Friday, September 25, 2015

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” ~ Patanjali


Friday, August 21, 2015

Have you experienced the incredible lightness of being?

So what is being light? 

Luminous, free ... 
in the ideal place in space, 
moving with grace,
leaving no trace ... 
with nothing weighing you down 
or holding you back. 

The incredible lightness of being.

Rebecca

Saturday, June 27, 2015

5 HAPPENING HABITS TO TURN 50 MINUTES INTO A GREAT LIFE


I recently came across this high performance guy, Brendon Burchard's  5 x 50 Minute Formula to increase productivity and energy


What I learned is that High Performance comes from adequate rest, reflection and balance in your life, not push, push, push, nor burning the candle at both ends, or burning the blue computer and iPhone light at both ends. 

Brendon works with very successful people and his method, especially if repeatedly practiced, has a proven track record. It's much like I teach in my hOMnaturale: Detox hOMe & Body Cleanse & Wellness Immersion  

Click Brendon's name above to watch his informative and inspirational video, or review his 5 x 50 Formula I rehashed at the bottom of this post. He shares these 5 common sense tactics articulately in the video and will really kick your butt to begin them asap. Hopefully you are not reading this in the middle of the night, or first thing in the morning... if so you'll have to start tomorrow! 

"Common sense is not always common practice." 

                                                                                               Brendon Burchard

Click on my hOMnaturale: Detox hOMe & Body link above if you are interested in working with me personally. We can email correspond regarding the how and when your 7 day transformative wellness reboot can occur this summer.  rebeccabriggs9@gmail.com

I'll hold your hand while you add key lifestyle practices into your life, from adding nutrient dense super foods, and organic smoothies, soups, snacks and green juices to your life, to giving you the daily regimes, recipes, meal plans, mudras, mantras and meditations to practice.  

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By the way, I'll be leaving beautiful, Southern RI for beautiful Martha's Vineyard, the second week of July, and spending a big chunk of my summer there while my son is visiting his father in also very beautiful Northern California. I should say "living with" his Papa, since the summer is often their one chance each year to live together and be themselves in real time. Being 3,000 miles a part is tough for them both, and sharing quality time getting to know one another isn't easy in a month. Loving one another through thick and thin is vital to any father and son relationship, as is experiencing other parts of the country and world. Shane loves CA and of course time with his dad. 

Shane and his Papa when Shane was six years old... almost seven years ago! I just love this photo.

 I hope and pray for my son to have a super safe and enjoyable journey and summer, and for me, my intention is to be in "high performance" productivity mode, taking full advantage of this time to write more blogs and eNews', and to work daily on my eBooks and programs. I'll be launching my new hOMnaturale website (which I've been saying for a year or more now) and creating more original content for the ever growing mass of people desiring an attunement with nature. 

We all want to know own true nature, and how to stay in continual connection with our "hOMnaturale", which is just another way of saying our natural hOMe within our own hearts and the great pulsing heart of the Universal Infinite intelligence that created our being ness. 

Sustaining a connection with our one mother- nature herself, the Shakti creative lifeforce within and throughout is knowing our soulful life purpose, as well as our gut - brain connection, and respecting the vast world of the micro-biome that makes us thrive or eats away at us, when we put junk in our bodies or live in disharmony with how nature intended and potentiates us to be organically. Attuning to nature aligns us with the many virtues of "food as medicine" and "of doing no harm" - harm, as by relying on prescriptive meds solely to seek health, or harm by repeating polluting thoughts, words or actions. 

Raising my heart centered entrepreneurship up many notches is my goal, as I continue to teach, coach and research natural health practices. And as my mission states, I will continue to help myself thrive while I strive to create more means for my son and I to live life to its fullest. Knowing what to do takes a lot of repetition in order to "make common sense, common practice". 

"Your vocation in life comes from where your greatest joy meets the world's greatest need." 
Frederick Buechner

I'll be teaching outdoor private and party yoga on the Vineyard, and offering my hOMnaturale programs for individuals and families. 

Wish me luck as I do my best to communicate/inform & inspire you at least once a week while I practice Brendon's 5 x 50 minute high performance habits. 

Do them with me, and we'll see how we produce and energize together. Please share your process.  

 I wish a productive, energized and mindfully balanced summer for all of you, so keep in touch!

Organic Broccoli Mircro-greens from 2 Friends Farm in Attleboro, MA (let me know if you want a shipment of these brain enhancing delicious greens) Broccoli sprouts or micro-greens are a vital part of my healthy living. Make them a part of yours. Google the benefits of these sulforaphane rich teenage vegetables. 

AND NOW FOR 5 x 50 FORMULA: 

1.) 50 MINUTE POWER BLOCK 1: 50 minutes before bed NO SCREENS. That's a high performance habit - to rest brain before bed, and have lower light levels 50 minutes before sleep. 

