Diva Musing: So I’ve Written A Book…

With the help of my favorite illustrator I just completed a children’s book for my grandson’s birthday.  Its a story to help them not miss Daddy so much when he is deployed in the military.  The book is called “Where in the World is Daddy”.  I can’t wait to see it in published format.  I ordered the kit from Amazon and the people at the publisher are so helpful and accommodating to work with you. 

I had the best time doing this.  I’ve recommended to all of my family to let each family write one and exchange with the cousins during the holidays.  We will then have a family history as seen in he eyes of the the children of this generation. I hope we can get everyone to contribute for a really fun collection.  I love to invent projects for and to do with children.  It keep me young myself.  

Start now to create a project the whole family can participate in for the holidays.  It takes about three weeks from shipping to the publisher to get the returned product.  I can’t wait.  I’ll try to figure out how to put some the graphics on here for viewing.  Happy creativity, My Divas…Namaste, The Queen Cronista

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Diva Musing: Weeds in Your Garden…

Weeds in your Garden

I mention with passion and redundancy the FACT that “…form follows thought!”. Our mind is a garden of what ever we make it. If we focus on negative thoughts day in and day out then the weeds of negativity become thick and hard to extract.

If we plant our seeds with optimistic delight and water with a flow of positive energy our garden will never have to fear being overcome with the ghastly weeds that infect so many gardens. Look on the bright side, only see the beautiful blooms that are coming through your positive thought fertilization of your mind. Picture your table blessed with vases of blooms that you created through this discipline of thought.

Keep the negative people away from your auric field. They are the roots of the devil weed that can consume positive discipline. If all of this is just too “woo-woo” for you, then just remember your basic physics…”form follows thoughts”! What are you choosing to manifest in the world today? Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Musing: Relationship Stuff….

Relationship Stuff…

Everyone who knows a drama queen/(prince) raise your hand! I dare say most of us are sitting around the globe with our hands raised…if we are honest. As a wise old crones we have the distinction to have been around he block many times. Our roller coaster has been rolling a long time. The valleys…The Dark Night of the Soul… and the peaks… Love, Light and Abundance…have been in and our of our lives too many times to count.

Let me assure you though, The Dark Night of the Soul comes shortly after I slip into forgetting my gratitude journal or daily meditation and prayer time. I know it is all up to me in the end.

So, may I encourage you to take the time the Universe need you to take to stay on track?

So often much of our ups and downs coincide with relationship issues. It seems the cogs of the relationship wheel breakdown more often that any other piece of life machinery. Good relationships have a much better appeal than ones that bring the drama and problems with them. The tapestries of our lives are woven by everyday heroism, support and giving of ourselves to others. The uplifting of souls on a daily basis tends to make the world glimmer so much more brilliantly.

Ask a light worker how they share their lives with others. Ask them what they do to intentionally make their time spent with others quality time. Ask them how they encourage others to laugh at life’s quirks and foibles to lessen the dark impact they could have. Do we actually listen to others or nod with our minds elsewhere? Do we really focus and hear? Do we do this often?

The data say that we actually have a better life if we join the world in a spirit of oneness. When we can honestly care about others successes and show them our joy for them….the world is a better place; for them and us. Realities of the time and space continuum mean there are only a few people we can totally interact with in real time. However, I personally, am blessed and delighted by the number of intelligent, awesome, and inspiring people I know.

Since life has thrown me some curve-balls of late, I must confess to brain fog of a new kind. So, I welcome all input from our Cronista readers to help us all with ways we can better serve our world with our light and love. Let’s help brighten our life tapestries with the genius of our readers and Divine Divas from around the globe. Tell us ….what’s your light? Namaste, The Queen Cronista

 

Diva Musing: 14 Top Herbs of the Bible…

Since my ICU hospital glitch, I have been researching my daily supplement cocktail to make sure it has in it what I need in this season. I believe in the ancient texts and wisdom. Especially and foremost the Bible itself. Here are a few herbs and spices I’m finding in the Bible that I need to research more. Hope you enjoy.

14 TOP HERBS IN THE BIBLE

People have been using herbs for thousands of years because of their culinary and medicinal benefits. I’ve listed out some of the most popular herbs of the Bible, and what they were traditionally used for. Hopefully, you can pick up a tip or two on how to incorporate these Biblical herbs into your diet today.

Aloes

The Aloe Vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of conditions, most notably burns, wounds, skin irritations, and constipation. Aloe was also used to embalm the dead, as well as for perfume. Today, aloe is used in many ways including treating burns, sunburns, healing bruises and rashes, moisturize skin, fight athletes foot, prevent scarring and stretch marks, speed up hair growth, and many more.

Anise

All parts of the anise plant were used during Biblical times. The seeds, leaves and stem were used to cool high temperatures, as well as for other medicinal purposes. Today, Anise can be used to help with digestion and can be used as an anti-flatulence agent, a relief aid for coughs and colds and also can help with insomnia. Usually taken by crushing the seeds into a tea.

