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How Sacred Rituals Can  Help To Achieve Your Goals

 

The word “ritual” has lost its true meaning. When we think of a ritual our minds are automatically guided to religious ceremonies. But rituals are integrated into our lives on a daily basis. Going to work is a ritual. Paying our taxes is a ritual. Cleaning the house is a ritual. And these rituals, whether done every day, once a week or even once a year plays a very significant role in either the success or failure of our goals and intentions, 

 

Why A Habitual Ritual?

Rituals are activities performed usually in a sequential manner involving symbolic objects, gestures, and words, These acts are carried out mainly for the sheer confirmation of our intentions. We go to work as a ritual because we have intentions to stay off the street and keep food on the table. We also go to work because we have dreams and goals. 

In the past, some rituals required some sacrifice. Thankfully, a lot of the requirements over the years have shifted into far less extreme sacrifices but all intentions or goals still to this day require some sacrifice when performing rituals. If you set a goal, a ritual will inevitably fall into place to see the goal through. Some rituals may require being away from home and family for long periods of time while others may require putting our dreams on hold to stay home with the kids. Whatever the ritual, it becomes a confirmation of our intentions, and making the ritual a sacred act will always be of great help in the manifestation of any goal. 

 

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Make It A Ritual – How Sacred Rituals Can Better Help To Achieve Your Goals

Have you noticed that it gets harder to make decisions toward the end of the day? You’re too tired to figure out what to have for dinner let alone what to watch on TV. That’s because we all have a finite amount of decisions that can be made in any given day. Knowing this will help us to prioritize.

Habits and routines are usually implemented to cut out a lot of much-needed decision making in our days. But over time, routines can become quite impersonal and a drudgery to perform, making our goals more difficult to adhere to. When we make a routine sacred, often the goal gets renewed and becomes personal once again. This helps especially when trying to accomplish long-term goals. Reacquainting yourself with the “why” of your goal by performing sacred rituals will help you to see your set goals well into the very end.

Chances are you already have a morning routine. You get up, prepare your coffee, tea, or grab that drink of water before getting out of bed. You check your emails and/or messages, fix a little breakfast, shower and eat all before heading off to work. You may not do it all or quite in that order but chances are you do have a routine. So, let’s expand on that. If you create a sacred ritual for your morning or evening, whichever time of day is relevant to you, your goal to go to work every day will likely become more achievable, Certainly, the goal to keep a roof over your head should be personally, motivating enough. Unfortunately for most, it is not.

Humans innately need to have and fulfill a purpose in every act, and when reason is neglected on a daily, despair becomes the norm. Going to work to keep yourself sheltered from the natural elements is not a real purpose in life, and on an intuitive level, I believe that we all know this. It may be worth taking into consideration that some who are homeless choose to be on a deeper level because their inner being finds living more purposeful from that point of experience. But that’s another conversation at another time.

The point trying to be made here is that experiencing life solely through laboring for our basic Mother Earth-given needs is not a reasonable, purpose, therefore, despair and lack of motivation become the two components that cause some to fall into, losing jobs, homes, families or even lives as a result.

Creating A Sacred Space

We are all born with our own inner, sacred space, and becoming reacquainted with that sacred space on a daily basis is very important. However, it is also just as important to create your very own sacred space inside of your home as well. This space will help you build and maintain a much-needed relationship with your inner-being. Building a strong connection with your inner-being will help to keep you grounded to what’s important in your life and help you let go of what is not. 

To create a sacred space, find an area in your home that is free of heavy traffic. Some traffic is fine but no traffic is better. You want to be very conscious of the kinds of energy your sacred space absorbs. After all, this space is where you will need to replenish your own energy level, and you want to always replenish your energy field with clean, positive energies.

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 Practitioners believe that rooms, buildings and all environments can be arranged and decorated in a way that maximizes the flow of Qi and, resulting in improvements to health and happiness of those who live in that environment.

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MAKING YOUR RITUALS SACRED

Having a sacred space and sacred ritual will again, invoke the “why” of your goals which will help increase the odds in your favor for accomplishing them. Giving yourself the gift of slowing down a bit before going to work can do wonders with changing a person’s perception of any situation. To strive to live beyond despair, we must first re-establish what our purpose or reason for being. Again, it is not to labor for basic survival but to attain a much higher level of experiences. When we have done so, going to work, taking care of family, paying bills, everyday life rituals won’t be just a plethora of empty gestures.

