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Day 1: Rose Quartz

Loving yourself and feeling confident in your own skin are key aspects of sacred beauty. It promotes healthy self-esteem and a sense of self-worth that comes from within. Meaning that you don’t feel the need to look for validation from others or feel the need to change in order to fit in, be accepted or feel loved.

Yet, in today’s modern world this isn’t always easy. Pressure from social media, magazines and celeb culture can often leave women feeling like they have to conform to be beautiful. And let’s not forget the pain and anguish that comes from heart break, bullying and other soul destroying situations, which can leave you feeling un-pretty, unworthy and less than in so many ways.

Whilst there are many methods that can be used to heal and move beyond these feelings there are little gems from the Earth which, if used alongside these methods, can give your healing a little energetic boost.

These gems are crystals, with Rose Quartz being the perfect crystal for all things sacred beauty and love related.


LOVE + ROSE QUARTZ:

A LITTLE BACKGROUND

Don’t forget to fall in love with yourself first.” – Carrie Bradshaw

Rose Quartz is one of those crystals which can be hugely underestimated. It’s often thought of that crystal that helps us to attract the lover of our dreams. Yet it is so much more than this. In fact, before it even draws the love another close it will show you all the ways that you need to love yourself first!

This candy pink gemstone is a nurturing stone. A stone of compassion and unconditional love. Making it a beautiful companion during times of heartache or pain, including period pain. As it’s soothing, healing and energy of unconditional love works to dissolve those barriers of pain, sadness and fear.


HOW TO MAKE ROSE QUARTZ PART OF YOUR DAILY LIFE

There are many different ways to make this crystal part of your everyday life. For example it’s believed that the Goddess Aphrodite used to place Rose Quartz in her bath so that the loving energy of the crystal could be absorbed into her body and energy field. This way of working with crystals has been adopted by many modern sacred beauties, like you and I. It’s certainly a beautiful way to relax at the end of a stressful day. I can vouch for that.

One way that I make Rose Quartz part of my day is by keeping a small selection of tumble stones in a glass bowl on my dressing table. This helps to hold the vibration of unconditional love, self-love and beauty as I apply my make-up. It’s also a personal reminder for me too.

As Rose Quartz resonates with the heart chakra it makes sense to place it over your heart chakra during meditation. This can have the effect of opening the heart of receive love whilst also promoting relaxation. You might like to try this heart-centred meditation.

Alternatively, you may simply wish to wear your Rose Quartz in your bra, so it’s close to your heart space or adorn your wrist with a beautiful Rose Quartz bracelet. How you choose to connect with and work with your crystal is entirely up to you.


ARE YOU READY TO MAKE ROSE QUARTZ PART OF YOUR LIFE?

Loving yourself, recognising your own beauty and being confident in your own skin are essential ingredients for Sacred Beauty. So, if you could with a little support in this area Rose Quartz can be a great tool to work with. Using it alongside affirmations, meditation, Angelic Reiki or other forms of self-development as it helps to amplify the energy of your intention.

If you are thinking of or already do work with Rose Quartz I’d love to hear from you. Comment below and I’ll respond to your comment.

Look forward to hearing your experiences.

With love,

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Crystals Week

This week will be Crystals week on the website. Where I’ll be sharing tips, info and inspo related to crystals based upon my knowledge as a crystal healer and reader, as well as experience as a modern woman using them in my everyday life.

If you’re new to crystals then you’ll want to check out Crystals 101 where I spill the beans on getting started with crystals. Then you’l wanna check out my Modern Woman’s Guide to Raising your Vibe with Crystals.

Check here for the gem of the day. The first post is coming shortly. Xxx

With love,

 

 

 

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11 inner + outer beauty practices for self-care

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As a rebel, workaholic and nurturer I am prone to pushing the limits, working into the wee hours and giving freely of myself to others. And that can mean that I am way too hard on myself.

The pressure to achieve and be all things to all people can often take its toll. This is when the proverbial usually hits the fan.

Think meltdown, frustration, stress, headaches and all the things that come along with not making my self-care a priority.

Having lived that life for far too many years as a full-time teacher I reached a point where enough was enough. No longer was I willing to keep giving and hustling at the expense of my own mental health and wellbeing.

Something had to change!

That change was prioritising my self-care and wellbeing. Making intentional choices about my life and how I live it, rather than running myself ragged on autopilot mode.

