Tasty Fruit Salad & Infused Water

Tasty Fruit Salad & Infused Water

This refreshing salad is not only delicious but beautiful.

Low in calories, high in fiber, nutrition, and very hydrating. 

Considering tomatoes and cucumbers are actually fruits, this recipe is technically a fruit salad. Besides being nutritional, salads truly make for low carbon foodprint meals, especially when you buy local produce. The added benefit is the only energy you use to prepare them is your own. Not having to cook a great meal saves you time and money. Raw foods also help you to stay hydrated. If you read my blog on Water Consumption, you know why I‘m so passionate about water. You can see by the chart below, the average fruits and vegetable are about 90% water. Here is a link to a great article that gives you the health benefits of 19 fruits and vegetable that will help keep you hydrated.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Cucumbers cubed             96% water
  • 2 cups Tomatoes cubed                94% water
  • 1 cup Mango or peach cubed       83% water
  • 1  cup of Avacado cubed              70% water
  • 1  cup Sprouts                                 90% water
  • ¼ cup white or red onion               89% water
  • 2 TB of fresh Lime or Lemon Juice
  • ½ cup diced Fresh Basil
  • 1 TB Ginger grated                         80% water
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Option: add a 4 oz piece of fresh grilled salmon or another protein source

Directions

Put all ingredients in a beautiful bowl, toss and serve chilled. Garnish with fresh basil leaves. Enjoy while you hydrate and nourish your beautiful body and soul.


 

Special Recipe: 

Refreshing Infused Water

Since this week’s blog was on the consumption of water, I decided it would be a good idea to share some of my favorite hydrating Infused Beverage Combinations

Infusing water with fruits, berries, and herbs is a great way to hydrate and it is easy and affordable. In 4-6 hours you have a refreshingly delicious beverage that cost you pennies to make. You can store the infused water in the fridge for days. Some people recommend taking out the ingredients after 12 hours, but I usually drink mine up long before that. When I have let fruit linger in my infused beverage for days, it ferments and tastes more like wine. Super yummy!  Especially when I use pineapple.

To Make any combination of Infused Water:

Cut up about 1 cup of fruit and veggies of your choice, sized to fit into a pitcher or ½ gallon canning jar. You can also use berries and herbs. Depending on your flavor preference, and the size of your vessel determines how much fruit, veggies or herbs you add.

I usually make mine in a ½ gallon canning jar or if I am having guest, I sometimes make individual pint jars. First, add the combination of ingredients you wish to infuse and then fill the rest of your vessel with purified or filtered water. Chill in your refrigerator for at least 4 hours, the longer it sits the more flavorful it will be.

Be sure to always wash your fruits and veggies, especially if you are not eating organic food, even if you peel them. Pesticides have a way of getting beyond the skin. Check out the Dirty Dozen list which informs you are the fruits and veggies that are most important to buy organic. I was all my veggies using baking soda and organic apple cider vinegar. Studies have been done on both of these ingredients that have proven to eliminate most pesticides. I hope they are right 🙂 More on that in a future post.

Some of my favorite combinations

  • Pineapple Ginger Spearmint
  • Orange Mint
  • Lemon Ginger
  • Watermelon Keifer Lime Leaves
  • Strawberry Apple
  • Tangerine Rosemary
  • Watermelon Lemon Balm
  • Cucumber Basil

This list goes on… I love cucumbers, so when I have fresh organic cucumbers I will add to most of my infused beverages.

Enjoy this Great Reference Chart that takes you to the water content in many favorite fruits and veggies.

As always, thank you for reading and sharing my content with your friends and loved ones. I deeply appreciate all the wonderful comments and respond to them all. If you have a recipe you wish to share, please let me know. Also, let me know if you would like me to provide you a recipe of any kind. I most likely have a good one to share with you.

To your health ~ Big Love, Mama D

 

Healing Currents: Conscious Water Consumption 🌊♻️

Healing Currents: Conscious Water Consumption 🌊♻️

From roaring waterfalls and crashing waves to gentle rain and billowing clouds, water pervades our planet’s majestic biosphere. It is easy to take for granted.

– Michael Denton 

Aloha Beautiful Souls! Today, we are going to take a dive into water! You’ve probably heard the saying, “water is life,” but have you ever pondered how important water really is? The information I share in this post on the wonders of water will blow your mind.

