How Do You Nurture Yourself?

How Do You Nurture Yourself?

how do you future yourselfHow Do You Nurture Yourself?

How you nurture yourself all depends on what it is you are dealing with in your personal life.

Are you dealing with health matters?

Are you having relationship challenges and feeling your partner at arms length?

Is your family avoiding you and ignoring you or your feelings?

Are you having a higher level of stress and anxiety than normal?

Are you feeling more angry than normal, more tired than normal?

Are you feeling isolated, alone, sad?

How do you nurture yourself in these different situations? They each have different paths one would take to feel better, heal, come to solutions or happiness depending on the circumstance.

The first thing that is helpful is to do a daily meditation practice. You can start with 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes, or 30 minutes. Just that short window of time will make you feel so much better. some people like to jump in and start with an hour. If you have the time, go for the hour. If not, try a smaller time frame.

Then do something that’s going to nurture your soul, perhaps a new spiritual practice, such as yoga, chakra healing, reading a spiritual book, learning about angels, crystals, breath work, or even getting acupuncture, massage or a reiki treatment.

Another excellent practice is drinking a specific tea that is helpful for your situation. There are many teas on the market, and many you can make at home. Most teas are made with natural herbs and are a cheaper solution than buying multiple bottles of different herbs, or oils. Herbs and essential oils can be costly when buying in bulk, but teas are very affordable. Try to match your situation with the type of tea that would be helpful for that. If you don’t know, try seeking a tea expert, an herbalist, or feel free to reach out to me for suggestions.

Next, write down everything that is going on. It is very helpful to write down your feelings, and using your writing as a sort of therapy. Writing is very cathartic and sometimes when you write down what you feel, what happened, and the situation, it can help you let it go and feel so much better about things. Then you are able to move on from it, and almost feel empowered that you expressed yourself. Some people don’t like to write, but try pushing yourself a little, via a wordpress document, in notes on your computer, or even writing in a spiral notebook or nice journal book. It sometimes feels very good to write things down with a real pen or pencil. It touches a different part of the brain and releases energy pent up in your throat and lower chakras, believe it or not. It’s not going to have the same benefit as a meditation, or chakra healing, but it is still quite powerful.

Are you an artist, musician or do you like doing things with your hands? This could be a great way to nurture your inner self, and help get through a challenging event, experience, or point in your life. You don’t have to be an expert. As long as you do it, put your heart into it and are intentional, anything you do can be helpful, and in the end, amazing!

What is it you are dealing with? Talk to me here! I’m happy to respond!

Overeaters, Weight Loss and Yoga

Overeaters, Weight Loss and Yoga

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Health Coaching for those who wish to lose weight!

As soon as you notice you are bloated, gassy, and you ate something that made your stomach feel heavy, weighs you down, and made your stomach stick out more than your normal diet of healthy foods, pay attention to that!!!!! Notice…..write that food down!!!! And don’t eat it again (for a LONG time), and perhaps, maybe, eat a grapefruit the next time you have the craving, drink some water, or just meditate and focus on the feeling in your body!!! What you could do, now this is just what I do, you have free will, but you could go into yoga poses that enhance the release of the gas!!! Literally, make yourself fart!!!! There are a bunch of yoga poses that help do that!!! And do them! And, even rest. Sometimes when we eat foods that make us feel gross inside, it affects everything else too, and we just need to relax, lay down, or sit. That could be a great time to meditate. Do your journaling of your food diet, or whatever else you want to journal about, read, etc. Don’t let other people push you around. Just do what’s going to heal you, and make YOU feel good!

 

Excellent alternative for those who can't go deep into the stretch right away. Props are used to support the body to rest fully. One can also use a prop under the buttocks if yours knees bend but can't get the buttocks down to your ankles.
Excellent alternative for those who can’t go deep into the stretch right away. Props are used to support the body to rest fully. One can also use a prop under the buttocks if yours knees bend but can’t get the buttocks down to your ankles.

