Holidays Are Not All They’re Cracked Up To Be! Here’s How To Deal.

Holidays Are Not All They're Cracked Up To Be! Here's How To Deal.

Good for you if you enjoy the Winter Holidays! It seems however, that you are in the minority. Between trying to please everyone with foods, gifts, your presence at their house and not the in-laws, travel and having to pretend to be having the best time, it’s exhausting! Not to mention being exposed to family dynamics that can get you down, throw you off and all that. We can meet up and celebrate life with family and friends anytime of the year so why do we have to squeeze it all into one day, week, month? Traditions. Blah. Break them and create your own that will make you happy instead of sad and/or stressed. Here are some ideas to stay true to yourself during this busy season (and the whole year through too):

Avoid Stress Triggers

You must know what these triggers are before you can learn to avoid them. When trying to identify what puts you over the edge it is helpful to make a list of these things, people and situations that trigger your stress/anxiety, sadness. Even if you only know 1 or 2, write them down and then plan your holiday time so that you don’t have to encounter them or at least minimize your exposure.

Don’t Schedule/Plan Too Much 

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If you are hosting the holiday event you of course must plan and schedule but consider trimming it all down. I come from an Italian background so everything is all about food, all the time. Over the years I’ve come to realize that 3 pasta dishes will suffice, no need to knock myself out making 5. Think up at least a few ways that you can minimize your planning and scheduling. Accepting invitations to only a couple of parties instead of all 10 you were invited to is one thought. Come up with a few more!

SLEEP! 

Consistently getting a full night’s sleep (8 hours) is essential when trying to deal with Holiday stress. Any stress really. Read here for tips for better sleep. Until your nighttime sleeping is deep and full try to sneak a nap in here and there. There’s no shame in it! Really! I love my naps.

Try Aromatherapy

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Citrus fragrances boost levels of mood-balancing hormones, strengthen immunity, purify air quality. Purchase some essential oils like Orange, Grapefruit or Lemon. Use them in a diffuser or put a few drops on a cotton ball and inhale anytime you need a pick-me-up.

Limit Your Use Of Electronic Devices 

Switch phone off as much as you can and don’t carry it with you unless you are waiting for an urgent call. Only check emails and texts once or twice a day at a specific time and watch/listen to limited TV/News. All the negative reports effect you more than you can imagine not to mention all the negative Electromagnetic radiation you’re absorbing from these devices.

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The one thing I do enjoy about Christmas is the fragrance that the live Balsam emits through the house. (Of course you must plant a tree/trees in its place!) Any form of nature brings healing and grounded energy to you so as much as is possible, get outside and breathe the fresh air or bring elements of nature indoors in the form of plants, flowers, feathers, acorns, pinecones, leaves, etc. If the weather isn’t too abominable on Christmas Day, I’m in favor of taking a walk either alone or with whoever wants to join (as long as they don’t chatter the whole time!) after dinner and before dessert.

Avoid Crowded Malls/Shopping Centers

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Unless you shop very early, before the mad rush starts I recommend shopping on-line. No lines, no parking problems, no crowds, no scurrying about  only to find the items you want are not stocked. Shopping is such a soul crushing activity anyway and the poor air quality and constant sensory stimulation will wear you out in a snap!

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It doesn’t have to be Holiday Music. Play any music that makes you feel good and happy. I enjoy a few traditional holiday tunes but the same tunes over and over is no good. Change it up with some Jazz versions , Trans-Siberian Orchestra , The Messiah or if none of this does the trick just enjoy whatever music you like.

Help Those Less Fortunate

Volunteering may seem counterintuitive because you have to schedule yet another thing to do but the feeling you will get from helping others will far exceed the troubles. This always helps to remind me of the true meaning of the Holidays and also just how lucky I am. You can do this alone or enlist a friend to go with you. Help others and help yourself at the same time by affirming your own blessings, which by the way, will elevate the more you put yourself out there and open your heart!  You could also consider foregoing gifts for the family and instead donate that money to a favorite or worthy charity. Read: Other Ways To Give.

Breathe

Take 5 minutes a day (the same time of day is best to form a habit) to breathe consciously. Sit or lie down in a comfortable quiet area and simply follow your natural breathing pattern, watching your breath come in and out. To shake it up try different breathing patterns like Square Breathing, or Counting Your Breaths, etc. Schedule a private session -(8th option down) to learn Breath Meditation techniques. Notice how calm you feel after this brief session.

Plan An Intimate Date

Instead of attending crowded functions, schedule a luncheon with one or 2 close friends in a quiet spot perfect for sharing and catching up.

Exercise  Holidays Are Not All They're Cracked Up To Be! Here's How To Deal., Exercise, REiki of Greater Boston

As you know by now exercise reduces stress (and weight!) so do it daily during this busy season. You don’t have to hit the gym everyday but move your body in some way. Walk, dance, do some yoga or stretching. Ahhh… much better.

