Your Challenges Carry Gifts

May your wounds give you wings, may your depths give you heights, may all be an opportunity for your life to take flight.

Know that whatever challenges you have experienced in life carry gifts that can ultimately serve your life path for the better.

 

Find the gifts hidden in the difficult times and experiences you’ve encountered. Reflect on what you may have learned from these experiences, and how that can now benefit your life, and the lives of others too possibly.

 

Forgive yourself for ‘bad experiences’ if you judge any. Know you are stronger and wiser.

 

Know also that you NEVER need to struggle or suffer to grow.

 

Let go of any limiting beliefs and stories may be connected to your wounds and set yourself free to soar.

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There are many things to question in life, your worth isn’t one of them


Know your worth!

It only ever needs owning, not proving. Your worth is a given, period, and has nothing to do with anything outside of you. It is the most solid ground you can stand on. Unearth your worth and let it solidify your sense of deserving, strengthen your trust and confidence, and open you to receive. You are worthy of all good things and all your heart desires just as you are right now.

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CHESS Sparks Creativity

 

Promotes brain growth:

Games like chess that challenge the brain actually stimulate the growth of dendrites, the bodies that send out signals from the brain’s neuron cells. With more dendrites, neural communication within the brain improves and becomes faster. Think of your brain like a computer processor. The tree-like branches of dendrites fire signals that communicate to other neurons, which makes that computer processor operate at a fast, optimal state. Interaction with people in challenging activities also fuels dendrite growth, and chess is a perfect example.

It exercises both sides of the brain: 

A German study indicated that when chess players were asked to identify chess positions and geometric shapes, both the left and right hemispheres of the brain became highly active. Their reaction times to the simple shapes were the same, but the experts were using both sides of their brains to more quickly respond to the chess position questions.

Sparks your creativity: 

Playing chess helps unleash your originality, since it activates the right side of the brain, the side responsible for creativity. One four-year study had students from grades 7 to 9 play chess, use computers, or do other activities once a week for 32 weeks to see which activity fostered the most growth in creative thinking. The chess group scored higher in all measures of creativity, with originality being their biggest area of gain.

Raises your IQ: 

Do smart people play chess, or does chess make people smart? At least one scientific study has shown that playing the game can actually raise a person’s IQ. A study of 4,000 Venezuelan students produced significant rises in the IQ scores of both boys and girls after four months of chess instruction. So grab a chess board and improve your IQ!

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Are You Open?

Do you have a tendency to keep yourself or your thoughts and feelings closed to people or the world?

Do you fear vulnerability?

Or Do you shut down or shut yourself off from opportunities, possibilities, ideas, love, intimacy, or certain situations?

On a scale of 1-10, how open are you to others, with your thoughts, feelings, in your relationships, career, etc.

Are you more open to giving than receiving, or vice versa?

Letting people into your life requires a certain level of openness and vulnerability.

Do you want to let people get to know you, get close, and allow deeper relationship.

People aren’t mind readers. If you don’t let them know what’s going on inside in your heart and mind, communication suffers, they can’t get to know you, and you block intimacy and authentic relationship.

There are reasons you may feel guarded about being open, perhaps due to past experiences, hurts, a fear of judgment, rejection, betrayal, etc.

It takes courage to be vulnerable, yet the rewards are rich and beautiful and so worth it.

The more you trust and value yourself, the easier this will become

Love wants to be given to you in every moment if you are open and willing to receive.

It may come in many forms, through friends and loved ones, successes and serendipities, people you meet, opportunities that come your way, and the wonder, beauty and joy of life itself.

There can be blocks around receiving, of course. We can resist receiving just as we resist love, or perhaps feel we don’t deserve it, or fear the intimacy that may come with it, etc.

Allow openness at a level and a pace that is manageable for you and not overwhelming. You might start with small steps, opening the door bit by bit. Be courageous, and intend on that which is for your highest. Trust in the love that wants to be given to you, in the blessings that want to come your way, and open to receive. And share more of who you are, for that is why you are here. You have so much to give, just in being you!

Open to giving and receiving at a new level.

Written by Aine Belton

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Go Out And Play!

You are living in an energy field, a potential field of dreams.

The field is like a room around you. It’s a room lit up by the strongest emotion you carry.

Granted at times, that “dominant” emotion can be sadness, loneliness or fear.

You can change that field naturally and easily.