 

Note: Any yoga poses that put pressure on the stomach, actually are the poses that help release that feeling in the belly, the gas, etc. Ie. child pose, knees to chest when laying on the back, etc. And there are alternatives to poses that make poses much easier than what you see in books, on tv, etc and they can support you to do the poses when you think you can’t.

Yoga is a very powerful form of weight loss! Not only will it help strengthen and stretch the body, it will also aid in detoxing and releasing toxins, energy and weight that has been stuck in the body for some time. The longer the weight has been held up in the body, most likely, the longer it will take to let it go. However, don’t give up on yourself. Give yourself the time, and pleasure of yoga, self awareness and healing to lose your weight and get the body back that you love!

Asttarte Deva has been practicing yoga since 1998. She has completed 4 Yoga Teacher Trainings so far, a Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, A Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, a Yin Yoga Teacher Training and took a Classic Yoga Teacher Training. She has been a Holistic Healer, and studied Chinese Medicine, 5 Elements and a Natural Healer since 1997. She will be glad to support you in your long term health needs!

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Excellent for releasing gas! Again, make adjustments as needed for your comfort. You want to try to hold the pose for at least 5 to 10 minutes for maximum benefit!

 

Dedicated to my friend Jess!

What Color is Your Aura

What Color is Your Aura

What Color is Your Aura

What Color is Your Aura?

Do you know what color your aura is? Do you know what color your energy is vibrating? Do you know what frequency the energy your aura is vibrating?

Have you ever looked at an animal at peace, resting at home, and noticed the color he or she was putting off? Have you ever tried looking closely at your lover when they were upset, and noticed the color they emitted from their body?

When someone is at peace, they are going to put off a certain frequency and a certain color or colors that reflect the peace they are feeling. The same goes for when someone is upset; they are going to reflect in their energetic space, the colors that they are feeling.

For instance, when someone is feeling peaceful, quiet and gentle, you may notice their colors as green, blue or white. And, when they are upset, they may have more colors such as red, orange, even gray or black, or a foggy yellow or dark blue. The dominant color when someone is upset is red or orange, and the dominant color when someone is at peace is blue, green or white. Before even speaking to someone, you may be able to sense or pick up how they are feeling before beginning a conversation. Sometimes this is helpful when you know they may be feeling sensitive, or you are going to have a serious conversation. You may, in a sense, know how they are going to respond before speaking, or perhaps know how to speak in a way that may be supportive to the person’s reaction.

How do you change the color of your aura?

Once you are aware of the dominant colors you are putting off in the world, and you are aware of the meaning behind the colors, you can then choose, if you desire, to put off a different frequency and a different emotion into the world. The best way to change into a different frequency, is to choose “how is it I want to be feeling today?” And, make a statement to yourself, “I am choosing today to be happy, vibrant and to feel alive!” How might those colors reflect in the world? It might be a bright beautiful orange, a vibrant yellow, a soft or loud pink, and perhaps blue or green. We don’t get to choose the colors we put off, but we do get to choose how we want to feel, and then choose practices to support us to feel more in alignment with that choice. It takes practice to shift how we are feeling, but with practice, it can become easy.

People really do need people to support each other in this world, and sometimes, when you are stuck in a dark cloud, or dark aura, asking for guidance is the best solution.

Other positive statements might be something like this:

“I am grounded, secure and powerful in the world. I love who I am, and people love me!”

“I am a passionate being, I am creative and my creativity is a magnet for success, joy and love!”

“I love who I am, and I love what I do! People love who I am and love being with me!”

“I am a beautiful, kind human being, and that is enough! I can be me and that is awesome!”

If you know how you are feeling, you have more of an access for choosing to vibrate at a different frequency and a different color. If you would like to read more on the aura, colors and frequency, let me know. I’ll write more pieces to support you and your understanding, growth and creativity!

Blessings and Namaste,

Asttarte

 

 

Emotions in Your Muscles

Emotions in Your Muscles

emotions in your muscles

 

Often, we experience Emotions in Your Muscles, when at any moment you are feeling pain or discomfort in your body. Many times people go to a physical therapist or massage therapist to help get rid of pain in their body, but in fact, what the pain they are experiencing is the stress reaction to the discomfort or uncomfortable feelings in their body.