Manage Food Intake

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Oh this can be a tough one! For me though, the stress of having to take the weight off after I gorge myself is worse than saying no to Canollis and Pumpkin Pie. Some things that help me to stay on track: Eat Mindfully. This means slowly and with awareness. Pay attention to what you’re putting in your mouth, how it tastes, smells and feels. Drink lots of water throughout the day, especially right before your meals. Bring your own food! I know it seems rude but I don’t really care and neither should you or your friends if they respect your intentions for your health. Baggies full of veggies and fruits and nuts, water bottles and protein bars are easy, unintrusive snacks. Allow Yourself 1 Cheat Food Per Gathering (unless you have excessive gatherings!). Be reasonable and strike a balance.

Treat Yourself

My favorite suggestion to follow! Do something that makes you feel good. (Yes, it can be sex!) Things like Spa Treatments: facials, massages, Reiki Healing and bubble baths come to mind. Others may enjoy painting, reading or dancing. There are certainly ways to treat yourself that are within your budget. This will keep you less Grinch-like through what can be a difficult season.  Holidays Are Not All They're Cracked Up To Be! Here's How To Deal., Treat Yourself, Reiki of Greater Boston

So try a few of these suggestions and I’m sure I’ll see you all Healthy and Calm on the Other Side of The Holidays! Read: More Ways to Put Some Chill Time Into Your Life.

Love, Lisa purple_heart

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DE-STRESS FEST! 30 Fool Proof Ways to Chill

30 Ways to de-stress

Stress. We all have it whether you acknowledge it or not. It is impossible to live in this crazy world and stay calm without making a conscious effort to diminish it.

The issues of stress and anxiety are brought to my attention everyday as people of all ages come into my office looking for some bit of relief from their often chronic anxious state.

Facts About Stress

As we know, the stress that comes with the Flight or Fight response is a safety guard to protect our lives but living in this constant state of hyper alertness results in imbalance, ill-health and disease.

2017 studies done by The American Institute of Stress shows just how widespread and detrimental stress is:

U.S Stress Statistics Data
Percent of people who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress 77 %
Regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress 73 %
Feel they are living with extreme stress 33 %
Feel their stress has increased over the past five years 48 %
Cited money and work as the leading cause of their stress 76 %
Reported lying awake at night due to stress 48 %

And according to National Institute of Mental Health approximately 1 out of 75 people may experience panic disorder! This is serious people!

 Detrimental Effects and Symptoms of Chronic Stress

Effects of Chronic Stress, 30 ways to de-stress

  • Inability to concentrate or make simple decisions
  • Memory lapses
  • Acne
  • Easily distracted
  • Less intuitive & creative
  • Worrying
  • Pervasive Negative thinking
  • Depression & anxiety
  • Tearful
  • Irritable
  • Mood swings
  • Extra Sensitive to stimuli and criticism
  • Feeling out of control
  • Lack of motivation
  • Angry
  • Frustration
  • Low self-esteem
  • Aches/pains/Body SorenessEffects of Stress, 30 ways to de-stress
  • Chest Pain
  • Racing Thoughts
  • Frequent colds/infections
  • Allergies/rashes/skin irritations
  • Constipation/diarrhea
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Indigestion/heartburn/ulcers
  • Hyperventilating
  • Dizziness/palpitations
  • Panic attacks
  • Strokes
  • Nausea
  • Physical tiredness
  • Menstrual changes
  • Loss of libido/sexual problems
  • Heart problems/high blood pressure
  • Prone to accidents, forgetfulness
  • Increased reliance on alcohol, smoking, caffeine, recreational or illegal drugs
  • Self neglect/change in appearance
  • Social withdrawal
  • Relationship problems
  • Insomnia
  • Recklessness
  • Aggressiveness/angry outbursts
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Auto-immune issues: M.S., Lupus, Graves, etc.
Let’s reduce and even prevent all this nightmarish nonsense shall we? Here’s how.

My Favorite Ways To Shield From Stress

If you can prevent the stress from entering your life so much the better. Stress prevention is the ideal. Some of the items listed below will help you with this. I know though that it is not always possible to prevent stress or to even know what it is that is causing the stress. Sometimes it feels like there’s nothing there that should be stressing you out and sometimes it feels like everything is causing the stress. Some of the items listed below will help you once the stress has entered your life to either reduce your reaction to it and/or to reduce the stress itself. Check it out!

30 ways to to de-stress, 30 ways to prevent stress

  1. Identify Triggers. Recognize what situations or people make you less than happy and do your best to avoid them. I would say this is my most trusted defense in the battle against stress/anxiety/depression. 

2. Exercise. Ideally your’e exercising 3-5 days/week. If you do this you will feel better, calmer and stronger inside and out. Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects. If you are unable to exercise regularly then at least try it when you feel particularly anxious or had a very difficult day. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is efficient and effective. There are free Apps to help you. Try Keep Trainer or SworkIT.

3. Sleep. The amount of sleep you need to function your best differs at different ages and between individuals but 7-8 hours is consistently recommended by scientific studies. Even if nothing is taunting you, you know you get cranky if you don’t have enough sleep!

