9 Ways to Let Go of Stuck Thoughts Stuck thoughts… the brick walls that form a prison around your mind. The harder you try to get rid of them, the more powerful they become. I’ve been wrestling with stuck thoughts ever since I was in fourth grade. The content or nature of the obsessions have morphed into many different animals over the course of 30-plus years, but their intensity and frequency remains unchanged. Here are some strategies I use when they make a surprise visit, techniques that help me free myself from their hold. 1. The first thing you want to do when you get an intrusive thought is to respond with logic. In “The Mindful Way through Depression,” authors Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn write, “Sorting things out and forcing a solution will always seem like the most compelling thing to do … but in fact focusing on these issues in this way is using exactly the wrong tools for the job.” 2. I can do anything for a minute. Your stuck thoughts are not permanent. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Resealable (Cat Proof) Magnetic Window Insulation Tutorial | Everyday Crafty Goodness Before I got Elliot the Cat, I used to put up those plastic shrink wrap sheets over my windows (the kind that came with double sided tape). They worked well but I had to redo them every winter and I couldn’t open the windows without ruining the plastic film. I stopped putting up the plastic window insulations after I got Elliot because he tore them to shreds. This year I came up with a cat proof way to seal in the heat … take a look! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Now repeat with all the windows in your home. These magnetic window seals are reusable and you can put them up and take them down quickly. The air between the window and the vinyl is definitely a lot colder than the air an inch away from the vinyl. Whew, so there’s the magnetic window seal tutorial … it’s my very first tutorial so please feel free to leave a comment if I’m not clear in any part. Stay warm and pay less for heat! Like this: Like Loading...
Laundry Detergent As we note in the Detox Your Home feature, cleaning green is an important step toward better indoor air quality and reduced nasties leaving your home via the sewer drain. One way to be sure that your laundry detergent is part of your green cleaning plan is to make it yourself. There are two options when it comes to mixing your own: liquid or powder. Liquid can be a little more versatile, since you can (carefully) add essential oils to give it a nice scent, but powder is easier to make, since you won't have to use the stove. Whichever way you go, you'll want to gather the following ingredients: your favorite (not too heavily-perfumed) bar soap, borax and washing soda. Liquid Detergent 1 quart water (boiling) 2 cups bar soap (grated) 2 cups borax 2 cups washing soda 1. 2. 3. 4. Powdered Detergent 2 cups finely grated soap 1 cup washing soda 1 cup borax 1. 2. Care2 has more on the wonderous cleaning power of washing soda, and TipNut has a few more variations on the above recipes.
The Most Powerful Word (Free Printable Art) There are so many powerful, life-changing words in our language: love, forgive, dream, leap, to name just a few. But there’s one in particular that I think is the most powerful of them all. It’s a word that didn’t used to be a regular part of my vocabulary. It’s a word that was scary for me to use – it felt foreign or too big. The word I’m talking about is: YES. Oh my gosh, when I started using it, my entire world opened up in such beautiful ways. When I started speaking it out loud, my energy shifted from someone who was afraid of life to someone who embraced life. When I began living from a “yes” space rather than a “no” space, absolutely everything in my life changed. I had gotten into the habit of saying no to every opportunity, experience, adventure. The difference in energy between these two words is tangible. I was tired of being small. And so I slowly began saying yes. I said yes. I ask my fear to step aside, and I allow my heart to say yes – loudly and proudly. It’s so, so freeing.
Build Your Own Bicycle-Powered Battery for Emergency Power DIY Dishwasher Pellets The following Content was Provided by www.Budget101.com "Digging yourself out of debt, when all you have is a spoon" Recently I started noticing how much money I was spending on dishwasher detergent, especially the pods or pellets. Brand-name pellets ranged from a low of 2.98 to 6.29 for 20 pellets on a recent visit to the grocery store. That's when I decided to make my own. Materials and supplies: 2-gallon bucket measuring cup spoon large glass mixing bowl tablespoon 3 - 16 cube plastic ice cube trays 1 - 54-55 oz box of washing soda / detergent booster (3.89) 1 - 76 oz box of borax (4.49) 1 - 2 lb carton of epsom salts (.99) 1- bottle reconstituted lemon juice (32 oz for .99) $10.36 for over 300 pellets I used a 2 gallon bucket to mix the following dry ingredients; 1-54 oz box of washing soda (you can substitute a box of White King Detergent booster (no chlorine or phosphates) for the washing soda) 1-76 oz box of Borax 1- 2 lb carton of epsom salts
Sentences that can change your life How to Mooch Off of Your Friends (Without Them Ever Knowing) » 12 Practical Steps for Learning to Go With the Flow “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” - Lao-Tzu Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. No matter how much structure we create in our lives, no matter how many good habits we build, there will always be things that we cannot control — and if we let them, these things can be a huge source of anger, frustration and stress. The simple solution: learn to go with the flow. “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” - Thich Nhat Hanh For example, let’s say you’ve created the perfect peaceful morning routine. You get angry. Not the best way to handle things, is it? Go with the flow. What is going with the flow? “Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free. A reader recently asked me to write more about going with the flow, so this is my attempt to share some of the things that work for me. Realize that you can’t control everything.