Organic Bath Soak Recipe

Finally, I have perfected my bath soak!

It is so easy for me to strain and pull muscles, so I often soak in bath salts.  I have tried so many and never did find one that really did the trick for me.  I am sensitive to chemicals and scents, so I began mixing my own.  I tried Himalayan salt, which is the most pure on the planet, but it is not worth spending the extra money to soak in.  I found no difference between that and regular Kosher salt and epsom salt.  I kept adjusting the ratios until I came up  with one that worked well for dry skin.

Now I have found one that I just love.

Here is my recipe:

2 and 1/2 cups coarse Kosher Salt to  soothe sore muscles                                                             1 and 1/2 cups epsom salt which aids in reducing inflammation                                                   1/2 cup baking soda to reduce skin irritation                                                                                     3 drops of organic lavender essential oil (available online) the most calming scent of all       a few drops of food coloring to desired color

Mix all these ingredients together and enjoy a nice relaxing, soothing bath.  Moisturize your skin, applying with upward strokes towards your heart for a mini-massage.

If you are sensitive to dyes, you can skip the food coloring.

Yield:  about 40 oz. which fits into a quart-size ziploc bag.

Store it in a bag or a moisture proof jar, like a canning jar, or a pretty one with a tight-fitting cork.

If you would rather purchase it, here is the link:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/212551112/free-offer-organic-salt-bath-soak?ref=shop_home_active_2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just Be Still

The older I get and the more I meditate, the more powerful this message of Psalm 46:10 becomes:

Be still and know that I am God

All the ancient wisdom traditions and religions believe this.  It does not matter if you are Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim or even if you consider yourself an Atheist or Agnostic.  If you want to be at peace, if you want true power, and if you want abundance and love, you must learn to be still and connect with the source of power.  Just like you have to be connected to a power source to connect to the Internet.

Suppose you don’t know whether or not to switch jobs.  If you are simply angry at someone or frustrated because your boss will not listen to your suggestions, then you are operating from a place of negativity, weakness and fear.  If you do find another job, you may very well find yourself in a similar situation.  On the other hand, if you feel like you can not learn and grow if you remain with the same company and decide it is time to look for a better opportunity for success, you are operating from a positive position of strength and love.  In this case, you have a better chance of finding a position that you will find fulfilling.

Only actions that come from love will be beneficial to yourself and others.  Any behavior resulting from fear will have negative consequences.  To make sure that we are operating from a position of love and strength, we must learn to stop and be still in order to relax your body and quiet your mind.  Only then can we make an informed, intelligent, and mature decision.

I am reminded this chart by Martha Beck:

FEAR

Always feels bad
Motivates grasping
Seizes control
Insists on certainty
Needs everything

LOVE

Always feels good
Motivates liberation
Relaxes control
Accepts uncertainty
Needs nothing

 

 

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The Mustard Seed

When I was around 10 years old, I wore a necklace that had a little mustard seed floating in a plastic bubble.  It was a reminder of the verse in the Bible, Matthew 17:20 where Jesus said,  “For I assure you: If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell
this mountain, Move from here to there,’ and it will move.”

Being curious by nature, I often tried to command things to happen.  When it did not work, I just knew for sure that it was all my fault for not being good enough and not having the faith I was supposed to have.  It took 40 years of life, with a lot of pain and challenges, before I learned how to do it.   I was raised in the Christian church at a time when many parents and teachers felt they had to scare us with negative messages, like “you are a worm”, “you are unworthy, or “if you ask questions you are a doubting Thomas and headed for hell.”

One of the benefits of being forced into retirement at age 53 due to muscular dystrophy, is that I finally took the time to meditate.  Now, 8 years later, I have learned the lesson of the mustard seed.  I know for sure that when I set my intention. I get what I need on the deepest level.  I can say in all honesty that I am content with my life  – just as it is, wheelchair and all.

Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey have made available another free 21-day Meditation Experience, this time on Energy and Attraction.  I am participating to reinforce what I have learned, and to open up even more to the abundance that life has to offer.  Here is the link if you are interested in living life with a sense of fulfillment and inner peace:

http://www.chopra.com/frontpage-slider/21-day-energy-of-attraction

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