7 Steps to Health, Wealth and Inner Peace

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Book: Steps to Health, Wealth & Inner Peace – Francis O’Neill

This self-help guide is designed to give you all the information and tools you need to get all fired-up and get healthier, wealthier and find inner peace – indeed make a success of your life in mind, body and spirit.

“Steps to Health, Wealth and Inner Peace” sets out to offer valuable insight into getting your body healthy and staying healthy – through down-home suggestions on improving exercise and rest.

It contains seven essential principles (gleaned from research with ten business entrepreneurs), plus tips and advice on improving your life success rate.

It tackles well-being through using self-hypnosis to improve on the beliefs and patterns of the subconscious mind (a Betty Erickson self-hypnosis method is included) and, through the exploration and use of creative visualisation – the latter which the author began exploring seriously thirty years ago through the work of healer Matthew Manning and the training of Robert Fritz (author of The Path of Least Resistance).

Equally important, the book offers a simple guide to meditation, a loving kindness contemplation, and draws on Buddhist essentials towards improving one’s spiritual life.

From the Author…

This book has been a real joy to write, particularly as I have been thinking, experiencing and writing around the topics covered here for some years, and now have an opportunity to share them.

Steps… is a compact book. It began as an aide-memoire to myself – more or less in bullet-point fashion – to remind me of what is important going forward.

It is a reminder of the simple steps you can take – indeed steps one really ought to take – in order so as to keep life and soul together, to be true to oneself and successful in one’s endeavours.

I trust you will find it of interest and benefit to you.

Francis O’Neill is the founder of SomeInspiration.com and can be found on networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

These Common Household Items May Be Making You Sick

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Our homes are a source pride and comfort; for many, decorating and adding just the right touches to each room help make a house feel like the perfect place to relax and entertain guests. However, there are parts of a home that can carry illness-creating germs, and because we see or use them everyday, they often get overlooked.

While it’s scary to think that our homes have the potential to make us sick, it’s nothing to panic over. There are very easy ways to suss out these issues and keep them from becoming problems for your family, and most of them just involve some elbow grease and soap and water. Here are some of the best tips for finding those pesky little germ farms and getting them clean.

Start in the kitchen

While every room in a home has the potential to carry germs, the kitchen is one of the worst culprits. The refrigerator, especially, should be well cared for, in part because raw meats and vegetables can carry the E. coli bacteria. Wash all fruits and veggies as soon as you get them home from the market and give the bins they’re kept in a good wash down with warm water and soap often. It’s also a good idea to wipe down all trays and shelves and clean out the fridge/freezer once every couple of weeks so that old food doesn’t have a chance to get moldy.

Any utensils that sit out on the counter–which can acquire grease and dust–should be washed before use, and the blender/food processor should be washed thoroughly after every use with soap and hot water.

Furnace/A/C filters

Check the filter on your furnace or air conditioning unit often, especially during the hottest and coldest months when it runs the most. The filter catches quite a bit of dust and other nastiness from the air, but when it gets full it not only makes the unit work harder, it also doesn’t do its job quite so well, meaning you might acquire a nasty cough or allergy-like symptoms. Change the filter often and keep a few spares handy during winter months. Also, check the system itself to make sure there are no leaks, which can lead to mold throughout your home and can cause various illnesses, including respiratory problems.

It’s also a good idea to regulate the temperature in each room in your home so your body doesn’t have to work so hard to stay warm or cool off. Programmable thermometers are extremely helpful in keeping homes at a steady temp, meaning you can stay healthy and possibly save money.

Wash your sheets

You may feel safe going a couple of weeks without washing your bed sheets, but it’s important to change them often–once a week is good. This is because dust, dead skin, and mites–yes, tiny, microscopic bugs–live in the material and can cause allergies and make us more susceptible to illnesses like the flu. This is especially true when the room is closed up all the time, so open the windows now and then and air out the space, and make sure to vacuum too.

The Bathmat

The bathmat is a breeding ground for mold and bacteria, so give it a wash in warm water a couple of times a month at least, and hang it up to dry after you use it. It’s also a good idea to dry off as much as possible while you’re still in the shower so you don’t get the mat completely wet, which can lead to mold and mildew.

Hey! Do you have any other tips on preventing pesky toxins from entering the home? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

 

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Co-sleeping: How To Get The Best Rest For Your Family

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Many moms and dads who want to engage in natural parenting are torn on the issue of sleep. There have been many studies done regarding Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and how bed-sharing can affect it, but the reports are conflicting. Some sites say that in many cultures where parents sleep in the same bed with their baby, SIDS is nearly non-existent, while other statistics reveal that baby is safest in his own bed. According to the CDC, nearly 3,500 children die every year from SIDS, an alarming number that has some natural parents worried. Many healthcare providers say that bed-sharing parents who smoke, drink, or fail to make sure the bed is completely safe for baby are at greater risk for losing their child to SIDS. Some of the complications can include having loose blankets or sheets that the child can get tangled up in or having wide gaps around the bed that the baby could accidentally fall into.

