Minimalism: Trash Removal

Before we get started, just to be clear, this post is not about zero waste living. Zero waste living is next level minimalism where people make lifestyle choices to reduce and eventually eliminate their generation of waste products in their life. To learn more about zero waste living you can read these amazing stories for inspiration and how to’s:

https://www.goingzerowaste.com

https://trashisfortossers.com/about-lauren/

This post is about taking your trash with you in your day-to-day life. Why would you do this? To beautify your environment by not leaving trash on the ground and not adding it to the public trash cans. When you take your trash with you and dispose of it at home its far less likely to end up in the ocean or some other natural environment.

I first heard about this concept from a friend who had recently visited Japan. They made an observation that Japan had no public trash cans and the streets were clean. Apparently in Japanese culture, it’s normal for everyone to take their trash with them and dispose of it at home.

How did this come about? 

According to this articles:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-23/where-are-all-the-trash-cans-in-japanese-cities

Japanese people are naturally averse to litter, but that’s not the only reason for the lack of trash. In 1995 there was a sarin gas attack that happened through a public trash can. Ever since then, trash cans have been removed from public places to prevent terrorists from placing gas bombs in them. Talk about another case of something bad being used to inspire something good!

Regardless of how this shift came about, I adopted this practice of taking my trash with me and disposing of it when I got home. I have to say that since adopting this practice, I’ve become far more aware of the trash that I generate in a day. Every night when I get home, I would methodically sort out my trash into the different bins.

I started to notice the overwhelming number of coffee cups and to go containers from specific restaurants. As a step towards zero waste living, I replaced the disposable coffee containers with travel mugs. For the restaurants, I started either packing a lunch or taking Tupperware with me to use as a to go container.

Do you have any interesting trash stories or insights you’d like to add to the conversation? Comment below and start a conversation!

Have you travelled to another country and discovered they handle trash and recycling completely different? Share your story below!

References:

https://livejapan.com/en/in-tokyo/in-pref-tokyo/in-shibuya/article-a0002380/

https://www.goingzerowaste.com

https://trashisfortossers.com/about-lauren/

https://livejapan.com/en/in-tokyo/in-pref-tokyo/in-shibuya/article-a0002380/

Full Moon in Pisces Sept. 20, 2021

The full moon is a time of harvesting what you planted during the new moon phase. It’s a time to slow down and reflect on what you are manifesting in your life now. Take some time during this full moon to take an inventory of what has come to fruition, be grateful, and then reflect on what you would like to adjust. The full moon is a time to course correct and review what you would like to hold on to and what you would like to let go of.

Pisces is the sign of the dreamer that dissolves the boundaries between people which allows you to become more empathetic and more loving. You may feel more vulnerable, sensitive, and compassionate at this time. This full moon may have you feeling into the ebb and flow of life on the crest of an ending and a new beginning, riding the wave so to speak. 

To take care of yourself during this full moon, spend some time grounding so that you can surrender to feeling your emotions fully. The energy of this moon has the potential to take you all the way into your emotions. This can be an elevation, or a grief, just know that no matter which, you are safe to feel your feelings all the way.

This full moon may also inspire your creativity. Allow yourself to dream big during this Pisces full moon. Take into consideration the momentum you have already built in your life and use that as a jumping point for your future dreams. There is an extra dose of spiritual energy now which may allow you to view your life from the perspective of your higher-self. 

Are you having interesting insights or feelings during the full moon? Comment below and let’s start a conversation.

September 2021 Animal Spirit Tarot Prediction

Message from Light Beings: Finally! If you haven’t gotten away from home yet, this is the time. Get ready for an adventure. Maybe it’s international travel, a road trip, going somewhere new within your country, or something else! This is the time to get out there and have an enthusiastic adventure. This energy calls us back to the vibe of the beginner’s mind. Seeing things as if we are seeing them for the first time and being completely delighted. Allow yourself to enter into this child-like wonderment and see the world from a new perspective.

Click here to see the predictions for the whole year of 2021.

Please leave your insights & questions in the comments below!

If you are interested in doing a past/present/future Animal Spirit Reading with Ananda please submit your $50 payment below and you’ll be contacted to set up a time for either a phone or zoom call.

August 2021 Animal Spirit Tarot Predictions

Message from Light Beings: This month is about spirituality, awakening, and reflection. The vision is that this energy will be experienced by everyone a little bit differently depending on their level of spiritual awakening. Regardless of if you are starting your journey or have been in a state of understanding for a while, these energies have the potential to increase your consciousness of spirituality. You may find yourself seeking more information about spirituality, or having spontaneous revelations. You may also experience very strange coincidences in your life of things “magically” aligning. This would be a fun month to ask your guides for “signs” or “deeper understanding”.

