The Benefits of Meditation

Amanda WaterI first learned to meditate from my guardian angel, yep my angels! They were trying to bring messages and teachings from Spirit and my mind was always going, going, going. One night when I was in my early Twenties a couple of my angels told me to hush my mind. What, how was supposed to do that?! They gave me a very simple “meditation” to do, although at the time I did not know what meditation was, all I knew was that I was to quiet the mind and go deep into the heart mind connection and relax the body. Yeah that part was difficult too! But this is an easy and simple one to remember.
Breathe, breathe longer, slower and deeper. Concentrate on your breath. Breathe. Now say in your mind “Be Still” Repeat. Be Still, and know that I AM” Repeat the phrase. Repeat it again, and for as long as allotted time as you have given yourself.
If your mind wonders, bring it back and start over. There is nothing wrong with that. Take your judgment out of this.
A very important side note to this phrase. It is deep! There are many levels to it. Allow yourself to find all of them for yourself without pre notions or expectations. Let it be what it is and take you where it does.
The list of benefits of doing this is much more then this little list but this gives you a clue:
1. Relaxes the nervous system
2. Lowers blood pressure
3. Restores balance to the digestive system
4. Aides In the absorption of nutrition
5. Slows down the cardiovascular system
6. Helps to release fears
7. Reduces stress and anxiety
8. Relives some feelings of depression
9. Helps with insomnia
10. Relieves tension
11. Helps reduce headaches and migraines
12. Helps to free the mind of unwanted fears and self doubts
13. Builds self-esteem, confidence and even motivate you.
14. Connects you within and to your higher Over Soul and to the Divine Creator
I think those to be some amazing benefits. Feel free to try this and leave comments on how it makes you feel and how it benefits you.
Blessings ~

We can only do the best we can do until we have a change of heart, and then we can do even better!
Kathryn Scott ~

A Short History of Medicine

“I have a headache”

medicine

2000 BC: Here, eat this root.
1000 AD: That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.
1850 AD: That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.
1940 AD: That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
1985 AD: That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.
2000 AD: That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root…
And I’ll add….
2020 AD: Here eat this root; use this oil; eat this natural food; clear this belief; let go of that feeling
Bless it all in prayer.

Workshop – August 3

Presenting a Day with Master LU and Kathryn Scott
TAI CHI
MEDITAION
GUIDANCE

Date/Time: August 3, 2013 – 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Master Lu’s Health Center – 3220 South State Street SLC, Utah
Cost: $125
* We begin our time together with guided Tai Chi from Master Lu. This slow, low-impact weight bearing relaxing exercise will improve you flow of energy and improve your breathing. This moving meditation improves your strength, coordination and flexibility. It can reduce pain and stiffness, strengthen your balance and bring a greater sense of calmness and over-all well being.
* You will then be guided by Kathryn in deep meditation connecting you to your soul flame. Within this meditation you will also connect with your higher power and begin to understand more of your soul’s journey, and connecting you to your answers.
* Lunch break
* Individual Readings from Kathryn – these will be done within the group setting.
* End our day with the sacred movement of Tai Chi with Master Lu
Master LU
Master Lu has been practicing Acupuncture and Chinese martial arts for over 40 years. He teaches Tai Chi and Northern Shaolin Kung Fu. He was also one of the first Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Utah. He helps people achieve optimum health, wellness, and balance through the practice of Tai Chi and Chinese medicine. Kathryn Scott
Kathryn is a gifted Spiritual Adviser, Medical Intuitive and Psychic Medium. Her connection to the other side goes beyond the dimensions of time and space, connecting her to the Divine Creator of Love and Light.

Please contact Master Lu @ 801.463.1101 or http://www.luhealthcenter.com to register.

Dry Skin Brushing

The body has five major paths of elimination; the colon, kidneys, liver, lungs, and skin. Of these, our skin is the largest elimination organ, which is sometimes referred to as the “third kidney” (the second being our lungs). In fact, up to one third of all body impurities are excreted through the skin. It releases a pound of waste each day and will be the first organ to show symptoms of imbalance or toxicity. If your skin cannot efficiently release toxins you may experience rashes, acne, hives, itchiness, body odor, or even eczema and psoriasis.
Dry skin brushing is an important therapy you can add to your detox program. Daily dry friction brushing is far more cleansing and eliminates more waste material than any soap could, another added benefit is that the skin is not robbed of its natural oils needed to keep it from becoming too dry. Dry skin brushing tones the skin, improves surface circulation to keep pores open, encouraging the bodies discharge of metabolic wastes. It aids in relieving skin conditions such as acne, hives body odor, eczema and more. More importantly it helps your lymphatic system to rid itself of toxins that collect in the lymph glands. Altogether helping your skin to look and feel healthier and more resilient.
How dry skin brushing will benefit you:
• Tightens skin
• Regulates and increases blood circulation and lymph flow
• Revitalizes and increases your skins ability to eliminate toxins out of the system
• Rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin
• Contributes to healthier muscle tone and better distribution of fat deposits (yes, with continued use it can break down cellulite)
• Gently removes dead layers of skin and other impurities (keeps pores open)
• Stimulates the hormone and oil producing glands responsible for keeping your skin looking and feeling young, smooth and strong
• Helps in digestion
• Strengthens immune system

