June 1, 2011


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Lately during my incredible stay here at the Optimum Health Institute, I've been able to get out and see some of the beautiful San Diego Area, spend some time at the gorgeous beaches here, and soak up some of the abundant sunshine. This has really helped me process through my detoxing period. I've been doing juice fasts, and getting regular massages and colonics. It continually amazes me how much stuff there is that comes out during these cleanses!

Last week I visited the Chopra Center in nearby Carlsbad. Such a serene and safe space, full of transcendant beauty and awareness. I plan on making it to a few courses of study there, so it was great to visit for the first time and check it out.

We've been receiving some great reports from people using the Tattvas Oils. If you are on Facebook, I highly recommend looking up Divine Archetypes' page. There's a lot of activity going on, and some great stories from people working with the oils. We added a couple of these most recent stories on our Tattvas Oils webpage--there's even a horse story! There is so much transformation happening with the use of these oils. I've got to say that Candice Covington has got it going on!

Please check out our Vibrant Living Tip of the Week below--"Decluttering for Peace of Mind"; and Boyd Martin's insightful article, "Accepting Acceptance."

Until next time...

In vibrant health,

Shay Arave, President


Accepting Acceptance

acceptance Carlos Castaneda quoted his shaman-mentor, Don Juan, "A warrior takes his lot, whatever it may be, and accepts it in ultimate humbleness. He accepts in humbleness what he is, not as grounds for regret but as a living challenge."

True acceptance itself requires humility, because true acceptance is about accepting the reality of one's self, one's situation, and one's gifts, unimpaired by the illusions of ego. The challenge is twofold: 1. Seeing one's true situation, and 2. Applying one's gifts, talents and resources to the change or maintenance of that position.

Acceptance as a concept and a self-transformative tool is deeply regarded by warriors because without a true and accurate assessment of a challenge, stupid mistakes occur, lives could be lost, and dishonor possibly brought to all. >>>> MORE


Decluttering for Peace of Mind

clutter Why do we have clutter in the first place? Why do we keep it when we don't really need it? Maybe we think we do need it - for two reasons:

1. We don't want to let go of the past. Often clutter comes in the form of emotional attachment to objects that have significance to us. They might remind us of a loved one, or a vacation, or a special event like a birthday, funeral, graduation, etc. It might be a gift from someone. All of this is living in the past. I'm not saying we should forget about the past, but letting go of these objects (and they're only objects, they're not the events or loved ones themselves) it is a way of releasing our hold on the past. It's a way of living more in the present. I never forget the past, but it's not a place I try to dwell.

2. We're afraid of the future. Clutter might be things we think we might need sometime in the future. We hold on to them just in case. Over-packing for a trip is a good example - we bring more than we really need, just in case we need them. It's the same in our houses - we have a ton of things we don't really need or use, just in case. We're afraid of being unprepared for the future, but the truth is we can never be totally prepared. We can't control the outcome of the future, and trying to do so means that we're never really living in the present moment. We're always preparing for what might (or might not) come.

Look at your clutter carefully, one object at a time, and ask yourself why you're holding onto each object. It's probably for one of these two reasons, if you're honest.

And decluttering is one of the best mindfulness practices, here are some ways to do it:

  1. Pick one cluttered flat surface. It can be a tabletop, countertop, shelf, the top of a dresser, floor of a closet, floor of a room (just a section of that floor to start with). Don't worry about all the rest of your cluttered spaces for now - just pick this one space. Small is good.
  2. Clear that surface. Take everything off and pile it on the floor or another table. Clean the surface while it's clear - wipe it with a cloth, slowly and mindfully.
  3. Take one object from the pile. Forget about the entire pile - just look at that one object. Ask yourself why you have it. Is it for emotional reasons, or do you really use it? Is it for "just in case"? When was the last time you used it? If you don't really need or use it, put it in a box for donation or trash it. If you do really use it, put it in another pile to be put back on your now-clean surface. If you're on the fence and can't bear to give something up, put it in a "maybe" box and put that box away for six months (mark the date on your calendar).
  4. Repeat, one object at a time. Practice doing this mindfully. Make a decision with each object - keep, donate, or maybe box. No waffling or putting off decisions. Deal with each object once, then move on.
  5. Put the objects back, and make a "home" for each one. Each object needs to have a spot that is its home, and you should always put those objects back in their homes. If you can't find a home for an object, you don't have space for it. Donate the items in the donation box, and put away the maybe box. Eventually you won't need a maybe box as you get good at this.
(Thanks to Leo Babauta, and Zen Habits)


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