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Guided by intuition – a sneak peak into my meditation ritual

 

IMG_1588[1]Crystals, cards, oils, candles and trinkets.  I have managed to get myself a great stash of these over the past few months.  And they all have a part to play in the way I conduct my meditation practice.

 

One of the things I have been trying to work on is recognizing and acting upon my intuition.  In the past I have always thought that I wasn’t a particularly intuitive person but I think I was always expecting a huge neon light or the like was going to guide me through life.

 

I now realize that intuition is subtle and something that I need to harness by quieting my mind and putting the intention in place to follow it. For me it is mainly a feeling I can get, yes that is what I should be doing, no that isn’t feeling right. If I am rushing around at a million miles an hour it is much more difficult for me to recognise and act on my intuition.

 

A simple way I have been practicing this skill is when I have been setting myself up for my meditation practice.  Instead of picking the oracle card deck that I first see when I glance over to them, I now take some time and think about which one will give me the answers I seek.  I do the same when choosing a crystal and the essential oil I wish to work with.

 

Sometimes I feel a strong urge to use one over the other, sometimes I can get a feeling when I touch them that this is the one I should be using today.  Subtle shifts in energy that help me decide what I will be working with for the day.

 

I know this is just a small example of using intuition but I believe it’s all about starting small and starting to trust.  Yes Trust is a big one for me this year.  Trusting myself, my intuition, the universe and the process of life.  It is no wonder I am often led to work with the Trust Essential Oil.

Here is what I used today:

The oils I love to use are the Sacred Self Alchemical Oils and can be found here.

From the website:  Sacred Self products are hand-made with love during a meditation ceremony. Each item is energetically infused with sound, light, colour, sacred symbols, crystals and a pure intention.

They are divine and my collection continues to grow.  The one I used today was the Trust blend but others in the range I love to use also include Self Love, Abundance, Joy, Clarity and Inspiration.

The card deck I used today was the Gaia Oracle by Toni Carmine Salerno.  The card I pulled from the deck was Achievement – Keep focused on your dream. I am loving that, what a great message for me to continue forging forward.

My Gratitude journal is from Kikki-K.  I try to write in this most days as well as using my journal to further express what I am grateful for.

The crystal is a beautiful piece of Rose Quartz. This stone is one of unconditional love that opens the heart chakra to all forms of love.  It is also used to raise self-esteem and a strong sense of self-worth.

That is a little bit about my meditation ritual and how I incorporate intuition into my practice. I would love to know how you are going at trusting your intuition?

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Nourish yourself with 10 easy things you can do today

tea cupToday my children returned to school.  After six weeks of blissfully easy going mornings with no rushing around, there was a flurry of early morning activity and off they went.

The silence in the house is deafening.

For me though, I need the silence, I need to be still and quiet and just be.  It is the easiest way I have found to nourish myself and tune into the frequency of my heart and soul.  Enjoying a cuppa in the silence, writing in my journal it truly is my idea of bliss.

You might not have the perfect day today, maybe you are at work, maybe you have young kids at home or maybe your to do list is longer than you hoped.  But doing something just for you doesn’t need to be complicated or time consuming.

Here are 10 ways to easily nourish yourself today, see how many you can do now:

  1. Be grateful – say 10 things you are grateful for right now- say them out loud, write them down but feel grateful – it instantly enhances your mood.
  2. Breathe – yep slow and deep deliberate breaths to really centre yourself.
  3. Go outside and look up into the sky – marvel at the clouds, the bright blue sky, the drizzling rain. Just being outside can instantly transform you.
  4. Do something you love today that is just for you – read a few pages of your favourite book, catch up on a show you have been busting to see, take a bath.  Whatever works for you.
  5. Enjoy your favourite dinner tonight.
  6. Catch up with a friend – a chat, a phone call, maybe even only a text to let them know you are thinking of them.
  7. Listen to your favourite song, in the car or at home.  Crank it up if you want and escape for those few precious minutes.
  8. Keep a journal, write in it when you can or when it feels right.  This helps to get out all of that stuff swirling around in your head.  Plus it makes for great reading down the track!
  9. Drink some water, eat some fruit, do something that instantly nourishes your body that you know is super good for you.
  10. Use your good stuff.  Don’t wait for another day to use the good tea cup or the new top you have just purchased.  You are worth it right now, so don’t wait for tomorrow, you deserve it now!

Make time for yourself a priority, even if you need to schedule it in for later. Go for that walk after work, when the kids are napping – lie down yourself, before you go to bed tonight – read that book.

