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THE BENEFITS OF DETOXING THE BODY

By Sitaji Devi

Most people do not have a good understanding about health.  I include my former self in that statement and admit that it took me quite a long time and many bouts with sickness before I learned how to eat right.  It has not been emphasized enough in our education system to leave any lasting impression on young people as they embark on their own into self-sufficient living.  Even the parents that are raising them probably don’t know enough about good eating habits to make informed decisions when food shopping and preparing the meals for their family.  These days many people eat fast-food out or buy prepared/packaged meals that deprive them of whole foods and nutrition.  Larger portions and eating a great amount of unhealthy foods like cookies and ice cream is destroying our society’s well-being. It tastes so good I know, but it is basically empty calories that deprive your body of the nourishment it needs.  Sugar has a multitude of negative effects on the body.

Enough about our bad eating habits we’ve grown so accustomed to, I’ll get right into the health challenges we create when we let the fast food establishments and the standard american diet (S.A.D.) dictate our nourishment requirements.  Due to an imbalance in our daily meals of too much meat, dairy, wheat and sugar, we are now one of the unhealthiest countries in the world with the most obesity, diabetes and heart disease.  Our bodies don’t stand a chance if we continue to eat foods that aren’t good for us.  Therefore we need to find a solution.  The Essenes, a religious group from the time of Jesus, stated the importance of detoxing the body and adopting a healthy lifestyle in order to be whole in mind, body & spirit.  One way to do this is by not eating before bed and giving your organs a chance to rest.  Also decreasing the amount we eat, never satiate yourself, it is good to stop eating at 80% fullness.

Most people’s bodies are overrun with unfriendly bacteria called Candida due to taking antibiotics combined with a stressful, sedentary unhealthy lifestyle.  While lacking live foods due to overcooking.  Once the body is compromised by an overgrowth of this fungus the internal organs begin to clog up and lose there ability to function properly.  We have discovered a solution to this problem and are excited to teach others how to be free of this epidemic–which wreaks havoc on your health, by lowering your energy level and libido and can cause many other emotional and physical illnesses.  Some examples are depression, moodiness, hormonal imbalances, thyroid disease, skin problems like eczema and acne.

It is essential to have a body that is alkaline in order to be free of diseases like cancer.  Scientists have discovered that cancer cannot grow in an alkaline environment.  You can use test strips to determine your ph level–if it turns blue/green  you are alkaline/healthy or if it stays yellow you are acidic/unhealthy.   For years my strip stayed yellow, Type A blood types like myself have a high acid level in their digestive system which requires a lot of alkaline foods (green leafy vegetables) in their diet, they also need to keep their stress levels very low.  My spiritual practice of yoga and meditation relaxes me and is something we like to teach at our center.  Another way I keep my body alkaline is through diet, by eliminating sugar and drinking lemon in water and kefir (probiotic) which we teach people how to make without sugar and is part of the The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates.  We have many wonderful recipes to share.  It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to eat healthy.  It’s affordable, easy-to-do and you don’t have to feel deprived on this new way of eating, there are many alternative ingredients that make the food taste great.  Xylitol is a natural sugar substitute that comes from birch trees and it’s not only sweet it is anti fungal and good for your teeth.  There are many other types of flours to replace wheat (a gluten allergy which affects many, weakens the immune system, and can cause many health issues).

At The Center for Health & Spirit in Farmington, Maine we offer a stress-free, relaxing environment in nature to help set you on the right path to wholeness and a better way of life.  We offer retreats that train you in healthy cooking, relaxation methods and spiritual guidance.  Our meals are organic, vegetarian-based with some fish and always delicious!  You will learn how to menu plan, set up a healthy pantry, receive food shopping guidance and learn easy recipes.  We have a hands-on approach and would be happy to come to your home and help you organize your kitchen, take you food shopping and assist in meal preparation.  We understand that it takes time to change such deeply ingrained “bad” habits and that assistance may be needed.  We feel confident that after a weekend detox retreat you will leave with a good understanding of how to live better and eat for life.

