Love and Light

What’s with the “Love and Light” email sign-off?

I admit I used to scoff at emails from people (including my ex-wife) ending with “Love and Light.” If that makes your eyes roll too, I get you. I’ve been there too. Way too “woo woo” for me! I saw it almost like a New Age battle cry. Why would folks marginalize themselves that way?

Do you hear my judgment coming through?

My baggage

I used to be about as agnostic as you can get. I just thought religion was all bunk. That was a direct result of being raised by a Catholic and a Jehovah’s Witness who couldn’t agree on who God is. Confused by my grandparents’ contrasting beliefs, I chose to leave behind the idea of God and focus on science, technology, and things that were tangible.

This appeared to serve me well, but it limited me. So then I started to practice this concept of the willing suspension of disbelief. A healthy dose of skepticism is actually never healthy. In fact, skepticism and cynicism are just two sides of the same coin.

I traveled to India for a Tony Robbins event where I became reacquainted with the Creator. I was touched on the head by a monk. He gave me a deeksha, which is a Oneness blessing. I felt this deep sense of peace and connection to my higher power that I’d never experienced before in this life. I went outside, and everything was in technicolor. The trees and the grass were in the most vivid colors I’d ever seen. It was like a cartoon.

After my awakening to the Divine, I began to see the power behind “Love and Light.” It isn’t just a blessing/prayer for the recipient. It’s a way of broadcasting this powerful message out to the awakened: “I’m here too, friend.”

The gravitational pull of love

Let’s break it down a little bit. Love is a tremendous force in the universe. It’s the creative energy that helps you manifest your desires. It’s the feeling of unconditional acceptance that you find when you’re face to face with the Creator. 

In the Song of Solomon, it says, “Love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If one offered for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly scorned.”

Do you feel the power of love? Once you have absorbed the truth of love, it’s only natural to send it out to everyone you know. By signing off with love, you’re spreading good health, prosperity, and healing energy to those around you.

The Light of illumination

Light brings with it the capacity for wisdom and mercy. Last decade I learned from Kabbalah about light — the “light of wisdom” from the Creator, and the “light of mercy” that everyone has in them (including your most hated political figure). Since then I always look for ways to reveal light in the activities I do during the day, whether it’s a client call or a podcast interview.

In a part of the Zohar called “Drowning,” God says to Moses, “‘My Child, strive to see supernal light, for I have brought you into a vast ocean. Be careful! Keep your soul from gazing and your mind from conceiving, lest you drown. Strive to see, yet escape drowning.’” Without heavenly Light, the darkness will make us drown. May we strive to truly see what the Creator wants to show us.

Light is not only a physical illumination but also a spiritual illumination. We are all beings of light created by the Light. Given the power of the Light, why wouldn’t you send “light” to someone you care about?

The need is greater than ever

Although the phrase “Love and Light” has been around since Antonia Goodland-Clark was first inspired to use it in 2008, it seems like the need for love and light is greater than ever. With a global pandemic of epic proportions, violence and darkness making every effort to obscure the cry for justice, and anxiety and depression reaching an all-time high, now is the time to spread love and light.

Rather than being an insurmountable obstacle, the darkness in our society right now is an opportunity for light to grow. In a bright room, a small light is barely noticed, but in a room that is pitch black, even a tiny light is powerful. Let’s make our light shine in the darkness so that we will not be overcome.

When you come across someone who is lacking love and light, think of creative ways to fill them up. Show your love by having compassion for the broken ones. Buy a warm coat, offer a shoulder to cry on, or look them in the eyes and say, “I see you. The light in me honors the light in you.” Spread light by always being ready to teach and to learn. Each day brings with it a potential for blessing others and being blessed in return.

Beyond love and light

Are you looking to spice up your email sign-off and spread the love? Here are some others you can try if you feel too awkward using the exact expression “Love and Light”:

* Until next time, stay blessed

* Sending positive vibes your way

* Keep fighting the good fight

* May you be filled with tranquility

* Wish you many more days of walking on sunshine

* Keep your head high

* Peace and love

* Warm hugs

* Namaste

* Stay awesome

* You rock

* Carpe diem

* Enjoy basking in the rays

* May the force be with you

Which one of these corresponds to your energy? For me, it’s “Love and Light.” That’s why I’m sending you “Love and Light” — and I truly mean that!

