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How to Connect with Your Intuition

Everyone has that voice inside them that tells them what to do. Sometimes, that voice is really negative and harmful. It tells you to do what you know you should not be doing. Sometimes that voice is naïve and innocent. Sometimes, that voice is overlooked and ignored.

Your intuition can tell you with a gut feeling what action to take in a situation or what direction to go or even what to say. Some people are very in tune with their intuition, and others feel so out of touch with their true selves that they don’t even recognize the voice that is speaking to them.

If you are wondering how to connect with your intuition, we have a few tips to share with you that can help.

Spend Time in Meditation

This is a game changer for a lot of people. We have so many distractions in our lives and so much noise all around us that it can seem odd to just stop and listen to nothing. Doesn’t it seem like we are always listening to music, advertisements, podcasts or people talking? All those voices around us don’t leave a lot of space for our own, so many people don’t even know how to access their intuition. They may be completely missing the spiritual side of their life because of all the distractions around them.

When you find quiet time to yourself, that can be time where you collect your thoughts, think about your journey and discover what kind of person you really are. You can analyze the decisions you have made and the words you have said and think about whether those are really your own or if they belong to someone else.

You can also use meditation time to clear your mind of thoughts completely. You can push everything out and try to be empty, like many people do when they are practicing certain types of meditation. This allows your intuition to speak more clearly and helps to push away all the noise in your life. Try meditating for just 15 minutes a day and see if that doesn’t make a difference.

Various kinds of quiet time can be helpful for how to connect with your intuition spiritually. If you pray, listen to quiet music or try to meditate, all of that is calming soothing, relaxing, and helpful in getting in touch with your intuition.

Disconnect from the Internet

I’m not just talking about turning off the social media and stepping back from Instagram or Facebook- I’m talking about disconnecting the internet entirely. Turn it all off, shut down your phone, and will yourself to stop spending time on any internet sites or services.

This is so good for you because it allows you to be you rather than to get a constant stream of outside influences. How can you know what you think if you are filling your mind all day with what others think?

The truth is that you can’t, and your natural intuition will be lost amid the flood of other voices that come from the internet. The news, movies, videos, updates, social media posts, and everything else that we absorb regularly can be really harmful for us. Not only are these things negative, but they aren’t our voice.

How much of our day is consumed with hearing our own voices? That’s why we don’t even know if it is out intuition that is speaking sometimes or if we are just following the prompts of other people. Maybe you just heard it on a podcast or you just read it online. That bit of advice you just thought about might not even belong to you, and will you remember where it came from?

Go Out in Nature

Are you sensing a pattern here yet? This activity involves getting away from a lot of manmade stimuli, like screens, cars, electronics, and other things that can be distracting for your spiritual side or your intuition. Being in nature can help you to connect to who you really are, quieting your mind, invigorating your senses, and helping you to feel at peace.

There are fewer distractions in nature that might cause you anxiety. There is space and freedom, and these things are great for your mental health.

This quiet time in nature can help you to get in touch with your senses and your mind. It can change up your entire environment, of course, which is really helpful when you are trying to get in touch with other parts of your being. A change in scenery can do you so much good, whether you are being active in nature or just sitting down quietly.

The key to connecting with the intuitive part of yourself is to find ways to listen to your own mind and body and to separate your voice from the many other voices around you. In nature, there are no influences telling you what to do or giving you their own mindset and worldview.

This helps you to be clearheaded, and you can see how much of yourself is being blocked and how much of your mind is being suppressed in your normal environment.

Being out in nature allows these parts of you some freedom and a chance to speak to you where they would otherwise be drowned out.

Have you been missing your intuition, and do you feel like the decisions you make aren’t really your own? That’s how a lot of people feel these days, and it mostly comes down to how many outside influences they have affecting them. The tips I’ve given you will help you filter out a lot of those influences, even if it is just for a short time. That way, you can connect with your intuition and start thinking your own thoughts.

