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How to Take a Vacation That’s Good for You

Like a thankless American badge of honor, 2016 ended like many other years gone by – with a ton of paid vacation time left unused. $61.4 billion dollars worth to be exact, which represents the 55% of Americans who left 658 million paid vacation days on the table. But according to Project Time Off, those who skip their vacations could be harming their careers, not helping: “Employees who take 10 or less days of vacation time are less likely to have received a raise or bonus in the last three years than those who took 11 days or more.” In addition to being passed over for bonuses, they also cheat themselves out of the mental health benefits and self-healing that can result from traveling.

To make the most of your next vacation (because you’re not going to skip it, right?) follow these tips to get the mental health benefits from your time away, while avoiding the stress associate with travel.

The Average American Vacation

Since the biggest recorded barrier to taking vacation time is the worry of returning to a mountain of work, many Americans make themselves accessible during their time off. According to science, this negates the rejuvenation found by getting away.

For a true rejuvenation and healing of body and mind that should occur with a vacation, we need to have that disconnection,” Dr. Vatsal Thakkar, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the NYU Langone Medical Center, told CBS News. “It’s a little bit almost narcissistic to think that the world will stop if we don’t answer this email or return this call.”

Vacation brings peace and relaxation

Why (and How) You Should Use Your Vacation Time

The first step to taking your vacation is to plan for time off from work, which may have some beneficial side effects. Simply planning your vacation time correlates with increased happiness with your partner, your children, your job, your financial well-being and your health.

You should also avoid the stereotypical American vacation – over scheduling, which causes more stress instead of relieving it. To avoid this pitfall, be sure to plan downtime for exploring and simply relaxing.

Addiction Recovery and Travel

Travel allows you to experience new places, people and experiences; can also be a wonderful healing opportunity for those recovering from addiction. Not only does travel create an opportunity for perspective, traveling in natural surroundings has healing effects of its own.

“There’s a lot of data coming out on just the fact of being in nature,” Thakkar said. “There’s something about the smells, the sounds, even there’s some evidence on the bacteria that we find in nature actually have antidepressant property.”

And just as you would ground an electrical system, new scientific evidence shows that grounding ourselves through direct contact with the electrons on the Earth’s surface is a “profoundly effective environmental strategy against chronic stress, ANS dysfunction, inflammation, pain, poor sleep, disturbed HRV, hypercoagulable blood, and many common health disorders, including cardiovascular disease”. This may also help during the recovery process.

The Benefits of Vacationing with Your Pet

Take your dog on vacation with you

Since you’re now considering adding health-promoting outdoor experiences to your upcoming vacation, you might decide to bring along your furry friend(s). You won’t be alone, either. Eighty-five percent of those surveyed for PetRelocation.com’s annual Summer Pet Travel Survey said they bring their dog along on their travels.

One benefit of traveling with your pet is he or she serves as an adorable ice-breaker for meeting other vacationers and locals. Not only that, your animal is sure to keep you active and outdoors during your time away – and you won’t have to walk away from those big, sad eyes when you leave, either.

So if you’re in need of some time off, get it scheduled and enjoy some extra happiness. Plan a vacation that not only provides you an escape from the everyday but rejuvenates your health and well-being. You’ll be glad you did.

Article by Henry Moore

 

Seed of Wellness hopes you set aside vacation time this holiday season to enjoy spending time with the people and pets you love.

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Cannabidiol: from Abusive Drug to Potential Cure

The benefits of CBDCannabis has always been perceived as a contemptuous drug even though it bears numerous health benefits. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the 60 active cannabinoids identified in both cannabis and industrial hemp. When hearing about cannabidiol, people are often overwhelmed with questions and uncertainty about what exactly CBD is and how it may benefit them.

Due to the presence of CBD in Cannabis, it has been cultivated for thousands of years and used for various medicinal, psychoactive, and physical properties or merely for recreational purposes. In the ancient times, CBD was used to tackle anxiety and reducing severe migraines. Even though CBD was first discovered in 1940 by Dr. Roger Adams and his team at the University of Illinois, its structure didn’t attain clarification until 1963 after much research.

For a long time, medical professionals and the general public overlooked CBD because psychoactive cannabis took all the attention. Nowadays, CBD has caught some notice due to its various medical traits but is still tagged as illegal in most countries because it is found in the toxic drug Cannabis. Nevertheless, you can still find CBD at various medical stores and hospitals. In the US, CBD is viewed quite differently. Patients pursuing CBD treatments do not require a prescription to acquire CBD hemp oil. They incorporate CBD in their diet as a needful dietary supplement.