Making a change like this was a challenge at first. The same thoughts of “I should be doing more” and “I am not doing enough” circled in my mind. Yet, I learnt that when those thoughts arose that it was my cue to:

Press the pause button.

Taking the time to listen to my body, step away from the noise and distractions to remind myself that I AM WORTHY of receiving the things that I give to others so freely.

And guess what? If I am worthy of receiving then you sure are too.


BEGIN YOUR OWN SELF-CARE PRACTICE

If you are still reading then you must be ready or, at least, curious about how starting your own self-care practice. So, let me share with you my personal inner and beauty self-care practices to get you started.

Use them, apply them and tweak them to suit your needs. Then enjoy putting yourself first and making your mental health, as well as your wellbeing more of a priority.

You are so worth it!


INNER BEAUTY SELF-CARE PRACTICES

GRATITUDE LIST

Gratitude helps you to put things into perspective. Gently guiding your thoughts away from the hustle and bustle of daily life or all of the things that are or could go wrong. Gratitude reminds you of what is going well in your life and the amazing possibilities that are available to you.

FOCUS ON YOUR HEART SPACE

Lie on your bed, close your eyes and place your fingertips on your heart space. Imagine that your breath is flowing into and out of your heart space with ease. Believe it or not, this calms your body and your mind, as you are shifting your focus. In doing so you are opening and clearing your heart space. A space that we often close down when we feel stressed, frustrated, angry, hurt or resentful.

FUCK IT‘ LIST

Begin your day or your self-care routine by getting your thoughts and feelings out of your body and onto the paper. This is a great way of letting go of what is weighing you down before attempting to begin a practice such as heart space breathing or meditation, eliminating some of those possible distractions. Another beautiful variation of this is the ‘Morning Pages‘ where you begin your day free-writing and is a great way to connect you to Source energy.

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN A GOOD BOOK

This doesn’t have to be a book about spirituality, beauty or mindfulness. It could simply be a good fictional romance novel or whatever tickles your fancy. Just take the time to turn off ALL distractions, curl up and totally lose yourself in that book. Here are some of my favourite books for the soul.

ENERGY CLEARING

Whilst working in a particularly challenging work environment this became crucial to my daily routine. As soon as I got home from work I would race to my room to complete this ritual of clearing away the energy of the day. I would use self Angelic Reiki, cord cutting meditations with AA Michael or channelling white light through my chakras. It’s a beautifully relaxing way of detoxing from the day’s events. Just remember to spend some time in gratitude calling in what you want to experience for the remainder of your evening or day.

JUST SAY “NO”

What I came to realise is that a big part of self-care is about saying “no“. Saying “no” to what doesn’t resonate with you, will deplete your energy and just doesn’t feel good at all. When you say “no” you free yourself from the obligation of doing something that really doesn’t resonate with you and leaving less chance for you feeling overwhelmed as a result of it.

OUTER BEAUTY SELF-CARE PRACTICES

PAINT YOUR NAILS

Or have someone else paint them for you. The great thing about changing the colour of your nails is that there is a nail colour for every single mood so you can choose a colour to reflect the mood that you want to experience at that time, eg: feminine, bold, sexy, mysterious….. Also, having a manicure is just such a relaxing experience that will take your mind off everything and give you beautifully manicured nails.

AN EPSOM OR HIMALAYAN SALT BATH

Reap the benefits of a long, hot bath with Epsom or Himalayan Salts. Both of which are known for the detoxifying and de-stressing properties. Not only is it great for your skin it is also great for leaving you feeling relaxed too.

MAKE YOUR OWN BODY SCRUB

I’ve been making sea salt and olive oil body scrubs since I was a teen in High School (and that’s a bloody long time ago now) and I love it. Sea Salt helps to deeply cleanse your pores, balance oil production and get rid of the bacteria that causes breakouts. It works wonders on ingrown hairs too and mixed with olive oil it’ll leave your skin silky smooth.

MOVE YOUR BODY

Stress, trauma, guilt, resentment and memories. We hold all of that in our bodies and over time it builds up and manifests itself in many different ways, including excess weight, anxiety, and even physical pain and poor posture. Getting that energy moving again through movement allows the energy to flow freely through your body, which helps you to feel energised and relieves some of that tension. Exercise, be it a YouTube dance or yoga video or joining a local class, down to taking a walk or jog in the park are all great ways to get your body moving. It also helps to refocus your mind too.

