Cool way to get ready for the weekend!

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Sitting around writing and diffusing  “Release ” which is an Essential Oil from Young Living. Then … Picking a fairy card that says ” Dreams Coming True” …
I just got this emotional Essential Oil called  “Release” from Young Living … it is really amazing when diffused.  Check out my website ..Website is YoungLiving.org/peggydurham  It’s a great start to a great weekend !!!

The Magic of Nature ~Essential Oils

 

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The Magic of Nature

I have always believed that Nature provides us with everything that we need to be Healthy, Happy, and Sensuous.  Recently, I became aware of a new way to get more in touch with Nature, and my Sensuous Self . . . Essential Oils.  Essential Oils are highly-concentrated essences from plants that make a plant magical.  They are derived from trees, flowers, herbs, grasses, and resins, using low pressure distillation or cold pressing.  Essential oils are compounds within the plants that are the plants’ natural defense mechanisms.  They help protect the plant.  These compounds are beneficial, and can be used to help us in similar ways.

“Stress Away” got me started.  A friend of mine gave me a drop of “Stress Away.”  I put the drop in my hand, then rubbed my hands together, cupped my hands over my face, and inhaled.  As a psychiatric RN, working night shift in a stressful environment, I discovered that just inhaling the “Stress Away” made me feel more relaxed.  “Stress Away” is a blend of essential oils created by Young Living that includes Vanilla, Lime, Copaiba, Cedarwood, Ocotea, and Lavender. . . .  I love this Essential Oil so much that I’m getting a “Stress Away” Rollerball for several people on my gift-giving list this year!

Here are a few of my Favorites:

Frankincense Oil . . .  I love what it does for my complexion, and how it makes me feel more serene and connected to my Inner Wisdom.  I put a drop in my hand, rub my hands together, and then press them against my face as I inhale.

Lemon Oil . . . Lemon oil is energizing and cleansing.  I enjoy putting a drop or two of real lemon or orange oil in a glass of water every day.  I use a few drops of Stevia to sweeten it.

Lavender . . . I made a Lavender Spray by adding 5 drops of real Lavender Oil in a 3 oz. spray bottle filled with water.  Spraying real Lavender water on my pillow helps me sleep more peacefully and awaken with more energy.

“Thieves” Blend . . . I consider “Thieves” Essential Oil… essential for me to use while I’m at work.  I put a few drops into my Diffuser and it clears the air without having to resort to harsh chemical sprays.  “Thieves” also supports Healthy Immune Function, and helps me feel more relaxed and grounded.  The “Thieves” Blend was designed by Gary Young, YoungLiving.com , and was inspired by a Legend of Four 15th Century Thieves, who used aromatic herbs to keep them healthy, while they were robbing the dead and dying.

What can I say? . . . I ended up buying the Premium Starter Kit which gives me a 24% discount. . . .  This is very helpful, because I keep finding new Essential Oils to Love.

Why I Chose Young Living Essential Oils . . .

Young Living has been in business for over 20 years, and offers the “Seed to Seal” Promise for their Oils. This means that they are in charge of each step of production, beginning with choosing the Seeds and continuing on until each bottle is Sealed.  Young Living’s Farms and Partner Farms are Organic, Sustainable, and Beneficial to the Environment, as well as the People who work with them, and the surrounding areas.

Those are all great reasons to Love this Company!  But, the main reason I love Young Living is that their Essential Oils are 100% High-Quality, Pure, and Therapeutic. These Pure, Therapeutic Essential Oils can be used aromatically, topically, and internally as a dietary supplement.

I never really meant to sell the products when I signed up.  But, whenever I have my Diffuser running at work, everyone wants to know what’s in it, and then, one thing leads to another.

You can find more information about Young Living Products on the website, YoungLiving.com.  I also would encourage you to do your own research to understand more about the many ways Essential Oils can be used to promote a Healthy Lifestyle.

