Breaking This One Nasty Cycle Will Change Your Life.

Breaking This One Nasty Cycle Will Change Your Life.

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We have all been guilty of passing judgment on both ourselves and others. We judge ourselves for where we’re at in life, or we judge others on their actions and lifestyle choices. In truth, judgement is not a freeing feeling, it confines both us and the people we place judgment upon. On a deeper level, humans operate on vibrations and frequencies. Simply put, we are energy and therefore we are very sensitive to the energy that comes from our thoughts and words. The thoughts we have and the words we speak are much deeper than a simple spoken word or thought, they hold power and affect both us and/or whoever we are speaking to.

Your Thoughts Have Power.

Positive thoughts and words have a similar impact on us. When we share from a place of love, a place that is judgment free, we allow the space for others to let go as well. Whatever is sent out to the universe both positive and negative is absorbed so it is important to be conscious of our thought patterns. If you have ever passed judgement on another and later felt that person knew what you had said or thought, they are simply picking up on the energy you had sent out.

When we judge, we are judging based on our own beliefs and preferences of how someone should act, dress or make their choices. We are all on our own paths, living out our own experience and there should be no judgement towards the way others choose to live out their own journey.

You Don’t Know Their Story.

When a judgemental thought comes up, try to transform that thought and instead come from a place of understanding. There is always more to the story than what you are basing your judgement upon. Having compassion for others and understanding that there is always more going on behind the scenes in people’s personal lives will dramatically shift your life in positive way.

How You Can Break The Cycle.

I challenged myself to one full day without judgement. This meant any time a judgmental thought came to mind,  I was to release it and let it go. This was more difficult than it may seem, mainly because we have been heavily programmed to judge and compare by society, so breaking down that programming was tedious at first.

Because of the lifetime’s worth of programming most of us have been subject to, judgement may continue to rise even if you are making a conscious effort to let go of it. The key is to not judge yourself for these thoughts coming forward but to acknowledge the thought, let it go and not give the thought any power.

Throughout my one day challenge, I still had judgmental thoughts arise but I did not engage in them nor did I voice them. When I did not allow myself to give energy to these thoughts, I could feel a sense of weight lifted off of my shoulders. By the end of the one day challenge I could see and feel the difference in my own energy and in turn that affected the people I was surrounded by. It was without a doubt an enlightening experience.

We are all different people, living our own experiences and navigating through our own daily challenges. So what are we waiting for? Let’s accept that our perspectives are subjective and the potential to truly connect comes from present listening, understanding and empathy.

Try This Yourself.

I challenge you to let go of judgement today and see how it feels to let those thoughts roll off your shoulder rather than to playing into them. Share with us below your own experiences in letting go of judgement!

Much Love!

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16 Signs That Say You May Be Magnesium Deficient & What To Do About It

16 Signs That Say You May Be Magnesium Deficient & What To Do About It

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Yesterday marked the third time in the last month that I had overheard someone being diagnosed with a magnesium deficiency. The interesting thing is that in all three scenarios (my own included) the symptoms that each individual was exhibiting to prove the deficiency were completely different from one another. Needless to say, this made me curious and led me down a bit of a rabbit hole in further understanding what exactly magnesium is and how it plays a role in our overall health.

What Is Magnesium?

Magnesium is a mineral that is essential to the body for maintaining normal muscle and nerve function. It is involved in over 300 metabolic processes in your body and plays a key role in keeping a healthy immune system, maintaining heart rhythm and building strong bones.(2) Naturally magnesium can be found in a number of seeds (i.e., pumpkin and sunflower), nuts (i.e., almonds and cashews), and even in spinach which packs an average of 79 mg of magnesium per 100 gram serving.

