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Himalayan Pink Sea Salt Lamps seem to be just about everywhere these days.  You can even purchase Himalayan Pink Sea Salt in natural food based stores such as Trader Joe’s.  The pink salt is said to have all of your antioxidants in it when consumed.  So what is it about these Pink Salt lamps and what is the low down on them?

The most important factor and why most people are attracted to these natural lamps is because of their ability to cleanse and deodorize the air.   Himalayan Salt Lamps have the power to remove dust, pollen, smoke and other types of particles and contaminants from the air.  How do they do this?  It is through a process called Hygroscopy.  Hygroscopy is the process in which the salt attracts the water molecules from the surrounding environment and is able to act as a filter and absorb those molecules.  The lamp becomes heated due to the light bulb in it’s center and is able to filter out the foreign particles which stay trapped in the salt of the lamp.  The clean water molecules are then released back into the environment producing cleaner air.  

These beautiful lamps are also capable of reducing allergy and asthma related symptoms.  Because of it’s ability to filter out the foreign particles in the air a lot of allergens and positive ions are removed as  well. Positive ions are mostly created from the multitude of electronics we constantly have surrounding us.  They are harmful to us when inhaled because they help to make the little hairs that protect our windpipe from allowing toxins into our lungs sluggish.  When these little hairs become sluggish they then allow for more toxins to filter through.  The lamp is able to absorb these positive ions and thus release negative ions back into our surrounding environment.  The negative ions are beneficial to our health and much better for us to inhale.  

Lastly they also help boost energy levels.  When we go on a beautiful hike, or ride our bike in nature, or simply put our feet in the ocean negative ions are produced.  As you recall negative ions are beneficial to us and in turn help to create adrenaline and energy in our systems.  With the filtration process that happens through the lamp turning those positive ions into negative ones it thus produces energy boosting benefits!

Adding natural things to our daily lives that benefit our overall health and also our mind are key to longevity.  With all of the electronics, and preservative produced food it is crucial that we use and practice as many natural techniques as possible to help benefit our mind, body and souls!!

There are many things in life that bring us joy, happiness, or a sense of freedom and energy.  One that I can speak for personally is travel.  Travel creates some of the best teachings and experiences that life has to offer.  It allows you to explore other places, people and things.  Different scenery, different weather norms.  It allows us to experience what is new to us but common life for other people.  However, that is not all that travel has to offer.  Travel is also great for your health in all aspects really, mind, body and soul.

 Travel helps us take a step back from hectic everyday life.  It allows us to relax and de-stress in an environment other than our own.  It helps us to step away from schedules, and to do list’s and duties.  A friend of mine who does Hawaii nature tours on the island of Oahu, told me that halfway into her tour she starts to see people visibly relax.  They look at the beauty around them and kind of lose themselves in the moment of where they are and what they are seeing.  She said it’s actually quite incredible to see.

Another health benefit is that travel actually decreases the risk of heart disease.  Yes because of the de-stressing and relaxation benefits traveling produces, and the mere fact it helps us step away and decompress from constant everyday stresses, it promotes heart health and lowers your risk of heart disease.  In a study done those that traveled less and took less time off work tended to have higher heart disease risk factors.

Traveling also helps us reconnect to what really matters.  Often in everyday life's hustle and bustle we start to neglect the things that we really enjoy or that are most important to us.  Taking a walk on the beach or doing that awesome hike while on vacation helps us reconnect with nature.  Also planning a trip with a loved one or partner helps  us to spend quality time with each other and enjoy interacting with one another.

In light of the freeing effects, travel seems to help us increase our spontaneity and self discovery.  Being exposed to new things and new adventures helps us to live outside our comfort zones and try new things.  It is also found that because you feel relaxed and a little more free on vacation your guard is down a bit and you are open to try new things.  Like surfing in Hawaii, or snowboarding in the Utah mountains.  In doing new things you then discover more about yourself.  You may even find new passions or hobbies.  

The exposure to new cultures is perhaps one of the greatest benefits of traveling in my opinion.  By exploring new places and countries, you are exposed to how people live, eat, interact, and spend their free time.  You see how another part of the world lives and what is the norm for them.  From housing, to food preparation, and the types of food they eat.  It’s quite amazing to learn about other people's ways of life on this planet that we share.  

