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What Is Your Life Purpose, Do You Know?

Confused…tired… restless…frustrated…That’s how I began to feel when I realized something had to change in my life. I had to figure out why my life was beginning to feel so empty and meaningless. It got to the point to where I said enough was enough, something needs to change; I had to change. And I know that my changes may have concerned some of my loved ones and it was hard for me to explain to them why it had to happen. But I had come to the point in my life, that I had to focus on me, my needs and my purpose in life. We only get one chance on this earth. Live it for you! So if you ever feel lost and with the urge for more…here are some steps that may help you begin your journey to finding your life purpose.

  1. Get in touch with your passions. When you start living a more passionate life, you tend to lose that feeling that something is missing. Passion gives you a natural feeling of confidence about everything associated with it. Be open minded and curious about everything having to do with your passions. Soon your passion will become who you are and when you meet other people with the same passion as you, it will be the most amazing feeling. This will help bring enthusiasm back into your life.
  2. Lead with your heart. When you do this, not only will you make everyone around you happier, but you will make YOU happier. And that is what really matters here, isn’t it? What is it that you love? Ask yourself this and start doing what you love. Your happy self will inspire your heart and soul to do what it loves…what you love. When you let your heart lead your way, you will be more motivated to explore and and live your life more blissfully!  
  3. Go for it! Stop overthinking everything and just go for it. Jump up and try new things. Be spontaneous about things. If you don’t ever try, you will never know.

Don’t live your whole life, only to find at the end that you wished you’d had done things differently and had done things to make yourself happy. Live life now, live life to the fullest. Find your purpose and be happy!

I am a certified life purpose coach, so if you ever have any questions, please contact me at aleal@fabulouslyblissful.com. I am always more than willing to help you. Namaste.

The Many Benefits of Essential Oils

The other day I was doing some research on health and well being. I started to notice a lot of information on the benefits of essential oils. I realized that in more than one or even two ways, essential oils can be extremely helpful. I know that lavender is helpful with relaxing the mind as I mentioned some in a previous post. But, from what I was now reading, it can even help with physical illnesses such as the flu. Interesting, I thought! So I am going to share with you a little bit of what I have found!

First of all, what are essential oils? Well, the exact definition that I found is that an essential oil is a “ natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.” Essential oils are highly concentrated and have a strong aroma. They have a tremendous amount of healing properties. They are used by many cultures from around the world and have been used for many years. A few of the many benefits of essential oils include:

  • The healing of skin conditions
  • Fighting the common cold or flu like symptoms
  • Relaxing your body
  • Relieving sore muscles and pain
  • Balancing hormones
  • Reducing wrinkles

These benefits can be possible with different types of essential oils. For example Lavender essential oil is great for relaxing the body, Rosemary is wonderful for your hair, and Clary Sage is great for helping balance your hormones. With precaution, there are even some essential oils that can be ingested to help with weightloss and some that can help alleviate a stomach ache.

I have an herb garden which included rosemary, sage, yerba buena (spearmint), and lavender. I usually harvest and hang them to dry. I then use them as teas or to burn. But, with time, I do plan on attempting to make my own essential oils here at home. I have heard that it is a difficult process. But once I try it out, I will let you all know how it turns out. For those of you that do not have an herb garden or do not want to make your own essential oils, I have found a lot of different oils at Sprouts Farmers Market. You can also purchase some on Etsy or Amazon. At all of those places you can also purchase an oil diffuser to fill your rooms with the aroma of an essential oil of your choice. I hope that you found this post helpful. If you did, please share for your family and friends to enjoy as well. Namaste, my friends.

How To Nourish Your Soul

When our body is out of balance we can easily be hurt or become ill. We find our life goals slipping away as our momentum is taken over by daily stress. Luckily, there are several different ways that we can get our lives back on track and re-balance ourselves. With an open mind, read below to discover four ways to nourish your soul.

  1. Take a deep breath. Our feelings will usually come and go. But, sometimes feelings that are not so welcomed tend to stick around for a while. This is the time for you to use deep abdominal breathing. It can stabilize your blood pressure and soothe your heart beat as well. And this is something that you can do anytime and anywhere. Find a quiet peaceful place to sit down, and take a normal breath. Then take a deep breath, inhaling through your nose and allowing your lungs and belly to fully expand. Release your breath slowly through your mouth allowing your belly to fall slowly. Do this at least three times to allow yourself to feel calm.
  2. Aromatherapy. What is aromatherapy, you may ask? Well, aromatherapy is the use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils. It is the therapeutic application or the medicinal in a holistic healing approach. An essential oil is the distillation of natural materials found in many plants or herbs. The benefits received from the aromas depend highly on the scent used. It can lift your mood, spark creativity, or even ease anxiety. The possibilities with aromatherapy are endless. Here are a few examples:
  • Lavender oil is good for alleviating a headache, inducing sleep, and easing anxiety.  
  • Chamomile oil is a peaceful and calming scent that can decrease irritability and increase inner harmony.
  • Vetiver oil can help restore your emotions to a calm, especially after a disagreement of some kind. It can help to reground you.
  1. Yoga. This is a spiritual practice that involves your physical and mental aspects as well. It unites your physical and mental breath control. It is believed to have been discovered around the 6th century in ancient Hindu circles. There are many yoga poses. Each can benefit you in one way or another. Downward facing dog, for example elongates an relaxes the spine while stretching the back of your legs. Yoga will also benefit your seven Chakras that I spoke about in a previous post.
  2. Go for a long walk. Going for a walk can always ease your mind. But that is not all it is capable of helping you with. It also helps you by strengthening your bones, regulating your blood sugar and blood pressure levels and by promoting as sense of well being. You can enjoy the stimulating and comforting sights of nature that I also spoke about in a previous post.

