5 minute self imposed time out!

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5 minutes a day for self-love
Time is always of essence and many times we feel as though we run short of time for ourselves. We give so much to people we love, our work, and others we do not allow time to receive relaxation or moments of tranquility.

By following these practical five minutes a day tips to become more mindful and release stress, you can focus on being more grateful and appreciative for the time you do have.

Self-care is so important to ensure you remain healthy in a mental, physical, and spiritual presence.

Choose one or all of them and give yourself the gift of self love by taking a 5 minute self time out.

Self Love tips

1) Dance and shake off your stress. Put your favorite song and move around within your office, car, or house as your sing out loud and move your body to the rhythm. Movement also assists in reducing inflammation which causes numerous chronic diseases and cognitive issues.

2) Breathe and Relax: Practice breathing slowly which can reduce anxiety and bring back calm. Inhale deeply from your belly and exhale slowly while saying, “relax.”

3) Mindful Breathing: Dr. Weil, Integrative and wellness doctor, teaches a simple mindful breathing technique of inhaling to the count of 4, hold for 7, and release for 8.

4) Loving Kindness Intention: Begin your day with a loving intention, During this day . . . 
May I be happy.

May I be healthy.

May I be free from emotional, physical and financial suffering.

May I be free from drama, conflict and negative energy.

May I be immersed in prosperity, positive energy, and peace.

And during this day may I give and receive sincere acts of love & kindness

5) Evening Gratitude: As you lay in bed before going to sleep, give thanks for 3 things that occurred that day, take a deep breathe, and release into a relaxing sleep.
Please share which of these you will incorporate into your life by leaving a comment on Mariposas Holistic Facebook page or add one of your own.

I am also offering a complimentary 30 minute Life Balance consultation by phone or skype. Call 305 396-1389 or email patricia@mariposasholistic.com to schedule a time that works for you.

No Medical Advice: The information contained in this website or provided through my blog, emails, programs, or services is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment that can be provided by your physician, therapist, licensed dietitian or nutritionist, or any other health care professional.

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Cancer returns to my life

Within 5 years I have lost my sister and my mother to the western word, cancer. Yet, I do not know why they had it. I believe that answer will soon become clearer to me as I am focusing on helping those who have received the C-word diagnosis. Yesterday, I began to work with a new distant energy healing client and is my 3rd client with cancer. I believe this is the universe sending me a clear direction so I can focus on working with people who have chronic and terminal illnesses to support them on their healing journey.

I always checked in with my sister and mother about their thoughts and feelings about their cancer diagnosis. They both felt they could beat it in the manner that was right for them, alternative and complementary. Unfortunately, they are no longer with us on this mortal plane. However, I believe from the spirit world they continue to support and empower me so I can help others.

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An older Nicaraguan man I worked with who had cancer told me, he knew he was dying and he was okay with it. He also appreciated when I came to give him Reiki because it gave him natural comfort and warmth. I was also able to speak with his family members and ensure they had a safe place to release and gave them Reiki to.  It was a beautiful experience yet I was still hesitant to work with people who had cancer because it reminded me too much of my sister and mom.

That experience happened 3 years ago and now I have shifted my thoughts about it. I want to be a support to those who have recently received a shocking diagnosis, either personally or someone close to them.

I was not always available physically or emotionally while my sister and mom battled cancer because I was just as scared. I have released my feelings of guilt for holding on them only hold me back, yet I do recall the situations with a heavy heart. I want to unite a community of chronic sufferers to learn about how to heal themselves naturally.

I honestly do not know where my exact path will lead me to and so I maintain an open mind. In 2 weeks I will be visiting a holistic healing sanctuary for people with chronic and terminal illnesses for a few days to help someone there with healing work.  I am maintaining an open mind for I do not know what lies for me there.

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Happy and safe in the summer sun

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Overview

It’s summer time and most of us are heading outdoors to enjoy the sun. However, being exposed for long periods of time can heighten skin cancer and heat related illnesses. In regards to skin cancer, there are numerous best practices that can be applied before leaving the house, such as wearing sunglasses and non-toxic sunscreen. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has investigated numerous brands of non-toxic sunscreen, which are mineral based and even more effective at protecting the skin from damage.

The Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, has created a program called SunWise with evidence-supported research from the Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization. By following the best practices listed below we can educate ourselves how to be safe while outside.

However, we many of us are guilty of not using sunscreen on a daily basis and therefore prevention can also come from foods we can eat that protect our skin from damage, such as with healthy fats and antioxidants.

