Lifestyle:
🍃Getting Quiet 🍃
Five Minutes Peace

When I was raising my boys, they had a story on their shelves by the very same title. It was one of many books I read to them as children. It was about a mother elephant that was looking for some peace and quiet—just five minutes’ worth from her three young children.

Your circumstances and mine may not be the same as hers—but we all need to disconnect sometimes—and get quiet; absorbing peace and serenity from the outside world to which we all belong and participate in daily. How do you do quiet? 

In our noisy in-your-face daily life that blasts electronic messages at us from every direction, nearly 24/7, it is important to step into a quiet space for a few minutes each day. Perhaps it is a set meditation time that gives you this opportunity to go within? A yoga class? Maybe it’s extra time in the morning before everyone gets up and the day gets rolling? Or even for a change—keeping the television off for a few hours—or a day to quiet your home or living space. For another, it may be sitting with your coffee or tea outside—listening to the birds or feeling the energy that the daylight brings at dawn. For you, it may be a walking meditation each morning or after work in the evening? No matter how you decide to incorporate this quiet time into your day, make it a priority. We all need to decompress from the stress each day—like a cosmic refueling—breathing in our gratitude exhaling and releasing negativity which can build like a ticking time bomb within us all. There are many benefits to disconnecting from family, work or school drama and noise that bombards us each day. We must focus instead on the things that truly make us happy. When we quiet our mind, and the noise—we get answers we are seeking.

Studies have shown that in addition to mental health and emotional benefits a meditative peaceful quiet may help with allergies, fatigue, and heart disease. I don’t have to really convince you of this but just remind you because most of us know how much better we feel when we follow our internal guidance system and “tune-out.” Tuning out leaves us feeling more refreshed; and ready to tackle things that we may have been resisting because we just simply “didn’t have the energy” to do so. 

Putting on your favorite music may help to draw you into that calmness that sets the stage for this way of being if you need help releasing and tapping into that place of inner consciousness; a song can easily transport you to the world of peace of mind and tranquility, if necessary. I understand Lemurian women used to sing, a kind of working meditation around their homes—or perhaps campfire—while tending to their children or preparing meals. (I acknowledge, this was a simpler life, but as humans—I am sure they had their level of stress at times; it’s all relevant.) We can use our imagination when it comes to beginning a new habit or routine. A deliberate declaration and intention to create this quiet time is important—otherwise we forget and fall back into unhealthy routines and stresses. But, attitudes shift—and less physical stresses to your body are all proven benefits of quieting our mind.

As we begin to move into the season—of fall—and our routines begin to shift once again, you can begin to create a routine of “putting yourself first.” And, in this, you can create your own version of “five minutes peace”—recharging your batteries—and connecting with the God-inside; peace, harmony, joy and quiet are in arms reach. Allow everything to flow into who you are as part of this cosmic gift. How are you going to do quiet today?

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"Inspired Wellness
from Within"
~Cathrine Silver, HC, AADP

Thought for the Day: Inspirational Wisdom
"Feeling stuck on your path? Celebrate it! Celebrate the knowledge that all is relative and that you may be stopped so that others may catch up!
Would you deny them the participation in what you have created?"
  ~ KRYON 
through Lee Carroll, the Original Kryon Channel
A Message from the Angels
~ 8 ~
  • Attachment
Letting go, Restrictive, Fear
You believe that you are in a situation that you cannot free yourself from; afraid to let go and walk away because of a deep sense of duty, commitment or guilt. Perhaps you feel that you'll hurt or disappoint someone if you let go. Whatever the reason, you feel you have no choice but to stay where you are. The emotional attachment is great and the fear is overwhelming. The fact that you have read this message today is no coincidence. The message is clear. You are being encouraged to face your fears. Do not listen to that fearful voice any longer. Beyond the fear is a space of love and light which is guiding you and urging you to break free. Trust; initially there will be some upheaval but eventually all will turn out well for all concerned. You owe it to yourself and others. You deserve to feel light and free. Summon the power of love within you and ask it to guide you and give you the strength to do what you know is right.

I am free
from all negative attachment.
I am guided
by the power of love.
I look beyond my fears
and see only love.
I deserve to be happy
I choose to follow my heart.

