With summer coming to a close, I felt it would be a good time to send you some quotes that I’ve seen recently that I’d like to share. Perhaps some will uplift, or enlighten, or support, or inspire, or comfort…..These are all sent to you from my heart to yours. May all your days bring you joy….. 

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust in the magic of beginnings. Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” ~13th Century theologian Meister Eckhart

The Universe is always speaking to us….sending us little messages, causing coincidences and serendipities, reminding us to stop, to look around, to believe in something else, something more.” ~Nancy Thayer

“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the STEP!” ~Unknown

 “If you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet, how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” ~Fred Rogers

“I have decided to stick to love….Hate is too great a burden to bear.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yesterday I was so clever I was going to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself.” ~Rumi 

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.” ~Rumi

Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens to a love like that: it lights up the whole sky.” ~Hafez 

“The universe is not outside of you. Look inside of yourself: Everything you want, you already are.” ~Rumi

There’s a destructive power in unforgiveness and unforgiveness controls you in a negative way. It’s time to let it all go! You become strong when you genuinely forgive. You become empowered when you genuinely forgive. You gain back your inner peace when you genuinely forgive. You release stress, bitterness and anger when you genuinely forgive. But most importantly, you’re able to live your best life when you genuinely forgive. Give yourself permission to live life free of toxic thoughts, feelings, and energy. Forgive!” ~Stephanie Lahart

And finally, a quote you’ve undoubtedly heard many times and often attributed to Nelson Mandela but he was only quoting Marianne Williamson from her book, Return to Love:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’.

Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson

And here is a blog post that might appeal to some of you who are empaths. It is from Lisa Erikson who is a wonderful healer. This article contains great tips for you!

 All Natural Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

We are fortunate to have a guest blogger this month, Stephanie James*A night of good sleep is necessary for everyone. Sleep has been proven to have significant impacts on one’s health and relationships.

In one study, it was established that children who sleep for a short time have 89% chances of becoming obese with the percentage being at 55 in adults. Poor sleep quality and duration has also been linked to higher chances of suffering a stroke, slipping into depression, among other health risk factors.

Resting well during the night has numerous benefits among them, improved concentration, increased productivity, and better interactions.

Sleep is a beautiful thing, and if you feel you are not getting enough of it, then there are several things you can do. Here are the top five tips for good night sleep.

Drink herbal tea.

Teas that contain herbs like lavender, peppermint, and chamomile help prepare your mind to sleep. These teas provide calming effects that are important for your mind and body to wind down. Avoid any beverage that contains caffeine as that will only give you the opposite of what you are trying to achieve.

Take A Warm Bath.

A warm bath refreshes you up and makes you feel more relaxed, which is what you need to sleep. According to medical experts, the rise in temperature during a bath and the consequent drop in temperature as you get to bed will send you into a deep sleep within a few minutes.

Use Essential Oils.

Certain essential oils have been scientifically proven to aid sleep. Find out which ones work well for you. Essentials oils include lavender, roman chamomile, and frankincense. You can blend some of them for customized aromas and effects. Essential oils are great alternatives to sleeping pills. They are known to help reduce anxiety and emotional stress, which is quite often the culprit of sleep loss. Some essential oils also promote drowsiness, which enables you to fall asleep.

Change Your Mattress and Sheets.

The quality of your mattress and sheets can affect the quality of your sleep. If your mattress and sheets have served you for several years, then it could be time you changed them. They have probably grown old and uncomfortable. An old mattress will eventually cause you back pains, shoulder pains, and even a stiff neck. Studies have also pointed out that new beddings enhance the quality of sleep.

Stick to Using Your Bed for Sleep Only.

Your mind is a very powerful organ, and you need to feed it with the correct information. Do not get used to watching TV, eating, working, or doing any other serious activities from the comfort of your bed. Condition your mind to sleep when you get to bed. If you cannot fall asleep, wake up and do something that will soothe you to sleep like a little meditation or reading a story.

Sometimes, falling asleep can still be a challenge even after trying several tips. But it’s important to make sleep a priority in order to reach your life’s potential. Sleepless nights can be an indication of an underlying medical condition.

So, if you think you’re unable to sleep after trying a few of these natural methods for relaxation, reach out to a medical professional for a routine specific to your body’s needs.

* Stephanie James is freelance writer, world traveler, and wellness enthusiast. As someone who spends more time in a plane than in a car, she has mastered the art of sleep & comfort from any time zone! In addition to covering topics on sleep health and wellness, you can also find her stories on fitness, travel, and healthy living. Connect with Stephanie or find more of her published work on Twitter: @sjaywrites13