Sunday, October 1, 2017

Take Steps to Stop Bullying

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Bullying is a serious matter even kindergarten and elementary school children may be faced with. “Children and adolescents who are involved in bullying (either as an aggressor, as a victim, or both) put themselves at risk for a number of emotional and behavioral problems, now and in the future, and require support to learn how to develop healthy relationships.” To see an extensive list of dangers from bullying see this.

This problem is not limited to school age kids. It impacts health, safety, and well-being of individuals of all ages and radiates out to the nation and world we live in.

October is National Stop Bullying Month and your chance to Go Blue! Celebrate Blue Shirt Day®World Day of Bullying Prevention™ on October 2, 2017 by wearing your blue. Find out where and when additional October activities are being sponsored in your area and take part. Do your share to raise awareness about bullying prevention. If your town or city doesn't have activities on the calendar, take the lead and organize one.
Here's a description of bullying from the National Crime Prevention Council 
Bullying is:
·       Fighting, threatening, name-calling, teasing, or excluding someone repeatedly and over time
·       An imbalance of power, such as size or popularity
·       Physical, social, and emotional harm
·       Hurting another person to get something 

What Can You Do to Reduce Bullying?

Read on to discover many tips and ideas to help you. Credit Goes to the American Psychological Association at https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/bullying.aspx, Here's their contact info: 750 First St. NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242  | Telephone: (800) 374-2721; (202) 336-5500 | TDD/TTY: (202) 336-6123


Bullying: How parents can take action to prevent bullying

 

"For the Parents of kids being bullied:


Observe your child for signs they might be being bullied

Children may not always be vocal about being bullied. Signs include: ripped clothing, hesitation about going to school, decreased appetite, nightmares, crying, or general depression and anxiety. If you discover your child is being bullied, don’t tell them to “let it go” or “suck it up”. Instead, have open-ended conversations where you can learn what is really going on at school so that you can take the appropriate steps to rectify the situation. Most importantly, let your child know you will help him/her and that they should try not to fight back

Teach your child how to handle being bullied

Until something can be done on an administrative level, work with your child to handle bullying without being crushed or defeated. Practice scenarios at home where your child learns how to ignore a bully and/or develop assertive strategies for coping with bullying. Help your child identify teachers and friends that can help them if they’re worried about being bullied.


Set boundaries with technology

Educate your children and yourself about cyberbullying and teach your children not to respond or forward threatening emails. “Friend” your child on Facebook or Myspace, and set up proper filters on your child’s computer. Make the family computer the only computer for children, and have it in a public place in the home where it is visible and can be monitored. If you decide to give your child a cell phone think carefully before allowing them to have a camera option. Let them know you will be monitoring their text messages. As a parent, you can insist that phones are stored in a public area, such as the kitchen, by a certain time at night to eliminate nighttime bullying and inappropriate messaging. Parents should report bullying to the school, and follow up with a letter that is copied to the school superintendent if their initial inquiry receives no response.

Parents should report all threatening messages to the police and should document any text messages, emails or posts on websites.


For the Parents of kids engaged in bullying:


Stop bullying before it starts

Educate your children about bullying. It is possible that your child is having trouble reading social signs and does not know what they are doing is hurtful. Remind your child that bullying others can have legal consequences.

Make your home “bully free”

Children learn behavior through their parents. Being exposed to aggressive behavior or an overly strict environment at home makes kids more prone to bully at school. Parents/caregivers should model positive examples for your child in your relationships with other people and with them.

Look for self-esteem issues

Children with low self-esteem often bully to feel better about themselves. Even children who seem popular and well-liked can have mean tendencies. Mean behavior should be addressed by parents and disciplined."

Stand up against hate, racism, and discrimination. Change lives and the future by teaching your children to practice inclusion, equality, civility, and unity. Take positive steps that show you're kind rather than cruel. Say no to bullies everywhere.


Friendship not Hate




Has bullying been a problem that has affected your family, friends, or acquaintances? Was it dealt with in an effective way? Please share any tips, ideas, or thoughts about this important subject in the comments section below. 


