Oh so retro
3 words: Health-focused wine. You are not dreaming. Dry Farm Wines is the first wine club to curate quality natural wines from sustainable family farms and test them to make sure they meet strict health standards like sugar-free, additive free, low sulfites and gluten-free. This could be the day Sunday actually becomes a funday (bye, bye hangover.)
In other news, fidgeting in your seat (or “dynamic sitting”) not only burns calories but also counts as physical activity. A little jiggle or foot tap helps the blood flow, so no more sitting still, no matter how fascinating that next conference call is.
What the stars have in store: B.R.E.A.T.H.E.
Hold on to your hats, Mercury (the ruler of communication) turns retrograde in Leo on Thursday. That means one thing: Drammmaaaaaaa. Leos love to take center stage, so expect conversation to be a bit more colorful and passionate than usual. It’s going to get chaotic, and tensions will be running high. Remember to remain calm, patient and humble. Put your fire into a creative project instead of getting into it with others.
The full moon in Aquarius Friday (which is also a blood moon) will add to the emotion and urges us to come together to create positive change in the world. Let yourself feel the feels, it’s all part of your journey. Full moons are a great time to check in with yourself. What do you need to let go of in order to move forward? Living your best life will end up benefiting the greater good.
Choose your words wisely, and don’t rush into anything. With Mercury in retrograde, it’s best not to make any important decisions until the end of August.
To help with all those emotions…
People with a higher emotional intelligence, or those who are better able to describe the emotions they’re feeling (beyond “happy” or “sad”) go to the doctor less frequently, use medication less frequently, spend fewer days hospitalized for illness and are better able to navigate social situations and respond appropriately. So instead of saying “I’m happy,” try more specific words like “content,” “blissful,” “excited,” or “hopeful.” On the flip side, instead of saying “I’m sad,” use words like “frustrated,” “betrayed,” or “resentful.”
The wider your emotional toolbox, the more flexible and healthy you’ll be.
“I can’t concentrate”
Sound familiar? In the age of text message dings, email alerts and social media notifying us every time a thought crosses someone’s mind, distraction is everywhere, and people are finding it hard to focus.
Luckily, there are easy exercises to strengthen our ability to pay attention. They all have to do with mindfulness. Taking 15 minutes, 5 days a week to practice mindful breathing, mindful walking, or body scanning helps to get the mind back under control. Once those are mastered, graduate to open monitoring, where you become aware of any sensations, thoughts or emotions that come up without holding onto them. Label what comes up by using words like “planning,” “worrying” or “judging,” then watch them turn into clouds and float away. Setting a reminder will help you commit to this practice.
Water works wonders
Try supercharging it. Looking for a natural detoxifier? Just add lemon and a sprinkle of pink Himalayan sea salt. How about an antibacterial swig that’s said to aid in weight loss and lower cholesterol? Try some apple cider vinegar with a dash of cayenne pepper. Need something to hold you over until your next meal? Let some chia seeds soak for 20-30 minutes, and slug it down. Chlorophyll, spirulina, bee pollen, turmeric and even CBD oil are all fun and nutritious ways to add a little spunk to your H2O.
What if God was one of us?
How would you envision him/her? Most people have a “god image” that was driven by their experience with authority in childhood, and this god image is important to confront as it shapes the way you feel and act throughout life. For example, an indulgent, friendly or permissive god image could make you less fearful in life, while a punitive god image could lead to fear and mistrust. Think about yours and determine who in your childhood influenced it, how it has affected your behavior and whether you can displace any blame you’ve been putting into it.
No matter where your beliefs lie, everyone has free will, and as therapist Aimee Falchuck says, “the choice to use it toward creation or destruction, toward connection or separation, toward evolution or regression or stagnation.” What will you choose?
You’re getting very sleepy...
Hypnosis, or “meditation with a goal,” is now being used as a front-line therapy for gut disorders like IBS. This uber-relaxed state can provide the mind with more helpful ways to manage stress, behavior, emotions and health.
Hypnosis is the brain wave we reach just before sleep. Another way to access it is through a hypnagogic light.
So hot right now
Carb Backloading, which encourages loading up on the starchy stuff—spaghetti, pizza, whatever carb-tastic food your heart desires—and reminds us of the old adage “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” With all the diet fads out there, at some point, common sense needs to come into play, and pizza will never replace a clean, healthy diet. Listen to your body. Diet trends come and go, but only you know what works and will be sustainable for you.
Divine Feminine. The phrase is popping up everywhere, and while it might sound new, you’ve likely heard some version of the Chinese counterpart, what they call “Greater Yin.” Yin refers to the feminine energies in life, and yang refers to the masculine energies in life. Everyone’s born with both, and learning to balance them within is the key to harmony. Find out which way you lean and how you can synchronize them here.
Chaga mushrooms. Mix ‘em in your favorite beverage or take it as a supplement. Packed with nutrients and antioxidants, they support the immune system, improve heart health and even have cancer-fighting properties. Why did everyone like the mushroom again? Oh yea, cuz he was a fun-gi.
The spotlight has been on straws lately, but that’s just one small piece of plastic pollution.
What if you just turned your magic all the way on?