mid-spring and later spring bloom succession conscious life space - 9 perennials

We made a perennial plant guide to mid-spring to late spring blooms for your garden

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to our RSS feed or subscribe to our newsletter. Thanks for visiting!Mid-Spring Flowers and Later Spring Flowers One of the best things you can do for your health is to dig in the dirt, plant flowers and enjoy the sensory delights flowers and plants bring to us. The colors, the fragrance, textures of the plants themselves and the space we create… Read More »

Three ways to reduce stress naturally - yoga, meditation and plant supplements

3 Ways to Reduce Stress: Rejuvenate & Restore Your Body Naturally

The therapeutic effects of yoga, meditation and CBD oil

Stress impacts the young and old. Periodically stress simply reminds us that we’re alive. But perpetual and unending stress does a number on us and can result in a mood or anxiety disorder. No one is immune in our modern life as it appears to place demands on us that can become overwhelming and create stress and anxiety. We can find ourselves living by rote and unaware or even sink… Read More »

Gratitude Shmatitude! Don't just think it, do it! Book on how to practice gratitude

Gratitude Shmatitude on Kindle

Don’t just think it, do it! That’s my basic advice to people who are interested in living a thoughtful life. How can gratitude make you more thoughtful? Well, practicing gratitude can actually force you to be more conscious and aware because life isn’t always as fun or delicious as a scrumptious delectable bowl of chocolate ice cream – or whatever your fav flav is – topped with almonds or sprinkles.… Read More »

beeswax wrap from cerawrap

What are beeswax wraps?

Learn how organic fabric infused with beeswax naturally became the next best thing in the kitchen since sliced bread.

Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about beeswax wraps, an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic wrap. If you are one of those people who marketers call early adopters, you probably own a few beeswax wraps. But if beeswax and wraps sound a little weird to you and you just raised your eyebrows, then keep on reading because you might be quite surprised. What are beeswax wraps? Beeswax wraps are… Read More »

Homemade Brownies

Let the festivities begin with Snowball Cookies and Beyond Chocolate Brownies

You can make these delicious easy to make treats and bring them to your holiday celebration or make and give them as gifts to friends and family. Here are two favorite recipes – cookies that look like snowballs with delicious ingredients including almonds and butter that make these cookies melt in your mouth and one of the most requested and beloved recipes that I’ve made for friends and colleagues throughout… Read More »

Utkatasana Chair Pose Yoga Asana Conscious Life Space

Yoga is as Simple as Taking A Seat: Chair Pose

Utkatasana or Chair Pose There are a variety of yoga poses that you can practice that stimulate and benefit many parts of the body all at once. One of those poses is Chair Pose. In Sanskrit, the language of yoga, the pose is called Utkatasana (OOT-kah-TAH-sah-nah), but it does not translate to mean “chair pose.” It actually means “fierce pose.” Utkata means intense or powerful. We combine utkata + asana… Read More »

fear embodied with angels feet upon the shoulders of the fear

Overcoming Discomfort: Why Fear of Discomfort Might Be Ruining Your Life

Think about the major problems in your life — from anxiety to lack of regular exercise to a bad diet to procrastination and more. Pretty much every one of these problems is caused by a fear of discomfort. Discomfort isn’t intense pain, but just the feeling you get when you’re out of your comfort zone. Eating vegetables for many people, for example, brings discomfort. So does sitting in meditation, or… Read More »

Science of Gratitude Audio Documentary

If You Read One Article About The Science of Gratitude Read this One

Since the turn of the century, the science of gratitude has become a topic of interest amongst neuroscientists, psychologists, and social scientists. Neuroscientists have been studying how it rewires our brains, and psychologists and social scientists have been studying gratitude trying to understand its impact on our well-being. They’re putting all the data together proving that it improves well-being by reducing anxiety and stress, as well as, increases empathy, inspires… Read More »

science of gratitude featured image on conscious life space

It did what? Proof Positive Studies on the Science of Gratitude

Three Tidbits a Ramble on the 3 Hs

It’s all in the science, gratitude – it’s good for you. It makes your life better. Here are a few tidbits or studies on the science of gratitude, the actual benefits of practicing gratitude and why it works to enhance our lives. Tidbit One: Gratitude Increases Well-being The science says that gratitude is uniquely fundamental to our psychological well-being. It’s scientifically documented in this study this published study done in… Read More »

Thank You Neon Sign by Ryan McGuire

Saying ‘Thank You’ Makes a Difference

This month as we explore gratitude, Lisa A Williams from the University of New South Wales shares her study and results on the power of thank you. Do you say thank you? Are they empty words or do you mean it? More than words: saying ‘thank you’ does make a difference Most of us were taught that saying “thank you” is simply the polite thing to do. But recent research… Read More »

Children's Health and Wellness

Indoor Air Quality, Here’s how to Improve it!

