nutrition, exercise, meditation to nourish your body, mind and soul.

Namaste!

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Happiness: Visitor or Constant Companion?

ODE TO HAPPINESS

Where is your anchor?  Why can some touch you for only a moment?  Why do others receive your scent in the span of a blink?  You are a legend, a brilliant source of nutrients for the mind and soul.  You seep into our chambers.  You ignite and empower new energy in our bodies.  You open the window, allowing one to see new dreams across the landscape. Happiness, we crave you!  We desire your heart for more than a visitation.  We need sustainable presence.  Your absence is an invitation for intruders to fill your space.  Claim your space.  Those who know you, refuse to let you become a stranger.  So inspire our words, that other others will learn and discover you as a nutrient, a constant companion, a song in the heart, that allows us to dance and sing during our earthly journey. – – by Sheldon

I’ve discovered so much about the depth of unhappiness in the lives of so many people over the years.  What I’ve learned is magnified as a holistic health coach when  investigating what’s going on in the lives of my clients.  I often ask, ‘are you happy’?

The most alarming belief among some, is that happiness is something like a gift, an occurrence that happens to land on one’s doorstep but not something they can create and manifest.  Actor Denzel Washington’s character in Equalizer, says to a young woman,  “create your own world”.  The woman has singing talent but she is a prostitute.  The message to her, you are not defined by nor confined to a dark circumstance in your life.

I often say that I live everyday like a vacation, meaning I have a variety of activities and lifestyle practices that bring happiness, calmness, clarity and empowerment.  And on those off days when happiness is interrupted, I still see through the ‘intruder’, knowing my happiness is well within reach.

When offering ways to capture happiness, I often share the power of self love with my clients, the ability to place supreme value on your mind & body, seek out those wonderful passions in life that bring joy; make them constant placements in life, not dreams.  It’s about claiming a measure of goodness that is ours,  to which we are entitled.

Happiness encompasses an enormous spectrum, defined in many ways for many people; too much for people to be without it.  However, many are living lives absent of happiness.  For those who experience it regularly, try engaging in an act of kindness to spread happiness to others so it flows like a cascade honey.

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Happiness… Our intentions manifest!

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Click on the words above…Feel happy as you watch…then, please, pass your loving joy on…!!!

Note, please, that the water crystal below, when pure intention was held in the hearts of the group of human beings involved, changed the polluted water system to miraculous, as Dr. Emoto (scientist) has repeatedly proven.

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This crystal was made with the “intention of happiness” towards the water…

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Blessings to all…

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Happiness is a green smoothie

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Okay, so my title sounds a bit simplistic, but let me explain. To me, happiness DOES begin with a glass of green smoothie in the morning. Why do I know this? Because big health changes happened to me a few years ago when I decided to add this small shift into my morning routine.

You may be asking, “What is so great about a green smoothie?” Well, first let me explain what a green smoothie is. When I talk about green smoothies, I’m really talking about starting your day with a blended serving of 3-5 green leafy vegetables. Green smoothies are all about getting more greens-and a diverse combination of greens-into your body. I often suggest the ratio of 75/25% vegetables to fruit ratio, and add a nut milk or filtered water for a base. Our body CRAVES vegetables, and when we give our bodies valuable phytonutrients first thing in the morning, our whole world changes. Our bodies feel stronger, our mental clarity increases, and our thoughts and emotions become more positive. There is no doubt that you will feel immediate benefits after having your first smoothie of the morning. I always like to “dare” my friends and clients to start the day with a green smoothie and not feel fabulous-it’s a safe bet on my part!

What are some other benefits of smoothies?

-Green smoothies are full of a variety of complex vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.

-Green smoothies taste like a glass of pure energy, coming straight from the sun. Plants are super charged by the sun’s energy, and when we take this living energy into our bodies, our cells start to respond!

-Plants give off oxygen as a by-product, and our cells thrive on oxygen and use it for cellular respiration. Disease thrives in an oxygen-depleted environment.

-Green leafy vegetables help our bodies to stay in an alkaline state-it has been hypothesized that when a body tends towards acidity, it is more likely to become sick.

-When vegetables and fruit are already broken down by the blending process, they are easily assimilated into the digestive system, and may be more easily absorbed.

-Smoothies help with hydration and the cleansing of the bowel.

-Green smoothies feed the good bacteria in the gut.

-Green smoothies detoxify, fight inflammation, energize, and promote healing.

-When we start with a green smoothie, we are setting a positive tone for the rest of the day. We may be less likely to make bad food choices. Perhaps we are less likely to have our 2nd or 3rd cup of coffee or to follow up with a breakfast of pancakes or donuts.

You can start with any combination of green leafy vegetables and fruit, but I find that many like to start with one simple recipe, and then build from there. I’d like to share with you one of my favorite green smoothie recipes:

Green Goddess
20 oz
3/4 cup frozen mango
1 frozen banana (peel before freezing)
1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup fresh kale, lightly packed
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 piece ginger root
Drink for: Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory, Digestion

So, I “dare” you to include green smoothies into your morning routine. I dare you to give your body a chance to answer you back when you flood it with the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that it craves. My wish for you is that you also feel the amazing benefits that I felt years ago when I added this important habit into my morning routine. Starting the day with a green smoothie may make you a happier and more positive person, and a green smoothie has the power to literally change the way that you view and interact with the world.

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Happiness Is A Choice

Each day we awaken with the opportunity to spread joy and be happy. Some days that proves to be more challenging than others. Sometimes it seems like the universe is conspiring against us, and making it very difficult to find a reason to feel happy. But although we may not have control over many of the circumstances in our lives or the actions and attitudes of others, we do have control over the way we respond in terms of our own actions and attitudes. It’s easy to blame other people or specific circumstances for our unhappiness, but the truth is that we have free will, and no one can make us feel something that we don’t choose to feel. Don’t get me wrong, that choice can be challenging at times, but it’s a choice worth making!

We tend to think that people or things will bring us happiness. “If I could only have (fill in the blank), then I’d be really happy.” But have you ever noticed that kind of happiness is short lived? We may feel wildly happy when we get what we want, but soon thereafter we are back in the position of longing for something new to bring us happiness. Imagine how wonderful it would feel if you could simply BE happy!

I believe that we are designed to be happy, and that it’s in our true nature to default to happiness. All we have to do is choose to let go of negative thoughts that are not serving us.   I’d like to encourage you to take control of your own happiness. Make a conscious effort to be happy. Look for the silver lining in every adverse situation. Nearly everything has beauty when viewed in the right light. Change the lens and notice how the picture changes. Keep in mind that joy is in you, even if you have to dig to find it. Simply hold on to even one happy thought and you will fly! Set a higher standard for your thoughts, and then notice how your view of the world changes!

I have a Daily Happiness Calendar, and each day provides me with a special message about happiness. I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you.

Life is like a mirror; smile at it and it smiles back at you ~ Peace Pilgrim

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are ~ Marianne Williamson

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which as been opened for us ~ Helen Keller 

And My Favorite: Happiness is a way of travel, not a destination ~ Roy Goodman

ENJOY THE RIDE!

Kim Howie, CHC
Live Balanced For Life

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