When you d0- it unleashes the law of attraction in your life instantly.

People are like magnets with their personal energy fields. But more often than not, they are pointing the magnet in the wrong direction.

For instance, they say

When I get what I want, then I’ll be fulfilled.”

or

When I find my true love, then I’ll feel better about myself.”

or

When I’m happy, then I’ll feel grateful and blessed.”

It’s all the wrong way round of course.

So what works best?

You create the magnetic field for the thing you desire, in advance.

 

It’s called “going first”. The universe delights in playing this game with you.

Instead of trying to force things to change, what you do is create an energy space in which the change you desire is compelled to show up.

For instance, If you desire more money landing in your bank account…or to feel the loving embrace of a new partner…or the experience of your body, mind and spirit awakening with health and blissful energy…

Then think first about how that would feel.

 

What will it be like when your dreams manifest? What will it change about your energy and your attitude?

 

CREATE THOSE FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS RIGHT NOW!

Sure enough, the required abundance will shortly begin to grow and show itself. Just as green shoots appear in springtime. Just as the sun rises in the morning sky.

Can this really, and finally happen for you?

Of course!

By simply doubting you can get the life you want, is also an example of going first. The universe follows suit with more “doubt energy”.

A lot of people fall into this trap. They sadly make life very, very difficult for themselves.

 

By “going first” with gratitude, hope, positivity,  you literally force the universe to start manifesting your dreams. This philosophy can be summed up in three words… “Field of Dreams”

Just like Kevin Costner in the movie of the same name, you start with building a space. Decide what you want and build an energy field that “points the magnet”.

OK, so he built a baseball field and players showed up.

But you could just as easily build a field for happiness, wealth, true love, wonderful health. Anything you choose to ask of the universe is infinitely more likely to show up in the right magnetic field. This is a scientific fact as powerful as gravity.

 

Try this out for yourself. It’s simple. All you’re really doing is creating an energy space in which the universe can deliver the corresponding goodies.

 

If you are personally struggling right now, you are living in the wrong energy field.

And it’s so much easier to change this than you think. You just need to practice pointing the magnet correctly.

 

You’ll soon get the hang of it.

As you become skilled at the process, the universe will start delivering more and more of what you want into your life.

 

Another way to achieve this is to rediscover the magical energy of childhood.

 

Acknowledge the vast seams of hidden treasure in your own consciousness. And be prepared to free it…unleash it in your life.

So much of the joy children are capable of experiencing comes from their natural ability to simply connect to a field of dreams – to tune effortlessly into a magical frequency in which wonderful things appear.

Children just know how to point the magnet. They have their own magical place the adults don’t know about. They still believe they have magical powers (like invisibility and talking silently with animals).

As adults we can re-learn SO much from their beautiful processes.

Imagine walking out the door today and instead of saying to yourself “I’m going to work” …you say, just like a child would

“I’m going out to play!”

You will be creating a field of dreams in your day ahead. And every day would now be a more exciting adventure than the next.

 

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10 Health Benefits Of Playing An Instrument


Have you been feeling sluggish lately? Your Brain doesn’t feel as sharp as it used to?

Have you been looking for a good developmental activity for your kid(s)? The answer might be louder than you think.

Learning a musical instrument has many benefits for health and happiness. Kids and adults both can tune up their brain by playing an instrument.

Even if you’ve never been able to keep a beat or you haven’t picked up sheet music in years, it’s not too late!

Read on to learn ten of the many benefits playing an instrument can have on your life.

Benefits of Playing an Instrument

Increased Coordination

Playing an instrument builds hand-eye coordination. This is because the brain has to translate notes it see’s the act of playing them.

This exchange from the brain to fingertips has to happen fast, at tempo speed. It happens over and over with every note, which makes the brain step up to keep up.

Coordination benefits include athleticism, agility, social skills, and cognitive functioningimprovements. Not to mention it will make your music sound better!

Coordination of the process of playing and reading music at the same time quickens reaction times.

When you play an instrument, the action from your hands/fingers strengthens pathways. Those sensory pathways in your brain get built up and don’t take as long to activate.

Less activation time equals faster reaction time.

Increases Brain Function in Old Age

10 Health Benefits Of Playing An Instrument

Thanks in part to what playing does for coordination, pathways that get strengthened while playing get re-activated each time you play.