With cultural exposure comes education.  Traveling is perhaps one of the best forms of education out there.  It gives the individual first hand experience at different religions, food, history, and beliefs.  Having this type of exposure helps us submerge ourselves in the entirety of it and experience it for ourselves.

Traveling is something that can be enjoyed solo or with others.  It can lead us to find our passions in life or to make that big move into the unknown and toward something new.  It allows our mind, body and souls to align and enjoy life in that moment.  It frees us from life's constraints and allows us to reconnect with ourselves.  Mind, Body, Soul!

Outside the box...out of your comfort zone...shake things up!  Those are all just a few saying we have heard in our lifetimes refering to change and what is positive for the soul.  Perhaps my favorite of all time however is “ Get comfortable with being uncomfortable”,  said by personal trainer turned celebrity, Jillian Michaels, those words could not ring anymore true.  We as people like the idea of comfort.  We like knowing what is before us and the idea of routine.  Afterall if you know how to do something and do it well it builds confidence and allows you to shine brighter.  However what it often does not allow you to do is branch out and grow.  When I say grow I mean in different forms, through different outlets.   Most of us may not be exactly happy with everything that we are doing in life.  A lot of times this unhappiness is the mundane routine of our jobs that we feel we need to stay at because it is our source of income and means for survival.  Lets face it, it also is what allows us to take vacations and buy the finer things in life.  But how do you know that there is something else that you are extremely talented at, that you enjoy doing if you never branch out and explore the unknown also known as  the uncomfortable?  The fact is you don’t.  But most of us stay within the boundry lines of our daily routine, our job we may hate and the city we live in because it is what we know.

The first thing you need to remind yourself if you find that you are one of these people(most of us are) is  “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!”  Realize that sometimes in order to grow we have to believe in ourselves and trust our abilities to make a change and find what truly makes us happy.   Life is way too short to never explore,to never really get out there and take leaps and risks.  Life should not just be an existence but a happy enjoyable time here on this Earth surrounded by the people we love and care about.  

Make it your daily mantra.  Repeat it to yourself when you feel the depths of routine weighing down on you. Today is the day to “GET COMFORTABLE WITH BEING UNCOMFORTABLE” We only get this one life…. start living it to it’s fullest potential!  

 

Possibly one of my favorite artists of all time is Charles Bansky.  His expression through his art and his simplistic style catch the eye of many and the attention of everyone!  I recently came across the above picture as a friend of mines post on my instagram feed.  It speaks volumes of truth in so many ways.  It interprets where we are in the world as a country, nation, and as people.  This picture basically is a representation of oil.  It depicts the way America has moved to other countries to strip them of their oil to create a false leadership for the United States.  We are no more in control then if we didn’t have everyone else’s oil.  In fact we are now the bully in the equation and nobody likes a bully!! Our Nation is no longer about all of us being brother’s and sister’s or that humanity is unified and we have compassion, emotion, and a duty to each other to treat everyone equally.  No, our nation is instead split into groups who think they are better than the next.  So if we really can’t gain a strong presence and foundation throughout the world we may as well take everyone’s oil and prove that we are leaders!?

In the wake of the many natural disasters that have occurred recently, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, floods etc. we have still not found anymore unity.  There are those that get out there and make a difference, that feel for the people that have no homes, cars, food or clean water.  But still the number is higher for those that turn a blind eye simply because they are not in that severe of a position in the wake of a huge natural disaster.  

This picture spoke volumes to me when I first saw it on my news feed.  The caption my friend provided made me think and feel even more.  At the same time I realized how powerful of an expression art is.  How it can speak volumes by a simple drawing or painting and really create a bigger awareness of problems and issues.  So thank you Charles Bansky for being a beautiful artist, for expressing the underlying truth of the world we live in and for adding so much more depth to a life that is beginning to only be a surface facade.

I wanted to add a different perspective to my previous post. We all don't necessarily see the world in the same light, so it's good to get out of how we perceive it, and look at through different eyes.

I cam across this video the other day and it's pretty hilarious, its not really totally applicable, but I think it adds some good contrast to my literal interpretations. Be warned that it may not be for all audiences. Enjoy

Today I metaphorically leave the womb and enter the interspace as a newborn with my first post to this site. This will not be a riveting story or interpretation from yours truly, but simply a bold statement letting you know I'm here.

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