One dollar spent on preventive care saves you $16 in medical expenses in the future.  It’s worth eating healthy to stay out of the hospital–good for your body and good for your wallet.

If you would like to look and feel younger and have more energy to enjoy your life, lose weight effortlessly and keep it off naturally–give us a call for more information about our upcoming retreats or to schedule a private in-home detox/healthy diet training.

Contact information, The Center for Health & Spirit, (207) 491-2313(Disclaimer) This isn’t meant to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any illness, we know that the body and nature heals itself when it has a strong immune system and a healthy environment.

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Simplicity.

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I’ve heard a few people refer to the acronym K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple (they say) Stupid, (but I prefer to say) Sweetheart.  I also like the adage “Less is more”.   Life is simple, our minds make it complicated!  It seems that our society is addicted to drama and perpetuates it with intricate ideas and practices.

Everyday life can be so complex.  Technology was supposed to make our life easier and it seems like just the opposite.  Sure I like having modern appliances but keeping up with the latest gadgets and how to use them can be exasperating.  I enjoy the internet for a variety of reasons but now I have to remember all these passwords and usernames to each of my online activities like Facebook, Craigslist, PayPal, online shopping sites, my Blog and more.  Meanwhile, I no longer use my memory for basic things like phone numbers or addresses.  I just press the name on my contact list to make my calls.  So if I were to lose my phone I wouldn’t be able to call anyone.  The same with addresses, now emailing has taken away that as well, so I wouldn’t know how to reach people in an emergency without these technologies.  These handy devices are causing our memory to atrophy.  GPS in the cars can be very helpful, but not if we become so dependent on them that we forget to rely on basic compass direction.  If the GPS told us to turn right and drive off a cliff, would we listen?  I know it’s taken me miles out of my way to many abandoned dirt roads.  We must retain our common sense in these matters.

Supermarkets are making it almost impossible for us to keep our sanity and feed our families healthy meals. One of the most complicated things I have to do these days is to go food shopping.  Boxes and boxes of stuff!  I sometimes get so stressed out imagining myself walking in and shopping that I have to meditate to calm myself down before such a venture.  Aisle after aisle of colorful packaging creating stress and confusion due to a plethora of choices.  If you’re health conscious like me you spend a lot of time scrutinizing the ingredient list making sure it doesn’t contain an assortment of harmful chemicals like High Fructose Corn Syrup, Aspartame, Partially Hydrogenated Oils, Soy Lecithin and FrankenWheat.  Unfortunately it’s come to the point that companies don’t even have to list if they are using GMO’s, so we don’t even know if it’s bad or not.  I heard that some big superstore in the area is now selling GMO corn without disclosure.  Best advice I heard from a naturopathic doctor was to only eat whole foods and avoid anything that comes in a box.  I would add to that by saying grow a garden, then you’ll know exactly what you’re eating.

“Manifest plainness,

Embrace simplicity,

Reduce selfishness,

Have few desires.”

Lao Tzu

 

Life doesn’t have to be complicated and hard, we can choose the simple way to do things.  It would help if we could all learn how to get along with each other.  We need each other, things can get done a lot quicker and easier if more people worked together.

 

I propose that we let go of separatist thinking and unite in our communities and with all of humanity.  We have been taught to hate from a very young age–being told that certain nations and religions are our enemy.  Jesus came to point the way to righteous living by emphasizing two commandments that I think are simple and paramount–love God with all your heart and love your neighbor.  What the powers that be (the 1% Elite who currently run this world) don’t want you to know is that we are connected and what you do to others, you do to yourself.  They teach us to be divided based on men and women, gay or straight, christian or jew or muslim, wealthy or poor, republican or democrat.  They know the principle of divide and conquer.  If they can keep us all at odds with each other, they will maintain their power and control over us.  So the simple solution is to love and accept everyone on this planet.  Become a world wide community, decide to help each other in any way we can.  Together we are so much stronger than apart.