Click here to see the predictions for the whole year of 2021.

Please leave your insights & questions in the comments below!

If you are interested in doing a past/present/future Animal Spirit Reading with Ananda please submit your $50 payment below and you’ll be contacted to set up a time for either a phone or zoom call.

July 2021 Animal Spirit Tarot Predictions

Message from Light Beings: Something deep will be triggered within you, maybe a memory, maybe a deeper desire, whatever it is, it’s something you don’t really want to acknowledge or haven’t wanted to look at. What’s important this month is to really take the time to be honest firstly with yourself. Recognize that you are uncovering something within yourself that may be big and helpful for others. Whenever we are clearing dense consciousnesses it doesn’t feel good. The energy can feel like molasses working its way through our body. Acknowledge the energy, emotions, feelings, etc. without making them “wrong”. Everything here is as it should be. Give this some space and be really honest with yourself about what is coming up and what it means to you. The shark cannot swim backward so, don’t look back.

Message from Light Beings: The movement of energy now is about forming communities and taking care of those in your circle. Think of this in terms of honoring everyone’s autonomy in the process. People are still moving in and out and finding their way through this new time and experience. There will be some shuffling around. This is an ongoing process in life, but our attention is being called to this energy right now to digest and understand how this works in a new way. You could think of it like star clusters or even when you’re eating cereal and one bit floats from one group to another. It just flows effortlessly. Things come into existence and dissolve. Groups form, create, move, dissolve, or fractal into other groups. Let things happen and flow. Just keep your purpose and vibration in alignment and allow yourself and others to move freely around while at the same time taking special care of those who are with you in every now moment. Dedication with non-attachment is the theme. Trust in the larger picture.

Click here to see the predictions for the whole year of 2021.

Please leave your insights & questions in the comments below!

If you are interested in doing a past/present/future Animal Spirit Reading with Ananda please submit your $50 payment below and you’ll be contacted to set up a time for either a phone or zoom call.

Attitude of Gratitude

Making gratitude a part of your daily routine and life outlook has a huge impact on your perspective and your health. People who regularly practice gratitude notice an increase in positivity, liveliness, experience more positive emotions, sleep better, express more kindness and compassion, are more resilient, and have stronger immune systems. Sounds amazing right? Let’s get started making gratitude a part of our daily routine today!

If you don’t already have a morning or evening routine, you can check out my blogs on the “Morning Mindset” and “End of Day Reflection” for ideas on how to integrate gratitude into your daily habits. Every evening I spend some time writing 5 things I’m grateful for. As I have been following this practice every day for several months now, it has also illuminated some of the things in my life that I highly value. So an additional side benefit of doing a daily gratitude list could be discovering some things in life that you find more important. From there you can choose to spend more time and energy cultivating those things.

Aside from the personal benefits, gratitude can also open doors for your relationships. Telling the people around you that you are grateful for their contributions helps them to feel important and necessary in your life. Beside that, who doesn’t love to feel appreciated? Gratitude can literally be the glue that strengthens your relationship bonds.

To get our engines going and our minds geared toward gratitude, let’s brainstorm some things that we can be grateful for on a daily basis. If you have additional ideas, please leave them in the comments below!

  • Weather
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Career
  • Food
  • Home
  • Pets
  • Internet
  • Resources
  • Experiences
  • Travel
  • Holidays
  • Sleep
  • Creature Comforts
  • Exercise
  • Nature
  • Sun Rise
  • Sun Set
  • The Seasons
  • Healing

References

https://www.happify.com/hd/the-science-behind-gratitude/

Sen Nanthakrawat & Khitchana: Thai Massage

The Sen Lines in Thai Massage are the pathways for energy, life force, and “Prana” in the body. The Sen Lines closely resemble the Chinese Meridians and Indian Prana Nadi Lines. Working with the Sen Lines in a Thai Massage opens energy flow and removes blockages.

These lines start from the naval, or sacral chakra, and run down into the root chakra. The Nanthakrawat works with the bowels and urinary tract. Khitchana works with the reproductive system and sexuality.

Sen nanthakrawat and Khitchana are both related to the air element.

Treatment of:

  • Bowel issues
  • Abdominal pain
  • Frequent Urination
  • Reproductive Issues

Sen Ulangka and Lawusang: Thai Massage

The Sen Lines in Thai Massage are the pathways for energy, life force, and “Prana” in the body. The Sen Lines closely resemble the Chinese Meridians and Indian Prana Nadi Lines. Working with the Sen Lines in a Thai Massage opens energy flow and removes blockages.

This Sen line runs from the solar plexus up through the nipple, along the side of the neck and around the ear three times. Working this Sen line will help to calm the fire energies of a person. For example, if they are being unreasonable or not able to listen, working this line will help to calm them and make them more receptive to what is being presented. It’s important to only work this line from the solar plexus up and not from the ears down. If you work this line from the ears down, it will only serve to confuse your client.