Balm

Balm refers to an extremely fragrant substance that was extracted from the balsam tree. In Biblical times, balsam was considered extremely valuable. Its gum was used as incense, while the oil that came from the bark, the leaves and the berries worked well as medicine.

Bitter Herbs

Bitter herbs are a collective term used for lettuce, horehound, tansy, horseradish, endive and coriander seeds. Bitter herbs were mostly used for food. In fact, the people of Israel were commanded to have bitter herbs with their Passover lamb. Today, they can be used to help with urinary tract infections, kidney stones, fluid retention, achy joints and gout.

Cassia

Cassia oil was popularly used as anointing oil during Biblical times. Cassia has aromatic properties quite similar to cinnamon. Today, Cassia can be used as natural hair care, coloring and conditioning. The leaves are harvested, dried, and ground into a powder used for natural hair care.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon, once considered more precious than gold, has some amazing medicinal benefits. The bark, where the oil comes from, was traditionally collected for anointing oil, as well as perfume. Today, cinnamon can be used for athlete’s foot, indigestion, improve brain function, helps lower blood glucose levels, among many others.

Cumin

The ancient Israelites took cumin seeds, dried them, and used them to flavor their food. Today, cumin can help with digestion, cardiovascular disease, urinary disorders, and fever.

Frankincense

Most popularly known for incense, Frankincense was used during ceremonial offerings and considered an article of luxury. Today, it can be used as an analgesic, antidepressant and sedative, in addition to being a powerful healing herb. Frankincense is also a primary ingredient in stress-reducing incenses.

Garlic

Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, dating back to when the Egyptian pyramids were built. Today, garlic is used to help prevent heart disease, including atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries (plaque buildup in the arteries that can block the flow of blood and may lead to heart attack or stroke), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and to boost the immune system. Garlic may also help protect against cancer.

Hyssop

Hyssop is a sweet smelling plant from the mint family. It was used in many ceremonial rituals of the Israelites, as burning hyssop typically meant an inner cleansing.

Mint

Mint has been used for thousands of years as a culinary herb and for medicine. Today, mint can help with stomach aches, poor digestion, fever, hiccups, ear aches and sinuses.

Mustard Seed

One of Jesus’ most famous parables was about the mustard seed. This may be because mustard grew so abundantly in Palestine. Today, mustard can be used for soar throats, muscle and back relaxing, and as a hair conditioner to treat damaged hair.

Myrrh

In Biblical times, it was sold as a spice or an ingredient of the anointing oil used in the Tabernacle, or as a salve for the purification of the dead. In the Roman world, it was considered a natural remedy for almost every human affliction, from earaches to hemorrhoids. Today, myrrh can be used as a cleansing agent, and to help with ulcerated throats and mouth sores.

Saffron

The most expensive spice in the world today was also very dear during ancient times. Because of its distinct yellow color, saffron was used not only for flavoring but to make ancient dyes as well. Ancient peoples used saffron to treat stomach upsets, bubonic plague, and smallpox. Today, recent studies have indicated possible health benefits, including cancer-inhibiting properties, aiding in allergies, help combat depression, and promote a feeling of fullness (in terms of diet).

I found these here:
Read more at https://draxe.com/the-top-14-herbs-of-the-bible/?p=15#l6s5X0gvixxzjO67.99

Diva Musing: Be One of These, My Divas & Princes…

Be One of These, My Divas & Princes…

As the sun sets on each day and we reflect as we should on our blessings, ask yourself if you met one of these OR were one of these to your world:

A Person Who Brought…

  • Light to the Darkness of the Day
  • Sunshine into a building suffering from stagnant Karma
  • Smiles to those who had not yet smiled that today
  • New Hope to humanity by showing your love and hope for it
  • Renewed enthusiasm to someone whose soul was suffering
  • Focused attention to someone in need of it
  • Quality time to someone in need of it
  • Performed tasks for loved ones; not out of duty (for Karma Points) but out of true love
  • Helped an elderly or infirm person because no one else is there to help them
  • Send love to someone far away because no one is there to do it
  • Pray for something for someone else because you know how the magic works
  • Give away things that no longer suit your life so that others may find them and make it suit their lives

I am not a person of material wealth but what I have I gladly give to others in need. We each have a treasure chest of gifts to give the world. We need to recognize them, honor them, and above all give them to the world… it is our duty to do so. My daughter is a comic. I tell her the God gave her a gift of humor. It is her duty to give it to the world. She does that with love and a flare like no other. What is in your treasure trove? Find it, and give it with the flare only you can give it.

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Rambling: CARB Cravings….

Ok, the doctors are all over me since my last near death experience to loose more weight.  Exercise was always my way to combat it.  Now, however, it’s like trying to move a rusty engine to get things to move to even walk.  So life style change it is.  I found this article on carb cravings and thought I’d share it.  I’ve read enough articles to be a nutritionist apprentice and so have most of you.  But  good tips from others are always beneficial.  I cannot find the website but if I’ do I’ll post later.  Anyway see if this helps you with any life challenges that you struggle with at the moment.  

