Just a helpful reminder that has become quite useful for me lately:
Before you speak, ask yourself three questions:
Is it true?
Is it necessary?
Is it kind?
If not, it’s wise to keep quiet and continue to observe. It’s never been a bad idea to be highly observant. Remain vigilant of everything and be mindful of what is being said, done, and most importantly how things make you feel. We cannot control what goes on externally but we have total control over our inner peace. Be protective of your inner peace. Keep watch over it the same as you would your most prized possession. If people are uncomfortable with your silence, then let them. You don’t have to feel compelled to do anything against your will.
Love and Light,
Hmmm, menstruation…The “dreaded” topic of discussion by many…Embraced by so few yet a process that’s so powerful and even majestic but only some have come to actually realize it’s more of a blessing than a “curse”. I actually don’t see it as a “curse” at all. I have no proof of such for one but I admit that I once believed that when Eve took a bite out of that apple it marked our doom as women. Eventually, I started to question some of my old habits and beliefs. As a woman, feminism is an intricate part of my being and menstruation plays a major role in femininity. Why the shame?
How could something so sacred that makes us creators of life be deemed part of a curse? God forbid more women actually start thinking for themselves and seek truth on their own which can lead to gradual de-stigmatization of feminism. How about replacing that sense of shame with empowerment, self love, perhaps even alchemy? That level of transformation would be a true game changer. In all honesty, it can be extremely painful and damn near debilitating for some. Thankfully, I’m not in that category but I have my days when the pain is heavier than usual so I make self care mandatory.
Your menses is for slowing down, release, and introspection. If you don’t meditate often, make a point to do something relaxing during this time. Pampering yourself does wonders. Remember meditation is not limited to sitting in lotus pose. I cannot stress enough how imperative rituals are at this time. Our menstrual cycles not only represent a time to rest but also time to reconnect to spirit. Rituals, meditation, introspection, and even journaling can aid in releasing anything that does not serve you especially those suppressed emotions. The relaxation and pampering serves to transmute any hurt, anger or other negative energy that is released.
Women have a deep rooted connection to nature making us exceptional as physical and spiritual beings. Since the beginning of time women have reverenced nature to connect with spirit, higher self, God or some higher power depending on the culture. Universally speaking, menstruation is where femininity and spirituality meet. As Nuit Moore so eloquently stated “menstruation is sacred beautiful lunar ancient holy feminine power”.
Love and Light,
My love for essential oils for dates back to childhood when my mother introduced me to tea tree oil. My stash contains over 15 types of oils including most of the ones on this list. My favorites and most used are tea tree (melaleuca), lavender, and peppermint oils. Although I love many of the others too. I just need to familiarize myself with the new additions which include frankincense, myrrh, and clary sage to name a few.
I’ve used essential oils for everything from skin care to adding them to my vacuum filter for some aromatherapy while cleaning. One of our favorite ways to use essential oils is with a diffuser. Aromatherapy is a necessity in our home because we love anything that smells good. It has a tremendous affect on your mood and health in general. There are many different uses for essential oils as you can see and I haven’t even shared all of the ones I’ve tried. I’ll be sharing them periodically on the blog because I use them on a daily basis. Hope you find the above list of essential oils helpful!
Love and Light,
Most of you have heard of the term “awakening“. Some may not be aware of the paradigm shift which is affecting the consciousness of many. In short, this paradigm shift involves changing from an old way of thinking and doing things to a new way. It’s more complex when you start to really look into what all comprises this shift but in general terms it is just about “out with the old, in with the new”. We’re all witnessing these changes before our eyes. Depending on your level of consciousness you get it while others not so much. You miss the mark when you automatically assume that the outcome or goal is to become positive all of the time. Another misconception is that the process is a pleasant experience.
Unless you’re living under a rock, you notice that people are changing their lifestyle to include what they eat, the way they live, how they treat one another and even to the extent of questioning their life purpose. Then, on a larger scale we even begin to make changes on a macro level where we not only question what affects us in our immediate surroundings but on a global scale. Hence, the increase of protests against police brutality, violence in general, and citizens using their voice to bring awareness to other social issues.
