Self-Care >>>

One of our projects in the Intuitive Heart Sanctuary was to take some photos of a few things we do for self-care.  This is one of my favorite subjects, as I am a firm believer that we must take care of ourselves first, before we can lovingly take care of others.  Or at least make little bits of time for ourselves when we can, in between.  It is very very important.  Self care does not have to be something that takes alot of time, just something that makes your soul sing, even if for 5 minutes.  Below are a few images that do that for me.

1. We recently moved the record player into our bedroom and its one of the best things we could of done.  I get to turn on a record now when Im in the shower or tub, or right before bed to relax to before I fall asleep.  Or while I fold laundry on the bedroom floor!

2. I love bath salts.  My friend Rain sent me the best bath salts Ive ever used from Origins and I use it like its gold, ha ha.  I recently traded a friend the other bath salts and Im loving them.  They are from Sage Goddess.

3. Just a few of the books Im currently reading.  I usually have between 5-10 books Im going back and forth between each night, depending on my mood.  I like reading this way.  Otherwise I tend to get bored really easily.  After seeing several recommendations, Im anxiously awaiting the arrival of Women Who Walk With Wolves.

4. Smoothies.  Nourishing my body has been a big priority for myself lately.  Im more ways than one.  But making a simple smoothie is an easy way to nourish your body each day.  Something that even my hubby will drink and he hates all veggies.  :)

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Self Love & Life Lessons >>>

 Today is day 11 of our 30 day yoga (self love) challenge.  So many of us have grown so fond of our group, we have decided to keep it alive way beyond 30 days.  Maybe like, forever?  It has been such an encouraging and engaging group of women.  We are coming off of the high of the first week and are all finding it a bit challenging to keep up each day.  I myself have for sure.  I have already had 2 days where I did not do any yoga at all.  Im completely okay with that, and recognize each day as a day to start over.  Its a good reminder to parallel into life as well.  

Ive been feeling a bit uneasy inside myself lately.  As I am learning more and more of my heart and mind, I find more and more pockets that are filled with ego as opposed to love.  (When I speak of ego, I do not mean the typical idea of ego or being egotistical)  More so of allowing things like fear, certain judgements of others, emphasis on striving to be parts of my life.  All qualities that most of us live with on a day to day basis without even thinking about it.  But when I sit back and actually listen and watch, I see and hear these things.  These ways I want to learn to live without in my life.  Old habits Id like to break as I transition into a deeper level of awareness.  It is so easy to feel wronged by someone, and then to pass judgement on them for making you feel bad.  It is so easy to allow fear to keep us from reaching out to someone or to do something that could ultimately improve ourselves or others around us.  It is so easy to constantly strive to outdo yourself, and to prove what?  Im writing this more for myself, but maybe you will find similarities in your own heart if you are honest with yourself.  We all are afterall, human.  Sometimes we have to fumble around in the darkness long enough to see the light.  

Back to the self love... here are a few pics from this week showing a few things I did for myself.  I stuck my hands in the dirt, which felt so good.  I made yummy food and have drank several mugs of lemon water.  I hooped and tried to take photos at the same time!  (now i need to try that with my yoga). 


 Okay, I think Im not done unloading.  My heart just feels heavy.  Mostly for reasons I wont talk about on my blog.  My heart is with my grandfather in the hospital, with friends, with feeling the void of my parents.  Times like these I tend to retreat into my little crab shell... So luckily my bestie is taking me out tonite.  Im okay, no need to worry... Sometimes it just feels good writing it out.  Sending it off into the universe.  This is life.  The pleasant and the unpleasant.

PEACE,
Laura

Cosmic Bath & Beauty Natural Facial Giveaway >>>

Since this is Self Love month, Im excited for this little pampering giveaway!  Michelle from Cosmic Bath & Beauty is giving away one All Natural Bless My Face Clay Facial Mask Set.  Read below to find out a bit more about this natural yumminess for your face...
 
Set includes:
* 1oz of French Green Clay
* 2oz Spray Bottle of Lavender Floral Water Toner {also available with rose or neroli floral water}
* Weekly Facial Mask Use Instructions
*Packaged in a Muslin Bag

Natural clays contain minerals that are great for the skin. Clay facial masks are a natural way to cleanse, detoxify, exfoliate, heal, soothe & tone skin as well as increase blood flow.

This is a dry clay that you must mix before each use. By packaging in this manner we not only extend the shelf life for you but no preservatives of any sort are needed so you get pure natural goodness to use on your skin. Please discard any mask leftover after use and mix up a fresh batch each and every time.

To use, begin mixing clay with floral water or other liquid of choice. Apply to skin with a light touch using your fingers or a clean cosmetic brush and wait... As the mask dry's you'll begin to feel a tightening & pulling on the skin, your mask is pulling all of those impurities and dead skin cells with it. Remove the clay by washing off with warm water. When you do this, you are also washing away all that old oil & dirt that was buried deep in your pores and you wash away all that dried dead skin that may have built up. This leaves your skin fresh & clean, your pores can now tighten up, giving your face a smoother appearance. After completely rinsing, follow up with Rose Floral Water toner {included} and moisturize with your Cosmic Precious Golden Facial Oil http://www.etsy.com/listing/69612145/completely-natural-precious-golden .

Lavender Floral Water is reviving for your face, you'll find that this light and delightful smelling astringent immediately refreshes. Suitable for all skin types and ages, especially sensitive or irritated skin. Spray on your face & body after showering. This calming lavender hydrosol also eases nervousness & relaxes your mind.

Use no more than once per week for healthy beautiful skin. Enjoy!
 

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PEACE,
Laura

30 Days Mind and Body Challenge >>>

 Im very excited to share this today.  My dear friend Betsy contacted me a few days ago about being a part of a 30 day yoga challenge with her and a few of our online friends.  We would love to extend this to anyone who is up for the challenge of doing a little bit of self love practicing over the next 30 days.  We will be keeping each other encouraged online on twitter and facebook.  See below to find out where and how.  

I currently practice yoga once a week, and have always wanted to make it a daily practice.  But it is very easy to come up with every excuse in the world why I cant.  I love the idea of having a group of girls with the same loving intentions to help keep me motivated.  Sometimes that is all we need.  And even though this is a self love challenge, I know Ill be helping my friends along the way too.  So many of us lead such busy lives, with little ones running around or very active businesses to run, its so easy to neglect our own bodies.  I myself, am one of those.  Just having Betsy send me that email has already motivated me!  

If you are someone who would love to participate in this but do not care for yoga, we are also welcoming other healthy activities as well, such as hooping or pilates.  Something that you feel personally resonates with you and your personal mind and body health.  I will be doing a split yoga/hooping challenge myself.  I will spend the first part warming up with some yummy yoga and then reving it up with some hooping. 
 Lets help each other!  Encourage each other.  This is not a competition, and is for anyone, any level of health or fitness, any level of knowledge of yoga.  You have to start somewhere.  Thank you so much Betsy for lighting this beautiful fire. 
 
Join us on twitter by using the hashtag #30daysmindandbody
Join our facebook group here
visit betsy's blog for a printable calendar to keep track and to read her story (and let her know what an awesome idea this is)

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PEACE,
Laura