When I was a kid, some of my favorite summer activities, which kept me happily occupied for hours, were playing in the sprinkler or jumping into a chlorinated swimming pool and splashing around. The water seemed endless. I loved warm bubble baths after a day full of play! I’d fill the tub so full that the bubbles overflowed onto the bathroom floor. I never questioned my consumption: how much water I was wasting or how the chlorinated water and my bright pink bubble bath were affecting my health.

Before all of us were born, we developed in our mothers’ womb surround by amniotic fluid, which is mainly water. No wonder most of us still like a warm comforting bath. More than 60% of our bodies are made of water. From regulating our temperature to delivering oxygen and allowing our cells to grow, water is essential for our survival.

Yes, water is life, but is there really an endless supply available to support the growing population on Earth? Without water, our planet would be a barren wasteland. The reality is, while around 72 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, the salty oceans hold about 97 percent of all water on our planet. That’s a wake-up call to those who believe there is an endless supply of drinking water. Check out this one minute video. You won’t be sorry.

Less than three percent of the Earth’s water is freshwater and of that amount, more than two-thirds is locked up in ice caps and glaciers. Water also exists in rivers and lakes, in the ground as soil moisture, in aquifers, in the air as water vapor, and in all of us. This all adds up to about 326 million trillion gallons of water on Earth. Water is a finite resource that circulates through the hydrological cycle. Only one-hundredth of 1 percent of the world’s water is readily available for human use. Now that’s just crazy, right? 


 

Why Hydrate

When I do not drink enough water, my joints hurt and my heart races. What are your symptoms? Studies show that 75% of US citizens suffer from chronic dehydration. This shows a major disconnection in our relationship with water. Here’s an insightful infographic that can help you be more mindful while you improve your daily water intake.

 

Today’s Reminder: Drink More Water!

It’s important to consider that not all water is created equal. We use to feel safe drinking the tap water, and damn, why should it be any other way? In western society, they say it’s “safe” to drink tap water. Ask the people of Flint Michigan and those who reside in industrial manufacturing and agricultural areas, if their tap water, so-called drinking water, is safe to drink. In fact, even tap water in some regions of the developed United States has been linked to chronic diseases. When you dive a little deeper, you uncover that our municipal sources of water are contaminated with a wide range of chemicals and unwanted substances:

Here is a list of just a few of the chemicals routinely added to our water supply:

  • Liquified chlorine
  • Fluorosilicic acid
  • Aluminium sulphate
  • Calcium hydroxide
  • Sodium silicofluoride

 

Do you really want to put these chemicals in your body?

I recommend you check with your local water department and ask for a breakdown of what is in your water so you can make an educated decision for your well-being. Ask a lot of questions, get the specifics. Find out why they are adding what they are adding. This can help you determine the best water filtration system to install in your home. Like our food consumption blog when it comes to water, we want to have control of what we put into our precious bodies and those of our children.

Some alternative ways to secure a purer source of water:

  1. Catch rainwater
  2. Use a water distiller or filtration system
  3. Try to never drink water in plastic bottles
  4. Eat organic whole foods that have a high water content
  5. The ultimate Soulution, live next to a source of clean freshwater

 

Bottled Water

The Plastic Problem

 

I am going to keep this brief, but this topic is as large as our oceans! It’s hard to believe when I was a kid, we drank the New Jersey tap water. We never imagined we would be drinking out of plastic bottles. Commercial implementation of single-use plastic water bottles did not even exist until 1970! OMG, how did we live without plastic water bottles, computers, and cell phones!? Well, we did, just fine in fact. 🙂

Bottled water dramatically adds to pollution. According to Ban the Bottle, making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses over 17 million barrels of oil annually, and we all know how fossil fuels negatively impact our environment. Plastic bottled water now holds the second-largest share of the beverage market in the US, ahead of milk and beer! That’s just crazy.

It’s 2019 and our world is drowning in plastic toxins: packaged and processed items that so many consume mindlessly. Plastics suffocate and flood the ocean, deplete the fisheries, and threaten all underwater life. We now find unsightly gigantic gyres — garbage patches floating out at sea. The earth takes hundreds to thousands of years to digest plastic, and no species can afford to wait that long. A 2017 study found that 79% of all the plastic humans have produced has ended up either in landfills or in nature. Mounds of so-called recyclables end up mingled in with the rest of human consumer waste. We leave the rest to litter streets, streams, and beaches. In 2010 alone, up to 12 million metric tons were dumped into the world’s oceans!