How to choose your brush
Choose a dry skin brush that has natural fiber bristles and a long handle for reaching all of your back. The bristles may feel to firm at first, but your skin will adjust to this over time. If you have very sensitive skin, you may want to start with a softer brush or a dry towel.
How to “dry skin brush”
Dry skin brushing means brushing the skin without the use of water or soaps. Use a separate brush for face and body. Brush before showering or bathing at least once per day twice if possible.
When dry brushing the body, brush the limbs with an upward movement. Every brush motion should be directed towards the heart. Start by brushing skin gently until it becomes conditioned. Avoid brushing the parts of your body that are irritated, damaged or infected. The scalp should also be brushed. It can stimulate hair growth by increasing blood circulation and will keep the scalp clean from dandruff, stale oils, etc.
• Lighter strokes over and around breasts, and do NOT brush the nipples.
• Brush over each part of your body several times vigorously.
• Always brush towards your heart
Start with the soles of your feet first, because the nerve endings there affect your whole body. Next brush your ankles, calves and thighs. Then brush across your stomach with circular counter clockwise strokes. Then onto your buttocks and lastly brush your hands and arms.

For the face, start by washing with a gentle cleanser, then dry with a towel. Start brushing using gentle upward movements from the center to the temples on the forehead then work down over the eyes, along the nose. Next make gentle counter clockwise movements on the right cheek, and clockwise on the left, always moving along the cheek muscles Be careful never to stretch the skin. Move down to the chin, the ears and finally the neck, using a firm, brisk rotary motion. If your face is too sensitive to use a dry brush, use a loofah or a special facial brush instead. Smooth upward strokes lift the muscles of the face instead of dragging them down. We don’t need to give gravity any extra help! Your facial brushing strokes should move up the neck and along the contour of the face.

After you have brushed the entire body then take a warm bath or shower which should be followed by a cool rinse at the end to invigorate blood circulation and stimulate surface warmth.

During the first couple of months be extra gentle while brushing! The sensation should be pleasantly stimulating. Stop immediately if it doesn’t feel good and increase the brushing intensity more gradually.

At first, the whole procedure should not last more than 30 seconds. Gradually increase the time to one, two and finally, three minutes.
Cleaning your brush
Keeping your brush clean is important; you need to wash out all of the dead skin cells and debris. Wash your dry skin brush with non-toxic soap every two weeks or so. Dry it in the sun or a warm place.
Being Consistent is the key
Dry skin brushing stimulates and invigorates the entire body. When done consistently (3-5 minutes morning and night), it will drastically improve the look of your skin and give an overall feeling of well being.

Changes

Like the water we must be always moving, always changing, always becoming more then we were a moment ago. But it is in the stillness we see who we really are. Love.

Five Short Chapters on Change

Five Short Chapters on Change

Chapter 1.
I walk down a street and there’s a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. It takes forever to get out. It’s not my fault.

Chapter 2.
I walk down the same street. I fall in the hole again. It still takes a long time to get out. It’s not my fault.

Chapter 3.
I walk down the same street. I fall in the hole again. It’s becoming a habit. It is my fault. I get out immediately.

Chapter 4.
I walk down the same street and see the deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.