CBD does not have psychoactive effects unlike its counterpart THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which causes a ‘high’. Thus, it’s minimal side effects make it secure to use. According to a paper by NIDA, CBD acts to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC, such as memory impairment and paranoia. Though CBD helps induce sleep, some studies suggest that when given together with THC, this molecule appeared to counteract some of the residual sedative activities of THC. Contrary to THC, CBD oil does not cause variations in heart rate, blood pressure or body temperature.

Examine the infographic to get a better understanding of CBD’s health potential.

Article by Marcia Hines

 

Call, 440-933-7733, or come into Seeds of Wellness and learn about our CBD products by Blue Moon Hemp.

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Auras – What Are They?

How many times have you felt uncomfortable being near someone or felt like you have known the person your entire life? What you felt was the person’s aura. Everyone can learn to see, feel and sense auras to some extent.

Definition: “an energy field that is held to emanate from a living being” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Energy is a vibration created by protons, electrons and neutrons. These vibrations emit colors and frequencies around living and non-living items and are called auras. While the aura around non-living items (stones, cloths, houses, etc.) is mainly fixed, auras around living objects (humans, plants, animals, etc.) changes.

Aura around a personAuras extend around people about three feet from their physical body. However, your aura may extend further or be closer to your body, and the size can vary day to day. You may have sensed someone’s aura as you got closer to the person, and the closer you are to someone, the more you interrupt the flow of energy around yourself and them.

Each person has their own unique aura containing one or more colors that reflect their energy. The common aura colors are white, silver, red, orange, yellow, gold, green, blue, violet, black, brown and rainbow. These colors can show malfunctions in the body, levels of spiritual consciousness as well as emotional and rational states.

Like gemstones, your aura may need to be cleansed at times. Your aura can become thinner on one side compared to the other side, shrink upwards from your feet, have jagged edges, become flattened above your head or less vibrant in color. You can cleanse your aura one of the following ways:

  • Meditation – “Close your eyes, picture a white light radiating from within your body, and then imagine it flowing through your whole system from head to toe. Think of that bright light clearing out the dullness in your aura and bringing you back to a healthy centeredness.” from “What Is An Aura? 6 Things to Know About the Spiritual Idea of Auras”
  • Sessions with an energy healer
  • Smudge yourself with white sage, sweet grass or cedarwood
  • Spritz your body with spring water and a few drops of an essential oil like lemon, lime or juniper
  • Carry smoky quartz, obsidian, selenite or flint in your pocket or wear as jewelry
  • Take a warm bath with one cup or more of sea salt dissolved in the water

 

If you would like to learn how to see auras, sign up for our aura class on Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Seating is limited, so call Seeds of Wellness (440-933-7733) to reserve your spot now.

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Cartomancy: Divination with Playing Cards

Almost everyone has heard of Tarot Decks and Tarot readers. But do you know that you can also do divination using a traditional deck of cards?

Cartomancy-divination with playing cardsWhen doing a prophecy or divination reading using playing cards, it is called cartomancy. The exact beginning and origins of this practice is a mystery, but playing cards are known to be used in ancient India and for prophetic readings in Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs. Around the 14th century, divination readings using playing cards appeared in Europe spread by gypsies and became popular starting in the 18th century.

People are called Cartomancers or Card Readers, who perform divination readings with cards. The original playing cards, called Mamluk, from the Middle East consisted of four suits that related to Earth, Wind, Fire and Water and 52 cards. These cards predate Tarot cards, which were first seen in the 1300s.

Like Tarot readings, there are various card spreads you can use with playing cards. Each suit and card has its own meaning. For instance: Clubs are about money/finance and the Eight of Clubs represents trouble in business, relationships and personal as well as jealousy and greed.

To learn more about cartomancy and how to read playing cards, sign up for our upcoming “Introduction to Cartomancy” on August 17 from 6:30-8:00pm. Call 440-933-7733 for more information and to sign up now.

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Do You Have Psychometry Abilities?

Like all abilities, some of us are better at a skill than others. However, we can improve our abilities through practice. What are psychometry abilities?

Have you ever picked up a piece of jewelry at a garage sale and quickly put it down because you didn’t like the way it made you feel? Perhaps you feel overwhelmed with emotions, smells, etc. in antique stores. Can you locate items quickly? If you relate to any of these statements you may have experienced your psychometry abilities.

Everyone has some psychometry abilities.Psychometry, sometimes called “sensing with fingers”, is the ability to pick up information from the energy of an object or place by touching or holding them. The energetic information you receive relates to the people connected to the item or location. The longer the object or place is near or on a person, the more information about the person you may receive.

As you hold or touch an object you may hear, see, smell, touch or sense things from it. Don’t dismiss any of the energetic information you are receiving because it may not seem like anything to you but could be important to the person who owns the object.

Like all skills, it takes practice to become a psychometry master. You will get better at receiving energetic information with practice by just touching objects, clearing your mind, relaxing and allow yourself to receive information.

