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Finding balance through Wise Effort

Finding balance through Wise Effort

Libra season is coming upon us towards the end of the month (my birthday month!!), which is good timing to chat about my reflections over the last few months about balance.It's crazy how much balance plays an integral part of our well-being in our lives.If we do too much, we get tired, exhausted, overwhelmed, sick.If we do too little, we get stuck, feel stagnant and lazy and it gets hard to become active, we get sick.If we eat too much, we feel bloated, our bellies hurt us, we gain excess weight, we get sick.If we eat too little, we don't get enough nutrients that...


Making space + nature practice

Making space + nature practice

Making space.This is a theme I've been paying extra special attention to over the last month.What does it mean to you to make space?What does space feel like to you?Does it feel like expansion?A deeper breath?Taking breaks?Not planning?Self-care?I'm approaching making space in my daily life by giving myself space. Space to slow down. Space to begin again. Space to feel my body and my emotions and the moment. Space to find joy and peace.I make space in my mind, usually narrow and constricted and laser-focused on my list of things to do, by having a Mandee Day and not having any plans...


Summer seasonal self-care

Summer seasonal self-care

Seasonal Self-Care: Summer There were times when I thought Spring wouldn't ever end, but what I learned throughout the last season at home is that nature continues moving forward. Nature is resilient. And so are we. We made it through and we will continue to make it through. So.. Happy Summer!!Here are some things I like to do for self-care during summertime: kayaking  smoothies ~ my recent favorite recipe is: [a handful or two] frozen kale, [1/2] frozen banana, [a handful] frozen blueberries, [1 scoop] green superfood powder, [1 tbsp] peanut butter, [1 tbsp] chia seeds, unsweetened almond milk hot...


Ahimsa. What it means and how we continue to practice

Ahimsa. What it means and how we continue to practice

I'm feeling the heaviness of all that is happening in our nation right now deep within my heart as someone who stands for non-violence, kindness and compassion so much that Inner Light Botanicals was built on a foundation with a mission to spread these values.Ahimsa in Sanskrit means "non-violence" or "non-harming" and it is part of our practice in yoga. This doesn't just pertain to non-violence to others, but to every one and every living thing.. including yourself. This includes physical and psychological pain. This includes the way we speak and the words that we say to ourselves.So in times like these what can we practice?...


Get cozy with your mind

Get cozy with your mind

We're dealing with a lot of unknowns today. Unknowns about when we will go back to work, unknowns about our own health, the health of our loved ones and our planet, unknowns about our finances, unknowns about when life will get back to normal so we can go out into our world without a mask and gloves and without having to wipe our groceries down or wash our hands until they turn raw. When will we be able to sit in our favorite restaurants and have a nice dinner? When can we go to a cafe and sit and chat with a...

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