Our muscles carry feelings, and many times when a person does not know how to channel the energy of an emotion out of the body, or perhaps the emotional weight is too strong, then those feelings get stored in the body.

We as humans have many different emotions, and since we are mostly made up of water and energy, emotions that we are experiencing have an easy time in just settling in one spot when a feeling is not addressed, looked at, processed, or the energy of the feeling has not moved.

Everyone deals with their feelings in different ways, and in fact, there are so many types of practices on the market these days, that people don’t often know which to choose, which is best, and sometimes get stuck on a modality not aware that other things can in fact help them. Some may go to physical therapy, some massage therapy, some tai chi, chi gong, yoga, acupuncture, walking, jogging, exercise, therapy or counseling, meditation, or others. However, the intention is to get rid of pain, and the answer may be different for each person, the result is the same; a release of discomfort, movement of the energy or emotion and joy or peace in the body.

Some people don’t know that dealing with their anger or upset at their partner, family member or friend, may be the cause of the pain in their neck or pain in their back. Or, that their frustration with their child or challenge at work is the exact reason they are having trouble sleeping, having a hard time relaxing or discomfort in their body. Sometimes the most challenging things can have the simplest answer. And, often it takes an outsider to help look at the issue or concern and go deeper into finding a solution!

The ways I would help support someone with pain in their muscles, is in fact, any one of the modalities listed on any page of this site!

I hope for you, you are always asking for help when you need it, know a practice or practices that can help, and if you don’t, to please reach out at the time that is perfect for you! I am here if you ever need support or desire to go deeper into your journey!

Detoxing Your Life

Detoxing Your Life

Detoxing Your Life

Now that we are moving into the depth of fall, lifestyles are changing. We are moving into wearing more clothes, having more time outside, and sometimes our visions of our-selves change in the process. How is everyone doing? After the Thanksgiving Holiday is over, and preparing our feasts, spending hours long with our family members, we then dive into our Reunions, As I contemplate this season, I feel the passion for cleansing; cleansing my body, my spirit and my home. I’m changing eating habits to cleanse the extra weight from eating foods that put on pounds and within days I’m noticing the water weight quickly leaving me. I’ve replaced sugar for stevia, coffee with flavored creams to plain organic teas, salads with heavy dressing to olive oil, and energy drinks to green tea, essential oils and flower essences. In my home I’ve donated my son’s outgrown toys and clothes, cleaned the bathtub and toilet, and purchased excellent All Natural Coconut Oil and Olive Oil for new Sessions.

Tips to Detoxify Your Life

Instead of holding grudges on people, you could:
Consider their viewpoints; contemplate another way of looking at the situation
Hold compassion for others in your mind
Be more giving.

Instead of eating the same foods the same way, you could:
Consider some foods that put weight on you (make a list of the foods that make you feel bloated, lethargic, depleted or sick)
Trust your own body and listen to your body rhythms
Consider substituting out foods for better choices
Drink more water, and less soda, coffee or juices
Replace caffeine for herbs, vitamins or vegetables

Instead of harboring anger against your children, you could:
Be more patient and understanding
Look at the situation from their point of view
Take a moment to breathe before responding
Consider new ways to interact
Offer a new solution
Consider a family adventure

Instead of blaming your partner for your relationship problems, you could:
Start looking at why you are creating the situation in the first place
Ponder what it is that you are thinking that causes their reaction
Deal with your own stress responsibly
Communicate from a place of compassion and take time away if you are upset before speaking
Look at what it is you are doing, AND not doing, and go back to your relationship agreements (if there has been no agreements made, make them)
Communicate your needs and listen to the needs of your partner
Compromise

Instead of blaming everyone else in your life for your problems, you could:
Eliminate or maintain minimal contact with certain people in your life that are toxic
Talk to a Therapist, Counselor, Healer or Coach to sort things out
Start a Journal
Go for a Daily Walk
Go to Yoga or Exercise
Get a Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic care, or a Spiritual/Holistic Healing Session
Meditate
Start or recommit to your own personal growth
Find friends on the same page as you (similar goals, beliefs, passions, etc).
Try Ayurveda, Aromatherapy or Flower Essences
Recommit to a Spiritual Practice
Look at yourself!