If you know someone who sells Young Living Essential Oils – Great!  If not, you can use my number to order products from YoungLiving.com. #3056729

Enjoy the Magic of Nature that is found in Essential Oils to help you become the Sensuous, Sexy, Healthy and Happy Person you want to be!

Peggy Durham

YoungLiving.com

Enroller/Sponsor ID # 3056729

You can also email me if you have any questions.

Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com

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Have a Happy, Healthy, Sensuous Heart! Magical Magnesium

 I have had high blood pressure, aka “Hypertension,“ on and off since I was 20 years old. After lots of investigation, it was determined there was no medical reason for the issue, and that it was most likely due to Stress.

So, one of my goals in Life has always been . . . to learn how to cope with Stress in a Healthy Way, and to do it as often as possible. I’m sure that this is something that has shaped my Life. Tension seems to be something I’ve been trying to figure out for years, and many of the things that I have tried have worked well. I started transcendental meditation back then, and my Blood Pressure was managed extremely well.  But that’s another story. . . .  There are many other things that I do . . . that relate to trying to be Less Tense or More Peaceful, like Yoga, Eating Healthy Food, Expressing Feelings, etc.  And, I sometimes remember that worrying about it has the opposite effect.  Yin and Yang . . . it’s all about Balance.

“Balance in Everything is the Key.” Almost Famous Quote

                     Peggy Durham ~ Sensuous Life Coach

Most recently, I have been having some heart palpitations or PVC’s (Premature Ventricular Contractions).   My cardiologist says that they are common, and usually do not cause any problem.  And, if you have heart palpitations, you should definitely see a doctor about them first.  Then what?  I figured that there might be something I could do to make them go away.  Of course, I had to read everything I could find on the “whys” and the possible solutions.  So, what I have learned so far is that you need to check your Lifestyle, and look for triggers for the PVC’s. There are several possible causes which include caffeine, alcohol, exercise, high blood pressure, anxiety, or an underlying heart problem.  It might also be related to a mineral deficiency in your Diet.

Our bodies are Electric, and the Heart’s rhythm is Electrical.  It makes sense that if some of the minerals in your Body are out of whack, the Electrical System may not work as well.

Magical Magnesium

Apparently, we are all a little low in Magnesium.  And, Magnesium is the Calming Mineral.  So, I’m pretty sure I’m low in that one.  We have a problem getting enough of that Calming Mineral because of our Diets (too many processed foods, white flour, and sugar), and also because Soils are not as rich in mineral content like they used to be. Magnesium is important for so many reasons in our bodies, and low magnesium levels have been shown to have an impact on Depression, Diabetes, Asthma, PMS, Migraines, Fibromyalgia, High Blood Pressure, Heart Failure, Pre- Eclampsia, Colorectal Cancer, and Restress Leg Syndrome.  In addition, Magnesium levels usually decrease after Menopause.

There are many things that contain Magnesium.  Here is a list from Baylor University, where studies have been done concerning the benefits of Magnesium in preventing many of the Issues mentioned above.  A diet with whole grains, and lots of fruits and vegetables is a good start.

                                                 Dietary Sources 

Rich sources of magnesium include: Other good dietary sources of this mineral include: Many herbs, spices, and seaweeds supply magnesium:
Tofu

Legumes

Whole grains

Green leafy vegetables

Wheat bran

Brazil nuts

Soybean flour

Almonds

Cashews

Blackstrap molasses

Pumpkin and squash seeds

Pine nuts

Black walnuts

Peanuts

Whole wheat flour

Oat flour

Beet greens

Spinach

Pistachio nuts

Shredded wheat

Bran cereals

Oatmeal

Bananas

Baked potatoes (with skin)

