MIND | Experiencing the Sun Rise.

How often do we check our cell phone, turn on the television, or click away on our computers first thing in the morning? How different would our day be if instead we spent these moments becoming aware of the waking world around us? When was the last time you sat in contemplation while the sun rose?

“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.”

~Bernard Williams

Most of us take the sunrise for granted…it rose yesterday, why won’t it tomorrow? Experiencing and being conscious of the sunrise can change your whole outlook on the day.

When you experience a sunrise, you are consciously absorbing the moment. Feeling its light, watching it swell above the horizon, and absorbing its warm energy. You reflect on the importance of that moment. The Sun gives the world power. The Sun gives us life. It feeds each and every cell that make our bodies. It gives us day after the dark night. Separating what was yesterday and what is about to begin the today, it covers us.

Every morning the Sun offers a new beginning to what may have felt wrong yesterday. In taking time to let your day start in peace, we attract good new energy. The sunrise brings us opportunity and promises us that all things have a purpose. Where there is dark, light will always follow.

The dark is the settling of the day, a time to let things be and reflect on all that was. The morning is the pop of beginning, a time to contemplate all that is possible!

 

5 Yummy Things to “Spike” Your Coffee.

“I wake up some mornings and sit and have my coffee and look out at my beautiful garden, and I go, ‘Remember how good this is. Because you can lose it.”

~Jim Carrey

Coffee coffee coffee! I love coffee. I also love creativity. Coffee can breed creativity as well. It need not be a boring brown beverage. Here are a few simple things to add to your cup to spike it up a notch.

TRY THESE IN YOUR COFFEE TO YUMM IT UP:

Cinnamon sticks
Cinnamon can be warming and stimulating.

A bit of cinnamon not only tastes fantastic in your coffee, but is believed to have some health benefits as well. It may help lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk, support brain health and reduce cognitive decline risk. An added plus, it smells so good!

brown-sugar

Although there are slightly more minerals in brown sugars or raw sugars it isn’t significant enough to add any major health benefit. But, it does have a huge flavor effect. Brown sugar adds a bolder taste to your coffee, especially when added with vanilla. There are organic fare-trade varieties available.

nutmeg

A sprinkle of nutmeg in your coffee each morning may aid in boosting the immune system, reduce insomnia, and detoxify the body. It adds a light slightly sweet taste and is often good coupled with cinnamon.

salt

If coffee seems to bitter or acidic for you, try a pinch of salt in the grounds. Although many times, the bitterness of coffee is mainly a contribution of improper brewing, if you generally dislike the boldness this simple trick should help.

real-cream

Commercial low-fat creamers are popular these days, but many are artificial and over-processed. And lets be honest, they never taste as good. Real cream does have its health benefits. It contains vitamin D, calcium, no artificial sweeteners or flavorings and may even leave you with a little more of a smile on your morning face.

enjoy

5 REAL-alistic New Year’s Resolutions

What are your resolutions for this year? Saving for a favorite vacation, losing that last 15 pounds, organizing your bills and finances? Although these are all really good goals, they are often given up on. We tend to give up on goals that offer us no immediate reward. Although it is good to get your financial ducks in a row, sometimes that could take months or even years! Continue reading “5 REAL-alistic New Year’s Resolutions”