What do you do to detoxify your life?
If you’re unhappy, do you keep doing the same things, or do you consider a new approach?If your friends are making you miserable, do you keep them in your life or find new friends?
What are beliefs that are making you miserable?
Do you maintain a physically healthy diet, and if you feel lethargic or bloated, what do you do to detox?
Do you keep your home clutter free, and if there are things you want to get rid of, what will you do to remove them?
If you’re unhappy in your relationship, what will you do to make a difference?
What are new approaches you will take with your children to bring you closer?
What practices will you do over the next few weeks to relax your mind and nourish your spirits?
The next time you feel an argument coming on, will you walk away or pursue the conversation in that moment?
If your family or neighbors irk you, what will you do to harbor compassion?
What is one thing you will do over the next week to take care of YOU?

During the times of Seasons Changing, it is important to take a broad perspective and look at your whole life at large. During times of seasons changing, often also what show’s up are changes in our viewpoints, our desires, our passions and our focus. Contemplate what the summer will bring you or what it could do to cause you suffering, and change your approach so the next couple months for you are rewarding, satisfying and enjoyable!

“Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you’ve got.” Jim Rohn

How to Detox from Mold

How to Detox from Mold

How to Detox from Mold
How to Detox from Mold (and Lyme’s symptoms)
Affirm “I do not deserve to have this as part of my experience anymore!” And, for anyone who has been living in a toxic environment, I’d say the same exact thing! Health symptoms are different for EVERY person, and they move throughout the body and change up as though on a scale of Wheel of Fortune or Lets Make a Deal, etc morning game show programs.
One year ago these were my thoughts on my symptoms:
Oh, to hold a glass of wine in my hand and actually be able to drink it, to run down the street for miles not thinking I’ll be in pain for a week afterwards and questioning if I should do it, to dance all night long, to be fully expressed in my body, to be fully healthy and functional and able to count on my body and rely on it, to be alert and pain free and able to run after my son and play with him easily, or throw him around if he wants without complaint or giving up quickly, to finish tasks to their completion, to be reliable and counted on,  etc.,  etc., etc.”

 