TRY OUT A NEW LOOK

Personally, I believe that makeup should be fun, expressive and enhance your natural beauty. So, why not have some play time and fun with your make-up collection. Try out a new shade of lipstick or a different colour on your eyelids to see how you feel. Lose yourself in having fun changing your look and enhancing what God gave you.


ARE YOU READY TO START MAKING YOUR SELF-CARE A PRIORITY?

If so, which practice will you begin with first? Decide a practice that resonates with you and make yourself promise to practise this on a daily basis. Maybe start with 7 days of doing this self-care practice then add to it, tweak it or keep going with it for another 10 days and so forth.

Don’t be discouraged if you fall off the wagon. I do frequently. Just cut yourself some slack and resolve to get back to it a while later or the next day.

It also helps to get yourself into the habit of listening to and responding to your body too. Your body will often send you signals that is time to slow down and your thoughts will certainly do the same, as mentioned before. It’s up to you to make the choice to take action and ask for help if you need to make your self-care time a reality.

I’d love to know your self-care rituals and how you get on, so please do comment below.

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Scorpio ‘Pink’ Full Moon: Heal + Transform

On the 29th/30th of April we have a full ‘pink’ moon in Scorpio. Hailed as a moon that is offering inside out transformation that opens the door to becoming the best version of you and manifesting those seeds of desire that you’ve planted. How can you personally make the most of this energy? Let’s find out as we explore the energy of this Full ‘Pink’ Moon in Scorpio.


A LITTLE BACKGROUND TO THIS FULL MOON

This Full Moon is meant to stir things up. Stirring it up and bringing them out into the open (or, at least for you to see) in order to begin that ripple effect of change + transformation. Something that is very much needed if you are to uplevel, become your best self and live a life that you love. Rather than a life that you pretend to love when you post happy pics on Instagram.

It’s meant to really wake you up to the truth that you’ve been avoiding, ignoring or pushing deep below the surface.

Much of what it’s stirring up are feelings, emotions, thoughts and beliefs related to Yourself. Particularly those that relate to how you show up in the world and in important relationships. Some of these things might include:

  • Jealousy
  • Envy
  • Greed
  • Neediness
  • Fakeness

Being a karmic year 11/2 you’re likely to find that what is coming up for you are things that have been plaguing you for most of your life. Those pesky repetitive patterns, cycles and behaviours that you keep you stuck in victim mode or in your comfort zone.

Are you ready to see + release them?

Yet, on the flip side Scorpio Full Moon energy is sexy and mysterious, as well as deeply intuitive too. All of which are energies that can be put to optimal use at this time, especially when navigating the beautiful world of romantic relationships.

On the other hand, maybe you need to remember how to be more sexy, mysterious in your daily life, whilst using the gift of intuition to feel you way into situations.

Which is it to be for you?

Scorpio Full Moon’s are a time for deep cleansing and healing. A real releasing of the things that stand in opposition of your transformation. Yet, when embraced can have the impact of leading you to the breakthrough and transformation that you’ve been waiting for.


WHY SHOULD I TAKE NOTICE OF THE FULL MOON?

You don’t have to take notice of the Full Moon and many people don’t. Blissfully living their lives unaware of the emotions, feelings and energy that comes up for and around them at this time.

Yet, for those who are willing it’s the optimal time for purging, letting go and forgiveness. All key ingredients for soul growth, personal development, healing and uplevelling in life.

Full Moon’s are like the harvest point of the moon cycle. The point where you can reap the rewards of the seeds of desire and intention that you have planted. Where those crops of desire are not ready to be harvested it becomes a time of reflection, introspection and release. A time when you use the gift of awareness to support you as you go within and identify:

  • What is ready to be released
  • Who you can forgive

This can make it an emotional time, especially for those who are moon sensitive, lightworkers/warriors, psychic, water signs or in the midst of a soul/spiritual awakening. You guys will most likely feel all the feels when the moon is full because the moon governs our emotions.

When the moon is Full it’s bright and it literally shines a light in and on the darkness. This is why you will often find that buried thoughts, feelings, memories and shadow parts of the self are more apparent under the Full Moon. These things become more obvious when our soul is ready for us to release those aspects that are standing in the way of us awakening, progressing or just simply moving on.

How will you respond to what’s coming up for you at this time?


WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

As Jay-Z said you can’t heal what you don’t reveal. The Scorpio Full Moon is doing a lot of revealing so you’re job is to be Aware.

