"It is possible to live happily in the here and now. Many conditions of happiness are available. We have no need to run into the future to get more, we just have to be aware of it."
Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist teacher and introducer of "Mindfulness in the West.
What does it mean to live in the now? In short, living in the present moment means interpreting all our experiences as part of a set of unique sensations that only exist as such in the here and now. That means, for example, not having the belief that what we experience are more or less perfect copies of the precious moments, that they are anticipations of what we will experience in the future. In this way, you will not fall into the trap of believing that our whole life is due to our memories and to what we expect from the times to come (we appreciate our expectations, good or bad), and we appreciate what is going for us. happening as it is in the present moment.
6 keys to living in the present
From here we will see some basic guidelines to start incorporating this philosophy of life into our daily lives. Are you ready to start this journey?
1 - Accept everything that comes into your life.
One of the main principles of mindfulness involves focusing on the current moment, without making evaluations or making judgments about what is happening. It is about accepting experiences as they come, without putting a positive or negative label on them, living the now. For example, instead of describing a situation as sad, painful or exciting, you should simply focus on what you are experiencing, even if it is not pleasant for you. When we accept "negative" emotions, they lose some of their influence and power over us. Do not forget that in reality, most situations are not positive or negative, it is your expectations, experiences, and perceptions that tip the balance in one direction or another.
2 - Reflect and then act.
After having experienced the emotional part of the experience, it is time to focus on acting. Stop for a moment to think about what you have felt and why analyze if you need to change something and if it really is worth it. If so, what do you plan to do about it? How are you going to act? Before taking the next step, connect with your needs and goals in life, remember that impulsiveness is never a good counselor.
3 - Give up control.
The tendency to control everything that happens around us becomes a constant source of tension and stress. Therefore, if you want to fully live in the present, it is important that you assume that there are many situations that are beyond your control, over which you have very little influence. You must let the circumstances flow, so you will adopt a more relaxed attitude that will allow you to be open to the opportunities that arise.
4 - Savor every moment.
Sometimes we compare the sensations we are experiencing with those we have experienced in the past or with those we might experience in the future. However, this tendency to compare makes the present escape us, we cannot enjoy it. Therefore, it is essential that you remember that each moment is unique, live it as if it were the first and the last. It is also recommended that you do only one task at a time and spend as much time as you need. The key to savoring every moment is to do less but enjoy more.
5 - Get rid of preconceptions.
Prejudices are one of the main barriers that prevent us from enjoying the present because they make us face situations assuming preconceived response patterns that leave no room for spontaneity. Therefore, living in the present also implies opening yourself to new experiences that are truly in tune with your needs and desires. In fact, you will be surprised to discover that with the practice of mindfulness, those activities that previously seemed routine and devoid of beauty, begin to show a much more pleasant facet, hitherto unknown.
6 - Carpe Diem.
This Roman phrase that means "Take advantage of the moment" reminds us of the ephemeral nature of life and the need to take advantage of each day, each moment, live in the present and give life to our days, knowing that our lives are numbered.
These days we are in a completely atypical situation, practically all human beings are locked in our houses to protect ourselves from Covid-19, but nobody said that these days of confinement have to be boring. We already know that we must maintain the living space, that is, stay away from other human beings to prevent the spread of the virus, but that does not mean that you cannot make funny plans with your partner to spend the days. If you are running out of ideas of what to do with your partner during lockdown I will give you some, it's like playing when we were kids but without toys, even though we still need to keep using our imagination to have fun.
Spa Day at Home
By creating a pleasant, wellness-oriented environment in the house itself, we will have a space on hand to spend a good spa day with your partner. It is a good way to set yourself a time for pause and connection, where you can share something nice, connect and talk about pending issues or make good plans.
Dialogues in a loving and pleasant context can be much more productive and enjoyable. Thinking about generating a family spa day at home can also be a good plan, where everyone has fun and generates a moment of encounter and shared pleasure.
It entertains boys and also helps them learn that there are times when it is good to stop and connect with the body and emotions. Especially the girls, they love it. So much so that there are already themed birthdays that propose a home spa for children, where the girls have a great time.
