Like many retailers selling organic kapok and buckwheat hull cushions, I had a hard time explaining the differences between these two natural fillings. This has been particularly true for online stores, whose customers are unable to feel the weight and texture of either material. Rather than taking a wild guess or choosing the one that sounds like it will work, I recommend learning about each of them in this series of articles. The first article, Kapok Pillows and Zafu Cushions, will give you the download on kapok and this one will fill you in about buckwheat hull pillows.
As a retailer that sells a variety of organic kapok and buckwheat hull meditation cushions, I am often asked about the pros and cons of each material. This can be a complicated question to answer in just a sentence or two, so I decided to publish a short article about each. Like almost everything else, the choice comes down to a matter of personal taste, but I hope these articles will help you make an informed decision.
People often go out in search of a memory foam mattress or bed, but for some reason they pay little attention to the most important sleeping accessory – their pillow! Well, there’s a new trend in pillows that is gaining traction in the United States.
The coconut memory foam pillow and cloud coconut gel pillow, both made by Chili Technologies, have already revolutionized the sleeping experience for many early adopters. Thousands of converts swear by the cooling comfort of these coconut-infused memory foam and gel pillows.
Summer may be long gone, but you must still use caution and take steps to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Even in the wintertime when you don’t feel the sun’s heat, ultraviolet rays can still take a toll on your skin. Sun hats are making a comeback, and they’re better looking than ever. Whether you prefer to wear a straw hat or safari style hat, you can sport this fashionable “outdoorsy” look any time of the year. In fact, sun hats make the perfect gift for hikers, gardeners, nature lovers and children.
This inviting porcelain tea set will capture the moment for the holidays and make a lasting impression all year long. Made of high quality, heavy porcelain in a soft shade of green, the tea set has the Kanji character for good fortune and a single seal on the teapot and on each cup. The set includes a tea pot with a bamboo handle and four cups. Stainless steel strainer basket is included. Attractively boxed, it makes a wonderful gift or a special treasure just for you!
With the New Year approaching, many of us are feeling optimistic and looking towards setting goals and resolutions for an empowering and successful New Year. If you are looking for some help with putting your intentions into action, author Bill Phillips has developed a personalized and realistic plan to invigorate the body, mind and spirit to become healthier, happier and more fulfilled in the process.
Having led more than a million people to improve their health over the past eleven years with his program Body-for-Life®, Bill Phillips is a self described student and teacher. Delving into both ancient and modern healing traditions and cultures to discover the connection between mind, body and spirit led him to write Transformation.
Transformation is an insightful and guided process that reshapes the “whole person. Each step will help you understand and expand your awareness, refocus your mindset and heal the emotional hurts of the past to attain your greatest transformative self. It will also help you achieve a sustainable healthy lifestyle and begin living more compassionately. The book includes wonderful and inspiring stories from people who have reinvented their lives through his teachings.
If you have the desire and struggle with some habits you would like change in the New Year, understanding nutrition, exercise, and mindset are all key to getting started and living your live with intention.
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Sara Wiseman is an internationally recognized Spiritual teacher, author, intuitive, and musician. Having experienced a spiritual awakening and transformation in 2008, she has since devoted her life to helping others find their path of soul growth. She has taught and worked privately as a spiritual teacher for thousands of clients around the world. Ms. Wiseman is much more than an author. She offers an array of coaching, teaching and guidance. Among her services are Intuitive Readings, Clarity Coaching, E-Mail Readings and Intuitive Training. She is also a vocalist and songwriter for the Martyrs of Sound musical group, creators of amazing Healing Music.
Among the books she has written, one of our favorites is Becoming Your Best Self: The Guide to Clarity, Inspiration and Joy. Becoming Your Best Self is a practical and informative book on using and improving your intuition. What if you could receive Divine guidance at any time? What if you could clearly see your highest potential? What if you could heal the past, live joyfully in the present, and manifest your dreams in the future? In this insightful book, Sara shows how you can, by using your intuition, even if you have never used it before.
She will teach you how to establish a direct connection with the Divine that will raise your vibration, heal your heart, allow instant access to the Universal information, and transform your life in the process.
We invite you to read her book and learn more about Sara by visiting her website at www.sarawiseman.com. Sign up for her blogs about spirituality, intuition, life’s path, life’s purpose, soul growth, healing and so much more.
She also hosts her own Radio show, ASK SARA on Wednesdays and Fridays. As Sara describes it, “Two shows, two days, two ways to grow. It’s you and me with our hair down…and it’s fun!”
Ask Sara can be found Wednesdays, 4PM (PST) on CBS SKY RADIO, http://sky.radio.com/shows/spirit-guide-network Call in Live at 248-545-SOUL.
Her second show is available on Contact Talk Radio (CTR) on Friday’s at 11:00AM (PST). http://ctrhotspot.com/profile/SaraWiseman Call in Live at 877-230-3062.
With over 1.5 million listeners on CBS The Sky and over 60,000 subscribers on CTR, you can join the fun by calling in for free readings, advice and to ask questions about your own path.
