Every so often when it comes time to write my newsletter, I have nothing to say. Let me rephrase that: I have a lot to say, but it is all a jumble and not at all clear how to create a cohesive piece that has meaning. There is so much going on, so many thoughts, that I just don’t know where to go with it all.
I’ve been in this phase for a few months now. In fact, I never did get anything out last month. But since school has once again gone into session, I feel compelled to keep up with those great kids and write something even if it is an essay on “What I Did This Summer”!!!!!
So, “What I Did This Summer”…….
I worked. I gardened. I swam. I entertained. I cooked fresh, healthy, locally sourced meals. I napped….almost every day. I read. I listened to books on Audible. I laughed a lot. I sat and did nothing. I watched the sun go down and the stars come out. I spent endless hours talking with my husband and sharing our thoughts and plans. I searched for the Northern Lights and have yet to see them even though I know they have been around. I met lots of new people. I reconnected with old friends. I spent a lot of time just being. I enjoyed the visits with family and friends. I spent a lot of time out in nature just absorbing its beauty, its power, its unsolvable mysteries.
All in all, nothing huge to report other than I feel so refreshed and so filled. There is something about the Great Lakes that fills me in a way that no other place can. It’s a place that I recognize and know in a deep recess of my soul. There are so many places that take my breath away, but the Great Lakes is where I am most in sync with myself. This is something I never would have recognized in myself years ago. I grew up near Lake Erie, spent all of my adult years near Lake Michigan, and most of those years I yearned to live somewhere else, not realizing I was already in my “happy spot”. And once we left the Great Lakes for “Warmer Climes”, which by the way I have really loved too, there was a part of me that still yearned for the smell of the earth here, the feel of the breezes off the big lakes on my cheeks, the sight of the deer drinking from the lakes, or the eerie sound of loons calling to each other. And the hardwoods and the wildflowers here…..all heaven to me.
I could write about this all day. I would love to share with you all my thoughts about the Great Lakes and how different they are from one another. Or the wonder of crossing the Mighty Mac from the lower peninsula of Michigan to the Upper Peninsula and seeing that huge huge huge expanse of water from Lake Michigan, through the Straits of Mackinaw and down into Lake Huron. And no skyscrapers. Just nature and a few signs of dwellings and boats. And then after driving another 4 hours or so to see the huge expanse and wildness of Lake Superior which holds 10% of the world’s fresh water. Breathtaking.
We met a kayaker this summer who was kayaking all alone from Duluth, MN. (a good 6 hour car drive from here to the West), to Grand Marais, about another 3 hour drive to the east of here. Can you imagine? Kayaking all that distance alone, camping alone at night, only to do it all again the next day? We met him when he stayed across the street at the Inn, a night of luxury, of running hot water, hot meals, much needed conversation, and a day off from the rigorous paddling along the shores. This is a guy who wanted to know this area intimately, and did it. I loved his spirit and his ability to put his love of this area into achievable action.
The summer is a good time to do this as Lake Superior’s waters can be quite calm in the summer. But come fall, November especially, the storms are wild and fierce. Most people have heard the poignant melody as Gordon Lightfoot sings the ballad of the Edmund Fitzgerald that went down with all aboard off the shores of the UP on a stormy night in November. On a beautiful, calm summer day you just can’t believe it can be so nasty, but the waves on this big expanse of water can reach 30 feet in a storm.
So what did I do this summer? I just took as much of this in as I could. It was like trying to take as deep a breath as I could so that I can keep it with me as long as possible. I love this part of the world and I so hope that you too are in a spot that speaks to your soul as deeply as this place does for me. Our house is very funky, quite small, and rather inconvenient in some ways but none of that matters to me. I am so filled here, so happy here in a very quiet, profound and deep way.
From this place, then, I send you Peace. And Wholeness; Contentment, and the Joy of napping whenever you feel like it, or the thrill of a hike or bike ride along the trails whenever you would rather be out in nature. I want each of you to have what I found this summer: a place of my own where I truly belong.
(Originally written for the Interior Alignment Newsletter)
Hi. My name is Diantha, like the flower Dianthus, and I love color. Always have, always will. I’ve studied it, worked with it, played with it, wondered about it, dreamed about it, and developed a business around it. My goal was to change the world through color, and although a lofty and probably unachievable goal, my vision will always be one in which all people learn the value and power of color and how it can support us and transform us as we move through our challenges.