Set Out Each Day With Your Real Purpose In Mind!

In your sacred space, create a visual wall or vision board. This visual of your real purpose will keep your spirit free from the confinement of our world constructs. Make it a weekly ritual to accomplish at least one step toward making your real purpose a reality. Demote the idea of your need to work for housing, food, clothing, the basics from the status of “important fulfillments” to the status of “already taken care of”. Shifting your energy of focus to this degree will free you to see your life at a much wider angle as opposed to seeing it from an ant’s view. Before dashing off to work, sit in your sacred space for a few moments and energetically absorb your visual wall. When your spirit is free, life becomes more exciting and not just a conglomeration of meaningless acts. 

Have Your Breakfast And Candles, Too!

In your sacred space, light a candle. Never underestimate the powerful ritual of lighting a candle. According to Spiritual Arts Institute, candles are known to invoke different intentions depending on their color, design, and their added infused ingredients of oils, herbs, and/or gems. Choosing the right candle for the right intention can be just as important as choosing the right partner for marriage. Whatever your desired result, the tools used must always match your overall intentions.

 

 

Take Your Affirmations Every Where You Go!

In your sacred space, recite your favorite list of affirmations or have them in view. Affirmations are a great way to affirm what we wish to see happen in our lives and saying or seeing them on a daily basis makes it easy for our thoughts to begin vibrating at the desired frequency. Affirmations are influencers that guide our thoughts and emotions to experiencing what we ultimately wish to experience which is happiness. Saying positive words, over time, will guide our thoughts and feelings to reverberate at that same frequency. Our life will then begin to mirror who and what we are truly wishing to achieve as our real purpose.

 

So, once you’ve begun the journey to reestablish what your real purpose is, create your very own sacred space to reacquaint yourself with your inner-being as often as you are willing. Laboring for basic needs is not your real purpose for being. When you finally come to terms with this one fact, your energy of focus will become so much more powerful than ever before.  And your goals will begin to manifest at a faster rate.

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Learning to slow down to contemplate and for reflection is crucial to living your purpose, on purpose. Stilling the ego’s thoughts and feelings for at least 20 minutes out of every day to gain that trusted connection with your inner guidance system is really your only purpose. For with this accomplishment you will come to easily accomplish everything else. 

 

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For all the parents with small school children. Hats off to you! Yes, I was there once, stressing to get out of the door and off to work on time while attempting to get the kids off to school. And God forbid that I overslept! Mornings like that, I remember, were so overwhelming that I’d often resort to going into work late or not at all, just to get the kids off to school on time, But there is something that’s even worse than running late in the morning and that is  desperately trying to figure out something healthy that you can put into your child’s lunch box. If you find yourself flustered each morning and end up buying the dreadful school lunch for your kid because packing it seems like too much of a hassle, take a look at these 4 easy, quick tips for the busy parent that will help you get organized, stay organized, and keep your kids lunchbox choices clean, simple and healthy.

 

  1. Start With A List And Go Shopping

Start by including your kids when it comes to creating the “school lunch” shopping list. Sit down with them and come up with a list of lunches they like but with your own healthy twist, of course. This could include sandwiches and wraps, or even your very own homemade lunch-able, but it doesn’t have to stop there. If you add a thermos food storage container to the mix, you can suddenly pack your own clean, healthy reheated leftovers, homemade soups, salads, whatever your heart desires. Make sure that you also write down on your list the types of storage bags and containers that you’ll need for packing. The key is to find lunch foods and snacks that your kids will eat that are easy to pack, and that’s healthy, too!

 

Make sure you have your reusable, grocery tote on hand and then head to the grocery store to pick up everything you need for the week. And remember healthy. To try keeping your kids sugar intake down to a minimum, do so by replacing their cookies and juice with fruit, yogurt, veggie sticks, and water, The purpose of the list is to make things much easier. Once you have several different lunch ideas your kids like and will actually eat, get creative with your kids and come up with at least one new recipe a month. This will change it up a bit to help keep things interesting and exciting. 

