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Metta – Loving-kindness

 

It hit me all at once. A domino effect of emotions flowing through my entire system. I can feel the process of death happening within. Metaphysically speaking of course. The Self I knew and was attached to was dying. A rebirth was taking place. Partially by a Universal force and partially by my own awareness. 

Prior to my trip to Tulum, my mind and body felt off. Once I returned I got really ill. An illness that lasted a month! In and out of the hospital. With no answers. Just test after test. (Currently, looking deeper into why there’s free fluid outside of where it should be in my pelvic area). 

In the midst of feeling ill, I had to pack and leave my sacred space. My sanctuary. My home. Packing and leaving took a toll on me. More than I realized it would. All I kept thinking about was all I could not control. Wishing I was better. Wishing I was still “home”. Wishing I can sleep well. Wishing, Wishing, wishing. This created so much struggle within. Soon I realized that home truly and literally is where the heart lives. But, I can’t lie, I’m going to miss shooting my videos in that amazing foyer! IJS…Lol!

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The greatest gift I gave myself during this time was the space to love myself exactly where I was. In my suffering. I accepted myself right in the middle of my pain. Purging when I needed to and giving so much love to my heart. I meditated deeper. Practiced Qi Gong. Exercised a little. Smiled. And, most importantly, I appreciated every moment the Creator gifted me with. 

One of the mediation practices that helped me (and is still helping me) was Metta Meditation (also known as Metta Bhavana).

Metta means love (in a non-romantic way). It also means benevolence, good will, friendliness and kindness. Hence, loving-kindness. Metta derives from the Pali word friend. Bhavana usually mean meditation, cultivation, or development. I will explain more about Metta Bhavana in a later post. 

Here’s a simple Metta mantra I would mindfully send to myself:

May I be filled with loving-kindness.

May I be well in mind and body.

May I be free from all internal and external harm.

May I be at ease and at peace.

I would repeat this to myself and then say these words mindfully towards a loved one, someone who hurt me, a stranger and the Earth.

Thank you for reading. May you be well in mind and body. Filled with loving-kindness, at ease, peaceful and free from all internal and external harm.

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Beauty Review: Skinnamon Body + Face Coffee Scrub


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I really get a kick out of creating my own beauty concoctions using natural ingredients.  However, once in a blue, I like to try other people’s healthy beauty products. I came across Skinnamon online and I was eager to try it out because the product is composed of ingredients that fit right in with my lifestyle!  Skinnamon Body + Face Coffee Scrub is an all natural product that promises to help you fight cellulite, stretch marks, eczema, acne and dry skin. Intrigued by all that the statement promised, I decided to test out the product.

Oh my goodness!  The smell of the fresh coffee bean is amazing! It made me want to eat it right out of the bag and I don’t even drink coffee!

I followed the directions, used the wooden spoon it came with and applied the product from the feet up, in a circular motion. I was very gentle with my face and lips and kept the product on for 5 minutes then rinsed it off with warm water ( I also did a final cool rinse – this is part of my beauty regimen but optional for you). Following my shower, I was introduced to much softer, radiant and dewy skin!

note* You might want to apply the product while in the bathtub as it can get a little messy.

This product left my skin super hydrated. I moisturized after the shower as directed but, I really felt like I could have skipped that step. The natural oils from this product permeated my skin without leaving my skin greasy.  It was just the perfect blend.  I normally have oily and acne prone skin, but this product helped balance the oil my skin naturally produces.

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What you will find in this product:
Organic Raw Sugar, Ceylon Cinnamon, Robusta Coffee Beans, Himalayan Pink Salt, Organic Brown Rice, Cold Pressed Sunflower Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Vitamin E.
Skinnamon is a 100% vegan beauty company with products formulated to exfoliate, polish and nourish the skin with a combination of Super Oils and Active Botanicals.   Handmade in New York City.

Now a little something for all you beautiful souls.  Skinnamon is offering $5.00 off for my viewers. Promo code: SADE5. Shop here to have your own experience with soft, healthy, glowing skin!

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Disclaimer: Skinnamon sent me this product for reviewing purposes. However, the views and opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of the people, institutions or organizations connected with the company. I choose the content on this blog and the opinions on here are solely mine.