State of Mind

A few days ago my daughter and I landed at JFK after traveling through four countries in Europe. It was a wonderful trip, a beautiful time reconnecting with family, meeting ones we had never met, and bonding with one another.

My husband met up with us for a week of Paris and London, his arrival was the icing on the cake for our daughter!

The trip was both magnificent and educational for my daughter. She was able to practice her Farsi with family, pick up some Italian and French, as well as learn a bit more about art and history by visiting museums. I am fully aware of how fortunate we are to be able to travel.

Yet, returning home was bittersweet. I have always been able to count on my parents for both the big and little things in life such as picking us up at the airport. When we landed I found myself searching the airport for my father’s face, but he was not there, and it hit me that he will never be there for us again. We took a cab home, my mother was always the first who would call when we returned home from vacation, this time, our house was silent. She too would never be there to call me again, a devastating realization. Needless to say it was a rough first day home, I turned in early. The next day I decided to put my focus on my vegetable garden, because being in nature always makes me feel peaceful and close to my source. I collected an abundant amount of herbs and vegetables from my garden.

I found myself smiling and having a feeling of abundance. I felt relief and joy which lasted for a bit but then the wave of sadness came back. Right then, I had an awakening, I knew that I would always experience waves of sadness. And like always, I knew that I would always fight it by looking on the brighter side of life, the same way my parents survived all that they lost.

If you have feelings of sadness taking over, just know that you are not alone, things will get better, you will be ok. Just keep on moving forward doing things that bring you joy and help someone else. We rise by lifting others.

Say yes to Celery!

It’s the latest craze, and I’m all about it! I’m talking about juicing celery.

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I first read about the benefits of juicing celery in the book Medical Medium. Anthony William is a wildly popular Medium and Healer. His unprecedented accuracy and success rate as the Medical Medium have earned him the trust of millions across the world. He claims “celery juice is one of the most powerful and healing juices we can drink. ” Just 16oz of fresh organic celery juice every morning on an empty stomach can transform your health and digestion in as little as one week.” I really wanted to try it but just put it aside, thinking it’s just another fad I’ll follow, and then I’ll stop, not worth it, I thought.  Then I had a lovely family friend who kept putting up the benefits of celery juicing all over her Instagram feed, how much she loved it and how great she felt while on it. It kept getting my attention, another friend tried it, inspired by the same friend @houseofhusina  and loved it. Please do follow @houseofhusina, she has amazing recipe’s and other interesting and healthy information.

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From what I’ve read, celery juice helps to purify the blood stream, clear up skin problems, aid in digestion, reduce blood pressure. migraines, fatigue, autoimmune illnesses, brain fog, and hundreds of others. It’s also rich in Vitamin A, Iron, Magnesium, Celery juice is a well known diuretic with the ability to flush toxins out of the body. Sounds like some pretty powerful stuff, right? I was pretty much sold after reading up on it. As per the Medical Medium, I drink 16 oz of fresh, organic celery juice first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. I’ve been juicing it for a couple of months now. Here’s what happened…

It really did help with digestion

Celery is rich in organic sodium which helps to increase the stomach acid, which in turn primes you for easy digestion. My digestion has never been better.  

No Bloating

Good digestion equals no bloating!  Certian foods really made me feel bloated before juicing celery. I noticed that now I don’t have that problem.Having a\ flatter stomach is also a great benefit of drinking celery juice, not completely flat but flatter! That’s better than nothing.

Energy Boost

Because my digestion has improved, I have more energy. I feel energized throughout the day.

I’m sure I’ll see other positive changes as time goes on. In the meantime, it took me only a week to notice a difference. If you want to know more about celery juicing pick up a copy of the Medical Medium, Celery Juice, The Most Powerful Medicine of Our Time Healing Millions Worldwide by Anthony William. You can find it on amazon.

Try it out, you won’t regret it. Give it a week and let me know what you think. You’ll need a cold juice presser, by aicook. I bought it from amazon and it’s perfect! it’s easy to use and easy to clean. Happy Juicing.

Please follow my blog and comment, like and ask me questions. I only share with you what I know and experience. These are my personal thoughts, I’m a write and not a medical expert. my goal is to help, inspire and lead a happy, healthy positive life.

Human & Being

You are a human being, mastery of life is not a question of control but of finding a balance between human AND being. Mother, father, husband, wife, young, old, all roles that you play. All that belongs to the human dimension but in itself it is not enough for a fulfilled truly meaningful relationships or life.

Human alone is never enough, no matter how hard you try or what you achieve. Then there is being, it is found in the still alert precences of conciousness itself, the consciousness that you are. Human is form being is formless, Human and being are not separate but interwoven. -Eckhart Tolle

Happy 4th of July!

Happy independence day! This is the second year that I celebrate the 4th of July without my parents.

My parents are gone almost two years. My siblings have moved, all doing their own thing. My family feels fractured. I’m feeling alone, sad and disjointed. I had not made any plans for 4th and then I found myself feeling a bit lost without my parents, my core. They were always the ones we chose to spend time with, I would do it all over again, I don’t regret at thing!

I spoke with one friend, reached out to a couple of other friends,, thank you Jamie, Kerri, Sine and Storey, you really are so special and I love you.

I have been sick a lot, shingles, auto immune illnesses, all because of my state of mind, my loss. I’ve just been focusing on keeping my 13 year-old daughter happy and busy the for the first week out of school. I look up to see my handsome, kind, loving husband and my beautiful daughter ready to head out east for the day and I realize I have all that I need,

I know that I have to build a new community for myself, a new sense of family. I’m thankful for all the connections I have, and for all the family and friends who are in my life.

I’m ready to let go of the old so that I can welcome the new.

Happy 4th of July, may you feel loved, free and connected!

Burning Bay Leaves

I’ve been burning leaves lately. Bay leaves to be exact, because for thousands for years they’ve been used for healing purposes.

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Bay leaves contain anti-inflammatory properties and it also helps our digestion and respiratory system. By burning them, you quicken the release of their active compounds. Just inhaling it reduces stress.

All you need to do is to place a dried bay leaf in an ashtray, set it on fire, then leave the room and close the door. The beneficial smell will fill the room, so you can return in a few minutes. Obviously, you will need to put out the embers and start inhaling deeply.

After the bay leaf is burned, it becomes airborne and relieve respiratory inflammations, treat colds, and prevent allergies.  There are so many ways to use bay leaves, including cooking with it. Do some research and find out about all the great ways bay leaves can help you live a healthier life.