Yoga and Meditation
Doing yoga exercises for couples is a different and fun way to take advantage of all the benefits of yoga for the body and mind while helping to strengthen and improve the relationship by sharing an extraordinary experience together. Yoga exercises for couples require teamwork and mutual trust. The results of your work depend on the support you receive from your partner and vice versa, it is important that both of you take into account some aspects that are essential for each session to be a unique experience.
Breathing is the basis of the success of any yoga class, because breathing with awareness will allow the body to focus on each movement and find the the effort necessary to carry out each asana. In couples yoga the breath should not be individual, both participants should strive to make the rhythm of their breaths as similar as possible, as it is the only way that energy can flow through the body with fluidity and calm.
Each partner yoga participants must have full control of their body and body control of their companion. This will allow both of you to relax and be able to perform the poses correctly. So let go of the tensions, trust and let go.
You should not try to go beyond what your body allows, otherwise you may injure yourselves or your partner. The intention of doing yoga with a couple is to connect, enjoy together, stop being two and be only one.
Concentration is essential for everything to go well. Since the breathing of the two must flow in the same tune, the same must happen with both bodies. Your yoga partner should be alike your dance partner.
Romantic Dinner at the Balcony
If you have a balcony, terrace, a garden at home, make yourself a "restaurant setting" with lights and candles and share a nice evening with your partner, you both must dress as if you are going outside to it makes you feel more like a real dinner. You don't need to spend a lot of money to have a beautiful and memorable evening.
Take care of setting the house for the romantic night: The dim light and the aromas are very important to create a romantic atmosphere. On the other hand, you must take into account how you will set the table. Try to put the seats next to each other, especially if the table is large. Choose tablecloths, cutlery, dishes, and some decorations.
Don't forget to make a playlist that sounds soft - as background music, the idea is to be able to chat and feel you are somewhere else - in which you can include music that both of you like, and logically, disconnect television, cell phones, computers, and other devices that may be distracting.
And the food? Without a doubt, if it is going to be a romantic dinner, one of the essential points is the food. There are thousands of healthy menu options. If you give yourself a little trickery, try that the dishes are decorated, or at least served in a beautiful way. Don't forget about the drinks: water, a soft drink, and according to preferences wine, champagne, beer or a cocktail should not be missing.
Chakras are vortices of energy through which the life force flows through us. These correspond to different aspects of our being and influence the physical, mental and spiritual aspects. Each of the seven Chakras influences a certain area of the body and life; However, so that we can feel good and comfortable in the environment, the fundamental thing is that everyone is in perfect balance.
When that happens, there is a sense of general well-being: we feel in tune with the universe, open up to receive the universal energy of love. However, if one or more Chakras are blocked, all others start to malfunction, and we lose our inner balance. Therefore, taking care of our Chakras and keeping them balanced is extremely important for life. Below we present a resume of each of them and an exercise to activate and balance them.
Root Chakra: Muladhara
Key Words: existence, safety, survival
Location: base of the spine, pubic bone
Strong, Balanced Energy
Grounded, generally feeling safe and secure, easily staying present in the moment, not needing distractions.
Weak, Blocked Energy
Feeling unsafe or unsupported, worried about money and providing for self or family, can’t stay present, always needing distractions.
Sacral Chakra: Svadhisthana
Key Words: Creativity, sexuality, passion, inner child
Location: below the belly button
Strong, Balanced Energy
A healthy sense of sexuality, feeling desired and confident, willing to connect with someone, enjoys to express themselves creatively and feel free while creating.
Weak, Blocked Energy
Feeling unattractive, not creative, undervalues your creations, can’t “give life” to your ideas.
Solar Plexus Chakra: Manipura
Key Words: Power, willpower,self-esteem
Location: Above the belly button
Strong, Balanced Energy
Natural leadership skills, ability tostand up for themselves, walkstall, takes direction without powerbeing “threatened.”
Weak, Blocked Energy
Allows others to make decisions for them, always doing whatever other people want them to do, continually give in to the same temptations, addictions.
Heart Chakra: Anahata
Key Words: Love, self-love, love of life
Location: Center of chest
Strong, Balanced Energy
Open-hearted, leaving hurts in thepast, coming to each newrelationship with an open heart,love for all of creation.