Co-sleeping is a much better option for many parents. This involves sleeping in the same room as your child but not in the same bed. Because children can have such varying sleep patterns from infancy to toddlerhood–due to teething, growth spurts, illness, nightmares, or because of changes in everyday life, such as a move or a parent changing jobs–it can be difficult to establish one routine and stick with it. That’s okay; just keep in mind that your nighttime patterns will be in flux for a little while. Natural parenting ideologies state that it’s important not to force a child to sleep when they aren’t tired or keep them awake when they are clearly ready for sleep just to stick to a routine. While it can cause changes in your own sleep patterns–and your frustration level–you can try to find ways to move with it. Establish a nighttime ritual with your little one, such as reading a bedtime story or singing a song, brushing teeth together, or having skin-to-skin contact during quiet, winding-down time. This can be especially beneficial to toddlers who are wound up from a busy day.

Many natural parents believe it’s important not to engage in the practice of letting your infant “cry it out” at bedtime, which some parenting sites suggest as a way for parents to train the child in order to get everyone on the same schedule. Self-soothing can reportedly lead to increased stress levels that may affect the baby well into childhood.

If you want to practice co-sleeping with your child but are unsure of what the safest option is, there are some choices that don’t involve the baby being in your bed, such as using a bassinet, side-bed (a small bed that has only three walls so it can be pushed up against an adult bed), or a toddler bed that is simply in the same room with you. For infants six months and younger, be sure to keep pillows and soft, fluffy bedding away. It may seem cruel to make your child sleep on a flat surface–such as a thin mattress– but it’s the safest route.

Benefits of sharing a room with your baby include extra bonding time for Dad, especially if you are breastfeeding. It can also make feeding times much easier during the night, although some breastfeeding moms may find it more difficult to wean the baby off the breast. Sharing a room also lets you use the other bedroom for other purposes, and who doesn’t like getting the most out of their home’s space (particularly as all that comes with an expanding family begins to take up more of it)?

Some parents find it difficult to retain intimacy with one another while sharing a room with a child, so it’s important to talk openly with your spouse or significant other about the pros and cons of co-sleeping so that you are both on the same page. Co-sleeping can be a huge life change, and it’s always a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider about any decisions you make regarding your child. Together, you can find a routine that’s right for you and your family.

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Health Habits that Lead to Inner Peace

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Inner peace is something most Westerners struggle with. We lead busy lives, working jobs we don’t necessarily like, eating with convenience over health in mind, and trying to squeeze time in for a social life. The average American day is a recipe for stress, anxiety, and depression. There’s a reason these are considered diseases of the developed world. Here are a few habits you can cultivate to soothe your mind and find a little serenity.

Meditation is Popular for a Good Reason

Meditation and yoga are commonly associated with new age movements and hippies but in actuality, any form of meditation is hugely beneficial. Meditation is very easy to learn provided you dedicate yourself to practicing daily. Start with five minutes per day and gradually increase the time until you’ve arrived at a satisfactory length. The standard is between 30 and 45 minutes, but the best part about meditation is you can tailor it to suit your needs.

Yoga is a good next step for inner peace. In its true form, yoga is a combination of meditation and exercise. Yoga used solely for exercise without the mindfulness aspect is both culturally appropriative and less beneficial. Seek a yoga teacher or studio that practices genuine yoga. After a few classes, you can easily begin practicing at home. Learning the key poses are all you really need for beginner yoga. If classes are out of your budget, YouTube has some great beginner yoga series.

Walk A Dog, Any Dog

Dogs are a wonderful addition to your home. They are highly attuned to human emotions and can serve as excellent reducers of stress, depression, and anxiety. Furthermore, dogs are a good way to ensure you stay active. Dogs require regular exercise and interaction with other dogs. This prompts you to get up and go out on walks or to dog parks. Both the dog itself and the exercise it offers you will guarantee a mood boost and increase in physical health.

If your situation does not allow you to own a dog, there are still ways for you to benefit from what they have to offer. By offering dog walking and dog boarding, people are not only able to spend time with dogs, but also able reduce their stress and increasing energy levels. However, at the end of the day, the dog goes home to an owner who pays for its needs and houses it for you. This is an ideal set-up for people who either cannot afford a dog or are simply too busy to keep one.

Remember There is Always Another Side

Americans are often prone to anger and frustration. We work frustrating jobs and drive alongside others who seem as though they should not have passed their driving tests. Yet one of the best things you can do to maintain serenity in your daily life is to consider the alternatives. For example, when a person cuts you off in traffic, rather than clinging to the irritation their action caused, think about what else could have made them behave irresponsibly.

Maybe their child screamed, distracting them from their surroundings. Maybe they saw a nail in the road and needed to get out of the way. Try to see any possible option beyond “They are rude and terrible drivers.”

The same policy can be applied to your job. When a colleague fails to complete a task, rather than thinking they’re lazy or stupid, consider what might be going on in their personal life. Something might be happening that is preventing them from working efficiently. Perhaps a loved one is sick. Or maybe they’re just so busy they forgot that particular task. It is best to see the potential positive in everything rather than the assumed negative.

Inner peace is hard won in the modern world. But a few habits to remove you from negative or stressful situations can go a long way. Exercise, meditate, adopt a dog, and work to change your mindset. Clinging to stress and frustration does nothing but hurt you. Release your grip and find a little peace.

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