Notice what is coming up for you at this time and over the last few days because this stuff is the dominant energy that you bring to every table that you sit at. It introduces in real time, through text and over social media, even if you haven’t been aware of it. This energy is contributing to and creating your current reality. Leading you to repeat the same patterns with different faces and in different places.

Some key questions to ask yourself might include:

  • What is ready to be released?
  • What isn’t really helping me to manifest what I want?
  • What am I going to do about it?
  • What is helping me to expand, heal and uplevel?
  • What are/is the lessons here?

Incidentally, this energy of release and transformation have been dominant themes in this week’s 5 days of divine messages with the cards over on my Instagram page. You may want to check it out for further insight and guidance.

Also, it helps to have that perspective that life is happening for you not to you. Just sit with that for a moment and notice how empowering that feels.


WHAT TOOLS CAN I USE TO SUPPORT ME?

Your best tool is your own commitment to change, healing and your own personal development. Are you really willing to face the truth? Are you really willing to take the necessary steps towards your own healing and transformation?

Some other tools include:


This gorgeous Full Moon really is here to help you to breakthrough and bring you back to yourself. Yet you have to be prepared to do your part too.

Healing is a process and what this Full Moon is doing is really peeling back the layers of the darkness and dislodging those limiting beliefs and fears. Something which I talk about more here. It’s up to you to decide how best to invest your time + resources to make the most of it.

Remember change starts with you!


The Full Moon is a good time to delve deep below the surface and get yourself a reading or energy healing session. Click here to book and enquire.

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Modern woman’s guide to raising your vibe with crystals

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“Crystal healing is the belief that the metaphysical energy of crystals + gemstones can assist in the healing of the emotional, spiritual & physical body.”

– Victoria Forster, Co-founder of Venusrox

I love this excerpt from an interview with Victoria Forster because she sums up crystal healing in such a simplistic way. Which is perfect because working with crystals is simple and, in my own experience, it is the simplest way to raise your vibration, whilst adding a little beauty and sparkle to your everyday life. However, with the multitude of books, courses, websites and products out there you would think that incorporating crystals into your everyday life is rocket science when really it doesn’t have to be.


HOW I GOT STARTED + BANISHING A CRYSTAL MYTH

When I first discovered crystals I was about 7 years old and was on a school trip to Chislehurst Caves. Whilst everybody else was buying novelty pencils and rubbers I was choosing the best Amethyst and Clear Quartz crystals for mum and me. Yet, it wasn’t until I was in university that I started to really get into them.

Beginning with using Rose Quartz to banish crippling period pain, boosting my confidence and attracting attention from male admirers. At the time, it was non-intentional and totally experimental. By that, I mean that I wasn’t setting an intention for how to work with my crystal and had no idea about the properties of Rose Quartz. However, the little Rose Quartz that I had borrowed from my mum, worked for me in the most beautiful, loving, intuitive and miraculous way.

For me, that is the beauty of crystals: They know exactly what you need, even if you don’t and are not even sure what to do in order to connect with them. This is because crystals will respond to your most dominant vibration (your energy). Lifting, balancing and giving you what you need energetically in order to move forward with a little more ease and grace. Therefore, I always feel that the key things you need when working with crystals are an open heart and an open mind, as well as a healthy dose of detachment.


CLEANSING YOUR CRYSTALS

It is important to cleanse your crystals before you use them. Even if they have been tucked away in your crystal box for some time, it is wise to perform a simple cleansing ritual because crystals store energy. Therefore, it is possible that your crystal may have absorbed energy that may not resonate with you.

There are many schools of thoughts, methods and suggestions for cleaning your crystals. Yet the ones that I subscribe to can be performed with ease and do not require lots of preparation or additional effort. Try one or all of the following and see which one floats your boat:
#1: Water

This is where I started, holding my crystals under running water with the intention of clearing the energy, and sometimes I would soak the crystals in water overnight.
#2: Sage

Pass the crystal through the smoke of Sage and saying an affirming prayer to clear the energy of the crystal. Sage has been used since ancient times, believed to remove negative energy and restore energetic balance within a space.
#3: Prayer and intention

Hold the crystal in your hand or by your heart and say a prayer of intention, speaking directly from your heart. One prayer that I have come across recently and absolutely love is this one from Energy Muse:

“I ask that the highest vibration of love+ light connect with my highest self to clear all unwanted energy + previous programming. I command these crystals to _____________. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

People often ask me how often they should be cleansing their crystals. My personal stance is that I clear the energy of the crystals each time I am working with it for something new. This way I clear all previous programming and any unwanted energy. In saying that, I also trust my intuition and the connection that I have with that crystal. Therefore, if I feel that the energy of the crystal is getting a little heavy or that it feel ‘weak’, for want of a better word, I clear the energy using the method that I feel drawn to at that time.

