Mindful Forest Breathing

Mindful Forest Breathing… Forest Breathing is all about being Mindful and being out in Nature. You don’t have to have a Forest to do this… Just go outside and find some green space away from the noise and hubbub of everyday life. You will feel more connected and more Sensuous when you stay in touch with Mother Nature. This is a 5 minute exercise for when you only have a few minutes to spare but remember that minutes add up and 5 minutes done regularly adds up.

 

Mindful Meditation –  A 5-Minute Meditation Practice for Forest Breathing

 

Find a comfortable place to Sit.

Close your eyes, and rest your open hands, palms up, on your knees.

 

Minute 1: Deep Breathing.

Begin by Following your Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth.  Inhale for the count of 4, then Exhale to the count of 6.  Become aware of how your body feels as you sit there with your eyes closed.

 

Minute 2:  Find your Natural Breath . . .

Stop Counting and feel the Pace of your Natural Breath . . . feel your Body Rising and Falling.  Become aware of how your body feels as you sit there being Still.  This is Mindful Breathing . . . becoming fully aware of your Breath as it moves in and out of your Body.

 

Minute 3: Continue Mindful Breathing being fully aware of your Breath.

If thoughts come, just look at them, and then imagine them floating down a river, or put them on a cloud and watch them gently float away.

 

Minute 4: Slowly stop Focusing on your Awareness of your Breath and just be Still.

There is nothing that you have to do.

 

Minute 5: Reorient yourself to your surroundings.

Adopt an attitude of Mindful Gratitude. Think about something that you are grateful for. Open your Eyes, and carry this peacefulness along with you today.

 

Forest Breathing for 20 minutes.

You can go through the steps of Mindful Meditation. You can stay in each phase as long as you wish. Deep Breathing in the Forest increases the Oxygen in your Body, so be sure to do that phase a bit longer than 1 minute if you can.  The Trees and Plants are creating Oxygen for us, and we give them Carbon Dioxide. It’s a really beautiful arrangement. Feel gratitude for the Trees, and Feel their Gratitude towards you.  I believe that the Trees are out there being still, breathing and meditating . . . we can learn from them. Find a place in the woods and begin.

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Amazing Vegetarian Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup!

img_20170119_130101792_hdr.jpgBeing a Vegetarian I still occasionally miss certain things that I used to enjoy…like Chicken Noodle Soup. And, lately I’ve been experimenting with going Gluten Free. So Chicken Noodle Soup seemed to be something that was out of the question… Until now… I decided to make it happen. I made Vegetarian Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup that was amazing!

Here is how I did it. I used Quorn Chik’n Tenders, Jovial Gluten Free Spaghetti and Pacific Brand Vegetarian Chicken Broth. I added sautéed onions and shitake mushrooms and a diced potato and a little poultry seasoning.  And I created the best Vegetarian Chicken Noodle Soup… Here is the recipe. Great with a little Udi’s Gluten Free Bread toasted and topped with butter.Please share with friends and tell them where you got the  recipe!

1 onion sliced and sauteed with olive oil for 3-4 minutes

Add half a bag  Quorn Chik’n nuggets and Saute till slightly cooked and then cut each piece in half.

Add a handful of Shitake mushrooms Cook  2 more minutes (be sure to remove the tough stems)

Dice a small potato

Pour Vegetarian Chicken Broth into a saucepan and add the above ingredients.

Add 1/4 tsp poultry seasoning and a little salt and pepper.Cook for 20 minutes .

Grab a very, very small handful of spaghetti. About the size of quarter round. Break spaghetti into 1 inch pieces and throw into soup. Cook 15 more minutes. Remember that the spaghetti will swell so you don’t want too much… And you are done! Enjoy!

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Magical Anti-Aging Serum with Essential Oils

I’m always looking for ways to look and feel Younger and Healthier. This is my latest “Lotion or Potion” to make my face look Younger, Healthier and more Vibrant. It is a new Anti-Aging Serum that I created yesterday as a Birthday Present for a close friend. I have been researching which Essential Oils help support Healthy Skin and there are quite a few.  I gathered together all of the ones in the photo above. If you do not have all of them… that’s ok. The ones that I recommend the most are Frankincense, Lavender, Copaiba  or Stress Away. All of those come in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit at 50% off! After you get the Premium Starter Kit all of your purchases will be 24% off forever! The other Essential Oils in  the photo you will want to add to your collection with time. The carrier oils that I used were Jojoba, Almond and Rose Hip Oils. Be sure to buy the Highest Quality Oils that you can find. For Essential Oils I will only use Young Living Essential Oils. They have farms all over the world and manage the production of high quality Organic Essential Oils from Seed to Seal. That means they choose high quality seeds, plant them and oversee all parts of growing, harvesting and making the oils. You can’t get any better than that! I mixed all of the oils in a small bowl and then poured them into little roller balls. You can use a dropper bottle or a rollerball of any size. I use little 2 ml rollerballs for presents. I give 2 of them, one for home and one to carry in your purse… in case of and Anti-Aging emergency.

