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20 Secrets to Happiness or something like that   2 comments

Life can throw you a one- two punch out of the blue.  Last year and early this year was one of those times for me.  Instead of a one- two punch, I got the three-four-five-six punches….. they just kept coming.  How do you get through tough times that keep on coming??  Here’s my current list.  I’m sure it will change over time but so far here’s how I keep smiling:

  1. Staying connected to my Creator–church, prayer, reading the bible, prayer,  did I mention prayer?
  2. Meditation–I’m new at it but it keeps me grounded
  3. Aromatherapy–Joy™ is one of my favorites, it smells great and reminds me to be joyful, it’s my Joy in a bottle
  4. Gratitude Journal–some days the best I could say is “thank you for the sun shining”.  It works, now there’s more to be grateful for
  5. Compliment others
  6. Smile and say hello, in the words of Joel Osteen–“being unhappy won’t change anything for the better”
  7. Random acts of kindness– increases serotonin, get creative, the world needs more kindness
  8. Appreciate moments of silence– Take the oppt to pray or listen to God’s voice, He speaks very quietly
  9. Exercise–burn off the frustration
  10. Go to bed early– it gets the day over
  11. Talk it out– a friend, a therapist, the car, walls, just get it out!!
  12. Reading–words are powerful & meaningful>>affirmations, inspirational quotes, books, other blogs, right now on hooked on Chosen Families
  13. Music– love it>>Classical in the am(makes me smarter), dance music for exercising, gospel for inspiration, relaxing music at night before bed, jazz, country, Christian, reggae, & classical,  somewhere in between.  That’s  a lot of music.  Thank you Pandora.
  14. Work–I happen to have a really great job
  15. Food–Eating healthy–if you want your body to function well you have to fuel it with good, healthy foods.  I feel the difference. Everyday and I mean everyday I need my Luna bars and a handful of nuts.  Don’t feel right without them.  A piece of dark chocolate is also very good
  16. Drink–no not alcohol, TEA.  Hooked on them, now having several cups a day, just discovered the Teavana tea shop  
  17. Get out in nature–I love walks in the woods, staring at a lake or feeling an ocean breeze.  God is there, I can sense His presence
  18. Hobbies-As I tell my kids ” I do actually have a life”.  There’s things I like to do 
  19. Dr. Weil’s Mood Support Formula— very helpful during the wintertime
  20. Stay hopeful for the future–It’s going to get better.  In the words of Louise Hay  “we are never stuck”

What are your keys to happiness?


Be more like a tree   2 comments

I like flowers but I LOVE trees.  And since I’ve moved to Maryland 10 years ago  I love them even more. 

Years ago a friend of mine had a book on trees which at the time I thought was so strange and boring.  But my  mind has completely changed and NOW  I have a book on trees.

Trees are amazing.  We can learn a lot from them. 

 They …..

  • bend
  • breathe
  • grow
  • change
  • give back so others can benefit
  • shelter
  • produce
  • beautify the world


                       Trees are grounded to the earth but reach towards heaven. 

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Resiliency is like a  tree branch bending in the wind, not breaking but bouncing back.


Tree Oils–wonderful oils to help you breathe





Balsam Fir




Posted March 8, 2011 by Sunflower in Natural, Wellness

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Meditation for Beginners   Leave a comment

I am a beginner in meditation.  My quest began in 2009 by  reading about it.  In 2010 I made a decision to try it out. So far it has been one of the highlights of my spiritual journey. 

 Just mentioning meditation,  the 1st thought to comes to mind is someone sitting  indian style with their index finger and thumb touching in a circle, humming “om” over and over again.  That’s more associated with eastern meditation by Buddhists and Hindus although more and more westerners practice meditation this way.

For me meditation is a call to be silent, listening for God’s still voice.  It’s different from prayer when I’m doing more talking and much less listening.  Meditation is a time of discipline, to just sit, be still and listen.  I imagine that God and I are either sitting or walking hand in hand.  We smile at each other.   I have his full attention.  I feel happy, loved, peaceful  and secure.   I’m in his presence.

I start by putting a few drops of an essential oil in my palms, rub together, cup my hands together and breathe in slowly three times. I sit,  sometimes with palms open (receiving position).  I don’t chant a mantra or say a phrase over and over again in my mind, just sit in  silence. I listen to relaxing music which keeps my mind from wondering all over the place.  I like to do it 1st thing in the morning and before going to bed as a way to start and end my day. 

Two books that have been the most influential are Christian Meditation by James Finley and Centering Prayer by M. Basil Pennington.  I continue to read them over and over again for inspiration. My newest book is a book of prayers that I read before I start meditating,  Marianne Williamson’s Illuminata.  It took a while to find a way what works for me.  I still working on lengthening the time I meditate and keeping my mind centered.  It’s a challenge but so very worth it.

More on meditation in blogs to come…….


Posted February 18, 2011 by Sunflower in Meditation, Spirituality

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Diet Sodas Leads to Heart Disease?   2 comments

A new study suggests that diet sodas lead to heart disease and vascular events.  Could it be the sodium content? Most diet sodas contain 35mg of sodium in 8 oz, so in a 12 oz can of soda that’s 52.5 mg.  Diet soda drinkers drink about 5 0r 6 cans a day.  That would add up to ~300 mg sodium daily.  A healthy amount is 3,000mg total.  So the sodium amount is not that high, but definitely something to watch.  Also the caramel color of some diet drinks may lead to vascular events like a stroke. Overall diet drinks are a poor choice for hydration.  Most people drink them for the taste and caffeine pick-me-up.   The artificial sweeteners in diet sodas can actually have an opposite effect of weight loss by increasing sugar cravings.

I have always been a proponent of water and herbal teas, which are a great way to hydrate the body naturally. Some even contain  a small amount of caffeine.  Quench your thirst with wonderful herbal teas like chai, green tea, and chamomile.  Give the body what it really thirst for.  Don’t sabotage your weight loss efforts by drinking beverages that will make you crave more sugar.  Add a small amount of natural sweeteners to herbal teas like stevia, agave, or honey.

Posted February 10, 2011 by Sunflower in Health, Women

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