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Friday Favorites

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” — Buddha

 

1. “Roost”: Real Life Wonderland: Featuring “Vanilla Coconut Cream Pies with Berries

If you were to imagine what it would be like to open the door to a secret garden and walk into a magical world full of sunshine, happiness and love, Roost would be it. This is one of the most beautifully put together blogs that literally creates a wonderland escape. Coco and her husband have more talent in their fingertips than most people could hope to have, and their passion and warmth radiates through each beautiful video that they post. Take a mini trip and check out their latest recipe video.

VANILLA CREAM PIES WITH SUMMER BERRIES + VIDEO 

Vanilla Coconut Cream Tarts by Roost

2. EarthSprout: Deliciously Creative Raw Pad Thai

There are some people that exude happiness and love, and Elenore from Earthsprout does just that. From the moment you go to her blog, you will fall in love. This is a 100% guarantee, because her personality shines so bright, you hardly realize what it is that her blog is about, all you know is that you love it and you do not want to leave.

She is a brilliant young Swedish blogger with an infectious smile; a talent for delicious recipes, inspirational health tips and most certainly will brighten your day. So besides the fact that you need to go check her out, definitely try her Pad Thai recipe, which is what I have been coveting all week.

Hello Elenore!

Raw Pad Thai by Earthsprout

3. Marie Forleo and Mastin Kipp on Living your Life’s Crazy Purpose!

Marie is a kick-ass businesswoman bombshell who is about to turn your world upside down. If you haven’t met her yet, now is the time. Marie is THE woman who has an unbelievable talent for getting you off your ass and flying down your life purpose highway. She has created an entire community centered on her ability to motivate and inspire you to take your life passion and career, and blend it into one. So whether you are already on your way, or are looking for a kick in the pants, this is it. So, in order to introduce you to her, I wanted to share with you my favorite videos of hers thus far, which is her interview with The Daily Love’s Mastin Kipp. Talk about Friday Inspiration!

 

4. Body Rock – Bust Through your Fitness Road Blocks! 

I have been an avid exerciser/naturesizer (my made up word for moving my body in nature) for my entire life. I have done yoga, pilates, spinning, barre method, swimming, running, tennis… you get the point, and it was not until I fell upon BodyRock.tv that my body woke up! While moving out in nature and practicing daily yoga is my true soul meditation and calling, I wouldn’t say it is what gives me that tight lean fit I am looking for. So that is where BodyRock comes in. A short 12-15 minute intense work out that is posted daily, that most certainly will help you to bust through any fitness roadblock you are facing. The best part its 100% free, it can be done anywhere (I do it in my spare bedroom), and it is super motivating. Disclaimer: the hosts are practically naked and it most certainly has sexual undertones, but I choose to ignore that fact and just focus on the positive – it gets you in ridiculous shape, works you in places you never thought possible, the hosts are all adorable and upbeat, and it’s all for free (you can choose to use equipment but not required).

 

 

5. Inversions: Facing your Fears head On!

I have recently been increasing my yoga practice by taking much more advanced classes, which has been quite the exhilarating experience. While I have always loved my yoga practice, I never really got the opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone and really come face to face with my fear. Fortunately, inversions will do just that.

I was in my first advanced 3 class and my teacher called for us to go up into a scorpion pose. I seriously had no idea what that was, other than my zodiac sign. I looked around and my jaw practically dropped. It was that pose that you always look, and figure that these people must be human pretzels straight from the Cirque du Soleil, because honestly that cannot be humanely possible.

So what did I do you ask? Well I have a very driven and adventurous personality by nature, and most certainly could not be the only one in class not to be following through, so I went for it. I faced my fear right in the face and I shattered it. And a surprising thing happened… I actually did it! I have no idea how it happened but I did. And ever since that day I have been obsessed with practicing inversions and getting “high” off the fear-factor.

Have you tried using yoga to face your fears?