 

It’s been said that in the end times, deception would be rampant.  We must be vigilant to discern the truth.  I always know when information is right for me, if it gets all complicated and confusing I lose interest and reject it.  Yet if it’s basic and simple and plainly states the message then I relax and take it in.  That’s one way I discern on my spiritual path as well as my regular life.  Albert Einstein said, If you can’t explain it simply, then you don’t understand it well enough.  I’d go even further to state that institutions like our Judicial System and the IRS go out of their way to make the information complicated– that way you are unable to defend yourself without having to hire lawyers and accountants to decipher all the rhetoric.  Many people don’t have the time, energy or money to play that game.  Thereby you lose your basic understanding of the law, become a slave to the system and possibly lose your unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Maybe it’s time to drop out of this insane society and adopt a more naturalist lifestyle like the Amish.

 

The Amish have been living simply for decades, they won’t have any problem if our electricity goes out and being able to survive if the food stores stop stocking food.  How many of us are ready to sustain ourselves on our land or community.  It’s imperative that people live in harmony and learn to share for the coming times.  Be prepared for possible inconveniences due to extreme weather, economic collapse or outbreak of war and revolution.

 

I think that’s why I love living in Maine so much.  It’s so simple here.  People are not pretentious, there’s no social climbing and pretending.  The people of Maine are real and down to earth.  Willing to lend a helping hand when necessary.  Plus, Farmington and the surrounding area is filled with farmers so our food is wholesome and good.  We get duck eggs from someone in New Sharon and our fruits and veggies from the Farmer’s Market.

 

The simple life is what I choose, like that old Green Acres television theme song,

Green acres is the place for me. 

Farm livin’ is the life for me. 

Land spreadin’ out so far and wide 

Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside. 

 

 

 

Sitaji Devi is a Professional Astrologer and Psychic Medium in Farmington, Maine offering “life coaching” Readings.  Her website is www.Sitaji.com.  Call (207) 491-2313 or email sitajidevi@yahoo.com to schedule an appointment.

 

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The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.  This was a  memorable line in the movie, Moulin Rouge.

I am sitting at this beautiful park in the middle of a National Forrest in Ocala, Florida.  The weather is warm and sunny.  My partner and I just enjoyed a swim in a hot spring near our campsite.  It’s been a relaxing and sensuous vacation–taking in the natural splendor of the green trees swaying in the gentle breeze and the many birds harmoniously chirping all around us–the perfect backdrop for love and romance.  All couples need time alone to cultivate intimacy and to share affection.  The longer you’ve been together the greater the necessity, because familiarity tends to breed contempt or at the very least inertia.

Romantic gestures are easy when you just start a new relationship.  When the thrill of discovering the intricacies of another person becomes your greatest concern and delight.  It’s called the honeymoon effect.  Your mind is filled with wonder and happiness fills your heart.  You feel energetic and think anything is possible.  The trick is to keep this feeling alive all the time.  We can love all aspects of our life, not just the pursuit of a new partner.

Dr. Bruce Lipton said that when he muscle tested people on the question, Do you love yourself, a surprising 80% tested negatively.  If we were brought up in a critical environment chances are good that we don’t love our self.  We were programmed from our family, church and schools to think we are unworthy of love due to some flaw or weakness.  We have to change our negative beliefs about ourselves and then we will be able to create more loving relationships.  Quiet the mind and live in our hearts.  The heart doesn’t judge and criticize, it just loves.

How many of us can look in the mirror each day and say “I love you”?  I don’t have an easy time at it.  Yet, all we really want in life is to be loved.  How do we expect to attract someone to love us, if we can’t give that love to ourself first?  If that’s the case for you, take a hand mirror and stare into your eyes for 20 minutes a day, until you get to the point that you can say those three words and truly mean it.  Compassion will fill your eyes when you finally get how truly lovable you are.  We are born in the image of God, what’s not to love?  We are magnificent beings and deserving of all the goodness life has to offer.