~Gaia Oracle
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l CHING: WEI CHI
The I Ching is at least 5000 years old and is one of the oldest books on the planet and one that has never been out of print since it first appeared. I thought it would be fun to draw a card each month and glean its quantum message--and apply it to our individual and personal circumstances.
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FALLING APART - PO (23)
Above-MOUNTAIN Below -EARTH
Ruling Lines - SIXTH (Top)
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"Everything is falling apart-- but it has to. You cannot rebuild until you have torn down all the old ways. But you don't have to do anything--its all being done for you. Trust the great power of the Universe to work in your favor, even though sometimes this will be painful. You have to trust that things will improve, but first they must be dismantled. This includes personal relationships . "
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SIXTH (TOP) LINE: Things are beginning to improve for you. There will be new growth from the old.

FIFTH LINE: A new path opens up before you. You thought it was all over but there is still a glimmer of hope. Will you take the first step?

FOURTH LINE: There will be a sudden and complete splitting apart -- you have been warned.
THIRD LINE: Even as things fall apart around you, have the courage and faith that all is really well and auspicious. Be self-sufficient.

SECOND LINE: People will abandon you at this time. Don't be too judgmental. They too, are suffering the aftershocks.
FIRST (BOTTOM) LINE: Things aren't so much falling apart as being undermined. Trust no one at this time; you must just wait for the dust to settle.

Biological Decoding Here Today
Conflicts and trauma are sometimes obvious and sometimes not and make their presence known to us as dis-ease and imbalance in our lives; manifesting in our body.  Weight issues or acne are obvious to most, but what are the traumas, loyalties and imbalances locked away in diabetes, heart disease, cancer, or behind simple allergies and minor illnesses given labels or the diagnosis's we receive at the doctor's office? Do you want healing or just relief? 

The premise is easy. Disease and sicknesses are "nothing more" than emotional conflict(s) or trauma, --lessons to learn (that may be passed down from our ancestors) running in an "invisible" field of energy unknown or unrealized to us until it emerges as our brain's (the ultimate computer) solution for the disturbance deep within our psyche. More simply, the first law of Biological Decoding states: "Every pain or disease originates from a conflict. The conflict is an unexpected, highly acute, and isolating shock that occurs simultaneously in the PSYCHE, the BRAIN, and part of the BODY that corresponds to the type of conflict. Discovering the conflict aids the brain in sending messages to repair the body".

If we are human, we all have unresolved emotional conflicts. Heal them for yourselves--heal them for your kids and break the pattern. Biological Decoding goes hand-in-hand with our allopathic medicine today which addresses the mechanical aspects of our disease.

How can I help you today?

The Biology of Decoding is an amazing tool to assist in the discovery of the root cause of dis-ease.  This discovery and decoding opens the door to healing, deepens spiritual understanding of who we are and releases limiting beliefs and patterns.

"If the mind doth bend, disease can end."
Dr. Todd Ovokaitys, MD

For more information on Biological Decoding call  954-661-1972


Cathy Silver, HC, AADP
" Inspired Wellness from Within"



Medicinal Plant: Nettles or "Stinging Nettles"
For 2018 I thought it would be interesting to highlight a medicinal plant--one that you may or may not know about. The use of plants as medicines predates written human history. Many of the herbs and spices used by humans to season food also yield useful medicinal compounds. The use of herbs and spices in cuisine developed in part as a response to the threat of food-borne pathogens. Awareness always gives us more options. Y ou can then make the decision to explore the qualities further and discover if the nutrition and benefits are right for you!
"No plant is more useful
in domestic medicine."
~Hilda Leyel

Nettles-- especially the name " Stinging" Nettles brings back memories of walking through the woods growing up near our home in Bellevue, WA and touching them accidentally-- and getting stung. We always kept a look out for them and when we spotted the irritating plant shouted to warned the rest of our friends to "watch out!" "NETTLES" we would yell!! And, everybody new what that meant!

But, decades from those early experiences I have come to learn that nettles have been around a long, long time and Roman soldiers used them to cause irritation and inflammation when battling the cold! Medical practitioners have used them for centuries because of their abundant chemical compounds that helps the body to function its best.

Medicinal Benefits - Nettles can be used for iron-deficiency, anemia, and gout (acute and painful joints.) They are useful during the first stage of a fever, including malaria. (Good to know if you are traveling overseas.) Nettles are also good for stimulating the kidneys--and detoxifying the blood. According to Bartram's Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, Nettles are also useful with high blood sugars in diabetes, first degree burns, and feeble digestion due to a low level of HCL. The encyclopedia also notes that if you take Nettle tea for high blood pressure--it has the power to eliminate urates (the salt of uric acid--which is a good sign.)