Chocolate

Cocoa powder

Agar seaweed

Coriander

Dill weed

Celery seed

Sage

Dried mustard

Basil

Fennel seed

Savory

Cumin seed

Tarragon

Marjoram

Poppy seed

Source: Magnesium | University of Maryland Medical Center

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/magnesium#ixzz3m5zajkts

I eat a Healthy Diet most of the time, but I was still having Heart Palpitations.  So, my plan was to take a supplement for a while to see how it works.  I read all about which type of Magnesium to take, and the opinions vary.  I decided to buy the magnesium supplement, “Heart Calm,” and have been trying it this past week.  So far, my heart palpitations have stopped.  I will continue to do my own research on Magnesium supplementation in my body.  I have also felt more calm, and am sleeping better. Awareness of your Body is very important, and necessary for figuring out what works for you. . . . Be sure to check with your doctor before adding any supplement.  Other supplements I take include a Multivitamin, called “Alive!” and a , “Omega-3”Fish Oil Pill by Body Vega.

I believe that one of the Keys to having a Happy, Healthy, Sensuous Heart is having enough Magnesium.  Other things that you can do to improve the Magnesium in your Life, besides improving your Diet and supplementation, is to make Compost and grow Veggies in Rich, Organic Soil.  You can also absorb a small amount of Magnesium by taking a Bath in Epsom Salts.

Please share this information with someone who might benefit from it.  Let me know how increasing Magnesium in your Life works for you.  I’d love to hear from you.

Until later,

Peggy Durham

Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com

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Tame Your “Monkey Mind” and Let Go Of Stress!

wpid-imag0459.jpg“Thoughts are Stress.”

This is something that I learned when I was 20 years old while taking a weeklong Transcendental Meditation (“TM”) Class.  The concept of TM is to repeat a Mantra (small meaningless syllable) over and over to keep your busy brain, or your “Monkey Mind,” busy so that you can connect with your Inner Wisdom.  It worked very well for me, especially when I could be more disciplined and do it twice a day for 20 minutes each time.

As you practice this meditation, you may find it difficult to repeat the Mantra because your “Monkey Mind” will still try to get your attention.  When you notice that you are thinking of something else, you mindfully observe the thought, and then gently let it go.  By keeping your busy brain, or “Monkey Mind,” occupied, you allow other messages from your Creative, Intuitive, Right Brain to emerge.

You will also become aware of insights that arrive from your Inner Wisdom.  The feeling that I needed to do more yoga every day often came to me as a message from my “Inner Wisdom” when I did Transcendental Meditation.  Other messages that are difficult to put into words will come to you as you continue your practice.  Over time, the intrusive thoughts will diminish while you meditate, and more insights will come.  This will help you deal with Stress in a Healthy Way, and stay more connected to you Inner Wisdom.  So remember, it’s very important to take some time to tame your “Monkey Mind.”

Peggy Durham

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Get Naked in the Rain!

wpid-img_20150705_093627424.jpgGo out in the Rain and get wet! On a warm Summer night, when it’s Raining . . . figure out a way to get out in the Rain as naked as possible. It’s especially fun if you do this when it is Raining very hard. So, the next time you hear a hard Rain, run outside so you don’t miss it. (Don’t go out in a thunder and lightning storm . . . of course.)

 

Once you are outside, remove all remaining clothes . . . if possible. Then, as you are standing in Nature’s Shower, run your hands all over your body to enjoy how silky your skin feels covered in Raindrops. After the hard Rain slows down, find a comfortable place to sit. Spend some time becoming aware of how Nature enjoys the Rain. Notice how the Raindrops hit the petals of a flower, or fall onto leaves, and gently massage them. Breathe in the cooler, cleaner air, and feel the overall “vibe” that surrounds you. You can almost see the plants growing as the Rain washes over them. You may notice that Colors are brighter and more vibrant.

 

When the Rain stops, you may become aware of how calm and peaceful it feels. The world seems more relaxed and pure. It’s as if the plants and flowers are relaxing after their wild, Sensuous experience with the Rain.