4. Eat Well. You know what this means. Lean meats, vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes. This item and some of the others on this list are shoring up your body, mind and spirit to be able to cope better with any discomfort that comes your way.

5. Vacation Often. It doesn’t have to be a grand vacation. Just a couple of days will do nicely but do it often. At least every 2 months at a minimum but more certainly will not hurt.  In America we tend to take merely 2-3 weeks of vacation per year and we save that up to take it all at once so we’re just waiting and waiting all year for that release time. Not good for the stress. I have learned over the years that I need to have significant down time at least every other month. Your thresh hold may be different but once you know what you need, make it happen and you will be so much happier and less stressed.

6. Meditate or be in stillness. Can you be in stillness? Quiet and alone? Try it. It might be scary at first but eventually it’s beautiful., calming and peaceful.  And if you’re not already meditating you might consider beginning a practice. Read here.

7. Gratitude Journal. When you’re feeling anxious try thinking about 1 thing you are grateful for. Write it down, write about it and then think of it throughout the day and especially anytime anxiety comes to call.  This takes the mind out of the negative spin that it tends to enter when we become tense. Learn more about starting a Journaling Practice.

8. Tap in to and listen to your inner guidance system.  Intuition, gut, psychic knowledge – we are all born with these gifts which most of us have lost over the years. To strengthen these important  skills you simply have to use them. Pay attention to what your body is saying to you and when you get brave enough start acting on that voice.  It takes a while to trust this knowledge but it will not steer you wrong and will ultimately lead you onto the ‘right’ path where stress will rarely exist.

9. Take actions toward your goals. Dreaming and imagining the life you want to live is an excellent first step but second, third and 4th steps, etc. must be taken to  prevent these dreams from becoming another sources of stress. Small baby steps each and every day will get you there and make you feel more empowered along the way. Just do something. One little thing! And another tomorrow and soon it’ll get easier and before you know it you’re right where you want to be.

10. Increase physical human contact. Yes, more sex will reduce that stress! Yay! If that’s not up your alley then at least hug someone every day and if touching humans is is unappealing then give some love to a pet.

11. Unplug. At a minimum shut your phone and computer and TV off at least an hour before bed. Too much stimuli, too much information bombarding us day and night! We don’t even realize how much it effects us or how much negative information we are exposed to by these electronic ‘miracles’. Have you tried counting how many times/day you check your social media accounts?! Or how much time you spend being exposed to EMFs? It is scary.  Try one day a week to not watch any TV or listen to any news radio or access any social media. It’s very peaceful.

12. Yoga Mudra. Mudras are just hand positions that control energies. The one I like best for relaxation is Vayu Mudra. Do it with both hands at the same time for 5 minutes or longer. If possible practice this with your spine erect but you can really do it anywhere. Use it to prevent stress from effecting you as deeply and also to reduce it once it hits you.Yoga Mudra for relaxation, 30 ways to de-stress, reikiofgreaterboston

13. Yoga.  A yoga practice is key to maintaining balance and calm in the face of stressors. If you can hook into a class that is convenient to your home/work then I would do this. If time and money is limited then find some free on-line classes and if that is too difficult for you then at least practice Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall Pose) daily for at least 5 minutes. Upon going to be or waking up are convenient times of the day to practice: Yoga for relaxation, 30 ways to de-stress

14. Reiki. Reiki resets, balances and aligns your body and its energies so that you are in the best state to heal yourself from stress or any other unpleasantness that comes your way. Read more about this healing energy here or book your appointment with me here.

15. Clear and Organize. Living in a messy, cluttered space is not conducive to maintaining a clear, calm state of mind. Get rid of shit that you don’t use, don’t like, don’t want (even though someone nice gave it to you). Keep only things that bring you joy! Taking this thought further you can set up a special place in your home for de-stressing. Read here and here.

16. Crystal Therapy.  To combat stress and anxiety the crystals that clients seem to find most helpful are: Blue Lace Agate, Rose Quartz, Clear Quartz, Amethyst. healing crystals for relaxation, 30 ways to de-stressOnce you get them you can wear them in the form of jewelry or carry them with you in a pocket or a bra, hold them in your hands while meditating or just sitting. They do need to be cared for so if this method of relaxation is of interest to you please text or email me and I will let you know where to purchase, more about how to work with them and care for these magical stones.

17. Supplements. These supplements have been shown to relax an anxious soul: Melatonin Magnesium,Valerian Root. Follow directions on the bottle. Try one at a time and give each a good 2 week shot before you assess its efficacy.

18. Essential Oils. I mention these oils and how to use them in ‘You’re Getting Sleepy’. Look there for more information. Lavender, Rose, Chamomile.

19. Listen to music or make your own music. I’d give you some music that I find relaxing (like this) but you may not find it so. Some clients tell me they find hard -rock, heavy metal or Blues relaxing and these make me more anxious so we are all needing something different. Identify music that calms you down and listen to it daily or specifically when you’re stressed. Making music may calm you too even if you’re not ‘musical’ you can bang on a drum which you can find inexpensively or if you already play an instrument do that or SING! Everyone can sing. You don’t have to be on key, just enjoy the beat, the rhythm, the emotion, the lyrics, etc.

