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Hooray, it’s SPRING!!!


Spring is right around the corner, and with it comes the exciting and sometimes terrifying task of spring cleaning. Simplifying your life is an important piece of the wellness puzzle, so it’s natural to want to dive headfirst into the challenge. If you’re putting together your spring cleaning plan of attack, consider bumping these three often-overlooked areas to the top of the list, and you’ll find the rest becomes a whole lot easier.

1.  Online

Spring cleaning doesn’t stop in our everyday life, but in our internet life as well.  Cleaning out your online “space” can help you feel more organized and relaxed — particularly if you spend a lot of time online. If your email inbox looks anything like mine, you probably have a lot of unnecessary clutter, old letters, even junk mail. Take the time to clear the inbox, and don’t forget to unsubscribe to regular updates you no longer want. Apply the same principles to your social media. Is your Facebook news feed feeling a little crowded these days? Maybe it’s time for a friends list purge! Is your Pinterest account stressing you out? Reorganize those boards and toss a couple of dormant ones. Your brain will thank you.


2. Workout regimen

Spring is symbolic for new beginnings, a new start. Do you want to start a gym membership? Or feel more comfortable working out at home? Whatever exercise fitness routine you choose, always start out slow and remember to take rest days in between. I know how it is when you haven’t worked out in awhile and when you start, the feeling is so good that you sometimes feel as though you can do it 7 days a week….slow is always best. Your body actually recovers and builds more from rest days, so take advantage of it, smile….and have fun!


3. Start a morning “Mind & Body” routine



Drink a glass of water before breakfast.

The benefits of proper hydration are invaluable. Get some water into your system early to keep your energy up, and jump start your digestive system.

Wake up early enough to get ready without rushing.

Give yourself an extra 15-20 minutes in the morning to slow down your routine and provide a buffer for emergencies. The extra time can prevent arriving at work already stressed out.


Begin a short 5-10 min. meditation sequence. Meditations works wonders for our brain and a fantastic way to start mornings with a calm and centered being. Set a positive intention for yourself and perhaps write it down on a piece of paper or sticky note and take a look at it throughout your day as a reminder.

Do one thing that makes you happy before breakfast.

Listen to music, look at pictures of puppies online, or watch a cartoon. Do one thing that makes you smile, then go tackle your day a little happier and healthier! 😀


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Aloha Festival on the “Island” of Tempe, Arizona

I went to the Aloha Festival a couple of weeks ago and had a BLAST! I try to go every year when they have it around March when the weather starts to warm up down here, usually in the high 70’s to mid 80’s.  Being in the atmosphere: the delicious smells of various Polynesian cuisine prepared by the vendors, the sounds of drum beats from the music, and the beauty of the dancers representing cultures from many islands of the South Pacific always fills my soul and brings a smile to my face 😀 !

Me at Tempe Town Lake which is next to the festival. You can take boat rides out here and enjoy the wonderful scenery:

Polynesian performers:

So if you’re ever in the Phoenix area around the beginning of March, come come and stop by to experience the richness of this beautiful event! All entertainment is FREE, the only thing you pay for is food and if you want to purchase clothes, jewelry, & keepsakes from many of the vendors. You won’t leave disappointed! 😀


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15 tips for Empaths & Highly Sensitive People…

I’ve been an Empath for as long a I can remember. There were times when I could not endure crowds because of the large amount of energy I would receive from many different directions, or watch the news and witness all the bad things that happen and have those images and feelings to stay with me for days at a time. Now that I’m older, I’ve learned to ground & center myself and release those energies I should not be stuck with.

These are some great tips for those having the same issues dealing with the plethora of energies around them 🙂 :

Empathic ability allows you to read and understand people’s energy. This ability may be genetic, passing from generation to generation. You may share this ability with a relative, so look at your family tree; does anyone else seem to fit the description? Empaths have the ability to scan another’s energy for thoughts, feelings and possibly for past, present, and future life occurrences. Most empaths are unaware of how this really works, and have accepted that they are sensitive to other people’s energy. The ability to correctly perceive and to some extent mirror the energy of another is a challenge. This gift allows us to steer ourselves through life with added perception. You need to be selective and have coping skills in place, if not you will easily be overwhelmed.

These are some excellent methods for coping:


1. Schedule time with you:

Spending time alone creates the space needed to release emotion, energy and stress.

2Positive Affirmations:

Short messages that train thought patterns. An example: “Let me receive what is in my best and highest good at this time”

3. Shielding:

Placing a protective shield of white light that is around and encasing you in a bubble, remember to make a grounding cord so you don’t float away!

4. Chakra Cleansing and Balancing:

Regular cleaning of the chakras will keep your energy field free of negative or unwanted energy. Re-balance them by bringing in energy that will create alignment and balance.

5. Centering:   

Align yourself with spirit and get out of Ego.  Try to live in the moment and whatever emotion comes up express and release it.

6. Stones:

Some people find that crystals and gemstones aid in clearing negative energy and maintaining balance. Choose yours by trying several different stones,and by paying attention to how each feels.