Sen lines Ulangka and Lawusang are both related to the air element.

Treatment of:

  • Deafness
  • Ear Infection
  • Middle and Inner Ear Problems
  • Tooth Ache
  • Sore Throat
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Heartburn & Indigestion
  • Extreme skepticism of all that is intangible

Thai Foot Work Course July 13th 2021

When: Tuesday July 13th 11-5pm

Where: Hotheads Salon 6100 W. Vliet St. Milwaukee, WI

Price: $300

Contact: Ananda Walker

Contact Info: 414 207 9881

anandatheta@gmail.com

Learn the ancient Thai Foot Work techniques from internationally trained practitioner Ananda Walker.

This course will teach you:

  • The Fundamentals
  • Methods & Techniques
  • How to build your own unique practice
  • Developing Metta (loving kindness)

Thai Foot Work includes:

  • Acupressure
  • Deep Pressure
  • Reflexology

Why the foot? 

Foot massage has been documented in nearly all ancient cultures. In some Native American texts, it is said that for some illnesses instead of working directly on the affected area they would work on the relative point on the foot to gain access. One reason to use feet then is if it is too uncomfortable to massage directly on an affected area. Another reason for a foot massage is to treat the part of our body that takes the most beating. Every day the feet bear the weight of our entire body. Dysfunctions in the feet can affect the rest of our systems and a massage is a great way to prevent and restore overused feet. 

What are the benefits?Improves Circulation
Lowers Blood Pressure
Helps prevent foot and ankle injuries Reduces the effects of anxiety and depression Helps with headaches and migraines 

Brings focus and clarity


This course is great for those who are just beginning their journey in bodywork or seasoned practitioners who are looking to add to their current practice.

At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion from Firewalker Arts.

Space in the course is limited so please send a $50 deposit today to reserve your spot!!

Venmo: @ananda-walker

Paypal: anandatheta@gmail.com

(please be mindful of the spelling)

*this course is not applicable for CEUs

Reference Materials & Suggested Readings:

Metta Meditation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tFynZOh7h8

Thai Foot Work Manual by Ananda Walker

Materials Needed for the Course:

  • Comfortable Clothing
  • Pack Lunch
  • Mask
  • Pen or Pencil

Materials Provided:

  • Thai Mats & Pillows
  • Thai Footwork Manual by Ananda Walker
  • Thai Balm
  • Thai Stick
  • Lotion
  • Towels
  • Alcohol & Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer

Thai Foot Work Course September 7th 2021

When: Tuesday September7th 11-5pm

Where: Hotheads Salon 6100 W. Vliet St. Milwaukee, WI

Price: $300

Contact: Ananda Walker

Contact Info: 414 207 9881

anandatheta@gmail.com

Learn the ancient Thai Foot Work techniques from internationally trained practitioner Ananda Walker.

This course will teach you:

  • The Fundamentals
  • Methods & Techniques
  • How to build your own unique practice
  • Developing Metta (loving kindness)

Thai Foot Work includes:

  • Acupressure
  • Deep Pressure
  • Reflexology

Why the foot? 

Foot massage has been documented in nearly all ancient cultures. In some Native American texts, it is said that for some illnesses instead of working directly on the affected area they would work on the relative point on the foot to gain access. One reason to use feet then is if it is too uncomfortable to massage directly on an affected area. Another reason for a foot massage is to treat the part of our body that takes the most beating. Every day the feet bear the weight of our entire body. Dysfunctions in the feet can affect the rest of our systems and a massage is a great way to prevent and restore overused feet. 

What are the benefits?
Improves Circulation
Lowers Blood Pressure
Helps prevent foot and ankle injuries Reduces the effects of anxiety and depression Helps with headaches and migraines 

Brings focus and clarity


This course is great for those who are just beginning their journey in bodywork or seasoned practitioners who are looking to add to their current practice.

At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion from Firewalker Arts.

Space in the course is limited so please send a $50 deposit today to reserve your spot!!

Venmo: @ananda-walker

Paypal: anandatheta@gmail.com

(please be mindful of the spelling)

*this course is not applicable for CEUs

Reference Materials & Suggested Readings:

Metta Meditation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tFynZOh7h8

Thai Foot Work Manual by Ananda Walker

Materials Needed for the Course:

  • Comfortable Clothing
  • Pack Lunch
  • Mask
  • Pen or Pencil

Materials Provided:

  • Thai Mats & Pillows
  • Thai Footwork Manual by Ananda Walker
  • Thai Balm
  • Thai Stick
  • Lotion
  • Towels
  • Alcohol & Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer