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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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.

Peggy

Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com

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Author of “Be Your Own Sensuous Life Coach”

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 .
Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com

 

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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Email me if you are interested in coming to  a “Be Your Own Sensuous Life Coach”  all day workshop this summer 2016 on my 100 acres of Woods in Kentucky…

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You are the Architect of Your Life !

You can Improve every part of your Life  with your Thoughts! Or  you can destroy your Life with your thoughts. It’s important to remember that you have the power to create the Physical and Emotional Health that you desire by paying attention to your Thoughts. Your Thoughts are very powerful! I have always believed that you can change your Life by becoming aware of your thoughts, embracing Positive Thoughts and letting go of the Negative ones. And although it is true that you can’t control everything that happens to you, you can control your reaction to it. And that has an impact on your Health and Well Being.

Recently I have been reading a Book by Dr Caroline Leaf called “Switch on your Brain” and I wanted to share with you some of the information that I thought was fascinating.
The Book refers to the Mind Body Connection and how our thoughts directly affect our Physical Well Being.

~ Research shows that 75-98% of mental , physical and behavioral health comes from one’s thought life.
~ DNA actually changes shape according to our thoughts.
~ Research* shows that thinking and feeling anger, fear and frustration caused DNA to change shape.
~ Due to our thoughts and feelings the DNA responded by tightening up and becoming shorter, and switching off DNA codes which reduced the Quality of Expression.

“Quality of Expression” means how well our DNA does what it’s supposed to do and relates to which genes are turned on and off and how they well they work. All of that, in part, depends on our thoughts…   So when we say we feel shut down by Negative Emotions it kind of makes sense.
~ Negative Thoughts lead to Stress which affects the Body’s ability to Heal itself.
~ This can all be reversed by Positive Thoughts of Love, Joy and Gratitude.Becoming aware of our Negative Thoughts is the first step.  When you become aware of a Negative Thought, ask yourself if you can let go of it or reframe it. Sometimes looking for the Positive in any situation helps. Remembering things that you cause you to feel gratitude can also help you change that Negative pattern of thinking.  It’s very important to notice when you are engaging in Negative Self Talk or holding onto Negative feelings.  Just tell yourself to “Stop” and think of something that makes you happy or engage in Positive Self Talk…whether you believe it 100% or not. Positive Self Talk can be something simple  like thinking ” Everything is OK, everything is Fine.”  or  ” I am thankful for all of my Blessings.”  Positive Self Talk is very Powerful! And remember that giving Negative Energy to any situation, never helps and it can make you sick in both Mind and Body.

This also relates to messages that we give to ourselves… like…” I’m not very Sensuous.” Thinking of yourself as a Sensuous Person is all it takes to begin  to change that mindset…

For other Sensuous Thoughts and Daily Sensuous Activities… refer to my Book ” Be Your Own Sensuous Life Coach” available from Amazon.com

And remember …  you are the Architect of your Life !

PeggyDurham
Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com

My websites
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Email me if you are interested in coming to  a “Be Your Own Sensuous Life Coach”  all day workshop this summer 2016 on my 100 acres of Woods in Kentucky…

* Institute of Heart Math

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!

If you go to YoungLiving.com you can use my ID # 3056729

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

Happy Valentine’s Day !!!

*from Youngliving.com

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)

Peggy

Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com

YoungLiving.org/PeggyDurham

 ID # 3056729

 

 

 

Costumes are not just for Halloween…Go Costume Shopping!

wpid-20151021_215313.jpgGo shopping for a costume, either alone or with your lover. Around Halloween, you will find a variety of costumes available for envisioning the possibilities. At other times of the year, you may use an online search, or go to a local sexy lingerie shop, or adult toy store. Spend some time exploring costume ideas. Think about all of the role-playing options. Do you want to be the “Sexy Schoolgirl” or perhaps the “Naughty Night Nurse”? Spark your lover’s interest by asking a few questions: “Which costumes turn you on?” “Why don’t you select a few things for me to wear from one of your fantasies?” All of this activity will open the door for future conversations.

After you find a few items, try them on. Either take your lover into the dressing room with you, or wait to observe his reaction when you step out in your outfit. Be sure to move very close to him to feel his response to each new look. And remember, your partner may need a costume as well to fulfill the fantasy! Perhaps he is the “Hot Fireman” who has come to rescue the Sexy Schoolgirl, or maybe he is the “Rich Private Patient” who needs a sponge bath from the Naughty Night Nurse. The costumes themselves may provide all of the fun alone. By simply wearing them, you will bring new sensuous dimensions to your personality, and your love life. Of course, you don’t have to wait for Halloween!

Until Next time,

Peggy

Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com

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Find a Sensuous Hat to Love

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A Sensuous Hat is essential if you Love to spend time outdoors. As a Sensuous Gardener I spend lots of time outside in a variety of activities. And I always try to wear my Sensuous Hat. It protects my skin from the aging effects of the sun and keeps it healthier.  We expose our faces to the sun all the time by walking outside from here to there. It adds up. So grab a Hat!

Finding a great Hat is an adventure. Last spring I found my Sensuous Hat in a local Outdoors Shop. It’s perfect for my lifestyle. I did have trouble picking a color because I liked all 3 colors… white, dark lavender and black. I picked the white one with black interior… and I love it. It holds up to being rained on and being washed and it has put up with lots of use including being my swim hat. If you want to check it out it was made by The Sun Day Afternoons Hat company. http://www.sundayafternoons.com

Let’s make it a trend to wear a Sensuous Hat! I will continue my search for my next Sensuous Hat …Please let me know if you can recommend a Sensuous Hat based on your experience…

Send photos to me for my website of your Sensuous Hat!

Peggy Durham

Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com

Author of “Be Your Own Sensuous Life Coach”
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From the back cover.

Get in touch with the Sensuous, Sexy, Vibrant Woman inside of You!
 Learn how to be more Sensuous and Passionate in everything you do.

There is something for everyone in this book.  It’s written for Women, and for Men who want to understand how Women think. Whether you are Single, have a Lover, are in a Relationship, or want to reconnect with Sensuous, Sexy, Younger You . . . you will find Creative, Playful, Sensuous Experiences in this book that will bring Passion to every moment of your Life. Each page is a new Thought, Idea, or Sensuous Experience to help you become the Sensuous, Sexy, Happy, and Healthy Person that you’ve always wanted to be.

Sensuous Gardening Get Dirty

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Playing in the dirt has more benefits than we ever realized.  Over the years we have heard about many ways to increase the “feel good” chemicals in our brains by doing things like eating Dark Chocolate, and doing Yoga or Running.  But now, Gardening has been shown to be an excellent way to improve our Brain Chemistry,Immune System function, and even the way our brains work.   So, what is it about Gardening that helps us in so many ways?  The secret is in the Dirt . . . it’s Magical!
For those of us who are Gardeners, we have always known that Gardening helped us feel good.  But, now there are even more reasons to add Gardening to your Life.   As a Society, we are cleaner than ever with antibacterial soaps and products everywhere we go.  Some of these chemicals can disrupt our endocrine systems.  So, as it turns out, we need to be a little dirtier to be healthy.   This is where Gardening comes in.  When you get your hands into rich, organic soil, you are giving your Body and Mind something essential.  Soil is full of all kinds of microorganisms that we need to be happier and healthier.  Apparently, there are microorganisms in soil that can trigger the release of Serotonin, the “feel good” chemical in the Brain, which is a natural anti-depressant.   There are lots of healthy bacteria that live naturally in the soil.  In fact, a particular strain, named mycobacterium vaccae, has been studied quite a bit. This particular bacterium has been shown to improve Immune Function, increase Serotonin production, and also increase the neuron firing process in the Brain that relates to alertness.
Apparently all of our childhood play, like making mud pies, playing with Tonka trucks in the dirt, rolling around in the dirt, or even playing in a Fairy Garden, had a purpose.   So, get Dirty any way you can.  Find some Heathy, Organic Soil, and go for it.  Getting Dirty will not only improve your overall mood, but it will also help you become more in touch with your Sensuous Self.   Getting in touch with Nature is a vital part of nurturing your Creative, Sensuous Self, as well as helping your overall Mental and Physical Health.
So, no excuses. . . . You can garden anywhere.  You can garden in your yard, in a container on your patio, or even inside your home in a south-facing, sunny window.  Grow something you love.  Start from seeds, or just buy a plant and transplant it into a larger container.  Basil, Impatience, and Lettuce are easy to grow, and can be grown inside or out.  A patio tomato is also nice to have in the summer.  I really like growing cherry tomatoes for salads.
The act of picking veggies, herbs, and flowers is also beneficial to our mental health, because it connects us to our primitive, passionate Nature, and naturally increases Dopamine in the Brain. . . . another “feel good” chemical.   So, be sure to remember . . . Get Dirty. . . . It will make you happy, and increase your connection to the Sensuous, Sexy, Vibrant Person inside of you!  Play in the dirt with your children to help them appreciate Nature, and understand our connection to the Natural World.  And most of all . . . Have Fun!

Peggy Durham   Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com
Author of “Be Your Own Sensuous Life Coach”  Link to Book on Amazon.com

Get in touch with the Sensuous, Sexy, Vibrant Woman inside of You!  Learn how to be more Sensuous and Passionate in everything you do.
There is something for everyone in this book.  It’s written for Women, and for Men who want to understand how Women think.
Whether you are Single, have a Lover, are in a Relationship, or want to reconnect with Sensuous, Sexy, Younger You . . . you will find Creative, Playful, Sensuous Experiences in this book that will bring Passion to every moment of your Life.
Each page is a new Thought, Idea, or Sensuous Experience to help you become the Sensuous, Sexy, Happy, and Healthy Person that you’ve always wanted to be.