 

Interested in learning how to develop your psychometry abilities? Call us at 440-933-7733 to sign up for our “Learning Psychometry” class taught by psychic, Rev. Greg Nicholas on Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Seating is limited, so you reserve your seat today!

To learn more about this and other events, please visit our “Events & Services” webpage.

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Releasing Negativity Helps Improve Your Health

How many times a day do you call yourself or others stupid, ugly, clumsy, worthless, etc.? Unfortunately, our world is full of negativity, criticism and judgments. The results can cause one or more of the following negative emotions within you: anger, anxiety, conflict, grief, hatred, humiliation, isolation, jealousy and/or worthlessness.

Negative thoughts can cause illnessThese negative feelings have little affect on you if they last less than 24 hours but what if they last days, weeks, months or longer. Stress and negative emotions produce the hormones adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones cause inflammation within your body resulting in headaches, stomach aches, muscle soreness and other symptoms. Studies have even shown links to physical issues like dementia, heart disease and stroke.*

What do these negative emotions do to your mental state? One well known symptom is depression. Addictions to smoking, alcohol, pain medications, etc. could start because they may help you feel better, but over time you may need more and more of them to get the same feeling. Negative emotions and thoughts can also result in anxiety and/or panic attacks.

What you may not realize is that your world is created by your thoughts. Your subconscious mind records your thought as fact and sends this information to your quantum mind, which manifests your reality.

“Having said this, it is still our thoughts that create reality, and if we have negative thoughts that we think every day, those thoughts are going to manifest. Now, they might not manifest exactly as we think them, but negative thoughts always manifest in some sort of negativity. In other words, thinking negative thoughts about your neighbor may not result in a negative experience with your neighbor, unless he is on the same vibrational page, but those negative thoughts may manifest in car problems or issues at work, for example. We might not make the connection between our thinking and the events in our lives but negative thinking always begets negative experiences. This is the law of attraction, and it works regardless of if we understand how it works or not.”**

So how do you end the negative thinking and emotions? The answer is retrain your mind to become a powerful positive thinker. This can be done by doing one or more of the following items**:
Change your negative thinking to positive

  • Practice letting go of negative thoughts – don’t focus or fight with them.
  • Turn the negative to positive – by flipping the thoughts around, the positive thoughts will increase until there is little or no negative thoughts to flip.
  • Focus on solutions – instead of focusing on the issue, look for a solution.
  • Take responsibility – by separating yourself from your thoughts, your thoughts will lose power over time.
  • Drop your “buts” – when you say but, you change a positive to a negative
  • Be kind – changing your thoughts to positive takes time, so be kind, loving and patient with yourself.

Read more about these and other solutions to becoming a positive thinker in the source, “Negative Thinking: The Number One Cause of Depression and How to Overcome It”.

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*“Can Negative Thinking Make Me Sick?” by Health
** “Negative Thinking: The Number One Cause of Chronic Depression and How to Overcome It” by Reset.me

 

Join us every second Sunday of the month to experience how meditation can help reduce negativity in your life. Call 440933-7733 for more information or visit our Events & Services web page.

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Your Laughter Prescription: Benefits of Laughter

Laughing together increases our bonds with each otherHave you ever been in a room when someone started laughing, and a few minutes later, you were laughing too? How do you feel after laughing?

Laughter improves your mood, reduces pain, boosts your immune system and diminishes stress. When feeling frustrated, sad or anger, remembering a funny event or joke helps lighten your burden, increase your focus, improve your energy and change negative feelings and thoughts to positive thinking and emotions.

Some benefits of laughter are listed below:

  • Feel better – improves positive thinking, energizes your body and increases your sense of well-being.
  • Increases connection with others – reduces nervousness and increase bonds.
  • Decreases anger – laughter helps diffuse conflict and anger quickly and helps change your perspective on the situation.
  • Lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow – reducing risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Reduces stress hormones – by reducing these hormones, you boost your immune system and relax your body for up to 45 minutes after.
  • Activates T-cells – these cells help fight illness and improve resistance to disease.
  • Releases endorphins – helps you feel happy, and endorphins are your bodies natural pain killers.
  • Burns calories – over 15 minutes of laughter raises your heart rate and burns 30-50 calories.
  • Tones your ab muscles – laughing causes your stomach muscles to contract and expand.
  • Stimulates organs – increases oxygen intake and stimulates your heart and lungs.

Man feeling benefits of laughing while reading newspaperEven after the laughter subsides, the good feeling remains. It is difficult to feel sad, anger or anxious when you’re laughing. The healing powers of laughter help make you a better you.

 

 

Want to feel the benefits of laughter? Come to Seeds of Wellness’ FREE “Laughter Therapy Group” every 1st Saturday of the month from 10:30 to 11:30 am starting May 6, 2017. You can bring a joke and/or funny story to share. Learn more on our “Events and Services” web page or call 440-933-7733.

