Gorgeous for Good – How much of a purist do you want to be?

September 11, 2015

Gorgeous for GoodI’m totally into physical tweaks now and then. Sometimes I fall for deceptive marketing practices for cosmetics and foods that promote anti-aging and well-being.

However, after reading a book by Sophie Uliano titled, Gorgeous for Good: A Simple 30-Day Program for Lasting Beauty – Inside and Out, I might reconsider my buying choices, but I had to ask myself, “How much of a purist do I want to be?”

Uliano shares a warehouse (and some) of knowledge on holistic nutrition and skin care along with:

  • How to read labels on ingredients from beauty products to foods
  • Sharing toxic versus non-toxic ingredients in many popular products
  • How to recognize natural versus synthetic
  • Fair trade and organizations that are certified for both natural and organic personal-care products.

This is a fabulous go-to reference book to carry with you any time you are shopping for the personal products you use every day and recipes for many of the homemade organic personal-care products and foods you can make on your own.

Label1Uliano has taught me many new things I never knew. Here are just a few of the things that piqued my interest and, not surprisingly, shocked me at how much I really don’t know about what I’m putting on my face and into my body.

–    Is it made in a lab or does it come from the ground?
–    What NSF/ANSI 305, NPA, NATRUE, COSMOS Organic and Natural Standards are all about
–    What compound disruptor mimics the hormone estrogen?
–    How many synthetic chemicals have been introduced to us since World War II?
–    What questionable ingredient is found in 80% of beauty products?

At the end of this powerhouse book, Uliano provides a 30-day program consisting of beauty, diet, fitness and “me time” tips along with amazing recipes to cook your way to true beauty.

Ask yourself, “What are you going to do; be a true purist or take a glimpse of pros, cons and myths of what you digest so you can reinvest in being Gorgeous for Good?

FTC Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Net Galley/Hay House for review purposes. Moment to Moment, Inc. is a professional review site that receives commission from the companies whose products we review only if the product is purchased. We review each product thoroughly and give high marks to only the very best. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.
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Soul Shifts – How’s your cosmic alarm clock?

September 11, 2015

“He who knows others is wise, but he who knows himself is enlightened. He who overcomes others is strong, but he who overcomes himself is mightier still.” ~ Lao-tzu

Soul ShiftsImagine with me, as Dr. Barbara De Angelis, author of a new book, Soul Shifts – Transformative Wisdom for Creating a Life of Authentic Awakening, Emotional Freedom, and Practical Spirituality, says, “… notice when something you’re reading stirs an emotion in you, or creates a sense of expansion, excitement, or even agitation …;” or “… recognize that the kinds of questions you’ve been contemplating have changed …;” or “… are you paying attention to the alarm going off …”

About that alarm — De Angelis asks, “Has your cosmic alarm clock been going off?” .

Ancient Hindu philosophy from the 9th century describes this cosmic alarm clock as being a profound soul moment called “thoughts of awakening.”

My cosmic alarm clock went off when I began this blog more than four years ago. The alarm was loud and my soul shifted to “thoughts of awakening,” as De Angelis spells out so gracefully and lovingly in her new book, Soul Shifts.

Now imagine this loud, annoying, gut-wrenching alarm going off and you are unable to turn it off until you hear, feel, know, understand and experience this soul moment during your challenges, illnesses, losses, love or many other situations that catapult you to admit your own cosmic alarm clock is going off.

I recognized this ongoing shift after reading this deeply, thought-provoking book about soul awakening as I kept internalizing, “… yes, yes, I see what’s been happening to me!”

I’ve recently gone through many of these profound soul shift moments through recent family deaths, spiritual challenges and a growing appreciation for silence.

I’ve returned day-by-day, moment-by-moment, page-by-page reading Soul Shift advice and doing the exercises De Angelis provides in this moving book that provides example after example of budding and awakening moments that you and I will recognize, but we haven’t given them any thought, attention or developed a disciplined routine.

De Angelis will awaken you to things like:
–    Blessings or burdens
–    Why being a spiritual collector is misguided
–    How to shift from the inside out
–    Stop the game of emotional “Whac-a-Mole”
–    Spiritual physics 101
–    Evoke the kind of vibration you want to send out
–    How to stop your vibrational wrestling matches

Soul Shifts is filled with insight, personal exercises, Bible verses, quotes, mantras and powerful soul created prayers that help you open to your cosmic alarm clock.

My rating of this book is off the charts. It’s definitely one to own. I love this book so much that I have a hardcover and an e-book.