 

When you are finished with your wild naked experience with the Rain, run into the house and turn on a Hot Shower. Climb into the shower as soon as it’s warm, or for a different Sensuous experience, just get into it when you first turn it on . . . As the shower washes over you, you can feel the heat of it pouring into your body. Use your favorite body products that are fragrant with natural flower essences. Stay as long as you like enjoying your shower, then wrap yourself up in a big, fluffy towel, or robe. Have a hot cup of tea, sit in a Sensuous Space, and make a few notes in your journal about your Sensuous Experience. You may also want to make a note of any messages that you may have received from your Inner Wisdom. Be sure to take advantage of hard Rain whenever you can to enjoy another Sensuous Experience with Nature.

Peggy Durham

Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com

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Buy a Green Plant to help you be more Sensuous this Winter!

wpid-imag2657.jpgIt’s 14 inches of snow outside and 21 degrees! And although the snow is beautiful…my living room is green, beautiful and making negative ions to help improve my mood. There is no doubt about the power of plants. The next moment you have an opportunity to buy a plant …do it. Plants are just not that hard to take care of… water them…don’t overwater them…it’s not Rocket Science. It’s also a great time to start new plants for the growing season. So just dust Continue reading

How to Have Excellent Self Esteem! Become “The Person You Want to Be!”

Imagine that you have a Magic Wand, and you can wave this Magic Wand and  become exactly the Person that you have always wanted to be.  Can you describe “The Person You Want to Be”?  It’s not about wishing for fame or fortune . . . or to have gorgeous hair, face, and body. . . .  It’s not really about physical things at all.  The essence of “The Person You Want to Be” includes emotional, psychological, and spiritual qualities or characteristics.
 
Step One:         
Define or describe “The Person You Want To Be.”  Open your journal to two blank pages. 
At the top of the left hand page write . . . “The Person I Don’t Want to Be” . . .
and on the top of the right hand page write . . . “The Person I Want to Be.”        
While making your lists it may help to think about people who you admire or maybe others who have characteristics that you hope you never have.  They may be family, friends, celebrities or they could even be fictional characters, from a book or a movie.  It may take you awhile to create these lists and you may need to come back to them from time to time to increase the clarity in defining “The Person You Want to be.” Here are a few examples. . . .  

“The Person I Don’t Want to Be”   
Aggressive    Mean    Passive    Selfish    Closed-minded    Rude    Greedy    Lazy    Sick       
A Person who:      
Uses Negative Self Talk      Avoids talking about Feelings      Has Low Self Esteem   

“The Person I Want to Be”     
Nice     Generous     Assertive     Open-minded     Confident     Strong     Understanding     Healthy    
A Person Who:     
Helps Others      Uses Positive Self Talk      Has High Self Esteem      Is able to talk about Feelings  

Step Two:        
After you create your Lists . . . look at them, and then ask yourself . . .  am I more like “The Person I Want to Be” or “The Person I Don’t Want to Be”?  If you look at your Life, and realize that you are behaving like “The Person You Don’t Want to Be,” you will most likely have Low Self-Esteem.  If you are making decisions, and acting like ”The Person You Want To Be” . . . You will have  High Self-Esteem.  It’s normal to feel good about yourself when you are making decisions like the Person You Want to Be!  That is the Secret to having Excellent Self-Esteem.  

Step Three:        
From the moment you wake up each morning, until you go to sleep every night, you make hundreds of decisions.  With each decision you make . . .  you head in one direction, or the other.  Each decision brings you closer to “The Person You Want to Be,” or “The Person You Don’t Want to Be.”  At first, you may have to think about your decisions to make sure that they are in line with The “Person You Want to Be.”  But one day, the decisions will just come naturally, and you will realize that you are that Person.  You need to remember that you already have the Power to become “The Person You Want to Be.”  It’s simple . . . just one decision at a time.      