20. Do things that make you happy and bring you joy. It makes me so sad when I ask people what it is that brings them joy and they really have no idea! If you don’t know, it’s worth investigating. These are things that make you feel free, light and joyful with not a care in the world. Engaging in these activities regularly (at least 1x/week but preferably daily!) will keep stress away. Is there something that you’ve always wanted to do but never tried or something you’d participate in if you had more time or something that you used to do as a kid that made you happy but you haven’t done it for years? Do those things and see how they make you feel.

21. Say No.  And say no regularly. Only say yes if you really want to, if what you’re saying yes to is going to add something to your life. Saying yes to every invitation you’re extended will likely be a waste of time and cause lots of anxiety.

22. Spend time with people who make you laugh/happy. If you don’t have any of those people in your life then you must find some but until then spend time alone instead of with people who add nothing or negativity to your life.

23. Forgive. Holding on to anger or resentment is a major cause of stress. Do yourself a big favor and forgive. Yes, they’re wrong and they should apologize but most times it’s not worth the effort to talk sense into these perpetrators. Move on for your own health. Read more on Forgiveness.forgiveness a way to de-stress, 30 ways to de-stress

24. Let Go of Control. Are you a control freak? I know it’s hard to let go especially when you’ve likely been trying to control things all of your life. It’s a waste of time because it takes much  more energy to control than to let go and most of the things you’re trying to direct are not worth your energy. Things will work out as they should. This does not mean that you can’t be involved with things that you care about and do your best and then let it go. This one can be complicated and involve many steps to get to letting go but at least start by acknowledging that this is an issue for you. 

25. Express Your self. Holding your feelings and emotions in is not ideal! Eventually these feelings will eat you alive. Somehow they will be released and not in the most productive way. Let them out somehow before they control you. Journaling is my go to release. If you are the artistic type draw or paint your feelings, dance it out or write a poem or song or maybe a letter to the person who you feel caused the feelings. You don’t have to give it to them but getting it out on paper will free you!

26. Spend Time in Nature. Ahhh. One of my favorite things to do to calm down. I understand that not everyone is the ‘outdoorsy’ type and if that is the case then being in deep nature may cause you panic with all the bugs and animals milling about you. Consider then just sitting on a towel on the beach and breathe in the salt air, listen to the waves. If you are open to the forest setting I would recommend going deep into the woods alone. Get lost even. Try Forest Bathing -retreating to nature to immerse in the forest atmosphere.

27. Herbal Teas. Try Chamomile, Lavender or Cup Of Calm (Traditional Medicines Teas).

28. Breathe. A 5 minute a day breathing practice will help you to learn to inhale and exhale completely training the body what to do should you begin to hold your breath in times of stress. If you do not want to commit to this daily practice then just implement complete breathing when you begin to feel anxious, making sure to release all the breath completely when you exhale.

29. Squeeze & Release. This method does nothing for me but some people swear by it. My anxiety prone clients recommend this Squeeze Toy. Squeeze away your stressIt has a harder consistency than most. Almost like a clay. Another option is to carry a small smooth stone with you. Whenever you feel tense, put the stone in the palm of your hand and then squeeze the stone and then slowly release. Do this a few times and feel the tension leave your body.

30. Let Only Good Thoughts In. This takes practice but along with #1 is most important for me personally in preventing stress, anxiety and depression. The moment you notice your mind spinning with a negative thought or image switch it out with a beautiful image or happy thought. You will have to do this over and over again until the positive thought state is your norm. This method will be supported by many of the other items previously listed especially limiting your exposure to negative people/situation and limiting your exposure to News through TV, Radio, Social Media, and to engage in activities that bring you joy.

Tests to assess your stress, 30 ways to de-stress

Here are a couple of fun Stress Tests you can take to assess your level of stress: 1. , 2. even though you likely already know!

Well, try some of my recommendations and let me know how they do for you!

Love, Lisa purple_heart

Owner Reiki of Greater Boston, Waltham, LIfe Coach, Yoga

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WRITING YOUR WAY TO HEALTH – A Beginner’s Guide to Journaling

I am so happy when clients come in to see me for some spiritual or physical healing through Reiki, Yoga, Meditation and other services but these methods work best when you engage in supportive work at home. You cannot expect a few sessions to ‘cure’ what ails you when you’re dealing with chronic issues. To just go home to the same environment and patterns that made you imbalanced in the first place makes not sense! Right? Of course I’m right. After your first appointment with me I will likely give you homework to do. If you are ready to heal you will follow through. Journaling is one home exercise that can support you in your Journey to Health and Happiness. Here’s how.

There is something about writing things down that is just so cathartic.  Yes, it’s good to type lists and ideas on your phone, get it off your mind and onto the digital paper but even better if you take out that old fashioned instrument called a pen and get it down on real paper! You will notice that more things will come to you as you transfer your thoughts and ideas, feelings, inspirations from your brain to your hand, fingertips and out onto the page through a pen.  I don’t know what it is exactly that makes that stimulation happen but it always amazes me. Now, going deeper than lists we move into Journaling.

