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Elephants, Chakras and Silence

 

I love this picture! That’s probably because I love elephants, studying about the Chakras, essential oils and LOTS of color.

Lately I’ve been feeling like I have more that I need to share. There are people out there that are searching for “something” and sometimes they don’t even know what that “something” is. Maybe they are just feeling a little out of sync. Not quite connected with who they are and their purpose. Do you ever have days, weeks, or months like that? Maybe it’s even years of feeling like “something” is just missing in your life. I’m suggesting that you honor that and move in a direction that will help you feel joy, inspiration and fulfillment. There are people out there that may need to hear from you. If we stay in our shell, then how can we share the light and gifts that we’ve been given? I believe we all have a sacred duty to fulfill our purpose on this earth and first of all we need to find out what that purpose it. That may take time and maybe we just need to settle in and be still. Listen to that inner voice. Overtime you will be directed to what it is you are supposed to do.

When you think about the word Meditation, does that sound to you like “What??? I need to sit still for 5, 10, or even 20 minutes? Life is just too busy for that! Too many places to be, too many people to see, just too much to do!” Or is more of a peaceful presence that resonates with you. If the later is not the case, I would suggest searching online for a simple meditation practice that might fit into your life. What have you got to loose? Some people prefer a guided meditation. Others prefer silence or the repetition of a sound or mantra.

Do you trust that you will provided what you need? Think about taking a few moments to just sit and be still. Breathe. Inhale, pause, exhale. Repeat. Trust that with silence your mind may be open to hear what it is that you need today. Maybe you need to serve someone else. Could even be a family member. But how will you know if you don’t stop and take the time to listen? Once this becomes a routine, your mind, body and soul will thank you.

Let me close by suggesting a few essential oils that you may want to include in your meditation, or stillness, practice. Place a drop or two over the corresponding area or putting a few drops in the palm of your hand, rubbing together and breathe in.

Namaste.

Root chakra – I am –  Vetiver, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Cedarwood

Sacral chakra – I feel – Wild Orange, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage

Solar Plexus chakra – I do – Lemon, Juniper Berry, Grapefruit, Cedarwood

Heart chakra – Melissa, Geranium, Bergamot, Jasmine, Rose

Throat chakra – I speak – Bergamot, Peppermint, Basil, Chamomile

Brow/Third Eye chakra – I see –  Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Rose, Frankincense

Crown chakra – I understand – Lavender, Jasmine,  Sandalwood, Frankincense

Morning Rituals – what are they really about?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a morning ritual?  I read a great article today titled  “7 Morning Rituals to Make your Day 8 Times More Productive.”  

Right off the bat I liked the article because it quoted one of my favorite authors. The quote was “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. ” — John C. Maxwell. 

This article had some great ideas – some of which I’ve incorporated and some of which I’m still working on. For instance, I’m getting better at meditation and listening to affirmations.  Someone recently told me about an app called “ThinkUp.” It allows you to record affirmations in your own voice with background music.  It’s supposed to be more effective when we hear our own voice. They even suggest affirmations and then you can just choose the ones you like (or make up your own) and read them while you are recording. Simple and easy. I like that.

I’m also getting better at meditating. I understand now it doesn’t have to be a long process. It doesn’t even have to be at the same place and at the same time each day. But since we are talking about “Morning Rituals” here, meditating is a terrific way to begin your day.  There are so many benefits. If you are one that needs the science behind what makes it work, plenty can be found. The point is ~ just do it!

Exercise. We all know it’s good for us. We just need to do it. Even 10 minutes will benefit you. Walk, run, swim, go to the gym, dance in your living room. It doesn’t matter ~ just do something to get yourself moving. If you can incorporate it into your morning ritual, that much better!

Gratitude. I loved the idea in the above article that suggests we take a few moments to acknowledge some positive things that have happened to us. This doesn’t have to be a long list. Just two or three will do. However, if you are like me, once I begin, the list just seems to grow. Sometimes at night if I have a hard time falling asleep, instead of counting sheep, I will count my many blessings! There’s never a right or wrong time to be grateful.

So, what are morning rituals really about? And why do they matter? It’s about what works for you. I’ve given you some suggestions but you get to choose. Do what makes you happy. Once you begin you will see that they’ll make a difference in your day. When you begin to practice a regular morning ritual, you will then not only make a difference in one day, but you’ll begin to make a difference in your week, then your month, and before you know it your year! You deserve  it. Here’s to having the best year ever!

 

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If I can do it, so can you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know I need to meditate. I know it’s good for you. I just don’t do it as often as I know I should. If you are like me, I get up, get going for the day and sometimes the stuff that I really should be doing  (meditation, exercise, personal development) gets pushed to the side. I tell myself that “I’ll get to it in a few minutes” and, well,  that never happens! A few friends have told me about this free app that they like. It’s called “Calm.”  The other day I thought about it again and decided to download it right then. I listened to the first meditation and then I actually set a reminder on my phone so that each morning I get a little message that says “Time to mediate.” It’s that simple reminder that really gets me to do it.

The above picture showed up on my phone when my meditation was complete. I like it. I agree with it. Sometimes we really do just need to leap. What are you wanting to do that your indecision is just stopping you from? I say “Go for it!” What have you got to loose? Think of all that you can accomplish. You can do it! It’ll be worth it and you may even change some lives, including your own.