CARB CRAVINGS…
OMG STRESS!!!

Stress?  It. Is. Everywhere!

Our natural “fight or flight” stress response can sometimes go a little overboard, to put it mildly.

This stress response is supposed to help us escape injury or death in an emergency (like running from a bear) — and then return to normal after we’ve fought or flown. In other words, it should be temporary.

But, that doesn’t happen in our society. Stress becomes a long-term reaction. It becomes chronic.  We’re constantly being bombarded by stressors, whether it’s from work, world issues, relationships or our own self-doubts and anxiety.

And what do many of us do when we’re stressed? We reach for those high-carb foods like cookies chips, pasta, crackers, cereal or bread.

Hands up if you’ve ever had a sugary cereal for supper — or as a late-night snack!  Toast with jam?  Yeah, I bet you have!  We all do it!

So, how do you stop carb cravings?  One way is reduce your cortisol levels.

You’ve probably heard of the main stress hormone, called “cortisol.” Or maybe not? It’s released from your adrenal glands in response to stress. It’s naturally high in the morning to get you going, and slowly fades during the day so you can sleep. That’s cool.  No problems there, right?  It’s a good thing.


But did you know that chronically high levels of cortisol are associated with an increase in:
  • belly fat, 
  • carb cravings, 
  • poor sleep, 
  • brain fog, 
  • high blood pressure, 
  • high blood sugar.

It can also affect your immune system.

Sound familiar? If so, then read on because I have a list of foods, nutrients and lifestyle recommendations to help you lower this stress hormone naturally and get rid of carb cravings.

Foods and Nutrients to Lower Cortisol
1) Reduce Sugar

Let’s start with one of the biggies that increase your cortisol: added sugar. Reducing the sugar we eat and drink can be a great step toward better health for our minds (and bodies). 

While I’ll never tell you totally drop sugar,  reducing the total amount you eat in a day can go a long way in helping reduce cortisol levels (and be healthy for lots of other reasons, too!).

See:  How to Conquer Sugar Cravings and Conquer A Sweet Tooth

2) Reduce Coffee Intake

High doses of caffeine also increase your cortisol levels. If coffee makes you feel anxious and jittery, then cut back on the amount of caffeine you ingest.

See: Is Coffee Good for You?  Well, Yes and No… 

3) Drink More Water

Being dehydrated increases cortisol — and it has zero calories! Make sure you’re drinking enough water every day, especially if you feel thirsty.

See:  7 Reasons to Give Water The Respect It Deserves

4) Eat Less Processed Foods 

Eat a variety of nutrient-dense whole foods; this doesn’t just help reduce stress hormone, it helps all aspects of your health.

See: Why WHAT You Eat Matters

5) Pay Attention To Your Guts

Don’t forget your probiotics and prebiotics! There is so much new research about the gut-mind connection, and how taking care of your friendly gut microbes is key! Make sure you’re eating probiotic rich fermented foods and getting a healthy dose of prebiotic fiber.

Lifestyle Strategies to Lower Cortisol
It’s not just food that can lower cortisol, but there are things you can do with your time that can help decrease stress.

1)  Reduce your stress with mindfulness. Many studies show that reducing stressful thoughts and worry reduces cortisol.

2)  Get enough exercise (but don’t overdo it). While intense exercise increases cortisol levels temporarily, it can reduce overall cortisol levels.   Yoga, walking and pilates can help relieve stress and keep cortisol levels down.

3)  Get enough sleep!  Getting adequate sleep is way too underrated. Sleep reduces cortisol levels and also helps improve your overall health in so many ways.

See:  5 Signs Your Sleep Habits Aren’t Working For You — And What To Do About It.

4)  Relax and chill. Things like deep breathing, meditation, massages, and listening to relaxing music all reduce cortisol. 

5)  Be social and bust loneliness. Would you believe me if I told you that science has shown health risks from social isolation and loneliness? It’s true! Maintaining good relationships and spending time with people you like and who support you is key.

How To Take Action
So, the bottom line is…  Too much of the stress hormone cortisol can have several negative impacts on your health, including carb cravings. I’ve shown you proven ways to reduce levels of cortisol naturally. Which ones can you do to help reduce this stress hormone?

In terms of foods and nutrients, have less sugar and caffeine — and less processed foods. And have more water, fruit, probiotics, and prebiotics.

So, maybe a healthy smoothie in place of that sugary coffee in the morning?

See:  Soup, Salad and Smoothie Program

Lifestyle factors are huge when it comes to cortisol. To lower yours, exercise (but not too much), get more sleep, learn to relax, and have more fun.

Here are some ideas:


Diva Musing: School’s Back in Session…

Teachers and kids alike are all regrouping from a summer of fun.  All waiting to see what this magical year will unfold.  

Most are happy, some not so much…teachers and kids; LOL!

It’s an all new opportunity for learning, making magic and finding new goals. Let’s all regroup with them.  Namaste, The Queen Cronista