Sonance Moments (Or Music Monday, if you like.)

I have to admit, I’m a sucker for spa music.

Today’s Sonance Moment is dedicated to Liquid Mind’s “Journey to Peace”. I happened upon this gorgeous piece while listening to Zen Garden radio on Pandora.The Zen Garden station is a must for me when I do yoga.(Or go to bed. Or wake up. Or pretty much just do life.) This song is full of rich keyboard synthesizers, and reminds me of Enya. Liquid Mind is incredibly calming and makes me very nostalgic and peaceful, which is quite apropos, I think.. 😉

Alright my hippies, the following video only shows the front cover of Liquid Mind’s album, so let’s get stretching…

Take this one for a spin while in tree pose! 

What is your favorite relaxation tune? Is there a song you just can’t do yoga without? 

Peace! 

Rhed

WE’RE STARTIN’ TO SMOLDER – RENOVATION STYLE!

Sometimes, you just need a little lift. 

Something that pushes you. Excites you. 

It’s like when I was a kid and my mom would re-paint her bedroom, and re-tile her bathroom, and  re-decorate every month… or when she’d hold out for the Estee Lauder deal where she buys foundation and gets the extra crap included. Sometimes, we all need to feel a little extra sparkle. So, welcome to the new Incense and Sounds. It’s sharper, hopefully a little more organized, and quite frankly, I love it.

What do you think? 

Like the layout? Hate it? Comment below. 

Got a new Vegan/Vegetarian recipe you want to share? Hit me up! Rhed’s got her renovatin’ pants on and things are gonna get interesting…We’re about to make some changes around here folks, so stay tuned!

PEACE, LOVE, and of course, Estee Lauder freebees.

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend…

I am becoming a consistent writer.

There. I put that positive statement out into the universe, so it must come to pass eventually… right? I haven’t  posted anything in quite a while due to the flooding of my apartment resulting in a dead laptop. (May he rest in peace.) I am typing this on my husbands laptop that I was able to snag some time with. Bloggers, please tell me I’m not the only one who gets to the computer and thinks, Man. I’m boring. I have nothing to write about except how my fish’s eye is cloudy , and though he’s on meds he keeps running into the tank wall ’cause he can’t see. And though I really feel bad for him….it is kind of a little funny…Then I contemplate what a terrible person I am, and search for a new subject, Well, this is mainly a health and fitness blog now, so I could talk about my new Orange Julius protein shake I concocted…Naaaa…. Today it’s all about the MUSIC.

That’s right folks, welcome to the newest segment of Incense and Sounds:

Sonance Moments

“Sonance” as in “a sound”. Pretty catchy eh? It is here that I shall dissect gorgeous (and not-so-gorgeous) sounds and give you my thoughts on such. We’ll talk about artists, lyrics, redeeming qualities, and why I think a song could perhaps be improved (or just why I flat out hate it haha).  So, without further adieu, I give you:

Simon & Garfunkel- Sound of Silence

Ahhh, this should be on the favorites list of every free-spirit out there. This beautiful classic was written in 1964 by Paul Simon in response to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The raw beauty of these two gentlemen never gets old. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel are excellent storytellers, and in this tribute, they do not disappoint. Every time I hear this song I cannot help but get quiet and simply listen. I didn’t always grow up appreciating folk music, but as time went on, I couldn’t help but fall in love with modern Rock & Roll’s roots. The acoustic guitar gives such a raw, earthy quality to this song, mixed with Paul’s raspy, vulnerable voice and Arts incredible harmonizing, it’s no wonder this song helped propel them to international stardom.

I leave you, dear ones, with this quote by Simon after it was mentioned he had some difficulty writing the lyrics, “The main thing about playing the guitar, though, was that I was able to sit by myself and play and dream. And I was always happy doing that. I used to go off in the bathroom, because the bathroom had tiles, so it was a slight echo chamber. I’d turn on the faucet so that water would run — I like that sound, it’s very soothing to me — and I’d play. In the dark. ‘Hello darkness, my old friend / I’ve come to talk with you again’.”

Resolve: Stop Being So Critical of Ourselves

I find this absolutely breath-taking. Acknowledge today just how lovely your body truly is.