Despite the fact that I have completed crystal healing and reading courses, my interaction with my crystals is still based on my intuition and personal experiences. Sometimes I feel that this is best because the crystal is working with you and your energy, so what works for others may not necessarily work with you.


CRYSTAL MUST-HAVES

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Choosing the right crystal for you tends to be a very intuitive process whereby the crystal will often choose you, connecting with your vibration. However, I have found over the years that there are crystals that I simply cannot live without and that I return to over again to support me in different areas of my life. These crystals are:
#1: Clear Quartz
Crystal all-rounder and tension reliever. It can also be used to amplify the energy of your intention + other crystals.
#2: Howlite
This crystal will bring a wave of calm when you are feeling a little stress or overwhelmed. It’s a great meditation companion.
#3: Rose Quartz
The infamous stone of love is a healing and soothing stone. Shows you your barriers to love + aids sleep.
#4: Black Tourmaline
A stone of protection that grounds and shields you from energy, especially negative energy, that’s not yours.
#5: Selenite
Your guardian angel in crystal form. This crystal cleanses your energy, unblocking that stuck energy + bringing a sense of calm.
#6: Citrine
More commonly known as the abundance stone as it can be used for manifesting abundance. Promotes confidence and positivity in the wearer.


INCORPORATING CRYSTALS INTO YOUR DAILY LIFE

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There are many ways to incorporate crystals into your daily life and it really doesn’t have to be complicated. One of the most effective and easy ways that I find for doing this is wearing them in my bra. Although, you can carry your crystals in your pocket or handbag, as well as keeping them on your desk, altar, under your pillow or in a crystal grid. You may even want to hold a crystal in your hand whilst you are meditation or visualising in order to amplify the energy of your intention. This will be supportive in getting you in energetic alignment.


TAKE YOUR POWER BACK AT WORK

I’ve been fortunate enough to work in every single career field that I have wanted to, overcoming opposition, challenge and many nay-sayers. In addition to this, I’ve incorporated crystals into my law of attraction rituals and prayers, giving me a little energy boost and alignment.

I have also used crystals when I was having a hard time at work, especially when working in negative environments or people where it was essential that I stay in my own energy. Two crystals that I find really helps with this are Selenite and Black Tourmaline, incorporating them into my energy protection practice and wearing them in my bra whilst at work. You can find out more about each of these crystals by re-reading the crystal must-haves section above.

If you are in need of a little confidence boost and good luck in a work project or job hunt, then Aquamarine is a good crystal helper. Not only does it emit a relaxing and calming vibrational, yet I found that it boosts your confidence and gives you the motivation to simply just go for it.


ARE YOU READY TO LIFT YOUR VIBRATION WITH CRYSTALS?

Whether you are manifesting a new job, healing a broken-heart or protecting yourself against negative energy in the workplace there will be a crystal for you. So, are you ready to make crystals a part of your life and lift your vibration? Are you already using crystals in your daily life?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences, which you can post in the comments section below.

The key is to get started and build your own relationship with your crystals, exploring and experiencing how to the crystal connects with your energy. And there’s no better time to do that then now.

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3 ways I use writing as a spiritual ritual for manifesting + healing

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I’ve always loved to write. Even as a little girl I would often be found reading, drawing or writing. For me, it’s always been a natural way for me to express my self and give voice to whatever I was feeling on the inside.

My love for writing led me to take English at A-level and earn a BA Hons in Journalism, as filling up countless diaries with my thoughts and ideas. So, it’s no surprise that writing has become my spiritual practice of choice. Yep, I consider it a spiritual practice and here’s why.


WRITING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

Yoga, meditation and prayer all pave the way for us to clear our mind, find peace within and connect to the wisdom of the soul which can elude us in our daily lives. Putting pen to paper does exactly the same for me and I often find, as many of my clients who have email readings with me know, divine guidance from spirit flows through me to the pen and onto the paper. It’s for this reason that I incorporate into my life, complimenting my daily spiritual life and life in general.


