Staying Merry and Bright this Season…no matter the mall or the mother-in-law
Ever heard the saying “It’s not about fun – it’s about family!”
Ever heard the saying “It’s not about fun – it’s about family!”
What we put into our bodies, what we think in our heads and what we carry in our hearts can make us healthy or sick.
The good news? Western medicine is (finally!) beginning to acknowledge what Chinese Medicine has known for thousands of years: our emotions affect our physical energy or Qi (pronounced chi).
If you want more positive life energy this summer, go green by following these three simple steps.
Release: Let go. Whether you rant wildly or seethe silently, undigested emotions are like poison to your mind, body and spirit. Emotional toxicity festers in the liver and gallbladder, congesting your blood and Qi, and causing tension in the head (and heart!). Something as simple as saying, “I feel angry about this” can release the knots in your stomach and skull. When we reveal how we feel, we allow ourselves to heal.
Renew: Eat green. One of the easiest, simplest and most powerful ways to boost your energy and your mood is to eat vegetables. Yes, your mama was right!
Below are three green tricks to pump you up and slim you down.
♥ Add lime juice to your daily dose of filtered water. The juice helps you burn fat and decrease bloating.
♥ Add fresh kiwi to your morning routine. Kiwi increases energy and vitality and helps your skin to glow.
♥ Add a hangover tool to your beach picnic basket. Mix the juice of half a lemon with one teaspoon of coconut oil in two cups of warm water. Or click here to try Infinichi’s Over Hang Over herbs. Your liver will thank you.
Rejuvenate: Count your blessings. Whether you’re an early bird or a nighthawk, writing down 10 things you’re grateful for (e.g., my health, this house, my dog) at the beginning or end of the day is a powerful practice that opens your heart and calms your mind. Cultivating gratitude is like planting seeds that blossom into nourishing and beautiful blessings. The “dog days of summer” are the perfect time to bask in the sun, howl at the moon and be grateful for our lives and the people we love. [end]
You’re likely someone who cares about improving themselves and their world. You’ve got a big heart – and the world loves generous, kind people like you. The whole wide world thrives when we open our hearts and fix our eyes on what we want to change.
What do all loving and compassionate leaders believe? Our most beloved leaders always look to the future with hope and faith. Do you? (Yes, the media circus can make a happy clown cry.)
Here are five practical tips for strengthening your precious heart so you can go out there and be the change you want to see in the world.
Practice self-awareness. Mindfulness begins with just one conscious breath. Connect with your conscious observer by watching your thoughts without judgment. Relax and release negative thoughts. Savor thoughts that feel positive and life-affirming. The lowest, slowest emotion is fear. Fear closes your heart. Love opens your heart and your life to others.
Discover your “why”. When you know why you’re doing something (e.g., going to work, parenting your child, quitting sugar) your likelihood for success goes up BIG. Life is supposed to be joyful. Change your mindset, change your life. Find a positive, big-picture, meaningful reason that fuels your daily – sometimes tedious – actions so you feel inspired to keep going.
Create healthy relationships. You know who they are. Crabs in the barrel try to bring you down, down, down. Negative people are toxic, especially if they’re related to you! Surround yourself with people who believe in you and your dreams. On those tough days when you feel without company, support or friends, honor the realization you are never alone. You’re an integral, never-to-be-seen again piece of the puzzle. The universe is benevolent. Einstein said so!
Cultivate positive habits. Yet again, Gandhi says it best: “Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.” ‘Nuf said. Be the change. Be the Light. You’re a lighthouse. Shine!
Show self-love and self-care. You teach people how to treat you. If you don’t know how to forgive yourself, how to celebrate your successes, how to show yourself respect and love, you’ll attract people who reflect that self-loathing. (That’s not blame. That’s Law of Attraction.) Find activities, fascinations or hobbies that fill you with wonder and joy. When you’re enthusiastic and inspired, you are one with spirit. Have fun, spread joy, rest and rejuvenate. Repeat.
Imagine. One by one, we become “everyone”. Yes, if everyone practiced such loving tips, the world would be a different place. For now? Be the catalyst. Commit to watching your mind, honor your lovely heart and always try your best to be kind. You’re a leader. Believe!
Today and always we pray for peace and harmony for you and the entire world.
As May unfolds and Memorial Day approaches, take a moment to remember the people you’ve loved and lost. Take a moment and check in with those feelings. No judgment; just look.
Love & Gratitude,
Another year has come and gone. How you feelin’?
Over the holidays both of us, Chris & Parisa, thought of you often, our precious friends, family and clients.
What we wish for our own family – health, happiness, good cheer, love – is what we hope you and your loved ones give and receive too.
More than ever, Morning Crane is holding a guiding vision that inspires us personally and professionally. We want to help reshape healthcare and how people define health and well-being.
We want to see a world where medical doctors behave as compassionate healers.
A world where everyone has the same opportunities for good health, soul-centered work and a vibrant inner life.
We want people to be free from chronic pain and hopeless thinking.
Happy New Year, indeed!
We know our vision is lofty and “out there” but guess what? Our vision is possible because of people like you.
Every year, there are more and more people like us; people who believe that a brighter, kinder, healthier future is possible because we know hope and faith are within us.
We hope that by sharing our top three intentions for 2017, you’re inspired to make your own list and approach the New Year with a mindset that honors your mind, body and spirit.
Peace starts at home. To build a peaceful Earth, strive to make your inner life peaceful. Ask yourself, “What can I do right now, in this moment, to bring more peace to my mind, body, and life?” This year the two of us commit to avoiding drama, co-creating peaceful at-home activities, observing our thoughts without judgment, and seeking more joy and calm in our lives.
Being part of a mixed, blended family has its challenges and opportunities. Our parenting stumbles and fumbles have taught us a lot over the years. This year our intention is to let go of resentments and grudges, take the high road when possible, and avoid drama divas (out there and within)! We’ve learned that if you want to fast-track forgiveness, approach yourself and others from a place of compassion and gratitude.
Last year was busy. And when life gets busy, Self comes last. This year we are both committed to making time for more exercise — yes, making time to work out is tough for us too! We resolve to go to bed earlier and eat and drink in moderation. How are we going to achieve all that? We’re doing more Qigong. The ancient practice clears out the old and brings in a newer, stronger, healthier, happier you.
Love yourself. And take care. This year and always.
Wishing you all the best in the upcoming year. Happy New Year!
Love & gratitude,
–Chris & Parisa Shelton