Rebecca Wood writes in her book, The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia, that the stiff, bristly hairs that protrude from the leaves can penetrate the skin, and "inject"a stinging fluid, which causes a temporary burning and irritation. The injection is like an ant's bite and contains formic acid which increases circulation (hence the use by the soldiers) and provides external treatment for arthritic pain, gout, sciatica, neuralgia, hemorrhoids, scalp and hair problems.

She goes on to say that internally, nettles are a yin and blood tonic that support bladder, kidney and spleen and liver. They help to regulate damp water conditions, dispel toxins and have diuretic properties. You can sauté them like fresh spinach or used dried nettles for a tea. Anyway you choose, they will support health and well-being.

🍃 Of course I had to try the Nettle tea . . . it has a slightly sweet, earthy--organic taste--very pleasant! ☕️
 
Everything we put into our body synthesizes into something whether it happens to be thoughts and words, our experiences and lifestyle or our food. 

In the course of our busy lives, few of us ever stop to think (speaking for myself now) ---what does this actually do for my well-being? That is why I continue to focus on one food or ingredient each month. Not to memorize facts, but to bring more awareness to our consciousness about what we choose to eat. It affects us in many ways. 

Recipe of the Month: Lobster Salad
Main Dish ~ Lobster Salad

Bon Appetite!


Serves 4-6 as a Main Meal

Prep Time: about 60-75 minutes

Ingredients

1 pound cooked Lobster meat*
1 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 Tablespoons (total) red onion, minced
4-5 "shakes" of Tabasco sauce, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups ripe or frozen mango thawed, peeled and cut in 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup minced red bell pepper
1 Tablespoon minced jalapeno - stem and seeds removed**
2 avocados cut in 1/2 inch cubes/squares
2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
Salt and Pepper to taste
Fresh chives for garnish

Directions

  • Pull the meat out of the tails and dice into 1/2 inch pieces. Set aside.
  • Next, in a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, 1 Tablespoon of the red onion, Tabasco sauce and salt to taste. Mix this with the lobster meat, reserving enough for garnishing the top of your lobster salad.
  • In another bowl, toss the mango, bell pepper, and jalapeño together and set aside.
  • In one more bowl, toss the avocado, the rest of the minced red onion, and lime juice together. Season with salt and pepper and set this aside also.
  • Now, with Martini or desired serving glasses ready, spoon avocado mixture into the bottom of the martini glass about 1 inch deep. Next, spoon a layer of the mango mixture over the avocado. Now, spoon the diced lobster salad mixture over the mangos and top with the remaining lobster pieces. Finally, garnish with fresh chives.

Cathy's notes: My neighbor's son is a fisherman. Florida had a short 3-day catch and he dropped them off at her house. She had invited a few friends over and extended an invitation to me. She wasn't feeling well--and asked me if I would make a lobster salad or bisque. I decided on the lobster salad. I presented it in the martini glasses--and the recipe made 8 servings. Not probably enough for a big eater--but with another side or two was plenty. *The lobster could be substituted with crab or chicken and be just as tasty!

**If you have never worked with Jalapeño peppers, the heat is contained in the oil in the seeds. I use two "baggies" on my hands when slicing and cutting the seeds out. I keep them on during the whole process. If the oils from the seeds get on your fingers and into your eye--they will burn for quite some time. I learned this hard way in El Paso years ago!

The avocados can be easily cubed simply by cutting the fruit in half and removing the seed. Then hold the half of avocado in your hand and make crosswise cuts. The sliced/cubed avocado should simply "fall out" when you push up on the skin side underneath. 😀

I would call this a "keeper." Especially nice for a special occasion! - Enjoy!

This recipe was adapted from Sandy--Everyday Southwest

Blog - Parting Thoughts . . .


“Mankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”  ~ Chief Seattle     

Several weeks ago, while out tending to my plants around my patio and pool—I peered closely into two plastic containers that had been just the right size replacements for an old ornate planter which I bought second hand from my neighbor across the street. Fast forward ten years and after the last hurricane, now sat waiting for me to reposition them again into the iron holder. But, I had not been diligent enough and an unassuming (Click)
Every Truth passes through three stages before it is accepted.  In the first it is ridiculed, next it is opposed; in the third, it is regarded as self evident.

~Arthur Shopenauer (19th Century Philosopher)

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