Single-use plastics are the most substantial part of the problem. The worst part is that, regardless of the recycling program initiatives, most plastic does not get recycled. We used to ship it to China, but China wised up and said… NO MORE. Now what?

In an article published in Time on May 29, 2019, titled, “Your Bottled Water Probably Has Plastic In It. Should You Worry?” author Markham Heid states: “Plastic contamination is rampant in bottled water. That was the unsettling conclusion of a study published last year in Frontiers in Chemistry that analyzed samples taken from 259 bottled waters sold in several countries and found that 93% of them contained ‘microplastic’ synthetic polymer particles.” These particles are contaminating the oceans. Not only that, many commercial bottled waters are just repackaged tap water. Not to mention that this water absorbs BPA from the plastic bottles which negatively affects our health. BPA-Free Does Not Mean Safe. Most plastics leach hormone-disrupting chemicals. Our bodies don’t know what to do with the artificial substances either.

An article written in 2017 for The Guardian states “A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021”. What is up with that! We must flip the script, be mindful in our lives, and END the use of single-use plastic bottles. We can invest our money in sustainable and regenerative Soulutions.

There are many excellent options for reusable water bottles. I recommend these sustainable hydro flask bottles from amazon, you can order some here

I also finally found an affordable water filtration system that I love. It’s the Royal Berkey Gravity-Fed Water Filter. If you use a different system and really like it, I would appreciate you leaving a comment so others can benefit. 

Invest in your health and the health of the planet


 

How Our Consumption of Water

Affects the Rest of the World

Don’t take potable water for granted, many are not so lucky

 

Water is the most essential element for life, it is a HUMAN RIGHT

Mindful consumption of water is good for your health, but wasting water should be a crime. The fact is that nearly ⅓ of people in the world do not have access to fresh drinking water, and it’s getting worse. We must value water more, and come together to solve this humanitarian crisis. Too many people still think that because water is cheap, they can afford to waste it. It is more important now than ever to conserve water.

The United Nation addresses Water-related challenges

  • 1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services. (WHO/UNICEF 2017)
  • 5 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services. (WHO/UNICEF 2017)
  • 340,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases. (WHO/UNICEF 2015)
  • Water scarcity already affects four out of every 10 people. (WHO)
  • 90% of all natural disasters are water-related. (UNISDR)
  • 80% of wastewater flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused (UNESCO, 2017).
  • Around two-thirds of the world’s transboundary rivers do not have a cooperative management framework. (SIWI)
  • Agriculture accounts for 70% of global water withdrawal. (FAO)
  • Roughly 75% of all industrial water withdrawals are used for energy production. (UNESCO, 2014)


 

Positive Changes And Soulutions For Water Consumption

Drink enough water and do not waste it.

I may have been born as a Taurus, but I feel most alive when I am in the ocean. Every day or at least 300 days a year, I am in the water! Those other days I’m either traveling, sick, or the waves are enormous. When I am in the ocean, surrounded by tropical fish, dolphins, and breaching whales, I am reminded of the spirit of the water. When the seas are rough, calm, or stormy, I feel the emotions and the spirit of the sacred Earth.

It’s our collective responsibility to mindfully consume the water we depend on. What can we do immediately? Safe Water Drinking Foundation offers a laundry list of ways to conserve water. One of many things that I have done to conserve water since I was a young adult is to follow this rule “If it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down.”

I have provided you with some links to excellent resources and organizations doing something about water consumption. The book, The Wonder of Water, by Michael Denton, is also an excellent read that will get you in touch with this endangered resource and explain why we should understand and respect it more. Drink up my friends, and share this information with others. United we bring forth a more harmonious world.

Thanks for taking the time to read beautiful souls, have an amazing day! 

If you enjoyed leave a comment and share with your friends, 

Big Love & Aloha 

Mama Donna 

The Soulutionist Mindset: Be Part Of The Solution

The Soulutionist Mindset: Be Part Of The Solution

Aloha Beautiful Souls,

In order to adapt and integrate a *Soulutionist mindset into our life, we must be honest with ourselves and willing to address the truths. When we act with love and compassion, we find the nourishment and motivation to help make a change. By doing so, we are able to discover the root cause of a problem and find Soulutions.

