Self Care Tips & Rituals
Working in harmony with the energy of the moon cycles sounds all very new age but in fact this practice has been observed for hundreds of years. Just like the moon effects the tides in earth's oceans, the gravitational effect can have an impact on us not least because the human body is around 70% water. Therefore, the phases of the moon represent the natural ebb and flow of life and harnessing the full and new moon energies in particular are known to be highly potent energetic portals.
A new moon is when the sun and the moon come into alignment and signifies new beginnings, planting the seeds for new ideas, setting your intentions and defining goals. A full moon is when the sun reflects its light onto the moon and luminates it in our night sky. There is a strong gravitational pull on earth at this time and the energy can be used to release yourself of anything that no longer serves you. This is a great time for cleansing your space of lower vibrations and feel renewed.
Both the new moon and the full moon phases offer an energetic portal that amplifies your intentions and effects of any mindful practice for manifestation. Try incorporating the dates of the new and/or full moon into your regular meditation and yoga practice and notice what experience you have.
Within kundalini yoga, we talk a lot about the authentic you which is also expressed through the mantra Sat Nam. The essence of this is that the yoga practice aims to shift the energetic frequency within and around you so that you are able to express the true you, whatever that means for you. Once you begin to experience this level of truth, you are living in your own sovereignty and power, experiencing a more joyful life which in turn develops a stronger magnetic field so that you attract opportunities for your highest good. It is not always easy being authentic and maintaining harmonious relationships with others but start small, set an intention and be consistent. Here are 5 things that you can stop doing to help to help you on your way:
1) Saying yes when you mean no
3) Living and obsessing over the past
4) Putting yourself down
5) Believing others have the power over you and your life outcomes
Maintaining our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing has never been more discussed as it has during these precarious times and with that, a daily routine, ritual and practice is important now more than ever. . We are creatures of habit and when we have a positive ritual incorporated into our lives, it creates stability and aids the mind and emotions into a more positive direction. Being consistent is the key and it doesn't matter if it's a 5 min or 60 min plus daily ritual, just have something that gives you an anchor for the day. A ritual will help you get aligned to a more positive energy current for the day and this could be anything from meditation, yoga, mantra recitation, journaling, breathing techniques or any other positive creative action that resonates with you. Here are my top 5 tips:
Chakra is sanskrit and translates to wheel. The body has 7 main non-physical energetic centres known as chakras which align to our spine. The invisible life force energy (aka Prana) flows from the top of your head down the spine through every chakra. In my view, chakra balancing is the foundation of the energetic body and is an important first step to restore the harmonious flow of energy within you and achieving holistic wellbeing. In many cases, an external manifestation can be attributed to how well balanced a chakra is operating. In my own life, I have experienced this where I may be feeling something and when I recognise this as a chakra imbalance, I take steps to balance one or more of them.
One of the ways I like to invoke chakra balancing is through breath and meditation. Bringing in the pranic energy into each chakra, through breath, feeling and visualisation in a systematic way leaves me feeling energised, revitalised and grounded.
Also, remember that our chakras are not static and they are changing and responding to us so this is a personal developmental journey that is ongoing.
To gain insight into how aligned your chakras are, take the FREE CHAKRA SELF DISCOVERY ASSESSMENT.
The tourmaline crystal is one of my favourite all rounder stones as it has properties that can help with some fundamental basics when it comes to cleansing energy in you and around you. It causes any negativity that may be directed to you intentionally or unintentionally will bounce right back. Here are my favourite reasons why you must have black tourmaline in your crystal kit.
1) Cleanses dense energy into lighter and higher vibrational energy.
2) Provides a protective shield around our personal energy field.
3)Clears negative energy created from electromagnetic vibrations caused by mobile phones, technology etc.
4) It is very grounding and therefore helps bring a connection back to this physical world.
5) It has super high vibrational frequencies that offers protective energies to your home.
Place black tourmaline at the front door to transform the energies entering your home into positivity.
Using sage smudge sticks to clear any stale and negative energy that may have built up in the space is very effective.
