As some of my close friends know, I am really into meditation, herbs, supplements, essential oils, etc. Basically mindful thinking and plant and mineral medicine. I have been working really hard on living in the present moment for the past 5 years. (And it is REALLY a struggle some days!) I have been meditating off and on since high school, when I did my first candle meditation from a tiny little book, my mom got for me about meditation in the grocery check out lane. Since then, I have had many teachers I’ve never met, and some that I have; and even consider my very close friends that I can share my crazy anxiety and depression – ridden thoughts with. (Who is YOUR support “team”?) Fortunately, some of my medical support team believes in those things, too, and some have even taken continuing education courses in them because of patients like me, that utilize more holistic methods.
Eventually, I will get pages going of apps I utilize, teachers I utilize, etc., for my own wellness, and to be as well as possible. Some of these teachers, well, maybe most, have had at least one life-altering experience that put them on a more spiritually-minded path in their life. This is who I aspire to be. Someone who can give choices to a friend in need; to try and alter their current lifestyle for the better.
About 3 months ago I downloaded the Insight Timer app from Google Play. I had been using the Satify Sangha app for a few years. I liked it. But I noticed that the Insight Timer app was offering more guided meditations for more categories. I mentioned the other day, that I was going to do a Yoga Nidra meditation by Jennifer Piercy before bed. She offers about 4 different meditations on the app, and also in a few languages, other than English. I had discovered her one week through the 365 day meditation group that I joined and uploads a different meditation every day, on a weekly subject. Today I listened to a meditation from last week by Diane Yeo called Connect to the Calm Within. I believe you do have to have the app loaded to your phone to listen to these meditations, but here is the link to this particular one: http://insig.ht/gm_3074 .
Another site I utilize is The Shift Network (theshiftnetwork.com). Today they sent me an email about being stressed in the Holiday Season. It is a 13:34 minute audio clip of David Crow speaking on utilizing plant medicine and mindfulness to combat stress. David is one of the owners of Floracopeia (www.floracopeia.com), whom I love to learn from. He is an acupuncturist, herbalist, aromatherapist, and many other titles. I had previously decided, while looking around, that I would really like to take his course in aromatherapy. Here is the link to the audio clip and blog on stress: (http://blog.theshiftnetwork.com/blog/feeling-stressed-help-your-adrenals-recover-stress-burnout-exhaustion-these-medicinal-herbs).
I’ve been utilizing these for the past few years. Also really being adamant about DIY my health, beauty, and household items. I realized after reading Skinny Bitch 5 years ago (by Kim Barnouin and Rory Freedman; https://www.skinnybitch.net) just how many yucky chemicals are in what we eat and use in our environment and on our skin. Incidentally, May of 2012 was also when I went from a vegetarian to vegan…story yet to be told here.
I hope you can utilize those links. The button to put in links wasn’t working, or either I just haven’t figured out how to do it properly yet. Maybe in WordPress’s Blogging U over the next 2-3 weeks, they will get to that tidbit of knowledge. You can always copy and paste into your browser or search engine to find the sites, as well. I hope that you can look these things up and that they will be able to help you, like they have helped me over the past few years.
Take Care, Be As Well As Possible, and Until Next Time…