2.) 50 MINUTE POWER BLOCK 2: stretch & strategize
First 20 minutes 
DRINK WATER & STRETCH 
Get up and drink at least 8 oz of water (with lemon even better) and stretch (either before your work-out, or during your work-out) or have 20 minutes of sex and increase your feel good hormone, oxytocin, as well as natural cannabinoids. 
Next 30 minutes 
STRATEGIZE for your day
DO NOT CHECK YOUR IN BOX OR TEXT MESSAGES. (Proven productivity goes down 30% when check IN box first 30 minutes of day... Ouch!) This checks you IN to the world's agendas and checks you OUT of your own agenda. By NOT jumping on computer you will prevent being in REACTION MODE and instead launch yourself into CREATION MODE.
DO STRATEGIZE to CREATE forward action for Day:
Write one page strategy, split into 2 columns: 
Column 1 - Who do I need to reach out to today to get what I need 
Column 2 - What do I need to do to move my life forward  
When you are in the block of time checking EMAIL, SORT THE LIST FIRST by
LOOKING through IN BOX for who you are waiting to hear from - from first column. 

3.) 50 MINUTE POWER BLOCK 3: DIVIDE DAY INTO 50 MINUTE TIME SPANS
and make at least three 50 minute uninterrupted blocks of time for creative contribution work (no meetings, just do work and advance ideas, think, create uninterrupted)

4. EVERY 50 MINUTES SET PHONE TIMER TO GET UP & MOVE: 
This will renew you through out day. Constantly every 50 minutes reenergize yourself. 
EVERY 50 minutes Take a break (at least 5 x in day): Drink water, Walk around house, office... for @ ten minutes. It's proven that when you take a break every 50 minutes you are more productive. Set up for one block to be just EMAIL for instance, uninterrupted, no break till 50 minutes up. 

5. 50 MINUTE POWER BLOCK 5: TAKE A 50 MINUTE RENEWAL
Break it up. DO 30 MINUTES OUTSIDE: take a walk in the middle of the day, or at the end of work day (before go into house after work...) and then at end of day try 20 minutes MEDITATION. 

DO 20 MINUTE RELEASE MEDITATION TECHNIQUE: repeat a word, like "release" for 20 minutes. 
"release" "release" "release" "release" "release" "release" 
Sit up straight, with erect spine. Observe thoughts, let them go and come back to word "release". 
This is a mantra (a mind tool). I like to chant sanskrit words that have vibrational resonance, but english words have vibration as well. "Release" is nice. Say it outward, then say it inward for 20 minutes. 

This ought to help you wind down at night and rest and restore. ALSO, rehydrate with water before bed, you won't get up in the middle of night because the body is so stressed due to lack of ability to flush toxins out of kidneys and liver (needs water, or it wakes up half way through cycle of cleansing)

Good night every body; now shut off your computer!!
Namaste~ 
Rebecca
" Let the beauty you love be what you do. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground." Rumi

Saturday, May 9, 2015

MOTHER'S DAY: GREEN GODDESS SOUP & ALIGNING WITH MOTHER NATURE'S WISDOM

GREEN GODDESS SOUP  - RECIPE BELOW
GREEN GODDESS VEGAN SOUP
Spring is the perfect time to refresh the physical body, our habits and our hOMes (within and throughout Mother Earth). It's a time to reset our spiritual and emotional heart felt intentions towards leading a more healthful, happy life and pursing our life's mission, nurturing what our Divine MOTHER gave us: life, as resident of planet earth. 
Cleansing our hOMe first -  by detoxing from what we no longer need, or from what is stored in the body to protect us from harm, is essential for our bodies to maintain  optimal functioning. The body is set to do so in spring. Just as we check the soil, fertilize it with natural minerals and nutrients, we should also check our own gut/soil/micro-biome health. Fresh greens and clearer warmer days move us outside and encourage us too eat better. We can make wiser choices, because we are less isolated, out and about, in gardens and in community. We become more attuned with nature and the body longs to stay (or get) in sync by first trying to balance the bacteria within us, especially ridding the system of systemic yeast overgrowth. Cleansing with a no sugar, no starchy carb or grain diet is key. 
Candida Albicans overgrowth can be systemic, as the yeast, fed by a diet high in sugars it craves, creates webs of biofilm that can grasp onto and entrap organs, create bloating, fatigue, and headaches among other more severe symptoms. 
 There are various ways to detox: a short-term fast, juicing, consuming strictly raw foods or merely focusing on functional foods (healthful, non-inflammatory foods that heal instead of harm whether raw, vegan, vegetarian, or paleo...). Regardless of how we decide to approach a detox, a crucial piece is ensuring our elimination pathways are functioning at an optimal level. How are your liver and kidneys coping, and how is your essential nutrient and cofactor creation, assimilation and utilization which these organs need to help cleanse toxins regularly and more intensely out of the body during a seasonal cleanse.
We must ask ourselves:
  1. Do I have regular bowel movements daily?
  2. Am I urinating 4-8 times per day?
  3. How often do I sweat?
  4. Am I conscious of taking deep breaths throughout my day?
  5. Is my main detox organ up for a detox challenge?
  6. Do I know the best tools to encourage lymphatic drainage?
  7. And last but not least, is my mind ready for an “out with the old, in with the new” experience?

