Daily Prayer for finding your purpose in life

This is a prayer I repeat daily. I took pieces of some of my favorite Native American and Buddhist prayer sentiments and combined them with the universal law of attraction principles to create a simple prayer that resonates deeply with me. Speaking this outloud (or silently if I am in public) gives me tremendous strength and faith that what I am asking is on its way to me.

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Dear Great Spirit show me clearly how I may best serve thee, using my innate talents and gifts. Put the right people in my life at the right time to get me where you want me to be. Deliver unto me financial abundance and work that feels like play. Bestow upon me what it takes to make this a reality.

May all beings everywhere have joy.

This or something greater and so it is.

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Commitments are not just for relationships

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Today marks the three month anniversary of my commitment to myself. On July 27th of this year, I committed to give up alcohol and other low-vibration substances. Although I did not have a problem by many people’s standards, I felt that alcohol was causing me to make some poor decisions, and was keeping me from being the very best I could be.

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I had my ring engraved with “Sat Nam” which means “Truth is my identity.” Looking at it gives me strength and serves as a constant reminder of my commitment.

It has been said that when you take a step toward God, God takes 1,000 toward you. I can honestly say this has been so very true in my life. In the past three months, new insights have come through and doors have been opened for me that I never would have been still enough to receive in my moments of escaping. Now, when I have a bad day, instead of having a drink with a friend, I take a breath, go inside myself and face the pain instead of running from it.

I was honestly very worried that parties would be much less fun. I thought I had to have a drink in my hand because that’s just what you do at parties.  Unfortunately, I often found that I in my misguided attempt to ease any social anxiety with the “talk elixir” that is alcohol, I would over do it and feel bad later that evening or the next day.   However, I have been pleasantly surprised to find that it turns out parties are much MORE more fun now!  I am able to be very present and really listen to others in conversations, as well as avoid the usual party pitfalls such as hangovers or the snack-table trap where of overeating and eating things that are really bad for me.  I feel great the next day and never sink into a low-vibration state as a result of my indulgence. I stay on top and I stay happy, and that’s where I always want to be. 🙂

My favorite green smoothie

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This is so unbelievably delicious. It’s pure food alchemy too, because although it’s vegan, it’s creamy almost like Greek yogurt or a milkshake. Mmm. Without further ado, here’s the skinny. (Hehe…see what I did there?)

Gather the following:

Handful of spring greens
Handful of cilantro
1/2 peeled cucumber
1/2 peeled green apple
1/2 avocado
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp raw almond butter
8oz unsweetened almond or hemp milk

1. Toss all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.
2. Pat yourself on the back for making a meal that’s both delicious AND jam-packed with nutrients then go about your day making equally awesometastic decisions!

Xoxo,
Mercedi

Why you should be drinking aloe vera juice

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Since I stopped drinking I’ve found a new use for my shot glasses.

Most people are aware of the anti-inflammatory benefits of aloe vera and have probably used it on a cut or a burn. Aloe has strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent, and aids the regeneration of cells. But did you know that by drinking the juice, you can help heal intestinal inflammation as well as aid your digestion and elimination?

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You can buy the inner filet juice or the whole leaf blend. The whole leaf tastes more bitter and has stronger laxative properties. I drink the inner filet juice, as it is what is recommended for long term use.

Besides helping with healing and regularity, aloe is a great detoxifier and reportedly increases metabolism. You can find it at your local health food store or you can juice the plant leaves in your juicer.

A Mantra to Release Worry, Anxiety and Resentment

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Lately I have been working hard to keep my mind focused on the present moment and not allow it to roam into a past or future focus, where resentment or worry often reside. I wanted to share a mantra with you that has been very helpful and that is the Dhart Hai mantra:

Dharti Hai Akash Hai Guru Ram Das Hai

This translates to:
Dharti Hai – “The earth is”
Akash Hai – “The ether is/the heavens are”
Guru Ram Das Hai – “Guru Ram Das is”

Guru Ram Das represents our heart energy made manifest in the world.

With this mantra we call upon the earth and the heavens and then bring that energy into ourselves and project it outward through our heart center. Kundalini yoga guides and teachings say that this mantra calls on our highest spirit, keeps us humble and effective on new ventures and attracts opportunity for prosperity.

You can listen to a beautiful recording of this mantra (and watch a video) by Gurunam Singh here. This sounds so beautiful and calming, and is my favorite version of this mantra. I was also thrilled to find this on Spotify where I love to make yoga playlists.

I’ve been listening to this often lately, whenever I find myself in an anxious mental state. I set my intention on bringing myself back to the NOW and chant softly along with the music. In a just a few moments I feel more grounded and am back to experiencing life through my heart instead of the mind.

I’d love to hear what mantras and chants are your favorites when you feel worried, angry, etc.

Sat Nam,
Mercedi

Need a change of perspective? Try a headstand!

Headstands change our perspective, not only physically but also mentally.

Headstands change our perspective, not only physically but also mentally.

Dr. Wayne Dyer says that when we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change. One of my favorite ways to change my mental perspective is to physically get upside down.  Headstand pose, or Sirsasana, greatly increases blood flow to the brain. This provides a tremendous amount of oxygen which improves concentration and clarity of thought. I like to do this just to experience being inverted, but it is especially effective if you are troubled with an issue you just can’t seem to work out.

I like to stay in this pose for 3-5 long deep breaths.  I allow my gaze to soften, shifting from directly “looking” or focusing on single objects and letting my eyes “see” and take in all that is around me from this new vantage point.  When you do this, you’ll notice that your furniture looks different as upside down shapes instead of a thing we have labeled “bed” or “dresser.” Similarly, I often gain new insights to problems that I may not have been able to find a solution to while going about my day. I often find that if I don’t think of something new to try, I at least find that I am less worried and able to release anxiety as the blood flow has rejuvenated my mind.

Please use caution when practicing this or any other yoga pose.  Headstands are not for everyone, especially those with neck, eye or ear issues. Know your limits and please do not try anything you are not accustomed to doing in your own practice.

Happy inverting!

Mercedi 😉