FTC Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Net Galley/Hay House for review purposes. Moment to Moment, Inc. is a professional review site that receives commission from the companies whose products we review only if the product is purchased. We review each product thoroughly and give high marks to only the very best. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.

Lessons in every moment – “I Can See Clearly Now”

September 7, 2015

Moment to Moment

I Can See Clearly Now

IN MEMORY

OF

THE REMARKABLE

DR. WAYNE W. DYER

1940 – 2015

REBLOGGED FROM MARCH 2014

Wayne Dyer has helped millions of people improve their lives by recognizing and acknowledging lessons in every moment, and he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

Just like me, you probably thought Dyer is attached to some famous celebrity, or he was born into an enviable, generational pedigree to get where he is — not!

Don’t let his current fame and fortune fool you. By reading his new book, I Can See Clearly Now, you will learn how many obstacles Dyer confronted to get to where he is today. Who knew? I didn’t!

Dyer has earned all the accolades, kudos, acknowledgments and honors bestowed upon him as he faced grueling choices between right and wrong. He stood by his truth without letting his peers and authority figures influence him otherwise.

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Draw near to me – God speaks to us through His written word

August 27, 2015

“Hand it to God so He can use you. He will speak. Our responsibility is to listen,” says Shirley Smith author of Listening to the Voice of God.

Listening to the voice of GodSmith’s book is a quick-read sharing thought-provoking and stimulating tips teaching how to learn to listen to God’s word through reading God’s words.

Smith tells us that prayer is an integral part of any Bible study to ready our hearts to hear what God is saying. She also shares insight on:

–    A new appreciation for God’s word
–    How to allow His word to take effect in our heart
–    How God’s favor is a gift of grace
–    How trusting and waiting yields spiritual strength
–    How God speaks to us through his written word

Listening to the Voice of God
is filled with Bible stories that ring true in many situations we face today.

One of Smith’s listening tips on salvation taught her that, “… good moral choices and good deeds do not constitute salvation. Therefore, making the right choice does not change a person’s status from sinner to saint.”

Whether you agree with Smith’s vision or not, this small book is filled with the right amount of Bible verses and stories that help you consider new ways to listen to the voice of God.

Smith shared a Bible verse that is a good example of listening to the voice of God:

“This people draw nigh unto me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” (Matthew 15:8).

Draw near to Him and let Him speak to you through His written word.

FTC Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from BookLook Bloggers for review purposes. Moment to Moment, Inc. is a professional review site that receives commission from the companies whose products we review only if the product is purchased. We review each product thoroughly and give high marks to only the very best. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.

Facing a fork in the road? Learn “The Earth Diet” way

August 5, 2015

Are you healthy and disease-free?

Have you reached the fork in the road with your weight and health?

The Earth DietLiana Werner-Gray, author of a new book called The Earth Diet – Your Complete Guide to Living Using Earth’s Natural Ingredients can show you which fork (physically and metaphorically) to use for eating your way to healthier living.

Werner-Gray knows what she’s talking about.

At 21 years old, Werner-Gray faced her fork in the road after confronting a precancerous tumor in her throat the size of a golf ball. She faced this health issue head-on by eliminating many non-nutritionally valued processed and junk foods in favor of foods that are plant-based and natural.

The Earth Diet provides many resources on nutritional healing, watching films, learning about the food industry and recommended websites and organizations to help you through your lifestyle change.

A few things you will learn through The Earth Diet are:

– How to add more raw food to your diet
– Foods lowest in pesticides
– Many top nutrient-dense vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruits, etc.
– Exposing the hazards of genetically modified foods
– How body care products are filled with chemicals
– How to grow your own produce
– Recipes, recipes, recipes for foods, juicing, detoxing, etc.

And there’s more:

– Fabulous natural/organic recipes (her smoothies are my favorite)
– Body care products made with natural ingredients
– Hair moisturizer treatments
– Antioxidant recipes
– Digestive healthful foods
– Foods high in protein
– Immune boosting foods

Find out what The Earth Diet recommends as a naturally cleanest sweet sourced foods that can provide our bodies with the most nutrients.

Take the right fork in the road and learn how to consume the natural and plant-based products for the way Werner-Gray refers to as her goal to help you get “nutrition in, toxins out.”

FTC Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. Moment to Moment, Inc. is a professional review site that receives commission from the companies whose products we review only if the product is purchased. We review each product thoroughly and give high marks to only the very best. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.