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Friday, September 15, 2017

Favorite Fall Fruit and Vegetables



Miso Sesame Seed Glazed Sweet Potatoes on a Bed of Quinoa, with Beet Greens and Brussels Sprouts
Brussels Sprouts Roasted with Minced Garlic
Sweet Potatoes with Glaze in Roasting Pan 



Look for scrumptious fall fruits and vegetables including sweet potatoes, apples, Brussels sprouts, butternut and spaghetti squash, and pears at farmers markets, your home garden, health food stores, and in produce sections of neighborhood markets. Each is loaded with nutrients you need to maintain health, and at the peak of flavor in the fall. In-season local produce is usually less expensive and fresher than stuff that is imported and/or has to travel thousands of miles to get to your market. We like to serve our family the freshest foods at economical prices, don't we?

Note: I’ve mentioned this before in earlier posts, but it bears repeating. I encourage my readers to purchase certified organically grown foods. Ongoing research on organic foods as a group shows that the likelihood of exposure to contaminants such as pesticides and heavy metals can be greatly reduced through the purchase of certified organic products. 

Now Back to my Fall Favorites.


Starting from 12 o'clock, yellow then orange fleshed Sweet Potatoes, at 9 o'clock is a deep purple skinned piece of Japanese Sweet Potato. When it is cooked, its flesh looks yellow/light green



SWEET POTATOES are sweet tasting, and are a comfort food for me. Perhaps it's mouthwatering taste is the same reason that this tater is so popular for Thanksgiving dishes and autumn meals. Although sweet potatoes taste sugary, eating them without butter or other fatty topping is helpful in lowering your glycemic index and reducing your hunger and sweet cravings. Orange or golden yellow fleshed sweet potatoes are rich in fiber and nutrients including Vitamin C. Eat the skin as well as the rest of this vegetable to reap the best nutritional reward. Sweet potatoes are a good source of potassium, Vitamin B6, and magnesium too. All work to lower stress, and munching on a sweet potato is a healthy way to fill yourself up without filling you out. Sweet Potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, which can prevent Vitamin A deficiencies, promotes healthy eyesight, and generates retinol production for healthy skin. Look for the recipe for miso sesame glazed sweet potatoes in an upcoming blog post.

For a treat you and your family are sure to love try this delicious Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts recipe from Katie Koteen at Well Vegan.  










APPLES are juicy, loaded with goodness, and make a perfect snack when you’re at home or on the go. Farmers nowadays grow thousands of varieties, ranging from sweet to tart. Red and Golden Delicious are among the sweetest apples. Pink Lady and Crispin are sweet and tart combined. Braeburn and Fuji apples are slightly tart. Granny Smith apples are the most tart, but retain their texture best during cooking. Whole apples are a much better nutritional choice than apple juice. Whole apples are richer in dietary fiber. Juicing drastically reduces the polyphenolic phytonutrient concentrations found in the whole fruit. Apples are loaded with vitamin C, and almost half of an apple's vitamin C content is just under the skin. That’s why it's important to eat apples with their skins. Apples contain insoluble fiber and water, which provides bulk and liquid in the intestinal tract that cleanses and moves food quickly through the digestive system. In addition, apples have soluble fiber, pectin. This nutrient helps prevent cholesterol from building up in the lining of blood vessels, which in turn helps prevent atherosclerosis and heart disease. Taste wise, apples are their best from September to November.





BRUSSELS SPROUTS provide special cholesterol-lowering benefits. The most nutritious way to cook them is to steam them. The fiber-related components in Brussels sprouts do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract, when the sprouts have been steamed. Want to lower cholesterol levels? Eat more steamed Brussels sprouts. This bold tasting green vegetable tops the list of commonly eaten cruciferous vegetables. Total glucosinolate (a phytonutrient and anti-cancer agent) content has been shown to be greater than the amount found in mustard greens, turnip greens, cabbage, kale, or cauliflower. Consuming one cup of Brussels sprouts at 38 calories provides 195 percent of the DV for vitamin K, 125 percent of vitamin C, 3 grams of protein, and 10 percent or more of vitamin A, vitamin B-6, folate, potassium, and manganese needs for the day. Brussels sprouts fulfill your DV for calcium, with 37 mg per cup. 