Nature teaches us that in order to regenerate we must give more than we take, or at the very least there needs to be a balance of inputs and outputs. We must be sure that nothing goes to waste. When we consider this in our daily lives, we generate moral abundance. By surrounding ourselves with a new mindset of abundance, we can thrive.

Across the span of history, power has always been sought after and abused, rather than distributed, equitably and responsibly. This greedy approach has failed us and the Earth. Only when we seek agreement and understanding can we truly hope to reverse the injustice.

Since a young age, I knew that something had to change, so I set off on a journey to help heal myself and others. This journey continues to this day, where I find myself here, writing this blog to you. The key is to see the magic in everything you do, pure and simple. First, you must find the magic inside you. Your attitude towards life determines where you end up; each day is a new beginning.

 

The Truth

The Root Of Our Problems

The people In Power control the power — the energy and the fuel we use.

The less we use, the more power we have.

Right now our planet is faced with a wide range of problems due to the fact that the majority of the human race has isolated themselves from Nature. To conquer the Earth for personal gain is not a solution. From environmental destruction to our personal health, we are all faced with problems within our lives. When ignored, these problems continue to grow like a cancer cell: becoming larger and infecting us more. Entropy is a natural force on our planet. Basically; if we do not maintain something, it begins to decay, resulting in problems that become harder to deal with the longer we ignore them.

We all have to begin to consider the bigger picture, The planet is dying and in need of our help. We have the power to turn things around! There are positive things happening which are helping to mitigate the effects of some of the enormous problems. But is it happening fast enough? Are there enough of us making a shift to be part of the Soulutions and not the pollution?

The faster we take care of a wound, the sooner it will heal.

I’m here today to share a new perspective on solutions. I believe the main reason why we find ourselves in our current position is because of the way we have approached problems. Our society often chooses solutions that are temporary and self-serving. We are conditioned to treat the symptoms, not the root causes.

Understanding the past and how we got to where we are can be depressing and piss us off, but it can also motivate us to take action.

Some individual’s responses to their dog barking or child crying might be to hit them until they stop. My heart cringes at the very thought! Especially when the correct way to handle the situation would be to utilize love and compassion, which are themselves the best solutions. Learned behavior has a tendency to carry forward. We can and must stop the craziness!

When we treat the symptoms, it only delays the problem which eventually rises up again and again. For example, doctors will prescribe a wide range of medications for illnesses instead of addressing the root causes of our bad health like poor eating or bad sleeping habits.

Take our government, for instance, which has failed to protect the environment for far too long. Selling out to big business is no way to run a government. From backing out of the Paris Climate Accord to ignoring the proven scientific evidence that the climate crises are a consequence of our failure to act, the government is failing us while playing servant to the corporate entities.

Furthermore, the lack of transparency and corruption that permeates our elections has created soulless campaigns designed to distract voters from the truth: the truth that our government is not as sovereign as it once was. It ought to be illegal for the corporate conglomerates to influence our elections and our policies with monetary incentives. Our government should not be for sale.

And then there are the short-sighted views of these multinational corporate conglomerates that have themselves convinced us that drinking sugar water packed in plastic containers is ok. This and their other so-called “solutions,” including microwave meals and single-serve containers, have worked to acclimate us to this addictive, dysfunctional throw-away society.

Beyond the introduction of single-use consumables, the fake propounding that nuclear energy would solve all our energy needs and excessive consumer habits has also been deceitful. The nuclear waste we buried is now resurfacing; as are devastating health issues. Abusing clean air, drinking water, and nutrient-dense soil are crimes not only against humanity but against all life. Short term gains can lead to long term devastations. The focus should not be solely on the alternative energy sources we can harvest but on what we can plant, and how we can conserve the resources that remain.

To put a solar system on a soda manufactures roof is not a solution, it is a band-aid to a flawed reality.

There are consequences to the environment and human health when adapting to any power system, including large scale renewable energy systems, especially when these new energy systems are used to produce unhealthy and ridiculous products. Millions of things are manufactured every day that we can live WELL without. There are not enough band-aids in the world to keep up with the compulsive consumer habits we have employed in the past century. We do not need all of the STUFF that feeds our incessant need to consume.