Write Your Way To Health & Happiness

Did you know that Journaling can bring Joy, Clarity and Calm?  It’s true!

Journaling can also help you to:

  • Clarify your thoughts and feelings.
  • Know yourself better.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Solve problems more effectively.
  • Resolve disagreements with others.
  • Pay ­attention to life.
  • Practice mindfulness.
  • Puts things into perspective.
  • Stop obsessing.
  • Keep your memory sharp.
  • Lower depression and anxiety.
  • Strengthen immune cells (T-lymphocytes).
  • Strengthen critical thinking.

How To Get Started Journaling

First Step: Obtain a notebook to write in!

This sweet journal depicting one of my Spirit Animals just about jumped into my shopping cart just as I was finishing the last page of my old journal. Perfect! TJMaxx – $3.49!

Any old notebook will do but I do enjoy choosing a beautiful specimen that makes me happy to look at and to work with.

Second Step: Grab a pen.

I like to use a special pen that is pretty and writes easily like a smooth glider, uni-ball, fine tip but as long as it writes you’re good to go.

Third Step: Write!

Do not fear that you have to write pages and pages of pretty looking script. No! Just a quick note will do as long as you get started. It can be quite messy as you see mine is. No worries. No one is going to read it other than you. Oh and you don’t have to concern yourself with spelling either. Usually I’m on top of my spelling but sometimes when I’m journaling I am in kind of a trance/meditational state and the way I spell things is very creative.

Some people find it helpful to choose one time of day to Journal. Most choose either morning upon awakening or in the evening before bed but you can choose any time that’s convenient. Until you get into the swing of things it is helpful to write at the same time of day, consistently. Just do the best you can. We don’t want Journaling to be just another thing on your To-Do list.

Ideally you will Journal undisturbed in a quiet place but if that is not always possible just grab some time and pop on your noise cancelling headphones. Ahhh. Peace amid chaos.

What in the world do I write you ask? You write anything you want to write. Here are some ideas:

Gratitude

Every day write just one thing you are grateful for. It can be a short one sentence blurb like” I am grateful for my health”. If you write in the morning you can think about this statement through the day. You can also extrapolate on the blurb by writing down all the things that good health allows you to do, etc.

Successes

At the end of the day write down something you did well that day, something you are proud of or an accomplishment.

Struggles

Write down any struggles or concerns you’re working through. You can go on about how it came to be a struggle and/or what you might want to do to improve the situation. Do not be surprised if solutions come out of the blue!

Ask a question

Simply write down a question that you’d like an answer to. Continue by writing your own answers to the question. New answers that make sense may appear as you write.

Stream of Consciousness

Just start writing. “Hello. How are you? What am I doing? I don’t know what to write about but I’m giving it a shot. I could use a shot. A shot of tequila would be helpful… ” and on and on and if you keep going you will get to some good stuff!

Dreams

If you’ve never written down your dreams you are in for a wild ride! Write down whatever you remember as soon as you wake up. Dreams are all in symbols which can be confusing as to what it all means but as you begin writing down your dreams meanings will come to you. For me they usually come in the form of a gut feeling but you may get clarity via visions or other sensational data.

Prompts

Some days you will know Journaling would be beneficial for you to do but you can’t come up with anything to write about. On those days you can use prompts. Here are a few to get you started but you can always google ‘Writing Prompts’ if you need more. Here’s a link I found for 1 prompt for each day of the year.

  1. I am here on this earth to…..
  2. The earliest memory I have is…… and it makes me feel…..
  3. The top five things I want to accomplish this year are….
  4. I am inspired to…

So there you go. ABC, It’s easy as…1, 2, 3, Or simple as… Do-Re-Mi, A, B, C, 1, 2, 3, baby you and me girl! (Yes, I’m a big Jackson 5 fan!) Get going now! Journal your way to health and happiness and let me know how your’e doing. HAVE FUN!

Love, Lisa purple_heart

Owner Reiki of Greater Boston, Waltham, LIfe Coach, Yoga

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The History and Magic of Gazing Globes

Intriguing Uses for gazing globes reiki of greater boston

These Reflecting Globes are so beautiful! They’ve always intrigued me and I put a couple in my garden long before I knew their history. Finally I had time to read a little about them and thought I’d share what I learned.

History & General Information

Gazing Globes were first introduced in 13th century Venice by artisan glass blowers.

Soon after they were made popular in Germany.  King Ludwig of Bavaria so loved gazing balls that he had them made to be hung in trees and this is said to have led to the use of glass baubles as Christmas tree ornaments.

Today it is rarer to find those made of glass due to its fragile nature. Stainless steel and other metals are used more frequently but still have the reflecting surface that is so inherent to their charm.