The spiritual eye of the heart – Marry your own soul

July 31, 2015

“For love to last, it is best not to have too many expectations. It is better just to offer love.” ~ His Holiness the Karmapa

How to Love Yourself andHave you heard this before – “If you want to love another human being, you know you must start with yourself,” says Meggan Watterson and Lodro Rinzler, co-authors of a new book to be released September 15, 2015 titled How to Love Yourself (and Sometimes Other People) – Spiritual Advice for Modern Relationships.

The authors want us to ask ourselves, “Where has my love not yet reached? Invite your hard-to-reach stories in like a dinner guest.”

We hear over and over again that meditation is the key to becoming familiar with ourselves. This same theme rings true in How to Love Yourself (and Sometimes Other People).

Watterson and Rinzler believe the amount of time we reserve for actually being by ourselves, especially through meditation (in the present moment) has become less and less because of too many distractions. Their mantra is “the true search for love happens within.”

There is a three-step process the duo refers to in this book of loving yourself based on Buddha’s ability to teach others to present themselves more authentically. The three steps are:

1. Look at yourself
2. Discover your basic goodness
3. Develop faith in that goodness

You will learn from Meggan and Lodro about a process called Disciplined Hope.

At the end of each chapter, the authors provide their interpretation and direction on what they’ve discovered works for loving themselves and others through situations like:

– How to love dating
– How to love being single
– How to fall in love without losing yourself
– How to commit to love
– The suffering of suffering
– Love without attaching strict conditions and expectations
– The boundless potential for love

Master Meditation - Step 1 to Self-Transformation

Master Meditation – Step 1 to Self-Transformation

How to Love Yourself is filled with exercises, meditation opportunities and a new way of looking at love. The book is also filled with many wisdom teachings from poets, mystics and the gospels.

Bottom line, the message I walked away with is this:

“Be still and know that happiness in lasting relationships is to be willing to never betray your own needs over other’s needs. First, marry your own soul — the spiritual eye of the heart and all else will fall into place.”

FTC Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. Moment to Moment, Inc. is a professional review site that receives commission from the companies whose products we review only if the product is purchased. We review each product thoroughly and give high marks to only the very best. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.

My story matters – Just breathe and “in you must go”

July 28, 2015

“The most difficult part of our stories is often what we bring to them –what we make up about who we are and how we are perceived by others.” Brené Brown

Ever want to make someone feel as bad as they made you feel? Do you numb or stockpile the hurt? Are you a ticking time bomb of unresolved emotions?

Rising StrongI received an advanced copy (available August 25, 2015) of Brené Brown’s book, Rising Strong – The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution, a book that reforms the way we explore consequences of our choices during professional failures and personal heartbreaks that rearrange our lives.

Brown’s powerful book is filled with examples of stories we tend to create when we are faced with challenging moments driven by emotions and an immediate need to self-protect in not well-thought-out ways. You will recognize yourself in many of these stories.

I often use the phrase, “I don’t know what I don’t know,” which is so true of the Rising Strong process. You don’t know what you don’t know until you uncover this knowledge using Brown’s process.

What Brown taught me in Rising Strong is that my stories consist of blaming, tripping over the same issues again and again, shaming myself, stewing in judgement, and creating conspiracy theories. Sound familiar?

WHAT IS THE RISING STRONG PROCESS?

The Rising Strong Process consists of:
– Reckoning; walking into our story
– Rumbling; owning our story
– Revolutionizing; incremental revolutionary change

WHY SHOULD I USE THE RISING STRONG PROCESS?

Brown shares a powerful personal story about how she healed using her own Rising Strong Process after wanting to make someone feel as bad as they made her feel.

Brown’s personal Rising Strong process teaches us how to become aware of all the choices that unfold in front of us during moments of discomfort and hurt.

The Rising Strong Process is a great way to recognize who we really are versus who we think we are intellectually, physically and emotionally.

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE RISING STRONG PROCESS?

The Rising Strong Process is Brown’s way of looking back in order to move forward.

Rising Strong provides specific examples and a script to guide us through great questions to ask ourselves during our introspective journey to Rise Strong.

Not only does Brown’s process work for personal, parenting and business issues, it also provides an avenue for discovery as a creativity process for businesses and entrepreneurs.

Use your “facedown” moments (as Brown calls our upsetting stories) like getting fired, losing a business, team failure, fighting with a friend, finding out about an affair, etc., as a way to face our emotions and transform them for a more whole-hearted life.

As Brown says, “We can’t rise strong when we’re on the run.”

Does your story matter? Just breathe and “in you must go.”

FTC Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. Moment to Moment, Inc. is a professional review site that receives commission from the companies whose products we review only if the product is purchased. We review each product thoroughly and give high marks to only the very best. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.

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