I was in a bathroom stall here at the campsite and I saw a graffiti drawing of a heart with an exclamation point.  This provoked me to inquire deeper into the idea of love as an action, not just a feeling.  Being committed to serving other people day after day with joyfulness, even in difficult circumstances.  Our loved ones know us so well and have a knack at pressing our buttons.  We may want to run and hide when that happens or to strike back, instead count to ten and see each offense as an opportunity to answer a call for love.  Usually when someone is treating you badly, it’s because they are unhappy about something.  We can patiently wait with a calm presence until they find their center again.  It’s called holding the space.  After all, there will be times when you may want to act out and wouldn’t it be nice if you set the precedent for loving kindness first?  Then when it’s your time, they will return the favor, that is, if they’re mature enough to know how.

I remember my ex mother-in-law saying that every couple hits a bump in the road at some point in their relationship, and that some people grow together from the experience and some grow apart.  She said that ultimately you don’t know the strength of your relationship until you pass that test.  When my marriage hit that bump we didn’t have what it took to stay together.  My current partner and I have hit a few bumps and we keep growing closer from each trial and tribulation we face together.

No matter what happens in life, be it divorce or some other rift in our close relationships…we always have a choice to continue to love others.  And just because you may not be speaking with loved ones doesn’t mean you stop loving them.  I keep everyone in my heart and pray unendingly for their health, happiness and peace.  That is the true definition of unconditional love, when it can be given freely regardless of the situation.  Wanting the best for everyone.  Sometimes the most loving act we can do for another is to set them free and wish them well.  Many relationships have expiration dates and if we’re honest with ourselves we know when it’s time to move on.

We are constantly getting the opportunity to test our ability to love.  A Course In Miracles says that there are only two emotions, love and fear, and that you cannot experience them at the same time.  If we are thinking any thoughts that are pulling us from the love energy, it means we are allowing ourselves to reside in fear energy.  God is never separate from us, we only think He is because we aren’t allowing ourselves to feel His presence.  The same with love, it waits patiently for us to return to our hearts instead of in our heads which tells us a zillion reasons not to love.

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”  ~Rumi

 

The other day I became disappointed with my beloved when he shaved off his beard.  We hold love back when we place conditions on it.  How many of us do this with our lists of what we want our partner to look and act like.  I have a few guy friends who are single and wish they were in a relationship.  However, when I ask them what they’re looking for they are very specific with physical traits, like she has to be thin and pretty.

 

We must love deeply like a poet and seek it like a thirsty person seeks water.  See each person through the eyes of God and recognize their inner beauty.  Love like a mother holding her newborn baby, seeing the miracle of life in all it’s splendor.

 

How can we be more loving?  We can start by saying I love you to our family and friends, never leave without giving a hug and wishing each person many blessings.  Choose to resolve our differences with acceptance, offer to lend a hand to those in need, say thank you, cuddle more, be courteous and respectful, forgive easily, say I’m sorry, be encouraging and supportive.  This can be a lifelong process.  Keep finding more ways to love.

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”  Like John Lennon promoted back in the 60’s, make love, not war.  If we all behaved like newlyweds, life would be beautiful and people would be happy.  Love heals all and is the answer to all our problems.  It really is that simple.  Just love.

 

 

Sitaji Devi is a Professional Astrologer and Psychic Medium in Farmington, Maine offering “life coaching” Readings.  Her website is www.Sitaji.com.  Call (207) 491-2313 or email sitajidevi@yahoo.com to schedule an appointment.

 

 

 

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“Take the world as it is, not as it ought to be.”  ~ a German Proverb

Life doesn’t always turn out the way you planned.  I heard this joke once.  Do you want to make God laugh?  Tell Him your plans!

When I was a child I wanted to be a ballerina and a veterinarian.  As I grew older I decided I wanted to be an artist and own my own gallery and travel the world.  Instead I forgot all this and happily became a wife and mother in my twenties.  I fully bought into the American Dream scenario and felt very fulfilled having a house, husband, children and the occasional vacation.  However this fairy tale life was short lived and in my early thirties I became a young divorcee and began shuttling my kids back and forth to their two homes and faced the stress of being a single mother.