Deana O'Hara - Speaker, Comedian, Author

This video was shared on Tulsa Diva’s today — I have to share it with you guys. As women we are sometimes our own worst critics. I love this.

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Get Up and Off Your You-Know-What! 10 Tips to Help You Find Your Motivation

Today I did NOT want to work out. At all.

Where I live it was raining, and cold, and I just wanted to cuddle with a blanket, eat some Endangered Species chocolate and watch Mad Men.

We all have those days though, don’t we? Those days when we can come up with every excuse not to eat healthy/exercise/ clean our temple. (Or clean the house for that matter.) I have been rather discouraged about my fitness goals this last week, and lacking motivation in general. Here are some tips that helped me to get up off my you-know-what, when everything else was telling me not to. Maybe we can motivate each other?

1.MUSIC

Turn it up! Blast that stereo with some beats. I know that when I pop in some good tunes,within seconds my foot’s tappin’ the beat, and the rest of me is wanting to move along. I always run harder, and push farther when there’s a great song playing.

2. PHOTOS

There are tons of motivational pictures of fit people out there. Every time I look at a really fit body it reminds me of the beauty of health and wellness.  

3. FRIEND

Grab a friend and get moving. Whenever I exercise with my husband (or anyone really) I get competitive and want to keep up with, or surpass him. I find myself smashin’ out that extra rep when I probably otherwise wouldn’t have.

4. GOAL

Don’t have a fitness goal? Get one! (Yeah,that’s right. I said that in my Woody from Toy Story voice.)

Focus on that goal, because the only one who can keep you from it is yourself.

5. STRESS

So many times I come home from work and I’ve had a stressful day and don’t feel like working out. Instead of sitting on the couch with potato chips, do some High Intensity Interval Training and punch your imaginary foes in the face. Or chill out with some yoga that will calm your mind.

6. FUN

Find something you enjoy. My husband and I have taken up hiking as our hobby and “connecting time”. We don’t even notice that we are burning calories when we’re chatting and just loving being in nature alone together.

7. ENCOURAGE

Encourage yourself. Give yourself a pep-talk. Deep down, you know that you can do this. You know that you have the inner strength to push through the pain. Tell yourself that, over and over if you have to. (I know I do.)

8. REWARD

Use fitness as a reward. I didn’t start to really love fitness until I saw it as a reward for my body, instead of a punishment. Now all day long I try to remind myself that when I get home I get the reward of a good endorphin rush after a sweat session.

9. NETWORK

Get online and check out fitness sites like this or this. They’re free, and full of people who want to encourage you to get fit and healthy.

10. LOVE

If you love others, and if you love yourself, you’ll want to be the best you that you can be. Think of your significant other, your kids, your family and friends, and be selfless. Give them, and yourself, the gift of a healthy you.

Annnd just because I love you, here’s one more tip…

11. ZOMBIE

Yeah, you heard me. They’re coming. Run.

When All Else Fails: The Mini Mind-Vacation

Hello Friends!

May I start off by saying, I’m human.

I haven’t posted in a while, as you may have noticed. These last two and a half/three weeks have been insane in the life of Rhed.

My husband has started an Improv class/troupe/university called Madcap Theatre. Have you ever seen the show Whose Line Is It Anyways?? That’s what my husband does. He’s an actor-writer-director extraordinaire. (Interested? http://www.madcaptheatre.wordpress.com) He has started this on top of being a full-time student getting his Masters, and starting up a Theater journal/blog called http://www.thegreenroomchronicles.wordpress.com and working so we can eat. Also, he’s performing in Macbeth soon.

Phew.

Now, I love that he’s a creative genius and all, but with that comes a slew of exciting roller-coaster rides. And a two-week long migraine of doom for me.

Along with his busy schedule constantly being in flux, I have received a new job, and have been working on the music side of this blog. Yay! Exciting! Whoohoo! (And about time I start the music posting, let me tell you.)