These intriguing pieces are known by many names:

  • Butler Balls
  • Chrome Ball
  • Fairy Balls
  • Garden Globe
  • Gazing Balls
  • Globes of Happiness
  • Lawn Balls
  • Mirror Balls
  • Protective Balls
  • Witch Balls
  • Yard Globes

They come in all sizes from mini (2 inches in diameter)miniature gazing globes, reiki of greater boston to Gigantic (118’ feet in diameter), the latter namely in the Parc Villette, Paris.

 

 

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Parc de la Villette, Paris

There is also a very fun globe in Millennium Park, Chicago called ‘The Bean’. This one is 33 by 66 by 42 feet. So cool.

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Millennium Park, Chicago

Purposes

In addition to making your garden/yard look pretty these globes have had several other uses. I’ve highlighted my favorites.

  • Ward off evil
  • Bring good luck
  • Announce affluence in a home
  • Discreetly chaperone young couples during courtship. (Courtship?! Victorian Era no doubt.)
  • Alert the servant when guests might need attention such as a drink refill (Butler Ball). The reflective globe would be placed strategically on a dining room sideboard so servants could remain outside the room and still see when service was required.
  • Add color to your garden or lawn
  • Attract birds and butterflies
  • Provide a quiet spot for meditation. Some believed that staring into the ball made the gazer become one with the universe.
  • Protect the property owner from witches. The witch would see her reflection in the globe and be frightened away before casting  spell.
  • Ward off Ghosts, Disease and Evil Spirits
  •  Attract friendly spirits and faeries and bringing good fortune to the home
  • And finally they (only the steel ones) fertilize your garden naturally! Amazing. The steel in the ball attracts magnetic charges and hence has a high degree of nitrogen in the air there. This is how we fertilize. This process is called Electroculture! So go buy some Globes and get rid of your pesticides.

These Gazing Balls are different from Crystal Balls in several ways (hollow vs. solid, any color vs. clear, etc.)  but they remind me of them and I think that accounts for some of my affinity toward them. There is something mystical about them for sure. I think they would be a nice addition to a sacred space or altar too. Check them out for yourself! Let me know what you think.

Love, Lisa purple_heart

Owner Reiki of Greater Boston, Waltham, LIfe Coach, Yoga

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How To Avoid Making A Fool Of Yourself When Working With A Personal Trainer (Installment One)

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History

I’m 57 years old and never had I felt that I needed a Personal Trainer. I was a little Tom Boy growing up; climbed trees, beat the boys at all things physical (and cognitive of course!) and I kept that physical fitness going into adulthood by dancing, yoga-ing, etc. I was always pretty content with my physicality, my muscles were lean and tight. Until now. Despite doing all the same exercises and being on a Paleo Diet my muscles are gone! So sad.

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Anthony Moscatelli, Body Builder, Personal Trainer

Well, I’m not going to accept that without a fight!  Enter Anthony Moscatelli, Body Builder, Personal Trainer.

I watched this creature at the gym from afar for many months; Watched him walk in, not too cocky but confident and light the whole room up, Watched him work out with intensity, get sweaty and still walk out looking like Adonis! I noticed and liked that he was very neat and clean, had a build like a gymnast, that he did not look too often or lovingly at himself in the mirror (You know those body builders that are in love with themselves?! No thank you.), that he did not make too much chit chat with people and he had no tattoos! At least not any visible to the public. Ink-heads please excuse my insult. It is just my preference. So I drooled over him while I worked on the Elliptical Machine hoping he was at least 30 so that my little crush on him would not seem so illicit! Alas these hopes have been dashed.

Finally after 3 months I approached him to ask if he was a trainer. Yes, yes he was of course. Could he train me here? Yes, yes. So we set up some dates. To date I’ve had 4 sessions with him. Already I’m feeling stronger and tighter and my muscles are becoming more defined. And if you must know, which you must,  my boobs and butt are perkier and my ‘tight’ jeans are no longer such. Also my spirit has been more steadily happy and I’m getting asked out a lot more! (No. No on the last one.)

What follows is my hard earned advice to you should you choose to train with a professional.

Do Not Do These Things When Working With A Trainer

  • Drink Cosmos the night before your workout unless you would like to pass out during the workout.
  • Work out on an empty stomach (or with just a banana in it!) unless you enjoy vomiting when you’re done.
  • Wear mascara that is not water proof other wise you will have darker eye circles when you are dripping sweat than you already do.
  • Schedule clients or any important focus oriented activity directly after your workout. You never know how your body will respond to the particular drill he/she puts your through. 2/3 of the way through the sessions my brain does not function well!
  • Go off in your head, in a little fantasy land while he/she is demonstrating and/or explaining how to do the next exercise lest you appear ditzy when you get on the machine and have no idea what to do.

Please Do These Things When Working With A Trainer

  • According to Moscatelli you should eat something with low glycemic carbs and a quality protein 60-90 minutes prior to lifting. He suggests eggs and oatmeal for example. Here are some other meal suggestions.
  • Anthony also recommends consuming quality whole protein or a protein drink at completion of the workout. Here’s my go to:

8 oz.(or so) of Chocolate Almond Milk, 1 scoop rice protein, 1 scoop pea protein, 1/2 banana, handful of blueberries, a dash of coffee. Yum! Excuse the lack of precise measurements. I’m Italian which means that I just wing it and it tastes phenomenal!