All of the Oils below will help your skin in so many ways. Use your serum once or twice a day after you wash your face. You can use you favorite night cream at night or sunscreen during the day.
Recipe

1 Tablespoon Jojoba Oil

1 Tablespoon Rose Hip Oil

1 1/2 Tablespoons Almond Oil

10 Drops of Frankincense

10 Drops Lavender

10 Drops Copaiba or Stress Away

10 Drops Ylang Ylang

5 Drops Patchouli

5 Drops Carrot Seed Oil

5 Drops Geranium

5 Drops Present Time

You could also have a Make and Take Party with friends…Buy the oils together and make it an Anti-Aging Party.

Peggy Durham

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I learned how to Drum and Sing at Omega ~ “Goddesses Gone Wild” with Sierra Bender

20160807_085801.jpgI learned how to Drum and Sing at Omega Institute, and I met over 20 Goddess who were looking for more ways to get in touch with their Inner Wisdom and Sensuous Self! The Workshop was very Physical, Spiritual, and Sensuous. It included many of my interests including Dancing, Yoga, Essential Oils, being out in Nature, connecting with other Goddesses . . . and having Fun!  I also met one really nice guy who wanted to be in our Goddess Workshop, and was invited by Sierra to join our morning Circle. He and several other beautiful spirits stopped by to join our Drumming Circle as well, and others sat nearby and listened.  Drumming and Singing was an amazing way to start each day. Sierra’s voice was Strong, Passionate, and Inspiring.  She was our leader and role model. I learned how to Drum and Sing with Passion. We all evolved toward feeling more free to show passion with each passing day … which was very appropriate for the “Goddesses Gone Wild” Workshop.

Morning hikes were very physical, and definitely helped cardio. But, I only went on one hike, due to a previous knee issue. I decided I’d rather go for a walk in the morning, so I could do the morning Yoga workout and participate in the afternoon dancing for hours. 😉

We did a Vision Quest . . .a short one, but still very powerful. We enjoyed silent time alone in the Forest for several hours. It increased my awareness of the 100 acres of woods that I call home.  I need to remember that the Woods are sacred, and I need to celebrate it by doing my Sensuous Women Workshops there.  I also want to have more Vision Quests on my own, and learn more about them. I believe that the more we can be out in Nature and feel connected to Mother Nature . . . the better.

The dancing parts of the Workshops were energetic Fun. We got to Dance with several Drummers, and an enthusiastic Journey Dance Instructor Toni Bergins . The dancing was wild and passionate. During  the next afternoon workshop, we had a Sensuous Dance Instructor Lisa Zarowitz , show us how to get in touch with our Inner Sensuous,Sexy Dancer. The Music was excellent, and the Dance moves were Fun, Funny, Sexy, and Sensuous!

During our time at the Workshop, there was a full moon, and several of us Goddesses decided to go see the moon come up over the Lake. We had a Bonfire, and Sang and Drummed and Howled at the Moon. It was a memorable experience!

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It was also nice just being at Omega Institute, and enjoying the like-minded people all around. It was a luxury having someone else create Vegetarian Meals for 6 days. The café with a deck overlooking the garden was a lovely place to hang out with friends, and eat something decadent, like chocolate chip cookies or sweet potato fries. The Lake was beautiful and peaceful, and I enjoyed kayaking one morning and singing songs I learned during the morning circle.  Aromatherapy is one of my latest passions, and it was great fun having a portion of one of the days dedicated to Essential Oils.  I believe that they are absolutely Essential for creating amazing wellness in Body, Mind, and Spirit!  One of the most bonding experiences was the Fire Ceremony on the last night. We told stories and shared thoughts and feelings. We made affirmations about many different parts of our Lives, and we Sang and Drummed. I left Omega the next day with a refreshed Spirit and with new thoughts and ideas related to my own Workshops for Sensuous Women. I also had a plan to Sing and Drum every day! And stay in touch with the wonderful Goddesses I met along the way.

Thanks, Sierra, for teaching me how to Drum and Sing . . . and for being a teacher of Women . . . helping them become “The Person They Want to Be”.

You inspired me!

I highly recommend this Workshop, “Goddesses Gone Wild ” TM  with Sierra Bender. Author of Goddess to the Core R, creator of Retreats, Boot Camp for Goddesses R, Goddess in the Bedroom R, Goddess Up! R, Goddesses Gone Wild TM, and the Sierra Bender Empowerment Method.