My favorite way to prepare Brussels sprouts is simple and satisfying. I buy 2 cups of Brussels sprouts or roughly a pound. I like the kind that is sold loose or on the stalk. That way, it's easy to pick and choose the best. Select small Brussels sprouts, as they are the most sweet. Clean off wilted outer leaves and cut off bottom. Soak and then rinse in cool water, cut in half lengthwise, and place in a baking dish.

Mince 5 or 6 cloves of garlic and sprinkle on sprouts. Pour 1/4 cup water over the sprouts and stir so water and garlic is spread throughout. Roast in a uncovered baking dish or roasting pan in a preheated 425 degree F oven for 1/2 to 3/4 of an hour. You'll know the dish is ready, when Brussels sprouts are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. 

Place on a platter or into a serving bowl and drizzle on 1 Tablespoon of extra virgin cold pressed olive oil. Add fresh ground black pepper and salt to taste. If you'd like, add a splash of fresh squeezed orange, lemon, or lime juice for zing.









BUTTERNUT AND SPAGHETTI SQUASH are favorites too, and the posts on my other blog describe why. Each post includes serving suggestions so have fun checking them out.






PEARS are a luscious fruit that keeps you hydrated, because it contains so much water. It also packs a variety of helpful nutrients. Each medium-sized fruit provides about 24% of the Daily Value of fiber. Much of its fiber is in the form of pectin, which reduces cholesterol and decreases the risk of heart disease. Its fiber also helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels, ensures bowel regularity, and reduces the risk of colon cancer. An ideal snack food that is a good source of vitamin C, pears provide 190 mg of potassium. Pears have phytonutrients, including anti-inflammatory flavonoids, anticancer polyphenols and anti-aging flavonoids. Studies regarding pear nutrition have linked the fruit’s consumption with lower levels of constipation, kidney stones, high cholesterol, and even diabetes. 



Well folks... that's my take on Favorite Fall Fruit and Vegetables. Eat colorful fall produce to maintain your health and enjoy their distinctive, tasty flavors. 



Before you go, please take a moment to comment. Scroll down, past the bottom of this post to tell me about ways you like to serve fall fruits and vegetables. What new tips or facts did you learn about fall fruits and veggies? Why not let me know what are your fall favorites?



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Friday, September 1, 2017

Focus on Sacral Chakra Energy to Balance Emotions, Creativity, and Sensuality


The Sacral Chakra (2nd Chakra) radiates powerful energy to balance emotions, sensuality, and creativity. It helps you feel pleasure in daily living, and the main color associated with it is orange.

Envision orange if you need support to get through difficult life challenges. Do you ever feel in a rut or lack enthusiasm for doing something new? Reduce Sacral Chakra energy blocks by identifying those places in your body, mind, or spirit where you feel stuck. 

When you create your own affirmations, it shifts thinking from negative or neutral to positive. Use affirmations to help you open up to possibilities, instill a sense of hope, and increase motivation to move on. Here's some that I wrote. Perhaps the following will give you a better idea of how to begin, if you affirm each affirmation aloud.



Sacral Chakra Affirmations


"My emotions are messengers; each helps me recognize what I am feeling."

“My senses are finely tuned, bringing me great pleasure.”

“I am a creative, sensual human being who relishes living fully in each moment.”


"I care for, respect, and love my body and it is strong, healthy, and serves me well."



If you desire greater intimacy with your partner, you can serve up chakra energy in a meal that’s chock full of orange fruits and veggies. Orange nutrients from plant-based foods makes passion multiply and may inspire you to express your love for each other in a very real way.

Gaze at orange to increase creativity. Orange is an excellent accent color to use in an art studio, your office, or clothing you select. Wearing orange can also help you move forward in life after tragedies or losses.

The Sacral Chakra’s element is water, an energy that’s characterized by flow and flexibility. If you suspect there’s an imbalance in this chakra, walk in nature by a lake, ocean, stream, or river. 