 

   2. Prep What You Can As Soon As You Get Home

It can be a huge chore going to the store especially with young children in tow. The whole experience can be every bit of mental, emotional and physically exhausting. But do try your best to endure to the end. If you do this one tip regularly then the battle to stay organized and to keep your kids’ meals healthy will be half-won. Immediately when you get home from the store, purposely keep the lunch foods out and get busy prepping things ahead of time. Instead of putting that bag of grapes away, go ahead and wash and store them in little bags or containers so that when it’s time to pack, you can just grab and toss them right into the lunch box. The same goes for things like carrots, salads, cheese slices or chunks, etc. Having these items ready to pack, helps keep the mind from making a molehill into a mountain. 

 

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   3. Pack Lunches The Night Before

Of course, this is a no-brainer but this and pre-prepping are usually the two steps most neglected that causes the morning mayhems. Often your mornings are going to be busy anyway so it’s definitely not the time to have to worry about packing clean, healthy lunches. So, always set aside some time to make them the night before. If you can, get the kids involved and have them help with lunch prep and clean-up after. You can store cold items in the fridge and have everything else sitting in the lunch box ready to go. It won’t take you long to get into a rhythm of preparing lunches while you’re cleaning up after dinner. You’ll be definitely appreciating this new habit and will be thanking yourself in the mornings when all you need to do is grab, toss, and go. 

 

  4. Get In The Habit Of Cleaning Lunch Boxes As Soon As The Kids Get Home

To make lunch prep even easier, help get the kids into the habit of cleaning out their own lunch box as soon as they get home. Even the youngest can help with this. Have them toss any uneaten food into the trash and bring the containers to the sink to be washed. Older children can easily wash/wipe down their own lunchbox and even some of their containers. Having everything cleaned and ready to go will make it easier to pack the new lunches for later. You could also use that time where everyone together can pack the new lunches for the next day. 

Stick to these 4 easy tips and it won’t take you long to get into an efficient lunch packing routine that will make it a snap to get organized, stay organized and to pack clean, healthy lunches for your kids. Don’t forget to get the kids involved and put them in charge of much of the preparations. Not only will this make your life easier, in the long run, it will give your children a sense of ownership and accountability for their overall health by establishing conscious food choice habits.

 

What’s your morning routine like? Do you have tips that you’d love to share to help others get organized and keep their kids eating healthy, clean foods? Share your thoughts in the comment box below. We’d love to know what you think.

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Self-Care Awareness Campaign

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Self-Care Awareness

If you’re depended upon by family, friends, your job, more often than not you find yourself greatly overwhelmed and in need of a break. This is because you are running on auto-pilot of give, give, give, never once realizing that in order to give you must have something to give. 

 

In order to be an effective caregiver, you must be aware that your needs must always come first. It is crucial that self-care awareness be that center from where you operate on a daily basis. 

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Giving Is Better Than Receiving

I wonder who came up with this saying? Giving is Better Than Receiving. I do understand that giving does release the flow of endorphins in the brain that makes the giver happy. Unfortunately, we’re not always giving from a full cup. We have become a society of sadistic obligation. Even receiving has been tainted with the phrase, “hand out” which causes the receiver to feel either ashamed or less than deserving. 

 

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There are always two sides to every matter. Life operates on the concept of “give and take”. To exhale, I must inhale. To teach, I must learn. To sow, I must also reap. If it is understood in these areas that one needs the other for balance. Why do we find it difficult to grasp the concept that in order for me to give, I must then receive?  

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Self-Care Awareness Is The First Step Toward Self-Love

The word “LOVE” can be tricky. After all, its meaning can be super vague so I’ll just try to narrow it down here to mean “unconditional concern of well-being”. This concern could be of your well-being or the well-being of another, the target word here is “unconditional”. 

 

 How many of us can actually say that we show ourselves unconditional concern of our own well-being? Sure, we may show this concern for our family members, and some may even show this level of concern for a friend. But rarely do many of us show unconditional concern of our own well-being simply because we’ve been taught to always put the needs of others before our own.

In this fast-paced and busy world, it is extremely easy to forget about yourself and your needs for maintaining a healthy body, mind, and spirit. But it is vital that you show yourself that “unconditional concern for your own well-being” to maintain effectively the health and wellness of those who also depend on you. I found in this article some excellent tips that will get you moving in the right direction of practicing self-care awareness in your life today. 5 Simple Steps Towards Self-Care You Need To Practice Today!