While the transfer to renewable power as a source of energy can help to mitigate the damage that has been dealt our world by the abuse of fossil fuels, this alone will not be enough to sustain our unhealthy existence on Earth. We must build practical infrastructure. This includes building only energy-efficient structures and modes of transportation. Rather than continuing to invest in cross-continental pipelines, designed to transport energy from coast to coast, we must be regionally independent with our use of fuel and food. Utilizing natural renewable resources is a way that does not starve and rape our precious Earth. Using these energy resources to produce necessities not nonsense, is a must. We do not know all the long term effects of any energy system.

The most dependable energy is people power.

 We must consume less, waste less, and give more.

Many of us have let the corrosive American dream invade our beings. We were born into a culture that is built upon the exploitation of others. We’ve been taught to consume mindlessly, unaware of the effects our lifestyle has on the soil beneath our feet. What we need is the courage and willingness to live in harmony with the Earth. By consuming less, we heal ourselves and the Earth. It only makes dollars and SENSE to create economies that can restore and renew the cycles of life we depend on rather than being a slave to the many dysfunctional human systems.

According to studies, every year, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that can be composted. The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world’s people generate 40% of the world’s waste!

What kinds of solutions are these that destroy the resources we depend upon? What are we teaching our children?

Every human being affects the world around them, but some humans have acquired more influence and power than others. It is the corruption and misuse of this power that has brought us to where we are today. When we are disconnected from our roots, our lack of love and perspective allows power to corrupt. Our external reality is a reflection of who we are inside.

So many people are at war with themselves and caught up in minutia. The fights over our personal differences have distracted us from the bigger picture. When we abuse ourselves we abuse the Earth, when we pollute our bodies we pollute the Earth. Being mindful is essential for peace within ourselves and in the world.


 

GIVE MORE take less

Soulless solutions are the root cause of many of the problems we’re faced with today. That is why I’ve introduced the words Soulution and Soulutionist into my mindset. 

A Soulution is a means of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation or problem while implementing love and compassion with respect to the long term consequences.

A Soulutionist address the root cause of a problem and approaches them like the future matters. They find remedies that restore the harmony within our lives and the world and strive to create an economy that meets the needs, (not the compulsive desires) of the present, without compromising others and future generations.

Some easy Soulutions that we can all do immediately:
We can consume less, and give more than we take. We can all stop using plastic, drive less, turn the lights off, and eat sustainably grown food. We can starve the unethical businesses and corporations and demand better. DEMAND Soulutions.

Rather than support dysfunctional systems, we can engage in the arts, listen to or create music, take care of our health, spend time in Nature, nurture friendships and family, hug and love more, and engage with our communities.

I’m sure that you have your own Soulutions too that will add to the Economics of your Happiness. Please share them with the community in the comment section below, and thank you for your contributions, and for being a part of the Soulution, not the pollution.


 

The Regeneration Approach

Becoming a Soulutionist

Nature is a beautiful example of balance, strength, and flow; the best place to re-center, regenerate, and listen to our soul.

The regeneration approach is the core foundation of a Soulutionist. By placing our mental focus on regeneration we naturally create a more harmonic life. It’s this harmony that allows us to help heal others; we become a sort of walking medicine. We affect the lives of everyone we encounter with every word and action we take. When we live and make peace with the truth we become a bright light, helping to reveal the shadows.

In my next blog, I will share more Soultions and regenerative lifestyle tips. If you are on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, you will see I post articles daily that bring Soulutions to the forefront. What we focus on GROWS.


 

The Shift

The Soulutions to Our Problems

This is a call to inspire innovators and entrepreneurs, and to awaken people of all generations to connect soulfully and discover the value of Soulutions. It’s time that we all take responsibility for our actions and to shift to a more regenerative and holistic path. To live like the future matters. Together we have the ability to do this, divided we do not.

Seek out strong connections that make you feel loved and alive.

Thanks for being part of the growing movement of Soulutionists around the world. Please share this post, and other positive content, with others. Together, we solve more.

In my forthcoming memoir of sorts, you will find numerous people and organizations solving problems like the future matters.

