Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lifestyle: You Can Trust Your Life DVD Set by Louise L. Hay & Cheryl Richardson

Lifestyle: You Can Trust Your Life DVD Set by Louise L. Hay & Cheryl Richardson

This program is divided into 4 DVDs, a total of about 6 hours of live footage spanning 2 days of teaching by two extraordinary life coaches who complemented each other on the stage. During the course of two days, Louise and Cheryl coached avid learners on wonderful hints about improving your self esteem, loving, forgiving and many other techniques proven to develop a better awareness of your soul for the benefit of not only yourself, but the lives of others around you, through creation of a positive environment.

With real examples of situations that happened in their own lives, these inspiring ladies transform ordinary events into positive thinking tools to help each person get back into their spiritual alignment and dissolve toxic material from their lives. It's interesting to see how the audience connects to their interaction. During some segments, the audience is invited to share their feedback, and it's very helpful to listen to what they bring into the table and how Louise and Cheryl help them improve their thinking patterns. It's eye opening, when you realize that you have so much in common with other people's lives and experiences, where you can relate and benefit from the advice and coaching given in each situation.

Mirror work seems to be specifically beneficial - and hard to do. Who has the courage to look up in the mirror every day and state confidently how much you love yourself? It can be uncomfortable at first, but with practice you learn how to be your best friend. There's also a segment that touches on the principles of "tapping". For those not familiar with it, I would suggest doing some research and start practicing it as soon as possible. I'm impressed by the technique and benefits it can promote to one's life. At the end of the 2 day live session, Louise delivers a powerful guided meditation of forgiveness. Not to be missed. A great life lesson to develop and improve, and guide yourself in the right direction to manifest your best life experience ever.

I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the set from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Book: "Is Your Life Mapped Out?" by David Hamilton

Book: "Is Your Life Mapped Out?" by David Hamilton

Unravelling the mystery of destiny vs. free will. It's the subtitle of this very interesting book. This book presents an interesting point of view, based on scientific research done throughout many years in different subjects, and combining it with personal and human experience and feedback from the author. The result is a fascinating, impressive and subtle journey into another side of the law of attraction.

It is very enlightening to read some of the research described in these pages, as well as to realize we have certainly come to experience some of the very same emotions and situations that are inherently human. The clarity with which Dr. Hamilton presents his findings and conclusions brings on the perception that we have already seen it before... not necessary a "dejavu" feeling, but more of a common sense approach. After each chapter, the "key points" section summarize most of the ideas presented in the previous chapter and the "life experiments" section provides suggestions which are very interesting to try. I've tried a couple of them during my journey reading the book and they actually work well. One suggestion I have when you read this book is to keep a highlighter next to you and underline the most interesting aspects of the book, those parts that talk to you the most. And then, go back to those areas periodically and concentrate on them to improve and develop your skills and perceptions.

One of my favorite parts makes assumptions about our supposed soul mate idea. I particularly like the thought presented in the book, and it made me recall a book by Paulo Coelho, Brida, which also talks about the other "half", if it can be so described, of someone's soul searching for the perfect companion.

You should keep a very open mind while reading some of the chapters in this book. Ideas of past and present and future described can oftentimes become confusing and intertwined in an array of kaleidoscopic wavelengths which are hard to swallow. It may not seem feasible, possible and even comprehensible, but there's an appeal to the ideas and the overall message is one that will definitely make sense.

I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Food: Cafe du Monde in New Orleans

Delicious beignets - only in New Orleans!

It would seem that Cafe du Monde, the 1862 original French coffee stand from New Orleans, is in no need of a new review. The historic location, on Decatur Street, is constantly bustling with new and old customers who line up in the cold December weather outside the cafe, waiting for a table to savor the delicious beignets. However, I can't resist adding a little sugar to it. Being my first time in colorful and exciting New Orleans, I just loved the warm, sweet, deliciously fresh beignets with cafe au lait for breakfast every morning during my visit.

Original location on Decatur Street opened in 1862

It's a really busy place, open 24 hours a day. The lines in the morning are amazing and even so, it doesn't take long for you to get a table and be served. The place is busy any time of the day as well... The busy waiting staff is quick to clean the tables and take your orders (they don't write anywhere, I was impressed how they just memorize it and bring the right order to your table), and voila! Pay cash only, which makes it go faster too. There is no variety on the menu, basically you are there to eat beignet. They are served in orders of three: square pieces of dough, fried and covered with powdered sugar. To drink, choose between cafe, chocolate, milk or fresh squeezed orange juice. That's it. Glasses of water come with every order. It's interesting to note the tradition here: this water is not to drink, but instead, to help you clean your sugared fingers after feasting on the beignets!

Cafe au lait, fresh squeezed orange juice and beignets for breakfast!

There's a store inside where you can buy souvenirs to go and that includes the dough for the delicacies and coffee. Yes, it's fattening. Yes, it's an indulgence. But it's worth trying at least once the famous New Orleans Cafe du Monde beignet with cafe au lait. Yummy!


Long lines during the weekends are worth the wait!