Dale Carnegie said, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  That’s exactly what I did.  Having free time on my hands every other weekend, I decided to enrich my soul and started taking art classes and joining a meditation group.  I began to rediscover myself independent of family life and interestingly returned to doing many of the things I enjoyed as a child like traveling, dancing and spiritual studies.

I also successfully learned how to share my children with people I didn’t know.  They would come home and talk all about their new adventures in New York City.  I had to let go of my fears that they would come into harm’s way because I wasn’t there to ensure their safety every minute of the day.  (They were under 5 when this started.)  The key phrase here is I had to let go.  I surrendered the situation to God and asked the angels to watch over them.  If I didn’t I would have suffered tremendously thinking about them running into traffic or getting kidnapped.  Next, I had to release the desire of being their only mommy–they got a step-mom shortly after the divorce.

Ultimately, I had to stop needing to be their mother all together due to differing religious and sociological viewpoints.  We have been estranged for over a year now.  Certainly not part of my original plan when I got married and decided to have children.  Fate can be cruel.  But we choose to have experiences in order to grow our soul.  Karma has to be repaid eventually.

Therefore it is essential to be adaptable.  Which is defined as the ability to adjust to new conditions and circumstances.  Change is constant in this world.  What are you holding onto?  If you’re suffering in any way, it would be due to some resistance to the inevitable flux of your surroundings.  The Universe will give us many opportunities to release our rigidity.  Like the trees in the forest, if they can’t bend when a strong wind comes, they will break.  I for one don’t want to be broken in half, so I learned to adjust.  What’s the alternative, to become jaded, bitter and cynical or lose your mind completely and go insane?  No thank you.  I’ll keep a positive attitude and hope for the best.

What happens to a person is characteristic of him.  He presents a pattern and all the pieces fit.  One by one, as his life proceeds, they fall into place according to some preordained design.  ~Carl Jung

When we can rise above our situation and look at it from a bird’s eye perspective then we are able to see the bigger picture.  Once we know that there is a divine reason for everything that happens here on earth, then we can relax and accept the outcome.

After I had my third child, I heard a voice say:  It is done.  I thought it meant my marriage which believe me was disconcerting enough at the time but I accepted it and was grateful for the heads up from my Higher Self.  It turned out to be more-my marital home and the children too.  The house went easily enough, but the kids were a harder pill to swallow.  It took me 5-10 years to accept that one fully.

More and more people are being asked by something greater than themselves to make the changes in life that are necessary for their highest good and along those lines hefty sacrifices are being made, like giving up our comfortable roles and identities that we have for so long grown accustomed to.  If we are to evolve to a higher consciousness in these remaining months then radical transformation may be necessary.

Just like if you’re about to submerge into the cold waters in Maine.  At first it feels impossible to even keep your feet in for any length of time.  Then you get really hot in the summer so you jump in, swim around and after a while you acclimatize to the coldness and really enjoy it.  If we’re open to all experiences in life then you won’t need it to be anything but what it is, and you’ll find a way to enjoy it.  It’s called going with the flow.

I guess the moral of this story is accept your destiny and find a way to keep on living a fulfilling and joyful existence.  Remain loving but detached and trust the process of your life.

Sitaji Devi is a Professional Astrologer and Psychic Medium in Farmington, Maine offering “life coaching” Readings.  Her website is www.Sitaji.com.  Call (207) 491-2313 or email sitajidevi@yahoo.com to schedule an appointment.

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Many things in life are meant to teach us patience.  Especially these days as the pace quickens and we get out of breath trying to keep up with it all.

 

A great remedy for a hectic day is to intentionally slow it down by either taking a walk in nature or closing your eyes and focusing on your breath.  It’s amazing to see how fast relaxation comes when you take a moment to recoup and it doesn’t have to take much time.  The meditation on your breath could be a few seconds when you’re in the car stopped at a traffic light, feeling the air entering your nose as you inhale and exhale.  The walk in nature could be during your lunch break in a nearby park.  Combine the two and do what the Buddhists call a walking meditation.  You’ll find that when you stop and get fully present with yourself while doing these things, (something Eckhart Tolle calls being in the “Now”) it becomes easier to be patient.