Weak, Blocked Energy
Doesn’t feel like they deserve tobe in a healthy relationship, putwalls up, believes they can’t trustpeople, believes people willalways hurt them.
Troath Chrakra: Visuddha
Key Words: Speaking, communication, truth
Color: Light blue
Location: Center of throat
Strong, Balanced Energy
Gently and respectfully speaks their truth, gently and respectfully allow others to speak their truths, lives and expresses their truth, including to themselves.
Weak, Blocked Energy
Won’t speak up for themselves, doesn’t want to say anything to offend anyone, feels like no one wants to hear what they have to say.
Third Eye Chakra: Ajna
Key Words: Intuition, spiritual sight
Color: Indigo blue
Location: Center of the forehead
Strong, Balanced Energy
Receive, acknowledge, and honorintuition, clear perception of life, clear vision of situations and concepts.
Weak, Blocked Energy
"Blind" to truths in their life, doesn’t believe in intuition, or blows off their intuition.
Crown Chakra: Sahasrara
Key Words: Spirituality, connection to Universal Energy
Location: Top of head
Strong, Balanced Energy
Relationship with the divine, healthy spirituality, trust in the universe, trust their prayers are heard, their needs are provided becasue of their strong connection to the divine.
Weak, Blocked Energy
The universe is out to get them, no divine connection, no connection to anything bigger than themselves, can’t trust the universe to take care of them.
Simple exercise: Activate and balance your Seven Chakras
Now that we know about our Chakras, you may be interested in keeping them always open and activated. with this simple exercise you can give yourself a moment to balance your energy. It will only take a few minutes and it will make an immediate change in how you feel.
1. Sit quietly so that you are about a meter and away from an empty wall. Create an imaginary bubble around you.
2. Imagine that in the place of each of your chakras there is a light. Each of these lights can have a different color, or they can all be the same color.
3. From top to bottom, turn on all your lights and aim their rays at the wall in front of you, being aware of the strength of each light, noticing the reaches of the wall and not the problems.
4. Imagine that the room is overflowing with incredible light. It can be white, blue, gold or silver.
5. As you begin to see and feel the light, you will notice that it is surrounding your bubble, crossing its limits and beginning to fill it. When your bubble is full of light, it will begin to enter your chakras.
6. Be aware of the chakras that you can enter well and which ones have some kind of difficulty entering. Try to inhale and direct the light deeper and deeper into the chakras where the light has not been able to fully penetrate.
7. When you have inhaled enough light to balance the chakras, rest in the light for a few minutes before dissolving your bubble and returning to your normal state of consciousness.
Mother nature always knows best.
Did you know that the orange not only provides antioxidants and promotes good digestion?
Today we will tell you about the benefits of orange so that your body and skin looks radiant and healthy.
One of the things I like about Malta are the Maltese Oranges, and luckily the island is very fertil because they are everywhere, literally.
With a high content of vitamin C, it helps to have a strong immune system and protected from infections. In turn, it prevents colds and other types of ailments. Good digestion makes the body work properly, so it affects healthy and nourished skin.
Take note, these are more benefits of orange:
A fruit rich in antioxidants
Being a natural food, orange peel contains antioxidants such as vitamin C that rejuvenates the skin. In other words, it prevents cell disorders and preserves fresh, healthy skin.
Another of its properties is calcium, which also helps regenerate the skin. Natural scrub It has the function of cleaning and protecting the skin as an exfoliant, but in a natural way. By applying the peel, remove blackheads and pimples, so the skin is clean and polished. It also has the benefit of not appearing easily again.
Returns skin tone
On many occasions, the sun creates spots on the skin, especially during the summer. The skin of the orange has the advantage of removing these marks and leveling the tone of your skin. Faced with poor protection from the sun, orange is a good companion to restore health to the skin.
How to consume the orange to have more benefits on the skin?
There are very varied ways of consuming orange to generate greater benefits on the skin. The best way is to drink a freshly squeezed juice, with the possibilities offered by our Zummo machines. They easily and quickly squeeze the orange so you can consume. Another option is to eat the fruit, but you can also take it in infusions with the peel of the orange, grate the skin and add it in different desserts or dishes, as well as to season the meat or fish.