In the second part of our series on the health benefits of certain foods, we are devoting December to Orange, the color of the second chakra.
All things in nature; people, plants, animals and even inanimate objects have a unique vibration or energy pattern. The same is true for our energy system, known as the seven chakras. The frequency of a vibration reflects a distinct color that carries specific characteristics which can contribute to our well being.
What foods come to mind when you think orange? Oranges are probably the most common, and there are also mangos, cantaloupes, carrots, pumpkins, peppers and apricots. The peak season for oranges starts in December and you will see many varieties appear in your local markets. Pick one up and hold it in your hand, and smell the fruit. What thoughts and feelings transpire? Much of the structure and formation of an orange can be attributed to how it relates to the energy and characteristics of the second or sacral chakra.
The skin of the orange is firm, thick and dimpled; qualities often compared to having a healthy emotional detachment. Think about the saying, having a thick skin when it comes to dealing with life’s daily challenges. Underneath the rind, the white fibrous pith holds the fruit segments securely in place. This symbolizes the multiplicity and abundance organized within the wholeness of one. Each orange segment contains seeds which represents the innate creativity within us. Oranges are grown by grafting a seed with a rootstock to create the specific variety desired. Just as the strength and stability of the graft must take hold to be productive, so must the root chakra be strong and healthy to support the sacral chakra for creativity to be realized.
Sacral chakra energy is bold and determined. It is oriented in survival instincts and balanced with resilience and creative energy. When open and balanced, the energy center helps us work through all types of life challenges. The second chakra oversees our ability to make good choices for ourselves over less desirable ones. A person with a balanced energy center will be eager to experience life, adapting easily to change as it occurs and feeling safe in the process. They will have a hobby or job that promotes and fulfills their creative desires and are often seen as entrepreneurial.
The mango by comparison, has a rich and firm flesh with a thin skin that can be difficult to separate. This correlates to the characteristic of a creative person who has a high degree of sensitivity and a deep connection to their emotions.
Mango trees can live for hundreds of years and have a deep root system representing a healthy, grounded stability within our own energy system. The flowers of the mango tree are prolific, growing in large bunches. With only the strong surviving to become fruit, mangos grow close to one another, yet develop individually. Similar in characteristics, the primary purpose of the sacral chakra involves emotional control, relationship development and creative expression. The key components are the evolution from the “roots” of your group and family identity (the root chakra) into your own identity and being able to provide for yourself. People who are highly creative often entertain several ideas at once, but only select a few for development, similar to how mango flowers mature into fruit.
Both creative and procreative energy housed in the sacral chakra are vital to our overall health and sense of well being. Uninhibited creative energy allows us to carve out our own identity, distinguishing us as unique, productive members of society. It fosters success in building friendships and allows us to raise and nurture our children. We are able to fully express our emotions, feel confident in who we are and happy in our life choices.
Oranges and mangos have qualities of abundance and are good foods to eat to support your sacral chakra. If you are feeling depleted emotionally, eat an orange and note its thick skin. This may help you to feel strong and emotionally stable. If you are feeling vulnerable and emotionally sensitive, the thin skinned mango is not the fruit to consume at this time. Mangos are a good choice when you have a balanced emotional state and need support to strengthen desires for creativity and abundance.
All energy flows upward from the root chakra. When compromised, other chakras may become unbalanced due to the restriction of energy flow. If the second chakra is unbalanced, a person may feel that life has become a daily grind without pleasure or joy. There is no spontaneity or desire to pursue a creative project and decision making becomes difficult. There is often an inability to express thoughts and feelings. There may be a tendency towards poor decisions including addictions.
Carrots and orange peppers can be beneficial for supporting energy, both possessing centering and grounding characteristics. Think about how carrots grow, deep underground, safe, secure and supported by the earth. They grow straight and tall and have a firm and crisp flesh. Orange peppers have a firm but flexible structure. The inside has white fibrous ribs supporting the clusters of seeds. They are waiting to be filled much like someone who is grounded but desiring change; but not yet making room in their life for the new pattern to emerge. These qualities can be absorbed into the body through their vibrational energy when eaten in their natural state.
Intuitively, your body knows what it needs at any given time. The next time you crave a fruit or vegetable, take time to think about the physical characteristics the item has, and how they may relate to physical, emotional or spiritual issues you may be experiencing.
We offer a large selection of books and CDs to help you learn more about the Chakra energy system, how to balance and maintain your energy, and living your life to its fullest potential.
If you’re like many Americans, you might associate Japanese Lanterns with those little plastic colored lights your parents bought for the backyard in the 70s. While these cheap lanterns were a nice way to decorate for a party, they weren’t the same hanging lights used in Japan. Paper lanterns are the most common Japanese decorations for a party, wedding, or special occasion, and they are made in a variety of shapes and sizes.
You may have heard about metaphysical enthusiasts who use energy pendulums to promote crystal healing, but few people understand how they really work. The truth is; crystals have been used for centuries to help people hone their intuitive skills. In addition to their healing qualities, crystal pendulums have been used to find everything from water to gold; so it’s no wonder that pendulums can also be used to answer life’s most pressing questions.