Do it for the Sake of Your Children's Health and Yours

Do your kids seem to catch every cold that goes around or suffer with sniffles and sneezes when pollen counts are high? By improving the quality of the air in your home, you can keep your children healthier. Here is important information on how to help your kids feel better and stay well. There’s something in the air. Even though you can’t see them, there are tiny particles in your… Read More »

Remembering History, A Ritual and a Blessing: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving: Remembering History, a Ritual and a Blessing

In North America, Thanksgiving is celebrated in both Canada (the second Monday of each October) and the United States of America (the fourth Thursday each November). For some it is a day to remember to be grateful, to slow down and spend time with family. For others, it is an empty holiday where overindulgence and gluttony remain the order of the day. For others still, it may be a hurtful… Read More »

learning another language can enhance your life

Change your mind, change your life! The benefits of learning another language

or Why learning another language should be compulsory in every school!

In the 1960s, in our public schools in California along the border with Mexico, Spanish language-learning was a requirement, beginning in sixth grade. I couldn’t wait to get to sixth grade to start learning Spanish. Our school was more than 50 percent Mexican-Americans, and I was keen to understand them as they switched back and forth from fluent English to fluent Spanish (or, as they called it, ‘Mexican’). As I… Read More »

Deja Drewit's Self Care Inspirational Cards

Recharging Your Mind, Body, and Soul

The effortless way to self-care (tools to use)

Recharging is essential for your mind, body, and soul and if anyone out there is suffering from burnout, it’s time to take control of your time and make time for yourself. Here’s how I went from exhausted and depressed to letting go of struggle and creating a daily self-care practice. Exhausted & Depressed When I was a new mom, I quickly became totally exhausted and depressed. I had abandoned taking… Read More »

No man can cross the same river twice - Heraclitus

What do Heraclitus and Pablo Casals have in common?

Wise words from two wiseguys!

In the past, the quotes and affirmations pages of this publication might’ve inspired you or maybe you haven’t even found them yet? Either way, I like quotes, they help me to remember some important things and they can teach us things that we haven’t known before. So, I’ve decided to start a regular 4-6 week posting featuring at the minimum 2 but maybe 3 (some people only have 1 good… Read More »

reclining and relaxing, taking time for self-care in open air

Here’s Why Self-care is Essential!

Four easy steps to improve you! (p.s. it helps others too)

Take Care of Your Mind and Body with Self-care It’s unfortunate that the word “self-care” sounds so much like selfishness since the intent is exactly the opposite. Self-care is a chance to spend some time focusing on your own needs so that you can then be recharged and reinvigorated physically and mentally to help others both at home and at work. Here are a few tips on how to help… Read More »

Painting of a sad woman holding her head in her hands by artist Amy Adams

Don’t worry about feeling sad

on the benefits of a blue period

It’s startling that Broder’s unabashed expression of sadness – and all the shitty emotions – has struck such a nerve in a world where people’s social media profiles are immaculately curated to show their happiest selves. But clearly the growing rates of depression worldwide mean that we are struggling to be happy. Are we doing something wrong? Broder’s popularity should compel us to cast a new look at sadness and its cousins. Perhaps we should consider realigning ourselves with the Romantics, who as a group found solace in freely expressing emotions in poetry.

vast open sky photo by Chuttersnap

Vast Open Sky, a Meditation Practice

The Practice of Vast Open Sky Vast open sky is a meditation practice, keep reading to learn how to practice it. Body like a mountain Breath like the wind Mind like the sky ~Tibetan Meditation Instruction A number of meditation traditions have practices that are a dropping of the ego into wide-open awareness. I’d like to share this kind of practice with you because it is one of the most… Read More »

Original art by Robin Reynolds

Middle Aged White Women, a poem written & performed by Robin Reynolds

This week I had the opportunity to interview Robin Reynolds on the Conversations Podcast. Robin is a Manager and Engineer who is a scientist by day and an artist and poet by night. She performed her spoken word poem Middle-Aged White Women. The message is multi-faceted, yet, at the core, we learn that ‘What you see is not what you get.’ You can listen to the poem here. Scroll down… Read More »

Northern California Sky

Hugging Bubbles and Floating with Clouds

Through the Eyes of a Child

My favorite art exhibit absolutely ever is Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds housed at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. To experience Silver Clouds is to become a child again lying in the backyard lost in a summer sky, your imagination bobbing about gently in big puffy clouds. You frolic with dogs and kite-wielding dragons or pilot a cirrocumulus pirate ship through the great sky sea. Silver Clouds doesn’t hang… Read More »

Reflections in the mirror and how see ourselves vs True Mirrors on Conscious Life Space

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?