Science is starting to get on board with this and studies are showing that burning sage releases negative ions (the good vibes) which neutralises the positive ions (the bad vibes) which is thought to be a cause of fatigue, stress, anxiety. This metaphysical study of energy is becoming more intelligent about the non-physical and physical world we live in and as our homes become even more populated with technology, wireless products, robotic and smart tools, we need to find ways of effectively neutralising the build up of these positive ions in our lives.
Top Tip - have the windows and doors open to allow the negative energy to go out. This will give you a blank canvas to reset your environment for positivity, balance and harmony.
Safety First - 1) use a suitable container for saging such as metal, glass, ceramic, abalone shells 2) Don’t create a flame, its the light smoke you want.
Are you ready for spring? I know I am. Its a great time to clear, cleanse, declutter and recharge your personal energy and also the energy within your physical environment. Let the flow of positive energy bring in new opportunities and uplevel your own wellbeing.
Less is more, declutter and make space for the new.
To clear the energetic and physical pathways within your life and home, one of the first steps is to get rid of anything that no longer serves a purpose in your life or makes you feel good. You may need to be bold and brave to do this with some items but over attachment to ‘things’ is a mindset which you can change. Wherever possible, do offer any items to local charities who welcome most donations. This cleansing process sets an energetic intention that you are making space for positivity and an abundance of prosperity to come into all areas of your life.
It’s then time to open the windows and doors of our homes and let in fresh new energy. Also brighten your home with fresh flowers that uplift the energetic vibration. Top Feng Shui benefits of having fresh Flowers in your home are
1. uplifts mood
2. boosts positive chi flow
3. promotes relaxation
4. Improves home decor
5. aids creativity
Always discard flowers once they no longer look vibrant.
Own less, organise more and use often
Being grounded is to feel connected to the here and now. You feel strong, centred and in control. When you are not grounded you may feel light headed, emotional and almost out of your own body. You can also absorb other peoples negativity or emotions and be easily impacted by the environment around you. The root chakra is connected to feeling grounded as it is the closest chakra to physical earth. When unbalanced, it means we may feel threatened by others, in survival mode, fearful, anxious, anger and not in control. There are many techniques that can help you get grounded.
2) Visualise all negativity flowing away and behind you.
3) Begin to see an energetic connection from the bottom of your feet down to the earth’s core and really feel this connection between the base chakra at the base of your spine connecting to the earth.
4) Continue to breath deeply.
5) To close, once again place yourself in protective white light and open your eyes whenever you feel ready.
Feeling content with life and aligned to your most positive vibrational energy does not have to be a magic formula. Simple steps incorporated into our daily life can bring about a feeling of joy and contentment. Daily gratitude for what we have immediately let’s the universe know you are a glass half full person and when done for the heart, you really do feel the joy for all that makes up your life. From the food on our table, the roof over our head, our loved ones, a compliment, a kind gesture that happened today...... anything. From this point you begin to genuinely feel content with your life in the here and now. The feeling of lack begins to dissolve as does the desperate feeling of chasing what you think you want, instead surrendering to allow all good things to flow to you.
Being graceful allows you to have a sense of elegance when handling anything that comes your way. Life comes with the ups and downs but how you approach the downs will determine how you perceive things and navigate through those times.
Living life with gratitude and grace can uplift your soul to a state of joy and be the foundational elements that really give you that glowing presence that can spread to others through the positive interactions you have.
Share your stories of how you live your life in grace and gratitude.
Citrine crystals look great for styling the home and have amazing healing properties that can boost self confidence and attract abundance. Here is a 5 minute energiser meditation that is super easy and effective.
1) Hold a citrine crystal in your hand
2) Close your eyes and begin to breath deeply
3) Set an intention for your crystal based on what you would like it to help you with
4) Continue to breathe and meditate focusing on the intention and FEELING as if it has already happened. Continue for as long as you feel needed. Feel the positive energy.
5) You may also like to place your crystal on the solar plexus and visualise a cleansed, balanced chakra.
6) To close, breathe in deeply, bringing in the positive energy down to your root chakra, feel the positivity being locked in at a physical level.
7) Give thanks and when you are ready, open your eyes.