Keeping the brain healthy is all about keeping it active. So those sensory pathways your brain uses to help you play are actually keeping it young.

Musicians who have been playing a long time or their whole life, have lower chances of memory issues. Every time they play it’s like a brain workout!

Encourages Self-Expression:

Playing music is a whole-body experience since it involves using different senses at the same time. When you engage in something with more than one sense, you engage more parts of your brain.

Depending on the type of music you play, this can help release emotions.

The less pent up emotions someone has, the happier and less stressed they will be.

Natural Stress Relief

Playing an instrument releases stress, though maybe not during performances. The repetitive motions and familiar notes soothe your brain.

People who play music often are found to have lower blood pressure and less risk of heart disease. Along with other stress-related diseases.

 

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Increases Immune Functioning

Scientists don’t know why exactly, but playing an instrument strengthens immune systems. Part of the reason could be how music lowers stress levels.

People with lower stress levels have immune systems that are stronger. When you worry, it puts your body on high alert, which stresses out your immune system.

Less stress means a better rested and ready to go immune system.

Better Moods

This is a combination of benefits already discussed. Lower stress levels and self-expression together lead to more normal and happy moods.

If you’re happy, you can spend more brain power thinking about other things. Being in a good mindset can assist in making smarter decisions and improves brain function.

Improves Math Skills

Math and music are more similar than you’d think. The idea of a rhythm can be compared to a pattern of numbers.

Playing an instrument and doing a math equation take different sides of the brain. But by training to hear and play rhythms, the brain recognizes math patterns more easily.

Improves Reading and Comprehension

There are a lot of micro-decisions the brain has to make at tempo speed while playing music. Like which combination of fingers makes what note, when to play it, and how long to play it.

These decisions all happening at once help the brain understand complex information. That practice with complex information using different parts of the brain at once helps with reading.

When you read, you keep track of many different bits of information. Your brain is constantly adding and rearranging that as more gets added to the storyline.

Improves School Achievement

This benefit is for people still in school. There are a few theories to why playing an instrument leads to higher scores and IQ’s.

Some people think that people with higher IQ’s have a higher capacity to learn music so they stick with it. Then those are the students who get studied and assessed.

Others think that the increase in intelligence and IQ comes from a more varied education. Remember that brains love activation and music give brains a chance to activate a very specific area.

Both schools of thought have found that the number of music classes and lessons matter. The more music lessons and play sessions you have, the more benefit your brain gets.

Concentration Improves

Like the benefits from coordination, there are many things to keep track of while playing. You need to think about tempo, notes, lengths of notes, harmonies, the pressure needed to make note, etc.

Keeping track of many things at once trains your brain to pay attention to each detail. Your brain does this every moment you play music.

For your concentration, that’s like doing repetitions to get stronger. That concentration strength then translates into other aspects of your life.

Many of these benefits work off of each other. Think about how similar the benefits of playing music are on reading and concentration.

Playing an instrument improves brain health, your physical health, and your academic health. Even if you never play at a professional level.

The benefits of playing an instrument don’t come from being a renowned musician. They come from the actual practice of holding the instrument and reading the sheet music.

If you want these benefits, you’ll need to stick with it over time. The effects build on each other to become more noticeable.

Whether you have a specific instrument in mind or need a new one to refresh old skills, we review the best instruments on the market.

Which instrument are you going to play next?

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Unleash Your Originality With CHESS

Better Brain Function: the brain is remarkable – it is responsible for our mental performance and it is the most crucial organ in the human body. When the brain has no stimulation, the cells inside slowly die, it’s an example of “if you don’t use it, you lose it” moto, however, chess is a tool which gives users a rigorous mental workout. Let’s look at a quick example: to get the most benefit from a physical workout, you need to exercise both the left and right sides of your body. Studies show that in order to play chess well, a player must develop and utilize his or her brain’s left hemisphere, which deals with object recognition, as well as the right hemisphere, which deals with pattern recognition. Over time, thanks to the rules and techniques involved in the game, playing chess will effectively exercise and develop not one but both sides of your brain. Scientists also claim that playing chess can improve mental age by up to 14 years. How’s that for a workout?

Improved Cognitive Abilities: Cognitive ability is a very broad term, it includes perception, motor, language, visual and spatial processing and executive functions. This is a big list and it covers almost everything that you do. For example with executive function you can immediately recognize that the thing in front of you is square shaped and not round. While playing chess, EACH cognitive ability is stimulated because the game covers every part of our actions. So the next time you see chess players playing, think about the ‘exercise’ they’re going through.