 

I would consider myself a relatively patient person when it comes to ordinary things like standing in line at a check-out stand or getting stuck in traffic.  I usually can entertain myself quite well by either singing to a song on the radio or just spend the extra time daydreaming.  That is of course, if I don’t have anywhere I have to be at that moment, I don’t like to be late for my appointments.  So if that were the case, I’d have to do some deep breathing to accept the delay.

 

Our beliefs shape our thoughts and feelings about what happens in our day.  If we could cultivate a positive attitude about whatever shows up in life, we’d be more relaxed and probably a lot happier.  Trusting in the perfection of Divine timing.

 

Impatience means we are trying to get to the next moment.  It’s when we’re not happy with our current circumstance and we’re restlessly eager for something better.  It could be personal like an illness we want to be rid of, losing weight, a better job or it could be global like world peace, the end of poverty, freedom.  Acceptance of where we’re at right now is key.  The Buddha says, all desire leads to suffering.  So if we get caught up needing things to be different, we’re causing ourselves needless pain.  Therefore, it would be wise to cultivate a detached attitude when it comes to our wants and desires.  Prayer helps.  We can pray for change, but we better be willing to wait, it seems that God’s timing is unpredictable.  It doesn’t mean we have to sit back and be idle.  We can take steps towards our future by eating better and exercising for increased health; going back to school to get that better job; or heck work for ourselves, live off the grid and grow a garden to become more self sufficient.  It’s possible to make things better, we just have to believe in ourselves.  Be the change you want to see in the world, I think Gandhi said that.

 

As for world peace…..I think the world would become more peaceful if we could learn to get along with each other.  Families can’t even get along, how can we expect the nations to do any better?

 

Relationships can be challenging.  The quality of our lives depends on how we interact with those around us.  Some people are easier to get along with than others, and we can savor those experiences.  What do we do about the unpleasant ones?  Nothing seems to hurt as much as when we’re wishing to resolve an argument with another person.  Especially if we’re close to them or work with them and have to see them everyday.  Sometimes reconciliation can take awhile and we may feel rejected and abandoned if they withdraw from us.  As Tom Petty once sang, the waiting is the hardest part.  It’s hard to keep our hearts open in those moments.  It hurts, so we guard ourselves and pretend we don’t care or convince ourselves we’d be better off without them.

 

I’m in this kind of predicament right now with my partner.  We had an argument and I tend to be quicker to forgive than he is.  He likes to withdraw and take a lot of time to process and recover.  Sometimes it can takes days.  It causes me some stress because I’m the type of person who likes to talk it out.  That’s where patience comes in.  In the past I would have tried to engage him even if it was just to get him to argue more with me.  Strangely that used to make me feel better thinking that at least we were together and talking.  I have since realized that it made things worse and I would end up saying something mean just because I was hurt and wanted to hurt him too.  This is a form of aggression.  I’m sure many of us saw this type of destructive behavior in our families when we were growing up.  It’s not a pretty sight to vent your ego on someone.  Once you say something, you can’t take it back.  On the other hand, maybe you grew up in a family that neglected your emotions by withdrawing from you or hitting you and not allowing you to voice your feelings.

 

Our parents did the best they could and we don’t have to blame them for it, but we can learn from it and stop perpetuating unhealthy forms of communication.  We have to emotionally mature if we want our relationships to improve.  It’s time to relate to one another in a whole new way.  Speak our truth in a way that promotes love.  I have always felt the importance of speaking my truth, but sometimes the truth hurts.  I suppose it all depends on delivery and timing.  Some people are masters at linguistics and know how to say things even if it’s negative, in a way that makes people feel good.  Be patient with yourself if you don’t have this gift.  Keep trying to improve the way you say things.  If somebody writes you a nasty email you can respond by mirroring what they said and validating their feelings.  Overcome the urge to escalate the conflict with a cruel reply.  Realize they may be hurting inside and give them the love they truly need by responding with kindness.  I saw a bumper-sticker on a car that said, “Kindness is my Religion.”