Sun safety best practices

1) Radiation from the sun can cause numerous long-term health concerns, such as, melanoma skin cancer, cataracts, and immune suppression as indicated by the EPA, 2015. Melanoma can be treated if spotted immediately and so the American Cancer Society offers instructions for self-examinations to learn about changes in moles.

2) Prevention also comes from awareness of heat-related illnesses. The Centers of Disease Control offer information about what signs to be aware of and immediate life saving actions so the situation does not exacerbate.

3) Check the UV Index before leaving a building. The scale adequately explains the index reading and the level of danger from ultraviolet, UV, rays which cause skin damage. A free UV index app is available for smartphones.

4) Each state varies in regards to skin cancer facts, therefore become familiar with skin cancer facts for your state.

Truth about Sunscreen     

Sunscreen can be a protective layer applied to exposed skin for extended use while in the sun. However, many sunscreens can be more toxic than the sun and so it is important to purchase from a reputable company, which uses mineral, based ingredients recommended by Environmental Working Group,

Leading researcher against sunscreen use, Elizabeth Plourde, PhD discusses her research on the biohazard waste of sunscreens with chemical ingredients and the continued rise in skin cancer despite their use. She states that actually infrared rays from the sun are stronger than UV rays and her research has proven that its what causes skin cancer.

Food as prevention

1) Eating healthy fats such as butter, olive oil, avocados, and coconut oil, protect our cells from inflammation and improve absorption of other vitamins, which decrease chronic diseases.

2) Increasing daily intake of fruits, vegetables and chocolates which are antioxidants protect against skin damage, enhance overall body health, and maintain skin health.

3) A glass of red wine a day keeps the stress away by decreasing inflammation and increasing anti-oxidants. Flavonoids in red grapes may reduce sun’s ability to destroy skin cells.

4) Although the sun offers vitamin D during the fall and winter in many states, this can be an issue. Therefore ensuring intake of Vitamin D in foods such as fish-liver oils, fatty fishes, mushrooms, egg yolks, and liver enhances bone health and anti-inflammatory.

Conclusion

            The sun has many benefits, yet due to the thinning of the ozone layer and increase in contamination, unfortunately it is becoming more harmful to enjoy the sun safely. Being proactive and constantly checking the UV index and avoiding the sun directly between 10am and 4pm as this is when the UV rays are the most harmful, can decrease chances of becoming sunburned which then increase melanoma. Prevention also begins by what we eat, such as healthy fats and antioxidants, as well as what we put on our skin. By teaching and practicing self-care by observing changes on our skin, we can stay safe in the sun and enjoy the warmth as well as healing capabilities the sun has to offer us.

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Healing with love

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This weekend I attended my first holistic expo in West Palm Beach through HolisticGlobe and offered energy healing sessions along with angel readings. I offered 6 sessions with glowing responses from the receivers and 2 angel readings. I also collected more than 20 emails from people interested in learning more. I was honored to open the expo with a chakra guided meditation accompanied by another presenter who used singing bowls.

Overall, I felt the experience offered me an opportunity to talk with others about my work and meet other practitioners. It was incredible to be amongst so many healers sharing their gifts to people open to learning about healing themselves through various modalities.

For the past 30 years, natural healing techniques have been pushing forward as another resource for people to take back their health and learn more about why they became ill in the first place and what they could do differently. Every day we are seeing more holistic centers operating with different practitioners offering massage, Reiki, herbal medicine, and nutritional support.

These techniques are not meant to eradicate western medicine, for they are being offered as a way to complement it and offer patients the power to take control of their health. Expos such as the one I attended offer various modalities to treat health issues and provide more options. It was an honor to attend this expo and I look forward to attending many more in the future.

Have you recently learned about a new healing modality or received a treatment? Please share your experiences in the comments below. Thank you!

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Freedom to be

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Fourth of July, Independence day is a celebration now in the US known for its parades, family and friends time, and fireworks. This day represents the signing and passage of the Declaration of Independence which guarantees our rights which have held up since they were written in 1777. As one of the authors, Thomas Jefferson stated  “let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.”

As our country continues to challenge and support the rights our citizens and visitors have in the United States, we as individuals can proudly stand up for our freedom and those who have fought on our behalf abroad and within our borders.

Regardless of our party affiliation at the end of the day we are each human beings, with the same color blood and beating hearts. I am proud to be an American, even though I do not always agree with our government. I cherish the fact that I can disagree with those in power and collectively join with those who march peacefully for change.

This Fourth of July let’s remember our history, embrace our present situation, and look toward the future as we each take a deep breath and be thankful for what we have at this moment.

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