Due to the global health emergency, everyone is called to stay at home with the aim of preventing the proliferation of the disease from continuing. Although many currently work remotely, others have free time for other activities. Reading a book, watching movies and exercising are among the recreational options that we can develop at home. However, at this time it is also possible to dedicate a space to take care of our skin and feel better. If you can´t go to Spa, the Spa comes to you!
We will share 3 amazing scrubs for your face and body with ingredients you can find on your kitchen!
Banana and Sugar Scrub
Bananas are a great natural choice for body care. Its creamy pulp is delicious and relaxing. It is nourishing and hydrating and can be used for gentle exfoliation and skin tightening. In this simple formula, Banana and Sugar combine for a body or facial scrub. When the bananas are starting to turn black they are perfect for this recipe.
- 1 ripe banana
- 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon of essential oil.
Mix the ingredients with a fork (don't mash it too much as it will get very thin). If you want to use it on the face, save a little banana and mash it without sugar. In the shower, place the mixture on your skin and massage your entire body. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Rose and Sugar Scrub
For a long time, rose petals have been used in different beauty products. Sugar scrubs are already great for your skin, but this Rose Sugar Scrub is even better for the skin than most. Now you can nourish and heal your skin while smelling like roses!
- 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
- 14 or 15 chemical-free rose petals
- 1 and a half cups of white sugar (you can use brown).
Microwave coconut oil for about 30 seconds or until melted. Not over hot.
Add the coconut oil, roses, and sugar in a blender or food processor.
Mix everything for two or three seconds just so that everything comes together.
Do not liquefy it too much so that it does not become liquid. We want to have a sandy mix.
Lemon, Sugar and Honey Scrub
Sugar will simulate the granules or microspheres like any exfoliate. Lemon contains Alpha Hydroxide Acid, a natural acid that works as an excellent exfoliant and helps remove dead skin cells. While Honey is a natural antioxidant and antibacterial. Thanks to its properties, this scrub helps you hydrate and care for your skin. You can also use it as a mask.
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Tablespoon of Honey
- 2 Tablespoon of Sugar
Mix a tablespoon of honey with the juice of the lemon and sugar until is compact.
Place your face in a pot of boiling water. In this way the steam will open your pores and you can do a deeper cleaning. Apply it all over the face and avoid the eye area. Let the skin absorb the mask for 15 minutes. Then wash with warm water and finish with a little cold water to close the pores.
Don´t forget to always before applying any of the masks or scrubs to clean your face with your daily cleaning product, micellar water, cleaning gel, etc first. To finish, moisturize with facial moisturizer. Enjoy your smooth and renewed skin!
Coronavirus is life-threatening for certain risk groups, which are defined based on age and previous disease. According to statistics, it is potentially dangerous for people over 80 years, or with some disease or low defenses.
Increasing our body's defenses is at the top of our list of priorities to combat this virus that is revolutionizing the world. To protect ourselves, apart from staying at home, we must strengthen our immune system to ensure that we face with sufficient force.
How to know if your defenses are low?
Analytics and other tests show the presence of elements harmful to our body and also the lack of certain substances that it produces naturally, but they are not able to show if a person is weak, tired or if the body is especially vulnerable to diseases.
Food to help raise your defenses
It is common for us to use vitamin supplements or other medications to increase our defenses. But we must bear in mind that we can hone our defenses naturally, with a well-varied diet, and choosing foods with micronutrients that help us raise white blood cells, strengthening our immune system.
But we should not forget other equally important pillars to reinforce our defenses such as physical exercise and emotional well-being, since they are an essential part for our immune system to function properly.
Other ways to increase your defenses
Studies do not fail to corroborate the direct relationship between high levels of stress and suppression of the immune system. In addition, chronic stress increases blood pressure, blood sugar levels and alters the hormonal system, making the secretion of cortisol, adrenaline and endorphins constant, which could lead to being overweight.
