Eating Whole Foods To Increase Vitality And Improve Mental Health

by Jennifer Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Kirlian photograph capturing the energy and aura of a Goji Berry

Vitality according to the Oxford dictionary:

1 The state of being strong and active; energy.

1.1 The power giving continuance of life, present in all living things.

Oxford Dictionary

I have Type 1 Bipolar disorder, however I fortunately have been able to get to a place where I am living a very fulfilling life that is relatively symptom free, and switching to a diet that consists mainly of whole foods played a large role in drastically improving my mental health

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The Difference Between ‘Surrendering’ and ‘Allowing’

by Jennifer Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Surrender vs. Allow

Many of us who are on a spiritual path in life will come across the concept of surrendering at one point

‘Surrender and go with the flow’

‘Surrender to a higher power’

On the surface this seems like a good thing to do. However, what does it actually mean to surrender?

Definition of surrender:

– to yield to the power, control, or possession of another upon compulsion or demand

– to give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favor of another

– to give (oneself) up into the power of another especially as a prisoner

Miriam Webster Dictionary

It seems that by definition, when we surrender we are giving up our power to something else. Quitting. Becoming the prisoner of another.

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How To Make Your Own Luxury Soap Easily From Scratch

by Jennifer Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Soapmaking is one of my favorite hobbies! It’s easy, fun, and very cost effective to make your own soap

A few years ago, I made the decision to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Part of this was changing my diet to exclude all processed foods and switch to a chemical free diet of whole foods. Now I do understand that we can’t completely get away from chemicals in our diet. The aggressive use of agro-chemicals has caused toxins such as glyphosate to enter into our food chain. Unfortunately these have trickled down from agricultural use and are now found in every part of our natural environment. Despite not having the choice to be completely chemical free, switching to a diet void of processed foods has made a significant impact on my mental and physical health.

Part of adopting a chemical free diet was also the decision to stop putting manufactured chemically based beauty products on my skin. The skin is our largest organ and anything we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies. I began tinkering with making my own body creams, soaps, and perfumes from all natural ingredients and soon discovered that the various homemade beauty products that I was able to create myself actually performed far better than anything I could buy in the store. Plus, making my own potions and lotions proved to be very cost effective – even when using high end luxury ingredients.

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Facing Fears To Make Major Shifts In Life

by Jennifer Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Facing fears – scary but rewarding!

The last few days have been a whirlwind of activity for me which were spent dealing with an illness in the family as well as finally facing my fears to make some major shifts in life and follow my true passion and calling.

Facing our fears is not an easy thing

What if I’m not good enough?

Will I be able to do this?

Am I ‘nuts’ to think that this can actually work?

Is following my heart over my head a good idea?

Should I do what everyone else around me is telling me to do, or should I be brave and do what ‘me’ is telling me to do?

These are some of the questions I have been struggling with concerning a decision I needed to make in regards to my future. Do I take the red pill or the blue pill?

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Saying Goodbye To Someone You Love With Peace And Compassion

by Jennifer Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Walking away from someone you love is very painful

If you love you don’t let go. The thing you let go of is the experience.

Yogi Grand master Akshar

Many of us have had the experience of deeply and truly loving another person, but for whatever reason it doesn’t work out. Bad timing, individually wanting different things, people and circumstances beyond our control that are interfering in the situation, outgrowing each other. There can be many causes for a relationship to fall apart; even one that is based on real love.

So how do we let go of a person whom we honestly love without condition in a way that is compassionate with the understanding that some things are not meant to be? How do we give up clinging onto the hope that something will change in a situation that is clearly not working in its present form?

Letting go of someone is very difficult and painful where there is mutual love with a deep bond, but the realization is eventually reached that the relationship is not healthy.

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A Stunning Blue Jay Brings The Message Of Humility, Pride, And Ego

by Jennifer ZmurchykPrairie Sky Wellness

The stunning plumage of the Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) one of the three species of Jays found in Canada.