 

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What Is Scrying?

The ancient art of scrying (also called hydromancy, oculomancy and crystal gazing) dates back centuries. Various forms of scrying have been used by Egyptians, Native Americans, Greeks and other cultures. In “Ancient Persia — the Shahnama, a semi-historical epic work written in the late 10th century, gives a description of what was called the Cup of Jamshid, used in pre-Islamic Persia, which was used by wizards and practitioners of the esoteric sciences for observing all the seven layers of the universe.*

Learn How to Do ScryingSo what does it mean to scry? By concentrating or staring at an object like a dark mirror, smoke, crystal, liquid or other scrying tools, you get information via images, symbols or scenes. It is the use of our second sight (sixth sense) to see unseen things we can’t perceive with our other senses. You may see something from your past lives, receive a solution to your problem like finding a lost object or see into your future.

Scrying is most commonly done with a crystal ball, any smooth surface, such as a bowl of liquid, a pond, a crystal, or, as expert scryers can, a thumbnail. Innumerable objects have been used for the practice over the centuries. The Egyptians used ink, blood and other dark liquids. The Romans used shiny objects and stones. Mirrors are often used as well.

Ancient Greeks and Celts practiced scrying using beryl, crystal, black glass, polished quartz, water, and other transparent or light catching bodies.

One of the most famous people to use this technique was the French visionary Nostradamus, whose images were seen in a mirror and were the inspiration for his prophetic verses.**

To learn more about scrying and how to use scrying tools (smoke, dark mirror and crystal ball), sign up for the “Learn How to Do Scrying” class with medium, Gregory Nicholas at Seeds of Wellness. Call, 440-933-7733, or go to our Events & Services webpage to learn more.

*Scrying – Oracles of Divination
**Scrying” from Token Rock

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What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

What does your handwriting say about your personality?

 

It is interesting to understand the language of handwriting, isn’t it? You may not be aware, but your handwriting is one of your prime identity.

Actually, not only your identity but your handwriting also defines your personality in many circumstances, only you need to perceive it. For example, did you know your handwriting can reveal up to 5,000 different personality traits? Or no two peopele in the world have the same handwriting? Yes, it’s true! To understand everything about your handwriting and how “Graphology” works, check out this mind-blowing infographic designed by Essay Writing Service UK.

It will let you know about different interesting facts including why nowadays in many relevant areas like recruitment, personality profiling, security checks, management selection, your handwriting is considered as your unique Identity. Check it out!

(See a larger version of this graphic in the Essay Writing Service UK blog.)

Written by Suzanne Jones

 

To get a better understanding of handwriting analysis, read what the handwriting of some famous people like Elvis Presley, Mother Theresa and John Gacy say about them by visiting Handwriting-L’s website.

 

Are you interested in what your handwriting says about you? Greg Nicholas will analyze your handwriting. Sign up for a reading when Greg is at the store or come into Seeds of Wellness to have your handwriting sample mailed to Greg for analysis. He will call you on a day and time you say you are available with your analysis.

Visit our Events & Services web page to learn when Greg will be doing readings at our store  as well as our other events and services.

To learn more about Greg Nicholas, please visit our Biographies web page.

 

 

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What Is Heart Intelligence?

Everywhere we go these days you hear people say that we need to be “heart centered”, “speak from our heart”, and “follow your heart”. Why is this? What does this really mean? Almost 60 years ago, research showed that the heart communicates with the brain in ways that affect how we look and react to the world around us.

Heart Intelligence is a higher level of awareness As far back as Aristoteles, Greek Philosopher and student of Plato; some people have known that our heart is the center of our intelligence, not the brain. For the past 30 years scientist have been talking about Heart Intelligence, a higher level of awareness that arises from the heart. These scientists have validated what our spiritual teachers and traditions have been teaching us for many years, the heart at the center of our intelligence gives us access to our soul’s wisdom and wisdom of the Universe (or our Higher Self).

Heart Intelligence is a higher level of awareness that arises when you are able to balance and connect your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual knowing. When you can connect your heart and brain you will have the ability to be fully real, present, connected and heart-directed in every area of your life.

Our hearts send messages to our brain every day, if we can operate from our hearts instead of our heads we can experience greater levels of living, creativity, intuition and thinking that is from higher consciousness.

Written by Rev. Donna Bretz

Rev. Donna Bretz

 

Did you know that by tapping into this intelligence you can change your life? Learn practical applications of Heart Intelligence for yourself and others with Rev. Donna Bretz on Saturday, February 11 from 11:00am to 12:00pm. Cost is $10.00 and there are a limited number of seats, so call Seeds of Wellness at 440-933-7733 to reserve your spot today!

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