Science shows that when we are sleep deprived, inflammatory cytokines increase while T cells decrease, two responses that weaken the immune system. Also when we are tired we have a tendency to consume not so healthy foods like caffeine or sugary drinks and ingredients. Sugar feeds the overgrowth of candidiasis, unbalancing the intestinal flora and weakening our defenses.
Practicing sports regularly increases defenses. The cause is still not entirely clear, but this fact is associated with the fact that the rise in temperature when practicing sport fights some germs, or that physical activity reduces stress levels, sweat helps to eliminate bacteria and toxins from the body and stimulates a better blood circulation. So now you know, do exercises at home like yoga, pilates, etc. Now, a word of warning: Overloading the body with too much exercise can weaken the immune system, so don't overdo it!
Water helps flush toxins from the body and keeps mucous membranes moist and prevents germs that induce colds and flu from sticking to the walls of the nose and lungs. Green juices will be one of your best allies. If we take care of our body with a good diet and healthy habits, we will create a “terrain” that is not conducive for germs to nest and we will be giving our body the necessary tools to have defenses at the point of battle.
As the years pass, the natural mechanisms of each person are altered, for the most part, by the lifestyle, since we contribute to the oxidation process being accelerated and therefore, aging occurs prematurely.
Just as there are certain health tips that you must follow at 30 or some secrets that can elevate your style at this age, there are specific beauty care for women in their thirties. If you follow them, you will fight the first signs of aging, you will avoid the imperfections that still appear (remember that adult acne is a reality) and you will protect your skin from the attacks that it usually suffers, from contamination to hormonal imbalances.
We reveal the four keys that, if they are not yet part of your life, should become your new habits today.
1. Change Routine every Morning and Night
The needs of the skin first thing of the day and last are different, so you should use different products at all times. In the morning, your face needs, mainly, protection since throughout the day you will suffer the attack of sun rays, pollution and free radicals. When you wake up, therefore, use a serum and a cream with antioxidant ingredients, together with sunscreen (in the cream or makeup, or both products better). After the day, focus your cleansing and hydration ritual on helping the nocturnal regeneration of the cells. Remove makeup and dirt from your skin with micellar water, follow with a retinol serum, and end with a moisturizer specifically created for the night.
2. Use the eye contour daily
It is one of the most delicate areas of the face because the skin is very thin and does not contain fat cells that keep it young. Therefore, the eye contour is the first area to show wrinkles or age spots and a specific cosmetic is, at 30, an indispensable product. Apply it with delicate touches in the area that remains on the cheek bone and keep some distance with the eye to avoid irritation.
3. Include the neck and neckline in the facial ritual
This is another extremely delicate area that often does not receive the necessary care, because you consider it part of the body and not an extension of your face, as it should be. The neck and neckline also need cleaning and hydration twice a day. This will keep your beauty longer because, even if they still look young, they will be the first areas of your body to reveal your age sooner than you think.
4. Understand makeup as a daily protector
In addition to a way to enhance your beauty, smooth your skin and camouflage imperfections, makeup (both the base and powders) are a way to create a protective layer against toxins, sun rays and free radicals. If you think it is better not to put on makeup at all so that your skin 'breathes', you are wrong. Whenever you leave the house, apply at least one BB Cream to prevent the consequences of the harmful agents listed.
5. Get Facials Frecuently
To fully enjoy glowing skin, it’s important to give your skin the care it needs. One facial in your lifetime isn’t enough to keep your skin happy. The best way to ensure your skin is healthy and clean is to have routine facials coupled with a good at home skin care regimen. To maximize the results of a facial and reap its benefits, set up a routine that works best for you and your skin. and book professional facials frecuently to keep your skin young and healthy.
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Eat smart, by choosing foods that regulate the metabolism at the exact point so that you burn fat, is what the hormonal control diets propose.
The hormonal control diet aims to manage the curve of insulin and glucagon, antagonistic hormones related to the level of glucose in the blood.
When you eat too much or abuse carbohydrates, insulin triggers and begins a chain of unfortunate actions: muscle breaks, fat accumulates. On the other hand, when eating proteins, the antagonistic hormone, glucagon, is released, which is released when glucose levels are low and uses the accumulated fat to raise them.