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Whey protein seems to be the preferred protein for most athletes still but I’m off all dairy and I don’t do chemicals so I use Plant Protein. Read this article to see the benefits

  • Find a trainer that is certified and that walks his talk. I’ve see so many trainers who are not fit! What’s with that? And also stay away from those who have poor form. In this case injury will likely ensue.  I am trained in both ballet and yoga so am intimately familiar with body mechanics/ergonomics and get crazy when I see people moving the wrong way!
  • Hydrate before, during and after your workout. You might consider hydrating with something stronger than water. I see people drinking Sports drinks like Gatorade and other neon colored liquids. Yuk! As I said above I don’t do chemicals so I went on a search for other options. What I found was Chia Seeds (mix about a TBL SP in your water bottle) and Coconut Water (I mix it with spring water because it is too naturally sweet but you might like it straight). Each supplies hydration components like Calcium and Potassium, etc. I seem to feel more energized using these over regular water. Here are 10 more natural hydrating options you can try.
  • Prepare to be ravenous! Stock your pantry with healthy foods so that when you need to eat more than you ever have before you have plenty of options at your fingertips and will not be tempted to ingest Oreos and Doritos.

In Conclusion

Well, I think that’s all I’ve got for you so far. Once I make a fool of myself again on the gym floor, in front of my very own Michelangelo’s David, I will be back to you with more lessons so you can benefit from my mistakes.

I’m not really ready to share my trainer with you but if you must steal him, you can find him on Instagram @moscyfit14, at moscy14@yahoo.com or 857.991.6965.

One more thing in case you don’t know me well. I am a picky PITA when it comes to most things and especially when hiring someone to do a job for me – any job- plumbing, auto mechanics, painting, digging a ditch, etc. So in addition to being superb at what they’re being hired to do, they must also demonstrate these qualities:

  • Professionalism
  • Punctuality
  • Respect
  • Ethics
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Intelligence
  • Responsiveness

Rest assured that Anthony possesses all these traits.

See you at the Bench Press!

Love, Lisa purple_heart

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Got Carbohydrate Cravings? Squelch ‘Em!

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How to Reduce Carb Cravings, reikiofgreaterboston, waltham

Ooh. Don’t you hate me for posting these tempting pictures?! They’re even making me drool and I’ve been off carbs for years now. For a good part of my young adult/adult life I had intense cravings for chocolate. At some point it was totally out of control and very unhealthy so I decided to take control. You can do the same for your carb cravings! I researched, experimented and voila’ I have been craving free for 10 years! Taking Magnesium supplements was the key for me. Read on to learn about your solution(s).How to Reduce Carb Cravings, reikiofgreaterboston, waltham

 

 

 

Before you try any of the following remedies you will of course want to run it by your Doctor and make sure you are clear of more serious conditions that can also cause cravings such as hormone imbalances, hypoglycemia, diabetes, etc.

Proven Natural Remedies that Cut Carb Cravings

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The Following are some natural remedies that have worked to diminish or eliminate carbohydrate cravings for me & my clients.

I recommend trying 1 at a time for at least a 2 week duration so that you will know what is working for you. (An aside: If you get bored, or frustrated experimenting with these supplements I’d say perhaps you are not quite ready for this path. Trying one of the Life Style options below may be more tolerable for you at this point.)

  1. Chromium – 600 micrograms/day
  2. Vitamin B Complex -Follow Directions from Manufacturer
  3. Magnesium – 200-300 mg/day
  4. Omega 3 – 500 mg/day
  5. Vitamin D -Follow Directions from Manufacturer
  6. Resveratrol – 100mg/day
  7. Co-Enzyme Q 10 – 100-300mg/day

Other Possible Remedies

I’m hopeful that  you will have success with the above suggestions but here are some other supplements you might look into if the above did not help you demolish the cravings demon. I have not personally worked with these but as I read about remedies that help this issue these come up repeatedly:

  • 5-Htp
  • Tryptophan
  • Glutamine
  • Lipase

Life Style Can Help Cut Cravings

In addition to trying some of these supplements it is always a good idea to do a food intake cleanse before you begin a new regime. Spring is the perfect time to try one. See this article for cleansing suggestions/information.

Employing the following Life Style choices with the supplements will support your goal to squelch the cravings:

  • Eat ‘clean’ whole foods (organic if possible): fruits, veggies, lean proteins, legumes, certain grains .
  • Exercise regularly in whatever form moves you. (pun intended).
  • Get as much sleep/rest as you can. Read here for tips to better sleep.
  • Manage stress by utilizing mind-body techniques: Reiki, Yoga, Breathing Exercises.
  • Purchase and use/wear Amethyst Crystal which helps with all addictions. (If your cravings stem from a broken heart, low self-esteem, etc. then I will recommend a different set of crystals and oils combination.)
  • Try Aromatherapy with Essential Oils Peppermint and/or Bergamot. 
  • One final thing to consider is, “What are these cravings trying to say to you?” If they stem from emotional issues in addition to chemical issues then these cravings may subside with the above attention but may get transferred over to another type of addiction. It can get complicated so it is helpful to be aware and in touch with possible emotional causes.