Gastrointestinal Health
Ensuring you are having regular bowel movements is a good place to begin. Supporting good bowel health can be achieved by healthy hydration, along with good amounts of whole foods and fiber in your diet. Avoid stimulating laxatives (senna, aloe or bisacodyl), and seek out more bulk-forming laxatives, like agar, psyllium, kelp and plant gum in a more natural, supportive approach. Magnesium in the forms of magnesium citrate, malate or glycinate can also help encourage regularity.
Genitourinary Health
Hydrating an adequate amount throughout the day is crucial in supporting your body in eliminating toxins. The main rule of thumb is consuming at least half your bodyweight in fluid ounces; however, if you are active and sweating, that demand can triple.
Skin
Skin is the body’s largest organ, and along with protecting us from outside pathogens, our skin eliminates toxins through sweat. There are great activities that encourage sweating, such as exercise, steam rooms, saunas and detox baths. Be sure to shower after sweating to prevent reabsorption of toxicants.
Breath
We often forget that exhalation is a form of release. We inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide to maintain internal balance. We also use our breath to release emotional, toxic build-up. When our breath becomes choppy and shallow, we hold onto emotional toxins and retain more tension. By creating awareness of our breath and maintaining smooth, deep, rhythmic breaths in and out, we are more capable of letting go.
  • Check out the free smartphone app, “GPS for the Soul,” for tips on how to seek and maintain balance in breathwork
Liver Health
The detox organ, the liver, must be up to the challenge for a successful detoxification experience. It is here that the vast majority of substances are broken down to then be eliminated by the body. Avoid liver-offending substances, such as alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, sugar and other medications. Supplement your diet with liver-supportive substances and foods, such as milk thistle, artichoke, turmeric, omega-3s, garlic, avocado, lemon, beets and green tea, to name a few.
Lymphatic System
Your lymphatic system is designed to gather toxic substances from the tissue and return them to circulation to then be eliminated. Exercise is a great way to increase circulation and encourage lymphatic movement. Lymphatic massage is also a passive technique to optimize this elimination pathway. One can also use these DIY home remedies to encourage lymphatic drainage:
  • Castor oil packs applied to the abdomen encourage circulation and movement of blood and lymph.
  • Skin brushing is also an easy technique to encourage lymphatic drainage. Remember to always administer brushing on dry skin, and brush from the extremities toward the heart.
Mind, Heart and Spirit
A mental, emotional and spiritual detox can also accompany a physical one. Often, the two can have a complimentary effect. Cleaning out your mind translates into a cleaner life and vice versa.

Green Goddess Soup {Vegan}
Posted by Angela Russell On December 10, 2012 0 Comment
Mmm…soup.  Good for the body and the soul.  This creamy vegetable soup is thick, tart and super satisfying, thanks to the brown rice.  It reminds me a bit of Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup…without all of the junk.  It has EIGHT organic vegetables in it, it’s vegan and all-natural.  As you can tell, I’m pretty excited to have discovered it, and recommend you make it if you are:
·       …vegan or vegetarian
·       …a vegetable lover
·       …lactose intolerant
·       …on a weight-loss plan
·       …need a way to get in more veggies
·       …need a way to make veggies taste good
·       …wanting a good lunch to bring to work all week
·       …in love with cream of broccoli soup

Green Goddess Soup
Makes about 8-10 servings
Ingredients:
2 c leeks
2 c broccoli
2 c asparagus
2 c zucchini
2 c celery
2 c kale, stems removed
2 T parsley (minced)
2 cloves (1 T) garlic (minced)
1/2 c organic brown rice  – I used Jasmine
3 T olive oil
2-3 teaspoons sea salt
Black pepper
1-2 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
Water
Directions:
Step 1 – prep the veg: The first step is to wash and prep the veggies.   Chop all of the veggies (besides garlic and parsley) into bite sized pieces BEFORE measuring it. Mince the garlic and parsley.  Here’s what mine looked like all prepped:
Directions:
Step 1 – prep the veg: The first step is to wash and prep the veggies.   Chop all of the veggies (besides garlic and parsley) into bite sized pieces BEFORE measuring it. Mince the garlic and parsley.  Here’s what mine looked like all prepped:
 Step 3 – water + simmer:  Add water – about 4-5 cups to start – enough to cover the veggies by a couple of inches (they will float up).  Cover the pot and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Step 4 – thicken + season:  Mix in the uncooked brown rice, minced garlic and parsley. Bring to a boil and then return to low. Simmer for another 20-30 minutes or until rice is soft (taste test it!).
Step 5 – give it a lemony blend:  Add in the 1-2 T lemon (I went with 2). Stick in the immersion blender (or, blend in a blender) and whiz away until you reach desired consistency. Add more water if you want to thin it out.  Taste and season/adjust with more salt, pepper, lemon.  You can let it simmer for a few more minutes if you’d like, but it’s done.
This was really tasty with 2 teaspoons of Parmesan-Romano and a bit of Sriracha stirred in at the end.  I had 2.5 bowls for dinner tonight.  Enjoy!
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