This diet involves three actions that you must follow during the day so that you get its benefits:
Japanese studies have shown that regular use of Kese mittens improves blood flow. Good blood circulation allows the body to quickly adapt to changes in the environment, which has a beneficial effect on the overall well-being of the body.
Kese Procedure is widely known in Turkey and in the Turkish baths, but it can be carried out independently in the shower or in the bath. For this, you will only need Kese-mitten for peeling and olive soap to wash the body after the procedure.
The procedure is carried out on a steamed body (15 minutes in the hammam, 5 minutes with a broom in the Russian steam bath, 15 minutes in the hot bath, 15 minutes in the shower). Conduct strong massage movements on the skin 1-3 times. You will feel that the mitten slides easier. Pay special attention to elbows and feet.
Mitten need to change like a toothbrush, every 2-3 months.
You can use kese no more than once a week.
TYPES OF CESE:
1. Kese soft. Woven from plant fibers and silk. Plant fibers are obtained from bamboo, tree bark, plant sap. This fiber is tough, but at the same time does not hurt the skin. Such kese universal and suitable for weekly use in the shower.
2. Kese is very soft and is used for peeling the face and very delicate skin. Kese is woven from silk.
3. Very tough goat wool kese. Traditional mitten, which is used in the Turkish baths. Such a kese can make a very high-quality and thorough peeling. It is advisable to hold it no more than 1 time in 10 days, especially if you are the owner of sensitive skin.
Massage kese of sheep wool. Ideal for daily anti-cellulite procedures, as well as peeling in the bath for a week.
Useful properties of kese: helps to open the pores, helps to remove fluid, prevent skin diseases, accelerates the skin regeneration process, makes the skin clean and smooth, prevents cellulite from forming and acne, prevents rapid hair growth after depilation, improves skin tone.
Using Kese: as a washcloth with soap or for peeling without soap. As a peeling, use on a clean steamed body. As a peeling, apply no more than 1 time per week. For individual use, change at least 1 time in 3 months.pa : Intercontinental Hotel, Qawra Palace, Seashell Hotel and Ramla bay Resort. In which one are you interesting?
One of the oldest types of massage is Hawaiian massage "Lomi-Lomi", which originated in the Polynesian islands a few hundred years ago. A technique was created, giving birth to harmony between body and spirit. "Lomi" is a Hawaiian word for "press, crush, rub," translate literally as "touching the soft paw of a contented cat." Initially, the practice was widespread in the salons, as well as in Hawaiian families, where it is customary for the wife to make it to her husband.
Features of the procedure
The movement of the masseur gentle, smooth, as if dancing. Palms, elbows, knees and feet. Sometimes special sticks and stones come to the rescue. The relaxing atmosphere forms the essential oils, also used in bulk and right in Hawaiian songs, setting the rhythm.
Effect of Hawaiian massage "Lomi-Lomi"
The main goal of the massage is to bring a person to a state of calm and harmony. There is an undeniable connection between the physical and the emotional. But because the mass of action is manifested at all levels of the human condition.
At the physical level occurs:
1. Normalization of blood pressure;
2. Removal of pain and muscle clamps;
3. Cleansing at the cellular level;
4. improve digestion;
5. normalization of breathing (removal of asthma attacks);
6. harmonization of metabolic processes;
7. general condition of the body;
8. improvement of mental processes, such as memory, attention, perception.
On an emotional level, it happens:
1. Release of old emotions;
2. Elimination of emotional blockades;
3. General relaxation.
Massage helps to transfer life to a state of harmony, to the common love, to fill it with vital energy. The state of deep relaxation also helps the fulfillment of the most cherished desires. As a result, the mass of customers can be sufficient strength and positive mood to realize their dreams.
Indications for massage "Lomi-Lomi":
1. Chronic stress, depression, fatigue;
2. Pain in the body;
3. Headache, dizziness;
4. Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular system;
Hawaiian massage "Lomi-Lomi" has no analogues. The very relaxing and healing effect that he carries can not be overestimated. Massage is rightly called the feast of the senses. Through work with the body, the soul is cleansed. Today, to get a portion of incredible pleasure, it is not necessary to go to Hawaii. The magic technique won recognition and received wide availability
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