Doing these things regularly could change the course of your life in a big way and help you to make decisions that aren’t based so much on what other people think, feel, or believe.

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How to Make Oat Oil

Oat oil is a soothing skincare treatment that you can actually make at home. You have probably heard of oat creams, serums, and body washes before, or maybe even used them, and you are probably already familiar with how good they are for your skin.

Oats have all sorts of beneficial properties that make them great for skincare. I want to share with you a method for how to make oat oil at home, if you’re interested in the DIY side of skincare.

What Is Oat Oil?

Oats are healthy inside and outside the body. Of course, oatmeal is great for your heart and digestive system thanks to its high fiber content and various nutrients. Oats used as a skincare treatment offer completely different benefits. Oat oil comes from that same plant you get oatmeal from, and the stems and leaves of the plant are processed to create a soothing, helpful body oil that can do wonders for you.

Oat oil is so good for keeping your skin moisturized. If you have skin that tends to be dry, flaky, and dull looking, then applying some oat oil can help, as it fortifies the skin’s barrier and keeps moisture from escaping as easily. That’s perfect for when you are in a dry climate and need some help keeping your skin looking vibrant.

Oat oil is also a good anti-inflammatory, and that’s why it is so soothing. It can be used to treat burns, eczema, and other skin conditions.

Another benefit of this oil is its ability to boost healthy hair growth. This is a beneficial side effect of its moisturizing powers, as it relieves dryness in the scalp and stimulates healthy hair follicles by improving the health of the skin that the hair is growing from.

Why Is There Oil in Oat Milk?

Some types of oat milk will contain oat oil in them. That may seem strange to you, and if you’ve ever heard about oil being an ingredient in oat milk, you may have wondered what its purpose is there.

Oil is actually added to oat milk and other kinds of milks to help them achieve a creamy consistency. Oat oil may not be the only type of oil used in oat milk. Sometimes canola oil or other types of oils are used.

Typically, there will only be a small amount of oil in oat milk, so it shouldn’t feel or taste oily at all. Just enough oil is added, in most cases, to make the milk as creamy as the customer expects.

How Is Oat Oil Made

You can buy oat oil that’s already prepared for you or you can make it yourself from scratch. Let me share with you a method for how to make oat oil at home.

Ingredients:

  • 4 grams of colloidal oatmeal
  • 40 grams of sunflower seed oil
  • 40 grams of sweet almond oil
  • 11 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 9 grams of emulsifying wax
  • 17 grams of olivem 300
  • 3 blobs of benzoin essential oil

Directions:

  1. Pour water into a small saucepan to fill it to about an inch and bring that to a simmer on the stovetop.
  2. In a separate dish, combine a teaspoon of sweet almond oil and all of the colloidal oatmeal. Stir them together until they create a smooth mixture. You may need to break up some clumps.
  3. In a glass measuring cup, combine sunflower seed oil, emulsifying wax, olivem 300, and the remainder of the sweet almond oil.
  4. Add to that the oatmeal mixture and then place the measuring cup into the pan of water (a heat resistant measuring cup is essential for this part).
  5. Allow the hot water to melt your ingredients, which should take 15-20 minutes. Stir everything together once it has melted.
  6. Take your melted oil and pour it into a plastic pump bottle. Add the essential oils in and cover the bottle. Then shake the bottle to mix all of your components together.

This creates a wonderfully soothing oil that you can use in the shower to help fight infection, improve skin moisture levels, and ease skin irritation.

To use the oil, just pump a few globs into your hand and spread it across your skin, particularly on the dry, scratchy and irritated areas. You can use it in the shower, if you like, rinsing off whatever isn’t absorbed into your skin after using it. It doesn’t have to be rinsed off, though. You can spread it on your skin outside the shower and leave it there as a skin lotion.