DIFFERENT WRITING RITUALS

#1 Raise your vibration: Gratitude
Studies have shown that gratitude can increase your happiness by 10%. Although it can feel contrived at first and a struggle in the midst of chaos, you have it within you to change your attitude to one of gratitude. It just requires a conscious effort on your part. In my own life, I’ve used gratitude to manifest opportunities that I thought I’d missed and bringing energetic healing to crap situations.

To bring this writing ritual into your life you could begin by writing 5 things that you are grateful for, doing this at the beginning and end of your day. Within that list include yourself, expressing gratitude for your gifts, talents, body and personality traits.

Use this writing ritual to bring and shine a light on what’s working well in your life, your desires and yourself.


#2 Healing: Forgiveness
The one practice that every single teacher will recommend that you practice in order to release yourself from reliving the pain of the past and any feelings that you hold about someone that keeps you a prisoner of your past.

Writing a letter of forgiveness to yourself or someone from the past gives you the opportunity to release everything that you have been holding onto inside. All those feelings and words that you haven’t been able to say to the other person and have been storing and carrying it within your body. Where appropriate apologise and state why you are seeking forgiveness. Closing by giving thanks and wishing them well.


#3 Manifesting: Scripting
I’ve been using this technique for a while, in fact, I first started doing it for fun as a little girl (see below) and have used it to manifest new jobs, as well as improve relationships with challenging people.

The technique itself is relatively simple yet requires you to really connect to your heart and the feeling of manifesting your soul desires into reality, to ensure the best possible result. When you script you are basically writing about the life that you desire to live as if you are already living that life.

What’s beautiful about this particular technique is that you are working with that creative part of yourself, as well as your heart and soul. Bringing all three together in order to align with the Universe and the energy of your soul’s desires. Magic at its best, don’t you think?

The key to scripting for manifesting is to enjoy the process of imagining, rather than getting hung up and stressed out about when or how it is going to happen. By doing this you’re ensuring that you are manifesting with love and positivity, rather than from a place of fear.

Practise scripting with your kids
In my experience as a class teacher, I have found that most kids love to be able to use their imagination and are very good at it. So, for those kids who are able to write scripting and gratitude letters are a great way to introduce your kids to mindfulness and manifesting in a fun, yet subtle way.  Having tried it in class as a way to encourage children to free-write I found that they loved the freedom of being able to use their imagination and write without restriction or the added worry of SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar).  Try it for yourself over the Easter holidays and let me know how you get on. Better still share a pic of your little one(s) create and tag me, using the #chanelmarielondon hashtag.


ARE YOU READY TO BEGIN?

With all new rituals, it’s good to make a commitment right from the get-go. Decide how many days you will commit to your writing ritual when you’ll do it and how long for (eg: 20 mins). In doing this be sure to be realistic by considering your lifestyle and current commitments so that you can really make the most of your new writing ritual.

Mix it up with other rituals, practices and, of course, the moon phases. By doing this you are able to create a writing ritual that is personal and unique to you. A writing ritual that empowers you, whilst giving voice to the truth and wisdom that lies within you.

Do you already have your own writing ritual? Are you ready to start one of your own? Wherever you are at with writing rituals I’d love to hear from you. Share your comments in the space below or join in the discussion on Instagram.


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Meditation for the busy modern woman

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Meditation is one practice that I’ve always had an on, off love affair with. Sometimes I’ll be on it, meditating in the am and the pm. Then, at other times, I’ll find myself slacking.

I used to get annoyed with myself for not wanting to meditate. Going into this space of, almost forcing myself to meditate. After all, meditation is what us spiritual types are meant to do, right?

These days I do find myself meditating every day and that’s because I want to. That’s because I’ve have created a ‘no pressure’ practice that fits in with my lifestyle. As a result of this, I’ve found that I actually enjoy it.

I’ve also made a few discoveries along the way that hopefully will inspire you to start and create your own meditation practice that works for you.

Before we delve in I want to ask you to drop any preconceptions that you have about meditation, such as is too hard, that you can’t switch off your monkey mind or that you’ll never be able to master it. I ask you to do this so that you can approach your new meditation practice from a fresh perspective and an open heart. Something that will hopefully open you up to receiving what you need from this post and use it to develop a meditation practice that works for you.

WHY I STARTED MEDITATING

Meditation found me whilst I was in the sixth form. It was a practice that our chaplain and RE teacher (yes, I went to Catholic sixth form) would use at the start of each lesson. A very short meditation, where we connected to the silence within.