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3 Seconds to Happiness

Start the day by choosing happiness

What was the first thought on your mind when you woke up this morning? If it wasn’t something positive, it probably impacted your day in a negative way. It’s amazing how those first few minutes after waking up can shape your entire day.

Every morning, regardless of what my first thought is, I sit up and plant my feet firmly on the ground. I declare out loud, “Today is going to be a great day.”

It doesn’t take more than 3 seconds–and it completely transforms my day! I notice a big difference between the days I’m consistent about doing this simple practice and the days when I forget. It’s like building a foundation of happiness that carries me through the day.

I learned this from BJ Fogg, a behavioral scientist at Stanford. He recommends adopting this morning habit in order to give yourself a positive outlook on the day. You can change the words to whatever you want, as long as they give you hope for the day. You can say something like, “It’s going to be an awesome day!” “Today will be exceptional.” “I’m going to crush it today!”

The daily path to spiritual renewal

After I start my day by choosing happiness, I create a pathway to the Divine by reciting the Ana b’Ko’ach prayer. This is a mystical Kabbalic prayer that offers spiritual renewal and invites divine aid. I feel more enlightened every time I pray this prayer.

For me, the most touching part of the prayer is that it points me towards the Tree of Life. I’m encouraged to leave behind the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, which is characterized by “doomscrolling” and other rabbit holes, and pursue the Tree of Life, which is where to find miracles. The power of the Tree of Life allows you to partner with the Creator to turn chaos into miracles.

I’ve been blessed to be a part of turning chaos into miracles in my own life. One day, I was reading a book and listening to a podcast simultaneously. Suddenly, in the podcast audio, I heard the word I was reading at the exact moment I was reading it. I thought, “That was weird.” Then, five minutes later, it happened again! I realized this was an angelic way to get my attention.

Seriously, the topic of that podcast episode had nothing to do with the word the host said at that exact moment. And I don’t believe coincidences happen randomly. I think they’re all divine intervention.

Immediately, I felt compelled to become a part of this author’s community. I joined her Patreon (something I never do) and started learning some specific things that had a direct and significant impact on my prosperity and the prosperity of a number of people I care about. It was a miracle.

Instead of becoming subject to the chaos in your life, turn it into miracles. All it takes is a listening ear and a heart willing to learn what the Creator has to share with you. When you partner with your higher power, you gain access to wisdom you never would have received otherwise.

A hedge of protection

The last morning habit I engage in is the Metatron Prayer of Protection and Abundance. This is a prayer that was given to Michelle Whitedove by the archangel Metatron, who is the scribe of God. Metatron holds a special position in the heavenly realm, having once been incarnated as Enoch on earth (one of two men in the Bible who never died). Now, he is the keeper of the Akashic Records, an archive of every thought, word, and deed our souls have ever experienced across all lifetimes, which is also known as the Book of Life.

This prayer involves sacred geometry, in particular the Merkaba, which is an angelic lightship that you place around yourself along with three bubbles of protection so you cannot be harmed by the darkness.

Why is it so important to protect yourself against evil? When you practice in public, you become more of a target of the darkness. You attract attention, envy, judgment, and attacks from others. To combat this, take steps to protect yourself and your family spiritually. Spiritual armor like this prayer creates a powerful hedge of protection for you and your family.

Of course, you don’t need to follow my morning routine exactly as I’ve laid it out. Find what works for you, what makes you feel happy, renewed, and protected. Allow me to bless you with a blessing from the Torah as you begin this journey. “May God bless you and safeguard you. May God illuminate His countenance for you and be gracious to you. May God turn His countenance to you and give you peace.”

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The Role of Your Telomeres in Living Longer and Better

Most of us probably think that aging is inevitable, something the entire humanity is doomed with. However, many scientists and biohackers believe that aging is malleable, something that massively depends on how you choose to live your life. This is why as early as now, it’s best to really understand what telomeres are and how you can optimize it. 