As with every other goal you work toward in your life, you must truly be ready and open to change and be dedicated to the journey despite the possibly bumpy road. Along with supplements, Reiki, Yoga and Life Coaching can support your work and I’m happy to help guide you on your Journey to Health with these methods!

As always, I’m happy to answer any question and please let me know if you have success with these or any other methods in curbing carb cravings.

Love, Lisa purple_heart

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Spine Tingling Creatures of Halloween

IMG_2859Last year I was a Cowgirl for Halloween, the year before a Gypsy . Why do we dress up for this spooky holiday?  The quick answer is that it is postulated that All Hallow’s Eve is the time of year when the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead is thinnest.  Because of this, it is easiest on this night for the inhabitants of the dead realm to slip through the film and come visit us, the living! In order to fool these visitors and hide from them, we put on ‘masks’.

I like Halloween because you can become anything you want to be! You can break out of that little box you built for yourself and be totally out of character. It is so freeing. I hope you try it and go all in so that you can really feel what it’s like to be someone else: a cop, a gypsy, a cowboy, a ghost, a different gender, and on and on.  I hope that if you dress-up you also put on the internal mask of that character as well as the outer and really become them. It’s fun!

cowgirl

The other reason I like Halloween is because it deals with spirit and spooky & eerie things that cannot necessarily be seen, touched or proven.  And I like being scared! Don’t you?

Here are some of my favorite scary Halloween Creatures and why they’re associated with this fantastical and magical holiday. Have a fun and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Bat-creepy-animal   Bats     

Bats are nocturnal  and it seems that creatures that love the night scare us for some reason.  At night in ancient days bonfires were lit for Halloween which drew mosquitoes and moths, which would in turn attracted bats.

Vampire                                   Vampires

Also creatures of the night plus they’re sexy, sneaky and blood thirsty. What could be more scary? ! And please never forget my favorite vampire from Dark Shadows (circa 1970’s), Barnabas Collins.

witch3d   Witches

Witches are feared because they have powers that can control this and that and it was believed that their powers were greatest on Halloween night. Some thought witches were in cahoots with satan. That of course is the Myth of The Witch. In a future post I will tell you about real witches who walk the earth and live peacefully among us.

black-cat-outside   Black Cats

It was thought that witches could turn into cats and during the witch trial era it was noted that many ‘witches’ had cats about them as ‘familiars’. In light of this they burned the cats along with the humans thinking that some of the cats were also witches transformed!

Pumpkins  Pumpkins

Pumpkins are related to Halloween because Halloween occurs around Harvest time and Pumpkins are in full bloom at this time.

jack-o-lantern   Jack-O-Lanterns

Ancients used to carry hollowed-out turnips with candles inside them to light their way from house to house to beg and pray.  Frightening faces glowing from the pumpkins were meant to frighten off the evil spirits thought to roam the earth on Halloween.

Ghost-on-the-Porch_photo_medium   Ghosts

Halloween night is the one night that the spirits of our ancestors are able to walk more visibly among the living.  They are seen in the form of ghosts.  Boo!

graveyard Graveyards

Graveyards are spooky all year round but especially on Halloween when the spirits have easier access to the world of the living.

 

Haunted Houses

haunted-house-web-blogTrap doors, spider webs, creaks and groans do not say welcome unless you want to be frightened!  These houses are plagued with disembodied spirits who are somehow connected to the property or people in it.  If you think you have a ghost or poltergeist I will refer you to my paranormal investigator friends but sometimes a house feels odd not because of a haunting per se, but due to negative energy sources:  arguments, illnesses, etc.  If this is your case give me a shout and I will help you infuse a clear, light spirit throughout your home. I can help you clear the energy of your home!

frankenstein_monster   Frankenstein

Most people think of this green monster when they hear the name Frankenstein but really Dr. Victor Frankenstein was the creator of the monster, not the monster himself.  He is associated with Halloween because he makes a great costume of a scary and recognizable creature. Plus the story is set in an atmosphere of of melancholy eeriness. A more recent Frankenstein movie, Victor Frankenstein, starring Daniel Radcliffe, was released last year. I love the classic book though, by Mary Shelley. A fun thing to do around this time of year is listen to the book on tape in your car.

spiders   Spiders

Spiders scare most people even when it’s not Halloween. I don’t mind them and when I find one in the house I try to move it safely outside to set him free. They seem to weave their webs in dark and rarely frequented places like haunted houses and doorways and corners.

three_wise_skeletons-other   Skeletons

Skulls and skeletons are associated with Halloween because they represent the end of the physical part of life, something that is connected to Halloween both because of the death of the “light”  because of the perceived connection to the spirit realm.

Enjoy your e-v-e-ning!

Love, Lisa purple_heart

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