Kombucha

I have been contemplating adding a probotic to my diet for a long time now – I just never acted on it. When my sister last visited me, she was talking about a tea called kombucha that she was drinking. I knew that it had health benefits, but I didn’t know what. I recently worked with an energy healer, that recommended that I take a probiotic, and mentioned that she was taking kombucha.

It turns out that kombucha is what is considered to be a fermented tea – usually made from black or green tea. The tea is fermented with a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, which give it probiotic properties.

I had no idea where in the grocery store to find kombucha. I walked down the beverage aisle, but didn’t see it. Luckily, an employee was stocking at the end of the aisle, so I asked her where to find it. She didn’t know, so she checked. In this store, it was on the refrigerated shelf right next to the orange juice. Several different brands were on the shelf, with several different flavors. I got tart cherry, and had it for the first time this am. I drank it slowly, and had no problems. I am hoping that it will help with my IBS. Time will tell, but I think this was a good decision on my part.

Flow-Dreaming

Dreamtime is something that is important to all of us. It is the place where we can come toterms with issues from our waking life. but it is also a place where we can manifest what we want into our ives. In “Flow-dreaming – A Radical New Technique For Manifesting Anything You Want”, author Summer McStravick defines flow as both the glue that holds the cosmos together, and the cosmos itself.

I have read this book several times over the years, and worked with the CD to manifest what I needed at the time. It is a wonderful tool that brings me joy … and results! (I have always been happy that I read the book first, then worked with the CD. Whenever I want to use the CD again, I still go back to review parts of the book.)

This lovely book comes with a CD that takes the istener through the art of flow-dreaming. What a tremendous bonus! It is in the space of our mind that we are able to merge with the cosmos, and manifest our dreams.

I feel very blessed that this book crossed my path!

Dreamtime

What is dreamtime? My definition of dreamtime is the time when dreams come to us when we are sleeping. Dreamtime is a tool that we were given by spirit to help us understand the things going on in our lives. Especially when we cannot understand something/someone in our waking hours, we find that we are gifted with dreams that bring us the meaning that we need.

For me, dreams come in two ways: (1) the dream directly represents something in my life, or (2) the people/events/environment in the dream are symbolic of people in my life, of different parts of myself, or of wisdom that needs to come to me.

Dreams are an important part of healing, and we can lose their content within thirty minutes of waking. I keep a dream journal by my bed, and write my dreams down as soon as I wake up. I say write, but what I really do is create an e-file on my cell phone, because my handwriting really is that bad!

Here are some sites that may help you interpret your dreams:

http://dreammoods.com/ https://www.dream-analysis.com/dictionary/ https://www.psychologistworld.com/dreams/dictionary/ https://www.auntyflo.com/dream https://cafeausoul.com/dreams/dreamdictionary

October 2019 Bonnie Cehovet

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Memories – They Sustain Us

I was sitting in my living room last night, enjoying my Halloween decorations. (Yes, you’re right, it is September, and Halloween isn’t until October. I put my decorations up the first week of September, and will leave them up until after Thanksgiving. I enjoy them – that’s all there is to it.)

These decorations come from the diverse parts of my life. There is a big stuffed pumpkin that I have had for years – it grounds and centers me. There are small scarecrow figures hanging on my wall. The story behind them is that a small, local grocery store (part of a chain) inadvertently bought way too many of them, so they brought them out for several years running, until they were all sold.

I have a lovely small picture book of Charlie Brown and the Pumpkin Patch, with small stuffed black cats (along with a slightly larger stuffed Garfield cat) keeping it company.

I have a large black cup from a Tarot organization, with a bat on it. I have Halloween themed Tarot decks out – and yes, I do a reading or two on All Hallows Eve, when the veil is the thinnest.

I have an orange pumpkin themed cup, and a ceramic pumpkin, both filled with candy corn. I have Halloween themed towels in the kitchen.

Each item has memories connected with it – all of them good. I have good memories of handing out Halloween candy too (always chocolate!). They litrally do not go trick-or-treating in my neighborhood, or I would still honor the custom.

Things change. I have memories of filling up paper grocery bags with candy, coming home, getting a new bag, and going out again. We could accept all candy, homemade popcorn balls, homemade cookies and candy – our parents doled the goodies out over time, and we never had to be afraid of being poisoned, or anything like that. Now, it is very different. It is common to take candy to be scanned in an X-ray machine (a free offer in all communities). And nothing homemade is acceptable. New times, new memories.

Allow your memories to be supportive of you.

Meditation and Wellness

I have been meditating since I was in my early twenties, discovering many different ways to meditate along the way. Meditation is an amazing tool of empowerment, helping us to focus, to relieve stress and anxiey, and to achieve an overall sense of well-being. We can also use it to help with physical issues such as pain and high blood pressure.

Meditation calms the mind by drawing our attention inward. There are many types of meditation – guided meditation, walking meditation, breathing meditation, and meditation with the use of sound, to name a few.

What has worked for me is to set aside time to meditate on a consistent basis – when I get up in the morning, and before I go to bed at night. The amount of time spent meditating varies, but doing it consistently does not.

I recently had the please of reviewing “”Mindfulness Meditations for Anxiety”, by Michael Smith, PhD., Althea Press, 2019. My review can be found here https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2019/09/10/review-mindfulness-meditations-for-anxiety/.

Cutting The Cords

Cleansing Prayer

I am now choosing to cleanse

myself and release any

and all thought forms,

beings, situations and energies that

are no longer of service

to my highest and greatest good …

across al planes of

my existence, across all

universes, and across all lifetimes.

I ask that all energies that

are less than love

be transmuted for the highest good of all.

Blessed Be, So Mote It Be

~ Anonymous ~

The Wisdom Of Putting Self FIrst

We often think we are doing what is best for everyone, but what we are doing is taking care of everyone but ourselves. I am very happy in that I can work from home, and basically choose my own schedule. I work for a phone line, and we are up 24/7. There was an issue with having adequate coverage for the oh dark thirty hours, so I decided to work a split shift – 2 am – 6 am, and 2 pm – 6 pm. I thought that in this way I could help the line out a bit, and still make the money that I needed for my bills. I made the money, but was getting very tired (even with taking a nap between shifts), and not getting much writing done.

So I made the decision to let other people cover the oh dark thirty hours (when there are not that many calls), and to work 8 am to 4 pm. Today was the first day that I tried that, and it is working out well! I am not tired, and I got a great deal acomplished. As a bonus, I got my stepper moved from the bedroom to the living room, where I will be more apt to use it.

It is not selfish to put ourselves first. IMHO, this is self-care. When we are doing well, our energy level is higher, and we have more to offer other people. When we focus on ourselves, and our goals, we accomplish more, and have a more positive frame of mind. We learn when to say no, and when to reach out and help.

When we put oursleves first, we become truly authentic people.