 

That is how we can change the world….one benevolent act at a time.  That doesn’t mean that you have to make your enemy your best friend.  It just means that no matter what people do, we can rise above it and respond from a place of generosity and altruism.

 

The electricity went out while my partner and I were in discord.  An unexpectedly early snow storm hit the Northeast this October.  It’s been over a day and I’m waiting patiently for the lights to come back on.  Luckily, we have a wood stove, so the house is warm.  However, there are many things we take for granted in our modern lives, like running water and refrigeration.  When the power goes out, all of a sudden our minor everyday annoyances seem trivial and survival takes precedence.  That might be the ultimate reason we experience natural disasters.  It wakes people up and disrupts their reality to bring greater awareness.  Who cares who won the baseball game or about winning some petty argument when you’re freezing cold?  The concerns become more practical.

 

Did you ever notice how much more caring we all become when our normal lives get interrupted by some misfortune?  We reach out to neighbors and friends.  Our compassion and humanity returns because we’re forced to ban together.  Out of necessity we learn to get along.  My relationship problem resolved quicker because of the storm.  We had many chores which required us to work together.  Our hearts softened as we worked side-by-side and showed concern for each other.

 

Life has a funny way of working itself out.  It seems that the Universe was just waiting for us to surrender to love.  Right when I overcame my pride and asked him for a hug — mid-embrace — the electricity came back on!  Some may think it was just a coincidence, but was it?  Never underestimate the power of love.  Power outages are like spiritual tests, and once we learn the lesson, the problem goes away.

 

All life lessons come to teach us something and it’s best to be patient with the results.

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Dr. Wayne Dyer in the movie “The Shift,” starts his day by saying. “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”  The idea of appreciating life and starting our day with gratitude for simply being alive.  What a great concept!  It sure beats the way I was raised, my parents had this anxious quality about them and a feeling of dread permeated the house in the mornings.  There’s a lot of good to be said for living a responsible life, but when duty turns into drudgery, that’s when you either have to reinvent your life or improve your attitude.  I wish my parents knew this.  However, Nietzsche said, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

Gratitude’s been a hard pill for me to swallow based on some of my bizarre and frightening life experiences since childhood.  It’s been like a Sci-Fi Thriller and involves abduction, aliens and DNA harvesting.  The catch is that it doesn’t happen in my normal everyday life, but in the middle of the night when I’m in bed asleep, so it feels like a nightmare instead of reality.  Thankfully, they screen my mind (erase memory) so I don’t remember too much of the scary details.  Thank goodness it doesn’t happen every night!  As you can imagine there have been some side effects, one being PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) and panic attacks which have lessened with maturity and learning to relax and trust that there is a bigger picture and if this is karma, I’m grateful to be clearing it.  Plus, these terrifying experiences have made me stronger, less fearful as I face each one, given me wisdom, compassion and understanding which enables me to help others facing similar circumstances — life can be stranger than fiction.  Don’t worry it’s not contagious (as far as I know), I was born into it.  I deal with it but it’s hard to be thankful for it while it’s happening.  That’s for sure.

Another gratitude obstacle to overcome would be that I was born in the month of January which makes me the Earth sign, Capricorn, as an astrologer I know that I’m here to learn how to be grateful.  All the earth signs are.  Taurus (May birthdays) and Virgo (September) also are learning the same lesson.  To be thankful even amidst chaos and any unfortunate happenings as well as to appreciate the good stuff more.  One way to develop this virtue can be as simple as writing a daily gratitude journal.  I remember Oprah having a show about gratitude back in the 90’s and suggested keeping a gratitude journal.  I did this and there were some days I couldn’t complete the daily requirements of listing ten things I was thankful for.  It was during a time of extreme challenges and struggles after a divorce and trying to raise three young children on my own.  (I’m not complaining I know we all face upsets in life, I’m just sharing mine in hopes to help and inspire others.  Humans have amazing ability to overcome vast adversity, and that’s what I strive for everyday of my life.)  Finding atleast 1 thing is a good way to start, it could be the sunshine or a hot shower, then expand to a delicious meal and the company of good friends, a warm embrace.  Once you start looking at life this way it becomes easy to find a multitude of things to be happy about throughout your day.  It even becomes possible to see the gift in everything and everyone.  Some have even said they’re thankful for cancer or some major illness because of how it changed them for the better.