Share this concept with someone you know who has low self esteem…

Until next time,
Peggy
Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com
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Get Off of the Sugar “Roller Coaster”

A Sensuous Woman doesn’t need sugar to be sweet! Sugar is sweet, but what it does to your body is evil. When you eat white sugar, your pancreas goes a little crazy.  The job of your pancreas is to send out insulin to help your body utilize sugar.  It takes one molecule of insulin to move one molecule of sugar out of the blood stream, and into a cell.  “The Roller Coaster Effect” happens because white sugar is an unnatural food.  What I mean is that white sugar is so processed that it has lost all of the vitamins, minerals, and fiber that were present in it when it was in its natural state. This unnatural substance (white sugar) causes your body to overreact. As soon as you eat the sugar, your blood sugar level goes sky high. At this point, the pancreas freaks out (because it’s job is to send out insulin to keep the blood sugar at a reasonable level), and it sends out too much insulin to take care of the sugar. What happens next is that too much insulin is produced, and it causes your blood sugar level to drop very quickly. And, when your blood sugar level drops, you feel hungry, and will often reach for something sweet to help you feel better quickly. Wow!  It’s easy to see how this vicious cycle is unhealthy for your mind and body.

 Sugar causes many health problems.  Here are a few:

~    Causes weight gain, and promotes fat production

~    Drives heart disease

~    Leads to metabolic syndrome and diabetes
          
~    Elevates insulin in the blood which can contribute to the development of cancers         

~    Is addictive, due to the high level of dopamine that is produced in the brain when you eat sugar 

The bottom line is that you need to avoid white sugar products as much as possible.

My solution is to use Stevia.  Stevia is the best sugar substitute. It’s extracted from the sweet leaves of the Stevia plant.  It comes in powder and liquid forms.  I prefer the liquid extract.  Some extracts contain a tiny amount of alcohol, so read the label, or buy the powder form if you want it to be alcohol free.  Giving up sugar is one of the best ways to become the Sexy, Sensuous, Healthy Woman you want to be.

Experience Real Perfume Every Day!

Perfume can be nice, but natural fragrances are more gentle to our senses. Flowers are a natural source of real perfume.  In my opinion, the best way to experience real perfume every day is to surround yourself with real flowers. Grow or buy flowers, so that you have some real perfume in your life every day. In your garden, try to include flowers that are known for their fragrance. Some of the sweetest-smelling flowers include Lilac, Roses, Hyacinth, Lilies, Lavender, Dianthus, Sweet Peas, and Phlox.  Once they start blooming, be sure to pick a few for your home and office every day. Picking flowers actually stimulates the plant to put out more flowers.     
Growing flowers in containers is another way to add natural perfume to your life, and it’s not that complicated. Most summer annuals and tropical plants will grow on a sunny window sill, or on your porch. Citrus trees do well in containers, and lemon trees are especially beautiful. Few flowers smell as sweet as lemon blossoms. You can also grow sweet-smelling herbs, like lemon balm or basil. Basil roots in water, and can be grown in water. All you have to do is add some water every other day and a little fertilizer weekly. Both basil and lemon balm will also grow nicely in containers in a south-facing, sunny window in your home. Exceptionally fragrant indoor plants include Citrus, Jasmine, and Gardenia.      
You may want to stop by your local florist, and pick up a few flowers. Just visiting a Flower Shop can give you a real perfume experience. Tell the floral designer that you are looking for the most fragrant flowers. Be sure to smell them before you buy, because although they may be fragrant, they may not be pleasing to you.      Flowers tap into the emotional center of the brain. What might smell nice to one person, may remind another of something unpleasant. My favorite sweet-smelling, cut flowers are Freesia, Stock, and some varieties of Roses. Buying flowers for yourself is a Sensuous Activity! You don’t need to wait for a special occasion, or someone else to buy them for you. . . . Put it on your list of things to do to become a more Sensuous Woman. Adding flowers into your life on a daily basis will soothe your senses, and help you get more in touch with your Sensuous Self. 

Don’t forget to put a new Fridge Checklist on your Fridge (see previous Post) it will help you stay motivated every day.
Until later,
Peggy

Peggy@ SensuousLifeCoach.com
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