How to Make Oat Infused Oil

Oats can be infused with other kinds of components to make oil as well. Usually, you will start with colloidal oats and mix them in to your other ingredients and then melt all of that together using heat conduction. That’s the method I showed you above, and it stays pretty much the same no matter what kind of combination of ingredients you are using.

Just make sure that whatever oils you are using, that they are soothing for your skin or at least won’t irritate it. Remember that all of the components you use will be spread on your skin, so be aware of what oils cause irritation or allergic reactions.

Even using colloidal oatmeal on its own as a skincare treatment works well, so when you infuse it into an oil, you can make it a little less icky (who likes spreading oatmeal on their skin anyway), and you can craft it into a form that is more easily absorbed by your skin.

The benefits are pretty much the same either way, but you get more benefits faster by making the oats into an oil and rubbing that on your skin rather than using an oatmeal powder or paste.

How to Store Oat Oil

You may be wondering what kind of storage is ideal for oat oil. There isn’t any water in the mixture I gave you earlier. It contains water soluble components, but it doesn’t have water in it. Because of that, you won’t have to use a preservative in it. It should store just fine for as long you care to use it.

You should keep it way from water when you aren’t using it and ensure that water does not get inside the oat oil solution. If you keep it sealed in the pump bottle, then there shouldn’t be any issue. Once water get introduced to it, though, then there could be a risk of microbial intrusion and the oil could spoil after a while.

You can store it wherever you store your other lotions, creams or shower products. Just be careful about shower storage, because you want to keep water from getting inside. Make sure the bottle is secure after every use and definitely after you refill the bottle.

The method I have given you for making a homemade oat oil is about as simple as you can get when you are trying to make a quality skincare treatment. Use the oat oil as often as you like, even when your skin isn’t dry and itchy, just to boost your protection against dryness.

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How to Reset Your Body and Mind

Everybody has those times where they just can’t focus or think about what they should be doing. Maybe you are working and your mind feels like it is giving up. Maybe you are writing and you can’t think of the next thing to write. Maybe your mind just feels sluggish, like it is tired and ready to quit on you. How to reset your men and get back to a perky, focused state?

If you’re tired, then the best thing you can do is lie down and rest. You may think you can’t rest in the middle of the day, but that’s common practice in a lot of countries. You have probably heard of something called a siesta, where people just go and lie down in the hottest part of the day and refresh themselves before they come back out to work.

Try doing just that the next time you feel like your mind is exhausted and you can’t think any more. Just give yourself 15-30 minutes to rest and see if that doesn’t make a difference, rejuvenating your mind and getting it back on track.

Have a Coffee

Looking for how to reset your body and mind without going to sleep, why don’t you try having a coffee? That’s what a lot of people do when they are tired. If the tiredness is not so severe they can simply make up some coffee and keep going.

Coffee can reenergize you within about 45 minutes, though some people feel energized from the first taste. Coffee can keep you going for hours, and it probably won’t fully leave your bloodstream and be processed by your body for about 5 hours, so you want to be careful about how late in the evening you have coffee so that you’re not awake all night.

Even drinking a small cup of coffee can perk up your mind and make your body feel energized because of the caffeine in it.

If you’re not a coffee drinker and would prefer something else, you can try caffeinated teas or even sodas. A chocolate bar has a similar effect because of the amount of caffeine in it.

Wash Your Face

To perk up and wake up, one of the best ways to do that is to run some water over your face.

Just find the nearest sink, splash some water in your face, or rub your face with wet hands and then dry yourself off. This works especially well with cold water, and the water stimulates your skin and wakes your brain up because of how stimulating it is. This is a good way to perk yourself up for a short time, and it’s one of the simplest methods for how to reset your mind and body.

How to Reset Your Mind for Success

We’ve talked already about perking yourself up and having yourself to feel more awake, but what about if you’re looking to do more and change the way you think. If you’re following the same habits and struggling for success in your life, what kind of mental changes need to be made in order to have more success?

What can help a lot of people achieve more success in their life is to read more. Maybe you can find books on the kind of work you’re wanting to do or the kind of business you are hoping to start.