No one is since it's backwards! Unless you use a True Mirror

Recently I shared an article on seeing and perception and made mention of how we see ourselves in mirrors. Here’s a short video that I made on the subject of a true mirror and how we see ourselves in traditional mirrors. Seeing and Perception, True Mirrors (the CLS Vlog) True mirrors allow people to see themselves as they are facing other people instead of a reflection that is backwards….all along… Read More »

Jenny Jokela's art from Barbeque

Disembodiment and Shame Transforms Itself in Barbeque

Jenny Jokela's art from Barbeque an animated short

Update: Since this article was published on the 29th of July, the artist, Jenny Jokela let me know that the full film is now available for viewing so it’s been embedded down below. It contains mature adult themes so you’ve been warned. Last year, I found Jenny Jokela, a Finnish-Swedish animation director based in London somewhere on the internet, I’m always looking for interesting art and artists. I tried to… Read More »

photo collage of girls on Conscious Life Space

Why is it that girls’ self-esteem spirals downwards from 5th grade on?

The Girl’s Index examining girls’ self-esteem, relationships with others & more

In late 2017, Ocober to be precises, a study was published about girls. It’s called the Girl’s Index and examines girls’ self-esteem and relationships with others and a lot more. Personally, I’m fascinated by it as I was interested in seeing how it is for young girls these days. Are they making progress? What challenges do they face? Are relationships with other girls changing and more empowering or is the… Read More »

Allan Gilbert, Skull Illusion 1902

Reality doesn’t go away but how we see it, well that’s something else!

Perceiving Every year my physical body changes. I’m okay with that ummm kind of, still, the way that my mind’s eye sees my physical body is not really what my physical body look’s like in reality. The physical body that I’m housed in, my own perception might be close to, but probably not the way that other people see me (which we can never truly understand since we’re not in… Read More »

Frankentoes, My beautiful ugly feet - illustration

My Beautiful Ugly Foot

Finding beauty in the difference

A few years ago, a sloppy surgeon butchered my right foot. I went to Dr. Garrett for routine bunion surgery and left his office traumatized. He lopped off a full third of my second toe and made bending my big toe ever again impossible. I used to be a distance runner and suffered significant foot pain from my bunions whenever I ran more than ten or twelve miles, which I… Read More »

cultivating your yoga practice 5 steps

Five Habits to Cultivate your Yoga Practice

The result is a happy healthier you!

A regular practice can provide a myriad of benefits! We know how important it is to have a regular yoga practice. Study after study demonstrates that yoga heals. A regular practice can provide a myriad of benefits including: strengthing our immune system provides stress relief aids in weight loss regulating and lowering blood pressure counteract depression and more. Even so, it can be a challenge to stick with yoga when… Read More »

Menopause Featured Image for Infographic Post

Menopause symptoms infographic

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Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium Maria Sibylla Merian - ART - Illustration

Quitting smoking, fat yoga and menopause – not necessarily in that order.

I am not this body.

editor’s note: You can listen to a minisode podcast referencing this article, links and embeds are at the end of the article for your listening pleasure. A few years ago, after quitting smoking for the very last time – really it is and was the last time – my body went haywire. The detox from the nicotine wasn’t an issue for me mentally. I had quit a few times before… Read More »

Bee Nestled in Flowers by Claude Mondestin

Cooking with honey

the sweetest gift we received from bees.

Maybe humans figured out that honey was an amazing food and sweetener before they started painting images of someone collecting it on cave walls more than 8,000 years ago as we can see in the image shared here from a cave in Valencia, Spain. Certainly, someone would’ve figured it out eventually. Even so, sometimes it seems like we’ve forgotten how amazing honey, nature’s sweetener really is these days, as we… Read More »

women sitting at a cafe conversing

Conversations a new podcast

Conscious Life Conversations This month a new podcast, Conversations was introduced here on Conscious Life Space. Conversations connects with people, experts in various areas of life in order to share what they’ve learned with others so we can hear stories and learn together. The first episode was broadcast on the 15th of June and we’ll be publishing new episodes every other Thursday until the end of October. Season One Each… Read More »