Big Love and Aloha

Mama Donna

You’re Worth It! Make an Investment in Your Health and Help Save the Earth

You’re Worth It! Make an Investment in Your Health and Help Save the Earth

We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat,” but what does that really mean? There are plenty of reasons not to eat DEAD, processed, and fast food, which “conveniently” serve our taste buds, but not our well-being. When we eat artificially, we lose our connection not only with ourselves, but also with the Earth. When our bodies and minds are affected, it affects the choices we make. Nutritionally dense foods elevate our frequency. Processed, greasy, or sugary foods, lower our vibrations and causes us to overindulge. Overeating makes us feel horrible. In a sense, when we eat dead food we deny our internal truth and become artificial ourselves. In addition to making us feel like crap, chemical agriculture and genetically modified crops have added to the environmental and humanitarian crises.
Most of the people in the world have awakened to these facts. The way most humans live is negatively impacting Nature, the climate, and the quality of our air and water. Humans are organic beings. Our bodies are built from the elements of the Earth. So we are literally what we eat. As humans get sicker, our Earth – our home – grows sicker.
Pay for it now or pay the doctor later.
I hear a lot of people say, “eating healthy is too expensive, organic is overpriced.”
Yet the costs of heart disease and diabetes are so much higher. When our bodies are not feeling good, it’s hard to pursue our dreams, and it’s hard to help others, let alone the Earth. We get weighed down by the responsibilities of life because we lack the energy to do the things we want and need to do. The Earth and others are counting on us to be well.
The truth is that the number one investment you can make is in yourself.

 

The Origins of Our Food

I spent the majority of my adult life studying the process of how food travels from the soil to our tables. In that time, I’ve learned the importance of having a connection with the soil. When we eat living foods, from soil full of life, we feel alive! It can take thousands of years to make fertile topsoil; the soil is a nonrenewable resource. We must take care of the soil NOW and stop calling it, DIRT!  Dirt is dead soil. We are dependent on vital fertile soil for survival. The undervalued soil is the origin; it is the medium for the food we eat, the timber used to build our homes, and the fabric for our clothes.
Our health, the health of the soil, and the health of the plant are one and the same. Soil with all its billions of microbes works to break down the biomass. Improved agricultural practices can help mitigate climate change by reducing emissions from agriculture and other sources and by storing carbon in plant biomass and soils. When we choose to eat healthy organic food, we are part of the solution to the climate crisis.
Leave a small footprint and have a greater impact.
Primarily eating a plant-based diet or going vegan makes a difference.” Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human-related emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years.” At this point in my life, at 62 years old, I am 80% vegan and eat only organic and as much local food as possible. I feel better than I did when I was 35.
Something we can all do immediately to build a better world meant to last is to value the food we consume. All 7.3 billion of us (and counting) eat. What we ingest has a significant impact on our economy, environment, and health. Eating is a simple daily task that we can all wrap our mouths around to help heal and regenerate the world.
Eat to save the planet

 

Health Is Our Greatest Wealth

Take Care Of Yourself

One of my guiding life principles is that health is my greatest wealth. Every day, I choose to invest in myself and to heal from the inside out, one bite at a time. I support my local farmer’s market and grow some produce on my farmstead. Doing so, I build a deeper relationship with the Earth, the human beings who raise my food, and the food I consume.
There are plenty of reasons to eat healthily! Not only do you have an abundance of energy; you fortify your immune system against disease and sickness. You give your body and mind the fuel it needs to be active. Vibrant energy can be used to pursue your dreams and to help others. Your investment in yourself pays for itself. And it gains interest. The Earth is grateful for your choice! So, invest in yourself every day and plant the seeds of your success.  You’re WORTH IT!
“The more we bring our individual lives into alignment with the whole of existence, the more we feel nourished and at peace.”
~Joshua Rosenthal Founder IIN

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The Conscious Living Shift

The Conscious Living Shift

Enhance Your Self-Awareness For Mindful Success

Aloha beautiful Souls, In this post, I share how being conscious and self-aware has enhanced my life. Being mindful fortifies our self-worth. Mental, physical, and spiritual health gives us the ultimate wealth, which is our greatest success. We have a choice of how we cultivate self-awareness.

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.

If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. ~ Buddha

The Shift to Living Consciously

Consciousness is the state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings. Self-Awareness is having a clear perception of your character, including your thoughts, beliefs, motivation, emotions, strengths and weaknesses. The more conscious we are, the more self-awareness we have. We’re able to understand other people better, and how they perceive us. Our attitude and our responses to them are more genuine.

When we are in touch with what’s going on deep inside us, we can feel vulnerable. If we numb ourselves, we are unaware of what’s going on inside and around us. Feeling deprived or rejected leads to low self-esteem or depression. It can also lead to addictions, abuse, and other disorders. Our thoughts and energy are powerful. The thoughts and energy that bring us together, feels better than those that try to separate us. Separation leaves us empty with the need to fill ourselves with something.

Being conscious cultivates self-awareness and ignites courage. With self-awareness, we can avoid being mindless. We are in touch with our true self so our self-worth and self-esteem evolve. When we make decisions with intuitive wisdom, we enhance our life. Our inner beauty unfolds more deliberately when we trust and are in touch with ourselves.

Alice Boyes, Ph.D., a former clinical psychologist, researcher, and author offers more insight into what happens when we lose our sense of self. If we live without self-awareness, we cannot be mindful and can harm ourselves. When we hurt ourselves, it pains others and effects our surroundings. It’s good to find people you trust and can talk to when in pain or scared. It is liberating to peel back the layers of doubt and live consciously.

By cultivating conscious actions and thoughts, we deepen the connection we have with ourselves and increase our self-worth.

How I Cultivate Consciousness

There are many reasons to cultivate consciousness and to increase self-awareness. When we are happy and feel fulfilled, our life has more meaning. Our self-worth is elevated. Sometimes I lose touch with myself, and it becomes uncomfortable. Living in a vulnerable place feels nothing like success. Learning to be more mindful has helped me to succeed in business, relationships, and improved my health. I offer you some ways that work for me to stay balanced and self-aware.

  • Being out in Nature works for me. It is where I get grounded. I go for two mindful walks a day and surround myself with beauty. I often walk barefoot which helps me get centered. The feeling of the Earth beneath my feet awakens my senses. Present, I quiet my mind. I’m reminded of how grateful I am. 
  • Nature photography is a passion that gives me joy. My phone has a great camera that enables me to be creative and in the moment with each photo I take. I’m delighted by the tropical flowers, fruiting bananas, papayas, and pineapples. I am in awe of Nature’s beauty. I search for the perfect lighting. All the photos in my posts come from my encounters in Nature.
  • I love spending time in the ocean. The many beautiful shades of still clear blue water give me maximum peace of mind and fill me with joy. When I’m not on a mindful walk along the Kohala Coast on the Big Island, you may find me treading water in the Pacific Ocean. I contemplate. The water calms and refreshes my entire being. It’s the perfect place for me to let go of any bad vibes and energy. The wonders of the sea are regenerative. In the ocean, I’m respectful of where I am and aware of how important it is to be present. After all, there are sharks, sea turtles, rays, and countless species of fish.
  • Sky-Walks Meditation is my favourite and the most effective way for me to be present. It is something I do daily and share with my clients. Here’s how it’s done: Lie on your back, head facing downhill, on a slight incline. An incline moves blood more freely to your heart and brain. Lift your legs to the sky. While in this position, I do a series of gentle stretches. I breathe gently relaxing my whole being. Cloud-watching takes it to a whole other level. Grounded and focused, it’s easier to tune out the chatter, especially with the sound of the waves and wind.

Doing these daily practices, I can be mindful. The more present I am, the better I’m able to communicate. I’m more alert, conscious, and can discern matters that might have otherwise upset me. When upset, I’m unconsciously led to eat the wrong foods, say the wrong things, and not make the best choices. What do you do to stay present, to be conscious?

Maybe you have a park nearby that you haven’t frequented. Maybe you have a backyard, perfect for a little barefooted walk. Get creative about what brings you present moment awareness, mindfulness, and groundedness. Hop on a bus and “get out of Dodge.”

How do You Cultivate Self-Awareness?

In the present, we are in touch with our whole self. We have a greater sense of self-worth. 

The secret to self-awareness

If you wish to be more self-aware, learn how to love more consciously and love yourself more. Also, learn how to be present and listen to your inner voice. (link to self-love blog here) Pay close attention to what happens within your body and surroundings. It takes practice. It’s easy to get distracted, and emotions can get confused. When we take in the beauty of life, it opens us up to new experiences and helps us get through uncertain times. Living with love in our hearts, we can heal and heal others. It is liberating to have the awareness and motivation to seek soulutions.

Being self-aware, we know WHO we are, and WHAT we love to do. We have a purposeful “why” and are more inclined to help heal the Earth. The more consciously engaged and sentient people living in a careful, deliberate manner, the brighter our future.
So, take good care of yourself and live in your light.

You’re AWESOME.
Big Love and Aloha