You could look for self-help books about how to be more successful or how to develop better habits.

Reading is excellent for your mind, and that action in itself provides stimulation that can help to change the way you think.

Some experts recommend listening to music, particularly complex music like classical tunes. These can improve the way you think and process information, boosting your mental acuity and even your ability to solve problems and remember facts.

Rewiring your brain for success often means changing your daily habits, choosing successful ones instead of whatever you have been doing.

That may mean getting up earlier, doing some chores each day before work, spending less time on the internet or your phone, avoiding alcohol and other things that can keep you from being motivated, and looking at other areas of your life where you could benefit from changing up your habits.

You can also make changes that will boost your motivation and remind you of what you are trying to do with your life. One way to do that is to find a picture or phrase that encapsulates your motivation and hang that where you can see it every day.

Another way is to find an accountability partner. Ask someone to keep you accountable, and you can keep them updated on how you are doing and what you are working on. That way, you are more likely to stick with your plans.

How to Reset Your Mind and Mood

Controlling your mood and want to change it? What helps is to step away from the situation that has you in a bad mood. Then, introduce a stimulus that can alter your mood and your state of mind.

Music works well for that, as does reading, watching a movie, or hanging out with friends. Even eating a good meal or drinking a great beverage can help to stimulate your mood and change it, getting you out of the funk and helping you to feel better.

In most cases, trying to change your mood or reset your mind involves introducing something that’s not already there. Try changing your habits, doing something different from what you normally do, or even going on a little adventure. You might be surprised how a change in environment and a change in what is typical for you can be great for your mood and your mindset.

Think about what has you in a bad mood and then separate from that. Remind yourself that you may not be able to change the situation, and you just need to roll with what has already happened. Maybe you can make things better for yourself just by having a better mindset.

Keep in mind that you will only make the situation worse by dwelling on the past, the hurt, and the disappointment. Instead of moping and keeping a bad attitude, force a change in mood. This can take time, and it may not be easy, but reminding yourself to have a good attitude can actually work to change your mood.

Try engaging in activities that make you happy, like spending time with a hobby, going shopping, eating something you like, or talking to your favorite person. Everyone has something that stimulates them and helps them to feel a little better. What is your happy place or happy activity?

How to Reset Your Mind, Body and Soul

Do you feel unsettled in your soul or like something is broken in you? Do you feel like you’re not getting out of life what you want to? We started talking about simply waking up and feeling more alert at the beginning of this article, and then we moved on to more long ranged and powerful changes that you may be hoping to make. Now, let’s talk about changing what’s at the core of your being, or your soul.

You’ll probably have to try some serious, powerful stimuli. Exercise is a good place to start, getting your body moving, your brain active, and your blood pumping. Be careful about overdoing it if you haven’t worked out much recently, but doing even a little bit of exercise can have a profoundly beneficial effect on your mind body, and soul.

You could also try meditating, taking some quiet time or praying. These kinds of pensive, introspective activities can help you quiet your thoughts and think about things you might normally not have thought about.

By clearing out the distractions in your life, even for a short time, you’ll notice the benefits and the change.

It is possible to rewire your brain, soothe your soul, and improve your chances for success. These kinds of changes may not always happen right away. They may happen little by little, and then they take lots of different methods rather than just doing a single thing. You may have to try several different methods before you land on something that works for you.

It’s important to make changes to the way you live and the way you behave, though. That’s how you’re going to change the way you think.

You should think of your mind as a computer. What goes in is what will come back out. So, if you’re dwelling on negative things, then negative words will come out of your mouth and you’ll have a negative mindset. If you put positive things in your mind, you’re likely to think positively and speak positively, even about yourself.

By changing what goes into your mind, you can rewire mental pathways and think like a different person, becoming the person you want to be.

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How to Do an Invisible Part with Curly Hair

Invisible part weaves give you away to let people see your scalp but not allowing individual hair strands too stand out too much. The part may be visible, but the fact that you used a weave or hair extensions to create a part is not visible.