If you can't travel outdoors, envision "water blue or white." They are additional colors for the Sacral Chakra. Use your imagination to help you recover from imbalances in this chakraLooking at pictures of water images, re-enforces the idea of personal expansion, as you visualize a broad and limitless sea. When you see your favorite body of water, doesn't the color nurture you? Remember to drink an adequate amount of water to keep hydrated and nourish this chakra.

Encourage fluidity in your body, mind, and spirit by dancing or getting off your computer seat, or lifting yourself off the couch to participate in swimming or other forms of exercise or moving mediation. Balancing the 2nd chakra in this way helps you treat yourself, others, and to the world in a flexible, freeing way. 




In the body, the Sacral Chakra is located below the navel in the Spleen area. On a physical level, the Sacral Chakra is believed to affect the reproductive system, sexual and reproductive organs, the lumbar plexus, bladder, and kidneys. To keep this chakra finely tuned, maintain a healthy sexual life, dance and play creatively, and honor it by respecting your body by seeking treatment for any addiction including alcohol, drugs, food, or cigarettes.

On a spiritual and emotional level, this chakra is related to your sense of prosperity and abundance. It's the center from which you create. 

This chakra represents your emotional body, defining the extent to which you are willing to feel your emotions and to what extent you feel them. Notice if there are any feelings you’re holding onto. Make a commitment to process those emotions in a healthy way. If you find it difficult to process your feelings on your own, ask for help from a friend, clergyman, or mentor. If you still have difficulty dealing with strong emotions, go to a support group that addresses that issue or seek professional help.

When the second chakra is balanced, you are productive, focused, and accomplish all you set out to do. When you sense a block in this area, you feel frustrated, emotionally shut down, or like a nervous wreck. One method that helps calm you or lift your spirit, is to apply a few drops of 100% essential oils like ylang ylang, sandalwood, orange, jasmine, juniper or geranium in a carrier oil like jojoba, almond, or olive to the sacral chakra area to balance it. Before using any essential oil read essential-oil-safety-8-simple-tips.

Sound can help align this chakra, and chanting VAM is helpful when you're feeling out of kilter. Here’s a YouTube link to Sacral Chakra Meditation from Meditative Mind. Enjoy listening to Sacral Chakra music and use sound vibrations to heal and balance.

Devote time each day to focus on sacral chakra energy and the colors orange, water blue, and white. All my tips, including using sound and meditation, can help you go after your goals and succeed. The sacral chakra is like a good friend, one that inspires passion, creativity, and honors your emotions as you get on with your day.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

3 Green Summer Veggie Superstars




To fill up without filling out, try your hand at including broccolini, arugula, and zucchini (my 3 green veggie superstars) into your weekly meal plan. Keep on reading to discover tips, recipes, and health information, plus discover how to keep food prep easy, delicious, and packed with great nutrition.

The produce mentioned is available this summer at your farmer’s market, local health food store or nearby market, as well as in-season in many home gardens. Produce that is sold by the unit (weight) is usually less expensive and fresher than processed or prepackaged foods. It’s more eco-friendly too. If you’ve read my blog before, you know I buy organic whenever it’s available, as I know it tastes better and my research shows it’s better for my family’s health.

Broccolini


This slender green stalked vegetable is a cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli. All parts of it are edible. Eat it raw as a snack, use it to dip into olive tapenade, enjoy its crunchy texture in a salad, or steam it (retains nutrients this way). Serve in a hummus wrap, veggie stew, or portabella burger sandwich. This vegetable goes well with many foods, and adds a bright green splash of color, nourishment, and flavor to whatever you serve it with.
Broccolini may look like broccoli, but it’s a hybrid. Although you may see broccolini labelled “baby broccoli,” this is mislabeling and misleading.


Elements in broccolini help repair skin damage, thanks to an antioxidant glucoraphanin. It enables the skin to detoxify and repair itself. A small portion of broccolini (3 oz.) contains 20% of the DV (daily value) of Vitamin A, 140% of the DV for Vitamin C, and 8% of the DV for Calcium. It also has a high amount of potassium, magnesium, and calcium that help regulate blood pressure. The potassium in broccolini helps maintain a healthy nervous system, optimal brain function, and regular muscle growth.