   There are many more ways to nourish the soul. These were only a few of the best that I found to be helpful in the re-balancing of my soul. Give a few of these a try and let me know how it helps you. Namaste.

How Nature Can Help Us

   There are times in our life when we feel really stressed or just plain drained. I have found for myself that walking outside in nature can relieve stress and mental anxiety. I am lucky enough to have a beautiful back yard with lots of large trees. When I get to feeling stressed, I can simply go outside and meditate, or just sit in my quiet back yard and listen to the sounds of nature. My niece and her daughters on the other hand, don’t have a backyard so they go sit by the beach or take a walk in a quiet park to recharge their mental energy. Even just simply being around trees can help. Here are a few ways that being out in nature can help us live better.

Relief from everyday stress. A simple walk in nature can do wonders for relieving stress. Walking and just being out in nature can give you a sense of well being. You can feel better emotionally, reduce your blood pressure and reduce your levels of cortisol. So the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a quiet walk in nature to feel better.

Restore mental energy. Let’s be honest with ourselves, we spend a lot of our time closed in doors working with very little time off. We have little time to walk outdoors and smell fresh outdoor air.  But, we need to restore our mental energy. And one absolute way that we can do that is by spending some time outdoors. We can either go for a walk, just sit out in our backyard, or visit a park that is quiet. Doing this can help you to restore your mental energy.

Improve concentration and Focus. Our work weary brains need time to rest. We need to take a break from the rush in our lives so that we can restore our focus and concentration and be more productive at our jobs. Even just five minutes around trees or in nature can help your mental health by giving the cognitive portion of our brain a break. It can renew our focus ability and our patience.

Boost your immune system. Being out in nature reduces our fight or flight response to stress, which in return helps the immune system to recharge itself naturally. Sitting in nature can improve our mood and help our bodies to feel healthier. Nature is like our bodies very own free multivitamin to help our immune systems to stay healthy.

   There are many more ways that nature can help us live happier, healthier lives. These are only a few of my favorite and most important reasons to get out there. Just give it a try and I can bet that you will feel relief from your everyday stress. I hope that this blog post will motivate you to get out into the great outdoors and live a much happier life. Namaste.

3 Ways Yoga Meditation Is Beneficial for Kids

    In today’s world, we adults are usually overwhelmed, over-stressed and overworked. We can go day to day feeling drained. Sometimes we blame it on work, stressed home-life and sometimes we even say “I’m just getting too old for this!” But, what about the young ones? What about the kids? Do they ever feel overwhelmed, over-stressed or overworked? The answer to that is…YES, they do. Very often we expect our kids to feel good or happy about everything. We fail to realize that they could be overwhelmed with things too. These days school can be very overwhelming for our little ones. Here are three ways that yoga meditation is beneficial for our little ones.

1. Boosts Confidence. Children are born with high self-confidence, but often it is eroded by emotional trauma of varying degrees. At times kids can be cruel to each other and to protect themselves, they put up emotional walls. Meditation can help increase confidence in a number of ways. One way is that it can help them gain flexibility in their attitude which can then lead to an increase in their self confidence. I will write a separate blog on other ways that yoga meditation boosts confidence in children.

2. Enhanced Concentration. Yoga postures, such as Sun Salutation, help increase blood circulation to the brain. As a result, there is increased alertness and awareness. The mind does not stray from the exercise you are doing and you are also able to perform it by concentrating better thus enhancing concentration.

3. Self Awareness. Yoga will make your child aware of his or her breathing and of the posture of their body. They will learn to control anger and calm down their mind by themselves.  Self awareness has been shown to improve empathy or the ability to understand what another person is feeling, which improves their awareness of others and helps to build positive relationships.

     This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many other benefits of yoga meditation for kids. It has been found that thirty minutes of meditation daily could improve symptoms of anxiety and depression in adults. In children, about fifteen minutes a day would do wonders. Dali Lama once said…“If every 8 year-old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” I couldn’t agree more. Namaste.

Ever Wondered About the Chakras?

If you don’t know what chakras are, they are the centers of spiritual power in the human body. These seven centers are spinning wheels of energy inside our bodies. Each of these seven centers has its own name and has control over certain areas of your body. They are located at different points along the spine. These points are thought to flow in a spiral fashion. Opening the chakras will help you to reach your highest potential. The chakras were first referenced in ancient Hindu texts around 2000 years ago. In this article I will briefly describe each of the seven starting from the bottom, which is the root chakra.

