I believe that gaining emotional awareness and becoming more emotionally intelligent are the first steps in getting closer to SELF ACTUALIZATION, otherwise known as your LIFE PURPOSE. Emotional intelligence is a necessary foundation in living a peaceful and prosperous life.
I recently completed a course in Emotional Intelligence which really allowed me to look at myself and all of the limiting beliefs that were holding me back from honoring my true path in life.
Becoming aware of your thoughts and understanding that your thoughts are not always true but simply an interpretation of an event, and the interpretation is usually based on beliefs that were set in during the early childhood years.. Having the awareness of the origin of thought is also very important. Are your thoughts based out of LOVE or FEAR? A great book for those who are just becoming curious about understanding the different origins of thought is Conversations with GOD by Neil Walsch. Don’t let the title fool you, if you are not religious or do not believe in the concept of God, you will still gain a lot of awareness by reading this book.
Emotional Intelligence is not something you gain overnight, it is a lifelong commitment. I consider all of the knowledge I acquire and the rituals I do for emotional awareness as exercise for my mind. Just as I exercise my body, I exercise my mind on a daily basis.
“Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it” -Hippocrates
In this section I am going to share my inner wisdom on how BEAUTY, WELLNESS (including diet) affect our MINDS and which in turn affects the planet. Everything is connected so what we put on our skin and in our mouth affects our bodies and our minds and everything else around us.
My philosophy goes back to a few very basic principles,
- Eat what is in season where you live.
- Was it around one hundred years ago? If not, don’t eat it!
- Can I pronounce all of the ingredients? If not, don’t eat it!
- Which communities around the world are the healthiest? Follow their philosophy.
- Which communities around the world are the healthiest? Follow their philosophies.
- Eat plant based as much as possible.
- If I am eating animal products (which is only eggs and occasionally dairy), are the animals humanely raised? Check to verify on cornucopia.org
We live in a world surrounded by chemicals. It is almost impossible to go a day without breathing, eating, or wearing some form of toxic chemical. Therefore, I strongly believe in the power of CLEANSING. There are many different types of cleanses out there. One of my favorites is THE BEAUTY DETOX from Kimberly Snyder. You can see recipes and cleanse options on her website.
Once again, we are surrounded by chemicals and one area where we all can be a bit too trusting in my humble opinion, is in skin care products.
How is skin connected to the planet? The allowed chemicals added to skin care products ranging from SOAPS and SHAMPOOS to BEAUTY PRODUCTS are quite unbelievable. These chemicals are toxic to our bodies and to our planet. They enter your body and they enter the oceans when they are washed down the drain
A great resource for checking to see which PRODUCTS are safe is the Environmental Working Group. They also have an app called SKIN DEEP which is a great tool to take shopping.
Not to mention that cutting edge research is now finding out that harsh chemically based skin cleansing products are killing the good bacteria that is on our skin in our guts (microbiomes).
Two resources to learn more about the ecosystems of our skin and the microbiomes of our guts are:
“We’re poisoning the land, we’re poisoning animals, and I truly believe we are poisoning ourselves” – Jane Goodall
Enough is enough! Our oceans are becoming covered with floating LANDFILLS, our beautiful magnificent whales are washing up dead with bellies full of plastic and eardrums destroyed from the noise that comes from drilling oil to make the plastic.
Our sea birds are feeding their babies plastic!
The fish we are eating are eating plastic.
We cover our most precious resource (water) with PLASTIC!
Our children are drinking and eating out of containers made of PLASTIC (loaded with harmful chemicals other than BPA) and these chemicals are leaching into their bodies! Their toys, blankets, stuffed animals, milk bottles, pacifiers, and diapers are made of plastic! They are swimming in plastic.
We must take it into our own hands to join together as CITIZENS of this PLANET to build a safe and sustainable system. A system that respects NATURE and all that she gives to us, because when she dies we die.