7. Aroma therapy:

Essential oils can enhance well being. Choose what elevates or calms your mood.

8. Forgiveness:

Forgiving others and forgiving self is one of the most powerful tools you have. It will clear your energy and raise your vibrational rate.

9. Grounding:

We have a grounding cord in the root chakra that connects us to the earth. Being aware of this and using this cord to both send negative energy into the earth where it is absorbed and drawing nourishing energy up from the center of the earth will increase your energetic flow.

10. Meditation: 

Quiets the mind so you can center, be present and listen to the voice within.

11Soothing Sounds:

Relax yourself using music or nature sounds.

12. Animals and Nature:

Being in Nature or spending time with our pets is a great way to relax, clear energy and connect.

13. Smudging: 

The Native Americans have been doing this with great results for years. Burning sage while stating an intention is a great method for clearing energy.

14. Yoga: 

Yoga is effective because it combines breathing, centering and grounding. A wonderful way to raise vibrational energy.

15. Gratitude and intention journal:

Ending the day by writing a list of things you are grateful for and then stating an intention to work towards keeps the energetic flow steady.


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The “Fuzz” Speech….

As we get older, stretching becomes more and more important to maintaining good muscular health. This “Fuzz” buildup he speaks of (it’s actually filmy fascia),  can continue to collect over time, thus limiting our range of motion. The physical practice of Yoga, the gentle stretches,  helps to decrease this by consistently keeping the muscles “Fuzz” free!

If not stretched out or released through body work (such as massage), the filmy fascia begins to coagulate and intertwine. This makes people SERIOUSLY inflexible. This is also why older people are prone to injury…their limited range of motion leads to falls!

So what’s the take away? Be patient with yourself and others; sometimes the body takes time to open. But keep up with your Yoga practice and eventually you wont be so…fuzzy. This is the whole reason Yoga is so important….

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People Can Draw Energy From Other People The Same Way Plants Do….



A biological research team at Bielefeld University has made a groundbreaking discovery showing that plants can draw an alternative source of energy from other plants. This finding could also have a major impact on the future of bioenergy eventually providing the evidence to show that people draw energy from others in much the same way.

Members of Professor Dr. Olaf Kruse’s biological research team have confirmed for the first time that a plant, the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, not only engages in photosynthesis, but also has an alternative source of energy: it can draw it from other plants. The research findings were released this week in the online journal Nature Communications published by the renowned journal Nature.

Flowers need water and light to grow and people are no different. Our physical bodies are like sponges, soaking up the environment. “This is exactly why there are certain people who feel uncomfortable in specific group settings where there is a mix of energy and emotions,” said psychologist and energy healer Dr. Olivia Bader-Lee.

Plants engage in the photosynthesis of carbon dioxide, water, and light. In a series of experiments, Professor Dr. Olaf Kruse and his team cultivated the microscopically small green alga species Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and observed that when faced with a shortage of energy, these single-cell plants can draw energy from neighboring vegetable cellulose instead. The alga secretes enzymes (so-called cellulose enzymes) that ‘digest’ the cellulose, breaking it down into smaller sugar components. These are then transported into the cells and transformed into a source of energy: the alga can continue to grow. ‘This is the first time that such a behavior has been confirmed in a vegetable organism’, says Professor Kruse.‘That algae can digest cellulose contradicts every previous textbook. To a certain extent, what we are seeing is plants eating plants’. Currently, the scientists are studying whether this mechanism can also be found in other types of alga. Preliminary findings indicate that this is the case.

“When energy studies become more advanced in the coming years, we will eventually see this translated to human beings as well,” stated Bader-Lee. “The human organism is very much like a plant, it draws needed energy to feed emotional states and this can essentially energize cells or cause increases in cortisol and catabolize cells depending on the emotional trigger.”

peopleBader-Lee suggests that the field of bio-energy is now ever evolving and that studies on the plant and animal world will soon translate and demonstrate what energy metaphysicians have known all along — that humans can heal each other simply through energy transfer just as plants do. “Human can absorb and heal through other humans, animals, and any part of nature. That’s why being around nature is often uplifting and energizing for so many people,” she concluded.


Crossing Over…..

I’m a firm believer that there are Spirits among us…..whether they choose to cross over or not. Here’s a fascinating article I found that covers this subject:

Crossing Over
By Erin Pavlina

One of the more interesting things I’ve discovered while doing the intuitive readings and connecting with the deceased is that there appears to be different states or levels of dead-ness (is there a real word for this?). In other words, I always thought that when you died you went into the light and you were greeted by angels or deceased relatives and off you went to the heavenly all-you-can-eat-never-get-fat buffet. But apparently this is not the full and complete story. I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned about the varying states of crossing over in case it helps you one day when you cross over.