Telomeres are like DNA caps that protect your chromosomes from aging. Like the human body, these caps eventually wear down until they can no longer protect the cell. And when your cells aren’t in top shape, that’s when you become more prone to diseases such as Cancer, Diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.

Protech and strengthen your telomeres as early as today.

Here are the things you need to avoid: 

  1. Too much stress. Stress is your immune system’s archenemy. Your cells need a good amount of rest time for it to regrow and rejuvenate. If you’re always pushing yourself to the limit, you’re putting your health in grave danger.
  2. Smoking and drinking alcohol. These are generally just bad for your health. Smoking can damage the lungs and can cause fatal diseases such as pneumonia, emphysema, and lung cancer. Excessive alcohol affects the liver. If one of these major body organs experience deterioration, your overall health is compromised.
  3. Sedentary lifestyle. Sitting in front of your computer for more than five hours every day? Eating processed food? Not getting enough sunlight? Lack of exercise and a nutritious, balanced diet affect your cell growth.

Here’s what you need to do instead:

  1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Obviously, if your goal is to live longer, your health should always be in top shape. Remember that it’s not just about eating right and having an active lifestyle. Take your mental health into consideration as well. Meditate, prioritize me time, or take a break when needed.
  2. Get regular check-ups. We take our cars to the shop for an annual tune-up, why not do the same care for ourselves too? The golden rule in healthcare is prevention is better than cure. Level up your annual check-ups by taking advanced medical tests that can show a more detailed report on your health status. You can also get your telomeres checked too. Companies like TeloYears and Titanova tell you how your telomeres compare in length to others your age.
  3. Design your regular supplement intake. There are so many food supplements available in the market and as much as you want to have all of them to keep you healthy, that’s actually not good for you. Consult with your physician and create a supplement regimen that can boost your immune system. 

For more information about the telomeres and how it affects your health, tune in for a highly informative Get Yourself Optimized episode with Elissa Epel. Elissa is an expert in the field. She co-wrote The Telomere Effect with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, who won a Nobel Prize for discovering telomerase.



Why You Need to Pay More Attention to Your Gut Microbiome

 

The word bacteria is usually correlated with diseases, giving it a negative reputation. But the bad rap these microorganisms get is uncalled for!  While it’s true that some bacteria may be harmful to our system, some are actually necessary to keep you alive and healthy. 

There are over 40 trillion bacteria in your body and most of them are found in your intestines. Fun fact, there are more bacteria than cells in your system. Most of these bacteria are found in a section of the large intestine known as the cecum. 

The cecum, where all the bacteria come to party, is known as the gut microbiome. Depending on which type of bacteria your system feeds, your gut microbiome plays a huge role in the overall aspect of your health and longevity. 

What is the Gut Microbiome’s Role in the Body?

The gut microbiome affects the digestive, central nervous, and immune systems. It starts to become active at birth and then gradually diversifies as we get older. Your body’s metabolism, resilience against viruses and diseases, and your capacity to cope with stress have a lot to do with your gut microbiome’s condition. 

How does one maintain a healthy microbiome?

Our lifestyle and the food we eat affect our gut microbiome’s performance, which in turn affects our bodily functions. To ensure a healthy microbiome, eating clean is key. Plant-based, fermented, and prebiotic-rich foods should regularly be on your grocery list.

Some examples of fermented foods rich in probiotics are cultured milk and yogurt, kimchi, cider, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, pickles, miso, and tempeh. In one of my Get Yourself Optimized episodes, my guest Dr. William Davis shared his L.reuteri yogurt recipe. The benefits of this are quite exceptional, from smoothing out skin wrinkles to an increased libido. 

On top of that, avoid sugar like the plague. Sugar does more harm than good in the body. It’s one of the main culprits of weight gain, blood sugar spikes, and hormonal imbalances. Excessive intake may also cause bloating, gas, and diarrhea.    

Conclusion

Not all bacteria are harmful to your body, and some are actually necessary to keep you healthy such as Lactobacillus, Bifidobacteria, etc. 

A healthy gut microbiome can help you prevent diseases, obesity, and hormonal imbalance. Your main priority should be the food you eat. Realistically, what you give your gut is what you get in return for your health and longevity.