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Jun. 8th, 2012

Red Sunflower

Welcome! Friends Only!

Hello readers and potential readers of "Spills Her Tea" (previously known as "abundanthealth").
This is the health and wellness blog of spillshercoffee.

It will be filled with information and tid bits and food diary entries and medical jargon, and probably a little TMI from time to time.
I will be keeping almost all entries as "friends only" entries, so if you would like to hop on and for the ride, please drop me a note or a comment here, and I will add you as soon as I get word.

Jun. 7th, 2009

Red Sunflower

New Name!

Hello, "AbundantHealth" readers. 
I've changed the account name, and I'm starting over.
Welcome to spillshertea!  (I thought it fitting, since I can't really have coffee anymore... with a good nod to my sister journal spillshercoffee .)

Aug. 16th, 2007


Space Clearing

My morning was on it's way to a bad place, but I managed to cure it of most of its ills by lunch or so. 

Note to self:  Do not start the day by paying bills.  It may seem like a good idea to get them out of the way first thing, but the minute something unexpected happens, it can really throw me off and into a really negative place.

I took a nice walk, had a decent lunch, meditated for 1/2 an hour, then decided I needed to smudge the apartment.  I finally busted out my really nice white sage smudge stick, put on some healing music, and set up a few pots of a space clearing incense blend (same recipe I used right before we moved in here). (sandalwood, gold copal, frankincense, dragons blood)

I passed through every room, spending extra time in the really "clogged" areas.  My mantras/incantations were of the clutter clearing & positive energy variety.  Not being "afraid" of my clutter.  All things we do not need or love will find their out of our home easily and without stress.  We have a creative comfortable balanced living space filled with love, peace and harmony, etc...  And so forth.

And now, not only does it feel a little better (and "lighter") in here, it smells amazing.  I definitely feel a bit lighter of spirit, to be sure.  I'm torn between getting to work on the website and getting down to the clutter clearing business.  It's really a toss up, but I'm convinced that I will get some really awesome web work accomplished.  Once I get to a nice stopping point with that, I will start in on the clutter.  I hope to fill at least one trash can by the end of the night.  Not an unreachable goal, at all.

I refuse to allow myself back down that road of blah.  I had been in a pretty bad place, mentally/emotionally for the past week.  Triumphing over hormonal surges and mental illness can really take a toll.  But so long as I refuse to get medicated for my problems, I just have to will myself to be healthy.   I have my bad days, but they're getting to be fewer and further between.   And I am grateful.

Jul. 2nd, 2007

Red Sunflower

Another spot on horoscope.


You may be at the top of your eccentricity cycle and are ready to do something about your unorthodox tendencies. You are getting a double emotional whammy with the Moon back in your sign for a couple of days as it reactivates your worries about manifesting your dreams. Once you recognize that your feelings are being bent out of shape, it will be easier to justify inaction. Remember, you don't need to express every mood swing with the same intensity as you experience it.

Monday, July 2, 2007

That explains quite a bit.

"..worries about manifesting my dreams."
Yes, indeed.

May. 27th, 2007


Mantra chant

Taken from Wildmind Meditation & Buddhism:

Sabbe satta sukhi hontu

Sabbe sattā sukhi hontu is a Pali phrase meaning “May all beings be well (or happy)”.

It’s not, properly speaking, a mantra, but is a chant that is used in exactly the same way as a mantra.

Unlike most mantras, it has a definite grammatical meaning.

Sabbe = all
Sattā = beings
Sukhi = happy, well
Hontu = may they be

The chant has an attractive tune, and it’s lovely to chant this at the end of a period of the metta bhavana (development of lovingkindness) practice. It makes a beautiful group chant as well.

Outside of formal meditation, you can chant this mantra while walking, driving, or while engaged in any other such activity. It can help if you keep your attention centered on your heart, and also if you imagine that light is flowing from your heart and touching other people.

There are many other Pali chants that are similar and that are also closely related to the practice of lovingkindness, yet none seem to be as common as sabbe satta sukhi hontu, which really expresses the essence of lovingkindness.


May. 25th, 2007


Poem for today.

Kiss the Earth
By Thich Nhat Hanh

Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Bring the Earth your love and happiness.
The Earth will be safe
when we feel safe in ourselves.

Apr. 27th, 2007

Red Sunflower

A brand new day.

So here I am... starting over on my personal development project.  I'm still working with the same ideas that I was using at detoxifying, I'm just going about it in a slightly different way.  Definitely concentrating on the positives and less on the negatives.  I believe this will have amazing results on my whole attitude.  Not just toward eating and exercising, but on how I deal with the world, in general.

The food journaling got a little tossed to the side for awhile.  However, even though I'm not loggin everything I eat, I'm certainly taking care to eat well.  My few weeks concentrating on such a strict diet certainly made a dent in my regular eating (and drinking) habits.  And while I still cannot say no to coffee, I can more easily avoid alcohol and wheat products.  I still need a dark chocolate fix pretty regularly, but I still stick to organic and/or fair trade, almost exclusively. 

I didn't exercise this week.  Or rather, I didn't go to the gym.  This week has been a week about mental progress and less about the physical.  This is ok.  It's been a nice break.  It helps that work has been so slow and I've had some time at the office to do some research. 

And so we begin again.  I may not revisit the food journal again right away, but I will certainly be discussing how I hold up in the world of HEALTHY eating.  Truly.