I feel very fortunate to live in Canada. It is a country full of wide open spaces containing a wealth of wildlife.

I spend time each morning on my deck with a nice cup of hot coffee and I usually see some kind of special bird or animal. This mornings treat? A stunning Blue Jay that flew up onto my fence, looked at me, then hopped into my backyard and strutted around a bit. After pecking in the grass for a while, it flew away being sure to boastfully show me it’s amazing plumage.

“Shamans teach that Blue Jay represents our ego and pride. They have an arrogant Spirit and sometimes prey on other nests for their food. The balance to this is that Blue Jay is an opportunist. He reminds us to treasure what we have and watch for those open doorways. You do not have to be a “victim” of the world. Blue Jay teaches us how to use our abilities with wisdom, remaining present and attentive in our daily life”.

What Is My Spirit Animal

The odd thing about this little winged messenger was that when researching the spirit animal meaning of the Blue Jay, I realized it was the second time today that I had come across information regarding humility, pride, and ego. Spirit seemed to be telling me that I needed to think about where arrogance and pride are blocking me from moving forward in life.

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Key Phrases That A Narcissist Uses To Devalue People In Relationships

by Jennifer Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Narcissists. Some of the most destructive people we can ever come across. They cause havoc and chaos in the lives of everyone around them and have no issues with ruining other people emotionally. The only person in the narcissists life that matters is them.

The interesting thing about narcissists is that their behavior is so predictable it’s like reading a textbook. Once we are armed with knowledge, they are very easy to spot for what they are.

One of these textbook behaviors includes gaslighting – aka ‘crazymaking‘. If any of the following phrases has been used on you, it’s possible that you are the victim of narcissistic abuse.

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How I learned To ‘Grow a Pair’

by Jennifer Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Growing a pair’ is hard work!

I ordered the most awesome shirt shown above from a beautiful soul; Dana at Joy PSA. I came across a YouTube video of someone wearing this shirt and I KNEW I had to have one because over the last few years I’ve been working really hard on growing a pair. Please visit Dana’s website here at where you can purchase printable pieces of her amazing work, and the best part is that the proceeds go towards her mission to spread love and joy in the world.

“The dreams you seed have a funny way of sprouting up into being”

Dana at Joy PSA

This shirt got me thinking about what it means to grow a pair and how I have been working on this in my own life. Now, I do not profess to be an Angel. Though I have made many steps to become a better person, I am still far away from being Angelic.

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Toxic People In Your Life? Give Yourself Permission to Get Rid Of Them

by Jennifer ZmurchykPrairie Sky Wellness

We Should Never Feel Guilty About Removing Toxic People From Our Lives

In 2016 I made the decision to take my life back. At the time, I was very ill with Type 1 Bipolar Disorder and pretty much at rock bottom. I realized at the time that I had a choice to make – continue to live a life of misery and darkness, or take my mental health into my own hands and do what I could to change things. I chose the latter and I am so grateful because today I am living a rich and happy life relatively free from Bipolar symptoms.

Part of the changes I needed to make was removing the toxic people in my life. Unfortunately almost all of these toxic people came in the form of family and friends which made it very difficult and it took a lot of courage on my end to stand up to them, put boundaries in place, and when the boundaries didn’t have an effect I had to walk away.

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A Fox Brought Me The Warning Of A Trickster In My Life

by Jennifer ZmurchykPrairie Sky Wellness

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) – Native to the entire Northern Hemisphere and one of the species of fox found in Canada

I live on the prairies of western Canada, and have always had a keen interest in nature. Canada is an amazing place full of wide open natural areas which vary from the towering rocky mountains, northern boreal forests, arctic tundra, wide open prairies, and warm coastal areas. I also live in an place rich in the history of Canada’s First Nations People who have a very close connection with nature and for them seeing animals is significant as they are considered messengers from spirit.

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