Strategic Thinking: Chess is considered to be a strategy game – this means that in order to win, you must have a better plan of action than your opponent. But no one is born with the ability to conceive great strategic moves, it must be learned by practicing. To most people, strategy is associated with war and army generals planning their attacks with strategic moves, this example is not far from chess. Just like a general commands his army, a chess player commands his or her own pieces in a battle of black and white. So playing chess greatly improves the ability to develop certain strategies and plans. And no, this benefit is not only useful to army generals and chess players – a good strategic mind is much more productive, because it creates the best plan of action for every daily task. Also, strategic thinking is a life savior in academic and work environments, because everything is planned one step ahead and there’s always a plan B.

Increases problem-solving skills: A chess match requires fast thinking and problem-solving on the fly because your opponent is constantly changing the parameters. A 1992 study conducted on 450 fifth-grade students in New Brunswick indicated that those who learned to play chess scored significantly higher on standardized tests compared to those who did not play chess.

 

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Grounding Yourself To Earth

 

Joi Earthing at Beach Years of extensive research has shown that connecting to the Earth’s natural energy, by walking barefoot on grass, sand, dirt or rock can diminish chronic pain, fatigue and other ailments that plague so many people today.  This connection is referred to as Earthing or Grounding.

To put it briefly, when your bare feet or skin comes in contact with the earth, free electrons are taken up into the body.  These electrons could be referred to as nature’s biggest antioxidants and help neutralise damaging excess free radicals that can lead to inflammation and disease in the body.  The Earth is a conductor or free electrons and so are all living things on the planet, including us.  The body is composed of mostly of water and minerals which in combination are excellent conductors of electrons from the Earth providing there is direct skin contact or some other conductive channel for them to flow through.

The Earth’s energy upgrades one’s physiology by allowing the body to cope and repair thereby promoting wellbeing, vitality and better sleep.  It also harmonizes and stabilizes the body’s basic biological rhythms, knocks down (and even knocks out) chronic inflammation and reduces and eliminates associated pain, making it the most natural and powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-aging remedy around!  No matter what your age, gender, race or health status you will benefit from a daily dose of Earthing!

BENEFITS EARTHING HAS BEEN SHOWN TO HELP WITH:

    • Defuse the cause of inflammation, and improve or eliminate the symptoms of many inflammation related disorders
    • Reduce or eliminate chronic pain
    • Improve Sleep and promote a deeper sleep
    • Increase energy and vitality
    • Lower stress and promote calmness in the body by cooling down the nervous system and stress hormones
    • Normalize the body’s biological rhythms
    • Thin the blood and improve blood pressure and flow
    • Relieve muscle tension and headaches
    • Lessen hormonal and menstrual symptoms
    • Dramatically speeds healing time and can help prevent bedsores
    • Protect the body against potentially health disturbing environmental electromagnetic fields (EMFs)
    • Accelerate recovery from intense athletic activity

 

My Personal Experience With Grounding

Just recently I had a severe back injury.  It put me down for days, where getting in and out of the bed was a journey, and using the bathroom was herculione task.  I was 3 days into a Master Cleanse (no food at all), so taking any pain meds was out of the question. So I slept my way thru the 1st two days.  Which was exactly what my body needed anyway.  On the 4th day still in acute pain I decided to try Grounding.

Now I live on the 3rd floor in an apartment complex and it was on and off raining.  But I had to try something. I slowly worked myself down the stairs all bundled up and I found alittle piece of Earth and stood there barefoot (yes it was cold).

 I told myself I’d just stand  (really leaning on the building) for 15 minutes. I relaxed into it and when I decided that was enough, It had been 35 minutes! Wow, now this is BIG because I hate to be cold.  But a calm came over me and time slipped away as did a good amount of the Pain!
I went on back up stairs, this time with alittle more ease than when I came down, and continued to feel a sense of calm and like I might actually Dance again💃🏿
Since then I’ve Grounded myself several times and even went to the Beach, and that was the best.  I slipped my pants down abit and put my Butt in the sand where my back pain was. I stayed there over an hour covered up of course.  I’m a believer , I love the feeling of our Earth next to my skin and I can feel the healing energy She will share if we dare.❤️
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