The daily recommended intake of magnesium ranges from 400 to 420 mg in men, 310 to 360 mg in women and 80 to 240 mg in children all depending on age. It is also suggested that when pregnant, women increase their magnesium intake to between 350 and 400 mg depending on the age at which they are pregnant.(1)

Signs That You May Be Deficient

In my case, a magnesium deficiency was identified through the panic and anxiety that I was working through earlier this year. The most prominent time that I would find myself struggling with panic and/or anxiety was at night, the magnesium helped my body to regulate and distribute melatonin more effectively allowing me to get a better night’s sleep. (You can read about some of the other things that have helped me overcome this by clicking HERE)

Here are 16 magnesium deficiency symptoms that Natural Society comprised in an article released in April of last year:

  • Calcium deficiency
  • Poor heart health
  • Weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tremors
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Type II diabetes
  • Respiratory illness
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Potassium deficiency
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Poor memory
  • Confusion

Sources Of Magnesium

In addition to the seeds, nuts and spinach that I mentioned above, magnesium can also be found in potatoes, tempeh, quinoa and most beans -including black, lima and navy.(4) Like all essential vitamins and minerals, getting an adequate amount of magnesium daily may sound tedious or difficult to incorporate, but it is only as difficult as we choose to make it. The more we hold on to a particular lifestyle or way of eating the more we limit ourselves to habits that feel comfortable on the surface but may be taking a toll on our body. Look out for any of the symptoms listed above and even explore the world of supplements if that is easier for you to incorporate. Based on a recommendation, I incorporated magnesium into my life by taking Anderson’s Concentrated Mineral Drops.

SOURCES:
(1) http://naturalsociety.com/16-magnesium-deficiency-symptoms-signs-low-levels/
(2) http://www.collective-evolution.com/2012/10/30/11-ways-magnesium-helps-your-mind-body/
(3) http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-magnesium
(4) http://www.dietitians.ca/Nutrition-Resources-A-Z/Factsheets/Minerals/Food-Sources-of-Magnesium.aspx 

It’s Everywhere You Turn – See How The Beauty Industry Is Manipulating The Masses & Preying On The Insecure

It’s Everywhere You Turn – See How The Beauty Industry Is Manipulating The Masses & Preying On The Insecure

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No matter what country you’re in, France, the UK, Japan, India, or Canada, you are surrounded by it at any given moment. The latest sale, the hottest new look, the ideal body, the only way to ‘fit in’. This overtly westernized image of beauty has become the international standard through the influence of clever marketing and advertising schemes. We are taught that in order to fit into the globalized culture we must fully embrace the western body.

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Sadly, lighter-colored skin is considered the ideal image of beauty in most countries that contain darker skinned people. The use of skin lightening creams are rampant throughout these countries, pulling in billions of dollars every year. The majority of these products work by eliminating the production of melanin, the natural pigment found in our skin. By the year 2018, it is estimated that the global market for skin lighteners will reach a staggering $20 Billion. But the use of these products don’t come without dangerous risks.

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Skin lightening products are estimated to bring in $20 billion by 2018.
Hydroquinone, a common topical ingredient found in skin lightening creams has been shown to cause leukemia in mice and other animals. The European Union even banned the ingredient in cosmetics in 2001, although it can now be prescribed by a doctor.

In Korea and other Asian countries, blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, has become the most common cosmetic procedure. The idea is to create a look that makes the eyes appear more open, similar to the shape of Caucasian eyes. If you look at the models and Anime characters portrayed in Asian magazines and advertisements, it is easy to see the exaggerated size of their eyes and the influence this has on the population.

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Eyelid surgery, known as blepharoplasty, is the most common cosmetic procedure in Asian countries.
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Where do these beauty ideals stem from? The sad part is that the desire to look a certain way doesn’t come from the men and women themselves, it is often imposed on them from the mass media and society at large. Why? Because insecure people make better consumers.

And this isn’t just a female related issue either, men face the same bombardment of chiseled models and beefy sports super-heroes every day. There is a market pin-pointed for every faction of the population.

In truth, if someone were completely happy and confident with how they felt and looked, they wouldn’t feel the need to wear makeup, do their hair, dress fashionable, or pay for expensive and invasive surgeries. These industries would all fail, and this is something they know.

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This is why the big companies spend billions on advertising every year. This is why the westernized standard for perfection is pushed in everyone’s faces day-in and day-out. And this is exactly why we need to put an end to these standards.

The Illusionists is a new documentary coming out this year that aims to raise awareness around the vanity-insanity issue currently plaguing our world. Their 4 minute teaser has been going viral around the web and for good reason, I think the timing of this message couldn’t be any more imperative. We can’t wait for the conversation around westernized beauty standards to be at the forefront of international discourse.

What do you guys think, have you ever felt pressured to look a certain way based upon our current westernized standard for attractiveness? Share with us below!