Article By Stephanie Johnson

 

For centuries, many different cultures have made tea a daily part of life. Whether for simple family gatherings and meals, to welcome and honor guests, or for complex ceremonies, tea was the star … and with good reason.

 

There are many wonderful benefits to drinking tea, but there are also things you should know so you can make the right choices and prepare it properly.

 

Here is an overview of the more popular teas that are available, and what they can do for you: Read More »

Posted on 9 September, 2009 in Fitness & Health
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Article by Judy Mosley

 

Winter has never been far from my mind. And it feels like this particular year had disappeared faster than any other in my memory …

 

Already, August has slipped away and summer is nearly over.  As fair and gorgeous as Fall is, it’s never long enough.  So I’ve decided ahead of time that I would start preparing for winter now.

 

I don’t mean preparing by stocking up on supplies like ice salt and snow boots.  I’m talking about preparing myself on the inside.

 

It started with the idea of making my own Bucket List.  I am, of course, using the term that was used in the movie.  But I thought that instead of making a list of things to do before I die, I could make one for the winter.  It would be my list that I can refer to when I start to feel lost or emotionally down.  But the more I thought about that idea, I realized that there is much more that could be done than just making a list … Read More »

Posted on 2 September, 2009 in Fitness & Health, Goals, Happiness, Motivation
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Article by Stefanie Johnson

There are magical places that exist within each one of us, inside our minds, hearts, and souls. By visiting these places, we can tap into the infinite and bring peace and abundance into our lives.

 

Each journey will be unique, as we are unique, so you may want to have a notebook and pen nearby to record your experience afterward. You may choose to have another person read the meditation to you so you may experience it more fully.      

 

Find a comfortable place, close your eyes, open your mind, and prepare yourself to travel within.

 

Let’s travel together on a beautiful day to visit a windy mountain meadow. The simple, pretty landscape and refreshing breeze will leave you with a deep sense of serenity. Read More »

Posted on 1 September, 2009 in Balance, Fitness & Health
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Article by Stefanie Johnson

There are magical places that exist within each one of us, inside our minds, hearts, and souls. By visiting these places, we can tap into the infinite and bring peace and abundance into our lives.

 

Each journey will be unique, as we are unique, so you may want to have a notebook and pen nearby to record your experience afterward. You may choose to have another person read the meditation to you so you may experience it more fully.      

 

Find a comfortable place, close your eyes, open your mind, and prepare yourself to travel within.

 

Today, let’s take a quiet walk together through a peaceful park on a rainy day. After a quiet walk in the rain, you’ll feel refreshed and peaceful, as though all your stress has just been rinsed away.

 

The day is overcast, with clear drops of rain falling from the sky and making little silvery puddles at your feet.  The sound of the rain hitting the trees and your umbrella is so very soothing.  Your umbrella is clear, and when you look straight up you can see the pewter sky, the clouds, and little droplets of rain making intricate patterns that run down the sides of your umbrella.

 

You’re walking through a beautiful manicured little park, and you are alone.  The rain has kept everyone else away, yet you find it peaceful.  Though everything around you seems gray and dreary, the trees are so fiercely green and vivid that looking at them brings you great, quiet pleasure. Read More »

Posted on 27 August, 2009 in Balance, Fitness & Health
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Article by Stefanie Johnson

There are good and bad things about modern life, but in my opinion one of the most positive things is that we now have a greater variety of goods available to choose from than ever before.

 

This is especially true when it comes to food because now just about every market, whether it’s a mom and pop place down the street or a giant super chain, boasts some selection of exotic goodies.  

 

Some of the goodies found at groceries are purely fun food, but others have the power to rejuvenate your life and your body … if you just know to look for them.

 

There are four grains in particular that boast much better nutritional value than our usual wheat and oats.  So … if you come across them while shopping, give them a try.  They’re definitely worth it: Read More »

Posted on 19 August, 2009 in Fitness & Health
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