Chapter 5.
I walk down a different street.
-Portia Nelson

Are you falling into the same hole time after time? What patterns do you keep repeating? What experiences do you get repeating? Same ole traps in relationships, work and play? Do you keep having the same ole negative thoughts about yourself and others? How many times do you have to keep reliving the same issues over and over, like in the movie Ground hog day! Repeating the same day over and over, until he finally gets it right.
What are you creating you your life, and what would you like to recreate. The emotional energy from our past affects us in our present experience. It comes up over and over because your body and mind wants it to be cleared and replaced with something better. So, ask yourself what emotional energy keeps repeating itself in your life. What repeating feelings and experiences are you having? They might be different faces, and a different day but it is probably the same ole feelings and emotions that keep arising.
Is it time to fill up the hole in the street? Is it time to find a new street? It is time to stop thinking about it! It is time to choose different thoughts when the old ones arise. This year is the year for new streets and new avenues of a better life. It is time to put up a detour sign on the street with the hole and finding the quicker route to happiness and joy.
Start to first own these feelings and then tell yourself you are done with that street, let go and change. Tell yourself that you are sorry for having these repeating thoughts, feelings and experiences that are not for your highest and best. Tell yourself how much that you love and honor yourself, and that you are happy with yourself for being on a new street.
If these feelings are stuck and seem like they go deep and you would like to find the root cause, and be rid of them and to change them out of your DNA, and out of your cells feel free to call and schedule a time with me that I can help you change, with grace and ease, with laughter and tears.
It is the year of endings and the year for new beginnings and it is easier to let go and change than ever before.

Lavender Essential Oil

One of the most versatile oils, if all else fails and you don’t know what to use Lavender.
From the beautiful high altitudes hills of France, the flowering tops of DoTerra’s lavender are lovingly steamed distilled.
Traditionally it has been known to balance the body and will work wherever it is needed in the body. It is one of the best oils to help calm the body and the mind, helping to reduce stress and anxiety from the mind and body as well. It promotes the consciousness of health, love, peace and a general sense of wellbeing. It can also enhance your creative center. Diffuse and breathe in the aroma and connect with your Naval Chakra and your creative nature flow.
The following is a list of many of the wonderful things Lavender is good for:
Bee Stings: apply on location
Burns: apply on location
Bruises:
Skin irritations and allergic reactions:
Headaches: add peppermint and frankincense and it works wonders!
High Blood pressure
Cold Sores
Hay fever
Depression
Infections
Insomnia
Laryngitis (mix with Melaleuca it is even better)
Cardiovascular system
Nervous system
Candida
Skin
Just to name a few…
Lavender can be applied topically, one of the best ways. It can be taken internally as well as diffused into the air.
To take internally make sure your oils are CPTG “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade”

Quick Reference for Using Essential Oils

Animal Bites
Lavender, Eucalyptus

Bumps and Bruises
Lavender

Burns
Lavender

Cleaning
Lemon

Colds
Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus

Cold Sores
Lemon

Constipation
Peppermint

Cough
Peppermint, Lemon

Dry Skin
Lavender

Heat Exhaustion/Stroke
Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus

Fevers
Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus

Fractures
Lavender

Fresh Breath/Teeth
Lemon, Peppermint

Cuts and Grazes
Lavender, Eucalyptus

Hay Fever
Eucalyptus

Headaches
Lavender, Peppermint

Indigestion
Peppermint

Infections
Lavender, Eucalyptus

Insect Bites
Lavender, Peppermint

Itching
Eucalyptus, Peppermint

Mood
Lemon, Lavender

Muscles
Lavender, Eucalyptus

Odors
Lemon

Rashes
Lavender

Sleeplessness
Lavender

Sprains and Strains
Lavender

Sore Throat
Lemon

Swelling
Lavender, Eucalyptus

Toothaches
Peppermint

Vomiting
Peppermint, Lavender

The Energy of an Embrace

HUGS
The need to touch and be touched is established early in our lives, as we develop and grow in the omnipresent embrace of our mother’s womb. Once we are born, separated from that sanctuary of connectivity, we begin to crave the physical embrace of our parents. As we age, we become more independent. Yet during times of triumph or trouble and during those moments when we are in need of reassurance, we can’t help but long for a hug.

Because a hug requires two active participants, each individual taking part in the embrace experiences the pleasure of being embraced and the joy that comes from hugging someone. As both individuals wrap their arms around one another, their energy blends together, and they experience a tangible feeling of togetherness that lingers long after physical contact has been broken. A heart hug is when you put your left arm over someone’s shoulder and your right arm around their waist. As they do the same to you, your hearts become aligned with one another other and loving, comforting energy flows between the two of you to flood your souls with feelings of love, caring, and compassion.

A hug is a pleasurable way to share your feelings with someone who is important to you. Depending on your relationship with the other person and the kind of message you wish to send to them, a hug can communicate love, friendship, romance, congratulations, support, greeting, and any other sentiment you wish to convey. A hug communicates to others that you are there for them in a positive way. In an instant, a hug can reestablish a bond between long lost friends and comfort those in pain. The next time you hug someone, focus all of your energy into the embrace. You will create a profound connection that infuses your feelings and sentiments into a single beautiful gesture.