Sapphire belongs to the corundum family and obtains its color from iron and titanium. The name sapphire comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Sani” meaning Saturn and was considered to be the stone of Saturn in the old cultures of Europe and India. Sapphire energizes the brow chakra (6th) and allows us to see old patterns that are no longer useful in our lives. When we align with Sapphire we are able to look at our own lives in a critical way and toss out everything that does not stand up to scrutiny. With Sapphire energy our intentions will become so clear that both thoughts and ideas will be realized very rapidly. Sapphire encourages processes to maintain health and well being through a mental decision to stay balanced and healthy.
The holidays are upon us and it is a great time for sharing and caring. Many festivities, parties, and family gatherings take place from now until after the New Year. And of course as the fun abounds, so does the spending and the temptation for overindulgence with tasty feasts and treats.
The average American gains 5 to 8 pounds over the holidays and for most of us it doesn’t seem to come off as fast as it goes on, especially in the winter months when we are less active. It is not necessary to buy into it these statistics, you have a choice. Get a plan together and follow it. Let go of limiting beliefs around food and the holidays.
There are many programs that are sponsored by companies and health clubs to give you incentive to maintain your weight over the holidays such as “Maintain Don’t Gain”, “Project Zero”, “Race to Waist” and “The Sugarplum Challenge”. Join the fun and get involved with one of these fun projects to help you maintain your weight over the holidays.
The holidays provide us with many opportunities to test our dietary and financial will power. To keep our spending and our weight in check there are four steps that are essential to creating a holiday eating and spending plan.
1- Start with your intention. What do you want to happen over the holidays? Do you want to maintain your current weight (the holidays are not the best time for weight loss goals)? Do you want to stick to your financial budget or holiday financial forecast? Write your intention down, paint it, draw it, whatever you need to do that will remind you off your goal and post it where you will see it everyday. State your intention in the positive and in present moment such as, “I am grateful and energized that I am eating a healthy amount of healthy of foods to sustain optimal health and maintain my current weight during the holidays.” “I am excited and grateful that I am staying within my financial spending plan as I shop for gifts to share with those that I care about”. Say it first thing in the morning and visualize so that it has a mental impression at the beginning of your day, and repeat it again and visualize before bed. Repeat your intention several times a day like a mantra.
2- Make a plan to deal with both the expected and unexpected. Plan to take very small portions on Thanksgiving. Chew your food slowly and savor every bite. Eat consciously, paying close attention to the way the food feels in your mouth, its texture, its taste, and the affect it has on your body. Put your fork down every few minutes and take a break from eating. This allows your stomach to catch up. Stop eating when you are full even if there is food still left on your plate and regardless of any pressure from others to continue eating (including the voices in your head)!
3- Have some clothing handy which fits snugly that you can wear at least once a week. It will keep you in check. If you find your clothing is too tight, modify your eating. It’s much better than relying on a scale.
4- Track your spending. Write down everything you buy, keep the receipts and calculate your spending at the end of each day to help keep you on track.
Planning ahead is a measure of class. –Gloria Steinem
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I am The Soul Power Coach, mentor, speaker, trainer and author. http://PurposeToPassionToProfits.com