There are levels to awareness and they are different for everyone because all of us on our own path. It’s not all what it seems either. That’s why it’s not for the fainthearted and when things get really real you either push through or fold by returning to the old ways. Ego is not your friend during enlightenment. It’s not all positive either. I could list some signs but they vary depending on the person and I don’t want to evoke any feelings of inferiority if you find that you cannot relate. I think the following puts it simply and has more universal meaning:
Love and light,
One of my favorite forms of meditation involves movement. Anything dance, barre (pure barre to be exact), yoga which involves moving the body resonates with my spirit. Sitting still is cool but I much more prefer to move. It’s just as effective but adds variety to my meditation practice and variety is a must for me because I bore easily. Insert amazing yogi Adriene from “yoga with Adriene” whose yoga videos I’ve been using for my home yoga practice for years now. I’ve just finished day 2 of the “31 days of yoga” series with Adriene of “Yoga with Adriene” on youtube. I started the 2016 yoga series but fell off. Well, this year I plan to keep it up throughout the 31 day stint. I’m all about goal setting because it’s motivating to have done 2 days back to back. It actually goes by fast because I enjoy it so much. I make sure I do yoga first thing in the am or after a light breakfast. So, I’ve made it a part of my morning routine which helps tremendously.
I’ve been off and on with my home yoga practice due to a two year stint with pure barre which took over for a while starting in 2014. Back to my yoga now and I am truly loving this series. Adriene takes it easy, doesn’t rush you, and encourages you to go at your own pace. I love her clarity in describing each transition from pose to pose and her overall vibe. Her style resonates with me so much that I’m thinking of doing yoga morning and night (right before bed) just because. The list of health benefits of doing so is endless. Check out yogarevolution with Adriene here. I’ll check in from time to time throughout the month to follow up. Nama-Slay!
Love and Light,
Happy new year and new beginnings to all! I hope your new year is getting off to a positive start! I can confidently say that I prepared for 2017 during 2016 (and prior) by changing my thought process and putting in work accordingly. Mantras have helped me tremendously in my life journey particularly on a spiritual level. I now don’t feel a need to make new year’s resolutions and have given up the whole ideal that I’m going to miraculously be a “different” person in the new year. Instead, I take it one day at a time to do what I need to make the best of life.
I cannot stress enough how changing the way that I think has impacted my overall outlook on everything. Less focus on things I cannot control and more focus on what I can control while understanding that thoughts do have power…Words do as well. So, for a boost of inspiration, I thought it would be fitting to start off the first week of 2017 with mantras that help you reach a higher level of consciousness. The mindunleashed shares 10 mantras that will get you immense peace of mind, spirit, and energy. All of these mantras have played a major role in my spiritual growth and all other areas of my wellbeing.
Love and Light,
“Yoni” is the sanskrit word for the female genitalia which means “sacred space.”
Your sacred space is not confined to the space within your home where you meditate, relax, or find solace from the outside chaos. We focus so much on clearing outside forces that we tend to forget about the inside. You also have a sacred space within. As women, nothing compares to our divine feminine energy within which starts with our yoni. Adopting ancient healing practices including ayurveda for yoni health is imperative in my spiritual journey. Honor your sacred space by reclaiming the feminine power we all have at some point or presently neglect. We’re so jaded by Western medicine that we fail to understand that it’s only meant to keep us sick so they can profit from our illness.
Do your own research on best natural healing practices for yoni health. There’s a ton of information about how to connect to your divine feminine energy. Keep an open mind and toss out the old beliefs from the programming we’re bombarded with from Western culture. They aren’t for your highest good only to fatten the pockets of those affiliated with the pharmaceutical companies. Here are some basic yoni health tips:
Yoni Health tips:
- wear cotton underwear
- avoid sleeping in underwear
- use a separate ph balanced wash for your yoni
- avoid tight clothes that constrict the yoni area
- take epsom salt or sea salt baths weekly
- use unbleached, cotton pads or tampons during your menses
- completely avoid feminine products (most are filled with chemicals that do more harm than good)
- consider meditations that focus on connecting with feminine energy, the womb, and reproductive parts
I’ll be following up on this as I explore other practices such as the use of yoni eggs, yoni steams, and other natural alternatives including herbs for yoni health.
Love and light,