Root Chakra-This chakra is located at the base of the spine. This chakra provides the foundation on which we build our life. This is where we ground ourselves and anchor our energy to the earth. It is related to our feeling of security. To empower this chakra, you can wear red or keep red stones with you. Some stones associated with the root chakra include: Bloodstone, Red Jasper, and Red Carnelian. The symbol associated with the root chakra is a lotus flower with four petals.

Sacral-This chakra is located about three inches above the navel at the center of your belly. This chakra is the center of our feelings and sensations. It’s particularly active in our sexuality and the expression of our sensual and sexual desires. The sacral chakra allows us to feel the world around and in us. To empower this chakra, you can wear orange or keep orange stones with you. Some stones associated with the sacral chakra are: Citrine, Orange Aventurine, and Orange Carnelian. The symbol associated with the sacral chakra is a lotus flower with six petals.

Solar Plexus-The solar plexus is located in the upper part of the belly, where your diaphragm rests. It is associated with will power and taking responsibility and control for one’s own life. To empower this chakra wear yellow or keep yellow stones with you. Some stones associated with the solar plexus are: Tigers Eye, Yellow Jasper and Pyrite. The symbol for the solar plexus is the lotus flower with ten petals.  

Heart-The heart chakra is the center of all the chakras. It is located in the center of the chest. It is not directly on the heart organ, rather directly in the center of the chest. The heart chakra is associated with love and compassion for oneself and for others. To empower this chakra you can wear green. Keeping the following stones on you will help as well: Jade, Emerald, and Malachite. The symbol for the heart chakra is the lotus flower with twelve petals.

Throat-The throat chakra located at the center of the neck at the level of the throat. It is associated with communication, expression, and the ability to speak your own truth. You can empower this chakra by wearing the color blue or keeping blue stones with you. Those stones could include: Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarine, and Turquoise. The symbol for the throat chakra is a lotus flower with sixteen petals.

Third Eye-This chakra is located on the forehead, between your eyebrows. It is the center of intuition and insight. It motivates inspiration and creativity. This chakra can be empowered by wearing indigo or by keeping the following stones with you: Purple Fluorite, Amethyst or  Actinolite. The third eye chakra symbol is a lotus flower with two petals.

Crown-This chakra is located at the top of the head. It gives us access to higher states of our consciousness. It helps us to open to what is beyond our personal visions. The crown chakra helps us to get in touch with the universe or God. To empower this chakra, wear violet or keep the following stones with you: Clear Quartz, Amethyst, or Selenite. The symbol of the crown chakra is a lotus flower with a thousand petals.

This is just a brief overview of the Chakras. There is a lot of information on the chakras out there. I plan on making an educational video teaching about the chakras in the very near future. Please subscribe to my site to be one of the first to know when those educational videos will be released. I look forward to seeing you then! Namaste!

How To Shift Our Emotions

     Have your ever woke up feeling great? Getting ready for work, you are feeling happy and peaceful. You drive to work and everything is feeling wonderful. You’re going to have a good day, you think to yourself. Then, as soon as you walk in the door to your business, BAM…you’re hit in the face with a punch of negative energy. Someone or something destroys those blissful feelings. Some how all the good you had felt seems to have blown up and you start feeling blah and negative. This has happened to me on numerous occasions. I did some reading and I discovered some ways to shift those negative emotions back to positive emotions.

     Start with your heart: Place your right hand over your heart and breathe deeply. Focus on your breath. Deeply inhale and exhale about four times. This will re-open the frontal lobe of your brain allowing you to think rationally and realize that you are allowing someone or something to steal your peace. Don’t ever give someone that power over you. It’s yours and yours alone.

     Visualization works great too. Close your eyes, and breathe. Visualize that you are getting a phone call from someone you know. They are giving you the very best news. It is something you have been hoping for for so long. It is something that makes you want to smile and cry with so much joy. Imagine that you’re jumping up and down feeling so much happiness and thankfulness. How are you feeling after you open your eyes again? I can almost bet that you are feeling wonderful positive feelings again!

     Gratitude is the key. Have you ever noticed your emotional state when you are grateful for something? Gratitude reduces a multitude of negative feelings and emotions. Take a few moments to focus on all that you have – rather than complain about all the things you do not have. Everyone has at least a few things to be grateful for. Pick up the phone and call someone who you are close with and share that wonderful feeling of gratitude. You will be sharing your wonderful feeling and maybe even making someone’s day better. You can explain what you are doing and ask them to share what they are grateful for.

     Any time you feel like someone has taken your peace, step aside and try one of these little tricks. You and you alone are in control of your feelings. What we need to realize is that our emotions do not create us, WE create our emotions. We have the option to allow or not allow someone to steal our peace. And even though, sometimes our peace can get taken from us, it is our choice to re-create those positive emotions as soon as we can. Namaste!