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Self-Care Awareness Regimen.

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Print off this calendar, place it on your cubicle wall in front of you, or wherever you’ll see it. Or, download it to have available at all times. 

 

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Imperfection, believe it or not, is not the opposite of perfection, Instead, imperfection is the state of acceptance of self through love. Without seeing who you truly are, you would never know what’s necessary to change as well as what’s necessary to keep. Perfectionism just causes everything to appear quite murky in our world. Here are 5 sure ways to allow yourself to live as you are to ultimately find that much-coveted freedom in imperfection.

 

I Am Free To Be Me

Freedom In Imperfection

 

“Accept me as I am!” has been the battle cry of so many of us throughout the ages. Proclaiming this does not mean that a person never sets out to change detrimental habits, nor does it mean that a person is promoting laziness or a lack of ambition. What it does mean, however, is that this individual has attempted to accept him or herself wherever it is that he or she stands in hope of getting that same acceptance from others. There are things that a person will come to like about him or herself, and there are things that he or she will come to hate as well.  If you are paying attention you will see that it all works together, the so-called good and the bad, to ultimately bring about the person that you are striving to become.

 

True change in your life begins as an act of love. You can lose weight when you love who you are right now at your current weight. This means that your life, self-esteem, and happiness are never tied to any outside condition. Anything done out of self-hate doesn’t usually last because you are always criticizing your efforts. Operating from this mindset often leads to self-sabotage which ends up perpetuating more of the same self-hate. Nothing is ever good enough because you start off not liking anything about yourself from the beginning. 

 

There is nothing at all healthy about that type of lifestyle. Embracing your imperfections is celebrating what makes you unique. And to do this, you must become reacquainted with yourself through a series of steps that will show you your own personal value that has always been waiting to be re-discovered by you all along.

 

5 Ways To Find Freedom In Imperfection

 

  • Take some time to do some serious introspection. Don’t be afraid to look at yourself honestly. Write down what is positive about yourself and what is negative. Find ways to change the wording of those negatives so they are now reflecting positive aspects that you can now embrace. If you think that your nose on your face is big, try shifting your thinking by seeing your “natural” features as your very own unique brand. Play on your unique brand by finding successfully, fun hacks that will make your nose appear smaller. Create a medium where you first show off your big nose unapologetic. Have fun with it. This will require a lot of reconditioning from what the majority of society has said is beautiful, but if we are each to have a healthy acceptance of “self” then we will need to remove a lot of damaging societal programming.

 

  • When you discover what you do like and don’t and stay true to it as often as you can, you will find it easier to be able to give an honest answer to someone inviting you to an event or activity you’d rather not attend. Saying no, and being okay about it is a much-needed step to living authentically with your flaws and all. You don’t have to do and be what everyone else thinks you should be.

 

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  • Don’t be afraid to try something different like dressing in bold colors, or changing your hairstyle. Experiment a little, and be willing to embrace whatever comes of the situation. Do the change for yourself only, not for the reaction of others.

 

  • Laugh more. Laughter promotes and releases those “feel good” endorphins. Take time out of your busy schedule to have a boatload of fun on purpose. Most importantly, rest. Relaxing often reduces stress which promotes a healthy immune system.

 

  • Explore your creative side. Being creative doesn’t always mean painting a portrait, or writing your first novel.  You can tap into your creativity by helping someone put together a financial or stock portfolio, or by simply doing yard work. Doing an act that excites you, whatever it is, stimulates your heart and mind together which will get the juices flowing, causing you to become more creative in other areas of your life.   

 

Allow yourself to be human, flawed and free by embracing your imperfect life, perfectly.

 

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High Protein Breakfast Casserole

Easy Bake Breakfast Casserole


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Quick, Low Cost Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients:

1 package of sausage (veggie, lean turkey, lean chicken)

2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (your favorite)

9 eggs, beaten

2 cans of ready-to-bake refrigerated biscuits

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Crumble and brown the entire package of sausage and pour off any fat. Coat a 9” x 13” baking dish with a non-stick spray and line it with one can of biscuit dough. Put the cooked sausage on top of the dough and top with the cheese. Pour in the eggs and top with the second can of biscuit dough. Bake 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve warm with a buttery maple syrup.

For a more high fiber recipe, add your favorite (fresh) veggies to this high-protein punch.

 

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