This practice of connecting to the silence within was reinforced in my weekly yoga class where we’d end each session with a silent meditation.

Back then I didn’t know anything about meditation. It wasn’t the ‘thing’ that it is now. All I knew was based on what I felt and had experienced from participating in those sessions. Those feelings and experiences being peace, relaxation, calm and wholeness. Which leads us nicely to my first discovery…..


DISCOVERY #1: HOW DO YOU WANT TO FEEL + WHAT DO YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE?

I meditate for different reasons and won’t use the same meditation day in, day out. Each day is different. Each morning I feel different. Which means what I want to experience isn’t necessarily the same as what I wanted to experience yesterday or the day before that. Therefore, I choose a meditation based on what I need, what I want to experience more or what I am working on bringing more of into my life.

For example, in my NQT year (newly qualified teacher), I got really into meditation for healing. At this point in my life, I was stressed, drained and ready to quit before I had even begun. So my meditation practice was really about feeling lighter, less stressed about the day ahead and letting go of hurt, worries and fears. This in contrast to my psychic development workshop meditation. Here the focus was on raising my vibration to connect with spirit so that I could give readings. Followed by lowering that vibration and clearing energy so that I could switch off, as it were, from being a spirit channel.

What I discovered was that when I knew how I wanted to feel and what I wanted to experience I’d choose a meditation that compliments this. Then my practice wouldn’t feel forced or like some kind of a chore because I will be experiencing what I need during that time. This brought and continues to bring a sense of intention and purpose to the practice that I aim to carry throughout the day.


DISCOVERY #2: MEDITATING ON THE GO

Some people may turn up their nose to this one and that’s fine, yet I quite like a bit of meditation on the go. I’m not saying swap your 6am meditation practice with your crystals for meditating on the train. However, I’ve found it helpful to spend my train journey doing something mindful rather than stressing about my day ahead or something that triggered me from the day before.

On those days when I’m running late and don’t meditate first thing or when someone has fucked me right off during the day, meditating on the go can and has been my saving grace.

I find that just by taking those 5 or 10 minutes to myself on the bus, train or tube helps to chill me out, relax, reconnect and ground, if only just for a while. That short while can really make a difference to how you feel on the inside and how you show up on the outside. Whilst also bringing a sense of perspective and balance that you may have missed had you not given yourself permission to experience a moment or two of stillness.

It’s for this reason that I have one or two meditation apps downloaded and a few more saved in the music player on my mobile. I tend to have one for each of my preferred types of meditating, eg: healing, visualizing, mantra and music (music for me includes meditating Stormzy – Blinded by your Grace). By doing this I help to ensure that I have the right meditation for me at the right time.


DISCOVERY #3: DON’T LET IT GET BORING + DON’T FEEL BAD

When meditation felt like a chore or routine that’s when I’d skip my practice. So, I’m happy to mix things up and do what works for me. As long as I arrive at my desired experience or feeling outcome that’s the most important thing.

Mixing it up may look different for each person. It could be that you do a 10-minute meditation rather than 50 minutes. Maybe you meditate to your favourite songs, like I have been known to. Perhaps you do a 30-day chakra meditation to balance your chakras and restore balance from within.

The point is that you have to do what works for you. Listen to your body and connect with your soul, allowing them to be the guide that leads you to what they need and what will fill you up. This is especially true in the early stages of starting your practice where you are most likely to feel bad if you miss your practice that day.

One way around this is to commit to 5 days of meditating each morning, afternoon, evening, day or whatever works for you. At the end of the week reflect on what worked and what didn’t. Make adjustments and tweaks here there, whilst keeping what worked before committing to another 5 or 10 days of meditation. Over time, you’ll build up a meditation practice that works for you at that phase in your life. I say “at that phase in your life” because things change. Life changes. You change. So, you have to adapt to these changes and that may also involve making changes to your meditation practice.


ARE YOU READY TO MEDITATE?

Even if you begin with just 2 minutes of meditation then start there and build up over time because this is how you cultivate a practice that works for you.

To get you started I highly recommend the Rituals app which is my new favourite meditation app and you can also shop for Rituals goodies too, which are absolutely divine. Download the Rituals app here, you won’t regret it.

Do you have a meditation practice that is working wonders for you? Would you like to start meditating and if so, what’s holding you back?

I love hearing from you, so feel free to share in the comments space below.

With much love and gratitude -xo-


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