Choosing not to cross over
First there are the spirits that choose not to cross over at all. These are the spirits who cling to this plane, ignoring the call of the light, or perhaps they don’t see the light at all. These are often people who have done something so negative in their lives that they fear judgment, so do not cross into the light because they think they are going straight to Hell. If you thought you were headed for eternal damnation would you be in a hurry to get there? I thought not. These are often the spirits who come through on Ouija boards and are not to be trusted. They feed off of your energy to cling to this plane. Never invite them to parties.

Can’t see the light
Sometimes a person dies so suddenly or unexpectedly that they simply don’t realize they are dead. They don’t see the light because they are totally focused on figuring out what happened to them. Many movies have been made about ghosts like these, such as Just Like Heaven with Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo. Eventually they figure it out. Either their own funeral finally drives the point home, or a friendly angel or spirit comes and gets them. Still, if you find yourself waking up in a morgue you might question whether you’re dead and look for the light. It might save you some time.

Can’t face the light
Next there are spirits who commit suicide and cannot forgive themselves. I encountered a spirit who had committed suicide and she was still very much attached to her previous life. The shame and guilt she felt made her feel unworthy of going into the light. Her guides and higher self could not reach her, but there was an angel with her who was trying to counsel her past her grief, shame, and guilt so that she could receive the loving energy of Source. She was very much in a state of limbo. She was totally protected by this angel, but she was not ready to slough off her mortal coil. She was locked into her actions. Oh, reminds me of the movie The Others with Nicole Kidman… a spirit who did not realize she was dead because the reality of what she had done to her children was so overwhelming that she just couldn’t accept it. I felt very sad for this woman but I saw that the angels were working with her to help her cross over. A reading with the same client a few months later showed me that they had made significant progress with the deceased spirit. They were taking her back to a happier time in her life to lift her vibration so they could get through to her more easily. Note that not all suicides suffer this condition. Many suicides release easily and go into the loving light and are completely whole again.

The next group I encounter are those spirits that are hovering. These spirits know they are dead and are planning to cross over wholly but are still very attached to their loved ones here on Earth. They cannot go on completely because the grief of the people they’ve left behind holds their energy here, like a tether. Or sometimes it’s a husband waiting for his wife to pass so they can cross over together. Or a grandmother waiting to see her grandchild safely born. Often this is someone who has too much left unsaid or undone and they can’t go on until they get the message to their loved one. This is a job for a medium. Getting important messages to loved ones frees the spirit to move on, like the tv show Ghost Whisperer. This is the kind of spirit that I pick up on most often. They are usually recently deceased or there were many tangled, loose ends in their life that they really want to tie up before they cross over.

The full cross over
The final type of spirits I encounter are those who have crossed over completely and are on the other side. It’s harder for me to reach their energy because I have to vibrate very high to get to them and they have to come down a little in their vibration to reach me. When I’m channeling one of these spirits they are less attached to their old earthly identity, but are still able to give me information that is helpful to their loved ones. There is much less emotional attachment here though. They are still accessible, for sure, but they are less urgent about it. They’ve gone on, as it were, and are working on their own development (that’s right, “Personal Development for Dead People”, you heard it here first!)

So far these types of spirits are the only ones I’ve encountered. There could be other states I haven’t picked up on yet. But I thought it was an interesting tidbit to discover as I’ve been glimpsing what’s going on behind the light.


Let’s Talk….Dates!!

Have you ever had a date with Dates?

If you haven’t, you’re in for a real treat! Dates are like nature’s candy. They are sweet, delicious fruits from the tropical oasis packed with much needed minerals and energy to help you stay fit and healthy. Botanically, they are fruits that grow on the palm tree belonging to the family of Arecaceae. The tree is believed to originate from the banks of the Nile and Euphrates Rivers of ancient Egypt & Mesopotamia. Date palm is now grown for its edible fruits under warmer climates across all continents.

Date fruit has an outer fleshy part that surrounds a shell of hardened endocarp with a seed inside. The fruit is oval in shape and when ripe,  range from bright red to depending on the variety. “Amir Hajj”, “Saidy”, “Khadrawy”, and “Medjool” are just some of the important varieties that are popular for their superior quality.

Some of the health benefits of this natural goodness include:

  • The fruit is rich in dietary fiber, which prevents LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut
  • They are moderate sources of Vitamin A, which is known to have antioxidant properties and essential for vision
  • They contain health benefiting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants called Tannins. Tannins are known to contain anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, & anti-hemorrhagic (prevents easy bleeding tenancies) properties
  • Excellent source of Iron
  • Great source of Potassium, Calcium, Manganese, & Copper
  • Helps to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time as well as binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon

There’s a good supply of them all year round at your local supermarket. I found some from small packet a little less than a pound for $2.99 to a 12 oz. pack for around $6.00.

Being nature’s cure for the common “sweet tooth”, I’ll always try to grab some before going to chocolate and I feel better knowing that not only did I eat something sweet and delicious, but it’s also giving my body much needed vitamins and minerals. They can also be included in many recipes or fruit salads as an healthy alternative to sugar.

So whether you’re married, single, or still looking……it’s all about the DATES! 😀