Violetta My Little Sage
Here we are... February 2012... exciting right??!!! My little Violetta is 4 months old now and she is growing... and growing fast!
I see her as my little sage. She cries just at the perfect moments when I need to learn patience and am probably in my head and needed an interruption to get grounded. She only sleeps for 10 to 20 minutes at a time during the day- just enough time to get my priorities done (10 minutes at a time) and not procrastinate. She sometimes cries, looking straight into my eyes, as if she's asking for something from me but I don't know what it is... and this is when trust is the answer, I have no other option. Maybe a little hint of panic or fear will sneak in to my being for a second but as soon as I recognize it, i dont deny it or try to suppress it. I trust that I will find the answer I need for this situation to pass quickly. If this difficulty doesn't pass, I trust that I will be brave enough to deal with whatever may come. I can almost feel the oxcytocin rise within me with a fierceness ready to fight for my baby girl.Raising a little infant isn't the difficult part, its learning how to take full responsibility for your actions and emotions. I tell myself: How you do anything is how you do everything. Do we really beleive babies cry on purpose to irritate us? Are they little manipulators trying to stop us from getting things done or being happy? Of course not! If my reaction is anything other than compassion for my little crying Vio, it wouldn't match with what I truly believe. I've been learning to step out out of victim mode in EVERY area of my life and this takes daily practice. It is a delicate balance between realizing what you have control of (our reaction), recognizing what is most important (folding laundry or comforting a human being?) and allowing wisdom to present itself out of every challenge. Our children, other people's children, every relationship and situation, whether challenging or easy, is an opportunity for growth- either through self-reflection, gratitude or both! Whatever angry, beautiful, or disastrous our action or reaction is... actually, let me ask you... Do you believe the saying "How you do ANYTHING is how you do EVERYTHING???" Im curious to know what you think! Let me know if you agree or disagree. Leave a comment or let me know on facebook!
IMPORTANT: Do You Ever Read the Ingredient Labels on Body Care Products???
Body Care Ingredients to AVOID:
Here is some information that will empower you and bring you closer to who you are meant to be. We've gotten used to hearing people say "read the labels" but when we look at the lables, we have no idea what we are reading! So we purchase these products anyway because we assume that the FDA is watching our back and because T.V. commercials say they're good, or because we have a coupon for it. Who has time to do their research and inspect every single ingredient in a product, right? It will take some time to learn what ingredients to avoid in your body care products but here is a good place to start... keep reading...
I've created a list of common ingredients found in body care products that should be avoided.
These ingredients are in almost every "mainstream" soap and lotion out there. Its difficult to find products without these ingredients, but they do exist!
These ingredients are not labeled as "harmful" by the FDA because you don't see the damage when they are first applied. (and because the FDA is probably paid off by the industries who make them, but that's another story!) The reason these ingredients are harmful is because our skin is an organ, and everything we apply on ourselves gets absorbed through the blood stream and the damage is done very slowly. As these toxic chemicals get accumulated in our body, over time, our body starts rejecting these chemicals in the form of acne, allergies, skin rashes and other illnesses we think are "normal".
Here are some of these ingredients:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate-
Scientists use this chemical to irritate and pierce through the skin of cell walls. It is a mild irritant but is definitely an irritant, especially on sensitive skin. Over time, these so called moisturizers, strip your skin of its natural moisturizing oils, which lead you to continue purchasing these "moisturizers". Genius!
Urea or DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea and Imidazolidinyl Urea-
It is a natural ingredient that is manufactured in the liver of mammals which is urine.
The synthetic version of urea is derived from salt which can be drying to the skin. This ingredient only relieves the symptoms of dry skin or a rash- but does not get rid of the cause, so the problem never goes away.
Cetyl Alcohol and Lanolin Alcohol-
These claim to be moisturizing, but again, only gets rid of symptoms temporarily but not the root of the problem. Over time, they dry out the skin by stripping your skin of its natural oils.
Synthetic Fragrance or anything called fragrance-
The only real true and natural fragrances are extracts from trees, plants or flowers or essential oils, also derived from trees, plants or flowers. Anything else called "fragrance" has been created in a laboratory with chemicals. Extracts and essential oils are the only safe and natural way to scent body care products. There are non-toxic frangrances out there, but will usually not mention how it is made, or what ingredients are used.
Here is a list of a few more ingredients to AVOID:
methylbenzene or phenylmethane
Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA), Monoethanolamine (MEA)
Hope this was helpful! Check out the ingredient labels on the back of your body care products. Unfortunately, you will find 2 or more of these ingredients in them, (unless you've already educated yourself on this). By educating ourselves on using safe body care products and avoid purchasing the ones with harmful ingredients, big businesses will start noticing and will hopefully stop creating products with these ingredients. Until then, read the labels, visit your local farmers market and support independent shops and retailers who support and carry safe and natural products!
By being aware of this, you are now empowered...
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