For each new morning with its light,For rest and shelter of the night,For health and food, for love and friends,For everything Thy goodness sends.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is meant to be cherished.  What stops us from seeing the value in our everyday lives?  We were conditioned and programmed to worry and fret about the future.  Bombarded by commercials trying to convince you that you will get sick, in order to sell more prescription drugs and insurance companies trying to sell you protection from life’s mishaps.  It’s all fear based and I decided to turn away from this kind of lifestyle.  I have been living my life radically different for the past 5 years and it makes some people very nervous, like my conservative father, that I don’t have medical insurance or a retirement account anymore.  I’ve decided that it’s unnecessary to focus my attention on creating a false sense of security.  It’s better to trust that life will support me as I live from my heart.  This has given me a new found freedom.  An excitement about what’s possible.  I’ve broken out of the proverbial box and I’m exploring my options.  So far I’m doing just fine, I eat healthy organic food, take herbs and homeopathy for whatever ailes me therefore I don’t need to go to doctor’s.  I recently found out that a doctor discovered that water cures all sickness, he said people aren’t sick, they’re just thirsty…..dehydration.  Now that is cheap medicine.  Basically drink about 8-10 glasses of pure water per day and you’ll be healthy.  As far as my finances, I own my house and vehicle and have a small nest egg.  I decided right before the 2008 market crash that it was time to scale down, I sold my big house and got rid of all my debt.  It really is possible to make these kinds of changes, get rid of mortgages and live a simple, modest life with contentment.  I am proof of that.

It’s hard to feel thankful when you are stuck in a mindset that says I don’t have enough, or there’s not enough to go around.  This mentality is bound to get you caught up in fear and greed.  I heard a wise teacher once say that love and fear cannot be felt at the same time.  I think the same goes for gratitude and lack.  When we compare our situation to someone like a Donald Trump or some other super rich person, it’s hard to feel good about your own life.  So don’t compare!  After all, they may not even be happy.  I used to have a lot of money and it can be all consuming, buying unnecessary things and then taking care of them.  My mother used to say, a smaller house means less to clean and I agree. Be thankful for whatever you have because if you’re reading this article you must have something.  Eyes to see, a healthy brain and intellect to understand the words, a moment to kick back and read the paper, ect.  Focus on the basics, that’s what I do.

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.  ~Eric Hoffer

One way to show gratitude is to Mother Earth, we are physically made up of all her elements.  We probably rarely if ever attribute our life to her.  In reality we are breathing her air, drinking her water and eating her food — the planet sustains our bodies along with the Sun.  A big thank you is in order and we can extend it by saying a prayer of thanks before a meal as well as other times in our day.  I like to take a walk when the sun is setting and say goodnight and thanks to Father Sun.  We can also be thankful to our parents for having us and for all the people who have helped us in our life.  There really is so much to be thankful for.  We can be grateful the stress of the holidays is over and for the love shared with others.  Make a New Year’s resolution to be more grateful.

Oftentimes, I like to point out the health benefits of the qualities I speak about in my Life Lesson articles.  Gratitude has been found to make you a happier person.  Dr. Emmons who wrote the book, “Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier” found that practicing gratitude can increase happiness levels by around 25%.  His research based on ten years of studies, shows that those who practice gratitude are more creative, more resilient, have a stronger immune system, and better social relationships than those who don’t practice gratitude.  He’s not saying that their lives are easier, just their attitude is better.  I really value health and I find this information to be a great motivator for me.

 

Sitaji Devi is a Professional Astrologer and Psychic Medium in Farmington, Maine offering “life coaching” Readings.  Her website is www.Sitaji.com.  Call or email (207) 491-2313 sitajidevi@yahoo.com  to schedule an appointment.

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