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Sensuous Essential Oil ~ Lemon

Lemon Essential Oil is amazing.  Without a doubt it will make you more Sensuous! I drink a few drops of Lemon oil in water every day. I love to add a tsp. of tart cherry juice and a bit of stevia along with the Lemon essential oil for a sweet treat… and tart cherry juice is great for your joints.  When you drink Lemon essential oil be sure to use a glass or stainless steel container.  This is because  Lemon oil will dissolve Styrofoam and break down plastic. When you use Lemon essential oil in your diet…the Lemon oil helps you detoxify.  It helps your body get rid of petro chemicals…and who doesn’t need that. I recommend Young Living Oils if you plan to ingest essential oils because of the purity that they bring to the table. You can always email me if you have questions .
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For other Sensuous Thoughts and Daily Sensuous Activities… refer to  my Book ” Be Your Own Sensuous Life Coach” available from Amazon.com

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Sexy Essential Oils for Valentines Day!

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For Valentine’s Day… I just found out about a new Young Living Essential Oil called “Shutran”.  It is the best Sexy, Sensuous Essential Oil for Men and for the Women who love them. “An empowering Essential Oil Blend specially formulated for men to boost feelings of masculinity and confidence, “Shutran”  is perfect for use as a cologne that appeals to both men and women”. *

“Shutran” is the one to have to improve everything in the bedroom. I have read in several places that it enhances male sexual performance…in many ways. It can support healthy testosterone and support healthy hormone production. It can improve feelings of Masculinity and boosts Confidence.  “It encourages partner attraction, and boosts libido”… What’s not to like. There are all sorts of stories about how this oil can spice up your sex life …just Google it.

If you get on it today you could get some for Valentine’s Day.

For Women there are a few great Essential Oils that can spice up your Love Life too. “Sensation Massage Oil” has a beautiful fragrance that stimulates Romantic feelings. It can be used as a Lubricant too! And if your Lover buys this for you and gives you a full body massage there’s no doubt what he will be getting for Valentine’s Day.

Other wonderful, Sexy, Sensuous Oils for Women include Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and Joy… These oils are well known for their Sensuous, and Sexy contributions to Romance.

You can still get these for Valentine’s Day if you jump on it and pick overnight or 2nd day delivery…

You can find all of these items on My Website YoungLiving.org/peggydurham  and sign up with me. You can buy retail or…You can get 24% off all orders forever if you buy a Premium Starter Kit which is on sale this month too.  Your Valentine would love one of those Kits too. They include a really cool Diffuser which is very Romantic!

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And if you have any questions email me at Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com

Happy Valentine’s Day !!!

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Sensuous Weekend in the Snow!

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The Snow brings many things with it including a New, Sensuous Nature to the Whole  World around Us.

So Embrace it as Sensuously as possible.

Massages, Hot Baths, Playing in the Snow….

in any order…

and Sensuous Cooking and other Sensuous Activities too!

 

You may want to add Magical Essential Oils to Bath Salts and Massage Oils to help stimulate the Senses.

Nice for Valentines Day too…

For Him: “Idaho Blue Spruce”    Apparently it supports healthy testosterone levels…

For Her : “Sensation”    A Romantic Blend by Young Living Essential Oils…

For Couples:  “Light the Fire”  You can probably guess why it’s called that…

 

There are Lots of other ideas for a “Sensuous Snowy Weekend”  in my Book.

“Be Your Own Sensuous Life Coach”  Available from Amazon.com

(paperback and digital version)

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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 !!!

Horizonal Dancing

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To get ready for your Horizonal Dancing… take a hot oil bath with a few drops of your favorite Essential Oils, and a tablespoon or two of grape seed oil or olive oil. Inhale the steam filled with your Essential Oils and massage your body while you bathe. Spend some time appreciating your wonderful body, and what you can do with it. After your bath, put on some sexy lingerie, or whatever makes you feel Sexy and Sensuous.

Find your favorite music ~ the type of music that makes you want to dance. You may want to create your own collection of Dance Music. Be sure to play  your favorites that make you want to move. Then, get on your bed, strip down as far as you dare, and start moving to the music. You will be doing Horizontal Dancing . . . a new form of Sensuous exercise that we just created.

Wiggle and move your body to the music. If you are not ready to dance, just do a few stretches to help you get more in touch with your body. Close your eyes, and imagine that you are being stroked by a mysterious person. Do to yourself what you wish they were doing to you. Move your body like a hot, sexy woman who is in touch with her Sensuous Self. As you touch yourself … enjoy all of your body’s sensations. Feel your soft and sensuous, newly-oiled skin. Feel the strong lines of your body, and your soft silky hair. Invite your Lover to watch your new Sensuous form of dancing . . . Horizontal Dancing . . . and tell him that he can join in on the fun. Have him lie down next to you and do some Horizonal Dancing together. And remember… the most important thing is to have Fun and  get in touch with your Sensuous Self!

Additional Information: My favorite Essential oils for the bath are Stress away or Lavender and Orange. And I always use  Young Living Oils.

(Caution: be careful getting  into and out of the tub… it will be slippery!)

If you know someone who sells Young Living Essential Oils – Great!  If not, you can go to my website YoungLiving.org/peggydurham

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Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com

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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

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Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com

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