Let’s face it, even the word can make us feel a bit nervous. Whether it’s giving an oral report or presentation, getting test results back from our doctor or going to a party where we won’t know anyone, anxiety is something all of us face at one time or another, .

We all experience some form of anxiety. Unfortunately, some people let their anxiety rule their lives and it becomes debilitating.

I have written before on a few natural solutions to help you with your anxiety. These include Young Living Vetiver, as well as Young Living’s Stress Away, Valor and Peace & Calming.

I use my Young Living essential oils every day and I have found another tool to add to what I like to refer to as my “Oily Arsenal.”

It’s breathing!

Yep, I was checking out some of my favorite sites and was reading a few articles by Dr. Andrew Weil and came across an article he said helps relieve anxiety.

Think about it, when you’re feeling really anxious what is the first thing someone will tell you to do?

Take a deep breath!

Well, Dr. Weil takes that one step further with his 4-7-8 technique to relieve your anxiety symptoms. From his website:

Conscious breathing takes various forms. Dr. Weil believes each variety can be a useful tool for achieving a desired mental or physical state. As the Zen Buddhist monk Thích Nhất Hạnh puts it, “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”

The 4-7-8 Breath (also known as the Relaxing Breath) is the perfect, portable stress antidote, as it puts the practitioner in a relaxed state almost immediately. As Dr. Weil demonstrates, It takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere.

I, personally, have found this breathing technique to be very helpful and relaxing.

Let me know how you like it!


Daily Vitamin for the Soul


Daily Vitamin for the Soul


Daily Vitamin for the Soul


Daily Vitamin for the Soul


Daily Vitamin for the Soul


Is Congeniality the key to a longer life? Over the weekend I was getting notes together for a class I’m teaching tonight on Longevity Secrets. I have thought about offering this class as a webinar sometime down the road and may be doing so in the next month.

I have been independently studying longevity secrets for the past several years. I closely follow Blue Zones creator Dan Buettner, as well as Dr. Andrew Weil for any information they may come across which may be helpful in my journey to a longer, healthier and more abundant life.

One article I came across was a piece Dan Buettner wrote on a Loma Linda resident he interviewed. Her name was Madge, she was 101 years young, still driving, still volunteering and living life to the fullest.

At the end of the article, Buettner noted that after interviewing many centenarians, one of the main factors he found was that they all were really nice people. They shared the trait of congeniality. In other words, they loved people, got along well with others and had a good attitude.

If you are not a congenial person by nature, there are things you can do to bring out that trait in yourself. Here are a few recommended by Phil McKinney:

1. Think first of the other fellow. This is THE foundation – the first requisite – for getting along with others. And it is the one truly difficult accomplishment you must make. Gaining this, the rest will be “a breeze.”

2. Build up the other person’s sense of importance. When we make the other person seem less important, we frustrate one of his deepest urges. Allow him to feel equality or superiority, and we can easily get along with him.

3. Respect the other man’s personality rights. Respect as something sacred the other fellow’s right to be different from you. No two personalities are ever molded by precisely the same forces.

4. Give sincere appreciation. If we think someone has done a thing well, we should never hesitate to let him know it. WARNING: This does not mean promiscuous use of obvious flattery. Flattery with most intelligent people gets exactly the reaction it deserves – contempt for the egotistical “phony” who stoops to it.

5. Eliminate the negative. Criticism seldom does what its user intends, for it invariably causes resentment. The tiniest bit of disapproval can sometimes cause a resentment which will rankle – to your disadvantage – for years.

6. Avoid openly trying to reform people. Every man knows he is imperfect, but he doesn’t want someone else trying to correct his faults. If you want to improve a person, help him to embrace a higher working goal – a standard, an ideal – and he will do his own “making over” far more effectively than you can do it for him.

7. Try to understand the other person. How would you react to similar circumstances? When you begin to see the “whys” of him you can’t help but get along better with him.

8. Check first impressions. We are especially prone to dislike some people on first sight because of some vague resemblance (of which we are usually unaware) to someone else whom we have had reason to dislike. Follow Abraham Lincoln’s famous self-instruction: “I do not like that man; therefore I shall get to know him better.”

9. Take care with the little details. Watch your smile, your tone of voice, how you use your eyes, the way you greet people, the use of nicknames and remembering faces, names and dates. Little things add polish to your skill in dealing with people. Constantly, deliberately think of them until they become a natural part of your personality.

10. Develop genuine interest in people. You cannot successfully apply the foregoing suggestions unless you have a sincere desire to like, respect, and be helpful to others. Conversely, you cannot build genuine interest in people until you have experienced the pleasure of working with them in an atmosphere characterized by mutual liking and respect.

11. Keep it up. That’s all—just keep it up!

How are you going to show your congeniality toward others today?


Daily Vitamin for the Soul



Daily Vitamin for the Soul