Panaseeda ~ Black Cumin Oil

The Black Cumin seed (Nigella saliva) has been used for centuries to promote health and panaseeda-black-cuminfight disease.  The extra virgin oil  of the seed is the key!  Black cumin has been written about in every religious text ever published.

Hundreds of medical studies have been published in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the United States.  It focuses on it’s immune-enhancing properties.  It is also highly effective for healthy weight management.

Posted on March 16, 2015 by Anne Lamantia

Measures to bring people into Balance.

I will speak from experience.  Balance addresses the male and female part of us.  One can be female and be very controlling and non-sensitive and this holds true for the Male as well.  Being female this is what I know ~ I can be very controlling and critical.  When I am in this space I do not like it but what I have discovered I am in this space less and less than I have ever been in my life.  I am allowing to express and feel my feelings with ease.  I am giving myself permission to not hold back.  I grew up in a household where it was not okay to speak my truth.  I was born in 1962 and women at that time for the most part were not working outside of the house.  My grandmother did not have a license to drive.  I believe the female and male aspects parts of ourselves have been out of balance for some time, probably for eons.  So, here we are in 2015 and most women I know drive, have a right to vote and work outside the home.  We have taken back our power and this is balancing out our male energy.  From my observation males are participating in child-rearing.  The table has turned.  Not only is this individual but globally.  In order to be balanced we must seek harmony within our own lives.  With the demands that present themselves it is important to slow down, breathe and feel the underlying emotion into completion.  This goes for both genders -Male and Female.

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It Takes Courage To Become Your Own Mother

It takes courage to support yourself.  The key is not to look outside yourself for approval and acceptance.  We often look to others for are answers.  Maybe our Mom, Dad, friends and family.  I believe old tapes are running in are heads about how to be, what to do, we don’t deserve this, what will so and so think…  well, the hell with that!  I went to school to become a nurse 15 years ago and mainly I did it to prove to myself I could do this curriculum.  Another reason I did it was because I was guaranteed a job.  What I always wanted to do from a young child is write.  I’m 51 so why not begin now!

Supporting yourself means getting encouragement from those who have your back.  THis includes people who are honest with you, non-judgemental and love and accept you for who you are.  One could say they see your light, they see your brillance and they have walked the road of loving and accepting all of who they are.  Often are family are not that source  probably due to the fact they do not love and accept themselves.  More importantly support starts with us.  Discernment has been a key factor in my relationship to “yes” and “no” questions.

Trust is a must!  We must, we must trust!  What does that mean? Try it out and you shall see.   It’s like being your best friend and loving every emotion, every thought, accepting one’s doubts, embracing your fear, sadness, anger, guilt and shame.  This is part of our humanity and a wise friend once told me this is the doorway to our divinity.   When we start to do this we become “uncovered” and our light comes flooding in.   The brilliant child is revealed.

Posted on April 29, 2014 by Anne Lamantia

12 Steps to Authentic Living

First step;  Begin now, not where you were yesterday or the day before or 20 years ago.  It does not matter what went down in your life.  Your perceived wrong doings do not matter.  What matters is you showed up and you are ready to begin!  So let’s begin.

Second step:  Even if you believe you cannot do it, it’s okay because you can.  I believe in you and the divine believes in you and 7.2 million people in this universe believe in you.

Third step:  Take this moment and stop what you are doing.  Slow down, and notice your breathe.  Your breathe is a constant reminder of your infinity.  It is the only thing I know of besides dying that we have no control over.  It happens all on it’s own.  It is amazing to me how miraculous our bodies are.  Our systems know what to do automatically.

Fourth step:  You have everything inside of you right now – in this moment to come into the fullness of who you are.  Yes, you do my friend.   And if something is in the way of you coming into your fullness —- go to the next step.

Fifth step:  If you cannot come into the fullness of who you are, imagine you can.  Jesus said it only takes a mustard seed to accomplish great things. Begin now!

Sixth step:  Get out of your comfort zone.  Be courageous, only you know what it takes to take the next step.  Even if it is a baby step, it’s okay…  Rome was not built in a day.

