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Look! It’s a soup! It’s a smoothie! No…it’s a SOOTHIE!

We all know that green smoothies are a nutrient-dense, fiber-filled way to pack in the prana. But when it’s cold outside or I’ve got a sore throat, a cold smoothie just isn’t appealing.  That’s when I want something warm and soothing like Dr. John Douillard’s Green Tonic Soup (from his Colorado Cleanse recipe book.)

This bright green yumminess is super delicious and nutritious – and when you add a chunk of ginger, it soothes a sore throat an opens up the sinuses. That’s why I call it a “soothie.

I love this recipe so much I wanted to share it with you:

Ingredients:

1-2 cups filtered water for steaming
2 medium organic celery stalks, chopped
1 whole organic zucchini, chopped
1 cup organic strong beans, chopped
1/2 cup organic parsley

Directions:

1. Lightly steam veggies (except parsley) until bright green and tender

2. Blend all the veggies + parsley along with the water used for steaming in a powerful blender  (adjust amount of water to create the consistency you desire)

3. Add ginger root and salt to taste (I used a thumb sized ginger)

And voilà!!   A nutritious and delicious soothie.

How an alarm clock will help you sleep better

Do you sleep with your cellphone nearby?   Are you scrolling through social media up until the moment you fall asleep?  Do you check for new messages when you get up to go to the bathroom at 3 a.m.? Do you check your phone first thing when you wake up?

If so, it’s gotta stop!

I’m not sure exactly how or when I stopped using an alarm clock and began using my cell phone to wake me up, but like many of you I’ve been sleeping with my iPhone within arm’s reach.  I thought that since my phone was on Airplane Mode it wouldn’t harm my health.  But I was wrong! [TWEET IT]

Here’s why:

Studies have shown that being exposed to the blue-and-white light given off by phones, laptops, and other electronic gadgets at night prevents our brains from releasing melatonin, a hormone that tells our bodies it’s nighttime.  Yikes! I’ve been looking at that little screen up until the moment I turn the phone off and roll over to go to sleep!

And it’s not just the light that’s harmful.  A 2008 study funded by major mobile phone makers showed that people exposed to mobile radiation took longer to fall asleep and spent less time in deep sleep.

“The study indicates that during laboratory exposure to 884 MHz wireless signals components of sleep believed to be important for recovery from daily wear and tear are adversely affected,” the study concluded.

The solution?
An old-fashioned alarm clock.

Choose one that only lights up when you press a button or has an amber, orange or red light (those colors are best for restful sleep)

Also, choose one that wakes you up with a sound that isn’t shocking to your nervous system.

 

A good night’s sleep can enhance:

Digestion
Hormone Balance
Metabolism
Mood
Muscle Repair
Cognitive Function
And much more…

So do yourself a favor. Use an alarm clock and leave your cell phone in another room (or at least 6 feet away from your bed on airplane mode).

Here’s to your healthy sleep!

What’s going on? Insights from my two favorite evolutionary futurists.

Things are unsettled.

Some might say we’re in crisis.

What is going on?

Well, I’m no expert….but I’ve been fortunate to study with two brilliant evolutionary futurists who have helped me understand what’s going on and where we humans are on the evolutionary journey.

Let me introduce you to them:

Dr. Robert Keck
I spent hours mesmerized by Dr. Robert Keck at the National Wellness Conference several years in a row.  Dr. Keck had polio as a child and was catapulted into a lifelong search for healing and meaning.  He became a United Methodist Minister and an Evolutionary Theologian, and when he spoke, he filled the room with his passion for Spirit and Life.  I’ll never forget during one of his lectures when he said,

“Humanity is poised to move from ‘adolescence’ into spiritual maturity. …as long as we don’t commit teenage suicide first.”

Barbara Marx Hubbard
Buckminister Fuller said, “There is no doubt in my mind that Barbara Marx Hubbard, who helped introduce the concept of futurism to society, is the best informed human now alive regarding futurism and the foresights it has produced.”

The recent victory at Standing Rock is confirms Barbara’s perspective. “Crises precede transformation….and problems are evolutionary drivers.”

If Barbara is right, then we are definitely being driven to transform and evolve!

I’ve learned so much from these two powerful teachers that I made a short video for you with a synopsis of their insights into what’s going on.  I hope it not only informs but uplifts and inspires you.

 

On the journey with you,

Deb

Turbulent Times Require Furious Dancing

Shocked, numb, angry, sad
Frightened and disillusioned
This is why we danced.

This morning we came together, my beautiful, diverse, open-hearted community of women and I, to do the thing that made most sense after a tense election night: dance.

Leading this class is a high honor. It’s my calling to help women move emotions through and out of their bodies, to help them unblock constrictions and release limited perceptions of themselves and the world through this class I call PranaShakti.

As I prepared I knew it would be a powerful class. And it was. Most women who arrived were feeling shocked, angry, sad and very frightened.  We moved through ALL of those feelings until we were centered and calm. Until we could feel the palpable presence of the Divine.

Then we could feel hope and love again. And our calm minds were free to imagine a future that would draw us forward rather than one we wanted to escape.

The music I chose carried us on this journey – so I wanted to share it with you. My prayer is that you will play some or all of these songs to help you move whatever emotions you are feeling during these turbulent times and that you, too, will be left with feelings of hope, love and an image of the future that will draw you forward.

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Unwarp the magic.

As I  was driving up the North Dallas Toll Road on the way to my sister’s last weekend I glimpsed Santa Claus unwrapping a gift on a huge billboard.

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The caption read:
Unwrap the MAGIC!

But my mind read:
Unwarp the MAGIC!

It didn’t take any time at all for me to discover my mistake, and  then to laugh at the realization that in a culture that trivializes a day to honor the dead and commercializes the season of Light and Love, we DO need to unwarp the magic!

Don’t get me wrong, I ate my fair share of banana Laffy Taffy’s on Halloween – and enjoyed every riddle. Even though I enjoyed the fun of the kids and the temporary pleasure of those candies, the sugar coma afterward needs to be unwarped!

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(Here’s a riddle for you:  What does Christmas have in common with the desert?  Answer at the end of this blog ☺ )

As the holidays approach, I can feel people preparing to go into decorating and shopping mode… losing touch with the true magic of the season.

So… before your life starts spinning at warp-speed, how about joining me for 5 weeks of UNWARPING.  Beginning on Monday, November 7th, I’ll be guiding my ‘Clear the Way’ program to support healthy digestion and detoxification (i.e. bye-bye junk food toxicity!) and help your mind, body and emotions stay more centered and clear amidst all the chaos of the pre-holiday season.  If we start now, by the time Thanksgiving arrives we won’t be driven by unconscious cravings to overeat, and we’ll be able to enjoy the true magic of the entire holiday season.  What a concept!

If you’d like to learn more about the program, click here for more information or to join me.  

Oh….and here’s the answer to that riddle:

Sandy Claws

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