WHAT I DID TO SUPPORT THE SYMPTOMS
I am writing this piece as a recommendation from a friend and to those who requested to know why I am so happy and vibrant, that these products really do help.
So, I am an advocate for Herbology, among Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Flower Essences and Aromatherapy, but in this moment, we’re talking about Herbology!
One year ago, I went on a sabbatical cleansing process and for 5 days, I got up every morning and made my own smoothie, by hand, and put together a list of ingredients to support the healing or ease of the many symptoms. This was my list:
NUTRIENTS
What I put in my own smoothie:
Any milk you want to start with, I use Almond Milk, and sometimes Hemp milk
Raw Chocolate Cocao Powder ~ Maya Superfood – food added flavor and health benefits of Cocao
Vanilla Protein Powder formula – for those vegetarians or added protein to support the muscles
Green Superfood Powder Formula ~ (Amazing Grass Co.) – alkaline balance, health immune function, amazing energy, to provide chlorophyll, which aids in detoxification, and other valuable nutrients and enzymes.
Echinacea Goldenseal Combo Extract (tincture liquid drops) ~ (Gaia Herbs Co) – Echinacea – for immune enhancing, Goldenseal – antibiotic (do not take goldenseal for more than 1 week at a time)
Milk Thistle Extract – protects the liver
MACA (not for Lyme’s but great enhancer in my opinion) – (Herb Farm Co) Liquid extract to be added to drink – for sexual libido and energy (excellent for sexual health, awesome energy, etc).
Hemp Seeds – to be chewed – Omega 3, 6 and 9s, plus – 1 tbsp. Essential fatty acids are just good for you, great for emotional health too – great for joints and inflammation, helps combat pain and an anti-inflamatory
Bee Pollen Granules ~ to be chewed (Y.S. Eco Bee Farms Co) – to repair tissue and rebuild the blood
Kelp (Liquid Drops) ~ Contains essential vitamins and minerals and aids in detoxifying the body (only realized I own this just today)
Hemp Protein Powder – Essential Amino Acids, Omega 3’s, and 6’s
Barley Grass
Stevia drops for flavor
This helped for a while, until I discovered it was in fact NOT Lyme’s, but toxicity in the body from living right alongside and sleeping on top of mold, for YEARS!
VITAMINS TO TAKE IN ADDITION WITH FOOD
Garlic ~ helpful to just add in the diet whenever possible, in cooked foods in particular in a crock pot, a wok, or soups – aids in the immune system and acts like an antibiotic.
Multi-Vitamin (Women’s) ~ just important period, good for necessary vitamins – use a high potency source if possible
Vitamin E ~ any brand you like, can also be squeezed out of the liquid gel cap and added to drinks or foods  – An important antioxidant
Zinc Lozenges (Ultimate Zinc C) – Necessary for immune function
Ginseng Root – helpful to rebuild the blood and damaged tissues
Red Clover Capsules ~ (Nature’s Way) – cleanses the blood stream!!!!!
F – Complex & Liver Detox ~ (must get from a Health professional) – Liver detox, to cleanse liver (Lyme’s affects the liver  and when the liver is filled with toxins it can aid to easy aggravation, upset, anger, etc).
There are more vitamins one can take, but for me, 6 was enough!
VITAMINS YOU COULD ALSO TAKE
Pancreatin
Bromelain
Fish Oils
Primrose Oil
Selenium
Taurine
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
ADDITIONAL HERBS
Alfalfa – for needed minerals
Dandelion Root,  Hawthorne, Horsetail, Marshmallow Root – all for helping to rebuild the blood and damaged tissues
Antibiotics if you catch it early or find a really good doctor (if you have lyme’s, this is good, but if its mold you’re dealing with DOCTORS WILL NOT BELIEVE YOU).
I have 3 referalls for Holistic Doctors. I may heal it another way, but I’ll keep you informed. These list of vitamins will not cure it. They will only help support it. A cure is the best, but its better to start somewhere than nowhere!
How I’ve been able to manage this for so long:
That could be a long story, and I’m writing this quickly before my client comes here, but to put it briefly:
YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
2 YEARS OF MASSAGE SCHOOL
5 YEARS OF INTENSIVE REIKI SCHOOL TRAINING AND ENERGY HEALING TRAINING
AROMATHERAPY TRAINING
HOLISTIC HEALING TRAINING
BREATHWORK TRAINING  
TANTRA TRAINING
MEDITATION
HEALTHY FOODS
LOTS OF VITAMINS AND NUTRIENTS FOR HEALTH
GOING TO HOLISTIC CHIROPRACTORS
YEARS OF ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENTS
YEARS OF ACUPRESSURE SESSIONS
YEARS OF YOGA PRACTICE
BREATHWORK, BREATHWORK, BREATHWORK
TONS OF EMOTIONAL HEALING
THE BEACH, MOUNTAINS, ROCKS, ETC. IN PRAYER
PAGAN AND GODDESS CEREMONIES
FRIENDS
OTHER HEALERS SUPPORT AND TOUCH
A STRONG WILL
PATIENCE
ETC….
After researching and discovering it was not lyme’s, but in fact mold, I took a stand to move out of that apartment, spent a YEAR long, and continue to, take cleansing products such as: colloidal silver, benzonite clay, activated charcoal, cleansing teas and herbs, use ayurvedic oil pulling EVERY morning and do as best I can to avoid gluten, dairy and processed sugar! Next step is legal action. The journey is not a short one, but once you discover what you’re dealing with, that is the quickest path to ending the problem!
I wish for all to know the TRUE source of any health issues they are dealign with, and instead of taking a long time to get to the truth, and spending countless hours in treatment unnecessary, or putting up with things, and perhaps treating yourself, talk to those who have similar situations, similar conditions and find the answer for YOU!