Facing your Fears with Inversions

6. OmGirl

First I was a Hard Tail girl, then a Lululemon girl, and now I am an OMgirl. This is a new line of yoga pants that I have just been getting into recently and I have fallen fast in love. They have a soft yet elastic cloth, that perfectly sucks you in all the right places and they feature a scrunched fold-over top, which makes these pants perfect for any yoga class or daily outing. I recently got a pair in the classic black and grey and practically have not taken them off (yes, this is what happens when you work from home – you never really have to “get dressed”). So definitely give them a try, because if you are like me, and love living in your “workout” gear – you will LOVE them too!:)

Omgirl Yoga Pants

7. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

A fabulous book for anyone who is looking to uncover the secrets of the universe and how to cultivate the skills of manifesting.

A few of my Favorite Quotes:

“Every Adversity Brings with it the Seed of an Equivalent Advantage”

“The Subconscious Mind will Translate into Reality a Thought Driven by Fear just as Readily as it will Translate into Reality a Thought Driven by Courage, or Faith.”

“Thoughts which are mixed with any of the feelings of Emotions, constitute a “Magnetic” Force which Attracts, from the Vibrations of the Ether, Other Similar, or Related Thoughts.”

“The oak sleeps in the acorn. The bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs. DREAMS ARE THE SEEDLINGS OF REALITY.”

My Current Inspiration

8. Morning Meditation

When you first wake up you are your most precious, your most vulnerable, and the most in tune with your subconscious and soul self. Therefore, it is so vital to start your day off right with things that are going to nourish you right down to your soul center.

The more that you can find a calm and peace in the morning, the more that you will be able to make the right decisions, stay centered, and remain grounded throughout the day. This is more important than ever as we have more and more distractions, responsibilities and pressures that derail us from our true self. Therefore wake up a bit earlier, go for a walk, practice a slow meditation or yoga, drink fresh juice and purified water, and let yourself feel gratitude.

Every morning when I wake up, I go for a walk on the beach, practice my 5 Tibetan Rites, drink an elixir tea, and repeat over and over “Thank You.” It may be simple, but you will be surprised at how this simple practice can change your life.

My Morning Meditation

9. Best Proposal Ever!

Once and awhile something comes across YouTube that is truly worthwhile and truly inspiring. This video is of a man’s proposal where he creates a real live music video that involves all his friends and family. You must take a look, but be sure to have a tissue ready 🙂

The Best Proposal Ever

10. Healthspiration taken from Andreas Moritz

This week I have chosen this health inspiration from one of my favorite authors and medical intuitive’s, Andreas Moritz:

The time from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. is controlled by Vata. Its early morning cycle is responsible for moving the body’s waste products from the liver, the cells, the intestines and all other areas of the body toward the organs and systems of detoxification and elimination. Accordingly, the lymphatic system neutralizes harmful microbes, metabolic wastes, cellular debris, worn-out cells and cells damaged by disease. The rectum solidifies fecal matter and prompts the emptying of the bowel. The kidneys pass urine to the bladder, which causes urination. The skin also receives waste products that begin to surface at this time. Hence, the importance of washing or showering in the morning. The entire body is geared toward the excretion of useless waste material. About 70 percent of the body’s waste is eliminated through the lungs, 20 percent through the skin, 7 percent through urine, and 3 percent through feces. Regular and complete waste excretion from these organs is vital for the smooth and balanced functioning of all the cells in the body. Any long-term congestion in the colon, liver and kidneys turns the body into a sewer reservoir.

At the end of the Pitta period, which marks the beginning of Vata time, the body temperature begins to drop and reaches its lowest point at about 4:00 a.m. (the peak of Vata time). After that, it gradually rises again. Toward the end of Vata time, when nature begins to become more active, both body temperature and stress hormone levels (such as adrenaline and cortisol) will be sufficiently high to jumpstart the day with a thorough cleanout. To support complete and efficient waste removal, though, the body needs to be awake and in a vertical position. Gravity plays an important role in the body’s circulatory and eliminative functions. Therefore, Ayurveda recommends that we get up preferably before sunrise or at dawn, but not after sunrise.

Sunrise

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4 Comments

  • Reply Stancie June 15, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Love this new series! So much rich content in one post…thanks for all the info and tips. Enjoy a lovely weekend, Lauren 🙂 xo

    • lauren
      Reply lauren June 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks!!!! You too 🙂

      • Reply Charlie March 16, 2014 at 8:42 pm

        Just came across this post and I love it! Thanks so much.

        • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm

          Thanks Charlie!

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