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,
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,
Yesterday, I mentioned moon rituals but those aren’t the only rituals that I do. I have quite a few which change from time to time but they keep me grounded. I’m not sure about you but my body loves routine and I can go so far as to say that it needs routine. It’s also ideal for a routine to stimulate each of your senses. It’s important to take the time to jumpstart your senses before using them. If not, your body may not function properly and your body can be thrown off balance. Alignment is key to overall health.
I am a music person so I like to use analogies that reference music. So, I like to refer to “getting in alignment” as “setting the rhythm”. For the past few years I’ve tried different ways to “set the rhythm” for the day upon opening my eyes. The “rhythm” can be different each day but as long as it’s in tune with your spirit that’s all that matters. Here are some of my morning rituals which stimulate my five senses.
- SOUND: I wake up to music or play it in the morning while getting ready. If I have time, I listen to a motivational podcast or other audio which is in tune with my rhythm. I have also set my alarm to play a song with soothing vibes and/or a positive message. Great way to wake up. Typically, I don’t need an alarm but when I do I prefer music as opposed to some annoying, loud basic alarm.
- TOUCH: To prep my physical body, I stretch for a few minutes to warm up my muscles and wake up my body before getting up and moving. Nothing major. It can be as simple as taking a few deep breaths and stretching your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and legs. It helps you to notice any physical sensations (comfortable and uncomfortable) and increase body awareness.
- TASTE: Hydration is key. Before or after showering and brushing my teeth, I drink a tall glass of water with a squeeze of lemon or have a cup of matcha green tea. Sometimes I steam water and add lemon. Either way I have something to stimulate my internal organs at some point in the morning before eating anything. Why? I just spent from six, seven, eight or more hours without eating or drinking anything. The body needs fuel. Your body needs to replenish and regenerate itself. Water helps to give it that push.
- SMELL: There are many ways to do this but here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate sense of smell to my morning ritual. I burn incense or inhale some of my favorite essential oils like tea tree, peppermint, or lemongrass. Sometimes I also use lavender oil because it’s calming. I also apply topically by mixing one to two drops of an essential oil into about 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil. Then I massage my neck and shoulders (sometimes my back). There are different essential oils that can be used for different parts of your body i.e. pressure points to relieve certain ailments or for prevention purposes. I also use a diffuser that uses a tea light to generate heat which disperses the fragrance in the air. You can also use your favorite all natural scented body wash or salt scrub if you prefer.
- SIGHT: Lastly, I meditate for at least 10 minutes using a lit candle or a himalayan salt lamp as a focal point while I take deep breaths. Eventually, I may close my eyes while envisioning the light from either source as my inner light. Both are reminiscent of that ball of light within myself where inner peace lies. The light can also represent my higher being and the fact that my higher being is always within to keep me centered. Crystal stones have healing energy, are beautiful to look at and embody the light energy that helps me maintain a connection to nature i.e. vibrating higher. Crystals can also be used during meditation.
These are just some of the practices that have worked like a charm to help me set my rhythm for the day. Anytime I get thrown off I remind myself of that inner light. This may seem like a lot for some. Do what you can and follow your intuition. We really need to learn how to connect to our higher selves more. It doesn’t take an hour or even several minutes. If you only have five minutes it’s better than nothing. If you don’t have five minutes, that’s a whole other problem to address. What do you do to set your rhythm for the day? Do you practice morning rituals?
Love and Light,
“You’ve been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” ~ Louise Hay
Love and Light,
If you don’t practice self love you will be of no value to yourself or others. I learned a valuable lesson this week: Listen to your body.
A few days ago I decided I wanted to do yoga although I haven’t been practicing as much as I need to. Well, I did a thirty minute yoga sequence which targeted the root chakra. The root chakra is the foundation of all chakras. This sequence included a few garland poses and I think I went a little too far. After I was done I noticed vaginal spotting which was unusual for me because I normally don’t have any issues with this happening.
I immediately associated it with the yoga because I had just finished. I reached out to some yogis I know of and all advised me to seek medical attention. Well, I did. My nurse practitioner told me that based on what I described, it was hormonal. There were no other symptoms, pap test was recent and normal. She advised me to keep an eye on it and as long as it doesn’t continue there should be no problem. That was a relief but I also kept in mind that I may have pushed myself too far.
Listen to your body. Always. I cannot stress this enough. I’ve been doing so much spiritually which includes trying to get back into my yoga practice. At the same time I need to pace myself. If there’s anything I learned from what happened this week it’s that we need to be gentle with our bodies. If you know you haven’t been consistent with your physical exercise and other practices that can strain your body you need to start off with ease. Don’t push yourself too much because you can do more harm than good. Take things one day at a time.
Love and Light,
When you’re alignment is so strong that nothing and no one can lower your vibrations…GOALS!
So, Monday I shared my thoughts on putting in work. I know that I’ve named many spiritual practices which can be overwhelming if you don’t pace yourself. Don’t try them all at once. That’s the beauty of this life. There are a variety of things to keep you motivated and stimulated so you can stay motivated. I’m just putting the information out there. We need to advocate as much as possible about wellness with emphasis on mind, body, connection. Our bodies are real powerhouses. We just need to learn how to tap into the power that lies within.
Mindbodygreen.com is one of my favorite sites for all things wellness. They have many articles on the chakras. Here is an article from the site which gives you a general yet thorough description of the 7 main chakras. I hope you find it helpful. I’ll be sharing more about chakras as I learn more through books like The Power of Chakras. I hope you find this helpful!
Love and Light,
“Faith without works is dead…”
So often we’re bombarded with the notion that we need to “think and be positive”. Then we have the audacity to add “no matter what’s going on”. More times than not we think that this means we must ignore the negative thoughts and feelings altogether. This is where we make a huge mistake. Being positive doesn’t mean that you should ignore what makes you uncomfortable. It’s the same concept as taking medicine instead of treating the root of the problem when addressing an illness. The medicine only scratches at the surface. If you don’t get to the cause of the problem it’s pointless to just treat the symptoms. The problem will still be there. You can try to recite all of the mantras and affirmations in the world, you can read books, and even follow your favorite spiritual gurus on instagram and youtube. If you don’t put in the work, you are just moving around in circles going nowhere. Thinking positive alone is not going to cut it if you haven’t addressed what brings you pain.
Real talk. I am speaking from experience when I say that “faith without works is dead”. I used to go to church, hear the “word”, sing and clap along to the choir but when I went home I didn’t follow through. I didn’t continue to do the work when the real tests came along. Therefore, I stayed stagnant. You are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t apply the knowledge you receive. Knowledge is powerful when applied. Then it becomes wisdom. That’s where the power comes from. Wisdom is power. Don’t let another day go by without putting in the work. It takes a lot of courage to dive deep. You have to hold that mirror up to your face with flaws and all. I’m not talking about the aesthetic flaws either. I’m referring to what causes you pain. Once you start identifying where your pain is coming from and you sit in those feelings you have only begun to dig deeper. No, it’s not easy but how do you think that rose grew from concrete? It had to put in work to continue to grow even though it was deemed to be impossible.
Love and Light,