You may be wondering how this relates to a Healthy Temple…

All of this crazy new change is wonderful, but my body has definitely taken a toll. My workouts have been lacking, to be honest, and I can feel it in my body. Particularly my less-than-defined midsection. I’ve gained two very discouraging pounds due to stress and lack of routine. And some poor drink choices that go straight to my abs. I’d do the odd workout here or there, but it hasn’t been consistent. In fact, the other day I was working through a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) DVD at home and I found myself not challenged and peaceful like I normally feel, but challenged and… angry. I couldn’t understand it. There was nothing I was frustrated about, but here I was furious, and the more I worked my body, the angrier I became.

My dear husband gently stopped me, and popped in yoga DVD I had gone through a million times.  I went through my familiar asanas, and found myself smiling in Tree Pose. I realized I had been flooded with anger because that was my body’s way of saying This is not working today! Sometimes, like my husband did for me, others that love us can see what is best for us, better than we can. We’re all human, and our bodies are in constant flux. I had told myself that I needed to smash out a hard workout no matter what, but I really needed to stretch and center myself, and my hubs knew that. He handles change so much better than I do.

He also knows all too well what makes me happy and chill, so he took me to my favorite local small-business shop called Nila Beans. It’s full of wonderful things, like bright rich fabrics, hippie bags, pretty candles, wooden earrings, chill music (I’ve recently been on a Simon & Garfunkel kick on Pandora radio.) and…incense! So we got 10 sticks for dirt cheap (like $1.15 I think?!) and now my house smells like Egyptian Musk, Peace of Mind and China Rain.

What makes you happy? What makes you full of joy and smiling? (I know I ask these questions a lot, mainly because it’s a good reminder to myself!) Take a second and think about these things. Even though your day might be crazy busy, and you feel like you can’t escape it. Go to that happy place in your mind and REST. Try to focus on these things today. Relax. Even in the midst of the crazy, picture what brings you joy, and have a mini mind-vacation. Maybe try a different approach if you are struggling with your health or workout regimen like I have been. Because, Lord knows, we are all human, and we can all use some Peace of Mind. 😉

Peace, Love, and lots of Hugs,

Rhed

Yep, I’m Jess From New Girl.

I have always been a rather…. strange person.

Now, I like the person I am, don’t get me wrong. However being weirdly introverted isn’t always a great thing. I’ve had friends invite me out for drinks and instead of saying, “Sure, I’d love to!” I’d make an excuse and stay home to watch New Girl. (Which is like watching my life. I am the awkward, quirky Jess, of course.)

I am perfectly content just chilling at home with my husband. We don’t have any kids yet, (I say ‘yet’ because he wants five of them. I then start coughing, and suggest three.) and so its quite easy for me to just have a quiet date night whenever our schedules allow. This brings me to the topic of THE BOX.

I have a beautiful little box I have created for myself. It’s wonderfully comfortable, with lava lamps, and hippies who dance under the moon. In fact, it’s spacious enough for a couple of cool cats to join me on occasion. Somehow, by the grace of God, I have found myself out of that lovely box lately. A couple of days ago, I would’ve said, “I am a singer, and have not found any way to sing in over two years!” and then it donned on me.

“I am a singer, and I have the power to make this happen.”

And so, I gingerly dipped my toes into the proverbial pool of creativity. The proverbial fish apparently nibbled on my proverbial toes, because here I am with an audition coming up, a blog with readers I love, and creativity is oozing out of my every orifice. (Ok, ew. Oriface? Gross word in general.)

The point I’m trying to make is this:

You have the power to change your life.

My best friend Amanda helped me to learn this by starting her own store. She’s passionate about simple, minimalist living and believes it can be applied to every aspect of ones’ life. So what did she do? She quit her office job. She decided that the idea that we work our entire lives at a job we hate is ludicrous  and she chose to be fearless. She dedicated her life to helping others, and created http://www.tshirtsntwine.com. (Check out her site, her craft is incredible!) I have never seen her happier and more full of life since she did this. Why don’t we all do this? Because we get caught up in the lie that says we are powerless. That things just…. happen to us. Sure, we see inspiring people like Amanda and really admire that they had the courage to take a leap of faith, but certainly we could never do the same…. LIES. What are you passionate about? What brings you joy? What have you never dared to do because it’s just too stinkin’ scary?

Do that thing.

Are you really living if you don’t?

Peace and Love!

Rhed