Seventh step:  Seek Support.  I have found the people who have supported me held me accountable and pointed me in the right direction to find my own truth and accepted me without judgement, were honest with me and empowered me to love and accept myself.

Eighth step:  Take responsibility for your own life.  Let go of should, woulda, coulda.  Look inside for your own answers.  Notice when you are giving your power away to others.  Trust and use your intution.  Follow your heart not your head (that only gets you into trouble).!!!!

Ninth step:  You are your own master, your own guru.  What is it you have been wanting to do but you are not out of fear of hurting others feelings or letting them down.  The only person you can let down is yourself.

Tenth step:  Embrace all of your feelings in any given moment.  Anger, fear, depression, sadness, guilt.  Feel it all.  It is all of the human experience.  A wise friend of mine once told me that unattended anger turns into rage and he also told me if we don’t allow ourselves to emote than it becomes density in the physical.

Eleventh step;  Know that everything is unfolding in your life the way it needs to.  There is no wrong turns, only bumps along the road.

Twelfth step:  Life will get better.  I promise.

Posted on August 21, 2013 by Anne Lamantia

It is Only The Simple Things That Matter

Smiling, Laughing and witnessing the birth of a child, seeing the pain and anguish in others.  This is what I am about.   It is more about the little things, meaningful things that tug at my heart strings.  I am so grateful to be part of this orchestration called life.  As of this moment I think of the word “Allegorically” ~ what this word means via dictionary is “That there is more to something than it appears.”  We are human but more than that we are “spiritual.”  We are unquantifiable.  We are mustering through our lives as if we are only human but their is a “play” that is playing out beyond what I can only imagine.  This in of itself is enough.  You have free choice to participate with Joy, grace and ease.  No one can take this away from you.  This is your birthright.   Breathe into it and feel your expansion and freedom.  I am feeling alive and glad to be a part of this play that I am in.  Or as a wise friend of mine once said to me ~ Panache~ part of the unfoldment.

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What I know about Heart Disease

I am going to start this conversation with a testimony.  It begins with Eugene Carns who is my father.  He is 79 years old and was diagnosed with heart disease when he was in his early 30’s.  He had a heart attack.  He was very thin and smoked cigarettes and drank Genesee beer.  He sought the advice of his Dr. and was given a diet to adhere to.  It included skim milk, magarine and lean meat.  Yep, I remember drinking skim milk due to the fact it tasted like water.  Oh yeah I forgot to mention my grandmother had artheriosclerosis.  I don’t know alot about her circumstances.  As a child I never understood why he would have heart disease at such a young age and being as thin as he was.   Moving forward ~ 10 years later (age 40) he had another one.  He had awoken in the middle of the night with indigestion that would not go away.  The end result ~ Open Heart Surgery.  When he arrived home he looked 20 years older and Mom began balling her eyes out.  I knew he was going to be fine but I was afraid.  My Aunt Mary Pat who was taking care of me and my 4 siblings was afraid too.   Again, he needed to adhere to diet and exercise.  He slept on the second floor and was told not to climb stairs.  I remember he would never lift anything heavy (Dr’s orders).  I had  to haul wood from outside and up a flight of stairs into the second floor!  Luckily there was 5 of us for this hard labor.  He healed rapidly and was back to his old self.  What went through my mind was: ” I don’t understand why he has this disease he is so skinny.”  I did understand one thing ~ he had a blockage in his vessels which impeded his blood flow.  I never understood how diet was related due to the fact he was a very thin man.  When I look back at all of this I can see how afraid he was of dying.  He always spoke about it and seemed cautious with life to venture out and try new things.  Ten years later he had open-heart-surgery once again.  Same protocol as far as diet and exercise.  He was always mindful of what he was suppose to eat or not eat.  He did cheat with bacon.  He drank alot but did not smoke cigarettes since he was 30.  Fast Forward;  since than he has had another heart attack and stents put in and struggles with his body temperature and shortness of breath.  In the past he has been on a beta blocker and has gone off of it due to the fact he was barely alive while taking it.  Side effects are atrocious!