My preferred method to cook it: Place a Dutch oven or pot made for steaming on the stove top and bring 1 to 2 inches of water to a boil. Arrange florets, stalks, and leaves that have been cut into bite size pieces evenly in a steamer basket, making sure the water does not seep into the bottom of the basket. Cover and steam for 3 to 4 minutes. Place cooked broccolini in a serving dish. Squeeze on fresh lemon juice. Then add salt, pepper, and sautéed minced garlic to taste (I used 2 cloves). Serve immediately. When broccolini marinates in the lemon juice, it will turn to grayish-brown. See more about how to keep the green in green vegetables.


Arugula


Arugula is a spicy tasting dark green leafy cruciferous vegetable, most frequently eaten raw as a salad green. This annual plant is commonly  known as rocket. It goes by the names of rucola, rucoli, rugula, colewort, and roquette too. Eating 2 cups of arugula provides 20 percent of the DV for vitamin A, over 50 percent of vitamin K, and 8 percent of vitamin C, folate, and 32 grams of calcium. If an all-arugula salad is too strong tasting for your palate, combine it with sweet tasting lettuce like red leaf, butter or Bibb lettuce, or fruit like oranges, mango, or watermelon. To illustrate how important it is to get enough calcium rich foods read information from the Cleveland Clinic about Why it May a Good idea to Increase Your Intake of Calcium. Also see Which Plant-based Foods Have the Most Calcium. Here's a treat: How to Create Flavorful, Filling, User Friendly Vegan Salads.


Zucchini


Zucchini or courgette is a mild tasting summer squash that’s low in calories. One medium zucchini makes about 1 ½ cups of raw slices. It has about 33 calories and is loaded with anti-inflammatory elements. The seeds are edible and contain many types of phytonutrients that help fight inflammation and oxidative stress. Much of zucchini’s antioxidant content is found within zucchini’s skin, so it’s a good idea not to peel your squash. Scrape the skin instead. 

Here’s one of my favorite recipes and pictures of what zucchini looks like when the skin has been scrapped. How to Make Zucchini Lasagna. Raw zucchini tastes delicious grated into a salad. Steam lightly as a veggie side with a drizzle of olive oil, or add it to ratatouille, a dish that combines zucchini with eggplant, tomatoes, and other summer veggies. Nowadays zucchini is the key ingredient that's spiralized into noodle recipes, but here's a much simpler recipe for Grilled-Zucchini-with-Herbed-Bread Crumbs.

This veggie grows on a vine, and multiplies in great profusion in a home garden or on a farm. This green squash (which technically is a fruit) is good for both your health and your figure. It contains no fat, low-sodium, and very low cholesterol. It’s a good source of plant protein. One medium zucchini contains 2 grams of protein. It has Vitamin A, Thiamin, Niacin, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber (2 grams), Vitamin C (56 % DV), Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6 (21 % DV), Folate, Magnesium, Potassium, and Manganese.


Eat these green summer vegetables to reap big health and taste rewards. Also remember to eat other summer green produce like spinach, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, collards, chard, kale, broccoli, green lentils, dark leafy salad greens, parsley, celery, asparagus, string beans, and beet greens. It’s best to vary your selection to cover all your nutritional bases.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

How to Harness Solar Plexus Energy to Empower You

Would you like to feel more self-confident, act from the center of your personal power, and accomplish goals you never dreamed were possible? I’ll provide details to help you use third chakra/solar plexus energy and its corresponding color-golden yellow, to invigorate and transform you.



A chakra is a Sanskrit word and means disk, circle, or spinning wheel of light energy. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. The seven main chakras, which align the spine, start from the base of the spine through the crown of the head. To visualize the chakras in the body, imagine swirling wheels of energy from the root chakra to the crown. 

The symbol for the third chakra is a yellow shape with a downward pointing triangle within. Located at the base of your breastbone, spreading to points just above your navel, the third chakra’s Sanskrit name is Manipura. When this area is aligned and open, you feel self-confident, determined, and step ahead of the pack to lead.





Look at the ideas shown below. Each can increase self-assurance, your resolve to stay optimistic, and encourage you to complete goals with mental clarity and enthusiasm.