To that end I developed a full line of color sprays which I named after my first book: Simply Color (available now at your Kindle store). The 15 Simply Color sprays were developed during the time I was doing a lot of teaching about color and I wanted something simple and easy that my students and clients could use to bring in the color they most needed. You see, the colors of the rainbow spectrum relate to our chakras, organs, glands, emotional, physical, mental and spiritual planes. When something is out of alignment, we get sick, or have issues arise in our lives. Being human beings, this happens frequently as we are here to learn, to develop our souls and to raise our consciousness.
So I learned how to use color to our advantage and have taught countless others how to do that as well. For example, the color of red relates to our ability to ground and manifest. It is extremely helpful to use when we lack energy, or want to start a business, or when we desire to manifest something. Or the color of blue relates to peace, calming and communication. When I was learning to speak up for myself, blue was the color that supported me in learning and then doing that, with grace and ease.
Each color also relates to an organ and gland. So on the physical level it can have an impact as well as emotionally, mentally or spiritually. When we have a challenge in life, we use up the color in our energy body that relates to that color and we need to replenish it. These color sprays are like liquid light, carrying the vibrational qualities of each color so that using the spray will help replenish the colors that have been diminished or lost.
I developed 15 Simply Color Sprays, 10 Simply Color Children’s Sprays, 17 Simply Feng Shui sprays, and have 3 Healing Sprays. I also make custom sprays that target an individual’s needs.
One of my favorites in the Simply Color collection is Rainbow. It is a great general spray for elevating one’s spirits and bathing the energy body in the rainbow spectrum. It smells lovely even though the formulas are not created for scent but for effectiveness.
In the healing sprays, my favorite is Angel’s Song which was originally made for a young male who was in crisis. His Grandmother contacted me and told me what was going on and the result wass this amazingly powerful but gentle spray. Opalescence is another in this series developed to bring joy, creativity and inspiration to creative endeavors. Originally made for an artist, most people who order this are using it for it’s effervescent, magical energy.
Once I created the color sprays, I also developed a full line of Feng Shui sprays. My favorite in this collection is the Wellbeing one which brings in the vibration of wholeness and wellbeing based in the core of our being. This one targets the middle gua of the 9 in the bagua, which is known as Health. And without health, we have nothing.
The sprays contain a propietary blend of essential oils, flower essences, solarized and charged water, gem elixirs and energetic infusions. Each one is infused with the essence of love because I believe that the vibration of love can elevate the consciousness of the planet to its next level of development. So perhaps my original dream of changing the world CAN come true. With many of us working towards that end, I think it will!
The following is a guest post by Johanna Cider of New Zealand. Many thanks to Johanna for her post and for being a wonderful guest here on Life Potentials!
How to Naturally Boost Your Endorphins
Endorphins (which is an all-encompassing term for a variety of neurotransmitters found in our brains) are produced in certain situations, generally as a response to fear or pain; they’re something of a natural opiate. By interacting with receptors in our brains, endorphins provide us with a sense of euphoria or pleasure. We’ve all experienced a good endorphin rush, and while you probably don’t want to resort to illicit means of boosting your endorphins,thankfully there are plenty of easy, natural ways to obtain the same effect. If you like the idea of boosting your endorphin levels naturally, try the following:
As the old saying goes, laughter really is the best medicine. Laughter helps not only to reduce stress hormones but to boost endorphin levels! Laughing can also help you to feel like your problems aren’t as important as you originally thought, and laughing is an easy way to bond with others. Why not make an effort to watch a funny movie or read a funny story next time you’re feeling down?
This one’s probably a bit obvious, but it makes the list because it’s been thoroughly tried and tested. Exercise is great for both your body and your mind, and it’s one of the easiest ways to get an endorphin boost. The term ‘runner’s high’ exists for a reason, but if you’re not a runner, you’re in no way out of luck! Try a less strenuous but equally as satisfying sport or exercise activity like swimming, cycling, or even just fast walking; you’ll still find yourself with a quality endorphin boost. It might also help to bring a friend along next time you hit the pavement or the pool – exercising with others promotes the release of endorphins even better than does exercising alone.
Eat chocolate or spicy food
You have a few delicious ways to boost your endorphins here! If you’re a chocolate lover, it’s worth knowing that there are chemicals in chocolate that have been shown to boost endorphins. The catch is that it only takes a square or two,and these chemicals are only found in dark chocolate, so if you’re more of a milk chocolate fan, it might be worth making the switch (health-wise, dark chocolate is also a better choice than milk chocolate).