My observation;

I have always questioned what has caused his narrowing of his vessels and blockages.  We all know it does not help to be type A personality.  On a scale of 1-10 I would rate my Dad a 7 maybe a 8.   What I do know about my Dad is I rarely saw him cry and he seemed angry and sad alot.  He also was very controlling.  It makes sense to me when we do not allow are feelings to flow we constrict and become tight and are vessels do the same.  According to Panache Desai emotions are energy in motion and when they do not flow they get stuck in the body and this creates density.  I read a study once and it said when we are stressed are DNA tightens up and when we are calm it relaxes.

Helpful hints:  Breathe and relax.  Let go of the outcome of situations and let go of control.  Let go and let God.  Feel your fear, anger and sadness.  In the past it was easy for me to step aside from my feelings labeling them bad or wrong.  A dear “old” friend reminded me that these feeling were the doorway to my humanity.  Thanks to this “dear” friend of mine I feel free, alive and learning everyday in every way to love who I am.

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Menopause

Definition – Is the permanent end of menstruation and fertility, defined as occurring 12 months after your last menstrual period.  Typically between 45-50 years of age.   Synonyms = change of life.  I will add on my own behalf  “midlife crisis.”

My experience:  fatigue, insomnia, hyperactivity, anxiety, racing heart rate.   No I do not have hot flashes! :)

Remember:  We are all unique and have similar symptoms or we may not.

Is there an ending?  Yes, according to my friend.  She is 68 years old.  It usually runs it course for 10 years!  Ugh!!!

What has helped me: That this is not a curse and I am not going crazy!  This is real and my body is changing.  Reminds me of Bob Dylan song “Times are a Changing.”  I also will add that accepting this part of my life cycle has been instrumental.  Accepting the fact that  I no longer had my period was more difficult than I imagined it would be.  Who came up with that word period anyways!  I would describe it as a death, my fertility was no more.  What also has helped in this transition was the use of Estrogen/Progesterone and Testosterone cream.  I went to a Holistic Physician and had blood work to see what my levels were.  I am so glad I did,  I was not meant to suffer :).  I began to be more mindful of my diet due to the fact that I was not losing weight.  I incorporated more fruits, vegetables, protein and water daily and reduced sugar considerably :)  I also did some research on vitamins and minerals and one thing I kept coming up against is Vit B.  Vitamin B is beneficial for fatigue, insomnia, hormonal changes,  etc. etc.  I also added in Minerals, Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium.

What I have noticed during this transition:  Anger motivated me to look at what is really important to me and where do I want to invest my time and energy.  A time to exercise my power and truth!  I also explored to open up to my feelings instead of stuffing them because I do not want to live the next 30 years in an unhealthy way.  I hope you find this information helpful.

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Grief

Grief is synonyms with regret?  This is what I found in my research – a sense of loss and longing for someone or something gone.  A feeling of disappointment or distress about something that one wishes to be different.

We all have regrets, should have, could have, maybe a do-over.  Being in the present moment is all we ever have but one can remain stuck in the pas or the future robbing us of what is happening NOW.  For example I can still be playing out a scenario that happened 30 years ago.  Maybe being pissed off to this day of what occurred and has nothing to do with what is happening in this moment but the “sting” remains.  The key is to acknowledge the regret and feel into the underlying energy.  It could be anger, rage, fear or sadness that has never been embraced for what it was at the time.  These are human emotions and as human beings we tend to cover them up and or suppress them but nevertheless they remain stuck in our bodies taking on a life of their own.  This is turn can create density.  We all have our stories and what we want to do is to embrace our feelings in any given moment without negating or suppressing them.  This is as important as washing are hands.  We have been taught to believe anger and sadness is bad when in reality it is a blessing.  This is what connects us and it is an opportunity for the divine to embrace us.  When we begin to feel all there is to feel and embrace our humanity life unfolds in a miraculous way.  We are found through are humanity.  This is where love and compassion can be found.

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