This can be a kind of deceptive term, calling it an invisible part when really the part is easy to see. If you put in an invisible part properly, the tracks and wefts won’t be visible. It looks then like the hair extensions you put in are coming from your scalp directly.

So, with this technique, you can use artificial hair and artificial lengthening methods and make it look natural. You’ve probably seen people with invisible parts and didn’t even realize they were using hair extensions or weaves.

You may want to try asking a professional for help the first time this is done and watch closely how they do it. It can be tricky to pull it off right, and you may be disappointed with the results the first time you try.

It can be a little trickier if your hair is curly, as straight hair is usually easier to part. People who try to do an invisible part with curly hair or do it themselves without getting any help the first time don’t always look very good.

I’ve seen some really awful ones in my time that have caused me to recommend people get help the first time they try it.

If you’re going to do an invisible part with curly hair for your weave, make sure you use the sew-in method or the glue-in one.

What is an Invisible Part

Invisible parts are done with weaves, and they give you a a weave part that looks really natural. They can fool people into thinking that the hair is growing straight from your scalp and that there’s no weave involved. It’s really cool once you can pull it off.

You have some freedom to try different hairstyles and mess with the colors, so if you want to try dyeing your hair a different color and not expose the uncolored roots, try this method. You can dye your hair more effectively, covering up the roots, and giving yourself a more natural look. You’ll want to get the invisible part just right, though, as people would be able to tell it’s not natural if you mess it up.

Making an Invisible Part Weave

You can give yourself a whole new hairstyle with this part, and you can use the quick sew-in weave method or glue-in method to do it.

If you’re going to do the sew-in method, leave the glue out and use a stocking cap. You’ll also need some gel to help mold your hair so that you have a flattened base to work from. If you want, you can use glued hair and put that on the inside of the stocking cap, sticking it there, before you place it on your head.

You may want to try this out on a mannequin head to see if you can get it to look right before you try it out on your own or on a friend’s head.

You’ll need scissors, comb and brush, glue, weave tracks, and a stocking cap.

Step 1:

Start by combing your hair out to untangle it and remove any knots that might be there.

Then, wash your hair thoroughly with shampoo and conditioner. Clean hair works best for this process. If the weave is staying in your hair for a few weeks, washing it is very important.

Step 2:

Then, spread holding gel through the hair, ensuring that it gets throughout the entire hair, even the ends.

From there, figure out where you want to make the part. It doesn’t have to be in the middle. Use the comb to make a part and then wrap it with gel. Push the hair down flat onto your scalp, making sure that nothing is sticking up.

Then, go through your entire hair and mold it so that it holds in place smoothly.

Step 3:

Now it’s time to dry your hair. You can use a hair dryer to get the excess moisture out of the gel. Drying it is important, as it keeps the tracks from getting through your stocking cap.

Step 4:

When your hair is fully dry, you can put on the stocking cap. Place the cap to create a shape for the back of your head, not to keep the part down.

You can fix the tracks in place at that point, applying bonding glue into your stocking cap. You don’t want to use a lot of glue, and a thin layer will be enough. Once the glue is in, you can put the end of the tracks in, working on the nape or back of your head to start with. Once the tracks are in, you want to press them down so that they stick.

Do this with all of the tracks, making sure you put pressure on them to keep them stuck in. Don’t cover the parting with the tracks at all, as you wanted to be visible.

Step 5:

Finally, you’ll be making the part. You can cut down some of the track from the row closest to the part and stick that in at the crown but make sure that the angle doesn’t put it in your face. Then, glue in the rest of the tracks or sew them in, depending on the method you’re using.

To create the closure, put some glue on a small stretch of track and then attach it to the stocking cap.

This should create a rolled piece that you can guide to make the closure part. From there, you can style it how you want.

And that is how to do an invisible part with curly hair.