Catalyst

Catalyst

Do not despair.

When you are in the midst of suffering,

Become an alchemist.

Every day add a pinch of a catalyst to your suffering

And let it simmer.

Love is my catalyst.

What is yours?

May my life be as authentic as a tree…

When a tree is growing from the seed, its only purpose is to grow and thrive.

Once it becomes a big tree then it will serve the neighbouring environment by spreading its seeds, providing shade and shelter, and becoming part of all beings.

When autumn comes this tree loses its leaves and humbly accepts the nature of letting go of its leaves.

This tree is not worried about where to spread its seeds. It just trusts the wind.

This tree is not concerned about why and where the leaves are falling. It trusts the cycle of universe, and the gravity.

This tree is not worried about to whom it’s providing shade and shelter. Just trusts those who need the shade and shelter will come to it.

The main purpose of this tree is to grow and thrive by being truly nourished, leaning towards the sun to get more light, and growing deeper roots for balance and stability.

How do you:

– Truly nourish yourself?

– Bring in more light?

– Grow deeper roots for creating balance in your life?

– Let go of your story?

– Surrender to NOW?

Eat it NOW before it starts melting

What do you do when you have an ice cream cone in your hand?

You eat it and you make sure it does not melt because if it does then it’s messy.

 

What do you do with your precious life, today…NOW?

 

 

Are you waiting for:

 

– Meeting the right partner so you can go camping, hiking, and travelling with him/her?

 

– Paying down your mortgage before you go on that trip that you dream of?

 

– Losing 20 pounds before you go to Hawaii, because you are worried how you look in a bathing suit?

 

– Going to a yoga class when your life slows down?

 

– Meditating when your house is less busy, or you moving to a bigger house so you can have a room for meditation?

 

Don’t wait for the perfect time to do what you desire.

Eat life like it’s ice cream. Eat it now before it starts melting.

 

 

Mehrnaz Massoudi

Perfection of Aging

 When I was young,

the thought of wrinkles on my face terrified me.

No one told me when I get older,

I would only see the wrinkles on my face with magnifying glasses.

No one told me of this perfection of aging.

When I was young,

how I was troubled with the dust around the house.

No one told me when I get older,

I would only see the dust around the house with magnifying glasses.

When I was young,

how I flaunted for perfection.

 No one told me when I get older,

the only perfection is in that moment,

when I look at a flower in bloom,

when I hear the call of an owl,

when I let the waves carry me on my board.

And when in that perfect moment,

In that beautiful spot on the lake,

I scattered my mother’s ash,

oh would I see a fish nibble on her ash,

that was her wish,

oh this perfection of aging.

Mehrnaz Massoudi

Don’t Shush Your Thoughts. LISTEN.

On a subconscious level, you may have several negative self sabotaging thoughts. Consistent thoughts become your beliefs.

Perhaps one of the main reasons why positive affirmations do not work is because of the presence of negative beliefs in your subconscious.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a powerful tool for clearing these negative emotions and thoughts. Freeing your subconscious will allow positive thoughts and affirmations to take root.

Studies have shown that each day the average person has about 70,000 thoughts. Practicing mindfulness allows you to listen to these thoughts. Listening to your thoughts is the first step in meditation and moving towards a more positive mindset.

Mehrnaz guides you with EFT and mindfulness to create a shift within from negative beliefs to positive ones so you can achieve your dreams. This allows you to be the happiest and healthiest you.

Meditation under 5 minutes – Pebbles

Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Imagine you are sitting in a beautiful dreamy place; white sandy beach with ocean breeze and sunshine, on a beach by a beautiful lake, or any place that you feel safe and comforted.

Now bring your focus to your breath.

Inhale for the count of 4.

Hold your breath for the count of 4.

Exhale for the count of 4.

Now breathe gently and keep your eyes closed. Now visualize that there is a small pile of pebbles in front of you; only 3 of the pebbles have special written messages on them for you. The messages are what you need the most right NOW in your life.

Example:

– You.are.Light

– You.are.Love

– Love, Calm, Content

– Courage, Self-Love, Compassion

– This.will.Pass

– You.are.Enough

Place your both hands on your heart and feel the the messages in your heart.

The purpose of this meditation is feeling the Light & Love within You.

The light within me salutes the light within you.

 

Under 5 minutes of meditation – Bags

Deepak Chopra and Mehrnaz

Deepak Chopra and Mehrnaz

Close your eyes and sit comfortably. Now imagine you are carrying one bag in each hand. Fill one bag with all the stress you feel presently, and the other bag with worrying thoughts and anxieties. Take few seconds to feel the heaviness of the bags on your hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, and head.

Now put the bags down and scan your body and see how it feels. Bring your attention to your breath.

This mindfulness practice is for the purpose of giving you a quick rest from stress and anxiety. You may do this meditation anywhere; at home, office, or even in a parked car.

The light within me salutes the light within you.

Cucumber Avocado Sunflower Dip

1 lemon, freshly squeezed lemon juice

3 tbsp olive oil

1/2 English cucumber peeled or 1 small cucumber

2 tbsp sunflower seed butter

½ avocado

Pinch of sea salt

Add all the ingredients into a food processor, in the order listed . Process until the mixture is smooth.

4 Ways to Happier YOU in Winter

1- Fish oil or plant Omega-3

Recent studies have shown inflammation in the brain cells of people who suffer from depression. Fish oil and plant Omeg-3 may lower inflammation in the brain cells.

“Fish oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which play an important role in brain function. People with depression may have low blood levels of brain chemicals called eicosapentaenoic (i-koe-suh-pen-tuh-e-NO-ik) acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (doe-koe-suh-hek-suh-e-NO-ik) acid (DHA). EPA and DHA can be found in fish oil.”

Mayo Clinic: D. Hall-Flavin, M.D.

 

2- Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to depression and inflammation.

Read more here:

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Depression

 

3- Limit eating processed sugar

Processed sugar increases inflammation in the body. Eat whole foods.

 

4- Moderate Exercise, Meditation, & Yoga

All these activities lower inflammation in the body, while increasing “happy hormones” like Serotonin and endorphin.