Why Can’t I Meditate?

Me:  “Observe yourself without judgement.” You:  “It’s not working!” It’s natural to encounter challenges in meditation, such as restlessness, physical discomfort, or racing thoughts. When your mindfulness meditation sessions are not working as expected, approach the situation with patience, self-compassion, and a willingness to explore potential reasons for the challenges you’re facing. Here are some […]

How to Practice Mindfulness Meditation

Can you find moments of peace and stillness in a day that is filled with demands and distractions? There is a powerful practice that has been revered for centuries for its ability to cultivate inner calm, clarity, and well-being: meditation. Meditation, at its core, is a practice that involves training the mind to focus and […]

Building a Morning Routine for Success

There is science behind creating a morning routine to start your day. Biologist Christoph Randler surveyed 367 university students, and found that people whose performance peaks in the morning are better positioned for career success, because they’re more proactive than people who are at their best in the evening. A University of Pennsylvania-led study in which […]

Part 4: Are Scented Candles Safe? What About the Dyes?

Are candle wax dyes safe? While the exact composition of proprietary candle dye formulations may not always be disclosed by manufacturers, some synthetic compounds commonly found in dyes could potentially contribute to the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when burned. Here are some examples of synthetic compounds that may be used in candle dyes: […]

Hygge and the Illumination of Scandinavian Winter: A Cozy Tradition

The Scandinavian custom of burning candles during the winter months is deeply rooted in the region’s cultural and historical traditions. This practice is particularly prominent in countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland, where winters can be long, dark, and cold. The tradition of using candles serves both practical and cultural purposes. Cultural Tradition: […]

Part 3 Candle Fragrances: Making Sense of Scents

What about the fragrances used in candles to give them their scent?  Are they safe? Historically, the fragrance industry has never been transparent about safety. Lack of disclosure from fragrance manufacturers regarding ingredients and the possible health risks of those ingredients that make up perfumes, colognes and other scented products like candles was the norm. However, […]

Holiday Self-Care: A Guide to Thriving During the Holidays

As the holiday season kicks in, it’s time to have a heart-to-heart about something crucial—self-care. As a self-care enthusiast, I’m here to help you navigate the holiday whirlwind with grace, joy, and, most importantly, a healthy dose of self-love. Understanding Holiday Stress: So, we all know the holidays can be a bit much, right? Between […]

Self-Care on a Budget

Your phone never stops pinging. Your boss doesn’t seem to know what a weekend is. Sound familiar? Life is hectic, and self-care helps manage these challenges and promotes mental and emotional health. It is essential, especially for those who often face unique challenges and stressors. But, here’s the thing: self-care doesn’t have to be expensive. […]


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