Nourishing yourself should be an important part of your day.  It’s not selfish to treat yourself with love and respect.  Enhancing your mood and feeling good will have a huge flow on effect to all of those around you.

“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” – Jean Shinoda Bolen

 

What are you doing today just for you?

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photo credit : Carli Jean via Unsplash

A Grateful Pause

3 birdsIt’s been a trying couple of days.  Actually probably a trying week.  As school holidays draw to a close as a family we seem to be getting busier and busier, the kids are fighting with each other more and my fuse is probably shorter than I would like.

My kids (especially my 2 boys) are seriously busy.  The ones that when you see them out you think ‘wow those boys never stop, they keep going and going’. Well that is my lot to a tee.  My friends are constantly amazed as I always seem ‘calm’.  Whilst I do strive to be a calming influence like everyone some days it is harder to keep it together than others.

Take last night for example, because my children have all of this energy it is hard to wind them down for sleep, so it takes a long time for them to go to sleep.  Couple this with the constant – I just need a drink, I think I have a teeny tiny cut on my finger ‘see there, no here actually on this finger I think, well it was” and every other excuse known to man for why they are out of their bedrooms. Again.   I was losing my patience fast.

So what did I do?

I sat and closed my eyes.  I spent a few moments just breathing and centering myself.  Then I quickly thought of some things I was grateful for (and yes kids were one of them!).   It is amazing how quickly this can turn your bad or angry mood around.   Being grateful changes everything.  You, your mood, the way you view the situation you are in so ultimately how you deal with it.

I was calmer and firm with the kids without coming across stressed or angry.  This made a huge difference to the dynamics of the situation and made for a peaceful and much more pleasant end to the evening.

I use this technique often as it is literally so easy to do and takes so little time.  It is moments, sometimes minutes but usually just a few moments, breathing and thinking of the things you are most grateful for.

There are probably 3 periods each day for me when the stress levels are at their worse and for me they are mornings – especially school mornings when that school bell is looming, dinner time when your super busy and everything seems to need your attention and bedtime especially in our house getting the kids to stay in their bed.  I will use this in all of my stressful situations.

As I strive to fill my days with gratitude this is also an added way I can incorporate even more of it into my life.  Try it and see how it can help to calm you down and face the world a little brighter and lighter.

I would love to know what helps you through those stressful periods.  If you try this technique please let me know how it impacts how you are feeling and the situation you are in.

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Where is the path leading me?

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I have almost always had a plan and life goals that I want to achieve.  I have firmly known the exact way I want my life to go.  There have been jobs, kids, houses, career changes and all the fun that goes along with each of them.

But at the moment I am flying blind, I am not sure what my next step will be.  Now my children are settled in at school I can focus on what I want to be doing.  But what is that exactly?  What is calling my name and beckoning me to follow?

It’s exciting but it’s also completely freaking me out.  I should have all the answers by now shouldn’t I? I am guessing not and I am quite sure none of us will ever have all the answers we think we should.

I was watching ‘The Secret’ last night and there was a part of it about trust.  The analogy was about driving in a car at night, you can only see a certain distance in front of you but you trust that as you drive along the path more will become visible to you as you go along.

It really resonated with me as I have been feeling quite overwhelmed that I don’t have an exact plan, I cannot pinpoint exactly the path I want to be on.  I know many people can, and I know I have been one of those people in the past, setting goals and ticking them off as I chart my course.

But this time it’s different, this time I am forging ahead unsure of what might reveal itself a little way down the path.  It’s exciting, it’s exhilarating and I am ready and willing to write this new chapter in my life.

My intentions have been set – I intend to embrace this journey, this path I am taking with love in my heart, with gratitude in my soul and a deep sense of trust that the universe will take me where I need to go.

I know that my part of this journey is not about waiting for something to happen it’s about trying something new and giving it a go.  Inspired action.  So 2015 has been the year I started this blog, started writing about all the bits and pieces of my life that matter to me and trusting the pieces of the puzzle will fit together and propel me forward.

 

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it”.
Rosalia de Castro

 

Already in this short space of time this has opened the doors for me to meet some amazing women for which I am eternally grateful.  They are honouring themselves and striving to live the life of their dreams.  I hope in the coming months I can introduce you to some of these amazing inspiring ladies.

But for now I want to know what adventures are you heading on?  Do you have a plan or are you also waiting for the headlights to light your way?

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Photo taken at Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens, Mullumbimby, NSW. 

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