If you can’t get enough of those spicy curries or hot sauces, you’re also in luck. Eating spicy foods prompts the brain to respond as it would to pain and release endorphins, but rest assured that you don’t need to go eating whole peppers – a reasonable amount of spice will do the trick.
Volunteer or donate to charity
Giving truly is better than receiving! One study found that subjects who gave money to charity by choice experienced endorphin rushes, but if you’re short on cash, volunteering your time instead will produce the same effect.
Listen to your favourite music
The ability to create music is arguably one of humanity’s most notable achievements. Listening to music can reduce anxiety and improve mood, and if it’s the right music, can also promote the release of endorphins. For an endorphin rush, listen to upbeat music that you know will make you happy. If you prefer to play rather than listen to music, you’re in luck – playing music stimulates the release of endorphins even more than does listening. Yet another music-related activity, dancing to your favourite song is another easy way to bring on that endorphin rush!
Boosting your endorphins naturally is easier than it may sound. Many endorphin-boosting activities are simple and easy to accomplish every day, so why not try them out?
“Johanna Cider is a freelance writer based in New Zealand with a passion for health and wellness. You can read more of her work on her Tumblr”.
In my very varied career from Interior Designer to Color Consultant with side trips into Body Work, Healing Touch, and Feng Shui, I have always stuck with color as the main tool in my toolbox.
The colors of the rainbow correspond to those in our chakra system and thus perfectly suited to working with our bodies and etheric bodies in order to heal, move through challenges, and to clear blockages among other miracles.
Let’s take a quick overview of these 7 main rainbow colors, all while acknowledging the thousands of colors presented to us in any paint store!
There are still only 7 main colors, and indeed only 3 primary ones from which all the others arise, but let’s not get into a theoretical discussion yet! The only theory I will bring in at this point is that it is helpful to know which color lies across the color wheel from the color we are working with. This is because the complimentaries work together. If we have an excessive amount of color in our chakra system, we need to temper it by bringing in it’s opposite. How we do that will be covered at the end of this article.
Red: (Base of the spine) One of the three primaries, red is the color that helps us ground and manifest. It is the color of our life force, the color of life itself and without it, nothing will happen. It is a color that speaks to us of our passions, of energy, of movement and action. If we have an abundance of red, we find ourselves challenged with anger issues, a quick temper, an ability to say cruel and scathing comments to others. To bring back balance, we would use the complimentary color of green to lessen those tendencies.
Orange: (Sacral Chakra) A combination of red and yellow, orange is the color of bliss and creativity, of community and sharing. I love orange for the fact that it is quite healing for anyone who has suffered abuse, trauma or assault. I challenge you to find anyone who has not suffered at least one of these, even if in a small way. So orange is everyone’s ally for overcoming these things. If we have an overabundance, it can lead to eating disorders, a propensity to lie, or being an exhibitionist. Use blue to reign it in.
Yellow: (Solar Plexus) Another primary, yellow is the color of happiness. Orange is bliss, yellow is happiness. It is the color of self esteem and ego, of assimilation of all kinds, and the color of our wisdom and ability to learn. An overabundance leads to being egotistical, stingy, controlling and argumentative. Use purple to rebalance this.
Green: (Heart) A combination of yellow and blue, green is the color of nature, of the heart, of the healer, and it helps us find our direction in life. It reminds us of nature so it is a soothing color to most people and can make us feel more at home. An overabundance can cause jealousy, a gossipy nature, and a whiny, cruel personality. Use red to rebalance.
Blue: (Throat) The third and last primary color, blue is the color of peace, truth, spaciousness, and integrity. We trust people who wear blue, and blue can make one appear to possess more authority than others. But is you have too much of it, it can cause stubbornness, arrogance, isolation, and a critical nature. To rebalance it bring in orange.
Indigo: (Third Eye) The only tertiary color in the chakra system and rainbow, indigo resides at the third eye and is the color of intuition, higher mind functions, being able to channel or be psychic and looking within. This is a wonderful color to use for meditation and a spiritual Yoga/Chi Gong/Tai Chi practice. If you have an excessive amount, you will feel isolated, depressed, or be detached from reality. Bring in the color gold to rebalance.
Purple: (Crown) A combination of red and blue, purple is the final color of the rainbow. It is the color of spirituality, and since it resides in the crown of our heads, it connects us most certainly to our Divine guidance. It is the color to use when we have suffered great loss, when we want to transform or transmute something, or when we are healing. Too much purple makes us suicidal, eccentric, elite. Use yellow to rebalance.
So how do we USE color?
This is why I love using color as a tool for healing and support for my clients, my friends, my family and my self: It is with us always.
We need only close our eyes and imagine the color in our mind’s eye.
We can use color breathing where we imagine the color around us and begin to breathe it in and out, filling our lungs and then our bodies with the color we need.
We can use clothing, jewelry and other accessories, flowers, flower essences, essential oils, foods, music…
There are endless ways to bring color into our lives.
Generally, when I recommend a color to someone they already have something in their possession in that color. And if you need a color that you don’t like, you can wear it where you don’t see it: underwear or socks perhaps.
Or you can use Simply Color Sprays which I created and make just for that purpose of serving people with their color needs. They are made from charged water, essential oils, gem elixirs, and/or flower essences and so are all natural and so simple to use.
And best of all, with color breathing, you can do that anywhere at any time and no one will even know, which makes it a perfect tool to use as you stand in a line to check out of a store, or going through airport security lines…anywhere you are, color can be there also!
I hope you enjoy the power and blessing of colors each and every day of your life. Color is such a gift we have been given, easily accessible, very powerful, lovingly gentle, and transformative.
“Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.” – Oscar Wilde
Diantha Harris has worked with, studied, written about and played with color her entire life. She is currently living in Vero Beach, Florida and Big Bay, Michigan where she works with clients and continues to write, teach, and speak about color. The author of two best-selling books on color, Diantha is also the creator of her own line of color sprays made from essential oils. You can peruse a whole wealth of information on color, listen to free meditations, read her blog, or take a free color quiz at www.lifepotentials.net.
It’s the month of love, hearts and valentines. The colors that come to mind are red, pink, a touch of green, and in some areas, a bit of purple appears. We express our love to our sweethearts, our dearest friends, and our beloved family members. We don colors associated with love and we search for the perfect card or gift for our own Valentines.
But how many of you think of sending love to yourselves? Personally, I am so terribly guilty of being hard on myself and having such high expectations of myself that I often forget to be kind to me, to be thoughtful of ME, to treat myself as I would any other person I love.
When I was in high school I read Erich Fromm’s book, The Art of Loving. He discussed the many aspects of love including the notion of self love but I was being raised in a family in which we were being taught that loving oneself was conceited, selfish, even unGodly. We were to be humble, to think of everyone else as better than we were, to “not be above yourself”.
Indeed, at the tender age of 8, I had discovered Greek and Roman Mythology and loved reading the stories. Imagine how excited I was to discover my name was a variation of the goddess Diana. Now these were the days when you could go into any drug store or tourist stop and find tons of items with individual’s names on them. I never could find my own name anywhere which caused me to despair that my name was so odd, I must be too. Even worse, maybe I did not have the right to exist. But here in the book of myths was the name Diana and I was so excited I jumped up and down on my bed exclaiming that I was actually a goddess! I was THRILLED~until my Grandmother grabbed my arm, pulled me off that bed and told me in no uncertain terms that I was a sinner for sure, talking like that. That was the end of my goddess identification for about 40 years! And it took me about that long to believe in my worth again.
So back to high school: when I read in Fromm’s book that self love was necessary in order to really love others I thought it was a very radical, even sinful, thought. I was scared to believe in this. I tried to push the thought away, even though it stayed with me and in some very real way I knew it to be true. It was such a struggle to try to rectify the teachings of my parents and grandparents with my own inner knowing.
Which is a long winded way of getting to my point: don’t be late in coming to the conclusion that you are worth loving. God does not create anyone who is not worthy of love. There are people who do bad things, and people who go down the wrong paths, but they are misguided and misled. Their being is still of the Light. They just don’t remember that, and have allowed the Darkness to gain a foothold in their souls. But at their core, they too, like the rest of us, not only come from Love and Light, but still have a spark of that inside.
But I am talking to those of you who, like me, put themselves last over and over to their own detriment. I wish that you could see yourselves as the Light and Beauty that others see in you. One of my own challenges is in being so tuned into a person’s true essence that I forget they also have a personality and that personality may not be at that higher level I can see. I’ve been hurt deeply throughout the years by this inability to discern between a person’s true nature and their earthly veneer. But I would certainly rather that than not being able to see a person’s goodness.
The good news is that with a lot of work, and the support of so many wonderful friends and family, I have come to see my own Light. Not in that conceited way my parents feared, but from a state of gratitude to God for creating me from star dust and LIght and the vibration of Love.
So this Valentine’s day honor your loved ones, but take some time to honor your SELF. You are one of a kind, a unique being, who is loved so deeply. Happy Valentine’s Day to you each day of the year!
Myra Campbell is a researcher for the sleep science and health organization Tuck.com. Her passion for art and design brought her into the field. She began by researching how to create a relaxing bedroom and learned that great design can help improve our health and well-being. Myra lives in southern California and shares her queen-sized bed with two rescue dogs.
Color has an impact on the mind and body, setting the mood for a room. It can enliven and excite or calm and soothe. Because of the sometimes powerful emotions color can create, color choice can either help or hinder attempts to get a full seven to eight hours of sleep. Armed with the right knowledge, you can use color to create a sleep sanctuary where the mind and body can escape from the stress and pressure of everyday life.
Neutral and Earth Tones
Neutrals never go out of style. White, grays, and earthy beiges are still among the most popular paint colors for the bedroom. They don’t stimulate the brain, so they keep things calm and restful. The brain triggers the body’s sleep-wake cycle by adhering to the body’s natural circadian rhythms. If the brain gets the wrong signals, the cycle may not be started at the right time. You want to create an atmosphere that supports the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. Neutrals do that and let the brain do its job.
Better with Blue
For those who want more color, blue is the most calming, sleep-inducing option. Special cells in the eyes called ganglions relay information to the part of the brain that controls the circadian rhythms. When the ganglions sense blue, they send signals to the part of the brain that sends feelings of calm to the rest of the body. Blue has been shown to reduce both blood pressure and heart rate, both of which help the body fall asleep.
Maybe Green Too
Blue isn’t the only color that calms the mind. Green, with its strong ties to nature, has a similar effect as it’s associated with tranquility and health. With any color, the walls don’t have to be painted green to get the benefits of the color. Plants and nature photos or paintings can have a similar effect. The more nature you invite into the room, the more calm and serene the bedroom becomes. You might also consider a blue with green undertones for something a little different with benefits of both colors.
Keep It Light and Cool
If blue and green aren’t a preferred color scheme, pastels and light, muted tones in other cool colors can keep things calm as well. Light colors don’t stimulate the eyes, which helps the mind remain calm and reduces excitement. Dark colors can stimulate strong emotions that are counter to the purpose of a bedroom. For example, red stimulates the appetite and purple stirs creativity, neither of which you want at bedtime.
Good Sleep is More Than Color
While the color of your room can have a big effect, sleep hygiene, all the habits that surround good sleep, plays a vital role in getting adequate rest. A supportive mattress and pillow can minimize aches and pains. Along with a comfortable bed, the bedroom should be kept cool, quiet, and dark. Once the right atmosphere is established, other habits to promote better sleep include:
Keeping a consistent bed and wake time
Establishing a bedtime routine
Avoiding stimulants within four hours of bed
Turning off screens at least an hour before bedtime
Eating an early, light dinner to prevent discomfort
Exercising regularly, so the body is tired at night
Better sleep comes from creating a sleep sanctuary in conjunction with developing good sleep hygiene. When the two work together, the chances of getting a full night of high-quality sleep increase significantly.
Anyone who knows me knows I love quotes. I enjoy finding them and basking in their wisdom so here are a few to start 2018 off well. Enjoy!
“Many of these people worked hard at jobs that no one else wanted and were poorly paid, I was sure. But it seemed to me that there was something resilient in their spirit, some essential quality that kept the music and the dancing and the color alive…..And I thought, as I had so many times before, that what’s important to a human being, any human being, isn’t the wealth that comes from money, but the richness that comes from community, a sense of connectedness to family and to friends and …. to the spirit of the Great Mystery that runs through all creation.” from Sulfur Springs by William Kent Krueger
“Love conquers all.” Virgil
“Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?” Sun Tzu, The Art of War
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” Albert Einstein
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” –Michael Jordan
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover” –Mark Twain
“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” –Charles Swindoll
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” –Steve Jobs
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. “–Stephen Covey
“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” –Christopher Columbus
“Who wishes to fight must first count the cost.” Sun Tzu