Sport yellow hued clothing. A yellow cap, blouse, scarf provides yellow energy vibrations that assimilate into your body, mind, and spirit. This color can lift your mood and enliven your wardrobe.

Display yellow decorative items in your home and office. This color is a cheery one to use as an accent color in your abode or any space you want to open up, expand, or help you to think more clearly in. The vibrational frequency of golden yellow brings energy to the spleen, liver, pancreas, and stomach and draws healing to these organs. Paint one wall in your office golden yellow and notice whether it helps you feel clearheaded, as you learn to make positive change in how you think of yourself.



Eat yellow fruits and veggies. The ones below are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Plant-based eating provides fuel for your body to work at high efficiency, fiber to help digestion and elimination, and a healthy supply of water to hydrate you. Yellow-colored fruits and veggies also help stabilize emotions and elevate your mood. Following are yellow fruits and veggies you can savor:

Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese, good source of copper and vitamin B1, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, folate and pantothenic acid.
Bananas provide a very good source of vitamin B6, manganese, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, potassium, biotin, and copper.
Corn (fresh ear of corn) is a phytonutrient-rich food that provides antioxidant benefits and is a good source of the mineral manganese and vitamin B5. 
Yellow Summer Squash contains antioxidants and nutrients, including the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. Summer squash is an excellent source of copper and manganese, and a very good source of vitamin C, magnesium, dietary fiber, phosphorus, potassium, folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin K. In addition, it is a good source of vitamin B1, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, vitamin B2, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, choline and protein.
Lemon is a yellow fruit powerhouse. Use its juice to bring out the flavor of other foods. It’s rich in vitamin C and good source of folate.
Casaba Melon, Yellow Peppers, Yellow Onions, and Yukon Gold Potatoes are additional yellow-colored produce to include in meal plans. For more see Why-We-Need-to-Eat-Orange-Fruits-and-Veggies-Daily .
Listen to Music to help heal energy blocks in the third chakra. This chakra resonates to the musical note E and the selection provided in the link is on YouTube from Dewdrop.

Channel the third chakra element of fire to serve you. Visualizing fire can help you convert negative thoughts into positive ones. A fire meditation for the solar plexus creates confidence, energy, and power to lead. A good way to check whether this chakra is out of balance is to evaluate whenever you fear rejection, lack passion, or are frozen in indecision. Here’s a Fire Meditation for Awakening the Solar Plexus Chakra  from Meditative Mind.

Recite affirmations to transform thinking. The solar plexus chakra corresponds to your sense of individuality and the vision you hold of yourself. If the affirmations I wrote and shared below don't apply to you, compose and recite ones that do.

Say This Affirmation Aloud. “I meet every challenge with inner strength, and move forward with mindfulness and skill.”
Say this Affirmation Aloud. “I take steps to further my goals, enhance my spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional health, and possess confidence as I fulfill my life purpose, moment to moment.”


Use your imagination to visualize a yellow or amber solar plexus gemstone or crystal. Ones that are popular for balancing and healing the solar plexus chakra are Golden Calcite, Citrine, Amber, Sunstone, Yellow Topaz, Golden Yellow Labradorite, and Tiger-eye stones. 

If you prefer, purchase third chakra stones and hold the gems in your hand. Place a chakra crystal on your body in the solar plexus area. Place crystals in your home or office, where you'll see them. Enjoy wearing a piece of jewelry made from one of these stones. 

Your mind is powerful; use it to envision solar plexus energy bringing crystal clear focus to the thought process. Let third chakra energy help you sense how brave you really are. 



When the Solar Plexus Chakra is Balanced You Feel

Self Motivated and Confident

On Track, Focused on Your Goals

Strong and Centered

Able to Process Emotions with Equanimity

Willing to Explore New Territory and Risk Change

Proud of Your Accomplishments

Skilled at Letting Your Mistakes and Past Go

Comfortable Living in Your Own Skin

Manipura is the Sanskrit name for the third chakra, and its translation is “lustrous gem.” Shower yourself with gem-like chakra energy and make this day one where you look for new, loving ways to appreciate yourself.



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